Date Joined: September 18, 2010
Last Online: August 7, 2018
Birthday: December 2
Country: South Africa
I 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 I am as yet unpublished but have not given up on the dream!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 8yr 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
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!).
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.
Psychology and the workings of the human brain fascinate me!
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, Daughter, The Killers, Message To Bears....
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, Modern Family Santa Clarita Diet Crime documentaries
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"!
COLOURS: purples, polka dots, black and white stripes
ANIMALS: big and small cats but esp. tigers, cows (black and white ones), foxes, ravens.
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
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
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 :-)
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