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alysowl

alysowl
Date Joined: January 14, 2010
Last Online: January 27, 2020
Birthday: February 4
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE: My tastes run to scrappy in the extreme and I don't throw away any fabric. I have my stash from 20 years ago, my current stash (which seems to breed like rabbits) and my mother's stash which I just snaffled the last time I went back to VA. Lots of vintage. I like the new stuff, too, but there is no LQS up here (only Wal-Mart) and besides, it's all awfully expensive. I use fabric crumbs down to about 1" or so, and anything smaller than that goes into a muslin pillow form. :-) I also have various "leaders and enders" quilts going at any given time using squares and other one patch shapes.

I am very open to private swaps and often do RAK destashes of stuff I will never use.

Current WIPs:

Too many to list (argghh!)

Please check my flickr site - now that I have a camera, I'm trying to post pix of what I'm working on.

I moved from Richmond, Virginia, in 2009 to about as far north in upstate New York as it is possible to be. The change from extremely urban to very rural has been quite nice for the most part, but I have yet to find a fabric store within easy reach. I was an avid quilter some years ago, but drifted away from it with the advent of children, employment, etc. Now I have returned to quilting and sewing with a vengeance! I try to be as eco-friendly as possible and can usually find a way to recycle almost anything. (You probably would not believe how small some of my fabric scraps are!)

I have a BA in History with a focus in medieval Europe. I used to do medieval re-enactment in the past and am very interested in fibre arts (and other so-called women's arts) through the ages. I am interested in comparative religion/philosophy and have some knowledge and preferences in both mainstream and alternative paths. Like most historians, I believe that there is nothing new under the sun and that humanity must learn from the past if we are to move forward. I read often and love to learn more about most anything. I really enjoy symbolism and try to incorporate that into my arts and life.

Preferences: Fabric: Most anything is fine. I LOVE other people's scraps! I particularly like botanical prints or prints with wild animals on them. I love color! I use a lot of black, grey and jewel tones in my art work, but also enjoy other colors and themes for utility and balance. I like retro, historical and most "modern" styles (those quotes are on purpose - I have a rant on that subject that I save for special occasions!). Never met a batik or tonal print that I didn't like. WARNING: I am a natural fibre snob but any natural fibre is fine - cotton, linen, rayon, silk, wool, etc.

Other: Handmade items, found objects, thrift store forays, recipes, books, audio books, music (too eclectic to list!), apropos quotes, dialogue, chocolate, pictures that provide creative inspiration, classic children's literature and illustrations (Kate Greenaway, Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Susan Cooper, and many others), 1920s-1940s women's magazines, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, minimalism, eco-friendly anything, the list goes on...

Dislikes: Fabric: Not many. I'm not fond of "country" themes and I have a lot of that already. Sports themes are not my strong suit. I also do not seem to do (or have done) much with majority white/very light colors. Please no polyester, nylon, lycra, etc.

Other: I'm very picky about books, music and movies, so please ask if you have any questions. My home and workspace are very small and I have very little room to house things I do not and will not use. Ergo, I pass on to others what may not suit me. I have a Kindle and IPhone that reduce the physical space taken up by books and music. Stickers, cutesy, Kawai, excessively girly are not to my taste. Please do not send buttons!

About Me

MORE RECENT UPDATE: Opened my own etsy shop so I have something to do with the projects I'm finishing. Can't seem to work on less than 10 projects at any given time. I have items for sale and display in a local gallery and am looking for other venues. I am working on a more artistic level than I have done in the recent past (again, returning to where I was before the aforementioned 20-year hiatus). Seriously trying to stashbust at the moment. :-)

About Me

EVEN MORE RECENT UPDATE: Not employed at the moment, so even more in the reduce, reuse, recycle mode. Lost a great deal of weight recently and am getting used to the changes that has wrought. This past summer, did a great deal more gardening and preserving (herbs and veggies) than in the past and discovered a skill in building drystone walls - retaining walls, raised beds, etc. (Often idly wonder what Freud and/or Jung would say about that...)

Without a daily commute, I rarely go to town and the reclusive part of my nature is much more to the forefront than it was. Hopefully, with the help of my Swapbot community, this tendency will not run rampant... ;-)

Ratings

Gofeen rated for Goddess Doll Swap on Aug 15, 2013
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Comment: thank you so much for such a beautiful, perfect doll.
Shahna rated for Norse Mythology on Aug 5, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC!
lunadelmar rated for Legendary Creatures: #4 Phoenix on Jul 10, 2013
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Comment: I love your interpretation of the firebird! Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for all those lovely scrapbook materials
CbFlynn rated for Strong Women in History Week 1. on Jun 9, 2013
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arcticmermaid rated for Mermaid/Merman ATC on Jun 9, 2013
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Comment: The tintype was a clever idea and the image is beautiful - a lovely ATC. Thank you so much!
dardarbinx rated for Username ATC # 3 on Jun 7, 2013
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Comment: Wow there is a restaurant named after me? Coool! Thank you for the ATC, I love it!
sostenson rated for Steampunk ATC on Jun 4, 2013
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whytewillow rated for Paper & Fabric ATC on Jun 3, 2013
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Comment: Very nicely done. I too have an affinity for secret gardens. Thank you so much.
jaceslave rated for Username ATC # 3 on Jun 3, 2013
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Comment: thank you for the wonderful atc. didn't have one with me and fiancé on it, thanks for the blanks
karry rated for Vintage - Eiffel Tower ATC on May 31, 2013
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Comment: Thank you, Alice! I love this! The vintage map background is great, and I like the horizontal layout! The extras will come in handy, too!
Response: Good!
lunadelmar rated for Bird ATC on May 30, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the cool ATC! I love the idea of looking through the keyhole and seeing a Magical Garden. I definitely like the Secret Garden.
Response: Glad you liked it!
sugarskull rated for Peas quilted ATC on May 28, 2013
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Comment: loved it!!
Response: So glad!
Amberraex0 rated for ATC Lovers' Kit Swap on May 28, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for the great kits. Can't wait to put these together!
Response: Enjoy!
VanityGirl rated for Children ATC on May 24, 2013
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Comment: Thank you much! The cards are truly beautiful and they are sitting on my dresser on tiny easels! Happy Swapping
130kitten rated for ATC Lovers' Kit Swap on May 23, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely kits - you did great with the themes!
rngstgstll rated for Honoring the Tree on May 22, 2013
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Comment: Thanks so much for the thoughtful (thought-provoking!) triptych and letter explaining it. They are beautiful trees, how fun to be able to look at something in a new way, and to be able to see your trees change in the seasons. I can see how each one fits her stage so well! I love the idea of using the fabric base for the triptych, too. Thanks also for the fabrics, my kids will really enjoy them, especially my daughter, who got to twirl an umbrella in her school concert this spring! Thanks again for a lovely swap and for participating!
Mizchef rated for Nancy Drew ATC on May 18, 2013
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Comment: Thank you!
BlueberryLady rated for Seed trade and other Stuff on May 11, 2013
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Comment: Thank You for the Seed Packets, I can't wait to try some of the Herb seeds...
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Comment: It's perfect - I love it!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 174 6 10
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Comments

LittleRed on Apr 24, 2013:

Thanks so much for the envie of fabric scraps from the Fabric Fanatics Tag!! They arrived today:) What a nice surprise!!!

ZzMonstruozZ on Apr 4, 2013:

new swap

wooooooohooooo!
I'm sure you were waiting for a new swap in our The Butterfly Anarchists group!
Come in and take a look to our new E-swap about Street Art!
We're all waiting for you!

sillysusie on Apr 2, 2013:

(Thrift store swap) Received the magazines, you were right on,between crafting, reading, repurposing and reminiscing, I had a great package. Silly Susie

tengu2 on Feb 13, 2013:

Welcome to the Goddess Reborn Group. I hope you enjoy your swaps with us. If you have any problems please message me. Happy swapping!

Magickspirit51 on Feb 11, 2013:

Welcome to The Goddess Corner. Please feel free to jump in and join any of the swaps we have going, or let us know if you would like to host a swap. Rose and Angela /Founders

biasbabe on Feb 10, 2013:

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To the Nuts for Sewing Group

Morgaine on Feb 10, 2013:

Welcome Welcome to Crafty Witches. Due to your rating, you have unrestricted access to any of the Group swaps. Thanks for joining!

TC on Jul 3, 2012:

TC on May 28, 2012:

DonnaLeeDesigns on Nov 22, 2011:

Your wonderful package from the Fabric Art Diva's I wish for... Tag arrived today. The cow squares are great - I have already started to sew them into a table runner for my daughter. The pink fabric, ribbon and lace are awesome - will be able to make some beautiful vintage tags - thank you so much. Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!

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