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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: June 26, 2022
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
My postcard site
My creative blog
Postcrossing - My favorite place on the Web
My Book Wishlist at bookcrossing
My Etsy Favorites

About Me

I love to read. Especially books that are based on a true story or non-fiction books. I read and write English and German fluently.

I'm on Postcrossing, sending and receiving postcards from all over the world (see links above).

I like singing in the choir and in the shower; listening to good music; stickers; bright colors like red, yellow, and purple; the fall season with its colorful leaves; wildflowers, poppies, sunflowers, dandelions; the smell of the air after rain; salamanders, butterflies, ladybugs, snails, squirrels; traveling notebooks, handmade postcards; sitting under a tree and enjoying the nice weather and the things around me; berries and bananas, good food; sunsets; taking photographs with my digital camera; close-up pictures; my hometown Lübeck where I grew up; watching a landscape from a plane; going to church on Sunday morning; cute socks; chocolate, filled gingerbread hearts; true stories.

I reuse packaging. It's fun to do and saves a lot of resources.

Favorite Crafts

Handmade postcards, journaling (drawing, writing, glueing, pockets,...), traveling notebooks (or single letter (8"x11") or A4 sized pages to collect to make a book), ATCs. I like to crochet, my ultimate goal is to be able to read and follow all the patterns... I love scrapbooking quality stickers, especially travel and nature themes.

Favorite Music

Classical (e.g. Bach); contemporary Christian (e.g. Keith and Kristyn Getty, Michael Card, Michael W. Smith); The Mamas and the Papas

Favorite animals

Salamanders and newts, birds (especially the small songbirds and ducks), interesting insects, snails, sheep, and in general any wildlife.

Favorite Books

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Safely Home (Randy Alcorn), The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith); Schindler's List (Thomas Keneally), the Bible, Moomin books. In general, I like non-fiction and fiction based on a true story. I like it if I can learn something interesting in an enjoyable way. I can read English and German fluently. For a list of books that I'm looking for so I can read them please check out my Bookcrossing wishlist and my Amazon wishlist (I'd be happy with anything in used condition, doesn't have to be new and of course you don't have to buy on Amazon).

I'd also appreciate suggestions for good free or inexpensive ebooks for iOS, Kindle, or Nook.

Favorite Television and Movies

Television: The Good Doctor, The Chosen, Monk, Star Trek Voyager, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces, The Amazing Race, Survivor

Movies: Ice Age, Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Copying Beethoven, The Final Inquiry. Hayao Miyazaki's films, such as Howl's Moving Castle. Kung Fu Panda. Big Hero 6.

Other Favorites

Colors: Red, orange, yellow; rich jewel-tone colors.

Things to eat and drink: Berries and other fruit, chocolate (good quality, preferably fair trade, no cheap brands like Hersheys...), filled gingerbread hearts/cookies. The only teas I care for are herbal teas, especially the fruity ones. Rosehip with hibiscus is one of my favorites.

Postcards: I love Maxi cards. "Maximum card: a picture post card that has an illustration, stamp and cancel all with a common theme." I'm also thrilled, if you just use a stamp matching the theme on the picture side to send your postcard.

Some of my favorite postcard topics are: reading/books; music/instruments; wildflowers; fruit; native plants and animals; National parks; newts and salamanders or other amphibians; songbirds, ducks, owls, and other birds; Christianity.

Instead of writing a note on a swap card or memo sheet (swap and who it's from), when sent with swap package, I would love if you wrote all that information on a postcard and sent it in the swap package!

I enjoy my iPad, so if you have a favorite app, please advise me. I don't play games often, but a few that I have enjoyed on the iPad or the PC are: "Where's My Water?", "Plants versus Zombies", "Edna & Harvey" (my husband and I enjoyed playing the original German version together) and most recently "Monument Valley".

Clothing

Shoe size 40-41 German, 9 1/2-10 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex XL.. Socks should be at least 50% cotton or other natural fiber, my feet sweat too much in acrylic. T-shirts cotton only, no acrylic mix. I'd be especially happy to get something made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material.

Wishlist

  • Any kind of handmade "book" (e.g. handmade notebook, altered book,chunky book, nice deco, art journal, travel journal, mini scrapbook, upcycled smashbook for me to fill)
  • Something to help me learn Spanish (e.g. a postcard written in simple Spanish by you, a children's book, a link to another good App that I can use in addition to DuoLingo)
  • Books to read (from this wishlist only unless otherwise specified in a swap (books may end up in a Little Free Library right away if not from my wishlist) - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Small books that I can best describe as small coffee table books, i.e. probably not larger than 6inx6in or 15cmx15cm, lots of beautiful pictures to look at, not much text. This is one example that I have already enjoyed: Furry Logic
  • Moleskine like notebooks (the real thing or imitations. I would love The Little Prince or Lego special edition!) . Cahier style notebooks are also great.
  • nice Lefthanded item (calendar, tool, ...)
  • postcard boxes or postcard books
  • interesting paper, maybe with something embedded or a cool texture... (anything at least the size of an ATC is fine)
  • adhesive for scrapbooking (double sided photo safe tape, glue dots, photo corners, archival glue sticks, and other items, as long as they are archival/photo safe quality)
  • alphabet stickers and travel themed stickers (also good quality for scrapbooking)
  • Clothing made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material
  • fair trade items (e.g. coin purse, ornament, bracelet, small notebook) or even one you bought in a scratch and dent sale and fixed yourself. I love bargains and I love it when the person who originally made the item gets a fair price for it.
  • something that could go in a Christian themed or inspirational smash book or prayer journal
  • some nice Christian surprise, e.g. something with your favorite Bible verse, something inspirational, interesting article from your favorite Christian magazine
  • yarn for crocheting, especially worsted weight, but any kind would be cool. Even 1oz for small projects. Or unusual stuff like twine...
  • Anything from my Universal wishlist on Amazon

Items my husband would enjoy:

  • anything related to pinball
  • large soaps (preferably 7oz/200g or larger; he especially likes fruity scents like strawberry and more masculine smells like mint and unscented)
  • bar of shave soap
  • good quality black liquorice (such as Katjes (Tappsy are his very favorite!), Haribo, or Panda brands)
  • audio books on CD to listen to on his commute

Please don't send

  • Please don't send me anything that smells smoky. It makes me sneeze and the smell is so hard, if not impossible, to get out.
  • I don't have holes in my ears, so I don't wear earrings.
  • I don't like any kind of coffee. And I don't like peanuts (I'm not allergic, so traces are fine, but please not peanut butter cups etc.). I don't care for black or green tea very much (even the flavored ones), but I do drink fruity herbal teas once in a while.
  • When sending craft supplies, used stamps and such are fine, but don't send me photocopies of mediocre quality on regular paper or something like that.
  • I'm trying to de-clutter my home. So lots of extras won't earn you a heart. I try to swap and wish for only things that I can use. I'd be much happier about one well thought out swap item or one little carefully selected extra.

Ratings

PrincessLeia rated for PH: List 5 Series - Birds #2 on Jun 1, 2022
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Comment: Thankyou for the beautiful PC and postage stamps! I love Australian magpies. I am travelling to the SW of WA next week and we have a family of magpies that visit every day to supplement their diet. It is said that magpies can recognise human faces and the ones who visit never swoop us! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Cool!
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Comment: Hey, thank you for this feel good card :)
Eulegirl rated for NYUP USA Only #79 on May 22, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely tree card--I will add it to my postcard wall at school
squince rated for BLC bookcover/theme PC USA #2 on May 14, 2022
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Comment: Neat card, Thanks!
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely pc and for sharing your 5 fav disney characters.
myancey rated for PH: Significant Other on May 10, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much. I loved reading how u met ur hubby. All the best
banjobraids rated for NYUP USA Only #79 on May 5, 2022
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Comment: Great card! I love that little jerky bunny. Have a happy day and thanks! :):)
lynnpinkdaisy rated for NYUP USA Only #79 on May 3, 2022
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Comment: I love the snowman postcard! Thank you for sending that one to me!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful spring flower pc and list of things you like about Spring. Funny, one of mine was that I liked when the sun was out because it's cloudy and rainy in the fall and winter and we see more sun in the spring. Happy Belated Birthday! :)
crtsjffrsn rated for PH: List 5 Series - Green Ideas on May 1, 2022
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Comment: Excellent suggestions. Thanks!
JenZen5 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Flowers #2 on Apr 21, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard - tulips are my favorite flowers. I love the stamps you used. Great list, too. Take care and have a lovely day.
24Donna rated for Coloring in for Easter on Apr 19, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the very pretty decorated! God bless you
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Comment: Thank you for the sloth Easter card. Holy Week is always special to me as well.
TamiHope rated for CF: Happy Birthday Gift on Apr 8, 2022
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Comment: THank you for this wonderful swap!
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Comment: Thanks!
bb2 rated for CF: Area Postcard on Apr 4, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and lots of information about your area. It does sound like a nice place to live. I'm glad you are happy there. Enjoy spring. God bless.
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Comment: Thank you.
feverfawn rated for PH: List 5 Series - Cartoons on Mar 31, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I thought it was cool that you had a matching incredibles stamp to go with the card!
Librarychick55 rated for PH: Washi Bombed Postcard on Mar 28, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: Thanks for the rating!
jules4534 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Common Sayings on Mar 27, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for the great baseball stadium postcard and cool list!

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Comments

LadyJo on Jun 17, 2022:

Thank you for the May CPG wishes of Route 66 postcards. I really would like to do this route someday! Thanks for thinking of me!

annanymark on Jun 16, 2022:

Thank you for the letterpapers you sent me in the CPG May wishlist. Loved them!

LavenderSprinkles on Jun 11, 2022:

Thanks so much for the acrylic stamp for LSRUS Wishlist!

bluerose3 on Jun 7, 2022:

Thank you for the unused stamps from CPG May wishlist. The group of flowers and the cars are really neat.

Sandy1969 on May 4, 2022:

Thank you so much for the April Wishlist letter sheets with envelopes. I liked them All. And i really sooo happy for the stamps on the envelope. I just kept the envelope in my stamp collection box so that can display this envelope in competition.

Tricia22 on May 3, 2022:

CPG April Wishlist- Thank you for the birthday card and postage stamps😊

Melogee on Apr 24, 2022:

Thanks so much for the stamps via the CPG April Wishlist! It was a nice trip down memory lane seeing a few of the sets that I'd remembered from when they were the going rate. :)

Zefaniya on Apr 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the CPG April wish! All the stamps are awesome..especially the Disney!

JKartstuff on Apr 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the postcard for my son's birthday!! (CPG April Wishlist)

debbiespoms on Apr 23, 2022:

Thanks so much for granting my April wish, for the unused US vintage postage stamps. You were way too generous. But I love them a lot! Wonderful variety too!.

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