^ Around my house in the summer^
Hi. My name is Kimberly Faye Kirk and I am an easy going and young at heart Leo. I have been happily married to my awesome husband since 1988. I'm also a mom to 2 adults who are moved out but not far away :) I do not have any grandchildren. I live in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, in the high desert at an elevation of 4,500' in Southern California. We have the most amaizing sunsets, snow in the winter & lots of wildflowers in Spring. The summers can get pretty hot, but the afternoons are shaded by the mountain and it always cools off in the evenings. 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! In southern California you are only an hour away from everything, the city, the mountains, the beach or the desert. There is always something fun to do!
SWAP MAIL: 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 house. At work 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.
MY PASSIONS: 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 enjoy taking pictures. 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 go stay on my boat to be near the ocean because that's where I grew up. When I am home I am mostly doing crafts, playing with my cat, or working outside in my yard. Outside, I have an organic vegetable garden and a greenhouse for flowers, a little koi pond and a beehive, plus 3 chickens. I love all my pets, healthy food, nature, art and beautiful things. I am an active Post Crossing member and treasure 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, West Virginia, New York, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Texas and of course, California.
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, paint on canvas with acrylic paints, resin crafts, Ukrainian (Batik) eggs & I made my first memory scrapbook to give to my daughter as a wedding gift of all the planning along the way. I am discovering so many new crafts through Swapbot. There are so many creative people here. I love it!
I HAVE TO TRADE: High quality handmade & organic soap, body butters, scrub, face cream & soy wax tarts from my daughter's etsy shop.
I also have a bunch of loose, cut gemstones (amethyst, sapphire etc..) from JTV (I inherited) for setting in fine jewelry, or whatever else you can come up with.
I have about 8,000 unused 3-cent strawberry stamps.
Alice In Wonderland, Fairies, Gypsies, Mermaids, Goddess, Cats, Victorian, Bohemian, Frida Kahlo, forest, ocean/beach, India, Egyptian, Irish, Scottish, British Royal Family, Tea themed, French shabby-chic/romantic, Dia de Los Muertos. Retro 50's, cactus, zen. Fawns are VERY special to me.
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!
Things Made With Nature,
Nicely Made ATCs.
Amulet Bags & Spell Kits.
Junker Jane Dolls,
Tiny Felted Animals.
Altered Items...Tins, Matchboxes, Bottles etc.
STORE BOUGHT ITEMS I WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE:
3 to a Page Postcard Sleeves,
Snap Settings for Gems!!!
Jewelry from Countries Outside the USA that Represent it's Style... example, a Claddagh from Ireland, Woven bracelet from Guatemala...
Tea, sealed in individual identifiable sleeves (not just the teabag itself)...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.
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.
Fishing Gear: Lures, Hooks, Bait...
NON-GMO Organic Vegetable Seeds.
My favorite colors are Greens, Tropical color combinations, Pastels, Pink & 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:
cute undies size small,
size 5 1/5-6 moccasins.
For jewelry I like shorter necklaces & my ring size is 5 1/2 - 6
FROM $DOLLAR STORES (if you must):
cute party plates,
Elmer's type school glue (no glue sticks),
A gift card,
outdoor staked solar lights,
double sided tape,
THRIFT SHOP ITEMS:
Native American jewelry,
Sugared glass Candles,
Art Candles (shaped/twisted),
Rock or Punk Rock Records, Cassettes or CDs.
Anything royal themed,
Belleek or other Irish items,
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.
EXTRAS: If you want to include extras, a wrapped tea bag would be appreciated. I really don't care to receive loose papers,loose stickers & samples of washi.
FOOD (including hot chocolate) or RECIPES - Allergies.
NO COSMETICS or TOILETRIES- Allergies.
I don't keep a planner journal (project Life etc.) or use page tags.
Note Pads, Sticky Notes.
Fabric, Ribbons, Yarns.
NO KID STUFF: Pencils, Erasers, Sharpeners, Glow Sticks, Toys.
Magnets & Key Chains.
Makeup Bags & Coin Purses,
Loose Papers, Loose Stickers & Washi Samples.
No Religious Items.
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.
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: The Red Queen, Goldbergs & Forever.
Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction.
I mostly listen to 80s New Wave.
Books I am reading right now are:
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!
Ever wonder what happens to all the things you make and send off? I have all my handmade treasures from swaps displayed all around my house. Dangling from walls or in glass cabinets, on shelves, in vases. I pull my flipbooks out for every holiday to display on the coffee table and all my ATCs & Pocket Letters are in albums that I go through every now and then. :)
Thank you for reading my profile and for all your swaps, they really brighten my days :) Big hugs!
^ Around my house in the winter^
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