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midteacher

midteacher
Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: August 16, 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

grstamping rated for Take a Walk Series-July on Aug 15, 2018
5
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Comment: Diane, WOW again you have amazed me with your talent and care in making this swap. I love everything and the photos are so cool. Thank You!!!
Nnyla rated for Raindrops... on Aug 5, 2018
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Comment: Love this so much that I'm looking for a frame for it! Thank you!
5
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Comment: Thanks for this great recommendation! I have read this one and it was really good! So much pain from one person's act of selfishness! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
grstamping rated for Wild Card! on Jul 26, 2018
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Comment: Thank You so much for the postcard. WOW where do you get all the inspiration? As always your mail was one of a kind ;)))
RabbitsnChihuahuas rated for B&W PCs JULY on Jul 23, 2018
5
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Comment: Love the vintage view and thanks for the note!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ Summer Reading PC #6 on Jul 22, 2018
5
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Comment: Fantastic! I hope this book keeps you moving forward. I love hearing people take charge.
5
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful patriotic pc! I love the colors! I just came upn another box of paer scraps (gel prints) that I had made to use a backgrounds. Time to get them on postcards! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
grstamping rated for Take a Walk Series-June on Jul 14, 2018
5
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Comment: Diane, your creativity is incredible. I loved what you made for me and I am thankful. The photos are awesome and nicely presented.
bblue rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP -JULY on Jul 14, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks! I like the card.
morgainegeiser rated for SWL ~ Summer Reading PC #5 on Jul 9, 2018
5
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Comment: Sounds like a good read.
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Comment: Great fun techniques on this PC - Thank you!
Mark63 rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP -JUNE on Jul 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for your PC. I'm glad you're enjoying the swap. :-)
5
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Comment: I love this colorful postcard! The quote is one of my favorites, too. Thank you!
sudeshnab rated for B&W PCs MAY on Jun 20, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard. I never thought in my wildest dream you will take the pains of doing research for me and select the perfect postcard for me. Thank you once again.
marinda rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP -MAY on Jun 19, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the postcard. I think I would have really enjoyed that assignment learning the periodic table. Cool idea!
5
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Comment: Thank you so much - sorry the first one got lost. I love your sewn embellishments - so creative! Can't wait to play with everything.
Nnyla rated for Take a Walk Series-May on Jun 8, 2018
5
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Comment: The package. The photos. Gasp! Everything is so beautiful. That red door? Breathtaking! My envelope to you pales in comparison. Thank you for all this gorgeousness!
5
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Comment: What a wonderful PC! Thanks so much for your description too, detailing your process - a really great way to understand all the layering that took place to get to the final beautiful result!! Thanks again for the re-send - 5 stars!!
mahlermail rated for SWL ~ Getting to Know You May on May 21, 2018
5
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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
5
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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!

Rating Overview

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Comments

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 :)

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. :) ♥

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