Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: February 23, 2018
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States
A swapper made me cry today. My partner was totally condescending which stung. Another swapper is threatening a 1 or a 3 because she thinks I flaked. I have NEVER flaked. It was late because I was IN THE HOSPITAL. I can't understand why people swap when they take it all so seriously. Then, I read a swapper's profile that had far more dislikes and don't send me's than anything positive. I just don't understand. This is my first experience and I hopefully the last. I promise I am a cheerful, incredibly patient, and hard pressed to rate down. I play for fun.
I feel compelled to add this: While I certainly appreciate anything that is sent to me, I find that I am getting an overabundance of little bits and pieces of enclosures, some useful but mostly sent on. You don't need to send these little bits to ensure you a heart! All I ask is that is the swap is nicely put together and contains a little note or a profile based picture or something like that - something that makes it personal for me, and that'll land you a nice red heart!!
I am a 57 year old-desperate-to-be-a-grandma! It's taking toooooo long!! I have three daughters, one married, so there's hope. My days are rather quiet, as I am a home-body but love it.
Art and creating are my passions, making invitations, announcements, etc., crocheting (small motifs), learning to tat, journaling, writing, sewing, all paper arts and paper crafts. All sorts of crafty stuff. It gets ridiculous, When the last child left for college, I finally got a room devoted to my flights of fancy. Yay!!
But I also love the literary world, reading, writing, journaling, editing...
HUGE supporter of the written word and snail mail. What would I do without USPS - and, while I am an ardent participator in the digital world, I so much prefer the printed matter contained in crisp envelopes with entrancing stamps (argh on postmarks without stamps, and the ubiquitous flag stamp - not to imply I'm unpatriotic, but given the choice, I have to go with something colorful and fun.) I learned about LWA from another swapper and am proud to say I, too, am now a card-carrying member!
I'm a Pisces, bask in teal and purple, love my fountain pens, roaming endlessly on Pinterest, and organizing all my fun "shtuff." Always looking to learn new art skills. LOVE that I don't have to cook for a family anymore. It takes too much time, and food is so annoying!
Favorite books include To Kill a Mockingbird; The Secret Life of Bees, Ethan Fromm, loads of Nonfiction - World War I and World War II era, historical fiction. Hard to really pinpoint favorites 'cause I'm all over the place! No mysteries or romances.
Big Fish is my favorite, Steel Magnolias, Friendship's Field, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mama Mia, Wallace and Grommit, Agnes Brown, Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness, and many more.
TV - I love Madam Secretary, Code Black. I watch programs on NetFlix,the only problem there is that once you watch the episodes they have for a particular series that's it and you have to wait FOREVER for a new season to come out! Love Call the Midwife, Foyle's War. Like TED talks, and Booktalk, and Judge Judy!!
YAYS: the ocean, rain, anything art, waltz music, indi music, children's picture books (good literature -my favorite author/illustrator is Arnold Lobel), tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms, mexican cuisine, hershey kisses, white cake with ridiculously sweet buttercream frosting, baking bread, all kinda cats big and small, mousies, tigers, camels, squirrels, peacocks, windmills (like Holland's), history, reading, beautiful ranges of colors in my inks, paints, chalks, glitters, etc., thrift stores and flea markets, used bookstores, live performances on stage or in concert, psychological thrillers, metal embellishments like charms, cleverness....
BOOS: California summer weather, chocolate cake, rock 'n roll, rap, harsh music, cooking, disaster or shoot'em up movies; I detest grocery shopping , board games, snakes, girly motifs and overboard pinkie, anime, unreliable people, injustice, cartoonish, crude things, dogs, kawaii, hello kitty,"modern art," coffee... But really anything is fine, just in moderation.
I've pretty well covered likes and dislikes, but I see other profiles have a bit on what they prefer to receive in swaps. To be quite honest, I would love anything that I have the privilege of receiving. I respect that everyone has their own style and their own ideas of what is "good" or "bad." Surprises make it fun. However, as I am told I need this, here goes:
Unusual Playing card jokers! especially foreign
Product Labels and any sort of logo art (this can be clothing, food, non-food items....)
World War II anything (World War I would be even better!)
neat pens (gel, metallic, fine points...)
Anything pertaining to Holland motif
Washi Tape (who doesn't love washi?)
Ephemera and embellishments
Peacocks; big Game animals like Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Giraffes; Squirrels, Camels and kitties. ADDED 2-6-18; foxes, frogs and knitting (I'm working on projects for my daughters)
Color choice doesn't matter, though I am partial to teal and purple
Tea bags (the packaging not for the tea itself)
Mules, but not donkeys
Parodies of American Gothic
Renditions of See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil in illustrative or photo format
Love unusual papers
Patterns or instructions for an usual envelope or craft or card idea
No Hello Kitty stuff or Sponge Bob, Kawaii, please
Die Cuts - esp seahorse and frame types
No allergies / bad flavors black licorice and watermelon - yuck!
Surprises / cleverness/ creativity
The icing on the cake: a letter (long or short) included with swap. Now THAT really makes my day!
If you don't receive my swap for whatever reason, PLEASE let me know, and like others, I will resend or otherwise fix the problem.
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