I play piano, guitar and ukulele. When I'm not playing music, I'm usually listening to music. My favorite music is instrumental folk music. I lead group music therapy and would like to swap for any musical instruments you may have to share.
Most of my artwork is musical, but I do like watercolor painting, Chinese brush painting and sketching in blank unlined journals. I'm interested in making handmade paper, artistic bookbinding and making/restoring ukulele. I love working with plants - growing them and pressing them for artwork and study.
I welcome pen pals who want to share friendship. I love to travel and explore new places. If you have pleasant travel experience, please share - I am always looking for interesting places to visit next. I would love to read about your own travel experiences rather than from a travel book :)
I love to cook. I experiment with adapting recipes for use with local Hawai'ian ingredients. I grow many kinds of tropical fruit and like to use them in recipes. I cook mostly vegetables, fruit and whole grains. I don't cook with dairy, eggs or meat. I have too many vegetarian cookbooks, so no need to send more to me.
My husband collects retired license plates from all over the world. They don't need to be old, just no longer on a vehicle. If you would like to add to his collection, please send me a message first to see if he already has the plate you are considering.
I collect small art dolls with wild curly hair, old and interesting marbles, bamboo and handmade paint brushes, amazon gift codes and etsy gift codes.
handmade paper, handmade sketch books with unlined paper, either store-bought or made by a bookbinding swapper.
Asian bamboo paint brushes
instrumental folk music CDs from different countries
animation and foreign films with English subtitles on DVD or VCD... no anime or manga
packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow cacti, bamboo and palm trees
rolls of wide packing tape - any color or design
Old Catholic saint medals and statues, non-plastic rosary beads, mala and other prayer beads, milagros...but no cute, non-specific angel-with-wings themed things.
art supplies: watercolor paint, very fine-line brushes, fine-line art pens, medium and fine grit sandpaper, liquid glue like elmer's wood glue or tacky glue
wood cigar boxes, any shape or size
sashiko thread (white, off-white, dark green)
jigsaw puzzles, especially small ones with tiny pieces, very difficult ones, ones with interesting subjects; 3D ones that make a shape, like a round globe, animal, building, etc.
strings!...for ukulele, guitar, dulcimer, banjo, violin
I prefer handmade things to dollar store items. I would rather receive one thoughtfully chosen inspiration of my profile or amazon/etsy wish lists than a whole box of dollar store plastic and stickers.
I live in a non-smoking, pet-free home.
******** Things I Don't Need: *****************
glitter, stamped images, things cut from magazines, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, blank recipe cards, synthetic fiber cloth, tags, used postage stamps, things that I could easily buy in a store where I live, a "sample" of anything, unless you intend to send me the whole product if I like the sample.
I don't make scrapbooks. I don't use scrap paper, cardboard or quotes written on paper.
earrings (I don't have anything pierced)
Please don't send food or drink, candles, wax, crayons...these tend to melt, get weird in the tropical heat or the gecko living in my mailbox gets to them first.
makeup and nail polish - I don't wear them.
I'm allergic to dust mites, so please no pillows or store-bought stuffed animals...small handmade amigurumi and keychain or charm size stuffies are okay.