Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2017 5:20 pm


Date Joined: August 28, 2012
Last Online: September 22, 2017

Country: United States
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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 fourteen. She is passionate about her fashion, music and writing interests, writing, inspirational quotes, and social justice. 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, California, or anywhere other than the Midwestern US. Currently she is focused on vocal music and is trying out for a number of groups. She hopes to compete as a team player in a gymnastics group.

My son is seven and loves animals (cats, rabbits, squirrels, dogs, and chameleons, as well as a variety of birds), buses, fire trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, semi trucks, pickup trucks .... and convertibles. He also likes skid loaders. He is very fond of purple trucks, followed by red and blue ones. 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 quite a dancer and is learning to play drum set. His brain is rather lively (he has diagnosed ADD and autism), so it can be fun when he gets stuck.

My garden is turning over. We are moving and I am leaving 15 years of perennials and fruit trees (the sour cherry trees were my "babies"). Hopefully, something new is on the horizon. I've already purchased the fall Allium bulbs and they are stinking up the work space, waiting to be planted in our new garden once we move.

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

Finally, we are moving at the end of September. I've been wrapped up in getting my house packed up and keeping all the threads of selling and buying a home together.

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: Thanks so much for the nice card and what you wrote. I didn't have a college experience my self but through reading and activism I am learning and 'unlearning' and participating as best as I can. I always think I can do more but we do what we do. I'm connected with the local SURJ (showing up for Racial Justice) chapter and that helps to guide me into action and connect with other groups working on change. That's funny about your Son and Teagens. I've never seen the one on Dr. Who but I've been told there is one :)
pahasiga rated for HG: Aliens in August on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the alien! I'm not sure if I dare to taste its beer, though.
shelleym rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: Ooh, I love your expressive style! I think the acupuncture clinic is my favourite, because of the perspective. Great work!
Comment: Thanks :-) Hope you are all good!
Comment: I love this zine! How do you get such transparent washes? Thanks too for the stamps! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
samsstuff rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Sep 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Angie rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Sep 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the zine! I really like your sketches - capturing your view. I like your style - I'm trying to find a word to describe it ... like carefree, honest, fluid. None of those words are quite right but I do really like your zine! XO
Lady rated for GASP: NPWAFD: Naked Gardening on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: Great job. Love them both I found this swap very challenging. I may sew on a next APC, good idea!
Comment: Love your inner baby sitter--thank you! I'm getting to try out techniques on grandkids this month. I think I'll introduce the 11 year old to the Hogfather. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Response: Yay! Hope that she enjoys it!
Lady rated for AMOPWBFS: Not the Comfy Chair! on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: awesome
Comment: This doll is so cool! And I love the backstory! Thanks for sending her to me!
Lady rated for AMOPWBFS: Backward Facing Artichoke on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: perfect inside and out! (yes I saw the custom stamp on the envelope)
dvmac rated for CC: Moon postcard on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: Hi Tanya. I really like the pc. It's always a treat to get a swap from you. And you don't owe us anything, but feel free to send anything that you're inspired to send!
Comment: Love your zine with it's gorgeous little sketches and personal thoughts... Another good one for my collection..! Thanks for hosting such a cool swap!
kiddomerriweather rated for LBOE June: Cuddle-Fish on Jul 23, 2017
Comment: Words cannot describe how thrilled I am with this nautilus! Hand knit and rainbow! It's simply amazing. You went above and beyond with the shipping envelope as well. I love how it's reusable. It will most likely be used as a project carrier. I'm just thrilled to say the least. I literally squealed when I saw the package and when I opened it. Thank you so much for yet another awesome swap. Again, I apologize for the late rating. There's no excuse, but you know the reason why. I can't wait to swap with you again!
Response: No worries, I am more reliably spacey, I think. I am so glad about the envelope, I was waiting for the right person to send it to :) Now to craft an army of rainbow nautiluses (nautili?) to re-energize the world!
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?
Response: I am so glad that you like Ottawan! That was a fun little find. Yep, that's my little Mammoth Life I was writing about. Now for the letter ....
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zine! The Venus of Willendorf made it into my zine as well :)
Response: So glad that you liked it. Venus of Willendorf hard to resist, isn't she?!
WoodlandBanshee rated for Monster or Robot ATC on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: Your atcs are quite lovely. Awesome robots! Cheers
Response: Glad that you liked them! I love watercolor robots, not sure why?! I made watercolor mermaid robots the other year!
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!
Response: Glad they made it! It was really fun to make them :)

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MiRdLHWY43 on Aug 24, 2017:

It's so cute it huurrrts! - said in Mike Meyer's Scottish accent.

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!

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