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midsummermuse

midsummermuse
Date Joined: December 16, 2008
Last Online: October 24, 2015
Birthday: May 26
Country: United States
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About Me

I have a job, health insurance, and I'm buying a house--such an adult, weird... I haven't been swapping for a while (since I started the job, really) but I'm going to set up an excellent craft rooms in the new house and hopefully that will jump start my creative drive again. ^_^

My trip to the UK with my Mom two years ago was AMAZING. Got to go to England, Wales and Scotland. Ireland still waits for me.

Check out my flickr page for pictures of me, my family, my crafts and thrift finds!

I try to rate when I receive, I would appreciate the same courtesy from others. But life happens--I know, I'm certainly not perfect either--if you think it's been too long please send me a poke via PM and I'll do the same for you!

I love to use recycled packaging for my swaps whenever I can, though I do look in profiles in case of allergies or if you feel squicky about that sort of thing. I recycle A LOT--I love to use old ads, magazines, catalogs, calenders, wrapping paper, etc. for all sorts of paper crafts. I do send out recycled ATC back too where appropriate but try to check profile in case you're not into that kinda thing.

I love to reduce, reuse and recycle! I love thrift stores and garage sales. Please don't be afraid to send me gently used items that you think I will love.

I love to read, craft, cook and snuggle with my husband and my cat. I am crafty, frugal, a bit crazy and definately a neo-hippy of sorts, without going so far as to be able to give up on bacon or the dollar stores. ^_^

Favorite Crafts

Beading/Jewelry

Collage/paper craft (ATCs!)

Painting, doodling

Sewing and Embroidery

Favorite Colors: PURPLE!, silver, gold (also almost any metallic toned stuff), green, blue, black and white, but no neon colors please. (except if it's in some crazy retro pattern from the 60s or 70s) sepia tones too

Favorite Movies

The Royal Tennenbaums, Army of Darkness, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Princess Bride, Night of the Living Dead (original and 1991 remake), Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(original), 28 Days Later, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Vanilla Sky, Eyes Wide Shut, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Apocalypse NOW, Secretary, Brain Candy, Sin City, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake), The Evil Dead, The Big Lebowsky, Young Frankenstein, The Maltese Falcon, Land of the Dead, Star Wars 3, 4, 5 and 6 , The Departed, Pulp Fiction, The Fountain, No Country For Old Men, Pan's Labyrith, Yojimbo and Sanjuro, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, The Petrified Forest, (Almost anything with Humphrey Bogart!), True Grit (2010)

Favorite Music

Justin Townes Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Radiohead, Weezer, Baroque Classical Music, Sigur Ros, The Mars Volta, Redman and Method Man, Interpol, Pink Floyd, Wilco, The Strokes!, Wu-Tang Clan, The Beatles, The Flaming Lips, Billy Holiday, Buddy Holly, The Moldy Peaches, David Bowie ... I've really been diggin bluegrass, blues, and oldies lately, and have been listening to a lot of NPR and A Prairie Home Companion too.

Favorite Books

Kushiel's Legacy series By Jacqueline Carey, Exterminator by William S. Burroughs, A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle, Animal Farm - By Orwell, The Inferno by Dante, Siddhartha - Herman Hesse, An Alternate Reality by Castanada, Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo, The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brian), A Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood), 1984 (George Orwell), A Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), Macbeth, The Road (Cormac McCarthy), The Earthsea Series (Ursula K. Le Guin), The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, Alice in Wonderland, Shakespeare!!!

Stuff I Like!

Video Games: The Elder Scrolls Series (Morrowind, Oblivion), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Both the first and second one), Mass Effect 1 and 2, Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, Final Fantasy Series (especially XII), Time Splitters 2, Halo series, Gears of War series (I play as Dom) and others. More recent games: Plants VS Zombies, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (also Persona 3), Resident Evil 5, love to play Singstar and Rockband: Beatles after a few drinks... (I like RPGs by myself, and 2 player shooters to play with my husband)

I love small pouches to hold jewelry and other treasures. I love handmade plushies! Some of my favorite creatures are: Moths, Cats, Beetles, Dragonflies, Octopuses, Cute Owls, generally all cute baby animals are appreciated as well. :-) Let's see, I really love beads and lace and trims and pretty variegated threads. I would love to try working with wool felt as I never have before! I love odd bits of stuff from your junk drawer and love second hand stuff from thrift stores and garage sales.

I love fantasy, beautiful realistic looking ethereal fairies, dryads, witches, gory zombies (any type of zombie really)... I love mythology (especially from Ancient Egypt). I love word play and etymology. Send me your favorite poem written in caligraphy or fancy script or even your best handwriting. Send me a spell or a story you wrote that you think I would enjoy. I love bookmarks (would love a ribbon one with beads or felt shapes on the ends), magnetic ones are fun too!! Send me a list of your favorite tutorials you've found online (easier ones are most appreciated!).

I love pretty note cards, delicious tea, a good tried and true recipe, old children's books (or any that have really wonderful illustrations), VINTAGE--I would love to receive vintage linens, fabrics, doilies, kitschy decorations or kitchen items, vintage jewelry, hand knitted dish cloths or face scrubbies, wonderful handmade soap or candles... I am OK with most religious stuff, I believe in God and I am spiritual--but in general I would prefer it to be non-denominational type stuff.

But honestly, I'm sure I would appreciate any small piece of art you've created, be it written, drawn, painted, scupted in clay or felted, crocheted or sewn(or anything else I forgot!).

I'm sure I'll think of more to add here in the future!

For teh lulz...

Disco Cat

Ratings

NaughtyElf rated for The Night Court: Orchis House on Jun 2, 2012
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Comment: What a fun and colorful ATC! Thank you so much! :-)
NaughtyElf rated for The Night Court: Valerian House on Jun 2, 2012
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC, I loved the key and the reference you made with it. Sad to see this series end, but at least you were with us for it all! I hope you like your set! :-)
SassyRose rated for Art Envelope Free Theme #4 on Apr 21, 2012
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cute envelope. I really like it.
lettergirl rated for I ♥heart♥ Mail Art - March on Apr 3, 2012
5
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Comment: Thank you! I can tell you enjoy what you're doing! :)
MissBoloney rated for ATC Flower Series #5 - Poppies on Mar 28, 2012
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Comment: I loved all the color and movement. My kitty got his scratch, I hope that your two receive one in return =) Thank you!
Response: Oh, thanks for the reminder--I haven't tackled one of my cats for snuggles in the last half hour, off to the kitty love... Haha. Cat's make everything better (except when they wake me up at 4 am lol). I'm glad you liked the card, I had that background for a while and was just able to use it now. ^_^
papermoon rated for ATC Flower Series #5 - Poppies on Mar 27, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for the ATC! Your watercolor is so great :)
Response: I'm glad you liked it, I really love how poppies are "designed" in nature.
sugarskull rated for I ♥heart♥ Mail Art - February on Mar 19, 2012
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Comment: i'm so silly - both have arrived and they're both lovely! thanks for the great art!
Response: Oh I'm so glad they both arrived safely and to the right place this time ;-) Thanks for your patience and I'm glad you like!
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Comment: Thanks! I love the SpongeBob pouch you used as an envie! Very neat :D
Response: Yeah I had that pouch laying around a couple years and I had just been waiting for the perfect swap usage of it ^_^ Glad you liked the card!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely collage atc. The extras were great, too. I love the old brands of gum, don't ? Kathy
Response: Yeah the old gum flavors are so interesting! I really love violet flavored gum but it is hard to find :-) glad you liked the card!
FarStarr rated for C+P File Folder Mail Art Challenge on Feb 23, 2012
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Comment: Thank you so much! Love it and all the collage goodies! I just did surgery and now I have an awesome file folder to use at my next mailart class... :)
Response: Awesome! Please continue to inspire all us mail art junkies ;-)
flowerlady57 rated for Art Envelope Free Theme #2 on Jan 28, 2012
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Comment: thanks for the colorful envie, love that rose and the cute stamper. I felt like I had Christmas all over again with all the goodies you sent to me. Thanks for a lovely swap.
Response: You are so welcome! I really enjoyed making that envelope for you, got a bit carried away with the rainbow mushroom maybe--but isn't that the point of mail art? Experiment!
mag rated for Mail Art for Beginners - 3 on Jan 27, 2012
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Comment: Thank you so much for resending, Maggie. I received it this time and everything was so wonderful. Much appreciated ♥
Response: Oh, I am so glad it reached you safe and sound this time!!! ^_^
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Comment: THANK YOU for the GREAT TEA CARD!
Response: You are so welcome~~it was fun to make and share the tea love ;-)
RyuLuna rated for Mail Art for Beginners - 2 on Nov 14, 2011
5
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Comment: Thank you! And I love the CD!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I know I was taking a risk with some of my song choices (especially a little odd fav of mine, Little Bunny Foo Foo) but I wanted variety. ^_^
PrincessB rated for 100,000! on Nov 13, 2011
5
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Comment: Thanks for the cute Ernie hanger
Response: You are welcome! Hopefully it can find a place with your tree ornaments :-)
kingsalami rated for Nightmarish Paper Doll on Oct 13, 2011
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Comment: very awesome, sorry forgot to do this!
Response: Hey wow! Thanks for such a fast response ^_^ Thought you were gone or maybe it got lost in the mail <3
egalite rated for Blood, Guts, & Braaaains Bookmark! on Oct 11, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the thoughtful note and the bookmark! I love the art, the blood spatters, and the tassel. The book I've been reading is a novel with scifi elements called Luminarium and I've let it fall by the wayside... this should inspire me to pick it up again!
Response: Ah so glad you like it! Hope it inspires you to read more, I haven't been reading enough lately either <3 I had a lot of fun making it.
Jester777 rated for Tea, Treat Recipe & Friendly Note on Sep 27, 2011
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Comment: Wow thanks so much! Sounds great, can't wait to try the tea and recipe!
Response: You're welcome!! I wanna share this tip with you too--I actually had a breakthrough with the popovers the other day, and I think it was because I made them barefoot on Hobbit Day!! Haha. (But seriously!) Just add the pats of butter in the muffin tin, not in the batter--they totally popped and the inside was creamy and amazing. ^_^
ArtyBeth3 rated for Tea, Treat Recipe & Friendly Note on Sep 25, 2011
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Comment: Thank you for the popover recipe (which I'm definitely going to try) and the green & white tea blends. I enjoyed reading your nice note too.
Response: I actually had a breakthrough with the popovers the other day, and I think it was because I made them barefoot on Hobbit Day!! Just add the pats of butter in the muffin tin, not in the batter--they totally popped and the inside was creamy and amazing. ^_^
edgetorn rated for Mail Art for Beginners on Sep 17, 2011
5
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Comment: Way cool envelope...LOVE the NY view with the viewer-machine and the shorthand paper...LOVE!!! Love all the ephemera....you really made this a special package! And a comic book to boot! Thank you so much! And, yes...we are "neighbors"!
Response: ^_^ You are very welcome! I was happy to really try mail art for the first time, and I have so much collage material collected <3

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Comments

RyeRye on Dec 18, 2013:

NaughtyElf on May 31, 2012:

No worries, I should have thought more about how the holiday would affect people sending out their mail. You will not be rated down because of it. Hugs, Sher.

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

bluemonkeymama on Mar 12, 2012:

Thank you so much for the awesome mail art! Very creative use of bubble wrap. Hope your day is going well!

RyeRye on Mar 11, 2012:

FiWebster on Feb 28, 2012:

I'm glad you liked the Wallace Stevens card, but mostly I'm here to say GOOD LUCK with the NEW JOB! Three cheers for health insurance: Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

RyeRye on Feb 23, 2012:

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RyeRye on Dec 24, 2011:

loriglen on Dec 3, 2011:

Skyrim is awsome!!!!! I didn't get it until it was out for about a week and by the time I finally activated it and downloaded the update, I was about to climb the walls! My two teenagers are also playing it so I barely get a chance to get on the game. I'm only level 9 right now. I'm a Breton focusing on my warrior skills right now but eventually I want to focus more on the alchemy and smithing. I really love the new elements of Skyrim (especially dual-casting which I can't do yet). I am finding though that I keep using Oblivion keyboard controls as some of them have changed with Skyrim, but I am completely loving this game. Do you have the guidebook? I do and it's awesome but it's as thick as a phonebook!

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