You can find me on Instagram @afocusedjourney - not sure why the URL in not working
My focus this year is my art and photography, minimizing what I have so I am surrounded by only those things I love and need, creating a home which I love to be in.
I am a high school science teacher working in an violent, unstable environment where guns and gangs are the norm. Constant changes in the administration, inept leadership, fear mongering and a "consistently inconsistent" regime makes for an HIGHLY stressful environment. A lot of my time is filled with lesson planning, grading papers, and completing government mandated annoyances. I struggle daily, sometimes hourly, with the constant barrage of disrespect from students and administrators. Creating, painting, working in my art journals keeps me sane. .
I can not live in a house without cats! Our 3 cats (all of which help me create) and my dog help to keep my life in balance.
I Took the Pledge: IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A SWAP FROM ME, CONTACT ME ASAP! I always send. Please do not give me a poor rating prior to contacting me first (I had someone "not like" the ATC they received so they gave me a 3 without messaging me first).
While I truly appreciate the thoughtfulness, please,
do not include extras unless it is something I am seeking, collecting, or for a project I am working on. I'm having a difficult time managing my own overflowing stash!
Please, no ATC's or pocket letters, or washi tape.
I love bright, sunny colors. I use a lot of purples, greens, blues, and oranges in my work.
I no longer create/collect ATC's so I prefer not to receive them.
Pocket letters just aren't my thing either.
Pinterest (I'm a junkie)
reading oracle cards
reading books & magazines
scraps of material -especially with texture
B&W photos (photos of people are good)
college football (especially U of M)
any rusty small objects
gelli plate prints
die cuts (especially flourishes & birds)
old letters,old ledgers, old envelopes addressed
tea/coffee dyed papers
B & W
painted murals on buildings
cool/colorful graffiti (nothing gang related)
I am creating (and still working on) an altered book for my oldest son, Thayer. Because his name is so unusual he could never buy any of those trinkets with his name on it found in souvenir shops.
I am asking folks to search their town's directory for a street sign or a business with his name in it, snap a photo and send it to me (either snail mail or email).
* If you know how to get the coordinates via the GPS on your phone that would be great, otherwise just the name of the town & state.
I prefer PC"s to be sent naked as I use them in my art journals.
I like photos of hot tourists spots that people buy to remember the place.
LOVE cards that make me laugh!
rocks & minerals
Disney (the place,not cartoons)
Like these especially if they include the sender's handwriting and cancelled stamp (but not necessary).
I really enjoy getting water colors, painted or sketched PC's if allowed because I'm not really good at any of these.
DO NOT LIKE
Political, cartoon, religious, art (museum pieces, abstract), African American Heritage, Kawaii, celebrities, civil war
THINGS I am ATTRACTED to:
B & W photos/ pictures/sketches
bright & sunny scenes
science stuff (I teach Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth Science)
stickers (teacher & Dollar store types)
anything crochet or knit
anything religious or political
anything African American History (I'm a school teacher; I get inundated w/it Jan & Feb)
junk that is obviously not a treasure
Rituals: a year long painting course
My One Little Word for 2019: Conscious
@thequilterslink NOT a nice swap partner. Creates drama where there should be none!!!!
@Sharune for Recycle Christmas card as postcard #6 - cat (2014) rated her a 3 for sending very late. 11/2017 she sends several harassing messages to change the rating.
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