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moonswings

moonswings
Date Joined: March 4, 2008
Last Online: June 24, 2022

Country: United States
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ABOUT ME:

please Please PLEASE do not send extras! I'm attempting to de-stash my studio before it takes over the house. :-)

I'm Katherine, a professional genealogical researcher, speaker, and educator. I am self-employed and work full-time from home doing research for clients or preparing genealogy presentations for conferences and institutes.

My husband & I have been married for 25+ years, and have always lived in Michigan, which is lovely in the spring, summer and fall. Winter is another matter entirely (unless you love the cold and snow).

We don't have any children but have an adorable 9-year-old little beagle/Jack Russel named James. We recently moved to a rural piece of property out in the country, and James loves being a country dog.

I was born to be an artist. My first creative memory is of being 3 years old and coming across a bottle of Elmer's glue and a jar of multi-colored glitter. I took them both into my bedroom, tipped the glue upside down, and watched in amazement as it pooled into a palm-sized puddle on the shag carpeting. After rubbing it deeper into the carpet, I added a healthy sprinkling of the glitter, rubbed that deeper into the carpet, and was delighted at the resulting creation! My mother, discovering the hard, dried palm-sized creation a week later, was not so delighted.

50+ years later, I still cannot get enough of glitter (especially in shades of bright pink/fuchsia), and I've developed a magnificent passion for paper, as well. During our recent move, I discovered I have enough specialty paper to last me for about 5 more lifetimes. :-)

FAVE MUSIC:

I studied music in undergrad with a 4-year music scholarship focused on composing music in a classical style for piano, choirs & orchestras.

I also enjoy listening to classical music, but I'm basically contemporary-music illiterate. I have no idea who's popular these days in pop, rock, country, folk, rap, etc., but I can talk for hours about Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi! :-)

FAVE BOOKS:

I love reading contemporary fiction, especially cozy mysteries by female authors. But my favorite books are all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books, and Pamela Schoenewaldt's books. Both authors' writings are so incredibly different from one another, but I love them immensely and re-read their work every couple of years.

FAVE CRAFTS:

Papercrafts are, by far, my favorite. For many years, I taught various paper arts classes at our local Rec & Ed. I love making greeting cards (which I've done almost exclusively for the past few years), ATCs, art journals, handmade books, and altered books.

FAVE STAMPS:

I collect new or used stamps from any country to use in artwork. I prefer vintage (pre-1970) stamps that were printed with only a single color, regardless of subject matter. I especially like the old 1¢ through 10¢ stamps (including the 1/2 ¢ stamps) that are printed in all blue, all green, all red, all brown, or all purple/pink. If you do not have these for a swap, my next favorite are those with birds or butterflies.

OTHER FAVES:

COLORS: My favorite color is glitter! Especially if it's pink/fuchsia. I also love deep, vibrant jewel-toned shades of amethyst, sapphire, ruby, and emerald.

IMAGES: Birds, butterflies, flowers, trees, maps, sheet music, oceans/lakes/streams, mountains, farm animals, dogs

CRAFT SUPPLIES: 8.5x11 sheets of white & ivory cardstock for card-making, glitter cardstock, specialty papers, and Stickles glitter glue

DRINKS: coffee (unflavored) w/cream, semi-sweet white wines, and bourbon

VACATION SPOTS: Venice, Italy; Paris, France; any rural English, Irish, or Scottish countryside; and deserts in the American southwest.

HOLIDAY: Christmas, but I'm not Christian. I just love the holiday cheer, the reds & golds, the candles & lights, the Christmas tree & greens on the fireplace mantles, the carols... I love it all!

DISLIKES

Please do not send extras of anything - I'm undertaking a massive de-stashing of my art studio.

I scare easily & dislike things that might be considered scary, dark or macabre. I'm also not a fan of cutesy or cartoon-y things. Please don't send the following:

  • bugs
  • robots
  • skulls
  • skeletons
  • vampires
  • zombies
  • witches
  • doll faces
  • clown faces
  • Hello Kitty
  • Kawaii or similar
  • anything religious
  • anything sci-fi or post-apocalyptic
  • anything with smoking odors

Ratings

Eulegirl rated for Christmas Card Swap on Dec 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the absolutely gorgeous card!! I love it!
Sagebrushs rated for Christmas Card Swap on Dec 14, 2021
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Comment: Thank you.
trishay79 rated for Christmas Card Swap on Dec 13, 2021
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Cellolady rated for Christmas Card Swap on Dec 3, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! Love the card!
brooklynbunch rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 29, 2021
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Comment: Very pretty card--thanks so much. Susan (brooklynbunch)
andee73 rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 25, 2021
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JKsgranny rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card. Such a pretty envelope, too!
yvonnecalifornia rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!
paperlover rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful snowflake card. Just one small piece of a snowflake got broken off but a little glue will fix it. I appreciate the washi and tags too
shalvorsen rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 19, 2021
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Comment: Beautiful card thank you! :)
jannieb rated for Free Theme ATC Swap #15 - USA Only on Nov 17, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for joining my swap & for the wonderful art. I enjoyed having you as my partner. Sorry for the late rating. Take care!
knclodge rated for Free Theme ATC Swap #14 - USA Only on Nov 8, 2021
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Comment: Wow girl!! This was such a special package!! Thank you so much for the bird ATCs. I loved the one you made for the swap. Thank you for a very special package. xox
PlantSim rated for Free Theme ATC Swap #13 - USA Only on Nov 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely package! I do love ALL the atcs you sent, they are so cute and lovely! I adore Halloween as you mentioned, and your lovely card makes me so happy! I keep it on my desk and it makes me smile every time I look at it. Thank you for swapping with me!
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Comment: Thanks!!!
themidnightone rated for ATC int #17 - Nature on Oct 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so so much for the extra ATCs! I love them all.
tampatha rated for Mixed Media ATC: Used Postage Stamp on Sep 14, 2021
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Comment: Wow! That sure took its time didn't it! LOL. It's a beautiful ATC and I love that you designed it around the stamp, using the blue and yellow from the butterfly! Thanks for the extras too. :)
BethiquaC rated for Four Seasons ATC's on Sep 8, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for this ATC - I love the weight of it.
boriquaz rated for Free Theme ATC Swap #8 - USA Only on Aug 19, 2021
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Comment: i received your wonderful atc and extra, thank you so much. Happy Swapping!
savannahsbujo rated for 3 Layer ATC #2 on Aug 15, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!
LadyTbird rated for ATC int #17 - Nature on Aug 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for your ATCs!! Your green peace wreath was really special and the extra 3 were a true bonus! I also wonder if we have met! I haven't gone to any of the Oakland Co. Genealogy Society meetings, though I have a patient who has bugged me to join, lol. I attended the NGS Convention in Grand Rapids in 2018 and go to smaller seminars occasionally as I find them, including a few held by the MGC. I'm actually working on creating a talk that combines my love for genealogy, my career in nursing, and my history degree, about how illness/medicine, etc. affected the lives of our ancestors. It's been slow going with all the other "life stuff" I have going on, but I hope it's something I can present in the near future. Again, thank you so much!

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