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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: March 30, 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.


lauriew rated for MJS: Flowish Journal - US on Mar 29, 2020
Comment: Wonderful journal. I will try my best to use all the bits and pages. Thank you!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Long Notebook Pocket on Mar 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Donetta! I LOVE this pocket notebook and I love the steampunk paper...very pretty! I love the way you used that lovely steampunk lady on the pocket! The stitching is great. And, the little pad of vintage paper with the beautiful lace trim is so gorgeous! This is a really nice swap, as always! Thank you so very much for the pocket and the little bits of extras.
Response: Debbie my friend, it is always wonderful to swap with you. Always! I hope we remain swappy friends for many years to come.
Comment: Oh my darling Donetta! You created such a purfect atc for me. Your creations always delight me! I love the extras but the note you included made my day. You are such a beautiful soul. Thank you truly.
Response: It's always a special joy to have you as a swap partner, in either direction. I am so happy that you like my little creation...and your comment has made my day. I've been in a personal slump lately, just not feeling the joy, and I'm desperate to climb out of it...so thank you!
georgiafae rated for RF: March Large Rolo on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: You did great-sometimes improvising results in some new found ways. I've been doing that a lot lately since I can't go out and shop anymore. Yes Amazon has come to my rescue a few times. Thanks for beautiful napkin piece-think I will decoupage that over a book page with my sparkle Mod Podge. Thanks for being in my mailbox again,friend!
Response: I had no idea that Mod Podge has a sparkly version...the things I learn accidentally! I always love swapping with you, Georgene, and I plan on many more years of such pleasure!
warheart rated for MFF: Collaged ATC with a Bird on Mar 25, 2020
Comment: Oh this is so lovely!! I love all the elements you added! thank you for the lovely ATC!
Response: Jen, I am thrilled to have made you happy! I've been in a bit of a crafty funk lately (actually, it has affected every aspect of my life), so your sweet comment made my day!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Layered Mini-Tags on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: These are so pretty! I love all the little bits and bobs you placed on each one. My absolute favorite is the one with the rose and that sweet black velvet ribbon! And how I love those little hanging buttons! OK...I love the all. And that black vine trim! I have been admiring that on your creations. I LOVE anything nature-themed and this leafy vine is just beautiful. Thank you, my friend, for this most generous gift!
Response: I loved making these, and my favorite is also the one with the rose! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, my dear friend!
Comment: Hi Donetta! I have been thinking of you often. I hope you are doing well! Thank you so much for the darling little bird coins...each one of them are just precious! It is always so special to get your swaps! Take care! P.S. where did you get the cool little black vine trim? I love it.
Response: Oh, my dear...it's "our" border trim from Elizabeth Crafts. I love it, too! Thank you for always leaving such nice comments...and of course for the pretty red heart, too!
Comment: She came out lovely. It took a bit until I found my MoJo for this colour combo as well. Hope you are managing the isolation and social distancing. At least we have our crafting! Thanks for a lovely card and extras!
Response: How I struggled with this one. Thankfully, I was pleased with the final result (that's not always the case). Thank you for your always thoughtful comments and great ratings!
Comment: I swear I wrote somewhere a rating for this swap. Love this one so much. 1 cant wait to put them all.l in a book. Do you glue your pages directly in?
Response: Oh Darci, I wish I was as organized as you think I am! I have bags and boxes full of beautiful artworks from my swap friends, and have done nothing...NOTHING!...with any of them. This includes journal pages and glue book pages and...well, all of it.
renmagpie rated for AACG: St. Patrick's Day ATC on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute St. Patrick's Day ATC! I really love your works and I adore the spray of gold in her hair. xoxo
Response: St. Patrick's Day, even more than Valentine's Day, is the first "real" springtime holiday...well, ALMOST springtime...and I'm very fond of it for this reason. Also, the beautiful greens...I just KNOW that daffodils and tulips can't be far behind! Thank you for the great rating, Phe.
Comment: This was fun-I really like the one you sent me! Such a cutie little Irish lad and the other festive decorations you put on there. Plus sharing the extra gold pieces with me-much thanks. Take care and keep healthy. Thank goodness for the postal service or I would really feel isolated from the world!
Response: Pretty sure the rest of the population wouldn't understand, but the postal workers really are our heroes these days! I'm so happy you like the BTC...let's take a vow to remain healthy so we can "swap on"!
Comment: Wow! What a delight to behold. Such a pretty lady. And all my fav's. Purple gems, leaves & birdies. It all whispers Springtime! Hope I'm your partner every time. Lol! I told you I'm gonna have a Donetta board filled up yet😂. Stay safe over there. Hugs to the kiki's!
Response: I confess that I love these larger-format swaps...it was not that long ago that I was "afraid" of anything larger than an ATC! Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
Comment: Very nice! Thank you, too, for hosting so many interesting swaps.
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Sylvia!
Winegeek rated for VC: Embellished Safety Pin on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: LOVE my pin, totally matches my style. And the two charms you made are equally amazing and will be made into a necklace (for me). Thank you for a wonderful swap.
Response: I just love these little charm-laden items...I could make a little list of all the ways those wee charms could be used, if taken off the safety pin! I am happy to have made you happy, Gina...let's make a vow to stay healthy so we can continue to swap with each other!
renmagpie rated for CS: Winter Glue Book Page - Int'l on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely glue book page! xoxo
Response: I laugh...we have sent to each other twice now! We are an exclusive little art club, it seems! Thank you for the great rating, The.
user2148 rated for YTPC: Tracing Paper Layered Flowers on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the 5 beautiful flowers and all the additional goodies! Very lovely - can’t wait to find perfect uses for them!! ❤️
Response: I am so happy you like them...these were fun to make! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: White on white is so elegant and you know I love white birds.Just a lovely expression of this theme.Thank you so much .You know I love everything you make.
Response: Thank you so much, my dear friend...you've made my day!
Comment: Your lovely card and sweet words brought so much sunshine into my day today :)! The weather there sounds pretty much the same as here and today we´ve had some snow, some sleet, some sunshine and a heavy wind. Your lady with the hat is adorable and I love the way you´ve decorated the hat. Thank you dear friend once again for the lovely swap and the warm thoughts! Take care!
Response: You are just the nicest swap partner, Pirjo-Liisa! I loved making your ATC, and I'm so, so happy that you like it! Thank you for always being so encouraging. It feels like near-spring here, which means it might snow next week!
Comment: All these lovely ladies! Thanks so much, your work is always a delight to get. Also, love the extras you sent. Not necessary, but I appreciate the thought.
Response: I want to "see" my mother in those vintage images, but my mother was kind of a kid really. She was 18 when I was born, and wore pants always (sometimes pedal pushers...or capris) except when dressed up, and did her housework to the sound of Brenda Lee, Paul Anka, and Johnny Mathis! I adore that era!
Comment: Well worth the wait! Considering the turmoil you had during that time, I do totally understand! Thanks again! These are lovely and a nice mix of sizes. You work is always a pleasure to receive.
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating...I really did enjoy making these!

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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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