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
There are other books, but I don't have them on my bookshelves due to having only rented them from the library.
The short version is anything but country, ska, Christian rock, 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, writer, painter, quilter, and jewelry designer/maker. That's the short version. For details you'll need to ask questions.
My main focus right now is quilting, and such I'm happy to receive quilting patterns, paper-piecing templates, and quilt fabric scraps. Quilt fabric is cotton or a cotton blend, doesn't stretch, and is often marked as "quilting fabric" at the fabric store. Scraps need to be at least 1" x 1"; any smaller and I can't use them.
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. I also 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. Picture frames, things I can use in my quilting (fabric scraps, thread, etc), jewelry making supplies (namely beads of any material, included bones and teeth so long as they're drilled), small bags to store things, tins or little boxes for storage/display, fancy paper (I 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 on my walls. A lot of paintings and photographs I've seen often influence what I create, and having that reference to play with is always nice.
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 insects.
Fairies and old fairy lore. I especially love Brian Froud's fairy artworks.
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.
I love candles so long as they're asthma-friendly. Yankee Candle, Bath and Body Works, and similar are all death for my lungs. I don't even have to light them; the smell and chemicals are enough to leave me wheezing. Candles don't have to be scented! I like burning pretty and colorful candles to watch the wax decorate my candle holders. Weird? Sure. Relaxing? Very.
Wind chimes are awesome. I have a healthy collection of them and always happy to receive more.
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.
I love Dragon Age. It has saved me 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.
Glitter is evil. I hate glitter. I loathe glitter. Glitter must burn and forever be removed from existence.
Fabrics and prints that can be easily associated with "grandma" because ugh, super old fashioned. Not even valid enough to be called vintage. Bleh.
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 brown recluse 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. That annoys me and I don't know why.
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.
Religious stuff, 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 nearly all religious things, but most especially 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. Anything related to supporting him will be returned or burned.