Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: September 22, 2019
Birthday: January 7
After 6 years on Swap-bot I thought it time I update my profile to the present.
Greetings from Australia. I live on the top of a magical mountainous hill, in Warwick, on the Southern Downs in Queensland, with my partner, and Misty our dear doggie who acts like the Queen of Sheba, and came to us in March this year literally out of the mist and into our door. AND, Twiglet... a Koala who lives in the clump of Gum trees behind our house. Plus numerous colourful songbirds & wallabies (petite gentler version of Kangaroos) How lucky are we!
Sadly my beloved brother who made his goal of becoming American shortly before he passed away so suddenly on 6th October 2014. He had just arrived back in the USA after 2 weeks with his daughters here in Aus. He died of an embolism - massive heart attack. He was a true man, a genuine pearl and my big brother!
I am a Subtlety maker for the Abbey Museum & no longer a Mine Security Officer, enjoying a long & well earned break from 13 hour shifts and high stress. Now setting up my art studio cabin & growing roses in my favourite place, cold windy Warwick where i spend quality time with my lovely man, near the border of New South Wales. I have two young-stars, now gorgeous young independent adults both hitting 30.
I have some LIKES & DISLIKES at the end of the profile to help swappers. I will always honour my swaps to my partner. I rate a heart if i like your swap rather than any extras, though i am delighted to find them enclosed ;) I like most colours, i love flower gardening and have put in a delightful rose and geranium garden to brighten up the harsh landscape. Although I believe in fairies, and like a shell pink, i am not into kitch fairy stuff. Feel a bit too old for all that.
~I am a miniaturist, have been interested in 'tiny treasures' all my life. I went to see Queen Mary's Dollhouse when i was 8 and it changed my life as i saw it. 30 years later i was able to visit the Chicago museum, and saw the fantastic Thorne rooms over 40 of them! perfect in every detail... It was through this hobby that i was led firstly into fine needlework, I became known as the Dollhouse Seamstress, producing exact tiny duplicates of bedclothes, boutis quilts, robes, underpinnings, etc, and later Silversmithing after attending University, preferring lifelike objects. I am currently setting up a solder station in my cabin, as we are not connected to the mains grid. ~Tiny things are fascinating, when one has learnt how to manipulate cloth and metal, one sincerely appreciates the intricacies of each curve or bend, the tiny hem or catch mechanism, the hinges... I could go on. Update: I am 'into' Petitpoint aswell now, and focus much of my skill on this area. So if we swap miniatures, it will more likely be stitched not metal. Less drama in the posting.
~ i love old paintings of floral arrangements like the old masters used to paint. I also find old painting of boats fascinating in paintings or stamps.
~ I find people fascinating, a penchant for faces. If you can paint them that is a treasure gift. I study costume. I now have a dollshouse being transformed into a 1790 French Maison Seamstress's house. Have many books on how to make old patterns. Historical icons like Jane Austen, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth I, Scarlet Pimpernel (sink me), Beatrix Potter, Audrey Hepburn...Parisian french fashion of any era & the aura of any historical real or fictional time period
Since being on Swap-bot, I have learned the art of Art journaling, altering books and creating an amazing keepsake collaged/painted historical or fantastical themes. Currently doing a 3 way swap on an historical Victorian theme, where we stay in character. A marvelous extention in art. I am textile artist/doll artist, Miniaturist & Printmaker. All aspects of drawing, lino you name it it appeals to me. I use many mediums into my work. ~Thus anything to do with fibre, beading, wool, unusual textile, needlework, felting etc is thrilling to me, At 12 i made my first art doll for my sister, i love to create mini 5"- 8" characters .~ Hand written words now deemed a fading skill! Calligraphy, illuminations, alphabets, texts; i value your time and energy in giving to a stranger ... so please feel free to write me. I appreciate your wonderful gift of sharing your art and thoughts.
Baroque music, Tudor etc, wind intrumentals. The humble old recorder, yes folks, those years of torture in the old school hall became quite a passion, thanks to my brother. My first voluntary purchase was a German handmade wood descant, followed by a gorgeous Treble~ the hollow haunting tones and the woodsey smell, pure heaven! Perhaps i spent a lifetime in Medieval times! i can pick a crumphorn a mile away in an orchestral piece. I adore the Cello, after a lifetime of loving Elgar, hearing mums records of Jacqueline Duprey, realizing the depth of mood one can create by Enya, the sound so strirring. My man encouraged me to buy one,so I am melding with the tonal qualities of my instrument and having a marvelous time. I am in nursery school all over again! In the modern world, I find voice fascinating, pure joy and mood, I have belonged to several choirs over the years. Artists like Enya is a favourite songstress, & Adele's amazing voice, ABBA, chorale, i don't mind a bit of opera, I love Musicals, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, I sing where ere I go, whether permitted or not (then i do it quietly) Thank goodness I can sing! my kids used to say "be quiet mum!", but that made me more joyous! They didn't want to be noticed, but really don't mind. My daughter now joins in with me, down the high street.
Bookwise, I adore the classics like Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Elliot, &tc., I am a very old fashioned girl. Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh & Georgette Heyer. I have found a modern author i cannot put down, Kerry Greenwood an Aussie who writes the most descriptive and natural of women in sound believable mysteries... Heavenly Pleasures, Earthly Delights, etc.
Since returning to Miniatures, Dollshouse or French brocante books have me glued to the pages.
I love the earthy nature loving Jeffrey Farnol, for
a man's take on Romantic, so English & gentlemanlike, pulls me back everytime, to the winding country roads to where my dad grew up in Surrey. I think perhaps this writer was not unlike my dad, come to think of it.
Poetry, Shakespeare's works , Thomas Hood's sonnets ( i was named after his dear wife Jane), Haiku,I love to create prose, something I discovered at College, 30+ years ago, found that what I wrote, reached the hearts of others. I love & am grateful for this gift.
My library has children's books, well illustrated, as this shows me how to create tonal qualities if I am struggling. I have quite an extensive collection, from simple pen and ink, like Winnie the Pooh, or Wind in the Willows to Jane Hissey, Inkpen, for colouring pencil, Brian Froud for intellect, wit and darker themed interpretations; I shall write and illustrate my own childrens book, perhaps for my grandchildren when they join our family. In the meantime, I am quite happy to wait though!
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, and creating your wonderful works of art. As a security officer i have wondered how many people realise just how invaluable their service makes a difference to the lives of others. During 9/11/2001 everyone remembers the incredible valiant efforts of the emergency services, police, ambos/paramedics, fire-brigade. There was one other group who are rarely spoken of or remembered! While the rest of the workforce left the building if & how they could, the only workers that knowingly remained onsite on duty were the Security Guards as it is instant dismissal for us to leave our posts. I would like it to be known although they may have made it to ground level during the traumas, most died manning their posts as the building fell around them. I salute your memories, brave souls.
LIKES... I am fascinated with all religions, cultures learning about different philosophies. goddesses, images, charms or sigils. I talk to the Moon Goddess, Mother Mary, Quan Yin & Jeshua. I like beach sand, beach glass/drftwood or small pebbles from your area. 1/12 scale items, I love tiny carved wood. i once found an almost complete 1" robot! Having a fling with oriental papers and Georgian & Regency is high on my loves, so a small skein of silk thread 100/3 would have me in raptures!
I do drink tea, as the Queen drinks it, ie:- brewed in a teapot and served hot with genuine fresh jersey cow milk...be still my beating heart, luckily I've found my own darling man who buys it from the farmer, the cream still sitting on the top. , i love English Breakfast tea, but my all time favourite is Irish Breakfast! I love herbal teas of Rose hip or fruity blends. Colours:- I love Teal, French Navy, Cream, Rose pink, Cherry Red, Sepia tones, lime, buttercreamy yellow, Prussian Blue and fresh orange....
DISLIKES? I am alergic to nickel based jewellery findings & chain. I do not go in for little girl pink fairy stuff or Hello Kitty, i am a luscious woman not a kid. I love cats and sorely miss my Lily. I cannot stand Earl Grey or Lady Grey teas as they are not my cup of tea, lol. my daughter and sister love them though, takes all kinds, teeheee. There you are, that will do. Embarrassed now. HAPPY SWAPPING
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