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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: March 8, 2021
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.


fanfive11 rated for Painted Ladies on Mar 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the "Painted Lady" Donetta. The lovely deep coloring looks beautiful on the background you used. It is perfectly accented too, so pretty. Thank you also for the bonus goodies, I love the postcard!
Comment: How sweet these Twinchies are! Love your elements (as usual). Thank you for another wonderful swap, my friend!
LDeWitt rated for Painted Ladies on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: I might, I do, I do think this is my favorite from you. The blue color is so subtle yet bright enough to liven up the gorgeous Painted Lady. She is the center of attention and the silver trims and soft file look of the background really lend to its beauty as does the scallop topper. Magnificent work Donetta, it is always a pleasure to swap with you. I really hope you are healing from your recent tooth issue. I too am a huge baby when it comes to the dentist, you are in good company. Thank you also for the extras, I love adding to my stash.
LDeWitt rated for RF: March Themed Large Rolo on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Oh Donetta, what a perfect March Themed Rolo, such a treasure for my birthday month. The background, the trips and butterfly detail I love the way the gal gal is looking over her shoulder at the viewer. Your pleated edge is perfectly designed as always. It is wonderful to swap with you. Thank you also for the beautiful extras. Stay well.
Comment: Thank you for this lovely card! Take care.
supersquirrel rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #44 on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: Donetta - Gorgeous Figgy ATC! The only fig I'm familiar with are Fig Newtons. I'm not a fan of the cookie but I'm a huge fan of your ATC!! Thank you for the papers too ❤️🐿️
PaperPassion rated for Winter Garden Glue Book Page on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: Sorry forgot to rate.Love everything you do.Thanks so much for another great page.
Comment: Gorgeous. Thank you
Comment: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! 😊 Nice ATC Coin and goodies too!!
Comment: Terrific tags ~ The little girl image is precious! I might have to use it as a bookmark :) Thank you!!
Poeprincess rated for VC: Dreaming on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Of course I love this Dreamy Girl! Just gorgeous. Thanks for the extras, too.
lmacdavis93 rated for RF:February Themed Large Rolo on Feb 22, 2021
Comment: Well she does it again! This February roll is just gorgeous. I love the pleated topper - did you sew that? What a great touch. Beautiful image, no flower says February better than red roses, and a dainty doily in the corner. Just so perfect! Thank you D - again! I can honestly say I do not miss snow and cold weather at all. Most of my life was spent in either the midwest or the northeast and winters both places were so long, cold, gray. Maybe one of these days when I have been away from it longer I'll miss it, but haven't felt that yet! Fall, however, I do miss. Take care my friend!
Comment: LOVE my index cards ~ Thank you very much! Perfect for my journals :)
Comment: Thank You so much for a wonderful swap these Journal Pockets are fantastic I love the vintage look. Take Care
Comment: Just lovely! Love the detail work surrounding the image of the lady. Your work is always inspired and inspiring!
tigermousecat rated for AACG: Shabby Blue Winter Tag on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: What a lovely lady! I always do a happy dance when I see you name on the return addie! Thanks so much for the pretty tag! Am pleased to hear you are finally on the mend!
fortannam rated for TIMs: Inchie hearts on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely heart inchies! I’m with you... I love making them until I don’t!! So funny that you have a Hillsboro connection, I did enjoy Primrose & Tumbleweeds! I’m not sure I’ve met your friends though?! And small world ...my friend Molly Hobson from Oregon now lives in Grand Rapids and works for Wolverine! Thank you again for the fun swap!
Response: I'm so happy you like the inches! I really loved making them, and 3 is just a perfect number of inchies. It's a very small world, isn't it? When Primrose was just in the planning stages, Dawn and I (who both did physician credentialing for Legacy Health) spent our lunch hours dropping off forms for a business license and for a liquor license, shopping for fixtures, and so forth...and she and Doug spent most weekends visiting wineries so they could offer the largest selection of PNW wines in the PNW. I feel like I was part of the very beginning of Primrose and Tumbleweeds!
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #43 on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Simply put this is amazing!
Response: You made my day...thank you so much for your lovely comment and for the lovely little heart!
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous tag! I love all the sparkle! Thanks too for all the extras! So glad to hear you are on the mend! Keep those digits moving! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I am loving these skinny little trading cards! Thank you so much for the encouragement, as well as the great rating, Sherry!
1koolkrafter rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #42 on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Hey Donetta...I have to admit...I had never heard of Frida before joining this swap but I too enjoyed making this ATC. During the course of doing so...I looked at quite a bit of her work and was rather impressed. I also read her bio which is equally...if not more...interesting! So...all in all...I have to say this swap was not only fun to do but educational as well for me! I love your depiction of her and how you fulfilled the swap requirements. Thanks also for the goodies that you shared with me. I have a "lot" of craft stuff" but none of what you sent me...lol. Thanks again.
Response: Thank you for another wonderful rating and thoughtful, encouraging comment! I honestly did enjoy making this wee ode to Frida, but I had to search for quite awhile to find an image that I liked!

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Pikkis on Mar 5, 2021:

Dear Donetta! Thank you so much for angeling me in the Winter Rolo Swap :)! Your beautiful, beautiful rolo arrived yesterday and is just fabulous. I can´t thank you enough for being such a great swap host and person! Big hugs and take care!

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💕💕

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