Hi, First things first - My Name is CALY not Carly. Thanks
UPDATE 3/2016 - You may notice that most of the swaps I am joining are Book Related this year as I have missed reading and wanted 2016 to be a bit different for me. Still plan to paint and swap ATCs just not as much as before.
I am 56 and live in Knoxville TN with my Partner Kirche and our dog Pippin. A crazy lovable Dachshund! We have been together 12 years and finally got legally married in 2013 in NH, and it is now recognized Everywhere! Whoo Hoo! .
I am a self taught artist who loves watercolors, sketching, most of all Chinese Brush Painting. I am a Taoist and have a deep connection with all things Chinese. I belong to the Taoist Tai Chi Society.
My art tends to be in the Chinese style or simple watercolors. I do not do much crafting or mixed media.
I also love Nature, macro photography, medieval history, reading and cooking.
My favorite artist is Nicholas Roerich. This is an ATC reproduction of one of his paintings
I joined swap bot to swap ATCs! They are a passion of mine. I also enjoy swapping Pocket Letters and Postcards.
You can see some of my other artwork, including more of my ATCs at my Website - Caly's Corner. The link is above!
I read the Tao Te Ching regularly and love books by Lisa See and Amy Tan.
For Book Swaps I would prefer Historical Fiction the most, or Fantasy. I do not like Romance novels or Westerns. Thanks!
I listen mostly to Instrumental music, either New Age or Chinese Folk Music, or Zen
Not a big TV person, though I love shows like Bones, Criminal Minds, and Grey's Anatomy. I don't do sitcoms or reality shows with the exception of So You Think You Can Dance.
I am hooked on Game of Thrones and Scandal
As I have gotten older I have tried to limit my collections because I have learned that life is not all about 'stuff".
I do now occasionally collect Chinese related items like small vases or statues and I have a HUGE collection of books on Taoism.
Mostly I collect memories because these are the things that will always be with you.
And of course I collect ATCs!! They are the best!! I am especially fond of ATCs of TREES.
ANY AND ALL THINGS ASIAN! - I have a deep respect and love of the Chinese culture and like all things with an Asian influence or design.
I LOVE the color Green in all shades and after that yellows and browns (the colors of Nature)
Hawks most definitely catch my eye, they are my totem.
Mushrooms I think are so cool and I always notice them as well. I love to photograph them.
Never miss a Dachshund either, they make me smile
I have a strong connection with the Moon and love the night sky when she is in it.
Recently I have also fallen in love with Hedgehogs ! I think they are adorable
I know art is about self expression and I respect that as I put myself into my Art as well. However there are a few things I would prefer NOT to receive:
I am not a fan of the color Pink (in large amounts) or Lace and frills, as such. Please limit this if possible.
Along with that PLEASE do not send me anything Peppermint Flavored, I do NOT Like it at all!
I do Not want Christian religious Icons or Bible verses. I respect your beliefs but hate Proselytizing.
I do not like anything to do with Drugs, Smoking, Violence or Gore.
Finally (and this is weird) but Baby Dolls and Dolls with realistic looking faces creep me out. LOL
When it comes to Postcards, I love them and I would like them sent naked with a real stamp if possible, the way they were meant to be sent. 8-)
Also unless it is from a foreign country, I prefer non-touristy cards.(Those with the state printed on the front) I really enjoy Art or Animals, or Nature postcards the best. Thanks!
No Mint or Green Teas Please. Black Teas or Fruit Teas preferred.
~ Blank Postcards, photos or items with a Chinese or Nature theme, and especially those things listed above that make me happy 8-)
~ Anything with a Taijitu (Yin Yang symbol) especially stickers or stamps
~ Watercolor paper ATC blanks
~ Cellophane sleeves for ATCs
~ Handmade envelopes- size 4X6 or 5x7.
~ Rubber stamps of Chinese Characters
~ Taylor's of Harrogate Yorkshire Tea (my fav)
~ small paint brushes
~ Sakura Micron Pens
~ Asian design scrapbook papers (No Smaller Than ATC size)
~ Nature stickers -realistic not cutesy
~ Hedgehogs would love any type of sticker, picture or item
~ Anything to do with Lao Tzu
I Do complete my Swaps! If you do not receive something from me that you were suppose to, Please contact me before you rate me! I will resend if necessary.
I also give hearts based on the card I receive, not the extras, so don't feel you have to include things just to get a heart.
I am a Lesbian, Taoist, Artist, Poet, Cook, Dreamer, Wife and Mother. ( I have a 25 yr old Son with my ex husband and helping to raise 2 girls , 14 and 18 with my Soulmate. I believe in Soul mates and that we are ALL connected in this world, which is why I love swapping and sharing my Art with everyone.
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