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Date Joined: December 3, 2011
Last Online: December 9, 2014
Birthday: November 14
Country: United States
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About Me

truth-seeking nerdling, Messianic Jew.

also a wife and mother and cook and reader and artist and dancer and quite a number of other things.

I read too much. I'm always on the internet and always looking something else up. I'm not good at day-in, day-out work, though I do manage to keep our house clean and the dishes washed. But I much prefer to work intensively for shorter periods of time, which actually means swaps are quite a good option.

My college degree was in Mechanical Engineering. I haven't decided yet if that was a terrible mistake or not.

I love sunshine and yummy food and watching the rain and discovering new things about God.

Favorite Crafts


okay, not everything. I don't do much with the fiber crafts (crochet/knit/sew etc) though I've given most of them a try at one time or another.

Most of the time I work with paint and paper and glue. And/or designing graphics on my computer and cutting them out with my Silhouette SD. I'm learning to doodle, and I've been practicing some fancier lettering styles.

I like to cook and read and write and so on. I've done quilling and sculpture and cloth dying and block printing and I really want to try screenprinting at some point. I'd love to build furniture, too.

From time to time I make hand-carved wood mezuzahs. I'm not all that experienced at making them, but I do love to send them to others. For those who aren't interested in the usual passage for the scroll inside, I love to select another verse or poem that will bless the recipient every time she (or he) sees it.

I've also written a novel, and I might write another. Only apparently writing a novel only works if I write 5,000 words a day for two weeks, and that way I don't get the laundry done.

I like making ATCs. I also like making larger mixed-media pieces, though those are harder to swap :) I also like designing and creating my own diecut shapes with the Silhouette, so I'd be happy to swap those. I cut them from cardstock or paper or (my favorite) from contact paper for stenciling or reverse stenciling.


Likes: bright colors, fractal designs, beautiful typography/lettering, all sorts of words, interesting phrases, art that's linked to science in some way, flowers and leaves (especially ferns), birds in flight, shiny things, phoenixes, stars, galaxies, spiderwebs, abstract swirls and swooshes, scripture verses (especially ones that are a little esoteric), cool quotes

My daughter (Tirzah, will be four Jan 2014) has a room I've decorated with a (very loose) "birds in flight" theme. She shares it with her sister Kaylee (born Nov 2012) and I've added a few tiger-related artworks to be her theme. So anything to do with those two themes will be very welcome.

Dislikes: I'll put up with anything in small doses :) I'm not a huge fan of the distressed vintage look (genuine ephemera are cool though), I don't really go for branded characters (Pooh, Twilight, etc) I'm not a huge kawaii fan but I don't mind it either. I don't really like things that are scary or spooky, though more anatomical images of bones and things are fine.

I have a very odd relationship with collage. I kept thinking I'd love it, and then I'd never do it. Except now I find I do like collage as long as it's mostly shapes cut from painted papers. Maybe I'll expand over time. Maybe I won't. Long story short, I probably won't use any ephemera you send.

And unless something is actively harmful (which seems unlikely) I'll be happy with it. I love to get glimpses of your heart and mind, even if we have nothing in common. Especially when we have nothing in common. How else are we going to learn?

Favorite Topics: I'm actually fascinated by how other people think, so hearing about things that interest you is great. I also like science (especially physics), chaos theory, theology, myths and fairy tales, family, community, new crafting techniques, star-gazing, cooking, music, and art inspiration

Wish List: nail polish, glitters and glitter glues, your favorite recipes, ribbon, embroidery thread, essential oils, gel pens, washi tape and deco tape

No candy, no commercial Christian items (and if you're crafting for me, I'd prefer if you would use "Yeshua" instead of "Jesus" as I prefer to have my family use His Hebrew name. But if you forget or whatever, it's not that big a deal. My main issue with commercial Christian stuff is how cheesy it usually is, not the wording)

I'm an INTP, for those familiar with the Meyers-Briggs system. I like abstract concepts and analytic thinking and beautiful imagery. Sometimes all mixed together.

And Messianic Jews, for those who don't know, are Jewish people who believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the promised Messiah of Israel. If you want to think of it as a cross between Christianity and Judaism, that's okay. You can learn more here

Favorite Books

Anything by Georgette Heyer. I have two dozen of her books and I've read most of them over a dozen times. I think I've read all her romances and I'm working on tracking down the rest of her murder mysteries.

Several books and stories by Connie Willis, though some of her work is too dark for me. Bellwether is probably my favorite book of all time.

Anything by G. K. Chesterton. I read his books when I need to feel better about the world and about myself.

Some stuff by C. S. Lewis. I went through a real Lewis kick in college, but it has faded.

Lots of silly fluffy fantasy, like Discworld and Temeraire and Zahn's Star Wars books and so on.

It seems to be a thing to state which version of the Bible one uses. My default was NAS for a long time, but these days I tend to read Amplified because the words are so much richer. But I bounce around a lot. I also love looking up the original Hebrew or Greek words.

Favorite Movies/Television

  • The Fifth Element
  • Walk, Don't Run
  • Emma
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Bride and Prejudice
  • Die Hard
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • The Italian Job
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Trek
  • Princess Bride
  • Lord of the Rings

we don't watch all that much television, mostly for lack of a tv. But we watch a few shows online:

  • Community
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Castle
  • Leverage
  • White Collar
  • Star Trek or Star Gate to relax

and I own Firefly on DVD

Favorite Music

I have terrible taste in music. It's not that I can't tell good music from bad. I can. I just usually don't care.

I do, however, require reasonably happy lyrics. Sufficiently good music can outweigh depressing lyrics, and nonsense lyrics are okay as long as the phrasing is clever. Instrumental pieces will be relegated to the background.

I don't like things that are dischordant or shouty or harsh.

What does that leave? Most pop and rock, modern country, Broadway musicals (I love me some musicals) and a few other random things.

  • Beatles
  • Billy Joel
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Producers
  • Third Day
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Zac Brown Band
  • The Music Man
  • Marty Goetz
  • Raffi
  • Trout Fishing in America
  • Taylor Swift
  • Mamma Mia!

etc etc etc

Swapping Notes

I'm really enjoying swapping!! I've gotten into the habit of making extra ATCs for ATC swaps, which keeps me busy while lowering the risk of losing track of swaps. So don't be surprised if you get two or more ATCs instead of just one. I put a lot of work into my swaps and I love getting swaps in the mail. I promise to rate promptly and fairly, and I hope you will return the courtesy.

I've noticed a few people have reservations about those who have done lots of email swaps, since electronic swaps can be used to inflate ratings. I've done a couple of email swaps when something catches my eye (especially when I can't sleep - I'll just write the email then and there, ready to send when partners are assigned) but it is not with the intention of inflating my ratings. Art swaps - especially ATCs - are far more satisfying

Reverse Stenciling:

if you got a swap from me and it has a bit of contact paper included, that's a reverse stencil. I usually label them on the back, but if I forgot you should be able to tell what it is by holding it so the light catches it right. To use it, put down a first layer of color (paint, collage, whatever) and seal it (I usually use mod podge). Once it is dry, stick the contact paper shape on your artwork. Use the actual shape, not the stuff around it. Make sure you take out any bits inside the shape - the centers of e's and a's and so on. If your shape is delicate or has many parts, a strip of masking tape makes very good transfer paper. Once it's well stuck down, paint over it with your second layer, and pull up the contact paper when your second layer is dry. The second layer will be the background, and the first layer will fill the shape.


flaked on by @TheTimeChild for Your Name Means Feb 2012


kathiec rated for Book Page Art - ATC on Jan 21, 2014
Comment: oh---MY lucky Day--I got 2 book page ATC's from you..They are great..I love the bunny..he is so cute...Thanks Hugs 'n ♥♥♥'s
Response: glad you enjoyed them! I had fun!
StampedinOregon rated for Book Page Art - ATC on Jan 21, 2014
Comment: Thanks so much I really like the ATC's you made and I adore the one your daughter made, Tell her thank you for me! ;-)
Response: You are very welcome! She's been asking to do more, so now I cut an ATC from the book page, scrawl a flower on it for her to color over, and give the rest to her sister to scribble on. The one-year-old gets bored quickly, of course, but she's more interesting than her sister was at this age. Anyway, thank you!
Comment: Nicely done. Keep on swapping with us in the group. Thank you for the nice note also.
Response: Thanks! I've enjoyed the swaps you've posted so far, though I'm swapping pretty slowly these days.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs.
Response: you are very welcome!
carterj rated for ATC with a heart on Dec 3, 2013
Response: thanks!
scrappermama rated for C+P Scavenger Hunt Postcard #4 on Jul 2, 2013
Comment: Lol! I get it! HA! What a great imagination! Here's to the nerd in all of us! Thank you for the great PC!
Response: Yay!! I was so pleased when it worked out right, so i'm thrilled you liked it
roaddummy rated for C+P Wicked Funny Caption PC #2 on Jul 1, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love the Graphics Fairy! I have so much downloaded from there!! The look of no concern on the ladies face is priceless!! Love the card!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it! I'm not always one for vintage, but she has some gorgeous stuff
Comment: Great job on your landscape. I have used scotch brand glue stick on my PC and it sticks well. Thanks! I enjoyed this swap!
Response: Yeah, it was less getting it to stick and more picking everything up and putting it back down in the same place once the glue was added. It always seems a worrying prospect :)Thanks for the heart!
MissMillie rated for C+P Scavenger Hunt Postcard #3 on Jun 5, 2013
Comment: Very cute. Love the COW-boy!
Response: Thanks!!
JBromeling rated for C+P: 100th Swap! on May 13, 2013
Comment: Thank you very much for the 2 ATC's and the Butterfly Tile. I might be blind but I don't see the armadillo you are talking about. Aha - now I see it once I put the card down! The whitewash really hides whatever the images were in the background. "Peace" is really the only thing that stands out to me. The butterfly ATC is really stunning and I really enjoy the various textures you used on the tile. You are definitely a very creative lady and I hope you had fun - I really am enjoying your creations. Thank you again. BTW the annual report envie was quite resourceful!
Response: Yeah, I kinda liked covering the images so we just got bits of texture and color. It was really fun to make, so I'm glad you're enjoying them. I had to think a minute to remember what you meant by annual report - I've been tearing that thing up for so long I never remember what it is! :) That page my daughter did with bubble wrap - I attached a piece of bubble wrap to the bottom of a mint tin so she can use it as a stamp, and she just goes to town. Thank you!
PeggyO rated for CCD Christian Theme ATC 2 on Apr 2, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the three nice ATCs--I like the use of the Hebrew Adonai's--it sounds just right in the context. I am going to look into the CBS online--it sounds like something I might like doing.
Response: thanks, glad you liked them! CBS is an organization that starts group bible studies all over the country - if there's one nearby DEFINITELY check it out. I think it's one of the best-designed Bible studies I've ever seen.
Comment: Great postcard. Your girls are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing their photos with me.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Comment: Nice card! The gramophone flower is a lovely take on a trumpet shape, and I'm impressed by how cleverly you integrated the other elements into the overall design.
Response: Thank you! If you're interested in jazzy/bluesy music, you should check out Over the Rhine's site - I really like the Trumpet Child album that I got that image from
snout rated for C+P stRIpEs poSTcaRd on Mar 17, 2013
Comment: Great postcard! Loved the combination of painted and magazine papers!
Response: glad you liked it!
camelsamba rated for C+P Purple Marsupial Window on Mar 9, 2013
Comment: I'm really impressed at how you managed to get everything in there in such a subtle and visually pleasing manner. Thanks!
Response: Thanks! It was really fun to put together
racheledj rated for Map Monsters ATC Swap on Feb 25, 2013
Comment: It's a cool looking monster on that ATC! Thank you for the extra bubblewrap backgrounds.
Response: you're welcome! and thank you! :)
tengu2 rated for Map Monsters ATC Swap on Feb 21, 2013
Comment: I enjoyed yor atc. thank you
Response: glad you liked it!
Comment: Got it! I love the blue colors.
Response: Thanks!
MissMillie rated for C+P-Ten items or less on Dec 18, 2012
Comment: Fun swap, huh? Thanks for your post card- it was super cool.
luckycharms rated for C+P: No Glue Collage on Oct 29, 2012
Comment: Thank you for my collage! What a fun swap.

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choke on Sep 27, 2013:

for supporting The Postcard Place with your awesomeness!

grammag on Sep 24, 2013:

I got your postcard yesterday - very nice! I love your painting and the nice little quote on the back. Thank you so much!

Paige1900 on Sep 22, 2013:

Welcome to The Postcard Place


Please click the above picture and go to the group forum and read the requirements thread, then comment that you have read and understand. :) Then start having fun...there are lots of swaps posted and the group forum is always active with RAKS and tag games.

Fatherted on Sep 18, 2013:

Hi! Today I got your beautiful handmade card for the c+p mailartnetwork! I was super surprised, because it is so super thin and survived, and the last days it rained a lot, but the card is in perfect condition :) love your face, great work! maybe try washi tape instead of normal plastic tape, you can colour it, rip it and so on. thank you for your card!

blueackerson on Sep 17, 2013:

Thanks for the postcard for the C&P mail art thing

Fatherted on Apr 14, 2013:

hey, just checked c+pmailart network, read you sent me a card. sorry, it hasnt arrived here.

misscorbeau on Jan 28, 2013:

Wow! What a nice surprise to get your card today! The background is awesome! And I love the fingerprint turtle Thank you so much

Lady on Jan 28, 2013:

I got your C+P 10 items or less mail art, thanks!

Fatherted on Jan 18, 2013:

You're very welcome!

Lady on Dec 23, 2012:

Congratulations! Hope you've grottoes ling back out by now & your sweet baby likes it.

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