I have a type of arthritis that is both an auto-immune disorder, and effects my body and health all over. As a result these last swaps of mine have been a struggle and I've now decided I'll only sign up for swaps I can make before partners are assigned so that I don't get caught again being locked into swaps that I later might not be able to get to in time. That's what happened. When you have a disability sometimes life becomes incredibly slow, I get frustrated by it myself, I need for people to be understanding. I do not work outside of home, and my life is very limited. It's a much different life then when I used to be healthy.
I've been a swapper here for a year now. At first this had been loads of fun! But over the summer and now in fall my health has been a MAJOR issue. I know people who don't have health issues can't fully understand, so I'm sorry to everyone who has been frustrated waiting for a swap from me. As a result I am taking a break from swap bot just as soon as I'm caught back up.
I haven't signed up for anymore swaps, and will not until I know I can again handle it.
For the time being I have only been able to log in about once or twice a week.
I'm also disappointed by swaps where I've sent great packages for and have received minimal effort in return, or swaps were what I sent was under appreciated. I always try my best to make what I send personal and a reflection of the partners tastes when it comes to swaps that are not on a particular theme.
With the holidays coming up I know life will continue to be even more hectic. All the more reason I won't be signing up for any swaps for a while. I may not log on except to rate incoming swaps. Which there are several who I have not yet received from either!
At the moment all outstanding swaps should be completed by the end of tomorrow. (Oct. 22)
I would hope that people can understand that when you have a disability sometimes life becomes incredibly slow, I get frustrated by it myself, so please have some patients with me!
If you could see my piles of laundry or dishes, or see me walking slowly with my cane, maybe you could see that life is different for me. This isn't how my life is ALL the time though, and that's what makes things hard. I don't know when life will be good verses when I end up flat on my back. So I live each day as I can.
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I LOVE private, or 1 on 1 swaps. I think I actually prefer them as you kind of get to know the other person better, and it feels more personal to send to the same person you receive from. If you're someone I've had lots of communication with on here, I'd love doing private swaps with you!
Wondering how to add links and pictures to you profile? I learned how to do it all here.
One of the main reasons I swap is to give my crafts recognition so my Etsy shop does well.
If any of my crafts interest you please feel free to PM me about doing a private swap.
First up, I'm trying to find this fabric. It's probably impossible to find since it's from the 70's, but I thought I'd put it out there.
If I receive something off of this list in a package from you, you WILL get a heart!
Just a couple other things I'd always appreciate...
I also collect smashed coins.
I'm looking for the following Madame Alexander dolls from Mc Donald's; Scarecrow, Wicked Witch (black outfit, green skin), Daisy Munchkin, and any from the sets before the Wizard of Oz.
Souvenir stickers for luggage. Not too flashy, more classic travel stickers. Kind of like these...
I'm easily entertained, you may find it easier to just scroll down to my 'No Please!' section! ;-)
I always welcome and appreciate well-made homemade things. I always love to see/get crafts from other people.
I don't have kids, so I really don't have any use for any really juvenile stickers, please no happy face stickers, or cartoon characters, or juvenile kitty cat stickers, I'm all for having nice stickers for the cat album, but I don't want just any old sticker that has a cat on it. Also please don't send; cheap dishtowels that quickly fade and fall apart, Reality T.V., green tea, astrology, rude people, rule benders, Bratz dolls, new Strawberry Shortcake, pretty much all shades of the color pink, no candy unless it's banana. I don't shop at Wal-Mart, and I refuse to go to Starbucks.
I don't care for Looney-tunes, Most new Disney characters, Betty Boop (I love the old cartoons, but just not into collecting her), or Scooby Doo.
I'm afraid of plastic crochet hooks.
Anything with strong fragrance on it - I can handle some smells, but there are some perfumes and scents out there that just cause me instant headaches. Bar soap dries me out (pure glycerin soap is OK though), gum makes my jaw hurt, candy makes my blood sugar spike (I’m pre-diabetic), cola gives me headaches, so does anything that has any kind of smoke or mold on it. I'm allergic to lots of things. I can't have anything with soy in it and no seafood either. If you are concerned that something you want to send may be something I’m allergic to, please PM me. If I do receive something I can’t use though, I don’t get offended, I’ll just find someone else to pass it to.
Personally my allergies are through the roof sometimes and the smell of smoke triggers my asthma. I'm not mad at smokers or anything like that, I just can't handle it at all. It's also a sad thing for me as I've lost two uncles because of their addictions. One passed away at 39, and the other in his 40's. Both were way to young in my opinion, and both confirmed by doctors to have suffered because of their smoking. So for me the scent also reminds me of my losses, how I miss them and like any scent memory it tends to flood my mind before I even realize it. I'm not trying to be defensive or anything here, I just to warn that smoke does bother me. That being said, I know I've received some things that have been a bit cleaned and that was OK with me.
I do wish my allergies weren't so bad. So long as I have warning that the package may have a smoke scent I won't rate down, but I do appreciate the warning, so I can open outside and such. Please either PM me ahead of time, or write it on the package.
I 'work' from home as my arthritis makes it hard for me to get around or keep a normal sleep schedule. I make all sorts of crafty things to sell on my Etsy shop, as well as place orders for Tupperware. I have work in parenthesis because I'm really not making much effort (or making much!) to get sales these days, though I really should. Let me know if you need any information about Tupperware, and if you are really interested let me know if you want a catalog, at the moment I can only send catalogs to people who will for sure make a purchase. The catalog can be seen digitally from my Tupperware blog.
My husband and I are Christian.
Social and economic conservative... I'm registered republican, but I much more fall in-line with Constitutional/American Independent parties.
What I geek out on; Star-Wars Theology/Psychology Mac/Apple computers Shows like How it's Made, Good Eats, and Mythbusters
My gothic side: I'm not very outwardly 'goth' I do love to dress in darker colors, and I don't feel compelled to have the latest designer brands or anything snobby like that. I sometimes dress with stuff I've bought at "goth stores" but I don't think those outward things are what "make" a goth.
I love dark poetry, not just Edgar Allen Poe, but others too.
I love old architecture; stone buildings with gargoyles and old statues. Old cemeteries are very pretty too, especially with all sorts of angel statues.
I love music that has deeper meanings, yes, Evanescence is one of my favorite groups, I also like a lot of grunge music from the 90's, and rock from the 80's. Adding to this list I'd also include the story telling songs from the original man in black himself, Johnny Cash.
I know this is a broken fallen sinful world. I try to keep an understanding that because we are all sinners I shouldn't ever expect much from others. Yes, people have the capability to be good, but they have to choose that.
I think Halloween is fun. I don't go into it beyond remember the dead and the fun for the kids because I do hold my Christian faith as highest importance in my life. But a day remembering the dead, seeing ghosts and skulls and black cats and flying bats, getting dressed up, and handing out candy is all pretty fun.
Gothic Lolita, and victorian gothic are both very pretty forms of fashion. I wish I could pull off some of the outfits. I especially love jewelry with odd cameos, lots of black lace, or velvet or silk.
I love black cats. I think they are beautiful creatures. They have a charm and character unlike any other cat. I love my own (not completely black) black cat dearly.
I love to just sit back and people watch, I'm not much of a joiner. I often get lost in my own little world.
I feel like having this section brings out a lot of cliches about what people think about goths. I had signed up for a goth swap, so that's where my attempts to write this section comes from. I'm also apart of the dark-hearted group.
If you are wondering anything more about this topic and me just feel free to PM and ask.
On-line I'm pretty social, but in real life I'm pretty reserved, and very much a home-body. The amount of time I spend on the computer has a lot to do with the fact that getting around is kind of hard for me.
Proverbs 11:24-26 (NIV) 24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. 26 People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.
This photo is from when Kevin proposed to me! I told him I wanted to be proposed to when we were on the Charles bridge in Prague. He told me he'd propose when he wanted to, and had me convinced it wasn't going to be there. As we were almost all the way across he got down to "tie his shoe" and proposed! We had our rings designed in Czech, and I am so blessed to have my best friend as my lover!
We want children, but due to infertility that dream still hasn't happened.
I've been married to my best friend Kevin for 8 wonderful years! We just celebrated our anniversary in June. Yup, I was a June bride.
I'm proud to be a housewife, I love how my husband often praises me for my cooking. Who doesn't love flattery!? ;-)
He still plays with Legos! Well, so do I I guess... we make shelving, or containers, trying to keep it practical.
My sweetie likes techie/geeky things, downloading songs from iTunes, Lego's, different dark chocolate with fruit (but not really nuts), he really needs some kind of compact container for bringing spoons to work for his lunches, we like watching old movies from the dollar DVD bins, he could also use dark dressy socks. He loves to read Christian and Sci-Fi books. We're both completely fine with used books.
We have two cats who are wonderful pets. Maddie is probably 11 years old. We don't really know. She was abandoned at a shelter and left with no information. Poor thing! We've had her for 9 years, and when we adopted her they said she was a few years old, but couldn't figure out just how old. She's very reserved and sometimes comes off as having an attitude, but she loves to cuddle if there are only one or two people around that she knows well and trusts. Her favorite thing to do is sit between my hubby and I as we watch movies. She's not much for toys, but she loves her catnip pillows, which she rubs and then gets all lovey dovey and then falls asleep.
OK, so that first picture isn't really Siggy, but it sure looks like how he acts most of the time! LOL! But yeah, here is a real pictures of him...
Siggy is probably 2 or 3 years old (also a rescue without prior info.) and in many ways is the complete opposite of Maddie. He's super affectionate and interactive with anyone he meets. He very much still acts like a kitten even though he's an adult cat now. He is a bit of a spaz, he knocks over anything that isn't bolted to the ground and will play with just about anything. His favorite toys seem to be milk tabs and realistic toy mice. He tries to eat any and everything though so toys he gets need to be super strong. He also loves to brush his teeth. If you have a supply of brushes from the dentist office that you'll never use send them our way, he chews on toothbrushes like dogs chew on meaty bones!
He got the name Sigmund Freud as I adopted him a few weeks after loosing my first cat and said I needed a new one to keep sane.
The only treats I would like for my cats are Greenies or Temptations (hair-ball treatment) chicken flavor. They are both picky about their treats and wont eat anything else. Anything else will just turn into ant food, and I'd rather not have it.
I also don't want fish flavored foods for them, as Tony (Our angel kitty) would get bad urinary issues from seafood, that's true for lots of boy cats, and I just don't want to risk it with Siggy.
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