I’m Steph (anie). I’m a homemaker, artist, crafter, cook, nerd, introvert, humanist & aspiring eccentric old lady. I live in Tallahassee, Florida, with my husband and adult daughter. She and I were born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area (200 miles south of here) and moved here in 2009.
I’m on Swap-bot because I’m obsessed with making things and sharing my art is a huge outlet for me. 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.
I post pretty much everything I create, between all the different media platforms I'm on, so don't go poking around if you're sensitive to "spoilers".
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.
✳️ JULY/AUG 2020 | My creative mojo is getting a little flimsy so I'm going to be taking a break from hosting swaps after the current ones finish up. The last thing I need is to give myself deadlines and pressure to perform. I'll continue informal exchanging through tags and with my mail pals as the muse strikes. TTFN.
I really love one-on-one creative exchanges with people; sharing our art, what supplies inspire us and sending creatively decorated envelopes. After trying lots of sites and swap pages, I still think SB is the best place for people who like exchanging this type of thoughtful, handmade mail. I think the act of sharing your art and what inspires you is a language in itself - and that's mail art.
I run 3 groups here - Open Mail Art Exchange which is all about informal exchanges through forum tags; Collage Sheet Creations which is all about creating art from digital printables and Art Books which is about creating artfilled books.
This is the "artsy" side of my craft cave, where I make all the things. You can usually find me here, avoiding housework.
➔Themes, faves, junk & stuff.
𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡, 𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 + 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙---world cultures, anthropology, mythology, folklore, superstitions, Indigenous peoples, foreign languages, ancient Egypt, Japan.
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚, 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨 + 𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙨---raccoons, palm trees, tropical flowers, backyard gardens, cockatoos, alligators, rainforests, crystals, dinosaurs, ravens, emus, gibbons, big trees, wild flowers, toadstools, The Everglades, Spring & Summer.
𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣 + 𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙖𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙨---60s/70s/80s, retro futurism, grunge, gothic, bohemian, urban decay, Floridana, kitsch, neon, Mid-Century Modern, Memphis, celestial, cosmic, psychedelic, whimsical, hippie, tattoo flash.
𝙋𝙤𝙥 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 + 𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙮---science fiction, web comics, memes, gifs, TV, Netflix, Judge Judy, Star Wars, Discworld, high fantasy, stand-up comedy, cartoons, Adult Swim, heavy metal, Walt Disney World, SpongeBob SquarePants, anime, RuPaul's Drag Race, 80s pro wrestling.
𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙨---Nick Bantock, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, James Jean, Lynne Perrella, Rex Ray, Carrie Ann Baade, Ray Caesar, Mary Jane Chadbourne, Edward Hopper, Kim Collister, Salvador Dali.
𝙎𝙮𝙢𝙗𝙤𝙡𝙨 + 𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨---skulls, skeletons, stars, arrows, horseshoes, hands, lucky cats, plus signs, triangles, moon/sun faces, dots, crowns.
𝘾𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙨---BRIGHT, bold colors: chartreuse, turquoise, purple, candy apple red, hot pink, NEONS, rainbows. I'm starting to come around to pastel colors - brighter tones, not completely washed out.
𝘾𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨---owls, classic Star Wars stuff (esp. Darth Vader), CLOWNS, Buddhas (Gautama & Budai), maneki neko (lucky cats), skulls (calaveras, Grim Reapers).
➔Things I'm always wanting/"needing".
any paper thing inspired by my likes that I can add to my annual Favorite Things gluebook (made in November for my birthday)
REAL ephemera: tags, tickets, maps, Airmail envelopes, yearbook pages, text pages (Spanish, Greek, Arabic), guest checks, ledger papers, anything typewritten, vintage used postage, game pieces, labels.
I'm not a fan, at all, of Tim Holtz collections of die-cuts and what not (or other brands, really). Please save these items for people who appreciate them.
I'm always looking for people who want to trade stuffed envelopes of paper goodies - especially if we share a lot of the same interests. I've got more collage supplies than I reasonably need, so feel free to hit me up if you're interested in sharing.
Other private swaps I'm most definitely interested in:
blind or MMH ATC swaps (for 1 or up to 9 cards, depending - I'm a fiend when it comes to making ATCs).
profile-based ART BOOKS. I love making art books and have a lot of fun reading through chewy profiles for inspiration.
CREATIVE correspondence, e.g., lists, questionnaires, photo diaries...anything with some sort of creative/artsy element to it. I sort of famously do not like to write letters, but I can get on board if it's presented in a unique way.
STICKERED UP things - "sticker slapping" is frowned upon in this establishment, but it can be fun between 2 consenting adults, lol. I like stickering up envelopes, postcards and note cards - making actual use of all the stickers I've hoarded.
➔Please do not send...
anything with SHARKS on it. ANYTHING.
alcohol/pro-drinking themed items.
patriotic, presidential themed items.
Religious items of any sort.
holiday related items (except Halloween and weird/unusual holidays).
true crime, serial killer stuff.
edibles, tea bags, fragrance sachets, anything with added scents, beauty products, etc. I'm not here to swap these sorts of things and, most importantly, I need to strictly manage what goes on/in my body.
about CLOWNS: 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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