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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: September 19, 2021
Birthday: December 4, 1969
Country: United States
The Dark Avalon Scrolls
My Etsy Store
My deviantART [may contain spoilers]

On Time Zones

Because it has become an issue recently, I must add this information: I live in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. That puts me in the Pacific Standard/Daylight Timezone, aka PST/PDT.

When I send out a swap, I send it by 11:59pm in MY timezone.

I don't cater to anyone else's timezone. As long as the swap is sent out and marked as sent by the end of the day in my timezone, it's still listed as sent on time, as this is the way it was explained to me when I joined Swap-Bot over 6 years ago.

If this is an incorrect way of going about sending out swaps, I request that people link me to the section of the rules/FAQs where it says otherwise. Until then, this is the way I will continue to operate with my swaps.

On Communication & Swaps

On Sending Swaps

I press "sent" when I put the item in my mailbox or drop it off at the post office down the street. This sometimes means that I have missed the day's pickup, which means it'll go out the following day. I do try to take holidays and weekends into account when sending items out.

If you should receive a swap from me that's marked postage due, please PM me and let me know how much was owed and your paypal address, and I'll refund it to you.

On Rating Swaps

I admit I've been slow in getting some ratings done in the past. The issues that predicated that should be dealt with now, so I will rate as quickly as I can upon receiving your swap.

I DO consider the send by date a requirement to getting a "5" on a swap. This is how it was explained to me when I first joined this site, and it's how I've always worked with my ratings. For further information, please see below on how communication can adjust this.

On Communication

I'm BIG on communication. If I'm going to be late with a swap, I will PM you [and usually the swap coordinator, as well] with an ETA of when it will be sent, as well as once I've actually sent it. If I have tracking on a package for you, I'll PM you with that information, as well.

If you communicate with me that your swap will be late before the deadline, I'm usually quite good about still giving you a "5" if you keep up with your end of the bargain and send by your revised send date. If you don't communicate with me before the deadline, I don't know that there may be extenuating circumstances, so I will rate accordingly.

About Me

The short version

Dyke. Pagan. Pet lover. Writer. Creatrix.

The long version

I was born on 4 December 1969, which makes me a Sagittarius with Libra moon & Scorpio ascendant. But I was born like 3-odd weeks early, or so I'm told, so I need to look into the variations for a cusping Capricorn yet. At 10 years old, I knew I was at least bisexual, and that there was more for me than conventional Christianity. So eventually I came out to my family: In 1994 as a pagan & in 1995 as a lesbian. I interchangeably call myself either pagan or witch, and follow an eclectic solitary tradition. Despite the "chic-ness" of how it sounds, mine is a rather personalized path, currently more fluid than rigid, and will quite possibly stay that way. I've come to feel that life is more fluid than rigid, so I believe it's better to 'go with the flow' than try to hold back the flood.

I currently live in a fabulous house in the Puget Sound area with my partner and our good friend, as well as 4 cats. We've nicknamed our house "3 Dogs House" and all have nicknames :: I am Spotty, my partner is Doggie, and our friend is Soggy.

I have been writing in one form or another since I was about 7yo. Writing is in my blood; I can't NOT do it. Primarily I write poetry, fanfiction and original fiction, though I am known to dabble in meta from time to time.

I like a little bit of everything, but I'm seriously opinionated. I can be very silly...or very serious.

If you have a question, ask. Depending on how personal it is, I may answer it or I may not.

On Christmas & Easter

As stated in my "about me" section above, I am pagan. While I primarily celebrate Yule and the Spring Equinox/Ostara, I am happy to receive swap items that are related to Christmas and Easter, provided they aren't religious in nature.

If you have questions about any other holidays, please feel free to PM me about it.

Favorite Crafts

  • crochet
  • cross stitch
  • scrapbooking
  • doodling
  • painting
  • making cards
  • iris fold
  • beading
  • jewelry making
  • making candles
  • making spa goodies

Favorite Colors

  • purple
  • pink
  • black
  • silver
  • copper
  • jewel tones

Things I Collect

  • donkeys
  • sea glass
  • lighthouses
  • bottles of water

    I have a good-sized collection of bottles of water collected from various places around the world. I use these in some of my rituals, and love to add to my collection.

  • harbor seals
  • hyenas
  • african painted dogs
  • snakes

    Main favorites :: eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes

Things I Love To Get

  • anything from my collections above
  • anything purple [bonus points if it's sparkly]
  • fun postcards
  • stickers
  • fun note cards to use
  • fun stationery to use
  • pens & markers [I prefer 0.5mm or fine point pens]
  • fun little stuff to put in my bujo
  • yarns of all types
  • Disney stuff [especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana]
  • Miyazaki stuff [especially My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service]
  • Don Bluth movies
  • coloring books
  • little toys & trinkets
  • silly putty
  • stuffed animals
  • toys & treats for my cats
  • candy

    prefer dark chocolate to milk or white chocolate, UNLESS it's good Swiss-type milk chocolate

    PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Kinder Egg toys

    The whole, unopened eggs themselves are illegal in the US, but I love collecting and making the toys. I won't honestly miss the chocolate all that much.

Things I Do Not Want

For the most part, if you send me something that meets swap requirements, but I can't use personally, it will go into a bin I have of "pay it forward" items that are used for other swaps or just to send to people randomly.

That being said, there are some very specific things that I absolutely DO NOT WANT.

PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Makeup of any kind -- I don't wear it and won't use it
  • Perfumes of any kind -- Strong smells can trigger migraines
  • Obvious junk/trash -- If you wouldn't be happy to receive it or display it publicly, then neither will I

Bad Apples

Welp, I used to have this section for bad traders, flakes, and non-raters, but suddenly it's disappeared on me when I was trying to update it. At this point, I'm not going to try to go back and figure out it again, as I'd archived all of the older swaps once I'd added the people here, but I'll just start over again and add people here as I need to...

Ratings

AzEkologi rated for tPCC: Mabon greetings on Sep 19, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the kind holiday blessings. ~ Rick
USAFwife rated for tPCC: Mabon greetings on Sep 18, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice greetings. I hope you also have a wonderful harvest celebration 😊
Artstamper rated for ZZ ~ Tangle and Pass R2 on Sep 17, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Very nice tangles on your card ! I love using tan paper so I can highlight with white as well as shade with graphite.Will enjoy working on it. Thank you for sharing.
Artistic rated for School ...Writer Supplies on Sep 16, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Did I mention somewhere along the way that I needed a new date stamp because mine stops at 2021? If not, that was definitely Providence. Thanks for everything, and I look forward to trying out your favorite pens.
Response: You're welcome! I actually bought a Bible Journaling kit a couple months ago on clearance for the rest of the items, and knew you did Bible Journaling, so kept that date stamp in reserve for a swap for you. Perfect timing! And I hope you like my favorite pens!
photovivie rated for LLU: The Sidekick 2️⃣ on Sep 16, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your Wilbur and Charlotte sidekicks! I had this recommendation a few weeks ago from a Louise penny novel and a friend sent me her book. But we thought it was lost in the mail. But it arrived today together with your card. Magical!
Response: Oh what kismet!
ÇisnerosV rated for tPCC: A Tarot cafe swap #2 on Sep 15, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for a lively and insightful reading. It was awesome.
mchesser12 rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 14, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Sounds like you had a fun August! Hope September is good too. Thanks for sharing.
creativeseconds rated for USAPC: fall flatmail on Sep 14, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you! Happy Fall :)
greenwindow rated for ESG: Baby Animals Profile Bling on Sep 14, 2021
5
rating
Comment: thank you!!
5
rating
Comment: Thanks. Fun swap.
sebastian122 rated for tPCC: I went on a pilgrimage on Sep 9, 2021
5
rating
Comment: What a wonderful experience! Thank you so much for sharing it with me.
5
rating
Comment: Cabbit is such a cute tangle.
Response: Cabbit is one of my favorites, ngl...
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the note. I agree with your DNF list.
Tara rated for ZIA #66 - Holistic Hollis ATC on Sep 6, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the Hollis. I don’t zangle much and yours looked quite a bit different than mine. I hope I did it at all right, ha ha.
InstaTangle rated for ZZ ~ Bijou Tile ~ G, H, I 🌻 on Sep 6, 2021
5
rating
Comment: You bijou tiles are so cute. You where able to add so much on each little tile. Very fun, thank you
tinylans rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 5, 2021
5
rating
Comment: the acting class sounds fun :D and hopefully the stress will go away soon! take care and have a nice day!
PrairieKittin rated for WC ~ Herbal 'Something' on Sep 3, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much!! The dream pillows smell SO good!!! I love them!
Response: Yay! I'm glad you like them! I haven't made one in ages, so they're not perfectly straight, but they're still fun!
InstaTangle rated for ZZ: Zentangle Border Work 🌻 on Aug 29, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the tile, I am excited to add to the middle of your border. Thank you for the coffee sticker, we have Dutch Bros here, but it is a 40 min drive from my house. I am the type that needs her coffee in the morning, thank you
Response: You're welcome! Dutch Bros is my life! LOL
chaari rated for ESG: Baby Animals Profile Bling on Aug 29, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks a lot! The donkey is really cute!
HappyMom rated for ESG: Baby Animals Profile Bling on Aug 29, 2021
5
rating
Comment: So cute! Thank you!

Rating Overview

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Comments

USAFwife on Sep 17, 2021:

tPCC: Mabon greetings, from USAFwife

AJ, At this time of equal light and equal dark, may you find your balance, and be surrounded by those who love you. Blessings! Cindi

AzEkologi on Sep 17, 2021:

Merry Mabon! "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree" (Emily Bronte). May you have a blissful rest of the year. Best, Rick

mchesser12 on Aug 28, 2021:

for: ESG Baby Animals Profile Bling

grammypammy on Aug 23, 2021:

ESG: Baby Animals Profile Bling

Enjoy your day & please rate me!

Hugs, Pam

infphann on Aug 23, 2021:

ESG: Baby Animals 🥰

Hi again 👋🏽 Hope you'll have a great day.

baby panda baby panda baby panda

Poohtat on Jul 20, 2021:

ESG: Post a Profile Hello

infphann on Jul 18, 2021:

ESG: Post a Profile Hello 😀

girl puppy have a great day waterfall

Sumzieroo on Jul 18, 2021:

ESG: Post a Profile Hello

Hello, I hope this message on your profile finds you happy and well. I've enjoyed having a good nosey at your profile:) I to adore poetry. What poets are favorites for you? Do you have a favorite poem also in particular ? I love sylvia plath. Esp her poem tulips. I also write poetry- although rather dark. Would be happy to hear any recommendations you may have. Unfortunately I cannot leave a picture comment as have only managed this twice on my own profile - be damed if I can figure it out again today. Haha! Hopefully I will get the swing of adding the photos soon without an aneurysm. Hehe. Ide love to pimp my profile out way more aswell so it would be helpful.

Look forward to partnering in another swap sometime. For now I'll bid you farewell. Enjoy the week ahead. Stay safe, have fun :)

tinylans on Jun 7, 2021:

it's nice to see another people who appreciates dark chocolate as much as i do! i hope you're having a wonderful day and happy pride!

ESG: Profile-based Profile Comment - tinylans

HappyMom on Jun 6, 2021:

Hi AJ! Happy June Pride Month! Here's your ESG: Profile-based Profile Comment - Love the t-shirt! - Enjoy! pride

shirt

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