Date Joined: February 23, 2020
Last Online: July 24, 2021
Birthday: September 29
Country: United States
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June 28, 2021;I need to step back for a bit. Apologies to those who have sent messages - I will read and reply when I can. I will give precedence to rating swappers and making sure my swaps made it to their destination. My knee implant has become infected and must be removed. I am screwing my courage to the sticking point and gearing up for several months in a wheelchair and IV antibiotics. this is quite the challenge for a control freak. Take care all - be kind to one another.
IMPORTANT INFO: USPS has a new security policy that any package over 1/2 inch in thickness cannot use postage stamps! I have had several packages returned this week with a label explaining the policy. These must either be taken to the post office or machine labeled and franked by computer so the sender can be tracked. Yikes! If I get your package returned I will contact you. Thanks for understanding.
January 2021: Can’t believe we are still isolating. Our age group has been made eligible for the vaccine but there are no appointments available, We are lucky to have family close by, so we see our kids and grandkids regularly, but we miss our large extended family. Art keeps me busy. I now make enough to consider myself a full time glass artist. I still also create with paper and felting, so my main problem is that I have time to make but not enough social contact to give my stuff away. So I am happy to be back to swapping.
July 2020: the pandemic infection rate for Florida is sadly out of control. I have relocated to our cabin in Northeastern Vermont for the duration and hope to be home in late September. In the meanwhile, I have Internet which is basically squirrel powered. Therefore, I must take a break from swapping Until I have a reliable Internet connection. My husband, who must remain in Florida for work, will be shipping me the on open swaps so that I can catch up on ratings when I have some connection. In the meanwhile, everyone I have encountered through swapping remains in my prayers. Stay safe, hold your loved ones close, and God bless.
IMPORTANT NOTE; I am using orange mailer or usps.com to calculate mailing costs and leaving the envelopes and packages in my home mailbox for carrier pickup. This results in 3 consequences:
Recovering hoarder, working on destashing a shop’s worth of papercrafting supplies, ribbon and fabric. Know anyone who works in stained glass? I have a full closet of bevels I would love to share.
Disabled with a chronic pain condition about 10 years ago early retirement gave me time to focus on stained glass and fused glass art and other projects as my situation allows. Proud parent of 3 grown children with 1 on the autism spectrum; 3 grandkids ages 4 to11. Housemom to a 10 player Dungeons and Dragons weekly game preceded by dinner which I prepare.
About those grandkids: Daniel, 11 - Miami Dolphins; football; video games; plays in local football league; girls starting to notice him (he does not mind) so any guy grooming stuff). T shirt adult M. New glasses.
Hailey, 9: unicorns; crafts; all things pink; Little House books; baking. T shirt youth xl. Also new glasses.
Maddie, 4: playdoh, mermaids; beginner readers; girly hair items. T shirt 6x.
Hoping swapping will give me more chances to create and reduce the supplies - were I immortal there would still be plenty remaining!
Likes - favorite color is green but I also like jewel tones and brights. Strong preference for handmade items; recipes (particularly baking); herbal teas and flavored cocoas. Love Jane Austen novels and PD James mysteries; Harry Potter; Peanuts characters; Mr. Rogers and his simple philosophy of the power of kindness; old movies.
Dislikes - smoke-scented items (family member allergies); political themed items (please let’s all be kind to one another!); raunch (enjoy, just not my thing). Don’t need more stickers.
Know a quilter? I have fabric to share!
If you made it, I’ll love it - time is a precious gift.
I work in stained glass and kiln fused glass. I sew simple things and recycle clothes into bags. I make cards and paper crafts. I love to bake (check out King Arthur Flour’s recipe site) and cook. I am a beginning weaver. I felt (my spouse says if the 16th century returns we are all set). I used to bead, now do so rarely. I make natural products for colds, skin products (in olden times called ‘simples’). - see 16th century compliment, above. I am (slowly) learning to play the harp. I am terrible so far. I cannot knit or crochet. Took a class and they refunded my money!
My over-the-moon, love-you-forever gifts would be anything with the phrases “the best is yet to come” - Especially on a fork or incorporating a fork. It was my late mother in law’s favorite phrase. Same for the phrase “in a world where you can be anything - be kind” or any Mr Rogers’ quote about kindness. That is in honor of my parents. Vinyl cutouts for walls with these phrases; stamped images; stamps - anything with them!
Handmade items of any kind Knitted or crocheted washcloths Old sheet music and lyrics Travel sized items and samples ATCs with/about literary characters (including Pooh’s family; Peanuts; Beatrix Potter; Harry Potter; Flower Fairies and anyone from old books) Herbal tea (no mint or chamomile, please) cocoa Autism themed items (not Autism Speaks, please) Mechanical pencils (constantly losing mine) Notebooks - I incorporate them into repurposed old books Short (no-show) socks Charms and metal accents for cards Fortunes from cookies Tiny seed beads in transparent colors
I am hoping to give more than I receive, so prayers and poems are my favorite extras rather than “stuff” - all belief systems are welcome; I have much to learn ...
Please share with others, and not with me: - short pieces of washi tape or ribbon. I have so much! - Odd Envelopes, unless handmade - ephemera - again, overloaded -scraps of paper or fabric
I love chocolate but remember it’s hot in Florida! Don’t send it between May and October (hot cocoa is always welcome)
And now about the current situation...
Like most of you, my family is still limiting social contact to minimize risk. Schools are part in person, part at home learning. Family members have contracted Covid, and survived, but damage has been done. Some friends are gone. Every day we adapt and triumph by keeping fear at bay and waiting for our entire family’s turn at vaccines. The chaotic transition in DC has added to the tension. Family members have ceased contact over differing opinions. Therefore, I would love to hear how you are managing and what keeps you upbeat - count your blessings and tell me how you are finding the light in the every day. My gift is more time with my family and the chance to share the things I love with the people I love. May the same be true of you.
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