I took a break from swapping after a period of illness, but I am back in "fighting form" (ish) and ready to rumble again!
I am an almost 60 yo wife to Ornery (40 years), Mom to Elizabeth (38) and Ryan (33), and Grammie to Micah (9) and Makayla (7) (aka the m&ms).
I am home-bound with an undiagnosed condition that has left me mostly immobile. But, I am grateful to have cheated death twice in two years, and while I am not where I would like to be physically, at least I am on the right side of the dirt! :)
Since my children are grown, it's just Ornery and me in our beautiful home. We live in NE Oklahoma near Tulsa. About 8 months of the year, my yard sports a variety of blooming plants, the more the better as far as I am concerned. One of the hardest things I had to give up when I was no longer able to walk was working in my yard. My daughter is studying horticulture online, and I have the wonderful benefit of her knowledge, and recently the generosity of the landscape architect who has hired her as an intern.
If you look at my Instagram feed, (link above) you will see equal parts garden/yard posts, and whatever odd crafty project I am immersed in at the moment.
And I do have wide ranging interests when it comes to crafting. Currently I am working on some embroidery -- something I haven't done in over 30 years! But, I got a ton of floss from a garage sale, and I purchased some Aunt Martha's iron on transfers to make some flour sacking dish towels for Christmas gifts. I'm not terribly fast, so I figured I should begin early! :) I have finished 7 out of 12 towels so far.
I have also made numerous doll clothes for Makayla, and have made odds and ends for around the house such as pillows, curtains, etc. I recently purchased a new Brother sewing machine but it was around the time I last went to the hospital and I am sorry to say I have yet to learn how to even thread it. Maybe by the fall I will have all the other projects out of the way...
Earlier this summer, I made some note cards with weaving on the fronts, an extremely satisfying project, but the cards are bulky and cost extra to mail, so I stopped on that project for now. My husband built me a lap loom a few years ago, and I have completed about a dozen wall hangings on it I have more yarn than a body needs, but I do enjoy playing with the beautiful fibers!
Sadly, I never could master crochet and knitting doesn't hold my interest.
MIXED MEDIA ART
I am happiest when I am in my studio or playing with color in some fashion. I can't draw anything other than stick figures, but fortunately, I happen to like abstract art better than realism, so it turns out I am okay with that lack. I am not really all that great at any of the mediums, but I do like to dabble in:
I have a substantial collection of ATC's and Altered Rolodex cards. I have several binders filled with amazing mail art, which is probably my favorite collection of all. Some of my ATCs are in frames on the wall in my studio, others featuring little houses (my favorite theme) are on the wall in my dining room.
I am a huge puzzle fan. I have over 100 in my collection, mostly 500 piece, but a few 1000, and several 300 piece, which lately has been more my speed, just because they work up quickly and are easy to handle.
I have several (10? 15?) fairly regular pen pals, but I am always up for exchanging letters with new friends. I always enjoy receiving mail, which was the reason I joined Swap-Bot all those years ago! I had to take a break from the letters when I was recovering from my illnesses (cellulitis/sepsis) but I am back online with most of them now.
While I really enjoy writing letters, I am not great with sending "extras" because I can't get out to shop. However, I like to think that my letters are worthwhile even without the extras! 😁
I am a very reliable swapper. If I don't think I will be able to send, I drop from the swap. Always. Even when I was hospitalized, I managed to send my swaps on time. If you have not received a swap from me, please let me know as soon as possible. I generally mail the day partners are assigned, or at the latest a day or two after.
Likewise, I am a very prompt rater. There is nothing worse than spending time and effort to create a personalized swap only to wonder if it ever arrived. If you are a late rater or non-rater, please do not join my swaps.
If I happen to be hosting a swap, I will always angel if necessary. I tend to swap only within the safety of a group, but things happen and I will always try to make it right for those who join my swaps.
I try to make my swap descriptions as clear as possible, but if you ever have questions, please don't hesitate to direct message me, and I will answer your questions.
I really appreciate you being willing to swap with me. I really try hard to please my partners.
For swaps that require personaliaztion, tuck-ins, gifts, extras, etc., here is a list of my preferences.
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