I'm eccentric, happy and kind. Kind of an oddball, prone to flights of fancy and imagination. I'm a whimsical type of person who revels in nature, plants, trees and the wild.
My favorite season is Autumn. The air is both thick and thin with a magical pulse. It feels as though if I were to round a corner quick enough, I might catch sight of some little fae creature scurrying off into the weeds.
I'm a wife, mother and grandmother from South Texas. My interests include art - especially outsider type, drawn and painted by hand - native plants, herbs, parish life, history, cemeteries, blogging (only due to my wonky computer and old OS, my blog no longer recognizes me), playing video games (All Sims games, Viva Pinata, all Harvest Moon games, Fable 2, Animal Crossing, Oblivion...), vintage vinyl dolls, handmade doll clothes, posing my Barbie type dolls and taking photos of them, then adding dialog and posting them somewhere, and much more.
I'm trying to be healthier these days, and have lost 39 pounds in 2012, and hope to lose 30 more in 2013 - mostly by counting calories with the aid of an iPhone app. I bought a bike, too, and enjoy riding it for fun and exercise. You never know what kind of found objects you can find by the side of the road. I also just downloaded an iPhone app called "Run, Zombies!" which makes walking/running more fun - especially at night when it is cooler and the darkness adds to the dangerous zombie ambiance. :) (UPDATE: I have fallen off the diet wagon. ...sigh...)
I like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a flock of 26 chickens and sell fresh eggs regularly, both from the house and at the farmers market each week.
I have herbs and flowers (wild and domestic) and trees and bushes of all kinds and am mostly transitioning to Texas native species in new things I add.
My 4 year old granddaughter and I do "Grandma Pre-K" five days a week. I am also into file folder games and other educational things.
FOR RECIPE SWAPS/TAGS: I really like all kinds, but some are especially nice: healthy recipes, main dishes, savory snacks and hors d'oeuvres, vegetables, holiday foods, baked goods appropriate for selling at the farmers market and of course your tried and true recipes that you use regularly. I prefer recipes on paper rather than on recipe cards since I glue them into a binder, sort of like scrapbook style. But I won't gripe if you feel the need to use recipe cards. ;) ALLERGIC TO SHRIMP, but other seafood is fine.
The Bible, especially The Catholic Youth Bible
all books by Michael D. O'Brien - I love his art, too.
all books by Charles de Lint. He is the creator of the urban fantasy genre. I love both his YA books and his adult fiction.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Other favorite authors are Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games Trilogy), James Dashner (The Maze Runner YA series) and more, too numerous to list.
books about permaculture and related subjects
I like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert,too, at the moment
books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - His short story, Eyes of the Blue Dog is amazingly wonderful.
The Twilight series
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Passion of the Christ, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, and the oldies, -It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take it With You, Harvey, most Johnny Depp movies (love odd characters!) and others.
Survivor, Top Chef, Food Network Star, Project Runway, Top Design, Design Star, The Amazing Race, 19 Kids and Counting, CSI(Las Vegas), Modern Family, The Middle, Who Do You Think You Are, Deadliest Catch, Duck Dynasty, ...
I like altered playing cards (poker size/same size as an ATC) with both the top left corner and the bottom right corner having the suit and number visable. Painting, drawing or collaging ATCs, postcards or 'odd sizes'. Creating zines or mostly anything with words/drawings put together creatively. Making little assembleges, collage, mixed media, also crochet, but only VERY simple things, and I have to be in the mood. I also do some quilting, but other than that, I really dislike sewing, although I would LOVE to receive sewn things like dolls, stuffed animals and especially doll clothes. But I would NOT want to make them, myself. Or at least not more than once a year. LOL! I also like whacko things like the various different kinds of shoes painted in bright pastels hanging from the tree in my old front yard.
These are just suggestions, not a 'gimme list'. So many of the things I like are cheap or free, that I thought swappers might like to have a lower cost choice to send, rather than spend more money than necessary.
something for my 4 yr.old granddaughter, especially educational things or craft things or Littlest Pet Shop animals.
anything to do with street art of any kind or
graffiti on train cars
trees in art, especially crooked or twirly limbed trees
mixed media art
altered playing cards
paintings done on newspaper or similar prints
art work done on brown paper such as brown paper bags
vintage, but not Victorian, lacey style
YARN any kind or color, thrifted or partial skeins are fine (for yarn bombing).
key cap covers of all kinds - cute, artsy, shaped, etc.
funky and retro things all make me happy.
I like sock monkeys of all kinds
homemade sewn stuffed animals or dolls
poem written by you
chicken themed things
store bought Twilight postcards
veggie garden themes
acorn themed things
notecards with envelopes
kitchen towels of any color(s) (my kitchen is boring white...sigh)
anthromorphic animals or veggies or fruit or plants
Ruby Gloom things
Emily the Strange things
blind box (or package) items (opened or not...your doubles, for instance) - almost any kind...SHOPKINS, Lego, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop, LaLaLoopsy...ETC.
anything I can use for bento (decorative picks, dividers, small cute containers, rice molds, egg molds, etc.)
all kinds of dishes
rick rack - all sizes/colors
wine charms - mismatched singles are GREAT; it doesn't have to be a set
ribbon grabbies especially with patterned ribbons, but solids are good, too
charms, embellishments, trinkets
empty blue bottles (wine, Arizona tea, etc.) for my bottle tree
cupcake toppers - handmade or not
books: anything decent (as in no erotic or hate-type books) They can be used, but in good condition, please.
Our Lady of Guadalupe items
stencils (used or home made is fine)
hand carved stamps
vintage vinyl dolls
doll clothes (for 6" - 18" vinyl 'toddler' (non-baby) dolls and for Barbies/Kens), especially vintage or handmade doll clothes.
miniatures 1:6 scale (like Barbie sizes) or 1:12 scale (for petite Blythe types) - scale doesn't have to be totally accurate - either bought items or crafted from clay or re-purposed items.
I like jewelry, and my ears are pierced. My favorite styles are ethnic, organic, Celtic, and/or big and chunky, or unusual styles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces mostly.
Celtic motif things
anything 'tree' themed
tree of life theme
faerie themed things that are not frilly or girly-girl, all kinds of fae such as goblins, elves, etc. (No Disney or movie/tv show types)
religious art of all faiths
anything with the initial 'W'
the number 5 as a theme
small bottles of acrylic paint, any color
eyeglasses cords or whatever they are called. Usually strings of beads that connect to each side of your glasses, so you can take them off and they hang around your neck. Any style or color.
pillowcases, homemade or store bought, any color or print. Can be only one or a set.
Re-ment items (doesn't have to be a set; single pieces are fine)
Woodsy embellishments and things like leaves, trees, acorns, etc. (not real ones)
collage sheets and images (many are offered free for printing on Flickr)
anything Frida Kahlo
decorative garden doo-dads
I LOVE Little Red Riding Hood Items
Almost any fairy tale themed thing
Especially Snow White and Rose Red - I'd love to have the children's book of that - used, even in fair condition would totally ROCK!
Gift cards to Walmart or HEB or Amazon
Any little doll (but not dotees) or action figure or animal
Heart shaped rocks (found, not the made and polished kind)
I have no problem with thrifted stuff in good condition.
Greens, reds, and mostly dark, bright (but not neon) or jewel tones, as opposed to pastels, for most things. I also love plaid!
I love Halloween!!! But not bloody, gory, devil or anti-Christian (like upside down crosses, etc.). I'm not crazy about ouija boards either.
My favorites are:
Pumpkins, bats, black cats, owls, ravens/crows, jack-o-lanterns, or other "veggie people"
Vintage look type of style is cool, too.
I LOVE altered vintage photos used for Halloween things...like witch hats on people, etc.
Skeletons, both regular ones and Dia de los Muertos style
Cloth ribbons in orange and black prints
Orange or black rick-rack, lace or braid.
Halloween collage sheets or collage elements...there are many free ones offered on Flickr, if your printer prints them well.
Ruby Gloom or Emily the Strange things
creepy or twirly limbed tree items
cemetery, grave or tombstone themed things
metal embelishment pieces
-ghosts and monsters of all kinds
I don't think there is anything Christmas-y (or other winter holiday themed) that I would dislike, except the spelling of Christmas as 'Xmas', or anything off-color or warped. Favorite themes would be...
Nativity (or any part of it)
Christmas collage sheets or various collage elements.
If we are in a swap together and the Christmas or Winter theme is unspecified, you are more than welcome to send me art in YOUR favorite winter holiday celebration. I am not offended by receiving Yule, Hanukkah, Kwaanza or other art work. :)
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