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Briarstitch84

Briarstitch84
Date Joined: April 2, 2013
Last Online: November 8, 2022
Birthday: September 10, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

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Hello Im Nancy. Im 37 and live in Portland Oregon.

August 2022 My son Skyler is deaf / hard of hearing. We are learning ASL and are proud!

Jan 2022 my son Skyler is 2!

November 2019 - had a baby boy Nov. 13th Skyler! We are over the moon for him.

March 2019 - Found out I am pregnant with my first baby! woohoo! Due November 7th!

Feb 2018 - getting ready for a 3 week trip to Nicaragua! Granada and corn islands!

Sep 2016 - I just spend 30 days in Indonesia (Bali, Borneo and Java) with my boyfriend. We saw the wild orangutans in Borneo, visited Hindu and Buddhist temples and snorkeled with sea turtles. It was so beautiful!

I love hand embroidery (check out my Flickr) Community gardening, rubber stamping, sewing soft toys, weird art house films, baking gluten free, helping senior citizens and homeless communities.

My sweet baby boy Skyler was born with moderate hearing loss and wears two hearing aids. We are learning ASL! He speaks and signs.

Why I joined

kirby I have always loved to send things to friends in the mail. I grew up always being the new kid as we moved around a lot, so writing letters and sending silly little things to old friends really got me through some tough times.

Now that we live in the age of social media, my friends do not do the snail mail thing anymore, everyone wants it easy, fast, instant satisfaction, I just can't keep up, and I don't want to.

Favorite Books

moomin

Tom Robbins

Shel Silverstein

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

David Sedaris

Ray Bradbury

Philip Pullman

I love magical realism

I love embroidery/sewing books

DIY - especially health, natural skin care, cleaning products, cloth diapering! Vinegar, baking soda and essential oils!

Feminist/Anarchist literature

Minimalism

What I make

pusheen

Embroidery

Learning new craft: Punch Needle!!!

freestyle

portraits

felt food

hoop art

Sewing

sock animals

zipper pouches

costume tails

catnip toys

felt softies

watercolor

Shrink film is my newest obsession!

Favorite Music

music

Aurora

Sigur Ros

Jolie Holland

Menomena

Helio Sequence

Nine Inch Nails

Prince

T-rex

Calexico

The Mars Volta

Radiohead

Elliot Smith

Sleater-kinney

modern Classical, 70's and 80's hits

why Im Vegan

vegan Ive been Vegan 12 yrs now and was vegetarian a few years before that. It was a process, I took baby steps and it has been working well for me. I have found that I love food even more, appreciate flavors, textures, cooking, baking from scratch. My bf is vegan too and it really helps to have support and a food prep partner. I eat a lot of raw whole food in warmer months. For health reasons I am also gluten free. No corn. No nuts.

Originally I became vegan for health reasons, my digestive system always suffered with meat/dairy. I have more energy and sleep better. I love animals more and on a deeper level. I am against animal testing and cruelty. I read a lot about animal rights and current issues. Portland is a very vegan friendly place :)

Likes

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Moomins, kawaii stationary, vegan chocolate, herbal teas, knee-high socks, plants, seeds, glow in the dark things, embroidery floss, cats, snakes, nudibranchs, sea critters, studio Ghibli, trees, rainbows, towers, simplicity, anarchism, feminism, tarot images, I Ching, dia de muertos themes, drumkits, fire, poi, eyes, raccoons, frogs, kid jokes, Autumn, Halloween, heart shapes, spirals, pelvic images, butterflies. Vintage postage stamps! (used and unused)

Wishlist

mokona buttons (bright, small, 2 or 4 holes), stickers (all kinds!), sewing notions (snaps, zippers, eyelets) embroidery floss, fabric scraps, anything animal related, anything vegan, zines ( about anything), heart shapes, patches (weird and/or cute), totoro, kawaii stationary, eye shapes, old keys, magnets, anything with a raccoon, button-pins, origami paper, small cat toys, any type of PC, pelvis images, butterflies, Moomins, any postage stamps (used/unused)

mokona2

Hip Dysplasia

hip

I thought I'd add a little section on hip dysplasia and spread awareness on this topic. There is very little info about adult hip dysplasia.

I was born with shallow hip sockets (dysplasia), but didn't know it until 2013 (29 yrs old) when my hip pain became debilitating and I had trouble sitting and walking.

Generally, hip dysplasia is difficult to diagnose and doesn't affect you until you are in your twenties. Young people generally get a PAO (peri-acetabular osteotomy) or a hip replacement if there is arthritis.

A PAO (as pictured above) is a major hip surgery that involves cutting and rotating the hip socket to cover more of the femural head. Major pelvic bone cutting involved here!

I had a PAO surgery done Nov. 2013. I was on crutches 15 weeks! I learned how to walk again and am walking better than ever. I am now fully recovered. Though I still struggle with chronic pain, I am getting stronger every day.

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Comment: sounds like your halloween plan was awesome; how did it go? :D hope you guys had a fun spooky halloween! my kids were vampires of some kind lolol i painted my face like a skeleton :D
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Comment: I love that you're keeping track of you kid's great sayings, the more so because he signs.
Honeybee203 rated for New Pen Pal #2 on Aug 28, 2022
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Comment: Thanks!
sschibetts rated for If I Came to Visit...3 on Aug 23, 2022
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Comment: thank you for sharing what you would do here! vegas and Henderson are essentially the same city LOL. I have spent my whole life here - wetlands and sloan canyon are my favorite places to hike. there are lots of magic shows on the strip im sure your son would love. have fun on your upcoming trip - happy swapping!
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Comment: Thank you for the very cool card! We haven't gotten to a beach yet this summer with Husband's work schedule. Hopefully that will improve soon!
diamondsapril rated for New Pen Pal #2 on Aug 12, 2022
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Comment: received your lovely letter and tuck in's thanks so much.if you would like to write, please let me know ok? Patti
KSENiA rated for Here's What I See on Mar 20, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: I am so SO sorry that I'm this late; I wrote on my profile what happened. THANK YOU so much for the lovely card and all the extra goodies! The heart glitter/confetti was a happy surprise!
VAgardengirlgirl rated for Here's What I See on Mar 2, 2022
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Comment: Hi Nancy, Your pictures are great & Portland was a favorite city my family’s visited, including Powell Books! Loved seeing Skylar. I’ve seen that in some school systems & colleges ASL is an accepted language along with Spanish f French. I hope that for Skylar and his schoolmates.
mb58ca rated for Here's What I See on Mar 1, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for joining the swap. I love the pictures--the scenery, mailbox, and blank postcards! Oh, and the little sweet cookie (haha).
lrm1980 rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #9 on Feb 17, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and very thoughtful extra stickers! I really love it all!
KarlaKC rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #9 on Feb 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you, Nancy! I especially liked the butterfly sticker you attached inside the card and the two Numi Organics tea packages. I love trying new organic teas. ... Karla, 2/15/22
tatntole rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #8 on Feb 12, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great card and tuck-ins. I hope you have a happy Valentine's Day too!
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Comment: thank you
KarlaKC rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #2 on Jan 27, 2022
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Comment: Thank you, Nancy, for a very fun swap I received today! I loved the Valentine's Day card especially because of all the envelopes illustrated on it (fun mail!) The enclosures were all wonderful and I loved the silver and red hearts confetti! Thank you for brightening my day! 📬❤️😍... Karla, 1/27/22
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Comment: Such a fun card, thank you for the extras! Have a Happy Valentines Day!
saturnsrings rated for HCSI: Dinosaur on Aug 15, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the cute Dino postcard! Love it!
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Coloring Therapy on Apr 3, 2021
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Comment: What a beautiful coloring job you did! Your son sounds like such a wonderful child! And smart too! It's always amazing how quickly they learn. I hope you all enjoy learning ASL as a family!
Leekoba rated for Coloring Page Letter on Feb 28, 2021
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Comment: You've got a pretty busy life even during Covid! Thanks for the swap! Happy Swapping!
MauiMami rated for 2020 Reflective Questionnaire on Jan 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. It seems to me after reading that you are a strong, intelligent Mama Bear who loves her Baby and family very much. Aloha to you and your 'ohana.

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Comments

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from the NYUP group!

Itti on Jul 2, 2019:

Hi! As a snake owner and animal lover I thought the Scales 'n' Tails Swapbot group might be up your alley!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!

Stephanie

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2017:

kittyhahahotbot on Sep 27, 2017:

Good thing I looked!

pne on Feb 22, 2017:

Your "return to sender" postcard is in the post now :)

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2017:

Welcome to VEGS!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 6, 2016:

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From CPG!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

YooperHill on Jun 7, 2016:

I was so happy to get my purple mail today! Thank you for Angeling me!

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