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ContraryHousewife

ContraryHousewife
Date Joined: August 30, 2011
Last Online: January 16, 2018
Birthday: September 13
Country: United States
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UPDATE Dec 26. All incisions have closed. Swelling is down. Almost to the point I can put weight on it, but not quite.

Nov 30 Stitches are out. My foot looks like something from a horror movie, but it will heal. The doctor says if all heals well I can start to put weight on it after Christmas.

Nov 16. Everything went well. I am not having as much pain as expected. I am in a surgical boot that looks like something from a bondage porn film, or maybe it's the start of my KISS costume for next halloween. Either way, still only doing postcards and flat swaps until I can walk again.

Nov 6 I am going in for the second foot surgery. I will be on my ass for weeks and housebound for months afterward. I will be doing flat swaps only as I can't get to the PO, or even my own mailbox. It will be a long, painful and frustrating recovery, but I got through the first one, so...

Special notes about gift swaps: I have sensitive skin and have reactions/allergies to most cosmetics and skin creams. Please do not send face masks or lotions. I can wear lip balm and use bath products like soap,scented oils and bath fizzies.

Holiday foods: I enjoy peppermint, hot chocolate, gingerbread and marzipan. I prefer my tea plain and black. I cannot have coffee or peanuts.

Holiday cards: While I am not a religious person if God is part of your holiday then I am happy to receive a card with seasonally appropriate verse or quotes that have meaning to you.

About me:

I enjoy a variety of hobbies; sewing, quilting, wool felt, gardening, dollhouse miniatures, travel, costuming and dance, as well as just generally noodling around with crafts. I have 3 cats, 2 of which are Maine Coons. They like soft catnip toys that crinkle or jingle that they can grab with paws or claws.

I have two dollhouses in the works. One is a Greenleaf Pierce which is being furnished in a modern/current style. The other is a Greenleaf Harrison which I am doing in a mix of old European styles, medieval to Victorian.

Finished projects:

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Current project:

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This is the quilt I finished in December 2014. It is made from blocks that were part of the first swap I ever ran, back in 1995!

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I have broad tastes in music, from new age to hard rock. I also enjoy reading a variety of books, from detective fiction, to romance, to sci-fi. My husband and I enjoy movies on a regular basis, but I'm not a TV watcher.

I like color but I'm not sure I have a favorite. I like blue/green/aqua/turquoise colors, and also gold/orange/peach colors especially if there is a yellow-green involved. Burgundy/eggplant/purple is another range I really enjoy.

For quilt fabric I am really into white, lights and neutrals right now. Grey, white, beige, etc in solids, tone on tone or very subtle prints. Boring background colors.

I like flowers. Love to look at them and smell them. I also do flower scents as perfume and candles. I try to grow flowers, but nature isn't always cooperative. Every spring I buy a rose bush and every winter it dies. I love zinnias, but the squirrels eat them to the ground.

My tea of choice is strong and black, like English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast. I'm also liking the new French Breakfast with Lavender. If it says "Ceylon" or "black" it is probably a good bet. I don't mind if the tea is loose or unwrapped, as long as it is clean and dry. I don't do herbal or flavored teas. I'm a chocolate snob. I much prefer a small square of very good dark chocolate (70-72%) to a large bar of something cheap. I dislike 'pumpkin spice' flavored anything. Please do not send peanut products.

I love candles, incense, soap, bath salts and oils in natural scents like pear, rose, lavender, orange, jasmine, honeysuckle, heather, evergreen and berries. I do not like food scents like cookies, pumpkin spice or vanilla.

Please, no facial cosmetics (allergies) or nail polish.

Postcards (if you're looking here for ideas): I'm partial to historic sites and natural wonders, museums, monuments, old buildings, houses, famous scenic locations like national parks, waterfalls, bridges or canyons. And cats. If it is "anything goes" feel free to send something you like and tell me why you like it.

I can always use mail and swap supplies like colored pens, stamps, stickers, tape, notecards, sticky notes, etc.

Please don't send kiddie stuff. I don't have young kids, or know any to pass it along to.

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Art I like: I came here to share ideas and get inspiration from others. I like to think I am open minded and accepting of other's artistic expressions. I'm not going to force a long list of requirements on you if you want to make something for me. It's your art. However...

I like to keep it PG-13. I'm here for fun and entertainment. Please no violent imagery, vulgarity, tasteless nudity, sex, blood, gore, religious or political statements. I get enough of that in real life.

NOTE: I often use my husband's return address labels. For some reason he gets them free in the mail and I don't. Just in case you were wondering why there was a strange name on the envelope.

Ratings

Mark63 rated for B&W PCs week 52 on Jan 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the PC that arrived today. :-)
YooperHill rated for FREE/AD #51 SENDER'S CHOICE on Dec 26, 2017
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Comment: Thank you & happy new year!
Kellpepper rated for NH: Tea and Craft Swap on Dec 26, 2017
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Comment: I am burning a cinnamon apple candle right now and am going to put my kettle on. Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the card and beautiful vintagy goodies! I look forward to using them.
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Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card! I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thanks for the interesting card. Were an hour from the fires and the winds were blowing offshore so we didn't get any smoke. Thanks for your concern. Happy Holidays!
Macw1975 rated for NH: Coloring Postcard on Dec 15, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard. It makes me think about summer! We don't get snow often but it sure has been getting cold at night. There won't be much decorating here this year with 2 young cats! Lol. Thanks again & Merry Christmas!!
suepier rated for City / Town / Village with C R3 on Dec 9, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from Chicago. It is a wonderful city.
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! I'm jealous that it was 67 when you wrote it, it was 16 here today! brrrrr!
CindyST rated for City / Town / Village with B R3 on Dec 4, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Looks like alot of cars on the road for a small town.
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Comment: Cute card. I'm going to repurpose into a tag.
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Comment: I saw these Christmas cards at Michael's last year and almost bought some. I really like the vintage style stickers you included. Thank you! Merry Early Christmas!
dvmac rated for B&W PCs week 48 on Nov 29, 2017
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Comment: Hi Dawn. Love the card. Thanks!
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Comment: Thanks for the Kansas card - with STICKERS! - my fellow Missourian. :)
Stacy97 rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #7 on Nov 26, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for all of the fun stickers! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
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Comment: Cute card and stickers!!! Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you and Happy Holidays.
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Comment: Thanks for the great variety of goodies!
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Comment: I am currently away but looking forward to opening up your envelope when i come home next week. Always great to see mail welcoming me. UPDATE. Now that I am home (11-21), I am going thru all my mail. Thank you for all the goodies. The envelope was "slit" across the bottom (came in a plastic bag from the post office) but was still filled with lots of items *some newspaper colored pictures, stickers, papers with flowers on them and my favorite,,,a black cat cutout. Thank you so much Dawn.......

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Comments

luckycharms on Jan 1, 2018:

New year

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

Kellpepper on Dec 26, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful Solstice greeting. I love the quote!

...but without the dark, we'd never see the stars.

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 22, 2017:

Happy Solstice to you as well! Keep ice on your foot! My DH had his bunions removed and the Dr couldn't believe how fast he healed after using ice to keep the swelling down. Of course, my poor husband thought I was freezing him to death. LOL But it works! Ask your Doc or OT how to apply. Heal fast! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

LahDeeDah on Dec 22, 2017:

Thanks for the good wishes. I'm sooooo happy the days will begin getting longer now! I hope you're healing well and feeling great!

jukejan on Dec 22, 2017:

Thanks for the happy solstice wish, I send the same to you!

luckycharms on Dec 21, 2017:

Thank You and Happy Solstice to you!!!!

Paige1900 on Dec 21, 2017:

Thank You and Happy Solstice to you also!

Solstice3 on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice to you too <3 Hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year x

piratecaptainmo on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice to you too!

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