Hello :) I am an esthetician by trade and own a small day spa. I love what I do but I long to have more time to draw, paint, sew, read and swap! I have 2 lovely daughters 10 and 14. We have 6 pet rats and they are the sweetest little creatures. My husband is a professional chef (no, he's never home to cook for us!) and we live in California's central valley.
I love swapping. Apparently, I am a lot more creative when I have a deadline. I have had a great time making things for my partners or even just decorating the packaging that I send my swaps in. I have been on Swap-bot for over 10 years now! Thank you to everyone that has ever sent anything to me. I feel so fortunate to have received some truly beautiful and thoughtful swaps :)
I enjoy most color combinations but tend to lean toward soft muted or pastel colors
Pullip and Blythe dolls. I'd love to customize one someday
Anything chocolate (chocolate and caramel and chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combos)
Coffee! especially flavored coffees like chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla and caramel
flowers especially violets, roses and hydrangeas
miniature anything, I love all scales
gingham, polka dots
Japanese import fabrics
handmade - If you love making it, I know I'll love to receive it :)
Kawaii (I will happily take your unwanted Sentimental Circus items!)
Sanrio characters especially Little Twin Stars, My Melody and Cinnamoroll
rain, rain clouds, umbrellas, rainbows
tea, teacups, teapots
design and craft books and magazines
wooden embroidery hoops (especially small or oval)
all sweets! cupcakes, candy, cookies, doughnuts
anything from, or inspired by, the store Anthropology
paper, stationery and stickers, nice pens
nature, forest, beach
butterflies, birds, flowers, mushrooms, apothecary jars
animals: all, especially bunnies, kitties, mice and woodland creatures
mythical creatures: dragons, fairies, mermaids, gnomes, etc.
cabinet of curiosities
magic, tarot, palm reading, crystal balls
Martha Stewart craft products
Day of the Dead
Halloween-all year long (favorite themes: vintage, witches, skeletons, ghosties)
Christmas (favorite themes: vintage, snowflakes, snowmen, gingerbread, hot cocoa)
clear or rubber stamps
ornaments for my Christmas tree in a winter forest theme (deer, birds, fox, bears, snowflakes, frosted pinecones etc.)
tiny ribbons, trims, buttons and fabric with small prints for making doll clothes
stickers, always stickers! (especially in one of my favorite themes above)
embroidery hoop art
oval embroidery hoops (any size)
any miniatures in any scales
papers with interesting textures
anything with cute mice or rat illustrations
any of your unwanted rubber or clear stamps
snail mail themed items
happy mail stickers, address labels, deliver to labels
anything with a cute frog, snail or mushroom theme
Hello Kitty and friends especially Kuromi
My swaps come from a smoke free home. My wishlist, favorites and likes lists are just to give ideas of what types/styles of things I like. I am happy to receive used items as long as they are in good condition. I re-use packaging whenever possible.
I am always open to private swaps. The ones I have done so far have been absolutely awesome!
I love most of the ones I have tried and I always want to try more!
making miniatures is my current obsession. I enjoy working in just about every scale
hand sewing small projects and embroidery
A big love is Mail Art!
painting, doodling, drawing
I enjoy papercrafts. I love paper and tools like punches and stamps. I do not "scrapbook" but I am impressed with the beautiful results achieved by people who do.
needle felting - I am a complete beginner
I love historical fiction, fantasy and mystery. Recommendations are always welcome. I am currently reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
Sixteen Candles, The Princess Bride, The Last Unicorn, Corpse Bride, Young Frankenstein, Howl's Moving Castle, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mean Girls, Labyrinth, Breakfast Club, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Edward Scissorhands, Interview with a Vampire, Heavy Metal, The Lord of the Rings, Amelie, any movie based on Jane Austen or her novels, Ready Player 1, Hocus Pocus, most Pixar movies
Currently watching The Handmaid's Tale (it's so good!) Stranger Things, The Happy Place, Parks and Rec, Dexter, Shameless, Weeds, The Office, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, Shitt's Creek, Gilmore Girls, American Horror Story