Update 7/13/18 - I have been out of town and have more work travel coming up! So I have dramatically reduced my swap participation for the moment. I am behind on ratings but should be up to date soon. Thanks for your patience!
A few of you have found your way over to my Etsy shop, so I thought I’d set up some coupons just for you! Here’s the first one:
And another: Swap-bot 15% discount on $30 or more
I joined the Write-On Campaign (write 30 letters in 30 days during the month of April) - check out this group if you want to join and have some support!
More info: Official site
Lately I've gotten some fantastic mail with multiple different postage stamps on it - I love this! If you have random stamps that need a home, put them on my envelope!
Re: newbie swaps, yes we were all newbies once but I've recently been burned again, and apparently people aren't angeling much these days, so I won't be participating in newbie-friendly swaps or hosting any.
See info at the bottom of my profile for outgoing WISHLISTS and TAGS.
I am a well-traveled professional in international health and I love to knit. You will never catch me without at least an emergency sock knitting project in my purse, and usually a shawl in my computer bag. I am from the northeastern US and have lived in the west as well as the south. This swapping experiment is probably an excuse for me to further indulge my love of paper, stamps, stickers, postcards, and possibly to discover new loves (washi???).
Knitting - I knit socks, scarves, shawls, and sweaters. I love most types of wool and most any colors, including un-dyed, and anything involving silk! I stay away from man-made fibers and usually don't knit with cotton, though occasionally with hemp. Knitting is my one true love! My favorite things to knit are one-skein shawls or socks from tonal solids, and I love lace and texture.
Collage - I am out of the habit, but I did collage with wild abandon in my younger days, and have been recently inspired by @bluehairedmary showing me some of her ATCs.
Sewing - My ambitions run bigger than my ability to complete projects, but I have many small patchwork projects in mind, and may be able to use that inspiration for ATCs as well. I also occasionally sew garments I can actually wear.
Since joining Swap-bot, I discovered that I like making mini flip books, and I make tons of handmade envies.
I don't own a TV anymore but I watch mainly through Amazon, and have been enjoying British period drama and mystery shows lately. Whenever I am with TV-owning friends, we seem to watch a lot of home improvement, which is a nice break! I am generally a fan of any well-presented drama and tend to binge-watch.
I prefer coffee to tea, but I participate in tea swaps now and again. I like black tea, herbal (mint, lavender, lemongrass), berry, citrus, and hibiscus, don't like green tea as much though I just found one with lemongrass that I like, and do not like Earl Grey. But I love Lady Grey!
CURRENT: The Cuban Affair. My book tastes lately have run to readable non-fiction, and I especially like explorations of science, culture, or religion (e.g., Neil DeGrasse Tyson, or The Year of Living Biblically). I also like some historical fiction, some contemporary fiction, and some sci-fi/fantasy, though my exposure to those is not very broad, so I'd like to explore more! I have never read any Harry Potter book, but I plan to one day... Recent reads include Neil Gaiman, American Gods; Chang-Rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea; Erin Straub, The Vacationers; Annie Proulx: Barkskins. I unexpectedly enjoyed Outlander and subsequently read the entire series, and have watched a few of the TV episodes.
Washi with images (vs. geometrics or solid)
Fashion, sewing, patterns
Bright colors, jewel tones
Camping and woods
Pen and ink drawings
Vintage travel posters
Southwest (light on the kokopelli tho)
Atomic era / mid-century
Woodblock / lino cut prints
African print and textiles
Farmers market and home ec (e.g., mason jars)
Yarn (natural fiber) - prefer tonal, kettle-dyed, or solid to variegated; self-striping and speckled OK
Animals: turtles, sharks, cats, dragons, birds
Japanese paper (origami, stationery, PCs)
Cool stamps, used or new
At this point, I'm good on the small bits of scrap paper. I haven't been using them, and I generate them myself!
Teas with spices, vanilla, or caramel (except chai)
Kids stuff (Kawaii OK; Disney, I'll pass on it thanks)
Teacher reward stickers
Brown / tan / beige / khaki / taupe
Platitudes and planner-related text
Lately I've joined a few Profile-Based swaps, so here are some ideas!
Knitting: sock weight yarn in as much % wool as possible, kettle-dyed or tonal (though I appreciate a good speckle, neon is fine!). I use this type of yarn for socks and shawls.
Kitchen: I love swedish dishcloths, and I've noticed on Amazon that some people comment that some are made in Sweden and others in China. I'm not sure I care, but FYI. I love nautical, mid century modern, and sheep / wool / knitting themes.
Kawaii: I put a bunch of stationery and washi ideas in my Etsy favorites, listed above.
Postalettes / fold-and-mail letters: I love vintage, boygirlparty (or similar), retro/mod, kawaii.
CPG April (pending)
A Wish Granted USA April (pending)
@PurpleEars Take Ten Tag (pending)
@RooBaRoo Draw me a ... tag (pending)
@QueenSmiley2530 CPG Who likes... Tag (sent)
@HaoHaoHao Themed washi tag (sent)
@OrigamiGrace Swap Tag US - Rated Swappers Only! (sent)
@PurpleEars Tag Through The Alphabet (sent)
@Mye Tag me...... but i send to you! (sent)
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