Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2017 1:06 pm


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Last Online: September 26, 2017

Country: United States

About Me

My Intent Word is Dynamic. I am trying to bring more of that energy and action into my life. Writer, musician (I play Irish trad.pennywhistle and flute), art historian,color guard/ winter guard mom, NaNoWriMo participant,racquet sport addict...I write cd reviews and interviews on folky and psychedelic music in "Scram! The Journal for Unpopular Culture" and an arts column in "FolkWorks-The Source For Folk Arts, Music and Dance in the Greater L.A. Region." www.scrammagazine.com and www.folkworks.org Favourite colours are jewel tones. Love the aqua/turquoise/teal and lavender/violet/purple families as well as hot pink, and electric green. Don't let this hem you in, though.I tend to prefer jewelery in silver, turquoise, coral and opal. Celtic designs are good, too and Steampunkness. Renaissance Faire stuff. Quirky weirdness. Someone recently turned me on to the delights of Cram Cream and San-X.Those little steamed bun, tea, sushi and bread people crack me up. I like Skulls and Steampunk aesthetics. I am currently trying to get my Steampunk costume together. :0) I also have a soft spot for Rupert Bear and Hamtaro...Moomins...Froud Faery Whatnot...Sisu (and other members of the black licorice family)...Cloudberries...and marzipan...and stuff with flames on it.Especially blue flames. My daughter likes Tokidoki and dark Lolita stuff.

Favorite Music

Irish Traditional (Not new-agey), Brit-folk, Psychedelic, "World Music", and my own stuff http://www.myspace.com/murderchangesghosts which I'm calling, "Literary Neo-Trad" (or Music to Read Charles DeLint or Neil Gaiman by).I also like Masive Attack, Belle and Sebastian, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Flaming Lips, Underworld, Vashti Bunyan, Grateful Dead, Nick Drake, King Crimson, Baroque and earlier, Rasputina, Neutral Milk Hotel, Northside label (Hedningarna, Gjallarhorn), Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh, electronica if it's good, some punk-oriented whatnot, driving stuff that makes you jump up and down or ask, "What the Bleep was THAT?" or laugh uncontrollably, or wonder why everything sounds so much better in gaelic or icelandic...and Italian musicians Jovanotti, Max Pezzali ( of 883 fame) and Cesare Cremonini.

I just started playing ukulele a few months ago, so if you see any cheap used uke books, any style, we can arrange a swap, I betcha! :0)

If we're in a CD swap, don't try to guess what I might like. Go with what you think is Wicked. I'm in this to Learn! I just got some mash-ups and I think they're super! :0)

Favorite Movies

Shaolin Soccer, Latcho Drom, Totoro (Miyazaki in general), Wes Anderson movies, Mel Brooks movies, Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Adam Sandler movies, Terry Gilliam, Steve Martin,Jim Jarmusch movies, Kurasawa,Wim Wenders, Eternal Sunshine... Science of Sleep, Being John Malkovitch and Adaptation, The Prestige, Elf, Ugetsu, The Prestige, Something About Mary, Harry Potter, Rupert and the Frog Song, Prospero's Books, A Christmas Story, Harry and Kumar go to White Castle, anime,all movies called Casino Royale, and Skyfall

Favorite Television

Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, Wilfred, True Blood, House,The Mighty Boosh, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Father Ted, Dollhouse, United States of Tara, The Dodgers (in season), School of Golf, Masterpiece Theatre, Kung Fu, Father Ted,TG4 music programs archived on the web, Firefly... and I've been playing with the Wii, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica and The Guild

Favorite Crafts

I like to make sock critters and soft toys of all descriptions, fairies, elves and gnomes, monsters, snails, dragonflies, dragons, kirigami, hats, beading earrings,making ice cream, re-purposing and recycling clothing, drawing with coloured pencils, ATCs, collage,...

I think my favorite swaps to make have been the Tarot cards and the Steampunk-related themes.I love weird brooches.

I love single earrings because I only have one piercing. Mismatched sets work, too :0)

I've started collecting and creating Weird, Zetti, Celtic and Celestial rubber stamps to make my ATCs with. What I'd like to try next is needle felting. Color and texture are what I go for.

About Me

I do enjoy oracles. Pagan affinities: Green Man Totem Creature: Dragonfly

Stuff I do Not particularly wish for: Dixieland or New Age music,and lime flavored anything. Also, nothing to do with snakes. Hope this helps!

My favorite crafts to receive are crafts that are useful items, not just decorative.

I collect stuff with blue and white flames

I collect monkeys wearing fezzes. also...Dodger related items and Book Store, Museum and Library related T-Shirts.

Favorite Celebrity: Novak Djokovic

Favorite cartoons, comics and animated critters:

*Moomins *Totoro *Pogo *Bone *Smurfs *Hamtaro *Hikaru No Go *Wallace and Gromit *Rupert Bear *Power-Up Mushrooms

Favorite motifs

*Steampunk * Trilobites *Fossils *Horseshoe Crabs * Cthulhu *Gnomes *Mushrooms *Hedgehogs *Snails *Mail-snails *Moomins *Totoro *Sock Monkeys *Froud Faery *Blodeuwedd *Ganesh *Buddha *Octopi *Tarot * BEER CHAN *Runes *Mermaids *Dragonflies *Weird, Zetti, handmade or Celtic rubber stamps *Craftsman/Arts & Crafts Movement Style (Stickley, William Morris, PRB, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Dard Hunter, Archibald Knox, Liberty's) *Sea Glass *Marimekko *Lotta Jansdotter *Eames *Frank Lloyd Wright I like hearts with wings, and pigs with wings, eyeballs with wings,woo hoo- Flaming Eyeballs!! :0)...and the noble Squid.

Favorite Books

I like books about writing and creativity, and my favorite novels of the last few years have been The Time-Traveller's Wife, The Shadow of the Wind, Cryptonomicon, Goodbye Tsugumi, all of A.S.Byatt, The Diamond Age, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, The Book of Lost Things, the Abhorsen trilogy, and books by Gene Wolff, U.K.LeGuin, Umberto Eco, Calvino, the George R.R.Martin Song of Ice and Fire, Brandon Sanderson, Charles de Lint, China Mieville...

As for YA books, I love Philip Pullman, Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" series and Nursery Crimes..Ursula K. LeGuin, Anne McCaffrey, Harry Potter books, the Bartimeus books, Hunger Games series, Garth Nix (Sabriael, Lirael, and Abhorsen), the Moomin books, and am open to suggestions!


Tennis and Golf are mainly what I play and obsess over. I enjoy watching soccer/football and baseball - Go Dodger Blue! I belong to the Baseball Reliquary (an alternative Hall of Fame where players, fans, writers, and other folks involved in baseball are inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals annually by vote of the membership), the Southern California Golf Association, and the United States Tennis Association.

Current Obsessions

Just now I am currently obsessed with Bollywood movies, history of Indian films, and taking a Bollywood exercise dance class. Fun! I am but a noob but would love to have suggestions of good stuff to watch. So far I am loving films with Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, SRK, and Raj Kumar Rao. Also Kajol, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan and the omnipresent Anupam Kher! (have I missed anybody? Sunny Deol? Preity Zinta?) Educate me! :0)

I sail around in a boat called China Cat (with an image of a sunflower next to the name so as to disambiguate), therefore I like China Cat/ China Cat Sunflower themed stuff. (see Grateful Dead)


urocyonfox rated for P/WS: Samhain Altar Box on Sep 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely items, they will look nice on my altar
Response: I am glad you like them too :0)
PrairieKittin rated for Green Witch Tarot Cup on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Very cool! Recipes for my favorite drink, too!! :-D Thank you!
Response: Awesome sauza! (that's a feeble joke....) :0)
Comment: Got Package Yesterday, will wait til Christmas to Open although I am tempted to Peek ! ! Thank you..! ! !
Response: I believe you will like them! :0)
Maggie249 rated for Trash to Treasure #1 on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: thank you am eating one of the candies right now
Response: I hope you like the clutch as well :0)
Suncloud rated for Your Word Charm on Sep 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely word charm, envelope and stamps (I especially like the eclipse stamp, thank you!). It made my day.
Response: I'm so happy it got there OK! :0)
Comment: Beautiful shrine, thank you for allowing me to see it!
Response: I'm glad you like it too! :0)
Noel rated for HMPC: Put a "Napkin" on it on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Super cute..your card had a rough ride through the mail....but it made it. Thank you!
Response: Gadzooks! Well I'm glad it made it :0)
Comment: Thank for you the smudge stick. And I'm jealous of the Picard stamp!!
Response: Glad you like it! I wonder if the ETSY person I bought it from made another? :0)
Fabriqueen rated for A.I. - using Salt on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I love how yours turned out. Hugs, Diane
Response: Yay! I like swaps for the trying-something-new aspect :0)
graciepie49 rated for A.I. - using Salt on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Hi Brooke ☺ . . . Thanks for sending me your lovely Under the Sea ATC! I love the seahorse stamp you made and it looked great on the background. I've been thinking of making a seahorse stamp for a long time because I think that they are such amazing creatures.
Response: It was a fun swap resulting in many swell background papers :0)
Response: :0)
kitsune rated for A.P.D.G.~ Celebrate the Eclipse on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for great images! Happy Eclipse!
Response: You are quite welcome! :0)
kielpo rated for A.P.D.G.~ Celebrate the Eclipse on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Great set of Eclipse pics for my profile - I'm so glad yours are on 'top' ☺ Thanks so much. ♥
Response: Glad you like them! :0)
LMeowkin rated for AUGUST Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I put it right into my stocking!
Response: Hope you will like! :0)
annielou rated for Psychedelic Summer of Love on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: I think this ATC is great!!! Thank you! (Big Jefferson airplane fan here!)
Response: Yay! Glad you liked. White Rabbit is the last song I sang Karaoke on :0)
njstauter rated for August (Electronic) Tarot Reading on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: I really love your deck. This card is perfect (see my email reply). Many thanks
Response: Hooray! There is one of my cards I would like to re-do, and then I may try and get them printed :0)
njstauter rated for JULY Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wrapped gift, and moreover, thank you so very much for the FOG CLOAK TUTORIAL. Such creativity. I appreciate that you shared it with me
Response: Thought you might enjoy it while waiting to open the stocking stuffer:0)
rngstgstll rated for ZmACS JuN: Devonian Scones on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Devonian scone mail. I liked the toelacanth art and tiled trilobites in particular. Something about coelacanths and trilobites just makes me smile!
Response: Whee! I am glad to know you got these! :0)
marlak2008 rated for A.I. - Use a Photo cut-out (ATC) on Jul 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the very interesting ATC!
Response: You are quite welcome :0)
JudalineZ rated for Gnome Dotte on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: love him and his beard! thank you
Response: I think it came out better the second time (I kept the wonky practice gnome!) :0)

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SuzyMartin on Aug 22, 2017:

SuzyMartin on Aug 22, 2017:

SuzyMartin on Aug 22, 2017:

skydancer on Aug 21, 2017:

A.P.D.G.~ Celebrate the Eclipse

Isn't it wonderful to focus on something so mystical magical awe inspiring wonderful?! Hope you all enjoyed the solar eclipse today!

Moominbrooke on Aug 17, 2017:

APDG Celebrate the Eclipse swap from Moominbrooke!


Babsmomof5 on Aug 17, 2017:

Hi hope you enjoy these goodies for the ADPG Celebrate the Eclipse swap!

njstauter on Jun 14, 2017:

Thank you for the May ALW WTA enevelope! What a wonderful prayer!

Moominbrooke on May 16, 2017:

njstauter on Apr 17, 2017:

I will PM your reading for May. This is the Princess of Wands

Bhindblueeyes on Apr 15, 2017:

Hello! This is IU: Profile Deco. Thanks for joining this swap AND for being a member of the group!! :)

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