Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2017 11:45 am


Date Joined: August 28, 2012
Last Online: July 21, 2017

Country: United States
My garden's web site

About Me

I think too much. It is a struggle for me to get through a grocery store. I have a big sloppy heart as well. (Yeah, I'm one of those people -- annoying, right?) I cry at the drop of a hat, but I'm getting over it.

Favorite colors include blues, grey, coral, teal, yellow, orange and green, also black and deep reds. I love batik and intriguing patterns, especially geometric and organic ones.

I adore my kids. My daughter is thirteen. She is passionate about her fashion, music and art interests, writing, inspirational quotes, dystopian YA fiction (a lot out there these days!), and BBC crime/ drama/ sci fi. Also, rolling up her shorts and explaining why lip gloss is different than lipstick. She is immensely clever (good at math!), and good at making sure that I keep my faults in mind. She plays the piano when not avoiding practicing, sings loudly and dreams of living in New York, or perhaps in a "better house."

My son is six and loves animals (cats, pigs, ducks, squirrels, dogs, and chameleons), buses, fire trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, semi trucks, pickup trucks .... and Mini Coopers. Red cars are his favorite. He loves tools of any sort (from spatulas to screwdrivers), gears, pumps, and gadgets. He also likes Minions, Dancing With the Stars, and cooking shows on TV. We have a shared passion for diecast cars. He loves talking to people about all the details he notices in his environment. He is not the world's most coordinated kid, but he is quite a dancer and likes a variety of music. His brain is rather lively (he has diagnosed ADD and autism), so it can be fun when he gets stuck.

My garden has a mind of its own: please feel free to check its web site and send it mail! (OK, garden has been regenerating, and it is finally about ready for a reboot. Sorry, all!)

Favorite Music

I will listen to just about anything. I turn on Hawaiian music, New Orleans, African Jazz, funk, and samba to relax; Southern Rock, soul, gospel, and classic rock and country when I am alone; electronic and French cafe music to think; medieval European and choral music to be meditative before sleeping. When I feel low, I listen to my quirky 80's pop and feel happy. My son and I both enjoy classical Indian music and bhangra, while my daughter and I listen to Broadway and 80's pop.

Favorite Books

Terry Pratchett is my favorite author. He just about says it all. The man understands humanity :) I am now beginning to appreciate Neil Gaiman -- branching out :)

I also like detective novels, the Flora Segunda series, diary of Samuel Pepys, Jasper Fforde, Jane Austen, Robert Rankin, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Ogden Nash, Steve Martin, Carl Sandburg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Langston Hughes, poetry to recite, Archie and Mehitabel, the Moribito series, Dante's Inferno, and the Odyssey. It's easier for me to listen to recorded books and the BBC iplayer. I appreciate all book suggestions, especially those with a bit of humor, however dark :)

Manga/ Manhwa: The Color of Earth/ Water/ Heaven,Gintama, Library Wars, and especially Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture.

Nonfiction: DIY and small house living, shabby chic/ vintage/ flea market decor, art, sewing, printmaking, history, knitting, felting, watercolor, cooking (Pan-Asian, particularly Southeast Asia and Korean, Mexican and Indian/ Nepali are my favorites, along with Mediterranean, French and gasp! British. Also baking, although I am terrible at it unless I completely go by instinct.) Belle Armoire and all of the Somerset Studios magazines!

My daughter enjoys novels about growing up and dystopian fiction.

My son likes (surprise) books about vehicles and animals. He appreciates the very detailed pictures of Benedict Blathwayt (The Little Red Train) and Richard Scarry.

Favorite Movies

Studio Ghibli (I cannot pick a favorite, but I admit to wanting to hug the cat Jiji in Kiki, the radish spirit in Spirited Away, the last robot in Castles in the Sky, the fishie Ponyo, and every version of Totoro and the cat bus, too :), The Blues Brothers, Persuasion (actually my favorite Austen book), Up!, Rio, and just about anything by Pixar, dark comedies, anime, Alien, Grumpy Old Men, slowish films about nothing in particular. I like Youtube movies by random folks. One of my favorite movies of all time is called "Shower" -- it is a Chinese film about the final days of a family-owned bath house. It's absolutely beautiful.

TV, radio, and random likes

Dr. Who (my daughter and I both love Peter Capaldi). We also watch mysteries (Death In Paradise is a favorite), baking and cooking contests, and Moone Boy. My son and I are big fans of Odd Squad (Agents Olive and Otto! Interrogating a unicorn! Ms. O as Agent Oprah!) and Wild Kratts. Fun fact: Danny John-Jules from Death in Paradise played Cat on Red Dwarf ...

Random likes: I like Cambozola cheese. I like to go plane and harbor-spotting. I used to find sneaky ways to watch Monty Python as a kid -- the fish slapping dance and Ministry of Silly Walks still make me laugh :) I love diecast cars like Hot Wheels. I love odd miniature tokens. I love boats, and the character of Ratty in Wind in the Willows. Did I mention that I like the 1970's? So optimistic and full of promise, and some really good and really bad music! I love the movie Crooklyn. I love heroes who Do the Right Thing (classic Speed Racer) and heroes who Are Still Here Despite It All (Gintama -- love, love, love Gintama and the music and the jokes), also the Heroes Who Are Not Really Heroes/ Annoying Heroes (Godzilla, Arthur Dent, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Shiro Yamaoka from Oishinbo -- THE classic foodie manga :). Dr. Who kinda fills all those categories at times, as does Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork Watch.

I am a huge fan of BBC radio i-player, also the World Service, National Public Radio's On the Media and AltLatino.

Favorite Crafts

I have been into watercolors and pen and ink lately, as well as using these in mixed media. I would love to try more gouache, and mixed media painting. I love fibers and stitching on paper. I love collage. I love trying new things. I love making books, although I am not super skilled at it. Fused plastic, combining fibers and paper, a little of this and that, paper dolls, puppets, paper hats .. you name it. I do enjoy making minizines, postcards and ATCs as well. I like writing letters, mainly on the typewriter, and doodling on them. Sewing wise, I make a lot of pillows and bags and love to make dolls. I also make dolls with paper clay.

Places I'd like to go

have really fond memories of travels in Quebec along the St. Lawrence, Seoul, Hawaii (the food! the people!), France, Mexico, and Ireland, Lake Superior, Iowa, southern Utah and northern Arizona. I wish I could go to, well anywhere, but I think I would especially like to visit California, India, Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, West Africa, the Mississippi River from north to south, and ...well, anywhere with an ocean, lake or sea ... big skies and open water.

I'd like to receive?

I love swap-bot because I get to see a little of what makes my swap partners happy and inspired. I am especially fond of *small dolls and figures *cars and vehicles *geology *astronomy science *math *printmaking/ screenprinting *painting *drawing/ pen and ink *watercolors *world cultures *textile art *modern art *dance *engineering *architecture *vehicles (modern and antique) *humor *silliness *history *notes about your life or someone else's life *bridges *water and boats *Quebec *Canada *South Korea *Mexico *the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence seaway *Hawaiian history *shipping *recipes, the more adventurous the better! *ham radio *the "maker" movement *agriculture *urban and rural landscapes *patchwork *batik *indigo dying *graffiti *pop culture: Monty Python, Speed Racer (classic), Godzilla (classic), Route 66, Dr. Who, K-pop, K-drama, doughnuts, and Where There's Tea There's Hope :)

Confessions: I am a fan of touristy anything, from just about anywhere, but Canada, Quebec, Korea, Mexico, southern France, and the St. Lawrence Seaway are special loves :)

I love recipes.

I am currently looking for positive images of modern and historic Asian, Latino and African American men and women. I'd love any names of artists/ photographers, etc., or links or images -- thanks!

Current issues/ projects

Getting my house packed up for a move -- yikes!

I have a project that I am working on after the move ... involving the library and postal mail :)

If you happen to be sending me postcards, I would love to receive the 2 standard sizes of smaller cards 3.5" x 5" and 4" x 6" -- new storage system makes it easier for me to file and enjoy them. If you are sending a larger card, no worries :)

Also, due to new filing system, I will probably be doing more ATC and APC style swaps. Minizine size as well. I am working with older file card drawers, and would be interested to know if anyone else is doing this!

Favorite animals and plants

Stingrays, seahorses, sturgeon, nautiluses (what is the plural of nautilus?), octopi and paddlefish fascinate me. I have a very small stingray collection, consisting of a vase, a plushie, a postcard, and a nice stingray painting from a Swap-bot member; also a stingray ocarina. My daughter used to call them "pancake fish" when she was little and how I still think of them -- I just love the way that they move. Cats, dogs, ducks, geese, turkeys, sheep, chickens, pigs, goats, foxes, otters, hedgehogs, badgers, squirrels, tapirs, any kind of bird, draft horses, any kind of fish with spots (or without spots), whales, camels and llamas (although I find them a little intimidating!) I found an awesome postcard of a tapir wearing a Santa hat that I will cherish forever.

Nigella, squash (other people's -- I fail to grow them yearly), nasturtium, marigolds, amaranth, rhododendrons (other people's, of course), Rugosa roses, anenomes, ranunculus, redbuds, narcissi and daffodils, magnolias, poppies losing their petals, your grandmother's garden plants, Japanese and Korean maples, Virginia creeper, kale, potatoes, prairie plants, fall gardens, cottage gardens on the edge of being unruly, tea house gardens, Zen gardens, container gardens in the middle of the city, gardens after the first fall harvest, gardens that are just a little bit sad / alone / tough / wistful/ surviving, gardens with wandering chickens and some tomatoes missing after being stolen by chipmunks ...

In houseplants, I like those that I find difficult to kill - sanseveria and Norfolk Island Pine, and one palm tree and one cactus and one pothos. I think that all the rest have died. Probably due to natural causes...


Comment: I'm looking up Ottawan! I like Ottawan Disco 2, & barber shop #2, & I totally love Mammoth Life. Apart from designing it, You've also written it, a'int it?
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zine! The Venus of Willendorf made it into my zine as well :)
WoodlandBanshee rated for Monster or Robot ATC on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: Your atcs are quite lovely. Awesome robots! Cheers
blueseabliss rated for Watercolor 4 on Jul 10, 2017
Comment: Lovely, thank you!
Comment: Love this Scottish Dad ninni and his son! So cute :) Thank you!
LadyCyr rated for Watercolor 4 on Jul 9, 2017
Comment: thank you for the wonderful portrait you are very good especially for just learning. i really like it :)
Eclectonote rated for Watercolor 4 on Jul 8, 2017
Comment: What a wonderful portrait you've painted. I just love this watercolor. In learning to paint people, have there been any particularly good instructions you've found? Thanks again for your beautiful and touching artwork.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great polyorama... I loved the Kermit so much ! The Alien in the speedo made me lol.
Mustluvdoggies rated for GAA: Mixed Media ATC on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: I love the ATC you made! What great mix media you used. I love the camels you used and the moon! Thank you a awesome swap!
kiddomerriweather rated for LBoE - Custom Ponies on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: I absolutely adore my new pony! She is so precious. She is just the right size to cuddle. Thank you so much for making me such an awesome customized equine.
Response: I am so glad that you like her! I'm glad that I took the opportunity to dive in to this project after all :) Sometimes larger is easier when sewing by machine ...
Comment: Thanks for the TWO zines and the sticker Being poor, growing up and living in Native American communities as a minority, and being in the Army, even as a white woman, I have never felt privileged. I have had to deal with discrimination every day and work hard for every scrap of self worth and self esteem. Each person has their own row to hoe and it doesn't make any one person less or more than the rest. The process of living and living true to yourself and being the best you, you can be is the goal. Being conscious and present is the beginning. Great job! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I love your real- Ness, always!
LadyMalchav rated for HG: Octopi on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: I got your squid! It's so cute! Thank you!
Response: Glad that you found it to be one of the cute cephalopods :) I saw a cuttlfish the other day that pretends to be a hermit crab -- wow. Thanks for joining in the swap!
mgallardo68 rated for Chinese New Year postcard love on Jun 2, 2017
Comment: What an amazing collection of roosters you have sent me!! I am sorry for the late rate but took me to receive the last one to decipher who was sending them. Stunning art work!! Great, great swap!
Comment: Wow! What an inspiring zine. I've also been exploring my privilege and admire your journey.
Response: I'm so glad that it resonated with you. It is an important journey to take, as are many others in life!
AmookIslandCreations rated for MA: Ridiculous Animals on May 24, 2017
Comment: Wow, 3 postcards! Thanks! I will have to look them up! The mole rat was the most easily recognized Keep working with your acrylics! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Ha ha -- one of them was my first attempt at tone-on-tone "angeling" -- the Frankenstein :) I was rather pleased with the mole rat. Somehow the tone-on-tone thing and acylics are really challenging me! Miss my watercolors but they are hard to do over a background!
Angie rated for CC: Mini Book USA on May 2, 2017
Comment: Hello! Thank you so much for the great little bookie! It's wonderful. So vibrant and electric! I love it! XO
Response: You are too kind. Experimenting with glue plus gloss medium and getting better results already! Happy hipster gardening! I evaluated my bok choi with intellectual irony this morning :)
Onibah3 rated for Great Muslims of history on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: Hello Tanya. Thank you for sharing your interest in Rumi and Muslim influenced cultural arts. I enjoyed reading your postcard, and can connect some similarities in Eastern vs Western art (such as the Damask pattern you put on the card). Also the Rooster stamp was appreciated a lot!
Response: I wish I could take that college class over again :) Or maybe take a class in Muslim art!
Fullsteampowell rated for #ShePersisted Postcard on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely and informative postcard!
Response: Glad that you liked it! Keep persisting :)
sabbysteg rated for #ShePersisted Postcard on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks! I could not read your handwriting unfortunately so no idea what you wrote. :/
Response: I am sorry! I was writing about the woman on the stamp. I will send out another one to you soon.
January rated for Hamsas for Love&Tolerance on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely hamsas - great colors! And thanks for hosting the swap.
Response: Thanks for joining, I really got a little therapy out of this one :)

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CurlyTea on May 17, 2017:

Angie on May 15, 2017:

I meant suit not suite or do I subconsciously mean sweet? So confusing ...

Angie on May 15, 2017:

Yikes! I can't unsee the rubber suite man!

Angie on May 10, 2017:

crescendo on May 4, 2017:

AmookIslandCreations on Apr 24, 2017:

Hi from Alaska, Hope your spring is going great! Could we do a Mini-zine on Feathers in Zines, Mail art & other cool stuff group? Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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jukejan on Nov 26, 2016:

Thanks for the ZMACs cool swaps. I am being challenged and really like that. This tone on tone (could also be a blues song) is a nailbiter, but I took it on, baby!

Angie on Nov 23, 2016:

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