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saellys

saellys
Date Joined: April 24, 2010
Last Online: February 25, 2021
Birthday: January 28, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

Hey swap coordinators: I am always willing to angel swaps I'm in!

I'm a feminist. I dig everything Keri Smith does. If I see a feather or an interesting piece of paper on the ground, I have no qualms about picking it up, and it will probably end up in a collage or piece of mailart. I have a nine-year-old who loves to draw. Before COVID I drove Uber and Lyft, but now I stay home with my kid and feel extremely fortunate to be able to do that. Back before that, I ran a nonprofit all-girls rock 'n' roll camp for six years.

I can't stand social media and I deleted my Facebook last year--but then started one up again so I could join art supply resale groups. I waste too much time on Instagram and YouTube instead, watching journaling/watercolor videos and making my own. Obviously Swap-bot is the best social media of all because it involves snail mail!

I'm obsessed with beautiful stationery, and rely on other people's YouTube videos to convince me not to spend all my money on the latest cool notebook I find (usually also via YouTube). I aspire to be a minimalist, and I'm still working on convincing myself that the supplies I use regularly are the only ones I actually need. On the few occasions I get to visit a new city, I spend as much time in its art supply or stationery shops as I do on conventional tourist activities.

I play a bunch of instruments, and I sometimes get comments on my recent YouTube videos from people who still listen to the one album I released almost fifteen years ago. I write a lot of fanfic, and will someday have the free time and headspace to write my novel. I also do archery, take horseback riding lessons with my daughter, and recently started longsword training. It's the medieval skills trifecta!

I tend to avoid swaps that involve buying things, as swaps can get expensive just with postage. I also find it intensely difficult to shop for other people (and even for myself--I often have a clear picture of what I want in mind and I usually can't find it in a store), so I prefer to make things instead. I do studio cleanouts semi-annually in my attempt to be minimalist, and a lot of stuff ends up in my swaps from those destashing efforts.

I rate a five if your swap meets the requirements and isn't excessively late without communication. I give a heart if I really really loved what you sent--and if I don't, please don't be offended.

I rate everything I receive within 24 hours, and I go to the post office twice a week. I mark swaps sent ONLY once they're in the USPS's hands. If you don't receive something from me, send me a message and I'll resend it right away.

Crafts I Enjoy

I have tried and will try just about anything. Perennial favorites include bookbinding, watercolor, art journaling, visible mending, pinhole photography and sunprints, mailart, weaving, hand-carved stamps, zinemaking, felting, embroidery, recycled material collages in the form of postcards and ATCs, leave-behinds for guerilla art, and making watercolor from scratch.

I journal regularly in a Travelers Notebook and I made an online course about it! I love making my own inserts and tip-ins and stationery goodies for my TN, and I even made custom leather covers for my best friends this past Christmas.

Faves

MUSIC

Radiohead, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen.

MOVIES

Pacific Rim, The Old Guard, Gattaca, The Empire Strikes Back, Mad Max: Fury Road.

TV

Arthdal Chronicles, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse.

BOOKS

The Little Prince, The Wander Society, The Mapmaker's War.

GAMES

Dragon Age II, Gone Home, Kentucky Route Zero, Monument Valley.

Want

COLORS

In pairs: teal and orange, brown and powder blue, vermillion and robin's egg. Alone: purple, grey, chartreuse, mustard. I'm not a fan of pink.

THEMES / SUBJECTS

Vintage, abstract, mail and postage, archery, fantasy.

ANIMALS

Foxes, ferrets, ravens, dogs, peacocks, elephants. I prefer realistic or boldly stylized renditions rather than cartoony "cute" animals.

ITEMS I COLLECT

  • Polaroids and vintage photos
  • objects from nature (small feathers, seashells, pretty rocks, etc.--nothing that will mold or disintegrate in transit, please!)
  • pages from old books
  • ATCs
  • small antique items whose functions are not readily apparent
  • linen bookbinding thread
  • wool embroidery thread
  • tarot cards
  • interesting non-plastic buttons
  • washi tape (solid color or abstract)
  • letters and mail art
  • old skeleton keys
  • rosaries with wooden or glass beads

Do NOT Want

I won't give you a bad rating for including any of this; it's just stuff I'm not into and/or have sensory issues about.

  • scented items
  • glossy tape samples
  • stickers
  • tea (I drink it but I'm super particular and always buy the same type)
  • glitter/sparkly stuff
  • kawaii or conventionally "cute" items
  • pink stuff
  • holiday-themed items
  • cosmetics, moisturizer, lip balm, soap, and the like
  • store-bought postcards
  • edibles such as candy and other snacks

NOTE: I realize we all work with what we have on hand for destash swaps and happy mail, even when they are profile-based. If it comes down to a choice between sending an envelope that is stuffed or one that is a little sparse, I would prefer you send a sparse one, because I won't get any use out of the items listed here and they will go directly into the trash. This way you save on postage and I save on waste!

Angel Hall of Fame

catnipitis went above and beyond when she angeled the Destash My Craft Stash swap! People like her make Swap-bot a fantastic community.

Ratings

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Comment: Wow this one arrived fast! Thanks much, I'll post a reply by this weekend :)
Christianmom rated for DIY Travelers Notebook Insert on Feb 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Hannah for the DIY Tavelers Notebook Insert and for the tabs. I love the different paper you put in it. Take care and stay safe.
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Comment: Hello! I received your letter and I will be replying to it soon. Thank you <3
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Comment: Hi Hannah, thank you for the incredible paper, envelope and ephemera. What a special package and pen pal letter. Thank you!!
RoBeastRo rated for Quick Handmade PC! on Feb 5, 2021
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Comment: Dig the pc! Think that is a cool topic to do a series on. Well, the whole series idea is neat. Thanks for playing!
denisemichelle rated for Altered Paper Clip on Jan 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you SO MUCH! You combined so many to things I like into two small items. The paperclip is fantastic!!! Printed lyrics on a ribbon? Unique and so special. And then a tiny, miniature weaving that looks like a landscape. Amazing!! Really I am so over the moon about all of it. Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for a delightful swap!! You made my day with your thoughtful envelope!!! I hope you are fine & you are having a lovely weekend :)
kertasborneo rated for Make your own postcard swap on Jun 3, 2020
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Comment: Thank you Hannah!
Eclectonote rated for Delightful Polaroids on Apr 28, 2020
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Comment: Ooh a real Polaroid! Thanks for your note and the Instax, too. The vellum envelope is very cool. My yard also brings me a lot of joy. Hopefully it will bring me a lot of tomatoes in July.
annaliesethegnome rated for OtM Patch Swap #1 on Apr 16, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the patches! It makes them even more special knowing where they came from and what they are made from.
simplyjeannette rated for First Class Destash! 💌 #2 on Apr 11, 2020
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Comment: thank you - love everything
PeliKat rated for Make your own postcard swap on Apr 9, 2020
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Comment: Hannah, what a beautiful and thought-provoking postcard you created for me! I love the way you did the background and the colors that you used. It really made the owl and the hand pop. Thanks and happy Spring to you!
AlisonSwaps rated for First Class Destash! 💌 #1 on Apr 8, 2020
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Comment: Wow! Thank you SO much for all of the lovely goodies. Truth be told, I’ve been looking for some washy tape with mushrooms on it for a while. I can’t wait to use all of the things from your stash that you sent. :) Have a lovely day. Be safe and be well.
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Comment: Thank you for your postcard and encouraging words!
Babsiepoo rated for International Letter Swap #2 on Mar 22, 2020
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Comment: Hello there! thank you for the letter. The enveloppe looks so cool! we'll keep in touch :) I am gonna send you a letter back :)
SunflowerRose rated for 1 Page Letter #6 on Mar 19, 2020
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Comment: thanks for the goodies. ill try to write back soon
MarHelene rated for 1 Page Letter #5 on Mar 9, 2020
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Comment: I love how you considered my wish for no cursive and typed your letter! I am traveling in 2 weeks and hope to get some letters out.
Readergirl rated for Handmade POSTCARD Challenge #6 on Mar 3, 2020
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Comment: Such excellent. Art eork! This eagle is perfect. Thank you!
thelocalman rated for My life in three photos on Jul 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the photos Hannah! The whole presentation is beautiful and I really liked it, I was impressed! Also, I completely understand your distraought with the current world. I would love to write you back and for us to be penpals ^^ Expect a letter soon.
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely photo!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9852 111 13 13
Completed Fives Threes Ones
101 134 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 56 45 0
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Comments

mockinglybird on Feb 9, 2013:

Hi! I just came across your "Open Theme Minizine - Newbies Welcome!" swap from January. It looks so awesome and I'd love to do one similar to it. Are you interested in hosting another one soon? :) :) :)

carmen on Jan 5, 2013:

You made me look up a word, at first glance I thought "bibliopegy" meant "eating books" and I love Gogol Bordello, too. Good times, good times.

Justene on Jan 9, 2012:

Hi @saellys Welcome to the "I ♥heart♥ Mail Art - January" swap.....I'm so happy you joined my swap! Looking forward to 'meeting you in the mail'! Have a wonderful day! :)

catnipitis on Sep 15, 2011:

You are quite welcome for all the goodies from my Destash! I'm so glad you like! :)

catnipitis on Sep 15, 2011:

You are quite welcome for all the goodies from my Destash! I'm so glad you like! :)

samjowers on Feb 15, 2011:

Thanks for introducing me to Keri Smith!

snarkystitches on Feb 3, 2011:

Your "1" from that scammer is so unfair!

snarkystitches on Jan 17, 2011:

Hello -- I just got around to reading the little mini zine you sent in my pencil case and just wanted to let you know that you totally converted me. I. Must. Have. A. Bento. Box. ---- I am so excited to try to make onigiri! Thanks for sending it! --- Snarky

LavenderLizard on Jan 4, 2011:

You made such lovely use of my guerilla art! I was so excited to see the pictures...

racheljohnson on Jan 3, 2011:

I just featured your Banners, Pennants, and Garlands swap on the Swap-bot blog here. THanks for hosting such a great swap. I love garland!!

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