Date Joined: August 16, 2013
Last Online: January 18, 2018
Birthday: November 1, 1982
Craft photos on Pinterest
Hey! I just got my hands on some fabric tape .... Anyone know where all I can stick it?
Hey! Anyone knows Cheburashka?
I am 35 yr old female from India. I'm married, & I have a daughter who is 6 yrs old. I work full time in an insurance co. I enjoy snail mails & paper crafts.
Address - I use my office address here, I've found that it works better
Chasing ratings - I try to keep track of who I have sent but not got rated, I contact to find out the problem, & I have made several resends. I do not enjoy losing my stuff to postal thieves, but I do enjoy gathering & sending, so it is not a problem. However, this is NOT an OBsession with me ... so ... IF You were expecting a swap from me, & it did not arrive, & I did not contact You, then please YOU do, I would gladly resolve the issue.
3 ratings - the older of my 3 ratings is me biting off more than I can chew ... I still feel bad for it. The recent one is entirely my fault. & I'm very ashamed of it. I assure you, I won't do that again.
Hosting & Angeling
I try to spread the swaps I host over different weeks, so that I can do justice to both vetting & preparing the swaps.
I will always angel Type 2 & Type 3 swaps hosted by me. I host a newbie-friendly only when I have sufficient material to angel 3 people!!!
Electronic swaps I host are designed to have all people as partners to each other. Thus, everyone already knows my responses - it cannot be angeled. Don't join it if it is too much of a risk.
Sadly, there is no way to angel a non-rated swap!
Paper is my substrate. I paint (lazy), sketch, line-draw (I dislike calling it "Zentangle, I'm following nobody's "official" patterns!!), collage (beginner), Origami (beginner). I love to paint on fabric - cushion covers & prayer flags are favourite projects.
You can sample my crafts at the pinterest link above. Beware, there'd be some kiddie stuff as well :) I hesitate to call my work "creating". Creating is when one makes something out of nothing, like a work of fiction, an invention, or a hitherto unknown business! I am merely artistically inclined! I compose, I assemble :)
I'm in India, which means I don't have access to the commercial crafting supplies as in the USA. I regret that a bit, but not very much. I use mainly materials available to me in my crafts. That's shiny paper from the tons of Marriage invitations that Wedding-obsessed society of mine sends my way, magazine clippings, & some craft supplies like buttons, & fabric flowers. I do not use purchased-printed paper craft supplies. Partly because they are imported from the USA (expensive, & very "what's the point?") & partly because they don't appeal to me. I mean, if I use a ticket, it should be from a concert I went to, right? It's actually just not my style. (I honestly do not understand the purpose of patterned paper that is printed on both sides. How will both be visible in a craft?) I'm pretty intuitive at drawing, & have never felt the need to get stamps for making outlines for filling colour in. Also, stamps are expensive, & who knows whether I'll use the same image twice! Most importantly, I can sit down & draw within half an hour, whereas a stamp set I order will take 2 weeks in the minimum.
Teas : Darjeeling, Assam, Chai, Kahwa
Books (store-bought) English language, Indian authors, for grown-ups and children, comics (once) popular in india
trims & laces - these will be VERY glittery & kitschy
Tee-shirts, stoles, "jholaa" bags, cushion covers (store-bought, in Indian kitsch/pop or folk(tribal) design OR bought-plain & hand-painted)
Personalised notebooks/journals - (purchased blank & personalized to your profile, or theme, quirky, sarcastic or feminist)
Personalized address labels - I have a resource-person
Colours : No particular choice! However, I don't like fluorescent (neon) colours.
Motifs: Paisley, Squirrels, Owls, Mushrooms, Acorns, Coniferous trees, other trees, FLOWERING TREES, Sea stars, buntings
Olaf from Frozen, Big Bang Theory, Transformers, Krtek the mole :)
Book recos : Open to everything, except hardcore horror & sexual deviance, i.e., considering domestic violence, or drinking people's blood to be sex !!! … that really grosses me out.
I'd really love to try translations of authors of other languages.
Please recommend me your favourite authors from your country, preferably contemporary, but older will also do!
Flat, non-glitter sticker sheets, cute kiddie kind. My daughter uses lot of stickers, & I am only getting gross glittery or puffy stickers in India. (She also loves other flat stuff like bows, shaped u clips, cartoon stick-on plasters !!)
Bookmarks or postcards of Book illustrations, esp. children's book illustrations
Letter stationery, esp. with Vintage design or autumn colours
I'd love to receive flower/wildflower seeds, if they are inconspicuous & do not put your mail in customs jeopardy - ones that you saved from your own flowers - I don't want you to go out BUY them for me.
I'd love to unburden you of any odd postcard-size envelope you don't have use for :P Also your odd single notepad/sheets, odd leftover buttons & remnant ribbons & laces.
Anything handmade by you, or written by you, something interesting you witnessed, or a life incident you relate to, anything You want to share, I love the feeling of “click” when I connect to a person thousands of miles away!!
Sweet nothings(feathers, sea shells, little pebbles, little pine cones, acorns, I know it's crazy) Sea glass! I've never seen sea glass.
Some Advice/ tutorial !! … like
How to make a dreamcatcher, real simple
How to use a roller stamp, with fabric paint on fabric, it looks like the thing you paint walls with, & has a floral raised design, my sister got me
How to make a kiddie Pirate chest, again, my DIY is not very advanced!
I would love to do Mail Art swaps with anyone, it is the first thing which drew me to swap-bot.
I would love to know nursery rhymes from different countries (of course with a translation) & if You can send (any kind of ) pics of the characters, even more great!
I'd REALLY like to swap some children's books (English language) from other countries. I'm ready to spend a reasonable amount on both the book & the postage.
I'd like a "introduction to Steampunk". Type 1, 2 or 3. I'd like a peek into what "hearth Witches" mean. I am not thinking of "converting", I'm quite the sceptic, however, I feel so curious. I do not know what my element is, actually I do not like to feel limited by one element, but anything "earth" pulls me, like woodland animals ... I'm sorry if hearth Witch-ing is not supposed to be classified like that! AND I'm sorry, I cannot reciprocate in kind on these two topics, because, simply, I know nothing about these things, but I feel so piqued!
Amazon India Wishlist I think it can be sorted by lowest price first :)
I love to read. Humour, mystery, child-literature.
My favourite authors in English are Micheal Crichton, Gerald Durrell, James Herroit, Khaled Hosseini, P. G. Wodehouse, John Grisham, Alister Mclean, Mary Higgins Clark, J. R.R. Tolkien, Terry Prachett, Lewis Caroll & Jasper Fforde.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Meg Cabot, Dr Suess, Agatha Christie, David Baldacci, Ken Follet, Frederik Forsyth, Sidney Sheldon(not all), Amish Tripathi & I am not embarrassed to include Dan Brown ...
My introduction to Arthur Haily, Ayn rand, Paulo Coelho & Robin Cook was bad! So I have to start over.
However, apart from series, there are so many standalone books I enjoyed, & though I am not right now seeking out those authors, eventually I will. Dracula, Ender's Game (& Ender's Shadow), The Catcher in the Rye, She's come Undone, Rebecca, Catch 22, 1984, The Jungle Book, The Book of Dragons ( E. Nesbit), Rule of the Bone, The Inscrutable Americans, How I taught my Grandmother to read, The Historian, Acts of Faith, Battle for Bittora (so unfortunate that now Anuja Chauhan is co-authoring withthe III-class Durjoy Datta), How to Kill, Gamechangers, You are Here (Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan), White Tiger, Lessons in Forgetting, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Perfect Eight, The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime, The Skull Mantra (gotta read the Inspector Shan series), Aztec Autumn (Gotta read Aztec), Neanderthal ...
I try to read English novels by Indian, & now Pakistani, authors, these mainly fall in the category of "drama" or simply, "fiction". If You would like to try some, I could recommend.
I disliked "In other rooms, other wonders" & "the Diary of a Social butterfly". The monotony & depressive mood of one, & the amazing irrtiant-ness of the other put me off. I also seriously disliked the (highly acclaimed) "God of Small Things" & "Graffiti my Soul". Open to more books by those authors, though!
I love reading Natural History, & Ruskin Bond writes natural history inclined fiction. As a child I read "Tales of a Naturalist", by Ptyor Manteufel, who was a Russian biologist & conservationist (I understand), in translation. It is my all time favourite book, reads like fiction & I still relax with it. I wish I could find more of his work in translation.
I also read in Bengali, & my favourite author of all is Lila Majumdar. Also Satyajit ray (Feluda Series, Professor Shonku series , & everything else), Abanindronath Tagore, Sunil Gangopadhyay (Kakababu series (not the later ones) & those written as "NeelLohoit"), Manoranjan Bhattacharjo (detective Huakashi & EVERYTHING), the Tenida series, The Ghanada series ....
I do like the bestsellers Harry Potter Series, Hunger Games trilogy, Skulduggary Pleasant series, I'd like to read the Alex Rider series, the Percy Jackson series, A series of unfortunate events & so on ... I really like kid-lit & young adult.
I also enjoy reading adventure based children's classics, like Treasure Island, The Last of Mohicans, You get the Idea!
I was also totally awed by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's "Chander Paahaar" (available in translation as "The Mountain of the Moon") , Boy! Bengali authors CAN WRITE kid-lit! (Ask me for recos on translations)
I have only read 2 Popular Science books, "One,two,three, infinity" & "a brief history of time", I enjoyed both a LOT, please recommend me if You know something similar!
I read & enjoy fantasy & sci-fi, but I do not consider these in my favourite genres. I have not read horror - yet.
I am absolutely not into any kind of perversion, disturbing images that will never leave my mind's eye - the REALITY - the NEWS is full enough of that. I have yet avoided reading 50 shades of grey & the Twilight series ... I was excited when I came to know about it, but then, as it grew on me (& the entire world), blood-sucking sex just does not agree with me.
I also read read non-fiction, but it takes me a long time :P Mitch Albom, Luce Edward, Gandhi, Nehru ...
I read Seabiscuit - An American legend, & liked it a lot. That counts as non Fiction, & Elizabeth Gilbert, right?
I have not read much foreign literature, but I would love to (in English translation) Puskin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekov , Thomas Mann, Herman Hesse,Rainer Maria Rilke, & obviously, hundreds of authors beyond my humble domain of recognition.
Although living a daily life in India is demoralizing on a daily basis, the sheer brilliance of the incredibly numourous authors throughout the world (& including India) makes me think life must be worthwhile!
Last but not the least, Herge' (Tintin) & Rene Goschinni & Alberto Uderezo (Asterix) which I have loved at all ages :)
I am almost-almost atheist. I dislike any attempts to pull me into any organised religion. Oh! I am okay with any kind of Holiday/festival imagery. Just not evangelizing.
I am okay with magazines cut up for craft, but not books. Please do not send me crafts made of book pages! It makes me feel bad for the books!
Blank touristy postcards. NOT okay!!!! (WRITTEN touristy postcards- welcome, non-touristy postcards - written & blank both welcome :)
All the news that's fit to print BY@boompowbeauty - NOT looking for angel for this one it was more fun sending than receiving!!!
This was the timewhen I'd justed shifted to Kanpur, was using my home address, I was losing mail left, right, & center :( :( I am listing swaps that I never received. I will NOT rate "1", becuase, in all probability, it was my post office's fault that I did not receive, not my partner's. ALL THESE SWAPS ARE UNRATED Still, if anyone would RAK these, I'd be really happy. (These days, praise the powers that might be, I am actually receiving my mail)
Carpe Librum ~ 100 Members & 1yr Celebration Paper - contacted partner - she resent. Even resend did not arrive. :(
A Very Merry Unbirthday Postcard Swap! July 2014 - 2 partners, did not receive either. Both kindly resent. One received, one missing ...
TAKE A RISK ATC - #1 - contacted partner. Neither received the original, nor resend
TAKE A RISK ATC #2 - same story. The risk ATCs turned out to be a very bad risk for me :(
Sarcastic & Subversive Postcards #3 - 2 partners - never received anything ... now both are inactive ... feels bad to rate them low ... so late & when they've left
...& ... Mag Clippings VDAY Fandanie & RooBaRoo I set this up for her because she had low ratings & I couldn't allow her on a group swap I hosted. Then I got late assigning partners, & she was so high strung with being banned out of swaps, she searched my address from her old records ... & ... unfortunately, it was this old address. I feel bad for her regarding this swap. The swap never reached me, I could not rate her anything.
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