Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: February 17, 2018
Birthday: January 7
Dear fellow swappers, I have been pre-occupied lately with a permanent move to Warwick, away from the bustle of the city. I do apologise for any inconvenience in your trying to get a hold of me -as my spare time is taken up with packing and sorting what to throw out. One trip load of boxes and furniture have made it down to the South of the state so far...more to follow in the next few weeks. Just thought I needed to let you know where I am ... UPDATE...I sold my house and now live permantly in Warwick, I am so happy!
Sadly my beloved brother who made his goal of becoming American last year, 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. Please people if you are flying/driving long distances, make sure you get up and move and stretch your body. He died of an embolism - massive heart attack. He was a true man, a genuine pearl and my big brother!
I am a newly unemployed no longer a Mine Security Officer, enjoying a break and growing roses in my favourite place, lovely cold windy Warwick Queensland Australia where i spend quality time with my lovely man, near the border of New South Wales. I am in the process of selling my house on the Sunshine Coast as it is too humid now for me. I have two children, now gorgeous young independent adults. The post offices do not work over the weekends by the way, in the country they deliver 3 times a week.. 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 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 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 including pillow slips, quilts, dresses, underwear, etc, and Silversmithing after attending University years later, preferring real lifelike objects. ~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
~ 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, tasteful or unusual portraiture. If you can paint them that is a treasure gift. I study costume. Have many books on how to make old patterns. Historical icons like Jane Austin, Beatrix Potter, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth I, Scarlet Pimpernel era, Audrey Hepburn, ...Parisian french fashion of any era & the aura of any historical real or fictional time period
A diverse textile artist, doll artist, Printmaker. All aspects of drawing, etching, lino you name it it appeals to me. I use many mediums into my work. Mark making, creating just grows like Topsy! ~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 art dolls.~ Hand written word, 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, 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 Austin, 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 women in sound believable mysteries... Heavenly Pleasures, Earthly Delights, etc.
I also am fascinated with Tree house books how to build an actual livable tree house.
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.
collecting quality 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 books, Inkpen, for colouring pencil, Brian Froud for intellect, wit and darker themed interpretations; plus numerous other artists that combine collage like Jeanie Baker I know one day, 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 remebered! 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.
Because this may help my partners with ideas, no obligation though, LIKES... I am fascinated with all religions, cultures learning about different philosophies.small idols, goddesses, images, charms or signs from the diff countries. Eg,pagan /chinese/hebrew/Arabian symbols, good luck charms, religious charms. I love and talk to the Moon Goddess, Mother Mary, Quan Yin & Jeshua. I like beach glass or small pebbles from your area. Tiny found objects of interest, eg, old plastic, metal or brass, handcarved wood or bone charms, tiny people/ animals/flowers /leaves or solid tiny tokens from christmas crackers.. I love anything tiny, i once found an almost complete 1" robot! Having a fling with kimono fabrics & oriental paper. I collect the paper opened out and cleaned at the end of the string off the tea bag. I am an fine artist & am working on a conceptual piece of art using tea bag tags and tea bags!! Used , carefully emptied, and dried ... from around the world., so if you drink the sachet teas which have paper square i would appreciate you sending me these. :) 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 Chai nature, so if your country has unusual tea wrapped servings then i would love to try one. Colours:- I love Teal, French Navy, Cream, Rose pink, Cherry Red, Sepia tones, lime, buttercreamy yellow, Prussian Blue and fresh orange....
DISLIKES? Well i do not like large plastic jewellery but fine & delicate is rather pretty. I love handmade things from you. 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, but lovingly pass them on to those that do, so my partners will benefit as i wouldnt know what its all about. 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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