Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: March 17, 2018
Country: United States
I am interested in swaps, especially in charm swaps and ATC swaps. Lately I've been in more postcard swaps - they are simple and fast. I've worked in all sorts of mediums but mostly in paper and jewelry. I like to explore new techniques and mediums and look to have my creativity challenged.
I like making charms, cards, and art from found objects, and upcycled materials.
I've made several altered books and enjoy the rebirthing process of turning an unwanted book into a treasure.
I'm an RN and have a side job/apprenticeship at a book bindery that restores and preserves old books and occasionally makes new ones.
I like books about food such as Food in History; and Pickled, Potted, and Canned.
I like pretty much everything by Dorothy Gilman.
I like classics by authors such as Shakespeare, Dumas, Austen, Twain, Doyle, and Rand.
One of my top favorite books (I really can't pick just one) is Possession by A. S. Byatt. And I like that she is also a critic - means she writes quality stuff.
I like sci-fi/fantasy/romance by Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Gabbaldon, and Isabel Allende.
I love old dictionaries with lots of pictures and truly aged pages.
I deeply appreciate handmade items... effort & risk taking is always admired!
Altered Books & Journals
Handmade books or restored books (bookbinding) - I like to reback and rebind old medical textbooks and medical books for home use.
The periods I like are the Renaissance, the Romantic period (Rosetti, Wm. Blake), and the "Arts & Crafts" movement (late 1800's to 1920's), the Silver Screen era.
I like Edward Gorey, Erte, Gustav Adolf Mosa, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, William Blake, Gabriel Dante Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright Salvadore, Dali, Maxfield Parrish, Andrew Wyeth (especially the Helga pictures), N.C. Wyeth, and pre-1900 lithographs. I like modern lithography too, but I really like the old stuff.
Washi tape. It's really become an obsession.
Embossing folders and cutting dies and suggestions for creative ways to emboss.
Embossed or punched foil pieces
My favorite colors are blue and green. I love all the colors, but I don't wear yellow or orange.
Keys, old postage stamps, old dictionary pages and pictures, old sewing notions (I'm pretty well stocked on buttons and lace at the moment, thanks to so many generous swap partners), old gears, springs, washers, and cogs.
Vintage anything - but not musty or moldy!
Glass, sparkly beads, gemstone, or metal beads (no plastic please)
Glitter glue, glitter, confetti (in small amounts)
Old jewelery. It can be broken or have some stones missing. Single earrings are good and things with beads.
Interesting papers - especially handmade, marbled, pages with foreign (not English) languages, japanese paper, odd natural fiber paper, old maps (pre 1900)
Asian stationery sets
natural/ "handmade" wrapping paper
Day of the Dead anything - skeletons/calaveras, papel picado, milagros, prints by Jorge Guadaleupe Posada
Mexican folkart - lucho, loteria, etc.
Fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from all cultures. I especially like the illustrations from fairy tale books.
Patterns I like include paisley, vintage looking, travel inspired, Victorian and french flourishes. I like fleur de lis, peacock colors, butterflies, asian inspired, French or Latin American roosters (not the cute country ones), feminine - think Victorian, and the artists I listed above.
I love rabbit and butterfly images.
I like to travel and plan to see the world. Some of my favorite places are San Francisco, England, Austin TX, and the Sonoran desert.
Not a fan of plastic pony beads, polyester yarn, plastic mesh crafts, needlepoint-type stuff.
Not into "cutsey" stuff like Disney, kittens or puppies, babies or children, country or cowboy, sports, school stuff or super girly.
I don't like holiday themes, especially Christmas.
I don't like religious items meant to convert me, especially crosses.
No Hershey's Chocolate or Cadbury's made in the US by Hershey.
I promise I will always rate swaps. Even if it takes me a while.
On the other hand, I am not on swap bot to collect ratings. I like the creative outlet it provides me. I'm not going to post flakers or send out reminders to rate me. I figure if you didn't get my swap or it wasn't what you expected, you will let me know. I send out things I'd like to receive and am pleased when I get the same in return. This site is for fun and that's it. If it isn't fun, there's no point.
For food and recipe swaps:
I love food. I and my family have no allergies to food and love trying new things. Any and all recipes welcome. I do have one vegetarian in the house and we tend to eat pretty healthy in general (whole food, low carb, less meat). I also have one in the house who thinks no meal is complete without meat. And one who thinks sugar is a legit food group.
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