Dec 6, 2013: DH and I have both been hit hard by the flu, and it's rough to even sit up and type. I hope to be over it in a few days and get to everyone's PMs and such. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
DH is wildly allergic to scents, including smoke, perfume, and even scented stickers. Please don't include any such things in your swap. Thank you very much!
August 10, 2013: My husband will be taking a short trip to Chile in December or so, and we might get the chance for an extended stay there within the next year. I'd would LOVE to hear from anyone who lives or has lived in Chile, or who has visited there. We've done a lot of reading and research, but that doesn't match talking to a "real" person about it ;)
Hi, I'm Kimberly. I live in gorgeous, green Oregon, USA, with five cuddly cats and my cuddly husband. I love animals, books, art, science, and philosophy. I have osteoarthritis and bipolar disorder; art and swapping help give some relief from assorted kinds of pain.
I LOVE interesting stamps, so I would love it if you could put some on whatever you send me. I also collect and swap used stamps.
Postcards (either naked or in an envelope; more about my postcard likes below), including handmade art postcards
stationery and sheets from memo pads
collage & paper arts supplies
yarn and ribbon (a couple yards at a time, not whole skeins/spools)
beads of all sorts
I LOVE to swap slams; all kinds of bags like sticker, label, goodie, postcard, used stamps, memo, stationery, kawaii; lyrix; quotz; FBs; FSs. In any swap you send me, you can always send me those kinds of booklets and/or bags in addition if you'd like to.
More details are below; this profile is a work in progress.
I journal, online, handwritten, and visual / art / junk journaling. I like making, trading, and collecting art postcards, ATCs, and zines. I enjoy collage and mixed media with paint, markers, decorative papers, images from magazines, book pages, whatever. Sometimes I crochet whilst watching movies or TV. I read a lot and never thought I'd get a Kindle, but I did in July 2011 and I love knowing exactly where each book is, not having to search for it (though it is a dream of mine to have my all my books on shelves someday and organized). I spend a lot of time playing with my cats or just plain watching them play together, because they make me happy.
Historical romance, especially 19th century England; authors like Mary Jo Putney, Julia Quinn, and Lisa Kleypas. Science fiction, especially with great characters and world building -- what I often think of as "anthropological fiction" that introduces the reader to a whole new culture; authors like Robert Alan Gardner, Robert A. Heinlein, and Orson Scott Card's Ender series. Gone with the Wind, The Stand (uncut), The Clan of the Bear series. Gay romance.
House, Sherlock (BBC), Firefly. Star Wars (mostly episodes IV-VI), Star Trek (esp The Original Series and the 2009 and 2013 movies), Indiana Jones, Serenity, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, (500) Days of Summer, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, A Room with a View
Classic rock, old 70s & early 80s punk rock, classical & opera -- The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, The Sex Pistols, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, KISS, Journey, Fear, Black Flag, Black Lab, Adam Lambert, William Beckett, early Madonna
my favorite colors are violet, especially combined with greens and blues; magenta; and pink with orange. I tend to like bright jewel tones, but I enjoy expanding my color palette, and there aren't really any colors I don't like.
None of these are in any particular order, just as I thought of them:
Any kind of ephemera: fancy papers including mulberry, rice, leaf, colored or patterned; scrapbooking/smashbooking type papers with designs or images; pages from dictionaries, poetry, languages other than English, sheet music; washi/deco tape strips; stickers; stationery; memo sheets (if there's a choice between sending me a whole memo pad and loose pages from different pads, I'd much rather have pages from different pads); post-it notes; pictures from magazines, catalogs, brochures, whatever of things I love; anything to do with travel both in and out of the USA, including maps, travel brochures; every day bits of paper like ticket stubs, transportation stubs/used passes, interesting wrappers (clean please) or labels. Paper pockets or small envelopes of any sort. Things with the number 13 on them. Beads. I don't mind at all receiving cool little pieces that were free for you; your trash might be my treasure :)
Images/representations of animals, both wildlife and pets, nature, flowers, landscapes, etc, including pictures from magazines, catalogs, brochures, whatever.
I especially love "weird" or unusual animals (realistic preferred, but non realistic is fine), like:
pugs, bulldogs (aka English bulldogs), greyhounds & other sighthounds
octopi & squids
rays (the sea creatures)
lizards, frogs & toads, especially chameleons
Australia & New Zealand animals
anything about the Galapagos Islands and/or Charles Darwin
kawaii, especially animals including Oyasumi Bakura (the light blue & white Dream Spirit Tapir); Toromi (white French Bulldog); Nyanpuki (white cat); Mamegoma (seal) -- all from San-x -- Badtz Maru (black penguin) and Purin (tan dog with cap) both from Sanrio; photorealistic; any animals reading or writing; and food with faces. I love the inserts of sticker flake bags and rolls of tape that come in a package, as well as the white back from sticker flakes, and I'd love being sent those. Weird, I know!
I'd rather NOT receive poo, and I'm not really into people or dolls (especially the big eyed ones).
House Mouse and Vera the Mouse
anything vintage or retro, whether original or quality reproductions, including grundge/tattered like Tim Holtz or irreverent styles like Anne Taintor and someecards
items with medication names on them, like assorted paper goods from drug reps, or anything from drug reps for psychotropic drugs
eastern religion, especially Ganesh(a) [the Hindu elephant-headed god], anything Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu
anything Asian or Persian/Arabian (just not overtly Muslim)
curvy women, fat acceptance
anything from or representing New Zealand, San Francisco, or Chicago
magazine articles/pictures of Karl Urban, Chris Pine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
science & scientists
philosophy & philosophers
LGBTQ and gender themes (I am pansexual)
intrigued by Zentangles, though I haven't tried doing any yet
nudes / erotica (of any gender) are fine, as are swear words, bizarre humor and unPC stuff
rubber / acrylic stamps and ink pads. used is fine.
images stamped onto paper or cardstock
UNused US postage stamps, especially ones that match my interests
anything geeky, especially Star Wars and Star Trek
anything about Edgar Allan Poe (I'm distantly related to him)
ballpoint pens with PURPLE or PINK or TEAL ink (I have plenty of ballpoint pens in other colors)
paper punchouts (the paper, not the metal punches themselves)
spirals of any sort or on anything
triangles of any sort or on anything
anything to do with things I've mentioned that I like elsewhere in my profile
for my DH, if you'd like to include him (which would be awesome and get you a heart for sure!)
anything pirate-y, including cartoony. a single cool pirate sticker can make him happy
pin-up girls, including vintage, erotic, and cosplay. he loves Bettie Page
old 50s & 60s B movies, especially horror movies
women from burlesque shows, past or present
geeky stuff, including comics, LOTR/Hobbit, science fiction, computer stuff
things related to philosophy
he HATES sports
Please try to keep smoke & perfume -- any scents, really -- to a minimum as hubby is allergic and they kick his asthma into high gear. This includes scented stickers.
CLOWNS. I'm terrified of them.
depictions of hunting, fishing, bull fighting, cock fighting, dog fighting, dog racing
bath & body
edibles, unless specifically for a swap, then tea, hot cocoa, or flavored low or no calorie drink mixes like crystal light; milk chocolate, or fruit-flavored candies are fine.
holidays, unless it's specifically for a holiday swap
It doesn't matter to me whether postcards are sent naked or in an envelope. If you send naked, I'd love a little note written on, about the card or about you. Like with any package, I love interesting stamps. Postcards I especially like are:
animals (see "Things I Love To Receive" for favorites)
weather like storms, lightning, fog, sunrises & sunsets, Northern Lights
flowers and plants
beautiful scenery (preferably without people) including beaches/ocean, deserts, forests, mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, the moon, everything
historical buildings or places of interest
Eastern religions, including temples and shrines, especially pictures of or shrines to Ganesh(a)
things special to and specific about your culture, including clothing and food
things that you love
reproductions of art, whether from art masters or cool cards from Etsy artists
artsy postcards that you made, including photographs
zazzle (as long as they are good quality, not blurry or pixelated), homemade, and vintage (as long as they don't smell too smoky or musty, a lot of old ones do) are all fine
funky textural yarns, like eyelash and fun fur, which I like to swap a few yards at a time. Fun for tags, bookmarks, ATCs, art journals, whatever
Star Wars Moleskine brand hardcover 2013 planners. They are lined, and I have different sizes, some two pages per day, some two pages per week. Obviously the dates can be ignored and they can be used for whatever.
If you're interested in trading for any of these, please PM me!
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