I'm in the midst of the exam and grading rush here, so I won't be joining any new swaps until late May. Send a private message if you need anything!
I'm a 27 year-old academic who just left my wonderful office and apartment at the University of North Carolina (go Heels!) to move to rural Pennsylvania. Sadly, our new apartment is less awesome.
We teach stuff.
Because I am never sure when I'll be suddenly busy at work (and because stress isn't joyful) I only participate in one or two swaps at a time during the academic year. This guarantees that I do not become overwhelmed and can always send out a quality package.
Loud Irish Families.
WWII era posters.
The Tarheels. Go Heels!
Air Mail themed items.
Grey and Yellow.
Tarheel Blue. Go Heels!
World of Warcraft. (Don't be a hater!)
the Edwardian period.
quirky buttons and charms.
halloween. the mad-scientist kind of halloween.
envelopes of scraps.
peacock feathers and jewel tones.
mercury glass and faux mercury glass.
I really love hand-made. Additionally, I really appreciate it when my swap partners take the trouble to include a handwritten note.
not so loved
fbs, lbs, ziplockbag/label-thingie swaps.
..for reading! I'm looking forward to meeting some fabulous new people through the art of swap!
painted envelopes. see above.
altered recipe cards.
practical sewing crafts.
paper cutting: I love you, xacto.
pumpkin carving: ..and you too, dremel.
raku: nothing better on an early spring day then building a burn box in the yard and putting a winters worth of pottery in the fire!
glass-etching: with the dremel!
stamp-carving: also with my dremel. If you'd like to try it, just let me know! I have plenty of hard-learned tips to pass on.
Basically, I appreciate wit. I (love)workteach in an applied statistics field, so I also read a lot of historical or narrative accounts on the outbreak of disease/public health response, the development of planned cities and the creation of major public works.
My best friend called this afternoon:
"Hi Tom, why aren't you in the lab?"
"Well, guess who accidentally exposed himself to a controlled substance this morning?"
"That's hilarious. Are you experiencing a Jim Bruer high?"
"Not so much, it wasn't weed or coke."
"Well, it was an unidentified sample from a drug bust and I was wearing latex gloves."
"wait, so it was transdermal?"
"so you're telling me that you cranked yourself up with PCP, aren't you?"
"What did your supervisor say?"
" 'A little PCP never killed anyone' and then he locked all of my office windows."