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Last Online: September 21, 2019
Birthday: May 16
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a 5th grade science teacher. I have a husband, 3 great kids, 28, 24 and 16. I also have two beautiful grandchildren. I love music, reading, and seeing new things. I'm Christian, but open to many religious views. I don't mind used stuff if it is still useable and not dirty or smelly.

Favorite Television

Shows I watch: I love Grey's Anatomy, Victoria, Judge Judy, Law and Order, The Crown, Grace and Frankie, The Good Doctor, Suits, Criminal Minds and Cooking competition shows. I also love reruns of Little House on the Prairie and the the Waltons.

Favorite Crafts

I have practiced Zentangle and Zendoodles. Fun and relaxing!

I like to make stuffed journals and long term journal projects.

I knit and quilt as well. I usually have 4-8 projects going at a time.

Just discovered my love of wool felt applique.

These are a Few of my Favorite

I love:

My Green Quaker Parrot, Pickle!

black Teas including fruit flavors, chai and plain. Lipton specialty teas are fine with me. I am highly allergic to chamomile which hides in herbal teas, so I will never drink an herbal . . . just in case.


Nice embellishment threads (not DMC, but wool or cotton thicker stuff)

Scraps or pieces of wool felt (bright colors)

I love historical fiction - Esp. English history.

Wild birds are a love of mine. I also love butterflies, garden themes, flowers, heck any nature.


malas or any types of prayer beads- all faiths.

Sock knitting, shawl knitting, knitting. I'd really love some hand-made stitch markers in all sizes to use with my knitting. Beaded or cute charms would be fun.

Charlie Brown and company

anything with your art - not just stickers, but real art.

Zentangle Art

Faith vs Religion

I am a Christian, but I recently have been exploring (not practicing) other world religions. I love anything from any faith. To me Faith is different than religion. And faith is personal. So, while some of my art may express religion or my faith, I am open to accepting you for what you believe. Only through knowledge and understanding of each other can we live in peace and harmony. Two quotes from Buddha express my opinion perfectly:

  1. To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.

  2. Let all listen and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.

What I don't like

Hello Kitty

Cartoon stuff

postcards unless they are part of the swap or are hand made - I don't collect them.

coffee or coffee flavor

Non- black teas - I'm highly allergic to chamomile and often it is hidden in Herbal teas. I'll do herbals if you check and verify that there is no Chamomile.

Cigarette smells

Things I'd love to receive rig

Hand made toys for my pet bird

Pieces of brightly colored (or any colored) WOOL felt - 100% wool please.

Hand made or store bought stitch markers with beads or cute charms.

A yarn bowl

anything knitting related.


Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful bow tie block! Hugs, Diane
Comment: very pretty
Comment: Thanks, that's a pretty aqua fabric, eventually I'll probably make whatever additional blocks are necessary for a twin bed size quilt.
Comment: Thanks for the bow tie. They're adding up!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty fabrics!
Comment: thank you
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful block! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you Mary Ellen
Comment: Thanks for the block, they add up quickly. You (and I) will soon have enough for a quilt.
danna rated for Note of Inspiration and Tea- April on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks! :)
tampagirl rated for CSG ~ Resurrection Day! on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Mmmm. The tea looks amazing!!! Thank you for such a thoughtful card.
Comment: Thank you for the unique green fabric tie block and the lovely tea!
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and the teas! :)
DaisyNY rated for Ribbon effect zentangle 3 on Mar 7, 2019
Comment: I'm sorry you were ill; this was nicely done, but 5 weeks late with no communication is late. I hope you're feeling better now. Remember the charity drive at the end of the year can be used to remove this. Good luck.
Comment: this arrived yesterday, 3-4-19, thank you Mary Ellen for the tea, I will try it today at work.
Comment: Thank you Mary Ellen. I am excited to try the tea, I love flavored teas.
Comment: Thank you - love the fabric!
Bbstar rated for Advent Calendar Swap Round 6 on Dec 5, 2018
Comment: So excited such a lovely package😁🌻🌟thanks
Comment: Thank you so much! Excited to open these!

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RooBaRoo on Jan 9, 2018:

Prayer Flag Jan 2018 send-by date extended to the end of Jan.

yvonne401 on Jul 5, 2017:

CSG ~ Fruit of the Spirit, #6 Faithfulness


as defined in the bible has two different meanings:

1.If we mean the faithfulness of God or Jesus, it refers to steadfastness, honesty, firmness, and God's utter dependability based on His unchanging character.

2.If we mean human faithfulness, it refers to our steady allegiance to God and our trust in Him. A "faithful" man is "full of faith"; he believes in the reality of God as revealed in Scripture.

Dictionary definition of faithfulness: 1.The quality of being faithful. 2.Fidelity.

The dictionary definition of faithfulness is totally different than the bible definition. This must be taken into account when reading and understanding our bible.

What does faithfulness mean to me?

To be truly faithful to God we must love God more than we love our self. We must also be lovers of God not lovers of pleasure. We must be more interested in pleasing God than pleasing our self. A faithful person is not disobedient, greedy, unloving and without self-control.

Having faith in God is truly one of the most important things to have to be a good Christian. If you don't have faith then there is not much to say about you. You need to believe in Him and trust in Him. When you are in times of trouble you need to have faith that He will pull you through your difficult times. I believe that times of hardship make us stronger because they make our faith stronger.

There was a time that I was very ill with Listeria in the hospital. This was many years ago. Listeria is a deadly disease that most people die from. At the time I didn't believe in God or Jesus. I had absolutely no faith. However, my husband had two churches praying for me. I had a fever of 106 degrees. The nurses told my husband that he should come because they didn't know if I would make it through the night. He couldn't come however because he had the baby and we didn't have a baby sitter at the time. He called both churches to pray for me even though I wasn't a believer at the time. My fever broke in 24 hours. Even the hospital couldn't believe it. That was my miraculous healing and I believe that is when God planted a seed in me and that is when my true faith began because He proved to me that He was real.

The faithfulness of a Christian:

1.God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.

2.Honor all people.

3.Love your fellow Christians.

4.Fear God and honor the King.

5.If you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God.

6.We are to look to the Lord Jesus as our model of the faith life. We should be faithful and live a good life.

Faith is basically believing in something that you cannot see, having a belief in something that there is no proof of. You believe it's true even though there is no proof of it. It is very difficult to have faith. Lots of things in life do test your faith. But once you have it, it's something strong and powerful. For much of my life I didn't believe in God or Jesus because I couldn't see them, feel there or know that they were real. After my experience at the hospital and after I got saved, things changed dramatically for me. I didn't think life would change after I got saved, but it sure did.

Well that's all I have to say for this time. I hope you were encouraged by my comments. I pray that your life is filled with much faith and it makes your walk with God grow much stronger.

God Bless You!



ChrisAnne on Jun 13, 2017:

Glad to have you with us in Planner Partners. We will begin swapping very soon. Please check out the forums and introduce yourself to the rest of the bunch!

crescendo on Jan 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the sparkly snowman Christmas card and book reading list from my December Wishlist! So sorry for my late thankyou, we went out of town on Christmas day for a week and I am getting to catch up now on my desk. I loved displaying all of the sparkly cards, I hung up a wide candy striped ribbon and used clothespins to clip all of the cards down the length of it. I loved how it looked and I don't want to take it down. I have read a couple of the books you mentioned on your list, and will look into the others. I am hoping to find some time in 2017 to actually read again, its been a long time.

Dsweeny on Jan 3, 2017:

Tea Swap - LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I give you a 5 star rating. :) The teas you sent were sent in a timely manner, and your card was very personal and kind. Thank you for doing this :)

Rarie61 on Jan 29, 2015:

Hi Mary I just received your Christmas card today that was sent way back in Nov. I love the letter you sent along with it explaining how you spend the holidays. Thank you for the extra coins it was a nice surprise. It was fun swapping with you! I hope you have a great day!

dolcxvita on Dec 2, 2014:

Hi there! Just sent you an invite to the new and active Creative Mail Asia group. Do join in so we can swap with in our region! :)

camelsamba on Aug 18, 2014:

Thanks for the book recommendations. Can't find I Married a Bedouin at our library or the statewide ILL, but I did request Butterfly Mosque!

KristinCali on May 14, 2014:

Hello there! I was your partner for the Stuffed Summer Journal last year. I was hoping you'd host another one! I'm in a spring journal swap right now and when it's done I really want to start another :D Let me know! xoxo

Elliepatterson on May 4, 2014:

Many thanx for hosting this great swap, "I'd join this swap if..." It was a hoot for sure. All I can say is, Unicorns, what unicorns, who is sending unicorns, where did they get them to send, I want a unicorn" LOL. ( Laughing out loud for sure) blessings,

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