Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2019 6:17 am


Date Joined: May 10, 2017
Last Online: September 19, 2019
Birthday: June 3
Country: United States
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Favorite Crafts

I've been making modern macrame jewelry for 20+ years. I use cotton cord, hemp yarn, satin ribbon, gems, semi-precious stones, crystals, glass beads, acrylic beads, wood beads, metal beads, bells, charms, and a variety of pendants. My goal is to create something modern, not an echo of the 60s and 70s.

I've been painting with watercolors for 15+ years with a large focus on making the real look like a dream. Most of my work is influenced by photographs from the Hubble Telescope, various types of landscape and scenery, as well as macro photographs of flowers.

Currently my focus is quilting. I'm a fourth generation quilter, and my previous work as a jewelry designer and maker shows up in my quilts. I don't shy away from prints or bold colors, both of which I love. I sew my quilts by machine and quilt by hand. Sizes of my work vary from coasters to twin size quilts. My goal is to never use the same pattern twice.

Favorite Books

Dune series by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson.

The House of the Stag by Kage Baker

The Age of Misrule trilogy, Dark Ages trilogy, Kingdom of the Serpent trilogy by Mark Chadbourn

Sword Dancer series by Jennifer Roberson

A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The Castings trilogy by Pamel Freeman

All the Dragon Age novels and comic books by various authors

All the Firefly comic books by various authors and artists

The Ring by Daniel Keys Moran

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Saga of the Seven Suns by Kevin J Anderson

The Martian by Andy Weir

There are other books, but I don't have them on my bookshelves due to having only rented them from the library. Overall science-fiction is my favorite, but I will read fantasy if it's interesting enough.

Favorite Music

The short version is anything but country, ska, Christian rock, Christian music (except for the singing monks and I can't remember what it's called), and most rap.

I have over 4k songs on my computer's music library. There's jazz, hip hop, some rap, R&B, bluegrass, big band, heavy metal, death metal, rock 'n' roll, soundtracks, indie, and so much more. A lot more.

About Me

UPDATE February 25, 2019. We're currently in a snowstorm, and the nearest town (nearly ten miles away from where I live) has shut down. There's 24 inches of snow on the ground, more falling, and the storm will be sticking around for a couple more days. Not a single snow plow has come through yet. I may be late on rating and sending due to being unable to even leave the driveway. The mail box is 1/4 mile away, and the post office is 8 miles away. I've sent messages out to everyone I'm swapping with.

I'm a woman in her 30s, permanently disabled, Progressive Democrat, activist and peaceful/non-violent protester, politically active, inter-sectional feminist, very INTP, gamer, science lover, fairy collector, witch/pagan, writer, painter, quilter, and jewelry designer/maker. That's the short version. For details you'll need to ask questions.

I have asthma and therefore can't receive anything that is tainted by cigarette smoke. The smell makes me gag and often sets off an asthma attack. Strong smells in general have a negative effect on me due to my sensitivity to smell. This also includes incense. I've received incense in two trades and had to toss the stuff in the trash. I can't use it.

I have Celiac Disease. If the item contains gluten I can't use/consume it.

I'm also allergic to caffeine. I can have chocolate; I'd have to eat at least a pound of 97% dark chocolate to get any effect from the caffeine. My favorite chocolate is 87% dark and gluten-free. I cannot consume tea, and a lot of herbal teas have ingredients that conflict with my seizure medication. I have to be very careful about what I eat and drink.

What I prefer are things I can use. Things I can use in my quilting (quilt fabric scraps, thread, etc), tins or little boxes for storage/display, fancy paper (I like writing using a fountain pen and sometimes calligraphy pens), watercolors or things I can use in my watercolor paintings (metallic, matte, pearlescent, iridescent, aka different kinds of paint finishes), and stuff I can display.

I practice witchcraft, and have been doing so since I was nine. I didn't know it had a name for it until many years later, and came out of the "broom closet" when I was 16. I've been practicing for over 25 years now, studied/apprenticed under an Elder until he passed away in 2015. I walk the Crooked Path (neither light nor dark), my Elder named me seer and water witch, and I'm a devotee to Cernunnos. He's also known as Herne, Lord of the Wild Hunt, and in more modern terms he is also known as the Green Man and Holly King. I'm also a devotee of The Morrigan, also known simply as Morrigan. What I practice has been an oral tradition passed down from generation to generation going back many centuries. I practice alone, use an oracle tarot deck (traditional decks are as nails on a chalkboard for me), and because of my epilepsy and seizure medication I have vivid lucid dreams. Many of these dreams have helped me a great deal.

I have no children, but I do have two cats and my husband. My cats are our children. My husband and I have no intention of having children, and I went so far to prevent this that I had a tubal ligation and endometrial ablation. I do, however, have five nephews and one niece that fix the rare momentary "baby itch".

My two cats are my joy, and seeing them happy and entertained is extremely fulfilling. They love bird watching and now that they have a catio (enclosed patio that will basically belong to them) I'll be able to provide them with some "TV". Bird seed (we have chickadees, California quail, nuthatches, ravens, crows, bluebirds, and robins), bird feeders, and things that attract birds will be great. Cat toys and other cat things are always welcome. One of my cats loves smacking bells and chasing strings, the other loves rough play and running around at odd hours.

In November 2016 I had wrist surgery to repair a ligament tear that had occurred 5+ years earlier. The pain is nearly gone, but if I work my wrist too much it shows in what I do. I also have tremors in my hands due to nerve and muscle damage caused by epilepsy (I've had epilepsy since I was 11). I apologize if my handwriting is a little messy or if things I've colored aren't all that great. It's a lot of work and keeps my wrist flexible, but I have a habit of doing too much. Cursive is the only form of writing that doesn't cause me pain. I'm sorry if you have a difficult time reading cursive, but writing in print style is extremely painful for me.

I'm on a limited budget, and my husband is the only one who can work. I do my best to send swaps out the day I'm assigned to my partner. If my half of a swap arrives a little late it's likely due to not having the money to pay postage. 99% of the time I do have things mailed out the day of the swap or sent out before the due date. If you fancy sending me unused stamps that'd be great. If I know my half will be late due to lack of funds I drop from the swap before I'm assigned; if I forget to do this I notify the person I'm sending the item(s) to that it will be a little late.

May 2018 UPDATE: I can no longer continue as a PenPal. The pain leaves me unable to type, sew, or quilt for several days.

I rate the day a swap arrives. If I haven't rated you it's because I haven't received anything. For international swaps I give it 45 days before contacting the sender (unless it's marked as not sent). If you state in your profile that mail is often not sent regularly due to your region (parts of the USA are like this) I'll give it 30 days past the ETA before contacting you. If you notice I haven't rated you, but I haven't contacted you, it's likely due to nothing arriving. I've only given out four 1s, one of which was changed to a 3 because even after months of waiting and contacting them and no answer the items arrived. Again, I rate as soon as the items arrive.

September 17, 2017 UPDATE: We're nearly recovered from the July house fire. All our furniture is now repaired and in our new home. Money is very tight, and as such I'll be making most of the things I send. I'm making jewelry again (after a three year hiatus), quilting, painting, and writing now. If I'm partnered with you it's a safe assumption you'll receive something I've made unless you state in your profile that you prefer store-bought.

October 26, 2017 UPDATE: Recovered from the house fire!!! I'm making jewelry and various other items for my online shop. If you would like jewelry but are allergic to metal rest easy because I specialize in metal-free jewelry.

March 24, 2018 UPDATE: Money is always tight due to my being disabled and my husband the only one who can work. As such most things I send are made by me or something I happen to have and never used. If you don't like handmade things (I make quilts, home decor, jewelry, with a bit of traditional art on occasion) I'm sorry but that's about all I can offer unless I already have the thing(s) on hand.

May 4, 2018 UPDATE: Swaps may be late. I'm dealing with the death my grandfather, and it's hit me harder than anticipated. We saw this coming for several months now. He was very old and had heart disease. I'm working on swaps as fast as I can, but as you can imagine mourning has made things rather difficult. I'll do my best to stay on top of things and get these out quickly.

What I Like

Jewel tones, bold and bright colors. Think peacocks and hummingbirds. Oh, and I love those two birds.

Leopard print/pattern. My favorite big cat is the snow leopard followed closely thereafter by the clouded leopard.

I love snakes, butterflies, dragonflies, and other colorful creatures.

Fairies and old fairy lore. I especially love Brian Froud's fairy artworks, and consequently his Fairy Oracle Deck.

My two cats would love cat toys that are actual cat toys. They're happy with a ball of paper, but cat-safe toys made for cats are extra special.

Flowers. My favorites are lilies, daisies, lilacs, and sunflowers. Stickers, pressed flowers, whatever. I love flowers. If you choose to send flower seeds please check what region they would grow best in. The area I live in is a desert region with lots of mule deer, rabbits, and birds. Feel free to send bulbs and seeds that will grow well (moon flowers, morning glory, succulents, bulbs) here. We do get snow and hard frost due to being in the mountains resulting in perennials becoming annuals.

Wind chimes are awesome. I had a healthy collection of wind chimes but in July 2017 I lost them all to a fire. I would greatly love and appreciate new wind chimes. Bone, wood, glass, metal, I love them all. Large, small, multi-purpose (bird feeder wind chimes? Awesome!), handmade, mass produced, I want to cover my patio in wind music. It's REALLY windy here and I don't care to hear the howling.

SCIENCE IS LIFE! Outer space stuff is super bonus yes, but science in general makes me super happy. Things related to science, learning science things, that sort of thing makes my day. I watch Bill Nye Saves the World and several other science shows.

Puns, jokes, bad jokes, etc.

I love Dragon Age. It has saved my life, helped me learn how to interact with people and socialize, improved my confidence and self-esteem, and so many other positive things. My favorite characters is Alistair. I write a lot of Dragon Age fanfiction too. If you're interested in reading any of it let me know. I'll direct you to where I have it posted online.

I also play Witcher 3. I never played the other games because I didn't know about them until got the third game. Geralt gives me life.

Old Scottish lore. My family is from Scotland. I have several books with general Celtic lore, but most of it is focused on Ireland...and I'm not Irish. I'd like more Scottish stuff.

Lightning and volcanoes, preferably together, but separate is perfectly fine.

I love postcards! I'm on Post Crossing, and it's been a blast. Not entirely sure I would call myself a collector, but I do love receiving them. I don't care for tourist cards unless it's international.

Science fiction is a great love of mine. Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, Farscape, Battlestar Gallactica (the new one), and many others.

I would love to have some really unique coffee mugs/tea cups. I do drink some herbal teas, mostly ginger or fruity, but a house fire in July 2017 destroyed a large portion of my mugs and cups. I would really like to replace them.

Learning the stories, myths, and legends of other cultures and countries is something I love. Feel free to share these with me in swaps!

Boxes. I have a lot of scrap fabric from quilting, gel pens, jewelry and jewelry making supplies, etc. I would love a decorated box...but no glitter. I loathe glitter (see "What I Don't Like"); the only exception is glitter gel pens. For a long time I decorated boxes from cigar boxes, but I haven't done that in a very long time. I may get back into it.

Goddess statues (the three faces of maiden, mother, and crone, The Morrigan, simple statuary of a female figure), statuary of Cernunnos (also known as Herne, Lord of the Wild Hunt, most often depicted with antlers), stag statuary, pendants, amulets, or figurines. Wood, bone, antler, stone. I really like collecting them. I do cleanse them upon their arrival to remove whatever energies are present.

As mentioned before I'm dedicated to Cernunnos. He's a Celtic god often depicted with antlers and surrounded by animals. He's a nature god. Symbols, pendants, amulets, and statues representing him are also interesting to see. I would love to receive artwork representing him.

Antlers, animal bones, teeth, and claws, preferably drilled. I like using these when making jewelry. When I have the supplies I need I'll work on making wind chimes with these.

Fountain pens, ink for fountain pens, ink for painting, etc. I love ink and fancy pens. Fountain pens have a special place in my heart, but alas I have only one.

Stickers! So long as they're not Hello Kitty or Disney related I love receiving them. It's an added bonus if they haven't been used. I'm on a limited budget and receiving stickers I can use will make me very happy.

I'm a big fan of up-cycling so long as it's in good taste.

I have very little stationary and would love more. Lines on it for writing are a major bonus for me.

What I Don't Like

Glitter is evil. I hate glitter. I loathe glitter. Glitter must burn and forever be removed from existence.

I've cut candy out of my diet, but gluten-free dark chocolate is always welcome.

Fabrics and prints that can be easily associated with "grandma" because ugh, super old fashioned. Not even valid enough to be called vintage. Bleh. It's often the flower print you see on furniture from the 50s-80s era.

Zebra print. Please...don't.

I really don't like spiders. At all. Blame the three black widows that bit me, the large number of hobo spiders in my area, the jumping spiders that make me scream. I see more spiders in a month here in Oregon than most Aussies see in a year.

Fairies with butterfly wings (except for the Garden Fairy and Fairy Glen collections). They annoy me and I don't know why. I do love butterflies though.

I have very sensitive skin. Don't send me skin products. Ever. There's a fair chance I'll develop a rash. Yes, very annoying. I do have some on my Etsy wishlist, but they're products I use and know I'm not allergic to.

Religious stuff (unless it's related to what I've mentioned in "what I like" and "about me"), especially Christian. Practice whatever religion you want, I don't care. Just don't force it on me or send it to me. I have very negative experiences with Christianity. No, I'm not giving you details. You don't need them. Keep religion to yourself.

Pro-White/White Power/Nazi/Neo-Nazi/Alt-Right stuff. Just don't. I don't support President Trump, or as I refer to him, President Cheeto and Agent Orange. Anything related to supporting him will be returned or burned.

Scrapbooking. I think it's awesome, yes, but I don't do it at all. All scrapbooking things are given to one of my sisters because she's really into it or sent off in another swap.

Anime/Otaku. I can't watch most animated shows because of my epilepsy. The last time I watched one was Star Wars' animated series, and not even ten minutes into the episode I had a seizure.

Candles and incense. I practice witchcraft, yes, but I don't play with fire. I recently experienced my second house fire (first one was when I was 9 years old) and I live in a fire-prone region. Plus I have asthma and artificially scented/smoky stuff can really mess me up. Naturally scented candles would make for nice decoration, but they won't be lit. Incense is just a really BIG no-no.

Though I practice witchcraft I don't like pentagrams or pentacles. A personal experience has resulted in a very bad association with them. The triquetra is what I favor (it's a pretty triangle commonly made using Celtic knot designs).

Hello Kitty and nearly all Disney things.

I'm not a holiday fan. My husband and I don't pay attention to holidays, and it's not unusual for us to go out and discover places are closed. We do celebrate Yule (it's the Winter solstice) with gifts and food, but there's little to no holiday decorating. Please don't send me things that directly correlate with holidays. This means nothing with Santa, no Valentine's Day stuff, etc.

Valentine's Day is the worst holiday for me. I had a traumatizing experience that has resulted in PTSD. My PTSD flashbacks are easily triggered, especially around Valentine's Day. Do not send me anything related to it.. You will receive a "1" rating because you didn't read my profile. If you had read my profile you would have seen this information.

I don't care for steampunk. I'll make jewelry for it, but said jewelry is listed on my shop. I don't care for the style, the story behind steampunk baffles me, and overall I simply don't like it. Keep your steampunk stuff.


Littleroo rated for WC ~ September Witchy Gift on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Its so very beautiful. I love it. Thank you so much.
Comment: I'm looking forward to legging weather too.
BusyBeeFamily rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #16 on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: I love that this swap has you send a card you arenโ€™t the biggest fan of and when it arrives, I really kinda like it :).
Comment: Thank You
Response: You're welcome!
perkl8r rated for NFSC: Mug Rug Black and White on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Renee, I love the mug rug. It is beautiful. Thank you also for the extra batik. I hope you get my name again sometime soon!
Response: You're welcome! You're also not the first to tell me you want me to get your name again. LOL
Comment: Thanks for the card! I also suffer from anxiety and know how difficult it can be. Good luck!
Response: You're welcome! It always feels like navigating down a rapid river, avoiding hazards as they come.
purrincup rated for QUICK Sender's Choice PC #3 USA on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the PC!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you for the chatty postcard! It is very hot here and I spend time inside crafting!
Response: You're welcome!
JossieAyame rated for BS&S ~ July stocking stuffer on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for the macrame necklace! It's gorgeous!!
Response: You're welcome!
CaseyErin rated for CPG Flower or Plant PC - US Only on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Beautiful card! Thank you for sending such a lovely card my way and sharing a bit of your life with me. I hope you have many more days like the 15 you shared with me. I send you love and best wishes!
Response: You're welcome! I'm now at 24 days and counting.
PrairieKittin rated for WC ~ July witchy gift on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: Oh my!! This is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! Thank you so much! I wish I could give a hundred more hearts!
Response: I'm so glad you like it!
Comment: Thank you for the card, I hope you had a happy anniversary.
Comment: Very cool pc! I love old photos, and oddly enough, I like learning how to say "Grandmother" in different languages.
kfaye rated for June Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you :D
squince rated for P&M Blind Postcard Swap 13 on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: thanks for the pretty Minnesota card!
squince rated for Sender's Choice Postcard Swap #4 on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the resend!!
Response: You're welcome!
MeggyMoo rated for ISS Animal PC on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Loved my card, thankyou! In answer to your questions,while I don't play computer/console games, I have been known to do a bit of quilting in my time and it's something that I intend to get back into shortly, once I finish scrapbooking a trip that I went on years ago! Other interests include cross stitch, beading and card making, though I will have a go at most things that peak my interest. Can't crochet for love or money though! Thanks again for a great swap, Renee. Tracy
Response: You're welcome!
MissBrenda rated for What the Heck..? PC swap #30 on May 24, 2019
Comment: I hope you are not bombarded by wildfires this year like last year! Praying for you and your area! Have a magnificent day and happy swapping....
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful blocks and the awesome extra fabrics. Please forgive me for the late rating. I just found a whole handful of things that got into a box and never rated. I'm so sorry. I guess that's why we "have" to do spring cleaning whether we think so or not. LOL! Hugs, Diane
Response: You're welcome!
kfaye rated for May Magickal Stocking Stuffer on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you. It's beautiful! Did you make this?
Response: Yes I did, and I'm glad you like it.

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CurlyTea on Jun 3, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

thisismeAXiD on Jun 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

PrairieKittin on Apr 23, 2018:

Thank you
Thank you so much for the birthday card! I absolutely LOVE it!!!

njstauter on Feb 5, 2018:

Be the love you seek in the world

faecreature on Dec 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday postcard!

craftyone on Nov 8, 2017:

Thank you for the birthday greeting you sent my way - a very pleasant surprise! Have a great day!

justmesks on Nov 7, 2017:

Thank you for the surprise birthday card. It was so sweet of you.

sleepingrover2010 on Oct 16, 2017:

I was unable to find you on the two Collab Coloring PCs I have on my swap list. I am on 16 1/2 and 17. So, I came here and let you know how wonderful you did on the postcard. I loved the colors you used.

I will give you a 5 and a heart for your work.

I will color the last space and then send it home to the one the card is addressed to and so this is the final coloring by me.

Thank you again for your GREAT work!

clutterfree on Oct 6, 2017:

Thank you for my Disney birthday postcard...it made me smile to receive some SURPRISE happy mail!! What a nice simple act of kindness....you did not mention if it was from a certain group so I am thanking you directly on your profile so you know I do appreciate your thoughtfulness!! Hope you are enjoying an amazing Fall!! Hugs, Charlene

VivaLaDiane on Sep 6, 2017:

Thanks so very much for the awesome compliment on my profile. It means a lot to me that you took time out of your day for me. I definitely try to help when/where I can so I'm grateful that it doesn't go unnoticed. I think you'd like some of my wife's photos. We do peaceful protesting ourselves. If you're on Facebook, her page is Jen Ruff Photography.

Much love to you. Have an awesome day!!

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