Last updated 4.20.18
Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a 35 y/o female from a small town in Missouri, USA. I'm a transplant from Minnesota and still very much consider myself a Minnesota girl. Professionally I am a front-end developer who spent the last 7 years telecommuting. However I currently freelance full time. I love traveling, reading, and shopping.
Places I have been to:
Americas: Oregon, Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, New York, Hawaii, California, Guatemala, Canada
Europe: UK, France
Asia: Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, India, China
Travel wishlist: Japan, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Dubai, Singapore
2018: I went back to a very similar planner to that of the one I had in 2016. I find that it worked the best for me. This year I am concentrating more on content than the actually decorating. I do throw in some stickers and washi tapes but everything is more simple.
2017: This year I tried using a horizontal A5 Happy Planner. I love the look but I haven't been as consistent in decorating. IT WAS A FAIL!
2016: I have been consistent in decorating my planner (which is a simple Clementine Paper planner I bought from TJMaxx for $7.99). I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I do now. I don't care much for decorating as I do writing it all down.
You can see pictures of my planner layout on my Instagram: @raniheartspaper
Since I am here mainly for the Kawaii swaps, I figured I ought to have a more comprehensive Kawaii section. I'm mainly a paper collector so I prefer letter sets, letter pad papers, memo sheets, and sticker flakes. I really don't know what to do with the other items.
The short version is I like anything cute and girly. And I prefer not to receive anything weird, boyish.
I love Kawaii Fairy Tale (any brand but Disney) and San-X Palette's Sweet Street. However I have a very good collection of both of these so I prefer not to receive any. I am really into older, vintage Kawaii right now, like food with faces, Awawachan, Natto chan.
San-X: I enjoy just about all of the San-X characters especially older characters and test characters. The only one I'm not a fan of is Zombbit Zombie Rabbit and that new fish one, Shirasutai (sorry gals, I know some of you are fans).
I have stopped buying San-X products but the new Rilakkuma, Kutusita Nyanko, Mamegoma lines are super Kawaii.
Sanrio: Deery Lou, Little Twin Star, and Hummingmint. Cinnamoroll is growing on me!
I rarely buy Sanrio stuff these days unless it's Hummingmint.
Q-Lia, Mind Wave, Crux, Kamio: I enjoy most of these brands especially the real food with faces.
Lately I have been really into obscure Japanese brands like Pool Cool, Fortissimo, Lemon Co., and Steadfast. So if you have any, feel free to send them my way.
I'm also always looking for older designs so if you have any (of anything) I would love it!
CONTEMPORARY KAWAII: There are some contemporary Kawaii (Kawaii currently available for sale/being made as opposed to vintage) that I tend to buy whenever I see them. They are the following:
PREFER NOT TO RECEIVED:
Washi Tapes: My taste in washi tapes is feminine. I love florals and Kawaii. I prefer lantern pattern and polka dots over stripes and solids. Anything sweet and girly.
As much as I like deco tapes, when a swap calls for washi tape, please only send those. Paper tape is not the same as washi tape. I find deco tape samples just a lot harder to use because it becomes non-sticky once it's left the original tape.
Disney & Winnie the Pooh & Snoopy stuff but only because I have easy access to them and do not collect them. Also, please no religious, academic, or holiday items.
No magazine cutouts, scrap paper, foam stickers (I get way too much), confetti. Also nothing too masculine like mustache and sports. No ribbons or fabric tapes.
Currently no more journal cards & Project Life cards please. Also no more ephemera and die-cuts. No academic stickers or dollar store stickers.
No pencils and erasers. I'm no longer a student and really don't collect or have need for these items.
No more note cards or post cards. I have a lot of my own. Post cards are fine if it's used as a protector.
Junk in general.
Beauty/make-up: I used to be a make-up junkie but I'm not anymore. The only beauty related stuff I would enjoy are beauty samples from Asian brands like Etude House. Otherwise no other cosmetics, please.
Tea/coffee: I'm both a tea and coffee drinker. My favorite tea flavor is Moroccan mint tea. I'm always on the look out for the best Moroccan mint tea. I don't consider myself a coffee snob. I prefer mine instant and made at home versus at a local coffee shop. I also prefer cold drinks vs hot ones and will often let my coffee sit until it's lukewarm before drinking it (my MIL thinks this is sacrilege, lol).
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