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I am so fortunate that God has provided a way for me to work from home with my husband! We have 2 active internet based businesses, with 1 on hold for later. My husband and I live in a small country town along with my 3 step-kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats :)
In my spare time I love to read, watch tv, go for walks, work in the garden, create new confections/candy, surf the internet, cook and bake. And one day I'll pick up cross stitching again, which is really my favorite "crafty" thing to do. Oh, and do spend a lot of time trying to find ways to save money, many times out of necessity, but also because I find it a fun challenge...almost like a sport ;)
I'm pretty much a homebody and introvert and usually splurge just on my kids and hubby, so the swapping is something just for ME! I love pretty items, though I don't use them much, so I more so collect things.
As far as crafting goes, I've tried a few different things but mostly do paper crafts (more like paper folding, handmade envies, matchboxes, stamping), hand sewing small/easy items, simple jewelry making, papering/decorating boxes (like the wood boxes from the craft store for jewelry and trinkets), and making friendship bracelets. I also love cross stitching!
Also, if you consider baking and candy making a craft, then that is definitely my strong suit! So much so that one day I plan on opening a little corner bakery/candy shop, when the kids are grown and out of the house. I like finding new recipes and putting a new twist on them, also making up my own creations.
Oh, and I like cooking too, guess I just like to be in the kitchen and I do love to eat....haha
I also just started gardening and really enjoy it!
-small paper scraps or small collage cut outs-I just don't use them. But if it is bigger then 4x4 and is a print/patterned sheet of paper then send it over!
-anything offensive or beyond PG-13 stuff (my kids like to help me open my packages to see what I got!)
-girly bath products or anything too heavily or distinctly scented (certain scents cause me headaches)
-anything that smells like cigarette smoke
-candles (again....the smell)
-I prefer not to get embellishments such as brads, eyelets, or anything that is JUST for scrapbooking, as I don't have time for it =/ Other multi-purpose embellishments are fine though!
-country Americana themed stuff (roosters, farms, etc)
rotary cutter blade refills-45 mm
GOOD tutorials for easy craft projects, especially paper and fabric based projects! Online links would be great!
any crafty magazine, used is fine!
clear cling stamps, used is fine!
-versacraft, fabrico, fabry, or any other ink that is meant for FABRIC. The type where the ink won't run when wet.
-Paper Mate flair felt-tip pens, any color
-your long fabric scraps (skinny is fine!), especially if they have a small print design, or bright and colorful
-I love anything that has to do with baking (my favorites being brownies and bars) and cooking. Send me your favorite recipes!
-chocolate and candy from all over the world! I'm in LOVE with Suchard Finessa "feige mandel" from Europe, YUM!
-Domestic chocolate always welcome, especially Dove or Cadbury! I LOVE CARAMEL TOO! Would love to try one of the new Willy Wonka "golden ticket" chocolate bars :)
-basic craft/art supplies-DOUBLE STICK TAPE!, markers (crayola or better preferred), gel/milky pens, glue sticks, metallic sharpies, etc...
-handmade notecards, postcards, greeting or blank cards, envelopes, etc...anything with pretty paper!
-sour or fruit flavored chewy candy (I love the COLORED/sealife swedish fish, sour patch kids, mike & ikes) Just no sour apple or watermelon flavors, the chemical in them gives me a headache =/
-kawaii gifts like sanrio or san-x, I love the Korean stuff too. Anything is good, I just love it all!
-items with rich colors, just not neon bright. If in doubt, I prefer bold and rich colors over pastels.
-pretty journals, preferably lined and lies flat when open (sorry to be so picky, but I'm left handed, so most bindings always get in my way)
-pretty pens, mechanical pencils, markers (basically any colorful/cute writing instrument)
-stickers (no "reward" or teacher type stickers though)
-animals - especially cats, dogs, and rabbits
-earrings, bracelets, barrettes/clips
-lip stuff-nothing too heavy, so fruity flavored lip balms/tints are good, I love stuff in unique/sleek packaging, NO POTS though.
-coffee and coffee flavored stuff, especially "vinacafe"or "starbucks via ready brew colombia" instant coffee packets! If it's traditional coffee grounds/beans I love the "chocolate velvet" made by Millstone, I can't it where I live =/
-travel themed/related items, especially outside of the USA
-your "I can't lie without this" recipes!
-gardening themed items and tips (need LOTS of tips lol)
-DMC floss!!! especially spring/summer colors
-cross stitch patterns (ocean, nature, people, life scenes, buckley moss, mirabella, etc... Just nothing too kiddish/cartoony or early Americana)
-pretty postcards that look like photos, I especially like nature, points of interest and buildings/architecture
-random mix of small plastic charms and beads/bling, like the "I spy" stuff.
-pretty patterned scrapbook paper, as long as it is at least 4x4 inches in size.
-kawaii or swap-bot icon address labels with my address printed on them
I pretty much only read the "love inspired" books and cookbooks, haha.
I love music and listen to mostly top 40 and Christian pop type stuff.
Friendship Bracelet with Pen Pal Intro Letter, flaked on by @loveslife
I LOVE MY CAT Personal Ad and Photo Swap, flaked on by @DanielleJess
I LOVE MY DOG Personal Ad and Photo Swap, flaked on by @Hippiechick1955
CHoCoHoLicS UNITE! International-round #1 EDITED, flaked on by @jazzyprincess
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