September 18, 2016 New address is posted! Thank you all who waited. If I haven't contacted you regarding the changes and you are still holding on to a swap, please message me.
**Aug 21, 2017 -- I will be changing my address in the next few weeks. If you haven't sent out a swap yet, please hang on to it until I get back to you with my new address. I will not rate a 3 because of the late send.
My internet will be disconnected on the 25th until after the move. I will not be participating in any new swaps until the end of September but will sign in every so often to rate incoming swaps. **
**07/10/17 I'm in the process of downsizing and clearing clutter. I have so many paper art supplies I really must use up or pass on. Scrapbook papers, die cuts, magazine clippings, embellishments..etc, etc. Where does all this come from? I feel like an art hoarder. :) Can't tell you how many times I said "Ooh, forgot I had this!"
Please, for the next few months, don't add any extras of that sort. I appreciate the kind gestures, but really don't need much right now. I'm free with giving hearts based on following through and your time put into the swap, never because of extras.
I leave the post office smiling because of all the pretty mail art I have been receiving, you all are some creative, talented artists! I save every one in a pretty box. (Yep, more hoarding, lol) That's what I enjoy receiving the most. Feel free to add an interesting article, bits of trivia, a note about your day, a joke, quotes and the like. ***
I'm 49 years old, work full time and share my home with a cat named Zeke. I like to say he has attachment issues because he needs to know where I am at all times. He likes to 'help' out when he sees me working on a project. I do my best to keep cat hair out and away.
I would love to travel and see the world, experience other cultures and their ways of living/life. I especially enjoy the historical aspect of it as well as all the architecture and all the wonders of the world.
Cooking for one and little time, I am always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes that are freezer friendly.
I believe a girl can never have too many purses, boots and soft scarves.
I am a Pinterest junkie and have been known to spend way too much time there pinning. So many ideas....too little time...
I keep busy, busy, busy. So many fun things to do, so many places to go and lots of people to see...no time or desire for negativity and drama in my life.
I have recently discovered photography and try to keep my camera with me as much as I can. I currently photograph landscapes and the world around me. Looking through a camera lens helps me to remember to live in the moment and enjoy the little things around me.
I also like to photograph and explore abandoned homesteads, churches, cemeteries,museums, etc.
I'm an avid reader and read most everything. Audio books turned to be a life changing event when I discovered them. I can now multitask reading with crafting!
I read almost everything. Memoirs, biographies and history top my reading list. Fantasy and sci fi are at the bottom. Suspenseful romance and mysteries are in between.
I listen to all types of music, depending on my mood. I grew up with country music and still holds top place in my heart.
I don't watch much TV anymore. Prefer to listen to audio books or watch a movie from my large dvd collection.\ More often than not, I can be found with a pen in hand, writing, drawing, doodling. I am not an artist in anyway, but that doesn't stop me. Most of my ATC and handmade postcards are hand drawn, colored and painted.
Just starting with collage art, it's fun, but am finding it a bit intimidating.
Cross stitching has been a long time interest. At the moment I only work on small, portable projects.
I have quilted, sewed, plastic canvas, embroidered, simple crochet, arm knitted, rug hooked, tole painted, ceramics, glued...if it was hand made, I've probably tried it at least once.
Currently my favourite ways to relax are collage art, mail art, ATC and hand made postcards. I prefer to draw, paint and colour my ATC's and postcards but branching out a little with collage. Starting to get back into zentangles.
I welcome any hints, ideas, constructive criticism, as well as new techniques to try.
When sending me your art, I am happy when you tell me about the process.
I do my best but there maybe a little cat hair or two in the glued project. All I can say is he helped with the project, adding a bit of interest and texture.
Flowers, hearts and butterflies
Snow leopards, lions, cats, black panthers, etc
Thomas Kinkade, Robert Frost, Norman Rockwell
Aunty Acid, Maxime and Life Humour
My spiritual beliefs are quite diverse, everything from Catholic, Christianity, and earth based.
Playing card decks from cities and places I have visited.
Angel cards, prayer cards, oracle cards, tarot cards, good luck cards and charms.
Post cards... I love them all, store bought, zazzle, homemade.
I keep all postcards and sometimes go through them, remember who they came from, how far they have traveled and admire the pictures, artwork, etc.
I do not have a theme collection, I just like them all so no worries there.
Ideas to write on the back of the written/sent naked cards...poems, quotes, about your day, why you chose this card for me,etc.
I welcome cards sent unwritten in envelopes anytime. I can use these for future swaps.
On the handmade postcards you can tell me how you made the card and/or why you chose a particular theme.
I love Colouring In postcards, coloured or uncoloured.
I use a lot of note cards in my swaps. Again, I don't mind if you sent them written on or blank. Store bought or homemade.
-pencil puzzles such as crosswords, find words, scrabble, etc.
-horoscope, bits of trivia, articles of interest, embarrassing stories, etc
-white cardstock; full sheets or cut into ATC or postcard sizes.
-embellishments I can use for ATC's
-adult colouring postcards, notecards, etc. Can be hand made.
Stamped images, digi stamps, coloured in or not.
Water colour pages, cut into postcard or ATC sizes.
-3 dimensial stickers
-stationery, used postage, unused Canadian postage (any denomination) I can use for mailing.
-Air mail stickers
-long handwritten letters
Anything else you can think of.
This list is just to help with profile ideas. It is, by no means, a must have list. I enjoy surprises and will not rate low if it's something I don't care for.
-any items listed above under flat profile or your interpretation of the themes.
-Pens, gel pens, smooth writing pens, fine tip black ink pens for zentangling. metallic pencils, etc.
-adult colouring anything. (postcards, pages, books, etc)
-rubber stamping supplies, ink stamps, distress powders, etc.
-socks, usual women's size or US shoe size 6. I usually wear black or grey thin socks.
-fuzzy socks or slipper socks, any colour.
-small craft kits, storebought or put together by you.
-dottee doll (maybe in a theme listed above :) )
-lip balm, (not gloss),bath salts/bombs, purse size hand cream.
-water colour paints, water colour paper.
-gift cards for Tim Horton's or any other gift cards that can be used in Canada. For when I cross the border - USA gift cards for Starbucks or Caribou coffee shops.
-gemstones, essential oil, etc
-good luck charms, talisman, etc
-Anything to do with the horoscope sign Scorpio.
-Anything with angels or fairies
-Handmade items. Anything you can think of or some ideas from one of my Pinterest board ( https://www.pinterest.ca/concreates/wishes/ )
-granny squares. Any colour is fine. I plan to crochet them all together one day.
-I have Raynaud's Syndrome and live in Canada, if you are a knitter/crocheter..slippers and mittens would be wonderful.
-You may find more ideas on my Pinterest site.
Remember...I'm good with anything, even if not listed on my profile.
Zeke is my furry black and white sidekick. He is an older cat with high anxiety.
When I am home, he follows me around and just has to be there when I am working on a craft and packaging swaps and gifts.
I do my best to keep his hair out of everything. Please let me know if you are allergic and I will work on your swap outside.
I've been asked for swap/gift ideas for Zeke. He is a quiet cat and doesn't really play much. Somethings he does use are: -Feather cat toys -Plain catnip -Cat treats (chicken)
I work hard on my swaps, doing my best to meet or go above swap requirements. If you feel I didn't meet requirements, please let me know and I will resend.
Overseas swaps seem to be taking between 6-12 weeks. I usually wait around three months before inquiring about a swap that is coming from overseas. USA mail takes anywhere from 7 days to 3 weeks.
There is no mail service on weekends or holidays. Living in a semi rural area, mail put in the box, sometimes won't be posted until the next day.
If I am going to be late sending (which hasn't happened yet) I will contact my partner immediately.
HEARTS.....stress me out. haha.
I am quite liberal giving hearts. I never give hearts based on extras added to a swap. (Extras are not expected or required) I give for meeting swap requirements, and the amount of time and effort put into a swap. I even give hearts for postcards that meet the swap theme and have been written on.
Swapping is meant to be fun and a reason to work on creative projects. It makes my day when I'm told my swap made you smile.
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