Date Joined: January 20, 2019
Last Online: June 12, 2021
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States
I am hoping to connect with people from all over the world. I love learning about people and other cultures. Swapping should be fun and without stress, no drama, just loving, positive people trying to connect and grow!
I will almost always have my items ready to mail as soon as I get my partners snail mail address, so if you don't receive something from me, please let me know! I'm always happy to re-do.
I will NEVER flake!! I will also ALWAYS rate as soon as I receive your item(s)!
I PLEDGE TO RATE!
ABC's of Me: updated Feb 2021 A: “A” monogram, art, apparel, avengers, apples, address labels, Autumn, altered books
B: buttons (the sewing kind), books (see that section), bookmaking, blue, balloons, buckles, bling, boho, that blue that sometimes looks purple, baking
C: coffee anything, cross-stitch, costumes, cats, crafts (see that section), Christmas anything, crochet, cupcakes, chocolate-dark, collage, cookies
D: design, desserts, drawing, dachshunds, donuts
E: ecru, eolienne, eyelet, embroidery, embellishments, ephemera, envelopes (collage/handmade)
F: fabric, fine art, fashion, fonts, fat quarters, Fall
G: grimm, gelato, glue dots
H: hello kitty, history, hand bags, holly/Christmas, handmade, Halloween
I: ink, indigo, ikat, inchies
J: juxtaposition, junk journal
K: kites, khaki
L: letterpress, lace, letter sets, lap quilt
M: music (see that section), muji, maps, moos, mountains, mug rugs
N: nature, night owl, notecards
O: outdoors, oatmeal, owls
P: postcards (vintage, touristy, artsy, homemade), painting, pouches, paper crafty/handmade, printmaking, patches, pins
Q: quilt (crumb, lap, scrappy)
R: royalty, random crap, retro, religious, roses, ribbons, rain
S: sewing anything, scraps (of fabric/trims/paper), shells (especially abalone), spring, sharpies, skeleton keys, sunflowers, snow
T: tea (mint or ginger are favs!), theater, theatrical, television (see that section), textiles, typography, toggles, trims, tassels, twinchies, texture, twinkle lights
U: useful things, urchins, ultramarine
V: vintage everything, violet, variegated
W: water color, wrapping paper, wall paper, winter, washi tape, washi stickers
X: xerox (old, vintage)
Y: yellow, yardsticks, yuletide, yachts
Z: zippers – all kinds/styles, zines
3-D: printed items, stuff with filling, paper pop-up
My college degree is in fine arts and I’ve taken classes in oil, watercolor, etc. I also minored in Costume Design and so love history of clothing. My “medium” is more into fabric and fiber. I love vintage fabrics, buttons, trims.
My favorite color is that dark blue that sometimes looks purple. I like yarns, cording, and threads. I like paper, paper crafts, and sometimes sew paper to fabric. I have a sewing machine, a serger, and a coverstitch machine. I have a dedicated craft room with shelves of paper, fabric, beads, rubber stamps, yarns, trims, patterns, crafty magazines, and jars of buttons.
I put my love of sewing to work in the sportswear and outdoor apparel industry. I am freelance/contract for an apparel sourcing agency here in the Pacific Northwest, with 25 years of experience including Nike, Castelli, Columbia Sportswear, Merrell, Norm Thompson Outfitters, and Sebago among others. My work in the industry includes project management, developing garments, fabrics, and trimmings.
I have taught sewing classes and lead Fabric & Fiber Meet-ups at our local fabric store and library maker space. The maker space (called the Collaboratory) helped me learn: 3D Printing, Sizzix Big Shot and Silhouette Cameo die-cutter, and the Glowforge!!
I’m also a member of the National Button Society, Oregon Button Society, and Portland Button Club. I enthusiastically continue to learn about button collecting and history. I presented a lesson at the NBS annual convention in 2019 about how buttons are made today in large scale industrial button making processes, and small-scale buttons made at home.
Recently I've been watching WandaVision and Resident Alien! But I'm more likely to watch crafty YouTubes than TV.
I loved Dead Like Me, Space Force, Eureka And The Expanse! I also enjoy Victoria on PBS Masterpiece – mostly due to the history and costumes. Star Trek fan by default (my family loves it so I watch). I also love the entire 6 seasons of Grimm – mostly because it was filmed in Portland and I personally know a lot of the extras & side characters from working with modeling/talent agencies here in Portland through my jobs.
I've been working on Mod Podge napkins to paper, or rocks. I've been giving a go at "crumb quilting", I'm not sure I'm patient enough to do a whole quilt, so I'm working on some mug-rugs! I have made hundreds of masks for this pandemic! In between I discovered (through a swap!) "scrappies". I like to sew fabric and paper together. I am working on sewing my scraps of fabric together to make new fabric for an over-the-shoulder bag. I have made some hand-made postcards.
Right now I'm reading "How to Read a Suit" which I got for Christmas! I keep cross referencing it with "How to Read a Dress" that I got last year! I also enjoyed "Worn Stories" a collection of stories from famous people about one single garment/piece of clothing that has stuck with them. It's super interesting!!
My favorite books are historically accurate fiction about places or people (not science fiction/fantasy/romance/horror/etc.) I like something that is at least loosely based on reality. I enjoy travel writings, biographies, and text-book type books on textiles, fashion, sewing, costumes, costume history, etc.
My favorite music depends on the day. I love everything from Classic Rock to Classical, from Country to Alternative Grunge, from Showtunes to Pop. Everyone in my family plays and instrument and/or sings – except me (I play the radio). I’ve always been around music and had an appreciation – but for me it’s driven by the mood.
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