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Date Joined: November 13, 2009
Last Online: October 29, 2010
Birthday: October 6, 1974
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm just a girl, living in Chicago. I love swaps, and crocheting, and blogging, and having as much free fun as I can here in the city.

Swap Thoughts

  • I really like it when my items are wrapped, especially during the holiday season and around my birthday. I put the items in my stocking and under the tree, and it's a fun surprise!

  • I don't collect anything, and prefer items that I can use.

  • I'm a grrrly girl. I'm all about the pink, the cute and the sparkles!

  • I have two cats, Hooghly and Howrah. Hooghly is named after a river in India, and Howrah is named after the famous bridge that crosses the Hooghly river.

  • I LOVE handmade, recycled, thrift store, rummage sale, used, upcycled items.

  • I read. A LOT. Used books are the BEST!

  • I like silly windup toys and plastic animals (especially dinosaurs).

  • I am very into aroma therapy and I love handmade soaps.

  • I don't use artificially scented anything, as I get hives, fevers, headaches and nausea from some scents (not all).

  • I love to travel. My favorite trips have been to India and Peru. I love those countries.

  • I am an avid scuba diver.

  • I drink both coffee and tea.

  • For me, really good tea is a treat and I drink it to celebrate stuff. I like looseleaf and bag tea.

  • I'm a chocoholic, and I especially enjoy unique/gourmet/very dark chocolate.

  • I'm an omnivore, and I'm trying to eat meatless 3x a week (for my health, the environment and my budget), so I'm always looking for vegetarian recipes, especially with beans. I love beans.

  • I love crazy, happy socks. I have big feet - a size 10-11.

  • I also love scarves, the kind to wear to work and the kind to wear outside to keep warm.

  • I never meant to, but I seem to have created a collection of enamel badges/medals from various countries and wars. I don't collect them, not really. I just seem to acquire them, and I love wearing them, but I'm not attached to them.

  • I'm a history buff, and I really enjoy reading about WWII.

  • I lived in Japan for 3 years, and desperately miss it, especially the food, kawaii, and onsen. I hope to go back soon.

  • I do not like overly religious items, as I am not religious.

Favorite Crafts

I love to crochet and work with beads.

Crocheting: I prefer natural fiber yarns, nylon is as artificial as I'm willing to get. I'm not a yarn snob, but I only use acrylic for amigurumi. Art yarn makes me very, very happy.

One of my favorite things to do is scour the rummage sales and thrift stores in wealthy suburbs; the yarn finds are amazing! I know I've said it many places in this profile, but I really do love used, recycled and upcycled items, and that includes yarn. It works for me, as many of my projects only require one or two skeins.

However, I am currently collecting plastic shopping bags to make plarn, so that I can make crocheted shopping bags. I love love love malabrigo, as well as artsy crochet hooks and handmade stitch markers (that can be used for crocheting).

In terms of projects, I enjoy scarves, hats and mittens, and I'm always working on washcloths. (And I like recieving washcloths, too!) I also crochet quite a few amigurumi, the cuter the better.

Beading: I do make jewelry, although I haven't in a while. I have been making a lot of stitch markers and bookmarks, and will be selling them on etsy eventually. I prefer natural stones, but use anything.

Favorite Music

My favorite music is world music. Right now I'm obsessed with Habib Koite and Bamada, and Novalima. I also love love love classical guitar and classical in general. I do like alternative rock, although I am not so into the more morose/depressing genre, nor am I into music with violent or misogynistic overtones.

Favorite Books

The Harry Potter Series, Little Women, The Sea The Sea, Peter Pan

Used books, in semi-ok to like-new condition are my favorites. I don't mind markings, dog ears, etc, although I do draw the line at missing pages.

Overall, I love juvenile fiction, and like to read the classics - but only when the book is an antique or vintage copy. I especially like Louisa May Alcott books. I like vampire books, but am not obsessed, and I've found Oprah's book list is a great resource for finding good reads.

In terms of nonfiction... I really enjoy recipe books that are "from scratch" type books - I don't like "semi-homemade" type recipes. I also enjoy craft-idea books.

Favorite Movies

I am a Humphrey Bogart fan, and have most of his movies memorized. My favorite is the Roaring Twenties.

Favorite Television

Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy, definitely.


Comment: Thank you. The bookmark was very nice.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I made it from beads I purchased especially for the holidays. I thought the little penguins were cute!
Comment: thank-you
Comment: I received you package today, that was fast! I put the two items in my special stocking and I will wait for Christmas day to open them. Thank you - Anna
soxxbreathless rated for The Thrifty Santa! on Dec 4, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for my lovely package =)
Comment: Thankyou for the Beautiful Card! Its hanging in my window right now!
rox5car rated for "Warm My Heart" Snowman MUG swap on Nov 25, 2009
Comment: Wow, You really went all out! Thank you so much. Everything was packaged so well. Thank you for the assortment of drinks. Perfect. Everything was just perfect.
user349 rated for "...This is the ideal life" on Nov 23, 2009
Comment: Very beautiful packaging & card! Thanks for the stickers & extra book as well.
Response: You are welcome! I really appreciate you creating a separate swap for this newbie!!!
faye411 rated for Christmas Card Challenge #2~Bird on Nov 21, 2009
Comment: beautiful card, thankyou, i loved it all..
Comment: A beautiful card! Thanks for the little extra!

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