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January

January
Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: September 17, 2017

Country: United States

About Me

I am a teacher with a mega-commute (70 miles each way to work...don't ask). 53 yo, married, with two sons. We currently live in the Hudson Valley of NY, although we have also lived in MA and Pittsburgh, PA. We are still Steelers fans because of that.

To pass the time on my commute, I listen to music, podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial.) I don't like books on tape, though. I also talk on the phone - love my hands-free system.
In my free time, besides playing around in my basement studio, I go to boot camp, hike, cook, read, and I'm a crossword puzzle fanatic. Must be the Times and I must do it in ink. I also love to do KenKen.

Favorite Music

SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES. I am a huge musical theater fan. Happily, since we currently live near enough to NYC, we go in as often as we can (afford), to see shows. And I listen to the soundtracks and sing loudly in the car (again, on that long drive). Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Gregory Porter. I also really like Bruno Mars, but I don't like much pop music.

Favorite Books

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my preferred authors, and I tend to like fiction written by Indian writers. I like to read modern fiction and family sagas.
Some books that have stuck with me include -

The Paris Architect

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

The Language of Flowers

The Night Circus

The Red Tent

The Midwife of Hope River

Orphan Train

I do not like mysteries. However, I love the series by Alexander McCall Smith called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. They are set in Botswana and although there is technically a mystery included, they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Lettering

Faces, especially odd ones

Stencils

Collage

Stamp carving

Art foamies - kind of a new-ish product

(I follow Julie Balzer's blog...really like her style and use of color)

(I also follow a quilting blog called Exuberant Color - her use of color is incredible)

I love all kinds of pens - especially paint pens (the sharpie paint pens are good, so are Molotow), gel pens, markers (love the Pigma micron pens), white pens. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one.

Dislikes -

Steampunk style

Holiday-related things

Animals - except I do like birds

My style...

I love bright colors (but not neon).

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I collect...

Pens. Pens. Pens.

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Blank books

Mechanical pencils

Ratings

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Comment: OHHH! I do love it! Like how you used a workbook page as the background and the piece of measuring tape but especially love the little book-how precious and tiny. Thanks for sharing with me-I am enjoying this series too!
Akanksha23 rated for Who LOVES happy mail? on Aug 29, 2017
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Comment: Thank u!
debtea2 rated for CQ-Decorated MatchBook NotePads -USA on Aug 23, 2017
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Comment: WOW these are beautiful, not one but two I can't thank you enough for this.. have a great day
debtea2 rated for FFF-Summer Flipbook USA on Aug 23, 2017
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Comment: Awesome FB I absolutely love it and thank you for joining the swap and the extra work you did but it made me day.. many hearts
Hannahjosh rated for Fill a Pencil Case (USA) on Aug 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you! I love it all😁
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Comment: Thank you!💟 It is so delightful and pretty! I'm still finding the sweet surprises in the pockets and I love how you made envelopes and even folding notes! 💟
Babsmomof5 rated for CPG: Not an Envie (US only) on Aug 7, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the fun tube of writing utensils! School starts tomorrow for my kids so this was perfect timing!
Response: Excellent-so glad this one arrived!
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Comment: Thank you for the Picnic tag! I love picnics and wine and cheese, you got all of those on it! Thank you for the extras!
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Comment: ♥Thanks for a cute swap, sorry for the late rating, forgot to hit "send" ugh I hate when I do that!!
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Comment: Thank you for all the bits and pieces. I could use some for my journals. Sorry for rating late.
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Comment: Absolutely LOVE the decorative napkins! My husband got the mail the day your bottle arrived and he was very amused to find it in the mailbox. I hope you join more of these as they are so fun. I sent my partner a flower pinwheel garden stake!
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Comment: Thank you for the unusual PC! The Thoreau quote says it all, she is definitely a plant person.
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Comment: Very cool layering with your stamps and stencils! Very cool. Thank you for the lovely postcard!
Lisapotterylady rated for WIYM: Send 4 Swap -USA- on Jul 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you ~ its a really great selection of crafty goodies!
Suncloud rated for Funny Faces on Jul 12, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the fun and colorful funny face. It made my day.
djcamp04 rated for USAPC:Themed Mini Art Journal Page on Jul 8, 2017
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Comment: Thanks love the stars on the front side!
Artstamper rated for USAPC: Tag A Month - July Theme on Jul 5, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely red,white and blue tag. It will be a great addition to my collection.
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Comment: What a clever postcard, I love it. Wonderful job mixing the two! Hugs, Mona
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Comment: Thank you very much!
jillyspins rated for Ephemera Envelope: June -USA- on Jun 30, 2017
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Comment: So many awesome little items! Thank you so much!! I loved everything

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doulakk on Apr 17, 2017:

Welcome to our group!
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jaimierandolph on Dec 24, 2016:

Profile Check for PEN swap. Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping jaimierandolph

jaimierandolph on Dec 24, 2016:

Profile Check for PEN swap. Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping jaimierandolph

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