Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Gimme Your Stuff Post

In case you haven't heard of Gimme Your Stuff it's a website where you can make contacts to do cultural exchanges with people in other countries. The link is in my links section. Here's my post for it! : )

My name is Amy and I am a Moomintroll Addict. Little My and Snuffkin are my favorite characters. I would love to swap things from the US to people in Scandanavia and Japan or anywhere else for precious Mommintroll things. Especially FABRIC.... pillowcases, etc. Or yards of fabric. Anything Moomintroll is a good start. Stickers, scrapbook supplies (do they make them?), paper, note cards, anything.

I also would love, love, love Marimekko fabric from Finland/Sweden or really cute fabric from Japan.

I also am a craft freak. I do a lot of mail art, love scrapbooking, card making, ATCs, paper arts, soap making. I am in love with japanese craft and sewing books, zakka stuff, and korean craft books.

I love Labello lip balm and can't buy it here.

I also love fun stationary, my daughter is a Sanrio nut! She also LOVES Kawaii stationary, can't get enough of it. Fun Korean or Japanese or other countries in Asia stationary.

We both love candies from other places. I live in Maine on the weekends and Boston, Masaachusetts during the week (for now) and travel to NYC often. So.... I can get almost anything you'd like in exchange. I can send sweets, packaged food, crafts supplies, scrapbooking paper, you name it! I can also send yummy maple syrup, blueberry everything, salt water taffy. Interested? Email me at

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Quick update...

I just found a new online zine called PackRat and I love, love, love it! The link is here: . It's about recycled crafty stuf, and it is awesome (my word of the week). Check it out.

My baby blankie was a HUGE hit. My friend Randi loved it. It's one of teh creations I am most proud of and now I get to make a new one!

I've been pretty busy getting 2 swaps finished for craftster. I'm also moving back to Boston, so have been job hunting. I have 2 new book reviews... hopefully I'll post them this week....

That's it for now. Quickie update.....

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

OK...a quick book review...

I just read A Page Out of Life by Kathleen Reid this weekend. Fiction that incorporates scrapbooking.... interesting! It wasn't a bad book, but the concept was better than the book itself. it had its moments, and there were a few parts that I really enjoyed, but all in all it didn't really do much for me. Some of it seemed too contrived, and the big twist was not quite believable somehow.

I also, in the start of the book, really disliked the protagonist. She seemed needlessly whiny, and a little self-involved. Towards the end I was more impressed, but it may have been a little too little, too late. The scrapbooking seemed kind of stuck in there, and didn't feel researched well. There were definitely points where everything got a bit schmaltzy.

This book will be available to purchase on April 29, 2008. It really didn't do much for me, but I am pretty picky about my fiction. However, you may love it. Sorry this isn't a more positive review. I didn't HATE it, but I didn't love it either.

Can't blog now.... too busy crafting......

Yes, i have been a major blogging slacker. But I have been a crafting fool!!!!! This is my latest project, a baby blankie for my friend Randi's baby. Her baby shower is this weekend and I got it done in the nick of time. I am also still working on my burningman pendant (I have to redo it, long story...). Anyway... here's the blankie. I will have more bloggy goodness soon. I have a bunch of books to review too.

I hope that worked right. I only have dial-up now and it is excruciating. sooner have I finished this, but I find out I have another friend expecting! So now I am starting #2! I've also been a swapping fool on craftster... so have been very busy with some projects there.

I'll post those pictures soon. What else? I have discovered and am in love with oil cloth! I have made a few neat bags from it. It's been a loooooong cold winter here, and I have just been trying to stay sane.

On a positive note, we are moving back to the Boston area. Hurrah. Maine is beautiful, and my time here has been healing but it is time to move on. I need me some city life, quickly!

OK more soon. I won't be such a slacker from now on. I hope!