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midteacher

midteacher
Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: May 19, 2018
Birthday: February 15
Country: United States
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About Me

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

@thequilterslink NOT a nice swap partner. Creates drama where there should be none!!!!

@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

mahlermail rated for SWL ~ Getting to Know You May on May 21, 2018
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Comment: Great items and explanation -- thanks so much for sharing some of your favs.
Poohtat rated for WIYM - Crazy About Postcards usa on May 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for all the postcards. I want to visit Australia some day. I will have to look for the periodic thoughts book of postcards! I love Maxine! Oh wow, I had forgotten all about LIttle Miss Brainy! Love all of them!
TereDiane1954 rated for Take a Walk series - April on May 3, 2018
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Comment: Oh, my, how beautiful! You made some creative use of your weather; visiting the Spring Expo is genius, and it sure looks like you had a wonderful time. I love all the cards you made. You are an excellent photographer. Thank you so much!
jeepermom rated for B&W PCs APR on Apr 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the card. Willow & Sage is one of my favorite splurges! I just got the most recent issue! Thank you for the card.
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Comment: What a neat, weird pc! I love it! I hang some of my postcards up around the house, but the rest are stored, sadly. Here's hoping you have a great Friday and weekend!
goinjenny rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP -APRIL on Apr 19, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
Nnyla rated for Early Spring: Photo Postcard 2018 on Apr 13, 2018
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Comment: Spring is in full bloom here! Sneezes and all! Thank you so much for the beautiful "not spring yet" crocus. It's purple. That's all that matters. :-D
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Comment: What a gorgeous postcard! Is that glitter with a sealant?
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Comment: Lovely selection of napkins, Diane. Thanks so much.
ariestess rated for Postcard to a Sister on Apr 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard! My apologies for the late rate. Your postcard slipped into my pile of "already rated" swaps by accident.
marymary914 rated for IS: Glitter PC on Mar 30, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely bird PC!
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcard Diane. I like using napkins as well, they make a good background!
mydnite rated for WIYM: Die Cut/Punches Swap - USA on Mar 18, 2018
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Comment: Wow! What a wonderful selection of di-cuts. The flowers and the leaves are very pretty. And likeyou, the bicycles are my favorite too! Thanks so much!Happy swapping!Jen
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Comment: Fun Postcard! I have stencils of the periodic table which I use to make patches. Sometimes I make them spell out fun words too!
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Comment: I love all the Tim Holtz die cuts! I’ve especially been wanting the smaller leaves/ivy one. I love them all. Thank you!!!
Response: Glad i was able to send something you like and can use! That leave one is very versatile and glad I purchased it. Check out Scrapbook.com and thefunkiejunkie.com for periodic sales.
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Comment: Thank you. Seems like your PC took the scenic route hahaha.
Response: WOW! Both cards were mailed on the same day! Just makes me wonder how that can happen. Happy it finally arrived. Thank you again for doing this swap with me. Much appreciated!
Nnyla rated for Talk a walk series- February on Mar 7, 2018
5
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Comment: Lovely, lovely swap! And it came on a day when I desperately needed a bit of "cheer mail." Thank you so much for always taking time to create beautiful mail. One day, I'll grow up and be like you.
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Comment: Thanks for you PC with that little spring touch!
EmiEmi rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP - FEBRUARY on Feb 26, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard:)
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Comment: Wow thats impressive looking place.

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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