NOTE: See very bottom for a quick summary of what I like if you don't wanna read the whole profile! :)
RATING: I PLEDGE to rate as soon as I can get online after receiving your item/s so if I didn't rate it means I didn't receive the item so please get in touch with me if you sent it.
TAGS: I send my tags within two weeks of being tagged/tagging someone.
FLAKING? I WILL NOT FLAKE so if you don't get my item and it says it's been sent please contact me!
So please contact me before rating me low, I will do whatever possible to make it up if my package does not arrive after I've sent it.
If you FLAKE on me, or in one of my swaps you will be added to a list and banned from all swaps that I host.
HOSTING: I take hosting a swap very seriously, and if my swap rules aren't followed or you are on my flaker/pot. flaker list, you will be banned. I will always tell you why and it is NOT PERSONAL. I am just VERY protective and I want my swaps to be as safe as possible.
My name is Pamela and I'm a 41 year old stay-at-home disabled mother of two sons (Josiah 15, Hudson 13), and I live in the beautiful state of South Carolina in the southern USA. I have lived here since the early 80's. My husband is a musician as well as does IT - a drummer, and my children are following in his footsteps. Josiah is in the school marching band as well as plays keyboard and bass guitar - and he can play music by ear, and Hudson just loves music of all kinds, especially the Beatles, Gorillaz, Aerosmith, and Ozzy Osbourne, and dubstep. I'm very proud of them both!
I feel that I am a survivor, and a stronger person now than I ever have been. I suffer from something called fibromyalgia, as well as a few other illnesses (including depression, BPS and CFIDS) that make everyday life hard and cause me to get sick very easy from a low immune system, so I really feel like art is a great escape for me. I am currently disabled, but I try very hard not to let that get me down. Encouraging quotes and notes are very meaningful to me in that regard. I really love things from Miguel Ruiz, he's very encouraging and eye-opening. I also collect pretty stones, there's something calming and centering about stones such as moonstone, rose quartz, tiger's eye... I'd love one that you've blessed in some way.
Oct 2012 I have been diagnosed with diabetes, so I gotta cut my sugar down.
I enjoy many types of art. I am a photographer, that is my first love! I have been involved in nature photography since around 1994, but have only been doing portrait photography with models a few years now.
I am interested in jewelry making and ATC's - Artist Trading Cards. I have been doing trades on deviantart.com and posted in craigslist for swaps and someone kindly told me about this web site, so I thank them! I also really love postcards, and am also on postcrossing under the same moniker.
I love nature, it is where I find the divine. I especially adore flowers, waterscapes, the mountains, and I also enjoy visiting cemetaries and taking pictures of tombstones. I am a huge fan of celtic art, and my favorite piece of celtic art is the triskele, very important to druids. Knotwork is extremely pretty. I also have a large collection of stamps and enjoy them as well, I'm trying to get my kids interested in it.
This is a triskele.
I would like to start making more steampunk jewelry and ATC's, so if you have any old clocks, gears, hands- I'd be glad to have them! I love clocks, and am interested in time travel theories.
BOOKS My favorite author is Holly Lisle and my favorites from her are the Secret Texts trilogy. I prefer fantasy and science fiction to anything else. Though I have to say that I love Wuthering Heights, and am a huge Emily Dickinson fan - her poetry is inspiring and I also like Ogden Nash's poetry. I enjoyed reading the C.S. Lewis "Narnia" books as a child. I like mysteries too like Agatha Christie. I have a huge collection of Dragonlance books, but I haven't read them all. Wrinkle in Time series, Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis...I would be open to new fantasy/sci fi books so any lists of authors are appreciated, as are sci fi/fantasy books you want to pass on. A wonderful friend of mine got me a Kindle so I'm loving being able to use it to read.
MOVIES My favorite actress is Grace Kelly, and my favorite actors are Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Jackman and Jimmy Stewart. I also like Marilyn Monroe. My favorite movie is The Fountain and I love ANYTHING that has to do with that movie! I also really enjoy the Matrix movies, Star Wars, Blade, Pan's Labyrinth, Constantine, Dogma, Mirrormask, Underworld, Narnia, the Golden Compass, Stardust, Dracula, V for Vendetta, Princess Bride, Fifth Element, Stigmata, Gone with the Wind, Dark City, The Birdcage, Sin City, Aeon Flux, Ultraviolet, X-Men, Mamma Mia, Across the Universe....
TELEVISION I used to watch Doctor Who when I was younger and I loved it, Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor, that shows my age huh!? I've seen many episodes with David Tennant though and he makes a great doctor, my favorite episode is the one with the stone angels - "don't blink".
I love the Food Network, and Giada, Alton Brown and the Barefoot Contessa are my favs. Even my kids love watching this channel, and my oldest son (13) loves to cook too. I also like cop dramas such as CSI, Law and Order, Criminal Minds, Bones and NCIS. I also like Monk, Frasier, Firefly, Alias - all cancelled -sad-. I love watching things like "Make me a Supermodel" and "The Fashion Show". The IT Crowd makes me laugh. I just finished watching Supernatural from the first to last episode offered on netflix.
MUSIC I love a lot of different music, but some of my favorites of all favorites are U2 (Bullet the Blue Sky is my all time fav), Sting, Counting Crows, Tool, Fiction Plane, Muse, Yes, and NIGHTWISH! Last year I got to see Nightwish in concert, it was amazing! I also love Epica, and Lana del Rey, and so many others.
I also like such things as the Cruxshadows, The Beatles, Dido, James Taylor, Nirvana, Earthsuit, Flogging Molly, Glassjaw, Civil Twilight, Billy Idol, Family Force Five, A Perfect Circle, 2 Skinnee J's, God Lives Underwater, AFI, Crossfade, Death Cab for Cutie, Bella Morte, Modest Mouse, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Baumer, Villanova, Guns n Roses...I like Big Band, bluegrass, folk music, celtic, punk,alt rock, classic rock and lots more!
If I had to pick a FAV singer though I'd say Sting - he's just really an excellent song writer even if you don't like his style; and Bono is one of the people I definitely consider a hero.
GENERAL FAVS Some of my favorite things are gravestones, trees, nature, silver, flowers, fashion, poetry (writing and reading), italian pottery, chinese coins, butterflies, dragonflies, keys, stone circles, sacred stones, healing crystals, ankhs, anything egyptian...
Winter rose, taken in winter 2011.
I love traveling, both around the US and overseas. I've been to Germany, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt and always interested in those cultures both current and ancient. Especially the pyramids of Egypt, as I was able to go inside one of them and it's special to me. I also like Native American culture and mythos as I have several Native Americans in my ancestry.
I love stamp collecting (started in the 80's). Dreamcatchers are cool. I'm interested in celtic culture and knotwork. I love the triskele. I'm way into druidic things. I love great quotes. I like runes, and I like tarot themed things (but my husband doesn't like me to have actual tarot cards in the house - ATC's would be fine). My fav tarot card is "Temperance". Ravens are interesting to me. I like world deities, Mercury is a favorite. Some would describe me as "mercurial".
I LOVE pin-up style, retro, vintage, rockabilly. I love vintage photos and postcards. I like vintage nudes as well, especially with great poses to recreate with my photography.
I also am trying to collect fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, InStyle etc, in order to pull out photography ideas (poses, fashion, hair, makeup, ideas for shoots) so I'd love to have your old copies!! Even if you just pulled out a few fashion pages and sent those to me I'd like it, since it would be cheaper than sending the whole magazine and all I want are the photos.
I love watercolors but I can't draw for the life of me. I love hydrangeas, orchids, sunflowers, and roses, and daisies. I'm into dragons, nymphs, elves, mages, angels, demons, vampires.. Dungeons and Dragons style. My favorite number is "21".
JEWELRY I love anything made with rose quartz, and turquoise, and jet. I prefer medium to long length necklaces. I don't wear rings at all except my wedding ring, my fingers swell badly. I like bracelets, and I have a charm bracelet that I like silver-tone charms for. I like jewelry that has to do with world religions, or celtic knots. I love trees in my jewelry. Earrings are great, make sure the hook part is allergy sensitive or white gold. I don't wear ANY gold-tone jewelry.
COLORS I like the colors black, blue, brown and red. Red is my favorite color, though, any shade the darker the better. My kitchen walls are brick red. My bedroom walls are a nice soft brown. My office walls are an orangy/yellow.
GEMSTONES/HEALING CRYSTALS I really like healing stones and crystals of all kinds, but my favorite of all are rose quartz & moonstone. A few other favs are turquoise (my birthstone), coral (red, my fav color), clear quartz, tiger's eye and snowflake obsidian. I like geodes and mineral slices. I like mother of pearl.
THEMES Themes I enjoy are "peace", "love", "hope", "nature", "music", "quotes", "wine", "gothic", "photography", "vintage", "death", "alternative"... I love pressed flowers, and I'd love to have some pressed flower stickers. My kitchen is themed "wine" and "Mediterranean/Italian".
Taken at Auldbrass
ANIMALS Butterflies, big dogs such as labrador retrievers (I have two), pandas (My son loves them), big and little cats, and swans are my favorite. I have a special love for doves, mainly because of how they represent "peace", and I love love love ravens/blackbirds. Monkeys make me laugh. Goats do too. Monkeys riding goats is an instant ♥.
FOOD and DRINK I LOVE Chai Tea. It's my all time favorite. Iced, hot, anyway I can get it. I also like other teas, and being a Southerner am a big fan of iced sweet tea. Darjeeling is great, and I like mint teas hot. I LOVE flowering teas - you know the wrapped up ones that open up into a flower in your teapot!
I own a Keurig machine, so K-Cups would be a godsend! I especially like flavored coffees, dark rich coffees, chai, and hot chocolate.
I love dark chocolate. I love cheese. I love gluten-free brownies and gluten-free muffins. I need recipes for diabetics. I like making homemade jerky. I like homemade jam, especially FIG, strawberry too, blackberry yum!
ALLERGIC to pecans. Sensitive to wheat, would prefer gluten-free. I love to receive gluten-free recipes and mixes.
Chicken is my favorite meat dish, I also make a lot of things with ground turkey. I would enjoy pasta sauce recipes, as well as Mediterranean and Greek foods and recipes, and Lebanese recipes. My family loves hummus and baba-ganoush. I love a spice called "za'atar" but it's very hard for me to find in the USA. I grow rosemary and basil, and one of my favorite spices in the whole wide world is herbs de provence! It has lavender in it!
We also like chinese food. I once made homemade wonton soup for my grandmother's old country church and while I was in service a nice old lady got the "lumps" out of my soup for me HAHA! I'll never forget that, I was so upset as I'd made the wontons from scratch.
My husband and children love Twizzlers, my husband's fav is Jujyfruits. Nutrageous is my fav candy bar but it's hard to find for some reason (I rarely even see it anymore). I LOVE sweettarts jelly beans - they only come out at EASTER! Note, found out I'm diabetic so I can't chow down on this now --much haha!
MY KIDS LIKES My youngest son Hudson (13) is a huge retro fan. He should have been born in the 80's. He likes 80's music, 80's video games (Super NES and NES), vintage rock t-shirts, records and cassettes.. Super Mario Brothers. He loves dried fruit. Also I Spy things and he's crazy for iPod stuff. He loves to bake, he's always making cakes, and bread like pumpkin bread. He loves Home Arts. For candy it's hot tamales, sweettarts squeeze, mike and ike. His birthday is September 10.
My oldest Josiah (15) also likes rock t-shirts and old rock record albums, he puts them on his wall. He loves Kiss (the band). He also likes vintage video games like Mario but he likes Sonic as well and Wii games. He plays drums in the school band - well, he plays a lot of things, but mostly tuba and drums. He's crazy about Doctor Who! He loves to cook and likes to watch Food Network. He wants to be a chef. For candy, charleston chews and any kind of gum. His birthday is January 14.
MY HUSBAND'S LIKES - for the swaps where this matters (I'm not trying to get you to send him something, it's for husband swaps!)--- - Jujyfruit candy - any type of rock n roll / musician biography - 80's metal cd's (like Anthrax, Megadeth, etc) - fruit flavored gum - Hershey's chocolate - World's Finest Chocolate - He likes things from the thrift store and is looking for the following: tuxedo shirt (XXL), cool vests to wear in his band (XXL), ties (for tall man - he's 6'7"). - anything to do with drums - ATC's made just for him - protein/ health food bars (like Clif but healthier) - any back issues of Modern Drummer (magazine)
Some husband dislikes: - anything sacriligious or pagan themed, he just doesn't like this type of thing even though I do!
I have collected stamps since I was a child in the 80's, but I haven't actively been collecting lately. I collect teapots and teacups and saucers. I like Italian themed things for my kitchen, or wine themed things.
I tend to collect books as well, mostly fantasy and sci-fi. I collect ATC's, and would love to get into inchies.
I like Martha Stewart magazines, and foodie magazines, I also have a big collection of the now-defunct magazine "Dragon" from Paizo Publishing which is a dungeons and dragon themed mag, if you have any you'd like to send my way i'd be eternally grateful!!
I want to start collecting vintage photographs, including pin-ups and nudies, as I have been working on taking these kind of photos myself. I want to recreate that style so I'm trying to find as many as I can for inspiration.
I also collect gemstones and crystals, sometimes using them in my jewelry and ATC's. So no matter their size I like them, even tiny chips can be incorporated into my art. I would not consider myself really religious anymore, but I do collect crosses (mainly silver charms for my charm bracelet) and my favorite are celtic crosses, Jerusalem crosses and ankhs.
NOTE: I don't expect you to buy me anything off my wishpot list, it's just there for ideas of things that I like, same with my Amazon wishlist.
These are just some of the things I really don't care much for or don't collect:
I'm not a big fan of shopping - I do it when I have to. I don't collect shoes like most women. I don't like "Sex and the City", and I've never seen "Twilight" nor read any of the books. I'm not a huge fan of Harry Potter (but the movies are fun).
I have a kitty, but I'm not gaga over cats like some people are. I like cats just fine but I like dogs just as well. I could never be a 'cat lady'. One is enough!
I do believe in the divine but I am not "religious", I find god in nature, not in church buildings. I really don't want to receive bible verses or christian sayings, it just doesn't appeal to me anymore. I DO love crosses of all types though, especially celtic.
I'M ALLERGIC to most scents, so please no scented cards, letters, perfumes, lotions, soaps, etc. Some scents like rosemary, peppermint, etc I can handle in small doses. So feel free to ask before you send.
I'm also allergic to CIGARETTE SMOKE so nothing that smells like cigs - if you are a smoker in your home, you might not can tell your stuff smells but it probably does. I don't know how much stuff we had to throw in the trash from my grandmother growing up because she smoked in her house for decades and she'd send me packages. :( Sorry. Even food can taste like smoke if it sits around a smoker.
Here's my new flaker list, these are for 2012-2013. I decided to not list for years before that, it is too long! If anyone wants to be a kind soul and angel any of them, let me know!
Oh Yeah, I Went There PC Swap - Flaked on by @gavy
Short Poem on a Postcard - Flaked by @foshizzle
Return to Sender, USA - Flaked by @goingtwinsane
If you don't want to read my entire profile, here's a short list of things I really like and would love to have sent to me!
Allergies/Sensitive to: • cigarette smoke • perfumed items / scents • pecans • wheat
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