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bjmonroe

bjmonroe
Date Joined: February 17, 2012
Last Online: May 29, 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

graciepie49 rated for Mommaa: Create a Kit Round 2 on May 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Hi Bonnie :-) . . . I really liked your flip book you made for this swap. I can understand your consternation with getting pastel colors for a retro theme. I also love bold colors for the most part, but I'm OK with softer colors in the right time and place. You did an excellent job pulling all the materials together to make a cohesive package especially considering that I think what you were sent was more of a 60's vibe than a retro one. This was an especially challenging swap for me, both the making of the kit and the using the kit to make an art piece with the given theme.
YooperHill rated for CQ: Mail Art color challenge-usa on May 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Love the PC! Yes, I have seen the Northern lights. They were visible in the sky where I grew up!
Response: Thanks for rating so fast. So glad you liked the postcard.
dancingDog rated for CQ: Put a hat on a Bird USA on May 25, 2017
5
rating
Comment: cute card and love the extra backgrounds you sent - thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you for rating so quickly and for the heart
marymary914 rated for CC: Animal Postcard on May 19, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Great postcard! Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed perusing my Flickr account! :)
Response: So glad you liked the postcard. I'm very silly at heart. Thanks for rating so quickly and for the heart
auralily rated for CQ Stuff my Stocking May USA on May 16, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much! The card is just lovely and I've got the stocking stuffer set back to open at Christmas :)
Jjean rated for WIYM May Stocking Stuffer USA on May 13, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the gift...won't open until Christmas...:) and Thank you for hosting these swaps...... :)
Response: You are welcome. For the gift and for your hosting comment
5
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Comment: ty for the beautiful tag I love the turquoise and the cat on the skirt and on the tag. I love it ty for everything and the swap. Hugs Nancy
Response: You are so welcome, it was so much fun to make it. Thanks for rating and for the heart rating.
RockyBeach rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 9, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for your card! I agree with the -quote- you've used for the card. :)
Response: Glad you like it. This was a fun swap. Thanks for the quick rating and for the heart
wolfeagle rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 8, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the laugh. Me too. ;D
Response: Glad you liked it and could relate. Thanks for the heart
scrappermama rated for USAPC: Handcrafted Postcard on May 8, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. Life happened on my end 😢. Absolutely love your posty! The kitty cone is fun! You sound like me when I'm creating... never know how it's going to end! That's all the fun!!!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thanks for rating and for the heart. Keep on creating
Angie rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 7, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Hi Bonnie! THanks for the beautiful and fun postcard. Mine says "Let me know if you don't receive this." LOL. XO
Response: Thanks for rating so quickly and for the heart. What a fun swap this was.
scrappycats rated for Mommaa: Create a Kit Round 1 on May 6, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Great minds think alike! I too have packed my envelope way more than is required cause I know it is better to have more than not enough.
Response: I am so happy you noticed my great mind! lol. Enjoy your kit and make something marvelous. Thanks for the heart
MamaMangrove rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 4, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you, Bonnie. Glad you're doing your part to keep the murder rate down in Cape Coral 😄! Love the muted blues & greens you used on your card.
Response: Glad you liked it, have to admit I love doing things like that. Thanks for your funny comment and the heart rating
wolfeagle rated for CQ: Hat on a Dog ATC - USA on Apr 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the cute Sparky dog ATC.
Response: So glad you liked it. Thanks for rating and the heart
aligurl75 rated for CQ: Stuff My Stocking - April- USA on Apr 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for my stocking stuffer. I've already put it in my stocking and I really love the wrapping you did!. Have a great day:)
Response: You are very welcome, enjoy
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the Happy Mail! Always a pleasure to find some nice mail in the mailbox :-D
Response: Glad it arrived safely. Thank you for rating and the heart
Doodles24 rated for Earth Day Upcycle Postcard Swap on Apr 26, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard, love the colors very pretty.
Response: Thank you for your kind words. Thanks for rating and for the heart too
aligurl75 rated for CQ: Happy Mail x 3 - USA on Apr 26, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and stamps. :)
Response: You are very welcome, thanks for the heart
uiltje rated for Earth Day Upcycle Postcard Swap on Apr 23, 2017
5
rating
Comment: What a lovely postcard I received from you for this swap. It gives me inspiration to try this also some time! Thank you!
Response: Thank you, I am glad you like the postcard. I love making them so this swap was really fun for me. Thanks for rating so quickly and for the heart.
5
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Comment: Loved the embellishments. I love altered puzzle pieces they are always so unique. The button idea was really interesting.
Response: Glad you liked them, they were fun to make. Thank for the rating and the heart

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 591 141 145
Completed Fives Threes Ones
552 630 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 57 495 0
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Comments

anrtist on May 27, 2017:


HAPPY SUMMER!
Blessings, cc

bbsporty on May 27, 2017:

Thank you for the card you sent to my Mom! She really appreciated it!

luluvision on May 26, 2017:

Thank you for your lovely collage for MOMMA May muse! I have an appt. with the dentist in early June. I'm not looking forward to it but yet I know I have to do it and get it taken care of!

bbsporty on May 26, 2017:

Thank you for the adorable note card that you made and the uplifting words of support! Things are a little better now. My Mom is out of the hospital and now in a Therapy rehab facility and I have my Mom's house packed up and ready to move tomorrow. Still a lot of running around between the two, but better.

shinyserra on May 20, 2017:

MOMMAA- May's Monthly Muse...Thank you so much for the handmade postcard!!!

bbsporty on May 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard and sweet words from the MOMMA: May monthly muse! The background is gorgeous on the postcard! Your sweet note helped to brighten my extra crazy day!

shinyserra on May 11, 2017:

Thanks so much for the handmade postcard from MOMMAA's April's Monthly Muse :)

tcornell on May 5, 2017:

I love the postcard you made and sent to me for the May Muse! It really is beautiful!

bbsporty on May 4, 2017:

Thank you for the sewing book pages from the MOMMA: I'll Share. I can't wait to use some of them!

tcornell on Apr 21, 2017:

I really love the postcard you sent to me for MOMMAA group! Is this for the Monthly Muse? Either way, its very creative and I loved your sweet note to me!

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