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midteacher

midteacher
Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: July 18, 2019
Birthday: February 15
Country: United States
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About Me

You can find me on Instagram @afocusedjourney - not sure why the URL in not working

2019
My focus this year is my art and photography, minimizing what I have so I am surrounded by only those things I love and need, creating a home which I love to be in.

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 constant barrage of disrespect from students and administrators. 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 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.

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)
reading oracle cards
reading books & magazines
collecting quotes
gardening

Things I collect/want

ASKING FOR:
scraps of material -especially with texture
old Polaroids
B&W photos (photos of people are good)
college 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
old letters,old ledgers, old envelopes addressed
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 cartoons)
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:
Rituals: a year long painting course
My One Little Word for 2019: Conscious

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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

goinjenny rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #13 on Jul 6, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Red, White, and Blue! on Jul 4, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for your card! The crackle effect is quite interesting!
LunaCass rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #12 on Jun 19, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Horror postcard indeed, but the more I look at it the more I like it! Thank you, have a wonderful day! :)
goinjenny rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #11 on Jun 14, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks
Fieke rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard- May on Jun 13, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcard ! It's really nice you wrote the creation process on it
abshanghai rated for HMPC: May Flowers on Jun 3, 2019
5
rating
Comment: THIS IS AN AWESOME POSTCARD! Thank you so very much!
bstrong rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #10 on May 29, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Received PC today and I totally agree I've never been a fan have Holly Hobbie either 15 years later
Gatzcat rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #9 on May 13, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Strangely enough, I like this postcard. It’s unique and different. Thanks for passing it along.
dartha rated for WIYM: OLW 2019 Inspiration on May 2, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much Diane for all the amazing things you made for me. Love Them! I will enjoy using those in my journals this year. thank you for hosting such an awesome swap, darla
PostcardAl rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #8 on Apr 20, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Hi Diane-- thanks for the card. I don't mind the darkness of the painting, so good choice! :) Best, al
5
rating
Comment: Thank you.
BeHappyToday rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #7 on Apr 12, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Oh I like this PC, it’s very pretty. Thank you Diane.
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
sharmison33 rated for HMPC: Spring Day Edition on Apr 5, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card you crafted. I love the colors!
Noodles84 rated for HMPC: Valentine's Day Edition on Apr 2, 2019
5
rating
 
BasketWorks15 rated for Coffee Art on Apr 1, 2019
5
rating
Comment: I just received your masterpiece! It’s wonderful. The color is a little more turquoise but it will still fit in. I must tell you, it’s a miracle I got it. The entire top of the package was busted open. I guess the bird on the cup guarded it! Lol!
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for such a spring-like card! Love that you added some lace and stitched it.
michelemb12 rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #6 on Mar 27, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the PC. I love the Ugly PC exchange.
Lisapotterylady rated for Mixed Media #2 on Mar 22, 2019
5
rating
Comment: This wallhanging is absolutely gorgeous ~ thank you so much for making it!
MissPaula rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #5 on Mar 11, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the warm thoughts. Spring is coming!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1128 81 89
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1043 1330 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
3 471 569 0
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Comments

LunaCass on Jun 8, 2019:

I received the RAK PC you sent to me! Thank you so much, very much appreciated. :) Have a wonderful day!

LunaCass on Jun 8, 2019:
RockyBeach on Apr 2, 2019:

Thanks for your cheerful replacement card for the HMPC March! I like it a lot.

CurlyTea on Feb 15, 2019:


Happy Birthday!

Mugsie on Dec 11, 2018:

Thank you so much for the wonderful Christmas card, that was so sweet of you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kelly

TC on Dec 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for the kind Christmas PC RAK. The vintage Santa is cool, and the North Pole postmark - what a treat! You were so nice to think of me, and to write the sweet message on the back.

Merry Christmas, my SB friend.

user6937 on Jun 13, 2018:

Hi, Diane - I've received the quotes I tagged you for in the HMPC group, thanks! I'll be sure to find them handy :)

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 :^)

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