Date Joined: March 2, 2015
Last Online: April 19, 2019
Birthday: July 17
Country: United States
I won't be signing up for more swaps in April so I can focus on finishing hand quilting the quilt i'm working on. My goal is to start binding it by May so I have some stitchin' to catch up on!
I will also be doing a small bit of traveling in May and will have people in from out of town so I won't be signing up for many swaps or hosting many in May so I can focus on spending time with family.
I will still be reachable via the SB messenger system if needed! :)
Hello hello Everyone!
My name is Megan and I live in the lovely & historic Boston, MA. I am a full-time Research Fellow at Harvard University and work with functional apparel design and soft robotics.
Want to see some examples of what I do at work?
See Bill Gates try on a glove I made! Also, check out the lab I work in!
Check out the glove and shoulder projects I work on!
I grew up, went to school, and had lived my entire life in Minnesota before moving and still hold rural Minnesota in my heart.
I identify as non-binary, and I use they/them/their pronouns! I have a marvelous girlfriend with an adorable long-haired cat.
As my favorite saying goes: I'm not "gay" as in happy, i'm queer as in "fuck you!".
I see some people asking not to send "Politicized Rainbows". I have no idea what they could possibly be referring to so I say boo! to that, send me those politicized rainbows for my queer little body to revel in! Just another Liberal, Queer, Feminist killjoy. ;)
As for the cat, Radish - she is "free roam". I do my best to keep her out of my crafting supplies and away from projects, but I can't guarantee that any swaps I send will be completely free from dander/a random stray hair. If you are extremely allergic to cats please let me know and we can work something out!
I tend to keep pretty busy between work, art projects, baking, and gaming. I am a fairly relaxed and easy-going person striving to make the world a little brighter. I like to bring enthusiasm, positivity, and wonder to everyday life. Intersectional Feminism, Queer activism, and social justice are important to me and I hope to address them more in my art, work, and life.
I'm happy to chat with people in a respectful manner if they have questions related to LGBTQ matters. :)
My musical tastes are pretty eclectic, but I really enjoy the following genres
Folk, Alternative Folk, Outlaw Country, Rock n' Roll, Metal, Bluegrass, some Pop/Top 40, Electronic, House Music, Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Opera.
Current favorite bands/artists include:
Beirut - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Bastille - Galantis - O.C.M.S - Andrew Bird - Nickel Creek - Saint Motel - Janelle Monae - ABBA - Beach Boys - Gregory Alan Isakov - Metallica - Alexandre Desplat - Johnny Cash - Tears for Fears - Peter Gabriel - David Bowie - - The Clancy Brothers -The Avalanches - Tears for Fears - Peter Gabriel - Miike Snow - The Ink Spots - Prince (MN misses you oh Purple One) - Toro y Moi - Broadcast - Elton John - The Killers
I'm also going to include some Podcasts in here!
Ear Hustle - Gastropod - Stuff You Should Know - International Waters/Troubled Waters - The Dear Prudence Podcast - Stuff You Missed in History Class - Stuff To Blow Your Mind - Sawbones - My Brother, My Brother, and Me - Oh No Ross & Carrie - The Memory Palace - RISK! - The Adventure Zone - NPR Politics Podcast - The Goop Yourself Podcast (my guilty pleasure podcast, ha!)- Heavyweight
Right now I'm reading The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart, and Spook by Mary Roach
Books & Authors I have enjoyed include:
Faceless Killers (Wallander Series) - The Redbreast (Harry Hole Series) - The Martian - The Bourne Trilogy - Secret Avengers (Comics) - Edgar Allan Poe (Poetry/Short Stories) - Aesop Fables - Grimm Fairytales - those old Star Trek (TOS) books you can find for like, $1 at used bookstores - Mary Roach books, Issac Asimov, Tamora Pierce (LOVED the Song of the Lioness Quartet growing up!
I mostly read - Sci-fi - Fantasy - Fiction - Cooking Theory - Cookbooks - Science Writing - Speculative Fiction - LGBTQIA+ - Thriller - Mystery - Crime Fiction - Scandinavian Crime Fiction - Art & Craft
I also enjoy reading cookbooks, cooking theory, and food writing.
Some of my favorite cookbooks include:
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman & Beth Dooley
The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2019
Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
The Spice Bible by Jane Lawson
Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff
Foolproof Preserving by America's Test Kitchen
Favorite movies/series include:
The Grand Budapest Hotel - What We Do In The Shadows - Submarine - Star Trek (TOS & Reboots) - The Martian - Moonrise Kingdom - Star Wars (4-8) - Valiant - The Ninth Configuration - Atlantis: The Lost Empire - The Road to El Dorado - Marvel Cinematic Universe (Pre-Age of Ultron) - Batman - The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Ladybird - James Bond movies - Spirited Away - Kiki's Delivery Service - Princess Mononoke
Favorite TV shows include:
The Great British Bake Off - Queer Eye (reboot) - Brooklyn 99 - The Good Place - Stranger Things - Person of Interest - The X-Files - Twin Peaks - True Detective (s1) - Archer - House MD - Star Trek (TOS & TNG) - Futurama - News Radio - Emergency! - WKRP Cincinnati - BoJack Horseman - Bob's Burgers - The Venture Bros. - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Avatar: The Last Airbender - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Hannibal (NBC) - Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
I dabble in a lot of crafts and love to challenge myself with new mediums. As a designer and lifelong crafter I am always looking for something new to try out!
Favorite mediums/methods include:
sewing - embroidery - needle art - weaving - fiber art - drawing - watercolor - acrylic painting - origami - mixed media - sculpting - art doll making - print making - surface design (dyeing, screen printing, block printing) - quilting - digital art (photo manipulation & illustration mostly) - i'm currently trying to learn how to spin yarn on my drop spindle
Below is a picture from my senior design project from undergrad! My line was inspired by birds and I made every outfit with my own two hands. I even hand dyed the shirt panels! :)
I love sending out and receiving things here on Swap-Bot, but I believe it shouldn't be super stressful to those swapping with me. Below is a list of items I like/dislike so you can get a good feel of me & my interests.
Please don't send extras unless the swap requires it or is related to my profile likes.
I'm trying to be more deliberate about material things in my life this year. Do I have use for this item? Does it serve me well? Does it make me happy?
I want less clutter in my life, so thank you for not sending unrelated extras! I rate on the quality and thoughtfulness of the swap, not the extra elements included within. :)
I prefer postcards to be sent naked unless specified in the swap guidelines! I love getting fun postcards, and while I don't mind touristy ones I really love receiving the following:
Fine Art & Museum prints (Esp. Gustav Klimt, Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, M.C. Esher, Alphonse Mucha, Van Gogh, and Charlie Harper - especially his birds!)
Art Deco, Retro Futurism, Art Nouveau
Fashion Prints, especially: Alexander McQueen, Paul Poiret, Charles James, Erte (Romain de Tirtoff), Issey Miyake
Historical Places & Events from your local area
ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
Nudity is totally fine by me be it photography, paintings, fine art related, etc., I don't enjoy graphic violence against women though.
For tea I prefer:
Fruity teas are my absolute favorite!
Flavored black & green teas, preferably not "plain"
"Woodsy"/"Smokey" teas (especially spruce/evergreen teas)
Surprise me, I love trying new things!
I LOVE malty hot chocolates and spicy hot chocolates
Please no mint-chocolate or white chocolate flavors, thank you!
You can't send them, but I love craft beer, wine, and spirits! So if you know of any fun breweries to visit someday, wines to look for, and cocktail recipes I am all ears!
Also, I love trying new recipes! If you have a favorite (without tomatoes, sorry!) send it along be it printed out, written on a scrap of paper, or on a recipe card (my holder can accommodate cards up to 4x6 inches).
The only food I don't really care for is tomatoes. I don't like them raw or cooked, even in sauces. So no tomato sauces, pizza, salads, hotdishes/casseroles, etc. I'm a weirdo, I know!
If you are my partner in a recipe swap you can still send me dishes with tomatoes (unless the swap is profile specific) and I’ll rate a 5 (and maybe even a heart!). Don’t fear sending recipes with tomatoes to me, I have some sneaky ways I can adapt them or I’ll pass them along! :)
I'm an avid cook and baker, I love trying new things in the kitchen! I've dabbled in everything from bread baking, pastry making, candy making, cheese making, canning, pickling, dehydrating, grilling, and am starting to get a good season on my cast iron pans.
I absolutely love spending time in my kitchen experimenting with new recipes, adapting recipes, and making food to share with my partner, coworkers, and friends.
If you have any interesting cultural, seasonal, or regional recipes i'd love to hear more about them and even get the recipe to try at home. If want to talk cooking & baking, i'm you person!
I’ve been on a bread baking “kick” lately and my goal is to preserve a food from each season this year starting with spring (made this goal post “winter”, oops!). I also want to try my hand at mold ripened cheeses after I master a few more soft cheeses.
My favorite colors include: Purples - Blues - Indigo - Greens - Oranges I typically enjoy bright "happy" colors, jewel tones, and neutrals (so basically most colors, I know)
As for "themes" I love practically anything regarding birds, deer, space, plants, and nature. I also really enjoy vintage, art deco, art nouveau, retro, retro-futurism, industrial, minimalist, modern/contemporary, and "spooky", Gothic (but not "Goth"), and macabre themes.
I don't like most Batik or tie dye fabric. Shibori dyeing is okay though!
For quilting swaps: 100% cotton textiles please
I especially like quilting prints from Cotton+Steel & Rifle Paper Co. I love Japanese quilting cotton.
I'm something of an aspiring quilter. I enjoy making "Modern" style quilts & textile art projects. I'm currently working on finished a hand quilted quilt and starting up the design of a new one! I've been quilting on and off for years, but I now have time to dedicate more time to quilted projects.
I am a HUGE nerd and love to play a variety of board games, card games, role playing games, and video games.
I particularly enjoy these following games:
Pokemon! Especially gen 1-3, but i'm working my way into gen 4-5.
I'm an avid Pokemon Go player (PM me for my trainer code!) and i'm currently playing Pokemon Let's Go: Eevee and Pokemon Ultra Sun
Anyone else hype for Sword & Shield!?
My favorite Pokemon are: Arcanine, Lugia, Suicune, Piplup, Emporeon, Lucario, Cubone, Ditto, Vaporeon, Dragonair, Bayleaf, Xatu, Eevee, Barboach, Mareep, Murkrow, Shuckle, Houndour, Stantler, Raikou, Torchic, Blaziken, Mightyena, Breloom, Wailord, Absol, Latias, Rayquaza
**Please make sure none of these items perpetuate cultural appropriation or are related to a closed culture/religion.
Although I genuinely love swapping and receiving mail, I do have a few things i'm not a fan of personally. So, to avoid hurt feelings on either end please avoid sending the following:
Patriotic stuff, fascists & nationalists, pro-military/pro-law enforcement/state-sanctioned violence & domestic terrorism (KKK, NRA, ALT-Right, MAGA, etc.), religious zealotry, cultural appropriation, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, TERFs, SWERFs, and RADFEMs, people who refuse to acknowledge their privilege, bigotry of all kinds, you know - the usual stuff.
Here I will keep ratings & ratings explanations that will be updated on a case-by-case basis.
2019: I am currently up to date in my archive here on SB (indicating that I have properly rated everyone & I have received swaps). Please contact me if you believe you are missing a rating from me on a swap.
Due to my schedule sometimes I don't get swaps dropped off in the mail until after the mail had been picked for the day (after 4:30 - 5pm in my area). Therefore, sometimes post marks will be inaccurate especially due to weekends or holidays or general USPS chaos. I have also noticed that a lot of mail I receive has been missing their postmarks/franking/cancellation marks as of 2019 so i'm not sure what is going on there
Mail service is generally very reliable for me where I live & work so let me know if something seems to have gone missing. I'm always happy to make it up to you and resend!
Please contact me about any ratings or swaps you have a question about via the swap-bot messenger system.
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