. (around my house in summer)
Whoever sent me the Tea Pet, I love it! Thank you so much ❤️
Happy New Year 2020!
Hi. My name is Kimberly Faye Kirk and I am an easy going, young at heart Leo. I have been happily married to my awesome husband since 1988. I'm also a mom to 2 adults who are moved out but not far away :) I do not have any grandchildren yet, but my daughter and son-in-law said they are ready to start a family now, so I guess I can start collecting baby stuff. I live in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, in the high desert at an elevation of 4,500' in Southern California. I am near the Devil's Punchbowl hiking area, a ski resort & some lakes, streams & the Poppy Reserve. We have the most amazing sunsets here, snow in the winter & lots of wildflowers in Spring.There are no city lights around so at night you can see all the beautiful stars! It's very peaceful up here and I love it! In southern California you are only an hour away from everything, the city, the mountains, the beach or the desert. There is always something fun to do!
SWAP MAIL: I am using my work address in San Fernando to receive swaps because the closest post office to my home is actually in the next town and they don't deliver packages to my house. At work the security gate is locked on the weekends, so you might see a message on your tracking saying "failed delivery attempt" but don't worry, they will deliver it on the next business day.
MY PASSIONS: I love to travel and have been to many countries. It's so cool to see the world and experience new things! I love visiting museums, monuments, castles, cathedrals & graveyards. I enjoy taking pictures. I also love taking road trips, camping, beachcombing and light hiking. I enjoy going to art galleries, botanical gardens and tea houses. I work a couple of days a week in the office of our machine shop. On the weekends I sometimes go stay on my boat to be near the ocean because that's where I grew up. When I am home I am mostly doing crafts, playing with my cat, or working outside in my yard. Outside, I have an organic vegetable garden and a greenhouse for flowers, a little koi pond and a beehive, plus 3 chickens. I love all my pets, healthy food, nature, art and beautiful things. I am an active Post Crossing member and treasure my collection of postcards from around the world!.
My favorite colors are Greens, teal & lighter shades of pink, peach coral, melon, Tropical color combinations, Forest color combination, pastel color combinations & Autumn colors. I usually don't care for purple. I do like a little glitter, but I'm not the blingy hot pink glitter kinda girl.
For jewelry I like shorter necklaces & my ring size is 5 1/2 - 6
I wear a size Small Petite & dress in a Boho style.
Size 6 flip-flops & moccasins.
Favorite number is 3.
I love to spend time in my craft studio painting, doing holiday/seasonal crafts, making jewelry using glass beads (no plastic) & Swarovski crystals, making natural cold process soap & Ukrainian (Batik) Pysanky eggs. My latest project is fermenting fruit. I don't sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch or journal. I am discovering so many new crafts through Swapbot. There are so many creative people here. I hope to learn how to use my sewing machine and Cricut this year. I love it!
Alice In Wonderland,
British Royal Family,
Fawns are special to me.
My kitchen is in a Retro 50's theme colored in pink & mint green.
My living room is Bohemian.
My bedroom is Tropical.
My guestroom is Vintage/French/Shabby Chic (not country).
My bathrooms are: #1 Desert #2 Pond-like #3 Mermaid.
Office is in an Around the World, Spiritual/Meditation etc. theme.
Den is decorated in brightly colored Mexican tiles & art.
Rec Room has neon bar lights, slot machine, pool table...
Christmas Decorations: Secular/Winter themed or Vintage/Retro please.
Halloween decorations: Vintage/Retro.
! (The Devil's Punchbowl- I can see it from my living room)
HANDMADE THINGS I LIKE:
I love receiving Handmade items where I can tell love and pride were put into them: Even if a swap calls for a new item I don't mind receiving handmade if it is something you think I would like.
Something you specialize in making or something your country is known for making.
I would LOVE a Snippet Roll!
Cloth drawstring Pouches for gift giving in medium & large gift bag sizes. I have plenty of tiny ones.
Handmade ornaments for my Valentine's Day tree.
Handmade ornaments for my St.Patrick'sDay/Celtic tree.
Things Made With Nature,
Solstice tree decorations,
Nicely Made ATCs.
Junker Jane Dolls,
Felted Animals or Food,
Crocheted Barbie Dresses,
Altered Altoid Tins,
Altoid Tin Travel Toys,
Altered Matchbox ornaments, toys or spell kits.
Something Handmade for my Future Grand Baby.
STORE BOUGHT ITEMS I WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE:
Papers & ephemera that are spiritual in nature..witchy, zen, mystical, BOS type,
Swarovski crystals for embellishing things,
Natural Wooden Blocks that can be used for painting on or decoupage.
Lavendar dryer bags,
Candy Tree Garland,
Cat Grass Seeds,
Lavender essential oil.
ATC Plastic Sleeves,
Felt squares for crafting,
Felted Items: Animals, Fairies, Elves, mermaids or Foods,
3 to a Page Postcard Sleeves for storing postcards,
ATC/baseball card sleeves for my binder,
A new Postcard Album,
Snap Settings for Gems!!!
Jewelry from Countries Outside the USA that Represent it's Style... example, a Claddagh from Ireland, Woven bracelet from Guatemala...
Tea, sealed in individual identifiable sleeves (not just the teabag itself)...I keep them in my Tea Rating Journal & that is the only journal I keep. Right now I have a LOT of tea but if you have an unusual/unique/special one I would love to try it.
Coffee Bean Gift Cards.
Hobby Lobby Gift Cards.
Michael's Gift Cards.
Handmade Decorations for my house from your Travels around the World.
Items from World Market/Cost Plus.
Cute Camping/Glamping, Boating, Pool, She-Shed related items.
Exceptionally awesome Crystals & Seashells,
Grumbacher, Golden, Maltisse or Liquitex (but not Liquitex Basic) Acrylic paints in the following colors: 1) White. 2) Black.
High Gloss varnish for Acrylic.
Film for Instimax camera, Natural (non-plastic) Toys & things for Babies.
Audio Books ,
FROM $DOLLAR STORES:
cute party plates,
Elmer's type school glue (the runny kind in the bottle not the chapstick kind),
A gift card,
outdoor staked solar lights,
Printed Tissue Gift Wrap,
THRIFT SHOP ITEMS:
Polly Pocket characters (the tiny ones from the 90s)
Native American jewelry,
Turquoise, Amber, Peridot.
Vintage Rhinestone Jewelery,
Punk Rock Records, Cassettes or CDs.
Crocheted Barbie Dresses.
Belleek shamrock items,
Carnival Glass candy dish,
Milk Glass vase,
Old black & white photos,
Alice In Wonderland,
I use a trunk instead of a stocking, so size does not matter.
I do not mind receiving used things that are CLEAN and in good condition.
EXTRAS: If you want to include extras, a tea bag sealed in it's original wrapper would be much appreciated. I really don't care to receive loose papers & samples of washi tape. If you have any extra postcards or unwanted ATCs, I'd love those!
If I am in a swap that requires FOOD: I would prefer Tea. I have allergies to gluten & wheat & sugar & artificial things can trigger my migraines.
If I am in a BEAUTY SWAP: I would prefer things like: facial sponges, wash cloths, bath mitts, loofahs, sea sponges, sleep masks, aloe socks...things like that, but NOT actual products (lotions/soaps) since I have VERY sensitive skin that rashes up bad.
Nice Scissors for Cloth cutting.
! (just up the road in winter)
FOOD (including hot chocolate) or RECIPES. I HAVE ALLERGIES.
NO SOAP OR LOTION.
NO $ STORE CANDLES.
I don't keep a planner journal/organizer (project Life etc.) or use page tags.
Note Pads & Sticky Notes. I seriously don't think I can use up what I already have in my lifetime.
Loose Papers & Washi Samples.
No sewing items, I tried, but I'm just not good at it :( No cross stitch, unless its pre-printed with the pattern on it - I can do that! :) I don't know how to knit. No more ribbon please.
Pencils, Erasers, Sharpeners. I have a thing about using pencils, they make my skin crawl.
Magnets & Key Chains, I don't use or collect them. Exception would be if the key-chain had something on it I might like (Alice In Wonderland, for example) and can take off to re-purpose into something else.
Glow Sticks & Plastic Kid Toys, Foamies or teacher reward stickers.
Makeup Bags & Coin Purses, I have received SO many of these I am running out of uses for them.
No Religious Items, please.
I have been sent items that smell of mildew or have been dirty & even crusted up with food. Most people would not do this, but if you happen to be one of these people, please don't.
THINGS I DO NOT CARE FOR:
camouflage, animal print or country themes.
I HAVE ENOUGH OF RIGHT NOW:
My favorite quote is:
"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then". from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Reading: The Rules Of Magic & Post Mortem.
Shows I am watching: Stranger Things, Better Call Sal, Outlander, Red Queen, American Gods, Preacher & Breaking Bad. Hallmark channel.
Favorite Shows: Gilmore Girls, Frazier, I Love Lucy, Seinfeld.
Favorite Movies: Pulp Fiction, Halloween & Grease I also enjoy Disney movies.
I mostly listen to 80s New Wave, jazz, classic & punk rock & mellow rock. Also, Piano/Rain music to sleep & Celtic music, world music.
Books I like: A lot of zen type books, reference/how to books, art books, travel, mystery, adventure, classics.
I do my best and would never intentionally hurt someone. If you have an issue with a swap I have sent, please message me about it. Some of these crafts are new to me and I am learning new ideas from others. I send my swaps off with well wishes and the intent to spread happiness. I absolutely love swapping!
The Etsy link is to my daughter's shop & I want to make it clear that I pay full price when I buy an item from there to send to you in a swap ;)
Ever wonder what happens to all the things you make and send off? I have all my handmade treasures from swaps displayed all around my house. Dangling from walls or in glass cabinets, on shelves, in vases. I pull my flipbooks out for every holiday to display on the coffee table and all my ATCs & Pocket Letters are in albums that I go through every now and then. :)
Thank you for reading my profile and for all your swaps, they really brighten my days :) Big hugs!
(the beautiful poppies in spring)
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