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Date Joined: September 4, 2012
Last Online: October 13, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

June 2017: Taking a break (sort of)... I have to take a break from swapping for a short time. I am in the process of buying a house with my 2 sons. It means some serious downsizing and sorting, etc. I am hoping to set up a kind of crafting storage area in a shed in the back yard area. There is a nice little shed in place on the property now that may work. Once I am organized I will be back on board enjoying our fun and wonderful swaps. Escrow closes in a couple of weeks then we begin the migration. It's actually next door to the house we are renting so that will be nice. I've already got a bet with my oldest that before a month is out I will have tried to park in my soon to be old parking spot at least once or twice. I am totally a creature of habit. Anyhow, on to sorting, packing, garage sale(ing), gifting and donating... All prayers are gratefully received!

Long overdue update: 28 August 2015

I am the mother of 4. Grandmother of 6 boys and 3 girls the oldest being 24 and the youngest just arrived on 4 August... A feisty little boy... Life is busy to say the least. I have 2 cats who are litter mates and make me nutty sometimes and my grandsons crazy lab/boxer mix who goes by the name of Doobie (he comes out of his full time coma anytime anyone enters the kitchen or is eating within a 3 room radius of him - dog has food-dar). I share a house with my oldest son, his bride, their 6 year old son, their 3 year old daughter and my youngest son. Plus the trio of 4 pawed family members. Our newest 4 legged guest is a goat named Chocolate. With the drought the only thing that grows is weeds and there is no one who has the time or interest in pulling them. My son showed up with the goat and he is a fantastic gardener. He's getting so fat it's amazing and we are practically weed free (there is one type he won't eat - which leaves a bit of maintenance on our part) We consolidated households 4 years ago in order to bring my 94 year-old father home. He was only with us for 3 months, but it was a blessed time for us all. He was as comfortable as possible and well cared for thanks to hospice care. My daughter-in-law was so inspired by the hospice workers that she went to school and in now a hospice worker herself.

My life seems to revolve around my amazing family and my work. Not to shabby if you ask me...

Favorite Music

I have very ecclectic taste in music. My favorite singers are Ed Ames, George Strait, Reba, and to many others to even name. I love country, swing, big band, jazz, rock, blues... Different eras, different moods... About 6 months ago I discovered The Tenors (formerly the Canadian Tenors)... I absolutely love them. My commute is much less stressful, I put on their CD and blast away! I'm so excited they will be here in October and I got myself a ticket. I can't wait!!!

Favorite Books

Oh my goodness... Where do I begin... Thanks to a mother who taught me to read young, I have always been a voracious reader. The kids dread when I go thrift store shopping. I head straight for the books. My girls got together and got me a kindle a couple of years ago... I didn't use it much at first until I found out about "free books" Believe me I use it all the time now... I read all kinds and types of books, from trash to classics, mystries, true stories, short stories, to whatever. I just discovered the Mitford Home Series of books by Jan Karon - They are wonderful and there are a bunch of them. I highly recommend them. Don't really like the gothic vampire genre that's popular right now, but there is so much good stuff out there, I don't feel like I'm missing anything...

Favorite Movies

I love classic films, musicals, big budget and tiny gems. Black and white, color... I'm not sure about all of the remakes that are coming out of the woodwork again... Some things should be left in the attic. Others were so wonderful it's hard to imagine them being remade and they suffer in comparison. I don't go to the cinema very ofen these days, I have great cable and Netflix fills the bill. I have a crazy collection of dvd's that my kids keep adding to. Heck I honestly am surprised at some of the movies I have or should I say, didn't know I had...

Favorite Television

I don't watch much primetime TV. Been watching NCIS forever now and still enjoy. Love cooking competitions. My favorite is Chopped - that is one crazy show. Also enjoy Top Chef and Top Chef Masters (they have more fun), Master Chef, Hells Kitchen is letting me down - same stupid people with different faces. Project Runway is also rather fun to watch. Otherwise I have recently discovered DVR and am loving it. There are a couple of new stations that show retro shows that I remember seeing when I was a kid such as Hazel, Big Valley, Branded, and the Mothers-in-Law and I'm totally enjoying Touched by an Angel all over again. It's fun to record them and watch them either that night or whenever I'm in the mood. Very, very cool. I work so I don't watch daytime.

Favorite Crafts

I love to do all kinds of things... Knit, crochet,sewing and/or whatever comes my way. I also enjoy cooking, I enjoy eating more. I think it is important to be creative and I love to make things... Can't do cross stitch anymore because of my eyes, same with fine beading... I am currently rediscovering macramé. I'd forgotten how intriguing it could be. I also want to find a bead loom so I can use the thousands of beads that my oldest daughter sent me from Sicily. I don't know how she got them all in the box. She packs like my mother - just stand back when you open - things have a tendency to come bursting out. And believe me you can never get them all back in. A real mystery.

Favorite Stuff

What to I like...

Colors: Colors of nature: Rich, deep colors from the woods, light and bright from the beach, amazing colors of the ocean, the colors of sunset, just to name a few (dozen)

Food: Simple tea, not the spice or fruit kind, just plain old orange pekoe and irish or english breakfast teas (black tea?). Coffee is the same, just a good cup of plain black coffee can be so amazing. Of course a good biscuit (cookie/shortbread) or pastry along side of it doesn't hurt. An ice cream cone on a cold rainy day is heaven (so is a chocolate milkshake).

I find that keeping it simple is best, as long as good ingredients are used (i.e. real butter) and love and care are included, you can't really go wrong...

Misc: I'm kind of a magpie... I love pretty and unusual stuff... I adore Unicorns, sea shells, cameos, ladybugs, all things Merlin, eggs (all kinds of crafted or stone ones), boxes of all types and materials (I've found some limoge and other special ones at thrift stores and flea markets and bought them for a song)and anything made with thoughtfulness and care.

Toad List

Things I find distasteful: Green Beans, rude people, sour dirty smells, self entitled people, bad manners, inconsiderate drivers - high beams & not using turn signals, apathy, bullies, oh and green beans. Arguments. People who can't say a thank you - I mean really - how hard is it.

Toad List II

I'm good right now...

Kid Friendly Swaps

Kid Swaps: My grandson Jacob Ray. He is 6 and loves anything that has wheels, makes noise, sticks onto his little sister, or is just plain messy. He loves treats and is a total blast to hang out with. He would absolutely love to receive something with his name on it in the mail (especially now that he can read it).

My granddaughter Alyssa Mae. She is 3 and her own girl. She is the ultimate tom-boy and totally fearless and yet loves her frilly skirts (with shorts underneath). Her favorite anything is pink. Doesn't matter what as long as it's pink or has pink in it. She is smart, fun and full of energy, she doesn't nap, she recharges.

We all live at the same house so mailing is easy.


Momskii rated for Coasters knit or crochet #1 on May 13, 2017
Comment: thanks so much for the pretty coasters. Just an FYI, more postage was required
Comment: Thank you for the dishcloth. They will go into rotation immediately. I love the scrubbie!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful squares! Blue is my favorite color! Did you use Macaw for them? I love that variegation, I used it to make a twin sized afghan once. And thanks for the owl stickers! :)
vlhafer54 rated for Crochet Me...... on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you - I love the potholder. And I can't wait to try the tea.
Comment: Thank you so much for the additional scrubbie! I look forward to using it. Thanks for swapping!
Comment: Lavendar is the perfect color for spring. Thank you for the swap.
Comment: They are lovely! Thank you!
Response: You are so welcome. Thank you very much for the heart!
CarrotsKanFli rated for Winter Weather Scarf swap on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely scarf! It's wonderfully soft and cozy 😊
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I love that yarn. It's a new one for me and makes up so beautifully. Like you said - soft and cozy. My granddaughter Alyssa kept trying to take it. I think I know what to make her for Christmas. A cozy little girl poncho. Thank you for the heart. Take care.
Comment: We should really meet someday considering how many Dishcloths we have made and you have made for me.. Smile... Love the Heart Dishcloth and what a cute Idea using the scrubby yarn on the border... I think I saw this same pattern as a coaster too..Great Idea to enlarge it..! ! ! Thank you ! ! ! 2/17/2017 8:41 pm Love the Card you made too ! ! ! !
Response: I totally consider you my muse. You and @craftycrocheter are so clever and talented - really get me out of my comfort zone because you totally challenge me. You are correct it was a coaster pattern. I thought it was adorable. What's funny is my other partner did the same thing except used a white square center and finished the rest with red cotton. I had just sent yours off when hers arrived. I thought that was sooo funny/ironic. Hugs to you!!!
jnnealy rated for Hand Made Ornaments - 2 on Jan 27, 2017
Comment: What a beautiful sweater ornament! You did a great job on it and the hanger. I'll try your method of making hangers. Thanks for the tip and thanks for being my partner.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I've been able to enjoy making them now that I figured out the tiny hanger situation. Thank you for the heart. Take care...
Comment: I totally love the dishcloth you sent. The yarn is so soft and it's a pretty pattern too!. Thank you so much :)
Response: Isn't it special. I found it at Hobby Lobby. We finally got one in San Diego and I bought a ton of different cotton yarns. I am finally starting to use them. Thank you for the heart. Take care...
Comment: Yes it does look like JCvD doing the splits, Great Job! ! Looks much better than mine.! ! Thank you for the extra Yarn you sent. ! ! ! Loved your Note too... I like Word Find Puzzles....
Response: I've been doing word find puzzles with my grandson Jacob. He has had a hard time with reading and getting his letters in order, so we spend hours doing them. He's really catching on, plus he loves the one-on-one grandma time. By the way, my car loves it's headlight cloth. I do keep in my glovey...
Sangria rated for Hand Made Ornaments - 1 on Jan 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful stars! So much fun. I can't wait to put them on my tree next year, but for now I may just hang them on my 'good thoughts' board :-)
Response: I'm so glad that you like them. I like the idea of a "good thoughts" board. Super idea! Thank you for the heart...
Comment: Thanks for everything you sent, Brenda (fabric, ribbon, beads). I especially love that grey polka-dot ribbon. Happy holidays to you!
widelo123 rated for HG ~ Let's Make A Mandala! on Dec 3, 2016
Comment: Brenda, thank you for the pretty mandala. I love making these for my plants to sit on. Some of them are really intricate. Some use a lot of different colors but my stash isn't that big. Shirley
Comment: Thank you I really like this pattern. Where I live is about 20 minutes drive from Harrisburg. I'm right out side of Carlisle. I'm feeling fine almost finished with Radiation!!! Then I'm finished except for follow up appointments.
Comment: What a beautiful and pleasant surprise it was to open your package! I can't wait to use the fabric in my next Christmas project that I will be starting real soon! Thanks Brenda! :-))
Response: You're so welcome. I love Christmas Fabrics. They are fun and whimsical and make me happy. Thank you so much for the heart. Take care.
aligurl75 rated for Monthly Dishcloth Swap-October!! on Oct 20, 2016
Comment: Oh wow!! I totally love the color combination. The white, orange and just a tad of black. Great choice :) Also thank you for all the goodies you sent. They are much appreciated and loved :)
Response: I'm glad you like the cloth. I will admit I stole the idea from the person who sent me my cloth. It is a bright orange with a black border. It made the orange pop. When I did it to yours in a chain stitch It made such a huge difference. I am so glad that you like it. Take care and thank you very much for the heart!!!
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart!
petaluda rated for Monthly Dishcloth Swap - September on Sep 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful dishcloth What a combination of colors!!!! And I can't thank you enough for the Swarovski crystals and seed beads . You are so generous ! Many hearts
Response: I'm so glad that you liked your parcel. I totally enjoy making the dishcloths. Thank you so much for the heart.

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bstitched on Jan 1, 2016:

Happy New Year!

Heirloom on Sep 4, 2015:

~New USA swap posted~

for Fabric Fanatics!

Heirloom on Jul 20, 2015:

Heirloom on Feb 2, 2015:

Welcome to Fabric Fanatics!

institches on Jan 10, 2015:

I'm a few days late at opening my April Stocking Stuffer Swap. Thank you so much for the buttons. I don't have these ones. I appreciate everything from that swap and hope your holiday season went well.

BlueberryLady on Apr 16, 2014:

I love The Card you sent with the April Showers...Swap.. Most of my Washcloths Follow a pattern to the point of the First SC then its all my own... :D Love the Texture you created with the Bobble/Popcorn Stitches... ! ! Thank You Again.. I love the word Wonky...! ! !

biasbabe on Mar 5, 2014:


To the Nuts for Sewing and Crafting Group

BlueberryLady on Mar 3, 2014:

Thank you for the X L Package you sent me for the Peas in a Pod Pot luck Giveaway # 3.. I think Mary meant #2 in her comment.. Thank you for the Lovely Dishcloths and Neck Scarf - the Scarf is Beautiful and I will wear it these many cold Days.. and for all the extras... Love the Picture Frame too.. Love the Pewter look...You went Over the Top! ! ! Hugs.3/3/2014

MARY on Dec 14, 2013:

You sent the most wonderful package for Pot Luck Giveaway #3! The crocheted dish cloths are just beautiful. I haven't crocheted in years, and seeing these made me want to do it again. The ornament is amazing. One of my granddaughters commented that it must have taken you a long time to make it. The jewels are in my favorite color…and I didn't have any green ones. Love the stickers, the calendar and the recipe cards. Thank you so much for a lovely package!

perkl8r on Oct 12, 2013:

Congratulations to you #mumsie for winning the Peas in a pod "Pot-luck" give away. Enjoy!

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