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ChinaCat

ChinaCat
Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: June 25, 2019
Birthday: October 16
Country: United States
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About Me

ABOUT ME:

I'm 62 years old with two grown children and three grandsons. I also have a four year old granddaughter. I work with special needs high school students. I live in Arizona where it's very hot in the summer, but really nice in the winter (when it finally decides to cool down).

I'm actually very easy to please - if you make it for me, I'm going to appreciate the effort. I'm thankful when people put time, thought and heart into what they make and send. Hand made items are wonderful, but finding vintage items at a thrift store or yard sale also takes time and energy, so I really appreciate what is required to complete a well done swap.

I won't flake and I will rate. If I should happen to forget to rate a swap, please let me know. I always try to send something my partner will like and I read all profiles, regardless if the swap says "sender's choice". Profiles are fun to read and they help me create a good swap package.

If you don't receive a swap or tag from me, please let me know right away. I have no problem re-sending or doing whatever it takes to fix a problem. I host swaps sometimes and I will angel any swap I host if necessary.

Favorite Music

Classic rock: Rolling Stones (best rock & roll band ever!), The Beatles, Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan...etc.

Country (mostly retro, classics and bluegrass)

Blues

R&B

As far as newer music, I love folk rock and roots music, as well as some of the folky country bands.

Favorite Books

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Godfather

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Alice in Wonderland

Classic children's literature (including Peter Pan, the Oz books, Winnie the Pooh, Little Women, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder), beautifully illustrated fairy tales and nursery rhymes, Beatrix Potter's work

Some of my favorite modern book authors and books for children include: Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry, H.A. Rey's Curious George series, the Amelia Bedelia books, Russell Hoban's Frances series

I love very old, out of print books for children. I would love to collect vintage books, but they are usually too expensive. I do find them sometimes in thrift stores though!

Favorite Movies

The Wizard of Oz

anything with Johnny Depp

Comedies - especially adult humor. I love Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, etc.

documentaries

Favorite Television

Seinfeld

I'm Dyin' Up Here

Anthony Bourdain's shows - I LOVE him!

Modern Family

The Voice

Antiques Roadshow

true crime shows

history, nature, Nova type shows

About Me

I DO THESE CRAFTS:

*altered objects - matchboxes, rusty old tins, altoid tins, boxes, dolls, lotsa stuff!

*mixed media - configurations, shadowboxes, etc.

*cardmaking

** I LOVE to make ornaments for different holidays or occasions

I DO NOT sew, nor do I embroider, crochet, knit...but oh how I admire the talents of those who do! Nothing better than receiving something hand crafted that I could never even begin to know how to do myself.

THINGS I LOVE

handmade items!!!

original art - I have no talent whatever in the fine arts and I love so very much to receive art made by others. Artists rock! =)

pinup girls and old school tattoo art

art dolls and vintage dolls, even doll parts

wooden boxes, all sizes - I've loved them for years.

yoga

holidays

Day of the Dead ~ Frida Kahlo ~ Loteria

HALLOWEEN!!!! - devils, bats and witches are faves - I especially enjoy vintage Halloween (all eras) and gothic Halloween. Spooky is GOOD! I like ouija boards, spirits, graveyards,Poe, ravens, mystical, fall colors, scary jack-o-lanterns,apothecary stuff, scary but not too overtly gory (NO slasher movies)

Christmas - I adore retro/kitchy Christmas (think 1950s - ish) - little elves, gnomes, glittery, tinsel, all that fun stuff!

More Christmas - Victorian Christmas images are also a favorite and I've discovered in recent years that I like angels. I enjoy Krampus and Scandinavian trolls and elves. I'm quirky!

lowbrow Victorian imagery

Neanderthals - my DNA test results show that I have more Neanderthal DNA than most people have - wow!

vintage circus and vintage magician images

vintage ephemera from all eras

flowers - new or vintage crochet, paper, anything flower related to use for Day of the Dead or Frida projects

MERMAIDS!!!! - yep, even Disney

garden gnomes

weird, wacky, wonderful things

Buddha

items from other countries, cultures and eras

jewelry - love anything handmade

suns and moons (especially the man in the moon), stars, clouds...

I like all colors. It's more about the way different colors are combined that appeals to me rather than one particular color. But I do have to say that I'm always drawn to ocean colors...aqua, turquoise, teal - I call them "mermaid colors"...

Dislikes

rodents, especially rats. I have a bit of a phobia, I guess. Realistic rats and mice freak me out.

scrapbook supplies - I do some scrapbooking once in awhile but I already have a lot of supplies on hand, and I usually need something specific when I do scrapbooking projects. And please, no scrapbook paper scraps. My cup runneth over with paper scraps already.

ATCs ~ Please, don't send me an ATC!! I actually do like making ATCs and I used to make and swap tons of them, but I stopped collecting them years ago.

As I said in my "likes", I LOVE Halloween and Christmas, but not so much the cutesy/kiddish stuff, unless it's vintage style.

Stickers that children would use. I do use stickers on occasion, but not really the flat ones that look obviously like a sticker.

I know that bookmarks are very popular, but I really don't need any. I do most of my reading online. I do enjoy making bookmarks though.

If you are doing a THRIFT STORE SWAP with me, please don't send items that can just as easily have come from a dollar store. Sorry if that seems harsh, but a trinket that originated at Dollar Tree is probably not something that will make me happy if I'm hoping for something thrifted and awesome. A few times, I have received items that I don't even want to pass along to another partner. It's very rare though, I'm happy to say! =)

I don't do stamping so I really have no need for stamps or ink pads. I will gladly pass them on if I receive them though.

Wants

weird, funky clay faces - especially painted ones

small Halloween or otherwise spooky things that I can use for Halloween shadowboxes - I like them kind of creepy!

milagros

old keys

old photos, especially of people...the older the photo, the better!

vintage needlework - small doilies, crochet, embroidery, etc.

THRIFT STORE FINDS - small items I can use for shadowbox and assembly pieces, especially items for Halloween, Day of the Dead shrines and retro chic Christmas projects

cool vintage stuff

Vintage Lefton china items ~ especially holiday

handmade items that you LOVE to make!

nautical, ocean, seashell, MERMAID items

Old discarded small doll clothes - Barbie sized or smaller. I don't sew, but I do re-fashion doll clothes for some of my art dolls/altered dolls.

I'm in love with retro Christmas items - kitchy 1950-1960s elves, Lefton china figurines, retro stickers, wrapping paper, cards, etc. These items don't have to be in "like new" condition because they are VINTAGE! I can hide all sorts of flaws and cracks with glue and glitter...=).

Food

I like candy, especially chocolate. I dislike gummy candy. I don't drink herbal teas, but do drink black tea. Spices from other places interest me.

I've recently started drinking coffee! Fifty nine years old and I managed to stay away from it all this time - imagine that! My coffee maker takes Keurig style cups and I'd love to receive and try different flavored coffees - no decaf though.

I like to try unusual (regional) things.

I am a semi-vegetarian and have been for 30 years. (I do eat fish, eggs and cheese.)

Ratings

Frickenjazzed rated for Halloween Matchbox on Jun 21, 2019
5
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Comment: I love your matchbox! The colors are awesome and it's well put together. Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for the rating! I'm glad you like it!!
Christopherpines rated for Halloween Spool on Jun 19, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful spool ornie! I love the tassel on the bottom...and the the gothic vintage feel!
Response: You're very welcome and thank you for the rating!
hollycm6 rated for June Stocking Stuffer - Blue on Jun 16, 2019
5
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Comment: I received your package but haven't opened the present... I'm trying to save it to actually put in my stocking but... we'll see!! Maybe if I hide it! Thank you!!!
Response: Oh you are very welcome, Holly! Thank you for the rating. Maybe if you need a pick-me-up one day you'll decide to open it. I'm such a child! I can never save my stocking stuffers. =)
luleemik rated for Altered Tickets on Jun 13, 2019
5
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Comment: It's always so fun to receive a swap from you...and this was no exception!! Thank you for sending such a great selection of altered tags---LOVE them all:) I appreciate you joining the swap and always being a super swapper!!
Response: You're welcome! I really thought it was just going to be the two of us because it took awhile for the others to join. I went ahead and made some stamps with you in mind and then you turned out to be my partner after all...=)
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween Key on Jun 6, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks for the amazing key! Can't wait to hang it on my tree!
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the rating!
samsstuff rated for May Stocking Stuffer - Yellow on May 26, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you! It's very sweet!
Response: You are very welcome!
Frickenjazzed rated for Altered Puzzle Piece on May 11, 2019
5
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Comment: I'm in love with you layering of pieces on your puzzle piece! Thank you so much for the box of happiness!
Response: Thank you for the rating! Making ornaments is one of my favorite things to do. Glad you liked it! xo
Frickenjazzed rated for Mini Potion Bottle on May 11, 2019
5
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Comment: Oh my, words cannot express how awesome your bottles are! The Poison Apple Potion may not fit on a tree, but it will fit in very well with my potion bottle set up. I may try to hang the Mead bottle. Thank you so much for your awesome work!
Response: Potion bottles are so fun! I have a collection of them too. The bigger ones look cool with some spooky candles around them. Now I'm ready for Halloween to be here...five more months! =) Thank you for the rating and the nice comment. xo
Christopherpines rated for Send a RAK stocking gift. on Apr 22, 2019
5
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Comment: ooohhh!! I recognize the jingle of vintage buttons anywhere!!!! Thank you :o)
Response: Ha Ha! I'll never tell. Thank you for the rating! xo
MyRetroSoul rated for March Stocking Stuffer ~ Green on Mar 15, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you so much! I’m excited to see what you passed on to me but for now I will tuck it in to my Christmas tote. 😍
Response: You are welcome, hon! Happy March!
starhiker rated for Mixed Media Challenge #1 on Feb 27, 2019
5
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Comment: Wonderful personalized piece of art great job I love it!
Response: Thank you! It was my pleasure. =)
5
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Comment: I might have "had" to open this early....and it is so wonderful and amazing!! Thank you so much!!!
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for joining the swap - hope you'll join again!
5
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Comment: Opening a box from you is just an awesome experience!! I love how you package things, the tags, boho chic style! Just the best! I haven’t opened, saving for the big day but I absolutely love those teddy bear towels!! I wish you a very Merry Christmas my friend!! Big hugs. ❤️ Update 12/25: Robin, thank you soooo much for all the wonderful gifts! Zora loves her book. I love the boho earrings, great minds think alike! 😉 I loved the destash items, can’t wait to get back to my craft room in Maine for a few weeks! Those teddy bear towels are still awesome!! Zora Neake Hurston and Frida goodies!! 💗 And your magic touch with the lovely packaging!! Thanks so much for making my Christmas brighter!!!
Response: You are very welcome! I really enjoy our Christmas swaps too - so much fun, both shopping and unwrapping. I did want to apologize for the heaviness of the earrings. I bought them on Etsy so I didn't realize they would be heavy on the ears. I do think they are cute as heck though, so I hope you're able to wear them. If not, maybe you can turn them into necklaces or something. =) Give that little Zora a hug from me - such a cutie!! xo
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Comment: Robin my stocking is beautiful, and the little pinecone. I hung up my stocking and am waiting until Christmas to open the extra gift. You are awesome.thank you for another great swap!
Response: You are most welcome! Merry Christmas! xo
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Comment: Love the kitchy ornament you made. The extra is super cute, I know I have something that matches it but can't recall where it is, LOL!
Response: Thank you for the nice rating! Enjoy the holly daze!! xo
stephiedee rated for TheDen: Ornament Me on Nov 3, 2018
5
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Comment: Oh my goodness, Robin, this is such a beautiful Buddha ornament, I love it! I have the perfect place for it, too - right above my Buddha figurine collection. Thank you so much for such a special swap. 💖
Response: You're welcome! I love Buddha as well, so I really enjoyed making this. Thank you for the nice comment and the rating ~ xo
luleemik rated for DOD Prayer Flag on Oct 16, 2018
5
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Comment: What an over the top swap---but I know I can expect no less from you! The banner is huge and I love it and the DOD extras. Thanks so much for playing with me and always being a super swapper:)
Response: I sort of didn't know what I was doing...feel free to add to or embellish if you want to. I had planned to go crazy with glitter glue but then I wasn't sure if it would add or detract. =) Paper flowers would look festive as well...Thank you for the rating m'dear!! xo
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Comment: Thank you for this amazing ornament! Definitely trash to treasure!
Response: You're welcome! Happy Halloween and thank you for the nice rating! xo
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Comment: Thank you Robin for adorable fortune teller table and the picture! They are so cute and creative!
Response: I loved making them! The plastic table came out of a pizza box. I kept it because it had potential. =) Thank you for the nice rating and Happy Halloween!!
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Comment: WOW!!! you did an awesome job on this swap! So much attention to detail, not only the items sent but the packaging and labeling. Very cool! Hearts and more hearts to you!
Response: Oh, thank you! I love Halloween best of all the holidays so I really enjoy a fun Halloween swap. This was a fun one!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 450 45 48
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439 465 0 0
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Comments

redheart on Jun 10, 2019:
MyRetroSoul on May 18, 2019:

Hello Robin! You were my partner for March Stocking Stuffer-Green. I have been saving all of my stocking stuffers and waiting to open them but I’ve been having a hard time lately and thought it would cheer me up to open a few early. One of them was yours. This sweet pained doll with funky hair and hat and wand! She is so amazing and i cant thank you enough for passing her along to me. It my favorite thing I’ve recieved since joining swapbot. Thank you, Thank you!

thriftymermaid on Apr 20, 2019:

Hope you and yours have a wonderful Easter weekend Robin! <3

thriftymermaid on Jan 12, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lovely card and the anchor buttons!! Love them!! I hope you're having a warm and happy New Year so far! Hugs!! <3

sunshinesuperman on Dec 5, 2018:

Thank you Robin for being so generous and sending such a lovely ornament. Blessings for a holiday season filled with friends and family. Hugs, Mona

moM on Nov 27, 2018:

Thank you so much for the ornament! It was a wonderful year of Crappy Stocking Stuffers.

Have a wonderful holiday season!!

Karen07 on Nov 26, 2018:

Thanks for the cute ornament and Merry Christmas! Hope you do more of these stocking stuffer swaps in 2019. This time I'll save them till Christmas!

sassafrass on Feb 2, 2018:

I figured you are probably not much of a rub-ons kind of gal! I thought they were kind of prim and cute, and thought you might be able to enjoy them somehow :)

Have a wonderful weekend ahead, Robin!

Purplmyst on Jan 18, 2018:

Thank you so much for the angel package you sent for the Halloween Stocking with Gifts swap. The stocking is spooktacular & I love the gifts. You're awesome!!

thriftymermaid on Jan 2, 2018:

I missed Christmas swapping with you! I have some goodies I hope to send your way soon...maybe a little private swap if you're up to it. All the best to you and yours in 2018. Hugs.

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