I am a (former) middle school art teacher, currently a substitute teacher, from the mid-west. I love all kinds of art and disliked those that taught it, needless to say, I had very little inspiration from art classes (and teachers) in the public school system.
I really enjoy Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, reminds me of vacation. Also enjoying the playlists on Stephenie Meyers homepage, love the connection to her writing but I'll listen to about anything:o) I grew up in the 80s so any hair band brings back the memories of concerts, first concert was Motley Crue!
Reading the J.R. Ward series of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I can live without the romance parts of the book but find the character developed for each brother in each book kind of interesting. Anne Rice and Stephen King are next on my reading list. Not interested in 50 Shades of Grey, not my "style" of reading.
Jodi Picoult is my favorite fiction writer. I also like Malcome Gladwell's books.
Project Runway, the Today show, My Name is Earl, Sponge Bob Square Pants, 30 days (Morgan Spurlock is AWESOME!) and Dog the Bounty Hunter. Started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix but finding that I don't have that much time to watch television since I've moved, I can't seemed to get organized....must be the 50 hour work week?
Always working on a new craft...crocheting baby blankets right now but always have wool felt, paint, collage materials, cross-stitch, and most other materials ready to go incase I get "inspired"...sometimes I think distracted is the better word here. Still loving the scrapbook thing, I will miss Archiver's! Also like: Beading, Scrapbooking, Cross-stitching, felt applique, and crocheting. Starting to look at painting again using recycled furniture, thank you Pinterest:o)
My favorite colors are teal with a burnt orange/red, deep purple, golden yellow, and sage green. If I have to choose clothing or shoes that come in a variety of colors but the same style I almost always pick black. I like patterns and new projects, since I seem to acquire these items frequently. I like baking and usually find a way to "play" with the food and make something sculptural instead of flat, it's usually edible afterwards. I also love anything Hawaiian and the Iowa State Fair! I enjoy getting handmade items and appreciate the variety of artistic styles that people have.
Sea turtles, Seashells and beach sand, Miniature crocks, church cook books, Lapel pins and "fun" necklaces to wear to school (when I sub), Hallmark ornaments (I got started by a family member when I was little), Handmade santas, Beads, Recipes, Pug dog items, Circus clown stuff, Pasanky dyed/hand painted eggs, Cross-stitch patterns, Craft projects, Fabric for Halloween, baby and, Christmas quilts (just another hobby I don't have time to pursue!) The occasional postage stamp...I used to belong to a club! Hawaiian stuff, mostly old travel pictures and brochures, everything is so "touristy" now! Dotee dolls, buttons, rubber stamps, pretty much anything related to arts and crafts!
White cake, Chocolate dipped strawberries, soft serve ice cream, coffee drinks, strawberry shortcake, fresh pineapple and caramel puffed corn! Not a fan of milk chocolate but I have a five year old that loves it:o) No allergies to anything either.
Snakes, Apples (the collectable stuff, everyone thinks that you collect it if you are a teacher), Socks that are too small (I have huge feet, shoe size 12), Fruity teas and glitter (sorry, art teacher phobia-my friend Marcy loves the stuff)
What I don't like about this site: People that are sooo into this site that they won't accept a package a day or so after the deadline and rate it a 5. I am a laid back swapper, I do not understand why you are checking the dates of postage and you base your rating on that? I've never flaked and most of the time I can send by the due date. I don't sign up for a lot of swaps any more, mostly because I get things I don't think people really take the time to make. When I swap, I read the person's profile and take time to complete that swap and personalize it. If it's a great package and it's a day or so late who cares? I'm here for fun and personal motivation...I have recieved so AWESOME swaps here and met some great people but why be so uptight about the swaps?
Anything with Marilyn Monroe, Thirteen going on 30, The Princess Bride, Monsters, Inc., The Fifth Element, Harry Potter.
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