I am a stay at home mom (my son is 12), artist (not professional), and was an occasional movie extra before the pandemic set in. For much of my life I have dealt with anxiety, though when I was younger I didn't know this. Lately I have been trying new skincare and beauty products from various subscription boxes (you can ask me about them if you want), walking for exercise while playing Pokemon GO, gardening, and cleaning/organizing at home. I haven't been that motivated to create art for the past couple months, something that I really need to get back into on a regular basis. If you like you can check out my Instagram (link at top of profile) to see some of my work. The most creative work I've done recently was a small piece of art for a private swap and before that, three hand-sewn face masks. Updated May 22, 2020.
I'll include a quick few sentences on various media since Swap-bot has those listed as drop-down options for section titles. For music lately I've been listening to pop (e.g. Taylor Swift, covers by various artists). . I don't have a favorite movie(s). TV: Jeopardy! and I’ve seen all of Game of Thrones. I don't currently watch anything else really aside from YouTube videos of Seth Meyers A Closer Look with my husband. A few podcasts I like, but do not listen to regularly include NPR's Hidden Brain, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and Ask Me Another. For books please see the section below. Last updated 4/21/2020.
I read mostly fiction, usually fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian. For non-fiction I tend to like art technique books, cooking, gardening, sometimes memoir and self-help. Some of my favorite books are:
I wish I was a faster reader. On Goodreads the past few years I've only been setting a goal of 12 books per year; last year I didn't even manage to complete my challenge with only 11 books. So far this year I have read (in chronological order):
I am currently reading Mythology by Edith Hamilton.
In addition to books I am a fan of a web comic called Lore Olympus; new “episodes” are posted online each week. Last updated May 8, 2020.
A fair amount of the art I've created falls under collage or mixed media (usually a combination of collage with another medium or media, most of the time acrylic paint). Most of my work is done on wood panels. Sometimes I have works on paper custom framed.
Some other media and techniques I like include: acrylic monoprinting, ATCs (do not collect them though), colored pencil, cyanotype, drawing, embroidery, graphite, mail art (envelopes and postcards), pen, pyrography (wood burning), rubber stamping, sewing by hand, zentangle.
Things I've dabbled in or with (perhaps taken one class or tried a handful of times... still consider myself a beginner): acrylic pouring, Asian ink painting, beading/jewelry making, bookbinding, calligraphy and lettering, charcoal, Copic markers, encaustic painting, gilding, oil painting, pastels, photo transfers, printmaking (linocut), punch needle, resin topcoats, water marbling, watercolor.
Would like to learn: crochet, cross stitch, knitting, macrame, machine sewing, metalworking, weaving. Updated May 24, 2020.
A to Z (just about done now, but may add things as I think of them)
A - acrylic, air mail labels, Allure Beauty Box, anemone (flower), Anthropologie, antique, applique, architecture, art, Asian American, asparagus
B - baking, Birchbox, blue, Boden, bookmarks, books, botanical, brass, bubbles, buttons (sew-on)
C - calligraphy, camping, carrots, cats, caves, citrus, charcoal, cherries, chocolate, classic novels, clementines, collecting, collage, collard greens, colored pencils, colorful, constellations, contemporary art, cookies, cooking, Copic, coral, corn on the cob, crocus, cyanotype
D - daffodils, dancing, dill, doors, dresses, dried flowers, dystopian books
E - Earth, eBay, embroidery, envelopes, environmentally friendly, ephemera
F - Fabfitfun, fabric, fantasy, farmers' markets, fashion, feathers, ferns, fiber art, fiction, floral, folk art, fruits
G - galaxies, gardening, garlic, geometric, gift wrap, gold, granola, grapefruit, graphite
H - hedgehogs, hiking, hippos, houseplants
I - illustrations, images accompanied by non-English text, ink
J - jam, jogging
L - landscapes, learning, leaves, lemons, letter writing, lettering, libraries, limes, lip balm/gloss, lychee
M - magazines, mail, mail art, mailboxes from different countries, manatees, maple syrup, maps, mixed media art, monoprinting, murals, museums, mythology
N - nature, nectarines, notecards
O - okra, onion, oranges, otters, owls
P - painting, paper, paper punches, parks, passion fruit, pastels, pen, peppers, peppermint, photography, pickles, Pittsburgh, planets, playing cards, plums, Pokemon GO, Poshmark, postage stamps, postcards, postmarks, pressed flowers, pretzels, produce, public art, public transit, puzzles
Q - quilts (appreciate but do not create them myself)
R - reading, recipes, retro, reuse, road signs from other countries, rock climbing, rocks and minerals, rose gold, rubber stamps (wood mounted)
S - science fiction, Scilla siberica (blue squill), sculpture, sea shells, secondhand, sedums, seed packets, sewing, singing, skincare, sloths, snacks, snowdrops, Soko Glam, Spotify, spring, stationery, street art, stuffed grape leaves, succulents, summer, sunrise/sunset, Swap-bot
T - tabbouleh, tacos, thrift shopping, traveling, trees, tulips, typography
U - umbrellas, used postage stamps
V - vegetables, vintage
W - waffles, walking, wallpaper, washi tape, water soluble art crayons and pencils, watercolor, windows
X - x-rays
Y - yard sales
Z - zentangle, zines (do not make, but would read), zodiac (Chinese and Western)
Wishlist with specific items:
If we're doing a private swap I'd be glad to consider anything else you think might interest me... let me know what the item(s) are. If I'm your partner for a public swap and there's something you'd like to send me that you're not sure if I'd like/can use you're more than welcome to message me first before sending. Updated May 26, 2020.
If you send me the following items they will most likely be given/sent to someone else, donated, recycled, or thrown away so please save them for someone who can use them:
Thank you! Updated May 23, 2020.
If you like shopping for secondhand clothes, shoes, and/or accessories online check out this site called thredUP. I have ordered many times from them; they sell both gently used and new items for women and kids. I also like Poshmark (have been browsing there on the app more often actually) and if you haven't joined yet I'd appreciate it if you use my invite code: PANDOORA.
If you purchase things online and aren't already a member of a cash back rewards site, check out Mr. Rebates! There are a lot of sites listed with varying percentages cash back. Once you have $10 available you can request a check or PayPal. I also use ibotta; it's an app which I think now may have a browser extension as well. I compare the cash back rate between ibotta and Mr. Rebates before making a purchase... my referral code there is pkkhkvp. You have to reach $20 to withdraw your cash, but ibotta also has what are essentially coupons for items that you buy in store in addition to cash back online at a variety of websites.
Note: This section has not been updated in a long time and I don't intend to add to it, but would happily delete anyone after whatever is owed has been taken care of.
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