IIIIIntroducing... Holly! I am sort of a colorful chaotic mess. Married for thirty+ years with kids, and grandchildren, I stay busy!
I'm a Swap-bot Ambassador and happy to answer any questions or to do a private swap with you if I have time.
I work with (for??) my husband and I enjoy it... But it is exhausting. I also try-to-be an artist, teaching myself drawing and watercolor and urban sketching. I'd love to write and illustrate a book one day, and have it published.
Little artsy-crafty swaps help me relax. SHOPPING, traveling (which I never do), and creating are really my favorite things. Along with hanging out with my family (grandkids!!) or watching movies, reading, wasting my time on youtube (or learning about painting!), painting or cuddling my puppies... being at HOME... Yeah I much prefer being at home to be out.
Update 12/21/2019: I’m in the hospital waiting for an arterial stent to be put in monday. I won’t be home till christmas eve at the earliest and want to hashtag “worstbirthdayever” or “missingchristmas” but really maybe it’s “bestchristmasgiftofmylife”??? I mean, hopefully i will be ALIVE, and heart pumping smoothly, right?? couldabeenworse?? Trying to stay positive is not the same as BEING POSITIVE, I’m learning. Love you ladies!!
I love everything about books. :-) Especially classics, mysteries, quirky stuff like jasper fforde, YA (especially YA and childrens from decades or generations ago) I'd like a room with shelves and tables full of beautiful books and big comfy chairs and a beautiful curtained window seat...
No horror (even classics), or graphic violence, or overly sexually explicit books. I do love pretty much anything else that's well-written.
I love the poetry of EE Cummings, Mary Oliver, and others, and I like to write my own as well. And I'd like to read yours!
-I enjoy fruity herbals. (esp berry or pomegranate) but I am pretty well stocked up right now, unless you have something you really want me to try OR London Fruit and Herb, esp berry types, OR access to Greenberry's triple berry blend, which they HAVE STOPPED SELLING ONLINE AGGGGGH!
-I LOVE tea cups, little spoons, any tea party type things
Vivid colors over pastels. Orange, lime green, olive green are my favorites. Deep yellow, Bright or dark pink, teal blue, brown... also faded old colors...Well... okay really whatever color you enjoy!
-holly leaf notecards
-all things art, drawing, or watercolor
-handmade items and unique art
-Mail and mail art
-pens, pencils, typewriters
-refills for my Pilot Coleto 5 pen holder...3mm or 5mm pencil, or any color ink
-another pilot Coleto holder
-fairy garden items
-newfoundland anything. The dog (I have two)
-a new letter opener
-large ish handmade
or up cycled envelopes
-tree houses (don't mail these!!) :-)
-candy.. i am always looking for:
Haribo "saft goldbÃ¤ren"
or any gummy bears
Chocolate (esp milk, esp with with fruit or nuts or caramel)
Dentyne Ice, Arctic Chill (gum)
Lutti cara-choco chocolate caramels (oh yum PLEASE)
Curly wurlies (or something?) from europe -my birthday is Christmas Eve, so anything Christmas or HOLLY leaves
Color themed swaps!
-books and book stuff (see book section above)
-very old book covers for repurposing into sketchbooks
(esp dandelions! And clover. And... pussy willows, honeysuckle, daffodils, poppies, lightning bugs, ladybugs, moths, leaves, acorns, the beach, woodland things, beetles, birds...fish...clouds... other stuff) -fingerless gloves
-calvin and Hobbes. LOVE!
-your favorite Bible verse, encouraging idea, interesting quote, poem, or song lyric.
-Words, letters, typography
-anything from England (my birthplace) or Norway (my heritage)
-quirky, feminine, or hopeful anything
-seasonal mini garden flags
-seasonal potholders, kitchen towels, etc
(Off season=INEXPENSIVE, my motto :) -VW beetles (mine is chocolatey brown)
-fun (or boring) ankle socks
I have enjoyed learning about other people's religious views here on swap-bot, as much as about other cultures, but I've also been surprised and saddened by the closed mindedness of supposedly open minded people when it comes specifically to MY faith. I respect yours, even though it isn't what I believe, and I respect your right to believe it and share it, please respect my faith, and me as well. I will never NEVER try to criticise or belittle you or your faith, or even lack of faith, or judge you based on assumptions I've made, or things I've read about other people who practice your religion. I will not try to convert you or even discuss religion unless you ask to discuss it. Please show me the same consideration regarding respect and belittling comments. That said, I am happy to discuss religion or anything else with you, and would love to count you among my friends whether we are the same or very different in the way we think and how we see the world!
(eternal life spoiler... skip this part if reading about Christianity offends you) I am a born-again Christian... I firmly believe being sweet or kind or caring is important for every person of every religion, and plenty of religions teach people to love each other... and plenty of "Christians" DON'T love others... but I understand that my deeds and behavior are not the way to eternal life, which can only be found through a personal relationship with Christ. And while I do have that relationship, that doesn't mean I think I am better or worse than you or anyone else. I am a sinner by nature and will often do selfish thoughtless things, just like everyone else, and need to turn myself back to face Christ. Please don't blame my Christianity for my shortcomings or weaknesses, which are completely mine, and I won't blame your religion for yours. Of course I don't enjoy my errors pointed out to me, but sometimes it is necessary and I'll thank you now for doing it (because honestly I may not thank you at the time) but I know I probably needed it said, (whether you say it out of love and concern or just petty mean spiritedness, either way if it's true, it's true, and I need to look at it)
In short: Being nice doesn't save me, and being Christian doesn't make me nice... it makes me realize how different I am from how God wants me to be and how much I thoroughly require his grace. This is the extent of my "preaching", and all I will ever say unasked. And thank you for letting me!
Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. -Leo Buscaglia
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -e e cummings
So as of January 20, 2017, these are some very sweet thoughtful things I have received, and I'm so sorry for the hundreds of things which happened before and are not recorded here. And can never be repaid. I have been so blessed and so moved by the thoughtfulness of Swap-bot members over the past years. And I'm also sorry (ahead of time) for the probably erratic attempts to keep this part current.
12/17: @sandyponey sent me a big sweet Christmas Eve birthday package, a complete surprise. Full of special stuff. Such a nice thing to do for a person she barely knows!!!!! Made me feel great.
1/17 @djcamp04 sweetly sent me a replacement of the Calvin and Hobbes book Emmett my Newfie puppy ATE. Thank you! How sweet!
(3/2018 update: ugh, I forgot to add things here and I received such awesome stuff over and over! I'm not good at keeping things up. Now this section just makes me sad because I'm such a jerk. But happy because other people do nice things, so I'm leaving it. Even if I only record a few, it's better than none.)
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