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 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, 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! In southern California you are only an hour away from everything, the city, the mountains, the beach or the desert, or sometimes the next freeway exit! There is always something fun to do!
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 (an hour away...haha! just kidding!) 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 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 doing boring secretary stuff. On the weekends I sometimes stay on my boat in Ventura to relax and be near the ocean. 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 love decorating my home. I have an organic vegetable garden and a greenhouse for flowers. I have a Tortoiseshell cat named Mia and a Boston Terrier named Abbey. I have a little koi pond..anyone want some baby koi? I have a beehive that I tend to and hoping to harvest some honey some day, but for now it's all for them. I have 3 pet chickens that give me eggs. 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.
Places I want to see: Montana, Colorado, Maine, Carolinas, & 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. 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 use it. I have a few felting kits that I will get to someday. I own a Circuit Air 2 machine for making die-cuts, but have not figured out how to use it yet. Again, wishing someone would come over and help me with that! 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 soap, body butters, scrub, organic 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 (that I inherited) for setting in fine jewelry, or whatever else you can come up with.
I have about 9,000 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.
Tiny felted animals.
Altered items...tins, matchboxes, bottles etc.
STORE BOUGHT ITEMS I WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE:
3 to a page Postcard sleeves,
Pretty Binders to hold my postcards,
flat black lace washi ribbon (for pocket letters & ATCs),
small silicone molds for resin & polymer,
Pretty Cloth/Lace Lavender scented Sachets.
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.
Dark Chocolate without any center filling other than nuts. Please see allergies.
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:
cute undies size small,
size 5 1/5-6 moccasins.
For jewelry I like shorter necklaces & my ring size is 5 1/2 - 6
pretty small clips for bangs,
ouchless hair ties,
clear top coat nail polish.
clear nail strengthener.
LUSH lip scrub.
LUSH Toothy Tabs.
Lavender eye mask.
FROM $DOLLAR STORES:
cute party plates,
Elmer's type school glue,
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. 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! Yes, someone sent me an entire event calendar full of gross things :(
NO FOOD. I suffer from migraines & allergies to gluten, wheat, MSG artificial sugars and certain dyes. NO CANDY, NO HOT CHOCOLATE (they often contain wheat). the only candy I eat is dark chocolate without any cookie center :) nuts are fine :)
NO COSMETICS (INCLUDING LIP BALM) OR TOILETRIES (SOAP, LOTION ETC.) I have skin allergies. See BEAUTY SWAPS above for things I do like. Thank you.
I don't keep a planner journal (project Life etc.) or use page tags,
Please no sewing, knitting or crocheting stuff (I RARELY do these).
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 tote bags from thrift shops are yucky to me.
Food recipes & recipe cards.
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 (I love them!), so please put some effort into them.
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.
Loose note paper sheets,
makeup bags/coin purses.
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: Outlander, Better Call Sal, Preacher, Stranger Things, Forever, Goldberg's & The Talented Mrs. Maisel.
Old Favorites: Frazier & Gilmore Girls.
Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction.
I listen to 80s New Wave & dance music, Beatles, Rolling Stones, RUSH, Police, Vince Guaraldi, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra... this n' that...
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!
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!
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