Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 9:43 pm


Date Joined: January 20, 2019
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

About Me

I worked hard to finish high school and was the first in my family to attend college, my college degree is in fine arts and I’ve taken classes in oil, watercolor, etc. I also minored in Costume Design and so love history and cosplay..My “medium” is more into fabric and fiber. I love vintage fabrics, buttons, trims. My favorite color is that dark blue that sometimes looks purple. I like yarns, cording, and threads. I like paper, paper crafts, and sometimes sew paper to fabric. I have a sewing machine, a serger, and a coverstitch machine. I have a dedicated craft room with shelves of paper, fabric, beads, rubber stamps, yarns, trims, patterns, crafty magazines, and jars of buttons.

I put my love of sewing to work in the sportswear and outdoor apparel industry. I currently am Product Engineer at Columbia Sportswear Company, with 25 years of experience including Nike, Castelli, Merrell, Norm Thompson Outfitters, and Sebago among others. My work in the industry includes developing garments, fabrics, and trimmings.

I teach sewing classes and lead the Fabric & Fiber Meet-up at our local library maker space. The maker space (called the Collaboratory) includes: Fabric & Fiber: Sewing machine/serger/fabrics Knitting/crochet yarns and needles Micro-electronics & 3D Printing: UP mini 2 3D printers by Tiertime https://youtu.be/vX-sBznaKdo Arduino/microcontrollers Makey Makey/Raspberry Pi Paper Crafting & Vinyl: Sizzix Big Shot die-cutter https://youtu.be/j0X5aHGg3Xc Silhouette Cameo die-cutter https://youtu.be/J-k6vlZT_BU Rubber stamps/inks/pens Vellum/vinyl heat transfer sticker Flatbed heat press Laminating machine Multi-media: Laptops with maker software Digital camera with green screens Lego/K’Nex model building Glowforge https://youtu.be/ysCaqh38JVQ ... and more!!

I’m also a member of the National Button Society, Oregon Button Society, and Portland Button Club. I enthusiastically continue to learn about button collecting and history. I will be presenting a lesson at the NBS annual convention in 2019 called “What’s new with buttons?” where I’ll look at how buttons are made today in large scale industrial button making processes, and small-scale buttons made at home.

Favorite Music

My favorite music depends on the day. I love everything from Classic Rock to Classical, from Country to Alternative Grunge, from Showtunes to Pop. Everyone in my family plays and instrument and/or sings – except me (I play the radio). I’ve always been around music and had an appreciation – but for me it’s driven by the mood.

Favorite Books

My favorite books are historically accurate fiction about places or people (not science fiction/fantasy/romance/horror/etc.) I like something that is at least loosely based on reality. I enjoy travel writings, biographies, and text-book type books on textiles, fashion, sewing, costumes, costume history, etc.

Right now I'm reading "Worn Stories" a collection of stories from famous people about one single garment/piece of clothing that has stuck with them. It's super interesting!!

Favorite Television

My favorite TV show right now is Victoria on PBS Masterpiece – mostly due to the history and costumes. I also recently re-watched the entire 6 seasons of Grimm – mostly because it was filmed in Portland and I personally know a lot of the extras & side characters from working with modeling/talent agencies here in Portland through my jobs. I have a desire to watch The Crown – but it will have to wait.

Favorite Crafts

Sewing small easy projects... I recently make zipper pillow covers for my couch pillows. I like zipper pouches. I like to sew fabric and paper together. I am working on sewing my scraps of fabric together to make new fabric for an over-the-shoulder bag. I want to try hand-made postcards.

ABC's for me

A: art, apparel, avengers

B: buttons, books (see that section), bookmaking, blue

C: coffee (anything related to coffee), costumes, crafts (see that section), Christmas anything

D: design, drawing, dachshunds

E: ecru, eolienne, eyelet

F: fabric, fine art, fashion, fonts

G: grimm,

H: hello kitty, history, hand bags, holly/Christmas, handmade

I: ink, indigo, ikat

J: juxtaposition

K: kites, khaki

L: letterpress, lace

M: music (see that section), muji, maps

N: nature, night owl

O: outdoors

P: postcards (vintage, touristy, artsy), painting, pouches, paper crafty/handmade, printmaking, patches

Q: small quilt items for uses not in a big quilt

R: royalty, retro, religious

S: sewing related, scraps (of fabric/trims/paper), shells (especially abalone), spring

T: theater, theatrical, television (see that section), textiles, typography, trims, tassels

U: useful things, urchins

V: vintage style, violet, varigated

W: water color, wrapping paper, wall paper, winter

X: xerox (old, vintage)

Y: yellow, yardsticks, yuletide, yachts

Z: zippers – all kinds/styles, zines

3-D: printed items, stuff with filling, paper pop-up


  • anything for kids (mine are out of the house)
  • actual food items: tea bags, sticks of gum, etc
  • anime/graphic novel/video game related
  • nudity/horror/violence
  • licorice/anise
  • cigarettes/smoking


kittyfun rated for SF~ Blank Notecard Swap~USA on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you they are all so wonderful!
JJcrafty rated for Sending stuff in twos #7 on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the book pages, stickers and wonderful fabric tag and stamped fabric. I love it!
Comment: I loved the picture of Teddy Roosevelt and family!
spicemom rated for SF~ Blank Notecard Swap~USA on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Anna Thank you for the nice notecards , stickers, washi tape Spicemom
Comment: Thanks for the Oregon PC. I am a coffee person!
Comment: I'm ready for the fall weather, but not going back to work!
Lisapotterylady rated for My Sewing Package on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the amazing collection of fabrics, and the lace, ribbons, and buttons!
zurdoswifey rated for The Happy Mailbox #15 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely assortment of stuff
SydneySix rated for 80's Junk Journal page swap on Aug 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I love this one! And it’s a great song 😉
Comment: Great photo in that card! I happen to live in the town where LBJ's grandfather lived. He was a frequent visitor for many years. In fact we have an airport in our tiny town because he and Lady Bird would often fly down from the ranch. Our local high fashion store, Grace Jones, outfitted Lady Bird and the girls during his administration. So perfect
Response: That’s so fun! You never know when something sent has an extra story!
BusyBeeFamily rated for SF~Naked Blind PC Swap - USA on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: What a cool story about the pond 😀 Thank you. ❤️
Ukucaitie rated for SF~Naked Blind PC Swap - USA on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the City of York pc! Also loved the muppet stamp!
MelissaLB rated for 3 Items Random Fun #2 on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun items. The washi is the best!
SunTradeToo rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2019 on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Super cool for the summer! Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸💌
Tverne05 rated for 3 Items Random Fun #2 on Aug 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the items you sent. I like the book pages about buttons. The washi tape was much needed.
HappyDayMail rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste on Aug 5, 2019
Comment: It was delightful to receive my p.c. today...games for kids in 1963 surely were different than what's available for kids today!! Thanks for making this a fun swap.
Burger1girl rated for 3 Items Random Fun #2 on Aug 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the envelope full of stuff!! I always need tape. ANd I love the postcard. I'll work on the puzzle before bed.
swayzer rated for 80's Junk Journal page swap on Aug 3, 2019
Comment: Yay, thanks so much for doing this swap with me. I can't wait to fill up my book with all your wonderful creations. ON to round 2.
Comment: Thank you. :)

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samjowers on Jul 18, 2019:

we have a lot in common! I love Victoria!!! I actually teach a section on her to my High School Art class!! Welcome to my swap. I hope we get lots of great 2.5 inch squares!

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swayzer on Mar 5, 2019:

Welcome Anna!! Great profile.

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