Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: September 22, 2019
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
I'm making my way back to SB after over a year of inactivity, with the exception of Christmas cards 2018. Just taking one day at a time. We are hoping to move in October and I'm pretty much not wavering about that. Everything we own is in storage and it's getting totally crazy! I have really missed participating in Swaps and just the general company of friends here. I will work on updating my profile throughout the week. Great to be back!
Post Stroke Update~
SO my left arm / hand still is a bit uncoordinated. It's strange that my physical therapist left a message a few days ago, saying that if I feel the need to come back I should give her a call. I definitely feel the need.To counteract the general weakness, I need to strengthen my upper body muscles. I manage pretty well but definitely am thinking of returning. I see a new neurologist (University of PA) on September 30, 2019. I'm curious too see what her opinion is of the blockage which is 100% in left carotid artery. My body just made it's own bypass. I'll update when I have anything new. Thank you all so much for your kindnesses through the past year!
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 repurpose, reuse, recycle, up-cycle... whatever you want to call it... I call it doing my part to keep stuff out of the garbage and subsequently the landfills and the oceans! It's crazy how much plastic is in the oceans!
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...
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!
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
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, The Incredible Dr. Pol.We loved The Sopranos and have the boxed set which we enjoy every now and then. "Call the Midwife" Netflix 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 stamping and embossing, are just some of the things I enjoy. My newest thing is making felt flowers! I'm working on a few different wreaths for Spring! I also crochet and enjoy loom knitting. I use an AIO loom as I prefer the smaller gauge. 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 2018 is to make and bind my own art journal. I'm determined to learn this skill!
gel prints (larger than ATC)
ATC and Postcard BLANKS
Interesting papers of any kind
Brayers you don't want or use
Interesting die cuts
Stamped quotes for art journaling
Masterboard pieces (ATC or larger)
Clear or mounted rubber stamps you no longer use
Mark making tools for gel plate printing
Stencils* Duplicate? Unused? Tired of it? ANY
Homemade greeting or note cards
Homemade envelopes (Coin sized are a favorite)
Dark Roast Coffee
**Themes that I love!
Diabetic Friendly recipes (esp desserts)
Recipes with Stevia
Anything with Peace sign
While I am always grateful to receive anything from my partners there are some things that are simply wasted on me. So here are a few things I would rather not receive..
I am very sensitive to cats... Allergic!
Glitter makes me itchy...please no loose glitter
Coconut and candy (unless sugar free)
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