I'm a gal who lives with my husband in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, where the climate is desert (dry and hot). We were married in Maui. We enjoy traveling and golfing.
My hobbies/interests: Postcrossing, mailart, antiques, golf, cupcakes, ephemera, fishing, family activities, travel, museums, napping, cooking, the U.K., practicing Spanish, my niece Emmi, pro-choice, flea markets, Hispanic & Japanese culture, vintage, pin-up girls, thrift shops, tag sales, reading, fleur-de-lis, indie and foreign films, lavender, Frida Kahlo, Dia de los Muertos, Texas Hold 'Em poker, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, turquoise (the color and the jewelry), wrapping presents, morning tea with a splash of milk, sushi, collections, royalty, letter writing, BBC America, theme parties, crafting, Guinness...
I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. Still in touch with a childhood penpal in Sweden, but via email now. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 27 years. We only email a few times a year -- the rest is snail mail! I love sending postcards and letters to friends and family, even if they don't reciprocate. I know they enjoy receiving them.
I love recycling/upcycling. Chunk 'O Cardboard is my favorite monthly swap. I'm always on the lookout for cardboard chunks to send as postcards (food packaging, book covers, board game boxes, etc).
Swapping note: 1) I strive to get a heart each and every time I do a swap by going above and beyond with extras or personalization. 2) I won't be bullied or bribed into changing ratings. I can overlook some lateness if it's communicated, but if you are a month late on your swap and you think I won't notice...then you deserve a "3." 3) I am very liberal with giving HEARTS because it makes people happy and we're all busy and we do our best with these swaps. Not everyone is an artist. When you get older, you realize life's too short to be petty.
I'm fairly easy with these four themes: Vintage, foreign, postal-related, ephemera!
Postcard wish list: *Wedding theme *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Deer or Stag *Cupcakes *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo
vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)
anything postal related
foreign language newspaper
postage stamps (unused or used; foreign and domestic)
foreign language dictionary pages
vintage children's books
Air Mail stickers
Everything about Italy: Art, museums, wine, language, food, churches
Day of the Dead
old tickets of any kind (i.e., travel, train, movie, concert)
vintage books that are tattered and can be used for crafting
My favorite color is purple
B&W postcards featuring vintage scenes or people (i.e., photography by Robert Doisneau)
Only allergy is tree nuts (i.e., walnuts)
Too many to list them all!
I like to watch all Academy award nominated movies.
Amelie, Priceless (Audrey Tatou)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (I love British humor)
Shakespeare in Love
The King's Speech
Bridget Jones' Diary
The Italian Job
The DaVinci Code
Julie & Julia
The Devil Wears Prada
Reruns: Ugly Betty, Seinfeld, Will & Grace
How to Get Away With Murder
Secrets and Lies
Cupcake Wars, DC Cupcakes
Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares
Master Chef, Chopped
Pawn Stars, American Pickers
BBC America: Graham Norton, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar
My three favorites I've read that I listed on goodreads.com: Pink Slip Party, Good Mail Day, and The Kite Runner
and I read a lot of magazines!
English/Irish/Scottish breakfast tea. Any other black tea. I also drink chai or vanilla. I will try fruit teas.
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