Date Joined: October 12, 2010
Last Online: December 19, 2017
Birthday: June 12
Country: United States
** 2017 Christmas swaps *** I've included some extra items in my envelopes that may have been caught in the mail - if you have not received your card, please message me and I'll resend. It's fun stuff - so worth the wait!
I am a part time graphic designer working both in an office 20 hrs a week and freelance at home as the work comes in. I love making anything I can by hand. Luckily my husband has the same creative drive as I, and we spend our evenings and weekends working on all kinds of projects. We do have a girl that is 9, Wren, who is often in the middle of our creative whirlwinds - or often in the middle of her own art project. In addition, we have a large, long-haired kitty, Ginger, who adds to the mix.
I've been an artist forever. I started making jewelry and selling at my mom's craftshow booths when I was about 7. I colored, scrapped, painted greeting cards, and pictures all of my childhood. In high school I took every art class offered and settle upon majoring in Graphic design. I went to a 2 year college for design, met my husband and got an associates degree all in one place. Aside from designing on the computer, I've always had the strong urge to create with my hands. 8 years ago I stumbled upon Etsy.com which opened up a whole new world for me. An outlet for anything I create, which generated funds for more supplies = more creating.
What do I make? You name it I've tried it. I love sewing. Stained glass is a fave medium of mine, copperfoiling (like Tiffany style), kiln glass fusing, screen printing, scrapping, I have 2 button presses - 1 inch and 2 1/4 inch, notebook binding, jewelry making, the list keeps going . My husband does woodworking, knife making, screen printing, just to name a few.
Something fun our little family does together is going to car shows. We have a 1972, orange VW Beetle that we love to cruise around town in. It's teeny tiny, loud, it smells like a Beetle, there's just about no comfort in the ride, but you cannot help but smile ear to ear the entire time you're in it. It was my first car and 20 years later I still have it! It's one of my favorite things on the planet.
As for general likes and dislikes, I'll try and think of everything I can to list below. So this is going to sound totally random : ) Main things though, I LOVE buttons and anything from the 50's & 60's era and anything Volkswagen related.
Crafty supplies: vintage fabrics, floral fabrics, buttons, glass, paper, anything vintage, miniature things, old logos, lights, metal, ribbon, vintage jewelry, burnt out C9 Christmas light bulbs, vintage Christmas, unusual paper, small envelopes, mini suction cups, markers, pens, cool paper punches, glitter, yarn for random crafting or packaging, stamps, stickers, big letters. If you can use it to make something, I'm sure I'll figure out what to do with it.
Colors: anything bright, red, lime green, aqua, brown, rainbow, orange
Season: Autumn. Love the leaves, pumpkins and bonfires. We were married Oct 1st.
Nature: birds, mushrooms (not to eat, yuck), trees, leaves, owls, squirrels, acorns, moss, ferns, wild flowers, seeds, perennials, gardening, stars, pumpkins, bees, insects, cats, deer, snowflakes, rainbows, clouds, sunshine
Food: Strawberries, pizza, cheeseburgers, rice, french fries, actually any form of potato, artisan breads, dinner rolls, muffins, baked goods, chocolate cake, chicken (especially chicken nuggets, haha!), pasta, garlic bread, breakfast foods, chips, nacho cheese, cheddar cheese, pie, Mountain Dew, CocaCola, Dr. Pepper, Hot Chocolate, just chocolate, cinnamon rolls, slushes, ice cream sundaes with caramel and pecans, m&m's, chili, soup, croutons, Ketchup - I put it on everything, ha!
Hobbies: love to bake (cupcakes, cookies breads, I like unique ways decorate and package what I make), gardening, I never turn down a free plant, hiking, walking, kicking balls really high, spending time with my family, being crafty, stained glass, graphic design, facebook, listening to my iPod, screenprinting, going to thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, and antique shops, craft/art fairs, I love to sew and have an old sewing machine, Car shows, VW Beetles.
Music: early 90's alternative.. Weezer, Pearl Jam, Tool, Blind Melon, Counting Crows, Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Tom Petty, the XX, the Naked and Famous, the Raveonettes.
Things I collect: Owls, Magnets, Christmas wrapping paper, candy dishes, cookie cutters, cupcake paper baking cups, scrap book paper, bird themed decor and jewelry (my girls name is Wren so there's the connection), bee themed things, Vintage advertising and brand logos (new and old. VW items, Super Beetle/Beetle related items.
Random things: I say 'dude' and 'oh man' a lot (so much my girl says it a lot too) Have dark brown hair & eyes. I love hair clippies (for me and my girl), Like earrings, bracelets and necklaces, though I'm not a fancy person. I usually wear jeans and a tee everyday. I like scarves and fingerless mitts. I think it's funny to make fake fart noises. I'm big into recycling and reusing. LOVE anything from the 50's and 60's.
Also, you can feel free to send stuff for my girl Wren (she's 9). She likes: Art supplies, Rainbows, Unicorns, horses, stickers, almost any kind of animal and especially Super Heros (batman, iron man, Captain America, you name it!). She LOVES art projects.
Dislikes: Tea, Veggies ( I don't eat any), country music, pop music, coffee, reality tv, the victorian era, shabby chic, powder and lavender scents, sitting all day, being cold, I don't use postcards, and I don't really read novels a lot.
THINGS I NEED: Vintage fabric, or vintage sheets. Christmas gift tags, Yarn and ribbon scraps - anything 12" or longer that you don't need. Small envelopes, 5x7 or smaller, any color. Colored tape. Stamps (new or used). Paint brushes - they can be used even, I can let my daughter paint with them. Tiny boxes or tins. Binder clips or clothes pins. Glitter (contained, don't glitter bomb me). Blank cards, used for thank you notes & whatnot. Balloons. Beach balls.