Welcome!! I thank you in advance for reading my profile and getting to know me. Peace and warm regards fellow Swap-Botters.
My name is Erin and I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. That is where I get my love for the sea and mermaids. I am in my mid 30's. I live with my husband Miller, a handsome guy from the gorgeous country of Jamaica. My mom also lives with us, a wonderful lady who I inherit my love of crafts from. She is a quilter who also loves to crochet. I love to craft, recently I've been making a lot of memory wire bracelets and Upcycled Beaded Chandeliers from old Jello molds, glass beads and charms. And I'm trying to get some Smash Book time in. Absolutely love making homemade envies. I love beading and paper crafts best of all, but will try anything and enjoy experimenting.
I love writing poetry, memoir and fiction. I majored in Creative Writing in college and writing has always been part of my daily life.
In my free time I am often treasure hunting at local thrift stores, flea markets and antique barns. I enjoy shopping, reading, swimming and having date nights at the movies with my husband.
I consider myself to be a Bohemian, gypsy type of soul. Colorful things make me happy, as do layered bracelets, big earrings, and nature. I enjoy uplifting quotes and quotes and exercises that inspire creativity and the artistic spirit. I am in love with all things vintage, re-purposed, and recycled. I greatly desire anything handmade in this style or new things inspired by vintage images and prints.
I LOVE to read. Alice Hoffman is my ultimate favorite author. I am also enamored with Natalie Goldberg, Jennifer Weiner, Jojo Moyes (You have to read Me Before You if you haven't yet), Karen White, Sarah Pekkanen, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Ann Hood, James Patterson (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas!). I loved Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert, Illumination Night, Blackbird House and Acts of Nature by Alice Hoffman. Somewhere off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood. I liked Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner. The Perfect Happiness by Santa Montefiore was very good. Latest Favorite: Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen. Very thought provoking, but instilled with humor and a realistic love story.
My favorite movies change but some of them include: Tristan and Isolde, The Holiday, An Officer and a Gentlemen, Jane Austen Movies--Pride and Prejudice & Emma, The Family Stone, Steel Magnolia's, Anything with Madea (Tyler Perry is awesome), Circle of Friends, Bridget Jone's Diary...
I love all kinds of music, anything that gets me humming and makes me more creative. I love reggae, chick music, folk, country, soft rock etc. Some of my favorites are Regina Spektor, Jewel, Natasha Bedingfield, Adele, Cat Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Simon and Garfunkel, Sanchez, Tanya Stephens, Rihanna, Sasha, Ingrid Michaelson...
When my husband isn't watching soccer...I enjoy The Voice, Downton Abbey, Indian Summer, Poldark, Being Mary Jane, Scandal, Blind Spot, Reign, Empire, BBC miniseries, Junk Gypsies, Flea Market Flip, Storage Wars, American Pickers, House Hunters International.
Another long list :o) Beading, Jewelry making, Upcycled Crafts, Smash Booking, Altered Books, Paper crafts in general. I enjoy sewing small things such as ornaments.
Swap-bot is the best! I have been so honored to swap with amazing ladies through the years, many of whom I consider friends. I believe that Swap-Bot should be a fun and drama free zone so don't worry, just do the best you can, enjoy and make good friends.
Please check out my Etsy and Pinterest Links Above to get Further Ideas and Inspiration about my Likes & Style. Thank you!!
I wish I may, I wish I might receive in no particular order...
Anything Baby Girl for scrapbooking Baby Zora's journey-washi, papers, vintage ephemera, stickers, etc
Washi, Deco or Craft tape. A true obsession! (Anything Goes!!)
Nautical (Mermaid, Anchors, etc.) Rubber Stamps, Papers, Ephemera, Stickers, Washi...
Anything Postal Related, Air Mail, Snail Mail, Happy Mail, Ephemera, Rubber Stamps, Washi, Vintage...
Absolutely Anything from Cavallini Papers & Co or Paper Chase
If you're in the UK or Europe--Instant Smile = Any Stationery Items or Fun Tapes from Hema, Tiger or Paper Chase. :o)
If you're on the West Coast I'd love anything from Daiso. Fun packaging, sticky notes, tapes, etc.
Anything that says "Selfie"
Any BoBunny, Teresa Collins, Heidi Swapp, Paper Studio or Graphic 45, My Minds Eye Papers, Stamps, Washi tape, Stickers and Goods.
Glassine Envelopes, Bags, Cello Bags, And Other cute packaging!!
Something from my Etsy faves or Amazon Wishlist. Or something that you can make or have that is similar!! Gently used is always welcome. The link is located at the top of my profile.
STICKERS All kinds welcome, except reward ones please. I still have the sticker collection I began in 2nd grade. Love, love, love stickers!!
KAWAII !!! Everything Welcome: stationery, deco tape, memos, sticky notes, cellophane baggies, pens etc. (Some faves include Shinzi Katoh, Sugar Bear, Bear Cocoa, Laundry Raccoon, Chocopa, Mochi Panda, Rilakkuma, Fairy Tales, Circus Animals, Lucky Bear, Suama, Cute Food Ones...) But there are many I haven't seen so feel free to surprise me!!
I absolutely love handmade items! I love to see what other people are making and to be inspired and have inspiring things around me!
Vintage, Re-purposed items, crafts, jewelry, etc.
Paper Ephemera--The more vintage (or vintage looking) the better-old handwritten items, labels, cool stuff for collage, mixed media, altering and smash-booking.
Paper Doilies! Especially ones in pretty colors and designs!!!
A Prayer Flag! or Garland.
Adhesive glue runners--all kinds. I go through these like crazy!
Planner Goodies--Fun post its, date stickers, tabs, fun paper clips, anything Kawaii.
Unused US Postage Stamps of any value.
Anything Jamaica! I am Crazy for the Caribbean! I love anything with a tropical theme or Palm trees.
Old Game Pieces, dice, etc. (especially wooden ones)
Old Keys, they don't have to be skeleton ones. I love the cool shapes and fancy writing on keys before and around the 70's. I love to use these in making wind chimes.
ANCHOR Items--earrings, charms, bracelets, purses, crafty stuff, fabric....anything with Anchors.
Anything Seashore, Beach or Cape Cod related, would love old playing cards, maps, stamps, paper, stickers, etc.
Penny Black rubber stamps, images, stickers, papers, etc...
Beads, Beads, Beads--Glass or metal.
Charms for jewelry making.
Jewelry making supplies--split rings, eye pins, clasps, cord, in any color/tones etc.
Gordon Fraser or Schmid vintage items, especially his bear and scottie dog images. These were my favorite stickers as a kid. Reproduced is fine.
Woodland Creatures (foxes, owls, raccoon, bears and penguins too). Cutesy and whimsical is wonderful.
E6000 glue, crystal glue or lacquer.
Rubber Stamps with Snail Mail, Nautical, Vintage, Woodland Creatures, Nature, Distressed, Labels, Postage, Creativity, Dress Forms, Skeleton Key Themes etc. I'd love some Planner stamps. I actually like old wooden stamps, don't mind used ones. New acrylic ones fine too although I find I use them less.
Vintage Type Writers--Items inspired by them too.
Jewelry made out of old typewriter keys or reproductions in this style.
Crystals (Old or New)
Anything Frida Kahlo Inspired, Love images of her and quotes by her.
Anything with artists John William Waterhouse's or Alphonse Mucha's art print images.
Bohemian, Gypsy Items, themes, colors.
Art Deco and Art Nouveau
Collage sheets--any pics I could use for card making, journal covers, or in jewelry. Prefer: Mermaids, Vintage, Bathing beauties, Diva gals, etc.
A handmade Junk Journal or Smash Book!!
Junk Journal and Smash Book Supplies.
La Plume Pens. I got one in a swap and love it.
Inspirational quotes, Quotes on Creativity.
A Whimsy Jar.
A great new pen.
Vintage buttons. (Especially ones with Anchors on them.)
Address labels or Swap Cards.
Interesting Blank Labels or anything that can be used to address a handmade envelope.
Ultra Fine Point Black Sharpie Markers/Pens.
I am a girly girl so I love anything with a little Bling!!
I love dangly earrings!!
Jewelry, handmade or store bought. I like longer necklaces 24 inches or longer. 8 inch bracelets. 10 to 12 inches in anklets.
Curly Girl Designs Stuff.
Flavia Weedn Items.
Papyrus Stationery, etc.
Punch Studio Cards, Stationery, Etc.
K & Company Items.
Susan Branch Items.
Pip Studios Cards, Journals...
1980's version of Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, She-Ra, Get A Long Gang, Snorkels, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Smurfs. (No dolls or figures please, but I would be delighted with images, stickers, old game pieces, journal covers, coloring books, journal covers, folders, school supplies, pencil boxes or lunch boxes.)
Vintage Children's Book Illustrations.
Betsey Johnson Earrings and Bracelets!
Juicy Couture, Baby Phat, Le Sport Sac and Fossil brand jewelry, purses, bag, etc.
Stationery & Stickers--Anything & Everything Goes! Disney is fine, Kawaii and Cutesy too in this category. (No reward stickers please.)
Postcards with a theme of Mermaids, Bathing Beauties, Vintage ads, Christmas, Valentines Day or Cape Cod, Massachusetts, particularly Provincetown. Vintage ones would be adored.
Gift cards in any denomination for: Amazon (Love my Kindle Fire), T.J, Maxx, Michael's, A.C. Moore, Barnes and Noble, Staples, Sephora, or Wendy's.
Beauty Related Stuff: I like black for eyeliner and mascara. I like the plastic tube eyeliners best. I adore eye shadow cream sticks, the fat ones are best, in pinks, purples, browns, and gold tones. Lip stain, tinted lip balm, lipstick and gloss in berries, mauves, deep pinks and on occasion reds. I love items from Bath and Body Works or similar, especially shower gel and body sprays. I can always use a small purse size nice smelling antibacterial gel or lotion. I tend to like fruity or musky scents, not florals. I don't use nail polish too much but if I do my own nails I like clear or light tints, maybe something for strengthening nails. Hair accessories and earrings are wonderful.
Something for my lovely Mum Her name is Debby. She likes 100% cotton fabrics, fat quarters, old wooden thread spools, quilting books (her favorite being scrap and eclectic quilts), Gees Bend, Alabama quilting items or history, 2017 Quilt Calendar, goddess items, chakras, crystals, snowmen, organic and fair trade items, organic individually wrapped teas, chocolate, cotton socks. She likes inspirational items, rainbows, Charlie Brown, Longmire and Magnum PI.
A special request for my beautiful Nana Olivia. She loves old Harlequin romance paperbacks. The older the better (any from the 1950's, 60s and 70s would be Perfect!) She also loves current knitting magazines. Dragonflies and iris flowers make her smile too. Happy to do a private swap with anyone who has some old Harlequins to trade!
Lastly, I would rather not receive the following things...DISLIKES:
Kiddy Stuff! Unless its something mentioned in my wish list above. (Sadly, I haven't been blessed with Children. Yet!!)
Stuffed Animals, Dolls or Clowns.
Santa in shorts or on a surfboard. I love the Caribbean but I'm a New England girl at heart and I like a white Christmas.
Thank you for the thought, but I'd prefer not to receive chocolates or treats, as I'm on a special diet! :o)
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration in not sending these few things that wouldn't make me smile.
I LOVE everything about Christmas: The anticipation, putting up the tree, advent calendars, Christmas stockings, decorating the tree, ornaments, memories, food, presents, Christmas carols (Yes, even in July!). My dad loved Christmas and he passed that love down to us. He is my Christmas Angel now. ((Hugs))
Christmas swaps are my favorite of all the wonderful swaps on Swap-Bot! Thank you to the lovely ladies who host these swaps (shout out to the amazing gals of the Advent Lovers Group) and the swappers who help make Christmas morning so special.
Anything Baby Girl for scrap-booking Baby Zora's journey-washi, papers, vintage ephemera, stickers, etc
Absolutely Anything from Cavallini Papers & Co. I LOVEEEEE the vintage Christmas stuff!!
I love anything vintage Christmas (or Vintage inspired)--wrapping paper, labels, cards, etc.
Christmas Teddy Bear Rubber Stamps, Figurines, Ornaments, Stockings, Stickers, Cards, Etc.
I am looking to make a Christmas Daily Junk Journal. I would love anything to put in it, vintage Christmas ephemera, Holiday Washi Tape, A Base for a Cover, Christmas Rubber Stamps, Stickers, ideas, inspiration please!!
An Advent Calendar. Or a kit to make my own.(Not the chocolate kids ones but one to put all of my wonderful presents and goodies in from all of you wonderful swappers!!)
Small Christmas Doo-Dads I can use in altering ornaments and such. Small Christmas and winter themed miniatures, buttons, etc.
Your handmade creations!
Woodland Creatures (foxes, owls, raccoons, bears and penguins too). Cutesy and whimsical is fine.
I have a collection of Christmas stockings and would love more, handmade or store bought.
Christmas items from your country or region that mean something to you or you think I might like. I love doing international swaps!
Of course, I would love anything sent to me based on my profile wishlist above.
Pine or Christmas tree scented candles.
Christmas Story, anything fun regarding this awesome movie.
Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy (Peanuts) Christmas items.
For Christmas swaps feel free to include something for my mom in exchange for one or more of my items. Just mark it: to Mom or Debby and I will gladly add it to her stocking or put it under the tree. She likes 100% cotton fabrics, fat quarters, old wooden thread spools, quilting books, Gees Bend, Alabama quilting items or history, 2017 Quilt Calendar, Quilting or Sewing magazines, goddess items, chakras, crystals, snowmen, organic and fair trade items, organic teas, cotton socks. She likes inspirational items, rainbows, mystery books and Charlie Brown. She would love Longmire Books (the books the tv series is based on) and she likes Magnum PI or Tom Selleck anything.
This section was inspired by @LittleDonnaGirl I love the idea of celebrating the Swappers who make our lives brighter.
Some of the wonderful ladies who've given me inspiration, super special packages or doses of incredible kindness are:
@waldenpond2 @LittleDonnaGirl @luluvision @ChinaCat @Artistic @adancingflower @lou @skybridgestudios @lexidh @paperfarm @MissWhimsy @samjowers @zoev1975 @livvy @anicka22 @VioletLove @luckycharms @Laficelle
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!
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