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Date Joined: May 10, 2017
Last Online: October 26, 2020
Birthday: June 3
Country: United States
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Favorite Crafts

I've been making modern macrame jewelry for 20+ years. I use cotton cord, hemp yarn, satin ribbon, gems, semi-precious stones, crystals, glass beads, acrylic beads, wood beads, metal beads, bells, charms, and a variety of pendants. My goal is to create something modern, not an echo of the 60s and 70s. - 2020 Update: I rarely make jewelry anymore due to chronic pain. Please refrain from sending me items related to jewelry making seeing as they're likely going to remain in their container(s) for ages.

I've been painting with watercolors for 15+ years with a large focus on making the real look like a dream. Most of my work is influenced by photographs from the Hubble Telescope, various types of landscape and scenery, as well as macro photographs of flowers.

I'm a fourth generation quilter, and my previous work as a jewelry designer and maker shows up in my quilts. I don't shy away from prints or bold colors, both of which I love. I sew my quilts by machine and quilt by hand. Sizes of my work vary from coasters to twin size quilts. My goal is to never use the same pattern twice.

Favorite Books

Dune series by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson.

The House of the Stag by Kage Baker

The Age of Misrule trilogy, Dark Ages trilogy, Kingdom of the Serpent trilogy by Mark Chadbourn

Sword Dancer series by Jennifer Roberson

A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The Castings trilogy by Pamel Freeman

All the Dragon Age novels and comic books by various authors

All the Firefly comic books by various authors and artists

The Ring by Daniel Keys Moran

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Saga of the Seven Suns by Kevin J Anderson

The Martian by Andy Weir

There are other books, but I don't have them on my bookshelves due to having only rented them from the library. Overall science-fiction is my favorite, but I will read fantasy if it's interesting enough.

Favorite Music

The short version is anything but country, ska, Christian rock, Christian music (except for the singing monks and I can't remember what it's called), and most rap.

I have over 4k songs on my computer's music library. There's jazz, hip hop, some rap, R&B, bluegrass, big band, heavy metal, death metal, rock 'n' roll, soundtracks, indie, and so much more. A lot more.

About Me

UPDATE July 2020: We have moved!

I'm a woman in her 30s, permanently disabled, Progressive Socialist Democrat, activist and peaceful/non-violent protester, politically active, inter-sectional feminist, very INTP, gamer, science lover, fairy collector, witch/pagan, writer, painter, quilter, and jewelry designer/maker. That's the short version. For details you'll need to ask questions.

I have asthma and therefore can't receive anything that is tainted by cigarette smoke. The smell makes me gag and often sets off an asthma attack. Strong smells in general have a negative effect on me due to my sensitivity to smell. This also includes incense. I've received incense in two trades and had to toss the stuff in the trash. I can't use it.

Scented items have set off asthma attacks. If I receive scented items, be it incense, candles, or oils, I will be VERY angry because going to the ER for an asthma attack is a death wish. Do not send me scented items!!!

I have Celiac Disease. If the item contains gluten I can't use/consume it.

I'm also allergic to caffeine. I can have chocolate; I'd have to eat at least a pound of 97% dark chocolate to get any effect from the caffeine. My favorite chocolate is 87% dark and gluten-free. I cannot consume tea, and a lot of herbal teas have ingredients that conflict with my seizure medication. I have to be very careful about what I eat and drink.

What I prefer are things I can use. Things I can use in my quilting (quilt fabric scraps, thread, etc), and stuff I can display.

I practice witchcraft, and have been doing so since I was nine. I didn't know it had a name for it until many years later, and came out of the "broom closet" when I was 16. I've been practicing for over 25 years now, studied/apprenticed under an Elder until he passed away in 2015. I walk the Crooked Path (neither light nor dark), my Elder named me seer and water witch. I don't identify as a Wiccan, but as Witch or Pagan. I work with the deities Hel, Odin, Cernunnos, and The Morrigan. What I practice has been an oral tradition passed down from generation to generation going back many centuries. I practice alone, use an oracle tarot deck (traditional decks are as nails on a chalkboard for me), and because of my epilepsy and seizure medication I have vivid lucid dreams. Many of these dreams have helped me a great deal.

I have no children, but I do have two cats and my plants. My cats are our children. My husband and I have no intention of having children, and I went so far to prevent this that I had a tubal ligation and endometrial ablation. .

My two cats are my joy, and seeing them happy and entertained is extremely fulfilling. They love bird watching and have several perches in front of various windows. I'll be able to provide them with some "TV". Bird seed (we live in Springfield, Oregon), bird feeders, and things that attract birds will be great. Cat toys and other cat things are always welcome. One of my cats loves smacking bells and chasing strings, the other loves rough play and running around at odd hours.

In November 2016 I had wrist surgery to repair a ligament tear that had occurred 5+ years earlier. The pain is nearly gone, but if I work my wrist too much it shows in what I do. I also have tremors in my hands due to nerve and muscle damage caused by epilepsy (I've had epilepsy since I was 11). I apologize if my handwriting is a little messy; I rarely write by hand anymore due to the severity of the pain.

I'm on a limited budget, and my husband is the only one who can work. I do my best to send swaps out the day I'm assigned to my partner. If my half of a swap arrives a little late it's likely due to not having the money to pay postage. 99% of the time I do have things mailed out the day of the swap or sent out before the due date. If you fancy sending me unused stamps that'd be great. If I know my half will be late due to lack of funds I drop from the swap before I'm assigned; if I forget to do this I notify the person I'm sending the item(s) to that it will be a little late.

May 2018 UPDATE: I can no longer continue as a PenPal. The pain leaves me unable to type, sew, or quilt for several days.

I rate the day a swap arrives. If I haven't rated you it's because I haven't received anything. I know USPS is being stalled by the US gov't, and have suffered for it (two medications got "lost" in the mail for three months).

What I Like

Jewel tones, bold and bright colors. Think peacocks and hummingbirds. Oh, and I love those two birds.

Leopard print/pattern. My favorite big cat is the snow leopard followed closely thereafter by the clouded leopard.

I love snakes, butterflies, dragonflies, and other colorful creatures.

Fairies and old fairy lore. I especially love Brian Froud's fairy artworks, and consequently his Fairy Oracle Deck.

My two cats would love cat toys that are actual cat toys. They're happy with a ball of paper, but cat-safe toys made for cats are extra special.

Flowers. My favorites are lilies, daisies, lilacs, and sunflowers. Stickers, pressed flowers, whatever. I love flowers. If you choose to send flower seeds please check what region they would grow best in.

SCIENCE IS LIFE! Outer space stuff is super bonus yes, but science in general makes me super happy. Things related to science, learning science things, that sort of thing makes my day. I watch Bill Nye Saves the World and several other science shows.

Puns, jokes, bad jokes, etc.

I love Dragon Age. It has saved my life, helped me learn how to interact with people and socialize, improved my confidence and self-esteem, and so many other positive things. My favorite characters is Alistair. I write a lot of Dragon Age fanfiction too. If you're interested in reading any of it let me know. I'll direct you to where I have it posted online.

Old Scottish lore. My ancestors are from the British Isles and most are from Scotland (MacBeth). I have several books with general Celtic lore, but most of it is focused on Ireland...and I'm not Irish. I'd like more Scottish stuff.

Lightning and volcanoes, preferably together, but separate is perfectly fine.

I love postcards! I'm on Post Crossing, and it's been a blast. Not entirely sure I would call myself a collector, but I do love receiving them. I don't care for tourist cards unless it's international.

Science fiction is a great love of mine. Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, Farscape, Battlestar Gallactica (the new one), and many others.

I would love to have some really unique coffee mugs/tea cups. I do drink some herbal teas, mostly ginger or fruity, but a house fire in July 2017 destroyed a large portion of my mugs and cups. I would really like to replace them.

Learning the stories, myths, and legends of other cultures and countries is something I love. Feel free to share these with me in swaps!

Boxes. I have a lot of scrap fabric from quilting, gel pens, jewelry and jewelry making supplies, etc. I would love a decorated box...but no glitter. I loathe glitter (see "What I Don't Like"); the only exception is glitter gel pens. For a long time I decorated boxes from cigar boxes, but I haven't done that in a very long time. I may get back into it.

Goddess statues (the three faces of maiden, mother, and crone, The Morrigan, simple statuary of a female figure), statuary of Cernunnos (also known as Herne, Lord of the Wild Hunt, most often depicted with antlers), stag statuary, pendants, amulets, or figurines. Wood, bone, antler, stone. I really like collecting them. I do cleanse them upon their arrival to remove whatever energies are present.

As mentioned before I'm dedicated to Cernunnos. He's a Celtic god often depicted with antlers and surrounded by animals. He's a nature god. Symbols, pendants, amulets, and statues representing him are also interesting to see. I would love to receive artwork representing him.

Stickers! So long as they're not Hello Kitty or Disney related I love receiving them. It's an added bonus if they haven't been used. I'm on a limited budget and receiving stickers I can use will make me very happy.

I'm a big fan of up-cycling so long as it's in good taste.

What I Don't Like

Glitter is evil. I hate glitter. I loathe glitter. Glitter must burn and forever be removed from existence.

Random tarot cards. I don't care for having some random card, especially considering I have no idea what they represent other than taking up space.

I've cut candy out of my diet as well as several other foods due to having developed GERD. Please don't send food.

Fabrics and prints that can be easily associated with "grandma" because ugh, super old fashioned. Not even valid enough to be called vintage. Bleh. It's often the flower print you see on furniture from the 50s-80s era.

Zebra print. Please...don't.

I really don't like spiders. At all. Blame the three black widows that bit me, the large number of hobo spiders in my area, the jumping spiders that make me scream. I see more spiders in a month here in Oregon than most Aussies see in a year.

Fairies with butterfly wings (except for the Garden Fairy and Fairy Glen collections). They annoy me and I don't know why. I do love butterflies though.

I have very sensitive skin. Don't send me skin products. Ever. There's a fair chance I'll develop a rash. Yes, very annoying. I do have some on my Etsy wishlist, but they're products I use and know I'm not allergic to.

Religious stuff (unless it's related to what I've mentioned in "what I like" and "about me"), especially Christian. Practice whatever religion you want, I don't care. Just don't force it on me or send it to me. I have very negative experiences with Christianity. Pagan items are welcome, but please read the information I have listed regarding this. I do collect religious texts, which may sound odd, but I like reading them to stay informed of various practices and beliefs.

Pro-White/White Power/Nazi/Neo-Nazi/Alt-Right stuff. Just don't. I don't support President Trump, or as I refer to him, President Agent Orange. Anything related to supporting him will be returned or burned.

Scrapbooking. I think it's awesome, yes, but I don't do it at all.

Anime/Otaku. I can't watch most animated shows because of my epilepsy. The last time I watched one was Star Wars' animated series, and not even ten minutes into the episode I had a seizure.

Candles and incense. I practice witchcraft, yes, but I don't play with fire. I recently experienced my second house fire (first one was when I was 9 years old) and I live in a fire-prone region. Plus I have asthma and artificially scented/smoky stuff can really mess me up. Naturally scented candles would make for nice decoration, but they won't be lit. Incense is just a really BIG no-no.

Though I practice witchcraft I don't like pentagrams or pentacles. A personal experience has resulted in a very bad association with them. The triquetra is what I favor (it's a pretty triangle commonly made using Celtic knot designs).

Hello Kitty and nearly all Disney things.

I'm not a holiday fan. My husband and I don't pay attention to holidays, and it's not unusual for us to go out and discover places are closed. We do celebrate Yule (it's the Winter solstice) with gifts and food, but there's little to no holiday decorating. Please don't send me things that directly correlate with holidays. This means nothing with Santa, no Valentine's Day stuff, etc.

Valentine's Day is the worst holiday for me. I had a traumatizing experience that has resulted in PTSD. My PTSD flashbacks are easily triggered, especially around Valentine's Day. Do not send me anything related to it.. You will receive a "1" rating because you didn't read my profile. If you had read my profile you would have seen this information.

I don't care for steampunk. I'll make jewelry for it, but said jewelry is listed on my shop. I don't care for the style, the story behind steampunk baffles me, and overall I simply don't like it. Keep your steampunk stuff.


kfaye rated for December Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Dec 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for another swap 😊 Happy Holidays ♥️
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package.
Comment: I received it, thank you!!
dobie256 rated for BTH: Mushroom ATC on Oct 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your lovely hand drawn Amanita ATC. I love using colored pencils! And that mushroom always reminds me of my Mom (she thought red was the only color that mattered). So it is a wonderful addition to my collection! <3<3<3
Comment: Looking forward to opening it! :0)
Comment: I didn't save my rating for this swap, I apologize. It was received.
Comment: Thank you so much! Will come back in December to further comment on the gift.
Comment: Thank you so much for such a beautifully done, hand drawn ATC! I really love this and am honoured to add it to my collection. Thank you, too, for joining this swap and being part of our group! xoxo
Littleroo rated for WC ~ September Witchy Gift on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Its so very beautiful. I love it. Thank you so much.
Comment: I'm looking forward to legging weather too.
BusyBeeFamily rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #16 on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: I love that this swap has you send a card you aren’t the biggest fan of and when it arrives, I really kinda like it :).
Comment: Thank You
Response: You're welcome!
perkl8r rated for NFSC: Mug Rug Black and White on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Renee, I love the mug rug. It is beautiful. Thank you also for the extra batik. I hope you get my name again sometime soon!
Response: You're welcome! You're also not the first to tell me you want me to get your name again. LOL
Comment: Thanks for the card! I also suffer from anxiety and know how difficult it can be. Good luck!
Response: You're welcome! It always feels like navigating down a rapid river, avoiding hazards as they come.
purrincup rated for QUICK Sender's Choice PC #3 USA on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the PC!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you for the chatty postcard! It is very hot here and I spend time inside crafting!
Response: You're welcome!
JossieAyame rated for BS&S ~ July stocking stuffer on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for the macrame necklace! It's gorgeous!!
Response: You're welcome!
CaseyErin rated for CPG Flower or Plant PC - US Only on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Beautiful card! Thank you for sending such a lovely card my way and sharing a bit of your life with me. I hope you have many more days like the 15 you shared with me. I send you love and best wishes!
Response: You're welcome! I'm now at 24 days and counting.
PrairieKittin rated for WC ~ July witchy gift on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: Oh my!! This is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! Thank you so much! I wish I could give a hundred more hearts!
Response: I'm so glad you like it!
Comment: Thank you for the card, I hope you had a happy anniversary.

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CurlyTea on Jun 3, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

thisismeAXiD on Jun 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

PrairieKittin on Apr 23, 2018:

Thank you
Thank you so much for the birthday card! I absolutely LOVE it!!!

njstauter on Feb 5, 2018:

Be the love you seek in the world

faecreature on Dec 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday postcard!

craftyone on Nov 8, 2017:

Thank you for the birthday greeting you sent my way - a very pleasant surprise! Have a great day!

justmesks on Nov 7, 2017:

Thank you for the surprise birthday card. It was so sweet of you.

sleepingrover2010 on Oct 16, 2017:

I was unable to find you on the two Collab Coloring PCs I have on my swap list. I am on 16 1/2 and 17. So, I came here and let you know how wonderful you did on the postcard. I loved the colors you used.

I will give you a 5 and a heart for your work.

I will color the last space and then send it home to the one the card is addressed to and so this is the final coloring by me.

Thank you again for your GREAT work!

clutterfree on Oct 6, 2017:

Thank you for my Disney birthday postcard...it made me smile to receive some SURPRISE happy mail!! What a nice simple act of kindness....you did not mention if it was from a certain group so I am thanking you directly on your profile so you know I do appreciate your thoughtfulness!! Hope you are enjoying an amazing Fall!! Hugs, Charlene

VivaLaDiane on Sep 6, 2017:

Thanks so very much for the awesome compliment on my profile. It means a lot to me that you took time out of your day for me. I definitely try to help when/where I can so I'm grateful that it doesn't go unnoticed. I think you'd like some of my wife's photos. We do peaceful protesting ourselves. If you're on Facebook, her page is Jen Ruff Photography.

Much love to you. Have an awesome day!!

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