Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: April 30, 2017
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Please check out my post in the forums to enter a drawing I'm hosting! It's to fill my friend's home with pink ribbons as she goes through another month of chemotherapy. This month will be a bit more difficult as it's a different chemo and has side effects that are brutal. Thank you so very much.
Cindi before chemo !
We're still missing my Mom so much but it is getting a little easier. After she passed on May 17, 2016 I was overwhelmed by the love from this incredible community! I will be forever grateful! We are happy to have moved back home and prior to the water heater flood we were pretty happy while still settling in! In the past few weeks we have been spending time with long time friends who we somehow lost touch with while living close to our Moms. That has been so heartwarming! Also, for all who were interested in the book donation in memory of my Mom, it totaled over $35,000. retail in books! I did not pay that amount for the books! That's the msrp of them. It was a lot of books and honestly more came out of the storage unit and I think we delivered the last of them last week. Who knows, there are still boxes to go through and organize, there may be more. My Mom would be thrilled to be honored in this way. Update: April 2017: We are donating another 150 Children's Picture books to a school in Seaside Heights NJ that completely lost the entirety of their school in Super Storm Sandy. Many people have forgotten about the storm that destroyed so much of our state but believe me, people are still displaced. Also, we filled a "Give / Take library at the local Starbucks yesterday with absolutely beautiful books! The very last of the children's books are going to ABC School / Childtime where I worked as a teacher > administrator for 12 years. There are still about 200 that I will keep and some stragglers. Also, about 100 went to the young members of my family. I'm hoping that by the end of the month this will be totally complete!
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! While 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 also taught a class called "What color is your rainbow?" I did not learn "ROYGBIV" until I was older... in my 30's! Of course I knew it in scientific terms ( the prism) but never applied it to my art.
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. I enjoy spending time with my family... I adore being a mom and also an aunt! I have two adult sons and 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!!
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.
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.
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!
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. I'm very interested in learning how to felt wool. I purchased a "Klutz" book and kit for felting wool and making little creatures. It's stored away in my ottoman! I will bring it with me on a vacation some day or rip it out when the mood strikes me!
Making "*PEACE POSTERS"
So these are photos of the Peace Poster small! It will be much, much bigger when it gets arranged on it's new wall. Thank you for everything you have sent!!
I have to say... you have have sent me ANYTHING with the word PEACE on it or a PEACE SIGN on it... it's on the poster. If you sent a sticker, it's on there. If you sent anything at all, in any way, shape or form having to do with PEACE, it's on the poster.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!
Any Moleskin Notebooks have always been and continue to be a favorite
Sugar free candies
Giraffes yes, definitely influenced by April!**
Vera Bradley Notebooks
Aloe infused socks
Burts Bees (plain lip balm) (I'm totally stocked up right now!)
Whole bean coffee or ground coffee. Dark or medium roast
~Archival Ink Pads (Reds, Metallics, Sepia Chocolate Brown)
~I love bags! Especially homemade drawstring bags! Any kind of bags! Yes, it's an addiction! Also 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 Although, I will happily accept sugar free candies!
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 BLACK 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!
Make up, nail polish
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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