I'm Shelli Quinn, the maker at Shelli Makes Studio. Mom to four grown sons, I live with my MFT husband plus two cats, Tilly the wonder dog, and a society finch in beautiful northern California, where I've made whimsical works of paper, fabric, and fluff in my cozy home studio since 2004.
Papercraft is my obsession these days. I especially love chubby, layered, textural junk journals stuffed with journaling cards, tuck spots, and tags. My favorite papercraft themes, both to make and receive, include:
Nature: botanicals (flowers, herbs, plants, leaves, trees), mushrooms, birds, nests, woodland creatures, earthy aesthetics, organic color palettes, etc.
Jane Austen, England, the Regency era, & tea
Dark / odd / cryptic / gothic / witchy / Halloween-y / unusual
Nantucket / Cape Cod / Martha's Vineyard / east coast preppy aesthetic / eastern shore
I particularly love anything naturally dyed and/or textured. Hand carved stamps (linocuts), print making, and learning Procreate on my iPad, are recent interests, too.
In the past, I traded hand-drawn and collaged ATCs at the juried site IllustratedATCs. A co-moderator, I also contributed to the site's "Art Trader" zine. Compiling, designing, editing, and publishing a book of member-created art ("Color: A Collaborative Perspective") was a highlight achievement; you can still find it on Amazon and LuLu.com. I also belonged to IATC's sister site, ATCsforAll. These days, in addition to trading on SwapBot, I'm also a member in good standing at several FB swap groups. I've swapped altered envelopes; pocket letters; journal charms; paper clip tassels; "supplies"; and junk journals (among other delicious papery things) there.
Since 2004, I’ve run a creative home business making original, one of a kind, mohair teddy bears for adult collectors, doing business first as Potbelly Bears and later as Shelli Makes. I'm on unofficial hiatus from bear making for a few years now (thanks tendinitis, #not), but I don't think they're out of my system just yet.
A few years back, I dove deep into natural soapmaking, including creating original recipes for the essential oils I used to scent them. I also made mouse ear headbands for Disney fans like me. And speaking of Disney... I'm a former Annual Pass holder (Disneyland) and pin collector. My biggest pin collections include: Nightmare Before Christmas, Snow White, Merida/Brave, Tinkerbell, and pie-eyed (old style) Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
moons & stars • "Amelie" • birds • Jane Austen & the Regency era • woodland themes • illustrated children’s books • nature • Halloween • upcycling, thrifting, & flea markets • travel • the fantasy art of Brian Froud • slow, grounded, hygge living • the 1920's (flappers) • forests • preppy eastern shore aesthetic (Nantucket, Cape Cod, etc.) • bob haircuts • Mori Girl aesthetic • period costume dramas • photography • SoulCollage™ • shades of warm green • English Breakfast tea • farmer's markets • ravens & crows • mermaids & undines (not Ariel) • bright poppies • rusty metal • Laika animation • Edith Holden botanical book pages • Mary Blair's Disney • essential oils • Li Ziqi's farm-to-table mountain life • foxes • Marbushka games (illustrator: Beatrix Bohony) • books • Phoebe Wahl, artist • "Moulin Rouge" • thick wool felt • bees • Liberty ditsy florals • folk art • houseplants • San Francisco • Hug Snug seam binding • fiddle leaf figs • Nightmare Before Christmas • oracle decks • chunky shoes • Disneyland • pottery • "goth/cute" Tim Burton-esque themes • deep mustard yellow • Ginny Sheller's gentle homestead life • daisies • traveler's notebooks in Chic Sparrow covers • great design • moths (more than butterflies) • intelligent horror films • mushrooms • "French Kiss" • gold (not silver) • female empowerment • scrub jays • Cirque du Soleil • Mexican food • hand made natural soaps • "Friends" • warm cream (vs. bright white) • Dia de Los Muertos • cozy blankets • dried flowers • naturally dyed paper & textiles • green witch aesthetic • hand lettering • Sara Mearns, NYC Ballet • flowery or botanical black & gray tattoos • frogs & toads • linocut prints • "Out of Africa" • scarves • mochas • pretty handwriting • fountain pens • learning • beautiful, artful things
I rate immediately, and delight in giving 5's whenever requirements are met. I'm generous with ♥s, too, when care and effort plainly show (even if what I receive isn't to my personal taste.) Extra goodies are never expected, but they are always welcomed and appreciated.
I realize that life happens despite the best of plans and intentions, so if you will be sending something late, just message me -- before the mail-by date has passed, please. It's so easy to be understanding and patient when you write in advance to let me know you're running behind.
Your rating is the only feedback other SwapBot-ers can see about me, so please remember to rate what you receive from me just as soon as you possibly can. ♥s are never expected, but they are truly appreciated -- even for "easy" digital swaps. A ♥ shows others that I take care, and go the extra mile.
If you believe something I've sent didn't meet swap requirements despite my best efforts, or if a shipping issue occurs (like damage or loss), I'll be grateful for the time and opportunity to make things right for you if I can. Please be in touch and we will find a solution that works for you..
It matters to me that you receive your swap return, so I use PirateShip for outgoing mail. They will send you an email with tracking information included, so you can follow your happy mail on its journey to you. If tracking confirms that what I sent didn't arrive at your provided address, I'll either happily remake and resend what went missing -or- send an equivalent replacement (if the missing swap item can't be remade.) Please be in touch if such issues arise.
fussy, frilly, precious, "little girly" stuff • too-cutesy cartoony images • anything scented artificially (but essential oils are welcome) • clown stuff (but I adore Cirque du Soleil and vintage circus themes overall) • throwaway, low quality, or ugly stuff you don't want yourself • kiddie, teacher, planner, or reward stickers • anything made with foam, especially foam stickers • anything religious, intolerant, hateful, divisive, political, or exclusionary
chunky junk journals
cottages & cottage gardens
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