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Date Joined: April 6, 2010
Last Online: May 31, 2024
Birthday: April 5, 1971
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm in my 50s, and yet, after all these years, I am basically still a goth, so I guess it's fair to say now that it wasn't a phase!

I am the night!

I live in the Washington DC area with some wonderful cats and and my two wonderful partners. I'm a passionate vegetarian cook, gardener, and enthusiast of a number of artistic media. I am an aspiring Buddhist, but the secular rather than the religious kind. I also practice some Pagan traditions. My favorite period in art history is Art Nouveau. I've been involved in mail art and swaps for many years, and was especially fond of the site called Nervousness.org, in case anyone remembers that.

Short list of "Dislikes" Just to get it out of the way

I don't really care for super cutesy or "kawaii" stuff. I'd never rate anyone down for sending stuff like that, but I've really got no useful purpose for them.

One other thing in the "dislike" category would be items of religious propaganda. I think that religious imagery can be very beautiful in the right context, but religious beliefs are a private and complicated thing in my life.

Other than that, no dislikes, no allergies, nothing I wouldn't be thrilled to receive. Moving on.

Favorite colors

Generally warm ones (red, orange, gold and earth tones), black (of course) and purple. I think all colors are lovely if used right.

Wish list

I am easy to please, but here are some things I would love to receive:

  • Metal embellishments, filigrees, charms, and brass stampings, often found under the Tim Holtz or Vintaj brands. Really, you can't go wrong sending me just about anything by Tim Holtz.

  • Cool Postcards, stickers, labels, or scrapping embellishments on themes like steampunk, art nouveau, antique florals, quirky patterns, fish or sea creatures, lizards, and especially anything spooky

  • Antique maps, charts, or botanical drawings

  • Stencils of nearly any kind, and especially ones that create backgrounds, are geometric or organic, and kind of wild and dramatic.

  • Spooky ephemera, vintage Halloween stuff, diecuts, joss paper, things with monsters or dragons on them

  • Halloween is everyday! Send me Halloween themed things any time of year, and I'll love you forever :)

  • Unlike a lot of people, I am not especially sensitive to smells. So it's cool to send smell-good stuff! I don't really love strong floral scents, and tend to prefer earthy, spicy, or musky scents.

  • Similarly, bath products are great! I especially like Lush products, or anything else that's mostly made with organic, food-grade ingredients. Please lean toward herbal, spicy, woodsy, mellow and musky scents, rather than anything too astringent or floral. Confession: I love patchouli! Also mint, bergamot, apple, sandalwood... my very favorite Lush product is the Demon in the Dark soap :)

  • BPAL Imps are always welcome and cherished (see scent preferences above, but I can always use any imps for trading purposes, too.)

  • Edibles are fine, and I have no food allergies. Teas, coffees, etc. are nice.

Here is a list of interests from my LiveJournal profile (believe it or not, I still have one, although I haven't used it in ages) just to give you a general glance into my madness:

arthur machen, axe throwing, ayahuasca, babylon 5, battlestar galactica, bauhaus, bellydance, bisexuality, buddhism, buffy, carnivorous plants, cats, classic horror, compassion, cooking, cranky old blowhards, culture jamming, david bowie, dead can dance, doctor who, dungeons and dragons, eddie izzard, edgar allen poe, edward gorey, embroidery, enfp, english, ethnobotanicals, fanfiction, farscape, feminism, fiber art firefly, forgiveness, funny, gardening, gender theory, ghost stories, ghosts, girls, glamourbombing, goth, gothic literature, guerrilla gardening, halloween, healing, herbalism, humor, icons, jim henson language, laughing, loving kindness, mail art, massage, medieval, medieval cuisine, mikhail bulgakov, monsters, neil gaiman, neurochemistry, new model army, nutrition, oscar wilde, p.g. wodehouse, paganism, paranormal, particle physics, permaculture, phantasmechanics, polyamory, post apocalypse, punk, radical politics, science fiction, scifi, second life, sensuality, serenity, sewing, sex, shamanism, social justice, solarpunk, spookiness, star trek, star wars, stargate, star-just-about-anything, steampunk, sustainability, tank girl, the daily show, theatrical costumes, thomas ligotti, tim burton, vegetarianism, venture brothers, victoriana, vintage pinups, web design, weightlifting, words, writing

Favorite Music

Lately, my favorite music falls into a category I'll call "funky gothic world" music. Examples include Beats Antique, Gogol Bordello and Corvus Corax. I also like hot jazz from the 1930s and 40s (such as Django Reinhardt) and Industrial from the 1990s. I recently started listening to Lil Nas X, and that young man is musical genius! But I don't know a lot about these newfangled bands you kids like today :) Please educate me about newer music! I have pretty eclectic taste, but that doesn't mean I like everything. For example, I really like bluegrass, but not so much pop country.

Favorite Books

I read a lot of science fiction and some fantasy. Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, Ursula LeGuin, Asimov, Bradbury. Just recently started looking for titles that fall into the Solarpunk and Hopepunk genres. I absolutely LOVE Victorian ghost stories, and classic horror. I read a little contemporary horror, but mostly weird stuff like Thomas Ligotti. I also read a lot of non fiction... mostly food writing, explorations of world religions, and books about political and social issues, as well as some instructional books on how to write better myself!

Favorite Television

I am not a big movie fan (with the exception of some sci fi and fantastic types) Although at this time, I'd say Mad Max: Fury Road is my favorite ever. I do watch a bit of TV. In the last couple of years I've gotten addicted to watching live tabletop roleplaying game streams (dungeons and dragons mostly). Critical Role and Dimension 20 are examples. If it sounds strange to spend time watching other people play RPGs, consider how many people watch other people play physical sports :) I really love shows like Mythbusters, where people build things. Other favorites are Doctor Who (both classic and New Who) pretty much all Star Trek and Star Wars incarnations. For Pride month, my partners and I are re-watching Sense8 and the She-Ra remake!

Favorite Crafts

I love to sew! Fiber Arts are probably what I do most, including theatrical costuming, embroidery, slow stitching, and generally finding uses for scraps and off cuts.

I love to work in paper, polymer clay, resin, with recycled materials, and all kinds of multimedia assemblages. I enjoy putting patinas on metal pieces, casting my own cabochons, and generally taking on too many projects at once.


Ariaya rated for Postcard Exchange February 2024 on Feb 25, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card! I have it sitting my my altar!
Purplmyst rated for 13 Days of Halloween USA 2023 on Oct 27, 2023
Comment: OK I may have rushed to the end a few days early. LOL thank you for sending such a fun package & all the neat goodies!
LeslieLovesMail82 rated for For the Love of Black Cats on Oct 26, 2023
Comment: Aww Rachel, thank you, Mordecai and Ivy for the awesome card and black cat goodies! I am in love with everything :-) We have two little black kitties as well...just adopted Charlie a couple weeks ago, he's a wee baby and Benny is 4. We wish you and your sweeties a Happy Halloween, xo!
Comment: These envelopes are just so beautiful! I don't want to open them at the end of the month, but I'm so excited for the surprises! Thank you so much. You have made this swap so special! I wish I could give more hearts!!!
Comment: Thank you for all the fun little packages! Cant wait ti open them!
Comment: Oh, these are such wonderful envelopes - I can't wait to open them!
Comment: All these envelopes are so beautifully decorated, they are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for this swap. I am so excited to open them. I am trying to wait patiently, but it is getting harder by the day!
Comment: thank you, rachel, for the fun package of envelopes! looking forward to october first!!
beachchicken rated for Set of 5 Supplies Swap on Sep 8, 2023
Comment: Thanks for a great swap! I love all the things you have chosen for me! The vegan gravy recipe looks good, I can’t wait to make it. Have a great day!
Comment: Thank you for sharing this adorable stamp set, Rachel! I’m eager to try it out in my future mail adventures!
coleenfranks rated for MAE - using three different on Aug 31, 2023
Comment: Beautiful envies, Rachel, especially that colorful one made from a calendar. And thanks for those beautiful labels. I shall surely use those on my most prized mailings.
Burger1girl rated for Pick me up August on Aug 28, 2023
Comment: Such a wonderful quote. Yes it will go on my bathroom mirror. Oh Yummy recipe! Yes, i will try! Thank you so much for the extras too! Lovely swap. Happy Swapping, Autumn will be here soon!
Comment: Thank you for the fab swap. I'm still very new to Cryptids, I discovered them via Swap-Bot and I'm fascinated, I always knew of Big Foot and the Loch. Ness Monster but I never realised there were so many. I'll find out more about UK Cryptids and let you know. Thank you for the cryptid goodies and the Vegan Gravy recipe. I'm going to be trying that on Sunday with dinner. 😸😸
yogi77 rated for PC-Sticker Bomb 1 on Aug 20, 2023
Comment: thank you so much for the swap! I love that you matched it to my profile likes - thank you
cowboypoodle rated for Halloween Decor Pinterest Swap on Aug 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you, I love your board!
Comment: Thank you Rachel! I love your watercolour flowers, especially the large one! I adore the bat sticker too! I have such a thing for bats! LOL! Great envelope and goodies! ❤️❤️
Comment: Thank you for the link. I loved your board. It is soooooo spooky!
Aleesha rated for Halloween Decor Pinterest Swap on Aug 4, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing - there were definitely some creepy props in there!
Christine6035 rated for 3 Painty Papers Swap on Jul 29, 2023
Comment: Hi Rachel, Thank you! I can definitely use the papers, as is or with some more layers. The coffee stained one with metallic paint is really nice! Thanks for taking the time to look at my profile - I love the smell of coffee, I just don't consume caffeine.
Comment: I just got your package from my post box. It is so amazing I loved everything especially the kitchen wand, homegrown mugwort, stickers and candles and cute tea spoons. It was all so great thank you! I have been so sick so it was a real treat and lifted my spirits!

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OrigamiGrace on Sep 2, 2022:


ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

CurlyTea on Apr 5, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

ittybittykitty on May 25, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

CurlyTea on Apr 10, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

anrtist on Feb 28, 2017:

THANK YOU so much for the great pkg of wishes for the AATW group! I luv the peacock keychain & can really use the METALLIC MARKERS! ;-) THANX & Blessings, cc

cayers2 on Feb 23, 2017:

Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for the pretty dishtowel and king size candy bar! I laughed cause when i pulled out the dishtowel and thought that was it. I turned the envie upside down and out pops this candy bar. I laughed cause it just made me day!!!

sabbysteg on Feb 10, 2017:

Hi! Just letting everyone know in TOW group that there is a Goddess PC Swap going on, hope to see you sign up!

KateKintail on Jan 1, 2017:


BBC Sherlock in a bag profile check. The swap is on!

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

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