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Date Joined: September 19, 2007
Last Online: December 18, 2012
Birthday: April 22, 1988
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm 22 and a fine arts major with hopes of becoming an art teacher. (But according to Facebook, I will probably one day be living in a box. OH WELL.) I'm a genderqueer panromantic asexual (and a yada, if you know what that is), a book nerd, an Elvis fan; I'm trying to teach myself shorthand, French, and Latin American Spanish. I prefer a vegetarian lifestyle, and I'd rather either make things myself or support fair trade markets or small businesses and artists.

(HERE IS MY ONE MAILING REQUEST: Whatever you send me, however fabulous, please make sure the outside of the package or envelope isn't full of queer symbols or anything. In other words, Please Don't Gay It Up, or it will inevitably lead to a really ugly scene, as I'm currently living with my parents and I'm closeted at home. Thanks

Favorite Music

I love vinyl! But cds are also much appreciated ;) I'm also building a nice little collection of 70s/80s music on cassette tape. Here are some examples (not at all a list of limitations!) of music I like...


80S: Toto, Richard Marx, Tears for Fears, Michael Jackson, Rick Astley (ahhaha), Madonna, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Go West, Wham!, George Michael, Cutting Crew, Huey Lewis & the News, Eurythmics, Bananarama, Kim Wilde

BOY BANDS: the Osmonds, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Dreamstreet, O-Town, etc

CHRISTIAN: I'm really picky about the Christian music I'll listen to. I shy away from most of it. What I tend to like is the imaginative/dreamy/poetic (Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash, Mae, Adie)...and a few other select artists: Switchfoot, Superchic[k], and Derek Webb

CLASSIC: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Doris Day, Andrews Sisters, Rosemary Clooney..then there's Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr, etc

CLASSICAL: Especially strings..oh my gosh! And once I heard part of this classical musical version of Hansel and Gretel..I'd love a copy of that! And I like Stravinsky a lot.

COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS: Hank Williams Sr., Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Kenny Rogers, Steve Martin

DISNEY: Yes. I particularly adore soundtracks or mixes of music from their cartoon movies. Seriously any movie. I love them all. But I also guilty pleasure warning like a lot of Disney Channel-esque music (Jonas Brothers, Ashley Tisdale, B5, A*Teens)

FOLK: :) Joan Baez is my number one! Also love Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John Denver...and so on and so on..

INDIE: Andrew Bird, Jukebox the Ghost, Eisley, Regina Spektor, Jonatha Brooke, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Vampire Weekend, Birdmonster, Band of Horses, Cloud Cult, the Dandy Warhols, White Rabbits, Fleet Foxes, Between the Trees, the Bird and the Bee, She and Him/Zooey Deschanel, the Shins, Black Kids, My Morning Jacket, Sufjan Stevens, Jem, They Might Be Giants, etc etc etc etc

JAZZ: New Orleans style...think Miles Davis, Jackie Green, etc.

OLDIES: Dean Martin, Herman's Hermits, the Hardy Boys, Fats Domino, Jackson 5, Jim Croce (etc, etc, etc)...anything British Invasion!

SHOWTUNES: Any and all of them. I've never met a musical I didn't like. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog!

Favorite Books

I absolutely love antique/used books.

SOME FAVORITES: Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, Peter Pan, Whales on Stilts!, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Fancy Nancy, Amelia Bedelia, The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner

FAVE AUTHORS: Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, William Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Katherine Paterson, Lois Lowry, MT Anderson, Daphne du Maurier, JM Barrie, Anais Nin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Mary Wollstonecraft, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl

POETRY: ee cummings, Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, WH Auden, Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, etc

BIBLES: The Poverty and Justice Bible, The Green Bible, The Womens Bible (Elizabeth Cady Stanton's version)

OTHER: picture books, shorthand books (the Gregg method), art/craft/photography books, foreign language books (especially language-learning/dictionaries), Gothic Lolita Bibles

Favorite Movies

MOVIES: Cry-Baby. Thumbsucker. Amelie. Luther. Elizabeth. The Princess Bride. Every Jane Austen film adaption I've ever seen. Any and every Disney classic. Pixar movies. Alfred Hitchcock movies. Indie films. The Bad Seed. Dead Poets Society. Sunshine Cleaning. A Single Man. Sherlock Holmes. The Princess & the Frog.

TELEVISION: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Happy Days, Taxi, Mary Tyler Moore Show, That Girl, Muppet Babies, Jem and the Holograms, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Gummi Bears, Full House, Cosby, Leave it to Beaver, the Andy Griffith/Lucy/Carol Burnett/Dean Martin (etc) Show, I Love Lucy, the Munsters, the Addams Family, Gilligan's Island, the Brady Bunch, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, etc.

MORE CURRENT: Masterpiece Theatre on PBS (my FAVORITE ever). Glee. Big Bang Theory. SNL. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Antiques Roadshow. Jeopardy. Scrubs. Friends. The Office. 30 Rock. Community.

GUILTY PLEASURES: Random Disney Channel shows, such as Phil of the Future, Hannah Montana, Lizzie McGuire.

Favorite Crafts

Plush & softies, embroidery, altered books, collage, SLR photography, blankets, handmade cards, hair accessories and jewelry, purses and bags, clothes. Bookbinding. Pottery/sewing/crochet/painting/beading/etc/etc/etc. I'm an art student, I love trying new media and I'm up for anything. =) I like to recraft all kinds of things (clothes, costume jewelry, paper..) I'm also a beginning shoemaker!

I'm Wishing For...

ANYTHING QUEER. CDs of lesbian bands, RuPaul's Drag Race, Johnny Weir, Glambert, Gaga, anything trans* related, anything gay. Articles, patches, music, movies, books, whatever you can think of.

Single Girl quilt pattern http://www.dsquilts.com/fabricandpatterns.asp?PageID=83#

A typewriter. Heck, as long as I'm wishing, right?

Bollywood and other foreign films, Cheetah Girls: One World, a Bollyrobics dvd, independent films, old horror movies especially Alfred Hitchcock....I can ONLY play Region 1 dvds here. And I do have a VCR still, so that works too, they just take up more room. ;)

International crafts of ALL kinds. I'm looking for either finished projects so I can see what it looks like and how it's put together, or written instructions, preferably with pictures. If you have any background history on the project I'd love that too. :) I'm working on a book--if you send me something, I'll put you on my acknowledgements page!

Saris, sari fabric, sari bags, instructions on how the heck to wear a sari..hhahah

Old camera lenses..supposedly they're easily found at garage sales but I'VE yet to run across any

CDs of birds singing! CDs of people laughing! Hahaha I have weird ideas about music I guess.

Shemagh scarves, also called keffiyehs or Palestinian scarves..like this! http://www.shoppingera.net/shemagh-keffiyeh-shmagh-or-yashmag/

Peace signs, fortune cookie fortunes, collage papers, skeleton keys

Sojourners magazine.. www.sojo.net (I also like Ms., Bitch, Yes!, The Nation, The New Yorker, environmentalist mags, etc)

Elvis Presley things

Things with my name on them [Talia]

CDs of music from all over the world. Mixes are okay :) I love Putumayo!

Political campaign buttons, especially presidential campaigns

Old ties, fabric, beads, buttons, fishhook earrings, ribbon, yarn, art supplies of all kinds! Little plastic toys like animals or cowboys and Indians, pendants & charms

Shorthand books, books for learning other languages like vintage textbooks and insert-language-here/English dictionaries. Children's books, loose pages with illustrations of all kinds

Traditional ethnic clothing from anywhere in the world plus instructions on how to wear it if necessary ;]

Nail polish, any bright color! All mine is old and icky and needs replaced. :/

Anything, any flavor, from the Art Stuff line by Bath & Body Works, now discontinued :(

CDs by feminist bands/singers, or a mix cd of your feminist faves

A recipe box..secondhand is great! Nicks and scratches are okay--there's a good chance I'll either paint or decoupage it anyway

These mitten-gloves.. http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTtatiana.html Hahahha I know it's a real longshot. I'm pretty sure someone would have to love me an awful lot, like times ten billion, to make me these! But a girl can dreammm..

I Like

Surprises =) Happy things. Freerice.com. Robots. Vintage illustrations of all kinds. Mermaids. Fairies (the Tinkerbellish kind..) Big plastic jewelry. Legos. Rainbows, hearts, stars, and really bright colors. Unicorns, sea monsters, weird animals, pirates, treasure maps. Twilight parodies. Sketchbooks, paintbrushes, charcoal. Peace, mysterious abandoned buildings, castles, absurdities, old cemetaries, gumball machines. SweeTarts, trick or treating, homemade popcorn, Sanrio, Tokidoki, unusual shoes. Gummy bears (especially clear ones or chocolate-covered, haha), Nerds, sour Icebreakers, chocolate. Forests, forest animals, nature preserves, bookstores, cafes, traveling to new places, bicycles, trees, zoo animals, anything indie. Camera film of all sorts. Italian food. Toys/music/pop culture from when I was little (i.e. Rainbow Brite, Popples, Potato Head Kids), anything Disney and/or Pixar. PRI, AR, NPR, PBS. Dress patterns from the 50s and 60s. Okay, just vintage fashion, any decade, really. Poetry, art supplies (crayons/charcoal/pastels/paint/sewing notions/anything I can stick on a collage), fruit, holidays, anything cute. "Truly Me" perfume by American Girl. Hair clips. Magazines (Sojourners, Yes!, Bitch, Ms., fashion/decorating magazines, Ty Pennington's magazine). Sparkly things (diamonds, haha, glitter..) I'm rather addicted to lip gloss--non-petroleum based. Shells, starfish, mushrooms (ok, mushroom images--I don't like to eat them), magic, yarn, fabric, holidays..Saturn...constellations. Mother Earth. Animal images :)

I Dislike

Things that are really sexual in nature--I'm asexual. Twilight. Fur and leather. Waking up early. Fake banana candy flavor, cherries (but as a visual I like them, so cherry patterns or whatever's okay), most rap, the color olive green. Designer labels (from Dior--but I like vintage Dior, as in Eloise--it's complicated, I know, and I apologize--and Chanel to American Eagle and Hollister). Preppy clothes. Hot dogs. Annoying alarm clocks =) Papercuts. Math. Sometimes I dislike the color gold, sometimes I like it..Broccoli. Mushrooms for food. Bad grammar/punctuation/spelling.

Current Projects

  1. Earrings made from Legos, toy dinosaurs, cowboys & Indians, rubber goldfish..
  2. Turning a Sesame Street bedsheet into a rocking 70s-style dress :]
  3. Ice cream money pockets
  4. Jean skirt #1: cut off at the crotch, adding tiers + back pockets
  5. Jean skirt #2: from jeans patchwork
  6. Write-your-own-fairy-tale magnetic poetry kit for my mommmmm
  7. Reusable shopping bags
  8. Trying to figure out how to survive who knows how many semesters without pottery
  9. Plush Mr. Potato Heads
  10. [Designing] A cell phone case for my phone..it needs a restraining order or something!
  11. Figuring out exactly what size I am, in 50s-terms
  12. Designing some new jeans for sale
  13. Plush baby trees & other little friends
  14. Mooooooore hand-bound books.
  15. Magic wands
  16. Embroidery from a 1970s coloring book "about mommies"


Comment: thanks for sharing your links. i love toy society! dreamlines was interesting and foxisblack goes into my delicious list!
Comment: I can't wait to check out all of the sites you recommended. I can honestly say, I haven't been to any of them before, so it is going to be an adventure!
Response: Thanks :)))
alexalgebra rated for 20 Queerstions on Feb 27, 2011
Comment: thanks for doing my swap! :)
sevelynf rated for 20 Queerstions on Feb 27, 2011
NZSteviieStar rated for Remember When.... Email Swap on Oct 1, 2010
Comment: OMG! WISHBONE!!! i LOVED that!! & Arthur :P haha thank you!!
beth0690 rated for Remember When.... Email Swap on Sep 29, 2010
hamsterguppies rated for CD Swap (Local Artist) on Sep 20, 2010
Comment: thank you for the cd! this is pretty interesting, i've never heard of 'wake up mordecai' before, but he's got really cool song titles! :)
Comment: Thanks!
Robynmh4 rated for Links that you love in Etsy.com on Sep 16, 2010
Comment: wow, that is quite a list, but none of them I know, so it will be fun finding out what they sell and makes them special to you.
ElizabethMD rated for Links that you love in Etsy.com on Sep 16, 2010
Comment: i'm going to need to save that email and go through it better. theres so much. ty
InMyLife99 rated for Links that you love in Etsy.com on Sep 15, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the links!
Comment: Wow, a lot of places to check out! Thanks!!
awkwardgirl rated for Links that you love in Etsy.com on Sep 15, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the links! :)
bibiana826 rated for Links that you love in Etsy.com on Sep 15, 2010
Comment: OMG what a long list!! Took me a while but I got thru it all lol
amoresempre rated for Vintage Silk Scarf Swap on Sep 14, 2010
Comment: Thank you so much for the scarves! They are absolutely lovely!
Response: Yay, I'm glad you like them! :)
Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers. It's great you do so much humanitarian work in Nicaragua. I have a post card, on the cover is a young girl carrying bananas with a warning label " Exposure to pesticides is dangerous. Keep out of reach of children." And the back reads " For the generous sum of one dollar a day, this child forgoes her health, education and future to supply our supermarkets with flawless bananas. Takes the pleasure out of eating one, doesn't it?" It's commendable that you take a stand for human rights. Thanks for sharing.
Response: Thank you very much. I try not to get too preachy about it, but I definitely fail in that area sometimes ;) That postcard is so horrible but so wonderful in that it makes you stop and actually think about how even your smallest actions can have the biggest effect on people around the world you'll never meet. It reminds me of when we went through these coffee fields to give food to the laborers--backbreaking, never-ending, often dangerous labor, all so we can line the pockets of the people who happen to be on the "right" side of the coffee industry.
Comment: Cool answers
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for answers. It was very interesting to read them!
Response: Thanks :)

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LunaMoody on Jun 18, 2014:

Do to your negative ratings and absence from swap-bot I am removing you from the Pen Pals of the World Group effective immediately. Thank you for your interest in the group. I wish you good fortune.


alexalgebra on Feb 4, 2011:

I haven't seen that! I took a look, but felt a little overwhelmed, LOL! Thanks for the link :) No queer swaps up at the moment. I've had to cut WAY back due to budget/time restraints, but if you have any ideas and want to host something in the SBGSA, lemme know and I'll make you an officer. :)

alexalgebra on Feb 4, 2011:

I haven't seen that! I took a look, but felt a little overwhelmed, LOL! Thanks for the link :) No queer swaps up at the moment. I've had to cut WAY back due to budget/time restraints, but if you have any ideas and want to host something in the SBGSA, lemme know and I'll make you an officer. :)

alexalgebra on Feb 3, 2011:

I go by he or no pronoun or they. How about you? I'm not on AVEN, but at one point I was trying to plan a workshop for the the Task Force's annual Creatin Change conference with the guy that runs it. What's transyaya?

alexalgebra on Feb 3, 2011:

I'M A GENDERQUEER PANROMANTIC ASEXUAL!!! HI! :D You sound awesome. I invited you to my group, the Swap-Bot Gay/Straight Alliance. :D Also, LOLOL CLAUDIA KISHI! I used to own every BSC book :P

AndrewLips on Feb 1, 2011:

you ARE awesome too! sorry you are in the closet with your parents. it's hard. UP THE QUEERS! x

Vblarney on Oct 25, 2010:


Swan on Oct 9, 2010:

Thank you for the list. I guess a list of webcomics, I've looked at the first one and it's a great story so far, I have to remember to come back for the rest of the story! So this must be fulfilling one of my Spetember wishes on the Wishlist group. Thank you very much.

aliceinconverse on Sep 19, 2010:

Ugh. This is why I don't click I sent my items till I get rated. My postoffice is nortiously unreliable... I'll resend and cross my fingers the old people get it to you this time around. My apologies.

Vblarney on Sep 7, 2010:

image I'm glad you like the CD (the magazine/zine that it comes with is pretty cool too, but pricey since it's British!)

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