Welcome to my profile. Some notes first...
I'm looking for someone who wants to trade for a medium Priority Mail box of collage goodies; whole/partially used magazines/books, images, alpha stickers, comic books, pretty papers, ephemera. All I want in return is the shipping covered. If you're in need of a collage starter stash, PM me!
Private swaps? Gourd, yes! Ask me anytime if you are interested in exchanging mail art, ATCs, paper/collage supplies. Private swaps are the best! If you're not artsy craftsy yourself, but want me to make something for you (themed set of ATCs? Wall art?) I’m sure we can still work something out.
If you’d like to be more regular mail pals, I’m game for that, too. That is, if we’ve swapped before and you’d just like to keep exchanging informally. Send me some mail art. I’m happy to reciprocate. If I have your address and an open invite to send you random mail art, I WILL. I'm like a vampire that way - you have to invite me into your mailbox.
OK. On with the show…
Stephanie/Steph. Late 30s. Married. Mother to one. Introvert. Shy. Social misfit. Reformed class clown. 51% Darth Vader; 49% SpongeBob SquarePants. Nerd. Dork. Humanist. Color lover. Paper connoisseur. Excellent cook. Less excellent housekeeper. Horrible gardener (sorry, plants!). ISTJ, Scorpio & Earth Goat...for whatever that's worth. Native Floridian. Tallahassee resident for the last 10 years.
Swapping & mail art are my main social activities these days. I try and create something everyday. Sometimes it's just an ATC; sometimes it's a whole book. Besides my family, being creative is the most important thing in my life. It's always been a big part of my life. My parents instilled a love for handmade early on and are active makers themselves.
My creative style is usually more on the modern side: poppy, colorful, bright, upbeat, irreverent - I like making what I like to see in the world. My main medium is collage. I'm a huge fan of multi-layered creative collage, full of depth and details, but I also like simple, well done paper arrangements, color studies, abstracts, visual poetry and things more on the graphic design side. I prefer using mostly upcycled, reclaimed & second-hand materials (books, magazines, office/school supplies---though I do have an acute weakness for patterned scrapbook papers). I have a dedicated craft room (the "craft cave") filled with enough supplies to last me a good 10 years.
My worktable on a clean day.
Otherwise, I overshare on my IG just about daily what projects I'm working on. Here's your spoiler warning. My blog gets updated 1-2 times a month, spirit willing (and the spirit is just about to hit the road on that front).
𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙅𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙎: handmade postcards, ATCs, artbooks, gluebooks, zines, artistamps, shrines, assemblages, repainted figurines, altered art.
𝘾𝙊𝙇𝙊𝙍𝙎: ALL bright & bold colors; the whole rainbow; neons; royal purple, turquoise, candy apple red, sunshine yellow. I never met a color I didn't like. Except beige. 😩
𝙋𝘼𝙏𝙏𝙀𝙍𝙉𝙎/𝙋𝙍𝙄𝙉𝙏𝙎: busy florals, geometric, symbols (hearts, plus signs, stars), tropical botanical, Marimekko, retro florals, visual texture.
𝘼𝙍𝙏 𝙎𝙏𝙔𝙇𝙀/𝘿𝙀𝙎𝙄𝙂𝙉: psychedelic, bohemian, comic book art, graffiti, Spanish Revival Architecture, Mid-Century modern, CSA Design, typography, 70s-80s-90s design.
𝘼𝙉𝙄𝙈𝘼𝙇𝙎: cockatoos, raccoons, sphynx cats, sloths, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, capybaras, alligators, ravens, emus, llamas. Really, all animals are cool. Except sharks. 😩
𝙉𝙀𝙍𝘿𝙀𝙍𝙔/𝙋𝙊𝙋 𝘾𝙐𝙇𝙏𝙐𝙍𝙀: MCU, spaceships, aliens, NASA, Universal Monsters, Dragon Ball, Adult Swim, memes, reaction gifs, stand-up comedy, anime, Discworld Universe, Judge Judy, 90s alt/grunge, riot grrrl, 80s cartoons.
𝘼𝙏𝘾 𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙎: Nick Bantock style, altered Mona Lisa, goddesses, funky shacks, anthropomorphic animals, snarky people and animals, creepy/spooky Halloween, Day of the Dead, history memes, comic book art, sun/moon faces, inspirational (not spiritual) quotes, food puns.
𝙈𝙄𝙎𝘾 𝙄𝙈𝘼𝙂𝙀𝙍𝙔: retro TV sets, cassette tapes, deep sea divers, vintage VW Beetle/Bus, gargoyles, grotesques, Second Generation Chevrolet Chevelle (1968-72), cheeseburgers, hands, skulls, mannequins, dummies.
𝘾𝙊𝙇𝙇𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝙎: classic Star Wars with a focus on Darth Vader, skulls (calaveras and just. skulls o_O), Buddha, Budai, Maneki Neko, CLOWNS (yes, clowns; silly, scary, creepy, cute clowns).
Some of my collections on display in my craft cave.
I'm here to swap personal handmade items with people. I join sender's choice or technique/theme driven swaps because I genuinely want to see what others are inspired to make. Please do not feel any pressure to conform to my likes or my own style. Follow your muse. If you have fun making something, then the results cannot be bad. I appreciate your effort and authenticity no matter what the style. 💖
Stuff that's typically taboo here doesn't bother me: snakes, nudity, profanity, adult themes, dark humor, occult imagery, bugs, random weirdness...bring it. That thing you have that you don't know who to send to...send it to me. 😜
Mail supplies: plain envelopes, well made handmade envelopes, note cards, address labels and flat baggies (cello or paper).
FUN, colorful stickers for decorating envelopes and postcards; Lisa Frank, weird/silly kawaii, Trader Joe's freebie stickers, hippie, even some teacher reward stickers ("YOU'RE AWESOME!" etc.)---nothing too babyish or mushy though.
authentic vintage yearbook portraits, from about the 40s-60s. I have a 1977 university yearbook if you'd like to exchange a page or 2 for your older yearbook pages.
creative paper materials for collage; graph papers, paint palette papers, typewritten pages, photocopies, modern ephemera, flat textural elements (die-cuts, drywall tape, sequin waste), colorful maps, images of diverse people.
a cure for my husband's snoring; spell, potion, old housewives remedy, karate move...
My actual wishlist.
My 2 major dislikes are:
sʜᴀʀᴋs. Even pics. I have a phobia. Seriously. Shark Week is hell.
ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏɴ. I'm atheist. The end.
After those 2 things, I very much do not like feet, misogynists, gender norms, IG influencers, poor reading comprehension, nationalism, fakeness, bigotry, the willfully ignorant, pushy people and burnt popcorn.
𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 do not send me any sort of grocery items: snacks, tea bags, candy, bath stuff, makeup. I don't wear jewelry either. Womp, womp.
I don't use a lot of mass market scrapbook style craft supplies (the exception being patterned scrapbook papers & stickers). Tim Holtz and other name brand paraphernalia doesn't do that much for me.
I'm not a fan of washi tape samples wrapped around cards unless they have really unique/funny designs or are the EXTRA wide tapes. Otherwise the samples get filed away and forgotten (or filed in the trash).
Super aged, brown patina vintage book pages & sheet music don't factor into my style very often---please save these pages for someone who can really use them.
Least liked on my list of themes are steampunk, true crime, Paris, shabby chic & disembodied genitalia (no matter how silly) 😝.
I DO enjoy/collect clown stuff, especially weird, creepy & silly clowns, BUT I seriously draw a line at real life, horrific clowns like John Wayne Gacy and ICP. Ew.
EXTRAS do not make the swap for me. A swap can be heart-worthy on its own without the extra fluff in the envelope. I have more than enough to contend with in my own stash. ✌
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