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Date Joined: August 18, 2011
Last Online: April 26, 2013
Birthday: November 9
Country: United States
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April 2013

Wow, life gets insane. I missed swapping with yall! Its been over a year since I was here, and have moved 2 times. I have mailed SOMETHING to everyone thank goodness.

If you are looking for an explanation of the ratings - I hope you can understand that sometimes life just gets in the way. I am finally back in a place where I can create for fun and swapping, but if ratings mean more to you than understanding, please feel free to kick me from your swap. I am not interested in seeking out the posters of ratings, good or bad, to demand a change to my rating - i certainly deserved it at the time; and I am not interested in working with those who value mistakes and personal issues more than the joy of the crafting. I love that swap-bot has the rating system so people have an opportunity to express joy, or disappointment - but I see many who are more worried about a grade than the fact that this is a creative forum for creative sharing people. there are way more important things in life to worry about in my book, so I would rather we all work with what we can and if we can't work together, that is fine too :)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting things in the mail. Its almost as much fun to see what the mailman thinks of what they deliver! It's not just the art, but the journey the art takes that I find so facinating. With that in mind I also absolutely LOVE sending things! creating something, packaging it carefully and with fun, and picking out stamps stamps stamps! The whole process, to and fro, is a light in the day :)

In a few cases, where my items have been mis-addressed - my local mailman knows who I am because it's unique in some way.

I have been a long time swapper over the years, mostly with fabric. I have done quilted postcard swaps, and tend to add fibers to most items I create. I like to play with what can be sent in the mail, give the USPS and other postal carriers something to puzzle over!

I also love to work with and be inspired by mixed media. Paper, fibers, ceramics, plastic, beads, etc. I have recently begun playing with modge podge and everything it can accomplish for you. I have started a series of stretch canvas paintings with fabric added for a textural feel.

When possible I prefer to recycle. A lot of the paper items I make in my etsy store are from recysled materials, and I am starting to incorporate that into my quilted items more and more.

I am finding the fun thing about swapping is 2 fold. Number one, I get to play with artistic ideas. I may never have explored the world of ATCs without swap bot, and i am pretty sure zentangles and inchies would not have been in my life! A swap is a low pressure project to play in a new medium. I have found almost all of my swaps have moved into arts I am selling in my shop. New thing - knitting! Coffee cozies are AWESOME! The second - its just plain fun to mail things and get things! I love seeing the creativity,a nd knowing something I sent will be received in fun as well!

Current Projects

Currently I am looking to swap ATCs with the ATCs I get being part of a 365 day journal. I want to have ATCs for the back of each card, and the front be dated. On each front a quick journal entry would be dated by year, with a single sentence or descriptor of what I want to 'remember'. As the years progress, each card becomes a journal of 'this day in Indigo's life'.

I have seen it done with card stock, or index cards - but as it is something to keep and continue to journal and use for potentially many years, I like the idea of having art on one side, a visual journal of each date as well!

This is a long term project, and I would love to have any other artists join me in this journey!

Favorite Books

A little bit of everything. I finally gave in and got an ebook, and right now have a library of over 1200 books on it. Mostly paranormal romance and ellora's cave stuff. But also some non fiction bios on mathematicians, ghandi, and Wild Bill Hickok. I also collect non fiction on mathematical theory, engineering, and astronomy.

Favorite Movies

I love any movie where things get blown up and pretty peole are in leather. I love special effects, and excitement. I do NOT go for chick flicks or being scared. in my mind there is a list of movies we should all see for greatness; Schindlers List, anything that has won an oscar, Titanic, Pearl Harbor, etc. And there is the list of movie i watch over and over; musicals, full length animated films (Shrek series is a GREAT set to watch to end a bad day) and the wave of comic book movies, like Iron Man. Love me some humor and explosions.

Favorite Television

I dont really watch a lot of TV and firmly believe in NOT running my life by what time a series comes on weekly. Thast being said, I am a fan of Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Justified, How Its Made, Factory Made, and marathons of NCIS and CSI.

Favorite Crafts

Oh yeesh, this could get long. Quilting is something I have carried with me for years. I am a champion fabric hoarder with floor to ceiling fabric stash.
I am also very involved in paper making items, usually with strong geometric aspects. Circles, squares and triangles are a big part of my paper crafting asthetic. I knit periodically and am currently trying to revive my lost knowledge of crochet. As I never find the kind of jewelry I would wear, I love to make jewelry almost exclusively from recycled chain.
I am a big button collector and like to use them in odd ways, like in jewelry, and recently started working with beading.

Not Into

Since so many swappers are looking at profiles and editing sends based on info, its easier to make a list of things I am not interested in.

-Most religious themes

-fruit or vegetables prints as a theme. I prefer abstract patterns and color on colors.

-cartoon animals - except for cats (I collect cat art)

-pink. Pink is an accent color used in very small moderation, not to be used in large amounts. However, sometimes I make an exception if it is a particularly bright garish pink as I love crazy prints (like pink zebra stripes, they make me giggle)

-pastels - see my description of pink. Pastels are best used as an accent, or to class up something bright.

Collect/Way Into

I am one of those people who has not yet been turned into the 'Hoarders' show, but eventually it will come. Here is a list of some things I cannot resist (no matter how I try)

-Magnets. It shocks me to see a naked refridgerator, mine is almost covered (but there is always room!) and I am working on getting sheets of metal to display my collection. I like work and letter magents (oh the possibilities!) strong magnets to hold notes, artsy magnets, and bright tourist magnets. I love biz card magnets, button magnets, etc.

-Fabric. Oh my gosh, I have thousands and thousands of yards of fabric. I particularly collect batik or handdyed styles. But really, most any fabric or fiber will be used. I use tiny scraps, etc, and am always looking for selvedge for some scrappy projects. I am not as fond of character fabrics, but will use them on request so have a small collection as well.

-Cat and SOME dog art. I especially love abstract styles, and bright colors acrylic styled portrait cat art.

-Black and White photos. Particularly in architecture, and nudes. Both have an elegance and beauty I love to be inspired by.

-Fish and Fishing boat art. My bathroom is done in a nautical theme, particularly with fish and fishing art. I come from a professional fishing family, and find fishing boats, harbors, and fish in general quite beautiful. I collect glass floats when possible.

-buttons. Buttons are the most awesome addition to almost any craft, lol. They add a whimsy and can add a contrasting color and homestyle that I find fabulous. I have a couple of glass jars of buttons, and am always looking for more.

Favorite Music

A little bit of everything. Right now in my iTunes line up - Pnk, Mumford and Sons, Eminem, Linkin Park, Bon Iver, Imogen Heap, Mozart, Verdi, Josh Groban, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Michael Franti, Playing for Change, Beyonce, Steel Magnolia, Zac Brown Band...


dardarbinx rated for Zentangle ATCs for Newbies on Apr 30, 2012
Comment: If you come back online and can send me something, I will change your rating.
Response: I believe I did send something last spring. It was late, and it was not a Zentangle. For all the swaps I missed I had a list and sent out small packages of ephemera - scrapbooking items mostly, buttons, papers, ribbons, etc. Life then continued to go nuts, so I concentrated on what I could and didn't get back til now :)
Response: I believe I did send something last spring. It was late, and it was not a Zentangle. For all the swaps I missed I had a list and sent out small packages of ephemera - scrapbooking items mostly, buttons, papers, ribbons, etc. Life then continued to go nuts, so I concentrated on what I could and didn't get back til now :)
Netsirfirgal rated for A.R.T.Group~M,N & O Cards on Feb 29, 2012
Comment: I love the rolos!!! Thanks loads!!!
Comment: Love the inchies and the puzzle pieces on them ! Great!! A million hearts for you!!!
pynart2 rated for A.R.T.(USA) Group~Zentangled Rolo on Feb 27, 2012
Comment: Really liked what you did with the circles. Thank you for the extra also.
CRaven rated for A.R.T.(USA) Group~Zentangled Rolo on Feb 27, 2012
sagesparrow rated for Zentangle a la Mud Cloth on Feb 25, 2012
Comment: Hi Indigo, the post office tore the envie accidentally, and repackaged it in their own envie. All was lost EXCEPT: the zentangle!!! So thanks!
CarlyJo rated for Oh what a circus! Rolo on Feb 24, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the altered rolodex card!
sherartcee rated for Zentangle a la Henna on Feb 23, 2012
Comment: sorry to hear of your losses.. received la henna zentangle yesterday, not giving a ♡ because there was money due on the envelope....but I do love the zentangle and the extras....Thanks.
Response: OH NO! I checked the postage online, I hope it was not a lot! Glad you enjoy the zentangle and the extras, this one was surprizingly difficult to finish, lol.
befana rated for A.R.T. Group~ Rolos with Charm! on Feb 22, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the rolo, charm and the extra goodies!
parttimeliontamer rated for A.R.T.Group~J,K&L Cards on Feb 21, 2012
Comment: Lovely!
sewcrazy rated for Paint Chip ATC Blanks Swap on Feb 21, 2012
Comment: thanks for the paint chip atcs, I'm surprised there was anything in the envelope as tore up as it was, I love the colors you chose
faeeka78 rated for Blown away by Blue Handmade Envies on Feb 10, 2012
Comment: thank you tons for the lovely envies . love em and thanks for the extras ! Love the envie you sent them in :-) couldnt wait to open it !
donetta rated for TECHNIQUES - pricking paper ATC on Feb 7, 2012
Comment: I love this ATC...your butterfly is perfection!
Kimbeewa rated for 6 animal inchies on Feb 6, 2012
Comment: These are great! I love the background and technique you used, thank you so much!!
Comment: The zentangle you sent is really nice.I love it.Thanks so much.
spinweaver rated for TECHNIQUE - weaving ATC on Feb 4, 2012
Comment: Thank you- your ATC is very well made and lovely. I will try to weave one like it with my little strips- it won't be easy!
Comment: Thanx for another BEAUTIFUL Rolo! I luv swapping with you! ;-) Blessings, cc
peacegirl10 rated for TECHNIQUE - weaving ATC on Feb 3, 2012
Comment: I like it! what a clever idea to use paint strips. thanks for the extras I will use them. thank you!
madcrazy rated for TECHNIQUES - Stitch/Sew ATC on Feb 3, 2012
Comment: I love toile, and I really like the way the ribbon is used on this atc. A lovely swap; thank you! Thank you also for the extras and a beautiful envie. Kathy

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anrtist on May 18, 2012:

wow! Last online march 1!!! So sorry something has happened to you! I hope all is well soon! Sorry I had to remove you from my groups because of bad ratings....please contact me if you come back! Blessings!

befana on Feb 9, 2012:

Sorry for your losses and the sorrow that you are dealing with. I will keep you in my prayers. Mary( Befana)

renmagpie on Feb 3, 2012:

With respect to the 1 I gave you that's still on your profile, I would love to change it - but I am not now, nor was I ever, in France. I am in Boston, MA and this swap was well before the holidays. It was one of my frist ones when I joined back in the early autumn.

Itti on Nov 21, 2011:

Have you received my paper ornament swap yet?

taoiionam on Nov 15, 2011:

Hey there ~ have my cards arrived yet? I'm missing a rating for the 3 homemade cards swap ^^

taoiionam on Oct 24, 2011:

Just wanted to let you know that I've put your 3 homemade cards into the mailbox today ^.^

devdevie on Sep 24, 2011:

Thank you for joining my 7 deadly sins ATC: Gluttony. I'm so happy to have so many participants. Please let me know if you need any help or have any questions. :)


leperdbunny on Sep 15, 2011:

taoiionam on Sep 7, 2011:

Hey there ^^ I'm your partner in the 3 homemade postcards swap... Since we're sending the cards in an envelope, just tell me if you would like me to write something specific on the back or to leave them blank ^.^ Take care, d

tengu2 on Sep 7, 2011:

Welcome to the hand drawn/painted ATC group I hope you find many swaps to enjoy

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