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ChinaCat

ChinaCat
Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: October 21, 2018
Birthday: October 16
Country: United States
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About Me

ABOUT ME:

I'm 61 years old with two grown children and three grandsons. I also have a three 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

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
5
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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
5
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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!!
5
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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!
5
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Comment: What sweet leaf decor! Thank you!
Response: Thank you! Happy Fall!
luleemik rated for Christmas in July Ornament on Sep 7, 2018
5
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Comment: Oh, Robin---I just LOVE the ornies:) the quilt sugar skull is amazing with all of the beading--so intricate and detailed. Of course, living where we are I am thrilled to receive anything cactus and this ornie is exceptional:) Now I have to set up my black Halloween tree!!! Thank you for ALWAYS being a super swapper!!!
Response: I agree! The quilt sugar skull ornaments are great with all that wonderful beading. I love it when old quilts are recycled into something new and these were just too cool and funky to pass up. Thanks for the rating and for hosting all the fun swaps ~ xo
kfaye rated for Crappy Halloween!!! on Sep 1, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you SO much and a Crappy Halloween to you! haha ;) I hope it's awesome <3
Response: You're welcome! So glad it's finally September! =)
5
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Comment: I LOVE IT! You did a fabulous recreate of a skeleton, and I adore that you made it a mermaid. Thank you so much. I love the Poe bookmark too.
Response: Yay! I was afraid it might not be spooky enough, but we are mermaid lovers so I kind of figured you wouldn't mind. Thank you for the rating. xo
SilverD rated for Voodoo is a Bunch of Crap on Aug 22, 2018
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Comment: JoJo is voodoolicious!!! I love her, thank you, you really made a wonderful little doll! ps, you should have a flickr page so you can share your wonderful work. I would love to see the Junque Yard Jezebel and your other creations. :)
Response: Thank you! Glad you like the little dolly. I'll work on getting a flickr page going. I should have done it years ago.
5
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Comment: I always get a big old smile on my face when I see an envie from you! LOVE the AZ magnet and how you utilized an old CD (right?) The bag of extras is so perfect for an idea I have. Thank you for hosting and sending another great swap!
Response: I was especially happy to share it with YOU! Yes, it's an altered CD. I've made lots of CD magnets over the years. Altering CDs was one of the first crafts I ever did. Thank you for the rating!! xo
JudalineZ rated for More Halloween Ornaments! on Aug 3, 2018
5
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Comment: love love love those ornaments! Thank you!
Response: You are welcome m'dear! Glad you like them! xo
5
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Comment: Super cute packaging. Will wait until Christmas to open. Thank you!
luleemik rated for Junque Yard Jezebel on Jul 19, 2018
5
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Comment: Oh, Robin I just love her! She is the epitome of a "Jezebel"...lol. The doll head is just perfect for this swap:) Thank you for sending another amazing swap!
Response: You're welcome!!! Let me tell you where I found the doll head...in the thrift store of course. It was a small clown doll, not especially cute - looked almost dollar store-ish. But I kept looking at the face and thinking it had potential. So I brought it home, removed the head and the clown hat from the head and painted some hair where it was bald. The makeup was already perfect. So the dumb clown doll was transformed into a Jezebel! Glad you like her. xo
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Comment: This is so cool! I will have to put this one in my Halloween stocking and make it for Dia De Los Muertos! Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome, hon! It was fun to put together for you. Thank you for the rating! xo
luleemik rated for Dead-u-tante Tassel on Jun 16, 2018
5
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Comment: I LOVE the tassel and have the perfect Betsey Johnson pink purse to put it on! Thank you for joining and ALWAYS sending and amazing swap:) {{hugs}}
Response: You're welcome! I made a tassel for myself too, and I found a cute straw purse at the thrift store to clip it onto. The bag is straw colored and it has cactus with pink flowers on it! It's so cute I didn't even mind that the snap is broken. =)
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween Ribbon Tassel on Jun 14, 2018
5
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Comment: Absolutely loved this tassel!! Thank you so much for such a fun project, can't wait to hang it on my tree!
Response: You're welcome! This was my first tassel project and now I'm addicted. Great idea to use them on a Halloween tree. Thank you for the rating! xo
moM rated for Junque Yard Swimmer on May 17, 2018
5
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Comment: She is gorgeous! I love the quote you attached to her and will definitely add the shell to her hand. Thank you so much!!
Response: You are very welcome! I really enjoyed making her, and I'm so glad that you like her. Thank you for the rating! xo
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Comment: yay....no way could I wait!! I love it...that book cover is fantastical...love love love
Response: I'm so glad you like it! It had that shabby chic/vintage thing that seemed to be your style. xo
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Comment: Thanks so much! They were very artistic and cute! Thanks for the extras, the tags. I’m going to copy that design!🎎🎎💖💜
Response: You're very welcome - glad you like them. I love making Halloween ornaments!
luckycharms rated for Junque Yard Angel on Apr 13, 2018
5
rating
Comment: What a wonderful Angel!!! Thank you so very much, she will be hanging in a place of honor!!!
Response: You're very welcome! I had a lot of fun making her. Thank you for the kind words and the rating! xo

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 434 40 43
Completed Fives Threes Ones
422 449 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
3 22 397 0
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Comments

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.

luckycharms on Nov 22, 2017:

ht

thriftymermaid on Oct 18, 2017:

I missed getting to say Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a great time on your special day. I hope all is well with you and yours. Zora continues to love the blanket you sent her! Hugs!

Changeling on Jun 12, 2017:

Hi! Thank you for your profile comment. I am 4.1 percent Neanderthal. ;)

luleemik on Jun 8, 2017:

WOW, what a great tag selection---I am overwhelmed by your generosity and already have ideas to use some of the items. {{hugs}}

sassafrass on Jan 20, 2017:

Thank you for thinking of me!

starhiker on Jan 8, 2017:

Thank-you for the compliment on my dolls thats very kind of you. Thanks for hosting in the group also! ♥♥♥

thriftymermaid on Jan 4, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas goodies! It made my Christmas all the brighter!! :o)

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