Date Joined: August 30, 2012
Last Online: November 18, 2012
Birthday: May 27
Country: United States
I am a science teacher who is obsessed with space and the ocean. I am married to a wonderful man, who is an English teacher. We live in an amazing house with a beautiful garden. We just adopted two adorable rescue pups who would love the chance to lick you to death or play tug-of-war with you. I make (craft, build, program, write, cook, etc) and love to read (I always have at least three books going at once). More about me below.
My favorite band of all time is Guster. They have been my go to band for most any time I need music. That said I like tons of other groups too.
Right now I am on a kick with three artists in particular: Florence and the Machine (so much fun), Mumford and Sons (great banjo), and Adele (so my "deal with it" music right now). I have also started listening to She & Him and like them.
That said I still listen to the standbys of my youth including No Doubt and Simon and Garfunkel (so I have very eclectic tastes, what can I say?). I really enjoy finding new music though I do spend most of my radio time on NPR. I have been using Pandora to expand my knowledge and would love other recommendations too.
I have always loved musicals and Disney movies (all of them). That said I am not a huge movie buff. I will watch Much Ado About Nothing everyday but nothing else really captures it for me. I like to think my husband is Benedict (Shakespeare really could have written that part for him) and that I am Beatrice (I am not as witty or funny but let's just pretend). I do love happy movies and beautiful ones too. Alice in Wonderland/ is one of my favorite themes and I have seen almost all the versions out there of the stories. I think I am more of a reader than a movie person, it gives you more freedom to imagine things, though I don't think poorly of movies I just don't love them as much. However, our favorite movie as a couple is either Moulin Rouge because it is so romantic and pretty and Surf's Up because it is so fun and has penguins... I love penguins!!!
I am not a huge TV person but there are some shows that I just love.
I watch Project Runway with my mom, it is our mother-daughter thing. I am also a HUGE Dr Who (mostly the older original stuff) and Firefly fan. My real addiction is Sherlock and all of the older Sherlock Holmes'. DH and I also watch Arrested Development over and over again (if you have never seen it, you may want to give it a try).
So as you can see I don't watch much TV but I am open to new ideas if I can see them on Amazon or Netflix (might even try Hulu if it worth it).
I love old-fashioned scientific art (yes I think it is art, even the anatomical images). I am really into Bette Page style pinups (anything that was once painted on an airplane too.. I love nose art and I have tons of images that I have taken and collect).
This also leads itself toward steampunk (my newest obsession). I love The Girl Genius Comics (willing to trade almost anything for this stuff! I want to be Agatha. I do have all of the books but not all of them in Hardcover). I hope to make outfit for DH and I one day to go to the local ball but we don't know what style we fit in best yet so that is a long way off.
My favorite artists include: Kadinsky, Mucha, Calder, Tiffany, and Wright. I collect anything by or based on art by these amazing artists. I just saw one of Tiffany's lake shore lamps... if only it hadn't been real I might have been able to afford it... and so would have!!!
My house is filled with almost every age and style of furnishings though I love Victorian the most (and regency but so much of that seems impractical some how). I also love mid-century modern in the futurism direction (like the Sputnik-inspired stuff). I love flea markets and hate matching. I also love the idea of my home being in a magazine like Country Living or Flea Market style... love them!
Obviously, my favorite children's books are by Frances Hodgson Burnett (guess which one I would be a character from). My all time favorite book is The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas. My favorite authors include Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere), Jasper Fforde (Shades of Grey is awesome), Christopher Moore (Sacre Blue if you have not read it go do do now, I will wait, oh and read it in color please), and Patricia Wrede (great YA fantasy).
That said my house is almost literally lined in books. I love them all. I will read almost anything though I have never gotten into Horror or Harlequin Romance, though I am giving Horror a try now. I always have at least three books going at once and lying about so I can read at any moment on a whim. I will share my Goodreads later, once I figure this all out.
I also collect children's books. I want to have a HUGE library of them before we have children. The sort of books I look for most are either fact based (about science, art, history, etc) or fables and fairytales from a variety of cultures (especially ones that explain scientific phenomenon or origins of cultural events, like the Moon Festival).
Lastly, I am getting into graphic novels. Mostly ones I have discovered through webcomics right now. I love Girl Genius (like I already said) and would love recommendations in that direction if you have any. Most graphic novels are too graphic for me; blood, gore and explicit sex are not something I can handle (okay blood is okay but in the scientific sense not the violence sense).
As for magazines I read any crochet magazine I can get my hands on though I only subscribe to Crochet Today and Interweave Crochet. I try to get all of the Inside Crochet I can find but they don't always make it across the pond and the states. I also read: Flea Market Style, Junk Style, Country Living and Sunset, all of which are get inspirations for me.
I do love all things colorful (I am a big rainbow person, mostly wanting things to be bright and colorful but not gaudy). My home is mostly in seafoam and forest greens, robin's egg and dark blues, and chocolate browns. My studio is the prettiest lavender and I want to add to the color in there. Like I said earlier I am obsessed with space and the ocean. My favorite subject to teach in school is Space Science followed closely by Earth Science, though I have taught almost all of them. I am huge into books (used mostly because I can't afford new) and read them in paper and on my kindle (which is never far from me). I like to game but not as much as DH does, I prefer light gaming (think Fable and Epic Mickey, less FPS).
I have two aussie/lab mixes that I adore and require a bit of my time as puppies but I hope to travel with them, though not to everywhere I plan on going as I love travel. I love to make things (talked about above in my crafts section). I also collect antiques and anything green vintage Pyrex (odd but loved collection).
My secret indulgence is chocolate and tea but as I am trying to lose weight I am being good on the chocolate front. My secret hobby is planning my possible future nursery (a boy will have Futurism space theme and a girl Alice in Wonderland or The Secret Garden both somewhat steampunked). Let's hope I actually get to follow through with those plans ;-)
PS. Right now I am enjoying being a Happy Homemaker and taking this whole home ownership really seriously, with cleaning binges and cooking and baking fits. Like a fancy dancy 1950's housewife... but with a job so not as much time as I would like.
I rate as soon as I can after receiving a swap (generally the same day). I also send out as soon as possible.
However, I realize that at some point life might get in the way. I will pledge to be up front if I think I might be late with something as soon as possible. I hope you are willing to be the same way. I have been flaked on by others on other sites and I know how much that sucks so I will avoid that for you at all costs. I am also open to angeling on almost all of the swaps I join, just in case that is needed. Hit me up!
I am also open to answer any questions you might have about anything during a swap. I don't want anyone to not enjoy themselves. That said I hope you will let me know if I have disappointed you in a swap so I can make it up to you. I am almost always willing to resend something else if you are not happy with what you got.
I also am aiming for hearts! That said if I didn't earn one.. I shouldn't get one. I am still learning how to earn them in different situations but I hope to be a member of the 100 hearts club one day!
The only things I dislike are bath and body products, mostly because I have super sensitive skin and probably won't use them. I really don't wear make-up or do my hair either (knot on top of my head kind of gal) though I love collecting hair things even though I rarely use them. I am not practicing any faith either but I don't dislike religion. I am actually exploring wicca, maybe one day to actually be able to practice, though I am open (actually one of my hobbies) to learn about all faiths. Religion fascinates me: where does it come from, the diversity, the stories and art it creates, the power it has. If you're religious and want to share your faith with me I am open to learning about it, but don't expect a convert. I am super skeptical, but that doesn't mean closed minded, just cautious. I do dislike politics but who doesn't these days?
I am also not able to wear yellow (as a blonde it doesn't work for me) and my family isn't into red... though I like both yellow and red (DH hates yellow). It is a weird world I inhabit but just so you know. But for papercrafting and such any color works.
I might try out wishpot but I am a BIG pinterest person so if you have questions you can look there. I also have an Amazon wishlist if you need idea too.
I love all things space and ocean. I have been newly infatuated with Steampunk and would love to get more into it. I am a HUGE science geek but love all things cute. I want to get into papercrafting and have some supplies but inspiration is always welcome.