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bjmonroe

bjmonroe
Date Joined: February 17, 2012
Last Online: March 30, 2017
Birthday: February 14
Country: United States
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About Me

Many thanks to all the talented artists I have had the privilege to swap with these past five years. I have loved meeting people from around the world and treasure the wonderful friendships that have resulted.

I first found Swap-bot as a place to trade ATCs. I had been making notecards for years and was so excited to try making my art smaller. From there my art exploded into collage, mixed media, doll making and more.

I am currently hooked on Mail Art but love finding anything art related in my mailbox. If you send it, I will probably like it.

I am retired, originally from the Chicago area. I now live in SW Florida with my DH, our dog Pearl and The cat Lucy. If you have a cat you already know you don't "own" them.

We live on a salt water canal and love to boat ride and fish. We have ducks and iguanas on a daily basis. We sometimes have manatees, turtles and sea otters. It's a beautiful place to live. I love plants and am trying to learn what I can keep alive here in Florida.

I love thrift stores, garage sales and of course craft stores. My family shops for me from my Amazon wish list. They keep the art supplies coming.

I do not flake and I strive to keep my high rating. I rate fairly each swap I receive. Extras are not required to earn a heart. If you are going to be late with a swap please communicate with me. Likewise, if something I send is lost in the mail or running late, please contact me before rating down.

Favorite Crafts

I am very good at some things but dabble in many. I am always curious and searching for new projects.

I am a potter and own my own wheel and kiln although it is currently in storage :)

Mail Art, especially hand made postcards

Painting, all mediums

Mixed media and collage

I love my Gelli plate

Sewing small projects

Making art dolls

Crochet

Jewelry making

Favorite Movies

My all time favorite is Avatar (in 3D of course). Also Benny and Joon, My Cousin Vinny, Mama Mia, Saving Private Ryan, Steel Magnolias. I am a big Johnny Depp fan, so any of the "Pirates" and now Dark Shadows. I like Kevin Klein, Tom Hanks, Colin Firth (he is the Mr. Darby to me) and Jodie Foster.

Favorite Television

Most programs on HGTV, Bones, Vikings, Criminal Minds, Body of Proof, The Voice, Designated Survivor, NCIS. I am also a sports fan, Nascar (go #11, Denny Hamlin), football and boxing (not mma or cage)

Favorite Books

When I read my nose is mostly stuck in a magazine such as Cloth, Papers, Scissors; Card Maker, Soft Doll or any jewelry making magazine. I can also be found at the library sitting on the floor looking at books in the Arts/Crafts section.

LIKES

I love bright colors, tropical colors. I used to not like orange but over the last year I like it more and more and even find myself wearing it. I prefer jewel tones over pastels. I like floral and spice scents, also vanilla and of course lavender. . Things I like in general are

Our Creator, nature, Mother Earth, wind, sun, water, all things great and small. Being at the beach is a favorite. So is camping in the mountains..

Animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats.

Hearts and being in love. Warm fuzzies and hugs. I am blessed with a wonderful husband.

Surprises

Snail mail

Bling and more bling

gel pens, glitter pens

Hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies

Sea shells

Flowers

Wind chimes

My Cricut

Lace, yarn, ribbon, fibers

embossing powder

Buttons and beads

embellishments, bits of paper and fabric

craft magazines

Romantic and Victorian goodies

Hand made cards, tags, ATCs, Mail Art and etc.

Stamps, rubber,clear and postage

Paints and inks, spray inks and dyes

turquoise blue glass figurines-especially birds or other animals

Owls and birds in general

Big, chunky jewelry. Rings, necklaces, pierced ear rings, bracelets, to rings and anklets. Silver, gold, copper and pewter tones. I do prefer silver and love moonstones. Doesn't have to be real. I can have more if it's not "fine" jewelry.

Thrift stores and treasure hunting (bargain hunting) Garage sales if I can get up early enough.

Dreams and new ideas

Anything handmade by you

I like exploring old graveyards but more for the history of them than scarry stuff. Not going there at night.

I like Civil War history and have walked the battlefield at Vicksburg, following the progress of the battle from both sides.

People who create and people who share. Kind people, people who have an open mind and do not judge. I have met so many great people here. Yippee.

Chocolate, coffee not tea. Must have Hazelnut creamer.

DISLIKES

I don't really care for this category but I do understand the reasons for it. So here goes: I don't like cold weather or cold people, narrow minded people and people who judge. Venting can be good but there is never a reason to be petty.

Now that I have been swapping I do see the reason for this category although I know that some don't read our profiles.

Please no baby, kid's childish, wedding, Disney, cute-sie, religious and advertising items. No Kawaii. No Hello Kitty please.

Flakers

@nosboh99 for Non Winning Lotter Ticket ATC. She was also the host.

Private swaps

I am happy to do private swaps and would welcome any suggestions as to what you would like to swap with me. I am especially happy to swap Mail Art and spirit/goddess dolls. I also make button fairies. Anyone who would like Florida postcards, I can get those for you.

Ratings

Deluxx rated for CQ: Stuff My Stocking March, USA on Mar 29, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Merry Christmas! :)
Response: thanks for the heart, enjoy
shinyserra rated for CQ: Mini Mixed Media Journal USA on Mar 26, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute mini journal! I think you did a beautiful job on it and I am going to start in it today! I also loved that you took the time to write me a long note :) I love reading letters! And I am so happy to hear that your 2 fur kids have found a happy home! Thanks for a wonderful swap :)
Response: I am thrilled that you like your journal since I am so new to making them. I continue to get braver the longer I am on Swapbot. It's all due to the fantastic artists I have met here, like you. Thanks for your kind words, rating and the heart.
5
rating
Comment: Thank you Bonnie, for the funny cat ATC, the nice card that goes with it as well as the extra 'quote-ATC'! Until next swap :-) <3 - Ellen
Response: So happy that you liked it. I do love making ATCs, mini art. Thanks for the quick rating and the heart.
AZmom875 rated for CQ: Hat on a Cat ATC -USA on Mar 21, 2017
5
rating
Comment: adorable thanks for the extra card
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the heart rating
MAGALA rated for CQ MARDI GRAS TAG USA on Mar 21, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Wow what beautiful Tags.............. I loved receiving 2 from you since the swap was for one, and they both were decorated so beautifully, and very creative. I can see you put alot of thought into making these tags. I could see you loved the challenge of this swap. Thank You, and Happy Swapping!
Response: Gosh Maggie, thanks for all your kind words and for hosting this swap. It was a challenge for me to come up with something for the theme. I love a good challenge. Thanks for the heart rating
pkpeace rated for Make a Postcard: Green with ??? on Mar 20, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Wow! Bonnie! So much time and work went into that very Green PC and I truly appreciate it! Perfect timing too... we just finished our last, rich Irish meal for the month! Ugh! I think I will be making some soda bread again soon though. My son's gf loves it! Thanks so much, Patty xo (Patricia Anne Margaret Kelly-Keenan)
Response: I think you might be a wee bit Irish. I have never made soda bread, might have to try it.
dawnielynn rated for HMPC: Put a "Definition" on it on Mar 20, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Such a great postcard, thanks Bonnie!
Response: Thank you, I really like that shadow. Thanks for rating so fast and for the heart
5
rating
Comment: Wow what a stunning Dotee doll. I was sooooo suprised when I opened up my package to find what a beautiful OWL dotee. I love the colors that was used, the purple/blue/and green were perfect colors to use, and the trimming worked perfect with these colors. Also, love the colors on the beaded tail. Great work Miss Crafty keep up the good work. Happy Swapping!
Response: Thanks Maggie for your so kind words. It was fun for me to make for you. And I love owls. Thanks for rating and for the heart
PeggyO rated for CQ: ALTERED MIXED MEDIA CD'S - USA on Mar 15, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Bonnie, thanks very much for such a beautiful altered CD--the vintage style is perfect and has my butterflies and flowers----two of my favorites. Hope this rating goes through correctly this this time; I know I rated but I'm still going through boxes from art room in the old house and discarding or keeping (and then finding a place for them here. So, I could have missed it.If so, please accept my apologies! Peggy
Response: Thanks dear Peggy for your kind words and the heart. It makes me happy that you like the CD. It was my first one and I had a lot of fun doing it. Please take care of yourself
5
rating
Comment: Placed it inside my stocking for December. I know I will enjoy it. Thank you.
Response: Wow, you got that quickly. Thanks for the fast rating and the heart. Enjoy
Pandd rated for CQ - Junker Jane ~ The Animal Edition on Mar 10, 2017
5
rating
Comment: I love my steampunk owl! Really, really love. Thank you for all of the time spent on him. I can feel the love from him. Thank you. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Response: Thanks Pat, I thought you would like him. I loved making him for you. I like getting you as my partner. Thanks for the heart.
Prismcat rated for USAPC: Handmade Stamped Post card on Mar 10, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun postcard with all the stamped images.
Response: You are welcome for the pc, I loved going through my stamps and picking out the ones that would fit. Thank you for rating so quickly and for the heart
jimncinpease rated for easter dotee OR icicle on Mar 9, 2017
5
rating
Comment: it's ADORABLE! how blooming cute!!! thank you so much! hugs!!!!
Response: You are so welcome. Thanks for rating so quickly and for the heart
5
rating
Comment: i'm in love with everything in my basket! u did an amazing job! thank you so much- hugs!!!
Response: Glad you liked everything. A little bit of everything. Thanks for the heart
jimncinpease rated for chocolate and bunny hop on Mar 9, 2017
5
rating
Comment: abfab wonderful! i love the bunny- how creative! thank you so much n hugs!
Response: I had fun making that bunny. Thanks for the heart
Taliesyn rated for CQ: Stuff My Stocking Feb. USA on Mar 6, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for hosting this fun swap! I'm looking forward to opening all these fun goodies in December.
Response: you are welcome, enjoy
isabellasnow rated for Queen bee Swap on Mar 3, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Bonnie, I adore your queen bee! She's so girly and sweet! I love that her wings are feathered and glittered and that she's wearing a crown--she IS a queen, after all! Thank you so much for another beautiful swap to add to my keeper collection!
Response: You always make my day with your comments. No one appreciates receiving a swap the way that you do. Thank you for being that special person!
Arabella rated for CQ: Saint Patrick's ATC USA on Feb 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Love the Irish Lass atc, Bonnie! That is a really cute stamp and you colored it beautifully! And I love all the gelli plate atc backs! I look forward to using them! Thank you so much! Have a happy St. Pat's day!
Response: I love using that stamp, so glad you liked it too. Thanks for the quick rating, kind words and the heart
bbsporty rated for CC: My Favorite Subject Mail Art on Feb 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard! Your cat looks like quite the diva sitting among the flowers!
Response: So glad you liked it. I often see strange things in my mind and mail art is my way of saying I am sane after all. Thanks for the quick rating and the heart
Jamnj rated for CQ: Saint Patrick's ATC Intl. on Feb 27, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the sassy lassie! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 560 128 134
Completed Fives Threes Ones
532 597 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 56 476 0
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Comments

pkpeace on Mar 30, 2017:

One happy lady... fighting cancer with your support! Thank you so much! Hugs xo

pkpeace on Mar 26, 2017:

Cindi sends her many , many thanks for the beautiful package! She LOVES the chemo cap and it looks adorable on her... she sent a photo! I will resize it and send it to you! Thanks so much, Bonnie! You turned a not so great day into a smiley one! Hugs, Patty xo

pkpeace on Mar 22, 2017:

Bonnie! Thank you so much for the beautiful card, message and sticker! Doesn't bubble wrap make great prints for backgrounds?! I Love it!!! Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated! Hugs! xo Patty

Sazza on Mar 18, 2017:

I will definitely be keeping my fingers crossed! I hope they do amazing for you. :) Thanks for letting me know they got there safely. Enjoy!

tcornell on Mar 18, 2017:

Bonnie, thank you for the thoughtful card that you sent and your kind words, they really mean so much... Hugs, Tracy

pkpeace on Mar 17, 2017:

luckycharms on Mar 16, 2017:

st paddy day

Debmitch on Mar 15, 2017:

anrtist on Mar 15, 2017:

I saw this and thought of you ;-)

anrtist on Mar 11, 2017:

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