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bluehairedmary

bluehairedmary
Date Joined: January 10, 2008
Last Online: June 24, 2017
Birthday: July 14
Country: United States
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I pledge to rate on the day I receive a swap. I have gotten upset over some swaps that were rated very late, feeling like the packages I worked so hard on went into oblivion. It is stressful when partners can't even bother to rate, comment, or answer a PM. Sigh. So, please rate when you receive something and PM when you are missing something.


♥♥ I'm a 39yr old working mom of two friendly and ultra cute kids, a 9 year-old and a 7 year-old. Crafts are my passion, what I do when I'm stressed out. I'm happiest when I'm with my children, husband, or making things. I also have 3 chihuahuas - our eldest Assata passed away just recently. So, along with the two little ones, my husband, the dogs, all the sewing, knitting, and crocheting, I've got my hands full.

I am half-Korean and half-Caucasian. I consider myself Asian American; I grew up with both cultures, giving me a different worldview and perspective on issues of culture and race. My favorite foods include tofu, Korean bbq, and veg sushi. I love learning about different cultures and lifestyles. I love traveling and experiencing new places. I lived in England for a semester in college and loved it! We spent our spring break in Amsterdam, France, and Brussels.

Babies

I lost my first born child, after I developed pre-eclampsia. This came less than a year after I lost my mom suddenly due to heart failure. The last couple of years have been hard, to say the least.

After a difficult, very high risk pregnancy, we finally welcomed our beloved son Ishmael. He is the new love of my life and I'm grateful for every day I have with him. He is 7 years old! I can't believe how quickly he's grown!

We also welcomed our new baby girl Naderah. This pregnancy was normal, but the twice daily shots made it pretty interesting. She is such a healthy and beautiful little girl! She's been smiling since her first week! I still can't believe this perfect little girl was inside of me!

I include my losses on my profile because that's part of who I am, as much as my two beautiful children and husband are a part of my life. Grief and joy are somehow with me everyday. It is different with everyone who has had a loved one pass away, but this is my way. With my friends, I can truly talk about this stuff and not have to hide it and pretend like everything is okay all of the time. I am not asking for sympathy, but if I am sharing who I am on this site, then this is part of it. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't swap at all. I hope that makes sense.

Favorite Crafts

As I said, I'm a crafter. I started knitting from the age of 8 and have added to my crafty ability ever since - crochet, cross-stitch, sewing, and embroidery. I make lots of general crafty stuff too - magnets, scrabble bracelets, plastic canvas, etc. I do some paper crafts too, but needlework is really my passion.

Nowadays I am knitting shawls, scarves, and fingerless mittens with sock yarn and the occasional dishcloth with cotton yarn. I am almost done crocheting a ripple blanket for my daughter too.

Yes, I am thrifty. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite shopping places. I've only splurged on expensive-ish yarn for some baby items.

Over the years, my fabric collection has grown a yard and fat quarter at a time! My general style or aesthetic is modern and bright. Think high-contrast and vivid colors. I also love Asian inspired fabrics. I love vintage fabrics and patterns. Turquoise is my favorite color these days, but I still love pinks and other blues. Combos like pink and brown, turquoise and brown. Yum. I love Japanese and French crafts, too.

I've been collecting postcards since college, but mostly art, artsy, beautiful, and interesting or weird cards. I love animal cards and vintage cards. I don't know what to do with touristy, cityscapes or scenic cards, so please no thank you. I do appreciate any snail mail I get lately (really, I do), but honestly, I don't keep these cards and feel bad about it. I prefer non-touristy cards, vintage cards, and some scenic cards without many words on the front. Zazzle cards are okay with me, too.

I joined Postcrossing because I love sending and receiving postcards so much. I still prefer non-touristy cards, but I just love the mail.

After making my first ATC's, I fell in love with making them! It allowed me to be creative and very detailed and achieve a sense of completion. Of course, these were for a swap, but I had to make some for myself, too!

Favorite Movies

  • The Matrix
  • Hate (French movie)
  • Fight Club
  • Pride & Prejudice (the A&E version)
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Black Swan
  • The Lake House

Favorite Television

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • X-Files
  • Criminal Minds
  • Project Runway
  • Medium and Ghost Whisperer
  • True Blood
  • The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Books

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Yes, I was obsessed with the twilight saga, which led me to devour Charlaine Harris' Sookie books and many other vampire/werewolf books Some of the best include: Sunshine by Robin McKinley, Night Road by A.M. Jenkins, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. These days I have moved away from paranormal romance to romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I loved the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. I love reading self-published or small-press authors as well. Two of my favorites are Roxie Rivera and Rachel Grant, very different from each other, but both excellent authors.

I graduated from college with a double major in creative writing and political science. These are two things close to my heart. I continue to write both poetry and prose, and you can find some of it on my blog.

Random Questions

  • If you could, where would you max out a credit card? JoAnn's (where have you been all of my life??), Hobby Lobby, Target (where I have maxed out a card or two) and Ikea
  • Why do you like the music you listen to? I feel a connection to the lyrics or it's just really good (i.e. Radiohead)
  • What are your favorite colors? Pinks (not hot), blues, turquoise
  • Do you collect anything? Vintage postcards, craft books, books, fabric, cotton and wool blend yarns, owls, interesting and artsy postcards
  • What's your dream job? Writer; For now, my job as a teacher is exceedingly good, something I usually enjoy and am good at
  • Favorite cosmetics brands: Oh, I hardly wear anything at all, except chapstick! Occasionally, lipstick, like parent conference night! I do love a good body wash and Lush bath bombs
  • Favorite scents: Lavender, jasmine, rose
  • Favorite flavors: hazelnut, vanilla, dark chocolate
  • Favorite magazines: ReadyMade, Adbusters, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Piecework, Giant Robot, Marie Claire Idees, Stitchery
  • Favorite piece of jewelry: a mother of pearl locket that holds a picture of my husband and resized footprints of the son we lost, a purple "tiger's eye" ring which belonged to my mother and my engagement ring
  • Favorite Holiday: Halloween
  • Favorite season: Fall and Spring
  • Coffee or tea? I just got a Keurig machine and am addicted! So send those K-cups my way! I also take tea if it's individually wrapped.
  • Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere? Japan or Cuba
  • What kind of geek are you? I'm a book nerd, a video game addict (e.g. Mario Bros, etc.), chess player, and Trekkie. Plus I wear a calculator watch!

Wishlist

  • fabric - FQs or charms
  • Japanese crafts/fabrics
  • zakka anything
  • deco tape
  • washi tape
  • ribbon
  • DMC brand embroidery floss
  • handmade sewn items
  • cotton yarn
  • wool blend yarn
  • sock yarn
  • bamboo knitting needles
  • craft books or patterns
  • unused postcards (non-touristy, animals, art)
  • Jetoy cat postcards and stationery
  • ephemera for ATC making
  • geeky stuff like office supplies, notebooks, felt tip pens, sharpies
  • handmade paper
  • kawai memo sheets & lettersets
  • Hannari Tofu stuff - so cute it hurts
  • other Kawaii stuff
  • Super Mario Bros. items
  • 80s stuff
  • nice soaps
  • unique, blank journals and notepads
  • listpads
  • address labels
  • stickers (just not sticker flakes)
  • owls, squirrels, mushrooms, birds
  • robots, geekery
  • things made from recycled or reused items
  • handmade things by YOU!

What I Don't Like or Want

  • touristy or glossy scenic postcards (not so much)
  • sticker flakes
  • images of death (skulls, the word death, x'd out eyes)
  • furry or glittery yarn
  • acrylic yarn
  • matchboxes
  • licorice, gummy candy
  • fluorescent colors
  • patriotic or religious images or quotes (including Easter)
  • your political beliefs
  • Disney or character specific products
  • anime or manga
  • lotion (I just have too much right now)
  • candy-flavored lipbalm
  • cheap or unwanted dollar store items
  • packages that don't have a hand-written note included
  • swappers that don't rate

What I Can Send You

  • washi tape
  • washi tape samples
  • cute notepads or notebooks
  • handmade envies
  • address labels
  • handmade pouches
  • knit or crocheted dishcloth
  • crocheted bookmark
  • stickers
  • notecards and postcards

Flaked on by:
@tehrenanaiis - Not the Usual PCs in an Envie
@hippiechick1955 - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Swap
@madpoetics - Put a Hat on it altered PC swap
@Annelies - Christmas Card Express 2011 - angelled by @coolbaker5
@lorijean - Embroidery Floss Swap - angelled by @slamophile
@missflowers - Tiny Profile Surprise in a 1-stamp envie #2 - angelled by @nyansan
@daisiessnailmail - 4,3,2,1 fun swap

Ratings

SGriffin rated for Bookish Quote 1 on Jun 24, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!
auralily rated for July Birthday Profile Based Gift on Jun 24, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the gifts! I'm saving the wrapped gifts to open on my birthday but I peeked at the one in the bag and I love the washi :)
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Comment: Thank You so much!!! I always love swapping with You~~ Everything is Awesome!! ;o))
Bargnoffle rated for Black/White PC Swap #19 - USA on Jun 23, 2017
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Comment: I really liked this postcard! It was a awesome image, and perfect for a Texan 😜 Thank you!
TangledInMegs rated for B&W PCs week 25 on Jun 22, 2017
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Comment: Hi Mary! I loooove this Addam's family postcard! Thank you so much :)
laterdayze rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #58 on Jun 22, 2017
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Comment: Hello Mary, thank you for sharing a little bit about your family and your Father's Day weekend. I really enjoyed your little note. :)
Kraftylady777 rated for Say thank you! on Jun 22, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much
user3654 rated for Postcard Swap - BIG Cats! on Jun 22, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the jaguar postcard. I love them, they really are beautiful cats.
frenchd73 rated for Simple Note Card - Newbie Friendly on Jun 21, 2017
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Comment: You definitely sound busy! I would love to learn to make ATCs! Thank you so much for the washi! Have a great day!!
fbresnah rated for Say thank you! on Jun 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the nice notecard!
vlhafer54 rated for Happy Notecard June #2 on Jun 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for your cheery note and the PC's. I love the kitten card too! Happy swapping.
isabellasnow rated for PH: Animal Postcards on Jun 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you, Mary, for the lovely cards and bless you for that beautiful swan card--I'm hoarding it!
Ljbennett rated for Say thank you! on Jun 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!!
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Comment: Great cards!! Always a pleasure -- thank you!
Wildchild rated for WIYM: QUOTE POSTCARD on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Love it!
Conniegirl rated for Cat Lovers Postcard Swap on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Such a cute kitten. I always wanted an orange one. Wouldn't mind the shoes he's playing with either. lol. Thank you:)
Jy80203 rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #4 on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: oh my goodness, thank you SOO much. I'm so sorry for the late rating. I really enjoyed your swap. so awesome.
ainaignies rated for QUICK Christmas card #76 on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Thank you
NikGodwin rated for Washi exchange - US Only on Jun 18, 2017
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Comment: Loved the washis! And yes, I'm addicted too!
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Comment: Thank you and Happy Birthday!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1841 231 235
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1381 2387 0 0
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Comments

shirleyinCA on Jun 23, 2017:

Thank you very much for my CPG June Wish! Those are some unique and interesting postcards - very fun! My favorite is the marimekko.. Lovely washi tapes on your envelope, too!

pianoheart on Jun 22, 2017:

Thank you for the cool bird book and bookmark for the forum tag ! I'm doing volunteer work in bird conservation to continue my lifelong love of birds and these guides are wonderful reading for me. Mahalo :)

Fenix825 on Jun 22, 2017:

Thank you for the lovely buttons and cards and washi tape from the CPG June Wishlist!

TeaNi on Jun 14, 2017:

Thanks so much

for granting a CPG wish for me with the pretty unicorn and striped washi tape rolls- lovely! :)

Bee1981 on Jun 14, 2017:

OMG thank you sooo much for the lovel notebook and the samples via CPS-wishlist, you made my day :-) love, Rebecca

MissTullie on Jun 12, 2017:

Thanks so much for the lovely CPG June wishes you sent me. I love the coloring postcards, Kawaii memo notes and fun washi tape. I really appreciate your kindness. Blessings!

Lonestarchild on Jun 12, 2017:

Ah mothers! Mine has some doozies as well. Thanks for playing! PC Question Tag

spotteddogs on Jun 9, 2017:

Thank you very much for the Pac-Man bandaids and the lovely extras for the CPG - Tag You're It game. Happy June!

sweetpea22 on Jun 9, 2017:

Thanks a bunch for the pretty Thank You cards for the Tag through the Alpha tag! I LOVE 'em and look forward to using them soon! ;o))

Babsmomof5 on Jun 8, 2017:

You really made my day with these wonderful wishes you sent from the CPG group. Thank you so much for choosing to send to me, and for the wonderful postcards. Also wanted to say how much I loved reading your profile...❤️

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