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jillybird

jillybird
Date Joined: January 4, 2009
Last Online: October 16, 2018
Birthday: October 27
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Debbi - Jillybird just pooped into my head one morning and I liked it. (I know there's a typo in that first sentence and I would normally edit it, but I thought it was kind of funny.) And I swear I didn't type it on purpose. I am 53 years old. Somehow that happened. I live in West Texas.

MY FAMILY I've been married for 30 years. I dearly love my husband, and am very lucky to have found someone who, although not always enthusiastically, is willing to help me with my “artistic visions“ for our home and yard. He is a very talented builder and problem solver. I don’t think there is anything that he can’t do. I also have three daughters that I truly consider to be my best friends in life, three wonderful sons-in-law, five absolutely adorable and extremely smart grandsons and a beautiful, creative step-granddaughter. I have a dachshund that gets on my last nerve every single day, but would be heartbroken over if anything bad ever happened to him.

HOW I PAY FOR ART SUPPLIES I am a teacher. This year, after 25 years of working in elementary schools, I moved up to middle school. Wow. It’s an entirely different world that is taking me some time to get used to. I teach reading and writing to sixth graders. I really enjoy the laughter and creativity of the kids in my classroom and am fortunate in that it makes me happy to go to work every day. (Does that sound convincing?) Actually, I really do love it most days.

I ENJOY/LOVE... I love beauty and enjoy finding it in unexpected places. For example, the best art that I do is what shows up on the newspaper that I use to clean my brushes and stamps - it always turns out to be almost breathtakingly lovely. I love bright, saturated colors and go to thrift shops and flea markets to look for things made of colored glass just so I can possess their glowing jewel tones. Lately I’ve been intrigued by the beauty of rusted scraps of metal that can be found in parking lots. I’m afraid I will injure myself by running into a moving vehicle while scanning the ground for perfectly flattened and rusted bottle caps because I just know I’m going to make something amazing out of them. Someday.

Working in my yard - Well, not actually working. I don’t like working in my yard at all, but I do love the finished product of the work, so I do it. I have quite a bit of unusual “yard art” and a lot of beautiful flowers and shrubbery. (I love that word - shrubbery!) I have a small cement pond inhabited by water lilies and goldfish that are peaceful to watch and fun to feed.

Making art, and more often than actually making art, thinking about making art - I get excited about trying everything. I am by no means a master of anything. I love oil pastels, acrylics, glitter and anything else sparkly, embossing powder, rubber stamps, vintage ephemera, and tape and gel medium transfers. I also enjoy making mosaic stepping stones and what I call “yard balls” out of stained glass. I want to try sewing and encaustics. I do not have a certain style. I wish I did, but each piece I make comes out differently from the piece before. Maybe I am evolving. Maybe I am just artistically ADHD. I mostly participate in ATC, handmade postcard/envelope, and journal/list making swaps.

Looking at others people’s art - I spend entirely too much money buying magazines and entirely too much time on the Internet looking at other peoples' art, but I’m obsessed with the variety of ideas and generosity of spirit and willingness to share that I find. And the beauty - the beauty of it all! - it is so inspiring!

Thrift store/estate sale/ flea market shopping - A perfect day includes a treat of expensive coffee and a decadent muffin and then hitting my established trail of thrift stores. I love the fact that you never know what you will find or what will find you, calling out as you walk by, begging to be rescued from the crowded racks. My husband has lined the wall on one side of the garage with shelves for me to store my treasures on while they wait for me to do something amazing with them. Someday.

Hanging out with friends/family - Either on the patio of my favorite bar or on the patio in my back yard. Usually with drinks and music playing which leads to the occasional spontaneous dancing in my red thrift store coat under the colored lights my husband strung up for me. Life is good.

THINGS I'M CRAZY ABOUT

  • old things that have a story, even if you don't actually know the story

  • vintage images and ephemera

  • music of any genre that is loud and makes you want to dance

  • flowers, especially those with big billowy blooms like roses, peonies and dahlias

  • images from exotic (to me) places like India, Thailand, Cuba, or Brazil

  • bright, sparkly colors

  • swirly patterns

  • images from all religions, especially saints and buddhas

  • winged hearts, moons with faces, whimsical birds, butterflies, cats, vintage dancing ladies, stars

  • turquoise + rust or orange or barn red or mustard yellow or sage green or lime green...

  • used postage stamps, rub-ons, washi tape, stencils, lace, glitter and sequins, pieces of rusty metal, pressed flowers,

THINGS I'M NOT SO CRAZY ABOUT

  • mean people

  • strong perfume

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for this wonderful PC! It is going into my favorites! the reverse is just as beautiful as the front! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the heart!
quirky2sunshine rated for Cut+Paste PC with a Quote on Jun 19, 2018
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Comment: Where do I start... Very CREATIVE! I absolutely LOVED it. I don't usually get great stuff from people and that has put a bit of a damper on SWAT-BOT but yours was truly refreshing so I thank you greatly for that. Keep doing what your doing...Happy Swapping!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the postcard! Thanks for the kind comments and the heart!
MyRetroSoul rated for EASU: Altered Mona Lisa ATC on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: WHAT?!?! Ok, first, the ATC’s are wonderful, the envelope amazing! I love that you put her face as the balloons. Your creativity and the colors you used are so great. Second, these weird cards you sent me and the story behind them is so perfect. I’ve never been happier to recieve snail mail. Thank you a thousand times!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap! I could tell from your profile that you are just the right kind of person to share some of my weird cards with!
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Look it Has Wings! on Apr 13, 2018
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Comment: The car did land savely. Thanks for that awesome flying car! Lovely background too.
urocyonfox rated for EASU: MEGA ATC SWAP - 20 Partners on Mar 28, 2018
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Comment: Sorry for the late response, I was trying to figure out which swap your card was for lol! I totally recommend putting on the back on on the card which swap an atc is for. That way goobs like me that join several assorted swaps have an easier time. Just a suggestion. Thank you for the atc and the cute note and wedding anniversary.
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Comment: Wow! Very cool & I love your background! Do you do them with gelli?paint? Thanks so much! Happy Easter! 🐥
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Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and the lovely note. I love your wedding picture too. :-)
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart!
CurlyTea rated for PVT: Spring Into Spring ATCs on Mar 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the loveliness that you sent. The ATCs are amazing and I thought the envelope book is very clever and so much fun and then you spoiled me on top of all that. Seriously cool mail to receive. Thanks!
Response: I had so much fun putting that swap together! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the heart!
jannieb rated for EASU: MEGA ATC SWAP - 20 Partners on Mar 22, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for joining my swap & for the wonderful ATC & goodies. I enjoyed reading your inspiration for the card & seeing the picture of you walking down the aisle. It's always a pleasure swapping with you :)
Response: I enjoy swapping with you too! I'm glad you liked the ATC! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Love Love Love then card and envelope you made for me!!!! ....Wow 35 years!, Congratulation! that is amazing and wonderful. I hope you and your loving DH having more blessed years together ♥♥♥
Response: I'm glad you liked the swap! Thank you for the heart and the good wishes!
hibiscus rated for EASU: MEGA ATC SWAP - 20 Partners on Mar 21, 2018
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Comment: Love the envelope! This card is quite special ... he...so protective and proud - you pure joy and abandon! Great inspiration for this beautifully created atc! Your technique is flawless... thank you so much and thanks for your lovely note
Response: What a sweet and kind rating! I'm glad you like the swap! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Great idea and wonderful envelope! Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart!
luv2kraft rated for EASU: MEGA ATC SWAP - 20 Partners on Mar 20, 2018
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Comment: Luv luv luv it!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: So sorry for the mix up! I’m sure it’s here under something! Thank you for messaging me! Have a blessed day! ❤️❤️
Response: Thanks for rating. I am so sorry for your loss - wishing you peace and comfort. Take care, Donna!
AmookIslandCreations rated for IS: HAPPY Zine on Jan 20, 2018
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Comment: This swap made my mail ox a very happy one! I love the whole thing from the gorgeous handmade envie, the zine itself and the flowery confetti you included! I love the quotes and the colors! I too, have a difficult time getting mine to copy correctly, as I want to put my art right up to the edge of the paper and most copiers want, at least, a 1/2 inch border! I get around that by putting washi tape around the edges or cutting my paper down 1/2 inch so I can put my art up to the edge. Sometimes that works and sometimes the copier has a mind of its own and won't be tricked. Job well done, on your first, of many zines to come! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap, Sherry! Thank you so much for the kind words and the tips. I really enjoyed making that zine and it was so frustrating that it would not copy right. But I'll keep trying!
Artstamper rated for IS: HAPPY Zine on Jan 18, 2018
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Comment: Can't believe this is your first zine, hope you make many more. I loved it and the envelope. The extra flowers were an inspiration, they kept falling out as I read the zine- like it was coming to life! Great swap, it made me happy.
Response: I'm so glad the swap made you happy - I love that the flowers worked that way! I wish I could say it was intentional! Thank you for your kind comments and the heart!
georgiafae rated for IS: HAPPY Zine on Jan 18, 2018
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Comment: What fun! Love all the happy quotes and bright paper-vintage gals! I always have a problem with the copying and folding at the end,too! Thanks for the extra flower punches-Happy Day to you!
Response: I'm glad you liked the swap! It was a lot of fun to make! I hope you're having a Happy Day too!
MamaMangrove rated for HMPC: Put a "Number" on it on Jan 4, 2018
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Comment: Your colorful sunny card brightened a dreary day. I love all the layers & techniques you combined, & of course the camels! Coincidentally, on the card I did for this swap, I used a bit of a vintage map of Egypt & added some Egyptian hieroglyphic numbers. I was wishing I had a camel image to include but in the holiday madness couldn't put my fingers on one. Happy New Year and may we swap again soon.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the PC - I had a lot of fun making it for you! Your profile is so full of fun ideas! Hope your New Year is off to a great start!
RockyBeach rated for CC: Stripes postcard on Jul 25, 2017
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Comment: Your card was a bright spot in a grey and rainy day! Thanks a lot for it. Great! So many different coloured stripes without looking like chaos.
georgiafae rated for CC: Moon postcard on Jul 23, 2017
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Comment: Love this postcard-gorgeous teal back ground-great composition!

Rating Overview

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Comments

WestTexasPenny on Jul 4, 2018:

I was in Lubbock last weekend for a high school basketball tournament. Always enjoy my time in Lubbock. I live in Odessa. I participated in Swapbot years ago and look forward to getting back into swapping.

Hell0Z0mbie on Feb 9, 2018:

LOVE the octopus ATC! everything is so cute, thank you! It's weird, it arrived in a USPS "body bag" envelope saying it was damaged, but it didn't seem damaged. Love all of it, thank you.

stephiedee on Feb 9, 2018:

I'm so glad you liked the ATC and zine! I put that zine together in Google Docs (after a good bit of fidgeting with the images). I was a little surprised at how well it worked.

CurlyTea on Oct 27, 2017:

bjmonroe on Nov 22, 2016:

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RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

stephiedee on May 17, 2016:

Hi Debbi! Thank you so much for the generous envelope of ATCs and goodies for the MMH tag. Lucky me for being in the right place at the right time. :) I love both ATCs and the extra goodies are great - the stamps are all new to me.

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