Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Teaching hybrid, learning all sorts of new technology tools, trying to manage all the tabs!!!
I took advantage of last spring's quarantine at home to open an Etsy shop - see link above. I don't have many listings yet but I am adding to them. And I have made some sales which was exciting!
Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us. These past months have been difficult since we have only seen each other online, but grateful that we have the technology to do so.
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.
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. I also listen to a super nerdy yet top notch Hebrew grammar podcast.
I read as much as I can - books, magazines, newspapers. My favorite thing to read is contemporary literary fiction, and I have a special interest in reading about Indian families and culture. I also love to read short stories.
Gelli printing, especially with deli paper
Making my own junk journals
Faces, especially odd ones
Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)
Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)
Rolodex cards (mine are mini - 2 by 4 inches)
My current influences/artists I follow:
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, A quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color
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 and paint markers
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
Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.
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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