Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: October 30, 2014
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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I am a high school teacher. I teach Drafting, Architecture, and Digital Electronics.
I love Crafting. I like all types of crafting. My recent passions are tatting, polymer clay, ATCs, and digital crafts (things I make and print out).
I love the color Teal. I also like Blue and Green. I collect glass beads...and will one day use some of them.
I am a Cat person =^.^=! Our family has a cat named Kismet, who is a stray I found in the middle of the road. My daughter has a kitten named Maximus who she rescued from a shelter - so I have a grandkitten? And recently I acquired a little Persian gray kitten named Gandalf who is going to be my Empty Nest baby when my son goes to college in a year :)
I have two kids. I have an 18yr old son and a 12 yr old daughter. I have an awesome husband, who I'm still crazy about twenty years after we met!
I play World of Warcraft with my husband almost every night. I play a Blood Elf Priest. He plays an Undead Mage. I love to quest and cook and fish in-game. He likes to do dungeons and raid.
ABOUT MY DAUGHTER - she will be participating in Kid's swaps. Julie loves pink and red. She likes drawing and making origami animals. She loves origami books/directions and paper. She likes cats, dragons, dogs, and Nintendo. She loves Super Mario Bros and has a Wii and 3DS. She is twelve and likes to craft with whatever supplies I happen to have spread out at the time. Also she is starting her own craft supply stash and welcomes any little additions.
I have very eclectic taste in music. My favorite songs, in no particular order, are: Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth, You Don't Love Me Anymore by Weird Al Yankovic, Inside Out by Eve 6, House of the Rising Sun by the Animals, and several Mozart symphonies.
I've read every single Agatha Christie book I could find published. I'm sure I've missed a few, but I just love Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. I don't like some of the other characters she's written about (like Harley Quin and Tommy & Tuppence) but the plots are worth dealing with the characters.
I also read "The Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun. I believe her to be a true cat person. She seems to understand exactly what it's like to be owned by a cat.
I like reading OLD Science Fiction. I love finding old dusty books that talk about how the world will change in the far distant future (1990, 2000, etc.). It's cool to find people that were close as well as to laugh at stuff that is way out there!
Raising Arizona - with Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter. BEST MOVIE EVER! It's the only movie I own...I'm more of a renter type of person :)
The Simpsons - makes me laugh every time; Doctor Who - Tom Baker and the newly revived series; Currently watching: Fringe, Supernatural, Sherlock, Elementary, Couples Therapy (yeah, I'm ashamed of it, too), and Doctor Who. I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix. I really like Masterpiece Mystery and weird Science Fiction stuff. I watched Sharknado with my kids this summer and loved it. It was so bad it was hilarious. We laughed and laughed.
I realized that it might help a partner in a swap if they knew what kind of crafts I like and dislike.
Crafts I Like (alphabetically): Beading, Collages, Crocheting, Making Miniatures (dollhouse scale), Mixed Media Projects, Origami, Polymer Clay, Pysanky Eggs, Recycling/Repurposing Crafts, and Tatting.
I prefer to work in small scale. I love making itty bitty things. They can be quite a challenge!
Crafts I Can't Do: Knitting (drop too many stitches), Stenciling (never mastered it)
Craft Items I Collect: Cat Fabric (1/4yd to 1yd pieces) - these will eventually be part of a huge cat quilt. Itty Bitty Stickers - the smaller the better
I am allergic to anything that contains an evergreen oil (like oil from a fir tree). I don't mind passing along things that contain it to friends or family - but please make sure it is clearly marked. I break out with a painful rash if I accidentally use it. I'm also allergic to wool.
I Recycle and Repurpose a lot. So the packaging for swaps I send will most likely be reused or creatively made from recycled materials. This is more about being good to Mother Earth than saving money...even though they frequently go hand in hand :)
My handwriting is awful! I'm very sorry for this. This comes from working in computer environments for 20+ years. I rarely write more than a hall pass by hand...and I'll type that if I have the time :)
SWAP ETIQUETTE - I try to rate all received swaps within a few days of getting them. I am a very responsible swapper - I don't flake, so if you have not received a swap from me, please let me know. I promise that I do not mark anything sent until I've physically put it into the mail at my local post office.
I've cut back on the number of swaps I join for several reasons. First, because I enjoy International Swaps...but tend to go "heavy" on the content and thus incur expensive postage. Also, I like to take time to read a person's profile (more than once) and envision them as a friend when I'm preparing a swap package - and the ole brain cells can't juggle 10 friend's profiles at once :) And lastly because I want to put ALL my focus on a swap until it's sent.
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