Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2020 7:07 pm


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: August 9, 2020
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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I'm facing a final and horrifying foot surgery by mid-August, and will not only be dealing with an "external fixation" (hardware on the OUTSIDE of my foot, so the surgeon can tighten, loosen, tweak, etc. with the plan being to provide me with a normal weight-bearing left foot), but with a 30-day post-surgical stay in a sub-acute nursing home. Apparently I have problems following orders, and have previously put weight on the foot way before I should have. I admit that I have a bit of "oppositional defiance" in my makeup...is that a personality disorder?...so I will have to accede to my surgeon's orders this time and will be forced to comply for a minimum of 30 days. I will complete all swaps on my dashboard before the surgery, and will whine and complain during my 30-day incarceration. And I'll see you all on "the other side"! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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.


dustbunny11 rated for Vintage Road Trip ATC Coins on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous coin, Donetta! I got such a kick out of the note you sent with it. My family also camped when I was young, but when I got old enough to realize how much work went into planning/going on a camping trip, I decided it was not for me!! I also prefer camping in hotels. Your coin is a lovely addition to my growing collection!
Nehalennia rated for VC: Moulin Rouge Tag on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for your beautiful tag and extras x
marymary914 rated for MFF: Collaged Bird ATC on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: Great collage work! Thanks so much!
fanfive11 rated for Vintage Road Trip ATC Coins on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: I love your whimsical ATC coin Donetta almost as much as your hilarious camping trip story! Haha! My family never went camping as my parents had 5 children and our home was like a wilderness. We took numerous car trips back to Nebraska which is our birthplace. One trip, my little brother fell asleep on the large, brown paper bag containing our sandwiches. Body temperature bologna; very unappetizing. Another trip we drove back to Ohio while 3 of us kids, myself being one of the three, was blowing up with chicken pox. And we lived to tell the tale. :D
Comment: lovely collage, thanks
fanfive11 rated for Summer Garden Glue Book Page on Aug 5, 2020
Comment: The bounty of summer is very clearly displayed on this lovely glue book page! Thanks Donetta, as always your work is detailed and colorful. :)
Comment: Thank you for your gorgeous work. Stay safe.
Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Mutt’s Day Coin on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: How adorable! Love it (of course)! Thanks for making me smile & for joining the swap!
warheart rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #31 on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Love the ATC Donetta - love having another one of your works!! So darling!! Thank you!
elflady rated for Doll Journal Page on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: At long last your journal page has arrived and I love it. Thank you so much. I will love adding this to my book. Stay safe and well. elflady.
isabellasnow rated for VC: Birds & Blooms ATC on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Beautiful! I love your sweet blue bird ammi a sea of roses and I will always think of those scalloped toppers as your 'signature' embellishment! I am so sorry for the late rating; this beauty was languishing up on my craft table for TOO long before I remembered to bring it down. Love love love that black leaf border, too. Your ATC's are always charming!
Response: I loved making this one...birds and blooms are just the loveliest things to work with! Thank you for another great rating, and for the sweet comment!
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous rolo Donnetta! (not to mention the extra bits, definitely my liking) And thanks for hosting this one :)
Response: This was such a "sweet" and happy theme...I'm so happy that you joined! Thank you for the nice comment and great rating!
Pandd rated for VJP: Summer Romance Journal Page on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Great journal page. Cool extras also. Thank you for a great swap. Pat💕💕
Response: Thank you, my dear friend...believe me, it's my pleasure to host swaps and make pretty things for my swap partners. I just love seeing happy mail in my mailbox!
LDeWitt rated for RF: Pink Large Rolo on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Donetta, this is just a composition of lovely. the floral, the background, and vintage image. I love looking at the butterfly as does your subject. Where did you find the pink German edging. I need your sources. Thanks also for the extras. Great swap.
Response: Oh, I'm a crafty shopaholic! I buy most of my Dresden trim from a company called 32North. They are on Etsy, and also have their own website. I try to buy 3 or 4 different ones every few months, 'cause I love them so!
LDeWitt rated for Altered Vintage Library Card on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Oh Donetta, thank you so much for the Vintage LIbrary Card. I can almost hear "Marian the librarian" singing in the background. It is just lovely and my favorite patriotic touch. Thank you also for the great goodies. Great swapping with you.
Response: I loved making this one, and was thrilled that it went to you. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating!
Comment: Hi Donetta - Love the layers and your attention to all the details. Thank you for the wonderful page!!
Response: I did kind of love making this one, so thank you for the lovely compliment and great rating!
Pikkis rated for AACG: Shabby Layered Tag on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness what an amazing layered tag arrived today :)! I’m just amazed at all those gorgeous layers, each and every one is pure eyecandy with beautiful details and lace. And that little dress on top is soooo adorable. Thank you also for the beautiful paper and the stunning lace, you really made my day! All the best wishes and stay well!
Response: You seriously made my day...thank you so much for all the lovely things you say, and for the great ratings you leave. It means so much to me!
goosey rated for RF: Owl Theme Large Altered Rolo on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: thank you for the wonderful owl rolo! love the details, and the extras too!!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the great rating!
Pandd rated for VJP: Summer Garden 4x4 Journal Page on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: Love your summer journal page. It is always a privilege to receive one of your miniature art pieces. Thank you for all you do for us. Pat💕💕
Response: I sometimes ponder having a non-swapping life...but swap partners like you make me believe that it's better to be part of the swapping community.
Poeprincess rated for TIMS: Coffee Day on Jul 16, 2020
Comment: Love the way you coordinated these two Twinchies! Glad you’re getting settled in your new digs. As always, I love swapping with you!
Response: You are a wonderful swap partner...I always enjoy being your swap partner, on either end! Thank you for the (always) sweet comments and great ratings!

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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!

yvonne401 on Dec 10, 2017:

Welcome to IBATL! It's great to have you here!



isabellasnow on Dec 2, 2017:

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