Date Joined: May 6, 2018
Last Online: October 11, 2018
Birthday: March 20
Country: United States
Sept. 23, 2018 Dear Penpals, I have a family emergency and am not only away from the computer, but far from my mailbox as well. I will return to letter writing when possible.
It may go without saying, but please message me if a swap seems delayed or missing so I can resend. Everyone deserves happy mail!
A little about me: I am 38 years old and live near Portland, Oregon. I love antiques and "vintage" things. My prescription glasses are a pair of 1954 cat eye frames from an antique shop.
I'm happily married for 11 years (my wedding cake topper was Link and Zelda) and a stay-at-home mom to two adventurers who keep me busy. I am vegan, perhaps a touch "hippie" but very nerdy, artistic, and a lover of science and science fiction. I'm a bit eclectic!
poetry and tea
arts and crafts (more mod podge anyone?)
Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
8 byte video games
unique postal stamps, I especially adore all things postal related (air mail, pony express, mailboxes, etc) and women (Harriet Quimby, Amelia Earhart, Sacajawea, women voting, etc)
memo sheets (unfoldend) and writing paraphernalia
Anything with mermaids (sinister or seductive)
fairies (sweet or child-like) and woodland creatures
All history, but especially art deco (1920's) and art nouveau (1910's). I also have an affinity for mid century (1950's).
Georges Méliès type of images:
Books: I love to read anything from true crime, non fiction history, a little mystery, fantasy and science fiction.
Lately, when my kids pickup a middle school-reader that hints at a real theme within the fiction, I explore it at "my level". Ex: Houdini was a passing character in a children's mystery, so I read his biography and learned abut his fascination with the macabre (some of it shocking) and his passion to dispute the occult. They loved a picture book about "Owney the Railway Mail mascot" and I'm suddenly on my own journey through postal history, railway history, and the use of stamps.
"Stiff" by Mary Roach
Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
"Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson
"The Neverending Story" by Michael Ende
"Watership Down" by Richard Adams
"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson
"The Eyes of The Dragon" by Stephen King
"Watchmen" Alan Moore
"Cinder House Rules" by John Irving
"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse
choose your own adventure series :)
"I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch
I'm also treading through the Outlander series and in book 4 at the moment. "Drums of Autumn".
Not sure what to send?
(Check "interests and collections" in the "about me" section.) Perhaps this list will help:
A postcard with a poem
Stamps, unused or unique and undamaged used.
Totoro and other Studio Ghibli characters
Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, or national parks. Also forests and woodland creatures (and gnomes).
Mr. Zip or vintage postal history
Vintage arcade gaming themes or classic video games (joust, pac man, mario, zelda, etc)
Hand made items appreciated
I love mermaids
I love fairy art similar to Brian Froud and Margaret W Tarrant or Cicely Mary Barker.
All things old and eclectic
Bats (that fly in the night)
Vintage Halloween images.
There aren't many things I don't like, but here is a list of things I would rather not receive:
Nothing violent (against any living creature).
Nothing with spiders (this is my phobia).
Nothing religious. (Spiritual and/or paranormal is fine.)
No loose tea, please.
No cosmetics or things that are smelly.
The Fifth Element
The Mummy (1999)
Jim Henson's The Labyrinth
The General (1926 starring Buster Keaton. I love anything with Buster Keaton in it.)
Howl's Moving Castle
My Neighbor Totoro
The Secret World of Arrietty
Kiki's Delivery Service
Mister Rogers Neighborhood
Confession I don't watch much TV but have a long list of shows to catch up on.
Call The Midwife
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