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Last Online: September 26, 2013
Birthday: January 22, 1949
Country: South Africa
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About Me

Love pottering and fiddling with arty crafty stuff and words. Am trying to find the ARTIST/AUTHOR within ME, after retiring from a career as an art teacher (during which time I was engaged in finding the artist within others).

I do not sign up for a lot of swaps, and I do not flake. It sometimes takes a long time for the postman to get my mail from me (in South Africa) to you - but if you've waited a reasonable time and nothing's arrived, please let me know and I will re-send.

Favorite Music

My taste in music is very eclectic - but what really draws me is the raw-sounding grass-roots, unsophisticated folk music of people all over the world.

Favorite Movies

I watched Rocky I about five times, I think. The story is a metaphor for my life: get knocked down, keep on getting up! Perseverance conquers! Shawshank Redemption has the same message - probably why it is also one of my favourites.

Favorite Crafts

Do have a look at my Crafts 'n Stuff page on my website!

I like beading, knitting, embroidery, paper crafts, designing computer graphics, dollmaking, altered books, writing, patchwork. I like rich and gaudy, bright colours or earthy, ethnic from all over the world, folk art, primitives. As Picasso said: "Good taste is the enemy of creativeness"

Current Addiction

I've been enjoying Facebook. I am getting to know family members who live too far away to meet in person, and I keep in touch with people I know from l-o-o-o-n-g ago.

About rating and hearts...

I always rate the very day I get your mail - unless there is a real problem. I do not give hearts just because you've thrown in something extra, but for the overall love, care and attention that I sense from the way that you approached and packaged the whole thing.

Please do not send me ephemera or bits and pieces for scrapbooking or making ATCs - it will take me a lifetime to use up all the stuff I've hoarded! My husband gets scared every time I receive an envelope - he thinks my swapping will eventually leave us with no space to live.

A friendly, personal note included with your send is always appreciated.


ladydy5 rated for Memories of Mom (Or A Loved One) on Dec 30, 2009
nannie8 rated for Memories of Mom (Or A Loved One) on Dec 20, 2009
candigirl rated for postcard fiction on Jul 26, 2009
Comment: Erna, THanks so very much for the suspenseful story and lovely postcard...I could just see the beginnings of a murder mystery novel in that short story!! How are things with Jim and the recording going?? Let me know!! thanks again... Your swap pal, Sandi
Response: Jim: drama, drama. Richard Lloyd, ex-member of Television, was here earlier this year to produce the third album. Hanli & Jim broke up. Don't know when the album will be released... but what I've heard so far, it's very good. I enjoyed writing that little story. Wish I had the drive & energy to turn it into a novel... how do real writers do it? BTW - why do you think the guy on the boat was shot? Simple kealousy is too obvious a motive for a novel, don't you think? How's the family?
SPuppet23 rated for Hand-Drawn ATCs on May 1, 2009
Comment: Sorry for the late rate...I overlooked you by accident! The card was VERY beautiful! Thanks for all the extra art from South Africa!
Response: I'm so glad you did rate me, eventually. Better late than never. Thanks!
Shayzilla rated for Email Round Robin Story on Apr 21, 2009
Comment: Strong start. Thank you for being so patient with me. Getting back in to our routine is proving to be quite difficult.
Response: I know - when an upheaval occurs in one's life, it takes a while to dig yourself out of the rubble... take your time!
CatMom6 rated for Non-paper ATC Swap on Apr 9, 2009
Comment: Hi Eran, I got your ATC's today. What great art you make. I was blown away by your ATC's. You are too sweet and kind to have sent four PC. They are all so interesting and will be treasured. Thank you very, very much. I love the quilt ATC too. That is was very neat to received. YEA!!! You made my day. Happy Swapping and Happy Spring. Kimberlee/CatMom6
Response: Glad you got the envelope & that you liked it!
DonBigotes rated for Fantasy Family Scrapbook on Apr 8, 2009
Comment: Erna, I had forgotten to rate you, but the work was incredible. I'm working on getting mine up to par. You set the bar high, my friend. Like, I said, this piece is totally publishable. Thank you for sharing it.
Response: Thanks, R! I am looking forward to yours. I know I will like it, because I like you.
Sunnie rated for A Day in the Life! on Apr 2, 2009
Comment: Thanks for the great story ,I loved the detail and I loved the twist at the end ,I really enjoyed reading it ,thank you again :)
ViridianMuse rated for Hand-Drawn ATCs on Mar 26, 2009
Comment: Thanks for the fantastic card! I love the drawing!
WildSpiritWoman rated for atc art doll swap on Mar 24, 2009
Comment: great doll! it's plenty strong! The stamp and envlope were great too. And the extra hand worK on the fabric I feel lucky to get tooo!! BIG THANKS Linda
Response: You're welcome! I am really relieved that it arrived.
luvstostamp rated for atc art doll swap on Mar 24, 2009
Comment: Your ATC is great. Thanks so much. I really needed the boost today. Thanks for all the extras too. Joyce
Response: Glad to hear that the doll gave you a needed lift!
candigirl rated for Erotic short story swap on Mar 16, 2009
Comment: Erna!! I loved your story!! It was just racy enough with a surprise ending...(I loved the "Mr" and "Mrs" thing...) You are quite a good writer, and thank you for sharing it!! Also, thank you so very much for the lovely feather quill...it is so unique and beautiful, we don't have a bird like that where I live, and there is something about a feather..it is quite a sensual gift, in any form, don't you think?? I think it was a lovely gift... I loved talking with you in the PM's...thanks again for the great literature and beautiful quill... Hope to talk with you soon!! your swap pal, Sandi
Response: Thank you , Sandi!
simindy rated for *ATC* SeLF PoRTRAiT ^_^ on Mar 11, 2009
Comment: Wow! I wish I could give you a million hearts - this little package was amazing. First, the ATC is absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous. I went to your website and saw your other artwork--again, you're an amazing artist. Loved LOVED the extras. You are right. I LOVE stuff. I have mounds and mounds of it. But I'm also OCD, so it is all {usually} very well organized. Thanks again!
Response: Now a touch of OCD would really help me - because my mountains of stuff are NOT very well organised. Any time you want to pop over and get me sorted, you're welcome!
Jillzwhimzy rated for Sewing Themed ATC Swap on Mar 11, 2009
Comment: Erna, thank you so much I have never seen anything like them & adore Batik! You are fabulous! Thanks for the extras & lovely note. Any time you want to swap I'm game. Thank you for all of the thought behind your gifts. :0)
beancounter17 rated for Primitive Stitching on Mar 11, 2009
Comment: I love the primitive you sent! It is obvious that you spent a lot of time on it, and I appreciate that you looked at my profile about colors. Thanks-I hope we swap again in the future.
Response: I am so relieved that it reached you at last, and that the colours were the right ones.
sweet3pea3 rated for Postage Stamp Lovers on Mar 2, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for the great assortment of stamps and the extra goodies. Many hearts to you. Take Care and Happy Swapping! Angela
Response: You're so welcome, Angela!
pandakitty rated for Map Postcard Swap on Mar 2, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. What an unusual postage stamp! Thanks for the sweet note.
Response: So glad you liked it. I was a bit worried, as the map was "different" from the usual touristy kind of mapcards.
Janetburns rated for February Watercolor/Ink ATCs on Feb 28, 2009
Comment: Wonderful, thanks, Janet
BookSlinger rated for ATCS Watercolour/Ink Dec/Jan on Feb 18, 2009
Comment: Many, many, many Hearts to you!!! Your envie was like a package on Christmas morning :) The quilted ATC is SO amazing and beautiful. And ALL the WONDERFUL extras!!!!! Thank you SO much for this absolutely amazing swap Package! I love it ALL. It was so very thoughtful of you :) This stuffed envie is going in my purse so I can show it off! Even the postage stamp on it is AMAZING.
Response: My heart is pumping custard... that's a local expression (I think it is only used in South Africa) that means, in this case: "Awww... geee.... SO glad you liked it! Makes me so happy & I even feel a bit embarrassed by your praise, but in a NICE way."
Redwing rated for ART ist Trading Cards on Jan 26, 2009
Comment: Lovely card... thank you so much
Response: I wonder what happened to Justin....?

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dearguppy on Mar 3, 2010:

hi there! i just wanted to invite you to my Spirit Seekers Snail Mail Swap. you were in the original spiritual match up swap yrs ago, so i thought you might be interested. i hope you will join us! ~lauren

shinywen on Aug 29, 2009:

Hi I'd like to invite you to Interfaith Swapping, where you can swap items related to all kinds of religions and faiths without being preached to. Reach out and learn some new things and appreciate the worlds' cultures! Hope to see you there.

threesweetpeas on May 25, 2009:

check out our new swap at short story writers, "postcard fiction"


cynaemon on Mar 13, 2009:

You might consider joining writing.com. YOu will find me there as noelanicat. I love to write. Hugs, Nathalie

DonBigotes on Mar 1, 2009:

Erna, thank you and thank you for sharing your husband's website. Firstly, he is a true artist. The elements of surrealism and the social commentary in his work is very powerful. One day, and soon I pray, he will be recognized for his genius. His style in some of his works reminds me of some of the Mexican muralists that I love so much. His use of color, his arrangement of icons, all great, great work. I am indebted to you for having share it. Thank you again.

Shayzilla on Feb 18, 2009:

The Writer's Block Cafe is open for business. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, have a seat, post your literary work, and discuss.

Thanks for being apart of the group

-Shayzilla (Short Story Writers)

spinjenny on Dec 31, 2008:

Happy New Year!

stacirose on Dec 30, 2008:



crmc on Oct 28, 2008:

Hi Erna - thanks for your response - you can see a bit of the freeform work I do on my blog: http://craftingwithstyle.blogspot.com/ Thanks again for the goodies! Carlyn

TerryF on Sep 13, 2008:

Dear, dear, dear Erna: That is so wonderful - I am sure everyone is totally thrilled! Thank you for letting me know.

(I know I owe you a long email, haven't forgotten you, it's just a little hectic and trying right now over here.)

Sending lots of positive thoughts and wishes that Eva and your grandbaby have a healthy and uneventful pregnancy. Lots of hugs, Terry

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