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Date Joined: January 23, 2022
Last Online: August 12, 2022
Birthday: February 12, 1995
Country: United States
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Last updated: 7/19/2022

Please let me know if you don't receive a swap or if I didn't add enough postage! I am willing to resend or reimburse, but I can't if I don't know there's a problem, of course.

Please note that I suffer from mental health issues that make it very challenging to complete even basic tasks sometimes, so I might not get swaps sent out until the last minute or I might take a couple of days to rate you, respond to messages, etc. Just know that I am committed to following through as soon as possible. You can always drop me a line if you're concerned that I'm running late and I'll do my best to communicate.

I've now created a group called Assuming the Best. If you're interested in an open-minded community of swappers, feel free to join!

Hi, my name is Allison!

I'm 27 and I live in Minnesota.

Right now, I work as a freelance writer. I really like my job because I get to do something I'm good at and constantly be researching and learning new things.

I have a BS in applied math and an MA in English literature, so I have a pretty wide variety of interests. I'm considering going back to school for a doctorate in philosophy, but that's down the road.

I love all kinds of artsy things! So many of the swaps I join are centered around deco books, zines, ATCs, or the like. I'm also interested in writing, reading, philosophy, psychology, music, video games, etc.

I especially like modern twists on traditional things, so for instance, I like snarky and/or modern cross stitch, modern artistic quilts, and mostly contemporary music ('90s or newer).

I also have a math/science/technology interest, so when I can combine that with something artsy, I especially love it!

My favorite colors are the cool colors: blue, green, and purple. I also really like the combination of blue and yellow.

Always open to a private swap! PM me. :)

Favorite Music

I'm all over the place on music, but I most often listen to alternative stuff (whatever that means!)

I'll try to list some artists by genre:

Alternative: Paramore, Wallows, Eels, Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Tigers Jaw, Cold War Kids, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean

Hip-hop/rap: Childish Gambino, J Cole, Twenty One Pilots, Macklemore, Chance the Rapper

Classical: Max Richter, Philip Glass, [insert most minimalist composers]

Current favorite crafts

Graphic design, collage art, friendship bracelets, ATCs, watercolor (just learning!), deco books, zines, cross stitch, digital photography (newbie)

Other current interests

Reading, writing, ASMR, DBT, graphic design in Canva, found poetry, The Sims 4 and custom content for it, Zentangle, collecting postage stamps, collecting playing cards

Other things I love

Dogs, sunshine, chocolate, coffee, weighted blankets, Etsy, Pinterest, playing guitar, singing, fractal geometry, plants (esp. succulents), office/school supplies, cool colors, modern lettering, stickers, small papers for collaging, washi tape... I'll try to add to this from time to time!

Things I do not love

I try not to focus on the negative, but these are some things that actively bother me:

Anime/manga art styles, heavy metal, country, conservative politics, relentless negativity, toxic positivity, childish or kid-related stuff, the color red, anything religious or patriotic, patchouli or anything else strong-smelling, smoke

Favorite Books

This one is hard for me because I pretty much exclusively read nonfiction, and I read whatever looks new and interesting at the library. Lol.

I guess I do have an extra strong interest in crafty books or math/science/tech books. But also self-help and psychology and philosophy.... Right now I'll say a recent favorite is The Comfort Book by Matt Haig.

I have a hard time committing to novels at the moment, so if you recommend or swap me one, it'll probably be a while before I read it.

Collecting/looking for

-ATCs! and materials to make them (esp. thin cardboard for backing)
-playing cards (for making APCs, so ideally regular-sized 2.5x3.5")
-book or magazine pages
-already clipped interesting words/pictures for collaging
-postage stamps (real or fake, unused or canceled; my favorite ones tend to be bright and colorful)
-worsted weight yarn for crochet
-embroidery floss
-deco books
-brads (especially fun/pretty ones!)

I'm also not super hard to please because I like to collage with bits of anything! :)

ATC/art style

I'm still kind of figuring out my style, but I really enjoy mixed media that's both smoothly blended (as in, lots of mixed paints, painting with my fingers, etc) and has strong accents (think black Sharpie or magazine cutouts).

I tend to alternate between collaging paper and keeping it totally flat and hand-painted/hand-drawn. Not sure why I tend not to combine them, but it just depends on my mood.

I often get inspired by some abstract concept I find in an old National Geographic magazine and go from there.

It's pretty common for me to have some kind of humor incorporated in my art, whether it's just a sense of irony, full-on sarcasm, or some silliness. I try to mostly keep a positive attitude in the words I pick out, but sometimes I'm feeling down and it comes out in my art.

As far as what I appreciate in other people's art, it's often stuff I can't do, like really detailed painting or drawing. I still lean much more toward modern/weird styles rather than vintage or traditional, however.


Some of my favorite types of postcards:
-art (especially modern or weird art, or Van Gogh)
-dogs! always
-geometric/mathematical (think Golden Ratio)
-writing/text used as decoration
-anything homemade, especially if collaged or intricately drawn/painted
-Minnesota-themed (this is funny because I live here, but don't go to local stores very often)

I'm not as big of a fan of touristy PCs, but I don't hate them. Especially if you're not from the US!


9O96O rated for CPG: ICM Deco Booklets - Global on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: Just got home today and picked up my mail. Yours was the first I opened. Got straight to work on filling my pages. Finished both of your ICMs. Thanks for the lovely new decos Softawoo - Haunted Mansion and Geometry themes. Yes, I like what you did with the note by adding washi edges. And thanks for the well wishes. I'm doing quite well.
swapwithyi rated for Mini Art Journal Go-Round #2 on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: it is exciting to add something to your journal ,i will keep it moving ,i love the postcard <3
kelliegirl6 rated for Email - My Life According To ... on Aug 10, 2022
Comment: My daughter has loved Paramore her whole life! Thanks for sharing; this was fun!
Comment: Thanks for the read, it was quite fun indeed!
Comment: Thanks so much!
Comment: Haha! I really laughed about the quote on that bus. My humor is kinda like that as well. Thank you for sharing.
SatisHuman rated for Email - My Life According To ... on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: These are great titles and they fit in so well!
Poeprincess rated for ABC:SC #17 on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the elements!
SatisHuman rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - July on Aug 7, 2022
Comment: Those are great pictures!
debbee2014 rated for Deco Deco #2 on Aug 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the snoopy and flamingo stickers. I love them. this is a great looking deco book - can't wait to add to it. Have a great day!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.Very creative.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely APC - my first! I like the green color scheme and the tiger stamp is really awesome. I also appreciate the extra loose playing cards (these will help me a lot for making future APCs + the electronic looking ones are so cool!) and stamps. I've never seen blank stamps before those are interesting. Thanks again for private swapping with me! I'll be sending my swap to you very soon! :)
Saba rated for AtB: Zine Me Up, Scotty on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Wonderful! Thank you!!
explore rated for HMPC: Botanical love - July on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the detailed handmade postcard!
Comment: Thank you! I'm excited to add on to this!
lrm1980 rated for AtB: Zine Me Up, Scotty on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the 2 great zines (I can relate!) and the bee ATC! :)
DaisyNY rated for EPUSA: I Have Never Made…#6 on Jul 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for this package. I also like to use watercolor with crayon. I love what you did! Also, thanks for the el Greco and the cephalopod postcards.
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Abstract Postcard on Jul 29, 2022
Comment: Toot, Toot. I love it also. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for this Eliot PC. I love Obvious State PC collection and this goes into it. If we have found each other through books and zines and that's such a cool connection. Thank you for this 💖
heidiblooms rated for PH: Something In Common #2 on Jul 28, 2022
Comment: I love these old seashell postcard stamps! I hardly ever receive them. Thank you!

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teejlc on Aug 12, 2022:

Thank you so much for returning this adorable puppy deco to me! Every page is just so cute. I was delighted to find it in my mailbox. I'm making a thank you book for you so hopefully it will arrive in your mailbox someday soon!

circularlogic on Aug 7, 2022:

thank you for the vintage stationery! it is perfect! I appreciate your thoughtfulness for my birthday last month! all the best,

OrigamiGrace on Jul 11, 2022:

Love the zeen you sent for Zeen tag!! And thank you for the fun extra pcs - extra special of you!!

MuggleMom on May 23, 2022:

Got my "at the movies" deco today and I absolutely love all the artwork!! Thank you for sending it home to inspire me!! I love your "some experiences can't be downloaded" what a great quote!!



ensigncelery on Apr 4, 2022:

Since my polaroid was so blurry, I wanted to show you my partner's cross stitch project here ♥

The image~

Disco BG

The stitch progress~

Wife Stitch

HausOfImps on Mar 25, 2022:

Let's Neural Blend! AI Generated Art Profile Deco

Please delete the other comment, I formatted wrong! Ugh, sorry!

Image #1: fractal origami for the blue and yellow dogs


Image #2: the snarky philosophy of minimalist composers


Image #3: there's mathematics in my coffee but all i can do is write


Hope you like these! :) I'll be sending to you for the art challenge swap soon, and notice we have a lot of similar interests -- so lemme know if you ever want to private swap!

TeacupsandCandlesticks on Mar 25, 2022:

Let's Neural Blend! AI Generated Art Profile Deco

Hello again! I hope you like the prompts. This was fun.

1 Cross Stitch Bob's Burgers Family Portrait

This came out terrifying. XD It's one of Tina's Horror stories.

2 When Office Supplies Attack

3 Origami Rap song

feverfawn on Mar 24, 2022:

Let's Neural Blend! AI Generated Art Profile Deco

Prompt 1: Fractal quilt

Prompt 2: Dogs walking in the sunshine

Prompt 3: Succulent collage

I hope you like the images & thank you for joining my swap! :)

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