I have a wacky sense of humor. I like to stay busy and do things with my family. Mostly I do kid-stuff. I guess I kind of collect bears. I prefer real looking bears to teddy bears, but both are OK. My favorite flower is the iris. My philosophy about gardening is; " if it doesn't smell good or you can't eat it, don't plant it!" Iris are just so beautiful that it is OK that they don't smell that much. I am having fun with Swap bot so far. I have enjoyed doing something creative and sharing it with other people. It has inspired me to try any do more. I am finding that the two things that are best about this are the fun of being creative and that I really love giving stuff to other people. I have received some really awesome things from my partners and it is always fun to see what shows up. It makes me sad when people flake; but it makes me much sadder when people don't rate or lie. If you are going to be late sending me something, just message me and let me know. I am flexible and forgiving but I HATE when people lie! And PLEASE, rate me when you get my stuff. 90% of the reason I do swapbot is about sending something to someone else that I hope they will love. It makes me so sad when I don't hear from someone. I have made some great friends here on swapbot and it has been such an inspiration to me to see other people's work. I LOVE the way I am growing!!!! I like to pick people's brains for how they do things, so if you have any good tips on technique or materials, I would love to hear them!!
Please don't send anything crude, off-color or naughty. I am active in my faith and try to keep my mind clean! I don't drink tea or coffee. I don't like things that smell like cigarette smoke.
Jenny the Artist has inspired me to collect anything that has the image of a CRYING BABY on it.
I am always interested in postcards from your area of the world. I especially like any that have a map, or photos of landmarks, traditional clothing, famous buildings, native animals, flowers or other plants. In other words, anything educational. I prefer them stamped with information written on them.
So anything that would represent where you live is awesome. Some examples we have received in the past include, comic from the local newspaper, dried cherries, a music CD of traditional music (no burned copies please, I am a stickler about copyright law), brochures from tourist attractions, map of the area, candy from that country. Please feel free to be creative, it does not have to be expensive or difficult to mail, just interesting.
I enjoy making things out of fabric. Dotees, totes, dolls, stuffies, etc.
I enjoy making hand drawn/painted things like ATCs and envelopes.
I have discovered chunky pages and love to make them but I make them VERY chunky.
I am open to doing private swaps with serious swappers with good ratings. I love to make things for other people that will appreciate them.
I like to collect postcards. Cards of maps, flags, landmarks or buildings that are famous, people in traditional clothing, State flowers, birds or capitol buildings, or animals are some of our favorites. I especially welcome postcards of animals, especially unusual ones, crying babies or children, and bears!! I also prefer my cards naked and written. I love to have information written on them whether they are stamped or mailed in an envelope. Nothing bugs more than a really interesting card but I have no idea what it is or what the relevance is. We LOVE information if you know it!!! And I always love it when they have cool stamps on them!
For my friends out there that want to make something for me. First, I love handmade things and my tastes are very varied. I like everthing from cute and colorful to Victorian and classic. The only things I am not particularly in to would probably be goth and ultra modern, although I can think of exceptions to that (like cute skulls). I love holiday themes. Although most of my house is decorated in colors like: chartreuse green and black in my bedroom, red black and white in the living room, and red and turquoise in the kitchen, my craft room is the on the wild side with hot pink, hot chartreuse, and purple.
I like animals in general (except cats) and collect bears ~ especially real-looking. I like bold, colorful patterns and also feminine, pretty patterns.
I love jewelry and wear it pretty much everyday. I LOVE funky stuff and unusual things. In both jewelry and pretty much everything else, I love the unexpected or something that is really different and unique. I love it when people use unexpected materials or textures. Speaking of which, I love texture in things. I like things that are visually interesting or that make you want to pick it up and explore it.
So I think that I am pretty easy to make happy. Some of my favorite things I have recieved while on swap bot are a colorful, whimsical bird collage for my wall and a primitive style owl stuffie and a corduroy stuffie robot and many hand drawn/painted ATCs and some beautifully crafted dotties.
If you are wanting to make something outside of the box and/or try a new technique, I am a good partner to try it on. If you make amazing, well crafted, unique things I am DEFINITELY the partner for you to get!!! LOL!
I hope that helps.
OK, So some of you totally understand me here. I love fabric. Especially interesting prints and/or textures. I have more than I can possibly use but that does not stop me from buying it. I make clothes for my kids out of it a lot, so I use a lot of "kid" prints. I do not quilt really but would like to someday. I am currently working on an "eye-spy" quilt. One for a boy and one for a girl. So if you have any fabric that has cool things on it, I would love an 8"X8" square. I especially am looking for ones that have larger pictures on it so that when I make a 6" square it has an item on it. But any kind is good.
I like to add embellishments to things like dolls, ATCs, chunky books, etc. So any interesting little things you have lying around would be most welcome. Examples would be beads, brads, charms, etc. Also "found items" like keys, watches or pieces, broken jewelry, board game pieces, really small toys or pieces of toys, bits of this and that. Anything that is unusual, interesting, weird, cool. I would love some old Scrabble tiles, or Monopoly pieces. If it is small and interesting, I can probably figure out a way to incorporate it into something. I would also love used postage stamps.
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