"Life is full of love and beauty and magic"
Hello! My name is Diana. I'm a mailman and artist/graphic designer. I love both of my hats! I have always loved creating. I wanted to be a mailman since I was out of school. So I get to live in both of my worlds, happily. I am also trying to become a better artist and hone my skills. It's difficult to be creative and work 48 hours a week. I want to be creative and this is a good outlet to do that.
I love where I live, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina! Beautiful here! I am so happy to have been able to come back here. I've also lived in Ohio (born there), Florida, Arizona and South Dakota.
I bought a sewing machine and I've taken two sewing classes! I've sewn two pillow cases, three pillows, a zippered purse and button holes! And did a sample of all the stitches my machine does! I'm very excited to S-E-W!!!
Love creating and making things from found materials is a lot of fun! I enjoy finding items and turning them into something else. I make urban plants from chair or table legs, copper wire and glass beads.
I make cigar box purses. Of course I use a cigar box :) and other materials include latches, wire for the handles, glass beads, mirrors, pretty fabric for the inside, embellishments, acrylic paints.
I also draw and paint. This is an ATC done with colored pencil.
I enjoy working with markers.
This is acrylics on a wood panel. My grandmother quilted. This is my version of a quilt since sewing isn't a favorite hobby.
I enjoy photography. See the blue moth in the flowers?
This is on my mail route. So pretty. I also see bears, wild turkeys, deer, rabbits, fox, other critters, and once a bob cat!
This is where I live! Love it here! I took this picture on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP).
Went to the Biltmore house fall of 2018.
Zentangles are fun. This is my very first Zentangle.
Markers of zen. This is how I doodle.
I also make jewelry.
I prefer silver jewelry over gold, myself.
I love making postcards and other paper art and mail art. Creating them digitally or physically is fun and relaxing. It's taking a little piece of me and making it into art!
I also make themed key hangers. Stickers, keys, army men, poker chips, game pieces, trinkets, small plastic animals and bugs are all things I use to create them.
I'm kind of a jack-of-all-art and master of none. :)
Other items I would like:
My favorite movie is "Billy Elliot"! It's a must see movie!
"Billy Elliott" trailer
I also love "Amélie".
I also like "The Green Mile", "Face Off", "Forest Gump", "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" the original, "Lord of the Rings Trilogy", "The Hobbit", "Harry Potter", "Hellraiser", "Titanic", "Love Actually", "Dogma", "Matrix". I'm sure I can think of more but that's enough for now.
In no particular order after Stevie Nicks, she's my all time favorite:
Stevie Nicks ~ Pink Floyd ~ Florence and the Machine ~ Of Monsters and Men ~ Queen ~ Three Dog Night ~ Sinéad O'Connor ~ The Cranberries ~ Melanie ~ Pentatonix ~ Lindsay Fuller ~ Creed ~ Bobbie Gentry ~ Styx ~ Pink ~ Lorde ~ Lady Gaga ~ Sia ~ Johnny Cash ~ Eagles ~ Sarah McLachlan ~ AURORA ~ Fever Ray ~ Billie Eilish
I collect funky roosters =not regular roosters. They must be odd or different.
I collect salt and pepper shakers.
I collect fairies.
I collect postcards. I specifically enjoy linen post office postcards and handmade!
I'm a member of Postcrossing Silverd1 and Swap Swamp through Facebook. I love sending and receiving postcards!
Self made postcards are VERY welcome. A photo, drawing, graphics, photograph, collage, anything "handmade". I also don't mind receiving Zazzle, FreeAd, Red Bubble, Cafe Press or any other of that type of post card even if the swap says "NO". I WILL NOT RATE DOWN.
I would love postcards of gnomes and bees. UPDATE: As of 10/7/20 I received my very first gnome and bee postcard from the same person~ Poohtat! Thank you! The bee is a Steampunk mechanical bee but it's still a bee!
I love to cook and try new recipes.
I enjoy reading fiction as well as books about graphic design, sci-fi, spirituality.
Creating art is a huge part of who I am.
Love hiking and going to the different water falls, and jumping in them or just standing in them!
Postcrossing and Swap Swamp.
I love Illustrator and Photoshop and use them often to create.
I created both of these in Illustrator.
I like creating handmade postcards.
This pc is from a photo I took on my way to Texas. I added distress in Photoshop.
Some of my favorite books in no particular order:
Things I 'm NOT into:
Pokemon, Sponge Bob, Hello Kitty, Kawaii. Please NO STICKERS of any kind, I really don't use them.
I am not a religious person. I believe life is about how you live your life and treat others (including insects, animals, people, the Earth) and how you treat the world. If you send something religious it will probably get passed to someone else. I'm okay with hearing others views but don't try to convert me to your religion or disrespect my beliefs. Let me add that it's okay to send religious items but no preaching and please don't go over board with it.
I despise cooked carrots, yuck. I don't like them with the brown sugar glaze either! I like raw carrots but ix-nay cooked!
I do not wear makeup or nail polish. I haven't worn a skirt or dress in a long time. My ears are very sensitive concerning earrings and get infected easily but I still wear them and just deal with it.
I don't like grape flavored candy.
I don't care for alcohol flavored coffee.
I don't like cooked liver or gizzards. But I like liver pâté.
Don't care for venison. I've tried it many different ways but can't get past the gaminess.
That's pretty much it but if I think of anything else I'll add it. But I will also mention that I will continue to try these foods because our taste buds change. For instance I didn't like radishes or mashed potatoes and now I like them. They're quite yummy!
If you don't get my item and it says it's been sent please contact me! I would not join a swap if I weren't going to participate, not a flaker. If you haven't received anything from me, let me know, I will be happy to send it again. I don't ask if the item I sent has been received anymore; so if you didn't receive my swap, please contact me.
If I have not rated feel free to contact me. It gets busy in the mail room and the room of life.
I give every host a star- I feel that if you're going to take time out of your life to host even one swap then you deserve a star. Unless the host does something heinous- like flake...