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Calliope

Calliope
Original Member
Last Online: March 22, 2017
Birthday: January 5
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE: I am going to be unable to swap for a little while, as we are working through a family crisis. All swaps that I am currently in will be sent on time. I look forward to getting back to swapping as soon as possible.

I am a 50 year old stay at home mom and homeschooler. I have a wonderful husband, we have been together for 28 years, and two fun and creative teen boys, who love the beauty of nature and are passionate about the environment. I love all things nature, and love all kinds of animals (from creepy-crawly to warm and cuddly). My sons often call me Mother Nature. My family loves going camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. I have been quilting for about 15 years, and have collected a large horde of fabric. I have been making art quilts for a few years, and would like to venture further into fiber arts. I love all colors, all types of art, and am always fascinated by what other people create. For fabric swaps I prefer unique fabrics (batiks and hand dyed are my favorites) in any color. I usually tend to stay away from calico fabric (although I have a pretty large stash of it),
We had two beautiful guinea pigs, named Beezle and Abby, who we loved and adored for the almost seven years we had them. Beezle was a rescue guinea pig, who was found in a cage in the front of a local pet store, and although she had been through a lot, and had a lot of issues, we had to have her in our lives. We got Abby as a companion for Beezle, and fell in love with her the second we got her. They really were the sweetest, most gentle animals I have ever shared my life with. They have passed onto their guinea pig afterlife, and I hope they are spending their days in a warm, sunny meadow filled with clovers. We were heartbroken to lose them, and never had a chance to recover from the loss of our first beautiful girl, before we lost our other sweet girl. If only death weren't so sad, I would have a house full of sweet critters.
We also have two beautiful 18 year old rescued red eared slider turtles named Mack and Yertle, they are sweet girls.
I am a fitbit walk-aholic, and am lucky enough to live in a beautiful, small town in western Massachusetts, where I can spend many hours a week walking in the woods. Walking is my quiet time, a time when I get a chance to clear my mind, and be inspired by the beauty around me.

Favorite Music

George Winston, Mannheim Steamroller, Grateful Dead, REM, The Church, Echo and the Bunnyman.

Favorite Movies

Prefer Independent films, foreign films (they really make you pay attention), documentaries, and kids movies. My favorite stupid, fun movie is Zombieland. My favorite cartoon is Scooby Doo. My favorite animated film is Nightmare Before Christmas. Wallace and Gromit movies are also a lot of fun. I also love ParaNorman, The Crow, Legion, and a few other horror movies.

Favorite Television

Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Grimm, Bate's Motel.

Favorite Crafts

Quilting, fiber/fabric manipulation, knitting, felting, mixed media art. Would love to learn how to draw trees, animals, flowers, and other subjects from nature.

About Me

Likes: Animals, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, I adore guinea pigs, frogs, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, voles, rats, and owls - but really all animals are amazing, beautiful creatures. - Nature - Batik and hand dyed fabric - Halloween/Monster fabric - Christmas fabric - Butterfly/Dragonfly fabric - Rocks/Minerals - Dragons - Fairies - Christmas - Halloween - Handmade items (I will love anything anyone makes by hand) - Butterflies - Socks - Fiber/Yarn of all types - Glass beads - Witchy/Wicca/Pagan things - I love tea, right now my favorites are Assam, and Darjeeling, but love any and all flavors of tea- I received washi tape in a few swaps and love it - I am a really easy person to make happy.

Dislikes: People who don't take the time to get to know a person as an individual, and instead judge them based on that persons religious beliefs, the color of their skin, who they love, what gender they identify with, how they dress, what their economic standing is, the list could go on and on.

My oldest boy (19 yo) is an organic farmer and maple syrup producer, who loves all things nature. He is an avid hiker, rock hound, and naturalist.

My youngest boy (16 yo) is an amazing fly fisherman (catch and release only). He also loves hiking, playing the banjo, and all things nature.

Favorite Books

I spent about 5 years reading nothing but kids/young adult books, so I could discuss them with my homeschooled sons. My favorites were Harry Potter, and the Fablehaven series. We just read 'A Tale of Two Cities', it is by far the most beautiful story of love and sacrifice (which my boys didn't seem to pick-up on), I have ever read.

Animals

I love animals, and feel very connected to them. I don't like anything made with animal fur/skin. I use only cruelty free beauty and cleaning products. I don't like anything that has to do with hunting or trapping. I am a vegetarian, I do not eat any animal products, other than eggs, which I get from a neighbor who has the most affectionate chickens on the planet. Plus, since she considers them members of the family, she keeps them when they stop laying. They do deserve to have a happy retirement after all they hard work they do. I have a friend who has Merino sheep, and I am able to get my wool from her, so I know that the animals are loved, and are sheered gently by an expert. We own a lot of woodland, and think of it as a sanctuary for a variety of animals. We have a lot of squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, deer, a male moose (who always gets into our gardens, no matter how high the fence), bears, owls, lots of different kinds of birds, unfortunately we only have a few bats left, raccoons, possums, skunks, porcupine, the occasional pack of coyotes roam through, plus many other critters. We want to get honey bees, and are trying to figure out how to keep the bears away. We are big advocates for bats, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators which are dying off at alarming rates. We are also advocates for frogs, and are saddened by the rapid loss of many species. As I am writing this, I have three male, wild turkeys, gobbling, and strutting about outside my window.

Religion

I am not a religious person, although I consider myself to be spiritual. I would link that spirituality to more of a wiccan/nature based belief system. Please do not send me anything to do with God or Jesus, or anything Bible related. I live my life trying to be the best person I can possibly be, and help those (including non-human creatures) who are in need of some compassion.

Ratings

Karen07 rated for )0( ~ New Year 1 month Journal swap on Apr 7, 2017
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Comment: thanks for a cute swap
ReadMoreBooks33 rated for Nocturnal Animals on Feb 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great list and cute raccoon socks! Your package put a smile on my face :-)
SuZignomeMoM rated for IB&TL ~ Spring Cleaning on Feb 18, 2017
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Comment: ♥ WOW!!! Thanks for all the neat stuff. I had so much fun just going through the package. Can't wait to start making things from all of it. Thanks so much.
BennysMumma rated for LBoE - 4 Patch Bag on Jan 25, 2017
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Comment: Wow! I love this bag so much! The colors are just perfect for me, I love purple :) Thank you so much!!!!
Response: You're so very welcome. I'm glad that you like it, I loved your bag too. Now we both have a bag with dragonflies, and butterflies on it.
darkfairy4767 rated for Washi Swap # 3 on Jan 23, 2017
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Comment: omg i love all the washi you sent...
spicemom rated for Stocking stuffers on Dec 10, 2016
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Comment: Hi Belinda Thank you!!!! I only open the gift that you told me to open and I love it you did a beautiful job And yes I love Bradley Cooper Spicemom
Peaches12 rated for WIYM: Advent Envelope Swap 2016 on Nov 30, 2016
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Comment: WOW!!! Thank you so much for the pretty advent envelopes. I really really like all of the decorations on the envelopes and am looking forward to opening one each day, starting tomorrow!! This was a fun swap. I hope you have a blessed Christmas.
LavenderSprinkles rated for Mystery Swap Pick 5 on Nov 28, 2016
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Comment: Thanks so much! The items I got were enjoyable. Happy swapping.
sybil31562 rated for ATP: $1 stocking stuffer on Nov 26, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for the gift. I can't wait to open it!
njstauter rated for In Gratitude, We Pick 4 on Nov 23, 2016
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Comment: yur beautiful package came today and at a time when I needed everything in it. Many people tell me that about the quilts I send, so its nice to be the recipient. I am going to spend the day alone...the weekend actually, and so will look over everything you sent again and again. Thank you so very much
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Comment: Polka Dots everywhere! Thank you for the lists, tea and postits!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you so much for the rating and the heart. Happy swapping.
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Comment: Absolutely love my new mug rug! You did an amazing job. You're talented! And so beautifully wrapped with the fabric! Thanks so much!!!
Response: You're so very welcome. Thank you for such a kind comment, and the heart. I'm so glad that you like it. Also, thank you for being so understanding about the mail mix-up. Have a beautiful week, and happy swapping.
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Comment: I loved reading about your favorite part of Halloween! I want to spend a Halloween in your town, it sounds like something out of a movie! Thank you for the awesome card and washi tape samples. Happy Halloween!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you liked the washi and the card. Halloween is always a treat here, and I miss it when it is gone. I hope you had a great Halloween. Happy Swapping
emilynhr rated for FF: A Little FQ Swap in Black (USA) on Oct 28, 2016
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Comment: Thanks so much for a great swap! I love each of the fabrics and I will definitely use them. Happy FALL!
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you like the fat quarters I chose for you, and I hope you find something fun to make with them. Thank you for the heart, and happy swapping!
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the washi samples! I loved them all and didn't have any of them!!!!! Thank you so much for all of encouraging words!
Response: Hi Jaimie, you are so very welcome. I'm glad you like the samples I sent, and that you didn't have any of them. I hope your spirits are a little brighter, you are in my thoughts. Happy swapping, and thank you for the heart
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Comment: OMG! What a wonderful collection of fabrics. I would expect one, not three. I think I will do some wall art project with the harvest print. Two hearts to you. And the presentation tags are so cute!
Response: I am so glad that you liked everything. I hope you enjoy finding something fun to make with them. Thank you for the heart, and happy swapping.
MookyLee rated for And Now for Halloween on Oct 26, 2016
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Comment: thank you
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Comment: Hi Belinda! Thank you so much for the very generous Halloween Washi tape! I love Halloween too and grew up in a small town with no trick-or-treaters. Living in the suburbs of Denver now, we have lots! :o) Over the years, Halloween has really turned into something to celebrate. Hope you have a very Happy Halloween! Patricia
Response: You are so very welcome! I miss having trick-or-treaters, but love living right next to one of the funnest Halloween towns there is. I hope you had a fun Halloween. Happy swapping, and thank you for the heart.
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Comment: I love what you sent me! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart, and have a beautiful week.

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Comments

ReadMoreBooks33 on Jan 26, 2017:

njstauter on Jan 23, 2017:

Just wanted to thank you again for the Beauty sticker for my bathroom mirror. What a joy it is to see each time I go in there.

njstauter on Nov 23, 2016:

Belinda, I did get a second wind tonight and looked at everything you sent with such appreciation. It is all something for me to be grateful for. I love the rolled affirmation BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTY. My given name is Bellezza, which means little beauty, and I plan to hang this on my bathroom mirror (its quite large). Everything you sent is amazing. Thank you for making this a spectacular holiday.

bjmonroe on Nov 21, 2016:

yvonne401 on Sep 29, 2016:

Welcome to "Inches, Betwinchies & Twinchies Lovers"!

RyeRye on Sep 29, 2016:

Welcome to INspiration Station!

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