In May we said good-bye to our dear Lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix Jasmine. She was 16 yrs old and feisty, stubborn and full of love every second of her wonderful life.
I am happily married to a wonderful husband who can still make me laugh and want to cause him serious bodily harm - usually at once. I guess that means we are in love still. We have a German Shepherd, Durango and a new buddy our kitty Charlie.
My craft explosion in my house leads to me being a bit unorganized but I am working on it. I say I am working on it - let's be honest - never gonna happen until the people from Hoarders show up.
I am pretty easy going, I have a great sense of humor and think laughter is the best medicine.
I love: animals (of course), books, coffee, music, recycled/upcycled items, and chocolate. I love the color blue, like natural things, and appreciate messy crafters.
I am an avid reader - non-fiction, fiction, crime, thrillers, ... everything but romance since I found my prince charming
If you have read a great book, let me know - I am always searching for new books
The ID Channel is great although my husband worries I am getting tips on how to commit the perfect crime because of shows like Wives with Knives and Deadly Women.
I am really loving all the fantastic true crime podcasts!
I am a total Murderino and love My Favorite Murder
True Crime Garage, Last Podcast on the Left and Casefile - love them!
I love music and dammit so sad we lost Bowie and Prince this year.
On current rotation: Lake Street Drive, Jess Glynne, James Bay, Kaleo, Ella Eyre, Rebecca Ferguson, Ella Henderson
I love classic Motown, R&B, Blues, Pop (I prefer the term Adult Alternative but it's still Pop), classical, rap, hip hop and anything that can make you dance.
I have so much wonderful crap in my house to play with - it is hard to pick a favorite. I really like scavenging stuff from thrift stores and yard sales and occasionally discarded items I come across. So I have a huge stash of crafting crap - all awaiting some miracle of craft magic. I really, really love taking something old or discarded and making something else with it. Using pop cans for jewelry, making plastic beads from pop bottles, fusing trash bags for a funky plastic fabric - I love stuff like that!
I like general crafting, beading, paper crafts. I would like to learn how to knit and crochet and my sewing skills are minimal.
When I craft, the house usually looks like a kindergarten class tore through on a sugar high. So if you expect perfect, yikes... not me.
I apologize in advance for dog hair on items (usually when I am taping an envelope shut it shows up) - I try to de-fur everything but stray hairs happen. Also, my dog Jasmine is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Lab mix - which means her fur is very kinky curly. Ok her fur looks like pubic hair so don't be alarmed.
Overall.. not too picky:
I also am very very progressive and liberal (oh no! lol) so I love things that celebrate gay pride, women's rights, diversity, pro-labor, pro-choice, pro-animal, pro-environment etc. If it will make Rush Limbaugh cry, then its perfect for me.
I love puppies! (mainly large breed dogs and puppies), paw prints, animals in general (cept for monkeys), nature scenes
Blue is my favorite color
I love love love anything from K&Company, Graphic 45 or 7 Gypsies ...embellishments, paper, stickers etc. This is a major exception to my plea to stop sending me paper as an extra.
Milk Chocolate mmmmmm yummy
For Post Card swaps - I love nature themed ones and quirky ones. Humor is good too and I am not easily offended - go ahead and try me (ha!)
ATCs - I love funky ATC's! Some people have a preference for only flat ATC's. Not me - go wild, use all kinds of mixed media, make it bumpy and chunky with danglys and stuff. You don't have to - I love all kinds of ATCs, but for those of you that go a little wild - yay!
Ok I used to love extras, but you all have been so generous that I am now in possession of more stuff than I could possibly ever use. I love everything, I hate to part with anything and I am at risk for showing up on a very special episode of Hoarders - Crafter Edition. So please, no extras. Don't worry that it will effect if you get a heart - I never give hearts based on extras.
I also like to drink coffee, beer, wine, booze (not all at once) and occasionally smoke a cigar... I know its unhealthy, but I like sitting in the yard on a summer's evening reading a book and puffing on a stogie.
What I really love - is something that tells me about you :) Your passion, your creativity, your heart, means more to me than anything else.
The best "extras" I have received have been sweet handwritten notes that tell me about my swap partner. I have a huge box that I keep all my notes and cards in from my fellow swappers. I love it!
Like I said not too picky but I have a phobia of clowns - as in I will cry and have nightmares
I also don't like bugs (ok except for butterflies and dragonflies), monkeys/apes/chimps (I should have mentioned this earlier, because I got a great postcard but the chimps made me cringe... I think I must have had a bad experience in a prior life)
Since I don't have children, I don't find children themed things cute (like Anne Geddes stuff, porcelain dolls, Precious Moments). I don't mean that in a mean way, its just I don't have that awwww reaction to children.
Kawaii stuff... there are so many here who love it so save it for them - same with anime, cartoons, and stuff like that
I have to put a stop to accumulating any more PAPER!! I love it, hate to part with it and its taking over my craft space. Please, if you are tempted to send me any paper scraps (other than old book pages, music sheets or foreign language pages) STOP. Together we can help reduce my fire hazard in my craft area. Unless it is a specific swap for destashing ...that way I get rid of paper in exchange for new to me paper. It's a win-win.
And here is wonderful Durango - 12 yrs old and a total goofball
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