I'm a singer/musician, and retired recycled-materials artist who enjoys the (sometimes, lol) benefits of being ADD, which means I "specialize" in whatever has most recently riveted my attention at the moment. I love to create, especially my Coffee Pot People and Tea Kettle Characters. Beyond those, I love exploring different art forms. Swap-bot seems like a really good way to try new things!
Most especially, I love writing lyrics and creating music as half of the duo, Sparrow. I've included the link to our YouTube channel. I love visitors, so please come give us a listen!
I have a blog (link is above) where you can see some of what I've created, although I almost never post anymore. (That will probably change: my musical partner and I are getting ready to post our second music video, and they Will be on my blog. I'm quite excited!)
I'm married to my second husband, celebrating 27 years in November of 2017, and between us we have 7 kids, 17 grandkids, and one adorable little great-grandson.
I love color! And I'm suddenly turning "girly" after an entire lifetime of being a tomboy. Lace, pink, pearls, frills? Bring 'em on!
Also love old-timey things, not so much into country, adore cute kids. Funky/funny is great. Whimsical is wonderful. Quirky. Intelligent.
I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but my doctor has put my on a very low carb diet. The bad news is no sweets; the good news is I'm slimmer and healthier than I've been in a long time. My new favorite snacks is walnuts, which taste incredibly sweet after a few weeks of no/low carbs. I love to garden, sew, play, dance, sing, bake, create art, crochet, make jewelry. Most of all, I love singing, and creating music. I swear, it's like a drug high for me. (Not that I ever was into drug highs, lol.)
I love toe socks! You know, the ones that fit your feet like gloves. Here's the deal: I have big feet! (Size 9 1/2) Most socks that Say they fit, are just a little bit on the small side, and they tend to twist around on my feet, which drives me nuts. Toe socks can't do that, and it just plain wonderful.
I've been taking voice lessons for 4 years now. If you love to sing, I'd totally go for it--can't believe what a difference it's made for me. Learned on opera, now back to my first love--ballads, pop, songs that make you Feel.
Other than that....
Folk, especially British Isles, Country/Western, Show Tunes, Freak Folk, Oldies of every ilk, Alternative, Old Rock...
Actually, my tastes are so eclectic, it might be easier just to say I'm not a huge fan of Jazz, and don't care for Rap (or anything else I can't harmonize with), or hard Rock.
Favorite groups, singers: John Renbourne, Steeleye Span, Trio, Asleep at the Wheel, Dixie Chicks, Clearwater Revival, Eliza Gilkison, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor....there are so many more, but I'm drawing a blank here...will add as the names resurface.
Honestly, I've always had this fault: I notice the music, learn the lyrics by heart, and tend to not even notice who wrote or performed it, because the music is what's important to me. My (very) bad, and I'm trying to reform!
Holographic Universe (quantum physics, but an excellent read), The Time Traveler's Wife, Guy Murchie's Seven Mysteries of Life, anything by Dorothy Sayers, mysteries of all sorts, Gore's Attack on Reason, The Stuff of Thought (can't think of the author right now), all of Mark Twain, everything I ever read by CS Lewis (and he wrote a LOT beyond The Chronicles of Narnia), anything by Victoria Holt, Regency romances, Science Fiction, Historical novels, romance novels of all sorts--yes, I admit it freely!
I read mostly fiction, but if I run across a well-written non-fiction book I will absolutely devour it.
I love audio books, and listen to mostly non-fiction there, especially lecture series on the English language.
I don't get to see many, even on TV, but I adore musicals, science fiction, chick flicks.
Can't stand slash & bash, or violence; don't do war movies. I like some horror flicks, but the scariness needs to come from the suspense, not because someone gets gory-fied.
I love Disney, especially the animated ones. Actually, I like animated movies, period. A particular favorite: Howl's Moving Castle.
Oh, and I adored Monsters, Inc.
Warehouse 13, Fringe, Dancing with the Stars, Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Eureka, political news, CSI, John Stewart, The Colbert Report, The PJs, The Boondocks, Antiques Roadshow.
Nothing violent. Well, except for Criminal Minds, but I close my eyes.
Recycled/reclaimed/repurposed crafts of all kinds. Photography. Playing with Photoshop. Paper crafts. Crochet. Collage, both flat and 3-D, gardening, reading, decorative envies.
I have just begun to try my hand at ATC's. In fact, yesterday (9/4/2010) I completed my very first one, for a swap here! (If you want to see it, it's here, on my blog: http://coffee-pot-people.blogspot.com/2010/09/show-tell-saturday-1st-atc.html )
I love baking cookies, and I collect metal cookie cutters. Don't know why I'm not attracted to the plastic ones, just amn't, I guess.
This isn't a craft, per se, but I love, love, love wordplay of all varieties.
I'm a coffee drinker of the grind my own beans ilk. Starbucks is not my favorite; tastes kind of burned to me. Don't like Columbian coffee At All, but just about any other...oh. Except flavored! Can't stand flavored coffees, and drink mine black and strong. (Except when I'm adding, say, whiskey, sugar, whipped cream....yummmmmmmm.)
It says above that I love color, which is true, but especially blue/white/yellow, and I have always adored pink/green/white/yellow/orange combos. My kitchen is Thermos-bottle green accented with lots of brights, ala Mary Engelbreit, whose work I love, love, love. My fairy collection is tucked in little spots all over it.
Oh, did you catch the fairy reference just then? I love fairies, and am a True Believer. I mean it. Fairies are real.
Favorite color is Yellow, but I can't wear it. People ask me if I feel okay. =oP
Bedroom is taupe, tan, cream, burgundy and peopled with my angel collection. Yes. Angels are real, too.
Bathroom is pink, tan, wine, and features roses.
Overall, our house is full of old things, whimsical bits we've picked up at estate sales, some antiques, bird cages that house my husband's collection of blown glass, china, and other birds. Most people spend a good while, especially the first time they're here, just wandering around looking at stuff. That's fun for me, and seems to give them pleasure, too.
It's not like there's a lot I dislike, but intolerant or judgmental people do get to me. This is such a sweet website, full of sweet people. Why lie in wait for someone to slip up? You know that feeling you get when you're driving and a cop pulls in behind you? You know you aren't doing anything wrong, and don't intend to, but....More than once I've seen things like, "If you don't send by the cut-off date, even if you're just one day late, I'll wait until the 3 rating becomes available and give it to you!" That's mean-spirited, IMHO. What do you do? Check the postmark & and rate on that, instead of the lovelies inside? Lighten up, folks, and give people the benefit of the doubt. We're here for Fun; it isn't a job. Honestly, if you're one of those people, I'd rather not have you for a partner; I get all tense just worrying I might do something to upset you!
As for likes, how about a list of things I love receiving? Chocolate Ephemera Stickers, except kiddy ATC's Decorated tags Unusual images, especially funny ones Neat art papers Beads and jewelry findings Magnet sheets Buttons Bits o' this n' that Vintage anything Handwritten notes Ribbon & lace Socks with toes (What can I say?)
And just one last thing: My name is Anitra, not Anita. It's a little thing to be picky about, I know, but it's my name.
Things I'd love to receive: WASHI TAPE! Seriously. Stickers, love stickers. But I like the kind that don't have a border around them; otherwise I'll take scissors and trim it off, a bit of a pain. I like pretty things, butterflies, flowers, odd/quirky, words (yes, you can send me word stickers, but not reward), vintage. Tea is great. Favorite is meyer lemon. I'm allergic to anything with anise/licorice/chicory, though, and peppermint gives me bad breath. (How wrong is that?!) I also drink about a half pot of coffee every morning. I don't care for glitter. Love old/vintage lace, ephemera, handmade envies, notecards. My favorite animal is probably Skunk--we had them as pets, and they are Adorable. We have almost two cats, and I do love kitty things. (Almost two: one house cat, one feral that thinks it owns us.) Oh, Pinterest! I love pinterest! You can def send me your link.
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