I have discovered Flickr and post images of all craft swaps I create. I don't post pictures of store bought swaps such as postcards, notecards, etc...If you want to be surprised, donâ€™t click on the link!
I have so many interests that it's difficult to settle on any one thing; so I do them all!
I love to sew, quilt, knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch, draw, paint, collage, and paper-craft. More recently, I've been combining these crafts to make mixed media art, altered art, and up-cycled art.
I love to create and have several projects going on at once. My favorite time of year is Winter when I can stay indoors working on projects and drinking warm tea!
In addition to all this crafting, I somehow find time to pursue a full-time career, be a wife, and mom.
Whew! It's a busy life...but a delightful one!
So...right now I've been creating:
Articulated Paper Dolls
Cross Stitch Samplers
Vintage Inspired Mixed Media Wall Art (I love Ranger/Tim Holtz products!)
Steampunk/Vintage Curiosity Cabinets
Pages For My Literary Art Journal (I enjoy quotes from classic novels)
Large Julie Nutting Doll Tags (They're like modern paper dolls.... Love them!)
ATC's (I also swap on atcsforall.com... same user name)
Mini Albums (Make them out of anything... even recycled toilet paper rolls)
Embroidered Woodland Animal Ornaments
All things Steampunk, Vintage, and Distressed
Anything handmade, homemade, up-cycled, or re-purposed
Anything Circus Themed
Anything Classic Winter Themed; snowy scenes, sleigh rides, ice skating on a pond, caroling, etc
Queens, Wizards, Clowns, Nerds, Fairies, Mermaids, Vintage Ladies & Gentlemen
Anything Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood
Big Eyed Girls and Dolls
Kokeshi and Matryoshka Dolls
All Birds, Birdcages, and Owls... especially Chickadees, Cardinals, Crows, Snowy Owl and Great Horned Owl
Sheep, Goats, Chickens, Roosters, Bunnies, Bees
Any Stationary; notecards, postcards, decorative letter paper
Stickers, Unique Paperclips, Handmade Bookmarks and Gift Tags
Ephemera; cancelled stamps, maps, book pages w/script
Vintage Typewriters, Clocks, Fans
Anything Vintage Travel Themed; old autos, bi-planes, trains, boats
Victorian Hot-air Balloons and Air-Ships
Old Vintage Sepia Photographs of people / Found relatives
Altered Domino Books
Altered Altoid Tins
Articulated Paper Dolls/Animals
Books: I love the Classics, but also enjoy new literary novels. Right now, I'm working my way through a list of 100 best novels of all time.
Languages: I was born in the Azores, so Portuguese is my native language. I began formal training in English at the age of 10 and am fluent. I also speak Spanish fluently, and I'm now studying Italian.
Movies: My favorite genres are Historical, Epic, Drama, Documentary, and Musicals. I enjoy films that teach me something about another country, culture, time, social situation or cause.
Music: I enjoy music of all kinds, but my favorite is Latin, Jazz, Blues, and Classical. I love the sound of a violin or harmonica.
Tea: I love black tea... Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Masala. I also like flavored teas... Chamomile, Orange Spice. I'm always willing to try a new tea.
Colors My favorite colors are those found in nature; brown, beige, soft blues and greens. Think earth, sky, and foliage.
I'm not too difficult to please, but there are a few things I don't like.
Anything Peppermint or Licorice flavored
Glitter (the kind that gets all over the place) Sparkle is ok
Anything that smells like cigarette smoke