Date Joined: January 20, 2019
Last Online: September 30, 2022
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States
ABC's of Me: updated September 2022 A: “A” monogram, art, apparel, avengers, apples, address labels, Autumn, altered books, acrylic paint pens
B: buttons (the sewing kind), books (see that section), bookmaking, blue, balloons, buckles, bling, boho, that blue that sometimes looks purple, baking, book pages
C: coffee anything, cross-stitch, costumes, cats, crafts (see that section), Christmas anything, crochet, cupcakes, chocolate-dark, collage, cookies
D: design, desserts, drawing, dachshunds, donuts
E: ecru, eolienne, eyelet, embroidery, embellishments, ephemera, envelopes (collage/handmade), enamel pins
F: fabric, fine art, fashion, fonts, fat quarters, Fall, fringe
G: grimm, gelato, glue dots
H: hello kitty, history, hand bags, holly/Christmas, handmade, Halloween
I: ink, indigo, ikat, inchies
J: juxtaposition, junk journal
K: kites, khaki
L: letterpress, lace, letter sets, lap quilt
M: music (see that section), muji, maps, moos, mountains, mug rugs
N: nature, night owl, notecards
O: outdoors, oatmeal, owls, old book pages
P: postcards (vintage, touristy, artsy, homemade), painting, pouches, paper crafty/handmade, printmaking, patches, pins
Q: quilt (crumb, lap, scrappy)
R: royalty, random crap, retro, religious, roses, ribbons, rain, rocks (for painting)
S: sewing anything, scraps (of fabric/trims/paper), shells (especially abalone), spring, sharpies, skeleton keys, sunflowers, snow
T: tea (mint or ginger are favs!), theater, theatrical, television (see that section), textiles, typography, toggles, trims, tassels, twinchies, texture, twinkle lights
U: useful things, urchins, ultramarine
V: vintage everything, violet, variegated, Victorian
W: water color, wrapping paper, wall paper, winter, washi tape, washi stickers
X: xerox (old, vintage)
Y: yellow, yardsticks, yuletide, yachts
Z: zippers – all kinds/styles, zines
3-D: printed items, stuff with filling, paper pop-up
I am a button (the sewing-kind, not the pin-on kind) collector and enthusiast! I’m a member of the National Button Society, Oregon State Button Society, Western Regional Button Association, Oregon City Button Club, and Portland Button Club. I continue to learn about button collecting and history. I help with various social media and publicity functions for the button organizations.
I have a dedicated craft room with shelves of paper, fabric, beads, rubber stamps, yarns, trims, patterns, crafty magazines, and jars of buttons. I like yarns, cording, and threads. I like paper, paper crafts, and sometimes sew paper to fabric. I have a sewing machine, a serger, and a cover-stitch machine.
My college degree is in fine arts and I’ve taken classes in oil, watercolor, etc. I also minored in Costume Design and so love history of clothing. My “medium” is more into fabric and fiber. I love vintage fabrics, buttons, trims.
My favorite color is that dark blue that sometimes looks purple.
I am an instructor at the Portland Fashion Institute. I have taught sewing classes and lead Fabric & Fiber Meet-ups at our local library maker space.
I put my love of sewing to work in the sportswear and outdoor apparel industry. I am freelance/contract for an apparel sourcing agency here in the Pacific Northwest, with 25 years of experience. My work in the industry includes project management, developing garments, fabrics, and trimmings.
I'm more likely to watch crafty YouTubes than TV.
I like The Antiques Roadshow, various Marvel shows, and historical fiction subjects (mostly due to the history and costumes). I'm a Star Wars and Star Trek fan by default (my family loves it so I watch). I also love the entire 6 seasons of Grimm – mostly because it was filmed in Portland and I personally know a lot of the extras & side characters from working with modeling/talent agencies here in Portland through my jobs.
I've been painting rocks to leave around the community. With a new grand-baby, I sew burp rags and small blankets for strollers/grocery carts. I've been giving a go at "crumb quilting", I'm not sure I'm patient enough to do a whole quilt, so I'm working on some mug-rugs! I have made hundreds of masks for the pandemic! In between I discovered (through a swap!) "scrappies". I like to sew fabric and paper together. I am working on sewing my scraps of fabric together to make some hand-made scrappy postcards and baby items.
Right now I'm reading "The House of Gucci" - trying to finish before I see the movie. I've read "How to Read a Suit"! I keep cross referencing it with "How to Read a Dress" that I also have! I also enjoyed "Worn Stories" - a collection of stories from famous people about one single garment/piece of clothing that has stuck with them. It's super interesting!!
My favorite books are historically accurate fiction about places or people (not science fiction/fantasy/romance/horror/etc.) I like something that is at least loosely based on reality. I enjoy travel writings, biographies, and text-book type books on textiles, fashion, sewing, costumes, costume history, etc.
My favorite music depends on the day. I love everything from Classic Rock to Classical, from Country to Alternative Grunge, from Showtunes to Pop. Everyone in my family plays and instrument and/or sings – except me (I play the radio). I’ve always been around music and had an appreciation – but for me it’s driven by the mood.
I've been catching a few documentaries lately - the one about "American Pie" was fun, and I caught a bit of the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert (I'll have to go back and re-watch that one).
I am hoping to connect with people from all over the world. I love learning about people and other cultures. Swapping should be fun and without stress, no drama, just loving, positive people trying to connect and grow!
I will almost always have my items ready to mail as soon as I get my partners snail mail address, so if you don't receive something from me, please let me know! I'm always happy to re-do.
I will NEVER flake!! I will also ALWAYS rate as soon as I receive your item(s)!
I PLEDGE TO RATE!
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