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hydro75

hydro75
Date Joined: July 1, 2008
Last Online: February 19, 2020
Birthday: January 22
Country: United States
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About Me

39-year-old (eek! When did that happen??) Customer Service Rep, crafting addict, and wanna-be writer. Married for eight years. Non-mom, proud auntie. :) Thrift store junkie. Colorado native looking for a change of scenery... suggestions gladly accepted!

I've been told I have an odd/dark sense of humor... I don't know if this is true or not, but I often find myself laughing when others aren't.

I'm a left-leaning Christian, and though I won't preach to you (unless you ask me to), I ask that you respect my beliefs, and in return I will respect yours.

I love mail art and naked mail (the kookier, the better... my mail carrier is such a humorless dork, and anything that makes his eyebrows jump is great!) :P I love receiving post cards, but am more likely to save your card forever if it's handmade/beautiful/interesting, or you've added word balloons to the statues/animals/people on the front, or have written a personal note on the back. :)

This is my current "happy place":

(Click for Rick!)

likes/dislikes

STUFF I LOVE:

--Butterflies! They're kind of my "thing." (I know, I know, mine and about a million other people's.) :)

--Owls and woodland creatures

--70s and 80s retro styles

--Steampunk, but more the natural history side of it (preserved insects, animal skulls, etc.) than the clockwork stuff

--Dia de los Muertos, loteria imagery, Mexican folk art

--gothic-looking cherubs, cherubs holding things aloft, cherubs that aren't "cute." :)

--anthropomorphic fruits/veggies (with faces and other human characteristics)

--Rustic/primitive images of Jesus, saints, people praying, etc.

--things having to do with writing/printing/words, such as typewriter imagery, old letterpress type, vintage pens, random letters and words from old signs, etc.

--covers/dust jackets from old 60s/70s romance novels... particularly the really corny, handsome- doctor-pretty-nurse kind.

--Color in general, but particularly fond of reds, oranges, greens, gold/deep yellow, and brown. Colors that bring to mind the desert, autumn, or 70's kitchens. :) Oddly enough, I love a dash of bubblegum pink paired with any of those colors.

--chocolate, those flavored Kit-Kats they have in Canada and Japan, dried fruit, coffee, tea, trying unusual treats. Other than a dislike of blue raspberry flavor and gummy/gel candies, I'm not that picky, and I don't have any food allergies, so surprise me! :)

Arts and crafts I collect: ATCs, matchbox shrines/fills, art dolls and funky, handmade stuffies/creatures, upcycled/found object jewelry, collages, handmade postcards, altered anything!

Random things I collect: honeycomb decorations, tiny/miniature books, funky scarves and bags, costume jewelry.

Can always use: pens, vintage stationery, tiny bottles, scraps of interesting paper, any weird little objects I can collage/create with (game pieces, bits of wood and metal, broken jewelry, stuff from your junk drawer???), STURDY hair clips (my hair just "eats" the tiny/flimsy ones!), fun/unusual stickers.

My style in general: eclectic, colorful, retro, off-beat, folksy (not to be confused with country!), whimsical (not to be confused with cutesy!)

I don't mean to be ungrateful, but...

-Scented items are kinda iffy, not so much for me as for my husband... he has a hyper-developed werewolf sense of smell, and if he smells something in the house that he doesn't like, thinks is too strong, or doesn't smell like what it's "supposed to", I'll have to hear about it for days on end. Probably best to avoid this stuff altogether UNLESS it's Nag Champa incense, which for some reason he loves... go figure??

-I'm not fond of anything too cutesy, or licensed characters (Precious Moments, Disney, etc.), and puppy and kitty items. Store-bought stuffed animals and little ceramic tchotchkies (unless remarkably profile-specific) aren't really "me."

Favorite Books

"The Poisonwood Bible"/Barbara Kingsolver, "Choke"/Chuck Palhanuik, "The Psycho Ex Game"/Merrill Markoe & Andy Prieboy, pretty much anything by Leslie Stella, Amy Tan, Wally Lamb, David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, Nick Hornby, Anne Lamott and Flannery O'Connor. In fiction, I love quirky but realistic stories. Not big on fantasy or sci-fi unless it's really character-driven (like Ray Bradbury's stuff). If a current fantasy/vampire series has a huge following, and that following consists largely of adolescent girls, there's a good chance I WON'T like it. :P No offense to the fans, just not my thing. (One exception: LOVED the Hunger Games trilogy!)

As far as non-fiction goes, I enjoy personal essay collections, craft books (especially about re-purposing and upcycling), or funny coffee-table type books like Signspotting. Self-help books generally don't work for me... guess I'm beyond help. :)

Favorite Crafts

Altered books, mini-shrines/assemblages (from Altoid tins, cigar boxes, etc.), ATCs, collage, polymer clay, papermaking, painting (not very well, but I have fun with it--- watercolors and acrylics), sewing, matchbox shrines/fills, upcycled/found object jewelry.

Favorite Music

Mostly classic rock, and 70's-80's pop. A few faves: Fleetwood Mac, U2, Lyle Lovett, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Pretenders, Jonny Lang, Billy Idol, KT Tunstall, Tears for Fears, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bowling for Soup, Johnny Cash, Jars of Clay, Tracy Chapman, Florence and the Machine. I'm kinda out of the loop with newer music, and love receiving mix CDs of stuff I might not have heard. I'll give anything a listen, but generally do not like mainstream country, metal, rap/hip-hop or "tweeny" pop. I also like a little classical or instrumental/ambient stuff now and then.

non-craft hobbies

Fishing, bicycling, ice skating-- all in moderation! :) I'm definitely not the most adventurous/outdoorsy Coloradan you'll ever meet! :)

I'm mainly focused on writing at the moment, actually the more daunting task of marketing my writing... I've written a novel, and I'm testing the waters with querying a few agents... wish me luck!

Favorite Movies

Napoleon Dynamite, Goonies, Princess Bride, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Prince of Egypt, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Office Space, The Wedding Singer

Favorite Television

The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Office (US), Raising Hope, Tosh.0, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black.

Random thoughts about swapping

For me, swapping is not just about amassing "stuff" (I do that quite well on my own, thank you very much!) but about getting to know people around the world, trying new techniques, and thinking creatively. I hope to meet others on here who feel the same way!

Aside from a big aversion to things that smell like smoke, and hubby's aforementioned smell issues, I think you'll find me to be more lenient than the average swapper when it comes to old/used things... so don't be afraid to send thrift store/garage sale/flea market finds my way, as long as they're in decent shape. I love old stuff! :)

ABOUT MY KITCHEN: (for Atomic Housewives swaps... or anyone who might find this information useful!) :) My kitchen walls are painted a bright, Granny Smith green color. I made my own curtains using a mix of 50's fruit fabric and modern sushi-print fabric (and they look very homemade, if you know what I mean). :P I have cookware, linens and decorative stuff from every decade from the 50's till now... I'm definitely not a decade snob, I just love bright colors and fun styles! A quick glance at my shelves (and the piles of dishes in the sink) reveals lots of red, orange, aqua, yellow and eggplant. I recently treated myself to a set of Bordallo-Pinheiro knockoff plates shaped like cabbage leaves, and have a small collection going of anthropomorphic fruit and veggie items (salt and pepper shakers, creamers, etc.) LOVE that style!

I can explain...

If you're concerned about my "three" rating, please read the following. This particular swap was Halloween-themed mail art swap that required the envies/postcards to have art on both sides. I had finished the fronts of my postcards when my life kind of imploded, and I contacted my partners to let them know I would be mailing late. Which they were okay with, but I was not. So I scrambled to finish the postcards, deciding some doodles on the address side would suffice as "art." One of my partners disagreed, hence the three, and goodbye, perfect SB rating. :( I hope this won't deter anyone from letting me join their swap. Please contact me if you need more info/groveling.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you, i love it! I'll try the tea tomorrow. (Smells delish!) my favorite is the sweet notebook! I love it!!! (Thanks for the warning not to unbutton it!) I've eaten a third of the cookies (what??? Howd that happen??) anyway thank you, I'm really looking forward to reading the book and using the little extra bits (i love your color themed envies!) :-)
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard! And thanks for the compliments on my work too :)
anntabor rated for JUNE: Colorful Reading! on Jun 14, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely package of pink goodies! I loved everything. And it was so creative how you put the facts about the color on the playing cards! Thanks again for a fun package :)
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed everything, thanks again for your patience! And thanks for the heart! :)
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Comment: Thanks for the four extra cards...liked the assortment, even the pink lol
AMUse rated for Not your Grandma's post card.... on May 5, 2014
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Comment: thank-you for the lovely postcard and comments about my ceramic work. :-) I love the picture ... suitably creepy. Thank-you.
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Comment: I love all the red! Thank you.
Moominbrooke rated for APRIL: Nearly New Notes on May 1, 2014
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Comment: Thanks for the swell squares! :0)
hollycm6 rated for APRIL: Nearly New Notes on Apr 30, 2014
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Comment: Thank you! You found some interesting papers to use! I think i especially like the old letter... Although the japanese page and the bird page were close runners up!
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks again for hosting... maybe we could do a refill swap in the future? :)
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Comment: Loved the card!!!! Thank you so much!!!! Let me know.if.u want to be pen pals
GoddessRhiannon rated for HAPPY MAIL Just For Me on Mar 4, 2013
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Comment: I can't believe i didn't rate you!!! I thought i had rated as soon as it arrived. :-( Where did you find those spanish grammar cards?? Perfect, and such a surprise!!!! :-) thanks for helping my Christmas morning be extra special :-) update: the card is so perfect! you know I love dandelions (AND haiku haha!!!) I hate to use it. But... am :) Thank you for sharing Christmas with me!
Artistic rated for Writer's Christmas Stocking on Dec 28, 2012
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Comment: Thank you so much for a wonderful (and beautiful!) quilted stocking. I opened it after attending Christmas Eve service. Thank you for everything.
Response: You're welcome! And thanks for sending a thank-you card! :)
AmyMarie rated for OCT: Halloween Mail ART #2 on Nov 3, 2012
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Comment: The swap states "Minimum size is a standard 4x6 inch (10x 15 cm) postcard/envelope and BOTH SIDES need to be decorated, but make sure the shipping address is readable." The item I received was decorated on one side only. [Added:] You had already let me know it would be late and I was fine with that. I'd rather it be late and meet swap requirements than on-time and not be complete.
Response: I realize the little bats (that's what they're supposed to be, at least) that I drew on the address side were half-assed, but I was already mailing so late that I just wanted to get them done and in the mail. I realize my lateness was not your fault, but if you could be a fly on the wall of the week I was having... well, at any rate, I'm sorry for not meeting the/your expectations.
KSENiA rated for Simple Summer Snail Mail Letter Swap on Jul 11, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely letter and for the cute extras. Hope you will find a nice job soon. :)
audreydoll rated for up-cycled stationary on Jun 21, 2012
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Comment: great stuff - yes, I recongized my envie - great turnaround!! thanks for joining my swap. Im going to do a public one soon. I heard form several people that were not in the group that said they would have joined. I'll sne u a message when I do
mordfiddle rated for Write Now Critique Group on Apr 30, 2012
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Comment: Good luck with your writing
knitmom7 rated for spring clean on Apr 22, 2012
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Comment: Wow!This card has been looked at by my family more than others! Interesting! Kudos to you! Thanks for joining!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart.
Jacosa rated for spring clean on Apr 17, 2012
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Comment: you got a lot of stuff on the PC and it made it in the mail. Thank you.
koalascout rated for Your name means... on Mar 22, 2012
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Comment: love it
lisamocker0412 rated for Mail Art Challenge - PINK on Feb 7, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty mail.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9955 368 17 24
Completed Fives Threes Ones
360 442 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
8 79 239 34
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Comments

ArtsyArty on Apr 20, 2015:

I'm really happy you liked it! Thanks for giving me the chance to make it up to you. =)

hollycm6 on Sep 5, 2014:

Ohmygoodnessmytagarrivedanditsperrrrrfect!!! (I squealed)

:-)

Linsoid on Jul 18, 2014:

Thank you for the summer reading WTA book! I look forward to reading it!!

hollycm6 on Jul 11, 2014:

I'm so glad! I cleaned off my art desk today (mostly) and found.. A butterfly postage stamp I had intended to go in the box too. :-( sorry!!!

I thought you'd enjoy getting that fun box. My postal dude was surprised by it, too. :-)

bluehairedmary on Jun 25, 2014:

Consider joining my quote or stickers swaps in the Mailbox Mania group!

bluehairedmary on Jun 10, 2014:

Thanks so much for the Loteria bingo sheets! And the extras you included! ♥♥♥ C & C Paper Twist tag

hollycm6 on Jun 9, 2014:

Oops i think i never told you thank you for the mulberry paper pieces... I didn't even know what they were but they are cool!! :-)

Thank you!

hollycm6 on Apr 23, 2014:

Thank you for the fun Yellow envie!!! :-)

hollycm6 on Apr 19, 2014:

Thank you for the awesome Red ephemera envie in the cup and chaucer Paper Twist tag!!! I love everything!!

handsdown46785 on May 29, 2012:

:) I'm glad to hear that the letters are still giving you some inspirational boosts... To be honest, I couldn't help myself and ended up opening all my envies/packages from my partner back in February because I just couldn't help myself!! But glad to hear that everything I sent for the Year of Inspiration is to your taste so far! I had a lot of fun finding and put everything together for you. I don't even remember now what all I sent you! :) Hopefully things start looking up for you in your search for an agent!! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :)

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