Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: January 24, 2022
Country: United States
My swap preferences have evolved. I used to be very active on Swap-bot doing ATCs, postcards, handmade postcards, charms (years ago when there were more charm swaps), and other happy mail swaps, but recently I have been focusing on my bookbinding/craft business and haven't had the extra energy for swaps. I still enjoy swapping and sign up when I have extra time and energy to send out good swaps.
I'm not too hard to find on Instagram. My professional account is @meliora_books
One of my goals for 2022 (and beyond) is to write more letters.
I've worked in all sorts of mediums but mostly in paper and jewelry. I like to explore new techniques and mediums and look to have my creativity challenged.
I like making charms, cards, and art from found objects, and upcycled materials.
I'm an RN and have a side job/apprenticeship at a book bindery that restores and preserves old books and occasionally makes new ones. I have a working bindery at my house now and it makes me happy because I really love books. And paper. And glue. And string.
I like books about food such as Food in History; and Pickled, Potted, and Canned.
I like pretty much everything by Dorothy Gilman.
I like classics by authors such as Shakespeare, Dumas, Austen, Twain, Doyle, and Rand.
One of my top favorite books (I really can't pick just one) is Possession by A. S. Byatt. And I like that she is also a critic - means she writes quality stuff.
I like sci-fi/fantasy/romance by Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Gabbaldon, and Isabel Allende.
I love old dictionaries with lots of pictures and truly aged pages.
I deeply appreciate handmade items... effort & risk taking is always admired!
I like swears, sassy everything, nudes and pinups. That inappropriate postcard you bought when you'd had one too many margaritas - I'm the girl you send it to.
Altered Books & Journals
Handmade books or restored books (bookbinding) - I like to reback and rebind old medical textbooks and medical books for home use.
The periods I like are the Renaissance, the Romantic period (Rosetti, Wm. Blake), and the "Arts & Crafts" movement (late 1800's to 1920's), the Silver Screen era.
I like Edward Gorey, Erte, Gustav Adolf Mosa, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, William Blake, Gabriel Dante Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Salvadore Dali, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Andrew Wyeth (especially the Helga pictures), N.C. Wyeth, and pre-1900 lithographs. I like modern lithography too, but I really like the old stuff.
Washi tape. It's really become an obsession.
Embossing folders and cutting dies and suggestions for creative ways to emboss.
Embossed or punched foil pieces
Altoid tins that have been altered or filled
Anne Taintor & other sassy art/collage
My favorite colors are blue and green. I love all the colors, but I don't wear yellow or orange.
Keys, old postage stamps, old dictionary pages and pictures, old sewing notions (I'm pretty well stocked on buttons at the moment, thanks to so many generous swap partners), old gears, springs, washers, and cogs.
Vintage anything - but not musty or moldy!
Glass, sparkly beads, gemstone, or metal beads (no plastic please)
Handmade charms including shrinky dink charms
Glitter glue, glitter, confetti (in small amounts)
Interesting papers - especially handmade, marbled, pages with foreign (not English) languages, japanese paper, odd natural fiber paper, old maps (pre 1900)
Day of the Dead anything - skeletons/calaveras, papel picado, milagros, prints by Jorge Guadalupe Posada
Mexican folkart - lucha, loteria, saints, etc. Plus Mexican artists such as Frida Khalo and her dear husband.
Fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from all cultures. I especially like the illustrations from fairy tale books.
Tarot, Wheel of the Year, European/Northern hemisphere lunar calendar, Chinese/Lunar calendar
Patterns I like include paisley, vintage looking, travel inspired, Victorian and french flourishes. I like fleur de lis, peacock colors, butterflies, Asian inspired, French or Latin American roosters (not the cute country ones), feminine - think Victorian, and the artists I listed above.
I love rabbit and butterfly images.
I like to travel and plan to see the world. Some of my favorite places are San Francisco, England, Belize, Austin TX, and the Sonoran desert.
Not a fan of plastic pony beads, polyester yarn, plastic mesh crafts, needlepoint-type stuff.
Not into "cutsey" stuff like Disney, kittens or puppies, babies or children, country or cowboy, sports, school stuff or super girly.
I don't like Christmas themed items.
I don't like religious items meant to convert me, especially crosses.
I promise I will always rate swaps. Even if it takes me a while.
On the other hand, I am not on swap bot to collect ratings. I like the creative outlet it provides me. I'm not going to post flakers or send out reminders to rate me. I figure if you didn't get my swap or it wasn't what you expected, you will let me know. I send out things I'd like to receive and am pleased when I get the same in return. This site is for fun and that's it. If it isn't fun, there's no point.
For food and recipe swaps:
I love food. I and my family have no allergies to food and love trying new things. Any and all recipes welcome.
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