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Date Joined: June 23, 2010
Last Online: January 22, 2020
Birthday: July 13
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATED: October 23, 2019

I'm a mom in the middle of Iowa trying to keep the Muses from driving me crazy. I write, craft, and try to keep the inspiration flowing. I live with my husband and two rabbits.

I am part of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and enjoy history with a special focus on pre-1600's heraldry and crafts.

We like to play card and video games, go hiking, watch movies, make stuff, both hot water bath and pressure canning. I'm sure there are a load of other things I'm forgetting in here too.

Favorite Crafts

Favorite crafts that I do:
Sewing felt stuffies, crochet, embroidery, tablet weaving, lampwork glass bead making, book binding, kumihimo, creating heraldry, drop spinning, cooking, and sewing.

Favorite crafts other people do/I will learn some day:
Quilting, metalwork, print making.

Other crafts that I do:
I do a lot of random stuff so I am always forgetting something on this list... amigurumi, sewing stuffed animals, jewelry making, cooking modern/vintage/medieval foods, drawn thread embroidery, etc, etc, etc. I like making stuff.

Favorite Books

Anything by Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman. I like humor and description. I also like Seanan McGuire, Jim Butcher, and Patricia Briggs.

I love fantasy and urban fantasy.

Favorite Music

I was introduced to Spotify and have been all over the map in finding new music. I really like alt folk and alt blues music. I really like banjo covers of rock/pop/punk songs. I also enjoy songs about video games. I'm weird.

  • You and I, by Johnnyswim
  • Glitter & Gold, by Barns Courtney
  • I'm a Raven (Shake Children), by Hiss Golden Messenger
  • I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore, by The Menzingers
  • Ghost, by Mystery Skulls

I also love podcasts:
- History of Rome
- Revolutions
- King Falls AM
- Magic Tavern
- Lore
- Noble Blood


I like to write novels and short stories. My fiction tends towards fantasy. I do like reading stuff with a darker edge or crazy humor and I enjoy writing the same. But I enjoy writing with a variety of styles and subjects.

Current projects: Trying to remind myself to write on a regular basis.

Planning and Organizing

I am always trying to get myself organized. I have so many things going on that I often am afraid I'm going to forget something.

I use a bullet journal to try to keep my thoughts straight. I use Scrivener for my novel writing.

I keep meaning to use a fauxdori with moleskines for journals and art journals, but I never get around to using it.

Things I Like

I love quotes. Especially ones about writing, from books, song lyrics, and ones that are inspirational without hitting you over the head with it. I also like quirky messages / quotes - "The pirates are here to sack the village, would you like paper or plastic?"

I prefer college ruled, graph, or blank paper/notebooks. I prefer 'half size' or 'quarter size' notebooks to full size ones - and yes, I know those aren't real terms. :)

  • Tea (english breakfast and gunpowder green especially)
  • The colors gray, black, dark blue, dark green, turquoise/teal/blue green, argyle, and varied stripes
  • Quotes (see above)
  • Writing prompts
  • Rabbits, Crabs, Goats, hedgehogs
  • The Kraken (tentacles, ships, anchors, that sort of thing)
  • Skeleton keys
  • Postcards
  • Tea towels
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Handmade dish scrubbies and potholders (patterns work too!)
  • Washi tape
  • Ball point and gel pens
  • Playlists (on Spotify, mix CD, or written list)
  • Gnomes

Things I Don't Like

Unless they are about Dudeism, Discordianism, or Pastafarianism, please don't send me religious (Christian) things. I'm a Pagan and have been for ages.

I write small most of the time and I haven't used wide ruled paper since elementary school, please don't send me wide ruled paper or notebooks.

  • Coconut
  • The color pink and most primary colors
  • Gold
  • Hibiscus tea
  • 3D scrapbooking stickers
  • Coconut
  • Glitter
  • Puffy paint
  • Sequins
  • Eyelash yarn

Other Things I Like / Fandoms

  • Catbug from Bravest Warriors
  • Lore, Noble Blood, Unobscured, King Falls AM, The Magic Tavern, History of Rome podcasts
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Especially Tiffany Aching, Moist von Lipwig, Sam Vimes, and the witches
  • Neil Gaiman Quotes
  • Sailor Moon
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Studio Ghibli movies - Especially Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away
  • Supernatural tv series
  • Great British Baking Show

For Specific Swaps

Recipe Swaps:
I prefer 4x6 but 3x5 is just fine. I inherited my grandmother's old recipe cards and am enamored of handwritten index cards at the moment. If you have an old family recipe you would like to share, I would love to see it. We do like to can and we also have a pressure canner. Bonus points for recipes from before 1960.

Crochet / Yarn Swaps:
I crochet but I do not knit...yet. It's on my list of things to learn. I mostly do small projects like dish cloths, scarves/shawls, and amigurumi. I do not crochet sweaters, slippers, gloves, or blankets. One of these days I will have enough time to devote to an afghan, but today is not that day. I like wool/wool blends but I use acrylic for amigurumi. I use cotton for dish cloths and potholders. I do not like eyelash yarn.

Pagan Themed Swaps:
I'm a Hellenic Pagan and an eclectic witch that leans toward cottage witchcraft. I like herbs, crystals, and pendulums. I've been out of practice for ages and I keep meaning to get back to it....


Lady rated for AMOPWB: Hogswatch 2019 on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Of course Hogswatch cards get wet. Gray and drizzling here.
Artistic rated for TGIO 2019 on Dec 12, 2019
Comment: Wow! I've never seen those prompt "matches" before. Can't wait to spark some creativity! :) Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the swap! Hope your writing is going well!
ariestess rated for Cyber Write-in 2019 on Nov 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for participating! You did a great job! Let's cross that finish line together!
Artistic rated for Preptober 2: Post-it Prompts on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: A belated thank you for a great pad of prompts!
ariestess rated for NaNo Sprints! on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing your sprint totals! You can totally do it!
cynaemon rated for NaNo Sprints! on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the encouraging quote. Good luck on your NaNo journey.
Artistic rated for Writer Workshop Round Robin 6 on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: I wish I lived near the Iowa Writers Workshop! Go for it!
Artistic rated for Preptober 3: NaNo Gear on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks much! Earrings are pretty. Love the newspapers!
ariestess rated for Weekly Rewards for NaNo 2019 on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I already like my first week's gift, so I know I'm gonna love the rest!
lawchick rated for NaNo Mascot 2019 on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: I love my little cactus mascots! They’ll be so helpful when I’m stuck and don’t wanna be a prick of a failure! Thank you!
Artistic rated for Preptober 1: BuJo vs. Board on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: Well, now I know why you were so conflicted about the little journal I sent; you were already doing an internal battle over which format to use. LOL! Plan away, my friend. Nov. 1 will be here before we know it!
Artistic rated for Thinking about NaNo 2019 on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: That essay quote stayed with me, too. Go back to the source. And it's one of the reasons I'm going with a new character. Thanks for sharing your plan.
ariestess rated for Thinking about NaNo 2019 on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Your novel idea sounds intriguing!
carol rated for Writer Workshop Round Robin 5 on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading through yours and everyone's comments on the articles. I joined this late, so I haven't read all of the articles, but the comments in your notebook are thought-provoking and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
Artistic rated for Short Story Fiction +1500 on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: See PM. What a wonderfully creative story. The descriptions of New Georgia are vibrant and the characters are three-dimensional. I hope you continue with this world and the Resistance.
Larina rated for Science Fiction Flash Fiction #8 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your story. I absolutely love your writing style. I like how the last two sentences ties everything together in the story.
samsstuff rated for Writer Workshop Round-Robin 4 on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed reading your thoughts!
ariestess rated for Postcard from Camp 2019 on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: OMG I love this postcard! I legit started laughing when I looked at it! Thank you for the encouragement! We can do this thing!
Artistic rated for Camp Kit for Camp NaNo Summer 2019 on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Fun goodies. I like the zippered bag -- the open road at sunset (or sunrise) is quite inspiring.

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Artistic on Dec 24, 2019:

Dig now. There's a present for tomorrow in the 2020 box!

Artistic on Apr 11, 2018:

How many stories have you written this month? In the middle of the second one now? Chat me in the cabin!

Artistic on Apr 6, 2018:

See notes for you in Camp NaNoWriMo cabin.

Poftoffel on Nov 1, 2017:

Swap-bot sent me a message saying I had been rated for the "Scary Story" swap - but nothing has shown up on my profile! A site glitch? :-)

BlueberryLady on Feb 13, 2016:

Welcome to Crazy for Cloths - We love Dishcloths Knitted or Crocheted... Keep watch for our Next Swap for March which will be posted soon... we do just 1 swap a month.. Can't wait to have you try out 1 of our Swaps... Hugs from Jean in Ohio...! !

Artistic on Dec 1, 2015:

Thank you SO much for the great weekly rewards for NaNo. Love the bag which I opened Sunday and will be taking with me on a writer retreat this month!

rngstgstll on Sep 11, 2015:


Spiders everywhere are celebrating the Anansi Boys love!

Artistic on Jun 7, 2015:

Sorry to have cancelled the 3x3x3 swap. We didn't have enough people, even after I extended the date.

Artistic on Jun 2, 2015:

When I saw those really big index cards, I was like hmm. "I wonder if she'd like these?" Score!! So glad you like them. Enjoy your retreat!

rngstgstll on May 5, 2015:


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