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Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: May 25
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm back, for a few swaps for some of my spare time in between trying to figure out what I'm doing next, and selling the house. Evenings are the perfect time to sew!

With the new Swap-bot Time Zone as UTC, I'm in UTC-4

My newest/oldest "Like"--I don't know why I never mentioned it here before, but I'm a Whovian!! I love Doctor Who, so anything, especially the latest (ie: tenth and eleventh Doctors) is Cool! There are some very cute amigurumis I saw on Pinterest tenth Doctor

and 11th doctor

First Swap--August 31, 2006 It's amazing after all these years to go back to the beginning and look at the old swaps! It's like an art journal! ...I want to do them all over again!

I mail from my house before or on the send date, so if the postmark is late, it's because the mail lady didn't turn things in for postmarking in a timely manner--it happens a lot! :(

I'm also making an extra effort to rate as soon as something arrives.

My Amazon Wishlist

GOT CDs? I STILL need no-good cds for a huge art project--any cd that has a unaltered shiny side is welcome (scratches are just fine)--in any numbers--I'm looking for 3200! I have about 800 so far, having just received a few more from another friend, and some came in a couple of swap packages!!! So PM me for my mailing address if you'd like to contribute and save them from going to the landfill! I will gladly return some postage to you, or trade something else. IF YOU'RE MAILING ME CDS, PLEASE USE MEDIA MAIL--VERY CHEAP, at least here in the US: 1lb=$2.38, 2lb=$2.77, 3lb=$3.16, etc.

TEA SWAPS: I don't drink any mint or spiced teas, and prefer fruity flavors. My absolute favorite is Peach or Mango. If I get ones I can't drink, I will share them with friends or family who will!

Not so fond of cutesy baby pastels or baby colors--I'm a fantasy-loving grown-up with rich taste!

I like rich deep jewel-tone colors, like Purple, Deep Velvet Red, Cozy Russet, Chocolate Brown, Forest Green, Bluegrass Green, the Buttery, almost golden-cream Yellow of a fall sunset...but my biggest real favorite is Blue--TARDIS Blue, Sky blue, Ocean blue, Royal blue, Indigo blue, Bluejeans blue, any rich shade of blue, with white, and/or silver.

PLEASE, NO PINK, ORANGE, YELLOWISH BROWN, AQUA, TEAL OR OTHER WARM COLORS in fabrics for quilt blocks, etc. A teeny bit of them is ok, but not the main or even secondary color, and Please! No Kiddie patterns. I have no little kids around to make things for.

I like some bright primaries and secondaries (remember your color wheel? --blue, red, yellow, green, purple) combined in fabric patterns and prints, but not so fond of yellow-green, orange and avocado for anything. Way too 70s and all that goes with that! LOL

Themes I like, for things like totes or other sewn items besides quilt blocks, are:

Crows; Doctor Who; Sun, Moon and Stars; Peacocks; Spirals and Labyrinths

I love sparkly shiny things with all the shiny metallics, especially silver and copper. Rhinestone brooches/pins/earrings (even broken ones or single earrings) are a favorite, I hang them on wide ribbons on the walls in my office.

I'm sorry, but I have to be very selective/restrictive about joining any more groups at this time--I have too much going on outside of Swap-bot and no time to give it the attention it needs right now. Thanks for asking though!

Collagist, book-alterer, assemblagist and any other art form that catches my fancy! I live in the country for now with Pepper and Henry my two grey furbabies.

I'm fond of crows, magickal elements, celtic knotwork, crows, celestial imagery, maps and old texts, as well as exotic flowers and nature themes, and did I mention crows?

Steampunk is intriguing me, too.

Eloy Morales (these are hyperphotorealistic paintings!), Renato Muccillo Duane Keiser and Brian Lasaga are my favorite contemporary artists, JohannesVermeer my all time favorite The Girl with the Pearl Earring is my favorite Vermeer. . I'm fond of Mary Engelbreit, too!

My favorite things that I like to see around me at home are all small--I've been so used to living in a really tiny house--way before they became trendy, and not much wall space open for hanging things, lots of built-in furniture takes it up. But I like things with sparkly crystals, like rhinestone brooches (I have a collection of them on wide ribbons on the wall in my office), celtic knot designs, crows, altered/decorated matchboxes, small boxes, postcards and ATCs, small art dolls/goddess dolls, windchimes, crows, and tiny sparkly sun catchers, inchie charms, and other small charms--I have a hand-made wire charm tree hanging from the ceiling in a corner of my studio. And, crows, crows, crows--I love them!

**If I have not rated you yet--Please feel free to remind me--I'm trying to make a working system to do it immediately upon receipt of the mail, but some have slipped unintentionally through the cracks!


I've listed a lot of my likes throughout, but here are a few more:

  • miniatures--dollhouse 1:12 scale is fascinating in little things, paintings, furniture, Fairy Doors, etc. *Penmanship--nearly a lost art *Bookbinding--another reviving art


...for most things may be too harsh a word, BUT NOT FOR CLOWNS!!! PLEASE DON'T SEND ME ANY CLOWN STUFF!!!

I don't care for Kawaii- like things, cartoons, cutsey, baby, kidstuff, Disney, etc. Anime is interesting, but not something I go out of my way for, though I do like a lot of Japanese art and crafts.

Also Christian and other mainstream religious items--I don't have any objection to religious people, just don't need any religious stuff. I'm just a happy plain pagan.

Quilt Fabric

I'm always on the lookout for nice colored bias stripe cottons for quilt blocks, like this one: and like this one not necessarily pastels, but thin stripes of different thicknesses, brights, rich colors gold and orange and brown are ok here. :)


I have thousands, literally, since I've been a chef for over 30 years, and spend a lot of time researching and reading cookbooks and magazines. I do love getting family favorites though, not from cookbooks particularly, but the ones your mom or aunt or grandma have in a little box or clippings or notes stuck in a yellowing book on a shelf.

My favorites are just about anything older than 1930, and as far back as you can possibly go! I have a copy of "The Form of Curye" which is a very early cookbook from the 14th century.

I'd love to receive scratch recipes for charcuterie of any kind, especially Italian Sweet sausage, and any other kind from any country's cuisine--Got a recipe for opossum sausage, or Ostrich or...??

Scratch recipes for anything we have to buy now, too--like pastas, noodles, cakes and baking things. Asian cuisine, especially Korean, any area of China and Japan, or India and the Middle East. Africa and South America as well--and why not Australia, too!? I'd love it all! Recipes for good Breads, Rye or other whole grain, too. Notes and stories about the recipes are welcome, too!! I really love that sort of thing, definite heart winners!.

Please! If you send me recipes, PM me for my e-mail address--I store the majority of my recipes on my computer, and prefer it there-though, if you really have to send recipe cards, I'll share them with others after entering the recipe in my files.


jamleft rated for A.Q. Mystery Fabric Swap (US Only) on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun, cheery octagon floral mug rug. I will enjoy using while i am quilting. It is good to hear that you are recovering from the lyme disease.
Response: Thanks so much for the rating, I'm glad you like the mug rug, I'm feeling totally better already--except for the minor side affects of the meds, things are fine, lol
Comment: lovely colors, thank you dear!
Comment: Thank you Cyn for a lovely assortment of blocks! The extra fabric is always appreciated too! I sure hope you are feeling better.... :-))
Response: You are so welcome! I am indeed slowly coming out of the "yuck" cloud, and beginning to feel myself again. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love them, love them. Can't wait till I have enough to make a lap quilt. Thank you and Happy Swapping!
Response: Glad you love them! I have so many now, I could probably make a King size! lol
HeideC rated for Wonky House Block! on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the quirky wonky house block. I love the way you made the sun shining in a blue sky!
Response: Glad you like it! Thanks for rating! :)
Comment: MAny thanks.
Response: You're so welcome!
perkl8r rated for BOM Wonky House Block! on Oct 13, 2016
Comment: Cute, cute, cute and mostly batik too, just what I like!
Response: lol I knew that!! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: beautiful as is everything you send me!
Response: Thanks so much! :)
jamleft rated for QC 16 patch block - SCRAPPY on Sep 9, 2016
Comment: Love the blocks. I like that you chose yellow and blue in each block. Thank you.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I liked the blue and yellow, too, I'm probably going to make a quilt like those.
gizmodust rated for String Quilt block SEND ONE BLOCK on Aug 28, 2016
Comment: Thanks. Love the choice of fabrics or do you do like me and just grab and sew ? Whatever goes ? I really like the fabric that looks like a brick wall. Thanks again.
Response: I usually grab by light or dark, or medium, relative to the last string I added. I don't go looking for anything in particular, just like the values to be different. Thanks for the heart!
gizmodust rated for String quilt block SEND TWO BLOCKS on Aug 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the quilt squares. I love all 3. I even found a strip with kitties on it and the moon one is cute. I love making these blocks. I've done a full sized quilt and a crib quilt with another crib quilt in the works. Thanks again.
Response: You are so welcome, I'm glad there were some fabrics you like especially! I love the string quilt blocks, and though I haven't put any together yet, I think I have enough for a couple of quilts to work on one of these days! Thanks for the heart! :)
perkl8r rated for QnT FALL HSTS USA 2016 on Aug 21, 2016
Comment: lovely, thank you dear!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I was surprised that I actually like the fall colors--I've hardly ever used them, generally preferring bright colors, but I found a charm pack that I had bought from a local store, mostly so I wouldn't leave empty-handed, and they were all so pretty!
SandyLane rated for String quilt block on Aug 1, 2016
Comment: Lovely blocks, thank you. I appreciate the effort that went into making them - so many different fabrics. They will be treasured in my quilt.
Response: Thanks! I like them when the strings are thin and very diverse andI try to always use no duplicate strings--best way to use up all my scrap stash! Thanks for the heart! :)
junemoon rated for QnT Cut Fabric from your stash USA on Jul 29, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the pretty charms!
Response: You're welcome! I hope you can make something beautiful with them :)
Fabriqueen rated for QC 16 patch block - SCRAPPY on Jul 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful blocks! I love the fabrics you used. Hugs, Diane
Response: Thanks! and thanks for the heart! :)
Mugsie rated for A.Q. Beach Book Readers BAG! on Jul 28, 2016
Comment: ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤OH Cyn ~ WOW! I mean WOW!!! I love my bag so much, it is amazing.....beautiful! I can't thank you enough!! THANK YOU!! I LOVE IT!! It is gorgeous!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Response: aw shucks! ;}
Comment: Thanks for the purple blocks Cyn. I love the colors and the work.
Response: Thanks! 'm so glad you liked them! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks Cyn for completing my blocks. I'm so excited to sew it together,and see the rainbow.
Response: This has been my favorite swap series to host, because everyone has been so great! I can't wait to get home and start putting them all together!
SandyLane rated for QC 16 patch block on May 25, 2016
Comment: Received with thanks! What lovely bright and cheerful colours.
Response: Thanks, glad you liked them. :)
perkl8r rated for 9-Patch Rainbow Quilt BOM #6-PURPLE on May 4, 2016
Comment: thank you dear!
Response: So glad you received them ok, thanks for the heart!

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biasbabe on Mar 25, 2017:

Hope your feeling better

Heirloom on Jul 5, 2016:

Thanks for serving as a FABRIC FANATICS group officer. Here's to more great swaps!

Heirloom on Mar 13, 2016:

Just to say hello!

ChrisAnne on Oct 29, 2015:

Thank you so much for my AQ Bingo prize!

racheljohnson on Oct 14, 2015:

Check out your Ambassador Intro on the blog!!

Thank you for being a wonderful Swap-bot member and Ambassador!

anrtist on Aug 9, 2015:

;-) Blessings, cc

Heirloom on Jun 2, 2015:

Thinking of you!

sal410cat on May 30, 2015:

Hello from another CT Pagan! Have a great day!

Heirloom on Apr 2, 2015:

THANKS so much for hosting swaps in the FF group this year!

Heirloom on Mar 17, 2015:

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