February 2019: Taking an indefinite break from hosting/swapping due to some health issues. I'm still around, just not able to focus on making and mailing right now. Feel free to contact me if you need anything or have any questions.
I'm Stephanie/Steph. Late 30s. Married. Mother to one. Introvert. Shy. Social misfit. Anxiety warden. Reformed class clown. 51% Darth Vader; 49% SpongeBob SquarePants. Nerd. Dork. Homebody. 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 or a tacky wall ornament. Mostly I like to create in a pop art, modern style, but I can do the pretty, vintage style, too. Mixing it up keeps things interesting.
My favorite medium is collage. I'm a big 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, at least.
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).
I'm almost always up for private swaps, especially with people I've swapped with before. I've got supplies to share and lots of creative energy---hit me up if wanna do something. ✌️
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, Gothic, surreal, 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, RuPaul's Drag Race.
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/words, 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.
Mail supplies: plain envelopes, well made handmade envelopes, hand-painted/inked envelopes, note cards (4x6 and larger), shipping labels and flat baggies (cello or paper).
FUN, flat, 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 seriously dislike feet, misogynists, gender norms, IG influencers, poor reading comprehension, nationalism, fakeness, bigotry, the willfully ignorant, pushy people, sweet potatoes and burnt popcorn.
𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 do not send me any sort of grocery items: snacks, tea bags, candy, bath/body stuff, makeup samples. I don't wear jewelry either. I'm a life-long allergy sufferer and have to be uber careful about what goes in/on my body. Womp, womp.
Supplies I don't use all that much: mass market scrapbook style craft stuff (the exception being patterned scrapbook papers & stickers---I'm not overly fond of Tim, Graphic45, etc.), washi tape samples, antique book pages/sheet music, fabric, bling/"gemstones", tiny (thumbnail sized) punched shapes.
Least liked on my list of themes are steampunk, true crime, Paris, shabby chic & disembodied genitalia (no matter how silly) 😝.
Stuff that's typically taboo here, doesn't bother me...in fact, I really like most of it. Snakes, bugs, occult, dark humor, nudity, profanity, random weirdness, adult themes...bring it.
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.
I respect the sender's choice philosophy. I truly want to see what YOU are inspired to make, not what you think I'd like to receive. Put forth your best, authentic effort and if you had fun making something, then the results cannot be bad.
I'm pretty easy going when it comes to heart-giving. Extra bits and bobs in an envelope are seriously not required or expected. I have more than enough to contend with in my own stash. ✌
Yay, it's over!
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