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ChinaCat

ChinaCat
Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: January 15, 2021
Birthday: October 16
Country: United States
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About Me

ABOUT ME:

I'm retired with two grown children and two grandsons. I also have a five year old granddaughter. I live in Arizona where it's very hot in the summer. I like fall best of all, especially when it finally starts to cool off.

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, 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, Americana.

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

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

Mrs. Maisel

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 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.

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.

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.

I'm not fond of random dollar store items. Some of the holiday craft items are cool though.

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 or kitchy 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 like to try unusual (regional) things.

I am a pescaterian and have been for over 30 years. (I do eat fish, eggs and cheese.)

Ratings

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Comment: Oh Robin!! Getting a package from you is PURE JOY!! 💗 I love everything you do and how you do it--you are a perfect Christmas Girl!! I LOVE the Santa key ornament--perfect timing--finally getting the tree decorated tomorrow and we're having take out and birthday cake! I love the bookworm. I always love your Christmas tags! So happy to be able to put these under the tree! Thank you for always making Christmas more special!! Thank you for the wrapping goodies too!! more after I dig deeper and unwrap!! Lots of love to you for a Merry Christmas despite the crazy of our time! xoxo 🎄
Response: Yay! I'm so glad it arrived! I really kind of crammed everything in there so hopefully it's not too squished. Enjoy your tree and all the holiday merriment! xoxo
ittybittykitty rated for Retro Ads on Nov 24, 2020
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Comment: Haha I love it, thanks! I’m digging the little snippet on the back, too. This is going up on my bulletin board
Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. I have a few old magazines that really come in handy for swaps sometimes. Happy T-Day tomorrow!
SilverD rated for Altered CD on Nov 3, 2020
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Comment: What a lovely surprise. Thanks so much for the rooster altered cd. The tassel is very cool, love the colors and fabrics.
Response: Thank you for the rating and you are very welcome. I enjoyed making it!
geekgirl1001000 rated for Found object swap on Nov 2, 2020
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Comment: This is great! How fun you came across abandoned art. I love your touches. ESP the tint you got on the sticks.
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I really enjoyed this swap! Happy Fall! xo
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Comment: This was definitely a weird Post Card, and I loved it!! Thanks!!
Response: It was FUN!! And I sent the sticker too so yay! Thank you so much for being cool about the lateness.
dartha rated for Ribbon Roll Ornament on Oct 19, 2020
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Comment: Thanks you Robin - He's so creepy :) Love the ornament and what a cool idea - thank you so much for hosting this. Now I have a cool ornament from 2020 to add to all the cool previous halloween swap ornaments I have. Thanks so much, darla
Response: You are very welcome! I like a little bit creepy ~ makes it more fun! Thank you for the rating and for joining the swap.
luluvision rated for Add-A-Costume! on Oct 18, 2020
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Comment: Eek! That baby is pretty damn creepy! LOL It is Halloween after all! Thank you for the clown baby! Happy Halloween!
Response: Thank YOU for the rating! That clown baby went through a lot during her makeover. At first I wanted her to be cute, but then the paint on her face started to run, so I had to change directions and ended up with a hot mess baby clown! =)
sofiafenntatum rated for Day Of The Dead Swap (US) on Oct 16, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for such a thoughtful, generous, beautiful and creative swap! I love absolutely everything, and I feel at a loss for words to tell you how much I appreciate everything you chose for me, and I can see how much time you invested in creating this. I am very grateful, and will cherish it all. Thank you for the time you spent, the lovely gifts, the note, the print outs from the Tucson paper, I love it all! Thank you again!
Response: You are very welcome! It put me in a definite fallish frame of mind. It was really special to share my love of Dia de los Muertos with someone who has lived in Tucson and experienced our cherished All Saints Day Parade. Thank you for the rating and the special message you left. x0
Eulegirl rated for Profile Swappy Swap on Oct 6, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the glorious weird gifts!! Aspect thanks you very much, too, even though she did a cat crime to obtain hers. I opened the box late at night and left it on my kitchen table, because I wanted to watch her enjoy the new toy (and do the rating before I enjoyed the contents). In the night, she jumped up and played her bat. I found bat in the hall this morning. The rest of the box contents scattered (all is safe).
Response: You're very welcome and I'm glad Aspect had fun! =)
ChrisD rated for BOO BOX!!! on Sep 11, 2020
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Comment: WOW! What an incredible box of bootiful things. Thanks you so much! Youd did an amazing job putting this together. THANK YOU!!!
Response: Thank YOU, Chris! I enjoyed putting it together for you. Happy Halloween!
Drea3nvy rated for Ugly Sweater Halloween Ornament on Aug 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fun swap and the extra goodies!!! I appreciate it so much
Response: You're very welcome! It was a fun swap. =)
watercolorgirl rated for Easter Egg Swap on Mar 26, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful egg. I shall treasure it and also add it to my collection. Stay well.
Response: I'm glad you like it! xo
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Comment: Thank you so much for the sweet art doll!
Response: You're welcome!! xo
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Comment: Thank you for the absolutely lovely wall hanging!!!!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the rating. I'm glad you like the wall hanging! xo
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Comment: I couldn't wait to open and I'm glad because the beautiful tin heart ornament went right on my valentine tree! Thank you :)
Response: Thank you for the rating! I thought it would be nice for your tree. xo
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Comment: Wish I could give you at least 5 stars. OMG, my happy mail is fabulous. The bird & shoe buttons are cute, the rainbow chipboard stickers are great, the tags are wonderful. But the dragon buttons--AWESOME!!. Thank you so much. You're a goddess. :-)
Response: Oh, I'm happy that you like the dragon buttons! I wanted to find something with dragons. Enjoy making your paperclips! xo
JudalineZ rated for Be My Hallowtine! on Jan 16, 2020
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Comment: Love it! Thank you for the goodies!
Response: You are very welcome!! xo
jjhere rated for Be My Hallowtine! on Jan 10, 2020
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Comment: Wow! Where's the quadruple heart button?? What an amazing package of happiness. My son brought the mail in and when he saw your envie he said, "Oh, Mom. You are having a REALLY good mail day." Thank you so much!
Response: Ha! You are welcome! I felt bad that the tape looked kind of funky but I thought the envie needed to be covered. Anyway, it was a lot of fun to make. Happy Hallowtine!!! xo
thriftymermaid rated for MLU: A Tiny Mermaid Bottle on Jan 8, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for my beautiful Mermaid Bottle and the wonderful extras!! We may have to open a Mermaid Museum for all of our crafty treasures!! <3
Response: You're very welcome!! xo
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Comment: Robin! Robin! Robin! You are one of my favorite persons!! :o) I just love getting a box of goodness from you. The stocking is gorgeous!! I'm going to hang it up tonight, The rest I'm saving for my birthday on the 27th, I've decided to leave all of my swap-bot packages in Maine instead of traveling with them. I'll be back on the 26th and it will be something to make my bday special--they have a way of getting lackluster the older we get. ;o) Wishing you and your family a wonderful, wonderful holiday!! xoxo
Response: Oh, that will be fun to open them on your birthday! My box from you arrived today too ~ I'm off to leave a rating and a comment. xo

Rating Overview

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Comments

thriftymermaid on Jan 1, 2021:

thriftymermaid on Dec 30, 2020:

Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas gifts!! It's always a joy to open a package from you! 💜 I love everything!! Wishing you a Happy New Year!! xoxo

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

thriftymermaid on Dec 24, 2020:

Merry Christmas!! 🎄💗

thriftymermaid on Dec 5, 2020:

Thanks Again, Robin. I can feel the special of your Christmas package! It does make me feel like a kid!! xoxo

thriftymermaid on Nov 26, 2020:

Happy Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for you!! <3

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

ittybittykitty on Sep 8, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

watercolorgirl on Apr 4, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful East Card. I have it up on my wall.

Karen07 on Dec 14, 2019:

Cactus looks great on the tree! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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