Swap-bot Time: May 26, 2017 12:32 am


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Last Online: May 24, 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)


drgngirl rated for IU: Profile Deco on May 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute profile decos! I really liked them!
Response: Yay! I thought they were fun :0)
ladydy5 rated for TF - Something for the Kitchen on May 10, 2017
Comment: Love it and will make those ice cubes soon.
Response: Cool (literally!) and I hope the dish towel goes with the decor :0)
MrsAlderman rated for May Tarot Reading (electronic) on May 6, 2017
Comment: very well done reading that is 100% what i'm dealing with right now. thank you for your words of wisdom and guidance!
Response: Oh my! I am glad I could be of help :0)
camelsamba rated for Earth Day Upcycle Postcard Swap on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! It looks like some of it might have come off in transit, but I like the colors you used and the ocean theme.
Response: Ack! Darn!
turtles27 rated for Earth Day Upcycle Postcard Swap on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: Love the elephant! Thank you!
Response: Thanks for having a well filled out profile :0)
Vickimac rated for TF: Stuff my Totebag/Stocking-April on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: I wish I could give you 10 hearts. I have been saving my stuffers to open at Christmas, but my sister was here when the mail came, and she was so curious she couldnt' help herself, and she peeked at the present, and told me I HAD To open it. I am so GLAD I did, I LOVE the Nightmare pencils so much. LOVE THEM!!! Thank you thank you!!!
Response: Haha! Great! I saw them and knew they were what I was after for you, Hopefully they are a harbinger of keen stocking stuffers to come :0)
Comment: ❤️LOVE❤️
Response: Oh Hooray! I thought it might be fun for you to be able to switch them out :0)
Comment: Everything came in today's mail and its like a PARTY with each wrapped in a different color. The Wand is stunning. I plan to take it with me when I walk my Labyrinth at night. The plate is perfect for me to transport a sandwich and goblet of Kevita to my desk. I will burn the little candles on Sunday for good luck. Thank you so much for everything!
Response: So happy you liked! If you like, I can email you a photo of Frisco. He is quite the whistler. :0)
Comment: Hi, Brooke! I got your letter today - we have much in common. My BA is in Anthropology, specializing in Mesoamerican prehistory. Totally LOVE Zorro and Robin Hood. Really love Medieval studies. Thanks for the music recommendations! Are you marching for science on Earth Day??? Pig is actually named after Piglet in Winnie the Pooh ;}
Response: So glad you enjoyed it- I'll have to find a science march- thanks for reminding me! :0)
Comment: Thank you for your great card :) Thanks for joining the swap!
Response: Glad you liked it! :0)
nancylee rated for Trickster, Jester, Fool on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: Fun dotee doll- very clever and whimsical interpretation, thank you
Response: :0) Glad you liked!
Comment: Thanks.
Response: Looking forward to Author "C"!
auralily rated for April Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I'm incredibly curious but I'm trying to wait to open it :)
Response: I know the feeling! :0)
phillipska81 rated for Magical Pick 3 on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the handmade items and journal! Love them! 😊
Response: Hooray! :0)
LisaE rated for HMPC: St Patrick's Day PC on Mar 20, 2017
Comment: Lovely PC
Response: You are quite welcome! :0)
njstauter rated for April Tarot Reading on Mar 15, 2017
Comment: you are always wonderful at reading...thanks
Response: Blush! You are quite welcome, as usual! :0)
whytewillow rated for secret goddess sister swap on Mar 10, 2017
Comment: Sorry for late rate. Got sick fell behind. Lovely choices. Thank you so very much. BB
Response: Oh yay! Hope you are better now :0)
Comment: Sounds interesting!
Response: It's intriguing to find out how he developed as a human :0)
Comment: Thanks for telling me about the book you read, it sounds very interesting
Response: You are quite welcome. It was a title which had intrigued me every time I saw it. Feels good to actually have read it now! :0)
Response: :0)

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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!! :)

njstauter on Mar 7, 2017:

8 of Cups from The Deviant Moon Tarot deck (reading sent in your PM)

njstauter on Feb 26, 2017:

njstauter on Feb 21, 2017:

Am so glad you like the GHOST MOTH and hope you find comfort in her messages.

Julez13 on Feb 20, 2017:

I hope th is looks better. So sorry

Julez13 on Feb 19, 2017:

this is your tarot card for the swap

njstauter on Feb 7, 2017:

glad you like the WTA package, which got there fast!. I only mailed it yesterday!!!

njstauter on Jan 31, 2017:

You won this month's GWE WTA. The forum has instructions for your next steps (sending us your address and setting up for next month). Congratulations!

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