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Date Joined: August 3, 2010
Last Online: December 28, 2012
Birthday: May 20
Country: United States
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Favorite Crafts

Knitting and crochet; collage and mixed-media; ATCs; cross-stitch; Zentangles; bookmarks. I am learning to spin using a drop spindle.

About Me

I'm married, have 1 cat, and have lived all over the U.S. (including Ohio, Arizona, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Oregon). I now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and love every crunchy hippie granola second of it. In addition to crafts, I love to read, cook, write short stories, and hike. I'm really terrible at gardening and photography, but I would like to improve. I love the water, especially the ocean (but I'm pretty happy next to a duck pond, too!). I'm a former lawyer who voluntarily left the world of courtrooms, depositions, and high heels behind. I now work from home with my husband in his consulting business. I also mentor a great 15 year old girl through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. We have lots of fun trying new things and being silly together.

I promise to rate fairly and on time!


Favorite Television

Futurama, PBS, Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert, and Rachel Maddow. I don't really have the time or patience to sit and regularly watch a series show like Mad Men (but I adore the costumes). When I remember, I tune into Project Runway- I love to see how designers use crazy materials to create beauty. (And, I adore Tim Gunn. Seriously.) When I need a treat, I worship at the altar of the Food Network holy trinity: Alton Brown, Nigella Lawson, and Ina Garten.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes: good books, coffee, the University of Arizona, beer, onions and garlic, cats, thunderstorms, red licorice, old cars, trains, cheese, yarn, Elvis, peppermint, Cuban food, tea, striped socks, the Muppets (especially Kermit), documentaries, sushi, aprons, scarves, cherries, and peanut butter.

Favorite colors: purple, green, pink, blue.

Dislikes: rude drivers, bell peppers, doing dishes, reality television of every variety (except Project Runway), big crowds, most things Disney (especially Disney Princesses), pumpkin pie, breakfast sausage, ferrets, and Arizona State.

Less favorite colors: orange and yellow.

Allergies/Special Requests: None, really. My only request: please don't send anything that smells of cigarette smoke. Do what you want with your lungs, but when that smell gets into yarn (wool, especially), it's impossible to get out.

What I'd love to receive

I really prefer to receive handmade or vintage/thrift items. I don't join many "shopping" swaps, mostly for that reason. However, here are some things I'd love to get in general:

  • small papercrafting doodads and supplies (ribbons, brads, embellishments, buttons, glitter, etc.)

  • stickers with nature themes (wildlife, trees, flowers, bugs, birds, fish... you get the idea)

  • Victorian, Regency, or other vintage images, clip art, ephemera, or designs (original or altered)

  • Yarn in natural fibers (I have enough acrylic to last me for the next 3000 years)

  • Wearable items like aprons, socks (especially knee-socks or over-the-knee socks), scarves, gloves/mittens, necklaces, earrings, or bracelets. Please don't send me a hat; I have the biggest head in all of creation and they almost never fit me properly. :(

  • Vegetarian recipes. I eat everything, but have very few main dish recipes that are completely veg. Have you tried going meatless once a week? Check out Meatless Monday and take the challenge!

  • Bags, changepurses, wallets, book totes, or reusable shopping bags, a/k/a Useful Pots to Put Things In. (h/t Eeyore)

  • Bath fizzies, salts, or hard soaps (no liquids or lotions please). I prefer rose, gardenia, jasmine, sandalwood, lavender, and vanilla scents but I love trying new smells.

  • For the family: cat toys (catnip is more than okay) and anything train related (except Thomas). For me & my Little Sister: Perler beads (the plastic melty kind), plastic lacing (a/k/a gimp), recipes for baking, Twilight-themed items.

That's really very kind of you

... but I will probably give you a heart if your package is well-crafted and/or it's clear you put a lot of time and effort into it (even if it didn't turn out the way you hoped). No need to send extras to win my love. Sometimes I send surprises and sometimes I don't, depending on whether the mood strikes me. I do put my heart into each of my projects, and I hope you do too.

Favorite Books

Fiction: My favorite authors include Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Atwood, Jasper Fforde, Phillip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, Colleen McCullough, Phillippa Gregory, Charlotte Bronte, Stephen King, and Orson Scott Card. Some other favorite books are The Eight by Katherine Neville, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark, Julie & Julia by Julie Powell (didn't see the movie though).

Favorite "Kids" books: Watership Down, Heidi, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh books, Anne of Green Gables, Little House books, The Giver, the Series of Unfortunate Events, The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Nonfiction: History; specifically, the colonization/settlement (depending upon your perspective, obviously) of Africa, America, and Australia. Cookbooks. Biographies (or autobiographies) about women who have lived interesting lives.


AZBobbi rated for Advertsing/Free Postcard Swap #3 on Oct 22, 2012
Comment: Thank you!
Wickett6029 rated for A Halloween Shrine, Muahahaa! on Oct 14, 2012
Comment: Love the shrine, Julie--it's awesome, and I especially liked the way you did the tiny spiders! Thank you so much for this lovely swap! <3
KateKintail rated for Acceptance to Hogwarts on Oct 8, 2012
Comment: Thank you so much! I never got my package from the first time this swap was run, so it was wonderful to get such an amazing package this time. I adore the quill and the coaster/mini tapestry in my house's colors! And a letter from Percy Weasley himself--I hear he's going places, that boy. What an honor! Thanks so very much for making sure the owl got my acceptance letter to me. I can't wait to start at Hogwarts :-)
Response: I'm so glad you liked it!
zoiemo rated for One Sentence Journal for August on Sep 30, 2012
Comment: Thank you! I really enjoyed reading about your August and looking at the little pictures you drew. :) Sorry this rate is so late - I don't know where my head has gone!
Comment: OMG! You have no idea how much awesome this is. So shiny capt' I had the worst day at work and came home to this. It fits perfectly and I fear I may never take it off. Thank you so much ♥♥♥
Comment: Amazing! Thank you so much.
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating, haven't had time to read them yet. But I am so looking forward to it. Thanks so much,
Angelhands rated for Handmade Potholder & A Recipe #2 on Aug 11, 2012
Comment: Thanks so much for the great pkg. Love the pattern. Is it something you can share?
Response: Glad you liked it! The pattern is a free download on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/weaved-hotpad
Comment: ty. love the screen name.
Response: thanks! glad you got it this time :)
emilywagers rated for Show off your CRAFT on Jul 24, 2012
Comment: Thanks so much for the sachet :) It smells really good (and is adorable!)
Comment: Thanks for the answers.
Comment: Hiya! I just recieved your questions. I think the story about your name and your wand is really cool. I've tried knitting before, and it's never really been my thing - too neat and organised. Last time I tried knitting a scarf, it came out like a carrot - suddenly thin then thick then tapering off to a point. Don't know what went wrong there...! Hope you are well, and cheers for sending :)
Comment: Thank you so much. I really like the color combination. :) Cathy
georgiafae rated for QUICK Book pages swap #12 on Jul 11, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the great book pages. It makes it so easier to craft with pages than(cringe) rip out that first page of the book-especially art books-great great great stuff. My husband is a lawyer and I showed him the old law book text pages and he said yes that's them allright-I take it by your user name that you may be a lawyer,too.Anyway-Thanks again-glad to "meet" you!
Response: Happily, no longer a lawyer! Hence my unmitigated glee in ripping apart the book! :)
saardina rated for Ad Postcard Swap on Jul 11, 2012
Comment: i love the lampoeis thai food card :)
Response: I loved the artwork too! Glad you liked it.
shandymink rated for The Red Shoes ATC on Jun 12, 2012
Comment: LOVE your charming (and slightly creepy) interpretation of The Red Shoes atc swap. I especially love that the back of the atc continues the red shoes theme. It's almost like two atcs in one! Trust someone with lawyerpants in their name to make a great atc. Thank you!!!
Artstamper rated for Name Zentangle on May 11, 2012
Comment: Thank you so much for going for the longer version! I'm glad you enjoyed doing it and I will continue to enjoy it now. I have just the place to hang it!
Response: Oh good! Glad you liked it.
ameliarose rated for Coffee House Bookmarks! on May 6, 2012
Comment: Ahhh, the fanfiction addiction is so hard to shake, haha! I really enjoyed your zine.
Comment: Thanks for the zine. Tangled is one of my sisters favorite movies too. ;)

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gypsyinthecastle on Jun 26, 2012:

oh - btw. Welcome to the CR Knits group too!

gypsyinthecastle on Jun 26, 2012:

Keep me posted on the adventures with your drop spindle - I'm looking into them right now. A local famer promised me 20 lbs of fiber for the cost of picking it up when he shears again (lama, alpaca, angora goats and sheep). I wanted to practice on something cheap - careful what you ask for!

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

RyeRye on Sep 12, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

Aria on Jul 19, 2011:

Hi there, I hope you can join my vintage ad/poster reprints PC swap. :)

Here is the link:



bluehairedmary on Mar 26, 2011:

Come join my Jane Austen Etsy Surprise swap!

AynE on Feb 19, 2011:

Mansfield Park has the dubious distinction of being the least liked by most of Austen's fans, personally I like Northanger Abbey the least. I like Fanny Price, she seems more real to me than some of the other heroines, next is Anne Elliot. But my absolutely favorite character for reasons that I cannot explain is Colonel Brandon but for cringing and head shaking it would have to be Harriet Smith from Emma...she is just such a victim.

Spencerette on Feb 2, 2011:

Thanks for joining Harry Potter Fans Worldwide.

rinfrog on Jan 29, 2011:

Hello...Just wanted to welcome you to my zentangle bookmark swap! I would love to work in a craft store, but I don't think I would have any money :) Hope you have a Great Day!

Amigirl on Jan 26, 2011:

I was just reading your profile and realized we have a lot in common. We even hate all the same things! I admire you so much for leaving the corporate world behind to pursue your high-flying dreams of working in a craft store! I can't do that as I'm currently supporting 2 college kids by myself, but I can dream of it! Maybe in 4 years when I retire! The only problem would be that I'd spend my whole check there!

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