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nightswimmer

nightswimmer
Original Member
Last Online: November 15, 2017
Birthday: November 4
Country: Canada
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About Me

I love paper. Japanese papers make my heart go pitter-patter, and my ultimate paper adoration goes to chiyogami (aka yuzen). Hand-decorated paper is another weakness of mine, especially marbled or paste papers.

And what do I do with all that paper? Bind books. Create ATCs and collages. Carve and print linocuts. Design greeting cards. Sculpt and sew and otherwise manipulate paper into shapes it couldn't even dream of becoming until it met me.

But to be honest, I find it hard to be monogamous to my paper collection. I love fabric and yarn and embroidery floss too much to let it all linger in my craft closet. So some days I abandon the paper and knit, or sew, or crochet, or embroider instead. And then once in a while, when I'm feeling especially artsy, I'll pull out my watercolours and charcoal and pens and sketch and draw and paint. It's OK, my paper knows I'll come back to it eventually. After all, it is my real and true love.

Some of my other favourite things: silk fabric, fresh flowers, wool felt, handmade books, zentangle, letterpress stationery, homemade cookies, fine art, botanical prints, music, teal and lime green and plum and raspberry and charcoal, Flow magazine, hand lettering, art journals, caramel, coffee, linocuts and etchings, a day in the kitchen, a hot cup of tea, gardening, beads and buttons, ribbons.

I prefer sweet to cutesy, linocut to rubber stamped, natural to synthetic, modern to retro, secular to religious, richly-coloured to pastel, real to mythical.

Favorite Music

These days, Bon Iver, Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine, Leif Vollebekk, Patrick Watson, Rose Cousins, BeyoncΓ©, Laura Marling, Lord Huron, Evening Hymns, Donovan Woods, Half Moon Run. And, well, music in general. I play piano, ukulele, and guitar (badly). I love singing harmonies (not too badly).

Inspiration

Everything around me -- patterns, colours, textures; architecture, art, graffiti. People. Posters. And light. I love light. Bright, dimmed, glowing, disappearing, shining, glaring, warm, cool, illuminating.

Learning

I love to try new things, take classes, discover new ways of expressing myself. I love to be inspired by new techniques and materials.

I Love:

  • Paper! Any kind, especially in rich colours and unusual textures.
  • Craft supplies of all kinds. Fabric, thread, wool felt, ribbon, beads, decorative papers, embroidery floss, pens, inks, washi tape.
  • Mail art: ATCs, handmade postcards, zines, and hand-carved stamps
  • Correspondence supplies: notecards, letter paper, stickers, address labels
  • Dark chocolate, especially when it includes unusual ingredients (two of my favourites: pink peppercorns and earl grey tea)
  • Drawings and illustrations, small paintings and collages
  • Teas of all kinds, hot chocolate, and dark-roast coffee (although I'm not really into flavoured coffees)
  • Photographs of any kind, either loose or as postcards.
  • Kits and samplers. Craft kits, spice kits, tea samplers, bath product samplers, I love them all. I'd rather have an assortment of tiny things than one big thing.
  • Vintage fabrics and fibers of all kinds, whole or just scraps: handkerchiefs, tablecloths, needlework, embroidery

I Don't Love:

  • Dirty, broken, or junky things
  • Kawaii and cutesy stuff
  • "Country" or "primitive" styles
  • Artificial cherry- and grape-flavoured things
  • Religious items

One More Thing

Please do not send me any items that smell of cigarette or cigar smoke.

Profile updated March 6, 2017

Ratings

sabbysteg rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #5 on Nov 19, 2017
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Comment: Very neat postcards. :) Thanks!
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Comment: Oh -- wow! This is such a fun envie. Love all the envies and NC! Great stamps too! Thanks so much!
EllieBeth8 rated for 30 gram Envelope #5 on Nov 4, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the great swap! Have a nice day! Shelley
Cariboocarol rated for 30 gram Envelope #5 on Oct 24, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for everythIng! Not a single duplication and I will be able to use everything...lovely choices!!
Ruie rated for NH: International Happy Mail Package on Oct 6, 2017
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Comment: Oh my god, I love the items you got me! I couldn't be happier
goinjenny rated for WIYM: SEND ME YOUR UGLIEST CARD on Sep 28, 2017
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Comment: Thank you. Its still in the upper 80's here
shtrqueen rated for 30 gram Envelope #4 on Sep 25, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the envie of goodies. I'm looking forward to using everything. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Cariboocarol rated for 30 gram Envelope #4 on Sep 21, 2017
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Comment: Wow, I am so very happy with this envelope---I loved everything you sent and am so pleased with your choices for me!!! The one postcard od neon signs is going right back in the mail to my penpal who is a "road warrior" amd takes all kinds of photos of signs--she will love it. Thank you SO much!❀️❀️
angeness rated for NH Mail Art Swap on Jul 27, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful envelope and the extras, the paper you sent is gorgeous!
Response: Yay, I'm so glad you liked it!
petercure rated for WIYM: Let's Trade 3 Postcards #2 on Jul 26, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely cards~(*^_^*)
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: Thank you for the notecard. I don't think the envie was made by you, though - or was it?
Response: Thank you for the rating!
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Comment: Thank You! I'm certainly going to try this recipe! :) & oh! The artwork is TOO sophisticated for me :D -- still staring at it! :)
Response: Yay, so happy to hear that it made it to you this time!
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Comment: I love everything you sent me. What a great assortment of notecards, stickers, postcards...total awesomeness! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked it!
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice-April on Apr 26, 2017
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Comment: Your watercolor flowers are wonderful! Thank you for the beautiful PC in my mailbox. Wishing you green leaves and gorgeous colorful buds soon!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! It was sunny today for the first time in forever, so it truly felt like spring!
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Comment: First of all, I LOVE your swap name! Mine is short for "porpoise" - my daughter named me that - after swimming! The postcards are very cool - from all over! I like the washi tape and the stickers and the lovely paper! And last the tea! Oh, my! I'm going to have a cup right now, thanks to you! Thank you SO MUCH for this excellent passel of surprises! And I hope it warms up for you! We have nice weather today - the grass is green, the daffodils are blooming and the buds are getting ready to pop! Happy swapping!
Response: You are so welcome! I love sending little packages so I'm happy you enjoyed everything! And thanks for the swap name compliment. :)
mrsD rated for Fives--Fabulous Fives! on Apr 11, 2017
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Comment: what a terrific assortment of goodies! huge extra thanks for everything - esp the papers and mask :) cheers! merci xo
Response: I'm glad you liked everything, and I hope the mask is in a scent you can use!
Kimmi50 rated for NH: Decorated Postcards on Apr 4, 2017
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Comment: Oh wow! I love this postcard and love the way you decorated the back. Such pretty flowers and vines, you have such beautiful handwriting and love the hand drawings. This card is very Spring, and it makes me happy every time I look at it. Thank you Chantale 😊
Response: You're so welcome, I'm glad you like it!
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Comment: Yum, No- Bake Fudge Cookies πŸͺ What a delicious recipe.πŸ˜„ Thank you!❀
Response: Glad to hear the postcard made it! Enjoy not-baking the cookies!
sem6727 rated for NH: Decorated Postcards on Apr 3, 2017
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Comment: Love the bike PC and woodland stickers. Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it!
pyneapplequeen rated for 3 Things in an Envie INTL #1 on Mar 25, 2017
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Response: Thanks for the rating!

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Comments

Lonestarchild on May 22, 2017:

GREAT envie full of fun stuff! Love all the fancy/textile papers! Thank you so much! ISS: Surprise Flat Envie Tag

aprettyfailure on Nov 16, 2012:

that's correct! i have lived on every continent except Antarctica!

pianoheart on May 17, 2010:

Thank you for the nice handmade book :)

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