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Last Online: December 21, 2014

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November 2014 -- since I'm primarily doing postcard swaps right now - here are some ideas of the cards I would really love to get:

Pigs --- Puffins --- Rats or mice --- Ferrets or related animals (weasels, minks, martens, etc) --- Ocean animals, birds, seashells --- Map card from your state --- "Tourist" cards ---

But I just love postcards, so I'll be happy with whatever you send me. I do prefer my cards written & stamped (as opposed to sent blank in an envelope) Store-bought cards only please. I'm weird that way, I guess. I do love receiving & sending hand-made greeting cards, but I prefer store-bought when it comes to postcards.

I love to crochet, paper-craft, stamping, sew, quilt, artwork, etc -- I dabble around in just about everything, but I cannot knit! Otherwise, I've tried just about everything at one point or another! But my primary loves are crocheting (especially amigurumi & other little critters) and sewing/quilting.

my baby and I OK - a bit more about me:

I lost my precious husband in June 2010 - he was only 52 when he died. I am still trying to 'get back on my feet' emotionally & throughout these past 2 years, I've found that staying involved with creative pursuits is one of the best 'therapies' to stave off the depression & lonliness.

My sweetie & I were true soulmates, we were more in love with every passing day - people used to ask us if we had just recently gotten married, they said that we acted like a pair of love-struck newlyweds all the time! He was my life, my best friend, my one true love, my everything & my heart still breaks each & every day missing him so badly.

But he had such a wonderful positive outlook on life & I know he would want me to be happy & to live my life to the fullest, so that's what I try to do, hard as it may be.

OK - on to interests & such:

I love the ocean & anything associated with it - seashells, beach glass, pelicans, driftwood, tropical-themed items, etc... I grew up here in Florida - Orlando to be exact. It was a much different place in the 60's, 70's than it is now! I did live out of the state for a brief time, but Florida is my home & I love it here. I currently live in a tiny town about an hour south of Orlando, where there is still open space, orange groves, and some remnants of the natural beauty of the 'old Florida' that has been destroyed so much in recent years.

Favorite colors are lavender & blue. Also like greens. I prefer 'cool' colors over 'warm' colors for the most part. But I'm happy with most any colors - except brown, I really do not like brown!

Kitchen colors - mint green, other pastels work in there too

LOVE coffee of all sorts, esp. deep rich coffees and flavored coffees. I do like tea, but for some reason, I don't seem to be drinking it very much anymore. I especially like mint teas and Earl Grey - don't care quite as much for fruity teas.

I enjoy gardening, though I have a half-brown/half-green thumb! I enjoy trying though! Some of my favorite small garden plants are coleus & any type of mint, followed by most any herb plant.
Larger favorites include palms & other cycads, banana trees, hybiscus, and other tropical plants.

I love animals of all types - my husband & I had ferrets for many years, mostly rescues - hence my nickname 'ferretlady'. At one time, we had ten ferrets at once, all free-roaming through the house - that was quite an adventure! I currently only have two kids - a spoiled little quaker parrot named Connor, and a lovable little black & white rat named Riley. My husband & I had lost our last ferret to insulinoma a while back - we had debated whether we wanted to take in any more or not - our financial situation had changed somewhat & ferrets (esp. elderly ones) can end up needing a LOT of expensive veterinary care. We had adopted Connor during this time Then my dear wonderful husband got sick suddenly & died. I thought about adopting another ferret or two, but decided I wanted to leave that as a precious memory of what my beloved & I had done together, rather than something I did by myself. So I ended up getting Riley & he's a little sweetheart - it surprised even me to see how immensely affectionate & cuddly a little pet rat could be!

I collect:

Pigs - anything 'pig-ish' at all Tropical birds Anything w/ ferrets Anything w/ mice/rats

Things I would love to get in swaps/trades:

My biggest wants right now --

Fat quarters

Charm squares

Christmas fabrics


Glitter (esp. ultra-fine)

Embossing powders

Any type of Christmas-y embellishments



Other stuff I'd like:

-household items -

*Crochet/knit dishclothes



*Anything 'ocean-y' -- my lanai has a very tropical theme to it with a tiki bar that my husband built, so bright colorful quirky stuff for out there is always fun!

-Art supplies-

*Soft pastels- brand doesn't matter

*Prismacolor markers or Faber-Castell Pitt markers

*Watercolor paper - either cold-press or hot-press

*Any size matt boards

Circle Template (small sizes - like a drafting template, not big scrapbook template)

-craft supplies-

*Cotton or cotton-blend fabric for quilting

*Novelty buttons

Things I DO NOT need or wouldn't use at all:

Religious items - PLEASE NO religious items!

Stickers - there are some specific types of stickers that I use sometimes - like the 'Class A-Peel' metallic ones - but I don't usually use the ordinary everyday type stickers that you commonly run into. Since my choices are rather specific, it would probably be best if you didn't send stickers unless you're sure they are something I would like.

Whew... that's about all I can think of right now - sorry this is such a rambling mess - maybe in the near future, I can re-write this & make it be a little more sensible, but I did want to get some info out here.

Thanks for reading!!

For my own reference -- tags & forum games I'm in:


catmmann rated for homemade Christmas cards on Dec 10, 2014
Comment: Thank you!
gizmodust rated for homemade Christmas cards on Dec 6, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card. You do excellent work. Envelope is cute too. Handmade cards are the best. Thanks again.
Response: Thanks so much! I hadn't made cards in a while - it was fun to do some again!
CupcakeUnicorn rated for homemade Christmas cards on Dec 5, 2014
mxgrrlblu rated for homemade Christmas cards on Dec 5, 2014
Comment: What a beautiful card! Thank you so much.
Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it! Have a beautiful Christmas!
virgoleanne rated for Tourist PC love! USA ONLY on Dec 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the Florida dolphin postcard. I hope you stay dry in the rain and can finish all those projects! :) Leanne
RaineyDay rated for Tourist PC love! USA ONLY on Dec 1, 2014
Comment: Thank you! I love the Florida map post card!
janeruss rated for Tourist PC love! USA ONLY on Nov 30, 2014
Comment: Hi Nickie, thanks so much for the postcard. I just finished up a Christmas afghan for my daughter. It only took 2 months but it sure is pretty...if I saw so myself! Haha! Merry Christmas, Jane
darzy30 rated for Tourist PC love! USA ONLY on Nov 30, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the cool Bok Tower Gardens PC - and Lily and Walter say thank you for the compliment. I think they are pretty cute myself! :)
paperlover rated for Tourist PC love! USA ONLY on Nov 29, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the Florida lighthouse pc. I want to read the incarnations of immortality books again, maybe that will be my one & only new years resolution.
Laural0uise rated for Tourist PC love! USA ONLY on Nov 29, 2014
Comment: hey nickie, thanks for the florida PC! Its totally fine about the stamp haha I actually don't know where to find any 34 cent postcard stamps besides the hummingbird one myself! :P
plinys rated for map PC #18 on Nov 21, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! :)
kbare rated for Mugrug 4 fpc on Nov 14, 2012
Comment: Thanks for my very pretty Mug Rug! I know what you mean about trying to sew wonky on purpose - I struggle with that too -but it was fun to try! Happy Swapping!
FloridaFour rated for Palm Tree ATC on Oct 29, 2012
Comment: This is an absolutely beautiful Florida sunset/palm tree ATC. I LOVE it!!! I haven't played around with dry pastels since high school and this might just inspire me. What do you use to fix it with? We used to use hairspray!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I use Krylon Workable Fixative on all my pastel work. I've heard that hairspray can possibly turn yellow over time, so I try to use the "real" stuff, even though it costs more than hairspray :) (It's still quite reasonable though) Thanks for the rating & heart!
Paige1900 rated for TPD - Paper Quilt (with inchies) on Oct 24, 2012
Comment: Nickie, the inchies you sent me are wonderful! I love all of them including the Dr Seuss Hat for a drunk cat. And I love the stamp as well. I do not have that one. Thank you so much! ♥
Response: I'm so glad you like the inchies! And I'm glad you didn't already have that stamp! I wasn't sure, but thought I'd send it anyway. Thanks for the rating & the heart!
bstitched rated for TPD - Paper Quilt (with inchies) on Oct 23, 2012
Comment: Beautiful inchies (I would have never known these were a first for you if you hadn't mentioned it). Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you like them! Thanks for the compliment! And thank you for the rating & heart!
Fatherted rated for TPD - Paper Quilt (with inchies) on Oct 23, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the Inchies!!! Thanks for reading my profile! I like the texture and the colour combo; is this embossed? Great first Inchies!
Response: Glad you like them! I tried to send 'pictures' that people would like. Yes, they are embossed. I love stamping & do embossing a lot when applicable Thanks for the rating & the heart!
Comment: How cute! Thanks so much.... :)
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks for the rating & heart!
honeybee rated for TPD - Paper Quilt (with inchies) on Oct 23, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the inchies! They are 2 of my favorite subjects.
Response: I had just gotten a set of stamps that had gnomes & mushrooms in it, so I knew I had to use one of the mushrooms for you! I'm glad you like them. Thank you for the rating & heart!
dixieniche rated for TPD - Paper Quilt (with inchies) on Oct 22, 2012
Comment: beautiful inchies...thank you much! ;D
Response: Glad you like them! I so enjoyed making the inchies for this swap! Thank you for the rating & heart!
123Poggy123 rated for TPD - Paper Quilt (with inchies) on Oct 22, 2012
Comment: Beautiful inchies. Love the colors you used.
Response: Thanks so much, I'm glad you like them! Thank you for the rating & heart! This was such a fun swap!

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jesslynne on Dec 17, 2014:

Thank you for the lovely card! I love the flower, It is really pretty!

Merry Christmas!


Aumonae on Jan 1, 2014:

Paige1900 on Jan 19, 2013:

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ladyb on Dec 23, 2012:

Just stopped by to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year! :o)

TerryF on Dec 17, 2012:

Merry Christmas!

Paige1900 on Nov 25, 2012:

I just thought I would stop in and say hello. I hope you are doing well.

TerryF on Nov 21, 2012:

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choke on Nov 2, 2012:

I'm so glad to hear your spirits are in the right place :) This will definitely be behind you in no time at all, and it looks like everything worked out! Yay!

choke on Oct 29, 2012:

I hope your recovery is going well, best of luck to you!

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