Swap-bot Time: May 24, 2018 10:44 am


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: May 24, 2018
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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I'm having "unexpected" left knee replacement surgery Friday, 5/18, and will be out of commission for a tiny amount of time while I recuperate. Fortunately, working at my craft table is not physically taxing! My son is getting married 8/24 in Portland, OR, and I was going to have to put off my knee surgery until after the wedding, since I couldn't get a surgery date until the end of June. However, the surgeon had a cancellation for 5/18, and I was given the chance to take that date, which I did, of course! (This is the "unexpected" part.) I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure my swaps aren't late...and if they are, I will contact my partners as soon as possible.

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.


Comment: Very different than mine...Always love your style. Hope all went well with knee surgery and you get your mojo back!
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.
JudalineZ rated for IBATL ~ Flower Twinchies on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much I love the tiny charms on the twinchies!
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.
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!
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.
SLembke rated for MMPC - Mixed Media ATC w/ a Lady on May 21, 2018
Comment: The ATC was great. Super composition. That is one of my struggles and an area of my art I'm trying to improve. Thank you.
stiffneck78 rated for ATC With A Puppy on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the adorable puppy atc and tissue extras. I already have plans for them. =)
artgirl29 rated for VS - Vintage Skinny w/ a Lady on May 20, 2018
Comment: Nice job on the vintage skinny with a lady! Thank you for the Graphic 45 extras - love their stuff!
Pandd rated for EASU: Mermaid ATC on May 15, 2018
Comment: Very cute card. Love it. Always love your work. Thank you for a wonderful swap. Pat💕💕
MsLee rated for TIMs:...Bring May Flowers on May 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for my May Flowers....just beautiful. Love you my friend. Lots of blessings to you and yours.
Response: Thank you so much, Lee...for the sweet comment, the wonderful heart rating, and for being the lovely person you are!
MsLee rated for VJP: Time for Tea on May 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for my beautiful 4 x 4, it's just lovely, Have a great Mother's day. Xoxoxo
Response: I loved making this one...it was such a pleasure, knowing it was for you!
suemick15 rated for May/June BTC swap on May 12, 2018
Comment: My goodness Donetta, I cannot imagine a sweeter little card than the May/ June BTC you sent me! That little figure hanging the laundry is too much, and the girl with her doll under the umbrella...PLEASE. and the way you depicted the months with the tiny music and poem. Honestly, it is completely charming and I am so happy to have it. Thank you so much for this wonderful creation. Sue (p.s. where in the world did you find those little images?)
Response: Oh Sue, you made my day! Thank you or the most lovely comment, the lovely red heart, and for being...well, for being your wonderful self! I get 99% of my images at the same place: the "store" known as Pinterest!
Comment: I loved it-so beautiful! Thank you :D
user6937 rated for MAS: Animals in Danger on May 7, 2018
Comment: Elephants are one of my favourite animals. I love the way you make your ATCs in such a uniquely Donetta way. Thank you!
Response: I'm so happy you're back from vacation! Thank you for the sweet comment and lovely rating...it's taken a long time, but I am truly loving my craft room again!
Comment: Love this darling ATC! Love the "How to talk on the telephone" add. The lady with the flower in her hair calling some hot guy!!! Reminds me being in high school calling boys! Not that I looks that cute doing it! Lol thank you for the wonderful extras! Always so fun having you as my partner!
Response: You always make me laugh...when I was in high school, I crank-called some of the boys on the football team (I'd have died if they guessed it was me)! I always love having you as a partner, too...your artwork is spectacular!
Mustluvdoggies rated for VJP: Foreign Love Letters on May 5, 2018
Comment: Darling journal page! Love all the layers and beautiful embellishment! Even the back is pretty! That rose stamp is gorgeous! Always a treat to get swaps from you! Thank you the great extras. That toad is awesome!
Response: Lori, it's taken a long time, but I am really loving the craft room again...thank you so much for your patience and encouragement!
Comment: Aw, what a sweet rabbit. I love the image you chose and the flowers you put on it's 'crown'. I have no idea where you find the patience for placing all those tiny little pretty gems! The rabbits in my yard are sweet until I see them eating my garden, LOL I still enjoy 'hosting' them, I just plant some for them too! But this year I will be putting up metal chicken wire.
Response: Ah, Laura...the bunnies are the sweetest, aren't they? Until they eat the fruits of our labor...but you'e taking steps, so maybe you will have a full harvest this year!
Comment: So cute! I just adore this little fawn card...very sweet! Love their dark eyes and the little metal flowers. Sweet! Thank you for this and the great extras that you sent.
Response: There is nothing sweeter than a fawn...unless it's a baby rabbit or maybe a raccoon. I just love this series!
luvbird rated for VJP: March 4x4 Vintage Journal Page on Apr 30, 2018
Comment: Donetta, thank you so much for this great journal page. Such a beautiful little work of art depicting the month of march. Love all the darling details. Thank you also for the GREAT extras!
Response: Thank you very much, my dear swappy friend! I had a s-l-o-w start, but I'm loving my craft room once again!

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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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