I live in Fort Worth, TX. I am back to Swap Bot after taking a break because of some hardships I have gone through in the past year and a half. I lost my grandmother, my husband ended our marriage, I had to move out of my home, then I got laid off! UGH! But I am a survivor and will get through it all!!! I took the time off from work as a horticulturist and followed some of my passions. I started doing more with my art and started a line of dog paintings that I sell. I took a few online classes and discovered the world of mixed media paintings, have been doing many of those. I also went to dog grooming school, and I loved it. I just started a new job as an assistant in a brand new dog grooming/boarding/daycare facility working for a dear friend. I absolutely love it! While I am in the play area running around with dogs and getting puppy kisses bestowed on me, I can't believe I am getting paid for it!! I still have occasional rough patches with my marriage ending, but they are getting further between times now. If it hadn't been for my Yorkie, I probably would have just stayed in bed a lot of days. He gave me the reason to get up! He has been my rock, or pebble since he is so little!! haha I am a big animal rights person, I am a part of the TX Humane Legislation Network that works to get better laws passed to protect animals. I fight against puppy mills and am a big support of animal shelters. I feel that there doesn't need to be anymore breeding done while we still have animals being put to sleep everyday that need homes.
Anyway, I am glad to be back to swap bot and can't wait to send some love! When I swap I really like to personalize what I send and make it special for the recepient.
Where do I start? I just LOVE music, all types. But my favorite is ROCK N ROLL BABY!! Especially the 80s hair bands! Love me some Cinderella, Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue and the like! Also the classics like Heart (those girls ROCK!) Aerosmith, Guns N Roses (they are classic now aren't they?)and KISS. Metal rules as well, especially Metallica! But like I said I listen to everything and I love my country boys like Keith Urban, Gary Allan, Billy Currington and Chris Cagle too. (Athough I haven't listened to country much since my break up, it makes me cry!) And even pop music, will always love Madonna, my first true love Rick Springfield, Janet Jackson and even will listen to Justin Timberlake (shhh..don't ruin my rock chick image with that one). Newer stuff I like is Breaking Benjamin, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Lacuana Coil, Sixx A.M. etc. Dance/club music is cool too. I like listening to that as I work or do art projects.
Friends is my all time fav. Currently Nip/Tuck is what I can't do without! (Love me some Dr Troy!) I will also get sucked into watching any of those pop culture shows like I Love the 80's! Rock of Love with Bret Michaels (I really need to be on that show)! Also a big sports fan so I will watch a lot of different sporting events. American's Next Top Model, LA Ink, Any of the Real Housewives (except Atlanta, missed that one), Kardashians, Dogtown, It's Me or the Dog and anything on Food Network or HGTV.
Gone With the Wind is my fav all time classic, with Pretty Woman right up there too. Highlander was always a fav and I love Empire Records and The Crow. (Wow, I just run the gauntlet on my tastes!) I also love scarey movies (Rob Zombie's are the best) I LOVE vampire movies (something sexy about them!) but don't get into the whole Twilight series. I won't miss any Tim Burton movies, they are so creative and artistic. Comedies are pretty much my favorite, though. Love to laugh!
I love autobiographies, especially on musicians. I just finished Tatum O'Neils and started on Eric Claptons. I also love gorgeous photography books and have tons of crafting/art books. I have also been reading The Secret for awhile but can't seem to finish it. I have read most of Anne Rice's stuff (yes even the Sleeping Beauty stories!) And in the summer time, I have a guilty pleasure - lying out in the sun reading a Jackie Collins book! Love that trash!!! (Don't really like many other books like that though.) Always love cookbooks, I am also addicted to magazines. My favs are (but will look at many others) Rachael Ray, In Style, Modern Dog and of course, Rolling Stone!!!
Soooo many... Basketball/Lakers- NASCAR/Jeff Gordon (hence the 24 in my user name!)- Football/49ers- Hockey/Dallas Stars- Tennis/Sharapova and Federer - Baseball/Oakland A's- Wrestling/Shawn Michaels
Rock N Roll and Gothic- Botanical and Nature - Dogs (I am a crazy dog person, my little Yorkie is my child!)- Abstract - Creative Imaginative stuff like funny monsters and creatures. Skulls and/or flames are awesome, 80's themes are great, love trees and bugs too (guess that is the horticulturist in me). Tim Burton-esque things Love things given or made based on someones profile...have been my fav things I have gotten here.
Kinda depends on what it is. A lot of my clothes are black. (It's slimming!) Really like black and hot pink together. Hate light pink. Purple (not lavendar) is another favorite. If its flowers, I love bright orange. I prefer silver over gold. I like the colors chocolate brown and robins egg blue (think Tiffany's box) together, not so much separately. Deep, rich, blood red is another great color. I really like all the jewel tones used together in a piece of art work.
Anything too girlie and glittery. Clutter. ALLERGIC TO CINAMMON so don't like that too much. Not too big on techy type stuff or sci fi. Not really crazy about the vintage/victorian things either. Don't want to sound un-patriotic but don't really care for the Americana type or country-ish stuff. Nothing cheap looking either, don't like dollar store stuff. I don't like the scents of patchouli or musty type stuff, including cigarette smoke. I don't wear a lot of earrings (I have a set of diamonds I never take out). Hate birds (sorry bird lovers). No Disney, cutesy stuff. Don't really want to receive any food type items (for me or my dog). Sorry.
Anything rock n roll related! Or gothic type things. Really like funky handmade stuffies. (Goth ones would be real cool!) I love journals, photography, paintings. Can never have enough fluffy comfy socks, lip balm (unopened please), cool notebooks, funky pens, highly scented candles or purse/tote bags! Love cool bracelets, especially cuff bracelets (my wrist is pretty small). Like different pendants in themes listed above. Don't have, but want some cool knit hand/arm warmers and funky knit/chrocheted scarves. (Did I spell that right?) Would love dog related art work or photographs. Am a huge Wonder Woman fan so anything with her would be great too. Like the scents of vanilla, lavendar, china musk, rosemary, fresh cut grass and rain. Cookbooks are wonderful or just great recipes, as are aprons (nothing too frilly though) I have recently started collecting cute dog salt & pepper shakers, both vintage and new (as long as they are cute!) Never have enough acrylic paints (I like Liquitex and Golden) or brushes. I am pretty much open to a wide variety of stuff though, would like to experience new things too.
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