April 19, 2013 1AM PST. My sweet little Bingo passed away in my arms. I've never experienced this kind if sadness. The only good part is that I know for sure he is now cancer and pain free.
Will be working through his loss as best I can.
Thank you for the well wishes and thoughts.
Hello there People of the Swap-Bot Land!
My name is Kaye and I'm a swap-a-juholic!!!
I very much enjoy perusing profiles for my partners to see how I can make swaps of happiness for them. I swap to share and I swap to please by definitely meeting swap requirement and then upping the ante with a lil sumthin' sumthin'! That's just the way I roll :-)
For me crafting is like a Calgon bath without water and tub * I like to quilt * sew * embroider
Unless I sign up for an ATC swap please don't send them as extras. I really don't know what to do with them as I don't collect them. I do some ATC swaps because they are fun or interesting but that's about it.
I enjoy reading...real books...with pages that actually can be touched and turned :-) There are some books I have re-read several times. Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series is one, Rita Mae Brown's Bingo is another. I enjoy reading old school books like Daddy Long Legs. I have a very old copy of The Night Before Christmas, beautifully illustrated, bound upside down and backwards. It has a special place in my heart. I like C.S. Lewis' work and was thrilled to attend a recent theater production of "The Screwtape Letters". I can't pass a book by Beverly Cleary without stopping to look through it. My favorite genre is mystery. I enjoy getting lost in the who why and wherefore. I tend to read mysteries that are central character based. Earlene Fowler is my favorite mystery writer. I like the coziness of her Benni Harper mystery series. I also like The Saddlemaker's wife books by her.
I drink way too much tea and coffee. It is my addiction of choice. I like my brewed flavored coffees from Mom & Pop places in my area. I also like Starbucks enough that I've got their app on my phone and reach gold level each year for the extras that come with that catagory. My fave coffee place is The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Quel Surpris! to find CB&TL had opened in NYC at 83rd and Lex. Wootie Woot Woot! I drink a lot of tea as well. I like flavored brew teas, specialty green teas and oolongs. I even like that gunpowder and matcha green tea which surprised me. I have so much tea that unless you've got something super special please refrain from sending to me. I have tons of stash, bigelow, celestial seasonings etc., If you can buy it at the store I"ve probably got it in my stash. Int'l swappers I would love to try tea blends from your area.
I like loose tea properly bagged and labeled.
Please NO unwrapped single tea bags. I won't drink them and find them unsanitary to pass along to another swapper..
I do not use any of the fake made in a lab sweeteners. When I do use sugar it's the pure cane kind, grown in the ground...not that franken stuff created in a lab that's pickling people from the inside out who ingest massive amounts of the yak.
I HAVE ONE INDOOR ONLY CAT! B-I-N-G-O and Bingo is his name O!
Sometimes he tries to help me package up things. Try as I might his SHD self ends up leaving traces under the packing tape.
This year Bingo had a case of kitty acne that went viral sort of. He is in the 5% of cats who have kitty acne run amok. It grew like wildfire on his chin. Here he is and no that is not his tongue. That's his chin!
He had surgery a few months ago which basically ended up being a procedure similar to a human tummy tuck.
Jan 2013 Bingo endured his 2nd and last surgery to remove more spindle cell carcinoma. The vet discovered a large tumor growing deep in his chin attached at different areas of muscle tissue. It is inoperable. The vet gave me the grave news that my little fella probably has a few months before his rainbow bridge walk. I am trying alternative therapies in hopes to stop the tumor growth. If anyone has info on cryosurgery for pets please message me. For now I'm treating him with MSM and and by adding drops of peroxide to his dishes of distilled water. Other than the golf ball sized tumor growing into his throat he is healthy and full of life.
The last surgery left him with a tongue that's always visible often. He's an unintentional slobberer now poor thing. I'm ready to sleep in a shower cap rather than have him move from his favorite pillow spot above my head :-)
I get a kick out of seeing what recyclers are able to keep from a landfill and make it a reloveable piece.
Some of my fave pieces have been from scrabble tile earrings, bottle cap magnets, bottle cap lapel pins, giving something bound for the trash bin a longer life is exciting.
I love traveling. I'm fortunate enough to get to do so regularly. Here is a pic I took of the red cross bunker on one of my treks to the Middle East. It was quite strange to be on FOB's hearing 50 Cals going off and being aware of the nearest bunker for protection.
Iraq. This sticker was on one of the Mig fighters in Saddam's boneyard.
Cheetah Preserve in Djibouti Africa
our tour escorts all over the park
I am a fabriHOLIC or a Fabric-HO Hah! I have an amazing stash of fabrics yet always on the lookout for that next fun loud strange kooky fat quarter! I like cotton fabric. I like weird, wacky strange fabrics. I have everything from muted mundane to penis fabric to African mud cloth.
I enjoy the tactile touch of textile crafting.
I proudly wear my saponifier badge! Made my first batch in 1999 and have not looked back. It's amazing the things we did not invent but more stumbled upon. Soap is one of them. Coffee another. Gotta thank Sheep and their herders for leading us to coffee and the animal sacrifice peeps on Mount Sapo for soap...real soap...not syndet(synthetic detergents that are sadly what is stocked on most grocery shelves) Check your bar ingredients you might be surprised.
I support handmade crafters whenever possible. I would love to try hand roasted coffee beans.
In a swap a nice note hand written or typed goes a long way with me. I enjoy reading them. I really do.
Some of my recycled/upcycled crafts include
Juice pouch vest
Altered Cigar Box
Inside Altered Cigar Box did not have to be filled but I chose to do so anyway.
Boatbird-pal letter&pf surprise sent 10/5
Nicole Introvert-RAK-sent 10/5
Poofsizzle Angel'd Tea swap sent 10/3
Hello Kitty Bento Box & goodies Angel'd for ladyb's daughter. Sent 10/07
Wishlist pkg sent to Ollieotson 12/07
Wishlist McD's GC $10.00 to E4510 2/08
Wishlist surprise sent to Anam 3/08
Wishlist surprise sent to Shakira 3/08
Wishlist surprise sent to TTFN41460 3/08
Wishlist CPG wish sent to MissU 11/09
Chocolate Group tag sent to Libbybear 10/09
Chocolate Group tag sent to Morgaine 11/09
TAGS OWED TO ME as of Jan 30, 2009
Artsyinsomniac-duct tape wallet 09/15/08
Kerrlouise-chunky book page Aug 08
I enjoy sending out RAKs be it forum or groups. When I RAK I prefer the RAKee pay it forward instead of back.
I'm always happy to do private swaps. Just ask. Especially Int'l swappers. I much prefer to do a private swap than to sign up for an international swap, have to send Int'l and get a state side swapper who lives down the street from me. ha ha! So yeah, one on one Int'l or US is groovy.
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