Date Joined: January 29, 2017
Last Online: July 26, 2017
Birthday: August 5, 1969
Country: United States
SORRY IF I HAVE NOT RATED YOU YET- I WAS ON VACATION FOR AWEEK AND AS SOON AS I GOT HOME MY DOG WAS BITTEN BY A RATTLESNAKE THAT WAS AT MY FRONT DOOR! SOOO, BEEN DEALING WITH THAT. I HAVE A STACK OF MAIL TO OPEN & I WILL TRY AND GET IT ALL RATED TONIGHT :) THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
CAN SOMEONE REMIND ME HOW TO UPLOAD PICS, PLEAS? ALL MINE JUST DISSAPEARED WHILE ADDING THE MESSAGE ABOVE :(
Hello, My name is Kimberly Faye Kirk and I am a Leo born on August 5th 1969.
1st off I want to let everyone know my mail runs a bit slower than normal. I live up in the mountains and we use a very small post office with short hours & closed on Saturdays. The mail carrier actually uses her own car to deliver the mail! From our P.O. the mail goes to a larger post office to be sorted. So, add a couple of days to whenever you think it should arrive. If one of my swaps does not arrive at all, please let me know & I will either track it or send out a new package. I would never flake on someone! If I have not rated you & it seems like I should have by now, just ask me & I'll look into it...I want to rate everyone :)
I am a very caring and giving person and would never hurt anyone intentionally. If you have any issues with something I have sent you, please contact me and give me the chance to make it right for you, before leaving me a nasty review. Thank you :)
"We are all mad here."- Lewis Carol, Alice In Wonderland
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
My Home & Surroundings: I live in a rural area up in the foothills of the Angeles forest at an elevation of 4,200', in the high desert of southern California, about an hour away from Los Angeles. The summers are hot and dry and it snows in the winter. There is a small town about 15 minutes away that's really not worth going to and a large city about 40 minutes away that's worth going to because that's where the craft stores are. It's very peaceful and private where I live. I grew up by the beach and it's now about 1.5 hours away, but I keep a boat in the marina so I can stay there often for a change of scenery. I always bring an art project with me in case I get bored. I do love the tranquility of living out in the country though. I have amazing mountain views, the most incredible sunsets and lots of wildflowers. These things tend to reflect in my art.
Family: I have been married for 29 years. I met my husband John, in Venice, CA when I was 15...I was sitting on the boardwalk making friendship bracelets to sell. I have 2 grown children in their 20's, a son Dean, who plays several musical instruments and a daughter Allison, who shares my same craft addiction. I have a rescue cat named who is a tortoise shell chimera whom I love dearly. I have a very sweet Brat Terrier (Boston/Rat mix) named Abbey because I got her at an abbey festival by my house.
Kids stocking stuffers: I am collecting stocking stuffers for my brother's daughter who is 16 years old. Her name is Graicen. She likes the color blue. She wears makeup in neutral colors. She likes Dr.Who items, odd/scary things, steampunk and her cell phone. She collects crystals & polished rocks. She wears a little bit of jewelry, but nothing too girly or glittery.
Hobbies: I take art lessons from a few different, very talented instructors and have been painting with acrylics on canvas for 5 years now on a regular basis. I have done some Chinese ink art and a little bit of watercolor too. I love making ATCs & that seems to be my new passion! I also make beaded jewelry, bead embroidery. I can crochet a scarf, but that's about it for that craft, haha! I do some stained glass. I make Pysanky eggs, which is a Ukrainian batik method, using beeswax and a special dye applied with a kistka tool .I make soap, body butters and bath bombs. I like to do henna tattoos. I love decorating and can't get enough of it. So, any craft (or item) where I get to decorate is really cool to me. I have a she-shed/studio dedicated for all my art & crafting. I like gardening, although it is a challenge in my harsh climate, but I keep trying anyways! I am setting up a greenhouse this Spring to help with that. I really strive to grow enough of my own organic vegetables that I don't have to go grocery shopping.
My passion For Travel: I love to travel and have visited several different countries. I love to experience different cultures & eat new foods, but I am gluten intolerant. I love visiting museums and looking at old buildings, churches/cathedrals/temples...not because I am religious, but because I find them fascinating and really cool looking. I love visiting old cemeteries, ruins, castles, caves... I also like to go camping/road-trips. I enjoy boating and beachcombing. I like light hiking. I like to go anywhere, I just love to get away and experience new things!
Entertainment: I don't watch much television...too much of a busy body, I guess and prefer going to the theater to see plays, musicals and other performances. I do have a few shows I watch, but am way behind on most...Once Upon A Time, Bones, Dr.Who, Victoria, The White Queen, Magnum P.I., The Middle, Stranger Things & Better Call Sal. I like fairy tale movies. I listen to a lot of types of music, especially all types of rock, world music...from around the world.
Books: I don't read too often, but sure do enjoy it when I do. I like adventure, mystery, biography and travel & hobby/coffee table books about my interests. Right now I'm reading Queen Of The Road. It's about a married couple traveling around the U.S. in an R.V.
Why I Joined: I am a busy body and always looking for something fun and new to do. I am a craft addict! I visit the craft stores about once a week and spend much time in there....and way too much money, haha! I love gift giving and making things. I always make so much and run out of people to give them to, so when I heard about this swap site I thought "This is definitely for me!"
Collecting: I really appreciate handmade things and all the thought and energy that goes into them. I also collect fawns, crystals/gemstones, glass things that can be hung in a window, teacups with saucers, vintage toiletries & trinkets, fairies & such. I love handmade items that places are known for making...for instance, textiles from India, or pottery from Mexico... Whenever I travel I try to find a little something that's indigenous to the area to bring home.
Writing: I'm active with Postcrossing and have a couple of pen-pals. I am really enjoying that. There are so many interesting people out there and I want to feel more connected in this world. If you just want to jot a quick note, I enjoy positive /funny quotes, sayings and Poems. I have written several poems in a journal and one children's book together with my daughter.
Challenging New Things: I am about to become a bee farmer for the first time. I want to help save the bees. We NEED bees! I also use honey in my handcrafted soaps and body products. Plus, I eat honey because it healthy and yummy and also to try and combat my allergies. Any items or advise on bee-keeping would be appreciated. UPDATE ON BEES: So far things are going great! It's all been so fascinating!
Old Things: I haven't had chickens in several years (since my kids were living at home), but I'm about to get a few this spring. I really enjoyed having them around, not just for the eggs, but because they are sweet, little things and are just fun to have around. I definitely look forward to having fresh, organic eggs every morning. I also plan on using the shells in my art, crushing them for texture and of course emptying the insides and decorating them Ukraine style for Easter. Hopefully I will have plenty of vegetable scraps to treat them to.
Things I like: Bethany Lowe Decorations, shabby-chic, Victorian, tea, tea related items, Alice In Wonderland, fairytailes, mermaids, fairies, gypsies, witches, unicorns, trees, rain, thunder/lightning, clouds, mist, moss, creepy things, Sanrio-Little Twin Stars, pens that write nicely, coffee, organic and healthy, gluten free foods, flowers, natural body products, handmade paper, essential oils, lace/crochet, sari material, anything that looks like Stevie Nicks would wear it, hearts, love, peace, glass or natural (stone/clay) beads, green & pastel colors (peach, mint, pink, yellow), gold, glitter, jewel toned colors, ocean colors...greens, aquas..., sugar skulls, artist trading cards, crystals, gemstones & sea shells, plants/seeds/dried herbs, dried flower sachets, handmade things, things your country specializes in making, cats, birds, bees, Ganesha, Buddha, gongs/chimes/bells, astrology, fortunes, art, something cool you made, art supplies, glamping items, the sea, anything India, anything Egyptian, mythology, anything zen, chakra related items, anything Parisian, anything Irish, hand woven things, Things inspired by nature, old maps, vintage magazines (adds), impressionistic art, CDs of music from countries other than U.S.
Wish List: Vintage Rhinestone Costume Jewelry, Score Board, Bone Folder, Paper Trimmer, ATG Crafting Gun or Sticky Strip Gun, Leather Embossing Tool, Metal Jewelry Stamps, Square Altoid tins & Doll heads.
I think I am about ready to start an art/paper collage journal
From Dollar Stores: ribbon, pot holders, tea towels, cocktail napkins/serviettes, party plates, art supplies, stationary, hair ties, socks, light scarves, decorative tissue wrap.
For Beauty Swaps I prefer things as natural as possible & I have medium, olive toned skin & wear neutral colors & black mascara. I like aromatherapy, LUSH, Farm House Fresh & things like that :)
Christmas Swaps: I don't mind my packages being too large to fit in a stocking because mine are all going in a trunk. My Christmas tree is a large flat canvas with a painted tree with holes poked into it., so any ornaments will need to be flat in order to hang from it.
Angeled by: Cperlicki
Things I Dislike/Don't Need: I HAVE ALLERGIES AND MIGRAINES... MSG, no candy please, (For *AUG. B-Day Box * a couple of tea bags is fine in place of my sweet treats)
Koolaide, artificial sweeteners & dyes, WHEAT,
I don't really care for green tea or chamomile tea, but I will drink them now & then. So, if that is all you have, no worries, it's fine, but If you have a different one to choose from that would be cool ;)
lotion, soap, bubble bath, bath bombs & lip balm. With the exception of swaps that are for these things, but please try & keep it as natural as possible, I have sensitive skin. If I can't use it I will pass it on to my niece though ;)
non-hypoallergenic jewelry (nickel)
I do not have any small children in my family, so I have no use for kid items, unless it's something I'm going to alter, like a doll head.
I do not have a magnetic refrigerator, so I don't use magnets.
Please no ATC sleeves I have SO many already. Need some?
I don't really care for plastic beads & I'm trying to use up the ones I already have.
I don't keep a planner/journal & I don't like writing in pencil. It just feels creepy to me.
I won't use the foam stickers.
I don't care for hunting related items, camouflage or animal print.
It's a bummer when I receive something obviously slapped together in a hurry. Please take your time, I really appreciate & cherish handmade things.
I am a spiritual person, but I am not a Christian. I respect all religions & am happy with my own beliefs, thank you.
Being Flaked on by: Kerriandlinda &
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