This profile has needed an overhaul for a very long time... so here it goes!
First up... The Swap-Bot community! Wow! You all continue to amaze me by your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. In 2016 May I was completely embraced by this community when my Mom passed away. As a result of that and because of the people that I met through that difficult time I started a group called Sympathy, Empathy, Kindness and Support It's a place to go when life is more than difficult and you need to scream! It's a place to go when you have the time and desire to send some love through the mail to fellow swappers that could really use it. It's something different for everyone, why don't you check it out here and see if you're a good fit. Everyone is welcome!
It's been a good year, 2017, settling into our new home and searching for a second furbaby. Murphy is opposed to that idea it seems. But there were a few times that things were rough for friends of mine... people that I love. Again, SB members embraced my lifelong friend, Cindi, as she went on her breast cancer journey. I think SB changed her life as much as cancer did. I will never stop thanking each of you for the happy mail, artwork and gifts sent her way! Sincerely, I thank each of you for your thoughts, prayers and mail. More recently I stumbled blindly into a situation with my friend Karen. Things were looking very grim for her but I am happy to say that everything is pointing towards living now. At one time it was hospice. Again your thoughts and prayers were (and still are) incredibly appreciated. It's really a miracle the way things have turned around for Karen.
Some things to know about me...
I reuse packaging. If I'm sending you a bubble mailer chances are high that it's traveled before! I encourage you to do the same, at least if you are sending something to me.
I like to repurpose, reuse, recycle, upcycle... whatever you want to call it... I call it doing my part to keep stuff out of the garbage and subsequently the landfills!
I love reuse centers. The one in NJ closed and that's sad for me but you may have more luck...
Some other things important to me...
I will always rate your swap and never consider extras for hearts.
I love children's literature and have been collecting children's books since I was 18 years old! While most of my collection has been donated I have kept all of my favorites so that one day I may share them with a grandchild or two. That probability is looking less and less likely to happen but I still have hope!
I studied Fine Arts in college as well as Early Childhood Education. I have enjoyed two careers! I worked as a designer for beaded and/or embroidered garments in the garment district of NYC. The company that I worked for, G&R Royalcraft Trimmings and Embroidery has closed it's doors after many generations! It's sad they chose to not follow technology... this art is most commonly done by computer now. There are still a few smaller companies that do it by hand but they are few and far between. I also enjoyed many, many years as an Early Childhood Educator then as an administrator. I trained thousands of teachers for the state of NJ in the area of art and how to present different experiences to very young children. Our focus was always more on the experience rather than a finished project.
I have always enjoyed crafting as a hobby. I've long given up counted cross stitch for projects much easier to see! I love working with all mediums and on all kinds of projects I love all things old, antique & vintage! Art Deco jewelry, vintage Fiestaware, depression glass, doilies, crockery, pottery, furniture. I love spending time at garage sales and estate sales. Mostly I enjoy spending time with my family... I adore being a mom (two sons, Anthony: 32 and Patrick: 29) and also an aunt! I have many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well! My love for dogs is something that partly defines me. From puppies to senior dogs, they all have my heart! I am a peaceful, soulful person that adores treating strangers to a cup of coffee! If I'm at a coffee house I many times will just pay for the person in front of me! I also love all things hippie, bohemian, peace, love and happiness!!
If you're looking for an idea of what to send to me there are a few safe bets~
Burts Bees Lip Balm (I don't care for the Honey or Coconut Flavor) or any All Natural Lip Balms
LavAzza Coffee (Sometimes found in grocery stores)
Any dark roast coffee (whole bean is fine... I do not use a K-Cup)
Moleskin Notebooks / Accordion Folders (small)
I LOVE Moleskin anything
DIES! The thin ones... just got a Big Kick! (I have a medium sized bloomed rose)
Ranger Archival Reinkers : Emerald Green, Coffee, Cactus Flower
Embellishments, especially homemade, Dog
Purse sized hand sanitizers
Strawberry Tic Tacs
Quality Gel Pens
Store bought / Homemade Bookmarks
Aloe Infused Socks: I have neuropathy in my feet and these are the only socks that I can wear. They last through six washings and then they become rags.
Washi (I LIKE Scotch and mt brands the best but any brand is fine!)
Duck Tape comes in a small, .75" width
T-Shirts: Men's Size XL (ideas: your state, local lacrosse team, unique tie dye)
Bristol Board (100#)
Watercolor Paper (140#)
Gelly Roll pens (I have "Moonlight and copper. I can always use white)
Sticker Sheets! Flat stickers rather than 3D are always welcome!
While I do use Ranger Products, I don't go crazy for Tim Holtz...
I LOVE calendars!
Anything with dogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Greyhounds, Beagles or Mutts)
**Homemade Ornaments, especially glass. I have fumble fingers with tiny objects and handmade ornaments are very tricky for me sometimes.
Also, Dotee Dolls ... "Hippies", long brown braided hair or men's short brown hair... Peace sign themes. I love and cherish them!
My taste in music is quite eclectic! I can listen to my husband play the acoustic guitar all night! We enjoy music from the Woodstock era to Natalie Merchant. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Buddy Guy, Box Scaggs, Van Morrison.... my husband and I met through our love of the Grateful Dead
As I get older I seem to be reading more non fiction than fiction. I enjoy reading the Dali Lama as well as James Patterson. We both loved the Harry Potter series and have read it several times. We enjoy literature for young adults as well...and of course I'm passionate about children's literature. I would love to know what your favorite childhood books were! Some of my favorite authors would include, in no particular order:
Jodi Picoult, Herve Tullet, ***Shel Silverstein, ***Robert Munsch, Susan Jeffers, Ezra Jack Keats, John Steinbeck, Jane Yolen, Harper Lee (RIP), Lois Lowry, Neil Gaiman, Gordan Korman, John Green, Kate DiCamillo, Jane O'Connor, Byron Barton, Eric Carle, Bill Martin Jr., Donald Crews, Jerry Pinkney, Rachel Isadora, ***Mem Fox, S.E. Hinton, ***J.K. Rowlings, David Sheff, Nic Sheff, Roald Dahl
I could go on all day....
We go back and forth between obsessively binge watching shows on Netflix, documentaries and various cable TV shows. We have always maintained a "Movie List" and catch up watching movies when we can.
Cooking shows, DIY shows, DWTS or The Incredible Dr. Pol... loving the new show "Little Big Shots" is that the name?? Adorable! We loved The Sopranos and have the boxed set which we enjoy every now and then. Call the Midwife is another show I love to watch. I generally have these shows on while doing something else so I never actually watch an entire show.
Paper crafting to include paper piecing and rubber stamp/ embossing, are just some of the things I enjoy. I recently learned to draw Mandalas and I'm hooked... I just learned to Zentangle and really like using a fountain pen to do it. I also crochet and enjoy loom knitting. I use an AIO loom as I prefer the smaller gauge. At some point in 2017 I would like to weave on one of my larger looms. I also paint with watercolors, enjoy sketching and block cutting. It's printmaking that is my true passion! I just got my second "gelli plate" but also use glass to achieve a slightly different effect. I have become very fond of deli paper and print a lot of it to use for backgrounds. I'm always happy to share sheets of printed deli paper... let me know!
Before my Mom passed away she insisted on buying me a sewing machine which is an unsophisticated computerized Singer machine. I hope to overcome my "fear" of running this machine. II know HOW to sew. But, I have a difficult time running a machine. Especially when straight lines are called for. I've spent my life coloring outside of the lines and avoiding straight lines... oh geez. We'll see how it goes! My goal is to have this machine out of the box, threaded with a bobbin too and ready to go by AUgust 2017. I only want to use it for crafting but am still intimidated.
While I have crafted all my life and learned to use different art mediums it's not always been as a means to an end. I enjoy just experimenting with mediums. No expectations. I am a firm believer that children should have large pieces of blank paper or newspaper rather than coloring books. I do not enjoy coloring for adults either but understand how it's a comforting, relaxing activity for some people. My definite project for the summer of 2017 is to make and bind my own art journal. I'm determined to learn this skill!
** My dogs that I have been blessed by as an adult**
Dylan Purebred Greyhound rescued directly from a race track on the East coast. He was never fostered, he went from the track to a carrier to a king sized bed in one day!
Marley Our second greyhound, such a blessing. We were Marley's third home. He was a wonderful dog, I could never figure out what problems he caused for others.
Dante American Staffordshire Terrier came to us as a baby... just weaned from his Mama. I had a knee replacement two weeks prior and this little love rehabilitated my knee. He loved to walk and walk and walk. Another blessing.
Murphy was a "gift" of sorts from our son. He had taken Murph from the litter his boss' dog had. He had hoped Dante and Murphy would be playmates. Murphy doesn't have a love for Staffies like we do. So we got Murphy by default. I am currently looking for a second dog... yes, I have been looking for a year (10/17) but Murphy doesn't like to share his pack. I have enough room and mostly love for another dog (or more!). I'm being as patient as possible while giving the time needed for Murphy to acclimate to sharing his world. I realize that it may not happen.
*Coffee / Coffee Mugs
*Murphy, my dog... pictured above!
Any Moleskin Notebooks have always been and continue to be a favorite
Sugar free candies: Twizzlers, Werthers... sadly, no chocolate
Giraffes yes, definitely influenced by April!
American Staffordshire Terriers In particular ~ blue
Vera Bradley Notebooks
Aloe infused socks
Burts Bees (plain lip balm)
Whole bean coffee or ground coffee. Dark or medium roast
Archival Ink Pads (Reds, Metallics, Sepia) I prefer Ranger because they offer reinkers.**
I love bags! Especially homemade drawstring bags! Any kind of bags! and zippered pouches!
~Sachets for my drawers
~Anything to do with Children's Literature
~Your favorite quotes
~Quotes about books
~Hand thrown pottery especially if it's not perfect
~Batiked anything! I haven't batiked in probably 17 years! Wow! (Update January 2017 Santa brought batik supplies!)
~Skeleton keys (real)
~Pinup Girl images
~Burlesque (images, ephemera)
~Anything related to the band "Grateful Dead"
~Anything related to Woodstock", the first one 1969
"During the three days of the Woodstock festival, there were no reported incidents of violence among the half-million people in the audience"
~I love and collect all copies and anything to do with The Princess and the Pea and The Gift of the Magi
~I love AA MILNE's Winnie the Pooh and gang... not the Disney Pooh
~Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and Woodstock
Favorite colors...combo of purples, pinks & blues or oranges, earth tones - browns sages, non-metallic golds, blues however, I TRULY love every color
Homemade, thick, warm, wool, hand knit by needle red or brown or deep purple mittens would be a dream come true!!
My heartfelt thanks to @scrappycats who has made this dream come true! Two beautiful and very warm pairs of mittens arrived last Saturday! I absolutely love them!
~ Through Swap=Bot I have discovered Dottee Dolls and have four "hippies" created by: @Tigerlilyknotwise @Kiddomerriweather @oblivionspin and @judgedbyabookscover My many thanks to these friends for sharing their talent with me! I love them and they have a special place in my world! Thank you ladies! If you , too, create Dottee Dolls and would like to make a hippie, I would totally be up for a private swap!
Please do not send food, I am diabetic and also follow a diet to control Interstitial Cystitis. While sugar free chocolates were something I enjoyed, chocolate and I have parted ways. I also cannot have even a bit of soy. It's the worst to give up foods I once loved but the pain I'm in from eating those foods is enough to take down an elephant.**
While I do appreciate everything that is sent my way there are some things that I just won't use! So to that end, Please do not send
ANYTHING that could have EVEN A REMOTE CHANCE OF BEING MOLDY. I have an EXTREME ALLERGY TO ALL MOLD!
~ Reward stickers
~ Tea (with exception to black spicy teas such as Chai)
Kawaii, Disney, Lisa Frank, Strawberry Shortcake, Hello Kitty and other cutsie types of characters are wasted on me. They are truly not my thing!
Confetti, table scatter, shakers filled with either
Pieces of paper unless it's very special. I don't scrapbook and have lots of pretty papers saved for that something special
Tiny die cuts. I'm overwhelmed at the moment
Thank you for reading my profile.
Please know that I ALWAYS send out my swaps! If you do not receive in a timely manner please do not hesitate to contact me! I rate the day that I receive!
Most importantly, I will always send my VERY BEST to you. Always. If I would not like to receive it I'd never swap it out. Please give me the same respect! If you don't want it or like it, I probably don't want it either!
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