Last Online: April 8, 2019
Birthday: March 20
I live in rural Canada where the mail is often slow. I'm patient about it as long as there is good communication, and I hope that swap partners will extend me the same courtesy.
If something I send you doesn't show up, please let me know so that I can try to fix the situation.
I like to read, write, cook (and bake, which helps keep my sweet tooth happy), listen to music or CBC radio, hike, swim, cross-country ski, and do various craft projects - knitting has been my main craft for a number of years now, but I also enjoy working with interesting paper, fibres, and fabric scraps sometimes. I consider myself very lucky to live where I can spend a lot of time outdoors. I'm not too fond of things either overly cute (e.g. real kittens are nice but Hello Kitty is overly cute) or overly dark/gothic, but I seek out the beautiful or quirky.
I support organic and fair trade when possible, and in general I value quality over quantity.
I'm allergic to scallops and green bell peppers, although I can't imagine why that would be an issue on this site. Also, many types of scented items (e.g. candles and lotions) can trigger migraines for me, so I prefer to avoid scented things unless they're made with essential oils.
To listen to: Older rock and country, alt-country, blues, bluegrass, classical, folk, Celtic, zydeco... pretty much anything except for rap and pop.
To play: Intermediate-level flute music. I played through high school and was in a community band during university, but I'm definitely not an expert. I'd love to learn other instruments someday and have been looking for a good instructional book for beginner harmonica (any recommendations?) because I like the idea of having music I can carry in my pocket.
I read a lot, and I'll read almost anything except self-help and romance, but lately I've been reading nonfiction (science, history, and travel) and fantasy (especially humorous fantasy like Terry Pratchett). I'm always looking for interesting short stories, because they're easy to read between other things - if I read a novel, I run the risk of getting sucked into it and being late.
Knitting, spinning (with a drop spindle), card making (and other papercrafts), chip carving, origami.
At the moment, blue, green, chocolate brown, and black. In general, I like dark or rich colours and neutrals but am not so fond of neons, pastels, or most shades of pink.
Natural fibre yarn (or mostly-natural blends, e.g. sock yarn with 25% nylon for durability).
Knitting needles and notions.
Wood, metal, glass, bone, or shell buttons.
A pretty shawl pin.
Paper with interesting patterns or textures, and origami paper (I have quite a bit of paper right now, though).
Fabric in colours I like. I'm especially fond of batiks lately.
Natural soap or lip balm.
Tasty treats (candy, snacks, chocolate - I love dark chocolate especially, but if you're sending it in the summer please be sure to wrap it well).
Tea (I like most kinds, but am not such a fan of fruit flavours unless they're citrus).
Quality stationery and notecards (as long as they're not cutesy).
Hair clips or pins that are not too childish.
Oak, dandelion, or sailboat-themed items.
Fun pens (gel pens, fountain pens, etc.).
ATC blanks and individual plastic sleeves (I can't seem to find the sleeves around here since the store where I was buying them closed).
... or Can't Use.
Things I'm allergic to.
Bath salts or other bath items (except for soap; we don't have a bathtub).
Earrings (I don't have pierced ears).
Kawaii or Disney items.
To be mailed: Nothing right now.
I am waiting for: Nothing I'm actually expecting to get anymore.
I've been flaked on by: - katie143 (Something... tag, 5/27/08, she's now fully suspended) - Libbybear (Box of Devon fudge, Tag You're It!, 5/24/08; profile surprise, Swap Tag!, 6/3/08) - teardrop (Something to eat, Something... tag, 6/5/08) - Sharila (a tea assortment and a profile surprise, Pick Two, 3/28/09) - oceankat (a profile surprise, Crafty Pay it Back, 5/26/09) -swtbrandy (a profile goodie, Who likes... tag, 8/23/09)
I've been angeled by: - cerwinrhiannon (Thank you so much!)
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