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Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: July 14, 2018
Birthday: January 12, 1980
Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me:

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! ;)

Things I Adore

*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)

*Victorian Style/Victoriana

*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.

Wish List

*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.

*Cotton lace

*twine, jute, or hemp cord

*Paper ribbon/raffia

*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)

I would Prefer Not To Receive

*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!

Postcard Ideas

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

*Gypsy/Fortune Teller

*Vintage circus or carnival

*art deco

*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)

Favorite Books

*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)


scrapingd rated for New Panty Swap! on May 2, 2016
Comment: ty for everything, they are adorbs and the cup is so cute
ChinaCat rated for Spooky Christmas on Dec 7, 2015
Comment: This paper doll is so cool and combines two of my favorite things in one - a spooky mermaid! I had to check out the Etsy shop and now it's a "favorite". Thank you!!! xo
Comment: Thank you Lelia for my stocking stuffers!!! I can't wait for Christmas!!12/31/15.. What fun stuffers you sent!!! I love them all, the Dover sticker book, postcard, hot choc and bird spatula!! (where in the world did you find that!!) Thank you so much and Happy New Year!!
Rbrstmpr rated for Fill My Stocking - October on Oct 21, 2015
Comment: Woo Hoo your envelope just arrived!! Stocking stuffer will be stashed til Christmas, but I opened the extra envelope. Loved the 14's, the skinny red envelope for my junk journal, and the ticket stubs. Trying to decide how I'll use the photo. You were so generous!!! Thanks ever so much!
Response: Yay, so glad you enjoyed it! The ticket stubs and money envelope were found in an old box of memorabilia. Did you notice the date is the 14th on the tickets? ;) Figured they were meant to be yours!
Comment: I LOVE this swap!!! The stickers you made are wonderful. The vintage doll head - also awesome! I put her with my Halloween decor and she fits right in. =) I might add some black ribbon streamers around her neck (not in a creepy way) but I kind of like her just as is. Don't get me wrong, I love creepy, but if I make her too creepy I won't be able to just add a red bow and leave her out for Christmas too!!! Thank you so much for a really great swap (cool old photo, die cut and pin too)! Hope you have a Haunting Halloween!
Response: So happy you enjoyed the package! I'd had that doll head decorating my studio for awhile and she told me she wanted to go on a new adventure. So, I sent her your way! Glad she'll be enjoying the holidays with you!
bluephoenixvt rated for Newbie Halloween Ziploc Swap on Oct 8, 2015
Comment: Your artwork is amazing! Thank you for my package.
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the compliment and heart!
Comment: Oh Leila , I absolutely love my Halloween package. My favorite thing out of all of it was the adorable pencil bag. The stickers are really cool too ! I haven't seen any of these stickers before , the felt pumpkins are great. I can't thank you enough for swapping with me ! I hope you will like yours as much as I love mine. :)
Response: Yay, so happy you love it!! I truly enjoyed collecting Halloween goodies for you. Yes, the sticker sets I scored in a booth at an antique mall (odd place, right?). I wanted so much to find more Disney or Nightmare Before Christmas for you - but all I could find were the knee high socks. Now, I'll probably see those items everywhere, lol! Thank you so much for swapping with me! xx
peaceandlove rated for Halloween Card Swap! on Oct 5, 2015
Comment: thank you for the stickers and the nail art stickers! I love doing up my nails!
Response: You're so welcome! Yes, I read that you love to do your nails, so I thought the nail art would be a good fit for you. :) Thank you for the lovely feedback and heart!
Comment: Wowza! Thanks so much for all the awesome goodies! I can't wait to see all of it! Very nicely packaged and wrapped! You deserve a BIG 💗
Response: I'm very happy you enjoyed your package!! Thank you so much for your rating and heart! :)
Comment: Thank you so much! Knowing your work, it makes it hard to wait until Christmas but I'm going to try! The postcards you included are absolutely gorgeous and I definitely agree that we seem to have quite a bit in common. I just accepted your request and I look forward to getting to know you better :)
Response: Thank you for accepting my friend request and for the lovely rating! ;) I'm so happy you like the postcards! The wrapped gift isn't my art this time (I was worried about overloading you with my creations, lol!), but I think you'll enjoy it. xx
joyceann888 rated for PBS - stocking fillers - USA on Sep 19, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the great package and extra goodies! I'm going to save the stocking stuffer until Christmas.
Comment: Lovely card! Thank you, Leila! Hope you are enjoying your week!
watercolorgirl rated for Fill My Stocking - September on Sep 15, 2015
Comment: I couldn't wait until Christmas. Love the fat qtr and will enjoy drinking tea. The post cards are wonderful. Thanks for making this such a fun swap. Happy swapping.
Response: So very glad you enjoyed your package! Thank you for the rating and heart! x
Karen07 rated for christmas postcard swap #60 on Sep 14, 2015
Comment: Great one! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for all the great goodies! You couldn't have sent me a better package. Thank you so much!!!!
Response: So happy you enjoyed it! I had a lot of fun putting it together for you! :) Thank you for the rating and heart! xx
auralily rated for Fill My Stocking - August on Aug 21, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much! As much as I love the print I got from your Etsy store, I'm having a really hard time saving this for Christmas. I'm a big fan of your work, so I'm very excited :) I also absolutely love the postcards you included!
Response: Yay, so happy you're excited about your gift and enjoyed the postcards! I hope you enjoy it once it's opened! :) Thank you for the rating and heart! xx
craftyone rated for WIYM: August Stocking Stuffer USA on Aug 17, 2015
Comment: hi, Leila. I'm saving this for my stocking. Thanks for the lovely wrapped package! Hi, I opened your gift - thanks for the really pretty papers! Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart, hope you enjoy! :)
zoev1975 rated for M/L/FT-Your Favourite Book on Aug 17, 2015
Comment: Wow! I have never come across Tanith Lee before and I can't wait to read this! Thank you for introducing me to a new author. Thank you for the lovely peacock, and the mermaid postcard as well.
Response: Yay, so happy you haven't read her work before! Forgot to mention that I made the peacock bookmark for you from one of my illustrations. :) Thank you for the rating and heart! xx
institches rated for institches and punchypirate on Jul 29, 2015
Comment: Ethan is at his Dad's for the month of July, so I opened the box so I could rate you. I will give him the rubber duckie when he returns. Thanks again!
Response: I hope Ethan enjoys his goodies! Thank you for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thank you! The pig postcard is awesome! I have put up my little gift until Halloween! :)
Response: So happy you like the pig postcard! Thank you for the rating and heart!

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CurlyTea on Jan 16, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Jan 16, 2019:

Oops, please delete this post and the one before... This is what I meant to post....

CurlyTea on Jan 16, 2019:

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CurlyTea on Jan 12, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

phillaine on May 24, 2016:

to a whole new year of Profile-Based Swaps!

Tiffaknee on Feb 12, 2016:

Hello and welcome to GWE! You have a lovely profile and I enjoyed reading it. We share some passions, too. Feel free to join any of the swaps we have up, or to leave feedback in our group forum. We also do a WTA every month. :)

institches on Jan 18, 2016:

Re: Make Up Kid's Fill My Stocking 2015

I'm FINALLY getting to post this today. Ethan thought the jumbo glue stick was "awesome!" And he liked the matchbox too. Thanks again for angeling this for him.

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 10, 2015:

I couldn't wait any longer....I opened up your gift from WIYM June Stocking Stuffer and I am floored over with happiness. A cute little squirrel figurine. I immediately put it on my shelf. Thank-you so much. You are so very thoughtful. Merry Christmas! --Michelle

SpicyJordan on Oct 9, 2015:

Thank you for showing me that swap ! I totally missed it. :)

kiddomerriweather on May 12, 2015:

Thank you for the Puss in Boots PC from the M/L/FT April WTA. I love that illustration.

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