Swap-bot Time: July 30, 2021 11:24 pm
www.swap-bot.com

banjobraids

banjobraids
Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: July 30, 2021
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States
Postcrossing
Pinterest
Instagram

About Me

I took some time to myself for a few months and focused on projects and penpals. I'm back to do a few postcard swaps as I miss them.

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 work for the VA and am extremely busy, so often I can only work on my swaps on the weekend, and may send out near or on the last day. This may cause a delay in rating as well. However, 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 46 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 17 and 14) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 22 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. I'm a court transcriptionist, for veterans mainly, and it is very fulfilling work.

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.

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 13 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:
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. Recent loves: Upload, Killing Eve, Belgravia, We're Here, Picard, Discovery, What We Do in the Shadows, Hanna. I think Schitt's Creek was one of the best shows ever. Loved Broad City.

Currently bingeing: 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, Beyoncé, 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 Brontë 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

5
rating
Comment: I love this card!!! And absolutely love the stamps you chose to put on it!! I hope your kitties befriend their doggy visitor, peeved kitties are not a fun time! We have a doggy that we get quite regularly (my partner and his ex’s dog, they share now) thankfully, the kitties seem to have adopted Sadie dog as their own, maybe even more than she’d like sometimes 😅
Cellolady rated for I'm Not From There PC Swap on Jul 30, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Loved you pc, stickers, and what you wrote. I even find myself using Y'all sometimes! I have a friend that uses it all the time, and it's rubbed off onto me!
5
rating
Comment: Hello Claire, I LOVE the turtle postcard!!!! Thankyou for the extras - paper, halloween cutouts, grogu. Customs opened the package - i hope they didn't take anything out! Awesome stamps as well! Fantastic happy mail! ❤️
Response: Yay! So glad you enjoyed :):) It doesn't sound like anything was missing. Thanks for the heart! :):)
pattiairel rated for Happy Little Mailman on Jul 28, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Cute post card!!!! 🌼🌸🌷 thanks Love the suzy Zio♥♥
Response: Awesome! Thanks for the heart :):):)
MarHelene rated for WIYM: FOOD POSTCARD SWAP on Jul 28, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Cute Julia Child card!
Response: Thanks! :):) Appreciate the heart!
Motherofwands9 rated for Happy Little Mailman on Jul 28, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Omg I LOVED this moon postcard. Thank you
Response: Yay, so glad you loved it :):) Thx for teh heart
5
rating
Comment: Fun retro diner pc and yes it looks like Keri Russell for sure! Thanks for a great postcard
Response: You're so welcome! :):):)
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful postcard.
Response: You're so very welcome! Thanks for the heart :):):)
5
rating
Comment: Love the card & especially the cow sticker! ❤️ My postcards are in a huge photo album with the plastic see through pages. I desperately need another! How great you’ve spent so much time in NOLA! Hope you come back soon.
Response: Thank you for the heart! Glad you enjoyed :):) I dearly hope to visit NOLA soon! :D
nanadiana rated for Ugly PC Swap #35 on Jul 23, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the pc. I agree with you, it is really boring. Love the dragonfly stamps! :)
Response: Glad you enjoyed...the stamps lol Thanks for the heart :):):)
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the Alice in Wonderland postcard!
Response: You're very welcome! Thakns for the heart :):)
fortannam rated for 3 AD Cards Plus . . . #2 on Jul 22, 2021
5
rating
Comment: thank you for the postcards :)
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the heart :):)
5
rating
Comment: Another great card! We missed going to the beach this summer too! We've been going to the public pool a lot. Like it would have been cheaper if I signed up for the season pass this time! Thanks and take care!
Response: I need some serious pool time. Thakns for the heart! :):):)
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #72 on Jul 21, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Great postcard! Thanks again for the birthday package! Stay cool!
Response: Glad you enjoyed the card! You're so very welcome for the package! It was my pleasure, truly. :):):)
laterdayze rated for NYUP Oversized PC #8 on Jul 21, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I agree, beach pretty sums up my summer too!
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the heart :):)
5
rating
Comment: I love the postcard you sent, too cute!! I also love the black kitty on the washi tape you decorated with, so cute!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Happy swapping! :):):)
funstuff rated for I'm Not From There PC Swap on Jul 20, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks you for the lovely postcard. The picture is great. I would really like to see it. doris
Response: Glad you enjoyed! :):) Thanks for the heart :)
Artteacherjen rated for Happy Little Mailman on Jul 20, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for your sweet message!
Response: You're very welcome! Happy swapping :):)
loverofpostcards rated for I'm Not From There PC Swap on Jul 19, 2021
5
rating
 
aspens rated for Pride Month Postcard Swap on Jul 19, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Hey Claire! Absolutely love this postcard! I think I may actually buy this set! Very happy to hear you've been able to be out and live your most authentic life for years now and I'm so excited to hear you had a lovely time at your first Pride. I'm 24 so definitely still part of the "younger" generation of LGBT+ folks but it is still great seeing how teenagers today are able to be more out and free than even I was. I hope your eldest child is able to experience life even better than the rest of us :) Happy Pride!
Response: Happy pride! Thanks for your note and hte heart :):)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 962 6 9
Completed Fives Threes Ones
796 1049 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
9 631 156 0
View all

Currently Hosting

  • the user is not hosting any current swaps

Comments

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 ♥

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.

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Hello DYSC?

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 31, 2020:

minajapan on Oct 31, 2020:

Thank you for Happy Halloween :) Happy Halloween for you :) :) :) (How do you add a photo ?? I want to be able to do it.) -Mina :)

Login to leave a comment now!