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Bananers

Bananers
Date Joined: March 6, 2016
Last Online: May 18, 2019
Birthday: November 18
Country: United States
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About Me

Just to get this out of the way, my name is spelled: Juli. There is no “e” at the end of my name. I don’t find this too bothersome unless I will be using what is being sent to me. (For example: swap cards).

I am a married mom of 2, one boy and one girl. (I got lucky there!) In March 2015, after 21 years, I retired from the US Navy, during which I worked as an electrician for the nuclear reactor plants. Talk about a stressful job! But, that was then and this is now!I finally finished school to be a pharmacy technician; I know, quite the departure from an electrician, but I was looking for something different...I found a job in a hospital; not my dream job, but it gives me extra dollars to spend on craft supplies that I don't need.

I'm not really a social butterfly and prefer to just hang out at the house and avoid the crowd.

My son and I go to kickboxing, MMA, boxing, and Muay Thai classes. At first I thought I would just go because there was no sense in sitting around and just watching him....but, I love it!!! I am now fighting (MMA) and am participating in BJJ tournaments.

I've learned that age is only a number and that it isn't something that should be used to keep you from moving on with your journey.

Tattoos....I love them! I have a large wrap around "gardeny" type teal rose on my left calf/ankle and a steampunk "gardeny" type on my right shoulder blade/upper back area. I have a half sleeve with steampunk elephants on my right arm. I also have started an underwater scene on my left arm, steampunk of course. All are original art by my tattoo artist; he is super awesome and a great artist. If you are in the Charleston, SC area and want to get an awesome tattoo, let me know and I'll give you his name. :)

I love to buy stuff, especially if it is for crafting and I can order it online. But oh my gosh, get me near a thrift store.....I absolutely love, love, love thrift stores! My husband keeps telling me that he has no idea what he is going to do with all of my stuff if I kick the bucket before he does....I told him that I'll leave him a list of people that he can invite over. LOL!

Favorite Crafts

I started my journey into the world of crafts with sane quilting. For several years, I collected hundreds of yards of fabric, kits, magazines, and books. I even put together some of my own kits. Many UFO's patiently remain in my sewing room for their turn under the sewing machine. It has been a while since I have finished a quilt.......I'm going to have to remedy that! :)

I'm in love with crazy quilting. CQ encompasses sooooo much stuff! There are beads, and threads, lace, charms, more beads, and more threads, yarns, every type of fabric that you can think of, paint, markers, broken jewelry, more beads and threads, and the list goes on....and on....and on! Of course, this feeds right into my love of buying stuff! The options are endless. If it can be sewn on or used on a crazy quilt block, it is fair game. I haven't really been doing this in quite some time either unfortunately. My love for paper crafting has taken over.

I've delved into painting/dyeing fabric/lace/threads, making polymer clay faces for CQ blocks, dotee dolls.

I'm loving making ATCs! I find that making them in "series" form is more suitable to my style than just creating one ATC at a time. It must have something to do with not being able to do only one thing at a time. LOL!

I also enjoy making pocket letters and flip books. Just like the ATCs, I like to make at least two pocket letters at a time, both with the same theme, but sometimes with different pockets. If I'm lucky enough to be able to make them the same, this allows me to have an actual physical "copy" of my own work to keep for myself. :)

Collage...yes! I find this extremely relaxing. Cut or tear pictures from books or magazines and glue them onto something else. It's mindless but not.

I haven't figured out art journaling yet, but I would really like to. I think the size of the page is very intimidating to me. I would also like to figure out how to do all of that pretty lettering that some people are able to do.

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Elementary, Person of Interest, Gotham, Bones, Girls, Second Chance, Ink Master, Penny Dreadful, UFC (or any other promotion) Fights, Major Crimes, Sister Wives, Counting On, Preacher, Sabrina

Likes/Dislikes

Likes:

-Jewel Tones/Brights

-pink/brown

-turquoise/brown

-purple

-pink

-turquoise

-just plain fun, but not overly childish

-While I don't care for overly childish, I do LOVE the Kawaii style

-steampunk

-sugar skulls

-funky colored owls with big eyes

-1930 to 1950 ish ephemera

-getting packages in the mail!

-dark chocolate!!


Dislikes:

-plaid

-baby themes

-I don't have young children nor do I send cards/items to young children. Please try to avoid sending those types of items. This is just a preference, I will re-swap these types of items, but it is very hard to because there are a lot of people that also don't want this sort of stuff.

-Sports related items, unless it involves fighting. The only sports that I watch are MMA and BJJ; the only ones I participate in I listed above.


Please Don't Send:

-religious items/quotations

-strong smelling/stinky items (perfumes/cigarettes)

-anything that has been around a pet or that has been dusty (think allergies)

-Household items. I don't sprinkle knick-knacks around my house. My husband is a clutter freak, so that is a no-no. LOL! I also have a lifetime supply of candles. I have the barest number of magnets on the refrigerator; they are plain so as to not clash with anything in the kitchen/living room. I have 1 painting and 1 quilt on the wall in the living room and dining room. (Kitchen/dining/living room are all open to each other.)

-Please no cosmetics. I do not wear them and would have no use for them. Thank you. :) I've been told that these can be used in crafting. I agree that something like nail polish can be used to paint charms (of which, I have a ton for that purpose). I could even see eye shadows being used by somebody, I just have not. There are still a lot of cosmetics that I don't think would be suitable crafting items, so if they can't be used in a crafting type situation, I would prefer not receive them.

-With the exception of my wedding ring, I don't wear jewelry. If it is something that can be used for crazy quilting or in a pocket letter/card/flip book, that would be my exception.

-Socks or other clothing items (unless it is specifically called for in the swap). Most of my day is spent on the mats (no shoes/socks) and in work out clothes. As for my clothing choices, I am extremely picky.....I only wear a few brands of very specific types of clothing.

-Also, it gets super hot from about late March to September/October, so I wouldn't recommend sending food items or anything that has the potential to melt. Items like wax tarts, Chapstick, gum, etc.

*****Please Don’t Send*****

I am routinely training for fights or BJJ tournaments. This means that I am either cutting weight or following a fairly strict diet in preparation for cutting weight. Unless, a swap very specifically calls for sending some type of food or drink item, please don’t send any. It will go to waste. Thanks for understanding.


I really don't need:

-Common office supplies (I coupon/scour sales adds, so I have normal office supplies galore. These include: ballpoint pens in all colors, highlighters, pencils, glue sticks, index cards, square sticky notes, colored pencils, crayons, permanent markers in all colors.)**


Wishlist

-Ephemera (especially vintage)!!!!!

-Old books/magazines

-Magazine cutouts/tear-outs

-gel pens

-felt tip pens

-stickers (not overly childish; I do like kawaii)

-scrapbook bling

-die cuts/punchies

-Glitter (I know, who would consciously ask for glitter!)

-brads/eyelets

-paper clips (shaped and colored; I have plenty regular and jumbo silver)

-interesting shaped sequins

-ATC size vintage pictures or other interesting pictures that would make for a unique ATC/altered postcard/altered business card

-novelty/glass/vintage buttons

-patterned ribbon

-inchie/twinchie blanks

-lace

-fabric trim (not the bulky type for household items)

-postcards/postalettes

-small steampunk parts (gears, keys, etc)

-washi tape

-scrapbook papers/card stock (especially those that have been embossed or otherwise created by you)

-postage stamps

-glitter glue

-stamped images

-papers/book pages; especially foreign print or those that have been painted/stamped by you

-words/word pages/word cut-outs

-I also especially love "blind" envelopes. It is always so fun to see what other people think is neat!

Swapping Etiquette

I will never flake on a swap! (Never ever!!) I have been flaked on so many times, some being pretty time and effort significant, and it really sucked. I just simply can't believe that a person can feel ok with themselves when they do this.

If you don't receive a swap from me, it has been lost in the mail. Please message me ASAP, and I will happily mail out something new. If the old package/mail item arrives, lucky you; you get something extra for being so patient.

If for some reason you receive a swap from me with postage due: First, I profusely apologize. I try to pay particular attention to things like that. Next, please message me. I will make it right by sending you postage stamps, money, or an envie of goodness.

**P.S.**

I like to use postage stamps in my artwork. If you are able to use stamps instead of metered mail when sending to me, I would truly appreciate it. If you do use stamps, pretty please try not to overlap them. I have a heck of a time trying to separate them. I just haven’t found a good way to do it.

Also, if we are in a "mail art" swap that allows you to choose what type of art piece to send (PC, ATC, envie, etc.), I prefer an ATC. Understand though, that is only a preference; I will still love whatever you send!!

Ratings

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Comment: Amazing pages! Thank you ever so much.
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Comment: Thanks so much for the great book pages!
Singske rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse, Part 1 on May 3, 2019
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Comment: Yay so happy with the the face you’ve sent me. If you are on instagram you can see the result on #swapbot . I love it and it was so much fun. Also thanks for the extra goodies, is that Japanese? Good luck on 5/11... girl power !!!💥🦸‍♀️💥
Eulegirl rated for MAE: Patterns on May 2, 2019
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Comment: What pretty envies! Thank you so much! I love the tiny one, too.
AliCrafter rated for Just Randomness Giveaway on Apr 19, 2019
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thebragal rated for ATC Product Series: Acrylic Paint on Apr 18, 2019
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Comment: Very cool. Thank you. Nice letter too.
pattiairel rated for MAE: Patterns on Apr 18, 2019
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Comment: thanks for the nice envies!!♥♥♥
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Comment: WOW!!! What an amazing parcel. The envelope was mesmerizing - I spent about ten minutes just flipping it over and over and looking at it. And the ATC is awesome! What a nice multimedia piece :) Thank you so much for the book pages and the cool Dragon stamp, too!
thebragal rated for Lots of Glitter GIVEAWAY on Apr 14, 2019
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Comment: Great answer.
ArtyBeth3 rated for UHM: Make my day #1 (envelopes) on Apr 14, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the generous amount of nice & colorful envelopes you made for me. I love the themes you chose (flowers & bicycles). The goodies on and/or in some of the envelopes were nice too. :)
wolfeagle rated for USA: AMA Mystery Supply Swap #1 on Apr 14, 2019
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Comment: Love the Rolo and you're right, the ATC is still sassy with ears. lol Thank you so much. Wanted to say, what a great envelope also. And I love that little fish stamp on the Rolo. Thank you.
babyblues65 rated for ATC - Free Themed #6 (USA) on Apr 11, 2019
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Comment: Hi Juli! This ATC is the CUTEST card!!!! I LOVE those fish!!!! They are adorable! Thank you so much for the extra book pages, I'm a book page fanatic!! Proof is my 50 old books I've bought over the last few months in my art room! My husband doesn't understand it! LOL. ALSO, your envelope you made is SO freaking cool! It brightened up my mailbox! I couldn't wait to open it, I was like a kid! Ha! Have a wonderful Spring!
ktk8 rated for AAA: Beginning Backgrounds Challenge on Apr 7, 2019
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Comment: Great ATC wonderful what you did with the background given...... many hearts and thanks for the extras and the beautiful cards you write upon.....
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Comment: Hello..... LOVE this torso with her head in the clouds..... the head I got is part cat so the bird goes so WELL..... thanks too for the extras....great swap!!!!
sherylk3 rated for WIYM: Postage Stamp ATC on Apr 1, 2019
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Comment: Lovely ATC, thanks also for the stickers ;)
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Comment: Yahoo - thanks for the very special ATC. I love the squirrel stamp!! Love all the pretty napkins too - Thank you!!
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Comment: I love what you did Juli!! Thank you so much!! I love Heather's swaps like this also, but you are right...it is more difficult to use an already made background!! Thank you for the extra cards!!
mags142 rated for Feed My Mailbox Please! 😀 on Mar 24, 2019
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Comment: Hello Juli! Thank you for the awesome envelope! And you really stuffed the envelope and spoiled me with goodies! Thank you!
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Comment: Love the ATC! I tend to throw scraps in a box, and have to force myself to go through it and throw stuff out. I just know if I throw something away, the next day I'll need it!
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Comment: Hi Juli. Love the handmade envelopes that you made and sent. The added diecuts make them extra fun. I am relieved that I actually received them unscathed because the post office machines almost completely destroyed the envelope that you sent them in. Both sides were cut open which is really weird. Glad all was not lost. Thanks again!

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stephiedee on Apr 19, 2019:

Thank you for the generously stuffed envelope for the paper bomb tag!

Bhindblueeyes on Apr 3, 2019:

Stumbled on your profile via the PFs. My Gramps was career Navy, and my Mum grew up in Charleston! We had to cancel our winter trip down to SC, but I think we are still going this upcoming autumn - I'm so excited to see it!!! :)

shinyserra on Mar 28, 2019:

Oops! Forgot to say...that was for the pick 2 tag!

shinyserra on Mar 28, 2019:

Best tag ever! Thank you so very much for all of the great notecards and the beautiful stamps! Stamps are my happy place and I love using them for all sorts of projects. These already have my wheels turning! Thank you.

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:

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splendorpursuit on Mar 16, 2019:

Holy crap! Is that you in the Pinterest profile pic? I just read your Swapbot profile and read about the fighting. 😳 That’s AMAZING! And a severe deterrent to ever be late on a swap with you. 😉

splendorpursuit on Mar 16, 2019:

You’re so welcome!

LauraM540 on Feb 2, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome assortment of fussy cut images from the swap tag us... Hope you're feeling better!

CurlyTea on Nov 19, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

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