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Whimzies

Whimzies
Date Joined: March 3, 2011
Last Online: July 30, 2015
Birthday: August 15, 1988
Country: United States
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About Me

I am creative and artistic – I like to write, draw, paint, KNIT!!!, sew, and a variety of other crafts and artistic endeavors. I love beauty and whimsy and fantasy in my life. My favorite color is yellow, but I love ALL colors, particularly ones that are rich and bright, or soft and romantic. I also love rainbow-colored things. I wear a lot of pale pink because it goes quite well with my skin.

I'm a psuedo-nerd, and I enjoy video games, science fiction, tabletop gaming, Renaissance festivals, and the like. I'm also a bit of a dork in that I love toys - Legos are my faves (my collection is huge) but I also have kind of a thing for fashion dolls (I'm always making clothes and things for them) and My Little Ponies. I love broken toys - I take them in, fix them up, and create all new personalities for them. So feel free to send broken toys my way and I will be sure that they are given lots of love!

I'm definitely a "one person's trash is another person's treasure" kind of person. I'm always trying to find new ways to re-purpose something that generally would have been tossed. I can always find a way to use paper, from phone books and old magazines, to junk mail and packaging card stock, etc. If it is paper, I can find a way to use it. But I'm good with most anything, really. If I can't think of a way to use something right away, I stash it away for later.

I love all crafts and love receiving handmade items as well as crafting supplies. I'm also a sucker for vintage and antique things, especially things from (or themed) around the 1930s or 1940s (The Great Depression and WWII).

My dogs are my sunshine and I love spoiling them and showing them off! I currently have eight dogs (four dachshunds, two beagle mixes, a blue heeler and an aussie mix) who are all inside dogs. So, as you can imagine, I also spend a lot of time cleaning up after them! I am always looking for better ways to clean using natural or green methods when I can - usually the kind that I can make myself at home (as I think it's a bit silly that a company can slap a "Green!" sticker on something just to charge ridiculous amounts for it).

I love recipes! I am better at baking than cooking, but have been known to set fire to my oven on accident! 0.o I still enjoy trying, though, and my delicious homemade bread is quickly gaining a good reputation with my family and friends. My favorite things to bake are breads and pies, but I could really use more easy cooking recipes for main dishes (both meat and vegetarian!).

I love strange and unique fashion and subcultures, like steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk (most kinds of -punk, really!), lolita, Japanese street fashion, etc. Anything out of the ordinary!

I have as many interests as there are insects, and new ones are always being added. On any given day, you might find me buried in a story about Norse mythology, planting tulips in my front yard, trying to play a song by ear on my guitar or piano, playing Magic the Gathering, brewing a delicious cup of tea in my wonderful cast iron teapot, writing a letter to a friend, teaching my dogs a new trick, working on my impressive Lego collection, reading academic papers, role-playing on the Internet, hanging out at a local pub (but not drinking - I got wasted once and that experience put an end to my desire to indulge in alcohol), playing with Linux, writing complicated calculus problems in giant letters on my driveway with sidewalk chalk, flying a kite at Lake Hefner, perusing craigslist for random stuff I probably don’t need, killing zombies, baking a pie, etc. Only very rarely are there dull moments inside my head.

Favorite Music

I LOVE getting new music recommendations (and mixed cds!)! I can often be found perusing other people's profiles simply to check out their favorite singers and bands.

While I do listen to mainstream music, I prefer pretty and unique sounds. I listen to A LOT of movie scores and soundtracks, as well as a lot of indie music, musicals (Broadway and otherwise), and jazz/big band/swing/rockabilly music, 80's rock and pop, etc.

My current singer/band favorites are Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Pomplamoose, Adele, Clockwork Quartet, Abney Park, Mumford and Sons, Iron and Wine, Girlyman, Mediaeval Baebes, Phildel, Priscilla Ahn, Joanna Newsom, Bing Crosby, They Might Be Giants, Evelyn Evelyn, The Andrew Sisters, among others. As far as mainstream stuff, my favorites are Blue October, Coldplay, and Lady Gaga.

Favorite Books

I am a passionate reader. I love fantasy, science fiction, and magic realism, but my reading interests expand far beyond speculative fiction. Lately I've been reading a lot of young adult literature (the Percy Jackson books, the Hunger Games, etc).

A few of my favorite authors: Orson Scott Card, William Gibson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kevin J. Anderson, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, Salmon Rushdie, Terry Goodkind, Robert Heinlein. etc.

My favorite books of ALL TIME are the Harry Potter books, but I also have an intense love for everything Lord of the Rings.

The main genres I don't like are crime novels (if I want to read about crimes, I'll read the newspaper!) and overly-preachy Christian fiction.

Favorite Movies

I love quality animated films, old and new. My favorite movie of ALL TIME is the original Toy Story. I also loved How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, the first Shrek, Fern Gully, and good Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Bambi, and Dumbo.

I'm also a fan of Hayao Miyazaki's anime films.

Aside from animation, I love The Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Secondhand Lions, the first Pirates of the Caribbean, Stardust, Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink, Penelope, Big, the Star Trek movies (old and new), The Village, 300, the Harry Potter movies, Whip It and countless others.

Favorite Crafts

Knitting is definitely my favorite, followed by anything paper-crafty. I also make and repair toys. I truly enjoy sewing, crocheting, hand embroidery, etc. I even do woodworking sometimes!

I definitely believe in reusing everything and love taking trash and turning it into something wonderful.

I make almost everything that my dogs need (beds, toys, winter coats, etc).

A Note About Ratings

The WORST thing about swap-bot has got to be rude raters. I see them on others' walls and have encountered a few myself, and I dislike them even more than flakers.

Swap-bot is supposed to be FUN. Before I rate someone, I always take a step back and make sure I'm not taking this too seriously. This is my hobby, not my job! There's no need to be snarky or overly critical simply because the swap I received wasn't what I was expecting.

If I receive a swap from you, even if it is late, I'm going to rate a '5,' because I appreciate that you sent something at all! Flakers will be rated a '3,' and I will change it to a '5' if I do ever receive something.

Why the lenient rating system, you ask? Because think about it - if someone flakes on me, it's disappointing, but it isn't THAT big of a deal. I know for a fact that life happens - good and bad - and sometimes people can't fulfill their promises. Don't automatically assume that a flaker is just a bad person taking advantage - maybe that person couldn't send because they had a death in the family, they became quite ill, or their car broke and they had to spend all their extra money to fix it. Leaving a rude rating doesn't help that situation at all. So I pledge to be polite, courteous, and lenient in my dealings with people on swap-bot, because I feel like it is the right thing to do.

Those people who do post rude ratings on swap-bot, while they may feel justified in doing so, really need to stop taking things so seriously and learn a little forgiveness.

IMPORTANT NOTE

PLEASE NOTE: The mail in my city does occasionally run slow. Our landlord lives in the same city, and has several times received our rent checks over a month late, despite being postmarked on time. I apologize in advance if any of your swaps show up a little late due to this.

I will message you if I will be sending my swap late due to unforeseen circumstances, so if you haven't received my swap yet and haven't heard from me, please contact me and I will happily resend.

Ratings

BrandiAM rated for Handmade bookmark swap on May 22, 2012
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Comment: Thanks!
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Comment: I agree, despite the fact that the pattern is so simple that specific cloth always looks complex :)
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Comment: I love the dishcloth pattern!
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Comment: Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and your comments. Much appreciated
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shylor rated for Excess FB & LB Swap!! on Apr 21, 2012
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Comment: Thank you
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Comment: Wonderful! I really enjoyed reading your letter and learning about you. I will write soon. I have much to say, as we have much in common! Yay!
Response: Thank you for the five and the heart! I look forward to hearing from you! =D
Twink rated for Send a Letter to get a Letter #3 on Apr 7, 2012
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Comment: Best. Envelope. Ever! I'll be writing back! I'll send you a swap, too!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it! I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks so much for the 5 and the heart!
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Comment: Im sorry it took me so long to rate you. Because i dont have internet at home and ive been having car issues ive had problems getting to a connection. Thank you for the recipes.
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Comment: Thanks so much for the FBs! Can't wait to send them with swaps. (。◕‿‿◕。)
hull33 rated for 10 questions letter #3 on Oct 28, 2011
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Comment: Great letter! Thanks for sharing.
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cardiplasti0shine rated for 5 FB swap on Oct 24, 2011
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Comment: I love the M&Ms envelope.
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Comment: I really, really enjoyed reading this letter and the envelope is really cool (the colour scheme is LOVELY BY THE WAY!!!) Definitely will be writing back soon, I think we could be good friends! Your letter was wonderful :D
snailmailroxx rated for Last Signer Label Bags 6 on Aug 31, 2011
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Comment: My apologies you were right, it was for any label bags, I was just hoping for last signers. I changed it to a 5.
Response: As I remember correctly, I sent the swap on time. Occasionally our mail service here in the city is slow, as our landlord has received rent checks over a month late before, but postmarked on time. The swap didn't say that last signers were required, just that you might receive up to 5 of them. It clearly stated that non last signers could be sent. I didn't think you would mind, and I even included extras because I thought you would enjoy them. My apologies that my swap wasn't what you were expecting.
Vicky1978 rated for Write a letter, make a friend #4 on Aug 31, 2011
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Comment: I loved the home made envelope - it really fit in with what you told me about yourself.
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Comment: What a fun envelope to find in my mailbox; thank you! Look for my reply arriving in your mailbox soon... :)
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cynaemon rated for Tell Me Your Funniest Pet Story on Aug 11, 2011
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Comment: Hi, Marian, Thanks so much for your lovely letter. I really enjoyed reading about all your dogs and their antics. Hope we can keep in touch. Best Wishes, Nathalie
iinnna rated for Anne of Green Gables Letter on Aug 11, 2011
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Comment: Thank you for the very interesting letter and by far the most amazing envelope I've ever received!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 48 3 3
Completed Fives Threes Ones
46 66 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

rachelcdoyle on Feb 21, 2013:

Elyse on Jun 27, 2012:

Hello I haven't ever received a rating for the dishcloth I sent you for the BOOST YOUR RATING swap.Could you please rate me? Thanks Elyse

memtree on Apr 24, 2012:

thanks for hosting Check Out My Blog! i dropped by to check your lovely blog out. so many wonderful mail swaps coming your way!

jandmterry on Jan 3, 2012:

Hi! I was checking to see if you had mailed your movie loving penpals letter to me. I know we communicated about it earlier in December. Just checking in.

Missy

RedLucha on Jun 30, 2011:

Hi Whimzies! Just wanted to let you know I started another pen pal swap. :) Here is the link http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/94714 Hope to see you in the swap :) -RedLucha

Barbi on Jun 21, 2011:

Welcome to the Swappin'InTheUSA group!

Thanks for joining!

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