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freespirit66

freespirit66
Date Joined: March 26, 2008
Last Online: September 2, 2017
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States
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About Me

After many years in the non-profit sector (with the last 8 of that founding/operating/directing a children's art and farm camp), I'm now a stay-at-home mom who homeschools my two daughters.

This is perhaps the most challenging - and rewarding - position I've held. I feel so fortunate each day that I get to spend teaching and learning with the girls.

I enjoy photography...and documenting everyday life around the home...including homeschooling, crafts the girls and I do, cooking, the pets (2 dogs, 5 cats, miniature horse, pony, and hedgehog), nature, and wildlife. Come visit MY BLOG to read about life at the farm.

When I have breaks from homeschooling, I make natural toys by hand for children that are made from wool felt and sheep wool. They are made by sewing/embroidery or needlefelting...both crafts that I truly enjoy.

I also make translucent window stars (like these window stars I made). The stars have been such a fun and creative way to add some beauty to the home, and to daily life.

I enjoy participating in swaps and meeting new people throughout the world. Receiving mail filled with creative work by others is so inspiring!

For a look at my work, please visit either my Flickr site and look under "Things I've Made" or to my Etsy shop to see handmade things I sell.

About my Daughters

Sophia and Olivia are 13 and 11 respectively. Both were born in China and adopted at 11 and 10 months respectively. Both are loving, generous girls who care deeply about others – people and animals.

Both girls have special needs which were unknown/undisclosed at the time of adoption. Olivia is legally blind in both eyes. She wears glasses so she can see, but definitely responds better to tactile/sensory items that she can touch. She also had a wide range of developmental and speech delays (many of which have been addressed); developmental delays, and learning disabilities. Sophia has multiple allergies (dairy, cats, dogs, dust, dust mites, cockroaches). Both girls have Sensory Integration Dysfunction.

Both sing in choir and perform about once a month. They take classes through two homeschool co-ops to connect with other children and learn new subjects as well as take swimming lessons.

The girls also do a lot of birdwatching since there are many types of birds here (we live on almost 10 acres of which we’ve kept the majority in its natural state). They enjoy going on nature walks and discovering animals that live or pass through here (deer, pheasants, fox, coyotes, snakes, owls, eagles, and turkeys).

Favorite Crafts

Photography, embroidery, bookmaking, colored pencil, sewing, and quilting.

I enjoy trying new things. I have tons of ideas that I’ve clipped from magazines for scrapbooking, but haven’t sat down to do that yet.

Since being a part of Swap-Bot, I've tried new projects which have been fun and challenged me creatively: ATCs, dotee dolls, altered matchboxes, inchies, and button fairies.

Favorite Colors

My favorite colors are purple and green.

Favorite Scents

Lilac, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, sandalwood, patchouly, and lemon.

Favorite Music

Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, U2, Barbra Streisand, Enya…any artists along that line. I also like new age and classical music. Will listen to jazz. Enjoy listening to music from the eighties. I do not like rap or other offensive music.

Favorite Books

BOOKS:

I read MANY books to my daughters and enjoy books that are well-illustrated and have a good story line, especially those that are classical or “old-fashioned" (ones written in the 1930s-1950s).

The books I enjoy tend to be from several sections in the library: arts/crafts, inspirational, and non-fiction about something I’m learning about or teaching my daughters (I homeschool them).

Favorite Quotes

"There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free, if you truly wish to be." - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelo

"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life." - Apache blessing

"You have everything you need...if you just believe." - Josh Groban - Believe (Polar Express Soundtrack) Lyrics

Favorite Movies

These movies are ones I could watch many times and they wouldn't get old for me: Defending Your Life; The Birdcage; Dead Poets Society; The Truman Show, Wizard of Oz; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Sound of Music; Arsenic and Old Lace; Mrs. Doubtfire; Best in Show, and Waiting for Guffman. Don’t have large blocks of time to watch movies, unfortunately.

Items We'd Love to Receive

  • Small gifts to put in my daughters' Christmas stockings or under the tree - I've had a lot of unexpected and/or increased bills due to storm damage on the home, caregiving for my parents, and medical bills. Anything that I could put in the girls' stockings or use as gifts from Santa would be greatly appreciated.

  • Japanese fabric - anything larger than 6"x6" would be great!

  • Essential oils - any oils are welcome so I can try new blends.

  • Fountain pens for doing calligraphy/Spencerian handwriting - they should have a flexible nib. I'm looking for the kind where you don't have to dip them into ink since I'll be teaching my oldest daughter how to do calligraphy and would prefer not to work with ink initially.

  • Assisi embroidery patterns - Here's an example: Assisi Embroidery Pattern.

  • Bubble bath soap.

  • Japanese Craft Magazines - Anything related to felt food, making little stuffed animals (mascots), sewing, and/or quilting. Would love to see "Cotton Time."

  • Anything from my favorite items on Etsy or Amazon - Etsy Favorites or Amazon.com Wishlist.

  • Sashiko Fabric - Am looking for pre-printed fabric with different sashiko embroidery patterns on it.

  • Craft Magazines that You Are Done Looking At - Ones that I enjoy are Living Crafts, Home Companion, Somerset Studio, Cotton Time, and any craft magazine (especially ones that focus on paper crafts.

  • Something for my Daughters - If anyone feels inclined to send something to the girls, I know they would LOVE it.

~~~~~~~ Please Note: Please do not send items that smell of smoke. I have asthma and allergies (Sophia has allergies as well), and smoke is something neither of us can handle well. Even if your item is beautifully constructed, but it smells of smoke, I unfortunately cannot have it in the home. Thank you for understanding. ~~~~~~~

My Daughters

Sophia - is 13 years old and likes:

  • anything that is lime green and robin's egg blue for her room; or purple

  • horses

  • cats

  • gum (mint)

  • dogs and dog agility

  • harps and harp music

Olivia - is 11 years old and likes:

  • anything that is blue

  • otters - this is her new favorite...can't seem to get enough of otters!

  • dogs

  • art supplies

  • horses

  • Skittles

Ratings

madsquirrel rated for 52 Weeks of Baking - Week #18 on Sep 12, 2011
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kriegergenealogy rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 9, 2011
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Comment: Hello Ann - Thanks for the really nice map card of Minnesota. I don't have this one yet, so I'm thrilled to receive it. Best wishes, Debbie
Saucyknits rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 5, 2011
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Comment: Thank you for the pc!! I'm glad you've been enjoying your garden! Unfortunately, ours didn't do so well -- I'm not complaining, but we had a cool summer that didn't get really hot until 2 weeks ago, so the garden didn't really flourish :( I'm hoping the grapes, at least, will do well :)
cindynvb rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 5, 2011
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julie11710 rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 4, 2011
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Comment: Thank you!
SecretSquirrel1904 rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 3, 2011
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Comment: thanks so much! my first card from minnesota :)
USAFwife rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 3, 2011
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Comment: Thanks!
denalichix rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 3, 2011
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Comment: Love the card !! Its a new Minnesota for my collection - thanks !
Margothecat rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 3, 2011
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and for hosting this swap!
preslarb rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 2, 2011
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Comment: I never dreamed Minnesota got that hot!! I thought it was bad in NC! HA!! Have a great time at the fair!!
sammylouise40 rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 2, 2011
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Nnyla rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 2, 2011
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Comment: Hi there--Thanks for the MN map PC! My 5-yr-old is working on the US map now--learning to recognize the states by their shape and location on the map, so these map PCs certainly come in handy! Thanks for hosting an awesome swap!
badandknowsit2 rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 2, 2011
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8catlover rated for 1 Postcard Per State on Aug 2, 2011
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Comment: Great postcard!! Love it!!! Thanks!!!
AngelFaeryKathleen rated for Life Story #2- 2011 on Mar 17, 2011
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your memories on your sister Mary.♥♥♥☺♥
AndreaJ rated for Life Story #2- 2011 on Mar 5, 2011
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Comment: Very heart-warming!
tvallie rated for SEWvenir Quilt Block R4 on Mar 5, 2011
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Comment: Beautiful! Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful treasure-trove of mail art goodness! I love everything, and I am especially intrigued by the sewn-in letters. I think making some of those is definitely in my future. Thanks, again.
TangoAlphaMike rated for Follow my blog! 2nd Edition on Feb 17, 2011
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eveyinorbit rated for Follow my blog! 2nd Edition on Feb 15, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the great comments!

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Comments

grimmlynn on Dec 10, 2010:

This is a very belated thank you for a November wish. I just found your message today in my inbox. Apparently, it thought you were spam.

What a wonderful way to give back and help out others in need. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It is always nice to read about the good deeds of others!

Hugs,
Jeni

chincho on Nov 24, 2010:

Thanks for the comment, dear! It's great to know that oll the items are going to be in good use!

julief on Nov 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for the huge bag of fabric scraps. I already have a couple in mind for some current projects. Thanks again for thinking of me this month :)

TangleCrafts on Nov 9, 2010:

After receiving your wonderful club package, I just wondered if you can be tempted by the new ZMACS Etsy promo swap? Thanks again for putting together such a great package! :)

Vblarney on Nov 6, 2010:

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craftgasm on Oct 5, 2010:

Please check out my ephemeral giveaway in the ZMACS forum!

Swan on Sep 14, 2010:

Thank you for fulfilling my September wish. It was great to read about your de-cluttering and donations. I started that process, too, before our temporary move and will continue when we come back. Thank you also for the healthy recipes.

Vblarney on Sep 9, 2010:

image for the zines for my September wish!

smokeandmirrors on Aug 9, 2010:

Hi there, i thought you might be interested in checking out The Round Robin Group. Hope to see you there!

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