Updated May 2013
Krista, fragile, invincible, mother of two who I could not live without, wife and lover, quirky, tattooed, always drinking coffee, book worm, comic book collector, sensitive, daughter, friend, bleeding heart, vulnerable, believer in equal rights, dog person, art supply obsessed, covered in paint and ink, mess-maker, empathetic, glass half full philosopher, night owl, student, teacher's aid, straight ally for LGBT individuals, musician, writer, wine drinker, illustrator, mentor, a thing-finder and collector of oddities, thrift shop and junkyard explorer, scab-picker, lover of the little things, supporter of the underdog, mathematically challenged, survivor and battler of depression, lover of sleep, free spirited, not afraid of death, believer in living life to the fullest because you just never know and ever-changing.
Art & Crafts I make:
MAIL ART, Altered Arts (ATCs/Altered Books/Journals), Assemblage, Found Object Art, Collage, Art Journals, Smash Books, Junk Journals, Drawing (graphite, zentangles, illustration), Sculpture, Mini Zines/Zines, Paintings (acrylic/mixed media on canvas), Mixed Media Art (shadowboxes w/ scenes paintings with 3D objects included, sculptures), Jewelry, Paper crafts, I ♥Love♥ Mail Art!
My postal carrier's name is Kathy and she LOVES all the cool mail art I get. She would be thrilled if you included a "Hello Kathy" to her!
OBSESSED WITH COFFEE, coffee items, coffee stickers, coffee magnets, artwork with coffee, coffee stamps, coffee paper, drinking gallons of coffee (lol)...
Love of my life, Have been together since we were teenagers and I still get butterflies when he looks at me that certain way, Married for 14 years and counting, We have our ups and downs like normal people but I cannot imagine life without him. He works as a laborer by day and trains for MMA (mixed martial arts, like the UFC) at night. He is a gamer, a D&D geek and one of a kind.
15 years old, Favorite colors are neon colors, turquoise, pink and CAMOUFLAGE, Loves COWS and SQUIRRELS, Also enjoys coffee like her Mama! Nail Art, She is a COUNTRY gal at heart! She likes working on farms, making maple syrup, working with animals... and is NOT afraid to get covered in mud. Cute farm boys make her swoon!
13 years old, He loves ANYTHING video game related, His favorite color is teal, Loves PIGS and TURTLES,He also loves MINECRAFT, Loves historical books/non-fiction and anything ZOMBIES, He LOVES bowling. His high score is 188!
Little Sister, Layla:
I am also a Mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I have a 12 year old Little Sister with emotional and behavioral disabilities, She loves One Direction, especially Harry Styles, Fave colors are purple, neon colors and anything leopard print, LOVES Monster High, LOVES Elvis Presley
He is 7 and our furry baby! He is a super mellow and cuddly Shih Tsu who loves laying in the sunshine, belly rubs, pancakes (we call them Padji-cakes just for him), peanut butter sandwiches and milkbones. He wears a size Medium in doggie clothes and loves squeaky toys.
Cupcake the Chick
My teenager recently brought home a baby Chick. Some teenage girls bring home boys... Mine brought us home a fuzzy little yellow chick. This is new to us, so any advice on building coops or other chicken-related advice is awesome. I managed to build a pretty sweet brooder for the little critter until it outgrows it. I have to admit, its a cute little creature and we have already fallen in love with its little peeps!
Criminal Minds, Dr. Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia are my favorite characters from Criminal Minds, Snapped, 48 Hours Mystery, Forensic Files, Mystery Detectives, The Walking Dead (I Love Daryl Dixon and Shane, too bad he's not on it anymore-he was super hot!), Wonderfalls
Lime green, blues, greens, purples, Black/White/Red combinations, Gothic patterns, Black and White patterns, Art Nouveau/Art Deco patterns, Rainbows, Jewel tones, Vibrant/Bright, Cultural, Papers/Fabric with a COFFEE theme, Batik fabrics are awesome too! Oh, and GLITTER (that's considered a color, right!?)
Things To Do (apart from Art):
Going out for coffee with friends, Reading, Nature hikes, Thrift shopping/Garage sales, Roadside Attractions, Visiting Art Museums, Photographing the strange and unusual, Going to movies, Volunteer at my local Art galleries
Quirky-Cute Indie Films, Watching the Detectives, Amelie ♥Edward Scissorhands♥ ♥Coraline♥ Artsy movies that inspire me, The Lovely Bones, Murder By Numbers, May, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Tim Burton movies, David Lynch movies
Cartoons & More:
Care Bears (especially Bedtime Bear), Jem and the Holograms, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Gravity Falls (Mabel is my fave), Tom & Jerry, CREEPY DOLLS, Sock Monkeys, KAWAII character RILAKKUMA is adorable... I love him.
Critters & Animals I Love:
SNAILS, OWLS (I'm a night owl!), RACCOONS!! GNOMES, WHIMSICAL WOODLAND CREATURES, Hedgehogs, Squirrels, Fox, Flamingos, Peacocks, Lions
My favorite flower is the Iris (especially the big purple kinds with yellow centers), Fire & Ice Roses, Ariana Roses (my daughter's name is Ariana), Ferns, Any kind of mushrooms on things are cute (postcards, stickers, tags, stamps...), all trees/forests are wonderful, birds (my favorite is the Indigo Bunting (they are the most incredible blue!), dragonflies, butterflies, and especially WHIMSICAL WOODLAND CRITTERS.
ADDICTED to Art Books!! Would LOVE anything with vintage illustrations for collage (especially anatomy/architecture), Anything by Keri Smith, Criminolgy/Forensics/Psychology, True Crime/Serial Killer Books, Erica Spindler, Patricia Cornwell, Lisa Gardner, Cleo Coyle (Coffeehouse series), Edgar Allen Poe, Marie Rainer Rilke, Poetry Anthologies, Feminist Literature, Marcus Aurelius, and some children's literature that you are never too old for such as Alice In Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Pippi Longstocking, The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Mouse Tales, Dr.Suess, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (and all his other adventures), Walter the Farting Dog and Monster at the End of This Book (one of my faves as a child). Also, just starting to get into H.P. Lovecraft (recommended by two of my friends).
Art Juxtapoz, Somerset Studio, Hi Fructose, Cloth Paper Scissors, National Geographic, Bitch (Feminist magazine)
Coheed and Cambria, Puscifer, The Hives, Pixies, Long Distance Calling, Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI, Fugazi, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Bob Marley
New Kids On The Block, Jordan Knight, Men in Uniform (especially police/soldiers)
- Ephemera (art journals/smash books)
- VELVET ribbon, any color/size
- Adhesive name labels
- Toy SKELETONS/SKULLS or party favors
- "Hello My Name Is" Adhesive labels
- TAROT CARDS/images
- Used postage stamps, especially FOREIGN
- LOTERIA CARDS/images
- Air mail labels, foreign
- Pendants/Charms/Jewelry tidbits
- Vintage beads (plastic, lucite, bakelite)
- Vintage necklaces (from 1950's/60's)
- Old sewing patterns
- ANATOMICAL HEART items/images
- Old, strange bits of weirdness
- Vintage PALM READING items/images
- Journals (blank or lined, any size)
- CAPRICORN ANYTHING
- DAY OF THE DEAD anything
- SMASH BOOK supplies
- COFFEE items (stickers, stamps, etc)
- Jem and the Hologram anything
- Film strips, negatives
- VINTAGE magazines, any!
- Old projector slides
- Anything FRIDA KAHLO
- RAVEN items/images
- vellum paper
- Edgar Allen Poe anything
- Anything LA LLORONA
- Paper tidbits
- MAIL ART MAKES ME HAPPY
- Reading suggestions
- FREAK SHOW oddities/images
- Circus Sideshow items/images
- Bookmarks (especially handmade)
- Journal Prompts
- Movie recommendations
- Tea tags
- Tea (minty teas are my fave)
- HOT COCOA
- Random patches (to sew onto random things)
- FOREIGN COINS
- Doll parts (especially heads/eyes)
- TISSUE PAPER (colored/patterned/glittery)
- Old game pieces
- SOCK MONKEYS
- Cards from old games'
- NAPKINS (colored/patterned)
- Fruit/veggie stickers on waxed paper.
- Foreign language vocabulary cards
- Anything STAR shaped or HEART shaped
- Book pages in different languages
Send me anything. If I can't use it, I will happily pass it along.
I take my swaps seriously and put care into them.
- I rate when I receive a swap (right after I open them).
- If you haven't received a swap from me, please message me and I will gladly resend.
- I reuse and recycle whenever possible.
- Any questions, or to do a private swap, message me!
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