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Date Joined: June 20, 2012
Last Online: May 15, 2019
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada
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About Me

Hi everyone, I'm Josie. I'm a semi-retired geotechnical engineer but more importantly a mother of two. I have a nine year old boy and a beautiful 7 year old girl I lost to cancer 3 years ago.

I live in Canada. About 50 km east of Vancouver, along the mighty Fraser River. It has one of the highest number of golf courses per capita. But the biggest claim to fame are the blueberry farms.

I'm also very passionate of my two dogs. Katie a 17 year old Jack Russell and Dice our 2 yr old Poodle/chihuahua (Chi-doodle)


  1. vintage photos of birds, landscapes oddities, mechanics, advertisments etc (prints, illustrations)
  2. antique maps
  3. ultra fine black sharpie or micron pen
  4. vintage tiny charms
  5. steampunk stuff (gears, keys, watch parts etc)

Favorite Crafts

I'm a self proclaimed "closet" scrapbooker. Engineering and scrapbooking usually don't mix.

Scrapbooking continues to help me celebrate my daughter's life and at times talk with her through my journals. But it's personal to me, so I do not like to share / display my pages.

I've recently started with twinchies, zentangles, and mixed media creations.

Favorite Music

I'm nearing 50 yrs old...which means I love my 80s music...but mainly alternative : The Smiths, The Police, The Clash, Talking Heads, Talk Talk, New Order and The Cult. I also grew up with two older siblings thus the love for David Bowie and Pink Floyd.


I love anything old / antique. Any trinket that may have had a unique life. I'm a collector of old scientific ads or illustrations. If they're good enough, they are proudly displayed and framed.

I also collect antique maps.


In no particular order: Vintage (prints, ads, journals) Mermaids, the ocean, snow peak mountains, caves, dogs, children laughing, old couples holding hands, animals showing true affection, strong bold coffee, unsweetened chai tea, JD Salinger writings, parachutes in flight, full moons, art / crafts on canvas, mixed media, science documentaries, large exotic fish tanks, butterflies, trees,

I love earthy tone colours(greens, browns, oranges), black & whites (greys). No pastel or primary colours please.


In no particular order: popular reality tv, game shows, romance novels, crime tv, medical dramas, soap operas, stuffed animals, cute dolls, nothing too girly,(puffy frilly or lacey)

I do not like anime (especially the big eyes ones), or anything cute depicting animals, children, pets etc.

Please no stickers, non-vintage postcards, stuffed animals, foam stamps, cute items


I've traveled the world extensively (work / play) and most recently returned to scuba diving with my husband. Perhaps it's our way of finding our "lost mermaid". Our daughter loved the sea and always stated she would return to the sea.

I've always been an extremest when it came to activities: ski diving, rock climbing, skiing, white water kayaking and scuba diving. Of course nearing my 50s has finally slowed me down...thus the golfing, hiking and tennis.


pynart2 rated for ZENTANGLE NOTES on Mar 25, 2013
Comment: Thank you for such lovely note cards. And I love the picture and extras.
peacegirl10 rated for LIGHT in the DARKNESS on Mar 23, 2013
Comment: very beautiful!! thank you! Gel pens are so fun.
nc27614 rated for Zentangle Patterns Journal # D on Mar 22, 2013
Comment: Very nice tangles. Thank you. I love to see others creations. See ys at the mail box.
PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle Journal # 17 on Feb 23, 2013
Comment: WOW! Great book! Thanks!!
whytewillow rated for BUTTERFLIES and MORE BUTTERFLIES on Feb 16, 2013
Comment: Since I'm an air sign I love butterflies. Thank you so much for a wonderful assortment of them. Loved the envi...how'd you do that?
SMackie rated for Surprise in a envelope.. on Jan 31, 2013
Comment: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. What a wonderful surprise. I am a teacher and the little magnetic page clips will be just perfect. And I especially love the Phoo pin and so did my kids in my class.
BadTurkey72 rated for Surprise in a envelope.. on Jan 30, 2013
Comment: Thanks Josie! This was a fun package, I can't wait to use the stuff!
nc27614 rated for Zentangle Journal # 16 on Jan 24, 2013
Comment: Love the tangles. And you'll love retirement! Hope to swap with you again. See ya at the mail box.
nc27614 rated for Zentangle Patterns Journal # C on Jan 24, 2013
Comment: Great 'C' tangles. Sweet mushrooms. Thanks. See ya at the mail box.
LunaMoody rated for Zentangle Patterns Journal # B on Jan 1, 2013
Comment: I never got anything though you did show me that it was sent so as a gift for the new year I'm giving you the 5
Response: The USPS claims dept confirmed the address and delivery with your postman. It was a large enough package that it required a hand delivery. I assume I will need to send 2 new journals your way to complete this issue. Thanks
LunaMoody rated for Zentangle Journal # 15 on Jan 1, 2013
Comment: I'm giving you this 5 not because I got your book but because I enjoy your work and I hope you continue in the journal swaps so that others can continue to enjoy them as well. And it's new years
Response: Ive proven they were sent and lost by USPS (confirmed). I even offered to purchase 2 new once and send them. None of this was my doing. I still get a 1 rating. Come one...really. Check with others what they might think. I'm sure based on the 2 entries I have provided on Flickr, plus the efforts I made with postal service you can rate me better than a 1.
Comment: Thanks for the stamp. Twinchies turned out awesome! Thank you.
choke rated for Three twinchies #11 - Postage/mail on Dec 6, 2012
Comment: Thank you so much for the great twinchies! I love what you did with the little rolled up letters, very cool! I also of course love the handmade envelope made from a map, nice touch! I can tell you spent a lot of time to make this swap nice for me and I appreciate it :)
sherartcee rated for NFZ - Zentangle Challenge #4 on Dec 3, 2012
Comment: thanks they are beautiful
PaperPassion rated for Autumn themed TWINCHIEs (4) on Dec 1, 2012
Comment: Josie,The twinchies you sent me are so beautiful.I treasure them.Thanks so very much.
Response: You're welcome. I truly enjoyed making them.
jensquil rated for NFZ - MonoTangle on Nov 30, 2012
Comment: Awesome! Thank you so much!! : )
Tommie rated for Zentangle Purist, Oct. on Nov 15, 2012
Comment: thank you for the great zen card! like it very much!
beadqueene rated for Twinchies with words! on Nov 14, 2012
Comment: Beautiful Twinchies, thank you! Don't worry I'm not offended that you used a dictionary (I ripped apart an old almanac for mine). Also, the tin is gorgeous. Thanks again!
Alias rated for Mermaid Series # 5 Blue on Nov 13, 2012
Comment: Thanks, nice ATC!
Comment: AWESOME little book! That is so neat! And the twinchies...you matched them to my profile. These are going to be displayed in my living room. By far the most awesome I have ever received! Thanks you soooo much!

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Squidsea on Jan 16, 2013:

I just checked my partners for the "Surprise in an Envelope" swap, and wow - I could walk it over to you! Well, not really, but we're so close together! I hope you will like it. I should have it sent out tomorrow or the next day :)

biasbabe on Jan 2, 2013:


Hope your birthday was awesome

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toothteri on Jan 2, 2013:

Happy Birthday from a fellow 50 something Western Canadian! Hope your day and year are wonderful!

tanjch on Jan 2, 2013:

Just came across your profile while browsing a bit and noticed that it was your Birthday - so i can't leave without wishing you a great Birthday and that everything you wish for comes true!

mariadastrouxas on Jan 1, 2013:

Hello briwil100! Happy Birthday!!! :D I hope you had a great day with your lovely ones. Congratulations for my favorite swap package until today. Kisses and hugs from Portugal. Happy swapping!

mariadastrouxas on Sep 3, 2012:

You are awesome! Everyone should swap with you because you made a big effort to delight myself. I will never forget what you done :)

rtwong on Jul 27, 2012:

Dear Josie, I just realized I haven't replied to your mesage on the blog... apologies I was hospitalized so.. well, am better now! Thanks so much for the swap... that was like the best surprise ever... regarding transformers...do they have a blog or something? Also do you have a blog? I would love to see your cards and scrapbooking!!! Aarti

rtwong on Jul 14, 2012:

Thank you so much for the Stuffed Envie... loved it very much :D - Aarti

Inthisrage on Jun 29, 2012:

Hi! Thanks for signing up for the Zentangle pattern swap! Glad to have you! :) Tricie

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