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I am interested in corresponding with people from different countries. If you would like a penpal in Hawai'i, please send me a message. I include things from your profile with my letters if you would like to swap.
I play piano, guitar and ukulele. When I'm not playing music, I'm usually listening to music. I love listening to unusual music. My favorite music is instrumental folk music from different countries. I don't like rap or loud music that is vocally abusive.
I love to cook. I use mostly whole, natural, macrobiotic ingedients. I love new macrobiotic cookbooks and sharing recipes. I'm currently working on a vegetarian version of the Sicilian cannoli. My favorite ethnic cooking : southern Italian , Japanese, Indian.
Other hobbies/interests: snorkel diving, boogie boarding, hiking, tropical plants and fruit trees, travel
Favorite crafts - restoring old musical instruments, building new musical instruments, carving kokeshi dolls, painting old wooden croquet and bocce balls, crocheting and sewing small Japanese projects. To feed these obsessions, I am always in need of: old wooden croquet/bocce balls, unusual natural fiber fabrics for small sewing projects and my never-ending quilt project - I use lots of cotton and silk, Japanese kimono cloth, cotton and wool crochet yarn in solid colors, Asian bamboo paint brushes, books and patterns for amigurumi and other small projects.
I love stationery, especially from outside the USA: interesting writing paper and envelopes, handmade natural fibre paper, cute character stationery sets and desk accessories, fountain pens, unusual writing instruments and especially handmade sketch books with unlined paper
soap with a natural ingredient like oatmeal, seaweed, herbs, essential oil, etc.
silk and cotton kimono cloth from Japan
Asian bamboo paint brushes
omamori from temples in Japan, Hawai'i and other places
instrumental folk music CDs from different countries
animation and foreign films with English subtitles on DVD or VCD
retired automobile license plates
Old wood croquet and bocce balls
Gift cards and codes for shopping online or offline, especially Walmart (not my favorite store, but I use the Rx), Wholefoods, Safeway, Costco and amazon.com
penpals not living in North America
rolls of clear plastic packing tape
established friendship books
commercially made perfume and natural skin care samples
SanDisk CompactFlash cards for my camera...It looks like this
HP black ink cartridges (74 or 74XL) for my printer
plastic (not wood) hashi...these are like "chopsticks," but they are the Japanese kind, which are shorter and tapered
independently published comics and graphic novels from all countries
seeds to grow plants that will grow in a tropical environment: cactus, palm trees, fruit, flowers and culinary herbs
sealed containers of cullinary spices, especially basil (I use so much of this one) and exotic, difficult-to-find spices from other countries. My favorite swap was a container of an unfamiliar herb with recipes for using that herb in its native country.
kitchen things: new oven mitt, pot holder, thick cotton dish cloth, apron, measuring spoons and cups, silicon tongs and bakeware
things on my Amazon wishlist (link at top of page)
things on my Etsy wishlist (link at top of page)
prayer cards of any of the Catholic saints, especially if they are made outside of the USA or in a language other than English...also saint medals and religious charms to keep my truck safe
items from your profile in exchange for items from mine
tropical plants and seeds
I live in a non-smoking, pet-free home.
earrings (I don't have anything pierced)
Allergies: petroleum, mineral oil, msg (monosodium glutamate), aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, spiders and mites
2/6/13 @antiope : bag of beads and 3 skeins of yarn for Pick Two...never sent, never received, never tag again :(