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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: September 19, 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.

I had knee replacement surgery 5/18, and it was a far rougher experience than the right knee, 2 1/2 years ago. I have what the Physical Therapist call an "angry joint". it's quite painful, still a bit stiff, and in general has given me so much grief...I never expected this result.

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! (ETA: it isn't the winter that is soooo bad, it's the summer humidity!)

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.


georgiafae rated for VC: September tag on Sep 19, 2018
Comment: I also love this tag-the sweet kitties on the front and then the silly ones on the back! Thanks again for the extra Halloween extras and glad you liked the kitty address labels I made for you!
Response: Well, this one was pure enjoyment to make...I am definitely a cat lady, and this was right up my alley. Thank you for your sweet comments and wonderful ratings...you are a lovely swap partner!
georgiafae rated for AACG: Summer Pin-up ATC on Sep 19, 2018
Comment: I love this ATC-using Popeye's head as the arch! You are so clever! Do you have a scan n cut? There is no way you could fussy cut the lone hairs on Popeye's head. I know because I have a scan n cut and know how amazing it is! Love that you added all the trims and textures to this ATC and the humor of it! Now I'll have What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor in my head for awhile. I almost used that on my ATC-I had made a sailor too-like minds! Thanks my friend and for all the wonderful extras!
Response: Oh Georgene...I did fussy cut Popeye and everything else on the ATC...I have nothing mechanical that might help! I loved. making it for you, and I'm thrilled that you like it...thank you so much for your lovely comment and (of course!) for the pretty red heart!
jenmcjen rated for APCO: Monochrome Color Series-Green on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for my beautiful retro green APC! This is my first one, so my deck is begun. Yay! It is very lovely!
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating!
mjhaertling rated for VC: Vintage Blue Collage ATC on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the resend. The card is beautiful as are all of your creations. The forget-me-nots are so appropriately vintage. Thannks for the extras too.
Response: Martha, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity...i appreciate it (YOU!) more than you know. I always love sending my little works to you!
hibiscus rated for Fill a Page Color Series- Blue on Sep 6, 2018
Comment: yay! a Donetta original! beautiful as always...loved the various shades of blue and for some reason the delicate silk like ribbon on the side really touched me...thank you so much...and for the butterflies and tags...
Response: Kathryn, you are such a lovely swap partner...thank you so much for your sweet comment and another great rating. The ribbon on your ATC is recycled from silk saris...so exotic! I can't resist them every now and again.
Gwillisinc rated for Risque ATC on Sep 5, 2018
Comment: Wow it''s been a long time since I got a "donnetta original" Thank you for the beautiful card & extras
Response: All that naughtiness...I loved making this one for you, Sandra! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: This page is so so so so pretty. I LOVE the sitting ballerina in a sort of 'swan' position. Romeo & Juliet music! Beautifull rose vellum! A sparkling skirt! You are so creative, my dear friend, and I love receiving anything you create.
Response: I loved making this page for you, dear Kristy...but of course we know that ballerinas are one of my favorite subjects! Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging comments; they mean the world to me!
isabellasnow rated for Bird-themed Napkins-swap on Sep 2, 2018
Comment: Donetta, these are GORGEOUS! I can't believe the one with the peacock. I cannot WAIT to use these on something. . . ANYTHING! Thank you for choosing such lovely designs for me ;+)
Response: Did you know (because it was new to me) that there are eBay sellers who specialize in these beautiful napkins? They are usually sold in groups of 2 (imagine their profit margin!) or 4. There are so many I want...LOL!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Lovely Lady in Lavender on Sep 2, 2018
Comment: My friend, lavender never looked so beautiful!! You have such a gorgeous signature style and it shines through in this beautiful ATC. I really miss doing these vintage ladies! Thanks so much for the sweet extras, and the lavender-adorned envelope. I love swapping together!
Response: I glammed her up just for you! I simply adore swapping with you, and hope our swaps never end. You are the loveliest lady I know!
CAMILES rated for New-Artist Trading Coin on Aug 29, 2018
Comment: Very nice. Thank you
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating, Cheryl,..I loved making this swap for you.
DaiziDruke rated for AACG: Let's Try a Magpie Journal! on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Donetta, it’s gorgeous!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I loved making this for you, Robin. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating!
KarenLaneWV rated for JJJ ~ Envelope Junk Journal on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you! That was really nice!!
Response: I'm happy to have made you happy, Karen...thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
DragonflyDaisy rated for New-ATC Coin on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: Donetta, I love the dragonfly ATCoins that you made for me - they are beautiful!!! I like making the ATCoins too! Thanks for a great swap! :)
Response: When I saw that "Dragonfly Daisy" was my partner, I knew how to proceed! I'm so, so happy that you like the coins...I loved making them for you!
mandymo rated for AACG: Elegant, Lovely ATCoins on Aug 22, 2018
Comment: Ooooooh! Donetta Darling these little creations are wonderful. I just love Marilyn. She was so very beautiful, yet experienced so much pain. :( You definitely did her justice with these beautiful coins. I am loving this medium as well. It is just a little twist, but something magical happens. Thank you so very much for another incredible swap. Much love!
Response: I simply loved making these for you! I am loving that "little bit of difference" that a different format makes, and then, of course, there's Marilyn. They were a joy to make for you!
tigermousecat rated for AACG: Lace & Pearls ATC on Aug 20, 2018
Comment: Love the use of the pearls! As always a lovely card, Thank you so much for the lace extra!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy, dear friend. It's a joy to have you as a swap partner.
tigermousecat rated for VC: July tag on Aug 20, 2018
Comment: Why are you afraid of tags! Such a lovely one you sent me! Your work is always impeccable. Thanks so much!
Response: Oh, thank you, Bev! I now love tags...but I did avoid making them for several years. I believe that your tag swaps dragged me out of my "afraid of tags" zone and into my "WHY was I afraid of tags" zone! Thank you for another lovely comment and great rating...you are just the BEST swap partner.
Pandd rated for VS - Vintage Skinny Card on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: Love this skinny. The picture is a favorite and I love what you did with it. Your work is always gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Pat💕💕
Response: I loved making this skinny for you! I also love the picture, and as soon as I found it, I knew I had my skinny! Thank you for your lovely and thoughtful comments and great ratings!
Pandd rated for AACG: Pocket ATC on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: Love your pocket. I had a cocker that looked exactly like the one in the pocket. She was the sweetest puppy. Still miss her. Very appropriate atc. Thank you very much. The card is beautiful Pat💕💕
Response: I made this ATC as an homage to your supermodel Cocker...Miss Pro Plan herself! I know she is and always will be loved and missed. I am so happy that it made you happy, Pat!
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous mini pocket letter. Such pretty colours and so fun to make.
Response: You truly are the most generous of swap partners..thank you for being so kind. I love swapping with you!
BeeMGee rated for VJP: Creative Vintage Collage #7 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for a gorgeous journal page. The sunflowers remind me summer is coming !
Response: Ah yes...you are about to slip into spring, as we move into fall..my favorite season. Thank you for the sweet comment and lovey rating, my friend!

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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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