I haven't updated my profile in a while. Not much has changed.
WARNING: If you like surpises and are my partner, you may not want to look at my flickr. I try to take photos of my swaps. I usually remember I want a photo after the package has been sealed, so I don't get all of them
I am a mom living in Tacoma, WA. Former military, as is my husband. We have two boys (b.1992, 1999), a Border Collie (Malcolm the Reluctant) and two psycho cats (Vlad the Non-Impaler & Fiona the Impudent). All three beasties were rescued and have found their forever-home with us. We have a 100+ year old home and are always searching for cool things to make it more ours.
I love stitching and crafting with found objects. I do historic embroidery, as well as more current stitching. I don't quilt. I don't cross stitch much. I don't scrap book.
NON-RATERS! I can't say this enough! If you didn't receive a swap from me, please let me know. I will resend if need be. Please respond to PMs if I ask whether or not you've received something. It's just the decent thing to do.
My tastes are very eclectic. It is easier to say what I don't enjoy.
Not a big fan of opera, country, rap/hip-hop, speed metal or 'hair bands'. David Lee Roth types really creep me out.
I love Big Band era jazz/swing. The Blues make me smile. Still love that funky '80s fun stuff. Flogging Molly will always be a fave.
I don't care for romance novels or much SF/fantasy. I prefer suspense, thriller & the like. Dean Koontz, Ridley Pearson, Ken Follett to name a few. I think Stephen King & Dean Koontz have jumped the literary shark. Very disappointing.
NO MORE REALITY TV!!! toss Big Brother, Survivor, Wife Swap & their exploitative ilk right in the nearest trash bin. Please, I have enough drama in my life.
I watch TV for diversion. Education, too, on occasion. History Channel, TLC & Discovery rock.
Shows I would Tivo/DVR if I had one:
Classic musicals - Brigadoon, West Side Story. We all know the songs & love 'em. I also totally love mindless action movies - great car chases, explosions & wafer-thin plots. Wow, I just described a Bruce Willis movie :)
I am an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA.) I belong to the Barony of Blatha an Oir, which is Pierce County, WA.
Yes, we re-create the nicer parts of history - 600-1600 - but it's just a hobby. I only wear 'funny clothes' at events, and can pass for a relatively normal person. This hobby kind of explains my love of historic needle work, although I am not sure which came first - SCA or historic embroidery.
I am not infatuated with mythical creatures and my house is not decorated like a wanna-be castle. I've been to enough real castles around the world to know this would be an exercise in futility.
Many of the values we hold dear in the SCA, honour, chivalry, and the like, would greatly improve the rest of the world if we practiced them all the time.
I am sort of a crafting hummingbird, never totally settling on one discipline. I've done ATCs, altered tins, and other crafty things. Sewing & needle arts are my first love. Still can't knit or crochet DAMN! I would love to learn I am up for a challenge.
Craft-wise, for the most part - jack of all trades, master of none. And that's fun! lately I have been crafting with nature items like acorn caps & walnut shells.
I saw this animation on how a sewing machine works - very cool!
Wish lists seem pretty popular. Whilst I am wishing, I shall ask for the world - For my 18 year old son to get his act together, get a job and finish school.
More realistic wishes:
Well, that's my wish list so far
I really hate to even start this topic, but feel I must, even if it's just to get it off my chest.
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