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Last Online: July 19, 2009

Country: Canada
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About Me

Living on Vancouver Island, Canada with dogs, cats & chickens. I grew up in one of the largest cities in the US of A, though I spent most of my summers in Ohio on my grandfather's farm. Moved to a log cabin in the mountains of British Columbia, then to a small city in different mountains of British Columbia, and then to the the south west tip of Vancouver Island. I live on a farm in the country and raise chickens and eggs and do photography which I market through various on line sites and local galleries.

Interests: Books, Dogs, Quilting, Old buildings, Chickens, Good Food, Good Friends. I like to stay at home and read - but I love to travel to exotic/ off the beaten track locations. I don't like package tours and have traveled to many out of the way places on my own. When I travel I like to experience what is unique about that place- food, culture, history, etc.

I like working with my hands and one of my degrees is in ceramics with a minor in fibre arts. My main degrees are related to History in Art and Heritage Preservation. newmaillists@telus.net

Favorite Music

I like almost all kinds of music, but don't go to live performances all that often. Last club thing I went to was a few years ago to hear Ellen McIllwaine. Heard Ruthie Foster at the Conservatory last year and went to Rigoletto in the spring. I grew up back east in a city which had lots of Broadway openings and I love musical theatre and operetta. Took my kids to see the Mikado when they were 4 & 8 and took my son to see the Eurythmics when he was 14.
Fav Music: Billie Holiday, Beatles, Sarah MacLaughlin, Lyle Lovett, Operatic tenors, Stan Rogers, Patsy Cline, Annie Lennox, Blues, Country, popular, r & b, rock and roll, jazz but not modern. Not rap.

Favorite Movies

"Cousin, Cousine" (the French one), "Bull Durham", "Long Riders", "Star Wars-1", "Rear Window", Bridget Jones' Diary (that last scene with Colin Firth just makes me melt!) Adventure, documentary, chick flicks, adult not slapstick comedies, most any- once!

Favorite Television

Most mystery, detective, cop, lawyer shows. Ugly Betty, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money.

Favorite Crafts

quilting, knitting, constructing, sewing, photography, ceramics, painting


I like most kinds of food except fast or bananas.


Real teas & coffees, not instant.

Vanilla and coconut scents and flavours- real, not fake.

Dalmatians, not cutesy.


I like deco and moderne- fifties colours and design- but no tv stuff.

Colour-wise- I like most, just not muddy or acidic.

Almost all good music from the 1920s to present, but no modern jazz or rap. Also a dash of classical and operatic tenors. Old time rock and roll. 70-80's rock, 50's-60's rock, 20's jazz and swing, blue-grass/folk and country.

Good quality fabric-100% cotton for quilting.

On quilting fabrics, I love dots, realistic food, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler Fabrics and Rowan Fabrics. Batiks are nice. Stripes are okay too.

Knitting fibres: pure anything: wool, wool/alpaca, wool/cashmere, etc. Some synthetic fibres, but not cheap ones like phentex. More the synthetic ones used for effect like the eyelash wools, etc.

Animal prints on quality goods or fabrics.

Realistic chickens on fabrics, not cutesy.

Vargas style, Bettie Page like female designs from the 40s & 50s.

Oriental design - fabric, photography, gardens, furniture


Don't Likes

I don't do "cute." No puppies, kitties, teddy bears, etc. If a swap calls for cute, please send clean design instead.

Cheap synthetic anything.

On quilting fabrics,please nothing cute like flowery little flowers, little dogs and kitties, kids, baby pink or baby blue.



Plastic jewelry or cheap $1 store jewelry

Pins (the kind you wear)

Chocolate with fake flavours added.

Oh- and don't like alcohol or the flavour of, so no Irish Cream cocoa or filled chocolates.

Fruit "flavours"

BANANAS!- not in mixes, yuch, yuch on all levels.

Religious things, unless they have an element of kitsch to them like prayer cards, etc.

Fake smells.

Kids stuff- this probably goes back to the cute stuff, but I'm in my 50s and don't like Holly Hobby, or cutesy animals, or Disney stuff, girly stuff, etc.

Faux country themes. I live on a farm. I don't need to fantasize about cutesy chickens and cows.

No modern jazz or rap.

Cheap cr*p sent just to satisfy a swap theme- I'll just throw it out so don't waste your $ sending it.

Favorite Books

Good mysteries- Elizabeth George, Dashiell Hammett, John Lescroart, Michael Connelly, Carol O'Connell, Minette Walters, Laurie R. King, Martha Grimes, etc., Historical fiction, biographies. Some cook books, though I have tons, so ask before you send. Interesting books about quilting, but again, ask. Books about chickens and how to build coops and barns, green building books- high level as I am in construction. Books or anything about Heinrich Hundertwasser.

Swapping Commitment

I always send my swaps, though because I live out in the country it often takes longer to get to you. Please be patient and if you have not received something - please contact me so we can figure out what is going on! Please don't leave me a bad rating. Give me a chance to make it right.

I ALWAYS rate my partner for every swap, usually the day I receive it. I hope you will do the same for me!


quiltluver rated for Holidays Quilt Block Swap- July on Jun 24, 2009
Comment: THANK YOU for such a great block! and I just love the fat quarter... :)
mlookyloo1 rated for Holidays Quilt Block Swap- June on May 3, 2009
Comment: thank you
TC rated for Holidays Quilt Block Swap- May on Apr 3, 2009
Comment: Pretty, pretty block!
countrygirl58 rated for Retro~ live it love it! swap on Mar 31, 2009
Comment: Thank you...I loved everything. I can't imagine where you managed to find the ear rings. I have an old necklace that matches perfectly...Loved it all!!!
CutiePie rated for Sewing Room Spring Cleaning on Mar 27, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much!
pinkdiamond rated for Holidays Quilt Block Swap- April on Mar 19, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the lovely quilt block. My birthday is in April so It reminds me of April Showers. Your geese are beautiful...also thanx for the extras.
Response: Wow! Was that quick or what?! Glad you like it.
quiltluver rated for Holidays Quilt Block Swap- March on Mar 3, 2009
Comment: Wow - two great months in a row... THANKS for the great shamrock block and tea and batik piece... and LOVE the turkey card..... you're a great partner!!
Response: Thanks!
Comment: THANK YOU for the most wonderful february block... I just love it... and I can't wait to read the book! and the kleenex holder will go great in my quilting bag when I go to retreat.... what a wonderful parcel!!
julijul rated for Where Are You From? FABRIC on Feb 19, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for the terrific fabric and tea! I especially like the the fabric that looks overlaid with the totem images on it.
Sunnie rated for Where Are You From? FABRIC on Feb 17, 2009
Comment: Thanks so much for the great Canadian postcard FQ I loved it :) Thanks again :)
Comment: Awesome! I so LOVE the wonderful santa block! and all of the extras! thanks so much for passing on that wonderful book, and i am so EXCITED about the mug!
Response: Well, Santa was actually for December and the snowman for January, but it;s okay and I'm glad you like it!
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome snowman block! and all of the extras!
mypoohbear60 rated for Sewing Colour Hunt Swap on Jan 21, 2009
Comment: Absolutely Fantastic!!! Wish I could give you 2 hearts. The ribbon is perfect, The fabric too, but then to send buttons of turtles, and doggies and the music note. The music note will definitely go into my sons scrapbook as he was an awesome guitarist. And then the John Deere fabric, WOW thank you so very much. Alicia
StaceyLynn rated for Foodie Fabric Swap on Jan 20, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the cute fabric! I love the notecards too!
BLee rated for February Birthday swap (US/Can Only) on Jan 20, 2009
Comment: I received your parcel on Saturday and I am going to wait until my birthday on the 9th to open it... I am so excited... I love surprises, and I feel like a kid... Even my 19 year old son keeps trying to peek... Many, many thanks... r/-b What a AMAZING Gift Bag... It was so much fun to open and I especially love the CD... You made my birthday special... Many hearts and hugs to you!!!!
JaneR rated for I've Seen Them in Concert - CD Swap on Dec 7, 2006
Comment: Thanks!
Rebekah rated for Muscial Madness Mixed CD on Dec 1, 2006
Comment: Thanks so much for the CD. I can't wait to listen to it. Plus, I'm a huge Jerry Orbach fan.
jkjk rated for Ooh Baby Baby CD swap on Nov 29, 2006
jkjk rated for 8 days a week CD mix swap on Nov 29, 2006
enchiladaplate rated for Ooh Baby Baby CD swap on Nov 7, 2006
Comment: Thanks!

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TC on Jun 15, 2009:

Did you receive the July Quilt Block?

Toupti on May 24, 2009:


I’m inviting you to check out my Matchbox swap for Canadians only. Please, feel free to join.

Happy swaps,


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