Hello everyone. I am married, a mom to three adult children, and grand-mom to six grandsons. I previously swapped on Yahoo Groups however those have been in decline for several years. I belong to a few FB pocket letter and altered art groups and have swapped there. I'm trying to swap more on Swap-Bot, but if my schedule doesn't allow me to be fully engaged in a level 3 swap, I don't sign up for it. I'm limiting myself to signing up to just a few swaps at a time and placing others on a watch list until my current is at least mailed but ultimately mailed, received, and rated. I get kind of antsy with waiting on my swaps to be received and rated.
I really can't participate in heavy international swaps anymore. USPS postage for this type of swap is outrageous. International flats, greeting cards and postcards are still on though.
I know life happens, and I know there are sometimes problems with the mail service. I promise to never rate a 1 to someone without communicating first.
I do not flake on people and I will always rate. I feel non rating or taking an excessive amount of time to rate is just as bad as totally flaking.
I'm pretty opened to all music.
I'm an 80s lady, so I always revert back to 80s pop and hair bands.
I also like music from the 60s, because my parents jammed to some of the best music of that time. Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Motown.
I also love country music, because well I'm a country gal. Old school country as well as the new stuff.
I really never grasped 90s music except I will listen to some Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morrisette, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains.
I am also opened to some of the newer alternative groups.
Basically if it's not screaming at me and has as a good beat, I am game. I really love music. I can go from Bach and Gregorian Chant, to metal banging Iron Maiden at the drop of a hat. Add a little bit of whining Hank Sr., Jennings, and Cash, and well that pretty much sums me up.
Some favorite groups:
AC/DC--Like old school with Bon Scott may he RIP. Favorite songs: Sin City, The Jack, Go Down.
Fleetwood Mac and their lady Stevie Nicks. Love me some Stevie.
Dave Matthews Band
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Kings of Leon
The High Kings
Appalachia Rising (listen quite a bit while creating/arting)
Some favorite singers:
Vonda Shepard (good creating tunes)
Mighty Sam McClain (listen to "When the Hurt is Over" and you'll become a fan too)
What can I say. I love books. I have my Kindle, but there is something about holding a book in your hand, flipping through its pages. While I do love fiction (no chick fiction please), I am currently working my way through the Western Canon and 1001 books to read before you die. I'm not sure that I will ever accomplish that.
I love the True Crime genre and I dearly love Detective Fiction.
I'm a short story and novella junkie. I usually read a Gothic short story a day during the month of October to bring in the Halloween spirit.
I don't really watch a lot of movies. I would rather be reading or making something. When I do watch a movie it usually gravitates to the drama genre. I actually get bored watching movies sometimes.
I am also a seasonal viewer of movies during the holiday season. I love the countdown to Halloween movies, and I really love the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies.
I don't really watch a lot of TV, but I did love the Sopranos, Bones, SOA, Downton Abbey, and the GIlmore Girls.
I have a membership to both Amazon Prime and Netflix. I'm catching up on some series when I have time.
I'm currently catching up on American Horror Story and Call the Midwife.
I love anything to do with repurposing items into something new. I love to paint, tear apart, etc.
Papercrafts hold my interest as well. I don't really scrapbook. however I use all of the supplies to make cards, altered art, collage, junk journals, ATCs. I love to die cut using either my Silhouette Cameo, or Big Shot Plus dies.
Woodcrafts, nothing more pleasing than using your power tools to make a knock off table, shelf, etc. I like the smell of saw dust :)
I knit and crochet. I can sew somewhat, but I don't consider myself a seamstress. I'm working on increasing my sewing skills. I want to sew clothing from a pattern.
I consider gardening a craft. I love to design a new garden space. I also make a ton of whimsical garden art by repurposing thrift store finds.
I also make homemade soaps, toiletries, and perfumes.
Decorating for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Autumn.
Baking confections. Trying out a new recipe.
Scrapbook paper and embellishments
Blank greeting cards
Catholic icons, art, and spirituality
Ribbons and trim
Hens and roosters (I currently have 9 hens and 3 ducks, they are the new family pets)
Shabby chick, industrial farmhouse, vintage
Blues and greens, the colors of fall aren't too bad either.
Tea- I like both herbal and nonherbal. My favorite non herbal is English breakfast. I'm also a huge fan of bergamot. I like teas that have cinnamon and other spicy notes. My favorite nighttime tea is a blend of peppermint and lavender. If anyone would ever like to swap loose tea I could make you a herbal blend with some of the herbs I grow and harvest each growing season.
Coffee- Please do not send me decaf. I don't understand the concept and to me it tastes horribly flat. I'm opened to most flavored coffees. I trust your choices.
Chocolate, the more the merrie, but please no coconut or maple
Candy- I confess I am a junkie. My favorites are gummies and laffy taffy. No banana flavored please.
Playing cards and game pieces
Journaling and planner supplies (pens, markers, stickers, disc-bound discs, bookmarks, paper clips, rubber stamps, ink pads, dividers, dashboards)
Postage stamps and postcards
Eclectic fibers, hand dyed fibers, non synthetic fibers.
Art supplies, acrylics, alcohol inks, rubber stamps, etc.
Dried herbs, lavender and mints are my favorites.
Kiddie stickers or teacher stickers.
Do not send anything related to politics or social movements. This has nothing to do with any particular political or social movement or leaning, I'm just exhausted by it all.
I am a Catholic Christian. That said, I am open to learning about other religions, and do so on my own quite frequently, but I would rather not receive something that mocks my faith or the Christian God. I would never do that to someone of a different faith. Again, be kind.
I am always open to private swaps.
I would love to privately swap new art techniques, especially those that you are afraid to try in open swaps. If that is you hit me up, I'm always opened for new techniques.
Other art techniques I would love to privately swap:
Inchies, Twinchies, and Moos Altered Dominos, puzzle pieces, poker chips ATC & Coins Handmade PC (open to pretty much all themes) Mixed media journal spreads instead of sending an entire journal book (although I don't mind sending an entire book, it can be costly though. Zetti inspired (I'm new to this technique)
I would like to try my hand at a zine. So if you are new to zines and would like a newbie swap partner hit me up.
I'm always open to handmade cards. I've been a card maker for two decades.
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