Swap-bot Time: May 9, 2021 7:27 am


Original Member
Last Online: May 8, 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".


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.


  • 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.


lou rated for WIYM: Penned-up from the Pandemic #1 on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for your note and enclosures, guess your mail doesn’t get picked up right away
Comment: Thank you Swantje for the bridge PC and your list of favorites. I am in the of course the Postcard Hideout group and also What's in your mailbox too. Both awesome groups.
mchesser12 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Flowers on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and sharing your favorite flowers. I’ll admit I had to look up two of them.
Justjada rated for LSRUS: One Year Groupiversary Swap on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for swapping!!
Comment: Great list Thanks
Comment: Thank you for the great Vegascard!
Comment: Thank you for the out of this world galaxy postcard! Happy one year groupiversary!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I always enjoy watching the Tournament of Roses
Comment: Thank you for the list! I've been rewatching many of the old Star Trek shows, too.
Comment: Thank you. Hope you had a nice Easter. Happy Spring💐
Response: I did!
cynaemon rated for LSRUS: One Year Groupiversary Swap on Apr 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard.
Comment: Thanks for the pc. Today I saw a bus at the Wal-Mart that was obviously someone's home-it had a mermaid attached to it and was named Athena...
Response: Wow, that’s cool!
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter!
Comment: Thanks for the blossoming tree postcard and sharing your spring list. I also love cute Easter themed items.
Comment: Thank you. It's nice to see the decorations people put out for Easter.
EchoLima rated for PH: List 5 Series - Favorite Colors on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: The rich yellow on your postcard is my favorite shade of yellow too! Thank you :)
Comment: Thanks for the lizard pc, for sharing your list of fav. photos and for participating in this swap.
Comment: HI - Thanks for the pretty fairy card. Your reading list sounds fun - I want to read Hidden Figures too. I saw the movie, but books are always better. :-)
Comment: Thank you - love the PC - I've always wanted to cruise the Rhine and see castles.
Comment: Love the balloon card. Hope you are safe and warm.
Response: Yes, we are. Hope you are, too.

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lou on May 2, 2021:

Hello - left you private message emailed you

Zefaniya on Apr 27, 2021:

Thank you so much for the April wish! ☺️

Autist on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you for the Wishlist wish for March! I got my awesome dragonfly stickers yesterday. I hadn't been to my post box in about a month, from travel and such. So I don't know when it got there, but I got it now!! Thanks for thinking of me, it was very kind!! Cheers, Evan

chimerix on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you for granting my April wish. I'm putting it aside for my DH's birthday. Aloha

LavenderSprinkles on Apr 17, 2021:

I appreciate your LSRUS wishes and encouraging words. Bless you.

CariahCreates on Apr 16, 2021:

Thank you for all of the notecards from my CPG april wishlist. That will help me send out lots of chemo angel special assignments

Autist on Apr 13, 2021:

Thank you for the great wishlist stickers!! There are so many great stickers here. So many vintage-y ones. I love them!! Thank you so much!! Cheers - Evan

ladyaries7 on Apr 10, 2021:

Thank you for the TJ's ecobag! april wishes

rarjones on Apr 2, 2021:

Happy April Birthday!!

thisismeAXiD on Apr 2, 2021:

happy birthday month

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