Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: November 17, 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 last 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 & worked that magic for the Abbey Museum & now make artworks for Gallery22 in my town. Completely enjoying a long & well earned break as a Mines Security Officer from 13 hour shifts and high stress. Still 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 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, Quilters chocolate (5" squares of cotton fabric) preferring old fashioned prints and hues as I handpiece hexagons to make table covers etc., 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 though, I love to make tiny quilt tops that use up left over velvet, silk or cotton scraps. I 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 as exact tiny duplicates of bedclothes, boutis quilts, robes, underpinnings, etc, as I can get them. I am currently re-aquainting myself with setting up a solder station in my cabin, as we are not connected to the mains grid. ~Tiny things are fascinating, i once found an almost complete 1" robot! when one has learnt how to manipulate cloth or metal, one sincerely appreciates the intricacies of tiny seams, of each curve or bend, the tiny hem or catch mechanism, the hinges... I could go on. Update: I am also 'into' Petitpoint now, I have eentsy weensy silk gauze from 32 hpi to 90 (holes per inch) 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, it does take time, but oh so beautiful!
Georgian Miniatures, Georgian Dollshouse & French brocante books have me glued to the pages. Since being on Swap-bot, I have learned Art journaling, altered books as keepsakes in historical themes. As an extension of this, I and @AnnaM have created a group with a Georgian theme, : "At Home with the Georgettes" where we have a fictitious village and our members each have a character if they wish, and our forum is very active. We then swap as these characters in creative historical style swaps & long hand written letters. We are even learning how to cut quills and make our own ink! A marvelous extension in art.
I am textile/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, antique textile, needlework is thrilling to me, .~ 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.
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!
LIKES... 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:- as mentioned I love Quilters 5 inch squares, pretty old fashioned patterns for hexagon making. . I love Teal, French Navy, Cream, Rose pink, Cherry Red, Sepia tones, lime, buttercreamy yellow, Prussian Blue and fresh orange.... to name but a few!
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. Having a fling with Georgian & Regency & oriental papers & fabric patterns etc is high on my loves, so a small skein of silk thread 100/3 would have me in raptures! I love cats and sorely miss my Lily.
DISLIKES? I am allergic 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 cannot stand Earl Grey or Lady Grey teas as they are not my cup of tea, ha!. my daughter and sister love them though, takes all kinds, teeheee.
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.
There you are, that will do. Embarrassed now. HAPPY SWAPPING
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