Date Joined: March 2, 2015
Last Online: February 21, 2019
Birthday: July 17
Country: United States
Well... I thought I was back in full force, but after some self reflection i'm coming to realize swapping doesn't bring me the same joy it used to. I plan to participate in some group swaps from time to time to keep the creative juices going, but i'm going to slowdown as a whole here.
I plan to keep going along with my kitchen challenge swap series and host the occasional LGBTQ & digital art swap, but i'm quite simply burnt out.
Hello hello Everyone!
My name is Megan and I live in the lovely & historic Boston, MA.
I am a full-time Research Fellow at Harvard University and work with functional apparel design and soft robotics.
I grew up, went to school, and had lived my entire life in Minnesota before moving and still hold rural Minnesota in my heart.
I identify as non-binary, and I use they/them/their pronouns! I have a marvelous girlfriend with an adorable long-haired cat.
As for the cat, Radish - she is "free roam". I do my best to keep her out of my crafting supplies and away from projects, but I can't guarantee that any swaps I send will be completely free from dander/a random stray hair. If you are extremely allergic to cats please let me know and we can work something out!
As my favorite saying goes: I'm not "gay" as in happy, i'm queer as in "fuck you!".
I see a lot of people asking not to send "Politicized Rainbows". I say boo! to that, send me those politicized rainbows for my queer little body to revel in! I'm especially happy to receive non-binary and genderqueer related items as well.
Just another Liberal, Queer, Feminist killjoy. ;)
I tend to keep pretty busy between work, art projects, baking, and gaming. I am a fairly relaxed and easy-going person striving to make the world a little brighter. I like to bring enthusiasm, positivity, and wonder to everyday life. Intersectional Feminism, Queer activism, and social justice are important to me and I hope to address them more in my art, work, and life.
I'm happy to chat with people in a respectful manner if they have questions related to LGBTQ matters. :)
My musical tastes are pretty eclectic, but I really enjoy the following genres
Folk, Alternative Folk, Rock n' Roll, Metal, Bluegrass, some Pop/Top 40, Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Opera.
Current favorite bands/artists include:
Beirut - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Bastille - Galantis - O.C.M.S - Andrew Bird - Nickel Creek - Saint Motel - Janelle Monae - ABBA - Beach Boys - Gregory Alan Isakov - Metallica - Alexandre Desplat - Johnny Cash - David Bowie - Johnny Cash - The Clancy Brothers -The Avalanches - Miike Snow - The Ink Spots - Prince
I'm also going to include some Podcasts in here! I've just started really getting into them more and more since i've started college fo my commute! I enjoy the following podcasts:
Stuff You Should Know - International Waters - Stuff You Missed in History Class - Stuff To Blow Your Mind - Sawbones - Gastropod - My Brother, My Brother, and Me - Wonderful! - Oh No Ross & Carrie - The Memory Palace - RISK! - The Adventure Zone - NPR Politics Podcast - The Goop Yourself Podcast - Heavyweight
Right now I'm reading The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart, and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat.
Books & Authors I have enjoyed include:
Faceless Killers (Wallander Series) - The Redbreast (Harry Hole Series) - The Martian - The Bourne Trilogy - Secret Avengers (Comics) - Edgar Allan Poe (Poetry/Short Stories) - Aesop Fables - Grimm Fairytales - those old Star Trek (TOS) books you can find for like, $1 at used bookstores - Mary Roach books, Issac Asimov
Favorite movies/series include:
The Grand Budapest Hotel - What We Do In The Shadows - Submarine - Star Trek (TOS & Reboots) - The Martian - Moonrise Kingdom - Star Wars (4-8) - Valiant - The Ninth Configuration - Atlantis: The Lost Empire - The Road to El Dorado - Marvel Cinematic Universe (Pre-Age of Ultron) - Batman - The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Ladybird - James Bond movies - Spirited Away - Kiki's Delivery Service - Princess Mononoke
Favorite TV shows include:
The Great British Bake Off - Queer Eye (reboot) - Brooklyn 99 - Stranger Things - Person of Interest - The X-Files - Twin Peaks - True Detective (s1) - Archer - House MD - Star Trek (TOS & TNG) - Futurama - News Radio - Emergency! - WKRP Cincinnati - BoJack Horseman - Bob's Burgers - The Venture Bros. - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Avatar: The Last Airbender - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Hannibal (NBC series) - Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
I dabble in a lot of crafts and love to challenge myself with new mediums. As a designer and lifelong crafter I am always looking for something new to try out!
Favorite mediums/methods include:
sewing - embroidery - needle art - weaving - fiber art - drawing - watercolor - acrylic painting - origami - mixed media - sculpting - art doll making - print making - surface design (dyeing, screen printing, block printing) - quilting
I love sending out and receiving things here on Swap-Bot, but I believe it shouldn't be super stressful to those swapping with me. Below is a list of items I like/dislike so you can get a good feel of me & my interests.
Please don't send extras unless the swap requires it or is related to my profile likes. Sorry to sound like "no fun" but i'm trying to destash my own materials at the moment before collecting more neat things. Thank you for the thought though!!
I prefer postcards to be sent naked unless specified in the swap guidelines! I love getting fun postcards, and while I don't mind touristy ones I really love receiving the following:
Fine Art & Museum prints (Esp. Gustav Klimt, Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, M.C. Esher, Alphonse Mucha, Van Gogh, and Charlie Harper - especially his birds!)
Art Deco, Retro Futurism, Art Nouveau
Nudity is totally fine by me be it photography, paintings, fine art related, etc., I don't enjoy graphic violence against women though.
Fashion Prints, especially: Alexander McQueen, Paul Poiret, Charles James, Erte (Romain de Tirtoff), Issey Miyake
Historical Places & Events from your local area
For tea I prefer:
Fruity teas are my absolute favorite!
Flavored black & green teas, preferably not "plain"
"Woodsy"/"Smokey" teas (especially spruce/evergreen teas)
Surprise me, I love trying new things!
I LOVE malty hot chocolates and spicy hot chocolates
Please no mint-chocolate or white chocolate flavors, thank you!
You can't send them, but I love craft beer, wine, and cocktails! So if you know of any fun breweries to visit someday, wines to look for, and cocktail recipes I am all ears!
Also, I love trying new recipes! If you have a favorite (without tomatoes, sorry!) send it along be it printed out, written on a scrap of paper, or on a recipe cad (my holder can accommodate cards up to 4x6 inches).
The only food I don't really care for is tomatoes. I don't like them raw or cooked, even in sauces. So no tomato sauces, pizza, salads, hotdishes/casseroles, etc. I'm a weirdo, I know!
My favorite colors include: Purples - Blues - Greens - Oranges I typically enjoy bright "happy" colors, jewel tones, and neutrals (so basically most colors, I know)
As for "themes" I love practically anything regarding birds, deer, space, plants, and nature. I also really enjoy vintage, art deco, art nouveau, retro, retro-futurism, industrial, minimalist, modern/contemperary, and "spooky", Gothic (but not "Goth"), and macabre themes.
Purple, purple, purple - especially plum, royal, and "blue" purples
For quilting swaps: 100% cotton textiles please
I'm something of an aspiring quilter. I enjoy making "Modern" style quilts & textile art projects. I'm currently working on finished a hand quilted quilt and starting up the design of a new one! I've been quilting on and off for years, but I now have time to dedicate more time to quilted projects.
I am a HUGE nerd and love to play a variety of board games, card games, roleplaying games, and video games.
I particularly enjoy these following games:
Pokemon! Especially gen 1-3, but i'm working my way into gen 4-5. I'm an avid Pokemon Go player (PM me for my trainer code!) and i'm currently playing Pokemon Let's Go: Eevee and Alpha Sapphire.
My favorite Pokemon are: Arcanine, Lugia, Suicune, Piplup, Emporeon, Lucario, Cubone, Ditto, Vaporeon, Dragonair, Bayleaf, Xatu, Eevee, Barboach, Mareep, Murkrow, Shuckle, Houndour, Stantler, Raikou, Torchic, Blaziken, Mightyena, Breloom, Wailord, Absol, Latias, Rayquaza
**Please make sure none of these items perpetuate cultural appropriation or are related to a closed culture/religion.
Although I genuinely love swapping and receiving mail, I do have a few things i'm not a fan of personally. So, to avoid hurt feelings on either end please avoid sending the following:
I do however appreciate things with a more general seasonal theme such as mistletoe & holly, realistic rabbits, deer, cardinals, flowers & leaves, etc.
Patriotic stuff, fascists & nationalists, pro-military/pro-law enforcement/state-sanctioned violence & domestic terrorism (KKK, NRA, etc.), religious zealotry, cultural appropriation, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, TERFs, SWERFs, and RADFEMs, people who refuse to acknowledge their privilege, bigotry of all kinds, you know - the usual stuff.
Here I will keep ratings & ratings explanations that will be updated on a case-by-case basis.
2019: I am currently up to date in my archive here on SB. Please contact me if you haven't received a rating from me on a swap.
Due to my schedule sometimes I don't get swaps dropped off in the mail until after the mail had been picked for the day (after 5pm in my area). Therefore, sometimes post marks will be inaccurate especially due to weekends or holidays or general USPS chaos. If this is a serious concern for you, let me know!
Please contact me about any ratings you have a question about via the swap-bot messenger system.
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