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Date Joined: November 3, 2008
Last Online: December 2, 2013
Birthday: April 16
Country: Australia
the toy society

a little about me

i play dressups with actors and do the occasional darning of socks during performances. my other projects have seen me refurbish character heads and use truck loads of glitter for large headpieces. i have a fiesty cat where we listen to planes flying overhead. i can grow geraniums really well but haven't been so lucky with african violets. i love cooking - but my oven has only one temperature (she's old) so i love the challenge of baking and not burning!

i adore

â—˜ amateur photographs, animals, amber, art galleries
â—˜ browsing through book stores, botanical drawings, beetroot salads, buttons, brooches, bookmarks, my banjolele, burlesque, books

â—˜ chinese wall hangings, colour combinations (orange/brown/cream is my favourite at the moment), crochet, craft items (but not paper), crockery - especially mismatched pieces, circus posters (older styles), crochet hooks - where do they go?
â—˜ drawings, day of the dead dioramas, doodling, day dreaming, dinosaurs, doing the robot whilst dancing, dodos

â—˜ embroidery, espresso in the morning, etsy
â—˜ felt food, frida kahlo, fibre or mixed media artworks, fake beards and moustaches, fridge magnets, fabric (what's not to love?)

â—˜ google searches, gargoyles, ginger, gumboots (i have a few)
â—˜ hello kitty, hats, historical biographies, horror films (nothing scarier than a zombie doberman) , heraldry images, handmade objects

â—˜ indian jewellery, inspiration books (generally any collection of photos, paintings, sayings, how to instructions etc..)
â—˜ japanese craft books, jazz, art by j w waterhouse

â—˜ kooky toys, korean pojagi (patchwork)
â—˜ lithographs, locational snowglobes, lomography, lychees, lipbalms

â—˜ mark ryden paintings, my nanna's stuffed clothes hangers, mangoes, music, my stash of fabrics, metallic looking beetles, matryoshka dolls (russian dolls), millinery books (of course supplies), the photography of man ray
â—˜ nanna naps, nightime, ninja movies, not using capitals when writing

â—˜ old crochet patterns and their outcomes, owls - the 1970's style is my favourite
â—˜ pretty pictures, postcards, pin up glamours - think 1950's here, photos - street scenes are a favourite, power puff girls

â—˜ robots, red, rasberries, rainbows, rockabilly, rings - big and flat is good, recipes
â—˜ selvedge magazine, sweet breads (babka is my favourite), stories, sparkly jewellery, stuffies, street art, steampunk, snow flakes, salvador dahli, souvenir spoons

◘ the toy society, tim tam slams, tartans, tea cosies, tarte tatins - i ♥ beetroot versions
â—˜ vintage fashion plates, versions of songs in languages other than english, vampire films/novels (not twilight though), victorian images and clothing patterns

â—˜ wallpaper - textured and older designs, watermelon, walks around the harbour â—˜ zombie films, zebras, zippers that work

what i like to make

when i need to whip something up quickly i always resort to crochet (have any retro/vintage/interesting patterns? i'm always looking for more). i love that amigurumi and tawashi (facecloths) ideas and patterns are more widely available. i have some great reliable patterns for head/body that in a bind i always go back to.

other wise in the world of craft i am mainly a materials girl. i enjoy hand sewing as i can take projects with me when i travel.

stuffies with moustaches are my new obsession, otherwise i also enjoy making sock kittens (only need one sock) or the occasional sock zombie. i love the idea of getting better at embroidery and beading - it's just a matter of practice.

i do like story boards (college sheets/post cards) and silk screen printing, i have some very large screens which have lovely victorian patterns on them. i also have a small collection of very old wooden printing blocks and two tjaps (copper blocks for printing batik).

i've made the leap into the world of knitting - after getting lessons from galinda (well the actress was in costume). the first scarf went well - as did the several neck scarves that were such a breeze to make. i am now in the process of making my first jumper - which has been an exercise in basic maths and patience (had to restart it twice). my gauge quilt is also coming along nicely!

not really fond of

home country crafts - the kitchy door hangers aren't my cup of tea. not that it's craft related but i also don't really get into heavy thrash music or pineapple.

oh and i've recently found out that i'm allergic to soy. which is a shame.... i love edamame beans and miso.

swapbot and me

i thought i'd add this section after being inspired by other people's pledges.

i will send out swaps. if they are going to be sent late i will message you. sometimes it just isn't possible to leave sets to post items (wish the post office had extended business hours).

your swap will also be personalized, i read the profiles of my swap partner so i can send out something you like. if you don't - it's ok to pass it on.

when sending me a swap - if you are stuck about what to send. don't be! if it's handmade i'm going to love it. if it's quirky i will love it. if it's not a bill in the mail... boy am i going to love it.

♥ i would like to thank lostdawill for being an angel for the sock monkey swap. she was wonderful enough to make me possibly the best sock monkey ever! ...he has a cape.... and a mask. he rocks.


Comment: Thank you for re-sending the cross stitch! I got it today, thanks for being such a great swap partner. All the best during the holidays!
craftycrocheter rated for REDWORK your theme R#3 on Aug 25, 2013
Comment: WOW! Thank you so much for the lovely blocks. You do such wonderful work. I love the rooster, and the crinoline lady is beautiful. They will be wonderful in my quilt.
craftycrocheter rated for REDWORK any animal R#2 on Jul 17, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much. The dinosaur arrived today, and it is VERY cute! It will be a great addition to the red work quilt I am working on.
Response: i am thrilled that you like the dinosaur. my niece loved him too! thanks so much for the heart - you are so kind.
AliceinWonderland rated for My playlist in May 2013 on Jun 5, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your list. I can honestly say I have never heard any of that before. Be blessed.
rosedzi rated for My playlist in May 2013 on Jun 4, 2013
Comment: Thanks for introducing me to some great new music!!!!!
bornokyo rated for My playlist in May 2013 on Jun 4, 2013
Comment: Thanks!
Response: salamat for the heart. hope you enjoy the list Ü
Batmamma rated for My playlist in May 2013 on Jun 3, 2013
Comment: Thanks, looking forward to listen to your playlist, it was quite a mix! ;)
Response: thank you so much for the heart. check out deus first - i think you might like them. Ü
BellaP rated for My playlist in April 2013 on May 25, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the list! Sorry it went to my spam folder:)
Response: Ü had the same problem with one of mine. glad you found it!
GeoFaerie rated for My playlist in April 2013 on May 13, 2013
Comment: Thank you.
rhynah rated for My playlist in April 2013 on May 11, 2013
Comment: Thanks for sharing your playlist! :D It was very enjoyable to read the little stories behind the songs too. I'm sure I'll enjoy listening through them! :)
Arjen rated for My playlist in April 2013 on May 6, 2013
Comment: Fabulous playlist, thank you very much!
Response: thanks for the heart. even bigger thanks for sending me your playlist - you are awesome. you are right, we do have very similar taste in music - good to find more belgian bands (i only knew of telex). happy swapping
honeyblossom rated for The Music Journal on Jun 23, 2012
Comment: I love the way you presented your journal and the cd is a great bonus. thank you so much!
Response: you are more than welcome - glad it got there quickly. it was the first time i'd attempted a zine - i liked the results too.
Biff rated for Sewing kit case on Feb 18, 2012
Comment: oh my goodness, how wonderful! you made my day so happy. the thought, effort & beauty has left me smiling all day. Thank you. :)
Response: i am so glad you like the case. it was wonderful to embroider the front (so cute). many thanks for the heart.
agonysdecay rated for Saint Shrine on Mar 7, 2011
Comment: Ali!!! WOWIE! What a fantastic package! Two shrines?!?!? It appears it costed you a fortune to send. I swear shipping to AUS is so expensive from CA too. I absolutely love both shrines, you did a fantastic job on them!!! You used some of my favorite charms too! I love those specific charms;) I also love how you researched a specific saint and love the one you chose! These are definitely keepers for all my friends to see! I can't say thanks enough! ♥
Response: you definitely deserved something special after waiting so long. my partner liked the protection against werewolves too. many thanks for the heart and rating.
Comment: Thankyou so much.You are very kind.I love the squares.Look forward to swap with you again.
Response: thank you so much for the heart and rating. i'm glad you liked the squares (and yarn used). Ü
zilliah rated for Yarn bombs away on Sep 26, 2010
Comment: Great tags, I'll send you pictures as soon I've put them up!!
darchildre rated for ODD little monster stuffie on Sep 2, 2010
Comment: They're awesome - thank you! Sorry about the hassle of resending.
Response: no problem - am really happy that the monsters reached you. thanks for the heart. Ü
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much for this big and beautiful book! I love how the cover is a map, and I can't wait to read all the awesome stories you included! Thanks too for the bonus book-- what a great package! Thank you so much and happy swapping! :)
Response: thank you so much - i liked the idea of you being able to see where i'd written about. plus maps are neat. once again mega thanks for your hilarious zine.
falseawakening rated for Make a Charm Bracelet on May 19, 2010
Comment: This is AMAZING!! You put so much thought and personality into this. Thank you SO much. I love it.
Response: thank you so much for your feedback. it was a great excuse to hunt local stores whilst on tour. i'm really glad you like the bracelet - have fun wearing it.
VampNStamp rated for Monster-osity on Apr 9, 2010
Comment: OMGosh! You did a "FANTASTIC" job with this swap! I love my Dracula!!! The clothing you put together on him is absolutely wonderful!!! I just can't believe it! And I really love my little Nosferatu stuffie! I wish I could give you a hundred hearts! This was a fantastic swap!!! Thanks so much!!! <3
Response: you are so welcome. making your vampire has inspired me to re-watch the original vampyr movie. i loved how bored he looked - like he has something better to do. thanks so much for the great feedback and heart Ü

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bettflow09 on Sep 14, 2012:

I can't tell you how much the sweet note you posted on my profile means to me!!! You are such an angel!!! I am so happy you like the things I sent you:)) You take care and I hope to see you around SB often:)))

bettflow09 on Aug 13, 2012:

Your surprise package went in the mal today. Hope you like the things I chose for you:))) I know it will take some time to travel from the USA to Australia.....please let me know when it arrives safely:))))

user2637 on Oct 4, 2010:

Heya, I just noticed you never got your ODD monster stuffie. :( Sorry I didn't notice sooner. Would you like me to find you an angel?

voodooninja on Aug 27, 2009:

This chainsaw ninja is awesome. Many thanks.

lostdawill on Aug 14, 2009:

I'm so pleased that Super Sock Monkey got there and that you like him - he should keep all Banana Thieves at a distance LOL

Cocoa on Jun 14, 2009:

I received the ATC and I love the extra one of fireworks in Sydney!

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