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Date Joined: May 24, 2014
Last Online: March 22, 2016
Birthday: March 18, 1950
Country: United Kingdom
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Please forgive me if my swaps are late for a while. My husband came to the end of his journey tonight. He died peacefully after months of advancing disease. Our home will be very empty without him.

Please be patient if my swaps are late over the next few months. My husband's condition has deteriorated and he is in perhaps the last stages of his cancer journey. Swapping has been and is one of the few ways I have of managing stress during this time but we get unexpected events which may lead to me not always getting work finished on time. If you are one of my partners, in a swap, I WILL contact you if I am going to be late sending, and I will NEVER flake on a swap.

My husband has been very ill over the past few weeks. It was touch and go but he has made something of a recovery, weaker than he was and more in need of care but hopefully we will celebrate Christmas as a family. A million thanks to my swapbot partners who have patiently waited for their swaps and to those people waiting for ratings, I haven't forgotten you and will rate ASAP.

Hi, my name is Gloria, I live in Derry (Doire), N. Ireland. I am a retired clinical psychologist. The last ten years of my working life were spent in cancer care. It was a real privilege to walk with cancer patients on their journey, whatever the outcome. Their courage and dignity was inspirational. During my years in cancer care I used art and crafts as a channel for my own stress, and it have to say I was looking forward to the day I could retire and devote my time to 'arting', as my grand kids call it! Unfortunately since retirement my partner was diagnosed with cancer and we are now on our own cancer journey!

But, my life is very busy, as I like it. I am a mother, grandmother and a great- grandmother. I'm very young at heart and like to keep up with the times. I like the internet, I spend too much time there!

My interests are wide and varied. Aside from my family, my other two loves are my animals, Gracie and Huckleberry, adorable Schnauzers and Ruby, our cat, and my camper van which I love. I travel around as much as I can great inspiration for creating works of art as well as meeting new people.

I'm a crafter/artist. I love to draw and paint and I'm always on the look out for new techniques to try out. I use most mediums in my work, watercolour, acrylic, prismacolour pencils, alcohol inks, pastels etc., not much into oil paints though!

I make dolls, mainly from material but also polymer clay and paperclay. I like to make healing dolls and my friends love these. Another favourite is Dotee dolls. My cloth dolls, have needle sculpted faces and wired hands as well as button joints for posability.

I make felt and felt art, bit like painting with wool, I love the colours and textures of felt paintings, especially when embellished with stitching.

I love to crochet and knit and can manage to make most things. Afghans, toys, bags, gloves, tops, dresses, baby clothes etc.

I like to embroider and I like to create original prices of work by hand drawing and embroidering onto material, original sketches from my sketch books.

I also roam the beaches with my dogs and collect driftwood and sea glass both of which make great materials for craftwork.

You can find me on Pinterest where I have numerous boards including a 'my art' board. I'm also on Flickr Http://www.flickr.com/photos/ rubyragdoll/ And on Facebook Www.facebook.com/RubyragdollArtsAndCrafts.

Other interests: reading, I love fantasy and si- fi books. My fav authors are Stephen King and Anne Rice and Haruki Maurakami.

I love fairies and am currently making a fairy garden in my garden. I love mermaids and folk tales.

I love colour but also black and white. I like Zentangles and I especially love to create black and white tangles with accents of vivid colour for contrast.

I love summer, I love the beach, I love mountains and rivers and the sea. I love bluebell woods when the bluebells and wild garlic are in bloom, I love the smell of pine.

I'm not so keen on winter, don't like the short days, ice and snow but I do love Christmas and especially when all the family are around.

I collect things, dolls, doll houses ( making and furnishing, another hobby), I love car boot sales and I buy anything I think might come in handy for some creation!

My children are very tolerant and don't complain about the time I spend crafting but they would love to get rid of my "stashes" if they could. I have a great group of crafting friends and most of my grandchildren are artistic and creative so all in all I consider myself blessed.

As I read over this I wonder how I ever found time to work!!!

Looking forward to swapping with all you swappers!

I would like to get ATCs, postcards, stuffed envies. I like any fantasy but not monster type things. I love the colour green, and I love green, aqua and blue together.

I meditate when I can and I love gentle, soothing music. I also like, folk music, country music, swing, irish music and almost anything which my ears find attractive.

I like Leonard Cohen, Adele, Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Van Morrison.

I love foreign films, Japanese and Chinese being my favourites. Also like Polish and other Eastern European films.

I'm a vegetarian and I stick, as much as I can, to an alkaline diet, I find it works for me.

I love early morning before the house is awake and the world is still silent. The early birds and their morning songs are so beautiful and the world feels peaceful. Best time to meditate! I always rate as soon as I can. If I miss anyone out, it will be by mistake or life circumstances so, if I owe you a rating please contact me and I will correct the situation ASAP. Likewise, I appreciate ratings from my partners, it's good to know my work has arrived also, I put my best effort into all my work and I enjoy getting feedback about the end results. While I try to send my swaps on time, and I usually do, there may come a time when I'm not able to do that since my husband is ill and his circumstances are unpredictable, however, if I can't get a swap out on time I will contact my partner(s) and explain the situation ASAP.


Fandanie rated for The Twelve Days of Christmas Dotee on Feb 2, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely dove. It arrived safely.
spangleuk rated for UK Christmas Card Swap on Jan 20, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card. Sorry for taking so long to rate you
RadicalRecrafter rated for Christmas Angel Dotee Doll on Dec 24, 2014
Comment: Thank-you! It is absolutely adorable! :D
Comment: You will never believe what arrived today: your two patches postmarked October 9th! The package was in perfect condition, but surely it has been on a voyage to take 2+ months! Thank you for the sweet patches. :-)
Response: My goodness, I'm glad they reached you!! Wonder where they went!
dandabear rated for Profile Based Painted ATC on Dec 16, 2014
Comment: I got your cards today. Beautiful!! Thank you soo much for sending them. Hope all is well with you! Happy holidays!!
Response: Glad they arrived ok. Happy Xmas.
daisyd90 rated for M/L/FT-ATC-Mermaid on Nov 6, 2014
Comment: Wow!! You are such an amazing artist! I love that ATC. It is by far my most favorite I have ever received! It is seriously beautiful!
Response: Thank you very much, I'm glad you like her.
ullaulla rated for Selvage ATC #5 on Nov 4, 2014
Comment: Thanks you have sewed very nice card, I will show this to my quilt-course! Ulla
Wenturner71 rated for All about You on Nov 3, 2014
Comment: What a fun ATC! I love seeing you as a mermaid. Thank you so much!
stevado rated for Private swap 2 on Nov 2, 2014
Comment: Thank you very much for this personal swap, I love the meditation quilt and I love the threads, why do we have to finish everything.....that's not reality. The buttons are very welcome, thank you!
Response: Your welcome, I love our swaps.
GinaP rated for October Pin Up on Nov 1, 2014
Comment: What an awesome ATC. I never expect to see hand-drawn/painted ATC's but when I get one it's always amazing to me...since I can't draw :-/ She will make a great addition to my collection. Thanks so much.
Response: You are very welcome, glad you liked her.
Laurania rated for Remembrance Day ATC on Oct 29, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC and the story of your great uncle. Half my family is from Northern Ireland and not far from Carrickfergus. It must have been such a terrifying time to live in and he was a very brave man to have gone out to fight, the verse that your great grandparents wrote is beautiful and thank you for sharing it with me x
Response: You are very welcome, I was happy to share his story.
emilyjane rated for Christmas Tree Dotee Doll on Oct 29, 2014
Comment: Thankyou so much for the lovely dotee, I love the angel on her back. Thankyou for the buttons and ribbon, too, I look forward to crafting with these :)
Response: You are very welcome
Scuslidge rated for September Unique Holiday DOTEE on Oct 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Dotee! I love her!
Response: Your welcome.
Comment: Lovely! Thank you! :)
Response: Your welcome.
wolfeagle rated for HD/HP ATC-Partners Choice on Oct 10, 2014
Comment: What a beautiful ATC. Thank you so much.
Response: You're very welcome
Terry9 rated for Mermaid dotee on Oct 7, 2014
Comment: Thank you Gloria for the beautiful mermaid dotee! Also thanks for the extra's.
Response: You're very welcome.
Johkup rated for "Newbie Friendly" journal page 5 on Sep 29, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the journal page. Sorry for my late rating! My mistake as I got your swap on time.
Response: Thank you very glad you liked the page.
oliviarrow rated for Still life ATC on Sep 9, 2014
Comment: I really like this still life, I love how the watercolor looks and the way you zoomed into the fruit bowl. So pretty!
peaceandlove rated for Alice in Wonderland ATC on Sep 6, 2014
Comment: Wow! I love both ATC's! I would not have been able to decide which one to send either. Thank you so much!!!! They are beautiful, you are quite an artist!
stevado rated for 1-aug-2014 on Sep 5, 2014
Comment: A wonderful envie with fabric inside, nice poststamps, impressive painted ATC's (I love the portrait of Clark Gable), too much to mention, thank you very much ♥♥♥

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debbiespoms on Dec 15, 2014:

Sorry to hear how sick your husband is and pray he well soon. Take care!

cinandrews04 on Aug 26, 2014:

Thank you so much for the beautiful Dotee and the material and the wonderful tiny mouse! You ate extra special!!!

biasbabe on Aug 18, 2014:


To the Nuts for Sewing and Crafting Group

cinandrews04 on Aug 15, 2014:

I hope your Dotee doll (giving you a hint) "Cheeries Jubilee" for National Cherries Jubilee Day, arrives soon! It must take a long time for the post to arrive overseas. I hope you like her! :) Cindy

anrtist on May 26, 2014:

Welcome to the LLL Group! I hope you enjoy it!

Blessings, cc

TC on May 25, 2014:

Hi Gloria! Welcome to Swap-Bot and to Newbie Helpers. I hope you find the group helpful, and you are welcome in any of the group swaps.

Your Pinterest link isn't working because you haven't put the URL in correctly. Might want to fix that. :)

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