Date Joined: May 11, 2008
Last Online: October 8, 2008
Birthday: September 1, 1970
Country: United States
I live in Southern California and work in a high school. After a day of working with teenagers, I need to relax. So I come home and unwind by cooking, gardening, knitting, crocheting, making cards and making jewelry. For as long as I can remember, I have had a project going. I think I get it from my father's side of the family. My grandfather was an excellent woodworker and my grandmother was a prolific knitter, seamstress and all around creative spirit.
According to my friends, I am the girliest girl they know so I like things that are feminine but not frilly- if that makes any sense.
I am very excited about sharing things that I make with others and getting their treasures in return. The thought of being able to connect with people all over the world through arts and crafts is thrilling to me.
I have to commute 20 some miles each way to and from work everyday. This would not mean much except for the fact that I live in Southern California which means that I spend a ton of time in the car. I have recently discovered audiobooks and they have literally saved my communting life. I have really enjoyed The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon, anything by David Sedaris, The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, and Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs. Books that I have read and loved have included: Beloved by Toni Morrison, Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl, Freakonomics by Stepehn Levitt, and The God of Small Things by Arudhati Roy.
I love documentaries. I also love movies that involve the mafia for some reason (The Godfathers are my all time favorites). Movies that make me laugh are what I also tend to gravitate to but they also tend to be pretty juvenile in nature (think The 40 Year Old Virgin, Borat). I also like indie films.
I am one of the last hold outs- I still do not have cable. It is not that I am morally opposed to it. I would love to have it. But when I have the TV on, I really don't watch it. I am always doing something else simultaneously- like crafting!! So, I am pretty content to have regular network TV as background noise, which is what it essentially amounts to. I am a huge Law and Order and CSI freak. I could watch episodes of either all day, everyday and be a happy woman.
I am a long time crocheter, but have recently gotten into knitting. I have always had a deep love of paper and paper arts. I make a lot of cards that I give to friends and family. My big passion is to make jewelry. I make my jewelry mostly out of sterling silver wire, semi-prescious beads, and silk cord.
Things I like:
Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters
Paper- especially Japanese prints in bright colors and retro prints
Italian papers- especially prints of food, plants, household items
Takeshi Murakami characters
Handmade stuffed characters
Scents like citrus, lavendar, orange and cinnamon. Nothing too cloying.
Stickers- especially sushi, hearts, flowers, Hello Kitty
Interesting and vintage postcards
The color pink, other bright but not primary colors.
Floral and plants prints
Cards and stationary
Bags and purses!!
Things I am not into:
Country themed things
Too many primary colors
Religious items (except for Renaissance art and the Virgin Mary)
Overly flowery or foody scents.
Prescious Moments characters or the like
I am into a wide variety of music. I tend to listen to a lot of hip hop and R & B. Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Eryikah Badu, and Dwele are some of my favorites. I also like some rock like the Foo Fighters. Jazz has been a fav as well. I tend more towards older jazz standards like Ella, Louie Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lester Young. I am also a big fan of Diana Krall and am a huge Pink Martini freak!! I have recently discovered Neko Case, but have to be in the right mood for her.