I love shabby chic, vintage, and cottage style decorating, mostly pinks and greens, but the guest room is the only place in the house where I really go hog wild with that stuff. The rest of the house is a hodge podge of garage sale finds, purchased pieces we really liked (La-Z-Boy, I'm looking at you), and thrift store stuff because I love a bargain. I'd paint it all white and distress it if I could but DH wants some 'normal' furniture in the house LOL.
I live in a small town with DH, a goofy dog and a mean parrot. I work full time in our own business and use every spare moment to read or do some sort of art. I don't clean house much, but I bake excellent cookies.
I really enjoy art journaling, watching a journal slowly fill up with my thoughts and artwork. The over stuffed journals on Flickr make me drool. I haven't been journaling long enough to have one of those but I'm working on it.
I started making fabric ATCs years ago when I was heavily into quilting. Mixed media ATCs are a lot more fun and much easier on my hands. Making a complete work of art on that small canvas is really pleasing to me.
I do a bit of drawing and painting in my art journaling but nothing serious. I think I just don't have the drawing/painting gene, altho I'm working my way thru Carla Sonheim's Drawing Lab in the hopes of improving.
And I guess this isn't a craft, but I just love going thru my studio, organizing and looking at my supplies. Sometimes I just sit and try all my colored pencils to see what the different shades of blue look like, or how much difference various papers make.
I read constantly and always have a few books going. My favorite writers are Diana Gabaldon, John Sandford, Nelson DeMille, Mary Renault.
I enjoy books that make me think a little and stay with me after I've read them. Jane Smiley's books do that. She's an unsettling writer and sometimes her books leave me a bit depressed, but she's very good.
Some of my favorite books, in no particular order, are: Dirt Music. Outlander. The Golden Compass. Barn Blind. The Gold Coast. Chocolat. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I Know This Much Is True. The House on the Strand. Frenchman's Creek. Lonesome Dove. The Persian Boy. The Time Traveler's Wife.
I enjoy garden themes with birds, flowers; anything with a vintage feel; sheep, donkeys; vintage anything; watercolors; pen and ink; pencil sketches.
Far prefer home made over store bought, even if it's a bit rough around the edges.
Favorite colors are pink, green, cream, a bit of yellow.
Don't care for: cutesy scrapbook-type stuff, the color orange, religious, um... actually there's not a whole lot I don't like at least a little.
If I had to pick five artists to listen to for the rest of my life, they'd be The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, Zac Brown Band, and Randy Travis.
If I could add a few more, it'd be Keith Urban, Carly Simon, Nicolette Larson, Traffic, Foreigner, George Straight, Journey.
Pages from foreign language books. I have lots of Spanish so don't need that one.
Punched out circles from magazines, patterned paper, books, whatever. Anything from 1/2" to 1.5" is great.
Puzzle pieces stamped from same type paper as the circles.
Images or words on transparency film.