Date Joined: March 8, 2013
Last Online: August 9, 2016
Birthday: August 10
Country: United States
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What I look like when the mail comes!
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Hello! I'm 34 and a native and resident of thrilling suburban Colorado (USA), where I manage to live both more than a mile above sea level as well as underneath power lines without being bizarrely affected in any way, shape, or form.
My hobbies include diligently reading the ingredients on soup labels (we vegetarians have to do that), extolling the virtues of Marmite, bragging about my lack of gallbladder, and staring in prolonged reverence at the magnificent London Underground map. I also maintain a huge and elaborate collection of John Lennon fingernail clippings. No, wait – they confiscated that when… But the rest is true!
At the age of 15 (quite a while ago now!), I discovered I have a complete and utter fixation with all things English and have subsequently visited England ten times so far. I get so excited there that sometimes I go into a state of Anglophilic rapture during which I tend to lick public objects (bridges, walls, castles, cathedrals, etc). It was also there that I acquired an English husband who is chief among my collection of souvenirs. I was an Anthropology major in college, and being married to an Englishman is therefore somewhat like being in the Bureau of Cross-Cultural Affairs (but more romantic).
My main craft hobby is card and envelope making (for mail art). As such, I have an almost scary addiction to collecting scrapbook paper and interesting paper items of all sorts (especially cool recycled, vintage, or offbeat stuff).
I am equally interested in all things related to this, such as notecards (blank inside), stationery (when spelled correctly :D ), ADORE stickers (please no teacher/reward type stickers; I already had those when I was 5, didn’t you? grin), colored or glittery pens and markers, washi/deco tape, paper punchouts, paper ephemera (especially vintage), Tim Holtz, Punch Studio, etc.
STAMPS - I absolutely LOVE when people use cool, old, or unusually shaped stamps on the mail they send me, and I will treasure the stamps forever. They will certainly not be wasted on me :)
Nature – trees, leaves, ferns, moss, hiking, the ocean, lighthouses, rain storms, thunder, lightning, tornadoes, spring, fall, wild rivers, seashells, national parks, waterfalls, fog/mist, aurora borealis, celestial (moon, sun, stars)
Travel – International, road trips, airmail theme, passport stamps, travel writing, unusual/offbeat travel, funny travel stories, recommendations or postcards of weird places to visit in your area/country (especially weird places to stay, such as caves and lighthouses). MAPS, old and new!
On a related note, if you’re also interested in offbeat/funny travel, you might enjoy my blog (in particular, the two entries listed at the top of the page) :D
“I like to throw snow at cars” – I have been collecting this phrase in various languages for a long time. I would love to receive this phrase in your native language, too!
UK ANYTHING :) Also a big fan of New Zealand and Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in general
London Underground (tube/subway)
History – Titanic (the real one), Victorian/Edwardian eras, American pioneers of the old west, vintage stuff, antiques, vintage cabinet cards from 1800s-1920 showing interesting or funny looking people, funny advertising from 1970 and prior (the older, the better!), castles, Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, ancient Egypt, colonial era, medieval era, British royal family, the 1960s, brass rubbings, time travel, steampunk, crazy historical etiquette and customs, abandoned buildings, time capsules, wooden ships
Art – “Lady of Shalott” by John William Waterhouse, Maxfield Parrish, “Ophelia” by Sir John Everett Millais, and similar stuff, art of the Pacific Northwest, any cultural art
Haunted stuff – Ghosts, cemeteries, funerary art, macabre
Animals I like are - Owls, porcupines, hedgehogs, hummingbirds, sheep, giraffes, pelicans, peacocks, seahorses, turtles, frogs
Here's a big pile of random stuff I can't figure out how to categorize grin - 1960s/hippie stuff, Tabasco, Celtic stuff, Paganism, meditation, mandalas, zentangles, EMS/ambulance related, Clan McLeod stuff, vegetarian stuff
Fantasy – fairies, gnomes, mushrooms, mermaids
Cool calligraphy or handwriting (I don’t have any, do you? grin)
Music – Most Britpop as well as mostly Britpop! HUGE BEATLES FAN, Bastille, Oasis, Kula Shaker, Blur, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Radiohead, 1960s music, too many others to list
Movies – Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter, Twilight, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, What Dreams May Come, Amelie, Trainspotting, Dances with Wolves, Forrest Gump, Secret Garden
TV – Amazing Race, ANTM, 19 Kids and Counting, Big Bang Theory, Downtown Abbey, Billy Connolly & Michael Palin travel shows, Planet Earth, Spaced, IT Crowd, Inbetweeners, Globetrekker, Full House, Mr. Bean, Absolutely Fabulous, Father Ted, Black Books
Books - Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, Little House on the Prairie series (but not the TV show), journals of Lewis and Clark, Little Women, Anne Frank
Colors – Purple, green, and blue hues are my favorites, but I like all colors!
Sister Cities - Would love to do a private swap with anyone in or near one of our sister cities: Jinzhou, China --- Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan --- Mechelen, Belgium --- Chester, England --- Portsmouth, England --- Stade, Germany --- Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Australia --- Brest, France --- Takayama, Japan --- Nairobi, Kenya --- Karmiel, Israel --- Potenza, Italy --- Cuernavaca, Mexico --- Chennai, India --- Kunming, China --- Axum, Ethiopia --- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
If your city has a sister city in Colorado not listed above and you are interested in doing a swap, let me know!
I am utterly OBSESSED with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I am also in love with Meriwether Lewis through time, although separated by over 200 years, LOL. Anything related you would care to send me would be most appreciated (ex. postcards from places they visited, souvenirs, ANYTHING).
If you are particularly inspired and send me anything handmade related to Lewis and Clark, you will have my undying devotion :D
Religious items, "country cute", anime, kawaii, Hello Kitty, Disney or anything animated or cartoony, dog stuff, feathers, vanilla or melon scented stuff, coupons, clothes (it's hard enough already even for ME to find clothes for me!), makeup, rings (unless adjustable), items containing meat/fish (vegetarian since 1995!), food/drinks (I love to try stuff, but not until we get to know each other; no one’s mom would approve of taking candy from strangers grin)
Other than these, I would be delighted with anything you send! I look forward to receiving your mail. Thank you very much! :)
To me, it is disappointing to receive tourist postcards showing a place you're not from or in the same state/country you are (unless they are places I have an interest in, like the UK and Oregon, listed within my profile). Please save those for someone else, if possible. I would, however, be delighted to receive a postcard from YOUR own location/state :)
Would be swell if you dropped me a little note with the swap, especially if you're from another country. Kind of disappointing to get something from, like, 8000 miles away and it just says the name of the swap!
One of the best things in life, to me, is to think I can cheer up a random person's day, somewhere in the world! Reading your profile and trying to pick something I hope will make you happy is very gratifying.
We're all in this life together :)
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