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Date Joined: March 26, 2008
Last Online: October 9, 2020
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States
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About Me

After many years in the non-profit sector (with the last 8 of that founding/operating/directing a children's art and farm camp), I'm now a stay-at-home mom who homeschools my two daughters.

This is perhaps the most challenging - and rewarding - position I've held. I feel so fortunate each day that I get to spend teaching and learning with the girls.

I enjoy photography...and documenting everyday life around the home...including homeschooling, crafts the girls and I do, cooking, the pets (4 dogs, 3 cats, miniature horse, and pony), nature, and wildlife. Come visit MY BLOG to read about life at the farm.

When I have breaks from homeschooling, I make translucent window stars (like these window stars I made). The stars have been such a fun and creative way to add some beauty to the home, and to daily life.

I enjoy participating in swaps and meeting new people throughout the world. Receiving mail filled with creative work by others is so inspiring!

For a look at my work, please visit either my Flickr site and look under "Things I've Made" or to my Etsy shop to see handmade things I sell.

About my Daughters

Sophia and Olivia are 17 and 15 years old. Both were born in China and adopted at 11 and 10 months respectively. Both are loving, generous girls who care deeply about others - people and animals.

Both play the piano, and Sophia also plays the harp. They take classes through a homeschool co-op to connect with other children and learn new subjects - like ceramics, photography, public speaking, and logic. Sophia also takes three PSEO courses each semester (college courses that are free and paid for by the state of Minnesota).

The girls and I enjoy birdwatching since there are many types of birds here (we live on almost 10 acres of which we've kept the majority in its natural state). We enjoy going on nature walks and discovering animals that live or pass through here (deer, pheasants, fox, coyotes, snakes, owls, eagles, and turkeys).

Favorite Crafts

Photography, embroidery, colored pencil, sewing, quilting, and Saori weaving.

I enjoy trying new things. I have tons of ideas that I've clipped from magazines for scrapbooking, but haven't sat down to do that yet.

Since being a part of Swap-Bot, I've tried new projects which have been fun and challenged me creatively: ATCs, dotee dolls, altered matchboxes, inchies, and button fairies.

Favorite Colors

My favorite colors are purple and green.

Favorite Scents

Lilac, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, sandalwood, patchouly, and lemon.

Favorite Music

Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, U2, Barbra Streisand, Enya - any artists along that line. I also like new age and classical music. Will listen to jazz. Enjoy listening to music from the eighties. I do not like rap or other offensive music.

Favorite Books


I read MANY books to my daughters and enjoy books that are well-illustrated and have a good story line, especially those that are classical or “old-fashioned" (ones written in the 1930s-1950s).

The books I enjoy tend to be from several sections in the library: arts/crafts, inspirational, and non-fiction about something I'm learning about or teaching my daughters (I homeschool them).

Favorite Quotes

"There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free, if you truly wish to be." - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelo

"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life." - Apache blessing

"You have everything you need...if you just believe." - Josh Groban - Believe (Polar Express Soundtrack) Lyrics

Favorite Movies

These movies are ones I could watch many times and they wouldn't get old for me: Defending Your Life; The Birdcage; Dead Poets Society; The Truman Show, Wizard of Oz; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Sound of Music; Arsenic and Old Lace; Mrs. Doubtfire; Best in Show, and Waiting for Guffman. Don't have large blocks of time to watch movies, unfortunately.

Items We'd Love to Receive

  • Small gifts to put in my daughters' Christmas stockings or under the tree

  • Japanese fabric - anything larger than 6"x6" would be great!

  • Essential oils - any oils are welcome so I can try new blends.

  • Fountain pens for doing calligraphy/Spencerian handwriting - they should have a flexible nib. I'm looking for the kind where you don't have to dip them into ink since I'll be teaching my oldest daughter how to do calligraphy and would prefer not to work with ink initially.

  • Assisi embroidery patterns - Here's an example: Assisi Embroidery Pattern.

  • Bubble bath soap.

  • Japanese Craft Magazines - Anything related to felt food, making little stuffed animals (mascots), sewing, and/or quilting. Would love to see "Cotton Time."

  • Anything from my favorite items on Etsy or Amazon - Etsy Favorites or Amazon.com Wishlist.

  • Sashiko Fabric - Am looking for pre-printed fabric with different sashiko embroidery patterns on it.

  • Craft Magazines that You Are Done Looking At - Ones that I enjoy are Living Crafts, Home Companion, Somerset Studio, Cotton Time, and any craft magazine (especially ones that focus on paper crafts.

  • Something for my Daughters - If anyone feels inclined to send something to the girls, I know they would LOVE it.

~~~~~~~ Please Note: Please do not send items that smell of smoke. I have asthma and allergies (Sophia has allergies as well), and smoke is something neither of us can handle well. Even if your item is beautifully constructed, but it smells of smoke, I unfortunately cannot have it in the home. Thank you for understanding. ~~~~~~~

My Daughters

Sophia - is 17 years old and likes:

  • anything that is lime green and robin's egg blue for her room; or purple

  • horses

  • cats

  • gum (mint)

  • harps and harp music

  • make-up

Olivia - is 15 years old and likes:

  • anything that is blue

  • dogs

  • art supplies and kits - Prismacolor color pencils and markers; etching kits; paint-by-numbers (complicated ones)

  • wolves

  • Skittles


cynaemon rated for ESG: My Favorite photo - December on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Love the snow pics. Thanks for the recipe also.
aligurl75 rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers. I really enjoyed reading your blog of these... I made sure to like and comment.
cherlita rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - January on Feb 9, 2020
Comment: You have a beautiful family & fun activities, thanks!
Comment: The puppies and the snow whale! Such fun pics this month. Thank you for sharing!
euniceq rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - January on Feb 9, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing those amazing photos! The crafts you make together look so good. I also love the photos you took of the trees, fruits, and birdhouses with snow on them.
myancey rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: Thank. U enjoyed reading about u and mtg ur fur babies. I am adopted to and my parents are Caucasian
Comment: What a wonderful end of year wrap up!
Comment: I really enjoyed reading about your month. It felt like I was there experiencing it with you. It was lovely. I love all your pets!
Dinkyde rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - October on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: That are lots of pictures :) Thank you! I hope everyone in your family feeling well now.. Your surrounding are very beautiful.. The Autumnz colors and scenery are very beautiful. I love the bouquet picture and the sunset the most :)
HappyMom rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - October on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Sure hope everyone is recovered and feeling better - grateful that your pain is gone after surgery! I loved all your photos and the narrative. Thank you so much for sharing your month with me :)
HappyMom rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - September on Oct 3, 2019
Comment: What a busy month for all! So impressed that you added 40 butterflies into the eco system 🦋and I sure hope all goes well with your surgery! I loved seeing Sophia at college and know she's going to have a wonderful year!
Dinkyde rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - September on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Great pics
cherlita rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - September on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: It is so nice to see your happy little family! I especially like the duck pond picture. IT IS SOO CUTE!
TellaTar rated for ESG: List 5 x 5 - September on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing so much in your answers! I always love having you as a partner in one of my swaps. Love looking at all of your photos and getting to know you more <3
Jjean rated for ESG: List 5 x 5 - September on Sep 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the interesting lists.
HappyMom rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - August on Sep 8, 2019
Comment: Oh Ann - I'm sorry you're feeling sad with Sophia being away at college :( You've done such a great job with your girls. Even though she's away at school, she'll always be with you in your heart ❤️and this will be an exciting time for her, for sure. And Olivia will have you to herself for a bit, and that will be special too. Enjoy the new phase...and know that your babies will always be your babies! If I could give you a hug, I surely would!
DMarcella rated for Photo Scavenger Hunt - August on Sep 3, 2019

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JayRobertsGirl on Apr 9, 2020:

That is so awesome you have so many pets. I would love to have a farm one day.

HappyMom on Dec 8, 2019:

Ann - I loved seeing your November photos and was sorry to read about the passing of your uncle. You have such a beautiful family ❤️I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

anicka22 on Mar 1, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful owl stickers, washitape samples and even more for your lovely note! You made me very happy!

Fenix825 on Feb 28, 2018:

Thank you very much for the notecards and the car air freshener from my February wishlist in the Wishlist group!

mejulia on Jan 30, 2018:

Thank you so much for the fun envelope of wishes that came in today's mail.

grimmlynn on Dec 10, 2010:

This is a very belated thank you for a November wish. I just found your message today in my inbox. Apparently, it thought you were spam.

What a wonderful way to give back and help out others in need. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It is always nice to read about the good deeds of others!


chincho on Nov 24, 2010:

Thanks for the comment, dear! It's great to know that oll the items are going to be in good use!

julief on Nov 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for the huge bag of fabric scraps. I already have a couple in mind for some current projects. Thanks again for thinking of me this month :)

TangleCrafts on Nov 9, 2010:

After receiving your wonderful club package, I just wondered if you can be tempted by the new ZMACS Etsy promo swap? Thanks again for putting together such a great package! :)

Swan on Sep 14, 2010:

Thank you for fulfilling my September wish. It was great to read about your de-cluttering and donations. I started that process, too, before our temporary move and will continue when we come back. Thank you also for the healthy recipes.

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