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.
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.
Currently my focus is quilting. 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.
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.
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.
I'm a woman in her 30s, permanently disabled, Progressive 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.
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), jewelry making supplies (namely beads of any material, included bones and teeth so long as they're drilled), tins or little boxes for storage/display, fancy paper (I like writing using a fountain pen and sometimes calligraphy pens), watercolors or things I can use in my watercolor paintings (metallic, matte, pearlescent, iridescent, aka different kinds of paint finishes), 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, and I'm a devotee to Cernunnos. He's also known as Herne, Lord of the Wild Hunt, and in more modern terms he is also known as the Green Man and Holly King. I'm also a devotee of The Morrigan, also known simply as 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 husband. I think all three qualify as 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. I do, however, have five nephews that fix the rare momentary "baby itch".
My two cats are my joy, and seeing them happy and entertained is extremely fulfilling. They love bird watching and now that they have a catio (enclosed patio that will basically belong to them) I'll be able to provide them with some "TV". Bird seed (we have chickadees, nuthatches, ravens, crows, bluebirds, and robins), bird houses, 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 or if things I've colored aren't all that great. It's a lot of work and keeps my wrist flexible, but I have a habit of doing too much. Cursive is the only form of writing that doesn't cause me pain. I'm sorry if you have a difficult time reading cursive, but writing in print style is extremely painful for me.
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 purchase stamps. 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.
Because of my wrist issue I'll likely be a little slow on responding to new penpals. When assigned to my partner I write immediately, often over the course of a few days. Continuing with being penpals is something I enjoy, but writing back can be immensely painful if I don't take breaks. Please don't expect me to write to you every week. 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. For international swaps I give it 45 days before contacting the sender (unless it's marked as not sent). If you state in your profile that mail is often not sent regularly due to your region (parts of the USA are like this) I'll give it 30 days past the ETA before contacting you. If you notice I haven't rated you, but I haven't contacted you, it's likely due to nothing arriving. I've only given out four 1s, one of which was changed to a 3 because even after months of waiting and contacting them and no answer the items arrived. Again, I rate as soon as the items arrive.
September 17, 2017 UPDATE: We're nearly recovered from the July house fire. All our furniture is now repaired and in our new home. Money is very tight, and as such I'll be making most of the things I send. I'm making jewelry again (after a three year hiatus), quilting, painting, and writing now. If I'm partnered with you it's a safe assumption you'll receive something I've made unless you state in your profile that you prefer store-bought.
October 26, 2017 UPDATE: Recovered from the house fire!!! I'm making jewelry and various other items for my Etsy shop. If you would like jewelry but are allergic to metal rest easy because I specialize in metal-free jewelry.
March 24, 2018 UPDATE: Money is always tight due to my being disabled and my husband the only one who can work. As such most things I send are made by me or something I happen to have and never used. If you don't like handmade things (I make quilts, home decor, jewelry, with a bit of traditional art on occasion) I'm sorry but that's about all I can offer unless I already have the thing(s) on hand.
May 4, 2018 UPDATE: Swaps may be late. I'm dealing with the death my grandfather, and it's hit me harder than anticipated. We saw this coming for several months now. He was very old and had heart disease. I'm working on swaps as fast as I can, but as you can imagine mourning has made things rather difficult. I'll do my best to stay on top of things and get these out quickly.
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. The area I live in is a desert region with lots of mule deer, rabbits, and birds. Feel free to send bulbs and seeds that will grow well (moon flowers, morning glory, succulents, bulbs) here. We do get snow and hard frost due to being in the mountains resulting in perennials becoming annuals.
Wind chimes are awesome. I had a healthy collection of wind chimes but in July 2017 I lost them all to a fire. I would greatly love and appreciate new wind chimes. Bone, wood, glass, metal, I love them all. Large, small, multi-purpose (bird feeder wind chimes? Awesome!), handmade, mass produced, I want to cover my patio in wind music. It's REALLY windy here and I don't care to hear the howling.
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.
I also play Witcher 3. I never played the other games because I didn't know about them until got the third game. Geralt gives me life.
Old Scottish lore. My family is from Scotland. 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.
Antlers, animal bones, teeth, and claws, preferably drilled. I like using these when making jewelry. When I have the supplies I need I'll work on making wind chimes with these.
Wire-wrapped stones and crystals for jewelry making. I don't work with wire and unless it's drilled at least 2mm wide I can use it. Please let me know what gem, stone, or crystal it is as well as what metal the wire is.
Fountain pens, ink for calligraphy or fountain pens, ink for painting, etc. I love ink and fancy pens. Fountain pens have a special place in my heart, but alas I have only one.
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.
I have very little stationary and would love love some. Lines on it for writing are a major bonus for me.
Glitter is evil. I hate glitter. I loathe glitter. Glitter must burn and forever be removed from existence.
I've cut candy out of my diet, but gluten-free dark chocolate is always welcome.
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. No, I'm not giving you details. You don't need them. Keep religion to yourself.
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 Cheeto and 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. All scrapbooking things are given to one of my sisters because she's really into it or sent off in another swap.
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 expect for conversation hearts (the original brand, not the fruity or sour ones). 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 Etsy 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.
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