Date Joined: September 27, 2007
Last Online: April 26, 2019
Country: United States
Hello, I have taken a couple years off of swap-bot, but lately I have started to really miss the fun mail, the creativity, and learning a little bit about someone's life. So I am back!
I am married with 2 young adult children which we homeschooled/unschooled. My daughter has now graduated from University of CA, Santa Cruz and my son is in college pursuing a computer science degree. I'm super proud of them both and what we accomplished as a family with unschooling. We live in a rural area in a home we built. We are off grid using solar power. So all my computer correspondences are solar powered yeah! We lived for a year with no electricity at all before we were able to get solar power system up. It was fantastic learning experience. Doing something like that really helps you not take a lot of things for granted.
Nature is very important to me and I like arts and crafts that reflect nature.
I like stationery, sachets, address labels and fancy STICKERS, LOTION, soaps ANYTHING Scented, Lip balms, Lip Shimmers, and Lip Sticks (pinks/natural), ribbon, teas, homemade or store bought spice blends, candles (all kinds votive and jar candles ect...), I like Victorian style postcards/cards, Celestial (stars and moons and suns) style, Cats and all animals especially Bears (real pictures of bears not teddy bears) Not that there is anything wrong with teddy bears :)
People who read profiles and take the time to connect with another person
Jewelry!! earrings, necklaces, bracelets handmade or 2nd hand (thrifted or yard sales :-) I like silver, bronze and coppery metals (not too much into gold unless its "antiqued" I like bohemian styles, ethnic, Victorian, animals, nature things (flowers,birds, trees ect...)
Interesting stones, crystals, semi-precious gem stones, Nature-made beach glass
Pen-pal letters and notes I love even a quick personal message in swaps
Fairies and dragons
Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees
Sun and moon and stars imagery
Mail art and decorated envelopes. Just putting a little effort with stickers ect... on an envie makes me SMILE big.
Flowers, love all flowers
ALL things herbal: Herbs from your part of the world, info, pictures, recipes that use herbs for body care, cooking, cleaning, medicines.
Stickers, stickers and more stickers :-)
Die cut shapes I don't have any punches and I love flower, star, heart, nature, butterfly, suns, leaves, trees, ect..... shapes!!
Embellishments, and Brads
TEA I love all kinds plain black and in all its delightful flavors, herb teas, chais and pumpkin spice teas,decaffeinated dessert teas. I like the brands Stash, Tazo, Bigelow, Yogi, Numi, Zhenas, but I would love to try different teas too. The only kinds I don't like are roobios and all of Twinning's brand teas
Tea stuff: teabag caddies, infusers, nice large mugs,
Magazines! Used is wonderful! I love relaxing with a magazine to read. I like all kinds: Science, Beauty, Craft, Homemaking, Nature, Current events, Homesteading, Art. Rock my world with something new to learn and read about!
Postcards: especially handmade, Nature scenery, gardens, castles, landmarks, art, Animals of all sorts!! I don't really care for the 3-D postcards, however.
Bears :-) realistic and artistic
Cats Big and small
Pagan/ Wiccan things: altar items (wands, candles, decorations) God and Goddess pictures Bells, Spells, Books, amulet bags, charms. I would love some items with pentagrams on them like charms, tiles ect...
Notecards I love handmade ones and store bought too!
Stationery sheets it is very hard to find stationery where I live. I like nature, artistic or just interesting designs please no Kawaii or diddle or other cartoonish styles.
Pretty patterned papers, embellishments, brads, prima flowers
Fabric bags with zippers or drawstrings for organizing stuff in my totes. Handmade always welcome and appreciated as well as clean thrift store/ yard sale finds :-)
mascara in brownish/black eye shadow in champagne or coppery-pinkish colors I have medium- light skin tone. drugstore brands are great just no dollar store cosmetics please. I like lotions, cuticle creams, soaps, shower gels, massage oils
Fuzzy or Cozy socks
Gloves, hats, wrist- warmers Handmade is always wonderful but even dollar store finds are great.
Rubber stamps and ink pads (value bin ones are awesome) I really love rubber stamps of all kinds. I use them all the time in my crafts and correspondences. I need more ink colors too.
I love quotes printed from the computer or handwritten
Ribbon, pretty fabric, lace, buttons
Halloween things especially vintage style
I am always in need of kitchen towels
I love aprons handmade or thrift store finds
Incense sticks or cones or loose Your homemade blends are always appreciated Please no drug store or dollar store brands
Cotton yarn and simple knitting patterns
Guided meditation scripts or Cd's
Anything about palmistry
Pink girly things like themes of shopping, princess, shoes and handbags that sort of thing. (just for clarification pink as it occurs in nature for butterflies, flowers ect... I don't have a problem with.
Camouflage or USA stuff (love my country but just don't like that color combo)
Any cartoon characters
World music especially music from Brazil, Ireland/Scotland, Cuba, and Africa. Jazz of all types and Rock from Indie to oldies with a soft spot for 80's music. I also love new age music, and classical.
I LOVE watching all kinds of movies. My guilty pleasures are action/ adventure films and sci-fi where the good guys always win. Will Smith rocks! I also love more subtle and complex films as well. I just love Dance movies also like Strictly Ballroom and Step up We get no TV so I love movies and I'm fine if you send me any "back-up" DVD copies of any kind.
Here is a short list of favorites:Guardians of the Galaxy, all X-men movies, Predestination, Cloud Atlas, Avatar, Meet Joe Black, Dan in Real Life, I am Legend, The Illusionist, Princess Bride, everything Star Trek, all the LOTR movies, The list could go on for a very long time
Cooking and preserving food, gardening, growing herbs for cooking, healing and crafting.I make soap and soy candles with essential oils. I love making my own herbal medicines and body care products. Knitting ( I like cotton yarn) and simple patterns for small projects Jewelry making. I have just been getting into making bead and wire earrings and necklaces. I would love to receive interesting beads and findings, chains ect... I love paper crafts such as making note cards and mail art. so I would enjoy biggish (not ATC size) patterned papers and card making supplies So I like embellishments, nice stickers (themes I like in stickers are : flowers, clouds,leaves,trees, snowflakes, Victorian, butterflies& dragonflies, stars,moons,suns,animals,but not too cartoony animals, I like decorative sticker borders, fairies & other fantasy and just pretty designs or interesting things. I don't like children's stickers or cartoon characters or kawai stuff like hello kitty. I also like brads, rubber stamps, ribbons and fine tip ink pens for my card making. I've been drying a bunch of homegrown and wild collected herbs for tea blends, herbal bath bags and potpourri.
I really enjoy reading non-fiction such as real life adventures or how-to books also books about great people. I do love engaging plot-driven books too. I love cozy mysteries like the China Bayle herbal mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert, The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Laurie R. King, The book Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli is a beautiful YA book I like to recommend to everyone. I also LOVE poetry. I always enjoy good book recommendations.
I have been following the Paleo diet for two years now and have lost 80 lbs!! I feel really good eating this way. . So that means I don't eat grains( that includes wheat flour or corn meal or corn starch), beans, sugar, or potatoes.If you have any paleo-friendly recipes I would LOVE them. I do a lot of baking with coconut flour and almond flour I can eat nuts of all kinds, veggies, and meats. So, alas, no more candy for me. I Love different herbs and spices. Your own homemade blends would be delicious. Little bags of plain or just salted nuts would be nice to receive. Sugar-free gum is also great to receive. I love all types of tea except no rooibos, please.
I really love scented stuff and prefer things scented with natural essences. I like clean scents like lemon, honeydew melon, herbs such as lemon verbena,lavender, rosemary, sage, Spicy scents like cinnamon,Sandalwood, cloves and pumpkin spice are fantastic too!! I also LOVE floral fragrances such as ROSE, JASMINE, VIOLET or HONEYSUCKLE.
I'm not really crazy for food smells or vanilla.
I love all colors. Except neon brights. I'm not such a primary color person either. I love all the other shades of colors. I like earthy colors and Jewel tones. I like the combinations of Red and yellow, Blue and yellow, and turquoise and brown.You can make me happy with most colors.
I just want to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful swappers I've had the joy to swap with. It is because of the great and generous people on swap-bot that this is such a fun past time!!
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