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About Me

I currently work as a children's librarian in the Indianapolis area. Thus, I have a certain fondness for children's literature themes (think classic Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, Eric Carle books, Margaret Wise Brown books, etc.)

I love nature and the outdoors. My husband and I try to go camping at least once a year (preferably more often than that), and we have kayaks we take out regularly as well. I greatly enjoy hiking in the mountains and I'm fascinated by the wildlife one can find there. I do love the beach/ocean as well, though.

My favorite season is Fall. Watching the trees change color is always fun... but not as nice as smelling the woodsmoke of your first fall bonfire.

My favorite holiday is Halloween (I'm told I have a slightly gothic tendency at times), and we usually throw a big costume party for our friends each year.

ALLERGIES -- To my knowledge, I have none!

I've been crafting in my spare time for years, and my interests in that realm are pretty far reaching.

My Pets

At the moment we have only 3 pets. Juniper, Al, and Nickledemus.

Juniper is an 'all-american mutt.' We think she's a mix of... well, we have no clue what breeds. She's a small/medium sized puppy that we found at a shelter adoption event in late summer of '09. She's the first dog I've ever owned and she's won my heart.

Al is my leopard gecko. Would you believe she was a yard-sale find? Her owner was moving to CA and couldn't take her with, so I gladly adopted her. She's been mine for 9 or 10 years now.

And last, but certainly not least, is Nickledemus. He's my dumbo rattie! He is a beautiful silver-pearl color, and he's been living with us for almost 3 years now.

Favorite Colors / Color Scheme

Black is a good favorite with which to start. After that, I prefer cool colors with deep blues and greens being my favorite. Anything ranging from an indigo verging on violet to a vivid leaf or fern green color.

However, I do love the colors of autumn. Bold or deep reds, oranges, and yellows are wonderful when mixed... a memory of autumn and flames.

Bold colors always thrill me. I tend to shy away from pastels, but they have their uses, too, from time to time. I don't particularly like pink for much of anything. I do not like neon colors or colors/patterns that look like they belong in the 70s.

I tend to prefer silver over gold where metallics are concerned.

About My Crafting

I've tried a little bit of most things including cross-stitch, quilting, sewing, needle tatting, batik & tie dye, spinning (drop spindle primarily), beading, candle making, scrapbooking & photography, rubber stamping and even some knitting and painting. Most recently, I've discovered crochet. I love making things with my hands.

My favorite crafts would probably be nearly anything dealing with fabrics (sewing, batik, quilting, etc) crocheting and digital photography.


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Favorite Movies

Forever and ever, 'The Crow' has been my favorite movie. Along with it, though, I present to you some other favorites:

'V for Vendetta'

'Six-String Samurai'

'Edward Scissorhands' (Pretty much anything by Tim Burton is an instant favorite. Oh, and almost anything with Johnny Depp, too.)

'Shaun of the Dead'


'Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"


Favorite Music

This will be another tough one as I like a wide range of music.

I grew up listening to folk music ranging from Pete Seeger to John McCutcheon, with a bunch of other things in the mix. I also learned to play the fiddle so I could join in my parents' jam-sessions with friends.

Since then, my tastes have expanded quite a bit. I enjoy various types of techno, classic rock, hard rock, some metal (usually symphonic metal), alternative, musicals, some classical, occasionally blues... very rarely country or rap (almost never).

Other, more specific include:

Halestorm, Massive Attack, Orbital, Evanescence, Skrillex, Midnight Syndicate (mostly for Halloween purposes, but fun to listen to at any time when you're in a dark mood), Nine Inch Nails (I prefer Reznor's older stuff, though... i.e. Halos 2, 5, and 8), Aerosmith, Mumford & Sons, The Chieftains, Enigma or Enya (for when I'm in a quiet mood)

This list will be under occasional modification as it barely begins to scratch the surface of my interests, music-wise.

Favorite Books

I'm hazarding a dangerous subject for me... Books. Once I get started on this topic, it can be hard to stop me.

Let's start with genre. I prefer Science-Fiction and Fantasy with a heavy emphasis on Cyberpunk. I also enjoy a good Horror or Thriller novel from time to time.

Some of my favorite authors include Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Peter Watts, Roger Zelazny, George R. R. Martin, Elizabeth Bear, David Eddings, C.J. Cherryh, Jennifer Roberson, Richard K. Morgan, Poppy Z. Brite, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Lewis Carroll, Jeff Noon.... I'm sure this list will change and morph over time.

My all-time favorite Cyberpunk book is "Snow Crash" with "Synners" pulling a close second.

Favorite Animals

Maybe I should just list 'wild animals in general' as this favorite. Here are a few at the top of my list (real and mythical):

dragons (eastern and western), dragonflies, ravens (and crows), ratties, cats (large and small), wolves, red-tailed hawks, salamanders & newts, luna moths, gargoyles....


Other Favorites...

... of the seemingly Random Variety!

I adore dark chocolate, tea (looseleaf or bagged) and tea accessories (teapots, teacups, etc.), almost anything having to do with nature, thunderstorms (I LOVE a good storm), skulls, candles, feathers (natural color, not dyed), lavender (the herb or scent), traveling, camping, mountains, beaches, bonfires, late nights, the full moon, stars, wandering along city streets in the late evening, concerts, board/card games (yes, I'm on Board Game Geek), beautiful fabrics and yarns, spending time with good friends....

In Summation

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me a note and ask. I truly appreciate when people take the time to try and tailor their swaps to meet their partner's profile. I know I have a tendency to ramble, and what I've said may need clarification... Don't hesitate to ask!

May you all have a great year and enjoy some truly amazing swaps!


kbare rated for Sewing Colour Hunt Swap - FEBRUARY on Feb 28, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package of goodies! The star fabrics are very cute - I'm thinking of using them in a housewarming project for some good friends in the Air Force. The chocolate also arrived in perfect time - I had one of those weeks where a glass of wine was definitely order several times, but no wine in the house. Chocolate saved the day! Thanks!
scoob rated for Sewing Colour Hunt Swap - JANUARY on Feb 8, 2011
Comment: oh I love the fabric! Thanks so much :D
Comment: Johanna, Thank you very much for the lovely package & yes..that Bird fabric is adorable!!! Thank you again!!! :)
beautifulordinary rated for Pennie Pocket Swap on Apr 17, 2010
mountaingirl101 rated for Pennie Pocket Swap on Apr 15, 2010
Comment: Thank you so much for hosting this swap! What a great idea and so much fun! Thank you for the beads (kewl!) and the ATC cards! xoxo much love :)
MamaD rated for Pennie Pocket Swap on Apr 14, 2010
Comment: ♥Thank you so much for the lovely package! I love how you used the snap on the Pocket! ♥
Comment: love the quilt block and the fat 1/4...thanks so much
TC rated for Quilt Block of the Month: February on Feb 25, 2010
Comment: VERY nicely done! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks so much! I can't wait to put all these squares together.
Comment: Thank you, I love the color.
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful quilt block. This will be a great addition to my home.
Tommie rated for ATC ~ Zentangles for beginners #2 on Feb 17, 2010
Comment: i love your zen! thanks for taking your time and put an effort into this atc! love all the colored black areas! tommie xo
Comment: Thank you for the anvil block--it is beautiful--and for the 2.5" charm squares! I was delighted to receive them, and added them to my stash! Thanks again!
PrettyPoetStacy rated for ATC Backgrounds on Jan 12, 2010
Comment: Thanks so much for the backgrounds. I can't wait to use them.
mamatoallie rated for Favorite Holiday Recipes Swap on Jan 8, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the extra blank recipe cards!!!
nickcrazy rated for Tried and True Recipe Swap! on Dec 29, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the recipes. And the blank cards. I love the ones with the orcas. Their awesome!
PansySuz rated for Tried and True Recipe Swap! on Dec 27, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for the recipes! They sound absolutely delicious :) The recipe cards are gorgeous and were such a nice surprise!!! Thank you for being so thoughtful :)
dstny2001 rated for Tried and True Recipe Swap! on Dec 15, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes and the blank cards. I would love to have the PDF file of the cards. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas
JKupsh rated for Tried and True Recipe Swap! on Dec 8, 2009
Comment: Thank you!

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biasbabe on Jan 30, 2010:


To the Nuts for Sewing Group

cobaltgypsy on Oct 2, 2008:

Just read your post and answered here

Aside from my being quite a bit older than you (I'll be 40 in a couple weeks) you and I have quite a bit in common! blessings, Gypsy

jayven13 on Jul 5, 2008:

hey Straylight!


Welcome to Fallen Angels. I hope that it's a group you'll enjoy being part of.

Just doing the official bit. Hope the fest was rocking!!!

PS We should start an Eddings group!!! :])

jayven13 on Jul 2, 2008:

Hey hey!

Yay! another rattie lover! Awww that sucks losing so many babies :/ It's devastating losing just one. Basil! Cool name. Have you ever saw fawlty towers? We'll have to sort out seeing pics of the cool dude :D Ooh how do basil and kitty get on? Oh what lizard? i want one. maybe a gecko :)

"Anansi Boys" and "American Gods" ? Nope not yet (sheepish face) I'm a bad Gaiman fan!!! I've got the older collections about the endless but i'm dying to read the above. especially American gods as I've heard so many good things about it!

I like symphonic myself and yeah, Nightwish rule (with Tarja). I haven't bothered with them since they binned her to be honest. I do love haunting melodies and a female voice carries that of so well. I don't know if you have heard of Cradle of filth? They have (and had) the most wonderful female vocalist and it just made the songs.

Hehe I ramble all the time, it's fun!

yeah all thats confusing isn't it? I'm off to bed with a good book and your more than likely just finishing your cornflakes (or lucky stars or something lol)

I've replied your message about our swap, hope it helps.

Oh, on another time, I must discuss your more of your authors and stuff, and what it's like to be a children's librarian/specialist. Sounds cool. I've wanted to be librarian/bookshop owner. Cool working with kids because their imagination is so free and wild anyway.

Well hope you have a good, erm, time whatever your doing today/night/week :]

winktwice on Jun 30, 2008:

I see you!

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