Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2019 10:35 am


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: November 18, 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.


georgiafae rated for GAA: "Queen" Gothic Arch ATC on Nov 17, 2019
Comment: Love the jaggy shape of this gothic arch ATC-so creative as you always are. Great to swap with you again! Thanks for all the extra goodies,too! We have had snow-not much and it keeps going away-so we have a bleak landscape of trees without leaves-the grass is still green-covered with brown leaves-just hope we can have a white Christmas. Take care my friend-stay warm!
Response: It is always such a pleasure to swap with you, my dear friend...thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
marymary914 rated for SMSUSA: Pick 5! on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: I love all the things you sent! Thanks so much!
Response: It was such fun to put this swap together, and I am so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
thebragal rated for ATCO: Pick One ATC on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: Stunning! Thank you so much!
Response: I am thrilled that you like it, Rebecca...thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
nancybarlow rated for MFF: Birds and a Postage Stamp on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Donetta, I love this card. Simply love it! Yes, the bird on the corrugated cardboard just pops. And a Steinbeck stamp! Thank you, as always for a beautiful, tiny work of art...
Response: You are quite simply the loveliest of swap partners, Nancy...thank you so much for your comment, and (of course) for the heart rating.
Comment: Thank you so much! These are beautiful! I enjoyed making them also. Hugs, Diane
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the sweet comment and lovely rating!
BeeMGee rated for GAA: Mixed Media Gothic Arch ATC on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Stunning of course. Thank you for another addition to my collection. Have a lovely day.
Response: It's just wonderful to be swapping with you again...thank you for always being lovely and encouraging, and for the pretty red heart rating!
Comment: Thank you my dear friend for more of your beautiful work. I am so glad to be back swapping. Have a lovely day.
Response: Your swap partners and friends are thrilled to have you back, dear Bev! Thank you for the sweet comment and wonderful rating!
Tara rated for TIMs: Cat & Mouse Inchies on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: Donetta, I love your inchies. Thank you 😊
Response: I'm so happy that you love the inchies...I had such a good time making them! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful flip book! It has just the right amount of tuck spots (lol). I love the gold in it, I’m so lucky to have received your work - ❤️
Response: You are beyond kind, Jan, and I thank you for that. As I was giving the finished product a final look-see, I realized that I was several tuck spots short...how did that happen? I kept pausing the video to make sure I didn't miss anything, but clearly I missed plenty! The truth is, I completely enjoyed the process of making it, and now want to make more!
sharmison33 rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #10 (October) on Nov 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you Donetta for another beautiful tag. It’s hard to believe we only have two more tags and our books will be done. Thanks for always being a wonderful swap partner 😊❤️
Response: Oh, you made my day, Sarah! I'll have to think of a different sort of tag book for 2020...let me know if you have any ideas! Thank you for being the loveliest swap partner ever!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely embellishments! I loved them all!! Ü
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! I completely enjoyed making these, and have a pile of stuffs set aside to make more. What did we ever do before YouTube was a thing?!
Pikkis rated for AACG: Mixed Media Raven ATC on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Your raven is even more fabulous for real! Just amazing art work and mixed media indeed, all that sparkle looks so cool! And love the layers on the background. Don´t worry; you´re one of the best mixed media (or any media) artists I know and have the magic touch in everything you make. Thank you!
Response: Ooh, I'm so happy to have made you happy, my dear friend! It took several washings to remove the gold leaf from my sticky fingers, but I so love the effect. Thank you for the wonderful comment and great rating...I LOVE swapping with you!
tigermousecat rated for VJP: 4x4 Autumn Journal Page on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: Hope you and kitty are both on the mend. Feel free to have a moan anytime. As always, your pages are a delight to get. |A lovely combo of images. Thanks for hosting all these wonderful swaps!
Response: Kitty AND Mama are completely recovered, which still surprises me. I feared I would lose her...she has never been sickly, and to see her this way (and...yuck, to smell her, poor thing)...it was terrible. I am so thankful that she's all better. She's 14...you know, we worry when they segue into "senior" status. Thank you so much for your compassion and for your presence here. I treasure you!
Comment: Oh Donetta, I am so pleased to be the recipient of this beauty! I gasped in awe at this when I saw it on Flickr and then when I saw that it was coming to me I was a happy girl! This is so gorgeous...all of it...the background, the image, the stitching (may I add very nicely stitched!), the lace...all so vintage and beautiful! Thank you so very much for this lovely swap!
Response: I had the best time making this one for you, Debbie...I confess that I am enjoying the larger (5x7) format...still loving the 4x4s, but those bigger ones are kind of my favorite at the moment. Thank you for your wonderful comment and (of course) for the pretty little heart!
luvbird rated for MFF: 3 ATCoins with Birds and Words on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: First of all, thank you for hosting an ATCoin swap...I have missed making them. These are each equally beautiful bird coins. Love the pretty way you decorated them and the words are so fitting for each one. Some of my favorite birds! Thank you.
Response: I do love the circles; I find them not only lovely to make, but actually useful once they are made. I have a faux evergreen wreath that has little white lights wound all around and it's decorated with Christmas "coins". If I say so myself, it's ah-mazing! Thank you so much for being a lovely swap partner and friend, Debbie!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Girl with the Pearl Earring on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: An original Donetta Gothic arch! Really a great atc ... love your take on this and all the Dutch elements... love Vermeer love the pearl girl and love this card! And those extras ... especially that ribbon ... thank you so much!!
Response: That lady with the pearl earring...that particular image...was the inspiration for the swap. I knew at first glance that she would be "mine"! Thank you so much for being the most wonderful swap partner, Kathryn...I treasure you!
Comment: I just love getting ATC’s from you!!! This one is adorable & I surely love that serious looking little girl. She’s so cute!! Thank you so much for a beautiful ATC to add to my collection! ❤️
Response: Oh, that little girl melted my heart the moment I saw her...I had to use her photo! Thank you for always being the nicest swap partner, Deb...I am beyond thrilled that you came back to us!
AmookIslandCreations rated for MFF: Bird Tag #3 on Oct 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this great tag! Did you know that the Coast Guard maintains a flock of plastic flamingos on one of the islands on the route of the Inside Passage? The ferry tells passengers to be on the look out for a flock of exotic birds! Thanks too for the extras. I love the bling. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I certainly did NOT know about the plastic flamingos...that's adorable! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Sherry.
EllenWilGraagPost rated for Junker Jane on Oct 27, 2019
Comment: Sorry for me being so late on rating ... Thank you for the Junker Jane Skinny!!! I LOVE it! And yes, till the next swap, we've been partners a lot lately! But you don't hear me complain about it :-D
Response: This was one of the craziest swap themes...I had never heard of Junker Jane before this. She was fun to make...thank you for the nice comment and great rating!
Pikkis rated for VJP: Roses and Lace 5x7 Journal Page on Oct 23, 2019
Comment: How lucky I am to have you as my swap-partner :)! The page you made is so beautiful once again and every single detail is so well thought and just at the right place. And what a beautiful wrapping with just two doilies and a lovely ribbon, perfect! Thank you so much for making my day a lot better!
Response: I am especially fond of the "romantic' themes, and also very fond of having you as my swap partner! Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating, my dear friend!

Rating Overview

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hibiscus on May 28, 2019:

Thank you for two of the most beautifully created cards ever! You are beyond talented at creating atc’s!

hibiscus on Apr 14, 2019:

About your amazing Gothic arch Asian atc... it’s not just that you use wonderful elements ...it’s the way you arrange them in such unique and creative ways that make your atcs such works of art.. I just had to say that.. thanks for all the great swap ideas as well

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!

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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