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Date Joined: May 30, 2013
Last Online: February 22, 2019
Birthday: August 15, 1982
Country: United States
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About Me

I live in a suburb of Philadelphia. I currently work for my local school district and I am also a returning adult college student at Penn State University. My majors are Business and Psychology. I have a dog named Sebastian and a leopard gecko named Randall. I have a very full house that includes my parents, 4 siblings, and 2 nephews.

Favorite Music

I have an eclectic taste in music. I really like rock, like Maroon 5, Mumford and Sons, and Fallout Boy, and Irish punk rock, like Flogging Molly (my favorite!!). I like pop and boy bands. Even oldies music when I'm in the mood. The "jazzy" sounds of Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble, I think mostly because they sound like Frank Sinatra... swoon. Hip hop when I feel like dancing :). I even listen to various white noise sounds and nature music when I'm doing school work, so I can concentrate on my readings. The only things I'm not crazy about are hard rap, country, and gospel.

Favorite Books

I love to read, even though I don't have much time for it during the school semesters! Some of my favorites are: the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices prequel series' by Cassandra Clare, Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, the Harry Potter series, the Diane Mott Davidson food murder mystery series, and Garden Spells and First Frost, both by Sarah Addison Allen.

I prefer books that have anything to do with fantasy or supernatural themes: vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, and everything in between! I also like mysteries, murder mysteries, suspense, thrillers, young adult, drama, chick lit (as long as there isn't too much sex or romance), or books with some kind of philosophical theme. I like books that are feel-good, easy reads, but I also like books that make me think, or challenge me in some way. And I have the strangest obsession with Amish themed books- easy reads, romance, murder mysteries, I haven't met one I didn't like!

Book Swap Wishlist:

Any book by Sarah Addison Allen

Any book by Suzanne Palmieri

Any book by Lisa Van Allen

Amish Mysteries series by Laura Bradford (I have Hearse and Buggy)

Matched series by Ally Condie (I have Matched!)

Any book by Gabrielle Bernstein

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Any book that has to do with paranormal or supernatural themes, historical (esp. with paranormal), books that take place in far-off places (esp. Ireland and Italy or anywhere tropical) or even a girl-power theme.

I do not like anything too mushy or romantic or sexual or violent (I have NO interest in 50 Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, etc.) and nothing too religious, unless it's Amish.

Favorite Movies

My favorite movies range from supernatural themes like Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings to dramas like Good Will Hunting and Boondock Saints. I also really like girly chick flicks like Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, Never Been Kissed, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Wedding Planner, and The Wedding Date.

Favorite Television

I don't have a lot of time for television, however, between semesters and on the occasional night off, I watch Netflix and Hulu to catch up on my favorite shows. They include Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder, The Vampire Diaries, Melissa and Joey, The Fosters, Baby Daddy, Young and Hungry, Switched at Birth, The Mindy Project, Rizzoli and Isles, and The Strain. I'm also ridiculously excited that The X-Files will be returning to television next year! :)

Also, I just finished watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, you need to!!!

Favorite Crafts

My main craft is sewing. However, I like to dabble in all sorts of other crafts as well. For other swaps, I have made a yarn wrapped letter, a kindle cover made from a hard back book, ribbon hair bows, quotes on painted canvases, Gingermelon dolls, several other hand sewn projects, jewelry, etc. I will try my hand at just about anything and I love almost everything I try! The only things I don't like are knitting and crocheting. I'm also not a huge fan of paper crafts, such as ATCs, handmade postcards, or scrapbooks. They are not my cup of tea.

Likes, Wishlist, and Dislikes

Likes- I love bright, fun colors, my favorites being pink, green, aqua, and orange. I'm a huge fan of fun, inspirational quotes. I love pineapples, giraffes, ladybugs, fairies, seahorses, mermaids, suns, and lions. Things with a fruit or vegetable theme, florals (fun, bright ones, not pale or dark ones), and other nature themes (beach, ocean, lush green landscapes like Ireland, etc). Anything to do with The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. I like it when things have a purpose. I like fun, girly things. If swapping anything with a scent, I like fruity scents.

Wishlist ideas- I would love anything having to do with any of my favorite things, especially Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, pineapples, giraffes, mermaids, seahorses, or fairies. I would love small handmade crafts such as fabric bookmarks, ornaments, quotes on paper, fabric or canvas, unfilled pincushions, embroidery hoop quotes or art, earrings, personalized address labels, recipes on recipe cards (vegetarian or vegan recipes, if possible), puzzles or puzzle books (logic, crossword, etc), any kind of games (card, travel, board, etc), or any kind of crafting supply (except knitting, crocheting, or ATC supplies).

I'm also open to anything that I might not have thought of, if you have another idea!

Dislikes- neutral, pastel, or dark color palettes (they are ok mixed with other colors), anything with a "country" theme, or anything with an overly religious theme. I don't like coffee or tea, vanilla, cinnamon, lavender, or floral scented things, or things that don't have some kind of purpose. I'm not crazy about stickers unless they are really interesting or different or something having to do with things on my "Likes" list. I'm a vegetarian, so I would not like anything made from animals. Recipes made with meat are ok, because I can usually substitute something vegetarian for the meat. I'm also not a fan of knit or crochet crafts or ATCs, unless I sign up for a specific swap or ask for them.

The Boy

Owen is 6. His favorite color is orange, but he likes all colors. He loves Pokemon, Power Rangers, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Legos, dinosaurs, dragons, and superhero things. He loves playing all kinds of games (cards, board, puzzles, etc.) and doing crafts. He loves to paint, write, and read (he can read those easy reader books by himself!!!). He also likes food and he loves to help me cook. And he just lost his first tooth!

Private Swaps

I'm interested in private swaps with you! Let me know the kinds of things you are looking for, my wishlist is below:

inspirational quotes that I can display (ideally 4"x6" or larger- can be on printer paper with graphics, hand painted on art paper, embroidered on fabric, mixed media, etc.)

recipe cards with vegetarian or vegan recipes

stationery for writing to penpals

small sewn or handmade items- unstuffed pincushions, small pieces of wall art, your photography, ornaments, etc.

cute souvenirs from other states/countries (no keychains; magnets are ok; smaller things preferred, as I don't have much room)

locally made items from your country, or if you are from U.S., from your area (earrings, change purse, or other tiny items) -you can even make the items yourself, if you wish! I love handmade!

washi tape- rolls preferred, but samples are ok!


Comment: Got the package today - yay! Very excited to try these things and let you know my verdict! :) Thanks so much, and yes, we're definitely going to need to do it again sometime!
Response: Yay, I'm so glad you finally got it! I can't wait to hear what you think of all the treats. And let me know what, if any, of the treats are already available in Canada.
Comment: thank you for the rainbow... ;) love it
AliCrafter rated for Random Acts of Happiness #8 on Oct 30, 2015
Comment: I'm so sorry to rate you so late. I misplaced the envelope and thought that I had. I am enjoying the enjoying the random acts along with the other ones. Thank you so much.
Response: Hehe, that's ok! :) I'm glad you are enjoying them!
Shellyrio rated for Random Acts of Happiness #8 on Oct 24, 2015
Comment: Yay! Love the colours, the style, the goodies... everything! Thank you, Katie!! :D
Response: I'm so happy that you liked everything! 💞 Can't wait for our next swap!
theevidenceisme rated for Random Acts of Happiness #8 on Oct 8, 2015
Comment: Looking forward to reading these. Thanks
Response: I hope you like them! :)
Comment: Thanks so much
Response: I hope you enjoy reading all of them! :)
nimithil rated for Random Acts of Happiness #8 on Oct 7, 2015
Comment: Thank you for these wonderful stripes :) First one was amazing - the rest will go in the jar for other days. Hope to see you in other rounds too.
Response: They are all some of my favorites! I hope you like them as much as I do! :) If I join more rounds, I'm going to need a bigger jar, haha! It is full to the top right now! :D
lolita rated for Embroidered Merit Badge #1 on Sep 22, 2015
Comment: Beautiful patch! Cutest little bee. I love it, thank you so much!
Response: I'm glad you like it! I had a lot of fun making it for you! :)
porpie5 rated for BC: Kit and Create (Part 2) on Sep 21, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the smash book! You did a great job and I love it! I thought this craft swap was very involved, but it turned out great! Lots of varied swaps! I had never seen a smash book before, so this was a great new craft item for me! Thanks!
Response: Hehe, I'm glad you liked it! I agree- it was definitely involved. Not only did I not know what I was doing, but I did end up having to buy a bunch of supplies because I didn't even have a stash to pull from to supplement, ha! However, I did actually have a really great time creating the smash book, and I think I'd like to make more in the future... maybe I can make some for Christmas gifts for my sisters. :) Also, on another note, I ended up receiving the dotee doll that you sent out- it was my first time seeing one in person, and it was very cool looking!
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome, enjoy! :)
Comment: They all look delicious. I think my eyes rolled to the back of my head on the soup one -- a must try!
Response: Haha, me too! I love soup recipes and now that it's getting chilly outside, it will be a perfect dinner soon! Enjoy! :)
Comment: Loved the postcard, the quote and receiving it! I love mail! Look forward to swapping with you in the future!
Response: I'm glad you liked everything! Let me know if you'd like to swap again! :)
Comment: Your letter arrived today! Everything is so pretty and I absolutely love the stamps! Thank you :)
Response: Yay! You're welcome, I'm glad you liked everything! :)
Watsonc7 rated for BC: Kit and Create (Part 1) on Sep 3, 2015
Comment: Just received your super organized kit lol. I don't want to comment what it is, in case my next partner stalks you and see this, but it's so durn adorable. I'm sure I'll have fun with this and I totally needed to be forced into practicing handstitching, so thanks for that! So sweet of you to include extra materials for me to make one too, I totally will...and now I feel like a turd for not doing the same for my partner (so thanks for that too lol).
Response: Haha!!! I'm glad you like it! It is really easy to make, I made one last year for a gift for a swap partner's daughter, and it was a lot of fun! I wish the woman who made this pattern would make other varieties- I'd love a whole line of them! And, hehe, oops! I felt bad making a kit for you that you'd have to give away. I wanted you to be able to keep something for yourself if you liked it!
Ree87 rated for Private Penpal Letter swap on Aug 31, 2015
Comment: Yay! So excited to get your letter! :) And a reply will be in the mail shortly ;) At the risk of sounding dumb, and/or insulting you... what is the little sewn item? lol
Response: Yay, I'm glad you got it! I was just thinking about you today and wondering if it had reached you yet! And, lol, you didn't insult me- it's a bookmark! Haha, what did you think it was? :)
Brystrgrl rated for Lunchbox Love Notes on Aug 28, 2015
Comment: Thank you for making the lunchbox notes for my kids! So thoughtful!!!
Response: You're welcome! I hope your kids enjoy them in their lunches! :)
ChrisAnne rated for Lunchbox Love Notes on Aug 25, 2015
Comment: Love the variety. Thank you for thinking of our big kids. They will love these.
Response: I'm glad you like them! Thanks for joining my swap! Hope you and your kids have a great school year!
Comment: Great Swap!! Beautiful note card...Thank you for the extra washi tapes, I have not one of sample sent...yah! Happy Swapping!!
Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked everything! And yay for no doubles!!! :D
bluemoonandorangesky rated for August Birthday Wishes on Aug 19, 2015
Comment: Thank you! I loved the handmade envie and card, so cute! I will be using my bookmark and stickers! :)
Response: Yay, I'm glad you liked everything! I hope you had a wonderful birthday! :)

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RyeRye on Aug 15, 2016:



RyeRye on Aug 1, 2016:

Happy Birthday Month!


wolviechick121 on Jul 4, 2016:

Happy Independence Day!!!

chaari on Apr 28, 2016:

Just Because

Thanks for being a part of my group! :)

susieq11 on Feb 11, 2016:

Sending you a letter today!! : )

owlsinathens on Sep 26, 2015:

You're very welcome :)

pobuffy on Sep 19, 2015:

Thank you for the August wishes from my Swaps & Wishes wishlist. My son got married on 9/5/15, and I evidently didn't send out in August. I have been deleted from the group, but I wanted to thank you. Will try to get a return wish on its way to you. Thanks again! pobuffy

Heirloom on Sep 16, 2015:

Another new swap posted for Fabric Fanatics!

urocyonfox on Sep 16, 2015:

Via: All about the wishes Thank you for the tasty smelling wax melts!

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