Update: I'm not really craft swapping right now. Mostly interested in letter writing and the occasional postcard. I'll leave the rest in place in the event that it is useful.
I live in Oregon - I've been here 20 years already. It's getting very crowded in Portland Metro and I'm starting to think about moving somewhere else. Suggestions welcome! I grew up in the Chicago area (suburban and ex-urban) - it's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there now :-)
My husband and I are entering or second year as empty nesters, and it's starting to feel like our regular life. It feels unusual and special to have our sons in the house now. We aren't completely lonely though, our two little dogs make sure we have the opportunity to keep "parenting", haha.
I joined swap-bot for postcard swapping, but I'm having so much fun doing arty swaps, too!
Some of my favorite things: A personal note or letter, Mail tag, colored pens and markers, Really, anything colorful zentangle, little dogs, coffee, all kinds of tea, yoga, and morning pages (The Artists Way).
About ten years ago my favorite radio station became an "oldies" station, and I decided it was time to branch out into new music. I listen to KINK.fm, a local Portland, OR radio station. It's a good mix of classic and new Adult Contemporary music. Who/what I want to listen to varies from day to day. On my favorite playlist you will find: Paul Simon Stevie Wonder Matt Nathanson KT Tunstall John Mayer Joni Mitchell James Taylor Bob Schneider Chris Isaaks Dire Straights Avett Brothers Fleetwood Mac and others I'm forgetting :-)
We don't have broadcast or cable TV, but Netflix keeps us well entertained. I like Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, House of Cards, Downtown Abbey. From the oldies but goodies file - MASH, ER, Friends...
I used to love a show called The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (starring Blaire Brown) - anyone remember that show? It was never released on VHS/DVD as far as I know - something about the music rights. I'd be so curious to see it again, see if it holds up for me.
But, my (secret) guilty pleasure is Grey's Anatomy (yikes! It's getting SO soap opera, but I just can't stop watching...) AND, now my new guilty pleasure is Reign (on Netflex). Beautiful people, beautiful costumes, intrigue, romance, ahhhh...
We watch a wide variety of movies. It's hard to call favorites. Anything from the subscription service Film Movement is usually always good. They are foreign films - we get them at the library. I really enjoy foreign films, because I never know what to expect. It's fun to see different cultures, and wonder at the cultural references that we are missing in the subtitles.
I am a new art journaler - I don't make as much time for it as I would like. I'm a huge fan of Lisa Sonora - 30 Day Journal Project, among other things.
I also knit and cross-stitch, but haven't done them in a while. Since starting on Swap-bot, I've rekindled my love of Zentangle :-) I also want to get started with ATCs. I've enjoyed Soul Collage in the past, and have done mini Soul Collage cards.
I'm just having so much fun being artsy again!
I've started postcard swapping again! I just have too many postcards sitting around and I'd like them to be able to fulfill their postcard destiny. Also, I can't resist buying more postcards when I see cool ones.
I like postcards that are colorful, quirky or unusual. Handmade cards are just fine with me, as are cards in envelopes - especially if you think they might be damaged.
I also like Lantern Press, and have a good selection to send out. Message me if you want to do any sort of LP swap. My LP album is here:
See the links at the top of the page for my postcrossing profile if you want more information about my postcard preferences :-)
I love all sorts of goodies! Surprises are fun :-)
If you want ideas, I especially appreciate:
embellishments for papercrafting
blank postcards (see above)
unused postage stamps
tea bags - I like everything except plain black and chamomile
any fun coffee thing
ATCs - I'm starting to make these, so I like to see what other people do.
Happy Mail, yay!
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