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****02/27/2018 - - UPDATE... Well, even though most of my crafting things are still packed away (move still pending), I'm finding a few simple swaps to participate in, so I'm "getting my feet wet" again, with Swap-Bot. I DID miss it! Glad to be back... and will "ramp up" as time and life circumstances permit! :D
****01/11/2018 - - UPDATE... I've been working on packing for a move. Only a couple of miles away, but the new place (if everything goes right) will offer me a GREAT crafting place... so I'm getting ANXIOUS to get back into Swap-Bot... I'll peek in more often during this transition, but (since it's mostly all in boxes at the moment), my crafting hoard isn't currently accessible, so I won't be participating in much for a while yet. BUT... I'm looking forward to coming BACK!!!
****9/24/2017 - - UPDATE... Okay, so I'm just peeking in to see if my account is still active. My currently life pattern is still not allowing for much crafting or swap time, but I've got my fingers crossed that soon, things will smooth out and allow me to get back into it. Meanwhile... I still MISS this place! :)
****1/5/2016 - - UPDATE... Still unable to get my "head above water" to take on swaps... I DO miss it, and I WANT to come back... but I won't be irresponsible enough to set myself up for late sends, and possible flakes. SO.... I'm withdrawing from my groups (for now), and hopefully I can re-petition to join back in at such time when I can be an active participant. Love Ya'll... and MISS SWAPPIN'... but "Life Intrudes" . ~PK
*** 11/19/15 - - UPDATE: I'm taking a leave-of-absence from Swap-Bot. I can't quite bring myself to delete the account, because I have truly enjoyed my involvement with this community of crafty folk.... BUT... I'm feeling swamped by life these days, and can't seem to squeeze in time for participation in swaps, and the added pressure of the deadlines just adds to my sense of being "overwhelmed". I'm working on simplifying some things about my life, and when I get things back on an even footing, I may be back. Meanwhile, If I'm on a group list that you manage, and you'd like to remove me... that's fine. I'll petition to re-join when I come back. If you'd like to get in touch with me for any reason, feel free to check me out on facebook (link above). I'm trying to reduce the amount of time I spend THERE, too... but it's the easiest way to stay in touch with some of my family members. Thanks for understanding! *** G'nite SWAP-BOT!!
7/30/15 - - ATTN: Swap-Partners and Group Sisters... I'm sorry to say that I'm going to be pretty scarce around here for a while. My husband is in the Hospital ICU, and could be there for some time. His condition is severe, and I don't know what to expect from this circumstance. If you've not received a swap from me, (and I know I have a couple of "lost in the mail" items out there) I WILL make it up to you... I'll resend and give you tons of bonus extras to thank you for your patience, but I can't say WHEN I'll be able to get back to all this.... Frankly, I'm a bit un-nerved. Your prayers and positive thoughts for my Husband and our family are welcomed and appreciated. Feel free to drop me a message, and I'll respond as soon as I can (striving to check email daily).
Bless you all for your understanding!!! ~PK
8/29 UPDATE: My husband is STILL in the hospital in a neighboring town, now. So I am travelling back and forth between home and my Moms (she lives closer to the Hospital than I do), and am only home to "take care of business" on the weekends these days. We are in hopes that a procedure my husband is scheduled to undergo on Tuesday of next week will repair his problem, and we'll soon be "back to normal"... or whatever passes for "normal" in this house... by mid September. Your patience, prayers, and well-wishes have been appreciated, my dear swap-partners!!! THANK YOU!!
ABOUT ME: Awww... shucks... do I HAVE to talk about ME??... hmmm... okay. I'm a mischievous pixy who's lived 216 seasons. I like live music, laughter, and any opportunity to have a little fun! Truly... I'm suffering from a major case of "Peter Pan Syndrome". I don't wanna grow up! (and it shows) Most things about my mundane life you'll learn with ease as you get to know me... I'm pretty open about stuff... but the first thing you'll realize is that I'm always looking for the next bit of fun and excitement! I love meeting new people and embarking on new adventures! I'm a firm believer in Balance...in life, love, work, family, relationships, and faith. I believe that we mere mortals have more control over our lives than we exercise, and that if we truly choose to, we can make the world a better place, even if it's only our immediate surroundings. I enjoy spending time in book shops, theaters, concerts, Renaissance or fantasy faires, pirate festivals, chili cook-offs, or any other venue where the gathering is aimed at food, fun, and fellowship! I love animals, and have 6 small dogs (their total weight is still less than 50 lbs). I like role playing games, mystery stories, puzzle books, fairies, frogs, dragons, live music, movies and good conversation. You can win my deepest affection with premium chocolate, or an RC Cola & a Moon Pie! Drop me a line... let's get acquainted!
NOTE to Swap Partner(s): I will NOT flake. I ALWAYS read and consider my swap partners profile before packaging my items. If you don't receive your items sent from me in a timely manner, please message me first before rating. And if you have a problem with something I've sent, let me know. I'll do what I can to make it right!
Favorite Music: Most any genre is great. I'm a classic rock fan, mostly, but love blues/jazz, country, anything, really - - love all music from bluegrass to opera, folk music to industrial. As long as it's talented.
Favorite Books: Enjoy Mystery/Thrillers... Horror, Fantasy Fiction, some Sci-Fi, a smattering of Paranormal Romance. Anything with a good set of multi-dimentional characters that show progress/development through the story. I'm open to most kinds of fiction, but (unless it's a truly interesting read) I usually leave non-fiction on the shelf.
Favorite Movies: Wow.... now there's another wide open category. I like all kinds of movies. I tend to avoid Anime (because my son overdoses on it) - - but I enjoy everything from Comedy to Horror (I put them both in the same category), and Drama to Adventure. Family Films, Animated Features, Love Stories, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi.... you name it, I'll probably watch it. The one type of movie that seems to fall to the bottom of my enthusiasm range are war movies... but if the characters are well-developed and the story holds my interest (and it's not all about the war-strategy), I'm game.
We don't watch a lot of mainstream TV at my house anymore, but there are a few series that I enjoy... I'll find them on Netflix or online, or DVD. I also DVR a few "reality contest" shows to overdose on when I'm feeling the need to do something totally brainless.
Tattoo Nightmares / Ink Master
Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Face-Off / Heroes of Cosplay
Switched at Birth
How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang Theory
There are others that I've watched in the past and enjoyed...
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
And more that I'm sure I don't remember right now...
As far as crafts go, I'm probably what Martha Stewart would be if she had grown up in West Texas, chased lizards, played with snakes and could beat up all the boys on her block. :) I'm a "dabbler" - love to do LOTS of different crafts, but not sure I'm "really good" at any of them.
NEWEST UNDERTAKING - learning to do Quilling! - funkiest papercraft I've tried yet!
Scrapbooking / Journal Making / Paper Crafts
Leather Work / Tooling
Plastic Canvas Needlepoint
Gimping (working with plastic or leather lacing)
Native American Artifact reproduction
Jewelry / Accessory Making (mostly beads/objects and feathers - things like hat bands, boot jewelry, hair decor, bracelets & necklaces)
Pewter Figure Painting (miniatures)
Past crafts (haven't done either of these in years):
Porcelain Doll Making
I like to use discarded and neglected/ignored items in my crafts whenever possible. It reinforces to me that EVERY thing CAN have purpose in life, and given the right perspective and motivationâ€¦ we can choose to see things in a beautiful way! :)
Things I collect (Figurines/Pictures/Etc.):
Mighty Beanz - - This obsession started in March of 2015. These things are so cute! I have TONS of them... but WANT THEM ALL!!! If you're interested in knowing which ones I'm looking for, feel free to ask!
Professional Wrestling Trading Cards - - Don't Laugh! ;) ... Okay... you can laugh, a little. ;)
Magic - the Gathering trading cards
Troll Dolls (both the silly little plastic ones, and the Ny Form Figures from Norway)
Little Cheesers (Mouse Figurines by Ganz)
Crafting crap of every imaginable type. I am a border-line hoarder of buttons, greeting cards, broken jewelry, beads, stickers, paper, keys, odd hardware, books, playing cards, magazine cut-outs, bits and bobs, odds and ends, and - in general - all sorts of crap.
I love all kinds of colorful things... but my favorites are
Purples (all shades)
Blues (all shades)
Pinks (all shades)
Jewel Tones (royal blue, burgundy, emerald/jade green, amber, etc...)
I'm usually VERY easy to please, and I love all kinds of stuff, but there are a few things I'm not so crazy about...
Black Licorice Candy (Love other flavors)
Coffee and Coffee Flavored things - I get my caffeine from Cola mostly (Coca-Cola or Especially love Royal Crown or "RC" Cola)
Swappers who are overly-picky or negative about swapping. If you have allergies, or extreme dislikes, I get that... but, seriously, if you receive something you don't particularly like or don't think you'll use, just pass it on!... I don't understand why some folks get "don't you dare send" attitudes about things that someone else is kind and generous enough to mail to them.
I also don't understand swappers who get judgmental and vindictive when rating partners based on how they value things that they received in a swap. It's my understanding that ratings should be based on whether or not the item was received, and whether or not it met the swap requirements (as laid out by the swap coordinator) If you aren't here because you enjoy sharing and giving - - why do this?
I guess I'm just a "positive" person, and I am hoping that all my Swap-Bot experiences are fun and up-lifting. I want all my partners to be kind and gracious in these exchanges, I know that I shall strive to be kind and gracious to them! :)
Feel free to communicate with me!
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