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Hoosfoos

Hoosfoos
Date Joined: September 18, 2010
Last Online: November 7, 2017
Birthday: December 2
Country: South Africa

About Me

I recently stopped teaching pre-school in order to spend more time at home with my son this year. I am now homeschooling him, which is a lot.of fun. Writing for children is also something that I have wanted to do from about the age of seven. I am as yet unpublished but have not given up on the dream!

I am married and have a 6yr old little boy (who loves cats, the Avengers, cars, lego, Star Wars, to name just a few). He wants to be a scientist when he grows up. I also have 2 step-sons but they now live in Australia. I love animals and would like to have been a vet but know I would end up adopting all the strays and bawling at all the sad bits. I often prefer animals to human adults, they are just so much nicer!

We have recently moved to a suburb just a few minutes away from the beach (yay!), and the change of pace is awesome! Cape Town really is the most beautiful city :D

Favorite Crafts

I really enjoy being creative and dabble in a few different crafty hobbies. I am a very keen miniaturist and belong to our local Guild Of Miniatures, a group of truly amazing and talented people! I am learning a lot by attending the wide variety of workshops on offer. We make projects that I intend using to furnish and fill the Victorian Dollshouse (scale 1/12 inches) that I have been working on decorating, electrifying etc for the last 6 years or so. It is nearly ready to be lovingly kitted out with all the hoarded treasures I have been collecting and making over the last 15 years! One day I would like to create a creepy/ spooky dollhouse. I am drawn to quircky and humourously macabre things!

I also make unusual polymer clay jewellry, often with food as inspiration! Private swap anyone??

I am quite into scrap and smashbooking, and just love all the cool supplies and amazing ways there are to showcase your memories.

I have been practicing my crocheting skills and love to make Amigurumi (so cute!), and ultimately I want to downsize the craft to suit my miniature purposes. I have hopes of trying to earn a bit of cash by making goodies that other miniaturists simply have to have!

I also enjoy making personalised keepsake books as gifts for friends for special occasions. I have dabbled in fabric painting, graphic design, lino-cut prints, drawing, painting (again something I would like to have a go at in mini form), card making and I have also been building up my collection of ATC's. Making and sending them is a great creative outlet for me, as is messing around with acrylic, as well as, rubber stamps.

Anything Steampunk fascinates me and I am currently working on a 1 in 12 scale Steampunk gypsy-style caravan!

I have a lot of fun working with Polymer clay. The quirky jewelry items I make I have sold at craft markets, but now that I am working full time again I need my weekends free. At the end of last year, some of my goodies have been for sale in one of our local gift shops, (exciting!).

more..

Besides flexing my crafty muscles, I don't mind partaking in various forms of gentle exercise like walking and yoga. I don't enjoy: cooking (but i do like baking) ironing, standing in queues, too much TV, cruel people, crowded places, canned laughter, insensitivity, cockroaches and chilli.

Favorite Music

I like a lot of different artists and genres but some of my ultimate favourites include: The Beatles, Everclear, Foo Fighters, Queen, Chris Cornell, System Of A Down, John Lennon, Presidents of the United States, Blur, Offspring, Pixies, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Dresden Dolls, Lily Allen.....

Media

There is nothing better than being able to get cosy in your nest with a great read, yummy snacks and an uninterrupted block of time! Some best reads: The World According to Garp Confessions of a Bad Mother Lord of the Rings Return of the Native any Harry Potter Dexter series Journey To The Centre Of The Earth any miniatures or scrapbooking mag

I don't like to watch too much TV as its too easy to get sucked in by the intruiging shows and then you just end up with less time to create. Shows I can't resist: Dexter, Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, My Name is Earl, Tori and Dean

I do enjoy watching DVD's (preferably with a big bowl of buttered popcorn) like: Addicted to Love, Love Actually, Withnail and I, Friends episodes, any Harry Potter, I am also collecting all of Tim Burton's movies. Incidentally i would love a copy of Tim Burtons book :"The Melancholy Tale of Oysterboy"!

Favourite Things

COLOURS: purples, polka dots, black and white stripes

ANIMALS: big and small cats but esp. tigers, cows (black and white ones), foxes, Hello Kitty, Fish Eagles

SMELLS: fruity berries, papaya, strawberry, lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, new books, oil pastels. I love Yankee Candle!!

FOODS: I have no allergies and I LOVE peanut butter chocolates like Butterfingers, Reeses Peanut Butter pieces etc, chocolates I would love to try a Blueberry, apple, green tea or orange flavoured KitKat, we don't get that here, also LOVE Hubba Bubba gum, Haribo sweets. My husband is very partial to liquorice!

KAWAII: I adore images of kawaii foods in particular and Hello Kitty. Pretty much everything lol!

JAPAN: I am extremely interested in the Japanese culture and learning to speak Japanese is on my bucket list! (Wish me luck....)

Would love ATC image pads.

Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton, Edward Gory etc. Anything weird and quirky! Dark humour really appeals to me.

Tiny things (the tinier the better), dollhouse miniatures..have a Victorian dollhouse and am working on a spooky, creepy house, both 1\12 scale.

I like to create with polymer clay and we don't get the Kato brand here...fimo gels, little push molds to make cute food related charms with

Unusual charms.

jewellry making supplies such as eyepins, ring bases, earring posts etc. I dont need any beads.

A really good pen with white ink

Vintage or unusual images I can use in a smash book

Steampunk anything

A note regarding planners

In case we are in a planner related swap together, you may find this info helpful: I don't use a particular brand of planner because sadly, they are hideously expensive over here :-( I have a DIY type notebook/planner/journal thingy instead. I love decorating it and would appreciate any goodies I can use for this, like planner stickers, sticky notes, memo sheets, that kind of thing. Fun paperclips, washi tape, and basically anything you want to send would be appreciated! Thanks for reading :-)

Ratings

bluesky rated for Decorated envelope - garden theme on Oct 7, 2017
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Comment: Lovely envelope and letter/card ! :) Thank you. it was so interesting to read about your gardening/landscape/environment. hope my letter arrived too or will soon?! :)
Response: Thank you, I really had fun decorating it for you. Thank you for the heart :)
RadicalRecrafter rated for Make a Moomin on Aug 7, 2017
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Comment: Thank you! My goodness! I wish I could draw half so well! It's just darling!💟
Response: My pleasure, I loved this theme! Glad you like it and thank you for the kind words, and heart :)
Cariboocarol rated for WIYM: Another Magpie Journal on Jul 17, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal! I have to go through it a few more times and look up your FB site too. Great work on it....you are so artsy with your doodles!!
Response: Oh that's wonderful news, thank you so much! I loved making it for you, thank you for the ♡
romyisa78 rated for Mail Me a Matchbox on May 17, 2017
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Comment: thank you so much, love especially that fimo minuatures you ve made for me. its amazing how you did this
Response: I am so glad you liked them, and thank you for the heart :)
Lolly rated for ATC - CANDY theme on Apr 30, 2017
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Comment: Thanks a million for the beautiful candy ATC
Apelser rated for Diary embellishments on Mar 22, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for some awesome goodies. I am going to enjoy using them in my diary. I cannot wait for our next swap in the group.
GummiBear rated for SWL ~ INTL Rainbow ATC on Mar 19, 2017
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Comment: Beautiful!! I love it!
Response: That's great! Thank you for the heart :)
mandymo rated for WIYM: Magpie Journal on Oct 6, 2016
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Comment: This was just the coolest swap ever! When I received your journal, I mad a cup of coffee and curled up in my favorite chair and read every inch of it. It is so lovely to imagine you on the other side of the world collecting all of the ephemera to place in the journal. I so very much loved reading it. I am a collector of miniatures as well. I have loved them my entire life. I have 5 dollhouses. lol! Your life seems wonderful and I also liked reading about your little boy. I have one of those too, but mine will be 16 on August 2nd. The time has gone by so fast that I can hardly believe it. Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of your life with me. I loved everything you included. <3<3<3<3<3
Response: Yay!! I am thrilled that you received it safely and enjoyed reading it. Once I started I couldn't stop, it was such fun! Thank you for the lovely comment, and the heart x
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Comment: I am verynsorry, I'm not sure why I did not rate you sooner, that k you so much!
JudalineZ rated for Teeny little book on Jul 28, 2016
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Comment: love the tiny brag book.
JossieAyame rated for Buy One, Make One on Jun 19, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome goodies again! I always love swapping with you! I absolutely love the skull pendant you made for me and I'm sure lots of my friends will want to know where I got it from, hehe. I also love the keychain and sweets you sent.
Response: Yay! I am so happy that you liked everything, enjoy! I love making things for you :) Thank you for the heart!
dawnakaulen rated for ISS: One Word Swap on Jun 12, 2016
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Comment: All great PC's,and thanks for the extras too!
Response: Glad you liked everything! Thank you for the heart :)
luvbird rated for Anything Oriental ATC Swap on May 11, 2016
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Comment: Lisa, thank you for the lovely swap...really like all the little details including the great stamp, the darling little person image and the rice paper. I enjoyed the extras you sent representing your beautiful South Africa.
Response: It was a pleasure to send to you, glad you enjoyed everything! Thanks for the heart :)
daichki rated for Hoosfoos & daichki on May 7, 2016
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Comment: Thank you. I am happy to receive your letter. I like the postcards so much.
Response: Thank you, I am so glad you like them! Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Thank you for the washi tape and the cute doodles on the envelope! I always love swapping with you!
amathyst7 rated for ILK Get Crafty with Kawaii ATCs on Apr 14, 2016
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Hollyjay5 rated for Decorative/Shaped Paper Clips! on Apr 1, 2016
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Comment: How amazing are you. They are brilliant, I love them. Thank you so much x
Response: Hooray! They reached you quite quickly, I am thrilled that you like them! Thanks for the heart :)
Jess123 rated for Cupcakes on Mar 21, 2016
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Comment: I love the cupcakes you sent!! The tiny one with the sprinkles it absolutely adorable!!! Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to your next tiny swap! :D
Response: Yay, my pleasure! Thanks for the heart :)
AshbyDanielle rated for hand drawn fantasy envelope. on Mar 10, 2016
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Comment: well worth the wait i dont even want to open its beautiful
Response: Oh good! I am so happy it got to you safely and that you liked it. I had a lot of fun drawing it, and even the woman at the post office commented on it, lol! :)
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Comment: thank you for your package, it came in today. Unfortunately the love bears got beat up pretty bad, so I had to relieve them of their misery and eat them right away. ;-)
Response: Wow, I am pleased that it reached you so quickly, but sorry the bears didn't travel well. At least they had you to 'help' them! Enjoy your goodies!

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Comments

lou on Nov 2, 2017:

Please check your messages and emails - thanks, Lou from WIYM group

OrigamiGrace on Sep 30, 2016:

Thank you for the awesome crafty goodies from my September wishlist at Cheap Postage! And for the super cute mini cupcake card!!

daichki on Jul 15, 2016:

Thank you for the useful items for creating ATCs. You can tag me as often as you want!

anrtist on May 24, 2016:

CrazyCatChick on May 18, 2016:

Thanks for a great envie of wishes!! There were so many things stuffed in it! Loved it all....so did my daughter!

daichki on May 8, 2016:

Thank you very much for the ATCs from SS group tag. They are amazing.

angeliclizard on Apr 29, 2016:

I hope you eventually received your fantasy envelope, if not let me know! Happy Swapping!

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