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Date Joined: March 4, 2015
Last Online: October 17, 2020
Birthday: April 29
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a 40-something gamer, knitter, and crafter in SF Bay Area, California. I adore TTRPGs - D&D of course is the old standby, but also love PbtA and indie RPGs. What matters most is the group at the table. I'm multicraftual - I love knitting, crochet, beading, metal clay, spinning, dyeing, and general crafting.

I live with my husband and two cats, Plato and Miss Pickle. He wants a dog. I want no more furballs in our tiny condo. We'll see who prevails...

Hubby and I enjoy Renaissance Faires, camping, and spending time with our awesomely kooky friends and family.

I LOVE geeky mashup art such as this Calvin & Hobbes / Firefly mashup by Karen Hallion:

One of my idols -- and I am privileged to call her 'friend' - is Marilyn Wann, author of the book Fat!So?


Stuff I LOVE

A random list of stuff that makes me happy:
--Happy intense colors like mustard yellow, plummy purple, berry/fuchsia pink, deep turquoise, bright aqua
--Rich autumnal colors like pumpkin and rust, chocolate brown, golden yellows, cranberry and wine
--Pigs with wings (aka "When Pigs Fly")
--Frogs with crowns / frog prince
--Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, The Jabberwocky (The Disney animated version or original Tenniel illustrations. Don't care for the Johnny Depp movie version.)
--Glitter and sparkle!!
--Terry Pratchett's Discworld
--Harry Potter/Hogwarts
--Acorns and oak leaves
--Fat Liberation / Body Positivity / Health At Every Size
--Hair flowers
--Sending and receiving snail mail
--Fat-positive art
--Tea and teacups and teapots
--Art of tea and teabags and teacups
--Original paintings (especially watercolors)
--Favorite animals: whales, sheep, sea otters, cats
--Things inspired by fairy tales
--Board games & board game stuff (like meeples and dice)
--Books/literature/reading themed things
--Guardians of the Galaxy - dancing baby Groot!

I am a longtime tea lover and as such I am a bit picky about my tea. I prefer black tea or green tea with fruity flavors. I do not prefer Earl Gray or rooibos/red tea. I've never found a "dessert" (vanilla, caramel, chocolate, etc.) flavored tea that I enjoy, so I prefer to avoid those.

Because some swaps require it, I'll state here for the record that I prefer to send and receive postcards "naked" (not in an envelope). I enjoy handmade or bought ones, prefer photographs or artwork rather than maps or advertising cards. But any card inspired by my profile or with a thoughtful message is appreciated. :)

Stuff I DO NOT Love

I don't like / prefer not to receive...
--The color red, mostly. (Christmas items are an exception!)
--Dogs (I'm a cat person)
--Anime, Kawaii, Hello Kitty
--Diet talk and body hate. Please never send me anything that talks about weight loss or certain foods being "bad"/"sinful"/etc.
--HATE the saying "I love you like a fat kid loves cake."
--Religious imagery, symbols, or quotes
--Bell peppers. Hate 'em!
--Artificial fragrances/perfumes - I'm allergic!
--Spiders, scorpions, bugs, and other creepy crawlies - please none of these!!
--Video games (except Tetris)

Allergy Notes

I am highly allergic to cigarette smoke and various plant and flower pollens, as well as many perfumes/colognes/scented items. Please keep my swap items smoke and scent free.

I have two cats at home, so any crafts from me are likely to be dangerous if you're highly allergic. If it's just a card swap, I can make sure to send cards from work that have never been in my home - just let me know.


Knitting: I usually make hats - they're nice and small, don't take too much yarn, and I don't have time to get too bored! Plus I really love knitting in the round. But I've also done scarves, a baby sweater, a pair of socks, a doll, fingerless mitts, dishcloths/washcloths, baby blankets, throw blankets...

Papercrafts: Most recently, the invitations and decorations for my best friend's bridal shower.

Crochet: I picked up crochet because I wanted to make amigurumi, but I've never actually finished one! (Oops!) I have enjoyed making string grocery bags and using crochet to dress up the edges of knitted projects.

Random Crafting: I love to make stuff of all sorts, from using floral tape to attach flowers to pens for my desk at work, to coating clothespins in glitter, to making handmade candles and Scrabble tile Christmas ornaments. Most recently, I’ve been enjoying making small cute stuffed felt toys.


I love to read, mainly sci-fi/fantasy, with a healthy dose of "whatever Mom has already bought on Kindle/Audible" to fill in the gaps. Mostly historical mysteries there.

Favorite authors:
--Patrick Rothfuss
--J.D. Robb
--Terry Pratchett
--Lois McMaster Bujold
so many more... I can't list them all!

Favorite Books/Series:
--Kingkiller Chronicle
--Harry Potter --The Phantom Tollbooth
--Alice in Wonderland
--The Hunger Games

I am deeply saddened by the loss of the great Sir Terry Pratchett (1948-2015). He wrote a world I fall into with great delight time and again.

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life. -Terry Pratchett


Plays & Musicals:
--Into the Woods
--Cabaret (the revival version)
--Blue Man Group
--Mamma Mia

TV Shows & Movies:
--Firefly/Serenity --Downton Abbey
--The 10th Kingdom (miniseries) --Criminal Minds --Cooking shows & cooking game shows --Harry Potter movies --Marvel Cinematic Universe
--The Hunger Games series
--Disney's Beauty and the Beast (animated) --Disney's Aladdin (animated) --The Princess Bride
--Back to the Future
--The Muppet Christmas Carol
--The Muppet Movie (original)
--Romancing the Stone
--The 5th Element

--Simon & Garfunkel
--The Beatles
--Straight No Chaser (Christmas)
--Ray Lynch (for meditation or sleepy time)


My friends and I love to play games. We usually prefer more contemporary / Euro games... Some favorites include:
--Azul --Pandemic --Power Grid
--Lords of Waterdeep
--Mah Jongg
--TTRPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, Masks, Monster of the Week

We occasionally enjoy vintage games like Sorry, Parcheesi, Uno and I definitely love things like earrings made from Sorry pawns, etc.


Comment: Thank you for the black out Poetry!
kdeorne1 rated for NH: Blackout Poetry for Beginners on May 19, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the blackout poem.
BanderlogFactory rated for I <3 crocheting on Apr 30, 2015
Comment: Wow!!! Thank you soooo much for this amazing hat!!! I absolutely love it! Have a wonderful day! xx
Response: I'm glad you like it. I enjoyed making it but I gave myself a surprise when I realized the shipping cost lol! :)
Response: Thanks for the heart!
emmarghx rated for EASY: Profile Comment #5 on Apr 28, 2015
Comment: Thank you for your comment! :) Actually, I've seen your profile before and wanted to message you because you seem interesting, but well I guess I forgot, so I'm very happy to see I got you as my partner ^_^ Glad to see some feminism and body positivity on this site! :)
Response: Thanks! I'm glad we got to meet, too. Feminisim comes with me wherever I go. :)
LucyToons rated for Newbie (PC) - April on Apr 26, 2015
Comment: thank you for the cute sea turtle postcard, the move was stressful but all moved now and settling in :), lol your kitties sound cute :)
Response: Glad it came and you like it!
PerpetuallyMe rated for Souvenir Magnets on Apr 20, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the magnet! I love it, it's different than most souvenir magnets...very refreshing. It is so cool that it looked so real, how fun =) Thank again!
Response: Glad you liked it! I liked that aspect too. :)
Comment: Thank you - I loved the postcard! :)
Response: I'm so glad! :)
Spunkisam rated for Happy April birthday cards! on Apr 8, 2015
Comment: Thank you again!
Response: Thanks for rating!
KSENiA rated for Profile Deco Comment on Apr 5, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the cute profile deco. I like Pusheen very much. And I would totally sleep on marshmallo, if i could :)
Response: Glad you like! :)
imaisha rated for EASY: Profile Comment #4 on Apr 3, 2015
Comment: Hi Amanda~ Thanks for your comment and showing your concern :) Sorry that it took me a while to rate. I was busy and I usually choose one day to rate all at once. Anyway, I hope you will have a lot of fun here and that you will get only nice partners for every swap in SB ;)
Breggie81 rated for Profile Deco Comment on Apr 3, 2015
Comment: Thanks for cheer up my profile!
Response: Welcome :)
karints rated for Profile Deco Comment on Apr 1, 2015
Comment: I just LOVE it! Thanks Amanda, this is perfect (:
Response: I'm glad you like it. I thought it was just so darn cute!! :)
MelfromNC rated for Profile Deco Comment on Mar 31, 2015
Comment: Cool!
Response: Glad you like! :)
trapster rated for NH You'll never walk alone on Mar 31, 2015
Comment: Amanda! What a great letter. I really enjoyed hearing a bit about you and Valter. I must try Deep Sleep Meditation. Do you have a recommendation? I can't wait to try the tea and I adore the postcard (with oak leaves:)) I hope you, your love and your furry babies have a Happy Easter!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. The Deep Sleep meditation I use is an app on my iPhone. It is by Andrew Johnson. It is TOTALLY worth the $2.99, if you have an iPhone or iPad to use it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/deep-sleep-andrew-johnson/id337349999?mt=8 I believe the apps are also available for Android, or you can download mp3s at his website, http://www.withandrewjohnson.com/. Hope you find something that works for you! PS I am in no way affiliated with this person/company, I just really like his apps for relaxation/meditation... :)
Comment: Thanks for the pretty postcard!
Response: You are welcome! :)
Comment: Thank you for the PC from Virginia. I have never seen any re-enactments, although some of my Ren and Pirate friends do participate in such. I hope you are having a great day!
Response: Glad it got to you! :)
RatsAndRags rated for Profile Deco Comment on Mar 31, 2015
Comment: It's great that you like languages too! Good luck with French and Spanish!
Response: Thanks! Hope you're having a good day.
Comment: It was nice getting to know you through the simple questions! And congrats on finishing college despite the obstacles you faced! :-)
Response: Thanks Erica! It was kind of neat to share this stuff.
Nandin rated for Just Because PC Swap...Rnd 19!! on Mar 27, 2015
Comment: I love free postcards.... believe me, I empty out places if I see free ones. :-) Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it. That place was just so fun and kooky I had to grab some postcards from them!! :)

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Amace on Apr 28, 2015:

Happy Birthday!

From FRIENDLIES :) Group

AveryHart on Apr 27, 2015:

Hey there! Wanted to drop by and wish you a very happy birthday, though I know I'm a few days early. I hope you have a marvelous week!

CariPeace on Apr 19, 2015:

Hi ~ Hope you are doing well.

I am your swap partner for the Easy: Profile Comment #5. The first thing I noticed is that you have a birthday coming up! ~ So Happy Birthday!!!

I love your term, "multicraftual" and your pro-body image attitude! ~ Very cool. Calvin & Hobbes are always awesome. I like the Firefly/Serenity series, too. My boyfriend and I enjoyed the Agents of Shield t.v. shows. I am also a tea lover, enjoy knitting and want to learn crochet. It was nice to read your profile and see so many things we have in common.

Hope you have a wonderful Birthday!

~ Cari

wifeyperez on Apr 2, 2015:

Hi! I'm your partner for Easy Profile Comment #4. I started crocheting back when I was pregnant with my daughter, 4 years ago and I made her some cloche hats. They never fit her! I had a tight loop and they came out too small. She now uses them for her baby dolls. Haha. My son will be 1 on the 19th and I still have a blanket I was working on when I was pregnant with him, I don't know when I will finish that :) I did crochet a bunny once! Happy crafting!! And Happy Easter!

scrapingd on Mar 30, 2015:

profile deco comments --scrapingd

i hope you have an awesome week

frenchd73 on Mar 30, 2015:

Profile Deco Comment Hello! Hope you are having a great day!!!

sjayana20 on Mar 30, 2015:

Profile Deco Comment

Hi @mandaanne :)

your profile is Great :)) I love Harry Potter too ! :)

here's a pic from it ,

Hope you enjoy the pic many greetings, @sjayana20

georgianeko on Mar 30, 2015:

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Crunchysews on Mar 18, 2015:

I am your partner for the EASY: Profile Comment #3 and I am so glad I was assigned to you! We have a lot in common. First, I have to say that you have great taste in music. I had the good luck of seeing Straight No Chaser when they performed at my workplace a few years ago and have enjoyed them ever since. It was so cool to see their name pop up in your list!

What do you use the glitter clothespins for? It sounds like something I'd enjoy - I mean, really can we ever have too much sparkle in our lives? Do you have to take them completely apart to apply the glitter or can you dunk them in the glue and glitter without disassembling? I'm guessing they'll get stuck together if you don't disassemble, but they'd probably pop open again if you give them a squeeze?

Please send our 'head bump' regards to your Plato and Miss Pickle from George, Seven and Liberace!

I hope we end up in a swap together again someday. Would love to share some tea or Fall-themed items with you!

AmazingAlex on Mar 12, 2015:

Hi! Just a random swapper saying I love how your profile says "multicraftable" and welcome to swapbot!

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