I'm Steph(anie); a nerdly dorkish 40 year old, married to a nerdly dorkish 40-something year old and mother to one nerdly dorkish 22 year old. We all live in Tallahassee, Florida. I'm a homemaker and try to cram as much creative playtime into my day as possible between one boring chore or another.
I am very enthusiastically a homebody, thanks to some major introversion, social anxiety and other personality issues. Art (and swapping) is my way of coping with the internal junk and connecting with people.
I’m obsessed with making things. I’ve been at it for awhile now - crafting for at least 20 years (going back to when I scrapbooked my daughter’s babyhood) and I've tried oodles of things. For the past 12 years I’ve been focused on paper/mixed media art and swapping. Right now I’m all about mail art, gluebooks, ATCs, artbooks/zines, and just generally gluing paper to paper. I got myself a Gel Press for my 40th birthday in 2019 and am over the moon about it.
Beyond art and cleaning up messes, meme, movie and TV references rule my world. I enjoy “airplane naps” on the couch, watching entirely too much TV, road trips, thrifting, exploring historical sites, long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners….oh, wait.
✳️ FALL 2020 | I think I will be taking an indefinite break from organized swaps here, both on the hosting and participation front. It's a lot more enjoyable to exchange on a free-form, organic basis with mail art pals I've made over the years, and connect with new ones at more informal sites.
If you want to keep in touch via mail art on a semi-regular basis, feel free to PM me. You can also find me on sendsomething.net and reach me at my other sharing links above.
This is the "artsy" side of my craft cave, where I make all the things. You can usually find me here, avoiding housework.
In general, I like...
bright/bold colors, neons, highly saturated colors---all of them
nature, animals, history, science
busy patterns, bold design
eclectic, bohemian styles, vintage mixed with modern
modern design & art
creative, inspiring, funny, sarcastic quotes/sayings & words
humor, profanity, weirdness, non sequiturs, salads
pop culture, memes, gifs, TV, cartoons
interesting graph/grid paper • FUN, FLAT stickers • painted papers/palette papers • vintage yearbook portraits • speech bubble shaped things • text printed tissue paper or napkins • flat embellishment things • cancelled vintage postage • neon colored things • bold patterned & brightly colored papers • round color coding labels • gold/silver reward stars • images/background patterns from magazines • collage sheet printables • machine stitched strips of paper • maps • colorful, modern, authentic ephemera • Halloween paper items (all year)
Please kindly consider these things strictly off-limits as far as I'm concerned:
Religion. (humanist, not interested in the least)
Grocery/beauty items of any sort - this includes tea bags/drink mixes, candies, lotion samples, etc. I have Sjogren's, atopic dermatitis, allergies, sensitive everything, so keep it crafty. Please do not Febreeze or perfume any items sent my way! Chemical fragrances are a huge trigger for me. 😖
Those are the majors. Everything else is just a minor annoyance, really.
Crafting Items I Have No Use For
puffy or epoxy stickers
faux ephemera, Tim Holtz die-cut people, mass-produced kits
cancelled current US postage
I won't get bent if you send me these things, you'd just be wasting your postage as they'll get tossed in the trash. ✌️
Themes That Make Me Go "Meh"
alcohol/pro-drinking • patriotic • presidents/monarchy • religion • holidays (except Halloween) • true crime • serial killers • Lolita, little girl fetish, gendered themes in general • Paris • "keep calm and carry on" + derivatives • random mustaches • babies (human) • Picasso inspired things • tea, coffee drinking • zombies • "gypsy" branded things • steampunk • mixed media that is just a bunch of goo-gahs attached to a surface & covered in paint (you know what I'm talking about....😆)
I do honestly love all types of clowns, except real life killer clowns (like John Wayne Gacy/Pogo) and Insane Clown Posse. If you have some doubts about something, just message me.
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