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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: February 17, 2018
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

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!

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: Oh dear sorry for the late rating. What a stunning piece of art. This shall stay in sight not in a journal. xx
djcamp04 rated for AACG: Winter Fantasy Mini Flip Book on Feb 15, 2018
Comment: Such a pretty flip book!! And so many nice goodies tucked in! Thank you so much for such a great swap. Hope to do another one like this soon! I have some new Graphic45 Seasons paper/chipboard/tags & pockets just itching to use some how! Hint hint. ❤️
suemick15 rated for Take a Breath ATC on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: Donetta, Your ATC turned out really well! I love the tiny gold seashell and starfish and the itty bitty gemstones. The family relaxing at the beach was so nice to send toward the end of this long, cold winter. The extras, as always, are generous and lovely. Thank you for joining and for sending such a nice package. I love everything. Sue
vanneparis rated for RJ - Marilyn Monroe Rolo on Feb 10, 2018
Comment: Hi Donetta - Thanks for the beautiful Marilyn Rolo. I absolutely love it!! The butterfly is so pretty and I like the image that you used. Sorry to hear it's been so cold. I have seen some photos of Michigan and it looks like your having rough winter. Talk to you soon -Vanne
Response: It always makes me happy to make you happy, Vanne! Being your swap partner is a pleasure.
Poeprincess rated for IBATL ~ Layered Twinchie on Feb 8, 2018
Comment: Donetta--absolutely love your "layered Twinchie"! You did a superb job. Thanks for the die cuts, too.
Response: I loved making it for you, so this comment makes me very happy. It was my first "layered twinchie", and I wanted to do something...you know...a bit different!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful VJP. I will never get tired of receiving your wonderful creations.
Response: This is a wonderful compliment...thank you so much! I am thrilled to have made you happy with this journal page.
Comment: Thanks for a very Halloweeny ATC. It’s a great way to start my collection! Yes, you made a wise choice making the cat what the girl was seeing behind the door! Trick or Treat!🎎
Response: Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating...I had fun with this theme!
Pandd rated for THC: Add one TH element on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Again, a wonderful ATC! Love it! So much fun. Thank you for wonderful swap. Pat💕💕
Response: Thank you, dear Pat! I loved making this one for you!
vanneparis rated for RJ - Tropical Pin-Up Girl Rolo on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful Tropical Rolo. It came out amazing!! The images that you found are so pretty; I love the native poses. Hope you had fun with the theme. Talk to you soon -Vanne
Response: It turned out a lot brighter than I'd envisioned...but the tropics are full of saturated color, I suppose. Thank you for your sweet comments and great ratings!
vanneparis rated for RJ - Classic Movie Rolo on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks Donetta! I love it!! Thanks for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Response: Thank you, dear Vanne...I am so happy you like it!
Angelflores rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Christmas on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: today arrived to my home this mini flipbook :) so cute thanks for the little goodies and i love the christmas picture in this flipbook they where lovely :)
Response: I loved making this for you...I am so happy that you like it! I hope to "see" you again in future swaps. Thank you so much for the sweet comment and lovely rating!
Comment: A fast delivery:) Thank you for the nice tag!
Response: Thank you for rating promptly, Lucine.
Lilpurplepig rated for TIMs: Mooove Me on Jan 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for great Moos. Love them both, they are great. Hope you recover soon. Make sure you rest up, so you can heal properly.
Response: What a lovely comment...and of course, a lovely rating too! Thank you for all of it.
georgiafae rated for RJ - Pin-Up Girl Rolo on Jan 28, 2018
Comment: Hope you are feeling better. I appreciate you sending me the rolo in your time of a little stress. I like it alot-always loved the look of the vintage valentines and with the pin-up girl-an unlikely but wonderfully done pairing. Thanks for the extras-take care!
Response: Thank you, dear Georgene...both for the lovely red heart, and for the sweet comment. Each day gets a bit better...but I also get hungrier. by the day. Not sure this is how it's supposed to work!
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Winter Fairy ATC on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Donetta, you always use contemporary images so successfully. I LOVE this TC--the color scheme, the images, and all your lovely embellishments. You're crafty mojo is back after everything you've been through--and it's even better than before. Your work is always so amazing, my friend. Thanks for sharing it with me!
Response: Ah...the snow queen on her stag. I love that image, probably because it is easy to embellish! I am so happy to have made you happy, dear Kristy. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and great ratings...they mean the world to me!
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Triptych Free Theme on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: It's beautiful! I love it, Donetta. You always pick the best themes. This one is so elegant and looks so 'Renaissance' . . . Even the outside is decorated so beautifully. Thank you, my friend!
Response: I know how you love the Renaissance (and more recent) religious images...I love them, too! When you are my partner, I always feel an extra sense of purpose...I just want them to be worthy of you!
Shellyr rated for VJP: Vintage Ice Skaters on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Beautiful journal page. Thanks for the extras too. Stay warm!
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Shelly...I just love that ice-skating couple, and was so happy to use them for you!
tigermousecat rated for AACG: Winter Pinup Girl ATC on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: As always, very pretty! Thanks for the extras. No worries about me being shocked, in my line of work I saw more nude bodies than an afternoon on a nudist beach. At least the pinups are much prettier, lol! DH is doing much better and almost back to normal. I think me being home all the time agrees with him, lol!
Response: I had so much fun making your pinup, Bev...I am very happy that you like her! I have every faith that your DH will recover completely, and I believe that your presence is a wonderful benefit for both of you! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and great rating.
Eclectonote rated for VTHS: Ephemera ATC on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the elegant ATC with the unusual image of the woman looking into the mirror. So well done, especially with 98% of your craft supplies in storage! Thanks also for the special washi paper. I'm using it already where I can see the pretty pattern.
Response: I am thrilled to have made you happy! I look forward to our next swap partnership!
BTim rated for CC: Monochrome ATC-Purple on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ATC!
Response: Thank you for the speedy rating! Till we swap again...

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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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