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firstborn
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Last Online: July 13, 2013
Birthday: July 27
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE 08/14/12 we're back from vacation! So it's business as usual :-) xo mary ann

just a gal who loves to weld, create art, collect vintage goodness, make zines, do yoga & drink tea.

i appreciate anything that you kindly & generously send my way, especially if i see how much care, love & thought was put into something you've created. :)

some fyi stuff:

i'm terribly allergic to cigarette/cigar smoke...so anything that i receive that is heavily tainted will not be opened & disposed of asap...i'm sorry, but i cannot breathe & the smoke residue triggers wicked headaches... just a heads up to my future swap partners.

i have so much in the way of arty-craftsy supplies & really do not need any more extra bits. i'm trying to declutter my rather chaotic studio & to simplify, simplify, simplify! :) so your wonderfully swapped artwork is all that i would love to receive. seriously, that is true! i just love to swap artwork for artwork, artist to artist...as well as build my growing collection of art from all over the globe. :)

i am inspired by nature, pretty things, old, distressed & rusty vintage things, the garden, good food, cats, birds, butterflies, dogs, my husband, my family, welding (my newest passion/obsession), the ocean, maine (we used to live there!), cupcakes, yoga, tea cups (i collect vintage ones!) & tea time, children (i work with preschoolers & school kids), pastel & soft muted colors (pinks, blues, creams & greens are my frequent "go-to" colors), old flicks, music, the poems of emily dickinson, um... basically, anything & everything that catches my eye, tickles my fancy. :)

Favorite Music

eclectic>>>i love most kinds, blues & jazz in particular...tho i enjoy listening to enya, diane krall, norah jones, pink, gwen stefani, mary j. blige, beyonce, sarah maclaughlin, fergie, k.t. tunstall, the beatles, lady GAGA, alicia keys, sara bareilles, jewel, martina mcbride, sheryl crow, colbie caillat, joan jett, regina spektor, '80s tunes,ingrid michaelson for examples...

Favorite Movies

most genres, except horror...not into that...tho i like a good mystery now & again.

Favorite Television

ghost whisperer, charmed reruns, dr. who, project runway, gordon ramsay's shows, dolce vita, dog whisperer, on the road with austin & santino, anything on the bravo and cooking channels, anthony bourdain's shows, cake boss, bbc america to name a few...

Favorite Crafts

mixed media, altered art, atcs, found object assemblages, rubber stamping, paper crafting, painting, drawing, sewing, stitching, embroidery, zines & WELDING

other places

find me also on facebook (followyourblissdesigns), twitter (followurbliss) and etsy (followyourbliss).

rating info

i rate swap partners in a timely manner & expect the same courtesy. the thing i find kinda nerve-wracking is not knowing whether or not my swap partner has received my swap. i like to send my swaps early, spend a lot of time & effort making sure i send out quality swaps & i would appreciate that my partners at the very least give me a heads up that they received my stuff. i understand that some may not rate their partners, that is fine by me. but please, be courteous & let me know that you received my swap stuff. as i mentioned, i like to send my swaps early & if you are one of my partners & have not received my swap, please contact me first before rating & let me know what's up. i know from personal experience that stuff can (& does) get lost in the mail... so i am always happy to resend a swap asap. communication between swap partners is key, is what i say!

now a word about hearts...i do love to give them out to my partners. reasons i give out hearts are basically based on the time, effort & care that my partner showed. extras, while nice, are really not necessary if the artwork that is swapped was created with love & care. i appreciate whenever someone has taken obvious pride in whatever she/he has created & the work's quality speaks for itself.

just one more thing...

when people don't bother to say "thank you" tells you a lot about their character.

saying a simple "thank you" is always the right & kind thing to do.

thank you.

Ratings

SamiE rated for *HOME* half-MEGA ATC Swap on Dec 10, 2012
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crunchyfrog rated for Winter ATC Swap on Nov 14, 2012
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Comment: Loved the ATC, thank you. Always love being reminded of cold weather in the heat ;)
tristitia rated for Winter ATC Swap on Nov 2, 2012
5
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Comment: Adorable ATC - I can't wait to hang the little snowman up somewhere! Thank you!
ebgroovy rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 12, 2012
5
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Comment: Hi Mary Ann! Thanks so much for my Halloween ATC and the extras! I totally dug it! Really well made and I appreciated it all!!! Happy Halloween!!! Elena aka ebgroovy
5
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Comment: Beautiful! Love the extras, too! <3
Barbi rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 1, 2012
5
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Comment: Thank you, love it, and thanks for the extra goodies!
SmashinSusan rated for Lighthouse PC swap (sept) on Oct 1, 2012
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for the gorgeous picture of the lighthouse. It is breathtaking! Take care.
79hejo rated for VS- Vintage Alphabet ATC Series- W on Oct 1, 2012
5
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Comment: Simply a Wonderfull Atc :)
79hejo rated for VS- Vintage Alphabet ATC Series- V on Oct 1, 2012
5
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Comment: Voila! what a great Atc :)
79hejo rated for VS- Vintage Alphabet ATC Series- Y on Oct 1, 2012
5
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Comment: Thanks for another wonderfull ATC:)
gillman rated for VS- Vintage Alphabet ATC Series- X on Sep 29, 2012
5
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Comment: Absolutely "Extraordinary"! Thanks for the beautiful ATC and zine!!
margoartist rated for VS- Alphabet ATC Series- S on Sep 28, 2012
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful ATC and all the extra goodies!
janski48 rated for Keep Calm and Carry On #2- Girly on Sep 27, 2012
5
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Comment: Wow! Love my ATC! It's so very well made and I can tell you spent some time on it!! The extra very very nice too! Thanks so much!
braunc13 rated for Book page & a stamp ATC swap on Sep 24, 2012
5
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Comment: lovely ATC - thank you!
gillman rated for VS- Vintage Alphabet ATC Series- Z on Sep 21, 2012
5
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Comment: Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much. Also, thank you for participating in this swap series. It was great fun!!
Response: you're very welcome Amy! Thanks for hosting this Fab swap series! It was a blast & looking forward to the next one :-)
79hejo rated for VS- Alphabet ATC Series- T on Sep 15, 2012
5
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Comment: Love your ATCs - tea time is also my favorite time a day:)
Response: youre so welcome! Happy tea time :-) thank you for the <3 :-)
gillman rated for VS- Alphabet ATC Series- R on Sep 14, 2012
5
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Comment: Beautiful! Thank you! and thanks for all the extra goodies :) !!
Response: You're so welcome! :-)
gillman rated for VS- Alphabet ATC Series- P on Sep 14, 2012
5
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Comment: I love your ATCs! Thank you!
Response: :-) you're welcome Amy! I'm sending your x & z cards soon! Thx for the generous <3 :-) ma
79hejo rated for VS- Alphabet ATC Series- Q on Sep 11, 2012
5
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Comment: Uhh what a wonderful ATC - a real Q T pie:o)
Response: Hehe you're welcome Heidi! Thanks for the <3 :-)
Barbi rated for VS- Alphabet ATC Series- U on Sep 10, 2012
5
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Comment: "Unbelievably" creative :) Thanks!
Response: You're so welcome :-) thank you for the generous <3 :-)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 248 11 11
Completed Fives Threes Ones
98 277 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 16 77 5
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Comments

ColoradoKate on Apr 9, 2013:

janski48 on Sep 27, 2012:

Hey Mary Ann, I'm your partner from "Keep Calm and Carry On; Girly" and just wanted to say how much I like my ATC! And also you said you are a Dr. Who fan. I just became a fan this year and have been catching up on previous years and loving the new ones too! I've become addicted! So I guess I'm a Whovian! haha

tiggerkitn25 on Sep 24, 2012:

Happy Fall from the I LOVE Kawaii group!

ColoradoKate on Jun 28, 2012:

ColoradoKate on May 7, 2012:

Welcome to the I LOVE Kawaii! Group! Did you notice that we have a Kawaii Minizine swap that closes TODAY?! :D

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

RyeRye on Sep 5, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

RyeRye on Sep 3, 2011:

woolyartichoke on Apr 20, 2011:

Hi!
I would love to do a swap with you but it will have to be in June. I am moving across town on May 21 so I am finishing the swaps I have now and not signing up for more till I unpack my art supplies in the new place!

So mid season doctor who 4 by 6 paintings/drawing of our fave Season moment w/ quote?

Did you hear the woman who played Sarah Jane Smith just died? so sad.

-Tina

woolyartichoke on Jan 16, 2011:

Hi Mary Ann,

My boyfriend has some copic markers, I should try them out. I think he only has bright blue/red and gray tones, for design work. Something to start with. For our next swap I think I will do water colour and ink. What do you think of doing a slightly larger size? I was thinking 4 by 6? Bit more room for hand-drawn DW goodness.

  • Tina
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