Hi there, I'm Mello!
I'm an Occupational Therapist, working mum of a 10 year old Boy and wife to a selfemployed Taxadvisor. We live in a 1890 built house we bought some Years ago and we are still renovating. As far as it is nothing risky like electricity or work on the roof, I try to do as much as possible on my own. My Husband is really a sweety, but he isn't really good with his hands :o) As OT I love everything I can get my fingers dirty with, so that fits!
I'm very open minded and a strong believer of equal rights for everyone. I don't like people telling me what is right or what I have to believe - I want to draw my own picture and decide for myself. I'm a protester and speak up when I face injustice. I burned my fingers more than once, but I feel that I have to show my little boy that it is necessary to take a stance.
I love sewing and I'm knitting Socks (sometimes Hats or Gloves, but nothing bigger). I'm totally mad about Fabric and craft magazines, I'm so glad we have a big Attic I can store all that stuff! I love anything about Color: Pencil, Crayons, Watercolor, Brushes, no matter what. I like to doodle but I don't do scrapbooking or stuff like that, so I have no use for that kind of supplies.
I couldn't crochet if it meant my life! Whenever I try, it just turns out as brick - good enough as a rough potholder, but that's it. So nothing crocheting for me pretty please.....
SciFi - I love Star Trek, from the original Series to the newest Enterprise Movie. Firefly to bad it never made it to another season..... Star Wars here I'm more for the classic 70s Trilogy though. Hitchhikers guide through the galaxy, Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood - man, this one really got me hooked within 10 minutes!
And Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant will always be my favorite Doctors!
Canada, esp. Toronto and anything Canadian
Snowflakes and Snowmen
Calvin & Hobbes
Krtek the mole
Pirates, Robots and Rockets
Chocolate - milk chocolate is my favourite.
Fabric - from japanese kids design over retro to novelty, anythings for me, I prefer cotton and cottonjersey.
Scents: everything green and natural, like lemon, orange, green tea, fresh cut grass......
Flavours: chocolate, orange, mango, pineapple, lemon.....
I like warm, bright and earthy colors -my favourites are the range from dark red to warm yellow, moss green, olive, chocolate brown and really dark blues. When it comes to clothing I prefer the dark colors - greens, blues, browns, greys and black.
T-Shirts with cool prints - I bring at least one T-Shirt from every Trip. I prefer the ones with room to move - XL mens is fine - but not those tight girly-Shirts!
Did I mention the 80s? I like all stuff with Magnum P.I., The Fall Guy, A-Team, M°A°S°H°, Fraggle Rock, Muppets, Ghostbusters, Goonies, Gremlins, Indiana Jones, The dark Crystal, Star Trek, Star Wars, Back to the future,....
Jim Henson - simply everything he made!
handmade with love
Vintage is okay for me - just another form of recycling!
Green Tea, Red Tea, Chai Tea, Yogi Tea
dark chocolate, Marzipan or Licorize
Marshmallows and Macaroons (I know I'm weird....)
I have no use for Scrapbookingsupplies like Brads, Scrapbook Stickers, etc.
Cinnamon-, Cherry- and Grapeflavoured things. I love the real stuff, but not the fake flavour that's found in candy etc.
Butterscotch flavour - yuck!
Acrylic Fabric or Yarn, such as in those fuzzy Socks - I can't even touch this Material without shuddering.....profoundly!
Flowery heavy scents, patchouli, opium, vanilla, Lavender, etc. oh, and though I love anything chocolate, chocolate scented stuff mostly doesn't work for me.
Hot Spices - I'm really a sissy here.
Neon Colours and anything in the range of Pink/Purple/Turquoise
Any kind of Jewelry
Alcohol - I occasionally drink a Beer, but most time Alcohol free. I just don't like it.
I'm not a girly girl so I don't have any taste for Make-Up, "Barbie" pink style, puppies, kittens, dolphins, bows and stuff like that.
I'm not really fond of Dotee Dolls or sewed ATC's.
Blythe Dolls are creepy.....
It's not really that I don't like them, but after just a few swaps I have a biiiig stash of Stickers, so no more Stickers for me please....
My tastes are all over the place, just about everything except Horror.
- J.R.R. Tolkien - Douglas Adams - Robert Asprin - Dieter Kreutzkamp - Ellis Peters - Maurice Sendak - Eric Malpass - Oliver Sacks - Henry David Thoreau - A. A. Milne - John Seymour - Leo Hickman - Diana Gabaldon - J.K. Rowling :o) - Astrid Lindgren - Sven Nordqvist - Janosch
And of course anything Crafty....
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns - The Dark Crystal - Major League - The 70's Star Wars Trilogy - Brother of Sleep - Blues Brothers - Star Trek - Dances with wolves - Threesome - Le Dernier Trappeur - Seven Years in Tibet - Pollock - Avengers-Series
Torchwood - Doctor Who - Cadfael - Firefly - Queer as Folk - Enterprise - Stargate Atlantis -
Hundertwasser - van Gogh - Monet - Gaudi - Larsson - Goldsworthy - Magrite - Klimt - Rizzi
In case you want to send something for my little son, here is what he likes at the time:
anything The Hobbit I read him the book twice, he has the Audiobook on loop and we took him to see the first film on the big cinemascreen. (I know it is rated for twelve and up, but we went to see it first without him and then decided that he can handle it - and since he knew the story well he had no problems at all, unlike some teenagers sitting next to us....)
John Wayne and anything Cowboy
Comicbook Heroes - he loves Thor, Ironman, Spiderman, Batman, Hulk, Captain America, Silver Surfer.....
Star Trek anything TOS, esp. Spok or Kirk, or anything Klingon or Borg from TNG on - why yes, I raise my own little geek! :o)
Indiana Jones it startet with a Lego-Set.....
Harry Potter I read him the first book, as it isn't as scary as the follow-up books.
Doctor Who Character Building Micro Figures - we've been to Scotland and he bought himself a package. He hoped it would be a Dalek, but it turned out to be Cyberman (wich I think is pretty cool, too!)......
Lego as for themes: Ninjago, Chima, Hobbit, Avengers, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Cars and Pirates, but any Lego is cool really! We even like the Legos your kid has grown out of :o)
Imagination Movers -we have nothing about those fab guys here in Germany.....
Astronauts, Rockets, Spaceshuttles and Space
Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service
anything his Mum sews for him in boyish fabrics, such as with Monsters, Aliens, Rockets and so on.
T-Shirts with one of the above-mentioned. He is skinny and short for his age, in German Sizes it's 134 by the time, probably 7/8 would work out well.
He doesn't like Sponge Bob - he refers of him as "The weird guy"....
My husband Johannes loves Baseball (Toronto Blue Jays & Mainz Athletics). Here in Germany Baseball is quite an exotic sport, so anything related to it (Magazines etc.) will be highly appreciated! Also he likes anything native american/canadian. Canada is his favorite destination - likes anything Toronto and Algonquin Park esp.. He's quite a history geek (esp. WW I and II) and is passionate about genealogy. He is a TV Addict, can stay up all night to watch - has all the DVD Boxes of CSI (Grissom is his fave) , CSI Miami, NCIS, ER, Without a trace.....he likes SciFi as well, but anything Fantasy scares the crap out of him. (Nearly broke my hand while watching Harry Potter :o) He collects Baseballcaps and is loosing them constantly - so there can never be enough of them.
Oh, just to mention: he's a vegetarian! He is more for the salty/spicy side of food and he loves to cook. Soups are his favorite dish to make and he gets quite fancy with them. He loves Indian/Asian Cuisine as well as TexMex. He loves exotic and hot spices and is always the first to handle the Barbecue. He loves to cook over open fire - one of his faves is Pizza Calzone on the grid. He gets excited about new gadgets for his cooking - he even goes to a Mens-Cooking-Club and assembled himself a Hardware Toolbox with all his Gadgets to take with him. He cooks the field-kitchen of our local red cross section and always looks for new inspiration there. (last time he "cooked" Cake in Glassjars in the fieldkitchen, ha!) He has huge piles of cookbooks and -magazines.
He is a selfemployed Tax consultant, but also volunteers as Paramedic and collects Patches and T-Shirts (he is a 2XL) from Emergency Medical Services around the world! We can set up a private Swap on that any time!
By the way, my little brother is a police-officer and a volunteer firefighter, he loves patches and T-Shirts (L), too. :o)
From the UK/Ireland:
Cadbury Fudge Chocolate Bars
Seeds of change organic chocolate (I had dark with orange and figs - delicious!)
Anything Torchwood - I have the DVD Box, but anything about it, like Magazines or else, will be highly appreciated! I'm a Jack/Ianto shipper - don't like Gwen.....
Anything Doctor Who
Doctor Who Character Building Micro Figures
Handmade Living Magazines
From the Netherlands:
Chocolate Covered Kruidnoten
Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate
Chocolate Letters "J" & "M"
From the US or Canada:
Purity Peppermint nobs
Hersheys Cookies'n Cream Bars
Celestial Seasoning Tea: Country Peach Passion, Lemon Zinger, Sleepytime, Canadian Vanilla Maple Decaf
York Peppermint Patties
Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Flavour
Wonka Candy - Kazoozles!
Twizzlers - plain red ones, the rainbow version, Sourz or the filled ones - any of them! Twizzlers Twerps! oh my!
Nasa T-Shirts - I had a dark blue one wich I bought Years ago in Houston, Johnson Space Centre, but it is totally worn out now....:o(
Clover Flower Head Pins
Nexcare Comfort Pals or Tatoo Band-Aids with Star Wars Clonewars, Winnie the Pooh or any "boyish" Characters (no Spongebob though!)
Living Crafts Magazines
Cloth Paper Scissors Magazines
Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS Magazines
Martha Stewart Kids Magazines
I have a Martha Stewart Magazine subscription, gifted to me by my awesome husband, so I don't need the regular Magazines, but would always appreciate the Holiday Issues!
Sesame Street Deco Tape
Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Morsels (Milk-chocolate, semisweet, white and of course chunks!)
brown sugar, firmly packed (you can't get it here in Germany, just like them Morsels..)
Cotton Time Magazine
Any of the Paumes Books, esp. the "Family Style" Editions!
Japanese Kids Fabric (something like the ones on superbuzzy.com :o)
Pocky (we only have the plain chocolate ones)
I can always and easily get anything Diddl, german candy, german gummibears, Kindereggs, Kinder Happy Hippos, german or swiss chocolate (e.g. Milka, Lindt, Toblerone, Ritter Sport), any german souvenir, german Diddl and Hello Kitty magazines,...... So, if you're interested in a private Swap, just send me a mail!
I recycle envelopes and boxes to protect the environment. You can do this too when you send to me. :-)
I also don't wrap the swaps I send in nice papers. It may look nice, but I think, it is not necessary. Another way to protect the environment. That doesn't mean, that I don't wrap them up carefully if necessary!
I collect used stamps for Charity. They are payed per Kilo, so I would really appreciate it, if you put loooots of real stamps on the envies and boxes you send to me! Thanx!
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