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VenusDesigns

VenusDesigns
Date Joined: February 20, 2010
Last Online: March 24, 2012
Birthday: August 25
Country: United States
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Update

Hi everyone!! Long time no swap!!

About a year ago, I stopped swapping because life simply got too busy. I've missed Swap-Bot and all of the wonderful people I'd met here.

I'm interested in doing just a few swaps over the coming months and can't wait to get started!!

Favorite Crafts

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Mixed Media

♥ Altered Frames ♥ Altered Shadow Boxes ♥ Altered Books ♥ Altered Wooden Items ♥ Other Altered Things

Paper crafts

♥ Scrapbooking
♥ ATCs
♥ Inchies
♥ Envies
♥ Chunky Altered Books

Beading

♥ Designing & making jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings
♥ Creating accessories including purse charms, zipper pulls, belts, and more
♥ Making other items like wine charms, bookmarks, fan pulls, etc.

Polymer Clay

♥ ATCs
♥ Inchies
♥ Fairy Doors

Hand Sewing

♥ Small felt plushies
♥ Cases/wallets ♥ Small accessories

Craft Room

Here is a picture of my totally awesome craft room...
Me

Likes/Wants

I collect the following CRAFTING MATERIALS:
♥ Beading materials such as beads, findings, charms, chain, wire, etc., but nothing plastic
♥ Paper of any kind! Scrapbooking paper with designs or patterns, cardstock in any color, ATC blanks, colored printer paper, cards (used or new), note pads, stationary, maps, pages from books, music sheets, etc.
♥ Ephemera
♥ Acrylic Stamps
♥ Postage Stamps
♥ Paper punches
♥ Stickers
♥ Pens, pencils, markers, etc.
♥ Paints and brushes
♥ Fabric, including felt
♥ Ribbon preferably without wire
♥ Deco Tape
♥ Buttons, plain or decorative is great!
♥ Embellishments of any kind!

I enjoy the following IMAGERY on items I receive and use (this is a long list!):
♥ Spirals
♥ Tigers
♥ Elephants
♥ Woodland Creatures, especially hedgehogs & owls, as well as other birds, deer, squirrels, and rabbits.
♥ Hearts ♥ Celestial
♥ Roccoco
♥ Matryoshka Dolls
♥ Kawaii stuff, especially animals.
♥ Flowers
♥ Leaves
♥ Trees
♥ Ladybugs
♥ Cats, especially tuxedo cats.
♥ Abstract images
♥ Clouds & Rainbows
♥ Butterflies
♥ Mushrooms
♥ Fruit
♥ Skullies
♥ Day of the Dead
♥ Paisley
♥ Patterns that repeat
♥ Victorian-Era
♥ Retro
♥ Scandinavian
♥ Dutch
♥ Tea & Coffee

My FAVORITE COLORS are Blue and Brown; natural earthy tones are awesome as are teal and silver. I'm not a fan of neon colors, nor do I particularly care for bright yellows or oranges.

I COLLECT glass animals of all sorts, but especially love vintage or antique ones. This collection was passed down to me by my grandmother and also my mother, so it's very dear to me.

Dislikes

I'm very easy to please and appreciate most things, however here are 3 no-nos I must mention:

X I make jewelry, therefore I don't need any sent to me. However, jewelry making materials and beading supplies, I would gladly welcome!

X Any kind of overly religious items, specifically those meant to preach at or convert me. If something is innocently included, that's okay, or if it's from another country/culture, I would actually enjoy it.

X I'm allergic to cigarette smoke so anything that smells like smoke, I am highly sensitive to. If you smoke, please place the items your sending outside in the sun to air out prior to shipping - spraying with fragrance or including a dryer sheet does not work as well as airing out the package contents.

About Me

Me!

Greetings!

Thank you for wanting to get to know a little about me. I am Lisa, a 30-year-old disabled, military wife, who has been creating art since I was a child. Over the past few years I have had to overcome many obstacles just to start crafting again.

Medical Hurdles

Since the age of 8 I have suffered from severe migraine-like headaches and other strange, unexplainable symptoms. My husband and I were stationed in New Orleans when Katrina hit, but only received minor damage.

During the following year, my symptoms progressed to a fully disabling level. Unfortunately, the New Orleans doctors could not explain the worst of the symptoms, but were able to diagnose a portion of the problem; I had Dysautonomia, an autonomic nervous system dysfunction.

Thankfully soon thereafter the U.S. Navy transferred us to Maryland where I would be able to be seen by numerous specialists at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Centers. This is where I was finally diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (E.D.S.).

Prior to treatment I was confined to a wheelchair, mostly bedridden, and used very few words to communicate. I endured over 100 emergency room visits within 19 months due to extreme bouts of pain in my head and joints.

In April 2008, a medication delivery pump was implanted in my side and now delivers my medication directly into spinal cord and therefore throughout my body.

Soon after, I began taking small steps back to a better quality of life. As of November 2008, I began to walk on my own and even happily do some chores around our home. Everyone was thrilled to see me walking, including several of my doctors who had never seen me out of my wheelchair.

My Crafts

Craftiness is in my blood; my grandmother loved crafts of all kinds, as do I. I learned from watching her at an early age. That love of all things handmade continued to be fostered by my stepmother, also an amazing artisan.

Since becoming disabled, making jewelry and accessories has helped me pass many painful hours by refocusing my energy onto something enjoyable. Learning the latest techniques and creating new designs not only further enhances my enthusiasm, but adds to my shear delight in crafting.

Thanks!

Thank you for reading my story and I hope to get to know you as well in the near future.

Me & the Hubby

This picture was taken of Nate and I in fall of 2009. MeAndHubby

Ratings

Bee1981 rated for Bee1981 & VenusDesigns on May 30, 2017
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Comment: I never got the swap...such a pitty!
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Comment: Will rerate if I ever receive a package.
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Comment: I'm sorry that I have to rate you a 1 now, especially when things aren't good with you at this moment. But your promised several times already that you would send, but you still haven't. I hope everything is ok with you and I will change this rating immediately when I have received your package.
jen75 rated for PVT: Jen75 & VenusDesigns on Feb 22, 2012
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Comment: Thank you Lisa for everything! I love it all!
lovetherain rated for VenusDesigns and lovetherain on Feb 21, 2012
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Comment: Hi Lisa, your package arrived today. Thank you so much! All of the items are lovely, and I will definitely be able to use them. Thank you for sharing, and for putting together such a thoughtful swap. I really appreciate it! I hope you are doing well with your recovery. Have a wonderful day!
RBM3579 rated for VenusDesigns & rbm3579 on Feb 18, 2012
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Comment: WOW! Thank you for the awesome pkg. I shared the earrings with my mom. I was about to buy some candy stripe twine and then you sent me some - YAY! Beautiful backgrd ATC blanks thank you thank you. Too many goodies to mention but all SWEET! You are too kind. Also I hope your recovery is going well.
KindaChewy rated for PVT: Weddingbells & VenusDesigns on Feb 17, 2012
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Comment: I love everything you sent! Thanks so much
Iluvdolls rated for PVT: Iluvdolls & VenusDesigns on Feb 16, 2012
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the wondereful stuff!! I love everything!!! <3 you did a good job!!!
TeePeeMaiden rated for EE ATC Kit Swap on Mar 4, 2011
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Comment: Thank-you for all the extra things you sent me.
Lisapotterylady rated for Tiny Poly Clay Charm on Feb 26, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the great package! At first I thought it was a craft supply swap because there were so many things in there! I love the charm, the glitter glue, ribbon, metal charms, lace, and the fabric piece.
Response: Yay!! I'm so glad you liked everything, especially the charm. It was so small so I couldn't put the added detail on it that I wanted. Thanks so much for the kind rating and the heart! ~Lisa
NanaDeb rated for Poly Clay Shawl/Scarf Pin Swap on Feb 24, 2011
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Comment: Your pin arrived safely and I love it! Hoe did you know I just finished a shawl in those colors!! :D Thanks so much for all the goodies too!
Response: Thanks so much for the kind rating and the heart too! I'm so thrilled you liked everything and that you have something to wear the pin with. I was really worried about that! Thanks again! ~Lisa
Robje rated for PVT: Robje & VenusDesigns on Dec 30, 2010
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Comment: Thank you so much for the generous filled envie! Also PMing you!
Katelyn52 rated for PVT: Katelyn52 & VenusDesigns on Dec 21, 2010
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Comment: I didn't get the ATC O well Great Package ! Thanks a million!
RyeRye rated for VenusDesigns & RyeRye on Dec 17, 2010
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Comment: Absolutely fabulous stuff girl! I just love the things you've sent to me and will put it all to great use!
Response: Yay!! I'm so happy you liked everything! I tried to only include things you would actually use! :) Thanks for the kind comment, rating and heart!
Fritosmom rated for OoO Traders - Color Swap: Blue on Dec 16, 2010
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Comment: Thank you for all the Cool Blue craft supplies and the sweet note:-) Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you so much for the kind comment, rating and heart! I'm so glad you liked the package! :)
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Comment: What a wonderful package! The tree of life is absolutely gorgeous and the deco tape is so cute! Thanks for the lovely bracelet and jewellery set and all of the crafting supplies you sent - I love the stamps and the papers and everything!!!!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you liked everything!
patumma rated for PVT: Venusdesigns & Patumma on Nov 24, 2010
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Comment: Thank you very much for a lovely package of goodies! LOVE LOVE the beads! You should have sent to the USA! I will be there tomorrow LOL! Thanks much! Pat
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Comment: lisa-- woooooowee! i was so thrilled to receive such a great package from you! thanks so much for sending the MANY green beads, papers, ribbons, & findings. :o) i can't wait to create some fabulous projects with what you've sent! until we swap again, jess
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Comment: Thanks for all the goodies!
Response: You're welcome! I had a lot of fun calculating the various items so it equaled exactly $3!
TeaNi rated for Color Swap - Green on Nov 17, 2010
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Comment: Thank you so very much for the green goodies and for all the fun extras, too! :)
Response: I sure hope you can find a use for everything. I was so worried you wouldn't be able to use anything. I hope your girls enjoyed the extras too! Thanks so much for the kind rating and the heart!

Rating Overview

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Comments

TC on Jan 17, 2017:

aka @CraftyLisa

Bee1981 on Apr 12, 2012:

Where are you? I hope everything is fine? Best wihses Rebecca

northqueen on Feb 15, 2012:

I rec'd your one on one trade today and it was so nice. You had quite a variety of things in the envelope and I can use it all. I love the little pin cushion too-so cute! Thanks so much, Lorraine

KindaChewy on Feb 15, 2012:

Hope you are feeling okay!! You are late on sending out our private swap and I just wanted to check in on you :)

jen75 on Feb 7, 2012:

Hey there! Just wanted to let you know, I sent out your package today! Hope it gets there safely and you like everything! :)

KindaChewy on Feb 5, 2012:

Your package will be in the mail monday!

RBM3579 on Jan 28, 2012:

Hi Lisa. I was just reviewing your profile for our trade and I read your story. I am so happy for you. You and your husband are a pretty couple and you are very beautiful. You have a kind face. Whether we swap or not I wanted to tell you that. Happy Swapping (^_^)

lepapillonvert on Jun 24, 2011:

HappyMessage

Thinking of you and wishing you a glorious summer!

cbpoole on Jan 31, 2011:

Hey dear! I just wanted to drop by and say hello. :D I'm dying for some more of your jewelry, so if you ever want to do a private swap again, let me know! Otherwise, I'll have to check out your shop. ;) Happy Monday to you!

id0be1ieve on Dec 25, 2010:

Thank you for the lovely decotapes & vintage ephemera (for the 'I Want A Crafty Pick 2' Tag) ..bless your heart for including extras to make up for the 'delay'..you needn't have done so, sweetie, but it was very thoughtful of you and I am - of course - most grateful for your kind gesture :-) Sorry to read about your recent 'scare', but I'm so pleased for you that everything is ok .. hope you had a wonderful Christmas day and I wish you all the best for the New Year :-)

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