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Last Online: April 2, 2012
Birthday: February 15
Country: United States
Beaded Desert Blog
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Dogs of Our Lives Blog
Purple Ink Spot (My Writing Blog)

About Me

Attention Swap Partners/Coordinators: In October 2009, life got in the way, big time. I fell off the virtual face of the earth (i.e. the internet) and out of contact with anyone not a part of my "real" life. At this point, being April 2012, I don't know when/if I'll be able to fulfill old swaps never sent. But maybe some day I will. Life has just been full of things that take higher priority. I apologize for not getting in touch with anyone or even just finding time to log in here and update my profile. And I apologize to those who never received something from me, and to the swap organizers who had to scramble to find angels to pick up my slack. To any of those angels who did swoop in, thank you for covering my behind.

30-something crafty gal in Arizona.

I work full time, volunteer full time (coordinator, dog foster)and craft/write whenever I can.

House full of critters (two dogs, two cats, a lizard, a bunch of fish, and one husband). I'm an animal person, I love cats and dogs (our wedding was cat and dog themed even). My avatar is of my Min Pin. Our other dog is a foster dog, and that changes every couple of months as they get adopted or go into our boarding facility. Currently, we're fostering a 1 year old male Chihuahua named Nicolas (who snorts like a pug). You can visit my dogs' blog, see the link above.

I am a true Aquariuan, through and through. And proud of it. (February birthday.)

I love reading novels, reading books about history and art (see more book info below).

I love a good cup of tea (especially Chai or Bergamot Earl Gray). But I love all teas and love to try new and different flavors. I really really love Twinnings brand flavored teas, and I can't find that brand around here often.(*Hint, if you're the type that likes to throw in an extra item or two with swaps, tea is always a safe bet with me, any type, I'll love it)

I've been known to collect frog/toad and dragonfly themed stuff. And recently, I've discovered I cannot resist fat, round stuffed critters. I don't know why, but I just love them.

I love all things handmade.

Purple is my favorite color, but I also like light bright shades of green (spring green, lime green).

I love antiques and items with a vintage look. I have a soft spot for cameos. I adore antique books (I love the way they smell).

I also enjoy the fragrances of lavendar, peach, lilac, fresh cut grass, citrus, freesia, jasmine, soft florals (no rose scents though please). I can't handle the scent of patchouli (gives me headaches).

I'm a big fan of tulips and irises.

I love maps, old or new (though I really adore old maps, do you see a pattern here?). In fact, my day job involves making maps.

I am a museum addict, I love museums. Especially historical museums (the smell of old stuff), but I also like to visit a good art museum. I also really like parks (city and state) and public gardens. And national monuments are great too.

Thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops are some of my favorite haunts. I only wish I had more time (and more spare cash) to spend at them. If I could, I'd visit one or two every month. Suppose that goes for the museums too.

I love buttons, the kind you sew on clothes. All types, sizes, materials. They're all fun. And I'll never turn down beads, the more unique, the better. Any material, any color, any size. I will find a use for it.

I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. And peanut butter, I won't turn that down either. Pretzels are my other indulgence. Pretzels covered in chocolate, we're talking heaven for me. I became addicted to Kinder Bueno in Europe, haven't been able to get it here, been craving it for years. Kind of dig Pocky, recently was introduced to it. Interesting stuff.

Magazines I subscribe to: Beadwork, Beadstyle, Bead & Button, Art Jewerly, Mental Floss, Smithsonian, Phoenix Magazine.

No allergies to foods, metals, or fragrances.

Favorite Music

Everything (you should see my artists list on my mp3 player). Rock, pop, christian rock/alternative, main-stream alternative, R&B, the occasional hip hop tune, some dance/techno, country, Celtic, classical, blues, jazz, bagpipes (I'm weird, I know). Can't stand rap.

Favorite Movies

Goonies, Shawshank Redemption, Usual Suspects, Princess Bride (in no particular order) (have fun stormin' the castle). Usually, I love good comedy, but I'll take a drama or thriller any day, as long as it makes me think. Historical flix are great too.

Favorite Television

CSI, NCIS, Survivor, Amazing Race, Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, Hell's Kitchen, How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, Dexter, NCIS: LA (love me some LL), Flash Forward, True Blood

Favorite Crafts

Beading and jewelry making (beads, clay, metals, repurposing old vintage and/or broken unloved jewelry), knitting, needle felting, tatting, sewing. I don't scrapbook but I do venture into some altered books/journals and ATCs and bookmarks. You can visit my blogs (see the URL links above) and read along in my adventures in in beading and crafting. I've hopped back on the writing train after many years and I'm loving it. Whether it be stories, poems (having fun with haiku), or just my thoughts, I'm writing again. All about the zines too (both reading and writing them). I've even become a NaNoWriMo participant.

Favorite Books

I love books, old and new. I even like some antique books, just because they're old. Favorite genres include mystery, suspense, supernatural/thrillers, historical novels, books about archaeology and ancient cultures (including religion, mythology, places, etc), English poetry (not a fan of most American poetry), Arthurian stories and poetry (new and old), comedies (think Janet Evanvich type novels), cozy mysteries. Love travel books (esp. Bill Bryson books). I love any book about moutain-climbing expeditions, on any mountain, but especially on Everest. Not a fan of "bodice-ripper" romances or outer-space/alien themed sci-fi (but I dig a good dragon/wizard fantasy now and again). I've become a major urban fantasy fan. But I'm open to reading something new, surprise me, I might like it.

Latest Obsession

I have an obsession for using purple ink in my writing. I especially love the Uni-ball Signo Gel Ink pens (207) in purple and blue. I love the way they write. If you happen to have some, I'd be open to swapping for them.


whisperdryad rated for Mini-'zine swap #10 (November) on May 11, 2010
theersatzrabbit rated for Lost (Mini-Zine) on Feb 12, 2010
Moominbrooke rated for An Enchanted Zine on Dec 30, 2009
Comment: :0(
Artistic rated for The Best Part of my Novel is.... on Dec 20, 2009
Comment: Wow, I love your zines!!!
Trinket rated for Mini-'zine swap #9 (October) on Nov 17, 2009
Comment: Thank you for sending me two issues of your going green zine, Im certainly going to be handing these over to my mother who is a massive keeping green addict.
anjinho rated for Mini-'zine swap #9 (October) on Nov 10, 2009
Comment: Thank you very much, Alissa. :)
pickle rated for Mini-'zine swap #9 (October) on Nov 7, 2009
Comment: thanks for the zines. good reads an something to consider. i live with an environmental engineer and he is very eco friendly...to the point it makes me a little nuts :) he is still riding his bike in november (in canada!).good luck with it all.
LaBaleineaPlumes rated for Once Upon a (Mini) Zine on Nov 6, 2009
Comment: I looooved your zine! Very funny and clever! Thanks!
nativegan rated for Mini-'zine swap #9 (October) on Nov 6, 2009
Comment: Thanks for the extras!!
TangleCrafts rated for Once Upon a (Mini) Zine on Nov 5, 2009
Comment: Really fun mini-zine, thank you. I'll have to host again in the New Year, as I don't want to miss Issue 2 of the Green Dragon Gazette! ;-)
angel1985 rated for NaNoWriMo Care Package on Nov 3, 2009
Comment: WOW I can't wait to hit 50,000 words now! I'll friend you on NaNo for sure!
colleenp rated for 100 Index Cards of Inspiration on Oct 30, 2009
Comment: WOOHOO! awesome! it arrived yesterday as i was on my way to a NaNo planning session, and i got to show off my Pack of Doom to many jealous people! thank you so much for an awesome set of Inspiration cards :-)
Comment: Wonderful story!!!!!! Thanks for recycling paper too.
RCarman rated for Mini-'zine swap #8 (September) on Oct 14, 2009
Knitsicle rated for 2009 Nano Mascot on Oct 13, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for the personalized NaNoWriMo helmet! I appreciate the attention to detail...I'm definitely going to have to 'hang up my knitting' for a while. :)
Annadriel rated for Mini-'zine swap #8 (September) on Oct 9, 2009
Comment: An awesome minizine! I love some of your ideas... I will start using "re-purposed paper" too ;)
xnicola rated for Mini-'zine swap #8 (September) on Oct 7, 2009
Comment: Thank you, your zine is great! :) x
Renatta rated for Mini-'zine swap #8 (September) on Oct 6, 2009
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your zine! Congrats on your efforts to go greener. We also live in a city that doesn't offer recycling, so we got our own bins and we haul it to another city regularly, just as you do. It's worth the effort.

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bavang22 on Sep 2, 2009:

Hi there, sorry but I'll be just a tad late in sending out my mini-zine. I've been bogged down with long work shifts recently, but I'll definitely have it out in a day or so. Thanks.

Artistic on Mar 20, 2009:

Two new writing swaps have been posted in the Write Now! group. Come play!

Artistic on Sep 28, 2008:

I'm ready for Challenge #3. :)

colorfizz on Sep 1, 2008:

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year, or thinking about it? I've created a swap to help those who are interesting in pursuing 50,000 words in November along... Please check it out if you are interested. Thank you, and happy September! =)


storylaura on Jul 11, 2008:

Finally, a new group swap in So You Want to be a Writer. Check it out! Sign up closes on July 19.

storylaura on Jul 11, 2008:

Finally, a new group swap in So You Want to be a Writer. Check it out! Sign up closes on July 19.

TeaNi on Jun 4, 2008:

Please stop by the Christian swappers group and check out our new swap, "Lamb of God". I hope you'll consider joining!:)

Lilian on Apr 21, 2008:

Hi there! :) Just letting you know we have a new swap going on our "Zinesters" group.


Hope we see you there!

earthnk on Mar 25, 2008:

Thank you for the angel "Ugly" swap. They are ugly but in a "grow on you" cute sort of way:~)

TeraBACat on Mar 17, 2008:

May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you wherever you go...

Happy St Patrick's Day

green kiss

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