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banjobraids

banjobraids
Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: July 17, 2022
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States
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About Me

NOTE July 2022: There are quite a few swaps that have gone missing on their way to me in the last month. Don't worry about bad ratings, I won't leave any. It's obviously something with the USPS. I've started receiving swaps again, so it was just the end of May, beginning of June. Again, I will not leave you a bad rating even if you choose not to resend.

Please don't hesitate to tell me if it's been an abnormally long time for a swap or if it arrives with postage due. Just let me know and I'll reimburse you, or do a resend if necessary. I don't mind one bit.

I ALWAYS rate and I ALWAYS send on time. Rating is super important to me and I like to devote time and effort to it, and really let the person know how much I appreciate their time and generosity.

pic of me

I'm 47 years old and neuroatypical (autistic), and wouldn't choose to be any other age or way to be. I'm a mama of two (ages 18 and 15) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 24 years. I love to laugh and joke, but can also be very serious. I love sunglasses and have about 20 pairs that I cycle through. I have two black cats that are siblings and a huge menacing calico who despises them. I drink massive amounts of Lime LaCroix every single day. I am a grateful member of Al-Anon and Adult Children of Alcoholics and will gladly hear about and share on these topics if anyone wishes.

My current miniature project is a tiny library dedicated to Maria Sibylla Merian who was a naturalist in the late 1600s. She was one of the greatest contributors to the field of entomology. I now work in a library, too, which is so fun and exciting.

A previous diorama: one of my dioramas:

I love tiny things and plastic toys which I incorporate into my dioramas or put into shadowboxes or just fill up jars and put them on shelves. My obsessions change from day to day and I often get sucked into a rabbit hole researching different topics.

My hobbies include needlepoint, cross stitch, cooking, reading, crafting, traveling, SLEEPING, and listening to music. I'm originally from the Detroit, Michigan area but have been living in the south for 14 years now.

I'm NOT a super picky swapper and will not give low ratings just because something doesn't exactly match my standards. Those things just get put back into my swap box to be sent on to someone who will enjoy it better. I will not be offended by much of anything unless it's hateful or bigoted, and will love anything profane or funny or weird or kitschy or bizarre.

"No matter where you go, there you are." ~ Buckaroo Banzai

"Strangers on this road we are on/ We are not two we are one." ~ The Kinks

Postcard and Ephemera Likes

I prefer artsy or funny postcards over touristy, but I will be happy to receive any postcard, naked or in an envie, vintage or new or ad. I definitely enjoy handmade postcards, too. You can send me all the weird or "gross" postcards, bugs and creepy creatures, scary women, wtf cards and I will be ecstatic.

Specific topics I like:
libraries and books nature and natural history,
aboriginal/first nations art,
needlework,
ouroboros,
bananas,
rainbows,
EYES and eye imagery,
birds, especially blue jays and cardinals,
squirrels,
snakes,
science fiction,
mysteries,
the supernatural,
cryptozoology,
moths,
huge things,
tiny things,
skeletons,
folk art, outsider art,
strange tourist destinations or attractions
things about CULTS
insects, esp houseflies or beetles
amazons,
warrior women,
witches/witchy things/paganism,
LGBTQIA+ (pansexual a PLUS),
radical progressive politics,
things about voting,
amazing women politicians,
aspergers/aspie/autism positive (not Autism Speaks),
mermaids,
gingko trees and leaves

Fandoms: Supernatural (Destiel forever),
Harry Potter (I love Hermione and Snape the best)
Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker or Tom Baker
Legion
Buffy/Angel/Firefly

Things I collect and LOVE

keithharing

Any of these are instant hearts and love and gratitude:

postcards,
pressed pennies,
shaped plastic combs,
plastic dinosaurs,
buttons/badges/enamel pins,
gay stuff,
bitchy stuff,
fat stuff,
zines,
anything tiny and plastic,
LENTICULARS!

My current button stash display:
my button stash

People and characters I absolutely love:
John Waters
Divine
Kate Bush
Frida Kahlo
Wonder Woman
Tank Girl
Bette Davis
Pee Wee Herman
James Baldwin
Temple Grandin
Shirley Chisholm
Stevie Nicks
Marilyn Monroe
Dolly Parton

Favorite Crafts

Needlework, dioramas, ATCs, articulated paper dolls, shadowboxes, stickers.

My needlepoint based on a Russian suprematist painting from around 1915:
my needlepoint

Fav Artists:
Howard Finster (all-time fav)
Kehinde Wiley
Amy Sherald
Keith Haring
Tamara de Lempicka
Kara Walker
Paa Joe
Diane Arbus
and a MILLION MORE...see my Pinterest

Favorite Television

I am a HUGE Supernatural fan. TV loves: We're Here, Picard, Discovery, SNW, What We Do in the Shadows, Our Flag Means Death, Gilded Age, Stranger Things. I think Schitt's Creek was one of the best shows ever. Love documentaries of all types.

I love old movies, especially 40s movies with Betty Davis or Cary Grant or Margaret Sullivan or Humphrey Bogart. TCM is a staple. I was raised on musicals and know almost every word to most of them (whether I want to or not).

angel

Dislikes

I don't have many and will absolutely not rate down for these. Just a list if you're wondering what things I don't really have a use for and that automatically get put in my giveaway box:

glitter
planner stuff
emojis
kawaii stuff (except Twin Stars)
things that glorify drinking (ex. Wine-o-clock, etc)
dreamcatchers
perfumey stuff (except patchouli)

As I said before, I don't like anything bigoted or hateful or white supremacist. I'm not a Christian, but I don't mind religious items or prayers or things like that. Jesus seems like he was a cool guy. I wish more people were like him.

Favorite Colors

My favorite color is orange. I also love rainbow patterns or color schemes.

Fav Music

TOP FIVE: Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, Lavender Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd

OTHER: Sufjan Stevens, Innocence Mission, Lizzo, Sia, My Morning Jacket, BeyoncΓ©, David Byrne, Dawn Landes, Alela Diane, Feist, Florence + the Machine, Y La Bamba, Elvis Perkins, Gillian Welch, Arcade Fire, The Middle East, Santigold, Future Islands, Aimee Mann, Yeasayer, Wye Oak, Tom Tom Club, Liam Finn, Finn Bros, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, Cocorosie, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young

Favorite Movies

Blade Runner, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Popeye, Any period movie (Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, To Have and Have Not, Tank Girl, Secretary, Star Wars (any), Dune, Harry Potter, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Addicted to Love, Punch Drunk Love, Darjeeling Limited, District 9, ALL the Alien movies.

Favorite Books

I read everything from romance to non-fiction to fanfic. Mainly, I like mysteries and have a few favorite authors like Kathy Reichs, Preston&Child, and Lindsey Davis. I really enjoy very old first-person accounts, like old diaries and compilations of letters. Other favorite authors: Rikki Ducornet, Emma Donoghue, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, The BrontΓ« sisters, Banana Yoshimoto. I write fanfic sometimes, but mainly read. I'll tell you my OTPs if you're interested, and would LOVE to hear about yours!

arbus quote

Ratings

Cryptid rated for CSS: Letter Swap: Alien Big Cats on Aug 3, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the letter, stickers, and the card. The picture made me smile. I did watch the new Persuasion movie and it's very different from the book but I enjoyed it.
marclively rated for 3-2-1 Your Choice #3 on Jul 15, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thanks, Marc
lynnpinkdaisy rated for NYUP USA Only #81 on Jul 9, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the cool vintage postcard. The women's bathing suits made me cringe a little because they're strapless and I would be worried about the top falling down! Lol!
Response: Ha, right?! In the days before good elastic. Thanks for the heart :):)
dvmac rated for Totally Inappropriate PC Swap #8 on Jul 6, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Hi Claire. I love the card! I'm going to look up the photographer. I hope your pool days pan outπŸ˜„ It was good swapping with you again!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Glad you enjoyed :):):)
5
rating
Comment: What a beautiful card! Thank you! β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
Response: So glad you enjoyed! Happy pride! :):):)
kishna rated for NYUP USA Only #81 on Jul 2, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for my first marimekko card! It definitely feels summery! :)
Response: Glad you enjoyed! I loooove Marimekko. Happy summer! :):):) Thanks for the heart!
itsnobody rated for DEER Postcard on Jul 2, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Nice another Taika Waititi fan! I loved Our Flag Means Death. Can't wait for the next season. Your postcard had some interesting stamps getting out from He'll haha. Thanks!
Response: OFMD is sooooo amazing. I can't stop thinking about it and waiting for the next season, yes. Thanks for the heart and happy summer! :):):)
BookishPenpal rated for NYUP USA Only #81 on Jun 29, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Also, I would absolutely LOVE to work in a library! It's one of my dream jobs πŸ’šπŸ“š Happy Swapping!
Response: It's a happy place for sure! Thanks for the heart :):)
Risna rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #106 on Jun 29, 2022
5
rating
Comment: What a fun way to remember this pandemic one day... a Coronavirus Frida Kahlo! Thank you so much for this unusual card! Take care and enjoy your summertime.
Response: So glad you enjoyed, and thanks for the heart! :):)
SkaGirl rated for WTF PC Swap R10 on Jun 29, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the perfect WTF postcard! :)
Response: Yay, glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart :):)
KellyR rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #106 on Jun 29, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Fun card, thank you!
Response: Glad you enjoyed :)
5
rating
Comment: great card! thanks so much!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart and HAPPY PRIDE! :D🌈
captkristi rated for Totally Inappropriate PC Swap #7 on Jun 26, 2022
5
rating
Comment: OMG this is amazing!! I love everything about this PC. I haven't seen this one before. I agree. You want to talk about a total cluster f**k?!?! Look up Humans in the dictionary. haha
Response: LOL! Yayyyyy, so glad you loved it! :D Thanks for the heart :D
Lilyhax rated for Oversized PC Swap on Jun 26, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the heart :):)
colleenbUSA rated for TITS Pro-Choice Notecard Swap on Jun 22, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much for joining and for the card and all the wonderful extras! I love the card! I'd give a heart if it weren't for the late sending.
Response: So glad it arrived quickly and safely. Thanks for the swap! :)
riviwriter rated for Pride Swap! on Jun 18, 2022
5
rating
Comment: This was such an awesome and generous swap! Thank you so so much for brightening my week :) Happy Pride! PS I hope you are enjoying your new job! Working at a library sounds so lovely <3
Response: Happy pride! So glad you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed putting it together :D The library is going great, thank you! Thanks as well for the heart :):):)🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
Cryptid rated for CSS: Cryptid Patch Swap May on Jun 14, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the patch (it's going straight on my jacket) and the extras. Wow, I love the Russian cards as well. :)
Response: Very glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for the heart :):):)
basykes rated for WTF PC Swap R8 on Jun 10, 2022
5
rating
Comment: WTF?? LOL.
Response: Right?!
Burger1girl rated for Celestial PC Swap on Jun 10, 2022
5
rating
Comment: I love it , I love it!! The postcard is beautiful, going into my journal. I grew up in Savannah, but wanted a slower place to live. So Clyo is a very small farmland town. Quaint and quiet. I drive to Rincon to work. I missed the eclipse itself but had to work at 4am and got to see some them and the stars in the country side are so bright!! Thanks again! We shall watch the same moon again!!
Response: So glad you loved it! Thanks for the heart and have a magical summer! :):):)
Jbondbull rated for Space Postcard swap #2 on Jun 7, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Cool spaceman. Thankyou.
Response: Youre very welcome! Thanks for the heart :):)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1028 9 11
Completed Fives Threes Ones
850 1123 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 25, 2021:

Seasoned Greeting? That Christmas card was so cute! And I loooooooved that business card too! Thank you! Pssst, I still your Chistrmas card up from last year! Yup. The Big Foot card. LOL

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2021:

Meisje on Dec 10, 2021:

Merry Christmas β™₯

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OrigamiGrace on Jul 20, 2021:

hello

Hope you are having a great day!
Just popping in to say hi!!

bluehairedmary on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you so much for the RAK box of birthday gifts! I will happily try all the delicious coffee and love the stickers you included! Thanks for noticing my bday and taking the extra time! So thoughtful!

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 22, 2021:

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because β™₯

Christmas Christmas

Christmas

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

takehimaway on Nov 20, 2020:

OMIGOD, YOU LOOK LIKE THE COOLEST PERSON EVER.

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