Wrapping Up the Season

Hi, all!

holiday_wishes is officially closed.  Our community may be smaller than we were in the past, but there are still so many of you who keep coming back. Thank you all for spreading the holiday cheer and making this community a pleasure to run!

As a reminder, don't forget to check out holiday_thanks to thank anyone who's granted one of your wishes and to see if you've been thanked by any of your recipients.

See you in November!

Your moderators,

bookaddict88, outoftime, and kindergoth

Wishing you all light, laughter and relxation this holiday season!

Hi!
Happy holidays!
I am Siαсí,* a disabled lady living in the big city, and loving it. I provide childcare and homeschooling for one of my nephews (the other is an infant) and like to make stuff and laugh in the time in between.

Here is my list. Thanks for reading it!

1) Anything on my Amazon.come wish list that your lovely heart desires. Thank you now and forever. http://amzn.to/1QWADuY

2) GRANTED offline! 😊 (Hopeful update on the Storå loft, please see comments!) Dreaming big.... This, delivered. The shelves I will only have room for if I have the loft.

I am pretty sure I can assemble it myself, though assistance would be awesome. I chose this one because it is the only one that is full-sized, and that is the size mattress I already have. I live out of one room in supportive housing, so making the most of my small space really matters. ;-)


3) I dream of a trip upstate NY this spring to visit friends, a stop at the Chuang Yen Buddhist Monastery in Kent, a day at Innisfree, a day at my niece's college. Kind of a mini Eat Pray Love trip for me!

4) Peer Mentoring/Life Coaching for mental health/trauma recovery. I am doing a good job on my own, but I could really use some experience and wisdom one-to-one. Anyone with advanced knowledge of low income or supportive housing in NYC might be able to mentor me in finding my way to what I need in that area.

5) A little armchair. I want to sit in a comfy chair and knit while I watch Netflix or listen to music. Must include means to get it to me, as I do not drive and (being from the big city) know no one who drives either.

6) Legit followers on my Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest. I love sharing posts about handmade stuff, geek humor, good thoughts. Welcome!

7) I want to knit all the things! Well, some of them, anyway! I am wishing for knitting gear. Wool yarn, primarily, although other natural fibers are welcome. I like rich, saturated colors, or neutrals (chocolate, charcoal, cream, black). Any other knitting tools and accessories (stitch markers, cable needles, the rubber end stoppers that look like traffic cones, bags or cases,etc) would be delightful, including granny's old needle stash that is gathering dust. Fancy wooden ones are my favorites, but all kinds of needles have their uses.

8) 1/6 scale (11.5" Barbie/GIJoe) miniatures, especially furniture. Clothing is cool too. Cat hair-free would make my allergies happy. (Scritch the kitties for me!)

9) Lace: cotton Cluny, other needle-style or crocheted, or wide (3"+) net lace, like leftovers from lingerie or bridal projects. Clean old crocheted tableclothes with a few tears or holes would be welcome. I turn old clothes or other sizes into new things to wear, hippie boho stuff that suits my weird shape and life.

10) I really do believe that love is the answer. Think on this, if you will. Do a good deed whenever you can -- especially the small things. Smile. Say "thank you" to cashiers. Do it privately, tell no one. The deed is the reward. Give a homeless person a coffee or bottle of water. Donate new socks and underwear to clothing drives. Drop off rolls of toilet paper and dish soap to food pantries: food stamps do not cover hygiene or housekeeping supplies. Remember what it was like to be a child. Put yourself in some one else's place and see through their eyes. Appreciate the small things. Love is appreciation for the world that you have and everyone in it. Pass it on.

Contact info -- request and I will send: ɯ o ɔ ʇ o p l ı ɐ ɯ ƃ ʇ ɐ u ı l ɐ ɔ ɐ ı s
I am very private,* so please do not give my info to anyone without my permission or post/send it anywhere online. Thank you!
*I am a survivor of violent crime, and as such, do not use my real name online. I must use it to receive mail. That's all.
Happy holidays!

it's the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy holidays, Holiday Wishes! My name is Jasmine, I'm going to be 28 in January, and I've been doing Holiday Wishes since I was a teenager! I'm so excited to be back here again this year and see what wishes I can grant for you guys!

As for my own wishes...

01. Amazon Wishlist!

Used items are fine, by the way! My address is up to date on the wishlist, although I made occasionally link to something offsite -- feel free to ask me for my address if you need it.

02. Amazon Gift Cards!

They're so useful, especially for my impulsive kindle books buying and gift giving.

03. Divination Tools!

I think I ask for tarot and oracle decks every year (and you can see a list of what I already own over here!), and I love everything I've gotten so far. I never turn down a deck! I love them all, and when I can't love them I know a lot of people in need of decks that I like to regift them to, so if you want to get rid of a deck and I already have it, I'm happy to take it anyway.

04. Tonka Beans!

This might be a bit of an unusual request? But the place I'd like to buy tonka beans from has been sold out for months. If you have any to spare, even if it's just a few, that would help me out so much!

05. Future Vision Tarot

I know I already included divination tools, but I'd like to specifically mention that the Future Vision Tarot is so beautiful, and as a huge fan of both tarot and Steven Universe, I'd love to have this!

06. Shunsui/Nanao Fanworks

Seriously, anything Shunnao related, I'm desperate for it! These two have been my OTP since I was a teenager, and with the recent chapters...Well, if you haven't been keeping up with Bleach, I won't spoil anything for you, but let's just say my shipper heart is only more passionate for these two.

07. Jerky

I LOVE jerky. I will take anything, homemade, storebought, whatever!

08. Stationery

I'm hoping to keep up with a few new penpals over the next year, and having nice paper and stickers helps motivate me to get a letter written and sent!

09. Holiday Cards

I love getting these! I'm a pagan, but I still celebrate Christmas with my family, and so I don't mind getting a "Christmas" card versus a "Yule" card.

10. Surprise Me!

I like to be open to surprises sometimes, and this is the perfect season for it!


If you need to email something to me or ask for my address, you can reach me at onawhim@lilybulb.org! Try and include "holiday wishes" in the subject line so that I'll be sure to see it!

"As secret as yon buried stream, plod dumbly on and dream . . ."

Yay, Holiday Wishes time again! It's fun to browse everyone's wishlists and grant a few here and there. :) I've had a very busy but fun year, between teaching/tutoring math and now Spanish as well, writing fanfic, and doing various music-related things including Sacred Harp singing.

My wishlist:

1. Software: If you write software, then maybe you can fulfill this wish by creating my dream music player. The link is to a 14-page document outlining the features I'd love to see (with the following being some of the harder to impossible-to-find ones): database-oriented (rather than hard drive-oriented), in-database-only genre labeling (separate from genre tags on the file itself), multi-genre labeling via checkbox, Boolean AND and OR filtering via genre labels, and adding files manually so not to overwhelm the database with new songs that one hasn't had a chance to process labelwise yet. I'd be content with being instructed on how to create it myself if I had the time, but as I know nothing of programming, I think you'd spend more time doing that than creating it for me, and I'm swamped just trying to finish creating the curriculum I'm working on. Note: I run Linux Mint, so it would need to run on that (it's Ubuntu-based).

2. Software: Another specific custom-built software program I would love is described in this pdf (if the link is working). It would require building a simple but customized (I am creating my own curriculum) database with a front-end that includes the ability to save settings per student, to enter questions into the database that are text-based but may include pictures, and to output to LibreOffice Writer. It also needs to run on Linux (I run Linux Mint). If that sounds like something that interests you, let me know!

3. Software: Here's the REAL crazy biggest dream ever: someone, or more like multiple someones (because this is the sort of thing that would take a software COMPANY, not just a programmer) to create a computer program that would work as a math curriculum--the way I've designed it. I can see all the logic for what concept you need to have before you get to this one and that one (I've created flowcharts for kindergarten through fourth grade level math, they're all crazy complex yet fun for me to make). It would do an assessment first thing, to find the farthest that a student could demonstrate current achievement in every area (and there are lots and lots of areas out there), and would be web/server-based, so students could login from a client at home or at school, either way. It would require parents or teachers to enter passwords when present to administer tests, but allow students to work at learning new concepts through virtual manipulatives (activity- rather than worksheet-based), with audio, so students with weak reading abilities aren't limited in their math while they work to improve reading. It would run on all platforms (because requiring a student to have a specific OS is tantamount to promoting that OS specifically, and the only OS I think worthy of that--Linux--is too limited to have much viability as a sole destination for this program, ergo everything) or be web-based entirely. I have ALL THE IDEAS here. And no knowledge/experience in programming (other than a forgotten quarter-long class of C++ in high school). Does this intrigue you? :D

4. Book scanner: A super big wish is for a non-destructive book scanner. Something like this. As long as I can connect it to my Linux desktop and scan in things as large as landscape-formatted books, it would work for me. I have absolutely no mechanical skills so haven't even contemplated trying to build one, despite there being plans and guides and all that freely available.

5. Language help: Are you a linguist, conlanger, or have a good command of grammar? I don't mean English grammar. I mean grammar in general, like weird constructs you only see in this language or that one (cases, moods, split plural systems, etc.). Because I've created a language but I need to fix a few grammar bits and I have a hard time with some concepts. I tend to have lots of questions and I need a live person to answer that can listen to me explain what's confusing and help me with examples of how this or that language feature might work. IRC works the best for me (comment with your preferred server/channel--I do hang out in ##conlangs on Freenode so you can find me there). LJ PMs (or even e-mails) are not a good contact method, so I really need someone who is willing to chat live about this, to look over what I've created and help me straighten out stuff, etc.

6. Fanfic: I'm always a part of Yuletide each year, but even if you're not, you're welcome to write me a fic! I prefer nonsexual (romantic friendship or gen is fine! nonsexual touch and h/c and case-solving and apocalyptic AUs and introspective are all totally awesome) for the following fandoms/pairings: Push (2009) (Cassie/Nick), Worldweavers - Alma Alexander (Thea or an OC), Women's Murder Club (Lindsay/Cindy), Rizzoli & Isles (Jane/Maura), The Pretender (Jarod/Miss Parker), Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (Myles/Tara), Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (Beth/Jody), Walker Texas Ranger (Walker/Alex), C-16: FBI (either Amanda or Annie or both, not paired romantically with each other), plus others (see link in next sentence). For specific details on some of the canons (and for a few more that I know), you can take a look at my Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2015 or Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2014.

7. Beta help: I have a WIP for Sue Thomas F.B.Eye that I have never finished because I needed medical beta help. If you're able and willing to chat live (IRC preferred but IM will work in a pinch) and can help with details on a gunshot wound to the torso, that would be great! I've also got a 1-800-Missing fic that needs help with characterization and PTSD; I can probably find help with PTSD, but it's nigh impossible to find someone who's actually seen that show (1st season, before it got changed to Missing).

8. Skirt: I love LONG flowing skirts (full circle or half circle sort, the swishier and swirlier the better), from mid-calf down to ankle-length. They're rather hard to find in the secondhand places I shop, and I have a small waist and long legs so that doesn't help matters any. Storebought or homemade, both are fine by me. E-mail me and I'll send the sizing to you. (I hate ironing, so I generally go for clothes that don't wrinkle when washed. I also rarely get to a dry cleaner, so machine wash material only, please.)

9. Charity donation: Donate to ADRA International. It's a humanitarian agency committed to improving the quality of life for people in need through "community development initiatives targeting Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health and Basic Education", "regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation". You can give to specific projects that call to you, so you can choose to donate to whichever of these you are most passionate about: feed, clothe, and give schooling and healthcare to children/orphans, provide a community or school with clean accessible drinking water, protect women and girls from abuse and violence, provide food or improved cooking materials for children to elderly people who are struggling to feed themselves properly. ADRA is also active when disasters strike, and are often one of the first on the ground working because of pre-existing infrastructure in 120 countries. After the immediate needs are met, ADRA stays by to work with the community for years to come, connecting with other organizations to help restore the community to better living conditions than before the disaster, if possible.

10. Amazon wishlist: As always, I welcome gifts from my Amazon wishlist! I've linked my teaching-related wishlist this year, so everything on there is something I would use in my classroom or in my piano teaching (there's a lot of piano stuff, as I've expanded that direction more recently and want to build a good set of resources). With the piano books I would prefer new (mostly don't want writing/stickers on the pages), but if it's not a piano book I'm OK with used. I've commented on EVERYTHING on the list, and there are priorities based on how readily I'd use it but really, anything on there would make me happy! Feel free to surprise me, or tell me ahead of time, I'm great with either way.

Amazon should allow purchases without you needing my address; if you need my address for one of the others, or just need to communicate privately, my e-mail is doranwen AT Yahoo (DOT com). Leave a comment if you've sent me an e-mail so I'll know to look for it in case it gets caught up in spam (not likely, but there's always that possibility).

Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Wishes 2015 to All! :D

About Me
Greetings! I'm Miss M. Turner. I'm 38 and I live in Florida with my guy and our three cats. I've been in this community for longer than I can remember. LOL I look forward to it every year and enjoy both sending and receiving some holiday cheer!


Wishlist!
1. To have a good season in my shop PhoenixFire Designs Sales have been slow all year and unfortunately, I've been struggling to keep my head above water this year. I make beautiful pieces by hand and with love, including my world-famous Tree of Life pendants. I also gladly customize and personalize!

Even just spreading the word is helpful! Posting my link or "Like" my facebook page or follow me instagram is greatly appreciated. Share, tweet, post, pin on your journal, blog, tumblr, instagram, pinterest, facebook, twitter - anything! The more people know about it, the more I have a chance of getting buyers. Please help support handmade this holiday!


2. Jewelry/Bead Supplies!
I always need jewelry supplies! Swarovski crystals, gemstone chip strands, faceted rondelles, large hole beads, lampwork beads, silk bracelet ribbon, findings (earring hooks, headpins, clasps, etc.) Just no plastic/pony beads please as I can't use them.


3. Happy Mail Surprises
I rarely get mail these days. So I would love some fun, interesting or amusing mail. Postcards, letters, photos, some little trinket, something you made, art, pretty rock or crystal you found, a secret, a book, a card, something with owls, something Disney, something Harry Potter, something silly, something whimsical etc. Just some kind of surprise, happy mail or little "thinking of you" pick me up type letter or parcel. Really this is just an open call for any and all positivity in the form of mail. Sender's choice! :)


4. Anything from my amazon wishlist.
I don't mind gently used items. I'm a big believer that many things in life can be enjoyed by more than one person and shared. (And if you already own something on the list and want to pass it on, that's awesome too!)


5. Anything Back to the Future
I LOVE Back to the Future. Like, seriously, I know the first movie by heart. It's my ringtone on my cell. And I have like 6 versions of the DVD/Blu-Ray because every time it comes out, I buy it again. LOL So, anything about, or from or inspired by - handmade or store bought - would be super fun. DeLorean items, Doc Brown, Marty - it's all good. Tees, keychains, posters, postcards, figures, autographs, promotion things, whatever. It was just Back to the Future Day on Oct 21st! I dressed up as Marty. :D Silly? Yes, of course. But that's half the fun!


6. Something Handmade
What's your specialty? I'd love to see what you love to make by hand. Knit, crochet, sew, printmaking, woodwork, paper crafting, photography, paint, art, embroidery, screen printing, etc., etc., etc.....I'm leaving this totally open. If you need inspiration, feel free to check out my pinterest boards which have TONS of crafty inspiration divided up by category.


7. Gift certificates. For just about anywhere!
Craft stores, Restaurants, retail stores, online stores, big box stores - you name it. I don't mind if you've used part of it and have $7.52 left on it. I know sometimes people give you ones for places you might not like or need or use and they sit and collect dust in your wallet.

Three ones I could use most?



8. Anything Boston Bruins for my husband!
I'd love to get him some Bruins stuff. Being in Florida, there's not a lot of it available here. Anything would be awesome from keychains, stickers, car magnets, tess (XXL), etc. Help me surprise him!!


9. Do something nice for someone
This is the time of year when so many people are stressed out. If you can try and do something nice for someone else, it really goes a long way. It can be something simple like holding a door for someone with too many things in their hands, or helping carry something heavy. Maybe you can donate some of your time to a local charity, or if not time, try to give a couple bucks to an organization that matters to you. (Animals, literacy, environment, etc.) Doing something nice for someone else freely and with no expectation of getting something back is just about the best feeling in the world. So try to pass it on. :D


And last but certainly not least... 10. Holiday cards!
Bonus if they have penguins on them, or owls, or winter scenes and extra bonus if they are Yule/Solstice themed. But honestly, any and all cards are SO welcome! I absolutely love mail. I check my mailbox every day because I just love getting mail. It's like a present.

Miss M. Turner
PO BOX 1484
Elfers, FL 34680
USA


memoryanddream (at) gmail.com

ALLERGY NOTE: Because of my migraines, I can't have anything that was around smoke and I can't have any scented products unless they smell like food. Anything with a musk or a perfume or non-edible scent will trigger a migraine. I am also allergic to artificial sweeteners. Thank you.

Thank you in advance! I hope you and yours have a beautiful holiday season!


UPDATE: Dec 6th My sincere apologies for being tardy in replying, thanking or sending cards in return. The day before Thanksgiving (Nov 25th) I woke up in massive dental pain and long story short, tomorrow, Dec 7th I need an emergency root canal, post and crown. So I'm behind on everything right now. I don't even have my tree decorated yet! So please bear with me and know I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Holiday Wishes, 2015-2016 Holiday Season!

holiday_wishes is officially open! Time to break out the wishes, gifts, Holiday spirit and good cheer!

The spirit of the Holiday Wishes meme is for everyone to put their hearts' desires out there, to wish for anything they could possibly want, no strings attached. The history of how it all started can be read here.

Since we are collecting all of these lists in a single forum, we do want to keep things as fair to everyone as possible. For that, we ask that you follow a few simple rules.  These are outlined below, but you can find the complete and detailed rules and posting guidelines on the community wiki.  Everyone who posts their wish list to this community is responsible for following these rules, as well as any updates given in mod posts.

Please note that, with the exception of mod posts, only wishlists are allowed to be posted in this community.  To thank another member for a gift, we recommend that you post in the holiday_thanks community.

When you post a wishlist, we ask...

  • That you post your wishlist once, and only once. Posting your wishlist twice may result in both wishlists being deleted.

  • That you keep your lists limited to no more than 10 wishes.

  • That you do not modify your wishlist once it's been posted.  You may not add or change items as wishes are granted.  Also, because people often use the number of comments a wishlist has received as an indicator of the amount of attention that list has been given, do not delete or screen comments containing offers of items.

  • That you wish for no more than one external wishlist (i.e. Amazon) and no more than 3 types of giftcards.

  • That you do not include a PayPal button or solicit general PayPal donations.  Asking for financial assistance for a specific reason (e.g. buying school textbook) is fine, but share your PayPal email address only.

  • That you tag your wishlist, at minimum, with your country or continent, and preferably with the types of items that you're wishing for.

  • That you do not change the default font size or color, and do not post images over 400 pixels.

  • That you do not use a cut-tag unless your wishlist is unusually long or has images.  (This sounds strange, but cut-tags make it harder for wish-givers to browse the lists!)

  • That for your safety, you do not post a home mailing address.  Although we will allow adults to include their home address if they choose to, we encourage you to use a P.O. Box address or to leave your e-mail address and only provide a mailing address upon request via private email to those you are comfortable giving it to.

  • That you do not solicit in comments for your own wishlist.  Do not comment on someone's wishlist with a link to your own list or otherwise solicit traffic to your own wishlist, unless the original poster has explicitly asked for a link to your wishlist.

When you want to grant a wish, we ask...

  • That you bookmark the wishlist of the person who's wish you're granting. That way you won't forget who wanted the last Coldplay CD, or who asked for the Battlestar Galactica icons.

  • That, when mailing something through the postal service, you include some sort of identifying information with your package or card (LJ username or e-mail address) so the recipient can thank you (unless you're trying to remain anonymous). Also, be sure to use proper packaging and check local regulations for items that may not be sent through the mail.

  • That you don't ask for anything in return.  This is not a gift exchange community; if you send someone a gift, they are not obligated to send one back. Also, note that no money is to be exchanged in connection with items distributed through this community. If you are selling something, please use another site.

When you receive a gift, we ask...

  • That you thank the person who gave it to you directly (via e-mail or commenting on their wishlist, or their journal), and if you wish (or if the gift was anonymous) thank them publicly on holiday_thanks (but please remember that not everyone watches that community, so the person who sent you the gift might not receive the Thank You.)

  • That you consider granting a wish in return and spread the love!

And finally, if a moderator asks you to edit your post, please listen to them. We are doing our best to keep this community fair and fun for everyone. Unfortunately, in a community of this size, this means we need to enforce our rules pretty strictly. Thank you for understanding!

If you have any problems, would like to report a problem with another community member, see a rules violation on a wishlist (i.e. someone who edited their post to include more than 10 items, or 2 wishlists that appear to be posted by the same person), please use the links on the right side of this community or contact a moderator through a mod post.  Please do not contact moderators on their personal LiveJournal accounts.

Your moderators,

bookaddict88, outoftime, kindergoth

Mellama's 2014 Wishlist

Hello!! My name is Mel, and I'm a queer genderescent Filipina artist, writer, and self-care advocate. I am very much late, but I figure joining in now would be better than nothing. I am still, still, still learning that it is okay to ask for things, and -- well, why not! I will be going through posts shortly to see if I can grant some wishes of my own - I promised my patrons and friends that I would pay forward the overflowing kindness they have shown me over the years. So~ that said!

  1. Help with raising funds so I can move out of my toxic home environment! I am aiming to move out by mid or late January 2015. My paypal is mel.g.cabral@gmail.com.

  2. Please support my Patreon? Even if you can't tip, even signal-boosting helps a ton. Also, even just liking my posts helps boost my page ranking in search results c:

  3. Any volumes of the Black Jack manga translated by Vertical - I only own volumes 1, 2, 5, and 15, and they went out of print before I could afford more of them ;; Black Jack is my absolute most favorite series, ever. The character really means a lot to me.

  4. In terms of new games: Super Smash Brothers, Tomodachi Life, or Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby for the 3DS, preferably in hard copy, since I would like to share with my boyfriend ^^

  5. Secondhand or on-sale Wii, DS, 3DS, PS2, PS3, PSP games! Kind of hoping for: Klonoa, Klonoa 2, Samba De Amigo, Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, Pokemon Black and White/1 or 2, anything in the Sonic series except Sonic Colors but really, any game! I like trying new ones I haven't heard of before.

  6. A chest binder and hip/butt binder from Underworks. I... still need to measure myself, ahaha. ///// But yes, it would be great for crossdressing. I've always wanted to crossdress more often ; v ; /

  7. Doodles of me? c: I love being drawn. I can provide photos upon request!

  8. Cute jewelry! I usually wear necklaces and bracelets, but earrings and rings are great, too. c:

  9. Anything related to bunnies!

  10. Any clothes that would fit an MSD-sized ball-jointed doll (BJD), specifically a LUTS Darae model/sculpt. Ehehe //////

Thank you so, so much for taking a look at my wishlist <3 Hope you are all having a great end of the year so far. c:

Hello everyone!

Hello! Posting this sort of thing always leaves me feeling a bit guilty, but here we go!

1. Here is my Amazon Wish List!

2. Mixtapes!!! I like pretty much all styles of music so anything is welcome! Indie pop is my favorite though! (After K-pop, but I don't need any more K-pop hahaha.)

3. Postcards! I collect artsy ones! (I don't really like the typical ones as I can't display them.) Handmade ones are even better! (If you me one I will send one back!)

4. Christmas Cards!

5. LUSH giftcards. I heard that their lip gloss is really good because it is made of shea butter and doesn’t have petroleum or salicylic acid, both of which damage your lips. My lips are too the point that they are bleeding weekly so.... Yea. I would like to be able to try it eventually!

6. Kind of on the same note, any quick and easy homemade beauty tips! Recently I have gotten really into oatmeal masks and the like!

7. Book recommendations! I love Sci-fi, Fantasy and Dystopia! My favorite books being Battle Royale, 1984 and House of Suns.

8. I am looking to get into penpaling again, so anyone who wants to exchange a few letters on cute stationary? I have so much cute stationary that I really need to use... lol

9. I feel this is unreasonable, but any Star Trek, Studio Ghibli, Zelda-esque shirts! I wear size XL and... am in dire need. All my shirts are falling apart and have holes.

10. And on that note, for anyone to buy the shirts I have made so far, and/or request that I make them a shirt. I need more design ideas!

If you do anything for me PLEASE include your wishlist in the comments so I can see if there is anything nice I can do for you in return. ♥

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays

My name's Catherine. I'm 26 years old. I have a few wishes for Christmas.

1. Positive vibes. I'm feeling the best I ever have in life, but I'm still scared that it'll slip away. Prayers/positive vibes/peace/etc would be amazing. Send it to me, send it to the next person, send it to everyone.
2. Fanart of my OCs I should be a bit more specific I guess? These babies. If you're interested, you can find color/full references on this page here.
3. Amazon Wishlist
4. Walmart Gift Cards would be cool.
5. Christmas Cards!!!!
6. Tattoo designs I really want a new tattoo, but I don't know what to get, so inspiration is great, or even a custom design. (Especially if it's a cat design)
7. ITunes Gift Cards I need to add to my music collection ;-;
8. Gas Cards I'd like to use my vacation time to take a week off of work and drive up to Georgia to visit my grandmother. I haven't seen her since 2009 when she was down for a funeral.
9. Kindle As long as it works, I'd be happy. ;w;
10. Someone who may want to exchange care packages. This would be something I'd talk about doing maybe right after the holidays? Get some local food goodies, or feel good items and exchange them. I live in Louisiana, so I can think of a few neat things to pack up.

Email: xCalee at Gmail

wishin' and hopin'

Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick!) I'm Jasmine, and I've been doing Holiday Wishes for more years than I can count now, although I don't usually post this late! I've had a roller coaster year, but things are so good right now, and I can't wait spread the holiday cheer!

01. Obligatory Amazon Wishlist Link! -- I definitely don't mind used items!
02. Gift Cards!! -- I'm doing a lot of exchanges and wish granting this year, so Amazon Gift Cards are a great help, and I'm also always in need of Google Play credits!
03. Smash Book Supplies -- I'll take anything! Especially washi tape and stickers.
04. Tarot and Oracle Decks -- Again, I'll take any! I've been gifting a lot of decks to other people, and so I don't mind having duplicates.
05. Hufflepuff Items! -- I'm a proud Hufflepuff, and I'm decorating my tree in puff theme this year, so if it's black and yellow, or badger related, I'm happy to have it!
06. Cookbooks -- I love them! I cannot get enough of them, and I'd really like for people to send me their favourite cookbooks.
07. Holiday Mixes -- I am definitely the kind of person who listens to Christmas music all year long. I especially like more folk-y instrumental music, or something like Mediæval Bæbes.
08. Your Favorite Quotes -- I'm making a quote book, and I'd live anything that really speaks to you in some way!
09. Your Best Writing Advice -- Whether it's something you came up with yourself, or it's something you've found along the way that helped, I'd love for you top send it to me. I'm trying to keep myself motivated on writing my post-Nanowrimo project, and this helps.
10. Web Series Recs -- I really like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, MisSpelled, Emma Approved, Carmilla, Green Gable Fables, Awkward Black Girl, as well as unscripted things like TableTop. But in definitely wanting to watch more stuff! Especially if it involves food, witches, or the classics!

You can email me at onawhim@lilybulb.org, and you can also request my physical address there as well! Happy holidays everyone!

(no subject)

1. for my spouse, bugland / alasandalack to have better health (past three years has gotten worse with MS and epilepsy)

2. for my own health to be better (I've a joint disease (EDS) and as I have to do more around the house, as Bugland can't do much anymore, I get injured more, and end up with more perminant injury and pain.  The pain is the hardest and the pain drs seem to care more about the FDA/government than they do about treating the patient's pain as best as can be done.  The joint disease wears me down, then combine with other stresses- family, money, etc wears me down more- thats what my dr said anyway as to why I managed to get a relapse of Mono after I had a cold several weeks back.  I am too old for mono (and to young for all over joint pain).  very depressing and frustrating)

3. we have a disability service dog who is a big help but he got sick and injured too this year.  He was so sick, we thought he was going to die for a while.  But after expensive tests (xrays, spinal tap, MRI of his brain and spine...)  he is now on medication, doing better and expected to make a full recovery.  I have a webpage that is all about the story of our dog- and I would appreciate peopel checkign it out... at the very least, even if you don't read it, to get some page hits for advertising.  There is info on the page though too if you want to make a donation.  I also have put artwork that I made over the years on ebay in hopes of making some money that way to help with the vet bills.  This is the webpage with his story: http://rodentfancy.com/pets/help-for-mickey-our-dog/ and here are my ebay auctions: http://www.ebay.com/usr/myomorpha If you could share these links anyplace you think others may be interested- like on your twitter or FB accounts, especially if you are in any groups related to disabilites or dogs or art etc, that would be very appreaciated.

4. My camera died.  It was a Canon S5IS.  I had it for  about 7 years I think... I would like another camera - don't care if its new or used, just that its the same or better quality.  I miss taking artistic photos, and its hard to sell art and stuff online if you cant get good photos of it (I've been borrowing my mom's camera phone, but she's 45 minutes away so its very inconvenient, and its no where near as good quality as my canon was).

5. Amazon is sort of a requirement for these lists, isn't it?  My wish list: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3L8OAYYUWCO7D  Used books are always welcomed, as are books not on the list but that are related to anything medieval (esp cornwall and the rest of what is now the UK, poland, russia, italy (esp Sicilia); Ancient mesopotamia and egypt; comparitive world religions/myths; folklore and fairytales; Breeding and care thru all life cycles of dogs, dog behaviour and training (esp if related to Service Dogs)(But nothing by / endorsed by Ceasar Milan the so called 'dog whisperer'),  Behaviour/training/intellegence of African Grey Parrots.  Computer programming (I'm alrady good with Perl, I would like to learn Lisp next), Genetics (esp if related to dogs, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, rabbits, sheep (yes, we have minature pet sheep!), chickens, pigeons also, Population Genetics, Evolution, etc.).  You can check if I have a book already by search my Library Thing account: https://www.librarything.com/profile/AGangi If you want to send something not on my Amazon wishlist (or that is on it, but via another source besides amazon) my mailing address is below.  Online verions of books are great too but prefferably in PDF or just a HTML webpage; I don't have / use 'readers' (actually I do have an old Nook, but we rooted it to make it an android tablet).  I know there is software to read kindle or nook on any computer, but im just used to and preffer PDF.  So if you only have a book in one of those formats, thats fine, I will still be able to enjoy it, but if you have multiple versions, the PDF is my choice.

That's it.
Cheers,
A.
(If you want to pray, go ahead, but please do not share it with me.  Too many negative associations.  thanks.)

Alan diGangi
0N734 Barry Ave
Wheaton, IL.  60187.  USA

Ho! Ho! Holiday Wishes Once Again to All! :D

About Me
Greetings! I'm Miss M. Turner. I'm 37 and I live in Florida with my guy and our three cats. (Yes, we've added one!)

2014 has had it's highs and lows. Things were pretty great until my husband had sudden brake failure and was in a major accident August 1st. Our much-beloved Honda Element (in Galapagos Green) was totalled. He was really banged up - in fact his bruised ribs still aren't 100% yet - but I am so thankful he walked away alive and only battered. So we had to buy a new car which meant a car loan and a lot of expenses as a result. It's put us a bit behind these past few months so I'm hoping we can get back on more stable financial ground soon.

I've been in this community for longer than I can remember. LOL I look forward to it every year and enjoy both sending and receiving some holiday cheer!


Wishlist!
1. To have a good season in my shop PhoenixFire Designs
Especially with the car accident, I need to help get us caught up financially again. I make beautiful pieces by hand and with love, including my world-famous Tree of Life pendants. I also gladly customize and personalize!

Even just spreading the word is helpful! Posting my link or "Like" my facebook page is greatly appreciated. You can post it in your journal,tumblr, instagram, pinterest, facebook, twitter - anything! The more people know about it, the more I have a chance of getting buyers! Please help support handmade this holiday!


2. Jewelry/Bead Supplies!
I always need jewelry supplies! Swarovski crystals, gemstone chip strands, faceted rondelles, findings (earring hooks, headpins, clasps, etc.) Just no plastic/pony beads please as I can't use them.


3. Anything from my amazon wishlist.
I don't mind gently used items. I'm a big believer that many things in life can be enjoyed by more than one person and shared. (And if you already own something on the list and want to pass it on, that's awesome too!)


4. Anything Back to the Future
I LOVE Back to the Future. Like, seriously, I know the first movie by heart. It's my ringtone on my cell. And I have like 6 versions of the DVD/Blu-Ray because every time it comes out, I buy it again. LOL So, anything about, or from or inspired by - handmade or store bought - would be super fun. DeLorean items, Doc Brown, Marty - it's all good. Tees, keychains, posters, postcards, figures, autographs, promotion things, whatever. Silly? Yes, of course. But that's half the fun!


5. Something Handmade
What's your specialty? I'd love to see what you love to make by hand. Knit, crochet, sew, printmaking, woodwork, paper crafting, photography, paint, art, embroidery, screen printing, etc., etc., etc.....I'm leaving this totally open. If you need inspiration, feel free to check out my pinterest boards which have TONS of crafty inspiration divided up by category.


6. Hand Knit Socks
This one is a guilty pleasure for me. I love soft, hand knit socks. I can't knit my way out of a paper bag! I have pretty small feet (size 6.5 US or about 9" long) so maybe a kind knitter out there would make me a pair?


7. Gift certificates. For just about anywhere!
Craft stores, Restaurants, retail stores, online stores, big box stores - you name it. I don't mind if you've used part of it and have $7.52 left on it. I know sometimes people give you ones for places you might not like or need or use and they sit and collect dust in your wallet.

Three ones I could use most?



8. Anything Boston Bruins for my husband!
He's had a rough few months of it, so I'd love to get him some Bruins stuff. Being in Florida, there's not a lot of it available here. Anything would be awesome from keychains, stickers, car magnets, tess (XXL), etc.


9. Do something nice for someone
This is the time of year when so many people are stressed out. If you can try and do something nice for someone else, it really goes a long way. It can be something simple like holding a door for someone with too many things in their hands, or helping carry something heavy. Maybe you can donate some of your time to a local charity, or if not time, try to give a couple bucks to an organization that matters to you. (Animals, literacy, environment, etc.) Doing something nice for someone else freely and with no expectation of getting something back is just about the best feeling in the world. So try to pass it on. :D


And last but certainly not least... 10. Holiday cards!
Bonus if they have penguins on them, or owls, or winter scenes and extra bonus if they are Yule/Solstice themed. But honestly, any and all cards are SO welcome! I absolutely love mail. I check my mailbox every day because I just love getting mail. It's like a present.

Miss M. Turner
PO BOX 1484
Elfers, FL 34680
USA


missm(at)giveneyestosee.com

ALLERGY NOTE: Because of my migraines, I can't have anything that was around smoke and I can't have any scented products unless they smell like food. Anything with a musk or a perfume or non-edible scent will trigger a migraine. I am also allergic to artificial sweeteners. Thank you.

Thank you in advance! I hope you and yours have a beautiful holiday season!

Not quite Christmas yet, but early never hurts . . .

Holiday wishes time again already? What a busy year! I haven't had a lot of spare time between teaching and tutoring math, creating math curriculum, a sign language class (ASL), and teaching one or two piano students. In whatever spare time I can scrape together, I'm involved with Sacred Harp singing, reading (and sometimes writing) fanfiction, creating or playing with languages, and enjoying my Linux computer.

My wishlist:

1. If you write software, then maybe you can fulfill this wish by creating my dream music player. The link is to a 14-page document outlining the features I'd love to see (with the following being some of the harder to impossible-to-find ones): database-oriented (rather than hard drive-oriented), in-database-only genre labeling (separate from genre tags on the file itself), multi-genre labeling via checkbox, Boolean AND and OR filtering via genre labels, and adding files manually so not to overwhelm the database with new songs that one hasn't had a chance to process labelwise yet. I'd be content with being instructed on how to create it myself if I had the time, but as I know nothing of programming, I think you'd spend more time doing that than creating it for me, and I'm swamped just trying to finish creating the curriculum I'm working on. Note: I run Linux Mint, so it would need to run on that (it's Ubuntu-based).

2. Another specific custom-built software program I would love is described in this pdf (if the link is working). It would require building a simple but customized (I am creating my own curriculum) database with a front-end that includes the ability to save settings per student, to enter questions into the database that are text-based but may include pictures, and to output to LibreOffice Writer. It also needs to run on Linux (I run Linux Mint). If that sounds like something that interests you, let me know!

3. Here's the REAL crazy biggest dream ever: someone, or more like multiple someones (because this is the sort of thing that would take a software COMPANY, not just a programmer) to create a computer program that would work as a math curriculum--the way I've designed it. I can see all the logic for what concept you need to have before you get to this one and that one (I've created flowcharts for kindergarten through fourth grade level math, they're all crazy complex yet fun for me to make). It would do an assessment first thing, to find the farthest that a student could demonstrate current achievement in every area (and there are lots and lots of areas out there), and would be web/server-based, so students could login from a client at home or at school, either way. It would require parents or teachers to enter passwords when present to administer tests, but allow students to work at learning new concepts through virtual manipulatives (activity- rather than worksheet-based), with audio, so students with weak reading abilities aren't limited in their math while they work to improve reading. It would run on all platforms (because requiring a student to have a specific OS is tantamount to promoting that OS specifically, and the only OS I think worthy of that--Linux--is too limited to have much viability as a sole destination for this program, ergo everything) or be web-based entirely. I have ALL THE IDEAS here. And no knowledge/experience in programming (other than a forgotten quarter-long class of C++ in high school). Does this intrigue you? :D

4. A super big wish is for a non-destructive book scanner. Something like this. As long as I can connect it to my Linux desktop and scan in things as large as landscape-formatted books, it would work for me. I have absolutely no mechanical skills so haven't even contemplated trying to build one, despite there being plans and guides and all that freely available.

5. Are you a linguist, conlanger, or have a good command of grammar? I don't mean English grammar. I mean grammar in general, like weird constructs you only see in this language or that one (cases, moods, split plural systems, etc.). Because I've created a language but I need to fix a few grammar bits and I have a hard time with some concepts. I tend to have lots of questions and I need a live person to answer that can listen to me explain what's confusing and help me with examples of how this or that language feature might work. I can do either IM (Yahoo, Skype, Gmail) or IRC (comment if you want to figure out which server/channel to meet up). LJ PMs (or even e-mails) are not a good contact method, so I really need someone who is willing to chat live about this, to look over what I've created and help me straighten out stuff, etc.

6. I'm always a part of Yuletide each year, but even if you're not, you're welcome to write me a fic! I prefer nonsexual (romantic friendship or gen is fine! nonsexual touch and h/c and apocalyptic AUs are all totally awesome) for the following fandoms/pairings: Women's Murder Club (Lindsay/Cindy), Rizzoli & Isles (Jane/Maura), The Pretender (Jarod/Miss Parker), Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (Myles/Tara), Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (Beth/Jody), Walker Texas Ranger (Walker/Alex), C-16: FBI (any of these chars, not necessarily paired: Jack, Amanda, Annie), plus others (see link in next sentence). For specific details on some of the canons (and for a few more that I know), you can take a look at my Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2013 or Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2014.

7. I have several WIPs I have started but never finished, due to lack of beta readers. If you are a good beta for the following things, let me know: medical--gunshot wounds in torso (this is Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, but I'm not nearly as concerned about the canon as about the medical bit, which I know very little of), X-Men movieverse (my fic starts at the end of X2 and throws out X3 plus all of the movies set pre-X1; it's X1/X2-verse only), 1-800-Missing (first season only! bonus if you know anything about PTSD), Rizzoli & Isles (generic casefic set around S2). I need someone who can interact live (I think best with conversation) and can do IM (Yahoo, Skype, Gmail) or IRC (comment if you want to figure out which server/channel to meet up).

8. I love LONG flowing skirts (full circle or half circle sort), down to ankle-length. They're rather hard to find--everything tends to be at least mid-calf-length or higher, and I have a small waist and long legs so that doesn't help matters any. Storebought or homemade, both are fine by me. E-mail me and I'll send the sizing plus any color/pattern preferences to you. (I hate ironing, so I generally go for clothes that don't wrinkle when washed. I also rarely get to a dry cleaner, so machine wash material is the only way I go.)

9. Donate to ADRA International. It's a humanitarian agency committed to improving the quality of life for people in need through "community development initiatives targeting Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health and Basic Education", "regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation". You can give to specific projects that call to you, so you can choose to donate to whichever of these you are most passionate about: feed, clothe, and give schooling and healthcare to children/orphans, provide a community or school with clean accessible drinking water, protect women and girls from abuse and violence, provide food or improved cooking materials for children to elderly people who are struggling to feed themselves properly. ADRA is also active when disasters strike, and are often one of the first on the ground working because of pre-existing infrastructure in 120 countries. After the immediate needs are met, ADRA stays by to work with the community for years to come, connecting with other organizations to help restore the community to better living conditions than before the disaster, if possible.

10. As always, I welcome gifts from my Amazon wishlist! I've linked my teaching-related wishlist this year, so everything on there is something I would use in my classroom or in my piano teaching (most of it is piano stuff, as I've really expanded that direction lately and want to build a good set of resources). With the piano books I would prefer new (mostly don't want writing/stickers on the pages), but if it's not a piano book I'm OK with used. I've commented on EVERYTHING on the list, and there are priorities but really, anything on there would make me happy! Feel free to surprise me, or tell me ahead of time, I'm great with either way.

Amazon should allow purchases without you needing my address; if you need my address for one of the others, or just need to communicate privately, my e-mail is doranwen AT Yahoo (DOT com).

Holiday Wishes, 2014-2015 Holiday Season!

holiday_wishes is officially open! Time to break out the wishes, gifts, Holiday spirit and good cheer!

The spirit of the Holiday Wishes meme is for everyone to put their hearts' desires out there, to wish for anything they could possibly want, no strings attached. The history of how it all started can be read here.

Since we are collecting all of these lists in a single forum, we do want to keep things as fair to everyone as possible. For that, we ask that you follow a few simple rules.  These are outlined below, but you can find the complete and detailed rules and posting guidelines on the community wiki.  Everyone who posts their wish list to this community is responsible for following these rules, as well as any updates given in mod posts.

Please note that, with the exception of mod posts, only wishlists are allowed to be posted in this community.  To thank another member for a gift, we recommend that you post in the holiday_thanks community.

When you post a wishlist, we ask...

  • That you post your wishlist once, and only once. Posting your wishlist twice may result in both wishlists being deleted.

  • That you keep your lists limited to no more than 10 wishes.

  • That you do not modify your wishlist once it's been posted.  You may not add or change items as wishes are granted.  Also, because people often use the number of comments a wishlist has received as an indicator of the amount of attention that list has been given, do not delete or screen comments containing offers of items.

  • That you wish for no more than one external wishlist (i.e. Amazon) and no more than 3 types of giftcards.

  • That you do not include a PayPal button or solicit general PayPal donations.  Asking for financial assistance for a specific reason (e.g. buying school textbook) is fine, but share your PayPal email address only.

  • That you tag your wishlist, at minimum, with your country or continent, and preferably with the types of items that you're wishing for.

  • That you do not change the default font size or color, and do not post images over 400 pixels.

  • That you do not use a cut-tag unless your wishlist is unusually long or has images.  (This sounds strange, but cut-tags make it harder for wish-givers to browse the lists!)

  • That for your safety, you do not post a home mailing address.  Although we will allow adults to include their home address if they choose to, we encourage you to use a P.O. Box address or to leave your e-mail address and only provide a mailing address upon request via private email to those you are comfortable giving it to.

  • That you do not solicit in comments for your own wishlist.  Do not comment on someone's wishlist with a link to your own list or otherwise solicit traffic to your own wishlist, unless the original poster has explicitly asked for a link to your wishlist.

When you want to grant a wish, we ask...

  • That you bookmark the wishlist of the person who's wish you're granting. That way you won't forget who wanted the last Coldplay CD, or who asked for the Battlestar Galactica icons.

  • That, when mailing something through the postal service, you include some sort of identifying information with your package or card (LJ username or e-mail address) so the recipient can thank you (unless you're trying to remain anonymous). Also, be sure to use proper packaging and check local regulations for items that may not be sent through the mail.

  • That you don't ask for anything in return.  This is not a gift exchange community; if you send someone a gift, they are not obligated to send one back. Also, note that no money is to be exchanged in connection with items distributed through this community. If you are selling something, please use another site.

When you receive a gift, we ask...

  • That you thank the person who gave it to you directly (via e-mail or commenting on their wishlist, or their journal), and if you wish (or if the gift was anonymous) thank them publicly on holiday_thanks (but please remember that not everyone watches that community, so the person who sent you the gift might not receive the Thank You.)

  • That you consider granting a wish in return and spread the love!

And finally, if a moderator asks you to edit your post, please listen to them. We are doing our best to keep this community fair and fun for everyone. Unfortunately, in a community of this size, this means we need to enforce our rules pretty strictly. Thank you for understanding!

If you have any problems, would like to report a problem with another community member, see a rules violation on a wishlist (i.e. someone who edited their post to include more than 10 items, or 2 wishlists that appear to be posted by the same person), please use the links on the left side of this community or contact a moderator through a mod post.  Please do not contact moderators on their personal LiveJournal accounts.

Your moderators,

bookaddict88, twilight2000, outoftime, kindergoth

"I, as secret as yon buried stream, plod dumbly on and dream . . ."

How did the year go by so fast? It feels like January was just last month, sometimes. Overall this year has been a good one, though busy! I teach and tutor math most of the time, and even teach the odd piano lesson. My schedule is very full, but somehow I squeeze in some time for Sacred Harp singing, fanfiction, languages, and enjoying my Linux computer.

So here's my wishlist. Several of the first ones are software or web development-related, but there are other things!

1. More than anything, I would love a specific custom-built software program (see this pdf for a description if the link is working). In fact, I want this badly enough that I'd settle for someone teaching me how to code it myself (my only experience with coding is my own webpages, but I'm not afraid of it, just don't want to dive in without an actual guide of sorts), despite not having a ton of time. I spend anywhere from 4-6 hours creating individualized quizzes and homework assignments for my students each week (they're far enough behind that their math is entirely individualized). I'd really love to have the bulk of that time back to use each week. My family would thank you, too. It would require building a simple but customized (I am creating my own curriculum) database with a front-end that includes the ability to save settings per student, to enter questions into the database that are text-based but may include pictures, and to output to LibreOffice Writer. It also needs to run on Linux (I run Linux Mint). If that sounds like something that interests you, let me know!

2. Another software request. If math databases aren't up your alley, but music players are . . . then check out my dream music player. It's a 14-page document outlining the features I'd love to see (with the following being some of the harder to impossible-to-find ones): database-oriented, in-database-only genre labeling (separate from genre tags on the file itself), multi-genre labeling via checkbox, Boolean AND and OR filtering via genre labels, and adding files manually so not to overwhelm the database with new songs that one hasn't had a chance to process labelwise yet. I'd be content with being instructed on how to create it myself, also.

3. Here's the REAL crazy biggest dream ever: someone, or more like multiple someones (because this is the sort of thing that would take a software COMPANY, not just a programmer) to create a computer program that would work as a math curriculum--the way I've designed it. I can see all the logic for what concept you need to have before you get to this one and that one (I created a flowchart just for kindergarten level math, it was crazy complex--I decided that unless this was a reality, it would be a waste of time to design one for any higher level, lol). It would do an assessment first thing, to find the farthest that a student could demonstrate current achievement in every area (and there are lots and lots of areas out there), and would be server-based, so students could login from a client at home or at school, either way. It would require parents or teachers to enter passwords when present to administer tests, but allow students to work at learning new concepts through manipulatives, with audio, so students with weak reading abilities aren't limited in their math while they work to improve reading. It would run on all platforms (because requiring a student to have a specific OS is tantamount to promoting that OS specifically, and the only OS I think worthy of that--Linux--is too limited to have much viability as a sole destination for this program, ergo everything). I have ALL THE IDEAS here. And no experience in programming (other than a forgotten quarter-long class of C++ in high school). Does this intrigue you? :D

4. A web-specific request here--I would love to have a way to design a website with customizable pages per student. Let me explain further: I'd like to be able to go down a list of educational games that I've linked to, and for a specific student, check off specific games to include on the page, and have them shuffle around, as if each game was a tile and it chose whether to place the tile on the page or not by my checkbox. Hand-coding is too clunky to manage for more than one or two students (I work with 10 in classes, not to mention my tutoring students). It needs to be very easy to create new student pages from a template and quickly check-check-check for the games or activities that would be suitable for them at their current level. Bonus if the game listings can include small photos (for children who aren't reading fluently yet).

5. Are you a linguist, conlanger, or have a good command of grammar? I don't mean English grammar. I mean grammar in general, like weird constructs you only see in this language or that one (cases, moods, split plural systems, etc.). Because I've created a language but I need to fix a few grammar bits and I have a hard time with some concepts. I tend to have lots of questions and I need a live person to answer that can listen to me explain what's confusing and help me with examples of how this or that language feature might work. I can do either IM (Yahoo, Skype, Gmail) or IRC (I'm in the ##conlang channel on Freenode, but I lurk mostly so PM-ing is the best way to get a hold of me).

6. I'm already a part of Yuletide, but even if you're not, you're welcome to write me a fic! I prefer nonsexual (romantic friendship or gen is fine! nonsexual smut and h/c and apocalyptic AUs are all totally awesome) for the following fandoms/pairings: Women's Murder Club (Lindsay/Cindy), Rizzoli & Isles (Jane/Maura), The Pretender (Jarod/Miss Parker), Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (Myles/Tara), Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (Beth/Jody), plus others (see link in next sentence). For specific details on some of the canons (and for a few more that I know), you can take a look at my Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2013.

7. I spent some time in Central America a few years back, and returned with a love for plantain chips (disc-shaped or strip-shaped don't matter, they're delicious either way). Strangely enough, they're difficult to find here in the US (I sometimes see bags in Ross but I don't get out to shop there more than maybe once a year, if that, so I haven't had them in ages!). I like plain salt on them, not sweet or any other seasoning or flavor added.

8. I love LONG flowing skirts, down to ankle-length. They're rather hard to find--everything tends to be knee-length or higher, and I have a small waist and long legs so that doesn't help matters any. Storebought or homemade, both are fine by me. E-mail me and I'll send the sizing plus any color/pattern preferences to you. (I hate ironing, so I generally go for clothes that don't wrinkle when washed. I also rarely get to a dry cleaner, so machine wash clothing is the only way I manage things.)

9. Donate to ADRA International. It's a humanitarian agency committed to improving the quality of life for people in need through "community development initiatives targeting Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health and Basic Education", "regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation". You can give to specific projects that call to you, so you can choose to donate to whichever of these you are most passionate about: feed, clothe, and give schooling and healthcare to children/orphans, provide a community or school with clean accessible drinking water, protect women and girls from abuse and violence, provide food or improved cooking materials for children to elderly people who are struggling to feed themselves properly. ADRA is also active when disasters strike, and are often one of the first on the ground working because of infrastructure in 120 countries. After the immediate needs are met, ADRA stays by to work with the community for years to come, connecting with other organizations to help restore the community to better living conditions than before the disaster, if possible.

10. As always, I welcome gifts from my Amazon wishlist! I love used books (most of my library is composed of those), and used CDs and DVDs are OK too if they're not scratched up. I've commented on EVERYTHING on the list, and there are priorities but really, anything on there would make me happy! Feel free to surprise me, or tell me ahead of time, I'm great with either way.

Amazon should allow purchases without you needing my address; if you need my address for one of the others, or just need to communicate privately, my e-mail is doranwen AT Yahoo (DOT com).

(no subject)

Yay it's the holidays again! I can't wait to get started! While Halloween is my favorite holiday, I love December because there are just so many different days to celebrate! I also love snow, but we don't tend to get a whole lot here.

About me – I am a gay transgender artist with pagan leanings. I draw and paint a mix of things, mostly animals and celtic knotwork. I also make puppets with my awesome, awesome partner. I will be getting married in January. I was planning on getting married in December, but the opportunity rent a for real shop space came up, and my partner and I decided to jump on it! So things will be tight the rest of the year, but I am so thrilled!

I hope that everyone using Holiday_Wishes this year has a fantastic holiday. I am grateful that the community maintainers choose to put themselves through all this work so that we can all experience some extra joy and connect with one another! This community is like a giant cup of delicious hot cocoa with sprinkles!

1. Postage – So I can send out lots of cards! I have a big pile waiting to be sent out to other Holiday Wishers. :D

2. Cards – Sparkly! I do celebrate Yule, but I'd really enjoy cards from different holidays, particularly if they have glitter on them. I string the cards up along a wall, and they just look beautiful and festive all season long.

3. Halloween anything – I used to go get Halloween things on sale after the holiday, but now Halloween stores just disappear the day after.

4. Crafty scraps for puppets – My partner and I make puppets. Random things help make them look awesome! (If you send something and want to see how we end up using it, let me know and I'll be sure to send you pictures!)

5. Yarn – I crochet, my roommate knits. We always need more yarn. Any kind of yarn will do, even little scraps! (I make little finger puppets, which barely use any yarn.) :D Even if you think it's hideous, send it over - because that's the best kind to make monsters out of, and I love to make monsters!


6. Amazon Wishlist - Anything from my "Greenwick Holiday Wishes" list. Mostly it's fun, cheap jewelry.

7. Teach me to do a crocodile stitch (Crochet) – I love crocheting, but I am terrible at reading patterns. I do all right most of the time, since I improvise my own patterns.  However, I really really want to use the crocodile stitch to make a pangolin, a dragon, and a happy artichoke monster - and unfortunately I can't figure it out!  If you know how to do it and could help me learn, I would be super, super grateful. There are pictures of it on this blog article, if you've never seen it.

8. Help writing a crochet pattern for a binder for FtMs/trans people – I want to make a pattern for a homemade crocheted binder I created. Binders are expensive undershirts used to flatten chests, and many trans men don't have the money to buy more than one. Some typical binders are available here. I developed my own because I found these too difficult to breathe in, and also because of their expense; one can cost $30, and that often means a trans person will only have one, to use over and over and over.

I'd love to put this up for free on Ravelry, but can't do it right now because I don't know how to write patterns. My hope is that other people will make the pattern, improve it, and eventually there will be a standard binder that only costs a few bucks worth of yarn, and that other people can sell inexpensive complete ones for those who can't make them themselves.

9. Give specialty items to your local food bank - It is difficult to have special dietary needs when poor! Please consider sending some shelf-stable foods to your local food bank that people with dietary restrictions can eat. (IE: Gluten free, vegetarian/vegan, kosher, halal, etc.) I used to visit the food bank while following a vegetarian diet, and it made my day to get things like that!

10. Practice making art for a year – If you avoid trying to make art because you think you are terrible at it, I would love it if you would consider giving it another shot as a gift for me. Whatever time you can spare, even if it's just 5 minutes here or there, please consider making it a regular practice, and consider showing other people.

I'm asking this because I was terrible at my art, and I spent a year practicing practicing practicing - and then I became good at it!  Good art does not require some kind of magical innate talent (though that helps if you've got it.) The real secret is time - you need to learn, practice, and do it regularly in order to get good at it. Though I don't think there is a secret number, I've heard it takes 1,000 drawings of something in order to master it - which is not as much as you'd think.

(If you decide to do this, I can share with you the things I did, and some advice on tips and tools, books, etc.)


If you need an address, ask in a comment or send me a message. (I was hoping to have a PO box by now too, but unfortunately I have to wait on that.)

You can also e-mail me: greenwickpress (at) gmail (dot) com
Just let me know in the subject line that you're writing about Holiday Wishes.


Many thanks, and I hope your season is bright, cheerful and wonderful!

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It's a Season for Giving Thanks

holiday_wishes has been open for nearly two weeks now, and it's great to see so much holiday cheer. I hope those of you in the United States are having a happy Thanksgiving, and that everyone everywhere is having a happy Thursday.

In the spirit of thanksgiving, I thought I'd remind everyone about the holiday_thanks community. If someone has granted one of your wishes, we encourage you to thank them. You can do this in any way you like, whether that be through a comment, a return holiday card, or an e-mail. If you want to thank your wisher publicly, or if you want to thank an anonymous gifter, you can also make a post in the holiday_thanks community.

Note that holiday_thanks is not moderated, but we will be deleting any posts we see that weren't made to thank a gifter.

Happy holidays, all!

"Love the giver more than the gift."

Hi, everyone! I think this community is amazing! Thank you to mods for creating such a wonderful place for people to grant wishes. This is my second year participating, and hopefully many more will follow.

I'm Jen! I'm a 24 year old stay at home stepmama/cat lady from Southern New Jersey. My boyfriend, R, and I have been together going on 3 years. When we became a couple, not only did I get an amazing man, I got an amazing 5 year old (he'll be 6 on December 6) stepson named B. I'm 95% sure that I cannot conceive a child, so having B is the closest I'll be to having a child. He is my world! I don't think I've ever loved anyone as much as I love him. The three of us spend every Sunday morning volunteering at a local veteran's nursing home. We get them their coffee, a pastry, and wheel them down to the chapel for church. They are always so elated to see us. Most of their families have stopped coming to visit them, so they LOVE the company. I love going there to learn about their history, and how different times were when they were growing up than it is now. Seeing the proud look on my little man's face while he wheels someone to the chapel just warms my heart.

R and I have recently fallen on hard times financially, but all in all, we're very happy. Whenever I get down about our finances, I think that there is always someone who is in a worse predicament. We some of our bills go unpaid, but we always have food and shelter (thanks to my parents.) Perspective is everything!

Please take a look at my list! If you're able to grant one of my wishes, it's greatly appreciated, & if not, that's okay, too! :)

1. Anything for my little man! He put together a wish list of some things he has his eye on. He really likes zombies, legos, minecraft, and dinosaurs. He'll appreciate anything, no matter how big or how small.

2. K-cups! Today we were gifted a brand new (still in the box!) Keurig today. I've been lusting over it for years now! I love any kind of coffee, hot apple cider, and hot cocoa for the little guy.

3. Gift cards to Walmart.

4. Anything from Lush! Whenever I have extra cash (which is almost never, lol) I always spend it on B. To have something to pamper myself would be amazing!

5. Next time you're in line waiting for food, coffee, etc - pay for the person behind you. It will make their day. Random acts of kindness are one of my favorite things!

6. A donation to Typhoon Haiyan survivors, and those who were effected by the recent tornadoes.

7. Gift cards for my 2 younger sisters. My parents are struggling financially as well, and I'm worried that they won't be able to get them anything for Christmas. I could care less about getting anything for myself. It would make me happiest if someone bought something for my son or my sisters.

8. Spread love and kindness wherever you go. “Be Kind for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Great Battle.”

My shipping address is as follows:
Jen Pompper
408 West Foundry Street
Millville, NJ
08332