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Briarstitch84

Briarstitch84
Date Joined: April 2, 2013
Last Online: November 26, 2017
Birthday: September 10, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

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Hello Im Nancy. Im 32 and live in Portland Oregon. I work as an Activities Assistant with elder seniors and have so much fun!

Sep 2016 - I just spend 30 days in Indonesia (Bali, Borneo and Java) with my boyfriend. We saw the wild orangutans in Borneo, visited Hindu and Buddhist temples and snorkeled with sea turtles. It was so beautiful!

I love to stitch, sew, pet my cat ( she's a Torbie) , pet my snake (She's a ball python), drum, bake vegan treats, community garden, roller-skate, watch art-house films, bicycle, read feminist/anarchist zines, snail mail, kawaii stationary, collect stickers, go camping, canning, pot-lucks, free-piles, library, drink tea, daydream, gift economies, helping the elderly, studying Gerontology, Im a street craft vendor

Why I joined

kirby I have always loved to send things to friends in the mail. I grew up always being the new kid as we moved around a lot, so writing letters and sending silly little things to old friends really got me through some tough times.

Now that we live in the age of FB, my friends do not do the snail mail thing anymore, everyone wants it easy, fast, instant satisfaction, I just can't keep up, and I don't want to.

Favorite Books

moomin

Tom Robbins

Shel Silverstein

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

David Sedaris

Ray Bradbury

Philip Pullman

I love magical realism

I love embroidery/sewing books

DIY

Feminist/Anarchist literature

What I make

pusheen

Embroidery

freestyle

portraits

felt food

hoop art

Sewing

sock animals

zipper pouches

costume tails

catnip toys

felt softies

watercolor

black and white photography -darkroom

Favorite Music

music

Sigur Ros

Jolie Holland

Menomena

Helio Sequence

Nine Inch Nails

Tori Amos

Prince

T-rex

Calexico

The Mars Volta

Radiohead

Elliot Smith

Sleater-kinney

modern Classical

Harp music!

why Im Vegan

vegan Ive been Vegan 8 yrs now and was vegetarian a few years before that. It was a process, I took baby steps and it has been working well for me. I have found that I love food even more, appreciate flavors, textures, cooking, baking from scratch. My bf is vegan too and it really helps to have support and a food prep partner. I eat a lot of raw whole food in warmer months.

Originally I became vegan for health reasons, my digestive system always suffered with meat/dairy. I have more energy and sleep better. I love animals more and on a deeper level. I am against animal testing and cruelty. I read a lot about animal rights and current issues. Portland is a very vegan friendly place :)

I just adopted a tortie cat who is 10 yrs old and has FIV, we love her so much. yes she is healthy.

Likes

cat

Moomins, kawaii stationary, vegan chocolate, herbal teas, knee-high socks, plants, seeds, glow in the dark things, embroidery floss, cats, snakes, nudibranchs, sea critters, studio Ghibli, trees, rainbows, towers, simplicity, anarchism, feminism, tarot images, I Ching, dia de muertos themes, drumkits, fire, poi, eyes, raccoons, frogs, kid jokes, Autumn, Halloween, heart shapes, spirals, pelvic images, butterflies. Vintage postage stamps! (used and unused)

Wishlist

mokona buttons (bright, small, 2 or 4 holes), stickers (all kinds!), sewing notions (snaps, zippers, eyelets) embroidery floss, fabric scraps, anything animal related, anything vegan, zines ( about anything), heart shapes, patches (weird and/or cute), totoro, kawaii stationary, eye shapes, old keys, magnets, anything with a raccoon, button-pins, origami paper, small cat toys, any type of PC, pelvis images, butterflies, Moomins, any postage stamps (used/unused)

mokona2

Hip Dysplasia

hip

I thought I'd add a little section on hip dysplasia and spread awareness on this topic. There is very little info about adult hip dysplasia.

I was born with shallow hip sockets (dysplasia), but didn't know it until 2013 (29 yrs old) when my hip pain became debilitating and I had trouble sitting and walking.

Generally, hip dysplasia is difficult to diagnose and doesn't affect you until you are in your twenties. Young people generally get a PAO (peri-acetabular osteotomy) or a hip replacement if there is arthritis.

A PAO (as pictured above) is a major hip surgery that involves cutting and rotating the hip socket to cover more of the femural head. Major pelvic bone cutting involved here!

I had a PAO surgery done Nov. 2013. I was on crutches 15 weeks! I learned how to walk again and am walking better than ever. I am now fully recovered. Though I still struggle with chronic pain, I am getting stronger every day.

Ratings

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Comment: I truly enjoyed reading your letter, you have a way of writing that made it seem as if I was right there with you during the eclipse. I love the postal stamp, I can see why you waited in line for it! Thank you, I hope to swap with you again sometime. : )
aprilivy rated for Solar Eclipse Stamp PC! on Aug 12, 2017
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kittyhahahotbot rated for eclipse PC on Aug 7, 2017
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Comment: Loooooooved your postcard! Thank you for using a frun additional stamp too and other decorations. HOw exciting that youre going to Lincoln City!
aladyde rated for Weirder Than Weird #18 on Jul 29, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and for using nice stamps.
piratejimbob87 rated for Weirder Than Weird #18 on Jul 27, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the weird postcard!
EllieBeth8 rated for B&W PCs week 29 on Jul 26, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcard!! We're hoping to get down your way later this summer!! We want to drive the coast from Portland to SF!! Have a nice day! Shelley
marinda rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #4 on Jul 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cool pc!
GinaVisione rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #4 on Jul 20, 2017
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Comment: Great "Le Grillon" PC! Have a great SF trip in Sept.!!
CraftyMommaonaBUDGET rated for Write_On Letter 4 on Apr 10, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for your letter, your dad sounds like he was amazing, best of luck with the book, and please let me know if it gets published, i would love to buy a copy Happy Easter
churlann rated for Bragging Rights on Mar 25, 2017
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Comment: I loved your letter! You have a lot to be proud of. I too am gluten and sugar free. It's hard at times but I feel so much better. Pinterest has lots of recipes too. Take care!
Response: I sent a letter not a pc
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Comment: Thank you for your lovely, evocative letter on adorable Sumikkogurashi stationery and the colorful kawaii stickers! Thank you also for sharing a bit about your life, favorite things about your city (it has been on my to-visit list for some time, and I have some friends and family in the Pacific Northwest), and especially your experience traveling to Indonesia! You are so fortunate to be surrounded by quality and readily-available vegan options (I dislike how relatively challenging it is to eat even vegetarian where I live, and how many people I know frown upon it :/) and to have spent a whole month abroad :) I hope our paths cross again soon! Here's to being more creative and positive ♥
Response: Thanks!
pne rated for WIYM: Return to Sender Feb 2017 on Feb 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the swap card! I'll be sending your postcard back to you tomorrow (Wed 22 Feb).
pandorasxbox rated for Women's March Experience PC on Feb 10, 2017
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Comment: Sounds like a great experience!
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Comment: Thanks!
jessiebean22 rated for Disney Postcard Swap #2 - US on Feb 6, 2017
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Comment: Thank you :)
Minou rated for That One Random Postcard Swap #3 on Feb 4, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and extras. I absolutely love the ice cream cone stamp on the envelope - didn't know those were available.
soccer8s rated for Halloween Cards! on Feb 3, 2017
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denisedecker58 rated for PenPals 2017 #1 on Jan 24, 2017
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Comment: Great letter Nancy! I did a letter back to you, but when I went to write your address, I noticed you didn't put it on the letter. Can you private message me with your address?
Response: Sure!
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Comment: I loved everything you gave me thank you!

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Comments

kittyhahahotbot on Sep 27, 2017:

Good thing I looked!

pne on Feb 22, 2017:

Your "return to sender" postcard is in the post now :)

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2017:

Welcome to VEGS!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 6, 2016:

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From CPG!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

YooperHill on Jun 7, 2016:

I was so happy to get my purple mail today! Thank you for Angeling me!

marinda on Mar 5, 2016:

TY TY TY for sending my Mario postcard back! :) :)

mariaelisabeth on Jan 13, 2016:

Thank you for joining VEGANS of Swap-Bot! We are very glad to have you!

JeanetteC on Dec 31, 2015:

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful 2016 my friend!

racheljohnson on Nov 21, 2015:

Thank you for the kind message you sent via postcard! I am so glad you were one of the winners of the 10th Anniversary Giveaway. Happy swapping!!

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