Abigail: Mid 30's, Queer, Vegetarian, Wife, Mother, Knitter, Nature Lover, Runner, Avid Reader, Snail Mail Enthusiast
I really love just getting letters and postcards. any kind, mail art or not. and I LOVE making and receiving hand made postcards. I don't collect stamps, so don't feel you need to use your extra special stamps on your post to me. (unless you have the new US Solar Eclipse stamps, I would LOVE to get one of those)
Always on the lookout for new long term pen-pals.
I'm a Card carrying LWA member
ohh, so many, I like to knit (especially socks, sweaters and lace shawls), crochet (especially doilies), embroider, cross stitch, spin, weave, tat, sew, quilt, and bind books (I like exposed spine bindings the best, and using recycled/upcycled materials). I also like coloring, drawing, Zentangle, ATCs, and painting with watercolors. I love washi tape and I also dabble in origami and am always on the lookout for interesting origami papers.
I used to teach knitting classes and really enjoyed it, I think if I had the time I would love to do that more often, it is always so fun to spread the knitting love and to watch somebody fall in love with a project or to see something 'click' for somebody who has been struggling.
I'm also a vegetarian cook, and I can count that as a craft right? I love looking up and trying new recipes.
I like to read sci-fi and fantasy, urban fantasy, magical realism, and steampunk as well as the occasional 'supernatural' mystery and I love a good classic mystery a la Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. as well as a bunch of other genres.
a short, random list of other favorite authors:
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Ursula Vernon/T. Kinfisher, Patricia C. Wrede, Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, Anne McCaffrey, R.A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson, Madeline L'Engle, Jane Austen, Robin Hobb, Susan Cooper, Naomi Novik, China Miéville, Ursula K. LeGuin, Cherie Priest, Stephen King
as you can probably guess, I never have enough bookmarks.
I will listen to pretty much anything as long as it isn't gangsta rap, death metal or country.
I especially like classical, Celtic (I'm learning to play the penny whistle), classic rock and 'oldies' (sadly some of the music I grew up with is already playing on the oldies stations, but I really mean stuff from the 40's, 50's, and 60's)
a random assortment of some of my favorite artists:
Billy Joel, Abney Park, Elton John, Bach, They Might be Giants, Hootie and the Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox 20, Train, The Killers, Louis Armstrong, Queen, Panic! at the Disco, Bethoven, Vivaldi, Creature Feature, Emerald Rose, Lunasa, The High Kings, U2, The Dubliners, Enter the Haggis, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Areosmith, the Beatles, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Aaron Copland, The Doors, the Mammas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkle, John Mellencamp, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, The Police, Sting, Journey, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jonathan Coulton, John Denver, The Chieftains, Gaia Consort/Bone Poet Orchestra, Van Morrison
I don't watch a lot of television, but I love Dr. Who and have started watching Brooklyn 99 and think it's awesome.
a small sampling of my favorite movies:
Real Genius, Clue, The Princess Bride, Airplane!, Labyrinth, Practical Magic, 5th Element, Princess Mononoke, Mirrormask, the Thin Man movies, and the original Star Wars trilogy.
Podcasts that I'm currently listening to/catching up on:
Welcome to Nightvale, The Hidden Almanac, Friendshipping, Open Letters.
I am slightly obsessed with languages, my native language is English but I also speak Esperanto, know a little ASL and am learning Spanish. (Se vi parolas ĝin, bonvolu skribi vian karton aŭ leteron en Esperonto!). I am also teaching myself Gregg Shorthand.
I like to run (5k distance although i'm working my way up to a 10k), do Yoga, hike and go geocaching.
I am lost without my bullet journal/planner and like to keep an Artists/Nature journal, but don't get to draw in it nearly as much as I would like.
favorite animals include the mighty platypus, Basset Hounds, American Eskimos, Corgis, and cats (especially tortoiseshell and orange tabbies) - in fact, I have a beautiful Torbie cat named Esmerelda Weatherwax, and she is awesome.
other favorites: Ursids, mustelids, gastropods, cephalopods, leporids, most other canids, felids, and monotremes, marsupials, sheep, goats and camelids. also vultures, and owls.
I love the colors purple, blue, and teal, pastels and jewel tones are great, but muddy colors really turn me off. favorite patterns are paisley, houndstooth, knit lace and cables.
Some of my favorite flowers are:
Lilacs, violets, hyacinth, Christmas cactus, purple mums, irises, lavender, some orchids, daffodils, amaryllis, morning glory, geraniums, hellebore, sweet pea, cosmos, rhododendron, heliotrope, scabiosa, larkspur, purple loosestrife, vipers bugloss, wolfsbane, skullcap, vetch, purple aster, purple coneflower, catmint, butterfly bush, butterflyweed, thistle, phlox, lupine, dahlia, gerbera daisies, zinnia
favorite scents include:
Lilac, jasmine, lavender, honeysuckle, wild rose, apple blossom, rose, wild clover, hyacinth, pink grapefruit, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, bergamot, sassafras, cedar, leather, old books, fresh cut grass, winter mint & spearmint (not peppermint).
current favorite teas:
Tetly British Blend Black, Bigelow Plantation Mint, Stash Chocolate Mint Oolong, Republic of Tea Cardamom Cinnamon, Earl Grey, Jasmine Green, Vanilla Red.
random dislikes/things I am apathetic about:
collage (I like looking at other peoples' work, but don't do it myself, please don't send your supplies to me)
scrap booking (ditto as above)
most pop culture TV
Christianity (do not send me religious themed items (crosses, bible quotes, etc) they will not be appreciated)
it feels weird to write this section, but people really like doing little add ins and keep asking, so...
things I wouldn't mind receiving (but you don't have to include if you don't want to):
origami papers (or wrapping paper or thin scrapbook paper that can be used for origami)
coloring pages from coloring books
cross stitch patterns from magazines
Individually wrapped tea bags
flower/herb seed packets (suitable for indoors or zone 5b)
A: acorns, American Eskimo Dogs, art journaling, ASL, Autumn,
B: baking, Basset Hounds, bird watching, bookbinding, bookmarks, books, bunnies, butterflies (realistic, not cartoony),
C: cats, cards, Celtic music, Christmas, classical art, cooking, crochet, cross stitch,
D: David Attenborough, dragons, Dr. Who,
E: Esperanto, embroidery,
F: fall, fantasy, food,
G: Geocaching, Gregg shorthand,
H: Halloween, Hello Kitty, hiking, Homestuck, Hygge,
I: the 1000 Islands
K: kids arts and crafts, knitting,
L: leaves, Lilacs,
M: mail, music, mythical creatures,
N: nature hikes, nature journaling,
O: oaks/acorns, origami, owls,
P: painting, pegasi (pegasuses?), penny whistle, piano, platypi (platypusses?), postcards,
Q: queer studies, quilting,
R: rag quilts, rainy days, reading, running,
S: science fiction and fantasy (but not hard sci fi), sewing, sheep, space, Spanish, spinning (yarn), stargazing, starscapes, steampunk, the St Lawrence River,
T: tatting, tea, travel journaling,
U: unicorns, urban fantasy,
V: vegetarian, vultures,
W: washi tape, watercolor, wool,
Y: yarn, you
Z: Zentangle, Zines,
I promise to rate everything I get, if a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not rated you yet please send me a message and remind me. sometimes I sit down to rate but I get tackled by a crazy little boy, and the computer gets shut down, and things get forgotten.
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