Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: January 24, 2020
Country: United States
I am a teacher! Currently a math specialist for grades 3-8. And, oh, those middle schoolers....
Married, 2 sons who are post-college and paying their own rent, but I miss them like crazy.
Some of my hobbies (besides art, of course) include - reading, cooking, baking, hiking, going to theater, the NYTimes crossword puzzle, and trying to stay fit with HIIT at my gym. I'm one of the older folk there but I do try and keep up!
Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.
Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter. I'm Long Island born and raised, and so of course I like Billy Joel. AND our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;)
In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial, S-Town, Caliphate) and my new favorite, Everything is Alive. It's magic. Try it, you'll be hooked. I also listen to a super nerdy yet top notch Hebrew grammar podcast. (I speak fluent Hebrew.)
The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James
Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones
The Good Thief and The 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley, both by Hannah Tinti
Modern Girls, by Jennifer Brown
Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly
The Night Child, by Anna Quinn
Halsey Street, by Naima Coster
Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage
Behind Closed Doors, by B A Paris
Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my preferred authors, and I tend to like fiction written by Indian writers. I like to read modern fiction and family sagas.
Some books that have stuck with me include -
The Paris Architect
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
The Language of Flowers
The Night Circus
The Red Tent
The Midwife of Hope River
I do not like mysteries. However, I love the series by Alexander McCall Smith called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. They are set in Botswana and although there is technically a mystery included, they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.
Gelli printing, especially with deli paper
Making my own junk journals
Faces, especially odd ones
(I follow Julie Balzer's blog...really like her style and use of color)
(I also follow a quilting blog called Exuberant Color - her use of color is incredible)
I love all kinds of pens. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one but lately I have restraining myself and not buying new ones. I really do have more than enough.
And recently I have been experimenting with paper marbling. It's tricky (and can be messy) but fun when it works.
I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.
I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art
I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.
I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.
I like explosions of colors and patterns.
I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.
I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.
If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels
Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi
Pens. (See above - but I really have too many...)
Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers
Journals - I like to make my own junk journals
Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through
Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item
Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff
Animals - except I do like birds
Tea - I do not drink tea
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