Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2019 4:53 am


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: January 19, 2019
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta...currently living in Kalmazoo, Michigan. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there most of my life. I moved to Portland in 1992, to Vancouver (Washington) in 2012, and except for a 2-year hiatus in Dover, Delaware, I lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) over 25 years. Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born there!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and live in a cute little apartment with my two spoiled Persian cats and our rescue kitty, Lulu. I enjoy spending time with friends and family...and I also love my "alone time", when I craft to my heart's content.

My home is extremely important to me; it's my haven, my joy, and the place I feel most relaxed. I enjoy decorating for the different seasons and holidays, and my home is a reflection of my style and personality. I love items with a vintage look, rich wood tones, vintage linens, and roosters. I'm a thrift store fanatic, and have found some wonderful treasures for my home.

Favorite Crafts

I have had a thriving little jewelry business, and before I moved to Michigan, I sold my wares at two salons in the Portland area, as well as at a boutique In Oregon City. I design for two international bead companies, and love the creative process. I've recently opened an Etsy shop and an Amazon Handmade shop!

My jewelry has a classic look; I love vintage-looking findings and beads, and use lots of crystals, pearls, and antiqued copper, silver, and gold wire and findings. I enjoy making wire wrapped jewelry, and am working to perfect the art of polymer clay beads...they can be amazingly beautiful!

I make cards as well, using my Cuttlebug and adding embellishments such as ribbon, sequins, pearls, and paper and silk flowers. I used to take classes (card making, mostly) at a local scrapbooking store, but the store went out of business...and now I use Pinterest and You Tube for inspiration and lessons!

I spend part of each day stitching...I have a project rotation list that contains cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, crewel embroidery, and redwork, as well as knitting and crochet. My latest interest is crazy quilting; I am addicted!

I enjoy making and receiving ATCs...they are such a great way to practice new techniques on a small scale. I get inspiration from the beautiful cards I receive, and enjoy seeing my own style evolve and become more sophisticated with time.

My sewing and craft room is my favorite room; it's the closest thing to a treasure chest I'll ever find!

Things I like

As far as TV is concerned, I love to watch Homeland (absolutely riveting) and Masters of Sex. The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, and The Americans are shows that I never want to miss! The only reality TV I enjoy is Project Runway...that's all the drama I can tolerate!

My favorite authors are Ken Follet, John Grisham, Sue Grafton, and David Baldacci. Many, many others as well...but you know; space prohibits. Also, I collect and read cookbooks like novels. I love to cook and entertain.

My favorite place in the world is my home,but Vancouver Island runs a close second. I have friends who live on Vancouver Island, and it is my favorite place to visit.

Favorite colors...so hard to choose! My home is decorated in deep red, yellow/gold, some blue,and mossy green...Tuscan or Provencal colors! I love buttons, and use them extensively in my crafts. I love flowers...roses, hydrangeas, and dahlias, plus any other beauties I find locally to add to my patio garden.

Extras: people either love 'em or hate 'em...I happen to adore sending and receiving "extras" in my swap envelopes. I usually check profiles to see if I have any readily available items that my swap partner might enjoy receiving...little things that are flat (ish) and easy to include in a standard envelope. Some of the things I love to receive are old book pages...especially in foreign languages, snippets of sheet music, lengths of wonderful washi tape, and random embellishments such as bits of ribbon and trim, rhinestones and pearls, etc. I make inchies, twinchies, ATCs, and rolos...I make use of little pieces that might otherwise be thrown away. If I receive something I think I might not use, I save it for someone who loves that sort of thing...I have never understood swappers who say they will only accept certain items, or they will withhold a heart if what they receive isn't to their liking. What...why? Extras are just that...EXTRA! Be gracious, people. It costs nothing to say "thank you" when someone has cared enough to include a treat...even if it isn't your kind of treat!

Super Swappers

Rather than listing flakers, I'm taking something I've seen on other profiles, and listing those extra-special, super swappers...you know the ones I mean: when you see an envelope with this person's name on the return address, your heart sings!

nancybarlow (Nancy), one of the most wonderful ladies on this site, who creates works of astonishing beauty and inventiveness. Nancy is not only a fantabulous artist, but a true friend. Nancy saved my sanity while I was ill, generously angeling so many of overdue swaps with all of her characteristic style and elegance. the best of the best!

Arabella (Nancy), who creates such gorgeous works of art that I'm constantly challenged to find the right words of thanks. Beautiful, beautiful ATCs. An inspiration.

Gina P, with all the fabulous details...I'd know her artwork ANYWHERE! It's whimsical and adorable and incredibly detailed.

Vanne Paris, one of the nicest ladies out there. Not only does Vanne create beautiful works of art, but she is always encouraging, full of compliments, and a genuine sweetheart. Not to mention, one of the most prolific swap hosts EVER!

Isabellasnow (Kristy)...an amazing swap partner! Her work is beautiful, and every possible detail is polished and perfect. Packaging is Kristy's special gift...it's absolutely as beautiful as the artwork inside.

BeeMGee (aka: Bev)...wow. Everything Bev touches turns to beauty. In addition, she is quite possibly one of the nicest ladies I've ever "met". Although Bev lives in South Australia, and I live in the Pacific Northwest, I like to imagine sitting across from her at my dining table or hers, enjoying coffee and cookies and all kinds of chat on a regular basis!

Hate to mention...

Really, I do hate to mention my few actual dislikes, but it's helped me to read this on other profiles...it gives me a better insight into what sort of extras and RAKs to send. So here goes: not fond at all of cutesy stuff (Precious Moments, big-eyed children, Disney to name a few). Intensely dislike cigarette smoke and flashing icons...these are migraine triggers for me. Lights and certain smells, oh my. And of course it goes without saying (but here I am, saying it) that I am never in favor of poorly planned and executed artwork. Construction paper, crayons, and silly stickers do not belong here, imho!

One more thing...something that makes me sad. Non-raters. I speak for most of us when I say that we put a lot into our artwork. A lot of time, special embellishments that can be quite expensive for an addict such as myself...even postage is expensive! I do this because I love it, and because it makes me happy to receive good ratings and lovely comments. To fail to rate is more than rude...it's unkind.


Comment: Thank you for these beautiful layered embellishments!! I will have to use them in my own personal journal as I wouldn't want to give them away. If it wasn't for this swap I don't think I would have tried them.They are so much fun to make I know I'll be making them again. Thanks also for the pretty extras.
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Mooon & Pussycat on Jan 19, 2019
Comment: I love your interpretation of the theme. I can see all the phases just fine! Thanks again for a wonderful swap!
Poeprincess rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Pink on Jan 19, 2019
Comment: Love your creative gift & embellishments—would like to raid your stash! Thank you for a delightful ATC.
mandymo rated for GAA: Book Page Gothic Arch ATC on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: Holy Mab! What a beautiful ATC you have created Donetta dear. I must admit that I saw this on your Flickr stream and I ardently wished it would be coming my way. Sometimes things go just the way we want them to. :):):) Thanks a bushel and a peck for this wonderful gem.
Response: I made her specially for you, my dear Mamdy...and i loved every minute f the making. I always think of you when I see Mab Graves images, and when I found those spiky pink flowers..well...I also thought of you! Thank you so much for the sweet comment and pretty pink heart!
Winegeek rated for VC: 5 Textures ATC on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late rate, I have been traveling. I just LOVE this ATC. Always excited to see an envelope from you.
Response: Thank you, Gina...it's always a pleasure to swap with you!
Pikkis rated for VJP: Creative Vintage Collage #12 on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Oh my, this page IS so fabulous and on both sides! I can´t get enough watching it. I feel so lucky to own it and add it into my journal. Thank you a million times, you´re an artist with capital letters! And thanks also for the bits and pieces :)!
Response: You are the loveliest of swap partners! Thank you so much for your kind words and for the heart rating!
RiverTopanga rated for YTPC: Layered Embellishments on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Hi Donetta! This was my first time making this type of embellishment also. I really enjoyed it. I really love how they are so antique-y... is that a word? lol. Thank you also for the extra one! They are fun, and I am going to try to make more for future journals and scrapbooks. THANKS!
Response: I am so HAPPY that you enjoyed the swap! I've become quite addicted to making these embellishments, and think they add so much to a larger format (journal page, scrapbook, etc.). Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
AZmom875 rated for ACTs - ABC on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for mailing on time, seems silly to say but thank your for that. I just adore the coins, The fruit is super cute theme idea. I also love the bling all along the rim.
Response: LOL...you're welcome for sending on time! My pleasure! Thank you for the most wonderful rating, Heather!
Comment: Donetta! What a stunning journal page! Pinkilicious! That's not a word, is it? But the colors are simply gorgeous and that's the most opulent Dresden trim I've ever seen. Thank you, thank you! Happy New Year!
Response: I simply adore pinkaliciusness! I actually made this journal page and an ATC using pink Father Christmas images, and I felt so happy while making each one! Thank you for the lovely comment, Nancy...and of course for the sweet red heart!
Comment: Your card is drop dead gorgeous! Funny but I actually like the 5 x 7 ones better. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and a healthy (emphasis on that word), happy and prosperous New Year!
Response: I am also enjoying the larger format...and we can thank @pikkis for the suggestion! I loved making this one for you, Bev, and I'm thrilled that you like it!
Comment: Very pretty ATC. Agree. I too miss Bev. It’s hard to loose such good artists. They are far and few and rare!! Stay warm!!
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Wendy.
CheyanneB rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Yellow on Dec 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! I do have a sweet spot for the colour yellow but this card is one of my favourites in my collection! Thank you also for participating in my swaps :)
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Cheyanne!
Comment: Donetta This role card is a beauty - on both sides! Your tinted images are wonderful and your choice of embellishments and ephemera are just perfect! Thanks for another beautiful swap - I'm glad I joined this group. I think I'm going to like making rolls!!
Response: I hope you love the rolos as I do...they are one of my favorite things to make, because they are so easy to keep and display in their own neat containers or rolodexes! Thank you so much for another wonderful heart rating, dear Laurie!
CraftyElf rated for AAA - Christmas ATC on Dec 21, 2018
Comment: Wow thank you so much for the wonderful Christmas ATC. Keep warm 😳 and have a wonderful Christmas. Not sure I could cope with lots of snow. I've become too much of a woos. Thanks again hugs Ann
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and lovely rating!
Comment: Donetta what a truly beautiful purple card. Yes purple is my favourite colour too. I just love everything about this card, the sparkling background the lovely lady in her spring hat. I love how you turned it into a Gothic arch as well. Very clever. I’d like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a fabulous 2019. The weather here has been very tropical we’ve had really hot days followed by massive storms in the afternoon. I’d love to have just one white Christmas 🎄❤️
Response: Ros, thank you so much for your lovely comment and (of course) for the beautiful red heart...but most of all, I want to thank you for your friendship, which means the world to me! All my best wishes for a happy Christmas season, and a wonderful New Year!
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Signs of the Season on Dec 20, 2018
Comment: Such a unique presentation of cute nostalgic Inchies. Thank you the enclosures.
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating, Dianne!
choke rated for ACTs: Deep in December on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous tag and coin, I love your work! So detailed :-D I am glad you are enjoying Michigan winters, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else in the world!
Response: Thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating! I am enjoying Michigan for now, but the way you feel about Michigan is the way I feel about the Pacific NW...I almost can't wait to return!
Mustluvdoggies rated for GAA: October flower and Gem on Dec 16, 2018
Comment: Another gorgeous ATC from you!!! Love that image and the beautiful colors! Those gems are so pretty, love the color of them. Thank you for another wonderful swap my dear friend!
Response: LOL...well, I stuck on so many "opals" that I was thinking "her daddy invested in an opal mine" while making it. Thank you for being the most generous of swap partners!
Mustluvdoggies rated for GAA November Flower and Gem on Dec 16, 2018
Comment: Beautiful ATC! The colors are gorgeous! Love the feathers! Your work is always beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful extras!! (Sorry for the late rating)
Response: How I loved making this one...the snazzy lady caught my eye, and then...well, you know how it is. One thing leads to another. I hate when I've organized my craft table, because I get my best ideas when sorting through stacks of crafty goodness!
Comment: Ohhh...I love the coin! Thank you so much for the goodies too. You always send the best swaps. Happy Holidays!
Response: What an enormous compliment! Thank you for the sweetest comment EVER, and of course for the lovely heart rating. All the best to you this holiday season!

Rating Overview

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Pandd on Nov 8, 2018:

I just got the most gorgeous journal page! Absolutely beautiful.thank you for being my angel. You may not be 20/20 yet but your artistic talent is well. Thank You for being you. Pat💕💕

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

Happy Autumn to my Bestie!

Pandd on Mar 28, 2018:

Have you in my prayers. So happy that they quickly found what was wrong and you can have surgery to fix it. We are all thinking about you. Pat💕💕

Kimmi50 on Mar 23, 2018:

I just wanted to tell you Donetta you are in my thoughts and prayers for your upcoming surgery. I know in my heart everything will be just fine and you will have a speedy recovery. Take care my friend and keep me posted.💐

yvonne401 on Dec 10, 2017:

Welcome to IBATL! It's great to have you here!



isabellasnow on Dec 2, 2017:

isabellasnow on Nov 28, 2017:

Hi Donetta!

hibiscus on Oct 13, 2017:

I love pansies and your atc's

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