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Date Joined: April 6, 2010
Last Online: October 1, 2022
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 three 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 even my goddaughters are growing out of the age where those things appeal to them, so frankly, 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.

  • Pretty paper (think dark colors, Victorian, Baroque, or classical rather than cute). Scrapping paper is great, but cool magazine clippings or calendar pages are terrific too. I love to do collage.

  • 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

  • I do wear earrings (pierced ears), but I don't really wear accessories like scarves or necklaces, but fabric and jewelry parts that can be used in crafting are awesome. I like sparkly things!

  • 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, ego likeness, enfp, english, ethnobotanicals, fanfiction, farscape, feminism, fetish, 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 (costumes and crafty bits, but not so much street clothes) and I love to work in paper, polymer clay, resin, with recycled materials... honestly, too many media to mention! I make art journals, the occasional ATC, inchies (I love small formats) art journals, 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.


Comment: Thank you so much! I can't wait to open everything, the wrapping is all fantastic!
rkassman rated for For The Goths on Sep 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks mid-Atlantic name twin :) for all the great goodies!!!
Byn0604 rated for Octopi For You & I on Sep 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
silvermoonsnake rated for In Character D&D Letter Swap on Aug 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks for very cool letter
PrairieKittin rated for Witch Box Swap on Aug 22, 2022
Comment: I love absolutely EVERYTHING in this box!! Thank you very much!! I've actually been looking for a stone like amblygonite. The Universe always provides exactly what I need when I need it! Everything else is perfect. Thank you so very much!!!
Yfletcher rated for Flowers by Mail on Aug 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the fun flower bits.
Comment: Omg thank you so much for the miniature flower stand from my Etsy wishlist! It's even better in real life :D
Response: Oh, yay! I'm so glad you like it!
Byn0604 rated for Witchy Wonders on Aug 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the amazing box of goodies! I love everything, especially the Kyphi! I love the obsidian frog, and the quartz, and all the stickers and awesome washi too, thank you again!
Response: I'm so glad you like the box! The one you sent me was a hard act to follow :)
DonniJane rated for Flowers by Mail on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Wow! What a wonderful variety!! I love your package. Thank you for all this fabulous stuff. This was a great swap. I hope to see you on the next one. Thank you for your gracious gifts. Love them all. Can't thank you enough for the rubber stamp. I will use that allot!
Response: Oh, goodness! Such kind praise :) You are so very welcome. Enjoy!
bringitb rated for WED: Wacky sticker exchange #1 on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: What a great bundle of wacky stickers! Oh man, these are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing such a spot-on collection of weird stickers. These will be put to good use for sure! =)
Response: Oh yay! I'm glad you are happy with them :)
Myself333 rated for AM: Memento Mori ATC on Jul 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the ATC. Also I just took a peak at your profile, and I'm going to send you a PM because you might be the only person I've ever found on this site with similar music taste to mine!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Will reply to your DM soon! I think we probably do have quite a bit in common :)
IntaglioDragon rated for AM: Stay Strange on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the letter and add-ins. You are a very interesting person and it was fun to learn more about you.
venzo2b rated for Profile-based postcard #2 on Mar 14, 2022
Comment: Hi Rachel ! Thank you for the postcard, strange as I like. Stickers are welcome too 😁
rkassman rated for The Dark Side DAJ 5 on Mar 10, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much name-twin! I love it - the sparkle really sets everything off, and the tassel/fringe is super cute. Thank you!
snels119 rated for InCoWriMo 2022 Postcard #1 on Feb 22, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card!
CraftyShana76 rated for InCoWriMo 2022 Postcard #1 on Feb 22, 2022
Comment: Loved the Halloween PC! That’s cool about the extras for Forrest Gump. I would of begged to be one!
Risna rated for InCoWriMo 2022 Postcard #1 on Feb 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute squirrel card! I do have a good amount of the red ones on my balcony on a daily basis. Of course they come to pick up the nuts I put out for them. Love to watch them. And I always make sure to put out water too when it's hot outside. They love it!
ariestess rated for tPCC: February gratitude #1 on Feb 19, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing! The card is gorgeous!
heidiblooms rated for InCoWriMo 2022 Postcard #1 on Feb 17, 2022
Comment: thank you for the cute pink bird feather PC!
krspellman rated for InCoWriMo 2022 Postcard #1 on Feb 16, 2022
Comment: oooh thank you for the elephant postcard!! <3

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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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