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monsbrick

monsbrick
Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: December 7, 2021
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Winter how do you celebrate the holidays? Is this time of year fun for you?

I’m thankful each morning when I wake up and I’m alive! And I’m grateful for my family and my home.

Been doodling on everything. Doodle with my pencils, with crayons both the fancy Tim Holtz or Gelatos or Crayola or my favorite Derwent Inktense blocks and pencils that I can get wet or ink and it’s sooooo fun and freeing. I really want to make ephemera but if I take it too seriously I find that stressful. Draw like a kid. I try calligraphy though I’ve always been horrid at calligraphy I just do it anyway and I can cheat and fussy cut calligraphy words! That’s what I’m up to.

What are you up to today? Tell me about it.

Thank you for rating me. Grateful also, that you are reading my profile. Welcome, cozy up and get comfortable.

Please do let me know if anything I send to you smells bad or moldy. I have a horrible sense of smell but I can obtain assistance to help monitor what I am sending. I will of course try to refrain but if I miss I am happy to resend or make it right for you.

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

I am 55 years old and live in Alameda an island town in the San Francisco Bay in Northern California.

A few of my favorite things: Free random things Library books Surprises All the colors of the rainbow and more colors that are in mind's eye but not in the material world Dreams Films Cooking channels Glamping at home like a princess!

Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace & Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, Pam at The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, Helen Colebrook, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Food: Cooking and nutrition are big for me. My current big project is on my recipe and family menu scrapbook.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: naked or in an envelope. And all postcards are loved here. I recycle them. ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Art, spiritual diaries, junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that organized though I do constantly try to get organized! My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, found objects, even washi tape.

Thank you to all the 100’s of stickers, ephemera, and extras in my swaps. There have been so many beautiful and thoughtful gifts from you all!!!

Favorite Books

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me?

Listening to the H.G. Wells complete collection audiobook.

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi *John Joseph Adams

Science fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson *Scott Sigler

Horror

*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Scott Sigler *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Sue Grafton - mystery *James Baldwin *Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Marguerite Duras *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger *Jim Harrison *Ursula LeGuin

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel
*Gabrielle Bernstein *Eckhart Tolle *Jack Kornfield *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner *John McPhee

Naturalist

*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau

Writing

On writing, mostly I write for myself. At Thanksgiving my family has found a small box of my old journals and diaries and I’m anxious to read these again. I’d given them up as lost years ago. Hmmm…that was stressful to relive and I shredded and composted all those old memories phew!!!

Sometimes I work with fabrics, found objects, ribbons, yarns and fiber art. I love words and I’m looking at ways to include more words and text. Instead of typical planner stickers I’ve mixed these ephemera into my daily planner like a scrapbook. The more I make art the more I use the tactile or visual images to speak volumes and less words I want to write. And it’s less analysis more fun.

Most recently I’m putting together a personal recipe and food journal. If you have ideas and suggestions around food and cooking and food storage or organizing my pantry and fridge please let me know! I’m curious. Or how to succeed at meal prep please share them with me!

What are your food stories and food ritual secrets? What patterns have you made? Do you consciously entertain or create environment at your home around meals?

Wanderlust

Swim, walk, need to do more dance and yoga. I do one minute yoga at my home office. And I do short silly dance bursts too. I used to do all night dancing on little runner energy sticks and gel packs. I miss those days though my friends put on Glitch or other Zoom style events.

I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air.

Outside in our back patio, we set up a table and lawn chairs. I love to work outside and lounge. The bright jewel colors in my flower garden keep me inspired from lemon to purple lavender and Mexican deep purple sage blooms.

In our front yard, 4 big trees house many birds and squirrels. We lost one tree this month to a storm 🌲

Favorite Movies

A few of my favorite films: Almost Famous, All the President’s Men, Gladiator, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Splendor in the Grass, Get Him to the Greek, The Last Emperor of China, Gladiator, The Hunger Games, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Marie Antoniette, The Seven Samurai, Hero, Mulan, Godard’s Weekend, and Breathless.

A few filmmakers I like are both Tony and Ridley Scott, the Cohen Brothers, Francis Ford and Sofia Coppola, Jon Chu, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Kasi Lemmons, and Jean-Luc Godard.

ATC

Artist Trading Cards or ATC and postcards collage or handmade or altered or hand drawn or hand painted.

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. Also pop, chill, jazz, blues, classical and more. I subscribe to SoundCloud, Apple Music and attend Glitch and other online sound events. I download all kinds of podcasts and news on YouTube or other online sources. Spoken word.

I love to change my daily playlist with my 5000+ songs in my collection.

Here are a few of my favs:

*Ben Watts’ Lazy Dog (Electronica) *Adele’s Easy on Me *John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch. and One Beer *Dave Brubeck’s Take Five (Jazz) *Carol King’s You’ve Got a Friend *Billie Eilish anything by her

Gardens & Plants

Sunflowers are big and in bloom! Volunteer lettuce and mache greens, blackberries and tomatoes.

Paper whites and other bulbs are on their way! Delicious and self propagating.

Planted sweet pea flowers I adore these in my garden. Rarely to we see them in stores or farmers markets here.

Kale is a big hit here. Other lettuce greens and sprouts, spicy and sweet peppers, 🍅 tomatoes, chives and various herbs.

Scented flowers like jasmine and lavender and rose. Have you ever bathed in rose petals or rose hips? You can also bathe in lavender though I'm allergic to it so I watch it from a distance. Try it you will feel like a QUEEN when You bathe in rose petals!! You can scoop them out with a mesh strainer when you are done. They are also high in vitamin C which is good for your skin.

What about you? Do you grow anything?

How are you serving these pandemic times?

Ratings

bb2 rated for Christmas Card on Dec 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the nice Christmas greeting card and the vintage die cuts. They are the perfect size for ATCs and coins. Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thank you, Merry Christmas!
iolair rated for Book Club: Your Choice Letter on Dec 6, 2021
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Comment: Your swap finally made it here!! Thank you so much for taking the trouble to resend it. I'm so psyched to meet someone else who likes David Lynch's work! That's a great story about your friend's mother, too. I'll be writing you back so I won't put too much here. I really liked the volcano photo you sent - beautiful! And so rare for me to see real film photos these days. Thanks again! My reply might take a little while to get to you but it'll get there!
tcornell rated for MMPC: 3 Layer ATC - November on Dec 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and your kind words ♥
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Comment: Thanks for going above and beyond for this swap :) I appreciate it! All the best
MailArtbyJac rated for Journal Writing Prompts on Dec 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the thoughtful swap
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Comment: What a beautiful card - Thank you so much. Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and message!
ktk8 rated for PnS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 33 on Nov 30, 2021
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Comment: Fun postcard to work on and send on.... thanks for all the extras too..... GREAT SWAP! many hearts to you......
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter! I will try to answer some of your questions soon! Do you prefer a return letter or comments? 🤗
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I think I started American Gods but DNF'd it, it wasn't for me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your poetry & happy reading x
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Comment: Hi Marie! Much love for the Neil Gaiman audiobooks 💚 happy reading :)
iolair rated for R&W What I read in October Snail Mail on Nov 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for emailing the swap! I really appreciate that you tried so hard to send this mail to me and it's such a shame it didn't work out. It looked so cute too! You had some really interesting reads in October, I'm especially curious about the McPhee and Howey ones!
Mlhadder rated for November 2021 Letter in a card on Nov 22, 2021
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Comment: I loved the extras! They totally fit my style :D I love baking and am actually mid-baking for Thanksgiving now! I do have an interesting party recipe for a "bacon cheese ring" if you're interested, I can send it along to you! :D Sounds like we really do have a lot in common!
vlhafer54 rated for Junky Junk Jams #3 on Nov 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the JAMs - I'm feeling inspired!
Carrii rated for Traveling Pen Pal PostCard Swap #1 on Nov 20, 2021
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Comment: Arrived safe and sound, and ready to go in the next swap🙂
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Comment: Thank you. Will pass on your letter on the next round. Great idea about making tea paper.
Response: Thanks!!
boriquaz rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Coin on Nov 15, 2021
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Comment: Love the card and your explanation. I really love the ocean and could sit there and watch it all day. Thank you for the wonderful coin and extras. Where did you get those stickers, the lady one love it can't wait to use it!
Response: Glad you like it! Yes I saw that lady sticker then went and ordered a bunch of them!

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Comments

carol on Nov 17, 2021:

Thanks for your contribution to my fall holidays HD/HP PC! I love it!

grammypammy on Aug 22, 2021:

From: ABCUSA & WnWHS

Enjoy your day!

Hugs, Pam

HollyBear on Jun 15, 2021:

Thank you for sending home our Junky Junk Buddy card. I love how it turned out. The drawing exercise pages definitely provided some inspiration.

supersquirrel on May 20, 2021:

I dub you Queen Marie of Surprises and Kindness! Thank you so much for the great package of bits and pieces. It is definately all treasure! 👑🐿️❤️

megan1230 on Apr 5, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome JAM! Can't wait for the journal!

supersquirrel on Feb 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the surprise package of goodies ❤️🐿️❤️. Just in time for a crafty weekend 😊

beachchicken on Feb 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for the homer with the message in a bottle! I love it!

itsnobody on Jan 3, 2021:

Did you receive my last letter. Hope you and your loved ones are healthy and happy!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Oooops!! It is not your birthday. Sorry about that!!

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