Last Online: July 26, 2018
Birthday: November 17
I prefer angles to curves, salty to sweet, the details to the overall impression. That sentence was one of the first things I wrote to describe myself when I joined this site in febuary 2007, and Iâ€™ve really enjoyed how some senders have interpreted it (and itâ€™s still true). Iâ€™m a shy, fairly stubborn human who likes mail a lot. I like getting messages from people about their lives or what theyâ€™re thinking about at the moment. I love mail art, both sending and receiving it. I want to see what you made and I want to show you what I made.
Iâ€™m pretty close with my immediate family because theyâ€™re good people. I believe the fact that people are different from each other is a good and necessary thing. I don't take the least bit offense to swearing, nudity and other so-called vulgarities, but respect that others might. Iâ€™m completely comfortable with being an atheist, but that doesnâ€™t mean that I want you to censor yourself from writing about your faith or incorporating spirituality into your artwork. If something is important to you I want to know about it because Iâ€™m interested in you.
I collect ATCs, My Little Ponies made in the 1980â€™s and Royal Albert flower of the month cups. I like flea markets and second-hand shops because I like pre-loved and genuinely old things. I like DIY and handmade things (the handmader the better, to quote another swap-botter), and I like to reuse and repurpose. I can do things either fast or well, not both.
I like dealing with shapes and colours and how to best combine them, and I like making things with my hands that require concentration, so doing crafts and making art makes me happy. I like a lot of bright colour, vibrant candy colours, intense jewel tones, light happy pastels that make you think of the 80â€™s or the 50â€™s. Some favourites are fire truck red, neon pink, peach, the aqua-teal-turquoise spectrum, warm purples, but mostly I just like all colourfulness.
I like making things with paper, like notecards and envelopes, origami and other kinds of folding. I like embroidering, mostly cross stitch or on paper, and I often incorporate stitching into collages. Collaging and drawing is what I do the most. I like to draw with coloured pencils, gel pens or paint markers. I paint patterns on things to decorate them, but I donâ€™t make paintings. I make a lot of ATCs and mail art things like handmade postcards and decorating envelopes any way I can think of, and I enjoy occasional bouts of art journalling. I have rudimentary knitting and crocheting skills that I rarely use. I want to be good at making temari but I never get around to practising.
Random themes, styles and things that appeal to me:
Images and ephemera having to do with travel, public transport or mail, for example maps (especially subway maps!), used tickets, airmail labels, pictures of old buses and trains, first day covers etc.
Chiyogami and traditional kimono patterns.
Graph/grid paper, brown craft paper and glassine envelopes.
Art deco and bauhaus style.
Kandinsky, Klee, the Memphis group.
Onion dome architecture and tropical deco.
Graffiti and street art, Juxtapox magazine.
Studio Ghibli films and the Cardcaptor Sakura anime.
Botancial illustrations. Floral and nature inspired patterns. Ranunculus, dahlias, chrysanthemum.
Shiny, metallic, iridescent things.
Emotive robots, Princess Peach, kawaii, ugly-cute things, odd/weird things.
Rainbows, snow, sunset clouds.
Logic/math/visual problems and puzzles.
Feminism, GLBTQ-positive attitudes, disability activism.
Insects, hedgehogs, magpies, badgers, seahorses.
Cabinet cards and polaroid photos.
Christmas any time of the year.
Miniatures and things that are bigger than theyâ€™d normally be (like clown combs).
When inanimate objects (accidentally) look like they have a face.
For when it's needed, hereâ€™s a straightforward wishlist of items I would be thrilled to receive. Please donâ€™t feel limited by this, surprise me and Iâ€™ll be just as thrilled.
* Aida or evenweave fabric. I use mostly small pieces, about postcard size. Other colours than white would be especially fantastic as itâ€™s almost impossible to get here.
* Any embroidery thread.
* Other crafting materials like paper, buttons, sequins, craft wire, ribbon etc. Feel free to send me little bits from your stash or left-overs from your latest project.
* An ATC made by you.
* Anything to enable my addiction for wrapping gifts in unnecessarily elaborate ways.
* White chocolate or peppermint flavoured hot cocoa sachets.
* Reeseâ€™s pieces.
I'm sensitive to smells and can't really use anything with an artificial fragrance, like scented papers.
I dislike the colours yellow ochre, army green and khaki.
I'm not that big on glitter.
I donâ€™t like eating coconut flakes or anything artificially banana-flavoured, but I have no food allergies.
I always send my swaps. If youâ€™re expecting something from me and it doesnâ€™t get there or arrives damaged or doesnâ€™t match what you thought you were getting, please let me know.
If you remember to add your swap-bot alias and the name of the swap or tag to what you're sending, that will really help me out. If you live far away from me, please donâ€™t feel stressed to send as quickly as possible, I know international mail can take time and I am patient. If something unexpected happens and you need to send a swap late, Iâ€™ll appreciate it if you send me a message to let me know as soon as you can.
I will never rate you a 1 or 3 without contacting you first, unless you seem to be completely inactive. For me, an extra special swap is one that makes me extra happy for any reason, not necessarily one that includes extra items. If I send some extra thing along with a swap itâ€™s because I saw something on your profile that made me think it would make you happy, I'm not fishing for a heart and won't bother you if I don't get one.
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