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Date Joined: July 6, 2011
Last Online: January 4, 2020
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
Part Time Lion Tamer
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About Me

My costuming was featured on CNN.com. Check out the link! (I'm Gretchen).

Just so you know, I'm kind of obsessed with rewriting and updating my profile so be sure to read it even if we've swapped before! (last update 4/17/14)

Life is very topsy-turvy. Some very good, some pretty bad. I haven't been swapping much because of it. Easing back in. We shall see....


I'm a fan of the arcane arts of sewing, millinery, knitting, crochet, handwriting, cursive.

I sew lots, mostly victorian clothing ala steampunk, make jewelry & hats, sometimes embroider and try not to cover my dining table with glue. I also knit and crochet but not as much as I used to when I lived in a colder climate.

I am the Editrix de Mode for the website Steampunk Chronicle. I write fashion articles and other related things. I take a broad view of what is steampunk (it's not all brown). Come and visit me there if you desire. My nom de plume is Wilhelmina Frame. You can also find me on Pinterest and at my blog Part Time Lion Tamer.

I collect salt and pepper shakers from the 40s-60s and made in Japan. I'm very particular about my collecting so if you don't know whether or not they fit that description it's best to get me something else (but if you do know oh I do love to expand the collection!) Photos of the collection in progress are below. It's a little larger right about now.

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I love my black and white dachshund mix Uno, hot baths, an insert of foul language at the right time for the right zing. My husband is pretty awesome too.

I love international travel. In 2010 I went to India and it was fabulous. I visited the Taj Mahal which was a dream of mine ever since my Nana went there when I was small. My husband often goes abroad to Asia and Europe for business. Sometimes I am able to join him, When I don't get to go he often brings me wonderful things.

I'm not a chef and really not a baker either but I try the baking sometimes. My husband is a fabulous chef, really a gourmand.

Guess I'm kind of a hipster and back in the day a part-time goth. I'm all about easy wearing skirts and dresses these days. I'm also getting a bit into Lolita -- more classic and gothic. Lolita reminds me a lot of retro styles which is a lot of the appeal. It helps I'm friends with a couple of designers too.

I love stationary and the smell of the pages of a new book.

I consider myself very lucky. I try to remember what I have versus what I don't or what is lost -- even though that can be hard!

What I would like to receive!

I would love to receive items that I can use in my sewing and hatmaking - thread, bias tape, piping, buttons, trim, fabric, feathers, E6000, liquid stitch, etc.

Did I mention BUTTONS? I've been using large and XL flat buttons to make rings so I can always use those in any color, especially black.

I've been having fun with rubber stamps. I prefer vintage or letterpress looking ones. I'm building up my stamp pad collection too.

I like vintage jewelry, accessories and hats. Also earrings. Lots of earrings! I'm a huge fan of the plus size fishnets from welovecolors.com. I've started wearing stockings again, knee and OTK socks. I really like crazy patterned ones - stripes, argyle, lace but they have to be very stretchy and without the threads in the inside as I have large calves. Groovy Hair clips, alice bands & fascinators are good too. My hair is in a shorter bob so giant barrettes made for thick hair won't work for me. I'm wearing wig falls in most of my costume photos so don't be mislead ;)

Knit or crochet patterns to make vintage style accessories would be fun. I'm good on yarn. I have way too much! Or if you would be willing to make me an amigururi stuffie that would super rad!

I really like soft t-shirts either really vintage or vintagesque with odd, kitschy stuff on them or older band shirts or older pop culture references. I also like t-shirts from places like Qwertee. Size ladies XL or XXL if it's slim fit or Mens M.

I really like the muppets too especially cookie monster, grover, animal and king prawn.

I like steampunk, squirrels (flying or otherwise), tigers, vintage, lions, mushrooms, stripes, dark colors, polar bears, bold colors, taxidermy, odd things, retro, foxes, stars, handbags, old fashioned, orange, victorian, modern art, risqué, Lolita, polka dots, goth, otters, thrift shop chic, dachshunds, low art, black & white, art nouveau, badgers, art deco, plaid, classic modern design, yetis, gnomes, kitschy foreign stuff, groovy, the union jack.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SPECIFIC TO CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!! I prefer victorian, old-world or 40-60s vintage christmas stuff / looking stuff. I love handmade ornaments like crocheted snowflakes or the ones made with pins and sequins that came in kits. I have a small collection of Gurley Christmas candles that were my grandparents and would love more if you could find them cheap. Generally I do not like religious items but specifically for Christmas angel or nativity items would be just fine. The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas special is another favorite. I do not like anything "country christmas" and most plastic ornaments. I love unusual and kitchy shaped glass ornaments. We have things like ice cream cones, polar bears, beer keg, pickle, etc. The old glass beads are super awesome also.

What I'd rather not receive

Items that are mostly pastel, washed out florals, smell like cinnamon apples. You know those stinky candle stores you find in tourist towns? If it would be at home in that shop, I'd rather you rethought!

I generally don't like themed / character merchandise.

No Disney or religious items please.

No food of any kind. I've lost a good bit of weight and I'd like to keep it that way.

Favorite Books

JG Ballard, William T Vollman, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Harry Potter, William Gibson, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Jasper Fforde, Anna Karenina, Shantaram, Hunger Games Trilogy, Guy Gaviel Kay, Empire of the Sun, Jane Austen, Dresden Files

Favorite Music

Duran Duran, These New Puritans, Morphine, Belle & Sebastian, Stereolab, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Gary Numan, Gang of Four, David Bowie, New Order, Adam Ant, Blockhead, Led Zeppelin, The Pixies, Arctic Monkeys, ABC, 60s Euro Soundtracks, Wire, Franz Ferdinand, British Sea Power, Wolfmother, The Smiths, dubstep, drum & bass, Air, Django Django, Matthew Dear, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and stuff like that.

Favorite Movies

Excalibur, Velvet Goldmine, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Crash (Cronenburg), My Neighbor Totoro, The Hunger, In the Mood for Love, The Killer, Last Year at Marienbad, This is Spinal Tap, Marie Antoinette, Bringing Up Baby, The Five Obstructions, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Blade Runner, Victor/Victoria, art films, foreign films, costume movies, Sam Fuller, Star Wars, Hiroshima Mon Amour, French New Wave, Lars Von Trier, Fantasia, Moonrise Kingdom, Ghost in the Shell

Favorite Television

Honestly, I don't watch that much TV and when I do I tend to watch an entire season at a time but here are some shows I like(d): Mad Men, Castle, Grimm, Torchwood, The Prisoner (original), Max Headroom, The Tudors, Iron Chef (original), Archer, Firefly, True Blood, The Muppet Show, Doctor Who, Miami Vice, The Colbert Report, Downton Abbey, Lost Girl, Game of Thrones, Ripper Street, True Detective

Favorite Crafts

Sewing (especially costumes), Knitting, Crochet, Jewelrymaking, Embroidery, Card Making, Millinery.

Favorite Art & Artists

Ivan Albright, Frida Kahlo, El Greco, Dali (later Works), Yves Tanguy, Gerhard Richter, Mark Ryden, Margritte, Hans Belmer, Egon Schiele, Whistler, Brancussi, Bernini, Botticelli, H. Bosch, Seurat. I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.

Angels! (and Flakers)

@meliamellon did a wonderful job angelling Zombie Survival Letter #2. Flaked on by @Char13s

Flaked on A Necklace for My Bloody Valentine by @dillandavillain angelled by @tiaragoth

Great angelling by @rainbowfrogs77 also!

And I finally cleared my old 1. Hooray!


pummica rated for Stuffies!!!! on Apr 2, 2015
Comment: My little girl really likes it. Thank you.
Response: posting today - 3/12
Poppy89408 rated for Button Fairy - April on Apr 22, 2014
Comment: This was extra special!! I love the Button Fairy, this is my 1st one how awesome is that, I took it too lunch with me while I visited a friend. Happy Swapping.
jetrip rated for Button Fairy - February on Feb 25, 2014
Comment: She is just beautiful! Thank you
ABackwoodsLife rated for FPC two-fer tote on Feb 8, 2014
Comment: I love the tote you made for me! But I don't think I'll get to use it much... I took it out of the envelope and my baby girl ran over, snatched it and ran! LOL she brought it over to her toys and put some stuff in it already. Thank you! And the card you sent is beautiful. :-)
Grinch rated for ~~Be My Valentine~~#2 on Feb 8, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome valentine card. Loved it!
Comment: Thanks! :)
Comment: I love the Valentine's Day card! I also really like your address labels. Can I ask where you found them?
Response: I think I got them from donating to World Wildlife Fund.
BeeMGee rated for Button Fairy - January on Jan 21, 2014
Comment: How gorgeous. This was the first I had heard of Button fairies . I enjoyed making mine and yours is gorgeous. Thank you so much.
Annaomar rated for FPC cuff on Nov 4, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the bracelet. It was well worth waiting for. And thank you as we'll for the seeds - they look interesting and I can't wait to plant them in the spring.
Comment: Thanks for the great package. I especially love the poem!!!! Made me smile
dixieniche rated for A-Z ROLOS ROCK! on Jul 25, 2013
Comment: 9/2012 if i ever receive this swap, i'll re-rate ;D 7/25/2013 received rolo, thank you ;D
Response: Better insanely late than never I suppose! Thanks for the re-rate!
mmilesesq rated for FPC tote-able on Jul 1, 2013
Comment: Loved the fabric - it's a real Florida tote!
knitmom7 rated for ruffle wallet on May 11, 2013
Comment: Holds two teabags!!! Great size! You know you're terrific! Right!?! Love the colors! Thanks for joining!
Comment: I love the pillowcases! They came out so neat, I am going to do a do-over for the one I sent you, using your method!
Response: Glad you liked them! I had to hustle to get them done before I left for the UK. I did quite love the fabrics. Bright but still sleepy ;)
supacarol rated for ruffled pillowcase on Mar 22, 2013
Comment: Wow! The pillowcases came out perfect, i actually liked your method of construction much better than the tutorial. I also love the fabric combo too.
rngstgstll rated for Open wide zippered pouch on Feb 17, 2013
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely little zippered pouch! My daughter immediately walked away with it and started playing with the little erasers ... she has good taste, so you know that we thought the fabric and your work was great!
Response: glad you liked it!
charnic rated for Valentine Card Swap on Feb 3, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely valentine card.and for the extra. I read your profile you are very interresting,wising you the best in all you do.
luluvision rated for ~~ Be My Valentine ~~ on Feb 3, 2013
Comment: Thanks for your lovely handmade card!
swap4fun rated for Valentine Card Swap on Feb 1, 2013
Comment: Thank you
Vanillacreamteas rated for 2 pc earrings swap #2 on Nov 21, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the earrings!! It was sent 4 days late!!! But maybe next time you send them yourself! Just make sure next time, It's happened to me before too!

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anrtist on Nov 24, 2014:

Blessings, cc

LauraAust on Feb 6, 2014:

anrtist on Sep 1, 2013:

HEY! How ya been lately?!? ICICLE DOLLS in AQ GROUP! Thought u may be interested ;-) Blessings, cc

Banshee on Oct 23, 2012:

Hi. I hope you join the new round of the 2pc earrings swap. =)


JBromeling on Jul 31, 2012:

I am resending the A tab +1 Rolo today and will send with confirmation this time so hopefully you will get them. Maybe the PO did you a favor by not delivering the first ones cuz I think these 2 turned out even better. Have a great day. Judy B

anrtist on Jul 30, 2012:

Thanx for being such a great group member! I Hope you are enjoying all the ART rolo & AZ swaps;-) It's members like you that make it fun! Please feel free to host some group swaps! ;-) Blessings, cc

anrtist on Jul 30, 2012:

Thanx for being such a great group member! I Hope you are enjoying all the ART rolo & AZ swaps;-) It's members like you that make it fun! Please feel free to host some group swaps! ;-) Blessings, cc

namabear on Apr 14, 2012:

Thank you for the WTA #31 spring package. I have never used the glitter glue before but Im looking forward to trying something new. Wish me luck. Thank you and dont forget to go sign up for WTA #32.

RyeRye on Apr 6, 2012:

MrsRemington on Mar 3, 2012:

Hi Gretchen I'm really bad at photographing my hats. There are a couple on my blog (really old posts). I've made almost every style. And a lot for theater. Currently, I love top hats, fastinators, and cloches. I also love up cycling old hats

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