Important Updates! Please read! I have just returned from a fantastic trip, to discover that something seems to have gone awry with my mail--instead of being held like it was supposed to, at least some things seem to either have gone missing or been returned to sender. If something you sent to me gets returned, let me know and I'll pay the re-send postage if necessary. I won't be rating down for things gone missing during this time (april 19th-may20th), though I do hope they will turn up eventually.
IMPORTANT: All my artwork is © Me. In fact all everyone's artwork is © the original artist (whether or not they register it with the government, look it up). Don't incorporate it into your own work without permission. Just ask first, seriously, it's not that hard.
I'm a recent college graduate, art major (bet you could've guessed that one). I'm creative, intelligent and eccentric. I'm nerdy AND geeky (yes there is a difference). I like people but am not a people person. I'm too honest for my own good. I'm a realist. I'm hard to draw. I'm articulate and impulsive. I'm either extremely "quirky" or ever-so-slightly obsessive compulsive. I am pleasure-driven, but very rational in my quest for it. When faced with an absurdity, I respond with another absurdity, because that's the only logical response. I'm mature enough to know that I should continue to act immature for as long as I can get away with it. I have the demon-kitty critter thing that is my icon tattooed on my ankle. I'd rather people be honest than polite, and I'm nearly impossible to offend. There are three words that I will not use unless I mean them: Love, Hate, and Promise. I like fancy cheese.
I can angel most swaps that I host and if I can't I'll find someone who can. Let me know if this is necessary.
I'm interested in private trades for ATCs, just send me a PM if you'd like to trade ^_^
If you don't receive something from me, please let me know before rating. The post office isn't perfect, and I can re-send for most things. Thanks!
I usually send extras with my swaps. I try to cater them to people's profiles so they get things they like, so if it says "no extras" in the profile I'll see it and not send any. If I send anything you don't like/can't use, just forward it on to someone else with your next swap and maybe they'll be able to use it. And I'm not doing it for hearts so don't feel like you have to give one. Just hoping I can make people smile.
Also, if you're sending to me, and you're faced with a choice of doing a good job on your ATC/whatever and sending it late or doing a bad job and sending on time, I'd rather you sent late. To be honest I don't even notice when things are late most of the time, as long as it's by days rather than by weeks or months. I'd appreciate a PMed warning of lateness, of course. But don't be afraid I'll rate down for lateness. I'd only do that if it were really really late either with no communication/apologeticnesss or with BS excuses.
I really love this site, it's like christmas every day getting and giving things all the time. Thanks everyone ^_^
I have extremely eclectic taste in music. I like a little of everything, except for country and rap, but particularly like anything with fast violins, especially combined with more modern instruments and styles, and interesting vocal harmonies. My favourite bands right now are Enter the Haggis, Les Yeux Noirs, The Fratellis, The Decemberists, The New Pornographers, The Postal Service, and Mumford and Sons.
Books: The Princess Bride, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, , basically anything by Neil Gaiman, and the Abarat books.
Plays: Any of Shakespeare's comedies, Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, and Of Widows and Vegetables.
Comic books: Sandman, Bizenghast, Godchild/Cain Saga, Nightmares and Fairy Tales, Fables, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Movies: The Princess Bride, Stardust, The Prestige, 10 Things I Hate About You, Dogma, Real Genius, Pan's Labarinth, Mirrormask, Paprika, The Secret of Kells, possibly Cloud Atlas but I'll have to watch it a second time before I know for sure.
Videogames: Final Fantasy X, Okami, Legacy of Time, Syberia (1&2), Still Life, Portal, Zeus: Master of Olympus,
Firefly, Warehouse 13, The Daily Show, Futurama, The Simpsons, Digging for the Truth, Mythbusters, Project Runway, Top Chef, Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, Dexter, Archer, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
ATCs done in collage, drawing or a combination thereof, inchies, artistamps, matchboxes, jewelry making and other metalworking. If you'd like to see some of my work, browse my gallery on deviantart, link above. I make a lot of steampunk jewelry, and some more basic jewelry as well, some of which is for sale in my etsy store (also link above). I also dabble in bookbinding, paper making, stamp carving and other forms of printmaking, polymer clay sculpture, and making zines.
Note: This is to give you an idea of the sort of thing that I like and would like to trade for, possibly in a private trade. Please don't interpret these as demands or a shopping list.
Steampunk (goes with the Victorian)
pocket watches and anything clockwork
History in general (ancient egypt, ancient greece/rome, medieval, renaissance, etc.)
Fairy-tales (though not Disney)
Sakura (cherry blossoms)
Anatomy, organs, skeletons, dissection, etc.
freak shows, medical oddities, the grotesque and the bizarre.
antique medical/scientific instruments
peacocks (and peacock feathers)
crows, quetzals, and just birds in general
any mythological creatures (though not like super-cutesy/girly unicorns and fairies)
any long-extinct animal actually. Living fossils like coelacanths and horseshoe crabs are cool too.
Octopuses (and yes that is the proper plural, "octopi" bugs me because it's pluralizing a word with Greek roots as though it were Latin)
squid and nautilus
Jellyfish and Ctenophores (comb jellies. Look 'em up, they're really neat)
anything in the blue-green family
brass, copper, all metals
dark purple and green in combination
Candied tamarind! The kind I had was thai and had salt, sugar, and maybe chili powder. I want more!
I'd love to get foreign candy that I've never tried before. There's an Indonesian hard candy called "nano nano" that I like and can't really get here so more of it would be very welcome. European chocolate is much better than anything we get here--I'm particularly fond of kinder chocolates. Also, interesting flavours of Pocky would be wonderful--my favourite is Mango, which I can't find anymore. I'd really like any mango candy, actually.
Anything maple or grapefruit (I just discovered tic-tacs come in grapefruit which makes me happy)
Toffee and caramel! Especially salt caramel.
I fell in love with Roast Chicken and Thyme flavoured potato chips (/crisps) when I was in Europe and I can't get 'em here
anything I've never tried before!
THINGS I'D LOVE TO RECEIVE
Anything involving the themes I like
Amazon and etsy wishlists are at top of profile--expensive stuff is just for inspiration purposes unless we're doing a really big private swap or something.
Clean animal bones, especially skulls (no harming animals please)
Milagros--Especially body part and organ ones.
Washi tape, especially of a vintage-y sort.
Unused US postage stamps, old or new, in any amount-- the more I have, the more I can swap!
Oddly specific, but used postage stamps with metallic elements. I have some older french coat of arms stamps with shiny bits that I love, and I know some recent Canadian stamps for Chinese New Year have metallic bits too...I'd love to see more, they're always so petty!
Glass bottles, jars, test tubes, particularly smallish and old fashioned looking.
Dead butterflies (only ones you found dead already please, don't hurt any)
Rubber stamps in vintage-y styles or of things I like. Clear acrylic stamps, wood mounted, or unmounted, all are cool! I have too many that I don't use though, so please only themes or styles I like (not cutesy ones, holiday ones, "inspirational" ones, etc.)
-Any kind of art, really!
Vintage theme scrapbooking paper, particularly that with handwriting/text--even small pieces are great.
I still kinda like kawaii goodies but I'm not actively collecting it right now. I might try to swap off some of what I already have, but it does still generally make me smile.
Anything My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Only FIM though, not the old/classic stuff.
sealing wax (though not seals, I have a custom made seal and really don't use others)
amigurumi's and handmade stuffed animals look absolutely adorable, I love them, although I can not crochet or sew myself.
metal bits and shiny things, the older the better
Decorative brads with a vintage feel
broken/junk jewelry to take apart, particularly cameos, cameo frames, and lockets. Not beaded, though, I have plenty.
BPAL imps ears (particularly any from the steamworks collection)
Parts (or whole ones!) of broken mechanical clocks an watches. NOT modern ones though--if it says "quartz" I probably can't use it for anything.
hand drawn things
ATCs, Inchies, Matchboxes, etc.
Old things, particularly Victorian era (or older),
Pennies (or whatever the smallest unit of coin currency is) from other countries (besides the US...and Canada, got plenty of those).
Old coins or paper money, US or otherwise.
vintage postcards and photos (reproductions are cool as long as they're nice prints, not all pixel-y)
pretty paper esp. fancy origami paper (yuzen/chiyogami) or other fancy papers from other countries.
pages from old sears & roebuck catalogs!
Books or book pages in other languages, or old book pages, particularly languages with a different alphabet from the Latin one (this one).
Note: I don't mean that I would be offended to receive any of these things, they're just probably not going to earn you a heart from me, though they won't keep me from giving one if I would anyway for the rest of the package. If I receive these things I will probably forward them on to someone who can make better use of them than me.
I have athsma! If you are a smoker, please include an unscented dryer sheet with your swap (some kind of baking soda packet might work a well) as that does a lot toward getting rid of the residual smoke (even if you don't smell anything I promise you, I can).
Strongly scented items in general, with the exception of citrus scents.
Holiday theme stuff, for the most part (I prefer classy to kitchy, and like dark things in general so some halloween stuff of the darker variety is cool)
"inspirational" quotes/words. They're so cliché and overdone. You know, "Believe" and "Dream" and whatnot.
Loose glitter! Even on an ATC or something, I don't like the kind of glitter that falls off the card and gets on everything.
Not a big fan of pink or neon orange. Or of pastel colours in general, though all colours can be used well. *Pink is probably my least favourite colour--I am completely Not a girly-girl. Excessive pink like the barbie aisle in a toy store or like valentines stuff makes me cringe.
anything baby related or little-kid-y (except dinosaur stuff and kawaii). Not planning on having kids anytime soon (maybe in a decade or so. Maybe.) and don't even want to think about it.
Diddl and Moomin. See above.
candy-wise, I don't like anything coconut or banana or anything licorice/anise-y, or artificial cherry or grape flavoured, and I don't really like gum or gummies.
I don't drink coffee or tea and am not too fond of those flavours in other things.
I don't really use sewing stuff. Lace is ok, I use it for ATC stuff every now and then, but I don't really use buttons, thread, yarn, fabric, fibers, or even ribbons unless it's something really special.
Scrapbooking die-cuts of flowers or anything equally generic, like letters, photo corners, etc. People keep sending me these and I don't know what to do with them.
I have too many stickers so with the exceptions of ones that fit aforementioned 'like' themes, I don't really need any more.
I'm not religious and have no intention of becoming so. I sometimes like religious imagery, but not when it's trying to convert me--for instance, I find images of demons and hell fascinating, but don't like being told I'm going to hell. I love medieval artwork, a lot of which is religious, but prefer people refrain from "praying for me." If you're sending me a christmas/holiday card for some reason, I would prefer a classy/old fashioned wise men or virgin and child than a cartoony secular snow man because my aesthetic sense trumps my lack of religion.
If you see anything here you are interested in and anything in the above wishlist section that you have and are willing to trade, PM me and we'll see about making a private trade. Note: Shipping costs are really an issue with me so I'd rather trade things in cheap-postage quantities.
mail art surprises!
paper goods/supplies/kits for the above (I have a one inch square hole punch so cutting inchie blanks is easy for me as well).
Stamped images--my rubber stamp collection has really taken off. Especially if you want images from steampunk/victorian or slightly goth-y/dark stamps.
punchies/die cuts from decorative hole punches. Again, I have tons of variety of these.
used/vintage postage stamps
handbound mini books (I often make them as small as one inch square)
Handmade pinback buttons/badges
marbles (though I'm leery of how much it would cost to ship a bunch of them)
Postcards: I have tons of freebie art postcards from art galleries.
Any candy or easily shipped food readily available in the US.
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