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Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: April 23, 2013
Birthday: July 22, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm an illustrator/graphic designer living down by the Jersey Shore (....not like the TV show T_T ). I'm kind of shy but I love to get mail and I want to expand my horizons and meet new people.

Also I might possibly be a hipster. I'm not actually sure.....

Favorite Music

I enjoy a broad range of music, but I have a particular affinity for epic and evocative soundtracks, Bollywood music, rockabilly/pyschobilly, and eighties pop.

Some of my favorite music groups and artists are The Cramps, The Decemberists, Nick Cave, Billy Joel, Gorillaz, Goldfrapp, Andrea Bocelli, Bond, Dead can Dance/Lisa Gerrard, Devotchka, Garbage, Enigma, Moby, Sarah Brightman.

Favorite Books

One of my favorite books ever is The Neverending Story (the actual novel. Love the movie too). Though I don't read as much as I used to, I've read a ton of Anne McCaffrey, many of Terry Brook's Shannara books, classic fantasy like Lord of the Rings, all of Harry Potter, the classic Oz books, and Lovecraft. I also like urban fantasy and horror. The most recent book I've read is The Relic ( another one where I enjoyed the movie too).

I also read a lot of graphic novels, mostly Japanese manga, and comics, mostly Marvel, though I also enjoy a lot of independent titles like The Tick and Scott Pilgrim.

Currently I'm enjoying 20th Century Boys and Kamen Rider.

Favorite Movies

Jaws, Akira, Evil Dead II, Rocky Horror Picture show, just about every Godzilla movie, though Return of Godzilla holds a special place in my heart :)

I love old B-movies, monster movies, popcorn flicks, animated movies (mostly Pixar and Disney).

Favorite Television

Project Runway, Chuck, Fringe, Lost, The Venture Bros., Adult Swim, various anime and cartoons, MST3k, Futurama, Kamen Rider V3 (Kamen Rider in general)

Other Random Things

I'm a self taught knitter. I hope to knit a sweater eventually, mostly I do hats and scarves. I'm constantly trying to learn crochet, but I find it much harder compared to knitting. I also like sewing. I like trying a range of things, though mostly I want to learn how to efficiently make my own clothing. I don't find the clothing industry to be kind to women who are curvy but not necessarily "woman" or plus sized.

I'm a professional artist by trade, but it's also my hobby. I work in traditional, but mainly digital mediums (Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter). I enjoy various art styles and modern illustration, especially art geared towards sci-fi and fantasy. I also love conceptual art (for movies and animation). I have a large collection of Japanese artbooks from various games and anime. Some of my favorite artists are the Hildebrandt brothers, Yoshitako Amano, Mucha, James Jean, Shepard Fairey,

My favorite color is hot pink. I love bright fun colors in general, but I also like retro inspired colors, blues, and earthy tones. I also love stripes, paisleys, flowery prints, argyles, animal prints.

I enjoy gardening. I have a small garden that I work on every year, with a small patch for veggies and herbs. I love to try new things, but am unfortunately limited by the amount of space I have and the shadiness of the area (full sun plants are do-able but partial sun and shade tolerant are better ). I like flowers but also like leafy plants like aroids (elephant ears), vines, and banana plants. I like unusual colors and plants that are not that common to grow. This year I'm growing cannas, blue potatoes, cukes, morning glories and moonflowers, sunflowers, and tomatoes.

I love Indian food! (and Indian desserts!) I enjoy all sorts of cultural foods, as well as good old American comfort food, especially stuff that is spicy. However, I am some what of a picky eater, especially when it comes to veggies. I also love to bake and cook, especially during the holidays.


  • Things related to Asian culture. It doesn't have to be Japanese. I also love Chinese and Indian culture.
  • Kawaii type stuff, like flake stickers
  • Animal Prints, stripes, paisley, flowery prints, argyles.
  • Fun colors, esp. hot pink
  • Also retro colors and earthy colors
  • Gardening
  • Nautical things and themes
  • Chocolate
  • Fruity and fresh smells
  • Plants and flowers
  • Tiki,Surf culture
  • Retro and Americana
  • Rockabilly culture
  • Vintage labels, matchboxes art, letter press images, vintage advertising.
  • Small odd kitschy things
  • Sea Creatures, especially sharks and octopi
  • Kaiju and tokusatsu (Godzilla, Ultraman, Kamen Rider)
  • Gashapon and trading figures
  • Small collectible vinyl figures, like stuff by Kid Robot
  • Crafty things, like knitting, sewing
  • Sci-fi and fantasy
  • Lucha Libre
  • Cake, OMG, love cake
  • Video game related things. I love Portal, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Phoenix Wright. I collect everything from books to figures, to prints, stickers, pins, keychains.
  • Art Deco, Art Nouveau
  • International Chocolate. If you are from outside the U.S. or have access to foreign chocolate, it would make me really happy if you sent some my way. My English relatives used to bring stuff that are hard to find in the U.S like Aero and Flake bars.
  • My dad collects English stamps (he's from England himself) so if you have spare stamps, used or new, old or recent, that you can send, it would make him happy :)
  • Things that are unique to other cultures, countries. Souvenir type things, cultural things. I'd be happy to see interesting items from your country :)
  • Maneki Neko figures (the beckoning cat commonly associated with japanese and chinese culture)
  • Phone charms (I like to collect them despite the fact I haven't figured out the best way to attach them to my iphone).


I don't have many. I like to think I'm a pretty broad and open minded person, but there's a few things I can list if it'll help people:

  • The smell of vanilla. (Just the smell. I like the taste)
  • Tea. Have tried to like it, but never really got into it.
  • Twilight. Not for me
  • Fruits and/or raisins baked or mixed into food


newrule rated for POSTCARDS for Laura on Dec 23, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card with superb stamps! Merry christmas and happy new year!
esew123 rated for Gingerbread Dotee on Dec 10, 2012
Comment: So cute! Thank you very much for the gingerbread man and his little ginger-dog. :-)
Comment: Loved everything, from the beautiful cat envelope down to the shells. I collected shells as a child in Wildwood, NJ and miss those days! Thank you soo much!
Comment: Thnak you so much!
Comment: so very cute thank you <3
Comment: Great little kimono-they were fun to make! Thanks for the extras too-some really nice papers! Happy Holidays
Banshee rated for Quick Stuff #11 on Jul 21, 2012
Comment: thank you so much =)
Shannoncollar rated for Monster Army-Green on May 21, 2012
Comment: He is too cute and well worth the wait. Thank you very much for the PC & stickers.
Comment: So cute! I love it.
Comment: Thank you so much for the package! I loved it all!!!
Iluvdolls rated for DOTEE - Garden tea party on May 8, 2012
Comment: She is too cute I love her thanks :) !!!
Comment: i absoutely loved the erasers && pencils, thank you!:D
MarthaLouise rated for Mini Whimsey Jar! ~ USA on May 1, 2012
Comment: This jar was PERFECT! Thank you so much!
Kelly627 rated for Dotee Madness #4 on Apr 26, 2012
Comment: What a Great Dotee. She is wonderful. Made my long day at work attitude go away. Thank You for making my day.
chrissy418 rated for Quick Stuff #11 on Apr 14, 2012
ladeebug rated for Knitted Cotton Dish Cloth (Spring) on Apr 11, 2012
Comment: what a wonderful dishcloth. I have never seen this pattern, and thank you for sending the site for the pattern. I shall try it myself. I really enjoy swapping on swap-bot, It is like christmas to get a package and make a new friend, and when it is a special friend like you Laura, it is twice as nice. Here is a star for my special dishcloth. I just found out I will be having my second great-grandchild later this year, so I am busy making a basket weave soft blanket for the little one. thanks again Marcia Ladeebug
Response: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. It was a fun pattern to try out :) Congratulations on your new great grandchild!
AndrewLips rated for Let's make creative comics!! on Apr 20, 2011
Comment: WOW! I don't care that this was late. This was amazing! I laughed SO hard! I love you! I grew up loving Predator and Terminator to so this is actually PERFECT! I think you're amazing.
Response: I glad you liked it! Admittedly I was a bit stumped at first, but once I got rolling, I was pretty happy with it :)
user1838 rated for Key to My Heart DOTEE doll on Feb 20, 2011
Comment: Hi Laura Got my Key Dotee ! she is really cute! Thank You, Julia
dschmale rated for Mini monster love #1 on Feb 10, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the cute monster, I love his tail and the beads for fingers.
biasbabe rated for Cookies Galore on Jan 16, 2011
Comment: Why didn't you slap me up along side of the head dear. Like a dummy when I got the package I thought it was from my Christmas Secret Sister and didn't open it until today. I loved the towels and the pumpkin potholder and recipe and cookie cutters, heck I loved it all. Your awesome swapper dear.

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Cakers on Dec 10, 2012:

Hi Laura - I am your partner for the Postcards for Laura swap. I mailed your postcard on 11/25. I imagine you must not have received it as I haven't seen a rating and it's been nearly two weeks. So I resent today and they'll be in an envelope so you can choose to use them or hang on to them. Enjoy and Happy Swapping!


annan on Mar 30, 2011:

hi, I am sorry but the Creative comics swap is going to be belated... because I was ill and now I am working! But I will do it soon. Sorry again!

2planetearth on Mar 18, 2011:

I added a new shrine from another swapper and just had to comment again how awesome the shrine I received from you is BAD ASS! I bow to your amazing talent and awesomeness!

dmarie on Jan 31, 2011:

Come check out my new Sew a Poochie Bag 2 swap http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/82595

dmarie on Jan 31, 2011:
annan on Jan 22, 2011:

hi BonsaiMechaGirl, you are supposed to send a story to me for the Let's make creative comics swap!

RyeRye on Dec 22, 2010:


MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Crafting Queens group~

cazzy12 on Nov 1, 2010:

i in muddle on farmvil my email is [email protected]

teemnis on Oct 30, 2010:


beebeejaybee on Oct 29, 2010:


My facebook addy for farmville swap

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