A Girl like I*
Miscellaneous stuff about me
There's no real reason to house all this stuff here, except that I have no other place to put it. Some of it I want to keep for my own reference (the Escapades list, for instance), and some of it I hope will be of some use to any swap partners who may be swapstalking me. And some of it is here just because.
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I am trying to compile a plethora of information about myself, things I like and dislike, wishlists, my own reminder lists of things I need or want, and so on. The hope is that somewhere, somehow, amongst all this stuff, you will find what you need for whatever swap we may be participating in.
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Stuff I Love
Stuff I am Fond Of
Stuff I am Definitely not Fond Of
This is really hard, this list-making. It's hard to come up with stuff out of the blue. More things will be added as I think of them.
As mentioned above, I love to knit. I like to crochet too, but I only know a little about it and have not yet made a great effort to learn more. (I probably won't until I decide to make something where the pattern only comes in crochet form.) I started making blank books because I am a journal fiend, and buying blank books in a bookstore was getting too expensiveplus, I could never find ones I really liked, and I would end up searching through every style they had on the shelf and finally ending up with one that was just okay and thinking, Well, I guess this'll do.
I've done some iron-on transfers on T-shirts and stuff. Haylie sent me a stencilling kit in the Verb Swap, and I finally tried it out a year later on a bunch of stuff for the Little Visitor Swap 7, and I got totally addicted. I think I might like to try silkscreening or something one of these days. I've done a bit of amateur papermaking too, also courtesy of Haylie.
I've dabbled in beading and sewing and candlemaking and various methods of getting paint on stuff. I helped paint a mural once, although I am a terrible painter. I can draw a (very) little. I am absolutely horrible at sculpting anything and actually won Worst Bubble Gum Baby Sculpture at Amanda's babyshower. (My bubble gum baby was reminiscent of a starfish that had been dead for some time, and I definitely deserved my award.)
I'd really, really, really like to learn to sew. I have a sewing machine but am still trying to get the bugs out. I'd also like to try soapmaking. I make a lot of bath salts and face scrubs and that sort of thing, and I'm trying to acquire a better, more thorough grasp on the subject.
I am extremely interested in learning to fix up furnituresomething along the refinishing/decorating/altering line. My plan is to start trying to find stuff at the Salvation Army or Goodwill or whatever and sand it down and see what happens.
Okay, I don't really have things that I actively collect. But you know how sometimes people will find out that you like something and then they just start giving it to you and you end up with a collection? That's kind of what happened with me and frogs. I've got lots of frog stuff. (A teacher of mine at college told us once that somehow her friends had got the idea that she collected ladybugswhich she didn't, and she didn't even have any particular love for ladybugsand they started giving her ladybug stuff, and now she has TONS of ladybug items. She said it was sort of disheartening to have someone go on a trip to, say, Egypt, and bring you home a souvenir and instead of it being something cool and Egyptian, it would be another ladybug! The story cracked me up, because I know so many people that do that kind of thing.)
In a similar way, I also have amassed what we refer to as 'The Buddha Collection'. I'm not a Buddhist (although I find Buddhism interesting, from the small amount I know about it), but I love Buddhas. (The fat variety of Buddha, not the thin ones. I think these are called Hotei or Laughing Buddha and are not the same Buddha as the others.) Anyway, I adore Buddhas, I always have; they make me smile and give me the warm fuzzies. So I impulse-bought a ceramic Buddha statuette one summer when I was about nineteen. I loved it so much (and showed it to everybody, and was so thrilled to have it) that my mom bought me a Buddha figure for Christmas, and so it began. I now have eight Buddha figures (ranging from 51/2" tall to 13/8"), a set of (three) see-no-evil-hear-no-evil-speak-no-evil Buddhas (which I love immensely and which are each about 31/2" tall), an incense holder, a pewter necklace, a larger jade necklace, a windchime, and The Stone Buddha (who is not actually stone but cement, I think; he comes in at about 121/2" high and sits outside my house).
Also, I have inherited TONS of glassware of various sorts (vases, tubs, decorative jars, candleholders, etc., as well as drinking glasses and cups, shrimp cocktail-type cups, two punch bowls with cups, small bowls, sundae glasses, and so oneven a whole set of amber glass plates with matching punch-type cups) from various relatives. I've got a bunch of green glass, slightly less amber glass, and LOADS of clear glass. I love it all, and I actually use some of itI keep my cooking utensils, for instance (wooden spoons and the like) in three green vases on my kitchen counter, and I have another two green vases full of knitting needles in my living room. Somedaysoon, I hope, depending on how things goI will be moving into a different house, and then I will break out all the cool household stuff I've been hoarding. I'd like to display the glass stuff, 'cause it's all so beautiful, but I don't know where I'm ever going to put it all!
I have a certain amount of tea paraphernalia as wellmmmmm, teabut I don't know if that really counts as a collection. Besides a couple of teapots I only use on special occasions and a couple that have been retired due to cracking, I have a tea-for-one (which is what I use to make tea for just me) and a regular-size Brown Betty I got from my mom for Christmas of 2006 (which I use to make tea if I have company). I think I need a new big teapot, though, because the Brown Betty, despite the fact that I've tried to pamper it, has developed a network of hairline cracks. I also need some real teacups; I have a couple of sets of small demitasse-like cups and saucers, and I've got various mugs, but I don't have actual teacups, and I can't find any around here. All I can find are coffee-style cups. (This is the Pacific Northwest, and we're not that far from Seattle, so I guess coffee culture has taken over.) Eventually I'd like to have at least two full tea setspot, cups, saucers, creamer pitcher, and sugar bowl, and maybe a tray tooone for everyday use and one for special occasions.
Other stuff I ended up with from the various relatives, along with all the glassware: lots of dishes (a couple of sets and a bunch of odd piecesa whole bunch of decorative saucers and dessert plates and small bowls), several oil lamps (very pretty and have turned out to be extremely useful on a couple of occasions).
Height: 4'11" [sic!]
Weight: Maybe 90-95 lbs. (I don't own a scale, so I have no way of knowing for sure.)
Clothing sizes: I wear size Small in practically everything, or occasionally X-Small. I can occasionally get away with Medium shirts, depending on the style/cut, but they're usually baggy and too long and the sleeves hang down past my hands.
Right now, my jeans are from the men's department, because I couldn't find any that fit in the women's section; at this moment, I'm wearing a pair of 28×30s. The last few pairs of jeans I owned were Women's 1/2 Short or Girls' 12 (and there's something degrading about realising that you're nearer 30 than 20 and are still forced to shop in the children's department. Also, Girls' sizes are meant for people who haven't gone through puberty yet, so they're just not shaped right). And apparently I am deformed, because it's virtually impossible for me to find jeans short enough for my mutant legs.
I wear US size 7 shoes. (Apparently that is enormous for someone my height. So it seems that I am freakishly short with legs like Toulouse-Lautrec and feet like skis.)
You see? This is why I must learn to sew.
I am a tiny person, so I prefer small or delicate jewellerynot always, but in general. I often like simple jewellery (not necessarily plain, but understated or not overcomplicated). Things that are really bulky or jarring can seem kind of overwhelming on me because I'm so small and have a light build.
I wear necklaces a lot. Often chokers (the aforementioned pewter Buddha necklace, for instance, is on a 24" chain which I wrap twice around my neck to make a choker, and I wear it all the time) or sort of collarbone-length or slightly longer. (The best choker length for me is about 121/2" to 131/2", depending on how it's made, and for the collarbone-or-longer necklaces, anything up to about 17" to 19" is good.) But on the other extreme, I do really love Twenties-ish stuff, so I also like extralong flapper necklaces.
I occasionally wear ankle-bracelets in the summer, but I only have one that I really like.
I have a silver ring with a garnet that I, at times, wear continuously (partly for sentimental reasons and partly just because I like it); I don't often wear other rings, but every once in a while I put one on. I also have a toe ring that I never take off and have worn for so long that I forget all about it.
My ears are pierced three times each, but I don't wear earrings much because my ears are so sensitive. I do wear them on special occasions, but they have to be made of sterling silver or something like that, or my ears will turn red, swell up, and fall off. They may do that anyway, sterling silver or no sterling silver (they are really sensitive).
I usually prefer silver to gold. I own very little gold jewellery.
My hair is really longabout hip-lengthand fairly evil. It's really, really fine (not thinI've got lots of itbut each strand is very fine), and it's curly-ish in a weird way, and slippery, and it has a mind of its own. I usually wear it back in a knot at the nape of my neck (held in place with a no-metal elastic hairtie) or in two braids, or I just leave it loose. Sometimes I put it in a ponytail, twist it around itself, and secure it with a couple of medium-sized clips in back so that I have a sort of twist-thing along the back of my head (vaguely like a French twist, but not). I never wear barrettesthey won't stay in my hair, and anyway I have so much hair that they get lost in it. The larger barrette-style clips don't work, either, which is a shame, because I have two really pretty Russian ones that people have given me for Christmas. And I hate banana clips. On the other hand, I do like headscarves, although I don't wear them all the time (because they don't stay in my hair very well either).
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