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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: October 24, 2020
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta, in 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 (Washington) in 2012, and except for a 2-year hiatus in Dover, Delaware, I 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 half of a lovely duplex (my sister lives in the other side) with my two spoiled Persian cats and our rescue kitty, Lulu. 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 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.


BeckyG56 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #32 on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful ATC. Thanks for the remake, its gorgeous.. Thank you for the flower trim.
Comment: Another beauty. Very serene and pretty. Thank you
BeeMGee rated for VC: Go Ask Alice ATC and Rinchie on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: Oh I love this card. The expression on the face is suitably severe. Love the texture with the cards popping up. Thank you
Comment: Beautiful--as always! Love the neutral colors that make that sweet blue jay just pop! You've incorporated so many layers--I love discovering something new each time I look at the ATC. I'm especially fond of the corrugated cardboard--I always forget to use that and it looks so nice. Thanks, too, for the lovely flower trim!
Response: Where, oh where are my playing cards? I appreciate your flexibility and generosity...and your wonderful comments. You are simply the best!
Comment: Thanks Donnetta this will make a gorgeous cover to the journal.
Response: Thank you, my dear friend. I just finished a biscuit and a cuppa, and thought how wonderful it would be to share that time with you! Thank you for being so lovely!
georgiafae rated for VJP: 4x4 Mermaid Journal Page on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Hello my friend, got your beautiful mermaid journal page today! Love all the details-the ripped & highlighted cardboard-the sea shell and the beautiful poem on the back-so lovely! Thanks also for the roses tag and other extra goodie. I will be thinking of you as you go thru your surgery and rehab-the best of luck to you-stay safe! Look forward to your return and swapping with you-Blessings-Georgen-"georgiafae"!
Response: Georgene, my lovely friend, you made my day. Actually, several days. You are the most forgiving, most generous of swap partners, and I loved making this page for you. As I write this, I'm in my hospital bed, on the "other side" of the surgery, which wasn't as extreme as the surgeon originally thought it needed to bel I am invested in making the best recovery possible so I can get back to my craft room asap!
Comment: Hi D! This was such a great project and I love the journal you made for me! It is so perfectly you and your style and has so much amazing detail, images, trims, papers, touches of bling and glitz - I just love it! Love the little booklet with your note inside. I always hate to take things like this apart but I have to inspect all the little pockets to see what's hiding inside! So many fun goodies! Thanks for this - it's extra special!!
Response: Hahahahaha...I veered so far off the course that I just had to keep going! I simply can't seem to follow directions! (Ergo, the repeated foot surgeries...). I am so happy you like it; I had the BEST time making it for you!
Comment: You are a paper Goddess, I swooned when I saw this card in person. Both sides are simply amazing. Your images are just beautiful. You need to share your cutting techniques with me, you have NO WHITE EDGES and your prints are so glossy and bright. Please share if you use blade, knife or scissors and what kind. This rolo made my day and thank you for the perfect and perfectly cut image extras. Best regards for your upcoming surgery, I hope it is nothing too serious. As always you are in my prayers.
Response: And you, my dear friend, are the most generous of swap partners! I cut everything out with my little sharp scissors (the current pair is by Fiskars, but I have some that are black and yellow like a bumblebee that I love also). My images are all purloined from Pinterest, and sized for the project I have in mind...one of my happiest pursuits is to browse Pinterest and copy images to a collage sheet that I create from a Pages document (I have a little MacBook). I look at upcoming swaps and then look for appropriate images. I print them on Hammersmith Premium Laser Gloss paper, and spray the pages with something that keeps the ink from smudging. It's a very relaxing pursuit! Thank you so much for your uplifting ratings and comments!
BeeMGee rated for AACG: A Circle in a Rectangle ATC on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you Donetta for another gorgeous artwork. Keep well.
Response: Thank you for your generosity and patience, Bev...let's both stay well so we can continue creating and swapping with each other! I promise to do my part!
Comment: I loved the puzzle piece ornament! And thank you for the extras. Hope you are feeling better. Smiles!!
Response: Beth, we both know I don't deserve this rating...which makes it all the more special to me. I can't thank you enough for your generosity and patience. You are a wonderful example to me.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pockets you made and the inserts. The first months of covid19 sure was crazy. Happy the mail is mostly back to normal again.
Response: Thank you so much...I struggled with this batch, and don't know why. It seemed so straightforward, until I had to make them for the second time!
Comment: Thank you for the tags you made. They are lovely. Love all the details.
Response: This is one of the YouTube tutorials that I will be repeating over and over again. I enjoyed the process, and enjoyed the result! Thank you for the wonderful rating and sweet comment!
luvbird rated for MFF: Bird-Themed 3-Layer Tag on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Donetta! Hope you are doing well! What a pleasant surprise when I opened your envelope and saw those beautiful bird tags! I didn’t know when I saw these beauties on Flickr that they would be mine! Each tag is so pretty and I love each little birdie! I finally get to see those black vines in person and I love them. I have now ordered some to have in my stash! The sparkly gold tulle is so pretty, love the burlap ribbon on these and those beautiful jewels sets these tags off perfectly! Love your decorated envelope too! Thank you so very much! 💕
Response: I don't know why these sat on my craft table for so long after I finished them, other than they were in an envelope and I forgot about them (yes, that does describe the state of my craft table). I'm so happy you like the tag set, Debbie!
hibiscus rated for USAPC: Things with Wings: Moth ATC on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: this card touched my heart...i didn't notice the beautiful moth at first because i was drawn to the image..it was the profile of my mom...the card is beautiful in the use of color...the black fancy corners ..the dresden element..the black doily ... but especially "la bella luna" thank you so very much
Response: Kathryn, you leave the most wonderful comments! I don't know what I expected when I started this ATC, but the end result surprised me. I am thrilled that you like it!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Mab Graves Gothic Arch ATC on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: i really like the technique you have with gothic arch swaps...you have one little thing stick up on a side.this one is a little rose bud...really cool...the image you chose is so nice..reminded me of little bo peep who didn't however have a little sheep! very nice as always...thank you so much for the card, comments, and extras...thanks for taking the time to include them...i always use your extras by the way...
Response: LOL! I DO always have something sticking up over the edge, don't I? I just love having you for a swap partner...you are absolutely one of my favorites. Thank you so much for being...well, for being your own sweet self!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Roxy's Clusters on Aug 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous clusters!! And the Halloween charms are perfect - I’ve been avoiding some fun Halloween swaps as I was lacking in fun stuff! ❤️
Response: Nickalli, my friend! What a catastrophe this swap was for me! I made the clusters long ago, and just needed to add the stitching...and then they sat on the sewing machine cabinet, waiting for...what? I am so grateful for your kindness and patience...it means the world to me at this terrible time in my life.
LDeWitt rated for Vintage Collaged Post Card #1 on Aug 15, 2020
Comment: Donetta, your collage never ceases to amaze me. This postcard swap is perfect and so well done. You are a fine student of Magarete's school of creativity. Beautifully put together. The page reinforcements are unique, I love the little with the looking glass and the black and white background detail, a perfect balance of lights and darks. Thank you for the extras too. It's always a pleasure to swap with you. Be well my friend.
Response: Lizzie, thank you...just, thank you so much. You are always so positive, and leave lovely detailed comments. You are The Best!
dustbunny11 rated for Paper Moon on Aug 15, 2020
Comment: Hi Donetta! Your Paper Moon ATC is delightful! I love the image you used and the clouds at the base of the card are fabulous! Thank you SO much for this little treasure!
JenZen5 rated for VS: Vintage Children on Aug 14, 2020
Comment: What a lovely ATC. The colors and the vintage imagery is just beautiful. The child is precious. I love it. And thank you for the extras. Take care!
Response: Your sweet comment made my day, Jen...thank you so, so much!
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: Vintage Gypsy ATC on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: Hello my dear friend! Oh, your golden gypsy is perfection! LOVE the shimmering gold scarf and that beautiful gold scalloped edge at the top. She looks, oh, so mysterious ;+) She's definitely a keeper!
Response: Ah, Kristy...I do so love the gypsy themes. I'm way too much of a stay-at-home lady to ever aspire to a nomadic lifestyle, but I truly admire the gypsies of old. Thank you for another sweet comment and great rating!

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hibiscus on Aug 24, 2020:

welcome back to your art table...

EllenWilGraagPost on Aug 17, 2020:

I wish you a lot of strength with the upcoming foot surgery. And I will keep my fingers crossed that everything is not too bad and will go well. Much love, Ellen

qbee on Jun 22, 2020:

Donetta, Happy Birthday to my birthday twin. Hope you had a great day

LauraM540 on Apr 3, 2020:

I got your finished ATC back from the Buddy Trash Swap on the ATC Jams group! I love it, thanks for playing!

supersquirrel on Jan 8, 2020:

Thank you for hosting USAPC: Glue Book Page #1 - Orange. It was a blast. Hope you plan on continuing the series :) I plan on putting my pages in a special album.

sassafrass on Dec 31, 2019:

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

hibiscus on May 28, 2019:

Thank you for two of the most beautifully created cards ever! You are beyond talented at creating atc’s!

hibiscus on Apr 14, 2019:

About your amazing Gothic arch Asian atc... it’s not just that you use wonderful elements ...it’s the way you arrange them in such unique and creative ways that make your atcs such works of art.. I just had to say that.. thanks for all the great swap ideas as well

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!

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