Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
(Profile updated 10-10-17)
♦WeLcOmE to my world♦.
Creativity is my passion ♥. I am a serious craft-a-holic, and have been ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. If anything sits still long enough, it is fair game for decorating. I find it difficult to send out an envelope without some form of decoration on it.
My most current swap faves are mail art and smash books. (If you happen to have any spare bits of Spring (rabbits especially), Halloween, Valentine, St. Pats, lime green, iris, or angel goodness, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash books.) I enjoy drawing (especially Zentangle inspired designs), beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, paper crafts, ATCs, altered Rolodex cards, inchies, skinnies, scrapbooking, card making, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done counted cross stitch, needlepoint, decorative painting, glass etching, wood carving, knitting and origami.
My style tends to be stylistic/cute.
I can use any size art journal/smash book page.
Note to future rolo swap partners: I prefer to have the back of the card (2 1/4" x 4") decorated with the notches up.
♦THINGS I CAN MAKE TO SWAP♦ --- I have a Sizzix die cutter and a nice variety of die shapes---I can cut designs for embellishing projects, make shaped note cards, cut stencils from plastic, etc. I also have a few texture plates for embossing patterns on card stock.
I make small crocheted flowers (for use on ATCs or note cards, etc.) and have sent out 4 batches to swap partners so far.
I have drawn original swap cards for a few partners. ♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠♥♠
♥ Favorite colors: blue, orchid, lime green;
favorite combination--aqua,brown and ivory.
Lately I have been drawn to orange (not neon, but more the orange on Baltimore Orioles or burnt orange shades.)
I am not overly fond of an abundance of pink.
♥ Favorite artists: Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Monet, Van Gogh, Escher, Charley Harper
♥ Favorite animals: dogs, rabbits, fox, cats,
hedgehogs, frogs, lambs,
polar bears, pandas, moose,
dolphins, sea lions, orcas, jelly fish,
dragonflies, owls, hummingbirds, flamingos
♥ Favorite cartoon characters: Snoopy, Kermit, Eeyore, Grinch, Tazmanian Devil, Suzy's Zoo critters, Lambchop
♥ Favorite scents: cucumber melon, apple, peach, fresh linen, seabreeze
♥ Favorite gems: Tanzanite, Larimar, green Amethyst, Alexandrite
♥ Favorite flavors: chocolate, peach, green apple, pear, watermelon, bacon
♥ Favorite places traveled to: San Diego CA,
Door County WI, Grand Cayman Island, Kyoto Japan,
♥ Favorite activities: in addition to crafting--- reading, camping, cruising, canoe/kayaking, hiking with my dog
♥ More favorites: angels, anything with the words JOY, HOPE, or BREATHE on it
♥ washi tape (looking for the following themes: postage, frogs, scisssors, seasonal themes)
♥ beads & charms, rings (size 7 or 9), bracelets
♥ fun fibers, stickers, shaped confetti/sequins, brads
♥ Pigma Micron pens, Copic markers, extra fine point Sharpies, metallic gel pens
♥ maps, travel brochures, used stamps (especially foreign), paper doilies
♥ plastic grocery bags (the crinkly kind) in colors (especially blue, red, purple) to crochet with
♥ handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks
♥ small dolls (paper, art, Matryoshyka, Japanese)
♥ bird cages, hot air balloons, light houses, castles
♥ rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars
♥ oceans, lakes, rivers
♥ irises, trees, autumn
♥ a current (as well as long time) favorite is paths. It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.
♥ abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures
the smell of smoke
coffee, herbal and green tea
I love to read (both on my Kindle and "real" paper books. I can't fall asleep unless I have read for an hour (or 2...or 3).
◘ Craft how-to and idea books
◘ Cozy mysteries (most recent fave is the Bellingwood series by Diane Greenwood Muir)
◘ Historical fiction (Lori Wick and Kathleen Ernst.)
◘ Crime novels--(Michael Connely, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais)
◘ Paranormal romances--(J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Rain)
◘ Christopher Moore
◘ Rock star romances (Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning; Silver Strings Series by Lisa Gillis)
◘ A couple years ago I was on a circus kick and read "Water for Elephants", "Under the Big Top", "Mumbo Jumbo Circus", and "Toby Tyler".
◘ A few years ago I read the "Little House on the Prairie" books (I never read them as a child.) I got the "Pioneer Girl...The Annotated Autobiography" for Christmas (2015).
NCIS, Bones, Law & Order, Royal Pains, Major Crimes, Outlander, Ghost Whisperer, Supernatural, The Gilmore Girls, Little House on the Prairie, the travel channel
Oldies (especially Beatles, Bad Company, Badfinger, Beach Boys, etc.)
DISLIKE Rap and CW.
I used to play the accordion.
Princess Bride; Romancing the Stone; Cutting Edge; Dirty Dancing; The Thornbirds; Tombstone; Despicable Me, cheesy sci-fi like the Sharknados, and Tremors
I live in the country (midwestern USA---Wisconsin) with hubby and a rescued furbaby (Theo, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, ground hogs, racoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)
I have a 37 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) who live near Chicago, and a daughter in heaven (as of 3-23-03).
I was an Activity Director for a psych hosp. for 7 years before having kids, then an Activity Coord. for a nursing home for 11 years after kids.
When I was diagnosed with cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) Oct. 2011, I didn't think I would be around to celebrate another birthday. But 6 months of chemo did what it was supposed to. I still have cancer, but don't need more chemo at this time. I had my stem cells collected the end of Oct. 2012 and they are being cryo-stored until I need my transplant. As of my latest oncologist apt. (Sept. 2017), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.
what I pledged * I appreciate being rated soon after you receive my swaps. What's even more important to me than seeing the rating is just knowing that my swap made it to you. I feel bad asking if my swap disappeared on the way when I don't hear in a reasonable amount of time (2 weeks for USA swaps, longer for international), but I am concerned, and need to know if I should get started on a re-send if need be.
I enjoy reading your comments about my swaps. I also like reading the responses to my comments.
I put a lot of effort into my swap presentation (decorated envie, personalized note card, folder, or hand drawn swap card) as well as the swap item itself, and I really appreciate it when it's evident that my swap partners add extra effort as well. It makes my day when I can tell that my partner took the effort to read my profile.
I am very excited to be adding zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at last year. I also was asked to draw a series of adult coloring pages (which I completed in May 2016). I made 80 tangled thank you bookmarks for the staff at the assisted living complex and the nursing home where he spent his last days.
My focus this year (2017) is to share my talents and supplies/ tools with others:
♥ I gave away my Cricuit machine along with 7 cartridges to a friend who will make better use of it than I have been for the past few years.
♥ I volunteer once a week at the Senior Living Complex my dad lived in. I take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations.
♥ I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 3 daughters (9, 7, and 4). The boys (2 1/2 and 1) don't seem to be very interested yet. :-)
I have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).
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