I am crafty! I love everything crafty and hand-made. I spend entirely too much time on the internet looking at art and craft blogs and tutorials. I enjoy arts and craft supplies and everything that goes along with living a creative life--and I can't wait to share and swap with others who feel the same way! I make art--paint/draw/urban sketch, hand letter, hand and garment sew, papercraft, play with fibers and beads....cute, sparkly, trendy awesomeness is hard to resist and I am so happy to have an excuse to shop for it now that I am swapping.
I don't watch regular television; only netflix and amazon prime. I am not up on current network shows, but I love to stream interesting programs from start to finish. Some favorites: Versailles (Oh! The clothes!! I am so sad it is to stop after season 3.), Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights (TV), Bloodline. I really enjoy Australian shows: Top of the Lake, Old School (TV), Wanted, Glitch. On Roku: Restoration Home, The Auction House. More than television, these days I am into podcasts: This American Life, Studio 360, Stuff You Should Know, 99% Invisible/Radiotopia, Lonely Palette, Art Curious, Stitcher's Top 100.
I like to read, and I read a lot. I generally get most of my books from the new fiction section of my local public library. I also like how-to books. I enjoy home decorating/craft magazines. I write professionally.
I like quirky independent films and movies about people and their stories more than big Hollywood action/superhero blockbusters. I love interesting and offbeat documentaries.
I like vintage. I enjoy wandering antique and resale shops looking for cool stuff to display or refurbish with paint and ingenuity. I like to renovate and decorate my 200 year-old home. I am bakers twine and washi tape; I am twinkle fairy lights and day old roses with a dash of yellow sports car (it's a 1977 Datsun Z) and My Little Pony!
Things I like to create with:
Twill tape labels
Fabric (cotton, linen, kitsch/retro prints imported from Japan, Liberty)
Glass-headed sewing pins
French Bohin sewing needles or Tulip from Japan
Ribbon, trims, lace, bias tape
100% wool felt, wool felt balls
Small embroidery scissors
Colored sewing thread (Aurifil), floss
Tiny embroidery hoops
Decorative papers, book pages, old text, classic ads/images
Ephemera, vintage/found images and items for collage and ATCs
Postage stamps, old or new/canceled or unused
Stationery sheets, writing sets
Spencerian, Nikko G nibs (pointed pen, straight or oblique), hand lettering
Adult coloring pages
Plein Air: Watercolor, colored pencils; Urban Sketching: Pencil, pen, travel supplies
Fine point sharpies/markers (pens: all colors)
Stickers (scrapbook quality)
Fabric tape, washi tape samples
Things that catch my eye:
Fabric and design motifs: woodland/foxes or sweet deer (not owls), arrows, feathers, peace signs, little red riding-hood, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, 1930s reproduction feedsack
Little houses -- I am into making fairy houses: inside (dollhouse dioramas) and outside (gardens with natural and repurposed materials)
Mermaids, fairies, myth, legend, classic children's literature
Vintage china and tableware
Vintage equipment (typewriters, dial phones, cameras, airplanes (vintage travel) etc.)
1950s kitchen, vintage housewife, vintage office, mid-century modern
I prefer modern quilting to traditional.
I am a sucker for anything in cute packaging.
Some other things about me:
I have an awesome, quirky studio space in my home. I own an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel, but I can't spin yet; I can weave, but I don't own a loom. I know how to knit and crochet, I just don't do it enough. I own an embarrassing number of sewing machines (vintage and new). I love ALL vintage sewing stuff (notions, buttons, equipment, patterns, literature, advertising, furniture). I want to restore a treadle sewing machine to working order. (I have two in pieces in my barn; just not sure how to put them back together now that I took them apart in a fugue of can-do energy.) I love fashion but don't dress as nice as I should. I love to research/sew historical costumes.
I have a small sour cherry orchard in my back yard (apples and peaches too, but I like the cherries the most). Next spring, I have challenged myself to do more with my garden design and upkeep. I have been watching gardening documentaries lately, like the history of french gardens.
I have 2 VWs: an orange/brown Westfalia Camper and a tintop wasserboxer. I love anything and everything VW Bus! Peace, love and all that!
I like big city and rural country equally. I'm into the idea of zakka. I love museums and libraries. When doable, I like to travel by train. I love antique carousels. (If they weren't millions of dollars I'd have one in my back yard.) I enjoy metal detecting. Haven't found anything of value, but I love the hunt!
I love to design party themes and gift bags. PENNANTS! I appreciate nice smelling candles, soap, hand creams and balms. I love to hang out in a coffeeshop to write, hand sew, sketch, read or practice my hand-lettering.
Lately, I have gotten into spray paint, uv coatings, decorative finishes....if it sits still, I may spray on a sheen!
Even more recently, I have gone crazy for urban sketching. I am drawing and painting obsessed. I am taking classes, buying/researching supplies, and visiting art museums. If I could chuck it all, I would and go to art school. I want to improve my drawing skills, and I want to learn how to use watercolors, acrylics and water soluble oils. I am enjoying my new focus immensely! I am most happy when I am learning something new.
POSTCARDS: I love letterpress, vintage/vintage inspired, cool images. I love seeing all the different stamps and your messages. If something is too wonderful to ship naked, I have no issues with an envelope. (I postcross. I know some folks on swapbot don't like the postcrossing system, but I enjoy it. I have lost very few postcards and it is just easy-breezy and always nonjudgmental. To me, it is not really swapping, more of a pay it forward kind of thing.) I penpal. I HATE facebook.
Subscriptions: I get Birchbox and Allure for beauty samples; Creativebug and Bluprint for inspiration.
I LOVE pathtags!! Love all geocache swag!! To collect and drop. I can get yours out in the wild in my area, if you PM me.
I will gladly arrange a one-to-one swap, just contact me if interested. I penpal.
Please, if it's not a bother: No sports stuff; No teaching stuff; No mustache stuff.
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