Life has thrown me a curve ball and unfortunately I won't be be swapping for a while. My mom whom I cared for for years passed away. If you have one of my decos or a journal and want to send it back to me please send me a message or email to get my current mailing address. THANK YOU! ( My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org)
** Spoiler Alert! ** My profile page or my Flickr page may contain photos of pieces I have created for swaps. If I'm your partner and you like surprises don't peak!
My name is Erica. I'm from North Carolina born and raised. I'm a wife, a mom of a 12-year-old daughter, a graphic designer, face painter and mixed media artist.
I love opening my mail box and seeing decorated envelopes, postcards and packages. They make me sooooooo happy!!
One of my favorite things to do is to go yard sales! I also like going to thrift stores, and flea markets to find stuff thats cool, useful and valuable. Best finds: New Cole Hahn leather back pack $8, Featherweight Singer sewing machine $5, mink jacket $5, NFL replica football jersey $1.
I'm always trying to eat healthy. I love healthy vegitarian low fat recipes!
I love syfy movies, rollerskating, jogging and bike riding.
I recently found out about Days for Girls organization. I plan to sew and donate kits.
They help distribute kits containing washable feminine hygiene items by partnering with nonprofits and helping impoverished communities start their own programs to supply kits and training. They have reached tens of thousands of girls and women in over 60 nations on 6 continents. In some countries not being able to buy sanitary supplies means DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house! The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school and women can work.
I always make something that I would want to receive. I hope for 5s and hearts.
I stick to deadlines and mail on or before deadline dates. I will send you a message and let you know if I can't deliver!!
I rate all swaps. PM me before you rate me if you don't get your swap or if you are unhappy. I will fix it. PM me if you don't get your rating! PLEASE rate my swaps!
If my swap partners send what is required and they mailed it on time I rate it with a 5. I give hearts and glowing comments for beautifully made, thoughtful, and personalized swaps, and touching notes or letters.
If your swap is gonna be late or if there is another issue please let me know by the deadline and we will be cool!! Smooches!!
Creating is relaxing for me. My favorites are quilting, sewing, mixed media art(drawing, collage, painting, stamping), cp soap making, crochet(intermediate), Metal work in silver, and beading.
These days I'm in love with art decos! Making little books is one of my favorite things to do. I put a lot of time and creativity into them. l love the idea of having a book filled with other swappers creations, and seeing other peoples books and pages is so inspiring.
"New Decos" 5/2014- by fiberlady23, collage, hand lettering, and mixed media
"New Decos" 2/2014- by fiberlady23, collage, hand lettering, and mixed media
I have stopped swapping Friendship Books. I hope to one day get one of the many I made back.
For two years I had my own studio I rented at a renovated warehouse turned artist collective. It was awesome. I used it for a work space but mostly for display, sales, and teaching. I have been an art/craft fair vendor/artist for about 10 years. I have been to art shows in NC, SC, and Va. I sold one of a kind handbags, quilts, change purses and other gift items. My niche was recycling so most of my bags were made from clothes, jeans, sweaters, jackets, and coats. Chic-Reuse!!
I love teaching! I have taught basic sewing classes, quilting cases and teen sewing classes at an after school program.
Handmade Journal cover by fiberlady23
Foreign text, Postage stamps(used), Vintage photos (of African-Americans; they are hard to find!), Reused items (event tickets, bus passes ie used crap!) stationary sets, maps
FAVORITE FABRIC ITEMS:
Fabric clothing labels, Vintage handkerchiefs, for the Cotton Batik Fabric(any size, scraps are great)
FOR THE Days for Girls KITS I make:
I could use, pieces of 100% cotton fabric 11 x 11 inches or fat quarters and 100% cotton Flannel Fabric (dark to medium colored, hides stains; geometric and floral patterns only) Fabric with people/ figures, animals, camo, reptiles, guns, knives, insects, culture-specific and girly-glam themes etc. are offensive and illegal in many cultures outside the US.
Fish (I'm a Pisces), My favorite numbers are 23 and 22, Butterflies, Crowns, Birds, Tea cups, Swirls
Lip balm, Adhesive nail designs (no painting), Reusable shopping bags with cute designs, altoid tins, restaurant coasters
FAVORITE COLORS: Most shades of green, pink, purple, red, deep gold and aqua
MANUFACTURER COUPONS FOR: t-paper, paper towels, cups, napkins, trash bags, disinfectant spray, feminine products, chips, cookies, drinks, coffee, tea, yogurt, sugar, cooking oil, butter, bottled water, toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes, lotion, facial cleansers, razors, deodorant, salad dressings, box macaroni dinners, sandwich meat, condiments, frozen foods, nail polish
*** THINGS I COLLECT: ***
1. fountain pens new or old
2. Kawaii stuff
3. vintage handkerchiefs
4. tea cups and tea cup imagery
5. fat quarters
7. rubber stamps (loose ones not on a block)
8. vegetarian recipes
9. Mini Lego Friends figures - Andrea and Emma are faves
10. Pretty paper; or paper you collaged or decorated
11. cute stationary and envelopes
12. heavy high quality flatware (fork & spoons)
13. Beige Corelle dishes (any pattern, any piece except cup saucers)
14. Color Sunday Comics
Nyah, my daughter is 11, she likes:
friendship bracelets, nail polish or nail decals, necklaces, rings, colorful elastic ponytail holders, getting postcards from new friends, Anything glittery, pink or purple : )
If you have a child close to my daughter's age forward his or her info, my daughter would like to write PCs!
Journal Page by fiberlady23
Nudity, Political topics, Religious (I attend church; but prefer not getting religious materials), Holiday Themed Stuff (if its not right before a holiday or for a themed swap I prefer not getting it), Monkeys, Kids School Themed Stickers, Things that have an odor or bad smell and tea bags that are not individually sealed.
Miguel, Adele, Marsha Ambrosius, Maxwell, Sade, Estelle, Usher, Elle Varner, Mary Mary, Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michelle, Anthony Hammilton, Erykah Badu, and Corinne Bailey Rae
Futuristic/sci-fi movies are my favorite!! I also like action movies and psychological thrillers.
Looper, I Robot, The Island, The Martix, Repo Man, The Timer, Fight Club, 12 Monkeys, Harry Potter, Hitchcock, School Daze, Limitless, Bamboozled, Inkwell, Mixed Nuts, X Men, Die Hard, Shutter Island, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
I admire the work of: John Biggers, Kehinde Wiley and Romare Beardon
I love the technique and energy of: MC Escher, Kara Walker and Teesha Moore
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