September 30th 2019
Hello all - there are several swaps still floating out there that I have not received the salve not given a rating for. Every swap I have received up until last Friday has been rated. I am now out of town until the end of October and will reach out if swamps have still not arrived when I return home. All swaps that are received in my absence will be rated once I get home.
I am so thrilled to be able to take some time to come back to Minnesota and help my mom, who is retiring, rearrange her entire second level into Craft space now that she has no need for her home office!
I am so excited to be back after taking several months off from swapping!
After finnaly getting my art room unpacked from our most recent move, I began putting the pieces in place to start a business I've long dreamed of. In April I launched LifeLong Lotus; a life enrichment company dedicate to bringing a sense of significance and contribution to those living in senior communities. We currently serve the Middle Tennessee are. This has been a dream for several years and I am over joyed to see it having a positive impact in the community already. Many of the programs I offer are art based, so I am always gathering items for them. I would love to do a private swap with anyone who has things pertaining to alcohol Inks, mixed media art journaling, watercolor pencils, creative writing or magazines. I can never have enough magazines or clippings of flowers, birds, military or food! And non- latex gloves!!! All sizes!
Items I have available for trade include business cards, post cards, photographs, fabric, ATC supplies, junk joirnal supplies ...to name a few.
Needless to say, things have been busy and exciting. It is a blessing to be working in the geriatric field again.
We moved to Tennessee from Florida almost two years ago. 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 sense of humor. I love quotes of all sorts. My mind is always all over the place and depending on my mood, my body sometimes attemps to keep up with it; more often than not, to no avail. 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.
I am collecting books from The Boxcar Children series & The Babysitters Club series for a project I am working on for my niece.
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. Since Bob's heart attack in Feb., we have both been eating healthier. April 1st I started eating a mostly plant based diet. I was a vegan for few years in my 20's and followed a acid/alkaline diet. That was the healthiest I've ever felt. Granted, part of that probably due to just being in my 20's in general. I'm always grateful for any fun unique veggie or "Whole30" recipes.
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. We discovered 'The Wine Show' on Wednesday evens any catch that if we are still awake at 9 and 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?
(Just a side note...I currently DO have plenty of glue sticks. You are all so thoughtful but please stop sending me glue sticks...)
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. Some of our ATCs and such are posted on Instagram @adragonflydream
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.
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 as 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.
Washi has become a slight addiction. I have started a washi journal with 2(ish) inch pieces. I'm collecting as many different washi snipits as I can. If you have any fun unique ones you would like to share don't feel like you have to do a large amount.
I love learning new crafts so share what you love. Although, I do not have children and really have no use for kids type craft things.
Last week I purchased my first 'Happy Planner'... the medium size. I've had lots of fun getting it set up and I foresee many Sunday evenings surrounded by thin washi and a multitude of colored pens!
Alcohol Ink related goodies
Dragonflies...anything to do with dragonflies. I have yet to find a nice dragonfly washi and I would love some die cuts
Decorative cocktail napkins
Fiats (especially anything relating to old ones)
Fortunes from cookies (I've been collecting them since high school)
Incense sticks. I love Maroma Kalki morning offering and burn it every morning.
Mixed media top spiral paper pad ( I can not find a top spiral one for the life of me!)
RX Bars (Blueberry) mmmmmm...
Smells: Gardenia, Pina Colada, Rose, Plumeria, Jasmine
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!
String for wrapping small packages
Tea... I'm always up for trying new teas.
Treats We try to keep Molly away from chicken but she loves the carob peanutbutter cookies from 3 dog bakery and the mint dentastix.
Vikings Anything relating to Viking history
Little note books
My favorite color is green....anything green, any shade of green. In general I like earth tones.
Toe, fuzzy or warm socks
Old black & white photographs
Previously loved magazines; craft, wine, food, any really
Inspirational or funny quotes
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
Anything New Age-ish. spiritual or relating to Buddhism. (Especially Medicine Buddha or Green Tara)
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 AMs 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"
I do like getting postcards that are written on & stamped, unless it is a 'send multiple PCs' sort of swap. I love all sorts and would never rate down for a nice handmade PC, regardless of what the swap calls for.
Thin washi for planners
Goodies for my brand-new med. size happy planner
Yupo paper for alcohol Inks
"Enchanted" Alcohol Pearl Ink
Metallic fine tip Pilot G-2 pens
Stamped images and die cuts of dragonflies and hedgehogs
Information/ recipes involving The Plant Paradox
Stamped images of ATC Artist info for the back of ATCs
Poetry writing promts
Check out my list of 'Things that make me smile' if you need more ideas.
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