June 2021 UPDATE: I am taking a (hopefully) short break from swapping. Life is a bit hectic and unpredictable right now. Hope to be back soon...
SPOILER ALERT: If you click on my links above, you will see my current and past creations. I couldn't get my Flickr links to work above, but try this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elvesintheattic/ (or you can try searching for steedjj or ElvesInTheAttic under People). Why do I have two Flickr accounts? I couldn't access one of them and created a new one in frustration. Then, somehow I was able to access the first one again, but not the second one. Then I lost access again. And so it goes...I just keep bouncing back and forth between these two accounts.
RATING & HEARTS: I love to receive your works of art! Please don't feel you need to include anything other than that (I have LOTS of stuff already) for a heart. If you can't bear to send the swap item alone, I would love a hand-written note telling me a little about yourself.
RESWAPPING: Each person has artsy preferences and if my creations don't fit in your collection please feel free to send them on their way to a new home. I won't be offended.
I'm addicted to ATCs. I love the small format and that, for the most part, I can get them finished in one sitting while The Muse whispers in my ear.
I'm married with adult kids and we have an active lifestyle: hockey (my husband), soccer (me), snowboarding/skiing and hiking for the whole family. I am a big fan of the Seattle Sounders (MLS soccer). Vacations for us are usually tent camping by a lake or heading to the beach - we are water people.
My sister told me a while ago that she and her husband were talking about couples they knew and when they came to my husband and me he said, "They're in the sandbox. They'll always be in the sandbox." That describes me (us) perfectly. I'm very in touch with my inner child. In fact, I teach preschool during the day and LOVE my job. 3-year-olds are my people.
I'm a hoarder of craft supplies (don't tell my husband I confessed to that) because I 'know' I'll be able to find a way to use them on a project. My family also thinks I'm a bit of a recycling nazi. It really pisses me off when they don't put recyclable stuff in the recycle bin and trash in the trashcan. I've been known to snatch something out of there if I think I can use it in my art.
I joke that I have crafting ADD - I'm always trying some new thing and then diving into the next new thing. I used to be a scrapbooker but haven't done much of that in a long time. In my Etsy shop I sell mostly cards and tags but I sprinkle in my new obsessions on occasion.
My favorite holiday, hands down, is Halloween. I prefer creepy Halloween over cute Halloween.
Nightmare Before Christmas
When Harry Met Sally
Monty Python movies
I know there's more...
I watch some reality TV (don't judge!) - love Gordon Ramsey
This Is Us (I know. Me and everybody else...)
I like quirky (think Tim Burton), but can go more traditional as well. (You too? Check out The Octopode Factory and Dilly Beans Stamps - good stuff.)
Texture, color, mixed media and recycled/repurposed creations catch my eye.
Soccer (Seattle Sounders is my team!)
Outdoors - camping, hiking, beach, mountains
Snarky, tongue-in-cheek humor
Fave Holiday: Halloween
Favorite colors: Can't choose. They all need their moment to shine.
Folk Art like this: https://www.etsy.com/shop/indigotwin
Overly saccharine cutesy stuff - Hello Kitty, Precious Moments...
I'm not religious so please no bible verses, etc.
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