February 2019: Taking an indefinite break from hosting/swapping due to some health issues. I'm still around, just not able to focus on hosting and deadlines right now. Feel free to contact me if you need anything or have any questions (if you have my email, use it). My mailbox is forever open to any mail pals who want to continue sharing mail art, too. 💌😊🤗
I'm Stephanie/Steph. Late 30s. Married. Mother to one. Introvert. Shy. Social misfit. Anxiety warden. Reformed class clown. 51% Darth Vader; 49% SpongeBob SquarePants. Nerd. Dork. Homebody. Humanist. Color lover. Paper connoisseur. Excellent cook. Less excellent housekeeper. Horrible gardener (sorry, plants!). ISTJ, Scorpio & Earth Goat...for whatever that's worth. Native Floridian. Tallahassee resident for the last 10 years.
Making things is my outlet, my therapy, my connection. I try and create something everyday. Sometimes it's just an ATC; sometimes it's a whole book or a tacky wall ornament. Mostly I like to create in a pop art, modern style, but I can do the pretty, vintage style, too. Mixing it up keeps things interesting.
My favorite medium is collage. I'm a big fan of multi-layered creative collage, full of depth and details, but I also like simple, well done paper arrangements, color studies, abstracts, visual poetry and things more on the graphic design side. I prefer using mostly upcycled, reclaimed & second-hand materials (books, magazines, office/school supplies---though I do have an acute weakness for patterned scrapbook papers). I have a dedicated craft room (the "craft cave") filled with enough supplies to last me a good 10 years, at least.
𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙅𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙎: handmade postcards, ATCs, artbooks, gluebooks, zines, artistamps, shrines, assemblages, repainted figurines, altered art.
𝘾𝙊𝙇𝙊𝙍𝙎: ALL bright & bold colors; the whole rainbow; neons; royal purple, turquoise, candy apple red, sunshine yellow. I never met a color I didn't like. Except beige. 😩
𝙋𝘼𝙏𝙏𝙀𝙍𝙉𝙎/𝙋𝙍𝙄𝙉𝙏𝙎: busy florals, geometric, symbols (hearts, plus signs, stars), tropical botanical, Marimekko, retro florals, visual texture.
𝘼𝙍𝙏 𝙎𝙏𝙔𝙇𝙀/𝘿𝙀𝙎𝙄𝙂𝙉: psychedelic, bohemian, comic book art, graffiti, Gothic, surreal, Spanish Revival Architecture, Mid-Century modern, CSA Design, typography, 70s-80s-90s design.
𝘼𝙉𝙄𝙈𝘼𝙇𝙎: cockatoos, raccoons, sphynx cats, sloths, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, capybaras, alligators, ravens, emus, llamas. Really, all animals are cool. Except sharks. 😩
𝙉𝙀𝙍𝘿𝙀𝙍𝙔/𝙋𝙊𝙋 𝘾𝙐𝙇𝙏𝙐𝙍𝙀: MCU, spaceships, aliens, NASA, Universal Monsters, Dragon Ball, Adult Swim, memes, reaction gifs, stand-up comedy, anime, Discworld Universe, Judge Judy, 90s alt/grunge, riot grrrl, 80s cartoons, RuPaul's Drag Race.
𝘼𝙏𝘾 𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙎: Nick Bantock style, altered Mona Lisa, goddesses, funky shacks, anthropomorphic animals, snarky people and animals, creepy/spooky Halloween, Day of the Dead, history memes, comic book art, sun/moon faces, inspirational (not spiritual) quotes/words, food puns.
𝙈𝙄𝙎𝘾 𝙄𝙈𝘼𝙂𝙀𝙍𝙔: retro TV sets, cassette tapes, deep sea divers, vintage VW Beetle/Bus, gargoyles, grotesques, Second Generation Chevrolet Chevelle (1968-72), cheeseburgers, hands, skulls, mannequins, dummies.
𝘾𝙊𝙇𝙇𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝙎: classic Star Wars with a focus on Darth Vader, skulls (calaveras and just. skulls o_O), Buddha, Budai, Maneki Neko, CLOWNS (yes, clowns; silly, scary, creepy, cute clowns).
Some of my collections on display in my craft cave.
Mail supplies: plain envelopes, well made handmade envelopes, hand-painted/inked envelopes, note cards (4x6 and larger), shipping labels and flat baggies (cello or paper).
FUN, flat, colorful stickers for decorating envelopes and postcards; Lisa Frank, weird/silly kawaii, Trader Joe's freebie stickers, hippie, even some teacher reward stickers ("YOU'RE AWESOME!" and general affirmations, stars, etc). Not interested in anything preschool level or too mushy.
authentic vintage yearbook portraits, from about the 40s-60s. I have a 1977 university yearbook if you'd like to exchange a page or 2 for your older yearbook pages.
creative paper materials for collage; graph papers, paint palette papers, typewritten pages, photocopies, modern ephemera, flat textural elements (die-cuts, drywall tape, sequin waste), colorful maps, images of diverse people.
a cure for my husband's snoring; spell, potion, old housewives remedy, karate move...
Some swap relevant dislikes, in order of abhorrence:
Sharks. Even pics. I have a phobia. Seriously. Shark Week is hell.
Religion. I'm atheist. The end.
Floating genitalia. I mean...they're kind of like mustaches on everything. I just don't get them as some kind of decor element.
Needlessly gendered items. Things labeled DIVA, PRINCESS, BITCH, etc.
Baby, wedding, sports, romantic, patriotic, country and Victorian themes.
𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 do not send me ANY sort of grocery items: snacks, tea bags, candy, bath/body stuff, makeup samples. I don't wear jewelry either. I'm a life-long allergy sufferer, have SUPREMELY sensitive skin and have to be uber careful about what goes in/on my body. Womp, womp.
Please don't feel that you need to send me extras with a swap...there are plenty of bits and pieces here to entertain me. I'm pretty easy going when it comes to handing out hearts and would really love to see your honest efforts more than anything.
Stuff that's typically taboo here, doesn't bother me...in fact, I really like most of it. Snakes, bugs, occult, dark humor, nudity, profanity, random weirdness, adult themes...bring it.
Yay, it's over!
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