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banjobraids

banjobraids
Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: April 22, 2019
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States
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About Me

I never, ever, NURVER, diss on swaps or welch or flake. Ever. If you have not received a swap from me, please send a note and I'll replace cheerfully and immediately.

I'm 44 years old and neuroatypical (autistic), and wouldn't choose to be any other age or way to be. I'm a mama of two (ages 15 and 12) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 20 years. I live with fibromyalgia and use my natural stubbornness to continue to get things done despite pain. Crafts help distract me, needlework especially. I love to laugh and joke, but can also be very serious. I have two black cats and a huge menacing calico that is probably part Maine Coon. I am a grateful member of Al-Anon and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) and will gladly hear about and share on these topics if anyone wishes.

I make dioramas out of televisions and cigar boxes and am working on several right now, one is a vintage circus and one is going to be Shackleton's Endurance ship. I am hoping they won't take 10 years to finish as my last one did, haha. I love tiny things and plastic toys which I incorporate into my dioramas or put into shadowboxes or just fill up jars and put them on shelves. My obsessions change from day to day and I often get sucked into a rabbit hole researching different topics.

Other recent obsessions: Lizzie Borden, Antarctic explorers, Anna Coleman Ladd, the history of slavery, colonialism in the Congo, history of Australia...

My hobbies include needlepoint, cross stitch, cooking, reading, crafting, drawing, traveling, SLEEPING, and listening to music. I'm originally from the Detroit, Michigan area but have been living in the south for 10 years now.

I love to swap postcards, stickers, ATCs, crafts, needlework, drawings, ephemera. I'm NOT a super picky swapper and will not give low ratings just because something doesn't exactly match my standards. Those things just get put back into my swap box to be sent on to someone who will enjoy it better. I will not be offended by much of anything unless it's hateful or bigoted, and will love anything profane or funny or weird or kitschy or bizarre.

"No matter where you go, there you are." ~ Buckaroo Banzai

"Strangers on this road we are on/ We are not two we are one." ~ The Kinks

Favorite Books

I read everything from romance to non-fiction to fanfic. Mainly, I like mysteries and have a few favorite authors like Kathy Reichs, Preston&Child, and Lindsey Davis. I write fanfic sometimes, but mainly read. I'll tell you my OTPs if you're interested. I really enjoy very old first-person accounts, like old diaries and compilations of letters. Other favorite authors: Rikki Ducornet, Emma Donoghue, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, The Brontë sisters...

Favorite Television

I am a HUGE Supernatural fan. Recently binged The Good Place and Schitt's Creek (one of the best shows ever ever ever). I watch Chopped and Project Runway and documentaries, HBO and Netflix shows sometimes. Maniac on Netflix was so incredible, I'm still blown away months later. Forensic Files is on in the background often. That guy's voice is soothing.

Favorite Crafts

Needlework, dioramas, ATCs, articulated paper dolls, shadowboxes, stickers.

One of my dioramas

Likes

nature and natural history,
aboriginal art,
needlework,
ouroboros,
bananas,
rainbows,
birds, especially blue jays and cardinals,
squirrels,
science fiction,
mysteries,
the supernatural,
cryptozoology and weird stuff,
world history,
moths,
huge things,
tiny things,
little plastic toys,
skeletons,
folk art, outsider art,
insects (esp beetles),
amazons and warrior women,
witches/witchy things/paganism/mysticism,
LGBTQIA+ (pansexual a PLUS),
radical politics,
Frida Kahlo,
aspergers/aspie/autism positive (not Autism Speaks),
mermaids,
gingko trees,
cacti and succulents,
Supernatural (Destiel forever),
Harry Potter (I love Hermione and Snape the best)

I collect

postcards,
shaped plastic combs,
plastic dinosaurs,
buttons/badges,
zines,
tiny things,
anything tiny and plastic really.

Favorite Colors

Pink and orange anything, especially together! I also adore rainbow patterns or color schemes.

Fav Music

TOP FIVE: Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, Lavender Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd

OTHER: Sufjan Stevens, Innocence Mission, Lizzo, Sia, My Morning Jacket, Beyoncé, David Byrne, Dawn Landes, Alela Diane, Feist, Florence + the Machine, Y La Bamba, Elvis Perkins, Gillian Welch, Arcade Fire, The Middle East, Santigold, Future Islands, Aimee Mann, Yeasayer, Wye Oak, Tom Tom Club, Sean Hayes, Liam Finn, Finn Bros, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, Cocorosie, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young

Favorite Movies

Blade Runner, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Popeye, Any period movie (Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, To Have and Have Not, Tank Girl, Secretary, Star Wars (any), Dune, Harry Potter, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Addicted to Love, Punch Drunk Love, Darjeeling Limited, District 9, ALL the Alien movies.

Ratings

Myself333 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #70 on Apr 21, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Haha I love the PC, and your note! I love the calender idea, that's right up my alley too! Hope to swap with you again!
BeHappyToday rated for NYUP USA Only #46 on Apr 20, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Fun PC & decorated so cute. Thank you!
Vickyen rated for OSS: Funny Postcard on Apr 20, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Hi Claire! The pc made me laugh and I try not to be the grammar police because I know at times I may not sound so great, but there are times that am shaking my head going what the heck?? LOL! So far Spring has been great and there have been lots of laughs - hoping the same for you! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
widelo123 rated for NYUP Vintage PC #3 on Apr 20, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Claire, thank you for the vintage postcard of the Ambassador Bridge. Shirley
young46356 rated for NYUP USA Only #46 on Apr 20, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks, I like old cards like this and I appreciate you sending in an envelope. Have a wonderful weekend. Rich
CajunLady rated for CPG QUICKIE: Ugly PC - US Only on Apr 19, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the weird pc! These are my favorite kind!
Kvwanderlost rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #7 on Apr 18, 2019
5
rating
Comment: ewwww he IS pretty ugly! Hahaha Thanks!
Mamamoose rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #70 on Apr 18, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcard! Love it!
marclively rated for 2019 Postcard #13 on Apr 17, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks, Marc
shirleyinCA rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #57 on Apr 16, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for really nice cards that perfectly match my interests! I don't have that Wreck it Ralph and the Times Square pc makes me want to visit NYC again! Thanks for fun extras too. You're the best!
marinda rated for NYUP Vintage PC #3 on Apr 16, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you!
Lemonfox rated for WOMAN art PC March on Apr 16, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC you sent. Love it!
5
rating
Comment: I love all the carefully selected paper items you sent to me. Spring has been slow to arrive. Today is much warmer.
dawnakaulen rated for Vintage re-print PC #2 on Apr 13, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Cute PC, thank you!
Response: You're very welcome :):):)
Jbee rated for CPG Spring Scavenger Hunt - Global on Apr 12, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely packet 💗 yes the fox card with the dafvodil is adorable - me as a fox lover :-) wishing you a happy easter & a flowerful spring. love jill
Response: You're very welcome! Happy easter :):):)
vlhafer54 rated for Vintage re-print PC #2 on Apr 12, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the vintage PC - Spring has arrived in Houston and everything is blooming!
Response: You're very welcome :):):)
AromaAlchemist rated for WIYM - Profile based PC on Apr 8, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for.the lovely butterfly postcard, the pressed flower on the back was a pretty detail :)
Response: You're very welcome :):):)
KatKit rated for I love ad cards #2 on Apr 7, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Great ad card. they are so creative to catch our attention and make us think. Thanks Claire. Received this a while ago... sorry for delay in rating.
Response: No worries, thanks for the rating. :):):)
Nbecker rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #56 on Apr 6, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Very cute cards.
Response: Glad you liked. :):):)
skinny52 rated for WIYM: Linen postcard swap #1 on Apr 6, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Great selection of linen cards, the one from Frank is absolutely charming! Thanks also for the vintage enve8, I love the feel of the old paper. Thanks again and best wishes, Mar/skinny52
Response: You're very welcome :):):)