Thank you for reading my profile. I guess I could describe myself as 85 percent nerd and 15 percent hippie. ;)
I've been on swap-bot for several years and before that swapped through the group Nervousness. I'd rather do a few swaps that are special to me than lots of quick swaps.
I founded the Old School Skills group for people who like a traditional and sustainable way of life. And I founded Library Ladies for those of us who work in libraries and who study library science. Please join us in these groups if they match your interests!
My interests are reading, hiking, vege cooking, gardening, tea, friends & family, cross-stitch, creative writing, more reading, nature walks and nature journaling, pen palling, and my two cats. I'm a big history and mythology buff with a special interest in fairy lore, Appalachian ballads, and ghost stories.
I am a Special Collections Librarian in the beautiful Shenandoah Vally of Virginia. I love libraries, archives, and museums.
I like about everything pleasant scent-wise and don't have allergies. I collect miniature pottery, interesting stones, feathers I find, figurines of mice, paper ephemera, and religious art of all faiths. I like to burn candles and incense.
I'm a huge fan of handmade soap, especially goat milk soap. I like all scents but not so much citrus.
Favorite themes are the gingham dog and the calico cat, tree of life, eastern dragon, paper lanterns, nautical, celestial, saints, tiki, Cthulhu, cherries, peaceable kingdom, lucky beckoning cat, fu lions, argyle, retro, black cats, and other animals.
I like most styles. My least favorite styles are country, which is odd because I luuurve the countryside, and primitive. Since moving to the Shenandoah Valley, I have started to collect the Pennsylvania-Dutch styles and especially like their hex signs.
Love beckoning cats but cannot find them much around here. Crows are cool too! I can always use headbands, stone earrings, comfy socks, writing paper, note cards, and more soap.
Love tea and am having fun trying new types of herbal, fruit and green teas. I like black teas too but sometimes they can be too strong. Teas that have health, relaxation, and energizing qualities are especially welcome. But any kind of tasty teas are good.
I just bought a Keurig and any tea k-cups would be really appreciated if you have any spares for tea swaps. Of course, tea bags and loose teas are cool too.
I don't eat much meat or many meat-based products.
Natural, organic, sustainable, and homemade things are favorites!
Winter's Bone, Everything is Illuminated, No Country for Old Men, Napoleon Dynamite, Apocalypse Now, and lots of documentaries. I like documentaries as much as feature films.
PBS stuff, History Chan, Discover Chan, etc. I'm such a nerd when it comes to TV. ;)
I make ATCs, crochet blankets for charity, make earrings, cross-stitch, and collage.
About the only things I don't like are dogs, monkeys, and cig smoke. Also, loud and rude people. Please do not send any loud and rude people in a swap. I like wool a lot but cannot have it next to my skin like in a scarf or gloves. It gets all itchy.
Here is a bit of a poem I like.
The moon-bird's head is filled with nothing but thoughts of the moon and when the next rain will come is all the rain-bird thinks of. Who is it we spend our entire life loving?
Hi, District 13 folks!
I'm recently rediscovering young adult fiction. I love Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men series and Neil Gaiman's works. I'm having fun reading the Hunger Games series! Look forward to learning of other good young adult authors through the group!
Can't believe I'm a librarian and hadn't added a favorite books section to my profile during the several years I've been on swap_bot! Here it goes: My favorite book is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. If this book came alive, I would marry it. :) Another favorite book is American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
I read lots of non-fiction and recently enjoyed The Beast in the Garden about pumas in residential areas and The Devil in the White City about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
As fun as they are, I already have enough books with household hints and craft instructions. Thanks for thinking of me if you were thinking of sending one but I think someone else could make better use of it at this time.
Vegan and vegetarian cookbooks are always welcome as are quirky nonfiction books printed by smaller presses or sold by small distributors.
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