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Date Joined: February 20, 2008
Last Online: September 11, 2012
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm taking a break from swapping and will not sign up for any new swaps.

I live in rural central Wisconsin. Winters are cold and summers are hot. Yes, I do love cheese, brats, and beer!

My background is in metalworking. But I had to stop due to a degenerative problem in my wrists.

I guess it was about 2003, I discovered altered art and I fell in love with collage and mixed media. In 2007, I started in on the local art fair circuit. I'm working hard to make my love of art a full time job.

I also work part time at the local library and as a teachers aide sub at my kids school.

and a bit more

I spend as much time as I can with my husband and my two kids. My daughter is 12 and my son is 9.

Our critter list is longer now, we have 2 dogs, 1 guinea pig, 7 ducks, 2 cats, 1 guinea hen, 4 chickens and 1 parakeet. I know crazy huh!

I love:

*to read, garden, and cook.

*simple natural scents like cut grass, citrus, etc. Nothing too perfumy.

*cheesy 80's music, sour candy, gummi anything, and super dark chocolate.


garage sales and flea markets. Finding a great deal is #1 *grins

*recycled materials -simple things like brown craft paper, crepe paper, and pretty tissue.

*most colors, but greens, blues, and orange are my favs. I'm not of fan of pink though. Think Mediterranean style.

*most of my art is whimsical and cheery but I love the darker side too! Skeletons, zombies, Poe, creepiness of all types

*galvanized metal and rusty metal

*my iPod touch

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but I'm not religious. I stick with Xmas trees and Santa.

Second is Halloween and to some extent Dia de los Muertos. I love funny grinning skulls or skeleton imagery mixed with bright colors. Creepy funny, Tim Burton style

Glitter is always fun

Favorite Books

I love to read but lately I have found trouble finding books that are exciting and interesting but not too graphic and full of gore. I do love Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs novels as well as Terry Brooks, James Rollins, Mathew Reilly, and David Gibbons They aren't too yucky for me ;-)

I get most altered art and mixed media books that are published in recent years.

Favorite Crafts

I love working in paper and with found objects. My favorite swaps have been charm, softie or plush, or chunky book swaps.

I'd love to do more chunky book swaps! I've been in 4 Artchix Studio swaps and have been on time and prompt in each. I work hard to make nice, fun, and original pages

TV and movies

I don't watch a lot of network TV, all the shows I like keep getting canceled! I watch Warehouse 13, Masterchef, UK Top Gear, Mythbusters, Bones, Stargate SG1 reruns, new Dr Who, and stuff on the History and Science channels.

Most of my favorite movies are action or scifi.


Comment: The page turned out beautifully - thank you. I really like your doodling. Also thank you for the bounty of goodies! Kathy
SherriB rated for Nature Chunky: Sea/Ocean Theme on Sep 19, 2011
Comment: LOVE the octopus page you made--very cool! And thanks for the wings from my profile wishlist:)
Response: I'm really glad you like it! :-)
Comment: Thankyou to Emma for making the most adorable brown Squirrel, so cute. Love his little glasses to go with his moustache! Thankyou for a wonderful swap! :)
Comment: Thankyou so much for the adorable little blue squirrel critter, I love his little moustache on the end of his nose, so cute! And thankyou for the extra craft goodies too! :)
lois rated for For the Birds on Mar 4, 2011
Comment: THANK YOU! What a gorgeous piece of art. I love it.
Response: you are welcome :-)
susiqz rated for Clay Heart Pendant on Feb 4, 2011
Comment: super duper fabulous! absolutely love love love it!
Response: thanx, I was hoping you'd like the colors
novemberkris rated for Animal Art on Feb 3, 2011
Comment: What a bright and cheery wallhanging! The colors are actually what I have in my kitchen, so that is where it is going. :)
Response: I'm glad you liked it. :-)
obliviousfire rated for Holiday Love Stuffie! on Jan 17, 2011
Comment: love him, he's so cute, and such a great use of old sweaters!!!
netgranny rated for Metal Chunky Page on Dec 23, 2010
Comment: thanks for metal chunky page, very unitque in style but I really like it
Response: you're welcome. I had fun making it. Have a Great Christmas!
Comment: Thank you so much!! You are so talented! I really enjoyed them :)
Response: You're welcome. Have a Great Christmas!
Comment: thank you so much..the heart and wings are my logo and means so much to me..they are for my son luke who passed. i am going to frame it .. but right now it's on my christmas tree. this was a very special gift.. xoxoxoxo
Response: I saw the heart with wings on your blog so I figured you'd like it. I'm sorry about your son, I had no idea the meaning it held for you. Now I'm getting all choked up....
Comment: Really pretty bookmark! I really like it. Merry Christmas.
happysangria rated for Recycled Material Ornament on Dec 9, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the lovely heart! Nice use of materials. It is a really sweet little thing, wish I had my tree so I could hang it up - this weekend I will, I hope. <3, Kim
Comment: I just love it! The colors, textures, form, Everything about it! Thank you- :0)
HopeWilbanks rated for Color Theme Chunky Page on Nov 10, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the red chunky page!! Nice job!
Cocoa rated for Color Theme Chunky Page on Nov 6, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the creative chunky page! I think it is cool that you recycle :) Thanks for the extras, I love the old prescription, telephone numbers with 3 digits!!
BeckyKay rated for softie tutorial swap! on Nov 2, 2010
Comment: Amazing stuff! I don't think I had seen any of those before! Thank you!
PenguinParade rated for softie tutorial swap! on Oct 30, 2010
Comment: I love the links, and blogs! Thank you so much!
agonysdecay rated for Dio De Los Muertos Doll Swap INT on Oct 25, 2010
Comment: Xanthe! Thanks so much for this adorable DOTD dolly! She is so authentic looking! Did you use polyclay or paperclay? She looks so authentic! I went with more of a gothic american version, lol. You can see my doll on flikr if you type in day of the dead. I just love her face and all the flowers! Also, thanks so much for all the lil extra curiosities! I love that stuff! Dozens of ♥ for you!
Response: I'm so glad you like her. It's actually my first one made that way. I've made a few others that look more creepy or goth. I used paperclay...I love the stuff! I just looked at yours on flickr. She's perfect. I love the skulls in the roses!
Comment: Thank you so much for the big dose of Halloween festivity. It makes me feel happy! The vintage postcards are great, and I especially love the owl stuffie. The decoration of the box is very well done, like something out of Martha Stewart's Halloween issue.
Response: I'm so glad you like it and I'm sorry again for mailing late. Have a great weekend!

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RyeRye on Sep 5, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

dmarie on Feb 17, 2011:

please come check out my swap


RyeRye on Dec 21, 2010:


MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Crafting Queens group~

RadicalRecrafter on Nov 5, 2010:

Thank-you for the October wishes package! I love it all!

hydro75 on Nov 5, 2010:

Just wanted to thank you for the goodie bag from Granting Wishes--October. LOVE the little owl, the owl beads, the glitter, charms...everything! THANK YOU!!! :)

RyeRye on Oct 27, 2010:

Later that evening, this man disappeared~

Peony on Oct 26, 2010:

Thank you so much for the fantastic goodie bag- you made my day! I'm plotting a collage with the awesome ephemera you sent.

irishfaerie9 on Oct 23, 2010:

thank you soooo much for the halloween goodie bag for the Granting Wishes October wishlist!!! i love everything!!!

joppagirl on Oct 23, 2010:

Thanks so much for granting my wish at Granting Wishes Newbies Welcome. I love the Halloween goodies and scrapbooking items!

cathydoe on Oct 22, 2010:

The goody bag was AWESOME...and the F and B letters are the best!! Sometimes I hate to use things...I am a goof I know!! A very thoughtful wish was granted, thank you! Cathy

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