5/5/13 - I'm finally moving!!!!! YAY!!!! After too many years in a large studio apartment stuck in a sketchy neighborhood surrounded by seemingly stoned or drunk (or in the process of getting there) college students, DH and I have found a new apartment. It's a good bit more expensive (which means even less swapping), and it might be a little smaller than where we already are, but that's ok. I get to have my dog actually live with me! My mail is still going to my sister's address until everything is all settled in, but I'll still check there and will make the changes I need to once we're moved in.
I'm in my 40's not that that really means I've ever truly finished 'growing up'. In my immediate family there's me and my DH (previously known as LBF - Lovely BoyFriend), and our street rescued mini poodle Buster (although he lives with my sister until we find a better apartment).
I don't have any kids (nor plan on having any) in my life aside from being Aunt Ickie to my 6 year old niece. She is my jellybean and loves reading and crafty stuff just like her aunt. I've a twisted sense of humor that not everyone gets, and am not easily offended unless its something thats just simply wrong (such as racist jokes), so if you have something you think is funny for a swap, I'd love to see/ hear it!
Eclectic is just a fancy way of saying weird. ; ) There's such a wide variety of things that I adore... Pulp fiction art, vintage (think 30's -50's not 70's and 80's) fashions, Tigger, all kinds of dogs (even kind of ugly ones), horses, midnight and cult classic movies, anything in a shade of purple, collage art, ephemera, notecards, tattoos (real and fake), chocolate (especially the really dark kind - just keep in mind please that 90 degree weather can start in May here), miniatures, mixtapes (mix cd's now), sushi , pirates, books of all kinds, kitschy or vintage purses, cookbooks, stars, and creamsicles just to name some of them. I collect vintage rhinestone brooches ( I even had them mixed in with the flowers in my bridal bouquet), dog figurines from the 50's and earlier, and kitschy or unusual cookbooks.
The list of what I don't like is much smaller... The color orange, the smell of lavender, incense sticks, eggplant, horror films, 70's fabric patterns, and Hannah Montana. I'm also not really into religious items - any religion.
I sometimes make beaded bracelets and necklaces that some people like enough to pay me for. : ) I also like papercrafts like making cards. Basically I just like being a lil bit creative. I LOVE receiving ATC's and I've tried to make a couple, but they just seem so inferior to the artwork I see so many others creating. If you get me in a swap and you create ATC's I'd love to have one! I've also recently learned very basic crocheting and have discovered a hidden addiction to yarn. This past Christmas I made my very first lap quilt for my MIL and found that I really really like fabric. Poor DH... My crafting ADD means he's always stepping around a new bag of supplies for something.
The only TV we watch is on Netflix and Hulu. DH and I cozy in together for Mad Men, The Borgias, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, and FaceOff, while I watch Downton Abbey and The New Normal on my own. I'm so sad that The New Normal won't be renewed! : (
I'd rather read a book. I use Paperbackswap.com for book trading. I'm tigerlilly327 on there too.
Oh this is a big list! There is no particular order for these favorites. Its too much like asking Grandma to list her grandkids in the order of how much she loves them!
The Breakfast Club, The Nightmare Before Christrmas, Moulin Rouge, A Lot Like Love, Love Actually, Bennie and Joon, In July, About The Looking For And Finding Of Love (those last two are German films) and the list goes on ....
I'll listen to almost anything but Gangsta Rap and sappy Country music. I'm around opera and classical symphonies as well as instrumental, industrial,and ambient music when I'm with LBF. Left on my own, I've got 80's new wave, indie rock , or singer/ songwriter tunes playing.
Books - Someone very kindly pointed out that they couldn't see my paperback swap wishlist and asked me to list it here. It's really long (I read A LOT) so I'll just make a short list that will update now and then.
Blind Hope - An Unwanted Dog And The Woman She Rescued - Kim Meeder
The Encyclopedia of Country Living - Carla Emery
A Grown Up Kind Of Pretty - Joshilyn Jackson
What Happened To My Sister - Elizabeth Flock
Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
for the jellybean:
I Want My Hat Back - Jan Klassen
Peanut - Linas Alsenas
Thrift Store Wishlists -
Lefton dog figurines - these are my favorites - if you find any in good condition I'll gladly do a private swap for it.
Peach and light / soft blue kitchen items - my new kitchen has that lovely early 60's peachy coral tile. I might as well embrace it!
Jadeite / light green milk glass items - my new bathroom has apple green tile. sigh I like the color but it is so hard to accessorize.
Since he's such a big part of my life and some of the swaps I've been in have included him, I should probably list a bit about my LBF. Here are a few things that might help future swap partners. He's :
a vegetarian who very much watches what he eats -so no animal products in food items sent for him please (gelatin, eggs,ect. although he does eat cheese)
a serious peanut butter addict. Really! PB&J sandwiches are usually inches thick. If I don't stop him a whole jar can be gone in a single day. He only eats reduced fat PB though, so I guess it isn't too bad for him.
not too much of a candy fan unless it's peanut butter-y, although he does like Werthers, Mikes & Ikes, and green M&M's. (weird, I know)
straightedge (SXE) so nothing with alcohol or caffeine (he likes the smell of coffee though)
an artist- he draws mostly with black gel pens in sketchbooks or on his new computer do-hickey art pad.
into anime and cosplay (makes great costumes - you should see his Kratos!)
into classical music, songs from the 30's and 40's and music like MIA, Tipsy, Busdriver, and some video game music (think Final Fantasy)
dresses very 'skater / surfer' usually (as in tees and board shorts with Vans)
Thats about all I can think to add here. If there are any questions, please PM me. :)
I can't technically be called a crazy dog lady if I only have one, right? I don't dress him up or anything like that, either. I just think my little guy is the bees knees. DH and I found him wandering the streets looking pretty awful about a month before our wedding in 2012. We couldn't have a dog at our studio, so we did the right thing at the time and took him to the shelter. Oh it broke my heart so badly. Through some pretty spectacular family members offering to help, DH and I were able to adopt him anyway. My Buster is the best wedding, birthday, Christmas, and Valentine's Day gift I've ever gotten all rolled into one. He is 9 pounds of therapy, energy, and love, with just a dash of clown thrown in. If I'm in a swap that is pet based, he likes small (he has a little mouth) squeaky toys , beggin strips and dried liver type treats, and of course those really gross looking dried / smoked bones.
Unfortunately it's time to add a hall of shame to my profile.
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