My name is Patricia and I live about 30 minutes away from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada I run two online stores.I am married to a wonderful fellow with a great love for life. He stops me from getting dramatic.He's been extremely supportive as my businesses grow.
I will apply the same rules as I do for my stores: I will ship promptly,pack securely and use the best carrier that I can.I will also rate fairly,and quickly.
As I live in Canada, most items take at least two to three weeks to reach their destinations upon average.
I am a Christian ( admittedly,not the best one....thank God He's patient).
Apart from my husband, I have quite a few loves...
I've been owned by three in my lifetime. Over the years I've collected a lot of print items,cards, children's books. All this happened over the last 16 years with our last dog, a little black and tan smooth haired named Kato.
Currently we have welcomed into our lives a wiggly, wirehaired dachshund, Rueben.
Japanese Stationery notepaper,pencils,erasers,pencil boxes,clips magnets, pouches,charms
Summiko Gurashi by San-X
Especially Penguin? and Tonkatsu
The series has a bunch of lovable little characters, like the tapioca balls and background items (depending on the series). So round and cute!
Molang Chubby rabbit from Korea, and all his chubby rabbit friends.
Food with Faces
I love items done in the simple kawaii style. I do this type of style on my food plush in my Etsy store.
Because of my Etsy store, I have started to sew quite a bit.
I draw whenever I can. Mostly it has to do with the characters I created for a story I'm working on.
I am getting back into papercrafts and planner crafts (dividers,pockets,etc.)
anything with Summiko Gurashi on it or Food with Faces
Japanese cotton fabrics
small sketchbooks or blank journals
anything handmade by you
anything needle felted
kawaii lettersets or memo sheets
kawaii stationery,pencils,pens, erasers
kawaii pencil cases or boxes
charms (the polymer clay kind,not the bracelet kind)
chocolate (the safest time to ship this is from September to April)
Favourite Colours and Patterns
I'm react to anything highly scented;like incense or perfume. I am allergic to cigarette smoke as well. I know it is hard for some swappers to keep items away from it, but I do appreciate the efforts made. I have allergic reactions to most makeup and cosmetics.
Please no dachshund knick knacks or salt and pepper shakers. I have too many! Need to downsize!
I am curbing my handbag collection, so I don't need anything here, purse-wise or knick knacks or other things.
I'm not really into Sanrio licensed characters (Hello Kitty,etc) or into Disney or other animated characters.
I have very strong ideas about elves. Nothing cutesy or Santa-ish. I'm the same way with fairies/sprites/pixies. I guess it's from studying mythology, reading Elfquest and playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was a kid :) The story project, also has to do with it.(see below)
I like watching musicals We have a wonderful symphony orchestra in Vancouver, so I don't mind going to concerts.
Don't take me to a beach, because I'll beachcomb and probably bring back several pounds more of things that I "should not remove from the environment". Now that we have a dachshund back in our lives, my husband and I are constantly exploring new walking trails in our city. It's been an adventure!
I'm also working on a seemingly never ending sword and sorcery story that has been going on since high school (that's a LONG time). It's gone through many drafts, three character changes and has gone from a novella to several chapters. I'm happy the way it's progressing now and the first draft is done. I think by now, I have pointed ears.
If the music is good,I'll listen to the soundtracks from Movies (see below), I've fallen in love with the music from Sherlock ,the BBC series.
I also listen to Broadway musicals I've seen or haven't seen yet, such as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Spamalot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Curtains (with David Hyde Pierce).
I also listen to Enya, Il Divo (older albums), Loreena McKennit, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the Alan Parsons Project
This varies quite a bit... Classics such as High Society, Auntie Mame, How to Steal a Million, Charade,Hello Dolly,White Christmas, Singing in the Rain
I used to be a trekkie, so I love Galaxy Quest and Star Trek.. I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I also like Pixar movies (not too keen on Cars though) The Incredibles, Finding Nemo. and Toy Story 2 (because of the dachshund) are my favourites.
I loved the 20th century Fox animated movies;Anastasia and Titan AE. Great animation and wonderful characters. Too bad they cannot do them like that anymore.
I love the Poirot mysteries with David Suchet, and I've discovered BBC's Sherlock. Great show.
Super hero movies as long as they are done well;Spiderman (the first three!), X-men, Iron Man, Avengers
How to books and craft books seem to fill my shelves.Especially home sewing or zakka. But I've got to actually start doing things before I get any more. Haven't read any fantasy books in awhile. Not into sci-fi much.but I loved the Xwing:Rogue Squadron series by Michael Stackpole.
So where does one shop for a Canadian, dachshund loving, kawaii addict without breaking the bank?
For My American Neighbours...
Michael's Craft Stores: The items that are near the checkout,at $1.50 are a great buy, and there are so many neat things to choose from.
Daiso We have a store here that is essentially a dollar store from Japan. You may have something similar in your area if you are living where there is a high density Asian population. This store is mentioned in the book "Zakka Sewing", so if you live in Seattle or San Francisco you may have one there.
If you have one of these stores near you, I have discovered their pens. Remarkable for planners!
You have my permission to do this: I am not offended if you just send me a gift certificate for Ebay (small amount $5 or $10). Just about all the Sumikko Gurashi stuff I have bought is from here, so I don't mind this at all if this makes things easier.
Etsy This craft site has a lot of members that are already swapping! Let's support the handmade! The same applies, if you wish to send a gift certificate as well.
Shopping in the States is far more of an adventure sometimes with all the outlets and bigger department stores.You are so lucky! When we shopped in Portland, we loved the T.J. Maxx, and Barnes and Noble stores.
For My International Friends Have fun, and don't stress out over the long lists. Many of you are very talented, and I don't mind at all seeing the fruits of your craft. Also, you have some great stores in your countries that are probably similar to what I named above. I know Daiso and Muji are popular in Japan, and Asia. In Europe, Dawanda is a German based company similar to Etsy. But most of all, have fun in your quests! I love seeing what the other side of the world is like for shopping.
Again,gift certificates from Ebay or Etsy is also fine.