Back to swapping but going slowly and joining only small, cheap swaps for now.
Sup. I'm Jen, and I live in Detroit, Michigan. Yay. I'm the proud staff of two cats; Gizmo, a beautiful gray and white male and his little half sister, a lovely tortoise shell deemed Toadie.
I of course entered them both in the Cat Contests. Gizmo was first runner's up for the tuxedo category, yay!
~ badge made by @Mistyinltown ~
Currently, I live at home with my family: mom, dad, four turtles and two kittens. My sister and her bunny moved out (down the street), and I miss them terribly. Sad, huh? My brother is in the process of moving in with my sister too.
I also work with family. I'm a car wash attendant/multipurpose cleaner and my coworkers are virtually all related, whether they be siblings, cousins, aunts or uncles. My favorite aunt also happens to be the manager, which is pretty awesome. My job is a love/hate thing. It's not the greatest work, and I'm already getting arthritis at 27 years old, but I like the people I work with, and I'd rather work at the wash than any fast food place.
I'm not a religious person, but I'm not quite an atheist either. I like learning about religions, and so any religious items/imagery you send my way is fine with me!
Personality wise, I can be very shy and awkward. It's always hard for me to reach out and make friends. I love to crack jokes and poke fun, and can be very dirty minded. I actually made my aunt Dawn some little penis Christmas cookies, they were so cute I put them on my Flickr, lol. I also think I have the sense of humor of a 13 year old boy. Sigh. Maybe I'll grow up when I'm 30...
Hobbies I enjoy outside of arts and crafts include reading, writing (not so much anymore), playing vidya games, creating constructed languages and worlds, drawing maps, playing with my kittens, sleeping, watching movies and laughing.
I also love learning foreign languages, though I'm not fluent in any I've studied, especially since I'm doing it at home, with just a book or some online sources. French, Japanese, Scots Gaelic, Welsh, Chinese, Arabic, German. I haven't been doing any studying for a while, so I've forgotten a lot of what I learned, other than anime Japanese, which doesn't count lol.
I'm not very fashionable (tee shirts and comfortable work out pants, ratty old Sketchers). I don't wear jewelry often, but I do wear bracelets when I actually make one for myself! Necklaces occasionally. If you make me jewelry, my wrists are about 7 1/2 inches and neck is about 18 inches. I'm a big girl. :) More to love, that's all! Colors I wear most often are black, gray, red and dark blue. I'd love to wear a bracelet made with paper or polymer clay beads!
I love making things for others. That's why I joined swap-bot in the first place. It's so much fun to share my art with someone, and even better when I can cater to their profile and make them something they love!
I don't usually send extras. Sometimes I do, depending on what kinds of things my partner lists on his/her profile. When I do include extras, it's not because I'm trying to get a heart. I do appreciate hearts, and I like to hope that when I get them, it's because of the effort I put into a swap. I hand draw and paint most of my swaps, or try to include hand carved stamps if I stamp something. Hand made, original, unique items are what you will get from me!
Also note that for tags and wta's, I usually send handmade items like ATC's or hand carved stamps. In postcard swaps, I almost always send handmade pc's rather than store bought.
I always rate when I receive, and if I don't get your swap in a reasonable amount of time, I will communicate with you. Likewise, if you don't get something from me, or have any issues with the swap whatsoever, please let me know so we can fix it.
I don't smoke, but I live with people who do, so I can't tell if my things smell like smoke or not. So far I haven't had anyone complain, but I also tend to do my crafting in my bedroom or the craft/extra room, where no one smokes anyway. I also own a cat. (update: now it's two!) If a few stray cat hairs get into a swap, it is not on purpose I assure you. :P
My Art: I love to draw, paint, bead, carve stamps and make paper dolls. I love polymer clay but haven't had the chance to play with it in a while. Lately I have been enjoying paper doll making. I always use bases I designed myself. My newest design is a pin-up style witch. Will post to Flickr soon!
Drawing and Painting: I love to draw people, especially original characters. For some reason I am drawn (lame pun) to female forms. I'd say my style is influenced heavily by animation, both western and Japanese. I hope to improve my skills, because I'd love to make a webcomic someday.
Beading: I primarily do bead weaving, like netting, peyote, brick, herringbone...sometimes I will do simple bead stringing or wire techniques, it depends on the project (and how much time I have! beadwork can be very time consuming).
Polymer Clay: I don't get to work with this wonderful material as often as I'd like, since it requires a little more preparation and time than other things. I mostly make beads, and am planning on making ATC's and inchies in polyclay. My favorite brands are Kato Polyclay and Sculpey, which I usually mix together. Never tried Cernit. Don't really like Fimo much.
I Want to Try: Shrink plastic, chainmaille, metal working, lampwork glass, sewing, knitting, crochet, tatting, punch needle, papercutting, REAL watercolor, woodcarving, zentangles, dotees, sculpture, domino pendants and books, and a million other things I can't think of!
Dollar Store craft items!
I have a secret love for all things My Little Pony. Love dollar store MLP stickers! Also Care Bears.
World Cultures. Japan. China. India. Germany. France. Peru. Norway (thnx @Lexidh !). Any other country and its language, art, religion, etc.
Amigurumi! I think I want to start a collection!
Pirates, samurai, ninja.
Emoticons! Internet memes, lolcats, dirty jokes, cracked.com, regretsy.
Nautical themes. Compasses. Anchors. Ships. Wheels.
Bells. Imagery, little jingly bells, cool ornaments.
Butterflies and wings.
Space, Celestial stuff (moons, stars, planets, etc).
Science. Anatomy. Microscopic things.
Color! My favorite colors are red, black and purple, but I’m a lover of color in general, especially warm colors, autumn colors. And then I also love vibrant greens, cool blues, deep purples, jewel tones, muted colors...I honestly love color and can't think of a reason to hate any shade, tint or hue. Favorite color combos include: black and white, black/white/red, turquoise/brown, bright rainbow/black, or any bright color with black. Red/turquoise, chocolate brown/cream.
Learning/creating languages. I’m such a dork! XP
Autumn is my favorite season. Gourds, Halloween, falling leaves, pumpkin pie baking in the oven! I just love this time of year!
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.
Fairies/faeries, ghosts, aliens.
Elves, mermaids, dragons, mythological/fairy tale creatures and themes.
Fairy tales. The Little Mermaid. Cinderella. Snow White. Beauty and the Beast.
Tarot, Wicca, Kabbalah, Astrology, Chinese Zodiac.
STEAMPUNK! And gothic/dark and punky sort of things. Lolita (gothic or otherwise).
Turtles and cats.
I love impressionist, art nouveau and surreal styles.
Dark themes. Horror. Gore. Creepy. Zombies, vamps (please no sparkly Hufflepuffs, no offense lol), monsters, etc.
Umbrellas, fans, vintage and Victorian shoes.
Slash, boy's love, shounen ai, yaoi. If you don't know what those are, then don't worry about it. ;)
I'm fine with nudity and a little naughtiness, though would prefer not to receive adult themed images on the outside of envelopes and on postcards. I'm secretive, sh!
Not a fan of kawaii, receiving or sending it. I don't hate it, but it just doesn't do anything for me.
I don't like raisins, hot tea or coffee. Well, I do enjoy iced coffee if it's loaded with sugar, chocolate and whipped cream (mmmmm!) but I doubt you can mail iced coffee. :(
Love chocolate, nuts (except for peanuts), lemon anything, banana, mango, apples, pumpkin, pineapple.
I have no allergies to speak of, and I live with both two cats AND smokers, so smoke scent and animal hair is no problem, I'm used to it. :P
I want to thank those who have so graciously given me extra things, it's very nice of you and I am grateful! I cherish my gifts. :)
Address labels, pretty please! Any graphics, I just need some!
Cat treats for my kittens. They love chicken and tuna flavors!
Slipper socks (size 9-11) in any color(s)
Pastel colored Sharpies
White gel pens! This is a need lol!
Glue-on bails for domino pendants
Cheap gloves (ladies) any color(s)
Chapstick, any flavor, any brand (I go through this stuff a lot!)
Paper punches (the cut out shapes, not actual machines...would love some interesting flowers and circles)
Handmade fabric ATC, inchie or PC
Watch parts, gears, cogs, things to use in steampunk jewelry
Glass, plastic or gemstone cabochons (flat oval or round shape)
Any interesting focal beads or drop beads
I know it's not likely to get these kind of beads, but it can't hurt to list them:
Buttons, especially wanting some fabric buttons for button charm bracelets
I love to read but don't read much, partly because my local libraries suck, mostly because I'm lazy.
I love Stephen King, especially The Dark Tower series. There are some beautiful illustrations in the books as well.
I'm a big Harry Potter fan, though I dislike the movies. Voldemort, Snape, Lucius and Luna are my favorite characters.
Also a fan of Lord of the Rings. I've read The Hobbit, and plan on finishing The Silmarillion. Galadriel, Elrond, Treebeard, Gimli, Aragorn, Boromir, Faramir, Theoden are some favorite characters.
I don’t have cable anymore, so I don’t watch much TV, but I still have some fav shows, like:
Good Eats, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Fringe, X Files, Farscape,Twilight Zone, Night Gallery
Big lover of sci-fi, supernatural, horror and comedy. Not too crazy about chick flicks.
What Dreams May Come, Donnie Darko, The Shawshank Redemption, The Blues Brothers, Fight Club, Blade Runner, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix, Kill Bill, The Ring, Spirited Away, Office Space, Hellraiser, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Apocalypse Now, AI, Full Metal Jacket, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Anna and the King, The Last Samurai, Farewell My Concubine, Princess Mononoke, Wall-E, Repomen, Transformers.
Beloved characters: Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, Captain Barbosa
Naruto, Bleach, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Love Neko, Wolf's Rain, Cowboy Beebop, Code Geass, Death Note, Uzumaki, Full Metal Alchemist, Doubt, Fruits Basket, Hetalia, Durarara!, Claymore.
Other favorite characters include:
Vegeta and Raditz from DBZ
Grimmjow, Renji, Ikkaku, Kenpachi, Tousen, Urahara, Shinji, Hollow Ichigo, Stark and Lilinette or any other Espada from Bleach
Yuki and Itsuki from Haruhi Suzumiya
Maguri from Gentlemen's Alliance Cross
RYUK and Rem from Death Note
GERMANY from Hetalia.
Hughes, Scar, Greed from FMA.
List will be updated because I fangirl a LOT :D
My favorite games ever include Metroid, Super Mario Bros 3, The Metroid Prime Trilogy, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (and each Zelda game for the consoles after that to save space :P), Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Bros Wii, Mario Kart Wii, Mortal Kombat: Deception and Tales of the Abyss.
Fav characters include:
Midna, Zant, Sheik, Happy Mask Salesman (LoZ: Majora's Mask), Ridley, Rundas (Metroit Prime: Corruption), Scorpion (Mortal Kombat), Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss)
I don't really understand my own taste in music. Maybe someday, someone else will. Have a list to get an idea:
Muse, Coldplay, U2, Depeche Mode, Devotchka, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Rammstein, NIN, System of a Down, Birthday Massacre, Mindless Self Indulgence, Korn, Pink Floyd, Joe Satriani, Gorillaz, Alice in Chains, Daft Punk, Crystal Castles, The Killers, Jorane, Project Touhou arranges and remixes, a lot of video game and movie soundtracks, classical, orchestral (especially strange stuff)
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