Hi! My name is Leila, I'm in my 30s, and I'm an artist that spends my days painting and illustrating.
I live just outside of Austin, Texas in Smithville. It's a quaint little town with lots of charm. I live in a 120 year old house that I am slowly restoring. Even though it's hot outside most of the time, I love to sit on the porch, and watch the world go by while sipping coffee or a glass of red wine.
I have 3 kitties (Mr. Meow, Saki, and Queenie) and a Corgi (Edward, see photo below). I am an animal lover!
I am a thrift shop junkie and I collect unique, vintage treasures. I have a great love for the past, I am antique obsessed. I have a phonograph and stereo-viewer that I enjoy. I have a booth at our local antique mall, where I sell the old treasures that I can manage to not keep for myself, lol!
I'm all for homesteading and classic pastimes. I love using my sewing machine, but am still a newbie and learning! I take a lot of pleasure from being outside and the natural world. I enjoy writing and receiving letters. I love reading, but have discovered that I can listen to audio books and paint at the same time. It's perfect for me! :)
I enjoy collecting folk and traditional art from around the world, my home is very eclectic and I surround myself with items that inspire me. I'm a bit of a non-conformist, and enjoy the unusual.
My favorite time is Fall/Winter here in Texas. I love that first cool day in October, and look forward to Halloween through New Year's. I love the Holiday season! I am just looking for a reason to celebrate, life is good! ;)
*Antique, vintage, old...if it's from before 1950, I'll probably love it.
*I love to set a table that is "mismatched". Meaning, I enjoy having old plates, glassware, and fabric napkins that are all different. I would love to receive a cotton napkin for my collection!
*Birds (especially song birds and swallows)
*Fairy Tales and Folk Lore
*Sacred geometry and mandalas
*Virgin Mary and Saints
*Mexican Folk Art and Frida Kahlo
*Vintage Circus or Carnival
*Fortune Teller or Gypsy themes
*Things to make packages and gifts pretty! I especially love Kraft paper items.
*CHRISTMAS!! "Old timey" Santas or Father Christmas, deer, snowy trees, glitter, glass and silver colored ornaments, Victorian style, woodland Christmas...
*HALLOWEEN!! Black cats, witches, pumpkins, skeletons, moons, owls, spider webs, haunted mansions, orange and black polka dots, man in the moon, glitter, decorative banners/garlands, paper treat bags, gift tags, twine, napkins... Really love Halloween, especially retro and classic themes. Also, love Victorian Halloween. I'm not as crazy for "kiddie" or cartoon Halloween.
*Cotton fabric for my newbie sewing projects. I love Calico, small prints, holiday, animals...Retro style is fun too! I also would enjoy receiving old linens or pieces for use in sewing.
*Yummy smelling bars of bath soap (I love floral scents: rose, lavender, gardenia. Sandalwood too!)
*Kraft paper (brown paper bag type) envelopes, tags, bags, or boxes
*Old, black and white photographs. Old portraits are super cool! Also, love ones featuring people and their pets or just the pets. :)
*Functional crochet, knit, or sewn items (cotton napkins, wash clothes, hot mitts, trivets, aprons, dish towels, etc.) I would also be thrilled if you made me something!
*Catholic prayer cards, rosaries, charms, ceramic/chalkware statues of Mary/Jesus/saints, prints, or postcards. (I have a huge collection)
*Black or red Sharpie markers (I can always use them!)
*Wood carved figurines or statues. Also, love wood burned items (pyrography).
*Old candy/cookie/tea tins with no words, just pictures.
*twine, jute, or hemp cord
*Velvet (or velvet like) ribbon
*Skeleton Keys or little oddities (found something rusty or nature related? I'll probably like it)
*Silver or brass containers and utensils with an old patina.
*Clear glass containers or glassware. I'm crazy for cut or pressed glass!
*Figurines, postcards, and art featuring Mexico or made in Mexico. I especially love burros/donkeys!
*Coffee beans or ground (unflavored and caffeinated, please). I love my black coffee in the morning!
*Walkers Shortbread cookies, yum!
*Anything Corgi related! I love my dog, Edward! :)
*I would love dog toys for Edward (his favorite toys squeak! He is a big time chewer, so sadly they don't last long). No rawhide please, Corgis can't eat it for safety reasons.
*Vintage postcards or art postcards. Ones featuring illustrations of pretty ladies, animals, cats, dogs, birds, Christmas, or Halloween are my fave! (see more on my postcard likes below)
*Disney, cartoon characters, Hello Kitty, or clowns (they completely freak me out).
*Neon or pastel colors
*Animal prints or camo
*Scented bath items make me itchy (salts, shower gel, bubble bath). I do love soap bars, though!
My favorite kind of postcards are vintage postcards or vintage style postcards. Those are not always easy to come by though, and I definitely enjoy many other themes (see below). I don't really like tourist or advertising postcards (unless they are pre-1960s). Otherwise, I like most kinds of postcards!
*art postcards from museums or ones featuring illustrations/paintings
*illustrations of farms, old England, simple life
*children's book illustrations (love fairy tales)
*photographic portraits (black and white)
*images of "days gone by" and "old timey"
*illustrations of the ocean or seaside
*dogs (anything Corgi, especially!)
*animals (donkeys, burros, and sheep to name a few)
*woodland (squirrel, fox, owl, deer, bunny)
*Christmas and Halloween
*Tattoo designs or tattooed people
*Virgin Mary or Saints
*Vintage circus or carnival
*the unique or offbeat
*pin ups or artsy nudity (I won't be offended by the human body or sexuality)
*Mexico (art or photographic images)
*New Orleans (art or photographic images)
*Children's Books and Fairy Tales - a few illustrators and authors I enjoy: Chris Van Allsburg, Arthur Rackham, C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, William Steig, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac, N.C. Wyeth, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Brothers Grimm
*A few authors I love: Kahlil Gibran, Isabelle Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kate Morton, Anne Rice
*Crafting/creating books (painting, drawing, illustrating, decorating)
*Homesteading and gardening books
*Sewing books or magazines
*Art books (please no modern, I'm more of a classic fan)
*Wood working, restoration, home improvement books
*Tattoo references and books (I have an extensive collection)
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