Date Joined: February 13, 2016
Last Online: October 19, 2018
Birthday: June 2
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** I will be away for the month of September and into October 2018. Hence, I have not taken part in any swaps in the few weeks leading up to my holiday to allow for mailing times. Anything that is received after the end of August will be rated as soon as I am back in the country. **
Married without children, working part-time and also doing part-time study, I don't have enough time to do all the things I would like to do and am interested in. But I suppose it is just about setting priorities, so I am forever prioritising. Unfortunately, the housework often draws the shortest straw.
I live in the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia and am so glad that life brought me here. It is very different from where I grew up in Germany.
The things I try to find time for are reading, photography, writing letters, baking and different types of crafts.
I used to spend a lot of time knitting and cross stitching, but I haven't been a very active knitter/stitcher for the past few years. I also tried beading and making jewellery, which I enjoyed a lot.
I love anything connected to snail mail, letter writing and postcards. I also enjoy stamps although I wouldn't call myself a serious collector. But I am always happy when snail mail comes with a beautiful stamp on it. I am hopeless at email. I just spend so much time in front of a computer at work that I don't want to have to do it in my spare time as well. And emails do get lost in all the other rubbish that comes to my inbox. But I think email and the internet is great for researching, shopping, learning about things and keeping up to date with what is going on. So I wouldn't want to live without it.
I mail my swaps on time, and in the rare event that I don't/can't, I will communicate with you beforehand. I mark my swaps sent once I have dropped them at the postoffice or in the mail box. However, I live in a country area and find that the term 'snail mail' does not accurately describe the lethargic pace of our postal system.
Cardmaking and creating ATC's are my latest addiction. I like stamping and working with watercolours, although I am by no means a talented painter. I enjoy playing around a bit, and often the result is a little underwhelming. But occasionally I'm quite pleased with how things turn out.
I have also been curious about art journaling and enjoy doing a page or page spread now and again, although I haven't had enough time devoted to it recently.
I love black & white and vintage postcards and photos, and while I have collected those that I came across and could lay my hands on, I have not used them in any of my projects, yet. But the plan to display them in some kind of form is there, in the back of my mind.
I also like Art Deco and Art Nouveau design and elements - another one of my latest obsessions. It's great that certain things are either timeless or seem to making a come back now and then.
When previously asked, I would say that my favourite colour is yellow. However, it really depends on what the colour is for. I love purples, blues, turquoise and even bright pink, orange and red when I'm crafting, as well as the more muted tones.
As I love lists and challenges, I am still reading my way through all of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels in the order of their publication. I am almost at the end of it. It has taken some time as I like to break up the routine a bit, and my reading energy has slowed down a little.
Books are great and I will give many genres a go if the topic or synopsis can catch my attention. Some of my favourite books I can think of are Thomas Mann's 'Buddenbrooks', Daniel Kehlmann's 'Measuring the World' (which also happens to be a great movie) and Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief'. I was also captivated by 'All the light we cannot see' by Anthony Doerr.
Living in a country area, I don't get to go to the movies as often as I used to. Apart from the movie adaptations of the books mentioned above, I also don't mind watching animated movies (children's movies, in other words). The Minions were great.
What else? The Guard, In Bruges, Going Postal, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, A Film With Me In It... (I like a good laugh)
Please do not send any food, plant material (tea, bark, seeds) or animal products (feathers, fur, bone) as they may not make it through customs and quarantine inspection.
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