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Date Joined: May 19, 2010
Last Online: November 12, 2018
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello, Fellow Travelers :)

We're all traveling through life, and bumping into each other makes the journey more fun!

Like so many others, I'm caring for people on both ends of the age spectrum, and also trying to take care of myself. I'm easily moved to laughter (and irritation-still working on that), happily married and mom of two effervescent teens. My daughter (17) and son (15) are the reason for mostly everything. We are a foster family, and learning a lot about ourselves in the process.

Living in a beautiful and rural part of NJ (close to nature, quirky towns and the Delaware River) is a great joy.

INTERESTS: Gardening for food and pleasure (especially native plants, permaculture, and foraging); hiking; learning about other cultures and beliefs; art (esp. Outsider Art, collage, vintage ads, letters and print media of all kinds, and folk art) modern design; mid-century modern stuff; museums; people watching; flea markets; science news; old things in general; color; humor; collecting on the beach, reading; making things that make people happy; window-shopping; new ideas; hanging out in libraries and bookstores; children; and my family. I still like vampires.

FAVORITE COLORS: Green, blue, turquoise and purple. Also browns, beiges and natural colors, hot pinks and purples; sometimes orange and yellow. Well, just about anything besides red and black (in combination with each other), peach, or terra cotta.

I even read while blow-drying my hair! Some of my favorite books, in no order at all: The Girl With All the Gifts, A Wrinkle in Time, LOTR, Ahab's Wife, Elegance of the Hedgehog, Harry Potter, The Kitchen God's Wife, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Huck Finn, State of Fear, Poisonwood Bible, Pillars of the Earth, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Island of the Blue Dolphin.

I enjoy contemporary fiction, historical novels, the humorous essay, craft and design books, sci fi, fantasy, garden/nature books, graphic novels, and whatever my book club tells me to read. I spend too much money and time on magazines of all kinds, but I love them.

YA books help me keep up with my kids. (But really, I'd read them anyway) Some favorite authors: Melissa Marr, Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Meyer, Cassie Clare, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Michael Grant, Veronica Roth.

Eclectic- love a lot of stuff from the 80's to now, pop/rock/folk/some country. I have tried to like jazz, but am one of those people who can't shake the headache.

ART AND CRAFTS: I'm an appreciator of anything hand-made. I'm passionate about collage, gluing things in general, and mixed media. Also love modern art/design, folk art (have you ever visited the Museum of the American Visionary in Baltimore?), art with an element of whimsy, vintage paper/lettering/postcards/ephemera, old advertising, and anything nature-inspired. Well-made and full of character are the qualities that draw me in.

MOVIES: Sci-fi is my hands-down favorite, and I'll see just about any film in the genre. Space movies, disaster flicks, action-adventure, fantasy, some chick flicks, historical fiction (Little Women, Nicholas Nickleby, Last of the Mohicans), and Jane Austen stuff. Also smart comedies. Love to be lifted up and/or terrified.

TV: Through the Wormhole, Colbert Report, Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Wallender, documentaries about the cosmos and physics, design shows, Buffy re-runs, comedy.

STUFF I LIKE: anything hand-made or thought-provoking

themes: birds, ocean life, celestial stuff, microscopic things, insects, fortunes and fate, mystery of the universe, and nature in general.

minerals and gems

vintage things

papers of all kinds (especially handmade or vintage)

kawaii (no, I haven't outgrown it yet)

japanese and asian indian stuff

things from other countries

calligraphy (especially copper plate)

old metal things

tiny stuff

bees and dragonflies (realistic)

unusual fabrics

quilting scraps

beach glass

old hand-written pages


old little boxes and containers

old advertising

the smell of rosemary, mint, and clove

learning to really like tea (esp organic), after kicking my old diet coke habit :)

And you know what? If you send something you made, put time or thought into, I'm gonna love it.

NOT SO FOND OF: anything that's red and black, together

burgundy, peach, terra-cotta, and similar shades (though I can tolerate a little bit mixed in to a broader palette.) I really have tried getting along with them.

dollar store/Walmart/mass produced stuff

cutesy-type things like Disney/teddy bears/snowmen. etc.

overwhelming fragrances/incense/smoke

missing the trailers at the beginning of a movie.


KSENiA rated for Too Funny!! Postcard swap 7.... on Aug 22, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard.
Comment: Randi, I was in total amazement in how you decorated your envelope. How did you do it ? It was so beautiful, it was painful to open it. I enjoyed your letter very much, and absolutely adore the little surprises you sent along with it. The barbie postcard, the adorable Disney playing cards, the neat and unusual stickers ( especially the winking eye ) and the awesome vintage picture! I had to send a picture to my mom ( she is the reason i adore things like this ) Thank you for the thought you put forth. I will write back as soon as I am able. :) Have a wonderful day.
ladyb0369 rated for 3 things in an envelope #3 on Jul 22, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope of goodies.
RETIREDARTGAL rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jul 8, 2015
Comment: I love the red Chinese good luck and joy envelope! Thank you for all the quotes. Great presentation.
Response: So glad you liked the swap :)
pobuffy rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jul 6, 2015
Comment: Thank you, saving them for a bad day. pobuffy
Response: It's like money in the bank (well, almost)!
eepy rated for Old postcard International on Jul 4, 2015
Comment: Hi Randi, Good to meet you in the mail! Thanks a bunch for the old linen-finish vintage card! Love your user name!
Response: Those old cards really do have a lot of character, don't they :)
user4532 rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jul 3, 2015
Comment: Thank you, what a pretty package! And the extras too รฐลธหœโ‚ฌ
Response: You're so welcome- nothing is as happy as good mail :)
secretterrabite rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jul 3, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful quotes and gorgeous card :-)
Response: You're so very welcome :)
Diana1 rated for Old postcard International on Jul 1, 2015
Comment: Hi Randi! Thank you very much for your card! This really is an 'oldie'! :D I love it! Thank you!! Greetings from Diana
Response: I love the character and style of these old cards- glad you do, too :)
kristyrogers rated for 5 Postcard Swap #5 on Jun 27, 2015
Comment: I adore the map! Thank you. Of the cards, I think was Buckingham palace. Glorious choices!
Response: I was lucky to score some old postcards at my favorite flea market- so glad you liked them!
ShyAnn64 rated for Short Poem Postcard! on Jun 27, 2015
Comment: Thank you 'so much' for the postcard of the Icelandic Runes! ((I love it!)) I also love your poem by Havama <3
Response: I can't believe I had the perfect post card for you in my stash :)
Comment: Great postcard. Thank you.
Response: I am SO relieved that you weren't actually offended :)
junemoon rated for Short Poem Postcard! on Jun 25, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the interesting card and the poem, which was new to me.
Response: I love this swap- glad you enjoy it, too :)
Comment: I enjoyed the quote! Thanks!
Response: Thanks to you, too- enjoy the weekend :)
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard! I love love love the quote you added as well
Response: You are very welcome! Wishing you a great summer!
clebeans rated for 21 questions and stickers on Jun 16, 2015
Comment: thank you for sharing your answers to this swap. I loved doing this swap and I love the stickers also. Will put them to good use.
Response: Wishing you a crafty summer!
New2Swapping rated for 21 questions and stickers on Jun 16, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the stickers and the 21 questions. Enjoyed reading them :)
Response: :)
Rimbar rated for Share a Quote PC Swap #2 - USA only on Jun 11, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the PC. What a lovely quote. Happy Swapping. Inez~~
Response: Smiling now because you liked it :)
Comment: Thank you! Love the bird you made. It is gorgeous. The urchin spines are neat and will regift the wooden holder to my in-laws for their beach house. It will look perfect there. Also saved the paper & twine for future projects.
Response: So glad you were happy with the package, and the ornament- I love making bird-related things! Isn't it nice to get a bunch of prettily-wrapped things? Thanks for your kind words :)
Artistic rated for Bookworm Bonanza! on Nov 6, 2014
Comment: There was a lovely note but it didn't say which swap it was for so I hope I'm rating on the right swap. The items are wrapped so gorgeously that I'm going to tuck them away for Christmas. Thank you so much.
Response: I sent you a message :)

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1Scrapper on Jan 20, 2013:

1Scrapper on Jan 20, 2013:

So glad to have you on board of Scraptopia! We have such a wonderful group and lots of fun swaps going on.


oreon on Jan 19, 2013:


Welcome to Crafty Witches. Due to your rating, you have unrestricted access to any of the Group swaps.

Thanks for joining!

PenguinParade on Nov 17, 2012:

Welcome to District 13! Stop by the forums to talk books with us!

hibiscus on Sep 27, 2012:

You have a great sense of design ... The atc you sent is one of my favorites...

MomOfPoms on Sep 17, 2012:

joon, loved the xmas atc # 10. thx!

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