Swap-bot Time: November 14, 2018 8:00 pm


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: November 14, 2018
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

I've been having a very difficult time the past few months, having endured five surgeries in the past year, and I am grateful and humbled by the kindness of my swap partners.

I will be making a little move within the month...I was given the option of re-homing my cats (you'd have to kill me first, was my response) or find another place to live. Naturally, I'm finding another place to live! At first I was determined to move back to the Pacific NW (my heart's home), but once I calmed down, I realized that making such a dramatic move at the beginning of winter would be stressful and possibly dangerous...so I'm finding a wee apartment here in Grand Rapids, and will make it my home for at least a year (most likely a year and a half), when I will return to the PNW on my terms. I'm relieved and feel so much happier having made this decision!

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 have three adult children, five grandchildren, and live in a cute little house with my two spoiled Persian cats and our rescue kitty, Lulu. I enjoy spending time with friends and family...and I 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 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.


Lazydaisy0104 rated for 'Round the Hair Salon Coins on Nov 12, 2018
Comment: These coins are sooo beautiful!!! They will fit perfectly in my collection. Your work is flawless and I love my extra goodies as well. Thank you my friend!! 💞
Camiliann rated for VC: 3 Elements ATC #30 on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: I’m so glad my swaps finally arrived. 5 in one package. All very pretty.
Camiliann rated for MFF: Tropical Birds ATC on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: I’m so glad my swaps finally arrived. 5 in one package. All very pretty.
Comment: I’m so glad my swaps finally arrived. 5 in one package. All very pretty.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful APC! I am loving this colour series too!
Response: I'm so happy to make you happy! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Cheyanne!
mandymo rated for GAA: Vintage Burlesque on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: My dear you have a knack for creating the most marvelous atcs of all! I love the glitter detail on her ruffled skirt, the gold border and the Paris embellishment. It all works so well together. Thank you do very much.
Response: Thank you, my sweet friend. It is such a pleasure having you as a swap partner.
mandymo rated for TIMs: Halloween Twinchies on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: You know I love kitties! These twinchies are perfect! I especially love the hissing kitty in front of the full moon and that little skeleton charm is perfect!!! Thank you so very much Donetta darling!
Response: We share a love of kitties...even these Halloween kitties grabbed my heart! You are simply the best swap partner, my darling Mandymo...generous and kind to the max. I treasure you.
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Layered Embellishments on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty embellishments!
Response: Thank you so much for the nice comment and for the lovely red heart!
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: Autumn ATC with a Fox on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Donetta, your foxy little ATC arrived today . . . so cute! Your ATC's are always special and unique. I loved the little spiderweb touch at the top; it looks like the little foxes are watching it! Thanks, too, for those lovely bindis!
Response: The little foxes were so much fun to play with...and with you as my swap partner, I had an extra wonderful time making your ATC!
tam2016 rated for VJP: Creative Collage #9 on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: oh my, this collage you made was just so gorgeous! Thank you so much! I love it!!!
Response: Tamara, I am thrilled that you like it! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and lovely red heart.
SamiE rated for USAPC Halloween ATC on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Really cute ATC. Thanks and thanks for the extras.
Response: I'm so happy you like it, Sami...and I hope everything has straightened out for you. I hope to swap with you again soon!
Ryleighsmom rated for MJS: 5x7 Magpie Journal - US on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the journal! I’m enjoying reading all the quotes you included. ❤️
Response: I am so relieved...so VERY relieved that this one made it through! Thank you for your generosity with the time it took!
luvbird rated for MFF: ATCoins with Birds on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: I LOVE this little trio of beautiful birds! I’ve always loved this type of art (is it tattoo flash?). Each coin is so special and sweet! Love the details on each coin and the use of your gel markers for highlighting and detailing is so great. Thank you so much for such an awesome swap.
Response: Ooh...they ARE tattoo designs! I don't know...they just appealed to me and I had to use them! Thank you for always being such a generous commenter and rater, my dear friend!
luvbird rated for GAA: August's Flower and Gem on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Beautiful August Flower and Gem Gothic arch! Love the color combination...so pretty! Thank you so much for another wonderful swap.
Response: I think this was the one I used the WRONG flower for! I chose the images for both August and September, and then mixed them up...but thank you for not noticing, or at least for not telling, LOL!
luvbird rated for VJP: Ode to Autumn on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Oh Donetta! How I love this beautiful Fall Journal Page! The colors are just gorgeous...love the teal, brown, orange and the gold flakes! How did you know deer were one of my favorite wildlife critters?!?! And the feathers just make it that much more lovely! Thank you so much for this great swap and the great extras.
Response: Thank you so much, Debbie...it's such a pleasure when we are swap-partnered!
Comment: Donetta: Your amazing work continues to inspire me. These lodge animal coins are just wonderful. Love the plaid papers you used - very lodgy! - and the animal selection is brilliant. Finished off with fall leaves and some gold trim - perfect! I love it when you are my partner!!
Response: Laurie, you are a dream swap partner...thank you so much for always rating so kindly, and for your generosity with those lovely red hearts.
Poeprincess rated for Monochromatic inchies on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Lovely Inchies! Liked the soft color. Hope you get to “kick the boot” soon! Thanks, also for the extras.
Response: Dianne, you are the nicest swap partner...thank you for being so kind and generous.
Poeprincess rated for IBATL ~ Fall Twinchies on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Yes, fall it is! Crows are my favorite birds—so very intelligent. Liked these Twinchies with all the goodies.
Response: Thank you so much...for the sweet comments and great ratings. See you on "the other side" after my move to Portland is complete!
hibiscus rated for GAA: September's Flower and Gem on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: September is my birth month .. morning glory and blue sapphire ... my favorites and I got a donetta atc! Happy birthday to me.... it’s lovely and absolutely perfect! Thank you so much
Response: i think this swap was meant for you! My daughter's birthday is also in September...it's a very special month indeed.
hibiscus rated for Fill a Page Color Series-Yellow on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: An original Donetta! Gorgeous.. and as always beautifully designed layer by layer... what a talent ! Extras are also so generous ... thanks for sharing your art!
Response: Kathryn, you are such a lovely friend...thank you so much for always being so kind and generous...I just love swapping with you!

Rating Overview

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Pandd on Nov 8, 2018:

I just got the most gorgeous journal page! Absolutely beautiful.thank you for being my angel. You may not be 20/20 yet but your artistic talent is well. Thank You for being you. Pat💕💕

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

Happy Autumn to my Bestie!

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.💐

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

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