Profile has been updated as of October 24, 2012! (I like ready people's profiles and prefer when they are lengthy so therefore, mine is lengthy too!)
I pledge to rate all swaps received! If you sent me a swap and I have not rated you within a reasonable time from you mailing the package, please contact me in case I never received it! I ask that my partners do the same for my swaps as well. Thank you! I also re-use packaging and I don't mind if you do too!
I also pledge to communicate with my partner if I am going to be late with a swap. Life happens and I have no problem if you send a swap late but please just let me know! Thank you! I also tend to send swaps right on their send by dates. That's just the way I am. Once in awhile I will send early!
I'm a Brooklyn, NY native, married to a wonderful man since 2001 and gave birth to a beautiful daughter in 2007 we named Sienna. We also have a fat cat named Neo (after the Matrix) and an adorable yorkie named Skippy (we took him in from my in-laws).
LOVE to make things to send in swaps so therefore I LOVE to receive handmade items in swaps. I appreciate partners that read my profile and I like it when people have their profiles filled out. It makes things a lot easier! If you are not crafty, that's ok! I like people to buy me things too (especially things listed in my wish list below)!! ;-) And if you are going to buy me something, I prefer quality over quantity. In other words, I rather you buy one nice item vs. a bunch of stuff from the dollar store.
I do re-send items I get in a swap that I may not be able to use. This doesn't mean I don't appreciate what you have sent me (handmade or bought) but if I can't use it, I rather send it to someone that will. If this is a problem for you, please let me know. I don't mind if you do the same of anything I send you.
I won't join swaps that misspell the word stationEry! That's a pet peeve of mine!
I'm not a fan of anything religious or political! I enjoy most scents except baby powder and patouchli scented stuff. I'm addicted to lip balm (organic). I would prefer NOT to receive ATCs as I used to make and trade them so I have a ton of them already that I just don't know what to do with! I am not a big fan of dotee dolls.
I enjoy taking photos (although I haven't been doing much lately). I enjoy the instant gratification of digital but I still love using film cameras. I mostly use toy cameras such as my beloved Holga and lubitel. I also like vintage cameras (Afga, Brownies) and other specialty film cameras (Horizon 202). Please check out my flickr photos or website!
I love music and going to concerts. My favorite music/bands are listed below.
I love all colors but faves are color orange, pink and lime green; fall colors would be burgundy, olive green, purples, blues - generally jewel tones. As for jewelry, I love silver, not a gold person (jewelry and as a color). I also like gunmetal, antique silver, antique brass and copper.
I like quirky, eclectic, bright, kitschy vintage (think red velvet art and Danielle Thompson), retro and mod styles. I tend not to like country or folk styles. And I always seem to like anything Japanese! They just have amazing stuff! (I am not a fan of anime so please no anime! Kawaii is ok!)
I like humor, all kinds, especially sarcastic, dry wit and tongue in cheek. Sexual content does not offend me. I don't mind artistic nudes but straight out porn isn't my thing.
I am drawn to designs with:
Bridges! love bridges! I don't know why I didn't write this before. I'm a true city girl! Brooklyn Bridge being my favorite but I also like Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, Verrazano, Manhattan, etc...
ampersands, tree branches and birds, birch trees and the tree of life, cherry blossoms, woodland creatures (bunnies, owls, mushrooms, gnomes, etc)
circus and carnival (the kitschy, state fair type) themes, pulp comics and noir styles ("She tried to be good" or "Attack of the 50 ft woman.")
the moon and stars, crabs (cuz I'm a cancer!), hearts, sunsets,
cassette tapes and vinyl records, vintage and toy cameras, and skulls (cutesy, eclectic, sugar, etc.).
I like big eyed girls and boys (art from the 70's) and cute things like Hello Kitty (a super soft spot for My Melody and Little Twin Stars but PLEASE don't bother sending fake Hello Kitty!), Sentimental Circus! and Kawaii but I prefer more practical things than just figures (I'm trying not to be a pack rat/dust collector).
I also like creepy kinds of stuff like vampires, zombies and monsters too!
I consider myself a bit of a geek and enjoy puzzles and word games on my Nintendo DS (Brain Age, Scrabble, and Professor Layton!). I love the retro video games as well especially Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong Jr., Asteroids, Centerpede, Q-bert! I would love any crafts/items related to them!
I am mainly a coffee drinker but have been drinking a lot of chai tea and any tea with mint. I also like fruit teas! My current favorite tea is Trader Joe's Ruby Red Chai Tea. YUM! I also like to cook (please send along any toddler friendly recipes!) but mostly bake. I am a big sweets person!
I am a big CHOCOHOLIC! I love all types of chocolate but it can't be plain, it's got to have something in it. I love dark chocolate most but never turn down milk chocolate. I love it with nuts, fruit, mint, wacky stuff (like bacon!). Other favorites are nougat candy (Ferrara's), chocolate from overseas, Hi chews from Japan and those flavored Kit Kats not sold in the US! MMM! I love the Jelly Belly Dips, dark chocolate covered jelly bellys! MMM! Oh and while we are at it, chocolate covered gummy bears too! Also if anyone can send me WATERMELON licorice, that would be great! I've never had them before but I imagine they would be good!
I have high blood pressure so I do try to cook healthy as much as possible (I do not use any canned soups in my cooking! And chocolate IS healthy for you, I don't care what you say!) but once in awhile I will indulge in the all butter, all fat, all bad for you kind of dessert! You gotta treat yourself!
alternative, indie, brit pop
Ben Harper, Morrissey, The Smiths, Ryan Adams, Old 97s, Spoon, Interpol, The White Stripes, British Sea Power, Davíd Garza, Gene, Pulp, Blur, Ben Folds Five, Jeff Buckley, French Kicks, Tegan and Sara, Ted Leo, M.I.A., The Kills, Of Montreal, We Are Scientists, Jamie Lidell, Stellastar*, Editors, The Decemberists, Vampire Weekend, Cold War Kids
Current craft addiction: wire wrapping jewelry, rubber stamping and carving and started dabbling in art journaling and mixed media.
The crafts I like to do are (in no particular order) crochet, sewing (mostly bags and home decor-haven't ventured into clothing yet!), printing (GOCCO!, stenciling on fabric), embroidery, block carving and jewelry making. I like to incorporate my photography in my crafts like making pendants, microscope slide jewelry and decoupage. I have a Silhouette Cameo (digital die cutter) that I love to use (mostly heat vinyl for fabric, vinyl for walls and objects and jewelry making)
I like to dabble in a lot of things, just making something in general is very fulfilling so I've tried lots of crafts such as mosaics, precious metal clay (silver art clay) and beading to name a few.
Please give me a reason to break open some new craft kits I have! They include: needle felt, needle punch, pom pom makers, headband/hair clip kit, glue foil, grungepaper...if anyone has experience/tips with any of these items, please share! I am crazy for kits! I'd love the try my hand at tatting!
In no particular order
Washi tape! Or any fun tape with a design - masking tape, packing tape, duct tape...
Art journal stuff! Books, techniques, sprays, gelatos, markers, copic sketch markers (drool!), permanent markers (not black or blue).
Jewelry making stuff! Would love any non tarnish wire in any gauge and color to appease my current addiction. Beads for bracelets, waxed linen, leather (or faux leather) cords, silk cords, hemp or cotton or even nylon! I love doing macrame and Kumihimo!
Love 3D crystal Lacquer, tubes of E3000, anything that can be made into a pendant, anything silver, antique silver, copper, patina, antique brass and gunmetal. Resin or UV resin would be great too!
I wear earrings! ;-) (Please nothing gold!) I have multiple holes in my ears so I can always use the small earrings as well as big ones. Ring size is about 9/10. I guess bracelets are average size and I prefer longer necklaces. And I like funky cotton socks (size 9-11).
Fabric paints (would love the Jacquard ones but the Tulip ones are cool too), dimensional fabric paint too. Any of the sprays too, for fabric or paper.
I have a needle felting kit but just have been too afraid to start trying it. Any motivation to do that would be great!
I love glow in the dark anything!
SEATTLE PEEPS! If you buy me a bag of orange honey roasted almonds from Pike's, I would love you! I just can't find them in NY!
Sizzix dies! Love to add more to my collection. If there is some you are growing tired of and want to find a new home for them, I am totally up for a private swap!
Anything from my Etsy favorites list! Checking out my favs should give you a good sense of my style.
I haven't been sewing much so I'm not really looking for these things but I would not turn it down either! Good quality sewing machine thread (all colors but white/black/beige/gray are always more useful), Interfacing (all weights), D hooks, swivel hooks, bias tape maker (and tips on working with bias tape), stabilizer, applique stuff and of course fabric! I totally love bright, colorful fabrics as well as kawaii, cupcakes, owls and other woodland creatures. I love all the modern designers (Bailey, Ross, Moore, Kaufman, FreeSpirit, etc.). I actually NEED complementary fabrics such as solids and batiks to go with all the prints I have!
I would love to try my hand at making Barbie clothes for my daughter's dolls. Would love any patterns-crochet or sew. Wouldn't mind patterns for Ken either!
My daughter is currently addicted to My Little Pony and X-Men! She loves Jean Grey, Cyclops and Wolverine. Her favorite ponies are Fluttershy and Princess Celestia. She also loves super heroes! She was Thor for Halloween! She loves Super Hero Squad, Spider Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman AND Robin, She-Ra and He-Man! She also likes frogs, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Hello Kitty, monkeys, Disney princesses (Belle from Beauty and the Beast is her favorite! But she would never turn down any of the other ones), magic wands, swords, Barbie Dolls, Astro Boy and stickers! She loves to color and paint things. Her favorite colors are pink, red and yellow. Feel free to send anything for her! Please refrain from sending any stuffed animals! She has too many already! I would love for her to practice writing so any of those coloring books to trace over letters would be great too!
My hubby got spoiled by a few special swappers that sent him butterscotch disc candies, he likes the generic kind from Wal-mart or Hobby Lobby! LOL You can also spoil him with chocolate with nuts! :-)
Almost Famous, Amelie, The Warriors, Saturday Night Fever, Triplets of Belleville, Sixteen Candles, Rushmore, The Professional, Galaxy Quest, Pride and Prejudice, Once, Iron Man, Shaun of the Dead, Atonement, X-Men First Class,
The Twilight Zone, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Project Runway, Top Chef, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Weeds, Spaced (LOVE!), Fringe, 30 Rock, Mad Men, Modern Family, Glee, True Blood, Walking Dead, Revenge, American Horror Story, Breaking Bad, Nurse Jackie
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