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monsbrick

monsbrick
Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: August 18, 2022
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Believe: If you are comfortable sharing, then tell me what you believe. I’m exploring and have always searched for answers. And it can be a spiritual, religious, and or physical belief. I’d love to learn what your perspective is!

Thank you for rating me. Grateful also, that you are reading my profile. Welcome, cozy up and get comfortable.

Please do let me know if anything I send to you smells 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:(

I am 55 years old and live in Alameda an island town in the San Francisco Bay in Northern California.

One of you pointed out that I don’t write about my family here in the profile. Ok! Here it is. Carl is very private but helps my husband and we’ve been married for 5 years and together for 12 years! He has a daughter, my stepdaughter Sabrina. She’s 20 years old and attends UC Santa Barbara studying Physics. She also teaches kids and tutors in her spare time. And dances competitively in ballroom dance for fun.

A few of my favorite things: Free random things Library books Surprises All the colors of the rainbow and more colors that are in mind's eye but not in the material world Dreams Films Cooking channels 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: Teal and Tattered, Shanouki Art, Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, Pam at The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts, and Tim Holtz.

Food: Cooking and nutrition are big for me. My current big project is on my recipe and family menu scrapbook.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: naked or in an envelope. And all postcards are loved here. I recycle them. ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Art, spiritual diaries, junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that organized though I do constantly try to get organized! 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, found objects, even washi tape.

Thank you to all the 100’s of stickers, ephemera, and extras in my swaps. There have been so many beautiful and thoughtful gifts from you all!!!

Favorite Books

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

Listening to Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon and also I’m on volume 8 of the audio version of Poem of the Man-God the Gospel as Revealed to Me by Maria Valtorta.

Another book I’m physically reading is Waterlog by Roger Deakin and also Sue Grafton’s O is for Outlaw. I have a visual notepad for all the botany and bird references and places he visits. I am learning like I’m in a traveling Biology class! And my sort of personal blog is beautiful with images of wood thrushes and hidden ponds and new plants. It feels like you are on a secret solo adventure swimming across England Im trying to get my guts up to swim here on my cold island. Maybe as the days warm up I will wade in the water. There are many who come here just to do that and the water is pretty shallow around much of our island. I’ll keep you posted if I crawl out of my heated club pool and into the brackish estuary! Or open bay water!

Oh it was after listening and reading Bonnie Tsui’s book entitled Why We Swim, that I was inspired to start this book. She is a local San Francisco swimmer. And she sells the benefits of cold plunge or long distance cold swimming. I am a swimming addict though I prefer my water around 80F. It feels like an alien or other world when you swim especially wild swimming but even in the holographic prismatic water of a swimming pool. It’s like magic but scientific. It’s heavenly. You can fly in the water.

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

*Sue Grafton - mystery *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

Naturalists

*John Muir *Bonnie Tsui *Roger Deakin *Henry David Thoreau *John McPhee

Writing

Fiber and fabric or textiles, found objects, ribbons, yarns.. I love words and I’m looking at ways to include more words and text. Instead of typical planner stickers I’ve mixed these ephemera into my daily planner like a scrapbook. The more I make art the more I use the tactile or visual images to speak volumes and less words I want to write. And it’s less analysis more fun.

Most recently I’m putting together a personal recipe and food journal. Omnivore when I was younger I was vegetarian.

I’m hanging up the towel on meal prep. It’s just not me. My sister does it successfully but I’m more random and chaotic. Though my recipe binders are doing well! As is my cooking journal.

What are your food stories and food ritual secrets? What patterns have you made? Do you consciously entertain or create environment at your home around meals?

Wanderlust

Swim, walk, run, dance and yoga. I Dance at my home work desk and I dance at my workout gym. I used to do all night dancing on little runner energy sticks and gel packs. I miss those days though my friends put on Glitch or other Zoom style events.

I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air. And lots of 12 step groups.

Outside in our back patio, we set up a table and lawn chairs. 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.

In our front yard, the white hawks come this time every year to nest and I adore them. 🌲

Favorite Movies

A few of my favorite films: Almost Famous, All the President’s Men, Gladiator, 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, Godard’s Weekend, Masulin/Feminin and Breathless.

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 Jean-Luc Godard.

ATC and Postcards

Send anything! I am dabbling in many formats. Send a creation or postcard you would like to receive.

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. Also pop, chill, jazz, blues, classical and more. I subscribe to SoundCloud, Apple Music and attend Glitch and other online sound events. 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. Right now I’m binge listening to The Jesus Image music.

Here are a few of my favs:

*Ben Watts’ Lazy Dog (Electronica) *Adele’s Easy on Me *John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch. and One Beer *Dave Brubeck’s Take Five (Jazz) *Carol King’s You’ve Got a Friend *Billie Eilish anything by her

Gardens & Plants

My garden is fallow right now. We are resting between spring and fall plantings. I missed cherry picking season but blackberries are in bloom in our neighborhood they grow wild everywhere here.

And I will start some sprouts and microgreens. Did you know that sprouts and seeds can be 1000x ok that might be an exaggeration but they are very super nutritious.

What about your garden or plants? Do you like to garden? What is your garden like?

Ratings

LadyJo rated for ABC USA - Mail Art Letter K for: on Aug 16, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the fun swap! Yes, you did it fine! I love the little keys you sent, too! I will write soon and thanks for the letter!
24Donna rated for GIFT: Postcard Verse B on Aug 16, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard and verse! God bless you
countrylover57 rated for TCHH ~ Just a Note #3 on Aug 13, 2022
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Comment: Beautiful card. Thank you so much. I love the extras. Thank you for your prayers. :)
Response: You are welcome! Lots to share!!
tatntole rated for Traveling Pen Pal Postcard Swap #12 on Aug 12, 2022
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Comment: I'll pass it along. Thank you for all the extras you included for me.
Response: Yes I’ve got a ton of extras to share!
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Comment: Great job with your addition of the lady on the post card. Thank you for the little pocket full of goodies. Hope you are well and having a nice summer.
Response: Cool thanks!
mjhaertling rated for HMPC: Botanical love - July on Aug 1, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the botanical love PC. So far I have used flowers as the focus; I like that you used foliage. I always include a bed of coleus with its beautiful foliage in my yard. Hearts for using your own art!
Response: I’m definitely a struggling artist. Thank you for not being a hard judge.
Lilyhax rated for What gives me hope on Jul 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for your note I loved it. I especially love the sticker on the back about hope. I really like you swap and I’m glad others are willing to participate. Thanks for giving me hope.
Response: It can be a Grace and we can share our hope at times too!
Fuchsi rated for R&W: Journal Pages #3 on Jul 29, 2022
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Comment: Dear Marie, thank you so, so much for thos swap and you newest journal pages. I have now brought myself a nice folder to keep them all sorted and seen I love this swap series. :-) Also thanks for sharing the section about your shadow. I wish you a wonderful week and hope you ave a relaxing weekend ahead. Yours, Maxi
Response: That’s a good idea— getting organized! I should do that too.
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Comment: Thanks, I love the awesome stickers. :)
Response: Cool
Wingy rated for Traveling Pen Pal PostCard Swap #11 on Jul 27, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful extras ;)
Response: Super glad that you liked everything.
JuneRosebud rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #110 on Jul 26, 2022
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Comment: Hi Marie, Got your post card yesterday. Will have to look through my stash to keep with the theme. I like the themed post cards so much more than abstracts or a mish mash of things on them. Will send on once I am done. Thanks for the post cards. We are facing an extreme heat wave this week. Hope you guys are faring better!!
Response: Thank you!!!!!
Softawoo rated for HMPC: Abstract Postcard on Jul 24, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the cool cloudlike abstract PC, Marie! :)
Response: Phew! Glad you like it. This felt risky to make and different it was fun.
Rhino44 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R71 on Jul 23, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the art journal, and the postcards, too! I really like your spread. This is such a fun swap, I love it.
Response: These journals blow my mind!!
swapwithyi rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #118 on Jul 22, 2022
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Comment: thankyou so much <3 i look forward to add fun on it !
Response: Yes I’m thoroughly enjoying these now.
Karen07 rated for FLL: Favorite summer memories on Jul 22, 2022
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Comment: Great letter Marie! Thank you!
Response: You are welcome!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely extras!! It was very nice to sit and read all your responses. :)
Response: Very happy that you liked this package.
Fuchsi rated for FLL: Getting to know you on Jul 17, 2022
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Comment: Hello Marie, when I came back late yesterday after a barbecue with friends, I was so happy to find your letter in the mailbox. ^.^ Thanks so much for this awesome swap and I relate very well to doing dishes being mediative. I feel the same, when doing laundry. :-) Have a wonderful time! Yours, Maxi PS: the next swap is already on its way to you
Response: Terrific! Thank you Maxi!
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Comment: Thank you for sending this cute traveling book! I love that this one is compact and easy to fill. :)
Response: Yes it cute! Fun to see all the styles.
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Comment: I will pass along the traveling letter. Thank you for the 2 p/c's. Its appreciated.
Response: Hi Michelle you are welcome!!
bluerose3 rated for Patriotic Craft - July 2022 on Jul 12, 2022
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Comment: Thank you. I love how you made this postcard. The word memories on it is perfect because I certainly have many memories on the fourth throughout the years (I'm sure more to come as well).
Response: Did you like it? Yay! I’m always nervous but as mentioned I was inspired by my trip to Philadelphia!

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Comments

grammypammy on Jun 27, 2022:

ABCUSA ~ ABC's & 123's ~ June

Thank you for the stamped images on the stationery and the envies you included and thanks for the new and used stamps!

Hugs, Pam

grammypammy on Jun 22, 2022:

ABCUSA ~ ABC's & 123's ~ June

Thank you for the handwritten/painted Bible verses!

Hugs, Pam

carol on Jun 17, 2022:

Thanks for sending my Collaboration PC home and for your cutouts. They're the perfect addition to finish off those goofy birds! Love it! It's always so much fun to see what everyone does on these collaborations! So much creativity!

grammypammy on Jun 10, 2022:

ABCUSA ~ ABC's & 123's ~ June

Thank you for the Stickers! I love the package you sent and the Faith sheet too! Enjoy your day!

Hugs, Pam

CherryBlossomLady on Apr 16, 2022:

Just FYI- Cynaemon won the necklace drawing this month. I hope you will continue to play. I only have a couple left!

-Indira

CherryBlossomLady on Apr 13, 2022:

Hey Marie! Hello from Indira and the SMPW group! I hope you win the necklace. Stay tuned for the random drawing. Heidi will do it online and post it via YouTube!

-Indira

supersquirrel on Feb 19, 2022:

Hello! Thank you for the vintage photos and finished JAM. Gladly work on one for you 🙂🙃🙂

JuneRosebud on Feb 14, 2022:

H a p p y V a l e n t i n e ' s D a y!! Hope your day is fun & happy=)

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Hope you had a great first month of JAN and may your Feb be even better!!

-Indira

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Welcome to our group! So glad to have you join us!

Peace be with you! Indira

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