Update June 2014 -- I am under a great deal of stress at the moment and struggling with increased executive dysfunction and depression, so I have cut down on the number of swaps I am doing to minimise the possibility of mistakes. Please let me know if I do mess up a swap, and I will do my best to correct it.
I'm 33 and live in England with my husband and two female cats. I grew up in the USA, but I am now a dual British/American citizen.
I love getting post and will appreciate anything you send, especially handmade items. I am very easy to please, but if you are in any doubt about what to send me, please do not be afraid to ask. :)
I really enjoy crafts of all kinds, but I'm not particularly good at them. I do, however, put a lot of time and effort into my swaps, so please don't mistake my less than perfect creations for a lack of care! :)
I always mark swaps as 'Sent' after I have dropped them off at the post office or in the post box, but it may take some time for international mail to be delivered, so please be patient. I send everything by air mail, but sometimes post seems to take a very long time to reach its destination! Please let me know if you do not receive a swap from me and I will gladly resend.
CATS! I love anything featuring cats, for cats, about cats... everything cat related! I would love any cat-themed art or crafts, articles about cats, pictures of cats, and to hear about other people's cats.
All other animals, especially penguins (I collect penguin items), lemurs, ravens, magpies, bunnies/rabbits, sloths, red pandas, octopi, spiders, axolotls, and donkeys. Anything animal-themed will make me happy.
Stuffed animals! I love amigurumi, handmade soft toys, little clip-on stuffed animals, big animals, etc.
Sanrio characters. My favourites are My Melody, Chococat, Tuxedo Sam, and Badtz Maru.
Anything to do with pi (π)
Religions (I am an Anglo-Catholic Christian, but I love learning about other religions)
Icons of Jesus, the Virgin Mary or saints
Tea and tea-themed items. I like all kinds of teas and love to try new flavours. My favourites are flavoured black and green teas. I would love either loose-leaf or bagged tea.
Strawberry flavoured sweets and strawberry-themed things
Colourful things - my favourite colours are teal and purple, but I also like pink and jewel tones and basically all colours except neons/flureoscents
Anything related to Paris
Languages (I have studied French, German, a little bit of Spanish, and biblical Hebrew, but I am interested in all languages)
Other countries and cultures
Activism/equality issues (gender, disability, sexuality, race, etc.)
Weird/esoteric/uncanny things (think H.P. Lovecraft)
Psychology/neuroscience/autism/other brain things (I have Asperger's Syndrome)
The New Pornographers
Medieval and Renaissance music
Scented things (unlike most people with a very sensitive sense of smell, I like scented items and perfumes)
Grape-flavoured sweets/drinks (very hard to find in Britain!)
Lemon-flavoured sweets and sour sweets
Washi tape/deco tape
Jewellery - I love any animal- or nature-themed jewellery.
Yankee Candle wax tarts -- I especially like the woodsy scents and jasmine.
A book you think I would like. Paperback books (read but in nice condition books are fine :) .) Please see my Goodreads for books I own or have read.
A DVD you think I would like. I love foreign films as long as they have an option for English subtitles!
Animal Crossing! If you have New Leaf and want to swap friend codes, please let me know. :)
I also have a massive wishlist on Pinterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/megansr23/wishlist/ if you are in a profile-based swap with me and need more ideas of the types of things I like (pretty much everything!).
Books are my favourite obsession next to cats. I love anything book-related, and I will read just about anything.
Some of my favourites are:
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Hellboy and B.P.R.D. series by Mike Mignola
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
The Unwritten series by Mike Carey
The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
The Scott Pilgrim books by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
YA books, including:
The Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Hungry Cities books by Philip Reeve
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
The Oz books by L. Frank Baum
I also like nonfiction books about history, language, sociology, and science.
The Nevending Story
Lilo and Stitch
Un Heros Tres Discret
Anything featuring the Muppets
How to Train Your Dragon
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Hellboy and Hellboy 2
Gone With the Wind
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The IT Crowd
Top Model (America, Britain and Ireland, Canada, and Australia)
Parks and Recreation
Les Revenants (The Returned)
American Horror Story
Documentaries/reality shows about religious groups
I like pretty much everything, but I especially like the following:
Religious buildings (churches, mosques, synagogues, etc.) and religious sites
I prefer postcards to be sent naked (written and stamped) when possible, but blank ones or written ones in an envelope as extras in a swap are nice too.
I am vegetarian, so I don't eat sweets with gelatine or other animal products (milk, eggs, and honey are okay) in them. Otherwise, I will eat/drink just about anything and I love to try new foods and drinks.
I would also prefer not to receive anything made with fur, leather, bone, or feathers (unless they are clean found feathers/bone) if possible. However, I don't like things to go to waste, so repurposed/recycled things are fine as are items from thrift stores/charity shops.
My cats are NOT vegetarians, so any animal products intended for them are okay. :)
I don't like erotica, pinups,or anything sexual (artistic nudity, particularly in classical art, is okay).
Note: all of these are just personal preferences, so please do not be offended if I've listed something you like. It doesn't mean we can't be friends! :)
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