I'm a 32 year old female living in the uk with my partner, a 3 year old daughter, called Maisie and an 18 month old, Olivia.
I'm half way through a college course which will mean that I can eventually study occupational or physio therapy at university, although when I complete this year (Jun/July 2011) I intend to take a year or so off with my youngest, until she is ready to start school.
I adore cooking - mostly because eating is one of my favourite things, although like everything else at the moment I don't have the time to spend on it. I love making bread and am always searching for the perfect soft white roll recipe. If anyone has it please let me know :P
I love paper crafts and enjoy making ATCs and handmade envelopes/lettersets. I'm getting a new camera in a week or so, which means I'll actually be able to put some of them onto flikr for potential swappers to see.. I can't wait! It's going to be sooo good to just be able to casually take pictures of things, instead of having to beg the use of my boyfriend's camera phone each time. It also means I can sell some of our unwanted junk on ebay and use the funds to buy more craft supplies. YAY!!
I'm doing a lot of knitting at the moment - lots of small animals and things. I've found a site with some knitted amigurumi and am working my way through the patterns. I fell in love with the little critters after doing a swap with another 'botter for some. They are so cute!
I would love to have a go at making stuffies and dottie dolls, but I'm struggling to find the time at the moment. I'm also planning on having a go at inchies and zentangles, exploring the possibilities of silhouettes in tiny paintings, embroidery on paper, sakura glaze pens and buttons generally (although possibly not at the same time) and doing stuff with mulberry paper scraps.
I'm also trying to learn how to crochet from a book, but so far all I've managed to produce are little round baskety things. If anyone has any idea on how I can remedy this I'd be really grateful for any advice.
I like almost everything - I can live without metal and gothic, but as my other half likes it I end up having to live with it quite a bit. I do like rock, but prefer slightly more gentle stuff, like Foo Fighters, My Bloodly Valentine, Biffy Clyro etc.. I also love Nina Simone, Razorlight, Eels, Belle and Sebastian, Jeff Buckley, Broken Family Band, and loads more. !
I read more scifi than anything, but I am branching out a bit more these days! I love reading fantasy too, historical fiction and on occasion chick lit (although not too often because it always makes me feel like I've been bingeing on sweets). I also like anything vampy or a little dark, although my one proviso for horror is that it is appropriate to the story - I don't enjoy gore just for the sake of it much.
Specific authors I like to read are: Robert Holdstock, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Jacqueline Carey, Jim Butcher, Lynn Flewellyn, Robin Hobbs
stamps and stamp pads
yarn of any type
note cards (bought or handmade)
hand made envies
food items from your country
any hand-crafted items
glue or adhesives (not glue sticks though)
fabric reusable shopping/tote bags
fast drying nail polish (haven't got the patience for the usual sort lol)
anything interesting kitchen or household wise
anything Winnie the Pooh (Disney styley) or bodyshop for my sister in law, who has a degenerative nerve disorder and deserves a treat
Old knitting patterns or quilting magazines for my mum (who is a much better knitter than me)
Nice writing pens for my partner who is always searching for the utimate pen which will make his handwriting tidier (needless to say he's been looking for a very long time and hasn't managed to find it. Personally I don't hold out much hope that such a thing exists). He also likes socks (uk size 10)
Anything yellow or pink for my three year old.
Dressing up ears or masks for my 18 mth old.
Anything from my etsy or Amazon wishlist
I also love Hershey kisses :)
Steampunk (seriously, who doesn't?!)
Greens of all shades and autumnal colours
Clashing colours, dark shades
I'm not particularly fond of pastels though
I like a bit of glitter, but I'm not massively into girly things (although I've recently concieved a passion for cosmetics)
Anything handdrawn or painted
Creative collage, not just sticker slapping.
Clocks, birds and oddities
Creative mailart generally!
At the moment I have the following items to trade:
Pages/illustrations from 'The Tale of Tom Kitten'
Pages from a Kate Greenaway book, with some lovely illustrations on (regency style)
Sticker flakes/loose stickers
Unopened packets of stickers and embellishments
1960s/70s craft patterns/magazines
2 tins of handmade paper effect paint in different colours
Decorative etched effect glass spray (full can)
Used postage stamps
ATCs by me - either collage or handdrawn
Tea bags and drink sachets from the UK
Chocolate, sweets and other food stuffs from the UK
Small knitted animals (please let me know if there is one you would prefer)
I am aware that postage costs are high and sometimes work out more than the value of the swap itself. Whilst the majority of the heavier swaps I take part in are for Europe, where postage isn't such a factor, I am aware that for some of the forum tags I take part in it can take the fun out of an otherwise heartwarming and exciting game.
If anyone is in this position and wants to send surface mail, as long as your ratings and recent history is good, and you contact me beforehand to let me know and tell me roughly how long it's going to take, then I have no problem with you sending this way. If your rating etc and profile don't make you look like a reliable swapper I have to insist on airmail regardless of where you are based.
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