Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2020 4:06 pm


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: January 19, 2020
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta...currently living in Kalamazoo, 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.


123Poggy123 rated for Senders Choice with Two Birds on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: I was happy to see your name on the envelope. It has been a long time. I love the ATC. Thank you for the goodies for me to use.
nannydino rated for Make A Beautiful Doll #2 on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Hi Donetta , thank you for this beautiful doll I love her very much. She is really lovely. I like the layers and the different textures that you used. I shall treasure her . My apologies for the late rating. Please forgive. Happy 2020. peace love light
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: 6x6 Folder with 2 Pockets on Jan 17, 2020
Comment: Donetta: I'm sorry you had such a time with this one! But I know how you feel. Sometimes I'll work on something and the more I try to "fix" it or make it right, the worse it gets. But this little folder is adorable! I love the papers and sweet images that you used, the little notebook, and the little goodies you tucked inside. It's wonderful! Thank you so much. You absolutely Never disappoint in the beautiful work that you share!
PaperPassion rated for TIMs: Snow birds on Jan 17, 2020
Comment: Aren't inchies just the cutest?And I love the bird inchies you made for me.Thank you so much for being a wonderful swap partner.
PaperPassion rated for VC: The Eyes Have It on Jan 17, 2020
Comment: Love the vintage ATC and all the lace on it. Thanks so much for a perfect ATC.You are so good at doing vintage and I love it.
thequilterslink rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #20 on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the cool ATC, I love it! Hope your move goes smoothly. Have a very Happy 2020!
Comment: What a wonderful swap! I love how different all the envelopes are! Also you used so many layers on each. I love the way you used the thread, that is a new technique for me and I will have to try knotting it like you did. I really love the variety. Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comment...I really enjoyed making these for you!
Comment: Wow, thank you for such an incredible tag! I absolutely love this! Happy 2020 and may this be an amazing year for you. xoxo
Response: Thank you, Phe...I am thrilled to know that this group will be continuing!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Snow Princess ATC on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: A gorgeous little snow princess was waiting for me yesterday! Of course she is beautiful; you made her ;+) Love this image, the icy blue accents, and all the gorgeous elements you added. There's really nothing like Dresden, is there? I was having trouble getting motivated for this one, but you have inspired me to create mine today! Love the bit of music, the lovely doily and all those sweet, tiny golden acents. You're an alchemist--you turn paper into gold!
Response: Ah, Kristy...you are the most generous of partners! I truly did love making this sweet ATC for you (meaning that it was a sweet theme)! Thank you for your lovely, thoughtful comment!
Pandd rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #12: December on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: What a lovely tag. It is beautiful. It was a fun 12 months. Thank you for hosting a great swap. It sounds like you are moving to a lovely place though a bit cold for me. Living on the water is the only way to go. It is so beautiful and calming. Hope you have a great start to the new year. See you again in the mail. Pat💕💕
Response: My moving day is scheduled for tomorrow, when we are forecast to have 5-8 inches of snow and 40 mph winds. My nerves are shot, as is my body, from all the packing. I can’t wait to be on the other side of this move, and back in my craft room!
Comment: What a pretty orange page! I like all the elements you put together on your swap. Thank you so much for the page of definitions. I look forward to using them in future swaps.
Response: I’m planning a whole series of glue book page swaps...tons of fun to make! Thank you so much for the great rating!
darcilena rated for GAA: Christmas Gothic Arch ATC on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Always admire all your art on FB but when it's in my hand! Omg! All the bits & techniques are stunning! Love 💕 my card. Thanx for the note too. Can't wait to write again & catch up. Just got back from Christmas with everyone. Now I need a holiday! Lol! Have a Fab 2020!
Response: I’m happy to have made you happy, Darci. I just love the little artworks we share with each other; they are so enjoyable to make and to receive!
Comment: Love the pockets you sent and the adorable napkin.Thanks so much for being a wonderful swap partner.
Response: It’s always a pleasure to have you as my swap partner, Linda. Here’s to many, many more swaps!
toni rated for SMSUSA: Paper Scraps on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Love the papers you sent! New to me vintage!
Response: Thank you, Toni... I love paper. It’s a bit of an addiction, actually. I’m so happy that you like what I sent.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Victorian rolo. It's beautiful.
Response: Thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
marymary914 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #19 on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: Wonderful ATC! Also, I’m glad you decided to stay in Michigan! It really is a great state to live in. ☺️
Response: It’s a relief to have mase a major decision such as where to live...and everything fell into place beautifully! Thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Great texture.Cardinals are one of my favorites.Thanks so much and for the great extras also.
Response: I loved making this one, Linda...and it’s always wonderful to have you as my swap partner!
MamaD rated for ATCO: Pick One ATC on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: Another beautiful piece of work from you! I love the elements you chose and how they all fit together. Thank you as well for the fantastic extras. I love the tea dyed with daily image-never thought of that! Thank you as always for being such a wonderful partner!
Response: This ATC was made only with items found on my grotesquely disorganized craft table...it’s how I seem to work best. Even the pleated and stitched tissue paper was from your swap envelope...I love it so much! I have such a pile of paper and ‘stuff’... I just love picking through it!
MamaD rated for VJP: Creative Collage #21 on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: What a gorgeous piece of work! I dearly love it! Thank you so very much! 💙💙 I hope you had a wonderful time with your family! Thank you for always being such a wonderful partner.
Response: Dana, I had the BEST time in Idaho...my 16-year-old granddaughter drove me all over...a shock, really, because she is our ‘baby’...the youngest of all my grandchildren (and she drives better than her grandmother, to which her parents might have said that everyone drives better than me!) I really love swapping with you...let’s do more of it this year!
lmacdavis93 rated for VJP: Vintage Santa 5x7 on Dec 29, 2019
Comment: Oh D this vintage Santa journal page is just absolutely perfect! I love the Santa image and the black horses that you used - I've never seen this before. The black corrugate background really makes the images pop. And love the rustic "wood" background and snowflakes. One of my favorite Christmas swaps for this year by far. Thanks so much and thanks for the extras you always send me. Love them!
Response: I had never seen images like this before, either...I was doing some Pinterest perusal, and there it was! I knew that he was ‘the one’ the moment I saw him!

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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:

isabellasnow on Nov 28, 2017:

Hi Donetta!

hibiscus on Oct 13, 2017:

I love pansies and your atc's

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