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Date Joined: June 17, 2009
Last Online: July 2, 2017
Birthday: May 7
Country: United States
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About Me

Spoiler Alert! Do not go to my pictures if you are my swap partner and want it to be a surprise.

I'd like to do one-on-one swaps for wooden Christmas ornaments from different countries, I can send profile surprises or ??.

If you are looking for nice handmade books visit my shop !

Please let me know if you haven't gotten my swap - I would never sign up for a swap and not send.......I rate straight away, if you haven't gotten a rating from me let me know, chances are it never arrived.

I am 48 and live on a lake in northeast Ohio with my husband and boxer dog. I have been a hospice volunteer for about 7 years. Laid off in January 2010 I have decided to take my art and book binding full time. My interests vary - I am a book nerd, gardener (perennials are the best, sort of like old friends showing up year after year), home renovation and art of all sorts. If I were to pick one catalog that reflects my style it would be Sundance. I, for the most part do ATC's or other paintings up to 8x10 here on Swap-Bot and nearly all are hand drawn or painted. I am pretty laid back and love making people laugh and truly believe it is more fun to give than receive...but not so much as to not mind getting flaked on.

Favorite Music

I love music, nearly all kinds No Rap.

Here are a few favorites:

  • Van Morrison
  • Bob Seger
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Joe Cocker
  • 10,000 Maniacs
  • David Gray
  • Randy Newman
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Koko Taylor
  • Joshua Kadison
  • Grateful Dead
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Elton John (old stuff)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Bruce Springsteen (old stuff)
  • Boston
  • BB King
  • Angela McCluskey
  • John Mellencamp
  • The Temptations
  • Bob Dylan This list could go on forever.....

Favorite Television

Watch a couple hours a week if that but like home renovation shows, Ace of Cakes, NY Ink, Dr G Medical Examiner, House - and the Independent Film Channel for a good movie.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy visual journaling, I work in stained glass, painting - mostly spraypaint (I love to cut my own stencils) and acrylics, bookbinding, knitting, crochet, embroidery some sewing, I will try just about anything once.

Things I like

  • Wildflowers (LOVE poppies)
  • Red
  • Deep bold colors
  • I like getting unusual things from other countries
  • Just about anything handmade (I haven't done match boxes, dotees or tons of other things swapped here but I would be thrilled to get anything you are good at making)
  • Funky cool fabrics - not cute food with faces (no offense)
  • Old used ledgers
  • Unusual rubber stamps - Check out @Neeky8 's website www dot darkroomdoor dot com for some REAL super stuff! Love anything from Tim Holtz's line too
  • Georgia O'Keefe & Banksy
  • Natural embellishments (natural fibers, leaf skeletons, raffia etc.)
  • Batik fabrics
  • Sandpipers
  • Handmade stitch markers
  • Mittens (not gloves)
  • Kitschy / Campy Things
  • My favorite scents are pine, sandalwood, lemon, wild sage, citrus basil
  • Eyelets
  • Handmade soaps - woodsy/citrusy
  • Street art
  • Fine tipped paint brushes
  • Christmas ornaments (love wooden ones, nothing too flashy)
  • Mica
  • Sakura pens - any type or color
  • Cool long necklaces
  • I give hearts for things done with love and effort - not for extras...I don't expect them nor do I send them but will if I have something I know my swap partner would love

Things I Don't Care For

  • Cutsey things (kawaii and the like)
  • Shiny or frilly ribbons or lace
  • Bling
  • Science Fiction
  • Not big on sweets gasp
  • Slapped together trade - I spend a lot of time on my swaps and appreciate those who do the same

Favorite Books

Favorites? Way too many to name but a few off the top of my head:

  • Blue Highways (hence my name here) - William Least Heat-Moon
  • Heart is a Loney Hunter - Carson McCullars
  • Girl With A Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
  • East Of Eden - John Steinbeck
  • Madame Bovary - Gustav Flaubert
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
  • Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren, Louis Glanzman (Illustrator)
  • No Angel - Penny Vincenzi (3 book series)
  • Pillars of the Earth - Follett
  • Loving Frank - Nancy Horan
  • The Help
  • The Kitchen House


heatherkm rated for Anything but Hair! on Sep 9, 2013
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for everything. It is much appreciated. I love the atc and the extras are awesome:)
Comment: Andrea, this ATC came out great! I love what you did with the Tyvek. I am definitely going to have to play with that technique sometime. Beautiful as usual!!!
Response: Great! I was worried about the simplicity. If you use Tyvek, I found if you paint your background on a nice large piece, heat it (it shrinks a LOT), then trim the part that suits you best! Be careful, you can melt holes into it!
Moose rated for The Semi-Regular Free Theme ATC on Nov 3, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful card. I absolutely loved it !!!
Response: You are so welcome! Always a pleasure to send to you - and thank you so much for the generous rating
Moose rated for Weathered and Worn ATC on Aug 25, 2011
Comment: WOW ! Thanks so much for the great package, I'm really spoiled with this ! And the ATC is so nice too, what a great idea of you to use the Pippi theme and also the way you did it is really cool. <3 <3 <3
Response: It was such fun to do, I'm glad you liked the ATC. I don't always send extras but I have GOT to start getting rid of some of the supplies that are taking over my studio : )
jannieb rated for Make it with Watercolor! on Mar 24, 2011
Comment: Your owl watercolor ATC is wonderful! I will proudly add it to my collection. Thanks!!
Response: You're welcome, I have a long way to go in using watercolors!
camelsamba rated for Collagraph ATC on Mar 6, 2011
Comment: Thanks for 3 (2?) lovely landscapes! I had trouble with this technique, too, but I'm planning to try some more (on postcard scale or larger - larger seems easier to me).
Gratia rated for Make me a mini on Feb 27, 2011
Comment: What a beautiful little book! I really have enjoyed looking at how it was made. What an inspiration. And thanks for the book thong, too!
Comment: Perfect! It is just lovely. Thank you!
BelleSouth rated for World Tour - San Marino! on Oct 29, 2010
Comment: Very lovely as always, and I appreciate your time and effort!!
joanieponytail57 rated for Weave Me Be on Oct 28, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the woven ATC. The actual raffia weaving is so textural and interesting and the beaded embellishment just kicks it up to the next level.
ShandaPanda rated for Tape Transfer ATC on Oct 28, 2010
Comment: Thanks so much for this gorgeous ATC! I am glad you explained how you made it because it makes me appreciate it even more. One of my all time faves! <3
circularlogic rated for Shall We Collaborate? on Oct 11, 2010
Comment: Andrea, thanks so much for sending such an incredible ATC. i love how you incorporated the 7 elements & that you went with banned books! so creative! this is an amazing ATC to add to my growing collection! i adore the opening book! thanks again! :o) xx, jess
Response: You're more than welcome, I'm glad you like it, Jess. It was a fun swap! Thanks for the super rating : )
Comment: WOW! what a very beautiful piece of artwork, i think you did a suburb job being outside of your realm of acrylics, it is fantastic & deserves so many hearts cause it definitely touched mine~thank you
Response: It was simple but pretty I thought. I am so glad you like it!! Thanks for the kind rating :)
BelleSouth rated for World Tour - Liechtenstein! on Sep 23, 2010
Comment: How clever and nicely done! ANd I love the card it came in. I'm going to miss this swap! :( Maybe we should do private swaps for more countries! haha
Response: It was hard to choose which of the 4 stamps they had in that series to do! I'll miss the swap too - maybe now and then we can do a private one when the urge moves us!
CSNYfan rated for World Tour - Belize! on Aug 9, 2010
Comment: ooh, this one really came out beautifully, Andrea. Love the scene you chose to adapt from and the way you added the wording on the side!
Response: I loved that ATC too! Love that you love it :)
Tarsh rated for World Tour - Poland! on Aug 6, 2010
Comment: Thank you so much, I loved the card. Thanks :)
Response: You're very welcome :)
CSNYfan rated for When I Was Born........ on Aug 6, 2010
Comment: Andrea, what an amazing ATC you've sent me (again!) I love that you chose to use art as your focus, and you did a fantastic job with Lichtenstein. Loved the back of your ATC, too!
Response: I was verrry nervous about that ATC, I'd never used all markers and it looked so cartoon-y but it was either a Lichtenstein or a Warhol and opted for the former. Both were so "POP"ular the year I was born.....back to paint for Belize on it's way to you now! Thank you SO much for the rating, I always love sending art your way :)
Comment: Thank you so much - I do love the water (and lighthouses) and this is very nicely done.
Response: Love that you love the subject! That metal gave me the willies when I touched it! Most of it was done while wearing surgical gloves!! Thanks for the kind rating :)
Comment: Sorry for the late rating- thought I did this earlier. Thanks for the nice papers! :-)
aguasulis rated for Fontastic Letter Art ATC on Jul 20, 2010
Comment: I am humbled by your awesome ATC - so creative - I curled the corner like you asked - I LOVE this ATC! Thank you so much for spoiling me.
Response: Excellent! You are so welcome and thank you for the sweet rating!

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RyeRye on Sep 29, 2012:

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

HoneyBadger on Nov 27, 2011:

Just wanted to stop by and say hello! :-)

RyeRye on Sep 9, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

Leashah on Aug 25, 2011:

Oh, thank you SO MUCH for my beautiful poptart journal!!! You did such a fabulous job creating it, and I feel so very lucky to have it here on my shelf to create and write in! <3 <3

smokeyquartz1980 on Jul 15, 2011:

How do I vote on your poptart journal? Is there a button somewhere I'm missing?

RyeRye on Jul 10, 2011:

camelsamba on Mar 6, 2011:

Thanks for the bristol paper ATC blanks! I was eyeing these in the art supply store the other day, but managed to resist. I'm so glad you pampered me by sending them along!

CSNYfan on Jan 1, 2011:

Happy New Year!

crescendo on Dec 31, 2010:

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