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January

January
Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: November 18, 2017

Country: United States

About Me

I am a teacher with a mega-commute (70 miles each way to work...don't ask). 53 yo, married, with two sons. We currently live in the Hudson Valley of NY, although we have also lived in MA and Pittsburgh, PA. We are still Steelers fans because of that.

To pass the time on my commute, I listen to music, podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial.) I don't like books on tape, though. I also talk on the phone - love my hands-free system.
In my free time, besides playing around in my basement studio, I go to boot camp, hike, cook, read, and I'm a crossword puzzle fanatic. Must be the Times and I must do it in ink. I also love to do KenKen.

Favorite Music

SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES. I am a huge musical theater fan. Happily, since we currently live near enough to NYC, we go in as often as we can (afford), to see shows. And I listen to the soundtracks and sing loudly in the car (again, on that long drive). Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Gregory Porter. I also really like Bruno Mars, but I don't like much pop music.

Favorite Books

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my preferred authors, and I tend to like fiction written by Indian writers. I like to read modern fiction and family sagas.
Some books that have stuck with me include -

The Paris Architect

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

The Language of Flowers

The Night Circus

The Red Tent

The Midwife of Hope River

Orphan Train

I do not like mysteries. However, I love the series by Alexander McCall Smith called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. They are set in Botswana and although there is technically a mystery included, they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Lettering

Faces, especially odd ones

Stencils

Collage

Stamp carving

Art foamies - kind of a new-ish product

(I follow Julie Balzer's blog...really like her style and use of color)

(I also follow a quilting blog called Exuberant Color - her use of color is incredible)

I love all kinds of pens - especially paint pens (the sharpie paint pens are good, so are Molotow), gel pens, markers (love the Pigma micron pens), white pens. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one.

Dislikes -

Steampunk style

Holiday-related things

Animals - except I do like birds

My style...

I love bright colors (but not neon).

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I collect...

Pens. Pens. Pens.

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Blank books

Mechanical pencils

Ratings

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Comment: What a delightful journal! I love doing gelli prints, too. And I'll try the tea if I can sneak the bag out of the package without destroying the page!! These are so much fun to do - I signed up for the winter one, as well. Have a nice Thanksgiving!!
Ganell rated for Happy mail fun #4 on Nov 17, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the awesome stuff! Happy swapping!
LacieLove rated for Happy mail fun #4 on Nov 16, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much.
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Comment: Your tags are so cute Deborah! I especially like Wednesday's quote. Thanks a bunch!
Jenicat rated for Major Washi Swap on Oct 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the fun washi samples. I didn't have any of them 💜
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Comment: Absolutely love your tag book. I'm a big quote fan but had only heard of one of these (Churchill). I'm going to find it somewhere to hang near my art desk :-) Really good piece of art. Did you use Distress Oxides? Love the effect :-)
Response: So so glad you like it. I loved making it! (No Distress Oxides used...I think you are talking about the edges??...all I did was a cosmetic wedge pounced onto a black inkpad and then lightly brushed around the edges of the tag...instant aging/shadowing!!...one of my fave techniques)
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Comment: Lovely. Thank you
Ace330660 rated for Washi tape swap #1 on Oct 10, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the washi !
ladybugluvsstuff rated for Handmade Bliss #1 on Oct 5, 2017
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Comment: I LOVE the altered tin!! and the tiny goodies inside, the washi and the vintage ephemera, thank you!!
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Comment: Great tag-represents fall so well. The leaves are turning in parts of ND but not here yet-cooler weather and rain! Thanks for sharing and swapping!
Doraecyscraps rated for Deco Tape Sample Swap 5 on Sep 30, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful washi, love them all! ❤
Dakini55 rated for Tag Trio - Upside-Down Tags on Sep 27, 2017
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Comment: Great job! Fun swap!
ToujoursMoi rated for Deco Tape Sample Swap 5 on Sep 24, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for this lovely collection of Washis.
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Comment: Thank you for such a wonderful "heart"felt swap! I wish I could give you more than one heart. I feel very special to receive this swap! I love the lavender pillow, and I will definitely use it, as I often have nights where I find it hard to sleep. The homemade stickers are fabulous and the resin heart is beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Peaches12 rated for CPG Made with Maps - US Only on Sep 19, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the envies, tags and postcard. I like the subway maps.
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Comment: OHHH! I do love it! Like how you used a workbook page as the background and the piece of measuring tape but especially love the little book-how precious and tiny. Thanks for sharing with me-I am enjoying this series too!
Akanksha23 rated for Who LOVES happy mail? on Aug 29, 2017
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Comment: Thank u!
debtea2 rated for CQ-Decorated MatchBook NotePads -USA on Aug 23, 2017
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Comment: WOW these are beautiful, not one but two I can't thank you enough for this.. have a great day
debtea2 rated for FFF-Summer Flipbook USA on Aug 23, 2017
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Comment: Awesome FB I absolutely love it and thank you for joining the swap and the extra work you did but it made me day.. many hearts
Hannahjosh rated for Fill a Pencil Case (USA) on Aug 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you! I love it all😁

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jaimierandolph on Oct 3, 2017:

Profile Check for: Washi tape swap #1 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you enjoy the swap and join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping!!!!!!!

doulakk on Apr 17, 2017:

Welcome to our group!
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jaimierandolph on Dec 24, 2016:

Profile Check for PEN swap. Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping jaimierandolph

jaimierandolph on Dec 24, 2016:

Profile Check for PEN swap. Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping jaimierandolph

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