I play piano, guitar and ukulele. I recently began studying the violin. When I'm not playing music, I'm usually listening to music. My favorite music to listen to is instrumental folk music. I lead group music therapy and would like to swap for any musical instruments you may want to share with my adult group members.
For visual arts, I 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 make jewelry using seeds, nuts and flowers from Hawaiian plants and trees. I like to make quilted/embroidered sashiko projects using natural fiber cloth, thread and yarn.
I welcome pen pals who want to share friendship. I love to travel and explore new places. 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 Hawaiian 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.
I collect old and interesting marbles (please don't send any that are cracked, chipped or damaged), bamboo and handmade paint brushes, amazon and etsy gift cards. These gift cards count as profile-related items in profile-based swaps..
original Winnie-the-Pooh and friends
Asian bamboo paint brushes
animation and foreign films with English subtitles on region 1 DVD or VCD... no anime or manga
packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow cacti, bamboo and palm trees...I'm always looking for swapping pen pals in warm climates to exchange seeds.
Old religious saint medals and statues, non-plastic rosary beads, mala and other prayer beads, milagros...please no fairies or 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
wood (not cardboard) cigar boxes, any shape or size
sashiko thread (white, off-white, dark green)
strings!...for ukulele, guitar, dulcimer, banjo, violin
unused USA postage stamps
I would rather receive one thoughtfully chosen inspiration of my profile or amazon/etsy wish lists than a whole box of dollar store plastic things.
I live in a non-smoking, pet-free home. My land is a sanctuary for birds and the trees that provide them with food and shelter. I love to watch them and listen to them. I don't feed birds because I want them to stay wild.
IDEAS FOR MAGICK MAIL: quartz crystal ball (made of stone, not glass), ethnic worry dolls, old doll in any condition, magnesium bath salts, handmade essential oil soap, small hag stones (stones with a natural hole through them), small musical instrument, real amber beads, viable seeds to grow bamboo, wood or bodhi seed prayer beads, small wood or stone jizu statue, milagros, sweetgrass braid or bundle.
******** Things I Don't Need: *****************
glitter, stamped images, things cut from magazines, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers - I only like feathers if they are attached to a live bird :), blank recipe cards, synthetic fiber cloth, tags, used postage stamps
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.
Animals I can live without: dogs, cats, pigs, rodents, cattle, primates
I have more than enough tape - deco, washi and otherwise - If you would like to swap for some, please send me a message.