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Hi. My name is Kimberly Faye Kirk and I am a Leo. I have been happily married to my awesome husband since 1988. I'm also a mom to 2 grown up kids who are moved out but not far away :) I live in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, in the high desert at an elevation of 4,500' in Southern California. We get a bit of snow in the winter and that is my favorite time of year! In Spring we have wildflowers everywhere! The summers can get pretty warm, but the afternoons are shaded by the mountain and it always cools off in the evenings, so it's not too bad. There are no city lights around so at night you can see all the beautiful stars! It's very peaceful up here and I love it!
I am using my work address in San Fernando to receive swaps because the closest post office to my home is actually in the next town and they don't deliver packages to my mailbox. The security gate is locked on the weekends, so you might see a message on your tracking saying "failed delivery attempt" but don't worry, they will deliver it on the next business day.
I love to travel and have been to many countries. It's so cool to see the world and experience new things! I love visiting museums, monuments, castles, cathedrals & graveyards. I also love taking road trips, camping, beachcombing and light hiking. I enjoy going to art galleries, botanical gardens and tea houses. I work a couple of days a week in the office of our machine shop. On the weekends I sometimes stay on my boat in Ventura and go to the farmers/Crafters market where I like to enjoy a coffee while watching people walk by with their dogs. When I am home I am mostly doing crafts, working outside in my yard, looking out the window watching birds or playing with my cat. I have an organic vegetable garden and a greenhouse for flowers.I have a rescued Tortoiseshell cat named Mia. She is super playful, loving and definitely has that tortitude you hear about. I also have a Boston Terrier named Abbey who is 10, but still as active as a puppy. You will find her running the property chasing rabbits and other critters. I have a koi pond and they just had babies! Toads will often lay eggs in there too! I also have beehive that I tend to and the friendliest pet chickens I raised since they were 2 days old! I love all my pets, healthy food, nature, art and beautiful things. I am an active Post Crossing member and adore my collection of postcards from around the world!.
Countries I have traveled to: England (including Scotland), France, Ireland, Italy (including the Vatican), Hungary, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, Netherlands, Belgium, India, Mexico, Canada & Bahamas.
States I have been to: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Texas and of course, California.
Places I want to see: Montana, Colorado, Maine & the New England area in Autumn for that Fall color!
I love to spend time in my craft studio altering things, making things with nature, doing holiday/seasonal crafts, paper crafts and making jewelry with gemstones, glass, crystal beads and polymer clay. I also make day of the dead shadow boxes. I can do a little macramé. I can crochet a simple scarf, but that is literally the only stitch I know and I'm not even sure if I'm doing that right. I have done cross stitch, but it's not my favorite. I have been painting on canvas with acrylic paints for several years now. I would like to try oils & watercolor someday. I "write" Pysanky eggs, which is a Ukrainian batik method using hot beeswax in a kistka writing tool and dye on a hollowed out egg.I just started doing resin crafts, pouring it in molds and adding things like flowers, glitter, or beads that I wont use in jewelry . I made my first scrapbook/memory journal to give to my daughter as a wedding gift of all the planning along the way. I plan on making a smash journal because that looks pretty fun. I love working with essential oils. I also make soap, scrubs and body butters with my daughter (we have an Etsy shop) using mostly organic ingredients. I am open to swapping these, just check out the shop and see if there is anything you want to swap for. Any sewing I do (which is very little) I do by hand. I do own a sewing machine. I just need someone to come over and teach me how to make it do it's thing. I have a few felting kits that I will get to someday. I own a Circuit Air 2 machine for making die-cuts etc. I am discovering so many new crafts through Swapbot. There are so many creative people here. I love it!
Fawns (have a very special place in my heart), Alice In Wonderland, Fairies, Gypsies, Mermaids, Goddess, Cats, Victorian, Bohemian, Frida Kahlo, forest, ocean/beach, India, Egyptian, Irish, Scottish, British Royal Family, Tea themed, shabby-chic/romantic, Dia de Los Muertos. Retro 50's, cactus, zen.
I like Light & Happiness & Love & Healing...I like witches but not dark. I like odd & creepy things, but not evil things.
IF YOU ARE SENDING DECORATIONS TO ME:
I like handmade ornaments for my home tree, ocean/beach/mermaid themed for my boat tree, camping/forest themed for my RV tree & Victorian for my guestroom tree.
Everyday Decorating: retro 50's in my kitchen (it's pink & green), Bohemian in living room, ocean in bedroom, zen in office, French shabby-chic in guestroom, earthy bathrooms & a rec room that is decorated with brightly colored Mexican tiles with a fish themed bathroom.
HANDMADE THINGS I LIKE:
I love receiving Handmade items where I can tell love and pride were put into them:
Something you specialize in making or something your country is known for making.
I would LOVE a Snippet Roll!
I have never received a Bag Flip and would love to see one!
Handmade full apron,
knitted crocheted stuff,
Things made with nature,
Nicely made ATCs.
Shadow boxes.Amulet bags & spell kits.
Tiny felted animals.
sewn coasters/mug rugs in these themes: Wedding, Tea, Birthday, Mermaid, Unicorn, Gnomes, Cactus & Asian.
Altered items...tins, matchboxes, bottles etc.
Items in these themes: Mermaids, Fairies, Vintage Campers, Gnomes, Elves.
A knitted throw blanky.
Anything you make!!
STORE BOUGHT ITEMS I WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE:
Thin/fine paintbrushes please!
Cool vintage things I could use in altered art,
3 to a page Postcard sleeves,
Pretty Binders to hold my postcards,
Miniatures items for making shadow boxes,
a spool of black edging lace (for pocket letters & ATCs),
small silicone molds for resin & polymer,
One of those tools for sealing pocket letters.
Cystals & Gemstones.
Pretty Cloth/Lace Lavender Sachets.
Black Lace Washi Tape!
Snap Settings for gems!!!
Foreign paper money.
Seasonal Altar items.
LUSH Toothy Tabs.
Jewelry from countries outside the USA that represent it's style... example, a claddagh from Ireland, woven bracelet from Guatemala...
Tea! Please, sealed in individual sleeves...I keep them in my Tea Journal.
Coffee Bean gift cards.
Hobby Lobby Gift cards.
Michael's gift cards.
Odd paper mache items...shadow boxes... Dia de Los Muertos (sugar skulls) items.
Bethany Lowe decorations,
Things for my curiosity cabinet,
Handmade decorations for my house from your travels around the world.
Items from World Market/Cost Plus.
Items in these themes: Mermaids, Fairies, Vintage Campers, Gnomes, Elves.
Fishing Gear: Lures, Hooks, Bait...
NON-GMO Organic Vegetable Seeds.
Unique Guitar Picks.
My favorite colors are Greens, tropical color combinations & earthy forest color combination. I usually don't care for purple unless it's paired with blues & greens. I don't care for the color combo of red & blue.
My favorite number is 3.
I am a petite small (not XS) & I love:
long boho skirts,
cute undies size small (I know it's a strange thing to list but I actually got a really cute hot pink pair of undies & I was thrilled!),
cute bras 34C (I know, but I just hate bra shopping!)
size 5 1/5-6 flip-flops & moccasins.
For jewelry I like shorter necklaces & my ring size is 5 1/2 - 6
FROM $DOLLAR STORES:
cute paper straws,
cute party plates,
cute disposable cups,
A gift card,
outdoor staked solar lights,
double sided tape,
Holiday Shrinky Dinks,
Small Disney figurines I could use in shadow boxes.
THRIFT SHOP ITEMS:
Beaded fabrics I could cut & use for crafting with,
Native American jewelry,
Rhinestone costume jewelry to use for crafting, glitzy/blingy broken pieces are fine.
Sugared glass Candles,
Art Candles (shaped/twisted),
Rock or Punk Rock Records, Cassettes or CDs.
Alice In Wonderland Book,
demitasse cup & saucer,
Anything royal themed,
Belleek or other Irish items,
THINGS YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE:
Foreign coins or paper Money.
Unique items from your travels.
Anything from my "Thrift Shop" list.
EXTRAS & DE-STASHING ITEMS:
I could use more St.Patrick's Day paper crafting supplies. Sealed tea bags are always welcome.
Alice In Wonderland, Disney, Mythical, Holidays.
I use a trunk instead of a stocking, so size does not matter!
I do not mind receiving used things that are clean and in good condition. UPDATE: Apparently I need to make it clear when I say I don't mind used things in good condition, I mean DO NOT SEND ME DIRTY ITEMS, OR STAINED ITEMS, OR THINGS THAT STILL HAVE FOOD ON THEM ALL CRUSTED UP! it's so rude and makes me feel really bad.
NO FOOD (allergies).
NO COSMETICS (INCLUDING LIP BALM & NAIL POLISH) OR TOILETRIES (SOAP, LOTION ETC.) I have skin allergies, plus I make my own anyways.
NO STUD type earrings...I can change out the hooks on dangle earrings to .925 silver, but I can't change the stud posts and my ears are super sensitive :( If they are real silver/gold or definitely hypoallergenic then that's fine :)
I don't keep a planner journal (project Life etc.) or use page tags,
I do not sew, knit or crochet.
NO KID STUFF: Pencils, erasers, sharpeners, glow sticks, Toys (no kids in my family).
Magnets (I don't use any on my fridge).
Old purses or totes bags from thrift shops (yucky).
Recipes & recipe cards (because of my food allergies I just don't share recipes).
PLEASE DON'T SEND ME DIRTY, STAINED, OR FOOD CRUSTED ITEMS. Yes, people have.
Please don't make a pocket letter for me that only has a cut up paper scene in it without any embellishments whatsoever. I actually keep all my pocket letters in album. If you put 0 effort into it, it goes straight into the trash and why even bother then? Plus, I will be sad that you sent that to me.
THINGS I DO NOT CARE FOR:
camouflage, animal print or wine themes. I like wine, it just wouldn't match my home. I also don't use country type décor inside my home, unless it's a Christmas tree ornament you made. Actually, that applies to any of the above themes...if you made an animal print ornament for my tree I will hang it up ;)
Loose note paper sheets,
makeup bags (Just because I have several).
No religious items for me, please.
My favorite quote is:
"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then".
from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Shows I am watching: Handmaid's Tale, Outlander, Better Call Sal, Preacher, Stranger Things, Old Dr.Who & I am a sucker for those cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies!
Old Favorites: Frazier & Gilmore Girls.
I listen to easy Rock & Indie, 80s new wave, Beatles Channel, Music from around the world and nature sounds to sleep.
Books I am reading right now are: Queen Of The Road & The Rules Of Magic.
I do my best and would never intentionally hurt someone. If you have an issue with a swap I have sent, please message me about it. Some of these crafts are new to me and I am learning new ideas from others. I send my swaps off with well wishes and the intent to spread happiness. I absolutely love swapping!
Thank you for reading my profile and for all your swaps, they really brighten my days :) Big hugs!
I HAVE TO TRADE: High quality handmade soap, body butters, scrub, organic face cream & soy wax tarts from our etsy shop.
I also have a bunch of loose, cut gemstones (amethyst, sapphire etc..) for setting in fine jewelry, or whatever else you can come up with.
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