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 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.
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.
Generally warm ones (red, orange, gold and earth tones), black (of course) and purple. I think all colors are lovely if used right.
I am very easy to please, but here are some things I would love to receive (but, for heaven's sake, don't feel you need to go out and buy me things if you don't happen to have them!):
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, and I'm not really picky.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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