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Date Joined: August 13, 2009
Last Online: October 1, 2015
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm working on my PhD in Sociology. I spend way too much time in the world of academia, so arts and crafts are an escape.

I also coach and judge gymnastics, so I always need notebooks to judge in. I often pass on unwanted goodies and stickers to my students.

I tend to come and go from swap-bot. I'll be really into it for a couple of months, and then life happens, and I take a long hiatus. Of course, I always complete the swaps I commit to.

I've been enjoying fitness a lot lately. I'm training for my first triathlon and really excited about it.

Favorite Crafts

I love knitting and crocheting, and I've recently rediscovered embroidery. I learned to sew when I was 8 years old, and still enjoy making clothing as well as smaller items.

My latest obsession is finding ways to use vintage magazines in craft projects.

I also enjoy jewelry making and paper crafts, although I don't do either as much as I once did. I still have a lot of scrapbooking stuff, but I've decided I like to simply put my photographs in albums. I'm more likely to make cards or ATCs. ATC are my latest obsession. I want to cover a wall in them.

Really though, I like all crafts, although I've never been a painter or a drawer. Give me random objects and glue, and I will be quite happy.

Favorite Music

I'm pretty musically open minded on this one, although I am not a fan of country, R&B, religious music, or violent and degrading rap. I'm a total sucker for hits from the 80s and sometimes listen to musical cast recordings. I also miss going to punk shows.

A few favorites off the top of my head: Alix Olson and spoken word artists in general. Andrew Bird. Ben Folds. Brandi Carlile. De La Soul. Jack Johnson. No Doubt (in their glory days). Northern State. Pink Floyd. Rasputina. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Regina Spektor. Rilo Kiley. Simon and Garfunkle. Tegan and Sara. The Who.

I desperately need some new music. I'd love a mix cd.

Favorite Books

Other than textbooks: Anything GLBTQ except cheesy mysteries. Books on gender and sexuality. Barbara Kingsolver. David Sedaris. Dorothy Allison. Fiction with well developed characters.

I want to read some in Spanish. I'd love some kids or young adult books en espanol.

Favorite Movies

Amelie, The Wizard of Oz, and Little Miss Sunshine are my all-time favorites. I'm not a huge movie person. I tend to like artsy, independent things, intelligent comedies (especially dark ones), and some dramas. I refuse to watch horror or thriller movies as I will have nightmares for days.

Favorite Television

Community, Glee, Grey's Anatomy, Make It or Break It, Private Practice, Queer as Folk, Six Feet Under, Weeds


FOOD: dark chocolate, dots, twizzlers, tea (especially chai). I'm a vegetarian and love new and interesting recipes.

OBJECTS: books, bookmarks, anything Burts bees, beads (especially glass or wood ones), black lace, board games, embroidery floss or embroidery/cross-stitch patterns, interesting soaps, lotions (especially more natural types), music (I still love mix cds!), purses and bags, paper, Scrabble, yarn (especially soft natural blends, I have enough novelty yarn to last a lifetime)

THEMES/MOTIFS: a little bit dark, a little bit naughty, Betty Page and other pin-ups, black and white photography, anything circus or carnival, the colors green/purple/teal, cute children, dance, anything gymnastics, nature, peace, pin-up girls, rainbows, roller derby, saving the world, vintage kitsch

FOR MY PARTNER: seaturtles, rubber duckies

ACTIVITIES: circus arts, dancing, gymnastics, rock climbing, reading, swimming, water skiing, writing, triathlons


eggs (I'm allergic!), overly cutesy things such as Hello Kitty, religious images or symbols, stuffed animals (though if they are sea turtles or rubber ducky style, my partner will love them), things that just collect dust



*Origami paper

*Cross-stitch patterns

*Embroidery patterns

*Embroidery thread

*Old costume jewelry

*Interesting paper of any kind. Recycled is fine. For example: old sheet music, old comic books, old cookbooks.

*ATC Backgrounds


*Envelopes and note cards

*An ATC stamp for artist info


*Double-sided tape

*Stickers (like everyone, I don't prefer "reward" stickers for my own art, however, because I coach gymnastics, I do use rewards stickers as motivation for my students. If you have reward stickers you won't use, I will put them to use) and not mark you down.

*Organization supplies for craft supplies


*Notebooks, larger sizes preferred (when I judge gymnastics I usually go through at least one spiral notebook a day)

*Sticky tabs to mark pages in books (I go through SOOOO many of these)



*Letter is for __" ATCs (G, J, M, S-Z), vertical oriented preferred

*Cute underwear. I can never have enough. Bikini, hip hugger, boy shorts styles. Size medium.

*Larger barrettes for thicker hair, or medium size "claw" hair clips.

*New 2 gauge body jewelry for my ears

*Postal scale

*Anything on my Amazon wishlist

*Silicone swim caps


BookSlinger rated for Simple Silhouette ATC on Jan 14, 2014
Comment: Thank you so very much for the adorable cross stitched Owl ATC. I love him!! You have changed my mind about Owls. :-) Also thank you for the extra goodies.
Comment: Thank you for all the great stickers! I can't wait to use them all! Take care and happy swapping
craktpot rated for Kitchen upcycle ATC on Sep 5, 2013
Comment: Love your upcycled ATC! I agree that it was a bit challenging... meant to use foil in mine... LOVE that you used letters... that opens lots of potential!
Response: I'm glad you like it. I love having challenges that push my creativity.
wishfulkelly rated for Moon Face ATC on Aug 25, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much. I love it.
Response: I'm glad!
stefystar3 rated for Get through the semester package on Aug 25, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the AMAZING package in the mail. :D I'm so happy. It was perfect. Thank youuuuuu!
Response: Glad you like it!
Comment: Thank you do much for your amazing ATC it is beautiful.
Michele360 rated for Watercolor ATC on Aug 23, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the pretty sunset! Wish I was there.
donetta rated for Ballet-themed ATC swap--USA only on Aug 22, 2012
Comment: This is a seriously beautiful ATC...I'm so glad you sent it to me! I love the lace motif, and the dancer on the beautiful mulberry paper heart is exquisite.
SherriB rated for Ballet-themed ATC swap--USA only on Aug 20, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ATC!
bmyers08 rated for Pink sparkling ATC #3 on Aug 12, 2012
Comment: Very cute card thanks!!
CbFlynn rated for Sunflower ATC on Aug 9, 2012
Comment: omg, what a beautiful ATC!! I used to do a lot of cross stitch but haven't in a few years., I LOVE it, thank you so very very much!!!!!
Response: Thank you so much. I really enjoyed working on it.
grammag rated for Ice Cold ATC Swap on Aug 4, 2012
Comment: Very pretty! I'm rooting for the cool weather, too. Thanks.
sostenson rated for ATC Challenge #1 on Aug 3, 2012
Comment: Loved it! Thank you!
Comment: Rachel, what a BEAUTIFUL card! I am so impressed! Thank you Kathie
Comment: This was so great!! I love my little cross stiched brain. thank you so much.
Buzzzz402 rated for ATC~Summer Treat or Drink on Jul 30, 2012
Comment: sorry ... i got your atc a while ago...i rated you but i must have forgotten to click on SAVE RATINGS....i am still new at this...i loved it,very cute...
qbee rated for Torso ATC on Jul 26, 2012
Comment: very nice thank you. Debbie
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC, I like the mixed media! =)
LishTeach rated for ATC: Profile Based on Jul 25, 2012
Comment: Beautiful!! Thank you!

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krimsonlake on Jul 15, 2010:

Hi, I was just wondering if you had received the ATC I sent for the letter O ATC swap? If there are any problems please let me know :-)

agonysdecay on Jun 10, 2010:

Aww, well thanks hotstuff! I do thank you for letting me know. Each and every PO here in town does things differently, which sucks...I always have them weighed and checked for thickness, etc. I think yours may have went out in a larger card, which may have been over the limit for the maximum length and width of a card. However, they should have checked that! Sorry and thanks again!

Artistic on Apr 21, 2010:

Parts of speech: Yep. You found the surpirse. :)

thegreengriffin on Apr 2, 2010:

So, since i am a newbie, I cant figure out how to PM you, I hope this will work. I would LOVE to be included in the circus elephant ATC swap. I am a real person! Yay, I love circus, I used to perform in one...

JessiPancake on Mar 2, 2010:

Hi, I was just wondering if you had received the ATC I sent for the letter 'F' in the Alphabet Series.

lkbs on Feb 8, 2010:

Hi ATC Friend, I finished your Valentine ATC's yesterday. Dropped them in the mail this morning (2/8/10). Thanks so much for being understanding with this newbie. Cheryl (lkbs)

Zooey on Jan 25, 2010:

I'm sending you my collage heart card - hope you like it. I just saw that you want to do a triathlon. Have you done one yet? I'm training for my 4th triathlon in March

raven on Dec 23, 2009:

Click for a shortcut welcome

Thanks for joining us...Hope you enjoy the group

Hippiechick1955 on Oct 7, 2009:

BTW . . . you can get flat red slouch boots sz 10 on ebay . . . seriously!!!

Hippiechick1955 on Oct 7, 2009:

Hi Rachel!!!

You are my swap partner for the Magic Yarn Ball - Profile Surprise Swap. Just want to let you know that your Magic Yarn Ball is in the mail. I had the best time choosing surprises and rolling them into your yarn ball. Hope you have fun discovering them!!! Maryanne

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