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ChinaCat

ChinaCat
Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: May 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

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
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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
5
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Comment: Do you even have anything left in your stash? I think you sent me everything! I can't wait to make some little witches. And llama washi? My fave, right next to Halloween. What a great bunch of crap, Robin, Thank you so much!!!
Response: You are very welcome! Sharing my crappy stash with you was my pleasure. Thank you for the rating!
skybridgestudios rated for De-stash Private Swap on Apr 9, 2018
5
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Comment: Super fun bottomless bag o' treasures! Many thanks for a great destash swap. Looking forward to future swaps together!
Response: I hope you enjoy the de-stash! Thanks much for the rating and happy swapping!!
fairyduster53 rated for TSJ: Mini Fairy Garden on Mar 27, 2018
5
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Comment: What a delightful fairy garden!! I love it!! Thank you so much!!
Response: You are very welcome! I hope it arrived intact! Thank you much for the rating.
Arabella rated for Vintage Style Halloween Tags on Mar 22, 2018
5
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Comment: Great Halloween tag, Robin! Love all the embellishments! Love the skull ticket, too! Thank you so much!
Response: You are welcome and thank you for the rating!
sandyponey rated for Vintage Style Halloween Tags on Mar 22, 2018
5
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Comment: Gorgeous tag. I love how you went vintage steampunk with it. Awesome Standard Union embellishment. Thank you for the nifty mini tag too. What a great swap! Thx for everything. Hugs, Sandy
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the rating. Looking forward to swapping with you again!
kfaye rated for Crappy Green Stocking Stuffer - March on Mar 10, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the stuffer :D I love the green, velvet bag!
Response: Thank you for the rating!! xo
123Poggy123 rated for VTHS: Altered Tickets on Feb 27, 2018
5
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Comment: What a great job you did on these altered tickets. It was my first time doing them also & I will do them again.
Response: Thanks for the rating! It was a fun swap!
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Comment: Thank you so much! This was a lot of fun to open--as everything is from you!! I love the tin, the cherry pin felt nostalgic to me--I went through a cherry loving stage in my 20's , Betty Page style--I'm using it to hold things on my bulletin board! :o) Love the heart hankie too and the other beautiful vintage linens! You're the best! Hugs!!
Response: You are welcome, m'dear! Always a pleasure to pick things for you.Bet you had Betty Page bangs too. =) Thanks for joining!!
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Comment: I love the bird and the sun flower, the birds tail didn't quite make the trip. I don't see any TH but we are going to call it a day, because you put a lot of work in the car and it is great. I also hope to swap with you again. I love making Christmas ornaments also. I was in the swap to make an ornament out of a cd awesome and a lot of fun.
Response: So sorry about the bird's tail! I enjoy making ornaments from CDs as well. I host a monthly swap in the Sisters of Holy Crap group - if you're interested in that group, send a request. I'd be happy to host an altered CD swap! Thank you for the rating. xo
luckylynnl rated for January Stocking Stuffer on Feb 2, 2018
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Comment: I am often staring at a lovely package and wondering just how long I can wait to open it. I want to and I don't. If there was a way to give more ♥s I would. Good communication and great gift. I will probably have more to say later. Thrilled I joined. What fun. Lynn
Response: Thank you for the rating and for joining this swap! xo
thriftymermaid rated for A MerMazing New Year on Jan 25, 2018
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Comment: Thank you Robin for the amazing swap package. You have the best eye for wrapping, each gift is a treasure before even being opened! I Love everything! The sacred heart is gorgeous, a mermaid tree, wonderful earrings and pin, our dear Frida!, crafty supplies...so many awesome treasures!! And the lovely Raggedy Ann for Zora!! She is so pretty, we had a lot of fun watching Zora open her. She will be well loved. Thank you for continuing our tradition. I am reminded of you on a daily basis as I admire your handmade ornaments--still love my tuna fish can mermaid magnet--and all of the other gifts you've given to me over the years! I'm so happy and blessed to know you!! Hugs. <3
Response: Yay! I debated over which doll to get for Zora. They had some mermaid dolls made for babies but when I saw that sweet little old fashioned Raggedy Ann doll, she stole my heart. I like to keep old traditions alive I guess. When I was very little I had a Raggedy Ann that I dragged around until she was a real rag doll! =) It's always fun to find stuff I think you'll like. That cute mermaid book came from Michael's. There are tons of accessories for it if you like all that planning book stuff. It's a cute line of products. Thanks for the sweet rating - yes, we need to keep our yearly swap tradition going. I love it too! xo
susieq40 rated for TSJ: For The Love Of Glass US on Jan 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful pieces of glass, love the little cat...and the dolphin is very pretty...I love glass things you did great.
Response: You are very welcome! Glad you like them and thank you for the rating! xo
Sandara333 rated for VTHS: Choose Your Handmade Swap on Jan 5, 2018
5
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Comment: Wow! What a wonderful surprise I received in the mail yesterday. I love the matchbox ornament you made for me, it’s one of the nicest swaps I’ve received🌟💗💖🍸🌙⭐️ Plus, you made my day by including those Krampus stickers.😸😻😁
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for the very nice comment. Happy 2018!!!
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Comment: Thank you so much! I actually opened my gifts right away. The items you sent are beautiful! I'm looking forward to using the little note cards and tags. So much fun!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the rating and Merry Christmas!!
moM rated for Another Crappy Card Swap - Christmas! on Dec 7, 2017
5
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Comment: What a gorgeous card! Thank you for those owls, they are crazy cute! Thanks for hosting this and so many other swaps this year. It's been a lot of fun!!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the rating and for joining this swap - Merry Christmas!
Jamnj rated for Little Halloween on Dec 5, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks for the cute little package. I’ll wait til Little Halloween to open it.
Response: Thanks much for the rating!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 418 35 38
Completed Fives Threes Ones
406 433 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
3 22 381 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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