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Date Joined: November 5, 2015
Last Online: August 4, 2016
Birthday: November 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a 26-year-old woman living on the East Coast. I love crafting, baking, chocolate, watching TV/movies, animals, and nature.

I'm originally from California. My favorite things to do there are swim and boogeyboard at the amazing beaches, and enjoy all the different cultural and nature spots.

In high school, I volunteered and then was hired assisting the summer camps and office of a museum during my summers. If I finished my work early, I'd put on an animal outreach tag and carry out one of the museum's two bearded dragons to the exhibition areas, and would show them to museum visitors. This is when I started thinking about getting a beardie of my own, and last year I finally got Kaiju the bearded dragon, from a 10 year-old boy who had named Kaiju Floyd. As big fans of Pacific Rim, my husband and I settled on the name Kaiju pretty quickly, and if we get Kaiju a girlfriend one day we'll call her Jaeger. Kaiju is our buddy, our bed and breakfast mascot, our cuddle bug, and he's endlessly entertaining. He has at least 10 costumes from etsy or made by me or my husband. While some people might awkwardly share pictures of their children with new acquaintances, we awkwardly share pictures and videos of Kaiju.

After finishing up undergrad, my husband and I decided we eventually wanted to have a family on the West Coast, but we wanted to try out something different for awhile. After a five-week road trip across the country, camping, staying in people's guest rooms, and spending one night in an awesome dog-shaped bed and breakfast-Dog Bark Park Inn- we decided to stay in the northeast. We've been here for a few years now. I'm running a small bed and breakfast thanks in part to our amazing landlord who has encouraged my small business from the get-go, and my husband is pursuing his PhD.

My b&b is a near-constant source of interesting people, exposure to different cultures, professions, and lifestyles, funny stories, and stress that my guests are happy- I'm a perfectionist. But I can also be really lazy and sometimes I get super bored of doing 80-ish loads of laundry per month, cleaning the rooms, etc. I've thought about hiring an assistant but I think I'd be too hard on them and would scare them away pretty quickly, plus 4 rooms isn't too much to manage by myself. My husband is usually willing to help with just one or two groans if I ask him.

I love to craft, and I tried running a craft business for awhile before the bed and breakfast, but I discovered I don't enjoy making a single craft over and over again. Instead, I like to try lots of new projects, usually as a birthday or holiday gift for a friend. I'll make a practice project- say, a stuffed dinosaur, and then usually another, and then finally a third one that I'm pretty happy with. I keep the dopey-looking 1st projects around, I donate the okay-ish looking projects, and then I move on to a different craft. I also feel guilty about charging money for my crafts. That's why I give them as gifts, and why I've also been checking out different exchange websites like this one.

Besides crafting and Kaiju, my hobbies include Binge-watching shows (House of Cards and Superstore were my most recent marathons), short local road trips, trying new restaurants and recipes at home, hanging out with an awesome kid for the past few months as part of a local mentorship program, and going on nature walks.

Favorite Books

Harry Potter

His Dark Materials


Lord of the Rings

The Invisible Man

A Song of Ice and Fire Series

100 Years of Solitude

Love in the Time of Cholera

Jane Eyre

Invisible Man

Brave New World

The Giver

Favorite Television



Avatar: The Last Air Bender and Legend of Kora

Parks and Rec

IT Crowd


Battlestar Galactica

Orphan Black

Sleepy Hollow

Breaking Bad

Walking Dead


Game of Thrones


Breaking Bad

Flight of the Conchords,

Arrow True Detective Season 1


The Flash


30 Rock

Brooklyn 99

Person of Interest


House of Cards


Favorite Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Avengers


Mad Max Series and Mad Max: Fury Road

LOTR Trilogy

Memoirs of a Geisha

Star Wars




Pixar Films

Favorite Crafts

Paper crafts

Plastic Canvas



Stuffed animals


Cross stitch

embroidery design on my embroidery machine

Things I Iove

            • GENERAL- - - - - - -

-Handmade gifts (jewelry, art, fiber arts, sewn anything)

-Things local to you/your hometown

-Your favorite things that you’d like to me to discover too

-Things on my etsy wish list

-Things for my bearded dragon, Kaiju

-Interesting/cool/funny fabrics

  • Things for my house: my bedroom themes are East Coast Apple Farm (queen bed), New England History (queen bed), Ocean Theme (queen bed), and New England Sports (2 twin beds). My common room themes are world travel/maps guest dining room, cheesy old sci-fi movie theatre movie room, redwood forest dining nook, and 1800’s naturalist sitting area. My bathrooms are light purple/white jellyfish and orange/yellow starfish.


              • ANIMALS- - - - - - -



bearded dragons













Loch Ness Monster

            • COLORS- - - - - - -

Forest green







          • CRAFTING SUPPLIES- - - - -



basic supplies (cool pens/markers/etc.)

Embroidery machine thread

Embroidery machine designs for a PE-770 machine

embroidery stabilizer sheets

wooden supplies

Silhouette cameo designs

            • Favorite Music- - - - - -

Classic Rock



Flight of the Conchords


anything live


Things I Dislike


I am allergic to all coconut/palm products, including coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, palm oil, tropical oils, margarine, etc. It’s an ingredient in a lot of junk food, including candy, chips, fried foods, crackers, and packaged cookies. The lower quality stuff almost definitely has it, and the higher quality stuff may or may not have it. A couple safe candies I’ve found are See’s Candy, Cadbury, most Dove stuff, and a lot of things (maple, hard candy, lollipops, etc.) that don’t have chocolate in them. But I do love chocolate. I’m lucky that it’s not super serious, I can be in proximity to it and touch it for a few minutes without any reaction. I just can’t consume it or use coconut lotion/beauty products. If you accidentally send me something with palm/coconut, it’s not a big deal, I’ll just share it with my husband or friends instead of eating it myself.

I'm also allergic to persimmons.

Things I Dislike


Pigeons. Don’t get me started on pigeons…

Perfume/Scented candles/smelly things: I have guests who stay at our place particularly because we’re perfume-free.

Cigarette/Cigar Smoke

Religious items, except for things inspired by Buddhism, Hinduism, Toaism, ancient religions. I love the art/history that is based on those religions.

Pop figures. Their eyes are just TOO BIG

Didn't Receive Something?

I get out all my mail in a timely manner (usually early), so if you don't receive something please let me know ASAP.

Every once in a while I'll be floored for a few days from food allergies, and if I can't get a package in the mail on time for this reason I'll let you know.I want to make you happy with a wonderful swap :)

I take pictures of all the postcards and outgoing packages I send. I'll also get tracking numbers for any packages bigger than a flat envelope, so if you don't get something I can at least send you pictures of it until I track it down, and we can check and see if I messed up on the address or something.

I try to go above and beyond with every swap, so if there's something missing from a swap or it doesn't seem as good as it should I probably just forgot to add something to your package. If this happens please let me know and I'll remedy the situation immediately :)


tmarlo rated for key chain - April on May 24, 2018
yomousey rated for Fill My Stocking May & June on Dec 26, 2016
Comment: I am so sorry for not rating sooner, I found out I forgot to rate several times for my stocking stuffers, Thank you! I love my magnet, did you make it? Merry Christmas! I hope your partner was as good to you as you were to me.
Comment: Unfortunately never got this swap
tazzz70 rated for Fill My Stocking ~ July on Aug 4, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for the July stocking stuffer and wonderful note cards, I am waiting to open all the stocking stuffers until Christmas, but I will use the note cards now :) Thanks again....big hugs Tammy
Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really appreciate all the extra you sent in addition to the swap. I am going to put the stocking stuffer away until December.
AddictedToCrafts93 rated for Accountability Buddy on Jul 26, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much Lisa! I have been wanting one of the Harry Potter coloring books for a while now. I love the pics of your cute little Kaiju! Thanks for being such a great accountability buddy. Hope we cross paths again on another swap!
Comment: Thank you!!
Comment: Thank you so much for my extras. The wrapped gift has been placed in my large stocking to be opened in December. ♥️
Comment: Thanks for joining my swap and for the lovely pennies!! I have never been to Massachusetts! Love it! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the stocking stuffer! I've got it set back to open at Christmas, but I can't wait to try the extra taste of New England that you included :)
Fry rated for ATC - 10 Minute Card #6 (USA) on Jun 6, 2016
Comment: Thanks a ton! I love the colors you chose!
MisplacedfromPA rated for For the Love of Goodwill on May 29, 2016
Comment: What a very nice assortment. The little black sack is perfect for me to keep some tea in (thanks to my husbands suggestion), the bangles are PERFECT (love how you put them and the ring in a little pouch), and the tiny basket I put on my shelf with some lambs wool I had. Forgive me for rating just now, I was away on vacation and had time today to finally sit and open up my mail. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Again, thank you so much for such variety.
gramsbuttonbox rated for For the Love of Goodwill on May 26, 2016
Comment: I love the assortment, and agree, finding it had to be lots of fun! Thank you so much for joining my swap!
CandyQuilts rated for Fill My Stocking May & June on May 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for your swap gift! I am waiting until Christmas, but all the things you sent are much appreciated! Thank you! CandyQuilts
deelynn rated for For the Love of a Dollar Store on May 17, 2016
Comment: Thank you! Love all of it!
KateKintail rated for Fandom Stocking #5: Star Wars on May 16, 2016
Comment: I'm rating with a heart even though I haven't opened it yet (bubblewrapped it and slipped it into my stocking) because the presentation was lovely, it's handmade, and there were extras. I loved the photo of Kaiju!!! Adorable! Thanks so much! Edit: Thank you for the R2-D2 magnet! I really needed some happy Star Wars-ness today. *hugs*
jm3712 rated for Dollar Store Swap-Summer Edition on May 16, 2016
Comment: Thank you Lisa for the wonderful package, I loved everything! Thanks again!
Mousetail rated for Precious Pen Pal Swap April 16 on May 15, 2016
Comment: I am so sorry for late rating - I have not been feeling well for a while now, but I finally caught up on reading your letters and, even more importantly, on writing my own. It has been a pure joy to get to know you through those letters!!! Thank you for all the goodies and pictures. I would really LOVE to keep in touch!
Amy7783 rated for Germany meets America... #5 on May 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you verys much for the beautiful postcard :-)
Comment: Thanks

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RainbowRoseOregon on Mar 14, 2016:

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