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heliogal

heliogal
Date Joined: September 27, 2007
Last Online: September 16, 2021

Country: United States

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!

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, address labels 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, 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 and dragons

Mermaids

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees

Sun and moon and stars imagery

Steampunk

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 and your stamped images

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, amulet bags, charms. I would love some items with pentagrams on them like charms, tiles, 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 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.

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:Guardians of the Galaxy, all X-men movies, Predestination, 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!!

I don't really like food smells like cupcake, cookies ect...

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

theprairiemailbox rated for Halloween Happy Mail 🎃 on Sep 15, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely black cat card and goodies!
Response: Awesome!! So glad it made it to you and thank you so much for the heart!!
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Comment: This was gorgeous! Absolutely lovely interpretation of the tutorial. I loved the lace you used on the edge. Thanks for everything!
Response: Thank you so much!! I love that lace too! I am really happy that you appreciated my pocket!!
1koolkrafter rated for FTLOC#1--themed env-US on Sep 13, 2021
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Comment: Stephanie…thanks so much for all the fun cute goodies you sent me!
Response: I am really glad to hear the you enjoyed the swap and thank you for the heart!!
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Comment: Stephanie, just got your articles. I haven't read them yet, but your description of the movie article, makes me want to see it! I envy your wonderful childhood trips.. amazing experiences! 🚙 The 2nd article looks like a lot of fun. Have you seen the movie "The Men Who Stare at Goats"? Loosely based on true facts... okay, looked it up for you because it's been a LONG time since I've seen it... "The film is a fictionalized version of Jon Ronson's 2004 book of the same title of an investigation into attempts by the U.S. military to employ psychic powers as a weapon—... ". George Clooney is one of the cast... Anyway, thanks again for the articles... will read tomorrow on my deck! Yay! 😀😀
Response: Your comment made me so darn happy!!!! I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know how enjoyed my letter!!! I loved "The Men Who Stare at Goats" great title for a really fun and interesting movie. I need to watch again! I will be thinking about you reading the article I sent out on your deck tomorrow that sounds divine!!
TreeAnn629 rated for FTLOC#1--themed env-US on Sep 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you.
DollyDotBoo rated for FTLOC#1--themed env-US on Sep 7, 2021
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Comment: I absolutely ♥ LOVE ♥ what you sent me. Thank you so much.
Response: Thank you for the nice comment. I work very hard my swaps and it makes me very happy to hear that you liked it all!
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Comment: Thank you for the spooky card.
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
PlantSim rated for Halloween Happy Mail 🎃 on Sep 4, 2021
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Comment: It was so nice to hear from you! I LOVE the stickers and the postcard, and I love that we share Wiccan and Witchy interests! Your pumpkin soup sounds lovely :) Thank you so much!
Response: Your comment makes me feel so good!! I am very happy you like everything I sent!!
Fifthcorner rated for Halloween Happy Mail 🎃 on Sep 3, 2021
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Comment: Love the card, note and stickers! Thanks! Oh and I love receiving mail from Santa Barbara County! I grew up in Santa Maria!
Response: I am so happy to hear that you like the things I sent! Santa Maria girl- that's cool!!
Cellolady rated for Quote PC Swap #29 on Aug 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the resend! I received it. YAY!!
Response: I am really happy it made it there this time!!
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Fire-themed package. I especially loved your note and the drawing on the envelope. :)
Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It brings me a lot of joy knowing you liked what I sent you! Drawing is something that is hard for me but I thought a sun was do-able!
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Comment: It truly is a thrill to see a bear in person as long as we are safe. Thanks for this great card.
Rosie2766 rated for LSRUS Favorite Things Postcard on Aug 17, 2021
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Comment: I’m hoping to have my own pool too!!! Maybe next summer!!! I love getting fun mail too!!
Response: It is so worth it!! I hope you are able to get one next summer!! Thank you for your lovely comment!!
samsstuff rated for LSRUS Favorite Things Postcard on Aug 14, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I wish I had a pool, it's been so hot here, lately!
Response: I feel like its the best improvement we have made! I hear you about the heat, same here such a hot summer! Really looking forward to fall. Thank you for the heart! Try and stay cool!!
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Comment: Oh wow I LOVE this! From the gorgeous envelope (now hanging on my feature wall), to the printed oracle cards and the thoughtfully chosen little goodies. Thanks so much, this will all go to great use with me!
Response: Wow that really makes me proud to hear!! Drawing is something that is hard for me to do but I thought the sun was do-able! It make me very happy to hear how much you liked everything I sent!
iolair rated for Aquatic Animal Postcard on Aug 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the adorable otter postcard! I love otters, they are just the cutest babies. That's awesome that you get to see them in person, I hope to be able to do the same one day!
Response: I am so happy that my pc made it all the way to you! Your comment made me smile!! Thank you so much!
PrairieKittin rated for BS&S ~ scattergories game C on Aug 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I love some of your creative answers!!
Response: I thought you would enjoy the deer postcard. Thank you for the heart!
lynnpinkdaisy rated for LSRUS Favorite Things Postcard on Aug 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the PC! Big Sur looks beautiful. I resonate with your favorite things!
Response: I really appreciate your nice comment! That is something else that makes me smile is when I get a lovely comment like this one!!
PrairieKittin rated for Moonlight Mail on Aug 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you SO much!! I love everything in the envelope... and I love the envelope, too! Thanks again!
Response: I enjoyed making everything and decorating and finding all the quotes and poems ect... Thank you for your nice comment!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and card. I am happy to hear you have found fun ways to stay cool. Happy swapping
Response: I am so glad to hear that you like the card and note I sent you! Thank you for the heart!

Rating Overview

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Comments

jeka396 on Sep 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for the bday card, stickers, addy labels, and autumnal bits for my CPG Sept wishlist!

bethe on Sep 10, 2021:

Thank you for your generous package of goodies from CPG September wishes! I can’t wait to try the yummy teas, read the comics and use the pretty pastel envelopes! Thanks again!

bbsporty on Sep 8, 2021:

Thank you so much for the FTLOC#1 Sept Wishlist envie that you sent me! I love everything!

LeaTheShark on Aug 14, 2021:

Thank you SOOOO much for my July Wishes!!! The Pearly Everlasting really does smell like maple syrup, that's incredible! I wonder if I could grow some in a container at my apartment?! The witchy/botanical theme was amazing, and totally made my day!! Thank you!

ThrivingWell on Aug 10, 2021:

Thank you SO Much for your delightful envelope of fun, for my July LSRU wishes!!! I’m touched by your care & love the goodies you sent! 💕~ Z

CariahCreates on Jul 28, 2021:

Thank you for the stuffed envie you sent for my LSRUS wishilst!

isabellasnow on Jun 23, 2021:

Hi Stephenie! Thank you SO much for the lovely AATW June wishes you sent my way! I just love everything you sent--what a treat!

gingerbee on Jun 18, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful LSRUS June wishes! I too am just getting into shaker cards...haven't completed one yet, but have lots of ideas and pieces cut so far. The sequins will be perfect! And the stickers are fun too!

BellaRose on Jun 18, 2021:

Wow Stephanie, thank you so much for the Halloween goodies you sent me. They definitely made me so happy to see and will be going into my memory box because I love it all so much 🥰 Thank you!!!

LavenderSprinkles on Jun 17, 2021:

Thanks so much for my wishes for June LSRUS!

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