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openasthesky

openasthesky
Date Joined: November 2, 2009
Last Online: May 2, 2010
Birthday: August 23
Country: United States

About Me

Special note: I'm running late and behind on three swaps! My deepest apologies. I've had bronchitis twice in the past two months, and it's taken so much out of me. I'm feeling 100% better, though, and am working on getting these swaps out ASAP. If you're one of my partners waiting on something from me, it should be on its way soon -- and I'll send a note when it goes out.

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Hi! I'm currently working in the cold northeast (Rochester, NY) although I'm a southerner at heart. I grew up in northeast TN, where I remember always, always having a craft project going on -- whether it was cross-stitching, making homemade paper, painting, making quote books for Christmas presents, making candles or learning to make jewelry -- I was always happiest when I had my hands into something fun. While I don't do all of those things now, the process of creation drives me still; I'm a print designer by profession, and truly love working to make the best possible final image out of what I've been given to work with. I'm hoping to find ways to expand that joy into more things I can do at home -- the crafting mode is meditative, peaceful and always makes me smile.

Favorite Music

I have a wide range of music tastes -- when I drive, I often like to listen to country. At home, I tend to go for the softer, more relaxing sounds. And I like the dance-techno sounds when the mood strikes. Recently, I've purchased Cat Power, Feist and Lykke Li. Other favorites are Shelby Lynne's recent album of Dusty Springfield songs, Blondie (I've been enjoying them for years!), The Cure (ditto) and Depeche Mode (ditto).

Favorite Books

Truthfully, I don't read nearly as much now as I used to. When I do, I'm drawn to what I call "chick-lit historical drama" type books (think Philippa Gregory). I subscribe to Vanity Fair, and have a wide range of "chick-lit drama" books that I've picked up because of their covers and summaries. :) Someday soon, I'll actually start reading them!

Favorite Movies

Kama Sutra (directed by Mira Nair), The Lion King, Shawshank Redemption, Moulin Rouge ... there are more, but I'm drawing a blank at the moment!

Favorite Television

Glee, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Ugly Betty, Extreme Home Makeover, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show, Flash Forward

Favorite Crafts

Currently, I'm enjoying making gift tags and ornaments, although I also love making beaded jewelry (normally simple earrings and necklaces, with sterling findings). I also like to attempt to paint every now and then, but it's mostly for my personal enjoyment than it is good art. ;) I would love to learn to sew eventually, and I'd love to start scrapbooking as well. There aren't many crafts that I don't want to do .... if only there were more days in the week!

Other interests

Cooking, fashion, interior design, becoming healthier, shoes!, traveling to visit friends, long hot baths ... :)

My favorite quote

"Knowing love, I can allow all things to come and go, to be as supple as the wind and to face all things with great courage. My heart is as open as the sky." ~ Maya, in Kama Sutra (directed by Mira Nair)

Likes

  • stationery & notecards (I have a serious fetish!)
  • journals & notebooks
  • mini notepads
  • hello kitty items (note pads, pens, stickers, etc.)
  • all things related to beading -- especially glass beads and silver spacers & findings
  • scrapbooking items -- intricate papers, accessories, etc.
  • quote pages/books/stickers
  • fun cooking items (cupcake decorations, interesting cupcake liners, cookie decorations, etc.)
  • artistic expressions by others & hand-made items
  • ornaments :)
  • artistic photographs that can be framed
  • wooden boxes to paint or to store things in
  • quotes that speak to others
  • little bags to store things in (make-up, jewelry, etc.) & containers of all kinds
  • little trial sizes of perfumes
  • permanent markers in fun colors
  • hair barrettes, hand-made or otherwise
  • All primary colors, plus aqua and neutrals (black, grey, white, tan)
  • absolutely anything that brings a smile :) (fun little cards, gift tags, etc.)

Dislikes: Bright neon colors, pastels. Mostly, I like things that are useful, but there are always gorgeous exceptions. :)

Of note

It is my personal goal to NEVER flake on swaps. If you are concerned about a swap, please ask! I'll be more than happy to re-send. Also, if for some reason you don't like what I've sent, please feel free to let me know -- but please don't use the rating system to judge what I've sent, if it meets swap requirements. I do this because I like to be creative, I like to send and receive things in the mail, and it's fun! -- 12/21/09

Ratings

LeishaCamden rated for Inspire me, please! on Jun 13, 2010
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Comment: I never received anything from this swapper, and absolutely no communication. I know that it says on the profile that she's having health problems, but it also says that she'll get in touch with her swap partners. Not true. I will rerate if I ever receive anything, but I'm certainly not holding my breath. And I have to say that I personally would be really embarrassed to flake on a swap that I hosted myself.
momaw2masonandabby rated for notecards galore! #2 on Jun 2, 2010
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Comment: Thanks for all of the cards. They are very nice.
KikoLala rated for good things postcard on Mar 24, 2010
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Comment: Love the PC! Thanks!
krstawrdtravels rated for good things postcard on Mar 22, 2010
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Comment: I like your list, we share some good things.
badandknowsit2 rated for good things postcard on Mar 18, 2010
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Comment: very nice card
janetblythe rated for Hand-Made Postcards Please on Mar 1, 2010
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Comment: Thanks for the card.I love the colour combination and the quote as well!
wolfeagle rated for Hand-Made Postcards Please on Feb 26, 2010
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Comment: Love it. Have it hanging by my computer now. Thanks!
sleepingrover2010 rated for Valentines Day Chubby on Feb 23, 2010
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Comment: Hello Bethany, Thank you for the cute Valentine Chubby you created for me. I received your creation on Feb. 3rd and it arrived in good shape. Your chubby was bright, and filled with the colors of the Valentine season. I like that you used varied materials. It is nice to meet a new swapper and I hope we meet and swap more during 2010. Happy February and Happy Swapping!!! Barbara Brandt sleepingrover2010
tiggerski rated for notecards galore! on Feb 18, 2010
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Comment: Thank you so much for the GREAT batch of note cards. I love em all, Hugs, Karyn
CWarner rated for It doesn't hurt to be nice on Feb 8, 2010
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Comment: Great homemade card, Bethany! I loved the quotes on the back too.
Scrapper rated for ANYTHING GOES CHUBBY on Feb 8, 2010
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Comment: This is really a cute Chubby...I love the little heart.
lukrecja rated for BLUE postcards on Feb 8, 2010
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Comment: the postcard is a beauty! :) i love the quote, that you wrote ♥ thanks a lot!! :):)
onlyincambodia rated for BLUE postcards on Feb 6, 2010
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Comment: A very BLUEtifully handcrafted postcard! Thank you!
CraftyWench rated for It doesn't hurt to be nice on Feb 4, 2010
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Comment: By far the prettiest handmade PC I have ever received. Love it! Thanks!
circa45 rated for BLUE postcards on Feb 3, 2010
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Comment: Great blue postcard. Great image on the front but the fun was really on the back. Loved all the quotes and the blue flowers and border is really well done. Thank you so much.
whiteway rated for Blank Notecards In An Envelope #5 on Jan 26, 2010
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome notecards! I love them all and can't wait to use them! :)
Gofeen rated for Happy New Years PC Swap on Jan 22, 2010
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Comment: Lovely card. Thank you!
allmylove rated for Favorite quotes email swap on Jan 22, 2010
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kupkake rated for Quotecard Postcard #31 on Jan 21, 2010
5
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Comment: Thank you for such a creative, colorful pc! Love it! =)
lefroggy rated for Favorite quotes email swap on Jan 21, 2010
5
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Comments

LeishaCamden on Jun 13, 2010:

Personal goal FAIL

wevegotpaper on Jun 2, 2010:

Hello! Did you get the package I sent you for the "notecards galore! #2" swap? I sent it over 7 weeks ago... Please let me know! Thanks,

Julie xox

lexieforever on Mar 30, 2010:

Hi Bethany,

Just wondering if you ever received my "good things" postcard? I sent it on March 3rd...

karlupy on Feb 22, 2010:

hii how are you? i'm wondering if you get my swap, the big fat envelope... :) let me know good luck

CollageCafe04 on Feb 16, 2010:

Thanks for putting the Inspire Me swap together... love the concept and have done something along those lines when I was teaching... it's wonderful to focus on the positive! ...scatter joy... lindy

Naeco on Dec 23, 2009:

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Thanks for joining my swap!

erinbit on Nov 13, 2009:

I'm happy to be your first rating on swapbot! I can tell you'll fit in here just fine :)

Beautyfullchaos on Nov 5, 2009:

MUAH! Found ya! Welcome to Swap-bot!

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