Okay, so my life fell apart and I moved, but I'm going to give this a try again because I did enjoy it while I was active.
If you haven't received something from me, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, don't hesitate to message me and I'll re-send! I really really want you to get what I've sent you, you deserve it! If I don't answer you then something went wrong, and I need you to send another message. I will ALWAYS answer you within 24 hours if I get a message.
(I drew these rocks... for separation)
I am 33 years old, and I consider myself to be an artist. I have written three books (two for Juv and one for children) but none of them have been lucky enough to get published. I love to write and draw... If you're interested in seeing the kind of things I draw and paint, then I mostly update my Instagram and this is where all my ATC's go before I send them out. You can see the kind of quality I go for in my trades. I draw something every day, and I love sketches and art from other people. My recent hobby has been sketchbook, ATC, and Sketchcard trades with other artists. I have been known to give away artists trading cards right and left and I love a good challenge.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting things in the mail... in fact, I am fascinated by the postal system, and I am addicted to post cards. I don't really understand it, but getting something in the mail just makes my day.
I will GLADLY accept any postcard. Honestly... but if you're like me and you get irritated by having read someone's profile and STILL not knowing what to send... I do have postcard preferences.
I love all Atcs... I have a huge binder full at this point... but if you're looking and you want to know what I might like... here are some ideas.
I love them. I will always be willing to trade them in private trades. I'm currently based in the Los Angeles area, though I have some San Fran ones as well. I have Pirates, frogs, mermaids, seals, seahorses... I can get anything from any of the Monterey CA machines, or the LA ones, and I can do the John Steinbeck ones no problem
Okay, so Nitty Gritty...
COLORS My favorite color is yellow, though I love any of the colder colors... blue, green, purple... I am totally cool with orange as well. I like jewel tones MUCH better than pastels or neons. I'm not really an all out rainbow person, but I've seen rainbow things that I thought very ridiculously pretty, so I who knows?
ANIMALS My favorite animal is the not so majestic wombat , though when it comes to creatures, I tend to prefer goblins and trolls to actual animals. I know that's strange, but it's the truth. If I have to pick animals, I'd start with wombat and then go Bat, Giraffe, Koala, Platypus, Mongoose, Kiwi, Armadillo, Anteater, Tapir, sloth... You get the picture. I like the odd animals.... and fish... are fish technically animals? I think so.
COINS Okay yes... coins. I LOVE coins... any coins. My favorites are unique coins, or damaged coins, like pressed pennies, or tokens from game places or mini golf sessions... I used to have some coins that I put on the railroad tracks to be flattened but I've lost them over the years. I also used to have some Pfennigs (I grew up in Germany) that my chemistry friends and I had burned in the lab... my favorite coin for a long time was a nickel that had two prong holes burnt into the edge from when my youngest brother slotted it into a plug that was plugged in. Damaged coins are interesting... they tell a story. (my brother was zapped, but fine btw ;) )
ZIPPER POUCHES Can't get enough of them. I use them constantly for everything... and when I can't find something small, usually all I have to do is look through a zipper pouch that I haven't used in a while.
GENRE Fantasy would be my genre, and that's mainly what I read when it comes to books, and what I watch when it comes to Television... though I truly enjoy Sci-Fi as well... and Medieval...
ZOMBIES? I am scared of zombies... they terrify me. I haven't been able to watch zombie films or shows for years since having nightmares about them when I was a child. My family thinks it's funny and so over the years they have gifted me with many zombie themed things. I would confidently say that I have a pretty decent zombie collection at this point.
FISH I love the look of a good goldfish and I draw goldfish constantly. I recently drew a goldfish smoking a cigar, which was just ridiculous enough that it made me laugh for hours.
PENS I LOVE pens... usually ballpoints. If you look at my Instagram you will see that I usually draw in ballpoint pen. Recently I have discovered a fondness for the 4-in-one pens and the like. I enjoy having one pen that is capable of being more than one color and not having to carry 4 individual pens around.
PENCILS Whenever I go traveling I ALWAYS get pencils from wherever I'm visiting. Some have erasers, some don't, but even through the years I still enjoy finding pencils marked with a museum that I visited, or a place where I used to live.
ART SUPPLIES? Any... I use anything, honestly. Markers, crayons, watercolor, colored pencils, pens, pencils, highlighters... anything. Look at my Instagram and you'll see.
STATUETTES I have a collection of elephant statues, and some pig statues... I love little porcelean things, or little wooden things. I have one or two little metal figures that I love (one's a mouse and one's a swan - both tiny) Usually the little statuettes that I see around just have such good little faces or personalities. I love all little statues for that matter.
BOOKS I read books constantly, usually on my kindle, though that's just because the kindle is easier to carry around. You really can't beat the feel of a real life, page turning, book. My genre's of choice are fiction, fantasy, and Sci-Fi, though I pick up at least one children's book each month. I find the plot lines of children's books to be more 'free' than adult books and I get a kick out of their imaginations. I wrote a juvenile fiction book once about Warrior mice. It was well received and I love those little guys.
DINOSAURS The Almighty T-REX! though any dinosaur is completely awesome. I like a good Dimetrodon, or Stegosaurus as well. Dragons are also amazing things.
STOP MOTION ANIMATION I love them all, though my current pleasure is Boxtrolls. Ugh! Boxtrolls. The movie was so good, and all the characters were so cute. I loved them all, especially Shoe, and Fish... Wheels was a close third, though really I do love them all. Before Boxtrolls it was Wallace and Grommit. I love the look and feel of a Stop Motion movie. They completely fascinate me, and I always imagine that someday I'll make my own, but I probably never will.
LEGOS as a child of the 80's, how could I not love legos?
TEA? I don't really drink tea, but if I do, I prefer fruity teas, though I'll try anything.
PUZZLES I love puzzles... pictocross, jigsaw, physical, crossword... any and all puzzles.
MINIONS Minions are awesome. You know those little minions from Despicable Me? I love their little goggles and their carefree attitudes. I also love that they get in so much trouble.
COMICS I love comics of all kinds, and I am always looking to do ATC trades.
PIRATES Pirates are the Bomb-Diggity...
UGLY THINGS I like anything that is so ugly it's actually cute. (I.e. Boxtrolls, Wombats, Sloths, Goblins... you get the picture)
CANDY As far as candy goes, I like fruity candy and gummies best, but I'm not at all picky... Some of my favorites are Gummy Bears, Tropi Fruity, The Haribo Smurfs Candy, White chocolate with fruit in it... I grew up in Germany and used to eat these Joghurt Rittersports with fruit in them, I've always wanted to try the Wild Berry Rittersport There aren't any over here in America that I've seen. Spaghetti candy, Mike & Ikes... I would say I like all forms of candy EXCEPT things that are hot, like redhots and cinnamon candies.
STEAMPUNK Steampunk is awesome. That's all there is to it.
MERCENARY mercenary things are awesome as well, with the added bonus of being the Bomb-Diggity.
CHARACTERS Tank girl, Han Solo, Iron Man, Batman, Tyrion Lanister, Ninja Turtles (especially Leonardo), Any Fraggle, Zoe Washburn from Firefly, Snorks, Smurfs, Mike Ehrmantraut from Breaking Bad, Dexter or Deb from Dexter, He-Man, Teela, She-Ra, Thundercats, World of Warcraft anyone, Tiny Tina from Borderlands, Any of the Assassins from Assassins Creed, Captain Picard from Next Generation, Worf, Data, Jordi, Neelix, Spok, Garak (all from Star Trek), Minions from Despicable me (especially Bob), Kerrigan from starcraft, BOXTROLLS!, Bartok the bat, The Goonies Kids, Rocket Raccoon, Helena from Orphan Black, "P", "Miss Rosa" and "Red" from Orange is the new black, Emma or Neal from Once Upon a Time... I'm sure I will add to this...
BOOKS The "assassin's Trilogies" by Robin Hobb, "Kingkiller" series by Patrick Rothfuss, "Redemption of Althalus" by David Eddings, "Going Postal" By Terry Pratchett (really anything by Terry Pratchett), "Many waters, and Wrinkle in time" by Madeline L Engle, The "Redwall" Series by Brian Jacques, anything by Jim Hines.... and many many more.
TV SHOWS Orphan Black, Breaking Bad, Dexter, My Name is Earl, Raising Hope, Orange is the New Black, Spongebob Squarepants, drop dead Diva, Grey's anatomy, game of thrones..., and many many more.
MOVIES Mom and Dad Save the World, Clue, Wallace and Grommit, Anything with Whoopie Goldberg, Anything with Eddie Murphy in the 80's, Boxtrolls, The Odd Couple, The apartment, Bartok the Magnificent, and many many more.
VEHICLES I drive a truck.... a little truck, but a truck all the same. It's silver and pretty beat up since it's been my work truck for over 10 years. I call her Betty, and I love her.
MY JOB I'm a carpenter and theatrical designer by profession, so I'm all about tools and making things.
CATS I have 4 cats..... it just kind of ended up that way, though I do love them all.
GIRLY GIRL? Absolutely not. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's just who I am.
One of my favorite things to do is make presents for the people I care about, so I'm really really excited about this site.
Flakers: (people who will not be allowed in one of my swaps again without good reason) ~ Artbrandi - Flaked on me in another user's swap ~ DailySpook - Flaked in one of MY swaps.
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