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heliogal

heliogal
Date Joined: September 27, 2007
Last Online: January 19, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

Hello, I have taken a couple years off of swap-bot, but lately I have started to really miss the fun mail, the creativity, and learning a little bit about someone's life. So I am back!

Update Jan 2022: Please let me make it right if something I send has postage due!! There is so much random subjectiveness to the new postage rates.

July 2021: Just updating some facts about my family. My daughter is now married to her partner by a ceremony, on the beach, that I got to officiate!! My son graduated SJSU with his software engineering degree this winter! Big goals achieved!!

I have been living off-grid for 14 years now!! We live in a yurt on very rural land an hour from town. It is a lot of work but we just love living like this! Being independent and being in nature is important to my psyche!

Since I live an hour from town I usually check my P.O. Box once a week and send mail at the same time. I mark my mail sent once I have dropped in the mail slot at the post office. It may be on a Sunday or holiday and will be post marked the next day.


I am married with 2 young adult children which we homeschooled/unschooled. My daughter has now graduated from University of CA, Santa Cruz and my son is in college pursuing a computer science degree. I'm super proud of them both and what we accomplished as a family with unschooling. We live in a rural area in a home we built. We are off grid using solar power. So all my computer correspondences are solar powered yeah! We lived for a year with no electricity at all before we were able to get solar power system up. It was fantastic learning experience. Doing something like that really helps you not take a lot of things for granted.

Nature is very important to me and I like arts and crafts that reflect nature.

I like stationery, sachets, fabric bags of sweet smelling potpourri or any of your spice and herbal mixtures address labels -I really need some and fancy STICKERS, LOTION, soaps ANYTHING Scented, Lip balms, Lip Shimmers, and Lip Sticks (pinks/natural), ribbon, teas, homemade or store bought spice blends, candles (all kinds votive and jar candles ect...), I like Victorian style postcards/cards, Celestial (stars and moons and suns) style, Cats and all animals especially Bears (real pictures of bears not teddy bears) Not that there is anything wrong with teddy bears :)

LOVES:

People who read profiles and take the time to connect with another person

Anything Handmade- your artwork or crafts

Jewelry!! earrings I have pierced ears and like dangly earrings, necklaces, bracelets handmade or 2nd hand (thrifted or yard sales :-) I like silver, bronze and coppery metals (not too much into gold unless its "antiqued" I like bohemian styles, ethnic, Victorian, animals, nature things (flowers, birds, trees ect...)

Interesting stones, crystals, semi-precious gem stones, Nature-made beach glass, all natural things you might find on a walk: shells, pressed leaves, seed pods, dried berries, feathers, pine cones, ect...

Pen-pal letters and notes I love even a quick personal message in swaps

Owls and really all birds

Foxes

Bears

Trees

Botanical themes

Fairies, Dragons, Mermaids, Gnomes, Elves and all magical creatures.

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees and Luna moths

Sun and moon and stars imagery

Steampunk/Victoriana styles/Science/Art Noveau

Tea parties and all tea themed things

Mail art and decorated envelopes. Just putting a little effort with stickers ect... on an envie makes me SMILE big.

Flowers, love all flowers!!

Rubber stamps and ink pads! Most of my colors got dried up after I took a break from swapping and your stamped images please!

ALL things herbal: Dried Herbs from your part of the world, information about any herbs, pictures, recipes that use herbs for body care, cooking, cleaning, medicines, potpourri, teas ect...!!

Stickers, stickers and more stickers :-) Celestial, Flowers, Victorian style, fairies, animals, trees, leaves, snowflakes, steampunk, all magical creatures, Please no children's stickers like cartoon characters, Please no kawai

Die cut shapes I don't have any punches and I love flower, star, heart, nature, butterfly, suns, leaves, trees, ect..... I love the scalloped edged rounds shapes!!

Pretty scrapbook paper- I can always use more paper! embellishment's, prima flowers, Ephemera, Lace, Ribbon, Fabric, Buttons, Washi.

TEA I love all kinds plain black and in all its delightful flavors, I love black tea with vanilla! herb teas, chais and pumpkin spice teas. I always appreciate decaffeinated dessert teas. I like the brands Stash, Tazo, Bigelow, Yogi, Numi, Zhenas, but I would love to try different teas too. The only kinds I don't like are roobios and all of Twinning's brand teas

I would love some black currant tea or rhubarb tea I had some on a trip to Sweden and loved them!

Tea stuff: teabag caddies, infusers, nice large mugs,

Magazines! Used is wonderful! I love relaxing with a magazine to read. I like all kinds: Science, Beauty, Craft, Homemaking, Nature, Current events, Homesteading, Art. Rock my world with something new to learn and read about!

Postcards: especially handmade, Nature scenery, gardens, castles, landmarks, art, Animals of all sorts!! I don't really care for the 3-D postcards, however.

Bears :-) realistic and artistic!

Cats Big and small!

Pagan/ Wiccan things: altar items (wands, candles, decorations) God and Goddess pictures, Bells, Spells, Books, I love spell bottles and amulet bags, charms. I would love some items with pentagrams lists of magical correspondences. I am a green witch and eclectic pagan

Notecards I love handmade ones and store bought too!

Stationery sheets it is very hard to find stationery where I live. I like nature, artistic or just interesting designs please no Kawaii or diddle or other cartoonish styles.

Fabric bags with zippers or drawstrings for organizing stuff in my totes. Handmade always welcome and appreciated as well as clean thrift store/ yard sale finds :-)

like lotions, creams. cuticle creams, soaps, shower gels, massage oils if they are handmade or of natural ingredients.

Fuzzy or Cozy socks

Gloves, hats, wrist- warmers Handmade is always wonderful but even dollar store finds are great.

I love quotes printed from the computer or handwritten

Halloween things especially vintage style I figured out that I like all holiday themes that are vintage style. I don't need real vintage, I like the reproduced images.

I am always in need of kitchen towels

I love aprons handmade or thrift store finds

Essential oils

Incense sticks or cones or loose Your homemade blends are always appreciated Please no drug store or dollar store brands

Anything about palmistry


Here is my very short list of Dislikes:

Disney and All cartoon characters, Kawaii

Themes of shopping, princess, shoes and handbags that sort of thing.

Please no gory, bloody images or animal abuse (I needed to add this because I got something recently that was very disturbing

Camouflage or USA stuff (love my country but just don't like that color combo)

Christian stuff (I respect the religion but it is not my path)

Favorite Music

World music especially music from Brazil, Ireland/Scotland, Cuba, and Africa. Jazz of all types and Rock from Indie to oldies with a soft spot for 80's music. I also love new age music, and classical and Opera. I love the band Fitz and the tantrums.

Favorite Movies

I LOVE watching all kinds of movies. My guilty pleasures are action/ adventure films and sci-fi where the good guys always win. I also love more subtle and complex films as well. I just love Dance movies also like Strictly Ballroom and Step up We get no TV so I love movies and I'm fine if you send me any "back-up" DVD copies of any kind.

Here is a short list of favorites: Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy, all X-men movies, ,Cloud Atlas, Avatar, Meet Joe Black, Dan in Real Life, I am Legend, The Illusionist, Princess Bride, everything Star Trek, all the LOTR movies, The list could go on for a very long time

Favorite Crafts

I really enjoy making notecards and postcards and FLIPBOOKS! And all the fun pockets and happy mail paper crafts. Since I am not good at drawing or painting I use rubber stamps stickers and ephemera in a what think is a very artistic way. like getting supplies for making these such as nice papers, ephemera, stamps, ink pads, brads, ribbons and lace, buttons embellishments.

gardening, growing and nature crafting (collecting wild plants) flowers and herbs for cooking, healing and crafting. I make soap and soy candles with essential oils. I love making my own herbal medicines and body care products.

Jewelry making. I have just been getting into making bead and wire earrings and necklaces. I would love to receive interesting glass beads and findings, chains, wire, ect...

Favorite Books

I really enjoy reading non-fiction such as real life adventures or how-to books also books about great people. I do love engaging plot-driven books too. I love cozy mysteries like the China Bayle herbal mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert, The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Laurie R. King, The book Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli is a beautiful YA book I like to recommend to everyone. I also LOVE poetry. I always enjoy good book recommendations.

smells

I really love scented stuff and prefer things scented with natural essences. I like floral scents such as Rose, Jasmine, Violet and Honeysuckle. I like lemon, honeydew melon, herbs such as lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, sage, Spicy scents like cinnamon, Sandalwood, cloves and pumpkin spice are fantastic too!! Wintery smells I like are pine tree, peppermint, cinnamon, apples, gingerbread, all lot of spicy smells and evergreen smells are nice.

Colors

I love all colors. Except neon brights. I'm not such a primary color person either. I love all the other shades of colors. I like earthy colors and Jewel tones. I like the combinations of Red and yellow, Blue and yellow, and turquoise and brown.You can make me happy with most colors.

Just want to say...

I just want to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful swappers I've had the joy to swap with. It is because of the great and generous people on swap-bot that this is such a fun past time!!

Create the world you want to live in.

Ratings

riviwriter rated for BS&S ~ Scattegories G on Jan 19, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great answers! I definitely struggled with some of the G words-- you came up with good ones :)
Response: Thank you! I thought G was pretty hard too! I am wishing you an awesome day!!
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Comment: thank you so much for the card and all the goodies
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG QUICKIE: Tea Break - US on Jan 14, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and teas! Can't wait to try the chocolate one, yummy! I like your WOTY - mine is gonna be 'shine bright' cause I"m hoping it's gonna be a stellar year!!
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Comment: thank you for all the fun goodies, the nice note, and the cute packaging! I can't wait to try the teas! :)
Response: Yay! You are my first rating for 2022! I very happy to hear that you enjoyed my swap. I do hope you got a chance to try the teas! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Thank you for the Christmas tree card and tea.
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Comment: Thank you for the sparkly glittery card. I love the gold glitter moon and snowflakes, the glitter snowflake stickers and your note.
Mjausson rated for BS&S Solstice/Yule Card Swap on Dec 11, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the wonderful card and thoughtful extras.
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Comment: Ahhhh! What a great piece of holiday happy mail!! I so enjoyed opening your envelope. I LOVE all the goodies you sent my way.. a few standouts - the washi tape (especially the animal stamps😍!), the gift tags (that Christmas 'ticket'!) all great items to help decorate my future snail mailings. Thanks so much for your generosity and thoughtfulness 😁 Have a Merry Christmas!! 🎄❤️💌
Response: It really makes me so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the things I sent to you!! I am glad you will be able to use them!! Thank you for your awesome comment- it made my day!! I really hope you and your family have wonderful holiday season!!!
krspellman rated for Winter Care Package-USA 2021 on Nov 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic swap!! I look forward to drinking these teas, the journal is great, and I looove these soaps you made!!!!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for your nice comment. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed the swap I sent and my handmade soap!
pattiairel rated for SMSUSA: World Kindness Day! on Nov 27, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for an awesome swap....🦃🎄🍁⛄️☃️❄️🌨
Response: Thank you for the nice comment and the heart!! Have a wonderful Christmas season!!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the polar bear Xmas card! Very cute!
Response: I am so glad you liked it!! I have such soft spot for polar bears. In Sweden where my mom was from they are called ice bears! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Great swap, Stephenie thanks for the cute kitty notecard & kitty stickers & your newsy note, too — we hear coyotes at night here in the city, too, and it doesn’t bring me much joy lol
Response: Wow! that is really cool! I am sorry the coyotes distress you. I am glad you enjoyed my swap thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Everything you sent was so well curated according to my profile, thank you! From the stamped floral images, to the handmade notecard and the stickers and letter sets. Loved it!
Response: It is so nice to read your comment and hear how much you loved the things I sent!! Big smile on my face right now!!
kizzlets rated for SMSUSA: Blind Swap: Easy as 1-2-3 on Nov 24, 2021
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ScrapHappyGabi rated for SWAS: Yule Gift USA on Nov 22, 2021
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Comment: I received your lovely package and I will be saving it to open it on Yule! ! <3 Thank you so very much I am placing it next to the hearth and it will wait for me to open it!
Response: Oh that will be lovely! I respect your self control- LOL!!
PrairieKittin rated for BS&S ~ scattergories game F on Nov 22, 2021
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Comment: Love the card and the answers! I also chose Fortuna!
Response: How cool is that!! I really want her on my side!!
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Comment: Loved the swap and everything in it! Thank you!
Response: It is really good to hear that you enjoyed my swap! Thank you for the heart!!
PrairieKittin rated for WC ~ Traveling altar on Nov 20, 2021
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Comment: Oh my Goddess!!!! I absolutely LOVE everything you sent, including the box! I can't thank you enough!! Thank you so much!!!!!
Response: Yay!!!That really is very nice to hear!!! I put so much of my heart into everything and I am really pleased you liked it all!!
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Comment: Thanks! You can totally quote me about that hustle culture nonsense. I'll drop you a letter soon! :)
Response: Thank you and I am looking forward to it!
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Comment: Hello, Thank you for the beautiful swap that you sent my way. Greece is on my list too and as you mentioned - swimming in the turquoise waters would be amazing. I love to travel as well. Have a lovely day ahead and happy swapping!
Response: That is cool that we share a desire to visit Greece! I am so happy my mail made it to you and that you enjoyed it!!! Thank you for the heart!!

Rating Overview

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Comments

bostianh on Jan 19, 2022:

Thank you so much for the beautiful wish from LSRUS January. I appreciate the time and kindness you put into this happy mail.

yvonne401 on Jan 18, 2022:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here.

Blessings,

Yvonne

middleearthtraveller on Jan 14, 2022:

Thank you much for the fabulous LSRUS wish! I adore every little thing you sent--thanks again! <3

Poohtat on Jan 13, 2022:

Thank you so much for the LSRUS Jan Gnome happy mail. I love it all. So cute!

Swan on Jan 12, 2022:

Thank you for the Valentine’s Day cards and embellishments for my LSRUs January wishlist!

jamicam on Dec 31, 2021:

Wishing you peace, creativity, laughter, and good health for the new year!

2022

bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

bpl76 on Oct 16, 2021:

Thank you for my FTLOC#1 Wish love them!!

yvonne401 on Sep 28, 2021:

Time for Tea, Tea Tag, I'm so happy to hear that you liked what I sent. I always check profiles to try to make people happy.

Blessings,

Yvonne

lou on Sep 24, 2021:

Congratulations, almost 14 years on SB, glad you’re here!

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