I'm kind of a Jill of all trades but master of none, you know? Things i enjoy include: knitting, cooking, sewing, baking, making jewelry, collage, decoupage, drawing and photography.
I have pretty eclectic tastes, and my favorites vary.
Lately: Robyn Hitchcock, XTC, NOMO, Tinariwen, Leslie Hall, Agalloch, Bjork, They Might Be Giants, Ladytron, Dengue Fever, Robyn, Porcupine Tree, The Knife, the Mercury Tree.
Always: Tom Waits, the Cure, Oingo Boingo, Aphex Twin, Jason Webley, Magnetic Fields.
I love A LOT of different genres, from rock, to prog, to metal, to goth, to shoegaze, to folk, to world music, to punk, any anything and everything in between...the only genre i DON'T like is modern country, although even in that i have found a tiny few amount of songs that are tolerable...so yeah, just try me. ALWAYS in the mood to hear new things.
I am a moody, geeky, kind, caring, weird, socially awkward but social person. Right now i work for McMenamin's, an Oregon small chain of family owned pubs. It's pretty ok though maybe not what i want to do for the rest of my life. I love music. I love colors, though i used to wear only black when i was younger. I love cats, my boyfriend whom i live with has 3...one of said cats is almost 40lbs. I hate "bros" and homophobes. I love geeky, nerdy, shy and awkward people who are sweet and interesting and passionate about things.
*Fairy Tale themes and Mythological themes (of all kinds). I really like the illustration style of D'Aulaire's Book of Trolls. I love Brian Froud's work, i love some of the "gothy fairies" i have seen around by various artist, generally dark themed stuff, but also more cutesy styles like Cicely Mary Barker.
*HALLOWEEN STUFF! Jack-o-lanterns, Skeletons, Skulls, Bats, Ghosts, autumn colors, autumn leaves, acorns, pumpkins and the like. I love all of it, and i love it YEAR ROUND!
*CATS!!! I have 3 cats and love things relating to cats! Especially kitschy vintage cat items.
*VINTAGE OWLS. Think 60's -70's style kitsch
*Vintage 60's-70's Kitsch. Think acid-inspired wild colors, red and white mushrooms, fawns, owls, big eyed dolls, paisleys, anything along this aesthetic.
*Natural body products, scented soaps, Burts Bees and Dr. Bronners, anything vanilla, mint, cinnamon, lavender or lemongrass scented, essential oils.
*Surrealism - WEIRD STUFF - Think Salvador Dali or even Hieronymus Bosch.
*I love MUSIC - Magnetic Fields, The Cure, Mogwai, anything along the lines of shoegazer, prog rock, metal, industrial, goth, indie, folk, even some hip hop. I am eclectic and am open to almost anything EXCEPT modern Country EWWW.
*Mix tapes and Records.
*Teas and Coffees of all kinds! Earl Grey and English Breakfast are my favorite teas (although i like mate, rooibos, and herbal teas and tisanes as well). Peets makes my favorite coffees.
*Japanese foods and drinks!!! Especially weird candies and rice seasonings.
*SUSHI themed stuff, stickers, cards, and fabric prints. Unagi is my favorite, and i love edamame beans.
*FABRIC! Autumn colored and Halloween themed stuff. Black and white fabrics. Kaffe Fassett prints. Alexander Henry fabric. Anything psychedelic. Paisleys. Skull fabrics.
*Blythe Dolls, Pullips, and Re-Ment miniatures. Well-done Blythe photography. Also accessories for these dolls.
*Recycling, Reusing and Upcycling!!!
*Yarns, threads, fibers, hemp, twine, crochet thread and embroidery floss. Also lace and unique trims. I don't really need ribbon or ric rac, although don't hate it, just don't use it as much as the previously stated items.
*Anything with a candy raver, punk, gothy, indie, or otherwise quirky and weird aesthetic.
*I am a jewelry ho!!! I love a lot of different styles. Big, funky, retro looking stuff is my favorite. I like wood, stone, and handmade beads especially, but i like little delicate things too...or a nice mix of both. One of my favorite necklaces (made for me by one my best friends) is a felted choker with semi precious chips, neon orange plastic beads, and dried beans sewn on it.
*Beads, charms, chain and jewelry making supplies of all kinds (EXCEPT for plastic beads...have enough of those that i don't use already).
*OOAK art dolls and puppets...thinking along the lines of Sara Lanzilotta of Devout Dolls, Wendy Froud, anything detailed, beautiful, and a little strange.
*Robots. Pirates. Zombies. I swear i'm not a hipster... cough
*Stickers! I love Lisa Frank, Littlest Pet Shop, anything featuring cats or kittens, monkeys, snails, My Little Ponies, frogs, Sanrio, fish, dragons, food, ANY weird Japanese stickers, Botan Rice Candy stickers, Dutch, French, Belgian or German themed stickers, Halloween stickers, skeletons, bats, pumpkins, skulls, mermaids, fairies.
+Anything from the Likes category above!!!
+Your handmade crafts and artworks. If you put time and passion into it i will most likely like it!
+STAMPS! I would love usable US stamps, but i also love used stamps, especially from other countries! I use them in art and/or put them in my art journal.
+Old strange found photographs
+POSTCARDS!!! I'm an avid postcrosser so i can always use them.
+Stickers! I have resumed my girlish dream of making a sticker collection, so i would love it is you sent me some. My specific tastes are listed in the Likes above.
+Any spare envelopes you may have in good condition
+Music that you think i would like
+I NEED YOUR CLEAN PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS!!! I cut them apart and craft with them, so if they are just sitting around cluttering up your home please consider using them as packing material in the package you send to me instead of bubble wrap or peanuts. I am ESPECIALLY needing DARK COLORS, green, red, yellow, pink, purple or anything other than white. Thin plastic only, none of that thick and crinkly (loud sounding) plastic.
+Any weird old books you don't want and wouldn't mind me ripping apart for art purposes. Hardback old out of date Technical Manuals, Reference books, Vintage books of any kind that may be damaged already, art books, national geographic magazines, very damaged and drawn on kids books, arts&crafts magazines, religious books and pamphlets, medical pamphlets, PSA pamphlets. I take all of this stuff apart and turn it into something awesome.
+If you put any extras from either my "likes and want" or "wants and needs" in my swap package it is guaranteed to bring a smile to my face!!! Almost always will guarantee you a 5
~Modern Country music!!!
~Anything sports related.
~Perfume. Anything heavily or artificially perfumed or scented. (natural and/or essential oils are okay though)
~Christian stuff (although i adore old Russian religious icons, in general i am averse to anything of a religious, specifically Judeo-Christian nature).
~Kid or Child related items (i like kids, i am sure your kids are awesome, but i am Child Free and have no use for such items...the one exception is kids books with great illustratuions, sometimes).
~Makeup! Don't really use it at all.
~Dotee Dolls...they are ok, just NOT my thing.
~ATCs. I really appreciate ATCs of your own drawings, paintings, art of various kinds of handmade art, but i just do not really collect ATCs at all and prefer postcards or larger format art...your ATCs would probably be better appreciated sent to somebody else who collects them!
~Rings...i do not wear them.
~Bracelets. I don't hate them, i just rarely wear them! Plus i have kind of big bones in my wrists so a lot of bracelets don't fit me, which is sad...i can't even wear a lot of the bracelets my mom wanted to pass on to me! :( I LOVE charm bracelets though and that is the one exception!!)
I'm not a huge fan of touristy postcards but i like anything i get. My favorite postcards are quirky art cards.
*Cats and anything cat related: Real cat photos, Jetoy, B. Kliban, Edward Gorey
*Fairies, elves, trolls or whatever sort of creature is common to the folklore of your area. I love the Finnish and Scandinavian Tomten/Elves! Anything myth or fairytale related is loved by me.
*Handmade postcards. Postcards of your art.
*Anything related to music
*Food cards - especially food regional to your area, recipes, or artistic photos of food.
TRULY any postcard will be loved by me. For a better idea of what i might love, check out my Postcrossing favorites in the links above.
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