Edited 19 July 2017
WOW!!! Before we know it Fall will be here.
I grew up on a farm in rural KY without TV until I was 14 so I spent a lot of my free time crafting. From my Mom I learned to sew, crochet, embroidery and make all things paper. Memories of my Mother's handcrafted Valentines still make my childhood friends smile. I want people to remember me like that.
In the years between school and motherhood I worked as an illustrator and cartographer. Both of which tempered my artistic urges.
I had the luxury of being a stay at home Mom for most of my children's school years. During that time I learned to do ceramics, woodworking, basket weaving and X-stitch. I taught arts and crafts as part of an after school enrichment program at the local elementary school in Alaska.
I love everything paper; the feel, the color, the sound, even the smell, (an old book just warms my heart).
So it is appropriate that I am a paper artist. In the last 20+ years I have settled down to seriously make books. To see what I make visit "SuZi's Samples ♥"
I also make all my own greeting cards and postcards for myself and my daughter (when she remembers to ask).
Many of my favorite books are posted on my Pinterest board, "Best Book EV-VER"
I can speed read but never bother to if I am enjoying what I call "entertainment reading".
To find most of my favorite movies check out, "Movie Magic"
Many of my favorite TV shows are just a click away, "Turn on the Telly"
Any of these things will make me when I receive them in the mail;
a. ATCs, Alphabets
b. BTCs, Butterflies, Birds, Books, Buttons, Blue (color), Brown (color)
c. Chocolate (I am always up for chocolate as my lack of waistline will attest), Cats, Cards
d. Dragons, Dragonflies, Doodles, Dogs (all sorts but if I was going to have one I would want a Heinz 57.)
e. Envelopes (handmade), Ephemera, Easter (anything/anytime)
f. Faeries, Foxes, Frogs, Folios, Fortune cookie fortunes
g. Gnomes, Glitter, Green (color)
h. Handcrafted anything, Halloween (cutesy, please not horrific)
i. Ice cream, Irises
j. Junk journals
k.Kittens, Kitsch, Kites, Keys
l. Long letters, Lace
m. Minions, Maps, Music
n. Nature, Note paper, Note pads
o. Origami, Owls, Orange (color)
p. PAPER (exotic or plain), Pocket letters, Postage stamps, Pen pals, Purple (color)
q. Quilts, Quilling
r. Ribbons, Recycle/Re-purposed/Reused items, Red (color)
s. Stickers (Teeny tiny to ATC size, I love em all and can find a place to use them), Skinnies, Sunflowers, Stamps (rubber), Stamps (postage), Short letters
t. TEA (all sorts) I maintain a board on Pinterest where I rate teas as I experience them. I am always looking for something new, Twinchies, Turtles
u. Unusual paper
v. Vintage things, Violet, Valentines
w. Washi, Washi, Washi
x. X-mas anything/anytime
y. Yarn, Yellow (color)
z. Zendangles (not to be confused with zentangles®)
Things that will make me ;
If you happen to send something from the dislike list I promise not to hate you.
Anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask.
I belong to two art based clubs.
LAFTA "Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists".
STABA (Second Tuesday Artist Book Association) a very small group devoted to creating books that are also works of art.
I have 4 International penpals, 2 of the 4 started with flat swaps I joined at random about a year ago. Another blossomed from my Post Crossing exchange, and the last came from a blog I follow called Penpal of the Week I was even featured as Penpal #141 on Aug 4th.
I am hoping to form several new penpal relationships with people I have met here on swaps.
I have been very bad about answering letters lately. If I owe you a letter and you read this, feel free to give me a hard nudge in messages.
I, like so many others, find Pocket Letter™s are often too involved and time consuming. But I love the idea of filling pockets so when I found mini pocket letters I felt as if I had stumbled onto a perfect fit.
• You start with a 3rd of a pocket page. Three pockets are much easier to fill than 9.
• Those who want to stuff the pockets with goodies can still do so, just not so many to stuff.
• I intend on making a new hole centered in the end and fasten my collection together much as you do binder trading cards (those little works of art 3.5 x 1.75, not baseball cards)
Things to include; (nearly the same as the full pages, just 1/3 of the amount)
Some swaps only call for a brief note while others, a full fledged letter.
"goodies" that range from coffee, tea or chocolates to things as simple as a hand written poem.
Pretty papers and/or card stock cut to ATC size 2½ x 3½.
To see examples of what I have done for various exchanges please go to my blog SuZignomeMoM or to my Pinterest board "Presenting Pocket Letters™ and Pocket Letter Pals™"
My sister in Iowa created a bunch of gnomes. She gave them to her friends in hopes that they would photograph the gnomes in their travels and send back pictures to a project she called "Gnomes2Roam".
When she made Wally (named after Crocodile Dundee's mate, Walter, because of his hat) for me, I offered to send some gnomes to my overseas pen pals. She made 6 brothers for Wally. The gnomes refer to her as "the creator".
The first brother to move out was Wiggo who went to Norway and started his own home security business and has fallen in love with the smallest Matryoshka sister living there. Wyatt moved out to live with my daughter in Ohio and practice his yoga. William went all the way to New Zealand where he had a shock shortly after arrival when it snowed. Wilson (named after the Seahawks quarterback) moved to California to quarterback his own team of Lego® football players. Finally Thor flew off to the Netherlands to live the quiet life.
After he named himself, Søren decided he liked it just fine here with Wally. He is the only gnome I know without a mustache.
Watch Wally and Søren's cousins on YouTube
Meet Olav in grey and Lars in red.
They are the newest Gnomes to move in with me.
We have one cat, Kit, who loves putting in her 2¢ on all my creations but I try very hard to limit her contact with anything I send people with allergies. So far I have been successful. Please just be aware.
" Hope to swap with you again." Six of the most coveted words on here. It really makes me smile to know what I gathered together has made someone happy.
I ALWAYS send. If the unforeseeable happens and I am going to be late, I will contact you.
I ALWAYS rate. My mail comes in around 5 PM and I am down here on the computer rating right after supper.
I ALWAYS respond. Even if it is just a "♥". This helps me keep track of the swaps that got to their destination.
I learned several things from joining Swap-bot.
One - I have way too much .
Two - All my efforts to downsize using Swap-bot have
My partners are sending back waaaaaaaaaay too much stuff.
Three - There are a lot of lovely, talented people out there that have no idea what a gift to the world they are.
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