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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: July 17, 2018
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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I've been having a very difficult time the past few months, and I am grateful and humbled by the kindness of my swap partners. Last fall, I had a large bone spur removed from above my right big toe, and that involved having the joint fused and kept immobile by two screws. One of the screws is working it's way out (a painful bump on the side of my toe was my first clue), which means the foot and ankle surgeon has to go into the joint again, possibly only to remove that one screw, but also possibly to replace the screws with a plate...it seems that the joint hasn't fused completely. If I do wake up with a plate in the toe, it will mean another 8 weeks in a boot, completely non weight-bearing and using a knee scooter to ensure that no weight is put on that foot.

Additionally, I had a left knee replacement May 18th, and something has gone awry...after a very vigorous treatment and massage by a physical therapist with his "man hands", I've had increasing pain behind the knee. I'm now less mobile than I was before having the joint replacement surgery, and my doctor is trying to work out if a tendon or ligament has been damaged...and what needs to be done to help the situation.

If I didn't have my craft table to keep me busy and my mind occupied, I might be depressed! Thankfully, this is not the case...and again, I am grateful to my swap partners for understanding that I haven't been cleared to drive, and must depend on the kindness of friends and relatives to go to the post office for those envelopes that can't be mailed from my front yard!

Hello! I'm Donetta from Grand Rapids, 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 in 2012, and except for a 2-year hiatus in Dover, Delaware, 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'm spending several months with my sister in Grand Rapids, MI, and I used to think I would be heading back to the "left coast" within a year, but I am happily surprised at how lovely it is in Michigan. I may or may not be moving west eventually...I'll live through a Michigan winter before making my final decision!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and live in a cute little house with my two spoiled Persian cats and our rescue kitty, Lulu. It's hard being so far away from my children and grandchildren, since I do so enjoy spending time with friends and family.

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 colors 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 a thriving little jewelry business, and before I moved to Grand Rapids, 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.


vanneparis rated for RJ - Rolo w/ the Eiffel Tower on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks Donetta for the incredible Rolo. I absolutely love the Moulin Rouge theme. I hope you had fun with the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Skinny card with the adorable gang of bluebirds. I love it!!
vanneparis rated for RJ - Rolo w/ a Butterfly on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: I love the embellishments that you used. I am totally going to steal that beaded technique as it looks very insect-like but so glamorous. Thank you for the beautiful Butterflies!
vanneparis rated for MMPC - 1950's ATC w/ a Housewife on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much Donetta for the adorable Housewife ATC. The image that you used is incredible; you always find the best pictures to use. I love it!!
Comment: What a lovely skinny. Thank you so much.
Arabella rated for VJP: Creative Vintage Collage #6 on Jul 5, 2018
Comment: Donetta, I love the Gypsy Bead Peddler! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful journal page! And the extras are much appreciated - I could make a journal page only with them!
Response: You are the loveliest and most generous of swap partners, Nancy...I just love swapping with you! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: You have a wicked sense of humour! Love the card. Thanks so much for all the napkins! I can see I will have a lot to work on . We don't seem to get anything as pretty as what you sent. If you want disorganized you should see my pile of crafting debris!
Response: Oh, the bear came out so much larger than I intended...and my new little Apple MacBook ($1600) had to go in for repairs, and I couldn't print another bear. Apparently I download too much and click on too many "stories" on Facebook...I imported all kinds of strange viral things! Thank you for another sweet comment and great rating, Bev!
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful flip book and all the fun extras too! This one really brightened a very foggy day! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: How I long for cool fog...my first summer in Michigan is proving to be hot and humid (oh, the horrible humidity...) Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Kellpepper rated for USAPC: Bird Collage ATC on Jul 2, 2018
Comment: That is the prettiest bird! Your ATC is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with me.
Response: You made my day...thank you for the lovely compliment, and for the lovely rating!
coleenfranks rated for MFF: 4" x 6" Bird Collage on Jun 18, 2018
Comment: Love it, Donetta. Worth the wait. Hope you continue to recover well. Many blessings.
Response: It's been a trial, I can't lie...I think anything to do with bones and joints is bound to be painful. I am so happy you like the collage...thank you so much for your sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Hi Donetta!! I love the decoupage napkins I just received from you. Where did you find such pretty napkins to use? And I had trouble getting mine to lay as flat as your's are. They will make stunning backgrounds for sure. Always, always a treat to swap with you! Laurie
Response: Thank you, dear Laurie! I confess that I found several sellers on eBay who have gazillions of beautiful napkins "for decoupage" for sale. I buy them in batches of 2 or 4, and I pay more for postage than I do for the napkins! Thank you for the great rating and sweet comment!
JudalineZ rated for GAA: May Month's Flower and Gem on Jun 11, 2018
vanneparis rated for RJ - Marilyn Monroe Rolo on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: "Happy Birthday Mr President"... What an adorable idea for a Rolo. I love it!! Thank you so much for another gorgeous Rolo. I am excited to add it to my collection. Take Care -Vanne
Response: Oh Vanne...the moment I found that image, I knew I had your rolo! The beauty, integrity, and finally the tragedy of Miss Monroe is what makes her appeal eternal. Thank you so much for another sweet comment and wonderful rating!
Comment: Very different than mine...Always love your style. Hope all went well with knee surgery and you get your mojo back!
Response: That's exactly what I love about swapping...everyone's style is different, and there are so many ways to define art.Thank you so much for your positivity and friendship, Bev...you mean the world to me!
Comment: This was a STUNNING Journal! Such a beautiful layout and gorgeous inclusions. Thank you so much for organising it, even through all your troubles. I hope you are recovering steadily.
Response: I owe a great deal to my friend Nancy...she was an enormous help to me when I was going through my surgeries. My swap partners also benefitted, because Nancy is a gifted artist. Thank you for your generosity and patience!
JudalineZ rated for IBATL ~ Flower Twinchies on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much I love the tiny charms on the twinchies!
Response: The twinchies were tons of fun to make...I just love the small works of art, even inchies! Thank you for your patience and generosity, Judaline.
Winegeek rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #26 on May 21, 2018
Comment: WOW, another amazing ATC, I love how you placed the roses, thank you for the extras as well.
Response: I do love to use flowers in my artwork; I think nearly everything I make has flowers of some sort. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and ratings...I'm having some physical challenges lately (multiple surgeries), and reading your comments lifted my spirits. Thank you so much!
Winegeek rated for VS - ATC w/ a 1950's Housewife on May 21, 2018
Comment: Hi Donetta, I am simply in love with this ATC. This now one of my favorites. The whole package with the extras is wonderful. Thanks!
Response: Oh, you made my day! I absolutely loved making these for you, and I'm thrilled that you like them. This one in particular...well, it kind of made itself! I've saved that spoon for ages, and knew it belonged to this particular ATC.
SamiE rated for Mothers' Day ATC swap on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the darling ATC. I love the old timey look. Hope all is well with you.
Response: I also loved the sweet old-timey image of mother and child...I want life to be sweet and simple like that! Your comment and the great rating made my day, Sami.

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MsLee on May 18, 2018:

Dearest friend. I hope that everything goes well with your Surgery. I have you in my prayers, my thoughts and my heart, always and forever. Get well soon, and don't over do it....take it easy. Love you, Xoxoxo Lee

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.💐

BusyB on Jan 16, 2018:

Hi Donetta! Hope we get to swap again soon. Many blessings to you in 2018!

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

lou on Jul 27, 2017:

Happy belated birthday from WIYM group!

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