I craft, weld, make feathered jewelry, paint, make greeting cards/book marks, ceramics and slump glass. I paint with coffee, crochet, embellish with beads/ribbons and am a hot glue gun sharp shooter. If it's crafty, I'll try it.
I am a steampunk and victorian enthusiast and am very involved with a group of wild west shooters. I make and use bullwhips for target sport (trick whip cracking and target whipcracking). I enjoy victorian lore and collect cabinet cards, postmortem paraphernalia, hair work, etc. I am also one of the founders of the Old West in the Hills festival that takes place here in Wisconsin in June.
I am truly a fan of wild organics. I do forage for food for my family and love to get recipes using wild food. If your profile says vegan or organic, you may receive wild recipes from me. You may even get non-perishables like hazelnuts or butternuts on occasion. By all means, try them! There are wild foods everywhere, even in the city. It's good for you, guaranteed organic, pesticide free and as fresh as you can get. Get back to your roots! Learn, be healthful, help the planet, boost your immune system, be self sufficient! Who needs a grocery store when God provides for you so plentifully? Again, I will send you homeopathic tea and goodies-if you don't want something like this from me, please drop me a email saying so.
I really love flip flops. I'm anti-shoe 90% of the time (I've even been known to make a quick run to the car in the snow with no shoes). Unfortunately, stores prefer you to have shoes, so I rely on my flip flops. I love them. I'm a size 9 wide in the foot, but cheepy flops in a 10 or 11 fit most of the time. Hate shoes, but love socks--go figure.
Quite a few of the things I make are out of recycled items, especially glass bottles and old fencing wire. I love recycled things and handmade things over and above anything new. If you made it just for me, I will absolutely love it. I enjoy swapping as a surprise and each little thing is a gift from a perfect stranger and I think that is so awesome. I will give lots of information, but I love everything.
I'm 38 and have 4 adorable kids, 2 boys and 2 girls, married to an awesome man who works as a welder. I work for a transcription company. I work from home as well so I can continue to homeschool my kids. I have 2 dogs, a black lab/German short hair mix named Noodle and a Chihuahua/wiener dog named Tiny Wiener, a cat named Souie-climb-a-tree, 2 doves named Smoky and Peaches, a Tarantula named Rex, and 1 red-eared slider named Bubble Gum.
I like to get craft supplies: (see etsy faves) fat quarters, glass beads, ribbons, old jewelry, pretty bottles, Sea shells of all kinds and sizes, pretty/funky yarn (especially novelty yarns), wire (for making jewelry as well as bigger gauges of brass, silver and copper for wire art), jewelry findings, handmade papers, candles, incense, crystals (natural and glass) scrap booking do dads. Tools (like for jewelry making or wire working--round nosed pliers, crimpers, wire cutters, snap setters etc.).
I adore coffee and tea. Always an awesome treat.
I like earthy things, and "coffee" themed things as well as shabby chic and nerdy things. I love, love, love sunflowers. They are my favorite flower ever.
Leather is always great to get. Feathers, fur, and animal/nature inspired things are wonderful and welcome. I rely on nature for a lot of my food. That is how we choose to live. I would rather use fur/feathers/leather than to let it rot away like garbage. It is all beautiful and a symbol of our survival and growth as a species. To waste it to keep from offending someone is not my style. If you do not appreciate animal naturals, just say so and I will not send them to you. Please. No big long thing about how cruel it is. I guarantee the animals I get products from do not suffer. If you want to complain, complain to the mass production lines that stun, shock, trap and torture before finally delivering the death blow. I will bet you my steak is much happier than yours.
My favorite color is green. I appreciate scrap booking type stickers as opposed to cutesy sparkle stickers, though my girls love Kawaii, so as you can see, I am easy to please.
Nerd stuff!!! Dr Who, Star Trek, firefly... I like nerd stuff.
I like the smell of sandalwood, linen, cotton, lilac, lavender, chamomile, jasmine, mint, and fresh cut grass. I like organic and glycerin soaps. I do have sensitive skin, glycerin and organic always works well for me. I have plug-in tart warmers and always appreciate scents for those.
I like pretty bottles (like little perfume bottles) and empty wine bottles (with or without labels) are awesome for slumping and making serving trays. Any condition wine bottle is fine. A little chip wont show after it's been fired. Odd colors are the best--bright blue is a rare find around here. Even if the bottle is broken, if it is bright colored, I will certainly use it for something like mosaic or wind chimes.
Herb and vegetable seeds, coffee, tea, honey, pretty rocks, little bits, buttons. Whatever.
I weld mostly. Garden sculpture, sun catchers, general porch dangles.
I have recently taken up making period Victorian jewelry pieces for the Single-Action Shooters group. The group dress in period, late 1800 clothes and target shoot with period authentic weapons. They are very serious about authenticity and I have been having a great time making replica pieces for both the men and women of the group. Stemming from this, I also collect the broken and cracked shell casings left over from the events and make upcycled jewelry from them. I also crack a bullwhip for sport.
I paint with Coffee--that is, my paint IS coffee. I have a kiln that I slump glass and do some pottery work, I make wooden puzzles, crochet, make crochet things like stitch markers, amigurumi. I make greeting cards and postcards, recycled projects, sometimes toys, key chains, cool home accessories...stuff like that. I do it all.
I like to share what I make, and put a lot of time and effort into each piece as well as presentation for my swap friends.
-Rainbow loom bands (they are like crack)
-Victorian jewelry findings filigree.
-Peacock feathers, especially white ones.
-Cameos, cabochons, Victorian era, mourning.
-Welding cap/beanie-handmade is fine, in funky fabric. (cotton is prefered--harder to catch on fire)
-books based on my interests above
-Scraps of leather/buckskin/rawhide/leather thongs. if you see leather furniture at the dump, cut off as much leather as possible and send it to me!!!
-I LOVE LOVE LOVE coffee/coffee accessories.
-Fun tea. Any flavor, caffeine or no...it's all good/tea accessories/honey
-Burlesque themed stuff.
-Broken jewelry, rhinestones.
-Lamp work beads.
-Coffee with Jesus
-Paracord (100+ foot skeins--I use this for making whips)
-Stereoscope cards (any--but I especially like medical)
-Cabinet cards, strange and unusual postcards. Creepiness
-Return address labels with a sunflower on it.
-Gift cards! I got one once for $5.00 and how nice was that? It was like a discount on what I was buying anyway. Very cool gift.
Here's the hard part. I love everything I get from my partners; however, due to personal beliefs, I really do not want Ouija boards, tarot cards, horoscope, or any witchcraft items. I am a Christian and while I am very interested in Victorian mourning, Gothic, burlesque, weird and odd, medical quackery, and love a good ghost story, I am not a fan of witchcraft, pentagrams, satanism, metaphysical, lightworking, aliens, and the associated. I deeply love my Jesus and simply will not care for or keep anything that does not glorify him. I also will not pass it on to others. Please, please respect that as I will do the same for you. If you have any questions about something, ASK! I don't judge and i'm super easygoing. If I have questions, let me ask too! I will love you as my partner and we can be friends no matter what, so don't be afraid to communicate!
I have been asked about food and snacks. Here's the deal: I had gastric bypass and sugar can make me sick if I eat too much. Sugar free is the best, diabetic-geared food/treats and the like are okay. coffee and tea are always okay. Caffeine is my friend. Aspartame is not, I get a headache. I get hives from Splenda...sigh...so, in terms of cold drinks, sweetened with real sugar is fine (I can have 19 grams at a time without getting sick). I didn't want to make this section, because I don't really care, and I don't want to be "that swap partner" that is super picky and whiny, but I get sad when I have to give all my treats away to the kids all the time. sadface
Curtis. My husband is a manly man who welds by day and has a mechanic hobby on the side. He loves man stickers about cars and welding. You would be surprised. They are everywhere. He loves candy. His favorite is butterscotch.
Emmalyne Liberty is 6. She loves stuffed animals and tiny things, books, loom bands, spongebob, the color purple, sparkly things.
Rebecca Rae is 13. She is a Loom Band artist and finatic. She loves beads, jewelry making supplies, nail polish, journals, cool pens and pencils, art supplies.
Lucas James is 16. He knows he is on my profile and thinks he is too old for such silliness. I say, NEVER! He loves science, books, and video game design.
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