Date Joined: March 7, 2017
Last Online: March 28, 2017
Birthday: May 27, 1974
Country: United States
Want a good laugh with a hefty dose of reality for most of us scrapbook and crafting hoarders. Click on this link for one of my favorite Youtube videos. https://youtu.be/r3D77sMmwd8
If that link doesn't work just go to Youtube and type in 'Hoarders video revisited"
Not only is she funny and witty, she's a typical craft-a-colic mos tot us can relate to.
About me: I'm 42 years old. Born and raised in California. Only one in my family from California, everyone else is from Pennsylvania.
Mom of three wonderful sons- Bret 25, Ryan 19 and Jake 14. I have three dogs. Don't worry if I'm your swap partner, I keep my home very clean. My dogs are not allowed in my home office or craft room.
I really like anything with my family's names or initials. Last name starts with an S Names: Hubby Jeff, Jill (me) , sons Bret, Ryan and Jake - Names of my fur children (dogs) also welcomed. Mimi, Kane and Apollo. Or my gorgeous, sweetheart pitbull that passed away last year. His name was Mojo.
Love tea (especially green) and like coffee. (Hubby loves coffee)
Like all candy, especially gummies or hard candy.
Colors: Black, Teal, Turquoise, Silver, Cobalt Blue and Yellow
Metals: Copper, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold. I recently had my entire kitchen backsplash done in all coppers. It turned out absolutely gorgeous!
MY CRAFTS: Like so may others I have dabbled in just about everything, but my go-to craft of choice is scrapbooking and card making.
List of things that I like, need or can use more of: 1. Blank ATC paper (I don't have any yet) would love to know where you purchase yours or what paper weight is best) 2. Tim Holtz Ink dabber refills 3. Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Pen 4. Any findings for jewelry making. Clasps, those things you pinch to seal the end and anything else you can spare. 5. Metal Keys 6. Velvet material. Minimum of 4x8 (for my handmade jewelry boxes) 7. Artist paint brushes. Always need more... Please do not send the type for kids with plastic bristles. 8. Die cuts or Metal die cuts 9. Unscented dryer sheets (for my die cuts. Helps to keep them from sticking) 10. Wood photo frames of any size. No glass necessary - just the frame will do. 11. Glitter 12. Clothes pins with spring 13. Lace ribbon - smaller width preferred 14. Stamps - Please nothing cartoonish or childish looking. Antique looking faces. Scenery, trees, nature, clocks, cursive, script 15. Fuzzy socks 16. New and sealed lip balm. 17. Love all candy, especially gummies. 18. Store bought or handmade flowers. Especially roses. 19. Pennants 20. Stickers: Please not the teacher reward type. I'm not a school teacher. 21. Anything butterflies or bees 22. Hello Kitty 23. Odd and unique little coin/ change purses 24. Tim Holtz embellishments 25. Clock stickers, die cuts, embellishments 26. Random Vintage or Steam Punk looking items 27. Antique photographs 28. Favorite Disney characters: Pluto, Mickey, Snow White and the dwarfs or any of the Evil Queens 29. Glass sead beads 30. Zombie anything - I'm a huge Zombie movie fan! 31. White Gel Pen 32. Stationary, pens, refillable pencils 33. Double sided tape 34. Your favorite recipe. One you that you have made several times. Please do not send just any recipe you find off the internet. (I'll share mine if you request it)
Thirty four items is a lot, but I'm hoping to provide you with an extensive enough list that you will likely find some of these items unused and laying around your craft room or home. I added some extra items to my list in case you are feeling extra generous and prefer shopping for a wish list. I personally don't feel swaps should force you to run to a store (unless it's specifically that type of swap) with a wish list similar to what you would hand your best friend or husband at Christmas...
Likes: I love most of God's creatures!
Mammals, bugs (things move or that breathe)
Dogs, birds, bunnies, ladybugs, dragonflies, safari animals like zebra's and elephants.
FAVORITES: Butterflies, Bees, Snails and Koi fish!
Dislike: Snakes and lizards.
I love nature! All plants really... Especially flowers. orchids (I grow several varieties and colors), roses, petunias, Hyacinth (the name of my street), violets, begonias, peonies, snap dragons, frangipani and all welcome. MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FLOWER: Amaryllis. I have them in paintings throughout my home, as well as grow them. They only bloom/flower once a year and I can't wait for it! I've even sent some to others in the mail when my plants produce baby bulbs.
Love all plants. Ivy, trees, grass... leaves. Any botanical items will be appreciated and cherished!
Love anything gardening related. If you would see it in your backyard, patio or garden I will like it.
Love miniatures: all
I will appreciate anything handmade.
One of my favorite hobbies and passions is my love of photography. I've been a professional photographer for about 9 years now. I have worked for a few companies as well as freelance before starting my own current business, which I still take photos, just not of people... mainly just clothing and jewelry shots. I plan on hiring a model this summer for my clothing. I also did school portrait photography at one point. That was by far the most challenging. Lots of behind the scenes work involved that parents don't realize. But I did enjoy the kids! So darn precious and cute! Not sure the size of schools where you live, but here they're massively huge. Fun fact: there are 3,609 students at my sons high school. Crazy right? Photographing newborns and wee little ones were one of the most rewarding. Capturing a special moment in time that momma will cherish a lifetime is priceless. Knowing my photo of their loved one will be passed on for many generations to come is warms my heart.
Would love to receive any scenic photos you have or take of around your neighborhood or town.
Love my Pandora jewelry and started collecting more of it lately. Lots more... would love to share photos with another collector or possibly trade a charm of equal value that doesn't get worn anymore.
I would like to take some time soon to learn how to use the yarn I purchased and crochet something... Any website tutorial tips for me? I'd love to know about it. I have a lot of stress and nervous energy so working with my hands is my therapy. Anything to take my mind off of my stressors while creating something beautiful is a win win for me.
I prefer to read over watching tv. I like to read books about DIY projects, health, nutrition, gardening, Christianity/God. I prefer to learn something new when I have a free moment. I listen to sermons or podcasts while cleaning or working.
One of my favorite quotes, especially with what's going on in the USA today. "I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance." Samuel Taylor Coleridge Thank you for stopping by! God bless, Jill
For new mommies or ones with little ones: I used to be a community moderator for book writer and Pediatrician Dr Sears. You probably know him best through his son who has been on the Dr .Oz show many times. I posted daily nutritional tips as well as answered many questions daily about anything chid related. Nutrition, breast feeding, colic, temper tantrums, discipline. I did not and do not give medical advice that should only be offered by your child's pediatrician or general practitioner.
With that being said: I always recommend new and even veteran moms go to Dr Sears Facebook page - Ask Dr Sears. Daily tips and much more.
Most kids today to not get adequate proper nutrition. Nowadays with the rush of life more kids are eating too many fast food meals. Too much drive-thru or quick open a box snacks and meals. Its become an epidemic. More moms need to take a little extra time to dice, peel, and cook their kids food. Even busy working moms can do this. Just plan and prepare ahead of time.
One of my FAVORITE books by D Sears that I highly recommend is The N.D.D. Book. (Nutritional Deficit Disorder) Nutrition does effect your child's current and future health, learning, and behaviors.
Just remember these two things:
If you buy it, your kids will eat it. Want them to eat less junk, then start by not putting it in your grocery cart!
Dr Sears believes in "shaping" your child's taste buds. Start early by offering a wide variety of vegetables. Offer more veggies than sweet fruits till they are not "veggie picky." Make a nibble tray. Cubes of hard boiled egg, cheeses, baby carrots, grapes, (only for kids over choking age)
Have a picky eater who refuses all veggies and fruit? Try creative new ways to introduce a new veggie or fruit one at a time. It may take several attempts of offering a food before your child will try it. Offer homemade low-fat ranch (I have a super easy recipe) or hummus to dip their veggies in. Let them see mommy eat it and do not give up. Allow them to not like a couple things, but not everything. I highly recommend any of Pediatrician Dr Sears books. I have read them myself, or I wouldn't recommend them :)
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