Date Joined: October 27, 2017
Last Online: February 19, 2018
Birthday: January 3, 1982
Country: United States
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I just started swapping a few months ago and I have to admit it has really become a highlight of my week.I am a very easy going, socially awkward introvert. If you are running late on a swap just let me know, no worries.
I will never flake so if for some reason you haven't received something please get in touch with me I know the mail can be unpredictable at times but if I haven't received something I'll always reach out. I typically only get up to my mail box once a week but once I get your swap I will always rate.
Now on to the fun stuff...
We recently moved to Tennessee from Florida.I was born in NC and grew up in MN. I love to travel and explore new places. Nothing beats a destinationless road trip!
I am hard to offend and have a twisted since of humor. I love quotes that others may find sick, sad and wrong. I also love inspirational quotes. My mind is always all over the place and depending on my mood. I can find the beauty in anything. Writing has always been something I enjoy. (Although I would be lost without spellcheck!) I don't do it nearly as often as I should but I have several projects going.
I have one AMAZING man in my life, Bob, and one CRAZY dog, Molly.
They are my world.
There is almost always music on in our house. We listen to everything from Enya to Megadeath depending on the mood. Since we recently moved to TN we have been on a country kick. We love Gary Allan.
Bob loves Christmas music and we are always adding to our collection. I really enjoy world music, anything from Buddhist chants to Bollywood. The house we are in now has a nice big tub so I love to soak in there with candles and sounds of nature music.
I love to read.
Unfortunately it is very difficult for me sometimes; I have been blessed with bipolar disorder and ADD. This means more often then not, when I get to the end of a paragraph, I'm planning dinner in my head, deciding if I should get a haircut and wondering if penguins have knees.
It's a lovely combination of a racing mind that can't stay focused on an..HEY LOOK A SQUIRREL!
Never the less I have a book shelf full of books I am determined to read someday. There are times that I get hyper-focused and can sit and read for hours on end and get through a book in two days, but that doesn't happen very often.
So what's on my book shelf?
Lots of Twain.
A few of Garrrison Keillors works.
Random novels that I have decided to add to my collection based solely on the fact that I liked the cover.
Several books on Buddhism; Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Quite a few books on various health topics. I have a special interest in Alzheimer's and natural healing.
A collection of artsy crafty books and magazines have also found their way on there as well. I love the SummerSet Studio publications and am always grateful for anything that inspires me
You can find a cookbook of some sort in nearly every room of the house; Bob is a chef and we are constantly trying new things.
There are very few things that I watch on TV and I couldn't tell you the last time I've ever said,
"Oh crap it's .005 seconds after 7! I'm missing the start of Who Wants to be the next Naked Zombie Bachelor!"
I was raised without a television and am totally convinced that it is destroying anything left of common morals and that mass media breads ignorance.
Don't get me wrong, I do watch TV from time to time, I mean REALLY, who doesn't love Fixer-Upper and The Big Bang Theory!?
Bob is frequently amazed by the number of movies I haven't seen. What can I say, I'm a sheltered individual...and besides, he has a few years on me in age so he has had a head start.
My two favorite movies are a couple of random ones; Smoke (A 1995 film with William Hurt and Harvey Keitel) & Amelie (A french film with Audrey Tautou who I think is adorable.)
Here we go.
Now we're talkin'.
You know that girl that walks into a Michael's Craft store to buy a glue stick and leaves four hours later with 14 shopping bags, $153 less in her checking account and 87 more projects that she never knew she needed to start?....
I'm THAT girl.
It would probably just be easier to add a pic of my art room here at this point.
I have a sewing machine and lots of beautiful fabric.
So many rubber stamps that I have had to create a reference book for them.
There are enough ink pads, gelatos, pens, markers, ink sprays and nuvo drops to keep a kindergarten class occupied for the entire school year.
Enough paper to wallpaper the Boeing Everett Factory.
Lets not forget the modeling paste, gesso, tacky glue, texture paste, matt medium and score tape...
I do NOT have a glue stick however.
Nope no glue stick...
I forgot to get the one thing that I went into Michael's for in the first place.
Don't you hate that?
With all that said and done I must confess a problem...another part of my battle with my blessings is that I never want to mess anything up. I have so many wonderful supplies that I can create amazing things with but it is often a struggle to sit down and work on anything because I don't want to waste the beautiful fabric or the fancy paper. I struggle with this because all I ever wanted to be when I grew up was an artist.
That is one of my reasons for joining Swap-bot; I want to create things, I LOVE crafting. When I'm doing it for someone else I have no problem spending hours at my desk trying to get that one last detail in just the right spot. My mom and I swap an ATC card and a Tag every month. It's so much fun because she is still in MN so we each get a goody package every month.
I can't say that I really have a style when it comes to my personal crafts but if i'm creating something for someone else I try to incorporate as many personal elements into the work that I can.
So if you are stuck with no idea of what to send me go to your junk drawer and pick any random item... I can incorporate nearly anything into a piece of art in some way shape or form.
One thing that I do not have is a die cutting anything...so if there are any other craftaholics's out there; any sort of die cut embellishments or embossed paper would be a welcome addition to a goody pack. My Washi stash also leaves much to be desired.
I have really started getting into more mixed media type stuff. Just completed my first magpie journal swap which was so fun. I use the chip board letters quite a bit so those are always welcome. Anything other chipboard ad well.
I also make cards on a regular basis and enjoy getting stamped quotes or images to use for them.
Watercolor is something I will tackling next so any tips, articels or magazines are welcome.
Honestly, I will use and appreciate anything you send. I love learning new crafts so share what you love.
Dragonflies...anything to do with dragonflies. I have yet to find a nice dragonfly washi
String for wrapping small packages
Fortunes from cookies (I've been collecting them since high school)
Anything relating to Viking history or Vikings
Fun smelly stuff for my Subaru (I love pina colada)
Anything relating to Subarus or Fiats
Anything about bipolar; I was diagnosed six years ago and am learning more about it every day. I'd love to hear anything you are comfortable sharing about your own experiences if it has touched your life in any way; the good the bad or the ugly- there is something to be learned from everything. (One more note about that; I'm not offended by anything. I believe that everything can be humorous in the right light.)
Snails...there are day's I wouldn't mind being a snail. There was a study done that determined that a snail can sleep for up to three years!
Tea.. all tea... any tea
Coffee...ground (I'm still old school and refuse to give up using my french press!)
The smell of gardenias
Incense sticks. I love Maroma Kalki morning offering and burn it every morning.
Anything relating to Arsenal football
We try to keep Molly away from chicken but she loves the carob peanutbutter cookies from 3 dog bakery and the mint dentastix.
Decorative cocktail napkins
Bath bombs and oils
Little note books
My favorite color is green....anything green, any shade of green. In general I like earth tones
Toe and Fuzzy warm socks
Black Licorice; all types. I love trying different ones from all over the world.
Old black and white photographs
Previously loved magazines; craft, wine, food, any really
Inspirational or funny quotes
Anything New Age-ish. spiritual or relating to Buddhism. (Especially Medicine Buddha or Green Tara)
Anything Mint (mint oreos are my weakness)
I do wear some jewelry but I have sensitive skin so I try to stick with sterling silver or gold for any sor of rings or earrings. Necklaces don't bother my skin as much. I am fairly conservative in terms of dress: solid colors, earth tones. No prints or primary/bold colors. I do wear earrings and wear two in one ear. I'm always looking for itty bitty single earings for that ear.
Writing; blank lined journals or journals with writing prompts. I am pretty picky about my pens however. I only use the pilot g2 fine andultra/extra fine tip.
Scraps of pretty paper
Scraps of pretty fabric
BRADS! I LOVE unique brads!
Small ATC size envelopes
Any tips or ideas about working from home. I'm not interested in joining any direct sales company's; I think I did just about every one of them in my 20's. But if know of any good companies that hire people to work out of their home part time or if you have had success with starting something online with your art or crafting I would LOVE to pick your brain.
The two quotes that hold most true to my life...
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV
Other wonderful quotes in no particular order...
“2 AM’s were made for poets. Lovers/writers. Visionaries. Photographers. Painters. Over Thinkers. Silent seekers. These are my favorite hours.”
“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.” ― Vincent van Gogh
"I do not have ducks. I do not have rows. I have squirrels and they are at a rave."
"I wish I could become a public figure just to see what kind of dirt they dig up on me. I'd really like to piece together my 20's"
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