Date Joined: April 15, 2012
Last Online: May 25, 2013
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
My profile is long-here is a quick summary: I am easy to please as I just love getting mail! I prefer dark over cutsie, favorite color is dark purple, I like all types of pigs but wild boars the best, I also love all kinds of goats. I am a complete math nerd. I enjoy any style postcards and any cross stitching supplies. Even if the postcard swap says "new" I am gladly accepting vintage (blank, wrirren on by someone earlier in time, written on by you to me). I love good quality dark chocolate, sea salt caramel, and violet and citrus flavored candy. Please avoid aspartame, saccharin, etc. If you're looking for an insanely longer list-keep reading!
If you don't receive a swap from me please contact me first before rating so I can have a chance to make it right. I will rate all the swaps I receive and give reply comments when you rate me. I do mark sent once my mail has left my hands and is at the post office or in a post office box. I always send on time, I try to send early, a few times I've had to send on the last day. If I'm ever not able to send on time I will notify my partner(s). If you need to send late, just pm me and let me know. Life happens and it is more important than mail.
My husband and I have been married 13 years and we are very happy parents of our pets. Katie, a 13 year old black Cockapoo, and Goliath, a 2 year old grey Tibetan Terrier (both from the local shelter), Edna, a Red-Eared-Slider turtle, somewhere in the range of 12-15 years old, also rescued (from a coworker!) and she has laid unfertilized eggs, kinda fun to see. We also have a fish tank and my favorite fish is Jesus, our HUGE pleco. We finally bought our own house a couple of years ago.
Counted crossstitch-Asian themes are my current favorite but I just really enjoy cross stitching. Always would enjoy ANY supplies for cross stitching. I can use cloth, DMC threads, I like little kits, big kits, patterns, pattern books and magaziness-used or new. My favorite summer purchase was a Belgian cross stitch pattern book from 1980 and roughly titled in English as "modern cross stitch". It has some really fun looking geometric patterns, trees, and little scenes.
I like Belgian bobbin lace and needle lace. I've taken a class of each (in Belgium) and had some lessons from my mother-in-law (Belgian) but I am still quite the newbie and they are both crafts that take a lot of time. If I get to grow up to be a house-wife I plan on getting back into the bobbin lace! But for now I must work and do not have as much craft time as I'd like and cross-stitch is quicker, easier than the lace making. My lace cushion, stand, and supplies wait patiently for me...
I recently started to Zentangle and make ATCs and enjoy both a lot but I'm not really that crafty.
I really enjoy all postcards. I prefer store bought and vintage best. My favorite vintage style are the ones where color was added. But color, B&W, sepia, etc, are all good. I don't need a particular level of quality or rariety either, I just want to see them all!
A list of my too many top favorite themes: vintage with couples or pretty women, vintage beach scenes, vintage with people. Vintage or modern: art nouveau, art deco, surrealism, objects from museums, catholic saints, st francis d'assisi, gargoyles, Nijntje(Miffy), mosaics, stained glass, geometric patterns, uniquely shaped or designed archeticture, pigs, wild boar, goats(mountain and farm), sheep(big horn and farm), capybara, frogs and insects dressed up in top hats and other fancy garb, caterpillars, butterflies, gothy, dark, industrial, unusual, reproduction of old ads, caves, stalactites and stalagmites, geologic rock formations, things like Red Rocks Park (CO), Garden of the Gods (CO), and Arches National Park (UT). I love sedimentary rocks best! I like singers robert smith, dave gahan, erk aicrag, daniel graves, johan van roy, rasco agroyam and actors cary grant, rock hudson, and johnny depp. I like humor, absurd, wierd, strange, foul, mathy, liquor themed. I'm not easily offended.
I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, tarts, and pastries. I love chocolates(especially dark and/or bitter-containing interesting and strange flavors). I enjoy the following flavors alone or in choclates/candy: coffee, peanut butter, caramel, walnuts. I prefer chocolates and caramels type of goodies best but if you are sending candy flavored things I prefer flavors such as grapefruit, lime, lemon, raspberry (citrus and tart). I love old fashioed powderdy violet candies. I also like licorice (but not the salty zout kind), white rabbit (Asian candy), durian, and ginger. I do love all the candies from the companies C.Howard's and Leone, especially violet! (Minty is not prefered). Lotte brand chewing gum especially lemon, ume(plumb), blueberry, green, and black.
Tea- my favorites are Chai Rooibos, Earl Grey, Bigelow's Constant Comment or vanilla, black tea, Genmaicha, lemon. I've found I don't prefer teas with mint nor fruity tea.
I love older cookbooks and recipies. Especially from 1965 and earlier. They can also be in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Actually, with all the free translation sites online I would love any old cookbook from anywhere and in any language.
There are four countries I visit the most: Belgium (many, many towns-too many to list here), The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Den Hague, Utreck), England (London, Benenden, Maidstone, Dover, many other towns in the Kent area), and Germany(Cologne, Dortmond, Trier, Saarburg, Berlin). I have also visited Italy (too many cities to list here, visited 3 times), Greece (a lot of cities, did a group tour thing after high school), France (Leon, Paris), Switzerland (some town outside Geneva but I forgot the name-it was a day trip when I was in Leon), Luxembourg (Vianden, Luxembourg City), Norway (Oslo), Canada (Vancouver), Costa Rica (Tuertoguero and La Fortuna), Austria (Vienna) and India (Fort Cochin, Munar, Therapusda, and a few other towns in the same area). #i know I misspelled a lot of the cities, when I have time I'll make corrections#
I'm really happy to receive your mail! I have no alergies, but here are some dislikes...
Palmer brand chocolate(or should I say wax...), crosswords, wordsearches, seafood, anything fishy or seaweed flavored, nutella, saccarin, aspartame, and any other fake sugars. However, my husband loves fishy and seaweed stuff so I can always give said Asian snacks to him.
Books: true crime, horror, older cookbooks from the 50s (really 60s and earlier are all great)
Currently Reading: Darkly Dreaming Dexter-or I was until I flipping left it on the light rail...
Authors: Ellen Hopkins, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Music: industrial, agrotech, hellektro, some 80s
Bands: Hocico, Suicide Commando, Agonoize, Fiendflug, Combichrist, NIN, Welle:Erdball, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Violent Femmes and too many more to list them here. I love attending industrial festivals and concerts and sometimes go to clubs as well.
TV: The Big Bang Theory, Conan, The Office, Dexter, 2 Broke Girls, House, Dog Whisperer, Rock Stars and That 70s Show are my favorites right now. I also like some reality/food/competition type shows but I don't have cable or dish so I must wait for everthing via netflix, or catch some of it online.
Movies: I netflix movies mostly. My favorites are. romantic comedies from the 40s, 50s, snd 60s. Some favorite actors and actresses are Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Gig Young, Doris Day, Johnny Depp, River Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix
Radio programs: Coast to Coast AM, 24/7 comedy radio, Peter Boyles
+anything listed in my topics above
+earrings! I can't make jewlery so I usually buy my cute earrings at SIX when I'm in Europe. It is sort of like a Claire's or Icing. If you make me earrings and neclaces I will love that as I can't do that for myself :)
+also if you make any kind of stuffed animal thing or doll thing I'd love any of these: pigs, goats, snowmen, gnomes, trolls, gargoyles, goblins, wizards to think of a few-or anything that your creativity thinks fits my profile.
+blank postcards of any theme (even my dislikes) that I can use to write on and swap
+stationery sets, notecards
+stickers and various stationery from Djeco, Santoro, la marelle, Chronicle books, and Anne Trator
+anything with map designs on it
+items from Anne Trator, Froy&Dind, Cotton Candy Chronicle, Pip Studio, papayaart, lala dex press, cavallini papers & co, inc, mint printables, and Kitsch Kitchen, ephemera-inc.com retro bitch products, or items with similar themes and looks to any of these brands
+counted cross stitch kits-even tiny ones to make keychains, magnets, starter kits for kids, and of course more complex, larger sets. My favorite theme for cross stitch is any design that is Asian looking (but anything is fine-I just love to cross stitch)
+baking items such as cookie cutters(metal only-no plastic please), cake/cookie decorating items, sugars, sprinkles, balls, decorating candies, unique cake candles, any kind of candy/chocolate/mint molds
+cook prep items desired: mushroom brush, avocado slicer
+items that are dark colors especially purple, black, green
+Nijntje items-ANYTHING NIJNTJE (called Miffy in the U.S.)
+anything with images from Het Laatste Oordeel by Bosch
+gnomes, trolls, elves - friendly or evil ;)
+st francis of assisi, saint nicholas(dec 6th), saint emily
+wind chimes (prefer wood, metal, shell-not plastic)
+things with absurd or rude sayings/quotes (can be in ANY language)
+decorated binderclips (storebought decorated or homemade) - use these for work but the plain black ones are so BORING!
+insect, bugs, spiders, reptiles, etc on postcards or other items
+Eeyore, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, The Count, Nijntje(Miffy), Beavis & Butt-Head, Mr.Hankey
+country, state, region, city flags and map items, crests, coat of arms, etc
+1950s & 1960s vintage or themed items(really vintage or reproductions)
+vintage tiki items / tiki themed/reproduction items
+cocktail party items, vintage cocktail themed items I LOVE COCKTAIL NAPKINS
+packaged cocktail/drink napkins-any theme, style, color, etc...if you have a party and have even only a few left, by all means, include them in an envelope or box swap with me!
+These particular holiday "characters" I do enjoy: Christmas-snowmen, saint nicholas from different countries, the saint-Dec 6!, little drummer boy, 3 wise men, old fashioned christmas trees, Halloween themes and Day of the dead themes
+creepy, absurd, horror, goth, gore, foul language doesn't bother me, in fact I rather like it all
+geodes and thin slices of them, jewlery made from them. Like the typical geode jewlery you find in Colorado tourist places, (and other mountain and cave tourist places). I seriously love them.
+address labels needed!
+I love numbers. Things with numpers! My favorite is 3 and my second favorite is 17. These are followed by any number containing a 3, repeating numbers, numbers that are palindromes, and odd numbers, especially if they are divisible by 3 or 9. Something on numerology would be cool. I used to check out books from the library as a kid but I never bought myself any books or other numeralology items.
+EMILY items, LEO items, DRAGON (zodiac) items (I've always been a sucker for these for myself), items with one of the letters from my monogram E, J, or T, the numbers 3 or 17
---again---please contact me if you do not receive the swap from me--I will make it right!
Angels :-) @Linda52156 (letter and tea), @Cirsium (cross-stitch round robin #5), @Lindsay919 (sending extra cross-stitch round robin for me to work on), @drgngirl house pet sticker slapped), @user6937 for altered text atc #6 purple
WAITING TO RECEIVE:
FLAKED on by
@acupofchai for last open quick 50 sticker swap #28
@MoominStar9 for Animals a-z:T ATC
@erinhayden for seasonal art postcards -summer-
@katybean27 for house pet sticker slapped atc (angeled)
something yummy swap from @chikunamika
@tnhomeschoolmom for BCS: winter or holiday cross stitch
The majority of my non-raters come from a variety of sticker swaps: @unicorn25 @ruger @natascha atc swaps: @basilika @selahgal and letter or postcard hunts: @ralphsrascals @flyinfysh @zurike and gothic scavenger hunt: @lolapop
If you were flaked on in any swap I hosted and had to give a 1 rating, please contact me so I can angel
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