Swap-bot Time: May 29, 2017 6:14 am


Date Joined: September 28, 2009
Last Online: May 28, 2017

Country: Canada
AFA gallery (ATCs)

About Me

Hi, I'm zilliah! I've been away from Swap-bot for about five years, but I recently remembered how much I like sending and getting mail, so I'm excited to get back into it!

PLEASE NOTE! I'm shipping from CANADA so things will take longer to arrive: I'd appreciate it if you would wait a month before asking me to resend - it can take this long or longer for some mail to arrive. I will, of course, resend if it doesn't arrive, so please message me if you never get anything!

Favorite Crafts

I love to draw, especially with markers! I'm been colouring in with watercolours more recently as well, since bringing a travelling watercolour box is a lot more portable than bringing all my markers everywhere. (Working with a small marker palette is great sometimes, but very frustrating when I just need that one colour I don't have with me!) I'm also trying to work on giving drawings a bit more depth and making forms more solid and 3D, which I'm finding watercolour works out a bit better for.

I really like text in art, particularly if it's hand lettered and integrated thoughtfully. It doesn't need to be English text - Islamic calligraphy is gorgeous, for example!

Most of my art I do in my sketchbooks - there's just something really satisfying about sketchbooks. I love looking back through old sketchbooks and seeing how my drawing has changed.

I'm very into making collages in my sketchbooks (particularly collages about my feelings), gluing things into them, and using stickers! I don't usually send collages for swaps (and I generally prefer not to receive them), because I find it's difficult to make collages that have meaning for other people. I'm not at all into scrapbooking or "scrapbook-y" collages.

ATCs are one of my favourite things to swap, and I love making them! There's something very satisfying about working at a tiny scale - it definitely forces me to think about composition in a way I wouldn't otherwise. I've done a lot of mixed media ATCs in the past, but at the moment I'm mostly interested in drawn ATCs.

I love to knit! I actually teach knitting at a local yarn shop, and I generally have at least two knitting projects on the go at any time (one sock project, and something else). I'm currently trying to work down my yarn stash a bit...

I like embroidery, but tend to get into it rather sporadically. At the moment I'm working on some blackwork. I really like embroidery combined with ink or watercolours!

Favorite Books

I really like speculative fiction, especially if it has believably written female characters. Short stories are great. Good retellings of fairy tales are awesome.

This story is excellent.

I generally love anything by Diana Wynne Jones, N.K. Jemisin, Kelly Link, Ellen Klages, Tamora Pierce, Patricia C. Wrede.

Some single books I love: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (Susanna Clarke) Zahrah the Windseeker (Nnedi Okorafor) In Memory of Whiteness (Kim Stanley Robinson)

Themes I like

  • Robots, cyborgs, floating cities in the sky, biohazard logos (plus other warning logos and airplane emergency cards), circuit boards/diagrams

  • Mermaids and other fantasy ladies, dinosaurs, interesting underwater creatures, birds, mushrooms, wlw (I'm a lesbian), rainbows, flowers, fashion, historical fashion, embroidery, maps, skeletons (anatomically correct ones, not creepy or sugar skulls; I really like bird skeletons)

  • Interesting textures, interesting light, underwater, text in art, character design

  • My favourite shape is a semicircle on top of a rectangle (think mushrooms, jellyfish, umbrellas, etc) but I also really like hexagons and circles

  • Blues, greens, purples, pinks, reds, greys

(Any of these are great for ATC themes.)

I'd love to get

  • Stickers! I'm very into stickers at the moment. (No holiday/event, reward, 3D/puffy/raised, planner, freebie/ad, or plain shape stickers please! I'd also prefer not to get stickers for any of the themes I dislike, which are listed below. I really like people, animal, and plant stickers.)

  • Sketchbooks/sketchbook pages. I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of a sketchbook they'd finished, but if for some reason you do I'd be thrilled to take it off your hands! Seeing sketchbooks is like seeing how people think, it's so cool.

  • Self-portraits, particularly abstract ones or making yourself into a character.

  • Well-made ATCs. I generally prefer hand-drawn/hand-painted: I do like collage, but I find it's really hard to do well. Collages that include hand-drawn/painted elements and/or unusual materials I tend to like. I also really like fabric ATCs.

  • Stim toys/fidget toys.

  • Interesting magazines to cut up, or cool images you've cut out of magazines (especially National Geographic type magazines or art magazines).

  • Art on any of the themes I like!

  • Art markers (I mostly use Prismacolour chisel tips, but I'd love to get some copics).

  • Liner pens - preferably ones that are water and alcohol marker resistant. The copic liners are great.

  • Coloured pencil lead - I'm currently using Pilot colour Eno lead, which I really like, but I'd be interested to try other leads too.

  • Midsize notebooks - I have too many notebooks already, but I love them so much. I'd prefer to receive notebooks that are about 8" x 10" - anything much larger, and I have a specific kind I like; anything much smaller I tend not to use much.

  • Notecards, particularly on themes I like.

  • Printed address labels (I have plenty of blank ones, but no printer).

  • Washi tape samples.

I'd love to send you

  • ATCs or drawings/paintings! I'm up for making ATCs for themes you like.

  • Fancy paper - I have a bunch of scrapbooking paper and fancy printed paper.

  • Small handmade notebooks (with pretty paper covers). I love making these but I already have a million notebooks.

  • Yarn (have a look at my stash on rav if you're interested!)

  • Beads - the only beads I use now are seed beads for knitting, but I have a bunch left over when from I made (bad) jewellery. I may have some wire too?

I'm happy to swap these for different things - eg, send me some stickers and I'll send you some fancy paper.

If you'd like to swap with me, don't be shy, just message me! I'm usually up for private swaps, even if you're a newbie.

Please don't send me

  • Anything to do with food/eating/cooking, including recipe cards and tea.

  • Dogs, insects, pets, babies, religious things, sports, tv shows/fandoms/celebrities (except for Steven Universe), holidays (including sugar skulls), violence or gore, nude men (I'm a lesbian)

  • Rubber stamps, scrapbooking supplies (especially 3D embellishments - I never, ever use 3D embellishments).

  • Please nothing scented - I'm ridiculously sensitive to scents, scents other people don't notice dive me bananas! Scented things are likely to go directly into the garbage, please don't send them to me.

  • No body products (lotions, body wash, etc etc) - I can't tolerate most of these.

  • I'm allergic to cats/dogs/pollen/dust/etc.

  • Inchies, matchbooks, or FBs.

Swapping and Rating

About my 1 and 3: These were both for swaps where I sent cards which never arrived, and then I got hit my major health problems so I couldn't deal with them. I've since made up for one (that's the 3), and sent additional cards twice to make up the 2nd one, but never heard back. I take swaps very seriously, but at this point the swap happened about five years ago and I have a hard time believing all three cards didn't arrive.

If I haven't rated you, it's because I haven't received it yet. I check the mail and am online most days.

If something's come up and you're late with a swap, just let me know - life does happen.

For the swaps I host, I will ban people who don't fit the requirements, but please don't take it personally and it doesn't mean you can't sign up for other swaps I'm hosting. It's your responsibility to read the swap requirements carefully!

If you've flaked or failed to rate, either in a swap I'm hosting or as my swap partner, you will be banned from my swaps until it gets resolved. And I host great swaps, so trust me it's not worth it :P Here's the list:

@Jesshens1125 @pygmydoyenne

Mailing info

Please let me know if it's been more than a month and you haven't received anything. I will resend! Be aware that I am shipping from Canada, and I can't afford to ship faster than standard - mail takes time to arrive! I've had flat mail from the states take more than a month to arrive, and I usually wait at least that long to contact people if I haven't received anything.


SuMay rated for Dear Data PC on May 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your data postcard. Funnily enough, I also chose to chart my dreams. The giant smoking antlered nurse looks extremely intimidating. No wonder it was a nightmare. I am really enjoying your card!
ladyfluorspar rated for Canadian Spring Cleaning Swap on May 26, 2017
Comment: You were my partner from the other Canadian swap! Really glad to see you took my advice about only using 1 stamp XD. The scraps of paper we're too small for me to use but the other stuff you sent was great! You sent the anime stickers right? My friends in real life would love them!!! The butterfly tag and pear tree thing are definitely going into my junk journal, I'm sure we'll meet in more swaps and one day I'll have pictures to show you!
Response: It was good advice - I'm glad I took it too! I'd love to see pictures at some point :) And yes, the anime stickers were mine - I bought a wholllle bunch of stickers off aliexpress which included a lot of anime ones haha.
Millia rated for Things with Wings Handmade postcard on May 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! It sure is mysterious & strange c: Makes me think of old stories & silent forests at night.
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you liked it!
Jsereg001 rated for craft surprise #1 on May 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the awesome package!! Love everything you sent!!
Response: Awesome, that's great to hear :)
CAMILES rated for QUICK ATC swap #240 on May 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much. I like the ATC.
Response: Glad you like it!
Comment: I can't tell you just how much I love the postcard you made! It's beautiful. I love it so much. Thank you for all the work you put into it!
Response: Thank you - I'm so glad you like it :)
metammi123 rated for Send Anything - May on May 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you ... I just happened to be doing a stamp journaling page when I received your envy so the stamps came in handy ..
Response: That's serendipitous! Glad the timing worked out so well :D
user2148 rated for Easy sticker swap - newbies welcome on May 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love the sea life ones! Happy Swapping
Response: Glad you liked them!
Martha rated for Handmade with Love on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the PC and notebook !!! Love them both!!!
Response: Oh good I'm so glad!
Naya rated for Paper Destash May 2017 on May 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely paper :)
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it :)
Comment: Thanks for the stickers! I thought the way you made the little card was ingenious!
Response: Oh, thank you! Feel free to copy it :P
MB rated for Paper Destash May 2017 on May 14, 2017
caf1988 rated for Handmade Stationary #1 on May 13, 2017
Comment: Ack!! On my goodness, this stationary you drew is PERFECT! It's going to take me awhile to actually use this because your mushrooms are so cute! Thank you so much! And for the extra scraps, I will enjoy playing with them, too ☺.
Response: That's great - I'm so happy you like it! I had a lot of fun picking out different mushrooms to draw.
Sazza rated for Draw me stickers on May 8, 2017
Comment: I -ADORE- these stickers you've made for me!! :D They are so lovely; you did a fantastic job! Are they strictly pen and marker or are those trees watercolor paint? Whatever you did, love Love LOVE! And that Octopus, oh my goodness. Ugh. Can't get over all the good stuff. All of it is good stuff! Thank you for all the awesome stickers!
Response: Yay, I'm glad you like them! It's all marker and liner pen - the labels were actually pretty good marker paper and things blended well! I had a lot of fun making them :) Glad you found a use for the paper scraps as well - I'd love to see a picture of what you used them for!
samjowers rated for Mermaid ATCs! on May 8, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful mermaid artist trading card I love getting original and unique pieces of art thanks for hosting such a great swap
Response: Glad you liked it, and thanks for joining the swap!
ihni rated for Mermaid ATCs! on May 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the ATC, it was a very lovely mermaid. I liked her hat!
karli rated for Fine Art ATC on May 6, 2017
Comment: That is a very lovely atc , and thank you! Karolina
ladyfluorspar rated for It's Time to Recycle #7 on May 6, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for all this stuff!!! PS I must be out to lunch, but they have pretty flower permanent stamps? I'm still using the beaver ones lol. And those zipper deco tapes were so cool, I added them to my washi tape book. I'm really big on making use of what I have and recycling so I used that scrapbooking paper you sent to make a sturdy envelope and sakura sticker flakes https://imgur.com/gallery/rTQW1! This was awesome but I feel bad that you used so much postage! I think you could have gotten away with just one stamp.
Response: Glad you liked it! The permanent stamps are actually about 5 years old - I bought a roll years ago and never used it up. It's so cool to see how you used the paper -thanks for showing me! I probably could have got away with one stamp, but I weighed it and it was over the 30g one stamp limit, so I thought I'd better be on the safe side.
SamiE rated for QUICK ATC swap #237 on May 6, 2017
Comment: Love the ATC. Thanks.
ladyjbug rated for Send Anything - April on May 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks for lovely envelope of goodies! :)

Rating Overview

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doulakk on May 16, 2017:

Welcome to our group!
Please join one or two swaps!

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Sazza on May 8, 2017:

Thank you for the paper scraps you sent me in the sticker swap! I had a project stalled for the last few weeks and they are just the thing to help me finish it. n.n Thank you so much! :D

violettedream on Aug 16, 2010:

Hey thought you may be interested in my new Writing Buddy Pen Pal Swap Keep Smiling!

Hellotheremary on Jul 14, 2010:

You seem pretty awesome! :D I was curious to see who was hosting the awesome F@#&!! ATC

shinywen on Apr 20, 2010:

Thank you for the fabric ATC! It was really interesting to me to see how those are done. I appreciate it greatly... wish we could rate sometimes for tags! <3

OnceInABlueMoon on Apr 13, 2010:

Received a gorgeous ATC today (tag) - thank you so much!!

GTstamper on Mar 31, 2010:

Welcome to the Rubber Stamping group!

Welcome to the Rubber Stamping group!

Thanks for joining!

racheljohnson on Mar 23, 2010:

Hi - I just featured your ATC Yourself swap on the Swap-bot blog. CHeck it out here. Thanks for hosting a great swap!

CollageCafe04 on Jan 15, 2010:

Z- thank you so much for hosting the 'make a statement' ATC... I loved it, loved the ATCs I received (as well as created grin) and hope you will host another like it... there are so so many more statements I want to make!!! lol

raven on Jan 7, 2010:

Our Goal is a Flaker free group....


.....Welcome and enjoy.......

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