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midteacher

midteacher
Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: February 23, 2018
Birthday: February 15
Country: United States
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2018
This year I am focusing on minimizing what I have so I am surrounded by only those things I love and need. For my art, I am focusing on my painting and completing all those unfinished art journals that are cluttering my studio. I am taking on a year long photography project, My Year in Black & White which encompasses taking a photo a week, printing it then putting it in an art journal.

I am a high school science teacher working in an violent, unstable environment where guns and gangs are the norm. Constant changes in the administration, inept leadership, fear mongering and a "consistently inconsistent" regime makes for an HIGHLY stressful environment. A lot of my time is filled with lesson planning, grading papers, and completing government mandated annoyances. I struggle daily, sometimes hourly, with the undue stress of it all. Creating, painting, working in my art journals keeps me sane. .

I can not live in a house without cats! Our 3 cats (all of which help me create) and my dog help to keep my life in balance.

I invite you to peruse my blog where I share my art journals, painting en devours, and photography. At the beginning of each month I host a Stop Pinning and Make Something link where you pick one of your pins you've been desiring to make from Pinterest, make it then share it. It does not have to be crafty, it can be anything! The idea is to actually make something you've pinned rather than fantasize about it.

I Took the Pledge: IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A SWAP FROM ME, CONTACT ME ASAP! I always send. Please do not give me a poor rating prior to contacting me first (I had someone "not like" the ATC they received so they gave me a 3 without messaging me first).

While I truly appreciate the thoughtfulness, please,
do not include extras unless it is something I am seeking, collecting, or for a project I am working on. I'm having a difficult time managing my own overflowing stash!

Please, no ATC's or pocket letters, or washi tape.

Favorites

COLORS
I love bright, sunny colors. I use a lot of purples, greens, blues, and oranges in my work.

TELEVISION SHOWS
House of Cards, Madam Secretary, Grace and Frankie, West Wing, MAS*H, Shameless, Grey's Anatomy, & Blue Bloods

Favorite Crafts

Mixed Media
handmade PCs
photography
art journaling
altered books

I no longer create/collect ATC's so I prefer not to receive them.
Pocket letters just aren't my thing either.

Other things I do 2 waste time

Pinterest (I'm a junkie)
blogging
reading oracle cards
photography
painting with acrylics
reading
collecting quotes
gardening
digitizing all my old photos
making bread in my breadmaker

Things I collect/want

ASKING FOR:
old Polaroids
B&W photos (photos of people are good)
collage football (especially U of M)
any rusty small objects
pressed flowers
gelli plate prints
mulberry paper
sea glass
feathers
die cuts (especially flourishes & birds)
ladies hankies
decorative napkins
tea/coffee dyed papers

photos
B & W
flowers
abandoned buildings
old barns
cemeteries,
tombstones
funny/odd signs
painted murals on buildings
cool/colorful graffiti (nothing gang related)
sunrises/ sunsets

I am creating (and still working on) an altered book for my oldest son, Thayer. Because his name is so unusual he could never buy any of those trinkets with his name on it found in souvenir shops.
I am asking folks to search their town's directory for a street sign or a business with his name in it, snap a photo and send it to me (either snail mail or email).

* If you know how to get the coordinates via the GPS on your phone that would be great, otherwise just the name of the town & state.

post cards

Naked
I prefer PC"s to be sent naked as I use them in my art journals.

I like photos of hot tourists spots that people buy to remember the place.
LOVE cards that make me laugh!
Postcard books

In Envies
B&W
flowers
birds
cats
holiday
college logos
angels
trees
sunrise/sunsets
odd shaped
rocks & minerals
antique/vintage
Disney (the place,not cartoon)
Germany
books
cemeteries
tombstones
funny/odd signs

Vintage/used
Like these especially if they include the sender's handwriting and cancelled stamp (but not necessary).

Hand crafted
I really enjoy getting water colors, painted or sketched PC's if allowed because I'm not really good at any of these.

DO NOT LIKE
Political, cartoon, religious, art (museum pieces, abstract), African American Heritage, Kawaii, celebrities, civil war

Attractions & Dislikes

THINGS I am ATTRACTED to:
Spiritual
Mystical
Angels
B & W photos/ pictures/sketches
bright & sunny scenes
trees
crystals
winter/summer solstice
Tiffany glass
flowers/roses
sunrises/sunsets
cats
Maxine
collage football
science stuff (I teach Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth Science)

DISLIKES:
ATC's
pocket letters
washi tape
stickers (teacher & Dollar store types)
anything crochet or knit
Kawaii
the Beatles
tea
anything religious or political
anything African American History (I'm a school teacher; I get inundated w/it Jan & Feb)

ESPECIALLY DISLIKE
foam stickers
felt flowers
anything cartoon
loose glitter
loose sequins
junk that is obviously not a treasure

Projects I'm working on

CURRENT PROJECTS:

KitLife Planner
My Word for 2018, FOCUS
52 week photography project, My Year in Black & White
Altered book Thayer (see Things I collect)
Listen to My Heart art journal
Winter Blues an altered book

I just purchased a Recollections Travelers Notebook but have no ideas as to what I am going to do with it yet. Thinking about creating a junk journal to start with to get my "feet wet".

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Photos

  • I prefer them loose so I can put them in my art journals.
  • If you can, add your watermark to the front.
  • Put you name and where taken on the back so I can give you credit in my art journals.

Notes to myself

@Sharune for Recycle Christmas card as postcard #6 - cat (2014) rated her a 3 for sending very late. 11/2017 she sends several harassing messages to change the rating.

@squince send minimum
@spicemom do not participate in any swaps with her in it

Ratings

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Comment: Wow thats impressive looking place.
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Comment: Thank you, Diane, for the time and effort you put into this swap : loved reading a bit about you and the items you sent. I'm looking forward to trying out your favorite tea (I love lavender!) and particularly like the paint chips (I might use some of the color combinations in a quilt or two...) Hope the year of the dog will be kind to you! Take care!
grstamping rated for Talk a walk series – January on Feb 17, 2018
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Comment: Diane, you really rocked this swap. How creative to make a booklet with your photos. I LOVE it! Seriously, I would love to give you more hearts. You truly are awesome!
Nnyla rated for Winter Mayhem on Feb 12, 2018
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Comment: Awesome work!!! Where's the "applause" button. I LOVE the flipbook! It is just perfect! You continue to inspire me. Thank you so much!
PeliKat rated for Serendipity Envelopes #3 on Feb 6, 2018
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Comment: Diane, thank you for the Envelope of Awesomeness! I loved it all! The little packet of postage stamps was great fun to go through; the tickets and tags and ephemera will add to my ATC and postcard projects; and that swap Journal might be helpful in keeping my swap records up-to-date. The little swatch of fabric with the Christmas trees will be great for projects for next Christmas! Thank you so much for a great dwap and for all the effort you put into picking with such wonderful things for it! Happy swapping!
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Comment: I love dog, so i hope this is my year. Thanks for such lovely PC
grandmaroro rated for Serendipity Envelopes #3 on Feb 6, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for fun-filled, stuffed envelope . I look forward to adding to my "Use It Up" journal. Thanks bunches.
AZmom875 rated for I still have this journal on Feb 5, 2018
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Comment: You went above and beyond by sending me the envelope of fun journal things. This arrived today and it was addressed correctly, the PO is just morons sending it to Mesa, and back to New Jersey. Thanks for participating, and I will work on this and get it back to you.
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Comment: Thank you. I hope you keep sharing your photos.
BusyB rated for Serendipity Envelopes #3 on Feb 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you Diane for the envelope of awesomeness! (thanks for the warning on the envelope, lol!) I've already used some of it. Have been working in my floral altered/jj book recently. It's been a long while since I've worked on it, a wip. :) Have a great day!
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Comment: Thanks, Diane, for your thoughtful review. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the novel and appreciate you volunteering to help with setting up new BOMC books; I'm private messaging you.
miia rated for Quick Swap - Pretty Die Cuts! on Feb 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for your die cuts and other surprises too! Your envelope is really beautiful and I love everything you sent me! :) Have a nice weekend!
reader44ever rated for BOMC: The Widow by Fiona Barton on Jan 31, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Widow, Diane! Some of your questions were ones I answered, too, some not. I read with especial interest the ones that were not ones that I answered! Thanks again! ❤
Mugsie rated for BOMC: The Widow by Fiona Barton on Jan 31, 2018
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Comment: I thoroughly enjoyed your answers! And agreed with you in a lot of ways! Thank you so much for your review!
Jjean rated for BOMC: The Widow by Fiona Barton on Jan 28, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your review of the book, interesting how you explained the subject. :)
manachai rated for Happy New Year! on Jan 26, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely things. I am also using a TN diary but I've just begun (again) so it's quite bare. Your paperclips are so cute!
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Comment: Thanks for sending so fast! And I have never heard of Zehnders before, but it sounds like it'd be a great road trip stop.
camelsamba rated for HMPC: New Years Postcard (edited) on Jan 15, 2018
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Comment: thanks for the fun postcard!
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Comment: Thank you, Diane. Love the year of the dog imagery. I've been working on some paper cuts for year of the dog swaps, but I think I need both sharper eyes & sharper scissors!
Zander rated for Holiday Napkins to Decoupage on Jan 11, 2018
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Comment: I love the napkins Thank you so much.

Rating Overview

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Comments

CurlyTea on Feb 15, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

isabellasnow on Feb 4, 2018:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH from WIYM GROUP!

phillaine on Feb 3, 2018:

Thank you for the fun variety of surprises you sent me in your destash RAK! Lots I'm keeping for projects, some I'm giving tofriends, and the rest I'll add to an upcoming giveaway. Thanks again! ♥

bbsporty on Feb 2, 2018:

Thank you for the Year of the Dog postcard!

camelsamba on Jan 22, 2018:

Thank you for the Year of the Dog postcard! I appreciate your random act of kind mail art :^)

TC on Jan 13, 2018:

Thank you for the RAK Year of the Dog postcard! Pretty cool, and it was so kind of you to think of me. :)

bbsporty on Sep 12, 2017:

Thank you so much for the postcard that you made for me! It is so pretty!! Thank you for being an active part of the HMPC group and for hosting your series! I've had a hard time getting officers to host! It sometimes gets hard on me.

Mugsie on Aug 15, 2017:

WOW! Was I so surprised when I just got home from our vacation and got my very cool surprise in the mail! I have never gotten anything so awesome in the mail before! Thank you so much! I know right where it is going! XOXO Kelly

phillaine on Aug 13, 2017:

Great big thanks for the smashbook goodies! So generous of you, and so many goodies! I'm excited to use them in my various crafty endeavors. :) ♥

anrtist on Aug 8, 2017:

THANK YOU so MUCH!

I so appreciate you giving me such an awesome Distash Mania Group RAK PACKAGE!!! ;-) OIL BRUSHES & STICKERS & Manilla Tags!!! ;-) Yay!!!

MEGA Happy Mail!!!!

THANX

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Blessings! cc

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