NOTE: I'm taking a break from Swap-bot while my husband is in radiation treatment for cancer. He's going to be fine, but we're really busy with appts, and rather stressed. Unfortunately, even the very simple swaps feel like just one more thing I have to get done right now. I'll be back when I can!
I'm a singer/musician, and retired recycled-materials artist who enjoys the (sometimes, lol) benefits of being ADD, which means I "specialize" in whatever has most recently riveted my attention at the moment. I love to create.
Most especially, I love writing lyrics and creating music as half of the duo, Sparrow. I've included the link to our YouTube channel. I love visitors, so please come give us a listen!
I love color! Also love old-timey things, not so much into country, adore cute kids, but not kiddy stuff. Funky/funny is great. Whimsical, Quirky, Intelligent. These make me smile.
I love to garden, sew, play, dance, sing, bake, create art, crochet, make jewelry. Most of all, I love singing, and creating music. I swear, it's like a drug high for me. (Not that I ever was into drug highs, lol.)
I love toe socks! You know, the ones that fit your feet like gloves. Here's the deal: I have big feet! (Size 9 1/2) Most socks that Say they fit, are just a little bit on the small side, and they tend to twist around on my feet, which drives me nuts. Toe socks can't do that, and it's just plain wonderful.
I've been taking voice lessons for 4 years now. If you love to sing, I'd totally go for it--can't believe what a difference it's made for me. Learned on opera, now back to my first love--ballads, pop, songs that make you Feel.
Other than that....
Folk, especially British Isles, Country/Western, Show Tunes, Freak Folk, Oldies of every ilk, Alternative, Old Rock...
Actually, my tastes are so eclectic, it might be easier just to say I'm not a huge fan of Jazz, and don't care for Rap (or anything else I can't harmonize with), or hard Rock.
Favorite groups, singers: John Renbourne, Steeleye Span, Trio, Asleep at the Wheel, Dixie Chicks, Clearwater Revival, Eliza Gilkison, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor....there are so many more, but I'm drawing a blank here...will add as the names resurface.
Honestly, I've always had this fault: I notice the music, learn the lyrics by heart, and tend to not even notice who wrote or performed it, because the music is what's important to me. My (very) bad, and I'm trying to reform!
Holographic Universe (quantum physics, but an excellent read), The Time Traveler's Wife, Guy Murchie's Seven Mysteries of Life, anything by Dorothy Sayers, mysteries of all sorts, Gore's Attack on Reason, The Stuff of Thought (can't think of the author right now), all of Mark Twain, everything I ever read by CS Lewis (and he wrote a LOT beyond The Chronicles of Narnia), anything by Victoria Holt, Regency romances, Science Fiction, Historical novels, romance novels of all sorts--yes, I admit it freely!
I read mostly fiction, but if I run across a well-written non-fiction book I will absolutely devour it.
I love audio books, and listen to mostly non-fiction there, especially lecture series on the English language.
I don't get to see many, even on TV, but I adore musicals, science fiction, chick flicks. I love Disney, especially the animated ones. Actually, I like animated movies, period. A particular favorite: Howl's Moving Castle. Oh, and I adored Monsters, Inc.
Bletchley Circle, Father Brown, Dancing with the Stars, political news (I'm kind of a political news junkie), CSI, Antiques Roadshow.
Recycled/reclaimed/repurposed crafts of all kinds. Photography. Playing with Photoshop. Paper crafts. Crochet. Collage, both flat and 3-D, gardening, reading, decorative envies.
I love baking cookies, and I collect metal cookie cutters. Don't know why I'm not attracted to the plastic ones, just amn't, I guess.
This isn't a craft, per se, but I love, love, love wordplay of all varieties.
I'm a coffee drinker of the grind my own beans ilk, always black. Tea is good, too. I like to try new ones, but I'm allergic to licorice, chicory, and mint. Anything else, though, is good.
It's not like there's a lot I dislike, but intolerant or judgmental people do get to me. This is such a sweet website, full of sweet people. Why lie in wait for someone to slip up? You know that feeling you get when you're driving and a cop pulls in behind you? You know you aren't doing anything wrong, and don't intend to, but....More than once I've seen things like, "If you don't send by the cut-off date, even if you're just one day late, I'll wait until the 3 rating becomes available and give it to you!" That's mean-spirited, IMHO. What do you do? Check the postmark & and rate on that, instead of the lovelies inside? Lighten up, folks, and give people the benefit of the doubt. We're here for Fun; it isn't a job. Honestly, if you're one of those people, I'd rather not have you for a partner; I get all tense just worrying I might do something to upset you!
As for likes, how about a list of things I love receiving? Chocolate Ephemera Stickers, except kiddy ATC's Decorated tags Unusual images, especially funny ones Neat art papers Beads and jewelry findings Magnet sheets Buttons Bits o' this n' that Vintage anything Handwritten notes Ribbon & lace Socks with toes (What can I say?)
And just one last thing: My name is Anitra, not Anita. It's a little thing to be picky about, I know, but it's my name.
If you're sending to me, here's a list of option, things I like: A: Antiques, Adorable anything B: Books, Buttons, Baby animals, Butterflies, Birds C: Collage, Christmas, Cheese, Crochet D: Daffodils, Daisies, Dumbo, Dreams E: Ephemera, Earrings (pierced or clip) F: Fairies, Feathers, Fingerless gloves, Flowers G: Girly things, Glam, Glitz H: Handkerchiefs, Handmade envies, Halloween I: Iris, Incense J: Jewelry, Jewels (fake ones, too!) K: Kaleidoscopes, Kittens L: Lace, Letters, Leaves M: Music, Mermaids, Masks O: Opals, Oddball stuff, Oaks, Original artwork P: Pinterest, Paper, Poetry, Poppies, Pocket Letters Q: Quick crafts, Quotes, Quotations, Quirky stuff R: Rainbows, Recipes (low carb), Recycled crafts S: Stickers without borders, Scrapbooking materials, Scotty dogs, Skunks T: Tea, Templates, Tags U: Uhhh... V: Vibrant colors, Vintage W: Washi, Waterlilies, Word stickers, Word games X: ? Y: Yellow, Yarn Z: Zentangles, Ziplock bags any size
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