I like to knit scarves and simple things like hats and armwarmers.
I experiment with making lotions and lip balms. I'm a big believer in functional crafts. I'm trying to learn to make some of the basic things that most people just go buy at Wal Mart.
I make jewelry for fun and sometimes for money. I love to use beads and hemp. I like big chunky beads such as wood, tagua nuts, howlite skulls, and bone beads. I got my crafty start making friendship bracelets and I'm always game to try a new technique or pattern of them for a swap.
Firefly Angel House M.D. Doctor Who (2000's version) How I Met Your Mother Orange Is the New Black Babylon 5 Lost Girl
Usually, whatever I am reading right this second is overwhelming me and causing me to use expletives and superlatives. You are all my favorites!
For fiction, my heart is with the dreams of scifi, fantasy and supernatural fiction. My soul is with politically progressive stuff like Margaret Atwood or Stieg Larssen. And if I choose to exercise my intellect, well, then anything is fair game, isn't it?
Red Mars trilogy (Kim Stanley Robinson) Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood) The Omnivore's Dilemma ( Michael Pollan), Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell (Susanna Clarke), Sandman series (Neil Gaiman) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larssen), The Bonesetter's Daughter (Amy Tan) Once Upon A River (Bonnie Jo Campbell) Johannes Cabal Necromancer (Jonathan Howard) Luminarium (Alex Shakar) Generation X (Douglas Coupland) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers) The Book of Daniel (E.L. Doctorow) I am reading this now! It's amazing! Galapagos (Kurt Vonnegut) Felix Castor series (Mike Carey)
Normally, I accept total responsibility for weird things I do under the influence of music I like. But now suddenly the local radio stations are playing "Same Love" about 20 times a day... and it takes me to my happy place, so I don't know, I might be about to lead a love-in revolution or something.
pop/ rock: Of Montreal, the Flaming Lips, Beirut, Eleanor Friedberger (I have a total crush on her and her eighties haircut and gender inspecific vocal style), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Shins, The Decemberists, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, the National, Macklemore, Daft Punk, Janelle Monae
folk-inspired: The Chieftans, the Pogues, Van Morrison,Planxty, ballad-y type stuff like Steeleye Span and Pentangle
classic rock/ gen x: the Kinks, the Boomtown Rats, John Lennon, Janis Joplin
I like movies where people talk a lot. Always a fan of Richard Linklater's talk-driven films. Robert Redford fan. If I see something on the big screen, I almost nearly always love it because it's just easier to suspend disbelief than when I'm at home and I could be doing anything.
Zach and Miri Make a Porno, Whip It, Juno, Nausicaa, Spirited Away, Two Days In Paris, Before Sunset, Waking Life, Little Miss Sunshine, In Brughes, Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse, Cleo de 5 a 7, A Bout de Souffle, Amelie, Jules et Jim, The Company You Keep, The Kids Are All Right, Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Silver Linings Playbook
Open to private swaps!
-- any basic functional stuff (soap, food, housewares and cleaners, etc.) made by you or maybe from a local independent artist/ crafter -- soap -- yarn -- your arts! -- your doodles and drawings! -- your writing! -- your unsent letters to that girl you don't talk to anymore?.... ok maybe that's too weird, but I'll take em! ---- your comics! --- books you've read! ---- cool things you knitted or crocheted --- your handmade jewelry! (no earrings though) --- any kind of book or zine or DVD or CD --- customers for my etsy?? --- knitting patterns --- d.i.y. upcycling patterns --- macrame patterns