Date Joined: September 15, 2010
Last Online: November 22, 2016
Country: United States
I have been on swap-bot for several years, but haven't participated in a ton of swaps. School and work kept me busy and I didn't feel I had the time needed to keep up with the swaps and make something beautiful someone would enjoy. My lack of participation has been an issue for a couple of swap hosts and I would just like to point out it is better to not be participating than to sign up for swaps and send haphazardly made items. I have more time to dedicate to swapping now, so I am back.
I am currently working as a full-time graphic designer for a local print house, but am toying with the idea of applying to graduate school for a Master of Fine Art degree. I received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree a couple of years ago, with an emphasis in printmakingâ€”one of my many passions. Bookmaking, painting, interior design, and woodcuts are my main focus these days, along with graphic design of course.
My favorite time of year is fall, and I especially enjoy Halloween and the Christmas seasons. There is something freeing about the anonymity of Halloween, and something magical about the lights around Christmas. Both holidays evoke an amazing sense of excitement and playfulness I love.
My partner and I recently adopted a two year old heeler mix named Walker; he is a nearly 60 pound dog who insists he is a 10 pound lap dog. It has been a fun adventure.
I promise to rate and I send on time. If there is an issue with being late I will contact you to let you know. If you don't get a rating from me, please message me and let me know. It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes I forget to click the "save ratings" button.
My musical taste is pretty eclectic (whose isnâ€™t, right?) and varies depending on my mood. I enjoy big names and garage bands alike. Some favorites include Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Fences, The Civil Wars, The Wailinâ€™ Jennyâ€™s, The Matches, Barcelona, Florence + The Machine, Leona Lewis, P!nk, Jimmy Eat World, Harvey Danger, Glen Phillips, etc., and have recently become entranced with blues and what I think of as â€œLouisianaâ€ music.
I donâ€™t have a ton of time for television, but when I do I like to watch old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Breaking Bad (just started watching it for the first time), Orange is the New Black, Grey's Anatomy, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, and Revenge. I like â€œmagicalâ€ showsâ€¦
Itâ€™s hard to pick which movies are my favoriteâ€”I like a lot of different genres and it really depends on my mood. The Babadook was the last movie I watched. Iâ€™m still on the fence about the ending, but it was filmed well and had some amazing shots. Other movies I like include: Amelie; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; Captain America; most of the Marvel movies, especially Captain America; Practical Magic; Melancholia; etc. I really want to see Crimson Peak.
Books are awesome. I am currently re-reading the Harry Potter series with a friend and her son and watching the movie when we finish a book to see all the things that are different. I like fiction as well as non-fiction, again depending on my mood. (Apparently I am quite moody! Haha) Think of the books read in a college English classâ€”those are usually the kind of books I like. Scarlet Letter, Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Robert Frostâ€”all great. If you have a favorite book, you should let me know!
â€¢ Tactile experiences
â€¢ Coffee and Teas (any and every tea!)
â€¢ Animals: foxes, elephants, raccoons, birds, dogs, cats
â€¢ Magic and mysticism--darker themed
â€¢ Gypsies and nomads
â€¢ Trees and nature
â€¢ Herbs and gardening
â€¢ Fairy tales
â€¢ Mer folk
â€¢ The tiny house movement
â€¢ Old manuscripts
â€¢ Book pages, especially in different languages and fonts
â€¢ Themed postage stamps
â€¢ Washi or deco tape
â€¢ Sharpie pens
â€¢ Foreign currency
â€¢ Border/corner punches
â€¢ Unique buttons
â€¢ Paper or fabric doilies
â€¢ Anything that would make a neat stencil for art making
â€¢ Hand carved stamps
â€¢ Printmaking supplies
â€¢ Waxed linen thread
â€¢ Curved sewing needles
â€¢ Old metal thimbles
â€¢ Interesting papers/images for art journaling
â€¢ Fountain pens and inks
â€¢ Vintage photos
â€¢ Handmade or store bought postcards
â€¢ Sea glass
â€¢ Essential oils, especially citrus scents
â€¢ Vintage trinkets (plastic, metal, etc)
â€¢ Fine tip artist pens like Microns. All colors, but especially black.
â€¢ Little Moleskine notebooks that usually come in a 3 pack, especially when they come in fun colors.
â€¢ Postcards! Hand made or store bought, I like seeing what images someone wanted other people to see.
â€¢ Mini artist prints, 3x5 and smaller.
â€¢ Ephemera, especially tickets and receipts
I love sharing and trying new recipes. Growing up, my mom was an amazing cook--the woman could make the most wonderful meals out of the most basic ingredients. She taught me a lot about how to be fearless in the kitchen and how to literally throw things together.
The only food allergy I have is to dairy--yes, even if it is baked. (You wouldn't believe how many people think since it is baked there will be no issue). When making a recipe calling for dairy, I usually substitute it with a non-dairy substitute, so there isn't really any issue.
If you have dairy free or vegan recipes you would like to share, that would be awesome!