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bluemonkeymama

bluemonkeymama
Date Joined: September 12, 2010
Last Online: November 18, 2017
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States
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Update, 6/7/16: My address has changed. I have made the necessary changes in the system here, but also wanted to give a heads up on my profile.

SPOILER ALERT I sometimes post photos of ongoing swaps on flickr and my blog. Don't look if you'd rather be surprised!

I sometimes weigh my swaps at home and use postage stamps rather than taking them to the PO. I use the USPS site to calculate postage and make every aim to get it right, but if for some reason my swap comes to you with postage owed, please don't be afraid to let me know and I'll make it right. Thank you!

For swappers interested in Gelli printing and other types of monoprinting, check out my group The Print Shop. It's a small yet active group with at least one swap running pretty much at all times, and a forum with tips, techniques, a monthly WTA, and links to monoprinting info and inspiration.

Profile updated as of July 1, 2015.

About Me

I am a mom, artist, cook, traveler, music-lover, devourer of books and one who enjoys the little things in life. I've been obsessed with crafting/making art since I was a teenager, and generally try to spend time at my art desk every single day. Creating is my passion and acts as therapy for me, whether it's paper crafts, mail art, playing with polymer clay, mixed media, crochet, sewing, or cooking. I'm happiest when I have a project going, and I love to stay busy. I refuse to accept boredom as part of my life!

Even though I'm "settled" now, I'm a traveler at heart. Inspiring places I've been: New Zealand, London, San Francisco, Alaska, Hawaii, the American Southwest. Places I'd love to go: New Orleans, Mexico, Morocco, India, Thailand, Peru, Italy. Dream road trip: drive the ALCAN Highway with my dad, and on life's wishlist: see the Northern Lights.

I am very open-minded and am not easily offended. Swear words and dirty jokes welcome, haha.

Note: I do reuse packaging - there's enough waste filling our landfills!

FYI: Swapping and making arts/crafts means a lot to me, and I take pride in what I make and send. Know that I will always give my best effort and put thought and heart into what I make for you. If you have not received from me in a reasonable amount of time, PLEASE let me know and I will make it right!

I only mark a swap sent after dropping it in the mail box, or I return from the PO after sending.

If you'll be late sending your swap to me, please let me know. As long as we have good communication, it's all gravy. However, please don't lie to me, or take advantage of my understanding attitude. Then it's no longer "gravy".

Hosting: A note for any and all swappers who join a swap I host - if you ever encounter any problems with your partners, in either sending to you and/or rating, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm more than happy to help to resolve an issue to the best of my ability. I always check profiles before assigning partners, but in the event that you are flaked on, I will be happy to angel, or, if I just can't for some reason, I will do my best to find you an angel.

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Favorite Crafts

I love all kinds of arts and crafts - mixed media, collage, handmade books, polymer clay, sewing, altered books, ATC's, rubber stamping, handcrafted jewelry, photography, mail art, stamp carving, assemblages, art journaling, and I recently picked up crochet... I'm probably forgetting 2 or 10 things, but you get the idea.

I like to work with: acrylic paints and mediums,
watercolors (and watercolor pencils!),
ink,
soft pastels,
rubber stamps,
canvas,
fabric,
beeswax,
watercolor paper,
spray paint,
found objects.

Newest favorite toy: my 8x10 Gelli Arts printing plate. I'm completely addicted!

I make: polymer clay beads, ornaments and what-nots,
greeting/note cards,
journals,
drawstring pouches,
mixed media collages,
handcarved stamps,
crocheted items,
handmade postcards,
charm bracelets and necklaces,
ATCs,
anything that strikes my fancy.

Favorite artists

Nina Bagley
Lynne Perrella
Anne Bagby
Nick Bantock
Misty Mawn
Seth Apter
Tracey Long
Andrea Joseph
Jude Hill
Judy Wise
Michael DeMeng
Mary Beth Shaw
Ann Baldwin

What floats my boat

I love bright, bold colors. My favorite colors are turquoise and teal blues, chartreuse, and light orange, but I really like all colors. Lately, I've been very much into neon and tropical color combinations.

I love
* really old things
* rusty bits
* sea glass
* feathers
* vintage ephemera
* black and white/sepia photos
* postage stamps (especially ones from outside the US)
* old bottles
* glass beads
* antique cars
* mushrooms
* handwritten letters
* old postcards
* ledger paper
* batik
* artistamps/faux postage
* urban/rural decay
* weathered wood
* sun clocks
* sock monkeys
* cemetaries
* old B&W movies
* the moon
* birds
* moths
* trees
* thunderstorms
* snow
* mountains
* the ocean
* the desert
* teapots
* cowgirls, especially vintage cowgirl images and whatnots
* gypsies and gypsy culture
* Native American culture
* tea and coffee images/rubber stamps
* vintage-themed rubber stamps
* vintage clip art: flora, insects, food/bottle labels/advertising, zodiac/astrology, astronomy, body parts/medical books, celestial, travel, postal
* travel ephemera: ticket stubs, postcards, luggage tags, brochures...
* Moroccan architecture and design

As you might guess, I'd love to receive items or artwork with blue monkeys on them, especially blue sock monkeys.

A few months ago I became the proud owner of a 5 year old Scottish Terrier named Fergie. I am absolutely in love! I would be thrilled to receive anything to do with Scotties (because I'm apparently now one of those crazy doggie parents, haha).

My preferences often veer towards the old, vintage and quirky, or unusual. I also love the gritty look of lots of layers, textures and ink splatter. Mixed media and collage are where I really feel at home. I gravitate towards the more detailed, grungy and "artsy" than the cutesy, girly or folksy. I can play on both sides, though, and also enjoy bright colors and some cute things, like woodland creatures and trees/mushrooms/plants.

I love treasure hunting at flea markets, junk sales, garage sales and thrift stores.

I love receiving handmade stuff!

Favorite scents: vanilla, citrus.

Favorite tastes: sour candy, spicy stuff, dark and milk chocolate, chocolate with additions (like nuts, fruit, crispy rice, etc.), all citrus!, coffee (dislike flavored coffees), black or spiced teas, Thai food, cranberry, lime (did I mention citrus?).

I love to cook and love all foods, especially ethnic foods - mostly asian. Always open to new recipes! Oh, and I also love to garden - flowers and vegetables.

POSTCARDS
I am swapping more PCs now than when I first joined, so thought I'd add a little section of my likes. I like both storebought and quality handmade PCs. I love PCs of the ocean, forests, mountains, lakes, the desert, architecture... I prefer beautiful landscapes and photographs to touristy-type PCs. I also love artsy, vintage, unusual and black and white PCs. I'm not overly picky, really, just wanted to give my partners some direction.

Just in case my son is ever a part of my swaps, here's what he likes:

Son, age 15, likes:
(updated 5/2014)
*TV: House, Sherlock, Brain Games, The Office
*Movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Nacho Libre, HUGE Godzilla fan since he was 2
*Games: Assassin's Creed, Skyrim, Minecraft
*Colors: black, blue
*Food stuffs: Chocolate, Sour Skittles, Sour Warheads, Darjeeling Tea
*Books about the military, history, medieval times, science fiction (all appropriate for his age). He's read and loved The Divergent series, and tends to lean towards sci/fi, futuristic, and/or dystopian literature.
*He collects coins from foreign countries and if anyone wants to do a private swap for these, please contact me.

Favorite Books

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (and everything else she's written), Annie Dillard. American Gods, Neil Gaman. Imajica; The Great and Secret Show; Everville, Clive Barker. The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare; Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, Henry Miller. Barbara Kingsolver. Anne Sexton. Joseph Campbell. Richard Brautigan. Nick Bantock. Roger Zelazny. Tom Robbins. John D. MacDonald.

Favorite Music

Gillian Welch. The Black Keys. Florence + The Machine. Alabama Shakes. Taj Mahal. The Killers. Radiohead. Tool. A Perfect Circle. Neko Case. Johnny Cash. The Beatles. The Carter Family. Eddie Vedder. Sarah McClachlin. Tori. Natalie Merchant. The White Stripes. Kings of Leon. Neil Young. Jack Johnson. Pearl Jam. Tracy Chapman. Tenacious D. Pink Floyd. Death Cab for Cutie. Modest Mouse. Cowboy Junkies. Dead Can Dance. MGMT. Cat Power. Wilco. Tom Petty. Sinead O'Connor. Iron & Wine. Fleetwood Mac. Janis Joplin. Nickel Creek. PJ Harvey. Adele. Ray LaMontagne. There's tons - basically, I have varied tastes in music. Don't like modern country, metal where all you hear is screaming, or teen pop.

Favorite Television

30 Rock. Modern Family. No Reservations. NOVA. Independent Lens. Squidbillies. Adult Swim. Chappelle's Show. The Daily Show. The Colbert Report. Firefly. MASH. Pushing Daisies. Discovery Channel. History Channel. Kids in the Hall. Northern Exposure. An Idiot Abroad. Golden Girls. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Arrested Development. The IT Crowd. NEW FAVORITES: Doctor Who. Trailer Park Boys. Archer. Vera. The Fall. And the British show Sherlock is my new favorite thing! If you're not watching it, you should be!

Favorite Movies

Signs. 300. Nacho Libre. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Waitress. Ghostbusters. Cold Mountain. Sherlock Holmes. Labyrinth. Fight Club. Choke. The Invention of Lying. Vibes. The Royal Tenenbaums. Indiocracy. Box of Moonlight. The Piano. The Shipping News. American Beauty. Fantastic Mr. Fox. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Life of Brian. Indiana Jones. Waking Life. North By Northwest. Pulp Fiction. Inglorious Basterds. I Heart Huckabees. Adaptation.

Dislikes

I'm really not super-picky, but here's a few things I'd rather not receive/don't like:

*lavender-scented stuff
*really girly stuff
*cutesy or country/prim items
*racist, sexist or homophobic messages
*religious items (though I do like religious iconography)
*sports
*Disney
*I'm not into Twilight or Harry Potter
*mean people
*drama

Hearts, ratings, extras, etc.

The number one reason I joined Swap-bot was to swap handmade items. I do enjoy swapping storebought stuff, too, but this is second to my love of creating and receiving handmade. I do not require extras to rate a heart. I don't mind extras, and I sometimes include them myself if I see something on your profile I have/can make that I think you would really like, but I would rather you put the extra effort into your creation than send extras. I will not rate down for extras, of course, but know that they aren't necessary.

Some of the swaps I've sent out:

gelli ornaments
Christmas ornaments created using paper mache bases and Gelli prints (monoprints). Made for a swap in The Print Shop group.

alice card
Inspiration card (front and back) made for a swap in the Inspiration Station group.

gelli atcs
ATCs made for a swap in The Print Shop group.

gelli atcs
ATCs using my own Gelli prints. For a swap in The Print Shop group.

lizard ATCs
Lizard Diptych ATCs made for the Mystery Supply Swap in The Paper Dragon group.

eggshell flower
Eggshell Mosaic Magnet made for Eggshell Mosaic Technique swap in The Paper Dragon group.

Thank you's and Tag reminders

I'd like to add a little section here for special thank you's. I've received some amazing things here, not only through swapping, but also via RAKs and giveaways. I want to give a shout out to swappers who have been so kind and generous with me but I wasn't able to rate due to some things not being actual swaps. (If you've sent me something along these lines and don't see your name here yet, I apologize. I just decided to do this - June 16, 2011 - so it may take me a bit to go through and list everyone.)

@wickedred An amazing swapper who sent me an over the top package in celebration of her having 200 hearts. She included things from 2 of my favorite artists, including a signed copy of Dusty Diablos by Michael deMeng and postcards by Nick Bantock (!). The awesomeness didn't stop there, and it's a package of goodies I won't soon forget, full of inspiration! Thank you so very much!

@spotteddogs She has offered some really fantastic RAKs in the PFs, and I have been the happy recipient of a few. I am humbled by her generosity.

SWAPS I DIDN'T GET RATED FOR

One of my partners, @halcigone - now partially suspended, didn't rate me for Season's Greetings/Winter; PRNMK PCs #6

Kids Handmade PC Swap - Newbie Friendly!! Not rated by one partner: @Beckaroo ; also flaked on by one of my partners: @HarrietAnne , now partially suspended. The host of this swap, @irishfaerie9 , has had her account deleted.

I was not rated for the Fragmented Embellishments 2nd Round swap by my partner @paperfairys . She has deleted her account, unfortunately.

Ratings

GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - October 2017 on Oct 21, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Oh those gelli shapes look like tons of fun to play with!! Great PC - thank you!
Response: You are so welcome! Thanks for the heart. :)
5
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Comment: Wow! What a lovely ATC! I'll have to look into Dina Wakley stamps - that is so nice. I love your background too - and color choices. Gorgeous! Thank you for sending it to me!
Response: You're most welcome, Angie! I'm so happy you like it! Thanks for a stellar rating. :)
edgetorn rated for TPS: Mail Art - September 2017 on Sep 20, 2017
5
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Comment: Whoa...what a super cool flower magnet! I love the technique you used! I put it right over my art desk on the metal crane lamp so I can see it every day! Thank you!
Response: Yay! So glad you like it. :) Thanks for the heart!
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - August 2017 on Aug 23, 2017
5
rating
Comment: As always...your mail art is stunning! Thank you for the gorgeous postcard. I love that you printed on black paper! It really makes the colors and the metallics pop :) All the different patterns and layers are beautiful together :) Now I am motivated to get out my shaped plates and give it a go :D
Response: I'm so happy you like it! Thanks for the heart. :)
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - July 2017 on Jul 23, 2017
5
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Comment: I ALWAYS do a happy dance when I see your return address in my mailbox :) The ATC is beautiful, and you have not sent me anything similar, and even if you had I would still be excited to add it to my collection :) Congrats on the new role at work! I've got about a month before I have to be back to work, and I am making art every chance I get in preparation for the dry spell ;D
Response: Thank you for your kind words, hun! Good luck on going back to work!
graciepie49 rated for MA: Sender's Choice July 2017 on Jul 14, 2017
5
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Comment: Hi again :-) . . . I love your postcard, it's so colorful and has interesting patterns. What did you use to make the paint so shiny? Is it the paint, or is it something you put on over the paint? As you can tell, I don't know very much about multi/mixed media art. I'm learning some things, but it's not what I usually do. It looks to me like you know a lot and have probably been making multi-layered art for a long time. I really love the layers you achieved.
Response: I am so glad you liked it! The shine comes from a coat of Triple Thick sealer I sprayed on at the end. Love that stuff! Layers are so necessary in the things I create! You can achieve some wonderful effects via layers. Thanks for joining my swap, and for the heart!
graciepie49 rated for MA: Rubber stamped ATC on Jul 14, 2017
5
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Comment: Hi Jessica :-) . . . Thanks for sending your gorgeous ATC. The 3D effect looks really good on this card. Oh yeah, I really love the monkey stamping on the envelope! Very cool!
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for your kind words, and for the heart! :)
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - June 2017 on Jun 22, 2017
5
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Comment: WOW Jessica, thank you for all the gelli beauties - what a treat....AND, none of the postage was cancelled!! Two-treat-in-One-mailing! Thank you for hosting! Wishing you well~
Response: I am so happy you liked it, and how awesome the postage wasn't cancelled! :D Thank you for the heart, sweetie. Great to swap with you again!
roosje rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2017 on Jun 3, 2017
5
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Comment: Loved your atc, thank you very much!
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the heart! :)
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC of 'At the Seaside'.
Response: You're very welcome!
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2017 on Mar 21, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the Passion ATC. Hoping you get your snow day.
Response: You are so welcome! Alas, no snow day, but there's still hope!
Woolers rated for I Am Woman ATC Swap on Mar 7, 2017
5
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Comment: Dear Jessica, thank you so much for the wonderful 'I am woman' ATC. I love it :) I saw 1 of 5, and looked up the rest of your work, wow all fab! I also never heard of Gelli printing, but I do now lol. I will be ordering my Gelli printing stuff asap, looks so cool. Then, when I learn how I would love to join your group xxx
Response: I am so glad you liked it, and that you're jumping into the world of Gelli printing! I warn you, it's addictive!
Martha rated for I Am Woman ATC Swap on Mar 2, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Love the ATC !!! Happy swapping !!!
Response: I am so glad! Thanks for joining my swap!
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Mail Art - February 2017 on Mar 1, 2017
5
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Comment: I agree. And thank you for this ATC. I love it.
Response: Thanks for your comments, and the heart!
5
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Comment: Dear Jessica, what a lovely ATC you've made for me! Thanks a lot! Also love the card and envelope with nice rubber and postal stamps <3 -Ellen
Response: I am so happy you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Feb 3, 2017
5
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Comment: It must be my lucky month for swaps! Another stunning ATC to add to my collection :) You're rocking the positive woman theme, and I am blessed to have received two of them. The hexagon design has wonderful texture and the shiny bits are a perfect detail! Thank you for another fantastic swap. The Print Shop is my favorite Swap-bot group :)
Response: Aww, I am so happy to hear it's your favorite group! :) I'm so glad to have you as a member! Thank you for the heart and your sweet comments! <3
dobie256 rated for TPS: ATC #6 on Feb 2, 2017
5
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Comment: Well, as usual, you sent me a stunning ATC. You have such a distinctive style. I did have to chuckle at the title. I sent you something in a similar vein. I am amazed (and a bit confused) at how you created the black diamond pattern. The subtle textures you achieved, the delicious color palette, and the deft use of metallic gold are all exceptional. You continue to be a favorite swap partner because you always send me something uniquely beautiful and heartfelt. Thank you so very much! <3<3<3<3<3 And thanks for sharing that beautiful greeting card too. Incredible example of layered woodcut printing!
Response: Michele, thank YOU so much for your kind words! You remain one of my very favorite partners as well. The black diamond pattern was created using a Tim Holtz die cut. Thank you for joining my swap, and for the heart! <3
5
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are so welcome! Thanks for the heart!
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - January 2017 on Jan 30, 2017
5
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Comment: Wow! Wow! Wow! What a gorgeous piece of art your ATC is! You have such an eye for color, composition, and detail :) I love everything about this ATC and especially the thinking behind it. The card you mailed it in is amazing, too! Thank you for always being the swap hostess with the mostess.
Response: Haha, thank you! I am so happy you are happy with it! :) Thank you for the heart!
5
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Comment: Beautiful cards, I have similar stamps, and can see a new way to use them!
Response: Thank you! And thank you for the heart! :)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 324 86 87
Completed Fives Threes Ones
274 337 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
1 58 215 0
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Comments

CurlyTea on Sep 1, 2017:

spotteddogs on Jan 30, 2017:

Hi Jess !!! Thanks for stopping by to say hi. Hope all is well with you, too, and that 2017 brings you all good things. Hope to swap with you sometime this year! Hugs -

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2016:

HNYE

dobie256 on Dec 29, 2016:

I'm so glad you liked your cross-stitched ornament. I made a bunch of them back in the day before my fingers went gimpy. Doling out my last few remaining ones to very special people. :) Here's wishing you a fabulous 2017!!

LahDeeDah on Dec 22, 2016:

Angie on Oct 18, 2016:

Happy National Chocolate Cupcake Day!

bjmonroe on Aug 30, 2016:

OrigamiGrace on Jul 31, 2016:

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From Cheap Postage Group!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

LahDeeDah on Mar 16, 2016:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the lovely postcard! What a fun surprise! You totally made my day. :-)

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