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CJ

CJ
Date Joined: September 22, 2010
Last Online: March 29, 2015

Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a fiber & mixed-media artist living in Columbus, Ohio. My husband & I have been happily married for 7 years and have two miniature dachshund "children" who bring much creative inspiration & humor to our lives. I enjoy working in a variety of mediums & I'm always excited to try new techniques. Right now, I'm using a lot of fabric, paper & wood in my work. I love vintage anything - images, ribbons, fabric, buttons, etc. I also love shiny, sparkly things. I love all things having to do with animals and have a special place in my heart for dogs, giraffes, donkeys and birds. I find a lot of inspiration from nature. I love swaps & find so much inspiration from other creative people!

Thoughts on Flaking

I will never flake on a swap! I am serious about my art & I feel very strongly about the commitment I make when I sign up to participate in a swap. If you ever do not receive something from me, please let me know & we will make it right.

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music & my iPod has a very eclectic collection. Right now I'm really enjoying John Mayer's body of work as well as Eminem's new album. I listen to classical when I'm stressed & need to calm down. I love Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, Nickleback, Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox 20, Barenaked Ladies, Parachute, Matt Nathanson and similar bands. I also love Michael Bubble. Really, I listen to just about anything but really twangy country music.

Favorite Books

Like music, I read all kinds of books. Some of my favorite authors include; Stieg Larsson, Jane Austen, David McCullough, & Jasper Fforde. Some of my favorite books include; To Kill A Mockingbird, Life of Pi, Water for Elephants, Secret Life of Bees, Anne of Green Gables Series, My Side of the Mountain, Little House Series, Lord of the Rings Series, Harry Potter Series, & Where the Red Fern Grows. I also love Winnie the Pooh & Peter Rabbit - AA Milne & Beatrix Potter are both amazing! I listen to audiobooks while I work in my studio & I'm always on the lookout for new titles to listen to.

Favorite Crafts

I love working with fibers/materials of all kinds - fabric, paper, wood, wool, foil, metal, clay, etc. I create in both 2D & 3D and am always open to new techniques. In art I believe there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. As I mentioned above, most of my work includes fabric, wood and paper.

  • I make art quilts

  • I dye fabric

  • I cross stitch

  • I embroider

  • I make cloth dolls

  • I create w/polymer clay

  • I work w/metals

  • I love stamping

  • I love altering & re-purposing items to use in my art

  • I make dotees - I love both giving & receiving dotees!

  • I make softies

  • I do block carving

  • I paint on wood/fabric/canvas/pretty much every surface available

  • I do wood burning

  • I do papercraft

  • I needle felt

  • I make art jewelry & charms

  • I'm always looking to try something new!!!

  • I love embellishing and have a collection of ribbons, buttons, beads, etc that I'm always looking to add to.

  • I love anything to do with nature (especially birds, I love birds!)

  • I love vintage finds - anything vintage is always welcome.

  • I love faries too - I seem to be drawn to things with wings :0)

My Style

My style is a combination of vintage/antique & contemporary/modern. I'm always combining old with new in my art as well as my life. My husband and I live in an old house in a historic neighborhood, but our decor is very colorful & contemporary. I just love the contrast of old & new.

Color

I LOVE color!!! I especially love warm reds, oranges & yellows, but every color has its place. I don't use day-glo or neon colors in my work, but pretty much every other shade or hue is welcome.

Likes

What do I like?...I could go on for hours :0)

  • I LOVE dachshunds & anything having anything to do with them
  • I LOVE birds & find a ton of inspiration fror my art from watching & learning about them.
  • I LOVE fabric - textures, colors, patterns excite me
  • I like seed beads in all colors
  • I like anything vintage - scrabble tiles, papers, sheet music, wall paper, fabric, images, dominoes, etc. - I use is all in my art
  • I love anything from the shoppe at Stampington.com

Wishlist

  • Wool or wool/felt fabric - (old wool sweaters are always welcome)
  • Fabric Paints by Jacquard - any colors
  • Vintage or reproduction fabric
  • Any kind of vintage craft items - i.e. wall paper, news paper, clothing patterns, images, etc.
  • Colorful ribbons or trimmings
  • Colorful beads - any size
  • Any kind of bird softie or stuffie - I especially love owls
  • Anything with dachshunds on it - I LOVE MY PUPPY DOGS!
  • A flower press
  • Loose/unmounted naked canvas
  • Copic Markers
  • Speedball Speedy Carve Blocks
  • Habotai Silk Fabric
  • Leather Fabric or Fabric Remnants
  • Plaid Mod Podge
  • Jane Austin unabridged audio books
  • Fruit Crate Labels Clip Art CD
  • Old Time Label Art Clip Art CD
  • 120 Classic Posters Clip Art CD

Dislikes

Please don't send me any food items. For health reasons I have a strict diet I have to adhere to. I'm also not a big fan of scented lotions, perfumes, lip balms, etc.

I'm not a big fan of "cutsie" print fabrics

Ratings

tiaragoth rated for Steampunk ART on Jun 23, 2011
5
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Comment: VERY cool! Thanks so much Carolyn. You're a star : )
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Comment: Love it all- the circus box, my bear and the extras! Your are too sweet!
Response: Yay, I'm so glad you liked it!! Thanks for the heart and the comments - they made my day!! :0)
madhatter76 rated for Ticket to Hell on May 17, 2011
5
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Comment: What a super cool Ticket~ Don't worry I'll be using it for sure! The Pouch and Vial are such rad additions! I was tempted to see (taste) what was in the vial! Don't put it past me! Thx! ♥♥
Response: Hahaha the vial is tempting isn't it?! It's just sugar - I knew I would have been tempted to try it too, so I went with something edible, just in case ;0). I'm so glad you liked your ticket! Thanks for the kind comments and the heart, they made my day! <3<3<3
misumisu22 rated for Mixed Media Themed Collage on May 7, 2011
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Comment: oh it is beautiful! Forget the craft room I put this in the kitchen where I see it from all areas of the house. Thank you so much...again..I love it!
Response: I'm so glad you like your mixed media collage, I had so much fun making it!! Thanks for the kind comments and the heart, they really made my day! :0)
pandessa rated for MAY WOODEN HOUSE-INT on Apr 27, 2011
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Comment: OMG this house is OVER the top. I love it, thanks so so much. I ahd dropped June and July houses, now going back in an joining again! Thanks so much and thanks for exras! I LOVE the Halloween stickers!
Response: I'm so glad you're happy with your house, I had so much fun making it! I'm also glad you're back in the June & July swaps! Thank you so much for the kind comments and the heart, they made my night! :0)
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Comment: TY-he/she is adorable
Response: I'm glad you like him, thanks for the great rate!
ArtTeachToBe rated for Mixed Media Art on Apr 21, 2011
5
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Comment: Thank you sooo much i love the piece. My mom tried to tell me she was gonna steal it lol. I just hung it with my collection of bird pieces.
Response: You are so welcome, I'm so glad you like it! Thank you so much for the kind comments and the heart - they made my Friday!!
wolfeagle rated for Prims on Apr 21, 2011
5
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Comment: OMGosh...what a darling doll. Thank you so much! I adore her.
Response: I'm so glad you like her, she was such fun to make!! Thank you so much for the kind comments and the heart, they made my day!!
PinkLotus rated for Rye's Shank 'Em Good Card on Apr 13, 2011
5
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Comment: love love love the card!! thanks so much!!! I love how you packaged the card in cellophane.. very classy shank!! xoxoxo
Response: I'm so glad you liked the card!!! Make them think it's something special & then slam 'em in the back of the head with a frying pan is my motto! :0) Thanks for the kind comments and the heart they really made my day!! :0)
Spepera rated for Felt Ornaments - April/WEATHER - INT on Apr 13, 2011
5
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Comment: Oh!!!!! Wonderful swap!!!! I love your sun & cloud, they are so beautiful!!! Thank a lot!
Response: I'm so glad you like them, they were such fun to make!! Thanks for the kind comments and the heart, they made my day! :0)
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Comment: The fairy is so wonderful. I litteraly gasped when I took her out of the envelope! I LOVE that you used the beautiful turquoise bead - thank you! Also, I am carrying the lipgloss in my car and use it every day. Love it :-)
Response: I'm so happy you liked her!!! After I decided on the turquoise bead she just came together! Thanks so much for the kind comments and the heart, they really made my day!! :0)
pootle rated for Altered Spoon III on Apr 2, 2011
5
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Comment: what a lot of effort went into this! It's lovely, thank you :)
Response: I'm so glad you like your spoon, I had so much fun altering things lately! Thanks so much for the kind comment and the heart, they made my day!! :0)
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Comment: Very creative! I enjoyed the use of different mediums that weaved a very beautiful piece. The nest is an absolute but the 'Scatter Joy' title just completed it.
Response: I'm so glad you like your mixed media piece, I really enjoyed creating it for you!! I guess you can tell I'm ready for spring - LOL. Thank you so much for the kind comments & the heart, they made my morning! :0)
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Comment: Carolyn, this banner square is absolutely stunning! I love the recycled materials and the onion is just incredible Thanks a bunch :) -Julia-
Response: I'm so glad you like your banner square! I had such a good time making it. Thanks for the kind comments and the heart, they made my day!! :0)
MrsAnnaSue rated for WOODEN HOUSE-APRIL Int on Mar 22, 2011
5
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Comment: I love it! Thank you for the awesome house. Anna
Response: I'm so glad you enjoy your April house, I had such fun making it! Thanks for the great rating and the heart!! :0)
sherartcee rated for Recycled Materials Doll on Mar 19, 2011
5
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Comment: thank you for the recycled material doll and the top half of barbie.
Response: I'm so glad you received your doll & are pleased with her. Thank you for the great rate and the heart!! :o)
wickedred rated for THINK SPRING Paper Doll Swap on Mar 13, 2011
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Comment: ohh my my another wonderful swap for my girl CJ I can not say thank you enough and the fairy is beautiful I need to learn to make dotees I love them and yours is beautiful and the Diva pretzel is great and so cute
Response: Yay, I'm so glad you liked your package!! I'm always thrilled to have you as a swap partner!! Thank you for your kind comments & the heart, they made my day & considering we lost an hour of sleep last night, that's saying something!!!! :0)
Cocoa rated for Found Object Doll on Mar 12, 2011
5
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Comment: WOW !!! I love Little Red Riding Spoon ! I belong to a Altered Doll Group and I can't wait to take her and show her off! Thank you for her and the material you sent :)
Response: I'm so glad she's to your liking! I had so much fun making her & I'm thrilled to know she has found her way to a good home! Thanks so much for the kind comments & the heart! :0)
sarashalom rated for Paper faries on Mar 9, 2011
5
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Comment: She is so lovely! Thank you very much. Also, thanks for the note pad. :)
Response: I'm so glad you like her! If you couldn't tell, I'm really ready for spring! Thank you for the kind comments & the heart - they made my day!! :0)
lilspotteddog rated for Paper faries on Mar 8, 2011
5
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Comment: Oh, CJ! She is gorgeous! I absolutely adore my fairy. And I agree - we need some spring, right? The little stuffie pattern will def be used, too. Thanks for the nice card/letter. What a wonderful swapper you are. We will def get together at a meetup. Thanks again and I hope I get you again in a swap!
Response: I'm so glad you're happy with your fairy!! I just started making paper dolls & they are so fun!!!! When I read that you have two dachshunds, I had to send you that pattern - it would have been a crime not to :0). I can't wait to meet-up! Thanks for such kind comments & the heart, they made my rainy Ohio day!! :0)

Rating Overview

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5.0000 71 1 1
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72 76 0 0
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Comments

wolfeagle on Jan 16, 2012:

Hi

Are you okay? We haven't seen ya around.

RyeRye on Dec 24, 2011:

RyeRye on Sep 13, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

RyeRye on Jul 21, 2011:

RyeRye on Jul 16, 2011:

dmarie on Jul 12, 2011:

Please come check out this new purse swap

dmarie on Jul 12, 2011:

Please come check out this new purse swap

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