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user2984

user2984
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Last Online: August 4, 2013
Birthday: August 15
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a 30-something, married, stay-at-home mom with one son, a dog, and three cats.

I LOVE to travel and my travels are only limited by available funds and vacation time. I have no self-control when it comes to travel. I froth at the mouth from excitement with the Travel Zoo Top 20 hits my in-box each week. I have been to Mexico, Canada, Italy, Corsica, Madeira, Spain, France, the Canary Islands (four of the seven), Germany, Austria, China and most of the U.S. My favorite souvenirs are postcards, socks, stationery, and coffee.

My favorite stores are ones that sell potential: hardware, grocery, and art supplies.

I love fountain pens and manual typewriters.

Garden gnomes are AWESOME.

Favorite Music

Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Opera, Folk, Broadway.

I play the piano and sing, which led me to study music in college, way back in the dawn of time and seemingly a lifetime ago. I still play piano, dabble with guitar, dulcimer (mountain), and have recently made up my mind to learn to play the ukulele... if I can get it away from my two year old long enough to tune it.

Favorite Movies

Amelie, Shawshank Redemption, Billy Elliott, Chocolat, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Princess Bride, Steel Magnolias

Hurrah for Netflix! Without it, I probably would never get to see anything but PBS kids programming.

Favorite Television

Doctor Who, Torchwood, TopGear, Bones, Big Bang Theory, Battlestar Gallatica

I am a geek at heart and secretly British. I love sci-fi shows, even some of the really bad ones with lousy special effects and each time I get hooked on yet another BBC programme, I emit a sigh of longing.

Favorite Crafts

Zines, Scrapbooking, Crochet, Paper Crafts, Candle Making, Embroidery, Sewing, MailArt, Painting, Drawing

I am primarily a zinester these days, but I delve into the world of mixed media quite often and combine those two interests into mail art. I will paint anything that looks a little dingy, tired, or blah if it'll stand still long enough.

If it's not a paper craft (zines, scrapbooks, mail art) anything else I make must be functional. I don't go in for crafts that have a primary function of collection dust. I have enough dust (and pet hair!) collecting on the things I already have, so anything I make must have a purpose. My tissue box doesn't need a cozy my walls are covered in pictures and art, and I don't wear much jewelry.

With that being said, I think everyone is an artist whether they express it through meals for their family & friends or the way they put together an outfit. I love to see creativity expressed and shared. I applaud and appreciate the efforts that go into each handmade item, whether it's a letter or the aforementioned tissue box cozy.

Favorite Books

I am a voracious reader with a library on continual circulation, thanks to paperbackswap.com. Some of my favorite authors are Barbara Kingsolver, Bill Bryson, Janet Evanovich, Laurie Notari, Jill Conner Browne, Dan Price, Anne Lamott, and Jim Butcher. I like mysteries, memoirs, biographies, travelogues, how-to guides (primarily on alternative building, art, gardening, and sustainablility), cookbooks, and novels covering a wide range of topics.

I have a ritual of re-reading the Harry Potter books before the release of each new book and film. Looks like this will be my last marathon just before the last movie comes out in July. It usually takes me 10-14 days to get through all 8 books (that's including The Tales of Beadle the Bard).

A Few of My Favorite Things

~Garden Gnomes (the cute ones, not the creepy ones that look like the cousin of Chucky) ~Black Bears ~Redwood Trees ~Lady Bugs ~TARDIS ~Fountain Pens ~Glue Sticks ~Sunflowers ~Cats ~Dogs ~Whales ~Llamas/Alpacas ~Raccoons ~Dragonflies ~Purple ~Koi ~Elaborate fish ~Swirls ~Kokopelli ~Red ~Sun, moon, stars

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Comment: I could have sworn that I had already rated this swap, but it must have slipped through my fingers somehow! Anyway, I LOVED the Firefly/Serenity envie and everything in it! Thank you so so much!
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Comment: just got your package today. i am 'hooked'. read your blog. read your fish stories. love love love all of it. just became a fan. many thanks. we have so much in common. no wonder it resonnated with me!!
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theannieHall rated for Spruce up yer Zine Stash! on Jun 25, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for all the lovely zines! It was a slow night @ work so they were good companions :) Annndd the mail art!
Linda52156 rated for Write a letter, make a friend #3 on Jun 25, 2011
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Comment: Loved your letter and the reading material. Will write back when I find some free time..Happy Swaping...
kraftnkathy rated for Survey #2 on Jun 21, 2011
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Penguino rated for QUICK 50 sticker swap #9 on Jun 20, 2011
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the little mini-zine - "Who is Mrs. Fakefish" - so sweet! :)
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Comment: Thanks! I like the cards :)
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Comment: Thanks for all the goodies and the art envie!!!
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Comment: Oh my gosh, Michele. I can't believe this envelope. You combined four of my favorite things in one tangible item ... mail-art, dinosaurs, robots, and yellow. I can't thank you enough. <3
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Comment: Thanks Michele, I enjoyed all the stuff! The rubber duckies made me smile. Best wishes, Mary.
nicky33 rated for Survey #2 on Jun 11, 2011
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Alcomog rated for Survey #2 on Jun 9, 2011
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Comment: Thank you!
Samettinyytti rated for Survey #2 on Jun 9, 2011
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Comment: Thank you for your answers.
angeleyzee rated for Survey #2 on Jun 8, 2011
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Comment: thank you for your answers
8catlover rated for $1 Bin Swap on Jun 6, 2011
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Comment: Got the pkg today. Wow!! What an assortment. Love it!! Sending you some extra love for it. Your the best!!!

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kayler00 on Jun 5, 2011:

Thanks for joining my Survey #2 swap, you should add more to your profile =) It'll be helpful when you get partners for swaps so they know more about you =) I see you're an original member too, welcome to Swap-Bot. =)

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