Swap-bot Time: December 5, 2022 4:13 pm
www.swap-bot.com

donetta

donetta
Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: December 5, 2022
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
My Website
My Flickr Photos
My Pinterest Boards
My Etsy Store
My Etsy Store

About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta, in Portland, Oregon. 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 and a 4-year residence in Grand Rapids, MI, I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) almost 30 years (yes, I am old!). Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born here!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and two beautiful cats: my spoiled Persian girls. We lost our rescue tabby, Lulu on Valentines Day, 2022. 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 Spellbinders machine 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 true crime shows and shows about serial killers. Why I love these is a mystery…but they are my (not so) secret addiction.

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.

Tigermousecat (Bev), who is the most wonderful of swap partners, and a dear friend...from afar. Bev creates beautiful works of art and sends the loveliest little letters with each swap. She is kind and generous, in addition to being a fabulous swap partner.

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.

Ratings

5
rating
Comment: Your page arrived today safe and sound and was well worth the wait. It is just gorgeous. Thank you so much. Maybe one day the lost page might show up :0)
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for another lovely ATC to add to my collection!!
Arabella rated for VJP: Creative Collage Journal Page on Dec 3, 2022
5
rating
Comment: As always, a very beautiful journal page !! Love the sunflowers (my favorite flower!) and the texture you used for the center! So many things to love on this page!! Think I will hang it up by my desk for awhile before adding to my journal!! Thank you sooooo much!
hibiscus rated for VC: Jane Austen ATC on Nov 27, 2022
5
rating
Comment: I only read a couple of Jane Austen books but as a theatre major I’ve seen all the films! .. love this swap idea and your amazing work as usual .. very evocative of the whole era .. and the extras are of course going to be put to use .. thank you for the atc and the swap idea!
Camiliann rated for AACG: Teal and Gold ATC on Nov 26, 2022
5
rating
Comment: oh so cute love it!!!thanks for the extras
5
rating
Comment: Glad to hear you are on the mend. Your swaps are always worth the wait. She is a little sweetie!
dmarie rated for USAPC: easy book page tag on Nov 20, 2022
5
rating
Comment: ♥ Thanks so much for the beautiful tags and for joining the swap!♥ I got behind on rating... I love the book pages you used and they are so pretty and well made ♥
5
rating
Comment: A different take from mine. Love the image. Thanks so much for hosing these different groups and swaps.
Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful rating and comment...you are the most generous of swap partners! I really enjoyed this one...I have specialty papers from India that I wanted to use for this ATC, but couldn't find. My craft room is in chaos, therefore my life is in chaos!
tigermousecat rated for VC: Sunflower Tag on Nov 16, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Well worth the wait! Glad to see you are doing better. Love what you did with the corrugated fringe.
Response: I confess to loving he corrugated cardboard stuff...I use it often and always look for places to stick it! This was a pleasure to make for you, Bev.
5
rating
Comment: Hi Donetta thanks for sending me a replacement. It's a beautiful butterfly heart. ❤️
Response: Well...I hardly know what to say here! Thank you for rating the heart as if it is the journal page...perhaps we will be partnered soon for another journal page swap!
quaisoir rated for GAA: Halloween Gothic Arch ATC on Nov 16, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Halloween ATC and the extra Christmas one-so honoured to receive the first of the season. They are so well made! Have a lovely Christmas season this year. Hope ur getting better.
Response: Such a lovely compliment...thank you so much! I appreciate your kindness and generosity...and I look forward to swapping with you again soon!
Nehalennia rated for Color Me Blue on Nov 13, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful ATC and extras. Your art definitely was worth to wait a bit longer <3 I'm glad you're doing much better now. I know what a heavy migraine means as I was at that point once too. I hope to swap with you again one day. Sending you my best wishes x
Response: Thank you for the lovely comment and rating...I am so happy to have made you happy with this swap! I look forward to swapping with you again soon.
lmacdavis93 rated for RF: Autumn Rolo with a Raven on Nov 7, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Ah I love this one! Such a dark and eerie background with the black at the top and bottom. Great raven image and love the little bats flying about. Perfect finishing touch: the label! And Mr. Poe on the back side. I have got to get myself a rolodex file so I can have a good place to save these. I love getting envies in the mail from you!!
Response: Oh thank you! A side note...I saw this on Flickr years ago, and the specialness (is that a word?) struck me immediately. The creative artist took a long, slim box (she said she got it at a local craft store), decorated it beautifully, and marked the ends of the box near the bottom, where the rolo holes would be, then glued 2 chopsticks on both ends, so the rolos would fit neatly over the chopsticks. Room for soooo many rolos...and the chopsticks fit into the holes and keep the rolos upright. Genius!
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Autumn Tag Flip on Nov 7, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Oh D this flip tag is just amazing! I love how you are able to pleat paper and make such cool edgings for your work. I've tried to copy it and I need a lot more practice. All of your papers and images and bits of ephemera and trims just work together so well. I especially love the little fox on the 2nd smallest tag. And you are a whiz at layering as well. Each of these tags is just it's own little work of art. Thank you for another "keeper" for my collection!
Response: I confess to loving tag flips...I've made several, and loved each (different themes, same sense of creative joy!). I'm so, so happy to have made YOU happy, my dear friend!
tristitia rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #71 on Nov 2, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Love the spooky girl/cat - perfect for the season, the most wonderful time of the year, lol - thank you!!
Response: Thank you so much! I fell in love with the girl and her cat the moment I saw that image...I'm so happy to have made you happy!
georgiafae rated for Doll Theme Inkbox on Oct 30, 2022
5
rating
Comment: So happy to see you in my mailbox. Hope this means you are feeling much better! Love the ink box cards you created. The girls on them are just precious. Thanks for the extras too! I "store" the ink box cards I get by putting them right into the many journals I have going! Take care and thanks for the wonderful swap!
Response: My friend, it is always such a pleasure to swap with you! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and great rating!
hibiscus rated for VC: BAck to School Inkbox Cards on Oct 25, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Loved the back to school new dresses… for me it was a new uniform! But we still went shopping for new fall clothes.. liked how you design them in different ways and the variety of elements … the extras are a great addition to my collage box. Love ittganks
LDeWitt rated for Master Board Part 2 on Oct 24, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Oh Don, I just love the feminine look you gave this Master Board part 2 tag. The periwinkle flowers the woman image and the netting and flowers in the foreground and all enticing. Your work is over the top gorgeous and I'm so lucky to have you as a swap partner so often. Thank you also for the extra bits (including the brown netting) and your kind letter. You must have had a lot of fun cooking with your grandson, all things I have to look forward too. Thank you for being a great friend. Stay well.
Response: Oh Lizzie...what a lovely, uplifting comment! You made more than. my day...you are a wonderful friend and equally wonderful swap partner.
5
rating
Comment: Hi Donetta! LOVE your sweet raven ATC with the author looking down from the corner! Of course, the most beautiful element is that swinging circle charm--it's gorgeous. Thank you SO much for sending some for me to use. I know exactly what you mean about summer--overly excited that it's behind us, although the temp for the next 3 days is 76! Indian summer kind of sucks;+)
Response: Oh Kristy...it's always a joy to swap with you, in either direction! I think our "Indian summer" (which I thought would never depart) has truly departed. It's chilly here! And raining, which is my spirit weather. Come to think of it, that explains so much...about my melancholic state! I look forward to more swaps with you very soon!
2Hearts rated for AACG: Black Cat ATC/Halloween-Themed on Oct 22, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 4029 750 773
Completed Fives Threes Ones
3899 4146 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
13 76 3810 0
View all

Comments

hibiscus on Aug 31, 2022:

lucky me ...i got two donetta cards in one envelope...you are a truly talented artist...thank yu

Barbara on Jun 21, 2022:

Thank you Donetta for the paper doll resend! Your collage journal pages tell sweet little stories.Watch for some happy mail coming your way!

hibiscus on Jun 2, 2022:

Your attention to detail and your perfectly chosen elements really make your swaps so amazing … lucky me !!

Login to leave a comment now!