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Norsulaulu

Norsulaulu
Date Joined: May 26, 2018
Last Online: July 20, 2018
Birthday: September 1
Country: Canada
Pictures of my Art

About Me

Hi! I'm Rachyl.

I'm an environmental studies student living with my fiance and our dog; she's a German Shepheard/Blue Heeler cross. Fingers crossed a precious kitten will someday soon be joining the family.

Together we really enjoy going on walks/hikes, cooking, traveling, and playing board games (my favourite is probably Lords of Waterdeep). Some of my other hobbies (aside from artsy things) include reading, writing, yoga, and gardening (both flowers and vegetables).

Other general likes of mine include elephants (my favourite), violins, bees, bears, foxes, and my favourite colour is wine. My favourite scent is lime. I love all fresh fruit and veggies (and think they're very pretty), and I have no allergies. I have a pretty good sense of humour so parodies, puns, or references to pop culture, world landmarks, etc. will likely not go amiss with me. I also love stories so if you want to include any in the things you send me I like both personal stories and just interesting stories from history, urban legends, local lore, or just anything I may not have known. If you ever want to make things out of non-traditional materials (ie. repurpose cardboard, old "junk" instead) I would love it. I would also happily accept handmade postcards if this is all you have/ you prefer it, even if the swap is against them.

As far as things that don't appeal to me go: I don't like guns, I would prefer to not receive religious items, I'm not really a fan of Hello Kitty or really any other Kawaii cartoon shows (and I know there are many others on here who would appreciate these items more than me), baboons kinda freak me out, I'm a vegetarian, and please don't send me anything homophobic, racist, etc.

Art in my life

I've always really enjoyed art but I have perfectionist tendencies so I've struggled with motivating myself to keep creating and allowing myself to make mistakes. I hope that in participating in some swaps I'll motivate myself to create more regularly and grow my talents as I do.

I've been setting aside more time in the day to work on various projects and I've been really enjoying doing it outdoors so puppy can hangout with me while I sew and paint.

Favorite Crafts

I recently got a sewing machine (Bobby the Singer) and I've been having a lot of fun creating different projects on it. Nothing too serious as of yet; but I'm really enjoying learning as I go.

I also really love to make whatever I can out of materials I already have that would otherwise be tossed or recycled. I am very aware of the waste I create and I know that reusing is always better than recycling so I love to do my part in that way.(I think that creating out of "trash" is helping me to ignore my perfectionism because I don't feel like I might ruin that perfect page of scrapbook paper). So as you can imagine, I love mixed media!

I'm trying to get more into general sketching and watercolour as well. This is more challenging for me, but they're skills I want to work on developing.

As my aforementioned hobbies include board games I've painted the miniatures from a few of our games and I've had a lot of fun doing that. It's definitely challenging but a lot of fun.

Favorite Books

I read a lot of literary fiction, short stories, and fantasy. But I like a bit of everything now and then. I find variety to be really important in my reading life.

I am also currently working through collections of Shakespeare, Grimm, and Lovecraft.

Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are my favourite series from childhood that I still like to revisit.

My favourite short story collections are What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi and The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu.

And some of my favourite stand alone novels are Do Not Say We Have Nothing, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Gone with the Wind, and A Gentleman in Moscow.

I occasionally like a well written non-fiction. Mostly on environmental and food production topics.

Here's a link to my goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20574948-rachyl

Favorite Movies

Disney holds a special place in my heart and whenever there is a new Disney/Pixar animated movie coming out you can bet that my fiance and I are going to see it.

We like going to the movies in general and Oscar season is a fun time for us as we try to catch up on at least all the best picture nominees. We don't follow any award shows besides the Oscars but that night can be a big deal in our house. Last year I made Oscar shaped cookies. :)

Favorite Music

I'll listen to pretty much everything. Though I think I'd call Adele my favourite artist, with The Killers a close second. And I tend to really enjoy old swing music from the 20s to the 60s or so. "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" is one of my favourites.

Favorite Podcasts

While I'm crafting I usually opt to listen to podcasts rather than music. My all time favourite podcast is "99% Invisible" which is a show about design, often in architecture, but it is filled with such wonderful stories, and the host Roman Mars has a really smooth voice.

I also like "Welcome to Night Vale" (fictional show about a science-fiction-y town in the desert), "Code Switch" (about race), and "Mom and Dad are Fighting" (a parenting podcast I listen to even though I have no children - though one day I hope to have many). I'm always trying out new shows though to see what I might get hooked on.

I also listen to the news sometimes on podcast while I craft. Primarily BBC Global News and CBC for national.

Wishlist

Now obviously, these are just things I like and you are under no obligation to send anything like this; I just thought it would be a helpful section to have for swaps that require flat surprises. :)

I would most love to receive blank postcards because I am finding it very difficult to find any semblance of a selection in my town.

Other things I would love include: Stationary, maps, buttons, vegetarian or vegan recipes, used stamps, stories, fabric, scrapbook papers, and washi tape.

Ratings

angeness rated for Only in Canada: Fan of Washi #2 on Jul 19, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely washi! :)
PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle & Pass PC Round 8 on Jul 19, 2018
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Comment: Very pretty start! This is going to be fun to work on!
mrsD rated for Only in Canada: Fan of Washi #2 on Jul 18, 2018
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Comment: really cute tapes! thanks so much :)
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Comment: Thank you Rachyl for the lovely letter and handmade envelope! Great book recommendations - one was already on my to-read list, but your endorsement will move it up. :) I hadn't stumbled on the Oyeyemi short stories yet - added to the list! I love board games too, but my husband isn't super into them. I have friends I see a few times a year that always introduce me to new games.
Itsagoldsky rated for Just To Say Hello Swap on Jul 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the card! I just wrote a letter back and i Will mail iT out tomorrow! Hope it Will reach you soon! 😘
beckra rated for Private Cento Swap on Jul 16, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much for the cento & your note! I'm so glad we got to do this swap :)
Response: I am too, thank you so much for setting up the swap! I'm so glad I tried it out. :)
Hugsie86 rated for Only in Canada: Blind Envelope #1 on Jul 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you very much! I loved everything! :-)
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you liked it :) Thanks for the rating!
Kskollections rated for WIYM: House Shaped ATC on Jul 13, 2018
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Comment: Love it! It arrived safe and sound! Very creative!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I had so much fun with this one. :)
littlemissme84 rated for Literary Photography on Jul 11, 2018
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Comment: Wow, that’s a beautiful library.
Response: Thanks! :) And thanks for the rating
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Comment: Absolutely stunning - I certainly hope to get you as a partner in the future! Welcome to swap-bot - you'll find a great group of people here! <3
Response: Aww thank you so much for such a sweet comment! I'm so glad you liked the PC and thank you for the welcome and the rating! :)
teacher4life rated for Bookworm Corner: June 2018 on Jul 8, 2018
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Response: Thanks for the rating! :)
mb58ca rated for Literary Photography on Jul 7, 2018
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Comment: Hi fellow Ontarion! Library renovations are always exciting. Thanks for joining :)
Response: Yeah, I was so excited to see it when they opened it up! And the change was really amazing. I had fun going out and doing something I wouldn't normally do. :)
cynaemon rated for Literary Photography on Jul 6, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sharing.
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the rating! :)
Hugsie86 rated for Only in Canada: Beginner Mail Art on Jul 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you very much for your mail art! I loved it! And I really liked the stickers you included :-)
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun putting it together! :)
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Comment: Thank you for your list of books I have added them to my list to check out :) Sorry for late rating.
Response: I hope you like them! And thanks for the rating. :)
Jonward32 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #105 on Jul 3, 2018
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Comment: I really enjoyed this notecard, thank you!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad it arrived okay. :) Thanks for the rating!
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Comment: Such a sweet story of Freckles, thank you for sharing! Also thanks for the vintage illustrations- love them!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the story and the illustrations! Thanks for the rating :)
karli rated for Comic book ATC! on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: Thanks, you did a great job. Karli
Response: Thank you. :) And thanks for the rating!
Jjean rated for Literary Photography on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: Great photos.....your library is so nice - enjoyed viewing.
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating. :)
elkalsa rated for Bookworm Corner: June 2018 on Jun 30, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sharing.
Response: My pleasure. :) Thanks for the rating!

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Comments

katmandu on Jun 11, 2018:

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Once you get your new kitty, he'll need supervision when he's near your book collection!

Katina

katmandu on Jun 1, 2018:

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Enjoyed reading your Profile! Welcome to Swat-Bot and I hope to be paired with you in a swap sometime down the road! And I hope you get your kitty soon, here's one to keep you company until that time!

Katina

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