March 24, 2020: I believe I have rated all of the swaps I've received to date. Normally I am okay about rating in a timely manner, but for a period of several weeks I wasn't really paying attention to Swap-bot. I had a long, bad case of the flu in February and still have a lingering cough even now. Hoping you and your loved ones are all doing well. Stay home as much as you can!
December 6, 2019: I took a long break from Swap-bot (more than two years), but now I'm back! We had some major home renovations during that time and my husband is still working on building cabinets for our kitchen. Since 2017 I'm also happy to say that I've had my art shown in several shows and my next one will be at my local library in February. When I was active on SB before I participated in a lot of swaps; that won't be the case now. I'll probably participate in just a few swaps each month in addition to private ones. In the next few days I will be working on taking pictures of items for a trade album on Flickr. Planning to post in the trade forum once it's ready to go.
About me: I am a stay at home mom (my son is 12), artist (not able to support myself with my art), and occasional movie extra! My main hobbies/interests are creating/viewing art, reading (mainly fiction), and cooking/baking. Whenever possible I walk for my errands and for exercise (while playing Pokemon GO). When the weather is a bit warmer I sometimes go for a run (it's more like a slow jog). My husband built me a raised bed garden and a large planter; as of now I have rosemary and thyme in the planter from last year and I recently planted some cilantro and dill seeds. Planning on veggies maybe with some flowers in the raised bed soon. I enjoy listening to music on Spotify, dancing by myself at home, playing board games, learning new things (especially love taking art/craft classes), and exploring new places (traveling is great but I don't like the actual act of traveling if it's anything other than walking). I also like camping though we don’t go often (car camping not backpacking) and I’m a beginner rock climber.
As far as my art is concerned, I enjoy working with a variety of media and techniques. These include (more seriously and dabbling/experimenting with) acrylic painting and pouring, collage, Asian ink painting, lettering/calligraphy, monoprinting, drawing with graphite/pen, colored pencil, embroidery, mail art, cyanotype, and pyrography (woodburning). Most recently I have been somewhat obsessed with rubber stamps. I would like to improve my watercolor painting and like the idea of linoleum/wood block printmaking. Mixing media is something I love; I very rarely create a piece with only one medium. My room/"studio" is cluttered and full of supplies; I, like many of you I suspect, may have a problem with buying/acquiring more than I can use.
I'll include a quick few sentences on various media since Swap-bot has those listed as drop-down options for section titles. (I just saw that "Favorite Crafts" is listed... that's new!) For music lately I've been listening to pop (e.g. Taylor Swift, covers by various artists). For books: Madeline Miller - Circe, Song of Achilles; Hugh Howey - Wool; Blake Crouch - Dark Matter. Most recent book I read was The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and I'm currently reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. In addition to books I am a fan of a web comic called Lore Olympus; new “episodes” are posted online each week. I don't have a favorite movie(s). TV: Game of Thrones and Jeopardy! I don't currently watch anything else really aside from YouTube videos of Seth Meyers A Closer Look with my husband. A few podcasts I like, but do not listen to regularly include NPR's Hidden Brain, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and Ask Me Another. Last updated on 3/24/2020.
General likes: art, murals and other public art, galleries and museums, books, libraries, mail-related items, floral, botanical, succulents, fruits and veggies, plants in general, vintage, patterned/printed items, art supplies, dresses, cooking/baking, gardening, traveling, camping, scenic views (especially in nature), night sky, planets, constellations, galaxies, rocks and minerals, sea shells and coral. Colors: blues and greens more than others I suppose though I prefer just about anything that’s colorful to items that aren’t. Gold, rose gold, brass as well. Some animals, but especially: cats, owls, sloths, hedgehogs, manatees, and hippos.
While ideally I'd like to be relatively easygoing regarding swaps, realistically I do not want to receive things I can't or won't use. I hope the following list is not a burden for you in any way, but I suppose that most people have some sort of wishlist on their profile to let others know what types of specific items they like so here's mine (new and improved!):
If we're doing a private swap I'd be glad to consider anything else you think might interest me... let me know what the item(s) are. If I'm your partner for a public swap and there's something you'd like to send me that you're not sure if I'd like/can use you're more than welcome to message me first before sending.
If you send me the following items they will most likely be given/sent to someone else, donated, recycled, or thrown away so please save them for someone who can use them:
If you like shopping for secondhand clothes, shoes, and/or accessories online check out this site called thredUP. I have ordered many times from them; they sell both gently used and new items for women and kids. I also like Poshmark (have been browsing there on the app more often actually) and if you haven't joined yet I'd appreciate it if you use my invite code: PANDOORA.
If you purchase things online and aren't already a member of a cash back rewards site, check out Mr. Rebates! There are a lot of sites listed with varying percentages cash back. Once you have $10 available you can request a check or PayPal. I also use ibotta; it's an app which I think now may have a browser extension as well. I compare the cash back rate between ibotta and Mr. Rebates before making a purchase... my referral code there is pkkhkvp. You have to reach $20 to withdraw your cash, but ibotta also has what are essentially coupons for items that you buy in store in addition to cash back online at a variety of websites.
Note: This section has not been updated in a long time and I don't intend to add to it, but would happily delete anyone after whatever is owed has been taken care of.
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