Swap-bot Time: April 23, 2019 3:00 pm


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: April 23, 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: Oh my, where do I start!?!? This is absolutely beautiful and perfect! I feel the need to frame this beauty! A gorgeous work of art Donetta! Love every beautiful layer and the great embellishments. Love, love, love! Thank you so very much this and extra, extra hugs and thanks for the extras. That handkerchief! Love!
luvbird rated for AACG: Pond Life Series: Frog ATC on Apr 23, 2019
Comment: So cute, this sweet little froggey in her tutu! Love everything about this ATC. The bee is awesome and I love the cute words! Darling! Thank you so very much for the wonderful extras...especially the beautiful vintage hankie which I cherish so much!
Response: Debbie, have you seen the hankie dolls on Pinterest? Be still my heart! They are amazing! I have a doll or two in mind for my little hankie stash...oh, yes I do! And thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
luvbird rated for RF: 3x5 Vintage Recipes Rolo on Apr 23, 2019
Comment: Hi Donetta! I loved this Rolo when I saw it on Flickr but I didn’t realize it was going to be mine, so when I opened up your envelope I was so excited it was mine. So, so cute! I love it! I especially love the curtains and jam jar. So sweetly vintage. Thank you! And thanks for the lovely extras.
Response: This one just kind of made itself. Quite often I will sit with my computer on my lap while watching TV, and I'll fill pages with images that appeal to me, even if I don't have an immediate use for it. Like collage sheets. Well, they ARE collage sheets. And then I print them and have a folder of random images to look through when planning an ATC or a rolo. Hence the curtains and jam jar! Thank you for your always-wonderful comments and for the heart ratings...I just love swapping with you!
chimerix rated for USAPC: Roses & Lace ATC on Apr 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC and the extras to craft with. Aloha, Hannah
Response: Hannah, thank you for being a kind and generous swap partner...I appreciate both qualities, as well as the lovely rating!
DaisyNY rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Orange on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: That stupid Knock-knock joke keeps going through my head. Cute card.
Response: Knock-knock joke...I feel silly, because I don't know what that means. I had nothing of the sort in mind when I made your ATC, I promise! Thank you for the great rating.
Comment: Thanks for these great stacks! New green and 10 deer in the back yard tonight! They are beautiful! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: It's been a tough winter here, and the birds were my first sign that spring might eventually arrive. It was a pleasure to make these stacks, like a little bit of spring in paper form! Thank you for the heart rating, Sherry!
toni rated for USAPC: Vintage Photo & Music ATC on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Lovely atc and very nice extras! Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating...I really enjoyed making this ATC for you!
valentina22 rated for Fill a Page Number Series One on Apr 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you or the interesting cat with 2 different eye colors. Thanks for the paper extras!
Response: I had fun with this theme. One cat, one blue eye, and one green/yellow eye...I loved making this for you, Penny. Thank you for your nice comment and for the great rating!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Asian Gothic Arch ATC on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: This is breathtakingly lovely.. so many elements I keep finding something new to admire .. so creative and the asymmetric design really draws mye in.. I just wish it were a large scale prince to hang in my wall!! Love it and all the great extras ...thank you for being my partner.. lucky me!
Response: I do love the Asian themes! Kathryn, thank you so much for the beautiful comments and great ratings you leave...it is such a pleasure to swap with you!
Comment: Great job. I love vintage Halloween!
Response: I'm really enjoying this series, although I totally underestimated the amount of time it would take each month. Thank you for the great rating...I had a wonderful time making these APCs for you!
Kimmi50 rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #3 - March on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Oh my Goodness I LOVE this March Tag! You did an Amazing work on this, it is so very Beautiful with all the shades of Green! The little girls are so adorable with their green dresses and hats. I love your attention to the details with the green bling accented throughout as well as the pearl drop trim. I have to mention the gorgeous trim with green, white and gold and the gold bee metal charm. I am so pleased to have your tag in my collection book. Thank you for all the extra goodies, they are very much appreciated and thanks for hosting this monthly swap I am having lots of fun with it.πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
Response: Honestly, I'm having the most fun with this swap series! Every tag I've received has been ah-mazing, and I can't wait to tie them all together. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and great rating, Kim!
Comment: Really like the vintage look, thank you very much can't wait to use it.
Response: This was harder than I expected! I need to make many more "signatures" so it seems to flow more naturally. Thank you for the lovely rating!
PaperPassion rated for VC: Buttons and Lace ATC on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: So Cute! Nice addition to my vintage collection.Very special thanks so much Donetta.
Response: I loved making this one, and I'm so happy that it went to you. Thank you for always leaving the nicest comments and for those beautiful red hearts!
PaperPassion rated for RF: Small Purse Rolo on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: The purse is so cute.Lots of detail.Thanks so much my friend.
Response: It was a fun, quick swap. Thank you for the lovely heart rating!
DragonflyDaisy rated for Tag and Inchie on Apr 7, 2019
Comment: Wow! Thank you for the absolutely gorgeous tag and inchie that you made for me - I love it!!! Thank you so much for this happy mail! πŸ™‚
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! I loved making this set for you. Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
supersquirrel rated for USAPC: Rabbit ATC on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: GORGEOUS! This is one for display. Thank you so much and also for the amazing ephemera you included.
Response: Oh I loved making this one for you...thank you so much for the day-making (as in, you made my day!) comment and beautiful heart rating!
luvbird rated for AACG: Lady with a Big Hat ATC on Apr 3, 2019
Comment: I do remember the days of Sheryl and Bev T and their lovely works of art...I miss their presence on Swapbot too! When I was a newbie on Swapbot it was them Kristy and YOU that inspired me and that I learned from. You still inspire me with beautiful art like this lovely β€œLady with a Big Hat”! So pretty. Thank you so very much!
Response: Those were the good old days, for sure...so much has changed! But change is inevitable, and Kristy and I work so hard to keep our groups running and "fresh", so we can keep stellar artists (like YOU!) coming back! Thank you so much for your friendship, and for your beautiful artwork...and for always giving the nicest ratings and comments!
Comment: Beauty personified! Donetta, I do the happy dance whenever I see that you are my sending partner! You have the soul of an artist, my friend, and it shows in all your beautiful work. I love these and will save them for very special works of art. Thank you, my dear friend!
Response: I do have a "thing" for the layered embellishments...such a pleasure to make. Thank you as always for the lovely comment and great rating!
Comment: Wonderful embellishments! I will surely be using these. :) thanks for the cool extras too.
Response: Oh these are so much fun to put together! Thank you for the nice comment and lovely heart rating!
Pandd rated for VJP: Creative Collage #14 on Mar 30, 2019
Comment: I love this journal page also. The collage is wonderful. You still have it. Your journal pages are always beautiful. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•
Response: I felt such a sense of freedom with this swap, having completed all surgeries and gotten rid of the clunky orthopedic boot...it was a pleasure to sit at the craft table! Thank you for your lovely comment and wonderful ratings...you are a wonderful friend!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 3194 375 390
Completed Fives Threes Ones
3055 3298 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
11 57 2987 0
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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. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•

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. PatπŸ’•πŸ’•

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.πŸ’

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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