Sewing, collage, painting, drawing, repurposing, up cycling, general crafting...you name it, I've tried it! My latest interest is lapidary. I've been learning to cut and polish stones for jewelry cabochons.
I love making something new out of something old. I really enjoy doing things with old children's books, especially collage. I've collaged a headboard, a toy piano, bowls, trays...everything but the kitchen sink!
I absolutely love making ATCs, particularly if I can draw parts of them or make mixed media collages using postage stamps. I am trying to make or collect an ATC with a postage stamp from every country!
For those new to making ATCs, I have posted some tips in the forums that you may find helpful. atc advice I also just started a blog that is all about ATCs. I post pics of mine and others, tips, techniques and tutorials.
I was inspired by a photo of JannieB's son's inchie collection so I started making inchies. I was quickly hooked, and my love of them may have surpassed my ATC addiction. My friends Donetta and Sheryl have now turned me onto BTCs...so many cool things to make!
I also dabble in zines, altered books, art journals, altered tins and encaustics. I just love all creative outlets!
Anything but country! Mostly 80's & 90's "alternative" rock, jazz, classic rock. Huge fan of U2, also REM, Talking Heads, 10,000 Maniacs, Queen, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Billy Holiday, Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, the Lemonheads, Bare Naked Ladies and many more!
Married, mother of two; college professor; fashion lover; thrift store shopaholic; animal lover. My favorite animals are cats, bunnies and all baby animals. My family has thoroughbred race horses, a bipolar cat Franky, an adorable rescued pointer mix dog Chilly, fish, and two toads. My husband owns a produce company and grows specialty crops. We are known for having tons of watermelons and pumpkins!
I love animals, gardening, art, travel and fashion. I love current and vintage clothing that is well made. Shoes...one can never have too many pairs of shoes. I have a massive Pez collection in my office that is now over 350!.
I love cars, specifically small, convertible sports cars: MGs, TR6, Miata, Z3, Z4, etc. I have driven BMWs for years, but recently achieved my lifetime goal of owning a coupe convertible by purchasing a '98 Mercedes SLK230. It's red, and I named her Ruby as a nod to one of my all-time favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz....my license plates are "RBY SLPR"!
Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Benny and Joon, Juno, Litte Miss Sunshine, Platoon, The Help, Anything with Johnny Depp...the only man I would consider leaving my husband for, lol!
Swap stuff I like include postage stamps, foreign coins, ATC supplies, paper, pictures and surprises! I can pretty much find a use for anything!
I don't think I can ever have enough embossing powder, brads or charms. I just started doing lapidary, so I love to find interesting and colorful rocks to cut cabochons from. I'm going to tile part of a wall with interesting bottle caps, particularly those from international beverages.
Anything with Wizard of Oz will be treasured.
I keep my ATC's arranged by themes. So far, these include Asian/Zen, famous people, cats, dogs, other animals, birds, butterflies, flowers, ladies, holidays, cities/countries, colors, cartoon characters, vintage, circus and in the style of different artists. I also keep a separate book for just those that are hand drawn or painted and one for zentangles.
I like logic puzzles, Sudoku and Scrabble-type word games on my iPad, which is the best invention of my lifetime! I have even developed apps of my own.
My favorite artists are Warhol, Monet, Klimt, Picasso and Renoir.
I'm not into angels, overly religious items, strong floral scents, Kawaii or "cookie-cutter" artwork. I like ATCs that are artistic. I don't like random gemstones or glitter added just for embellishment when it doesn't fit the composition of the card. Not a fan of buttons on ATCs either, as they are usually too big and seem too random.
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