Date Joined: April 7, 2009
Last Online: October 1, 2009
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States
ON SEPT 1 I HAD A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, WHICH HAS AFFECTED THE DATE BY WHICH I HAVE MAILED A COUPLE. PLEASE UNDERSTAND.
I'm a college student living at home (as tough as it can get, I enjoy having extra money more than personal space...well, sometimes). I'm studying to be an elementary school teacher.I have no kids.
I have two kittens, Lily and Lulu. They're a perfect match, one is timid and shy, with long fur that's white and orange, and the other, Lulu, is dark gray, short hair, and very bold and not shy or afraid.
My mother is a quilter and has just started getting into art quilts. So naturally, I have an affinity for fabrics and dying, and I love batiks, and making my own dyed fabrics.
I take creativity and imagination and making art pretty seriously. I studied at a private art college for the last two years, before finally choosing a major that they did not offer. I enjoy swaps to see other people's talents and learn new techniques. I put a lot of effort and thought into every swap that I participate in. I do not flake. I always rate. If you have not received a swap from me, please pm me. If it doesn't arrive I will replicate the swap package, and make sure you receive something from me! I hate to be flaked on, and don't want to be that awful person flaking on someone else. Also, if you think I should have rated you and I haven't, feel free to pm me.
My blog is almost entirely images from swaps. I post images of things before I've sent them, as well (if you're my partner and like to be surprised, then be cautious!)
Music: I love all kinds. I love Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Folds, Jeff Buckley, Hank Williams (Jr. and Sr), BB King, the Beatles, Aesop Rock, musicals: Rent, Wicked, Spring Awakening, Ave Q, Phantom of the Opera, TickTick Boom! to name a few. i like mellow, and sad music, but also quirky stuff that will make me smile. I like songs that tell stories. I'm not fond of techno or death metal.
Books: Harry Potter, On the Road, PostSecret, Allen Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda, Queen of Camelot, Sookie Stackhouse series, Life of Pi, Ray Bradbury, Dr. Seuss, Peter Pan, Maus I & II, The Fever, THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR 2 GOLDFISH (beautiful illustrations, great childrens book). I looove children's books that are beautifully illustrated.
Television: Flight of the Concords, Weeds, United States of Tara, Trublood, The #1 Ladies Detective Agency, Family Guy, America's Next Top Model, Proj Runway, The Real Hustle, Entourage
Movies: I like documentaries and chic flicks. Anything that make me laugh.
Printmaking (linoleum and wood cuts :), Books Arts; making paper and paper crafts, making postcards, ATCS and inchies. I also enjoy journaling, sewing, some quilting, like art quilts that are more loose and open. I like to make lil stuffed animals, lizards in particular for some reason, out of felt mostly. Painting (small canvas and murals-- I love how big spaces are so intimidating at first but then you have so much space to really get into it)
I love to try new things. This site is great for me to get new ideas and see what other people are doing. Sometimes you can get so stuffy in your own way of making things and don't realize there are other ways and techniques. And because of this site I've learned about inchies and dotee dolls and techniques like packing tape photo transfers!!
Ribbons, pretty yarns, Buttons, Beads (I collect evil eye beads too)
Fabrics (loove batik and hand dyed fabrics)
Stamps and Inks, any printmaking supplies (like linoleum and block printing inks, rollers)
Handmade papers of all kinds, from everywhere, and just beautiful papers
Mythology, and Nursery Rhymes/Fairy Tales
Postage Stamps, old and new, international
Handmade soaps and candles
cards, fortune telling cards, altered cards, unique playing cards
pop art (lichtenstein, warhol, jasper johns) Renaissance Early Christian art
flowers (pressed or images of)
images of outhouses, barns, Buddha, trains, symbols (love to learn new meanings behind images), old photographs (especially b/w) Victorian women pin-up models from first half of the 20th century
I'm very much a 'vintage' person
Things with stories behind them, that have been touched before me, I don't mind things that are slightly worn but not damaged
random acts of kindness
Colors: blue and brown, green (cool colors are my favorites, but I love all colors Animals: lizards, dinosaurs, ducks, sparrows (birds), kittens/cats
I love when my partners include a personal note or card with their swaps. I like to find out how they put together their ATCs/inchies/etc. and if they used a special technique to decorate their swaps. If you do this, you've got a great chance at getting a heart! Not many people include how they made something, and I'm not interested in replicating your piece, just what you did to get to your finished piece. It's a great way to learn new techniques and whatnot!
I'm really open to things. I love to see new things, new imagery, learn new things. I don't want to bog anyone down, much less myself, with this stuff. None of it's "strict." It's just what comes to mind.
Glitter pens (won't use em)
Stickers in general
Smell of cigarette smoke
When it comes to language, erotic images, or other obscene images; I'm okay with it, if it's done tastefully or it's a specific swap (erotic atcs, obscene atcs, etc). I have no problems with these things when used in art, so long as they're not intended to offend.
I don't want to list too many dislikes because I'd hate for that to limit what a partner does in a swap. If you make something you love or would love to get, then I'll love it. Anything someone put thought into, I'll love and appreciate.
I am always up for private swaps
USA or International!! Please feel free to message me anytime about a private swap! ATCS, inchies, fabric (fat quarters or like 6" quares), or even just like a paper and ephemera swap! I've also recently gotten into making matchboxes! Would love to do small swaps of decorated and filled matchboxes.
If I'm overwhelmed by life at the time that you ask, it's not personal if I ask to do it in a few weeks or do it another time. Sometimes life happens. But I do loooove to do private swaps!
I reuse packaging
I pledge to rate!