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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: June 26, 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.


Pikkis rated for VJP: Graphic 45 Art Journal Page on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: I saw this outstanding journal page at Flickr, but I didn´t realize it was for me... But to find it from the envelope today made me almost cry out loud as this is even more stunning for real. And you´re right, Graphic45-papers and images seem to already have it all within themselves, but still you´ve managed to add just the right final touch to this page. I LOVE it and just how lovely you´ve made also the back of the page, wow! Thank you a million times for making my day and also for the wonderful extras!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! I loved making this for you. I admire your beautiful makes so much; it means the world to receive such a compliment from you! Thank you, Pirjo-Liisa...you are a wonderful swap partner.
lukeyduke rated for GAA: Vintage Gypsy Theme on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Donetta BOOOOOtiful as always, I like that expression on her face and I really love that trim you used, Iv'e never seen it before. How can someone as busy as you have time to create such great things?
Response: Oh Kathie...you are the kindest lady in Swapville! I am so happy you like the gypsy ATC (ribbon doll is en route to you now)...thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sweet words and for the great rating. You made my day!
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Inchies—Whatever on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Delicate little fur puffs! Lovely. Thank you again for a great swap & the extras.
Response: Dianne, I received the MOST amazing inchies for this swap, and it made me want to class up my act and try to be more adventurous. I wish I'd made something more exciting for you this time...but future small art items will be more...well, more! Thank you as always for your lovely comments and great ratings...you are wonderful!
suemick15 rated for Fill a Page Number Series Nine on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Oh Donetta! Your Rockettes card is wonderful. The "New York" foreground is fabulous and the fussy cuts on the dancers is perfection. You have managed to express a lot of excitement within this little canvas. This card is a great ending to the other beautiful swaps I have received for this series. Thank you for the top- of -the line extras you sent, too. I have always wanted some of the Chinese coins. See you around the mailbox! Sue
Response: Loved making this for you...now I'm wondering about your next series! I love the series swaps so much! Thank you for such a lovely comment (I'm needy these days!) and for the great rating. You are a wonderful swap partner AND friend.
AZmom875 rated for YTPC: Book Page Pouches on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Those are really gorgeous!!! Thanks so much.
Response: I am so happy you like them! Thank you for the wonderful heart rating!
hibiscus rated for Fill a Page Number Series Eight on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: You never fail to come up with the coolest atc’s! Love the cute images and the 3-D effect! The red gems just add to the fun! The back is really pretty as well ... love the extras! Thanks as always for the smiles
Response: Kathryn, you made my day. Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful comment, and (of course) for the great rating. xo!
Comment: Wonderful wonderful little journal insert!! And thanks for the tucked in extras!
Response: What a nice thing to say! I really enjoyed making this, and see many more in my future!
thequilterslink rated for ATC with a Pocket + on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Atc...I love it.
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
roosje rated for YTPC: Vintage Style Glassine Booklet on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Hello dear Donetta, I loved your take on the glassine booklet, it is wonderful! All the pages are so beautiful, and filled with little paper treasures, how nice! Thank you for a great swap!
Response: Thank you for leaving such a nice comment, and for the heart rating...I did enjoy making this little booklet for you!
Winegeek rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #1 on Jun 12, 2019
Comment: All I can say is WOW!!! This is an amazing ATC. I LOVE it. And the extras, thanks for an amazing swap!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy...I loved making this APC. Thank you for always leaving such nice comments...and for the sweet red heart!
thequilterslink rated for Bird Times Two on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much Donetta for the darling bird twinchies and the extras. Love them!
Response: Thank you very much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Donetta... I am so happy that we waited for a bit... I did get your spring rolo when I got home! I found it in my mail today. Hooray! I love it. So intricate... so much to look at! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful mini rolo for me :-) Extra Hearts... <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: Thank you for the lovely compliment, Lesley...I so love the rolos, both to make and to receive! It's always a pleasure to swap with you!
Comment: Awesome cards! Thanks so much!
Response: I'm so happy you like them...I had the best time making them!
luvbird rated for VC: Tag Book Page #5 - May on Jun 8, 2019
Comment: What a darling May Tag! I love all the pink...can never have too much pink! I love the cute whimsical girl images and the little bird on the bike. The bling, soft pink lace roses and the sweet ribbons just make it perfect! This will be wonderful in my tag book. Thank you so very much Donetta; and thanks for the vintage post card...what a great treat!
Response: I really am loving our tag swaps...every tag I've received has been amazing, and I can't wait to see the whole book assembled!
Comment: Oh Donetta, I am so happy to have these beauties in my collection! They are so pretty! Love the images, the corrugated card board, the little gold metal elements and, omg...the gorgeous beads! Thank you so very much for the lovely swap and the bead samples. I am a happy girl!
Response: I loved making these, Debbie...I really did. Thank you for always leaving such lovely comments.
georgiafae rated for AACG: Rene Cloke Fairy ATC on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: As usual you've created a wonderful masterpiece. Love the sparkle on their wings and the tiny jeweled headbands/crowns. It's a great picture. Thanks also for the vintage goodies you sent me-always fun to have something with handwriting on it and the lace piece is beautiful! It's been hot here lately too but actually feels good after the long winter. Of course, I'm inside with the air conditioning most of the time so that makes a difference. Always great to hear from you my friend!
Response: I just love swapping with you! Thank you for the sweet message and for the happy little heart!
ttbishop rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #5 on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much! Loved the ATCs and CATs! :-)
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating...I loved making this for you!
Comment: Wow Donetta! This one is fantastic! Every feather is a beautiful addition. I love that you used a sunflower for the birdie eye! I am framing this one! Thanks with Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you so much, Sherry! This was a time and labor-intensive swap, but I enjoyed eery moment of the making. The cutting was the most difficult part. Thank you for the beautful red hear!
Candyn29 rated for USATC: ATC with Wings on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: You make the best most cheerful cards.
Response: Candy, that is a lovely compliment. Thank you so much! I am so happy to be swapping with you again!
abshanghai rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Blue on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: LOVE LOVE LOVE! Thank you so much for this ATC.
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 3255 401 414
Completed Fives Threes Ones
3112 3359 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
11 57 3044 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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