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mercmom41

mercmom41
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Last Online: March 20, 2015
Birthday: September 29
Country: United States
My Arty Blog
My Mommy Blog
My Etsy Store

About Me

Writer, Artist, SAH-mom to 5-yr old girl. DIY junkie.

I have an MFA in Writing and love to make and read zines (I have 8 different ones in my Etsy store right now, and I'm working on more). I write a couple of blogs, and book reviews for Rain Taxi.

I'm in a local art group that meets once a month to trade ATC's, and swap projects we set up ahead of time. Last year we did a Day of the Dead shrine swap and a robot paper doll swap, and currently we're doing a round robin with sketchbooks. I went to ARTFEST in Port Townsend, WA for the first time this year and was in absolute art heaven!

Favorite Crafts

I'm into zines, altered books, ATC's, collage and mixed media assemblage art (shrines, etc.),knitting, weaving (mostly with paper) quilting and love to just play art. I have all kinds of weird supplies--store mannequins, bottle caps, twigs, the front of a large birdhouse,etc. Game pieces are my favorite supply, and I love retro imagery and motifs from the 50's and space-age 60's.

Stuff I Love To Get

little pin-back buttons with cute or cheeky things on them

Pressed Pennies

Kawaii stuff- I like Japanese cute, but not much other cute stuff, deco tape

floaty pens and souvenir pencils

handmade stuff, especially drawings and sewn things like stuffies. I bought my current wallet from Etsy and it is made with Kawaii Little Red Riding Hood fabric and I love love love it.

postcards with b/w photos, esp. old ones from 1950's or earlier

used stamps, esp. non-U.S.

Robot things (postcards, drawings, figurines, stuffies)

tote bags, handmade or otherwise

About Being Late

I am a Mommy, I get it. If you are going to be late sending your stuff to me just let me know. I am not going to check the postmark, and I would rather you take the time you need and ENJOY making the swap item than dash something off at the last minute because you didn't have time after you were up all night with your sick doggie/baby/self. Remember, this is FOR FUN!!

Thrift Store Stuff I Love

I really love to reuse things, or upcycle them. Going to the thrift store is one of my favorite things to do! So I don't mind used stuff at all. Here are some of the things I go nuts for:

retro/funky knick knacks (no Hummel): dogs, owls, monkeys, robots

Snoopy/Peanuts anything.

Character drinking glass (peanuts, curious george, Disney, etc.), jelly jars fine.

Language reference books: quirky, old, esp. on slang or foreign (foreign to me would be not English) terms. Condition not an issue, it can be falling apart.

Fabric - novelty prints, bright colors, retro, or children's theme.

Rick rack of any color or size

Stationery: almost anything except pretty flowers. I love kids' stationery (I scored some Curious George cards last time I was there).

Rubber stamps of: dogs, monkeys, owls, abstract pattern or scrolly architectural patterns

Chipboard letters or scrolly, curly bits

Stuff I'd Rather Not Have

Religious items, patriotic items,or anything from a smoked-in enviroment (it's a migraine trigger).

Favorite Books

I love to read a lot of different types of books:

MYSTERIES: not gory stuff, but police procedurals and psychological thrillers, and some cozies. Here's some of my favorites and why I like them:

Deborah Crombie's Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid series because the main characters are both inspectors at Scotland Yard, they're married to each other and have a blended family and pets, and they have friends. All of these characters are likeable. The mysteries are told in two time periods and Crombie relates the current mystery to something historical. I also like that I usually learn about something I knew nothing about, like in the last one it was the sport of rowing.

Louise Penny's Inspector Armand Gamache series is a new favorite of mine. It takes place in Canada, and I get a little bit of education about the contrast between the english-speaking Canadians and the French-speaking Canadians. What I like most about this series is the Inspector, who is very intuitive and quiet and listens to people and believes in the inherent goodness in people. It's nice to have a police who is not a cynic and an alcoholic.

Wendy Roberts' Ghost Dusters series is really fun. It's a cozy series, not too complicated, but I like it because it's an unusual idea: a woman has a crime scene cleaning business and she sees ghosts at the crime scenes that help her solve murders.

I don't like stuff that's too dark, like I really did not like Gone, Girl.

SCIENCE FICTION, especially post-apocalyptic stories, those are my favorites. I just finished Robopocalypse by Brian Wilson, which was really fun, I liked the episodic way the story was told, and focusing on the survival tactics of different people, instead of the evilness of the one computer that went haywire. I also loved Justin Cronin's The Passage, and am reading the sequel. I liked the way that was episodic, too, how he looked at one chunk of time and made you care about those characters, then moved to another point in time and made connections with each period. The characters were really likeable and it wasn't gruesome, just scary.

I am trying to find more sci-fi to read but I'm not really into fantasy. I tried reading the first book in the fire and ice series by George R. R. Martin and I HATED it. I guess I like cyberpunk, near-future type stuff.

I love YOUNG ADULT novels and read a lot of them. I loved Hunger Games, also the dystopian Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, Dianna Wynne Jones books, which are kind of magical/fantasy, and books about really smart kids who feel isolated.

I also like QUIRKY NON-FICTION books, especially about popular culture, like Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America's First Lady of Food, Selkirk's Island, about the real Robinson Crusoe, and essays like David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.

Ratings

kindledwhimsy rated for This Summer I... zine on Oct 30, 2013
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Comment: I've sent a couple of messages over the last two months... If this swap ever arrives, I will be glad to re-rate. Hope everything is okay on your end.
scrappermama rated for This Summer I... zine on Oct 29, 2013
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Comment: If I ever receive, I will rerate. Hope ALL is well with you! Best wishes...
snout rated for AAM zine on Oct 6, 2013
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Comment: Great design - each page looks fantastic and I love your lettering! I would love to read more of your zines (like Bookstore Thief)! (I'm also very curious about your Usborne gig - tell me more.)
Wingy rated for AAM zine on Oct 5, 2013
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Comment: thanks...love the doodles on the back..wow you sure keep busy..
mpatry rated for AAM zine on Oct 4, 2013
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Comment: I received the zine today! Thank you so much, you really put a lot of work into it and it looks absolutely amazing. Thank you. Unfortunately I just can't give you a 5 rating considering how late it is in arriving. But thank you for honoring your commitment and sending the zine. <3
STUFFellaneous rated for AAM zine on Oct 4, 2013
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yeslucy rated for AAM zine on Oct 2, 2013
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Comment: Hey I got your zine today. Very cool, creative designs. Thanks!
mpatry rated for This Summer I... zine on Sep 21, 2013
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Comment: I am sorry to do this but I will change my rating once the swap has arrived. I hope you get your 2 late zine swaps mailed soon.
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lob rated for All In An Afternoon Zine on Mar 25, 2013
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Comment: very nice eraser carvings! Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: Very neat rabbit. Thanks!
MoodyBlue rated for Books for Book Lovers on Mar 21, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the poetry book and all the cute extras. Very nicely done!
Stefanie3S rated for GREEN ATC - USA on Mar 16, 2013
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Comment: Absolutely lovely! Thank you so much!
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Comment: I got it today! Pretty imaginative! Thanks for the great stamps on the outside of the envie too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
NorthernBorder rated for All In An Afternoon Zine on Mar 12, 2013
5
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Comment: Thanks! What do you carve them from?
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Comment: Thank you for the letter. I will be writing you back soon. :)
lilacnyellow rated for JAN: Write a letter! on Feb 10, 2013
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Comment: thanks for the letter
blessedtwox rated for Zentangle Pattern Series: S on Feb 6, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for the great ATC!
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Comment: Love your zine; thank you! Oh and I love the stamp you used on the envelope!
5
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Comment: Very Awesome!

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Comments

DosLittleMonkeys on Mar 14, 2011:

Sorry to hear about your hellish pregnancy!!!!! Welcome to the Kindle Group though!

Tommie on Oct 15, 2009:

i sent out the halloween hand drawn inchies yesterday! hope they will get to you safe! tommie

vitaminD on Sep 8, 2009:

Congratulations on Lily Marie~ Welcome to the new world and all the firework pizazz. How is new Mommy life??

By the way, I"m jealous of you. You work in a library. =)

-Dee

structuredchaos on Sep 6, 2009:

Hello :)

I just wanted to stop by and invite you to the "Shop Swap & Blog" Regional USA Swap!

http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/44716

Simone on Feb 13, 2009:

Vday

From E-Swappers, 100 List and Swaps for Children 5-16yrs

Moni on Jan 29, 2009:

Thanks so much for sending me a wish. I love all you sent me, thanks so much :)

misskawaii on Jan 27, 2009:

hello! the fisrt swap in the children book swap group is up! have a look: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/29760

Puchita on Jan 4, 2009:

Thanks for the package you sent me via Wishlist Group, we love all, you are angel, really generous and sweet! Thanks for made Irene and me happy!!!

Happy New Year!!!!

TeaNi on Dec 30, 2008:

I'm so glad you enjoyed the robots,and glad to hear you are feeling better. I didn't actually make the felt robot, so I can't take credit, someone else did (If I could remember who, I would tell you), but glad he's found a good home!:) And thank you for the wonderful message!

Puchita on Dec 11, 2008:

Ohhh Thanks!!! I didn't receive it yet, but now with the Xmas time near our postal service is really slow!!! Thanks in advance! I will message you as soon as i receive it!!! Hugs Angela

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