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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: September 17, 2019
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta...currently living in Kalmazoo, 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 a cute little apartment 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.


Comment: Love your mermaid and torn and tattered flower. What a wonderful swap. Thank you. And thank you for all you do for us. It is greatly appreciated. Pat💕💕
thebragal rated for SC-Charming Charms.. on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: Very lovely. Thank you
Christopherpines rated for SC-Charming Charms.. on Sep 10, 2019
Comment: Such a pretty charm! Thank you so much!! I love the extra bits to make my own and for the Halloween Extras!! xoxo
Response: Charms are so much fun to make. At the moment, I have orders for two charm bracelets for little girls (one is 9; the other is 7). I mistakenly purchased 200 tacky little unicorn charms from China, and I have to find a use for them (oh, tell me you have a use for some and I will IMMEDIATELY send you one or two of my 20 bags). The challenge here is finding "kiddie" like beads in my enormous stash. Back to the swap...thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Lazydaisy0104 rated for ACTs: Whatever... on Sep 10, 2019
Comment: Oh my wowza!! This ATC is absolutely beautiful!! You done an amazing job my friend. I consider myself lucky to be able to add it to my collection. The extras was a wonderful surprise to!! Thank you! 💞
Response: When I think of "whatever" in terms of swap themes, it's always either Paris, ballerinas, or cats/dogs. Love these themes...and I am so happy that I made you happy! Thank you for the lovely red heart!
lvpoohbr2 rated for YTPC: 100 Day: Day 29: Window Tag on Sep 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the adorable cupcake window tag! I’m sorry you struggled with it but it turned out so cute! Ü
Response: Well...if I hadn't been so ridiculous about it, thinking to myself "I've got this", all would have been better for me. Easier. But I truly did love making it for a fellow cupcake lover! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Frickenjazzed rated for USATC - Embrace the Darkness on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: Your ATC is so awesome! I love the piercing stare the woman has. It's like she can see into my soul. Thanks so much! Extra thanks for the awesome extras!
Response: I loved her too! Those shadowed eyes...the piercing stare...all of it! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating...it's always a pleasure to swap with you.
MamaD rated for RF: 3x5 Fairy Tale Rolo on Sep 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Rolo! It's a beautiful addition in my favorite theme! I love it!!
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Dana...and of course for the pretty red heart!
AmookIslandCreations rated for Bird Tag: Cage Birds on Sep 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for hosting this excellent swap! Thanks too for my wonderful "Caged Bird" Tag! I love the colors and all the sparkles! I can hardly wait to see what's next! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I am so loving the tag book swaps, and so happy that you like the tag I made for you! Thank you for the great rating, Sherry!
mahlermail rated for VC: Vintage Geisha ATC on Sep 4, 2019
Comment: Very nice ATC - thanks so much. I love it. Great layout.
Response: Thank you for the lovely compliment, and for the great rating!
Comment: Thank you for completing my set with another great set of cards!!!
Response: Oh Lesley, I am: 1) happy that you like them, and 2) thrilled that this deck is complete! Thank you for the beautiful red heart...your wee bag of extras is on its way now, with the charm I made for you!
kelliegirl6 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #11 on Sep 4, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful ballerina card! Cute extras & sparkles!! Thank you! I love it. Btw, what are those silver stick on strips called? I need to get some!
Response: I buy those border stickers from Elizabeth Crafts...they come in black, gold, and silver and I use them almost as much as I use my scissors! (That's an exaggeration.) I'm so happy you like the ATC, and thank you for the great rating!
Comment: Love your design. Thanks a bunch!
Response: I'm so happy you like it! Thank you for the beautiful red heart!
luvbird rated for VJP: Creative Collage #18 on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Lovely, beautiful journal page! You create the best vintage sewing pattern ladies all dolled up in their pretty embellished dresses. So much fun! Thank you so very much for the lovely swap! Love it!
Response: I simply adore the vintage pattern ladies; they remind me of my mother, and the Jackie Kennedy generation. I love using the pretty ladies in my little artworks, and I'm so happy you like this journal page! Thank you for another beautiful red heart!
luvbird rated for VC: Tag Book Page #8 - August on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Donetta, what an awesome Tag for the month of August. Love the orange and teal colors. This tag just screams “late summer” with the sun flowers and their pretty little micro bead centers. Love the ric-rac and cute buttons. This will definitely be a great addition to my tag book of months!
Response: While living in the midwest, I've been kept indoors by the heat and humidity. I welcome late summer, which the is gateway to my favorite season, which is autumn. Just think...we have only 3 more tag book tags to go!
luvbird rated for MFF: 2 Embellished Bird Tags on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Oh my, these bird tags are so beautiful! I adore them! So prettily embellished! Precious, sweet, sweet little tags! I can’t wait to hang them on my display board in my craft room. Thank you so very much!
Response: I really enjoyed the making of these tags, Debbie...I always want my creations to be good, but particularly when sending to you (and a few special others), since your work inspires me! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Word Betwinchies on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Donetta, for the Betwinchie words! Wee swaps are so much fun, I agree! Loved your arty creations.
Response: I love the making of these teensy works of art...thank you for posting wonderful and easy swaps! Thank you for the great rating, Dianne.
tigermousecat rated for GAA: With a Hat on Aug 28, 2019
Comment: I always love how you translate each swap theme. Even my husband commented on this one. I have been cutting out a lot on my sweets. Have gone a month now with no sugar in my coffee. Now that is a sacrifice! Thanks for all!
Response: This little girl "spoke" to me...I had something entirely different in my mind, but when I found her, I knew she was "the one". I am so happy to have made you happy...thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
LisaLaughs rated for IBATL~ Fruity Twinchie Swap on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful twinchies, and for the extra goodies!! You are so sweet!! :o)
Response: The twinchies were fun to make, Lisa...I enjoyed every minute of the making. Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Oh-how beautiful-love the earring detail! Thanks also for the extra papers-they are so pretty. Thanks for swapping with me-glad to see you are getting use of the return address stickers I made for you. Glad to hear you are getting better with your foot! Take care!
Response: I LOVE the address labels! You are just the most wonderful swap partner, Georgene...I love sending to you, and receiving from you! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and great rating!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Red and Blue ATC on Aug 23, 2019
Comment: I also like the “pattern ladies”! Great choice...especially like the red suit with that wide belt ... the colors blended so well... I am truly appreciative of the tissue... am using it now in a set of jams! Perfect ... thanks so much
Response: Honestly, this one was just fun to make. The pattern ladies on this ATC remind me of my mother...you know, the elegance of Jackie Kennedy's 1960's style. Thank you for your sweet comment and great rating!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 3314 428 445
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3178 3419 0 0
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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

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

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!

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