October 2020 - CURRENTLY, I AM AVIDLY ENJOYING MAKING BETSYPRESTON’S CHUNK O CARDBOARD MAILINGS. I LOVE DECORATING THE BACKS, TOO. IF ANYONE WANTS TO SET UP A SIMILAR PRIVATE SWAP, LET ME KNOW. I WILL GLADLY JOIN!
RATING: I ALWAYS RATE THE SAME DAY THAT I RECEIVE THE SWAP. So if you sent a swap a good while ago, and I haven’t rated you, then, unfortunately, I haven’t received it, and it may be lost in the mail. 🙁
I'm awkward, eccentric, happy and kind. Kind of an oddball, prone to flights of fancy and imagination. I'm a whimsical type of person who revels in nature, plants, trees and the wild.
My favorite season is Autumn. The air is both thick and thin with a magical pulse. It feels as though if I were to round a corner quick enough, I might catch sight of some little fae creature scurrying off into the weeds.
I'm a wife, mother and grandmother from South Texas. My interests include art - especially outsider type, drawn/painted by hand, but am now gravitating back to collage and mixed media. I’m into native plants, herbs, history, cemeteries, journaling, playing video games (All Sims games, Viva Pinata, all Harvest Moon games, Animal Crossing, etc.), vintage vinyl dolls, American Girl dolls, My Life dolls and most 18" dolls, handmade doll clothes, posing my Barbie type dolls and taking photos of them, then adding dialog and posting them somewhere.
At the moment, my favorite projects are doing the Chunk O Cardboard swaps. I love selecting the cardboard and also decorating the back, around the note. If anyone wants to set up a private swap for that, I would love to join.
Other favorite hobbies are journaling, and decorating my journal pages, and en masse composition notebooks.I also enjoy making and receiving ATCs and handmade postcards.
I do collect storebought postcards too. I love a wide (VERY wide) range of subjects but in particular, New Mexico and Arizona culture or scenery and ANYTHING and everything related to Forks, Washington. I also like postcards related to books. Also Ireland and Scotland - Celtic history, Natural attractions, stone circles, celtic crosses, history, etc., Frida Kahlo related, Mexican pyramids or ancient sites and archeology, Europe, Art, and any history - U. S. and worldwide, cemeteries, botanical, special or unusual trees, Halloween.
I like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a tiny garden for veggies. I have herbs and flowers (wild and domestic) and trees and bushes of all kinds.
FOR RECIPE SWAPS/TAGS: I really like all kinds, but some are especially nice: healthy recipes, main dishes, side dishes, savory snacks and hors d'oeuvres, and of course your tried and true recipes that you use regularly. Charcuterie boards are a new interest to me, too. I prefer recipes on paper (but not written on front AND back) rather than on recipe cards since I glue them into a binder, sort of like scrapbook style. But I won't gripe if you feel the need to use recipe cards. ;) ALLERGIC TO SHRIMP, but other seafood is fine. AND, NOTHING FOR AN AIR FRYER OR INSTAPOT since I don’t have those.
I have an on again off again interest in sewing. I am in no way an expert, but try, and do my best. I only do simple projects. Sewing related things are always welcome. I like all fabric themes, but especially Asian, botanical, plaids, woodland animals, cats (for my granddaughter), and well, almost everything. Colors: ALL, but mostly nature colors and jewel tones. Semi recent projects were Japanese knot bags, a circle skirt for my granddaughter, doll clothes and quilt blocks.
I am also wanting to get back into embroidery.
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
all books by Michael D. O'Brien - I love his art, too.
all books by Charles de Lint. He is the creator of the urban fantasy genre. I love both his YA books and his adult fiction.
the book, 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - His short story, Eyes of the Blue Dog is amazingly wonderful.
The Twilight series
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Dunkirk, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, Lonesome Dove, The Passion of the Christ, and the oldies, -It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take it With You, Harvey, most Johnny Depp movies (love odd characters!) and others.
Survivor, The Walking Dead, Big Brother (most seasons... I am suffering through the current season.), Top Chef, Food Network Star, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, Modern Family, The Middle, Who Do You Think You Are, Finding Our Roots, Deadliest Catch, The Good Witch on Hallmark, Breaking Bad, The Dead Files, Dateline, Tough as Nails...
I like painting, drawing or collaging ATCs and postcards. Also journaling and making little assembleges, collage, mixed media, also crochet, but only VERY simple things, and I have to be in the mood.
These are just suggestions, not a 'gimme list'. So many of the things I like are cheap or free, that I thought swappers might like to have a lower cost choice to send, rather than spend more money than necessary.
CHUNK O CARDBOARD MAILINGS
Pokemon cards (any condition)
Postcards of all kinds
anything to do with street art of any kind or
graffiti on train cars
trees in art or illustration-especially odd ones
fabric (Cuts from used clothing are fine. Especially flannel or men’s plaid shirts! Denim is good too. Anything, really.)
large eyed needles
any kind of miniature
mixed media art
special or historical trees
Irish, Celtic, Czech, German, Scottish, subjects
anything to do with Nicola Tesla
anything to do with Robert the Bruce
anything to do with Boudica
art done on newspaper or brown bag paper
vintage (but not lacey Victorian style)
funky and retro things all make me happy.
homemade sewn stuffed animals or dolls (not dotees, though)
poem written by you
veggie garden themes
cactus and succulants
acorn themed things
crows and ravens
anything that can be used to decorate my journal pages
interesting food packaging labels.
used stamps cut from your incoming mail ( but not the regular US flag ones)
anthromorphic animals or veggies or fruit or plants
wine charms - mismatched singles are GREAT; it doesn't have to be a set
Seeds of all kinds, but especially vegetable seeds
stencils of any kind (used or home made is fine)
hand carved stamps
doll clothes (for 18" American girl and My Life dolls and for Barbies/Kens), especially vintage or handmade doll clothes. Thrifted things are great!
anything Claddagh themed
tree of life theme
faerie themed things - all kinds of fae such as goblins, trolls, elves, etc. (But not Disney or cartoon types.)
anything with the initial 'W'
the number 5 as a theme or a cut-out or ‘thing’.
Woodsy embellishments and things like leaves, trees, acorns, etc. (not real ones)
collage sheets and images (many are offered free for printing on Flickr)
I LOVE Little Red Riding Hood themed Items
Almost any fairy tale themed thing, as long as it is not Disney
Especially Snow White and Rose Red - I'd love to have the children's book of that - used, even in poor condition would totally ROCK!
Gift cards to Walmart or HEB or Amazon
Any little doll (but not dotees) or action figure or animal
Interesting magazine cut-outs.
I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THRIFTED STUFF IN GOOD CONDITION.
Reds, greens, and mostly dark, bright (but not neon) or jewel tones. I also LOVE plaid of any kind or color.
I love Halloween!!! Cute or creepy, woeful and grim. But not too bloody, gory, devil or anti-Christian (like upside down crosses, evil nuns, etc.). I'm not crazy about ouija boards either. Halloween things are welcome year around!
My favorites are:
Pumpkins, bats, black cats, owls, ravens/crows, Edgar Allen Poe, all things macabre, strange, woeful and creepy, jack-o-lanterns, or other "veggie people"
Vintage look type of style is cool, too.
I LOVE altered vintage photos used for Halloween things...like witch hats on people, etc.
Skeletons, both regular ones and Dia de los Muertos style
Halloween collage sheets or collage elements...there are many free ones offered on Flickr, if your printer prints them well.
creepy or twirly limbed tree items
die-cuts, any kind, but especially 'fences'.
cemetery, grave or tombstone themed things
-ghosts and monsters of all kinds
Favorite themes would be...
Nativity (or any part of it)
Christmas collage sheets or various collage elements.
etc., etc., etc.!!!
If we are in a swap together and the Christmas or Winter theme is unspecified, you are more than welcome to send me art in YOUR favorite winter holiday celebration. I am not offended by receiving Yule, Hanukkah, Kwaanza or other art work. :)
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