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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: October 27, 2021
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; still looking for vol. 15 The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café) and the books for young readers), 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 at 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, 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 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex 2XL. 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 (see wishlist - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Postcard books
  • 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, ...)
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 like fruity herbal teas.
  • 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

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Comment: Love the cored phoyos. They are just beautiful; My grandsons have bee hives. Thanks for sharing your neighborhood walk. Have a gtray day. bearnbabs
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Comment: cool postcard and postage stamps, thank you, Happy Halloween! I wish you love and health.
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Comment: Swan, your beautifully written scriptures and your meaning of faith brought me joy!! Blessings always Fondly, Sheryl
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Comment: We were thinking together on two: freshly cut grass and fir needles. The air after rain--I think I put that as well. Lavender and coconut--my other two!
24Donna rated for CF: List your wishes! #2 on Sep 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the very nice letter I enjoy receiving letters! God bless you
bbsporty rated for WIYM: Washi Covered Postcard on Sep 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard! I love the washi tape that you used!
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Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard, for sharing the events and for participating in this swap.
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Comment: Thank you for the neat postcard and the book recommendation!
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Comment: Thank you!
susu707 rated for WTL:Washi on a pc :2 on Sep 23, 2021
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Comment: Great stadium for my collection-Dodgers!! We take the same things, except for the reading glasses as I wear contacts. Have a nice day. Nice stamps!
Catt007 rated for PH: Let Me Tell You... on Sep 2, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, you live a long way from your birthplace. Stay safe and happy 😸
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Comment: Thank you for the Santa Monica pc. I've actually been there a couple of times and would love to go back again. Thank you for sharing your list of kitchen items. The dishwasher is probably my most favorite too! Take care!
bluerose3 rated for CPG Hand Colored PC #8 - Global on Aug 28, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cute turtle postcard
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Comment: Vielen lieben Dank für die Karte! Als ich die Frage las wollte ich auch zuerst sagen: Ravenclaw. (Also hab auch sofort an Harry Potter gedacht;) Schöne Grüße aus Hamburg!
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Comment: I keep a can of soup and toothbrush/paste in my card too! Thanks for the card.
Honeyloveart rated for LSRUS Medium Flat Box Swap on Aug 23, 2021
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Comment: I seriously almost cried opening this! I feel so blessed whenever we receive gifts for our foster children. The shark lunchbox and school supplies will go to EXCELLENT use! I'm personally obsessed with the green market bag and the funky wool trivet, they match me very well. My partner literally squealed to see the patterns on the beeswax wrap and the cute pot handle cover. The spooky decor and teal pumpkin paint came in perfect time for us to start decorating this week. Thank you so much for all the thought you put into curating something lovely for my family!!!!
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Comment: thank you for the great Rose Bowl card!! Lovely appetizers. My fav I think is the roasted cauliflower or French onion soup!
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Comment: Thank you for the California pc and sharing your 5 words to describe yourself. Sounds like we could be good friends. :)
laterdayze rated for CPG Things with Wings PC - US on Aug 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!

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Comments

Queensmiley2530 on Oct 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for my cpg Oct wishes

LadyJo on Oct 14, 2021:

Thank you for the October CPG wishes of local artists notecards! That is neat you met the one at a gardens.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 12, 2021:

Thank you very much for the cloth shopping bag from my October wishlist at CPG! It's exactly what I what I was looking for!!! Much much appreciated!

Bavarija on Oct 12, 2021:

Thank you for face mask! Stay safe!

TeaNi on Oct 9, 2021:

thank you for granting a wish for me

with the stocking stuffer snack bags! :)

Zefaniya on Oct 9, 2021:

Thank you for the CPG October wish! The birds reminded me of Sunday school years ago ❤️

purple24 on Oct 8, 2021:

Thank you for the beautiful birthday card. Love it! -- CPG WL

teejlc on Sep 30, 2021:

Thank you so much for the big stack of Christmas cards! I especially love that they are all different. Some of the addresses for the Angel Card Project are for retirement homes and I love sending big bundles and knowing each person will get a unique card. These will be putto good use!

Honeyloveart on Sep 16, 2021:

We were so stoked to open this coloring book from LSRUS Sept Wish List - thank you so much!!!

Zefaniya on Sep 15, 2021:

Thank you for the Cpg September wish =)

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