February 23, 2020: I am behind on rating swaps... will get to them, but it may be a little while. I'm sick and have been for the past several days. Thanks for your patience!
December 6, 2019: I took a long break from Swap-bot (more than two years), but now I'm back! We had some major home renovations during that time and my husband is still working on building cabinets for our kitchen. Since 2017 I'm also happy to say that I've had my art shown in several shows and my next one will be at my local library in February. When I was active on SB before I participated in a lot of swaps; that won't be the case now. I'll probably participate in just a few swaps each month in addition to private ones. In the next few days I will be working on taking pictures of items for a trade album on Flickr. Planning to post in the trade forum once it's ready to go.
About me: I am a stay at home mom (my son is 12), artist (not able to support myself with my art), and occasional movie extra! My main hobbies/interests are creating/viewing art, reading (mainly fiction), and cooking/baking. Whenever possible I walk for my errands and for exercise (while playing Pokemon GO). When the weather is a bit warmer I sometimes go for a run (it's more like a slow jog). My husband built me a raised bed garden and a nice planter, but all I have growing right now are thyme and rosemary (until it dies sometime this winter). I enjoy listening to music on Spotify, dancing by myself at home, playing board games, learning new things (especially love taking art/craft classes), and exploring new places (traveling is great but I don't like the actual act of traveling if it's anything other than walking). I also like camping though we don’t go often (car camping not backpacking) and I’m a beginner rock climber.
As far as my art is concerned, I enjoy working with a variety of media and techniques. These include (more seriously and dabbling/experimenting with) acrylic painting and pouring, collage, Asian ink painting, lettering/calligraphy, monoprinting, drawing with graphite/pen, colored pencil, embroidery, mail art, cyanotype, and pyrography (woodburning). I would like to improve my watercolor painting and like the idea of linoleum/wood block printmaking. Mixing media is something I love; I very rarely create a piece with only one medium. As mentioned above I enjoy art classes; next week my sister and I will be taking a punch needle class and I'm registered to attend my local art store's encaustic demo. My room is cluttered and full of supplies; I, like many of you I suspect, may have a problem with buying/acquiring more than I can use.
I'll include a quick few sentences on various media since Swap-bot has those listed as drop-down options for section titles. (I just saw that "Favorite Crafts" is listed... that's new!) My current favorite (music) artist is Børns and I've been listening to holiday/Christmas music lately as well. For books: Madeline Miller - Circe, Song of Achilles; Hugh Howey - Wool; Blake Crouch - Dark Matter. In addition to books I am a fan of a web comic called Lore Olympus; new “episodes” are posted online each week. I don't have a favorite movie(s). TV: Game of Thrones and Jeopardy! I don't watch anything else really aside from YouTube videos of Seth Meyers A Closer Look with my husband. Am curious about His Dark Materials though! We may end up getting HBO again for that.
Likes: art, murals and other public art, galleries and museums, books, libraries, mail-related items, floral, botanical, succulents, fruits and veggies, plants in general, vintage, patterned/printed items, art supplies, dresses, cooking/baking, gardening, traveling, camping, scenic views (especially in nature), night sky, planets, constellations, galaxies, rocks and minerals, sea shells and coral. Colors: blues and greens more than others I suppose though I prefer just about anything that’s colorful to items that aren’t. Gold, rose gold, brass as well. Some animals, but especially: cats, owls, sloths, hedgehogs, manatees, and hippos.
While ideally I'd like to be relatively easygoing regarding swaps, realistically I do not want to receive things I can't or won't use. I hope the following list is not a burden for you in any way, but I suppose that most people have some sort of wishlist on their profile to let others know what types of specific items they like so here's mine:
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!
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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