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Date Joined: April 6, 2010
Last Online: March 28, 2019
Birthday: April 5, 1971
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm in my 40s, and yet, after all these years, I am basically still a goth, so I guess it's fair to say now that it wasn't a phase!

I am the night!

I am a writer and artist living in the Washington DC area with a cat and a husband (the former is cute, and the later is both cute and utterly amazing in every way!) I'm a passionate vegetarian cook, writer, and enthusiast of a number of artistic media. I am an aspiring Buddhist, but the secular rather than the religious kind. I also practice some Pagan traditions. My favorite period in art history is Art Nouveau. I've been involved in mail art and swaps for many years, and was especially fond of the site called Nervousness.org, in case anyone remembers that.

Short list of "Dislikes" Just to get it out of the way

I don't really care for super cutesy or "kawaii" stuff. I'd never rate anyone down for sending stuff like that, but even my goddaughters are growing out of the age where those things appeal to them, so frankly, I've really got no useful purpose for them.

One other thing in the "dislike" category would be items of religious propaganda. I think that religious imagery can be very beautiful in the right context, but religious beliefs are a private and complicated thing in my life.

Other than that, no dislikes, no allergies, nothing I wouldn't be thrilled to receive. Moving on.

Favorite colors

Generally warm ones (red, orange, gold and earth tones), black (of course) and purple. I think all colors are lovely if used right.

Wish list

I am easy to please, but here are some things I would love to receive:

  • Metal embellishments, filigrees, charms, and brass stampings, often found under the Tim Holtz or Vintaj brands. Really, you can't go wrong sending me just about anything by Tim Holtz.

  • Pretty paper (think dark colors, Victorian, Baroque, or classical rather than cute). Scrapping paper is great, but cool magazine clippings or calendar pages are terrific too. I love to do collage.

  • Cool stickers, labels, or scrapping embellishments on themes like steampunk, art nouveau, antique florals, quirky patterns, fish or sea creatures, lizards, and especially anything spooky

  • Antique maps, charts, or botanical drawings

  • Beads of nearly any kind (as long as they aren't kid-like)

  • I do wear earrings (pierced ears), but I don't really wear accessories like scarves or necklaces, but fabric and jewelry parts that can be used in crafting are awesome. I like sparkly things!

  • Stencils of nearly any kind, and especially ones that create backgrounds, are geometric or organic, and kind of wild and dramatic.

  • Spooky ephemera, vintage Halloween stuff, diecuts, joss paper, things with monsters or dragons on them

  • Halloween is everyday! Send me Halloween themed things any time of year, and I'll love you forever :)

  • Minerals, rocks, or fossils are a big interest of mine. I have quite a collection of neat rocks. If you send me something in this category, I will dance and squee! Love rocks!

  • Unlike a lot of people, I am not especially sensitive to smells. So it's cool to send smell-good stuff! I don't really love strong floral scents, and tend to prefer earthy, spicy, or musky scents.

  • Similarly, bath products are great! I especially like Lush products, or anything else that's mostly made with organic, food-grade ingredients. Please lean toward herbal, spicy, woodsy, mellow and musky scents, rather than anything too astringent or floral. Confession: I love patchouli! Also mint, bergamot, apple, sandalwood... my very favorite Lush product is the Demon in the Dark soap :)

  • BPAL Imps are always welcome and cherished (see scent preferences above, but I can always use any imps for trading purposes, too.)

  • Edibles are fine, and I have no food allergies. Teas, coffees, etc. are nice.

Here is a list of interests from my LiveJournal profile, just to give you a general glance into my madness:

arthur machen, axe throwing, ayahuasca, babylon 5, battlestar galactica, bauhaus, bellydance, bisexuality, buddhism, buffy, carnivorous plants, cats, classic horror, compassion, cooking, cranky old blowhards, culture jamming, dead can dance, doctor who, eddie izzard, edgar allen poe, edward gorey, ego likeness, enfp, english, ethnobotanicals, fanfiction, farscape, feminism, fetish, firefly, forgiveness, funny, gardening, gender communication, ghost stories, ghosts, giovanni, girls, glamourbombing, goth, gothic literature, h.p. lovecraft, halloween, healing, herbalism, humor, icons, jim henson, joss whedon, language, laughing, liberal politics, loving kindness, mail art, massage, medieval, medieval cuisine, mikhail bulgakov, monsters, neil gaiman, neurochemistry, new model army, nutrition, oscar wilde, p.g. wodehouse, paganism, paranormal, particle physics, permaculture, phantasmechanics, polyamory, post apocalypse, punk, science fiction, scifi, second life, sensuality, serenity, sewing, sex, shamanism, social justice, spookiness, star trek, star wars, stargate, star-just-about-anything, steampunk, sustainability, tank girl, the daily show, theatrical costumes, thomas ligotti, tim burton, vegetarianism, venture brothers, victoriana, vintage pinups, web design, weightlifting, words, writing, x-men

Favorite Music

Lately, my favorite music falls into a category I'll call "funky gothic world" music. Examples include Beats Antique, Gogol Bordello and Corvus Corax. I also like hot jazz from the 1930s and 40s (such as Django Reinhardt) and Industrial from the 1990s. I rather like dubstep, but I don't know a lot about these newfangled bands you kids like today :) Please educate me about newer music! I have pretty eclectic taste, but that doesn't mean I like everything. For example, I like bluegrass, but I loathe pop country. Ugh.

Favorite Books

I read a lot of science fiction and some fantasy. Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Asimov, Bradbury. I absolutely LOVE Victorian ghost stories, and classic horror. I read a little contemporary horror, but mostly esoteric stuff like Thomas Ligotti. I also read a lot of non fiction... mostly food writing, explorations of world religions, and books about political and social issues, as well as some instructional books on how to write better myself!

Favorite Television

I am not a big movie fan (with the exception of some sci fi and fantastic types) Although at this time, I'd say Mad Max: Fury Road is my favorite ever. I do watch a bit of TV. I really love shows like Mythbusters, where people build things. Other favorites are BBC Sherlock, Buffy, Firefly, Doctor Who (both classic and New Who) pretty much all Star Trek incarnations, and lately Sense8.

Favorite Crafts

I love to sew (costumes and crafty bits, but not so much street clothes) and I love to work in paper, polymer clay, resin, with recycled materials... honestly, too many media to mention! I make art journals, the occasional ATC, inchies (I love small formats) and all kinds of multimedia assemblages. I enjoy putting patinas on metal pieces, casting my own cabochons, and generally taking on too many projects at once.

Lately my greatest passion is making handmade art journals. I might even start selling them soon. Watch this space!


PrincessVicky rated for Suprise Swap #3 on Jun 26, 2018
Comment: Nice postcard! Thanks! =)
blueseabliss rated for Magick Mail #3 on Aug 23, 2017
Comment: Oh, Rachel, thank you! What a blessing!
skinny52 rated for Paper Collection- U.S. Only on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Oh my, you were so very good to me! I love everything but especially the asian and the beach items...the postcards, that tissue box! So many vintage items! Really nice, thanks so much for the generous swap!
Response: You're so welcome! I am glad it was a happy thing for you :)
dreamlady66 rated for PBS: Little Red Surprise Swap on May 10, 2017
Comment: ❤ Dear Rachel, hi there...ty SO much for your neat swap, that diversified items, gr8 joy! Thank god the ceramic-magnet arrived safely :) happy sapping... ❤
Response: I am so glad you liked it, and that everything arrived safely! <3
KateKintail rated for BBC Sherlock in a Bag on Feb 5, 2017
Comment: I love everything! Can't wait to wear the necklace. The postcards and stickers are gorgeous. Yay for washi tape! The notebook is lovely. Badges! (Awww, Greg) And I'll definitely be putting a button or two on my lanyard when I go to my next con. And I actually burst into tears when reading the poem. Thank you!
Comment: It was so hard to pick out just one thing to write in the space on the postcard! Your fear is one of mine - I also fear for the animals, and especially for the environment. But you finished on a very upbeat note - we will take it all back! Thanks so much for sending - and I love the Ewok/Star Wars postcard, too!
Response: Thank you! I am so glad you liked the card and the sentiment. Stay strong. We can do this!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely opal beads. I'm assuming they're from you and for this swap-- I saw that the etsy seller wrote "fenriss" on the bubble wrap. They're super-pretty and delicate, and I'm looking forward to designing something special with them. Each one is different from the next. Lovely!
RyeRye rated for *Private* Swap for RyeRye & Fenriss on Sep 25, 2016
Comment: WOW WOW WOW! I am totally set for Halloween. The great stuff just kept coming out of the box! Thanks for all the wonderfully festive things! LOVE it all! Thanks for doing this swap with me!
Response: I am SO gratified to hear that you liked the stuff. I just have so much of it! Have fun :)
Gigi1228 rated for Pick-Me-Up Presents on Sep 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much omg I could not wait to open I love everything and that bag is so handy! The color pencils are so darling I'm scared to use them! And omg that pencil case and beads !!!! Wish I could give you a billion hearts!
Response: Hooray! I had tons of fun making that package, wrapping all the presents, etc. It makes me very happy that you liked it :)
Alisha98119 rated for Pick-Me-Up Presents on Sep 21, 2016
Comment: Thanks! I'm so excited about what you sent. Thanks for your generosity and I can tell you looked at my profile.
Response: You're so welcome! Enjoy the oncoming Fall :)
seekingjoytoday rated for MM:Paper Food on Sep 15, 2016
Comment: I love this swiss chard! So much effort on the details. Thank you!
Comment: Wow!!! What an amazing envie full of wonderfulness!!! The envies you made are soooo stupendous!!! Love every one of them!!! Thanks for all the extras you included 💕💕😀 I am glad you are feeling better 👍 A hundred hearts 💚💚💚
Stargazer008 rated for MM: I've been wanting to try... on Sep 14, 2016
Comment: Hi Rachel, Lucky me. What a honor to receive your first zine! :) Thank you so much for this cool and personal post! Your manifesto makes me smile, yeah the world and LIFE is really complicated. I often get lost! lol...Oh Mr Nastypants would be a surprise as an umbrella!...lol..Oh I am sorry to say I am not such a help. Why?! I havent heard of all these ladies yet...All I can say: Thank your for the all – I really appreciate such a personal note! Have a great day. Smiles, Joana
crystals3 rated for Edgar Allen Poe on Sep 9, 2016
Comment: I'm glad you are feeling better! Thank you for the wonderful package!
kpfree rated for Daily Postcard Swap- Sign Up By 8/27 on Sep 8, 2016
Comment: oh Rachel this postcard was simply AMAZING! Thank you for thinking of me and being so kind to part with this and send it on to me! I loved seeing all those little kitties around the man in the fur coat. Thank you for making my day! Happy Fall!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! May your autumn be full of warm and friendly kitties :)
cnmn64 rated for Colorific #4 PURPLE *USA* on Aug 30, 2016
Comment: Great purple planner stickers and tapes, thank so much!
Comment: Thank you for the neat postcard!
cynlen rated for SWL ~ Cheap & Happy HAPPY Mail #3 on Aug 23, 2016
Comment: For starters - I love the nebular envelope... and the stationery! I agree about the pink, but the theme is awesome. :-) Your weekend plans sound great and your five happy things are the best! Thank you for sharing in your note and for the goodies you included in the envelope. :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely stuff you sent to me :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap. Love everything.

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CurlyTea on Apr 5, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

ittybittykitty on May 25, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

CurlyTea on Apr 10, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

anrtist on Feb 28, 2017:

THANK YOU so much for the great pkg of wishes for the AATW group! I luv the peacock keychain & can really use the METALLIC MARKERS! ;-) THANX & Blessings, cc

cayers2 on Feb 23, 2017:

Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for the pretty dishtowel and king size candy bar! I laughed cause when i pulled out the dishtowel and thought that was it. I turned the envie upside down and out pops this candy bar. I laughed cause it just made me day!!!

sabbysteg on Feb 10, 2017:

Hi! Just letting everyone know in TOW group that there is a Goddess PC Swap going on, hope to see you sign up!

KateKintail on Jan 1, 2017:


BBC Sherlock in a bag profile check. The swap is on!

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

phillaine on Sep 22, 2016:

Happy Autumn! ♥

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

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