IIIIIntroducing... Holly! I am sort of a colorful chaotic mess. Married for thirty years to my best friend, with four kids and grandchildren now, too... I stay busy! I recently began working with my husband and I enjoy it... But it is exhausting. Little artsy-crafty swaps help me relax. SHOPPING, traveling, and creating are really my favorite things to do. Along with hanging out with my family (grandkids!!) or watching movies or painting or cuddling my puppy... books, being at HOME...
I'm completely addicted to Swap-bot, and excited to be an "Ambassador" ... I love sharing the rockingamazingtivity of this site with others. I'm happy to answer questions about the site, or try to direct you to someone else who can, and I am excited to do private swaps with you, too, if i have time.
(I draw things like this...)
I love everything about books. :-) Especially classics, mysteries, quirky stuff like jasper fforde, YA (YA and childrens from decades or generations ago, particularly)
No horror (even classics), or graphic violence, or overly sexually explicit books. I do love pretty much anything else that's well-written.
I love the poetry of EE Cummings, Mary Oliver, and others.
-I mostly enjoy fruity herbals.
-I don't enjoy black tea or coffee :(
-London Fruit and Herb, esp berry types
-I do use loose teas as well, so supplies for those are welcome
-I LOVE tea cups, any tea party type things
I prefer vivid colors over pastels. Orange, lime green, olive green, are my favorites. Deep yellow too... Bright pink, teal blue, brown... also faded old antiques colors... But use anything YOU love for the project!
My granddaughter and I will be creating a fairy garden outside this summer. If you have any little bits that you think might be nice for this, I'd really love them. Or if you know how to make tiny twig furniture? Or acorn anything? I'm thinking our first attempt will be small, maybe a house and little tea table with a mossy yard and pebble path in our big flower pot... I'm hoping to put a mailbox in for our little fairies as well, and really want one we can open to find fairy notes in! I need a name for our little fairy garden as well and maybe some tiny books? Suggestions welcome!
-Mail art: anything goes!
-pens, pencils, typewriters
-all things art...Something you create that I can display, or that you send me to create with.
-fairy garden items
-dymo type label maker... new, used, whatever
-newfoundland anything. The dog. I love Emmett, my giant black newfie baby
-handmade items and unique art
-thin tombow eraser
-a new letter opener
-tree houses (don't mail these)
-Mac eyeshadow, "handwritten" or "Shadowy Lady" (retired and awesome)
-candy (any!) but i am always looking for:
Haribo "saft goldbären"
Chocolate (esp milk, esp with with fruit or nuts or caramel)
Dentyne Ice, Arctic Chill (gum)
Lutti cara-choco chocolate caramels (oh yum PLEASE)
-my birthday is Christmas Eve, so anything Christmas or HOLLY leaves
-colors! Color themed swaps! I do love these. love love love.
-books and anything relating to books, no horror or 'dirty'... PG13 :-)
(esp dandelions! And clover! And... pussy willows, honeysuckle, daffodils, poppies, lightning bugs, ladybugs, moths, leaves, acorns, the beach, woodland things, beetles...)
-fingerless gloves (i don't work with yarn myself. I LOVE these. Serious love. Wear them daily 7 months of the year.. need need need.)
-maps and globes.
-calvin and Hobbes. LOVE THIS COMIC!! My sweet Emmett ate one of my books... the white one called "It's a Magical World". I'd really love another copy of this if you run across one, for my collection to keep. (update @djcamp04 kindly sent me this book!) Or if you find other damaged or cheap ones I love using them to decorate my mail or to make lettersets out of.
-your favorite Bible verse, encouraging idea, interesting quote, poem, or song lyric.
-Words, letters, typography
-anything from England (my birthplace) or Norway (my heritage)
-quirky, feminine, or hopeful anything
-seasonal potholders, kitchen towels, garden flags, etc, any season (Off season=INEXPENSIVE, my motto :)
-VW beetles (mine is chocolatey brown!!! Yes, I finally got one!!!) ` -any cute fun girlie stuff most girls enjoy, socks etc
I have enjoyed learning about other people's religious views here on swap-bot, as much as about other cultures, but I've also been surprised and saddened by the closed mindedness of supposedly open minded people when it comes specifically to MY faith. I respect yours, even though it isn't what I believe, please respect mine. I will never try to criticise or belittle you or your faith or even lack of faith, or judge you based on assumptions I've made, or things I've read about other people who practice your religion. I will not try to convert you or even discuss religion unless you ask to discuss it. Please show me the same consideration regarding respect and belittling comments. That said, I am happy to discuss religion or anything else with you, and would love to count you among my friends whether we are the same or very different in the way we think and how we see the world!
Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. -Leo Buscaglia
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -e e cummings
So as of January 20, 2017, these are some very sweet thoughtful things I have received, and I'm so sorry for the hundreds of things which happened before and are not recorded here. And can never be repaid. I have been so blessed and so moved by the thoughtfulness of Swap-bot members over the past years. And I'm also sorry (ahead of time) for the probably erratic attempts to keep this part current.
Christmas: @sandyponey sent me a big sweet Christmas Eve birthday package, a complete surprise. Full of special stuff. Such a nice thing to do for a person she barely knows!!!!! Made me feel great.
January 18, 2017 @djcamp04 sweetly sent me a replacement of the Calvin and Hobbes book Emmett my Newfie puppy ATE. Thank you! How sweet!
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