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Date Joined: May 26, 2010
Last Online: October 31, 2012
Birthday: March 22, 1951
Country: United States

Favorite Books

I enjoy reading a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. All fiction must be well written in order to appeal to me. I don't usually read mysteries or science fiction. My favorite author is John Irving, and my favorite novels are Nabokov's "Lolita" and Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I also like Barbara Kingsolver. I love SHORT books! Or maybe I should say I like books that are just as long as they need to be, and no longer. And I like to read in German. Unfortunately, the German titles don't spring to mind at the moment.

Favorite Television

Definitely my favorite TV show is "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." He tickles my funny bone five nights a week.

I enjoy watching sports, Book TV, current events, "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," and re-runs of "X-Files," (but otherwise I dislike sci-fi) and MAS*H.

Favorite Music

I like a lot of different types of music; sometimes an individual track will appeal to me, rather than a particular artist or composer.

Elvis!!, Enya, Vangelis, Paul Van Dyk, Simon & Garfunkle, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Bon Jovi, Leonard Cohen, Ingrid Michaelson......

Favorite Crafts

Sometimes I get into a knitting or crocheting mood and can hardly stop making things.! But I often lack a recipient for my projects. I sometimes stay up all night working on something once I get the bug. As with books, I prefer projects that are small and immediately rewarding. I am phasing out all my synthetic yarn, and have decided to only use natural fibers in the future.

I also enjoy paper crafts; about 20 years ago I was very into calligraphy and started a greeting card business.

I like making collage-type cards. I have huge supplies of paper, envelopes, etc. from the business, but if you have something interesting in your stash, feel free to pass it along. I'm sort of a paper junkie.

I haven't done papercrafts in awhile, and it's been fun the last few weeks pulling out things that I didn't even know I had and making things out of them.

About Me

I am an ardent recycler, composter, and DIY-er. I try to consume as little as possible, preferring to re-use whenever I can. Please don't buy me anything!!! (Unless it is pre-owned/pre-used, or whatever :-) Most of my knitting and crocheting is done with yarn harvested from unwanted sweaters. I love hand-spun or hand-dyed fibers, even in small amounts.

I love to eat food that has flavor!! Lots of flavor! I especially like bread, cheese, fruit, and nuts. And coconut!! I could survive solely on these items, although I like a glass of wine now and then as well.

I enjoy traveling, especially in German-speaking countries, as learning German is my life-long hobby. One of the best decisions I have made in my adult life was to volunteer to run an inn in Bad Windsheim, Germany (near Rothenburg o.d. Tauber), for six months. I can't explain in this small space what the experience meant/means to me, but it was a wonderful experience for a variety of reasons.

And I love dogs!!!

A recent joy in my life is that my only child, a son, has married, so now I have a daughter-in-law :-)

Other than the thrifted yarns and fabrics that I swear I will soon be "using up," my collections are mainly those of natural objects--leaves, acorns, seashells, stones, etc. When I get tired of them, or when they start to look tired, they take a trip to the compost pile.

I love aqua, turquoise, robin's-egg blue, and other shades of blue-green. There's also an orchid-y color that I love; it's between pink and lavender, but otherwise I'm taking a break from pinks for awhile. (Except for the Color Pink Swap lol)

I enjoy playing tennis and bike riding, and also doing yoga.

Wish List

I like pieces of handspun or hand-dyed yarn for embellishing or for small projects such as flowers; interesting, unused postage stamps of any denomination; really I'm at that stage of life where I have so much stuff and I'm trying to get rid of it!

Would love to see samples of cleverly re-purposed items, especially paper, fiber and fabric articles that you have made!!!

Please don't buy me anything! (Well, MAYBE if it's used...)

My Non-Wish List

I mostly don't like things that are commercial. so I don't care for Disney or other characters. Please no religious (spiritual is OK) themes; no patriotic/nationalistic. dark, goth, etc.

Not interested in girly or trendy themes/designs, such as purses, cupcakes, etc., or glitter. Not into ATCs.

Please no cosmetic-type samples; can't use magnets as my fridge has a wood surface.

Thanks to the generosity of swappers I think I'm set for life as far as memo pads go :-) I'm also set for envelopes and note cards for the rest of my life!

I like...

colorful skies at sunset, thrift shops and yard sales, comfortable clothes and shoes, small town parades, yoga, fireplaces and firepits, apple crisp, and cider, farmers' markets, raspberries, peaches, citrus flavors, recycling,

I dislike...

corporate greed, wastefulness, cruelty, grass, fertilizer and loud lawn equipment, citrus colors


Comment: Thank you! I love paper related things!
Comment: Thank you very much for the wonderful stationery. :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice stuff you send me.
Comment: Thanks for the dishcloth! It will be put to good use!
deveri03 rated for Feb 17th - RAK Day Swap - US ONLY on Mar 22, 2012
zerofantasies rated for Alter the gift you don't want! on Feb 21, 2012
Comment: Oh my gosh, I thought I rated this, so sorry! I cannot believe someone would give you that bag! But I'm glad you were able to use it for this swap haha. The bag itself is just "wow" but I love that you put so much thought into it and made it into a flying pig for me! Thank you so much and hopefully you won't get another gift like that, ever.
duckduckgoose rated for Thriftstore Find - 23 on Feb 2, 2012
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome red tote bag! I'm using it right now. I really love it. Thank you also for the teas. I am especially excited to try the pink lady tea as I haven't had it before!
MSKIM rated for Stuffed Envie-Send 6 items on Jan 18, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful items. I love that you found things with my fav color! Extremely thoughtful of you! Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the book you embellisments are simply wonderful. You really made this swap wonderful for me Thank you for taking the time to broadening your horizons. I just got a nook so I think I will look up this book.
lttleetoile rated for QUICK flat destash swap #40 on Dec 22, 2011
Comment: One of the best swaps I've gotten in a long time... thanks so much!!!!!
MarleyJayne18 rated for Find Three #3 - USA on Dec 10, 2011
Comment: Thank you this was a fun swap
Katie rated for Gently Used Rubber Stamp Swap on Dec 7, 2011
Comment: Fantastic swap ~ thanks!
Katie rated for Find Three - #2 USA on Nov 10, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much for everything ~ I love it all, and I especially LOVE the scarf!!
helloyou rated for Happy Mail - NEWBIE Friendly on Nov 4, 2011
Comment: Thank you! Bijou really liked everything you sent.
sgjolinar rated for Surprise! What's in the envelope on Oct 31, 2011
Comment: I love the cards! They are a delight and I can't wait to use them. :)
Nastee rated for Stuff it! 6x9 # 3 on Oct 17, 2011
Comment: absolutely loved all the postcards and notecards. thanks a bunch
Miabiff rated for Lets Go Green on Oct 17, 2011
Comment: Thank you very much for the great totebag you made. I can't wait to use it and I loved the envelope you sent it in =)
ladyaries7 rated for Find Three -USA on Oct 15, 2011
Comment: thank you-everything was so nice but i especially love the mug notepad. cute!
Comment: What a great package thanks, but something in it leaked. It arrived kind of oilly and flower scented and was stamped arrived damaged, but I didnt find anything that would leak or make it scented in the box. Just wanted to let you know.
Response: I'm so sorry it arrived damaged. I hope nothing inside was damaged. I did not put anything inside that would leak! You might want to take it up with the post office. Thanks for not giving me a crummy rating. I won't be swapping for awhile, and wouldn't want to end on a sour note! But mostly, I hope nothing inside was damaged.
Duckygirl rated for minniemack and duckygirl priviswap on Nov 16, 2010
Comment: Thanks so much for the great cupcake :)

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ladydy5 on Jan 27, 2012:

Lots of hearts, how nice that is. Thanks for joining in Thriftstore find 23.

MSKIM on Jan 18, 2012:

Youre a terrific partner! You went above and beyond the swap! Loved it all! Even the envelope was great! 10:hearts 2u!

thegypsie on Oct 11, 2011:

Thank you for the cheap postage tag envie you sent me. The stuff was a perfect profile surprise, I am really looking forward to the Japanese anagrams and using the planet stickers for some Decos. <3

BarkleysMommy on Sep 10, 2011:

WOW!!! Thank you so much for sending such a wonderful package for the PF "Quick! I Need..." tag! I appreciate the raffia, but the quilling tool, supplies, and pattern book just rocked my world!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! <3 <3 <3

CariahCreates on Feb 22, 2011:

Thank you so much for the lovely crochet bracelet you made for me. I love it!

luv2cre8 on Feb 7, 2011:

Thank you for the Quick I need..Tag..awesome! <3

luv2cre8 on Feb 7, 2011:

Thank you for the Japanese/English dictionary! What a wonderful surprise :) Hearts to you!! <3

lois on Jan 14, 2011:

Thank you for the WTF tag. wtf? haha. <3

ladyaries7 on Jan 7, 2011:

thank you for the 7 padded mailers for the pick 2 tag! i received yesterday and they work wonderfully for me!

RyeRye on Dec 24, 2010:


MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from The 'Crafting Queens' group~

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