I'm 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 and painted by hand - 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 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 or the nearby area. Also Ireland and Scotland - Celtic history, Natural attractions, stone circles, celtic crosses, history, etc., Frida Kahlo related, Mexican pyramids or ancient sites and archeology, and Europe.
I like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a few hens for eggs, and a tiny garden for veggies. I have herbs and flowers (wild and domestic) and trees and bushes of all kinds and am mostly transitioning to Texas native species in new things I add.
FOR RECIPE SWAPS/TAGS: I really like all kinds, but some are especially nice: healthy recipes, main dishes, savory snacks and hors d'oeuvres, vegetables, baked goods appropriate for selling at bake sales and of course your tried and true recipes that you use regularly. 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.
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
books about permaculture and related subjects
books 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
The Passion of the Christ, Dunkirk, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, 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 (sometimes), 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, ...
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.
Postcards of all kinds
anything to do with street art of any kind or
graffiti on train cars
trees in art, especially crooked or twirly limbed trees
mixed media art
special or historical trees
Irish, Celtic, Czech, German, Scottish, subjects
paintings done on newspaper or similar prints
art work done on brown paper such as pieces of brown paper bags
vintage, but not the fancy Victorian, lacey style
funky and retro things all make me happy.
homemade sewn stuffed animals or dolls (not dotees, though)
poem written by you
chicken themed things
veggie garden themes
cactus and succulants
acorn themed things
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)
notecards with envelopes
anthromorphic animals or veggies or fruit or plants
anything I can use for bento (decorative picks, dividers, small cute containers, rice molds, egg molds, etc.)
wine charms - mismatched singles are GREAT; it doesn't have to be a set
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!
miniatures 1:6 scale (like Barbie sizes) or 1:12 scale (for petite Blythe types) - scale doesn't have to be totally accurate - either bought items or crafted from clay or re-purposed items.
anything Claddagh themed
tree of life theme
faerie themed things that are not frilly or girly-girl, 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.
pillowcases, homemade or store bought, any color or print. Can be only one or a set.
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 fair 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, as opposed to pastels, for most things. I also love plaid!
I love Halloween!!! But not bloody, gory, devil or anti-Christian (like upside down crosses, 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, 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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