I am an educator and fiber/mixed media artist.
As a fiber artist, I'm into doing crochet, beading, dying( tie dye, batik, dye painting), and embroidery. Recently I got into art quilting and needle felting. I also like drawing with prismacolor colored pencils and ultra fine line permanent markers. And, I make ATCs. The picture on my profile is a burned out velvet scarf that I dyed.
My Favorite Craft Materials
Textured, "interesting" yarn, any amount, any fiber, for free-form crochet.
100% silk neckties from the thrift store
Natural fiber fabrics and yarns,
Textured Fabrics ( brocade, upholstery fabric, velvet, etc.),
Interesting cotton and wool yarns and threads,
Quirky and Unusual Ephemera,
Quirky and Unusual papers
recycled and upcycled materials
Metallic Shiva Artist Paintstiks
A leaf rubbing plate for the paintstiks
Things I Collect:
Maneki Neko ( Japanese Lucky Cats)
evil eye beads
Jerry Garcia ties - I occasionally find them in thrift stores
vintage silk scarves
small magic user figures
kinder egg toys
female super heroes
Kawaii lettersets and stickers.
For clothing, I favor black, russets, burgundy, dark green, purple and teal.
To look at, I like bright happy colors; jewel tones; deep oranges, fuchsia, purples, dark green, teal,etc., in addition to the colors I prefer for clothing. I'm not much into pink. I also like muted woodland colors with mauve/soft purple.
oak trees and acorns
No Disney, please.
"Dream of the sun dreaming its worlds. Sing till the song throws out root, trunk, branches, birds, stars. Sing until the dream engenders the spring at which you may drink and recognize yourself and recover."
Nellie: A Cat on Her Own by Natalie Babbitt
Tatterhood and Other Tales by Ethel Johnston
Robert D. San Souci
Picture books with witches, elves and fairies
The Hunger Games
Mysteries by women authors.
Fantasy by women authors.
Vampire books by women authors.
Fiber arts books.
psychedelic rock, jam bands, bluegrass, folk, jazz, indie, old timey country
Some of my all time favorite bands and artists:
k.d.lang, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Railroad Earth, Neko Case, Scissor Sisters
Dollar Stores. ( they make me feel sad about wasted resources and worried about toxic waste)
Disney.(unless you have a all expense paid trip to Disneyland to swap)
Give the gift of life!
Please consider becoming a bone marrow donor/ stem cell donor by joining the National Marrow Donor Program.
You could "Be the Match" and have the unique opportunity of saving someone's life.In case you're wondering, marrow and stem cell donation is done while you're alive. It's much simpler than giving someone a kidney.
This is an issue that is very close to home for me. My daughter received a peripheral stem cell transplant from a donor in the registry in July 2010. Her donor is in Germany!
Also, please consider being a blood and platelet donor at your local blood bank.
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