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Briarstitch84

Briarstitch84
Date Joined: April 2, 2013
Last Online: September 5, 2018
Birthday: September 10, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

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Hello Im Nancy. Im 33 and live in Portland Oregon. I work as an Activities Assistant with elder seniors and have so much fun!

Feb 2018 - getting ready for a 3 week trip to Nicaragua! Granada and corn islands!

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), play ukulele, bake gf vegan treats, community garden, craft every day, watch art-house films, bicycle, read feminist/anarchist zines, minimalism, 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 during summer (check out my flickr)

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 social media, 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 - especially health, natural skin care, cleaning products. Vinegar, baking soda and essential oils!

Feminist/Anarchist literature

Minimalism

What I make

pusheen

Embroidery

freestyle

portraits

felt food

hoop art

Sewing

sock animals

zipper pouches

costume tails

catnip toys

felt softies

watercolor

Shrink film is my newest obsession!

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 9 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. For health reasons I am also gluten free. No corn. No nuts.

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 :)

We adopted a tortie cat who is 16 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

lilibet rated for Where I volunteer PC! on Sep 8, 2018
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Comment: Sounds like a fun volunteer assignment. Is it a citizen science project?
BeHappyToday rated for Bizarre PC Swap USA on Sep 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the unique PC... never seen one like it before!
pintis rated for WPS - Artsy Postcard #8 on Aug 15, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the Dali postcard!
judee0624 rated for WPS - Artsy Postcard #8 on Aug 13, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the Dali work.
VASaint rated for Hand-carved Stamp Swap on Jul 24, 2018
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Comment: Eeeeekkkk! I totally LOVE my new creepy clown stamp! Can't wait to put him to use soon, thankn you! !!
Response: Yay glad you like him!
Stuckinsideacloud rated for Kawaii Letter USA #18 ^^ on Apr 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you sooo much for your wonderful letter! I loved hearing about your adventures ^_^ What fun!!! And that pusheen flat back thinger, so cool!!! Is it like a shrinky dink?! I love it so much, thank you thank you thank you! I'm gonna put it into my smashbook <3 Many hearts your way!!!!
ittybittykitty rated for Shrinky dink charm! on Mar 18, 2018
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Comment: Awww, Pusheen is so cute! Thank you!!! :)
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Comment: Nancy, thanks so much for your card and the Disney and friends stickers
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and especially for the pretty stamps. I shall add them to my collection. My stamp club has currently a winter break. I hope you will receive a candy or flowers to observe the day.
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Comment: Thank you for the handiwork heart. I have a similar machine, a Bernina from the early 2000s. Yours certainly has some fun motifs. I always forget to use the fancy stitches. Thank you for the reminder! We just got the pony movie from the library. Love the classroom cards! Such a fun package. Thank you!
Kellpepper rated for Alone on X-mas Card on Jan 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much!
wombatlady rated for Remembering 2017 Writing Swap on Dec 30, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the letter! I hope you have a great 2018, and I'll try to write back soon. :-)
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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.!!

Rating Overview

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Comments

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2017:

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!

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