A little about me... I am a 'sometimes' crafter who longs to be an 'every day' crafter, and joining swaps will push me to putter around in my craft room more often! (Or, as my husband lovingly refers to it, my 'crap room'!)
I dream of creating greeting cards, scrapbook pages(honestly? haven't done either of these in ages, except as a last-minute giftie), mailart (collaged postcards and envelopes), tags, ATCs, twinchies, inchies, I'd like to try minizines, mini books, smashbooks, junk journals, altered books, pocket letters...anything to do with gluing stuff to stuff! Lately my favorite thing to do is make collaged postcards and master boards to cut up into postcards.
I have soooo much stuff (okay, I'm a craft supply hoarder!), but I have trouble getting around to making anything with it. It seems like I spend more time reorganizing my craft room than actually crafting!
I could fritter away hours exploring other swappers' profiles, being inspired by their Flickr photos, and discovering new swaps and groups by looking at the swaps they are in.
Every once in awhile I will do a needlepoint or cross stitch project (love the mini ones by Mary Engelbreit). I also want to relearn crochet. I go through on-and-off seasons of 'knitting' with my Knifty Knitter, while sitting with my hubby while he watches sports. But alas, I have allowed myself to become addicted to a certain ridiculous candy-themed phone game that has eaten up more crafting-while-TV- watching time than I care to mention! Ugh!
I love the idea of things from 'my house' being sent to some far-off place, and receiving something from faraway. Its addicting finding non-bills or ads in the mailbox!
I love Jesus, I am the wife of a wonderful hubby and Mom to an awesome 16 (!)-year-old boy. We lost our sweet Blue Great Dane Gretchen in April 2015 and a week later brought home our new baby, a black European Great Dane named Bella. She was born 2/28/15 and she's HUGE!
I spend a lot of time 'lurking' around crafting blogs (especially ones that feature thrifted/vintage goodies), websites and Flickr (especially Swapbot pics!), I love browsing through Somerset magazines; I loved Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion and was so sad to see it end (I have saved every issue, although I'm missing a few). I have an email file folder filled with a bazillion craft project tutorials that I'll get around to 'someday'! I love 'treasure hunting' at garage sales and thrift stores, where I would rather find treasures from than at Michael's or Craft Warehouse (don't get me wrong, though - I love craft stores, its just that its overwhelming sometimes!)
One of my fave 'vintage adventures' was when my sister and I went to a local semi-annual sale called 'Portland's Largest Garage Sale' at the Expo Center. We love 'picking' together! I found a box of old papers, cards, letters, newspaper clippings, etc. and when I finally got around to sorting it out (I just LOVE doing that!) I found a series of letters from the 1960s from a young lady traveling in Europe written to her parents. It was like reading a novel! I know that's weird, but I just love that kind of stuff! (o;
I LOVE VINTAGE EPHEMERA! (o; Office supplies/papers/ledgers, magazines, book pages, music sheets, photographs, handwritten letters, lists or recipes, wrapping paper, maps, tickets, postage stamps, game pieces, etc. I love old scraps and crap! I also collect little bits to use in craft projects - cute fabric bits, ribbon, lace, pretty papers, stickers, buttons, little craft kits like cardmaking, scrapbook page, atc kits (not necessarily store-bought - I'd love for you to use things in your stash to put one together for me!), soft funky/chunky yarn (not baby yarn or primary colors), handmade things, rusty metal bits, miniatures, foreign stamps, fortune cookie fortunes, little trinkets or charms, clothespins, stickers, things from foreign countries, especially Japan (I spent some time there about 20 years ago), anything Mary Engelbreit (I have saved years of wall calendars, desk calendars and page-a-day calendars!). Mary Engelbreit cross stitch kits/patterns, especially the 'mini' ones and Christmas ones. I also collect vintage Christmas items, especially glass balls (and other shapes) and the boxes they come in, sparkly little putz houses, kitschy figurines (I have a few Santas and choir boys), stuffed felt ornaments with sequins, vintage Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
If you've made a postcard, ATC, etc for me, I would love for you to tell me a little about your technique/items used/favorite adhesive, etc. I see so many cool textures and finishes, but have no idea how to achieve them!
I like to find and use greeting cards from goodwill/thrift stores so I hope you don't mind receiving a card that may be 'semi-vintage' (not quite old enough to be truly vintage and therefore truly cool, but still cute, lol!) Or even truly vintage (20+ years or older)
I am a 'Cheapie McThrifterson', so anything free or re-gifted or re-swapped or from your house or from the dollar store/thrift store/garage sale is great! (As long as it's not dirty or smelly, lol) ...Like I said I'm not too picky, just surprise me! (o;
Christian theme items are totally acceptable.
I'm not much of a tea drinker, but I won't complain if get some. I love Starbucks Via packets (-:
As smoke-free as possible please and no horror, vampire, witch, gory, occult, nude or profane items.
That's what I can think of so far, but I will surely be adding as I go!
My decorating style is very eclectic - I have a lot of vintage or vintage inspired knick knacks like an antique typewriter, a vintage cardboard dress form that I made into a lamp, vintage suitcases, old books, funky picture frames, lots of jewel tones and/or muted colors like gold, reds, black, greens, purples, off-white (no blues, pastel or primary colors). I have lots of fruit/vegetable and rooster/chicken stuff in my kitchen(same basic color scheme), my powder room is beach/ocean theme(light greens/blues and white) and my master bath is hunter green and purple, with an oriental theme.
Unused vintage and new postage stamps to use for mailing swaps.
A mini-zine, mini book or pocket letter made by you.
Back issues of any Somerset or Green Craft magazines.
The following back issues of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine:
Feb/Mar 1997, 1998, 2003
Apr/May 1997, 1998, 2003
Jun/Jul 1998, 2003, 2006
You've Got Mail; Sleepless in Seattle; While You Were Sleeping; An Affair to Remember; One Fine Day; Speed; Enemy of the State; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Sabrina; Father of the Bride; Pretty in Pink; Back to the Future; Grease; That Thing You Do; Indiana Jones; Married to the Mob; It Could Happen to You; The Fugitive; Rear Window; Polar Express; Its a Wonderful Life; White Christmas; When Harry Met Sally; Remember Me; French Kiss; Tootsie; Sliding Doors; Sixteen Candles; 50 First Dates; The Wedding Singer; Napoleon Dynamite; Hitch; Sweet Home Alabama; Desperately Seeking Susan; Working Girl; Big; Legally Blonde; So I Married an Axe Murderer; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Auntie Mame
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