Date Joined: May 15, 2008
Last Online: March 4, 2019
Birthday: October 20
For me the process of mastering a new craft is very important and satisfying. I tend to get busy with one area and then move on to another, continually adding to the things I need to collect and do! Swapbot is great for broadening my creative horizons. I am loving the challenge of making something I otherwise would not have thought about and seeing other people's efforts. I now have a whole new perspective on my stash.
I have prioritsed my collecting and now only keep items in the themes listed below. I have quite a few lovely ATC's to trade on. Will happily set up a 2 for one trade... send me one you made in my theme and I will send you two I no longer require. PM me!
I also reuse, regift, reinvent and recycle. It has been an interesting journey to discover I get more excited over an 80 year old postcard, button, piece of lace or postage stamp than a recently purchased and pristine designer paper!
I have also just discovered the joys of decorated envelopes! How much fun are they to receive in the mail?! Thank you so much to all those who make the effort. Some are so great I am now making a book out of them!
Love things you can work by - Robby Williams and Rob Thomas to get the creative juices going, Neil Diamond for finishing the details, Shakirra for mopping the floor!
I am a loyal reader - Jane Austen and yep Harry Potter! Mostly though I love to look at the pictures inspirational craft books... I am a visual learner and rarely read the instructions unless forced too!!
I have my favourite comfortable movies - Jane Austen and Harry Potter again, generally light hearted escapist stuff!
With TV I like mysteries ie tv with a plot. I love trying to guess who 'dunnit' before all is revealed. I also love shows with aliens in - star trek, stargate, star wars!
Altered art, folk art, patchwork, scrapbooking, card making and creative machine embroidery. Basically you could summarise my interests as anything that uses paper, paint or fabric!
I love to receive:
Vintage or zettied women and children especially altered with wings.
Pages from vintage children's books and nursery rhymes.
The 60's and 70's, occasionally slipping over into the 80's too - especially images related to - a) movies and tv shows such as Get smart, Ftroop, The Adams Family, Gilligan's Island. Born Free, Sound of Music etc. b) musicals and bands - Beatles, Elvis, even the Bay City Rollers and Kiss! c) technology - old phones, tvs, stereos, cassettes, LP covers etc.
Anything library related such as library and catalogue cards.
Vintage christmas - especially santa and kids. Not so much interested in the white Christmas thing as I live in sunny Australia.
I have just purchased a rolodex and would love some examples of altered cards to get me inspired.
I enjoy receiving used stamps in the themes of:
I no longer use stamps in the themes of sport, marine, transport and politicians / scientists etc. but will send them to another swapper if received. I also have several FDC's in these themes which I am happy to pass on as extras to people who like them.
Everything left over I collect depending on whether I want the stamp for arts sake! Generally the more colourful the stamp the better!
There is not much I don't enjoy receiving really.
I guess work with little artistic pride invested would be the main one and messy work, you know the type of thing - a sticker on a background picture, copies, crooked cutting and glueing, stuff falling off etc.
I am not into modern 'cutetsy', spongbob or halloween. I don't do pink often either.
Being in Australia there are certain items that you must not send:
seeds or other plant materials (pressed leaves etc.); shells; soil & sand; tea with fruit pieces; incense; dried/pressed flowers; raw nuts/seeds; any animal products such as raw hide; feathers, etc.; any wooden items This is not as restrictive as you think! I have only had six swaps opened to date and they have all passed quarantine. I fully support our quarantine laws.
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