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moonswings

moonswings
Date Joined: March 4, 2008
Last Online: November 28, 2022

Country: United States
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ABOUT ME:

I'm a genealogical researcher, speaker, and educator who is self-employed and works 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 10-year-old, 20-pound, black & white beagle/Jack Russel mix named James. We live on a remote, 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. Take a wild guess how marketable that was. That's why I'm a genealogist. :-)

I also enjoy listening to the local NPR station and classical music station, but am basically contemporary-music illiterate. I have no idea who's popular these days in pop, rock, country, folk, and rap music.

FAVE BOOKS:

I love reading contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and cozy mysteries. My favorite books are Carlos Ruiz Zafon's, and Pamela Schoenewaldt's. 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

DRINKS: coffee (unflavored) w/cream, sparkling white wines, bourbon, and pre-Prohibition cocktails.

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

HOLIDAY: Christmas. I 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

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

JBFR rated for ATC int #26 - Winter on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: Thank you very much for this great handmade atc! I love ! and thank you for the atc you added!
asunset4me rated for ATC int #26 - Winter on Nov 17, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC's. The winter one is sweet but I am totally in love with the bird card. Your cards are the first for my collection.
robyn rated for FREE THEME ATC #33 USA ONLY on Aug 30, 2022
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Comment: I want to give a dozen hearts for the amazing package I received. Thank you so much, I loved all the cards!!
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Comment: Thank you!
tishttr1 rated for NEWBIE FRIENDLY ATC Swap #20 USA on Aug 23, 2022
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Comment: WOW! – Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! 😊 Really Nice ATC's!
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Comment: Oh my gosh!!! I am overwhelmed how beautiful this is! I love it! I love butterflies so this makes me so happy. Thanks for all the extra postage too! I love looking at old stamps.
rkassman rated for ATC/Paper Craft Supplies Swap on Aug 22, 2022
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Comment: What a gorgeous selection, I'm so excited to dive in and start playing with all the wonderful papers and things you sent me!!! <3
Ace330660 rated for Set of 5 Supplies Swap on Aug 21, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for everything you sent ! I loved the papers especially. Did you purchase them from anywhere specifically ? Happy Swapping !
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Comment: Thank you Katherine for the beautifully decorated envie! I loved it. Thank you for all your effort ♥
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Comment: You did such a nice job decorating this envelope with the many different images, great job! I appreciate all the miscellaneous goodies too- washi, used postage stamps, die cuts, and random collage/ephemera bits. Thanks so much!
Begokschaf rated for NEWBIE FRIENDLY ATC Swap #19 USA on Aug 12, 2022
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Comment: Wow thank you so much for the 9 ATC’s! I was very surprised and excited to get so many. 😁
Lazydaisy0104 rated for FREE THEME ATC #32 USA ONLY on Aug 9, 2022
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Comment: Oh my goodness!! How generous of you to send me all these beautiful Easter eggs ATCs! They will fit perfect in my holiday collection. I have all the different holidays in a separate collection. The little fairy girl is super cute and I will cherish her forever! Thank you. 💕
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
5
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Comment: Thank you!

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5.0000 731 20 20
Completed Fives Threes Ones
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Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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