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monsbrick

monsbrick
Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: July 26, 2021
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Thank you for rating me!

Please do let me know if anything I send to you snells bad or moldy. I have a horrible sense of smell but I can obtain assistance to help monitor what I am sending. I will of course try to refrain but if I miss I am happy to resend or make it right for you.

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

Welcome to my profile! I am 54 years old and live in Alameda an island town in a suburb outside San Francisco, California.

A few of my favorite things: Free random things Surprises Pink, Blue, Brown, and all the exotic names for all the colors, I love all the colors of the rainbow and more colors that are in mind's eye but not in the real or material world Dreams Films Cooking channels Fixer Upper Glamping at home like a princess!

Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace& Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Food: Cooking and nutrition are big for me. My current big project is getting our family recipe scrapbook together. How did you plan meals? Do you do meal prep? Any recipes you recommend? Or cookbooks? Or similar like Instagram or other chefs.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: Exploring ways I can save or share my collection. What do you do with your postcards? How do you share, save, or recycle? ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that coordinated nor designed. My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, even washi tape. I secretly love stickers though they seem not that popular. I've started a mini collection of recycled stickers, like people save used postage stamps. There should be a name for us like philatelist! But for stickers. It's a mini collection because it seems to be politically or socially incorrect to confess to this love here among "serious" arts and crafters. But then, I'm not good at being serious since I'm exceedingly serious at my day job.

Favorite Books

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me?

Right now I’m reading the first Sue Grafton. Why have I never read her before? I’m on A Is for Alibi.

Listening to an audiobook collection edited by John Joseph Adams: The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination.

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi *John Joseph Adams

Science fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson *Scott Sigler

Horror

*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Scott Sigler *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*James Baldwin *Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Marguerite Duras *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger *Jim Harrison *Ursula LeGuin

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel
*Gabrielle Bernstein *Eckhart Tolle *Jack Kornfield *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner *John McPhee

Naturalist

*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau

Writing

On writing, mostly I write for myself. I've kept a journal or diary since I was a kid. Lately I’ve joined journal swaps to make and share art and words with swappers. Sometimes just a page and for other swaps a whole notebook.

For journals, I’ve been working on art experiments like drawing, doodling, painting, coloring and more. Sometimes I work with watercolor, pencils, art crayons, found objects, ribbons, yarns and fiber art. I love words and I’m looking at ways to include more words and text.

Most recently I’m putting together a personal recipe and food journal. If you have ideas and suggestions around food and cooking and food storage or organizing my pantry and fridge please let me know! I’m curious.

Wanderlust

Swim, walk, run, yoga and dance. I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air.

Outside in our back patio, we set up a table and lawn chairs outside. A big umbrella keeps us shady for hot days. I love to work outside and lounge. The bright jewel colors in my flower garden keep me inspired from lemon to purple lavender and Mexican deep purple sage blooms.

Favorite Movies

In college during my first week of classes about 40 years ago I met a cute boy on the campus green. He invited me to his film class. We never dated though we did go see a few Humphrey Bogart films, Jon was after a beautiful Russian girl who had also been on the green that day and also took film with us. He quit school to make films and I skirted with film production but never went to Hollywood I do have some silly stories. I mean I’m the sort of girl who can swim laps next to Keanu Reeves and not realize until weeks later who he is. Ohh right! He’s another very handsome guy or you know 30 years ago when we were all much younger he was not hard to look at. He did smile at me in between laps. I’m very serious when I swim my laps too.

Oh but film, I could make lists of 1000’s of favorites but I’ll just list a few. How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Splendor in the Grass, Get Him to the Greek, The Last Emperor of China, Gladiator, The Hunger Games, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Marie Antoniette, The Seven Samurai, Hero, Mulan

A few filmmakers I like are both Tony and Ridley Scott, the Cohen Brothers, Francis Ford and Sofia Coppola, Jon Chu, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Kasi Lemmons, and Godard.

ATC

Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. I download all kinds of podcasts and news on YouTube or other online sources. Spoken word.

I love to change my daily playlist with my 5000+ songs in my collection.

Gardens & Plants

Blooming now are sweet pea flowers after years of trying I’ve finally gotten them to bloom! Yay!!!

Hydrangeas too. They didn’t want to bloom for a few years but this winter we have them rose food and I tossed the coffee grounds which are acidic into the soil under them. They are finally going bonkers now!!

Kale is a big hit here and spicy and sweet peppers, Green onions, various herbs, blackberries, strawberries. Scented flowers like jasmine and lavender and rose. Have you ever bathed in rose petals or rose hips? You can also bathe in lavender though I'm allergic to it so I watch it from a distance. Try it you will feel like a QUEEN when You bathe in rose petals!! You can scoop them out with a mesh strainer when you are done. They are also high in vitamin C which is good for your skin.

What about you? Do you grow anything?

How are you serving these pandemic times?

Ratings

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Comment: Hi! It was a joy reading your note. It was packed with so many good memories! I haven't read the Strain (didn't know it was a book too), but the show has been on my list for some time now. I know it's a bit late but I've been listening more to Nirvana after watching a Kurt Cobain documentary. Also since you mentioned plays, it's been so long since I've seen a live one so I hope to see one soon!
Maddashin rated for Letter in a notecard #3 Int'l on Jul 23, 2021
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Comment: Thanks 🙏
Response: Thank you for the heart!
LauraM540 rated for ATCJ: Foreign Language starter set on Jul 21, 2021
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Comment: Love the starter set, thanks so much! I also appreciate the fun extras!
Response: Groovy! Glad you like it!
evanselli rated for Bees, Blossoms And Butterfly on Jul 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal card, I really liked it and thank you so much for the washi stickers😊❤️
Response: Yayyyy!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Sender's Choice -July on Jul 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for your postcard. I always appreciate people making art in their own style, no matter what that style is. And recycling. Your use of the postcrossing postcard is clever, and I may try it myself. However, the extra book page smells like mold and has ruined the actually swap. And I'm allergic to mold, so for me, I have to trash it. I'm sorry about that. Please be careful when sending aged/recycled items.
Response: Hi Angela, thank you for letting me know. Very sorry about the mold. Messaged you separately to try to make this swap right.
Honeyloveart rated for AMA: Circle Mail Art on Jul 19, 2021
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Comment: Ooo fun spacey postcard thank you!
Response: It was super fun to create.
Fuchsi rated for Write On Challenge #2 Int'l on Jul 16, 2021
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Comment: Hello Marie, I got your swap today and thank you very, very much for it. It was very kind from you to resend it, after it got lost the first time and I had great fun reading it! ^.^ In Germany the lockdown is over by now, but I'm sceptically, that there wont be another one... But at least for now, everything is open again and I'm looking forwad to e.g. visit a cinema again! XD The stationary is amazing, too! *.* With best wishes, Maxi
Response: Hi Maxi, Glad it arrived this time! You should have another letter next week too. Your stationery and decorations are also amazing!!
AmyMarie rated for AMA: 7 minute ATC on Jul 13, 2021
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Comment: Wow, is that a real dried flower on the ATC? You made quite the nice ATC in 7 minutes. I appreciate all the playing cards you sent. Thank you for a nice swap.
Response: Thx! The secret is I have a container of dried flower ephemera I bought already dried! Glad you like it. I make ATCs very often but still feel like a beginner student!!
mejulia rated for WIYM: Something new for dinner. on Jul 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you, and thank you for joining the swap. The recipes sound yummy and while my husband doesn't like cilantro I love it so will enjoy having it in half the dish.
Response: Ah yes I’m learning it can be substituted for people who don’t like it.
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Comment: I enjoyed your letter and yes I’d love to be pen pals. I will write you back soon. TYVM for your letter.
Response: Shana I’m remiss in answering your April letters! But I have them all here to write you back! Thanks for your patience!
danatropicana rated for WIYM: SSS - JUN 2021 (USA+) on Jul 3, 2021
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Comment: Thank you, Marie, for the wonderful envelope of treasures and fun! I love everything you sent so much and I will be putting most of it in one of my special boxes to keep forever and to look at to make me happy. I really appreciate the work you did on this perfect swap! Thanks again! Take care!
Response: You are too sweet. Glad all the treasures were a good fit. I get fearful sometimes since one person's treasure is another person's trash! I worry that the gifts I send won't be a fit for you so I'm glad this time it worked! YAY!
Poeprincess rated for ABCs: Junque Jams v.2 on Jul 1, 2021
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Comment: Thanks, Marie! A lot of food for thought.
Response: Ha ha great. I used to be so stuck on these junque or prescribed jams. I'm used to the kind where we pick our own and let the other person pick their own. Getting used to a new way of jamming!
evanselli rated for Altered Playing Card on Jul 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, I really like the bee, bees are one of my favourite things with wings. Thanks for the washi as well, I love the colour. Have a great weekend and Happy 4th of July.
Response: You know, Bees are new to me. I used to be very afraid of bees. But I'm learning about bee symbolism. And recently watched an author discussion on her bee book. She talked about how to make your own backyard bee home and though we don't have any bees making a home in our backyard it was fun to put together a little place that one day they might make home! They do visit as do butterflies and dragonflies and every once in a while hornets or wasps too!
Vickyen rated for R&W: Audiobook Appreciation Month! on Jun 30, 2021
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Comment: Hi Marie! It was lovely to hear from you and I enjoyed your take on audiobooks! Back in the day I did listen to the ones on cassettes - my car only had a cassette player and I drove long distances, always helped to pass the time! I recently listened to an audiobook that was called "Good Dog" - they said it was for kids 10 and over, there is no way as I bawled my eyes out! Not sure who decides what goes to each age group but felt that one was way off! Yours sounds the same way! What a wonderful memory of listening to radio shows with your family! I sometimes find the voices on the audiobooks to be grinding - but for the most part they are ok as I do enjoy being read to! Thanks again for the lovely share and the extra pcs! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Hi Vicky! Thanks for that audiobook recommendation. Going to add it to my wishlist: Good Dog.
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card! I loved hearing about your audiobook habits :D
Response: Sweet! I enjoy your user name. As my eyes are deteriorating then I listen to more and more audiobooks and read less and less traditional books or even ebooks.
grammypammy rated for ABCUSA ATC - Letter U or V on Jun 29, 2021
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Comment: I love your creative skills for this ATC! How adorable is Snoopy under the Umbrella! Thank you for the extra items too! Thanks for joining this swap!
Response: Ha ha! Glad you liked it. I mused over this swap for a while and I think it was my first swap in your group! The colors came to me first and then the images. Happy it was a good fit for you!!
January rated for EPUSA - Mix Media Tag on Jun 21, 2021
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Comment: What a neat looking tag - love the vintage feel:) And thank you for the book and map pages - will definitely be able to use them!
Response: Awesome! Glad you liked everything. I am not confident with tags but thank you for letting me practice by making one for you!
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Comment: Thanks for the letter and goodies, Marie! I will be writing you back soon!
Response: Hi Veronica super! Happy summer!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the letter! I will be sending one back!!
Response: Take your time Maddi. And we love snail mail don't we?!!
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Comment: Loved your letter explaining how you made your card and why you chose the materials you used. Thank you!
Response: Yes, thank you for enjoying it. I can go on a bit and my poor family let me drone endlessly. Your words are very kind!!

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Comments

HollyBear on Jun 15, 2021:

Thank you for sending home our Junky Junk Buddy card. I love how it turned out. The drawing exercise pages definitely provided some inspiration.

supersquirrel on May 20, 2021:

I dub you Queen Marie of Surprises and Kindness! Thank you so much for the great package of bits and pieces. It is definately all treasure! 👑🐿️❤️

megan1230 on Apr 5, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome JAM! Can't wait for the journal!

supersquirrel on Feb 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the surprise package of goodies ❤️🐿️❤️. Just in time for a crafty weekend 😊

beachchicken on Feb 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for the homer with the message in a bottle! I love it!

itsnobody on Jan 3, 2021:

Did you receive my last letter. Hope you and your loved ones are healthy and happy!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Oooops!! It is not your birthday. Sorry about that!!

JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope you had a great one!!

wyrdfae on Nov 4, 2020:

Thank you for sending me the completed jam. I love it so much.

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