Swap-bot Time: November 22, 2017 3:11 am


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: November 21, 2017
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta from 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 in 2012, and except for a 2-year hiatus in Dover, Delaware, have lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) 25 years. Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born here! I'm spending several months with my sister in Grand Rapids, MI, and I used to think I would be heading back to the "left coast" within a year, but I am happily surprised at how lovely it is in Michigan. I may or may not be moving west eventually...I'll live through a Michigan winter before making my final decision!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and live in a cute little house with my two spoiled Persian cats. I am just now returning to part time work with one of the largest health care systems in the northwest, after 5 1/2 years of retirement! I wanted to try something new, and this is definitely new! I also have a thriving little jewelry business, and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

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 colors 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 love to make jewelry...I started making beaded "badge necklaces" for work, and sell many of them at the hospital holiday bazaars. I sell necklaces, bracelets, and earrings at a local hair and nail salon, and beaded eyeglass chains at an optical shop. 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...and of course, the Next Food Network Star. 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!

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.


Lilpurplepig rated for "We Go Together" Twinchies on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: I just love these so much, they are so great and fit me perfectly. Thank you for such great twinchies.
scrappycats rated for FBF~ Fall Flip Book on Nov 12, 2017
Comment: I never thought a little flip book could be so cute, I am going to have to try doing one that small.
Response: I really enjoyed making this little flip book for you...they are as much fun to make as to receive! Thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Poeprincess rated for Halloween Twinchies! on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Donna! You are so creative & I love your little surprises tucked in. Sorry to hear much of your stash & supplies were left in WA, but you did a fabulous job with what you have!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the sweet comment and lovely rating!
djcamp04 rated for AACG: Button Fairy ATC on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Donetta, she’s beautiful! I love the layered wings.Actually I love everything about her. I’m so happy to receive an ATC from you again! Thank you, thank you!
Response: Deb, you made my day! Thank you so much for the lovely comment/compliment...I loved making her for you.
suemick15 rated for GAA: Owl ATC on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: I loved the owl you sent. The color and layout are really nice and you gave me some inspiration for future gothic arches. I can't wait to use the classy extras you sent. Thank you for everything. Sue
Response: Sue, thank you so much for the sweet comment and wonderful rating! I love swapping with you...it's always a pleasure to see your name as my partner!
luvbird rated for GAA: Masquerade Mask ATC on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Donetta, thank you so much for the stunning masquerade card. Loved her when I saw her on Flickr and she is even more gorgeous in person. Yes, lots of wonderful bling! Love it! Thank you also for the great extras.
Response: Debbie, thank you so much for the sweet comment...I always love swapping with you!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: 6-9 Inchies on 5X7 Base on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Kitties! I love kitties! Oh, Donetta, this is so cute. I bought a white filigree frame and it fits beautifully! I've got it on the dresser in the guest bedroom and it looks amazing. I did leave the glass out because of those beautiful seam binding ribbons in my favorite color--pink! Such a thoughtful presentation AND subject matter . . . kitties!!+
Response: I know you love kitties...I love them too! I just loved this theme, and hope you host more along the lines of this one. It's always a special day for me when I see that you are my "send to" partner...I've loved making each and every one!
nully rated for Halloween Moos! on Nov 1, 2017
Response: Thank you for the great rating and pretty red heart!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Vintage Woman and Sunflowers on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: You put such creative thought into your cards... love the image ... I've seen that but didn't know where it came from.. how did you think of the way you made the center of that flower! Just so very special as always ...great extras I'll be using this afternoon for a collage! thanks so much!
Response: Once I found that thread advertisement, I knew I had my lady! The centers of the sunflowers are micro beads...you can get them everywhere (online; Michaels; JoAnn; Hobby Lobby), and they are great little accents. They end up everywhere, I will warn you...I find wee beads on my craft table for days after I have put them away! Just make sure you spread your glue exactly where you want the beads...otherwise, you will end up picking them off the areas you want to be plain! Thank you as always for the sweet comment and great rating, Kathryn...it's always a pleasure to swap with you!
Camiliann rated for VC: Vintage Goldfish Bowl ATC on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely, colorful Atc... I am glad we were partners again!!!
Response: Oh Wendy, it's such a pleasure to swap with you...thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Love the ATC you made! I also love the challenges, so much fun! Love the flowers on the hat! And yes the skull counts! So glad to get swaps from you again! Thanks for being an amazing swap partner and extras!
Response: Lori, you are one of my most favorite swap partners...in either direction! Thank you so much for your always thoughtful comments and great ratings. Your kindness and generosity mean the world to me!
atlantian rated for A-Z rolos - Halloween on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! You rolo is just awesome.
Response: Thank you so much, Troy...I really enjoyed making it for you!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Pick 4 on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Oooooooh . . . I love this one! The background paper collage is gorgeous, Donetta. Love the lightly gittered eggs and the bindi butterfly! That looks GREAT! (I'm borrowing that idea ;+) Thank you for another beauty to add to my Donetta book!
Response: Oh, how I love my bindis! I particularly like them for butterfly bodies...but I find other uses for them all the time (your VJP Halloween...the lady's necklace). You are, of course, one of my most favorite swap partners EVER...it's always lovely making something for my "bestie"!
isabellasnow rated for MFF: Your Favorite 'H' Bird on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Hello my friend! Your sweet little hummer card is beautiful. I'm so partial to cards with purple,even though it's not my favorite color. You always use the foiled embellishments so tastefully. One would never know you were working with any type of handicap (your stored supplies). You're most definitely 'making it work!'
Response: Ah...hummingbirds! I love them so much...I miss my hummingbird feeder, I really do (I don't think hummingbirds spend the winters in Michigan...although they did stay all year on the west coast. Thank you for another wonderful comment and happy red heart!
Ace330660 rated for GROUP: VJP With A Pocket on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely pocket page ! It fits the season and my name perfectly ! Just my style ! Hope to swap with you again soon !
Response: I loved making this for you, Autumn...I am so happy to have made YOU happy! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Shellyr rated for RJ - Tropical Pin Up Girl Rolo on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Wonderful swap. Love her!
Response: I loved making this one for you...and I'm thrilled that you like it! Thank you very much for the lovely red heart.
scrappermama rated for Twinchie Book on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: How cute is that! Great book! Thank you so much!! ♡♡
Response: I had so much fun making your fairy twinchie book! I loved every minute of the process, and I am happy that you like the result. Thank you so much for the sweet red hearts!
scrappermama rated for Clock Twinchies on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Beautiful! So worth the wait! Love them. Thank you very much!! Happy halloween!
Response: I am so happy that you like them! Thank you for your patience and kindness...my life has been a bit hectic and trying for the past few months, and the kindness of my swap partners has been amazing.
Leigh rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Rolo on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: I love the rolo, Donetta. :-) My first Asian themed one. Makes me realize I haven't made much for myself lately. Thank you so much for a wonderful piece. :-)
Response: I adore Asian themes...when there's a "sender's choice" theme, that's where I end up! I am so happy that you like the rolo...thank you so much for the beautiful red heart!
starmccoy rated for MMPC - Mixed Media ATC w/ a Moon on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Very nice! If this is what you do with a limited supply, Wow! Thank you for the nice extras too!
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely compliment...and of course for the great rating!

Rating Overview

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hibiscus on Oct 13, 2017:

I love pansies and your atc's

lou on Jul 27, 2017:

Happy belated birthday from WIYM group!

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