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Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: March 28, 2017

Country: United States
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About Me

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.

Some favorites things:

  • the color gray and the gray scale from black to white
  • birds
  • quote: "All the water in the world can't sink a ship unless it gets inside."
  • Original pre-Disney Winnie the Pooh and friends and vintage Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes characters
  • exercise: yoga, hiking, bocce
  • worry dolls

    Things I Use:

  • 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    • packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow herbs, cacti, bamboo and palm trees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 not cute, non-specific angel-with-wings themed things.

  • beautiful cloth zippered pouches and brush rolls for my art supplies

  • 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.

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 Use:

  • glitter, stamped images, things cut from magazines, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, blank recipe cards, synthetic fiber cloth, tags

  • The only stickers I need are blank ones to label things and return address labels.

  • 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.

Tag Notes:

12/17/16 @Vanillacreamteas profile surprise grabbie for Grabbie Tag. Messages send 12/17/16 and 2/13/17. They are being marked "unread." Comment left on swappers profile: pianoheart on Feb 15, 2017: I tagged you in the "grabbie Tag" on Dec. 17, 2106, and sent you a message. I also sent a message on Feb. 13, 2017. You have been online. Why are you marking my messages "unread" ?


craftyone rated for Destash in a bubble mailer on Mar 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a fun swap. I had fun going through everything. I especially liked all the scrapbook paper!
motherpie rated for Valentines Surprise Package ♥ on Feb 11, 2017
Comment: i've been opening my packages slowly and w-o-w what a lovely bunch of items thus far, thank you so much for the eclectic mix of treasures, i'm enjoying them all! lots of love!
christineann79 rated for Happy Mail #1 on Feb 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for this great little package of happy mail! I just love the map envelope and postcards. I haven't bee to Hawaii in 9 years so I really appreciated the postcards. Thanks for reading my profile!
Comment: Thank you for the swap, I especially loved the Frodo Bookmark and the postcards! <3
Comment: Thank you so muck for your package. I could tell that you carefully picked out your holidays and made a nice pkg for me.
Jmitchell8814 rated for Spoil My Valentine 💖 on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I couldn't wait for Valentine's Day, so I opened it today! Thank you so much for the cute items! I'm saving the Christmas stories to read later this year :) I love the stationary and Hello kitty stickers! Hugs, Jessica
rivermaiden rated for Happy Mail #1 on Feb 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the DVD!
Kvwanderlost rated for Happy Mail #1 on Feb 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much Malia, I LOVE these PCs!! :D
Comment: I really liked all the reptile goodies thank you
blueackerson rated for Happy Mail #1 on Jan 31, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much, love the photos
Comment: Cool stuff and fabrics! Thank you
Comment: thank you for the awesome swap. love all the goodies. big heart for you.
jnnealy rated for HUGE Craft Destash - USA only on Jan 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! This was the perfect gift. You must have read my mind. I was thinking about buying a floral motif book. Everything will be put to good use. Thanks for being the perfect partner.
Comment: Love your swap! Thank you. :)
Jess12 rated for From the Ocean and the Lake on Jan 17, 2017
Comment: Oh my goodness! I got your package today and you completely spoiled me!!!! I love everything in it! I feel bad that I didn't send you more. I might just need to find something neat and send it along 😁 Thanks for such an awesome swap!
LavenderSprinkles rated for Muslim solidarity swap on Jan 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the books. These will be very useful. It was a great surprise. I really love books so much. Happy swapping.
caf1988 rated for Stickers Jan 17 on Jan 12, 2017
Comment: OMG! Thank you for the stamps!!! And of course the stickers!
Comment: Thanks! I placed my gift in my oversized stocking for Christmas. I adore the squirrel "pog" cutout I got. What is POG?
Junebug505 rated for Stickers Jan 17 on Jan 9, 2017
Comment: Wow, thank you so much, this was a really fantastic envie of stickers and Starbucks coffee mix, thank you so much..
pandorasxbox rated for Feminist Christmas on Dec 27, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the books!

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simcoe54 on Mar 6, 2017:

Your wonderful postcards arrived today for Cheap Postage Tag You It. Thank you!!!!

Lonestarchild on Mar 2, 2017:

Thank you SO much for the flat Easter/H'ween RAK! Already have some ideas for the bunnies! Thank you!!!

supersquirrel on Feb 27, 2017:

Hi - I got my pog today!! Thank you so much for the perfect "something vintage Hawaiian" from the Tag Something (US Only) tag.

sabbysteg on Feb 12, 2017:

Thank you for the wonderful elephant totem + PCs and cool fossil stones you sent me for the Wiccan/Pagan Pay It Back Tag! It was a great tag, I really appreciated it!

zurdoswifey on Feb 7, 2017:

Thank you for the great PCs for The Who likes tag...

daichki on Jan 20, 2017:

Thank you for the meditation CD.

btbeth on Jan 11, 2017:

Got the magnets for the 5,4,3,2,1 tag - us today. LOVE them! Thanks so much! Hugs!

bluehairedmary on Jan 3, 2017:

Received your wonderful goodies for the Help! I Can't Find __ Int'l tag! Love everything you sent! The vintage crochet booklet is a hoot! Thanks so much!

simcoe54 on Dec 29, 2016:

Thanks for the great postcards that you sent for Tag You're It! All of them are perfect for my collection.

LaylaSlaughter on Dec 29, 2016:

The DVD from the Tag Through the Alphabet arrived today, thank you!

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