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outofdarkness

outofdarkness
Date Joined: April 27, 2016
Last Online: August 10, 2018

Country: United States

About Me

After living with a difficult family situation for nearly 60 years, I am free and find myself nearly overwhelmed by all of the opportunities to exercise my brain outside of "the box." I am a "retired" physician whose only "approved" creative outlet was participating in orchestral performances as a viola or violin player. I actually teach once a week in a studio. I only work with students who the other teachers don't want to work with. It can be challenging but also wonderful when a good lesson or performance happens.

Pets were discouraged, but I have a child who loves them as does her grandfather. So over the years we have clandestinely kept a pet worm, a small snake, a large snake (housed at a school classroom), fish, snails, hermit crabs, a few turtles, rats, ferrets, and a chinchilla. Now we openly have 2 cats.

I have been married to the same loving and supportive guy for 37+ years. A bet pool was run at our wedding with people guessing the longest we would stay married. The winning guess was my dad who picked 6 weeks.

Our eldest daughter (a lawyer) was born on our wedding anniversary. Our youngest daughter (a curriculum specialist and excellent teacher) was supposed to be born on Valentine's Day, but she moves to a different drummer...keeps us on our toes.

I always enjoyed all kinds of crafts although it was difficult to participate because of the family problem. I love to see and try all kinds of art forms and materials. I knit and crochet (if I need to in order to finish a project). I took some painting, etching, drawing, and sculpting lessons over the years in spite of disapproval and active discouragement. I can quilt and sew.

I am loving making ATCs, and participating in art challenges. Currently working on an altered book as part of a brown bag challenge where we were given 10 random items and we have to create something using them or parts of them... I recently made a domino "book" for a bird swap challenge. I look forward to trying other forms like book pages and other "found" art.

I am especially fond of flamingos and dragonflies, music themes.

I am trying to stay in budget and use materials I already have on hand. I have a lot of stuff on hand. I worked with Girl Scouts, 4 H, Boy Scouts, and religious education for many years. So I have all kinds of things stashed away. Oh, did I mention that I home-schooled the girls for 12 years? My budget is important because I would like to buy Copic pens and some of the beautiful inks, gelli, and other special materials and tools out there. Inka Gold is on my lust list.

While I use my computer extensively for various projects and activities in my life, I love the thrill of snail mail.

In short, I am trying to get out of my ruts and exercise the creative parts of my brain.

Likes: Flamingos, dragonflies, rich and intense colors. I actually like pretty much everything.
Don't particularly like country kitsch, but it may be because I can't really say what it is that I do't like about it....kind of circular isn't it? I guess I don't particularly care for those clay heads that are used in assemblage. I think they are kind of creepy. But that isn't a problem with ATCs, so not an issue.

Ratings

wolfeagle rated for crazy cat lady starter kit USA on Feb 7, 2017
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Comment: Thank
crystalite rated for crazy cat lady starter kit USA on Feb 5, 2017
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Comment: "Kool" card! Ha ha! I love it, very creative! Thank you! Thanks for the extras too, the images of the Women's March are neat...definitely a historical event! When I signed up for this swap, I thought I was on my way to being a crazy cat lady...we just bought our house, and I was going to get a cat, but we got a Great Dane puppy instead.
mjhaertling rated for Wacky Holiday ATC NOV 2016 USA on Feb 2, 2017
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Comment: I was looking thru some swaps I received to make sure I had rated them. I cane across this one & realized I had not. So sorry.Your ATCs were great. I really liked the King Tut. And I thought I had commented that every day should be "Men Make Dinner " day.
Rosekoala02 rated for 3 for 1 atc swap on Jan 23, 2017
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Comment: I love the ATCs! <3
thequilterslink rated for Word for 2017 ATC on Jan 23, 2017
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Comment: thank you! Happy 2017
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Comment: Love!! Thank you so much! <3
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Comment: Thank you very much for your cards! :) I had a hard time coming up with California and Colorado too... but I'm enjoying the challenge! :) Happy New Year! :D
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Comment: This was a fun series. Thank you for the foreign language pages! I really like the Braille pamphlet.
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Comment: Thank you for the card and ATCs.
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Comment: Love the two ATCs that you sent. They are cleaner like you'd wanted, yet still look classy and well done. Thanks!
bbbhill6 rated for ABCUSA ATC - Letter A on Dec 20, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC
janski48 rated for Christmas Tree atc swap on Dec 19, 2016
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely card! I love your swapbot name and I hope you are enjoying the lightness that is this time of year, spirituality or otherwise! 😊
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Comment: thanks for the ATCs. Enjoy the rest of the series!
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Comment: Thank you for the ATC and extras!
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Comment: TYVM for the super cute ATCs! I love them :)
ScrapLady rated for Wacky Holiday ATC DEC 2016 USA on Dec 7, 2016
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LizFinn rated for B&W+Greys USA on Dec 1, 2016
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Comment: Nice. Ty. Love the ticket stub.
Pandd rated for Full Moon atc swap on Nov 20, 2016
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Comment: Very nice! I love your full moon over the water. Thank you also for the cool extras. Pat💕💕
joybells2426 rated for CQ: Circles ATC - USA on Nov 7, 2016
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Comment: I love the ATC you created. Thank you! And thank you for including a little about yourself in your note. I love learning about the people I swap with.
shinyserra rated for HALLOWEEN ATC series 5 of 5 E N on Nov 2, 2016
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Comment: Cool! Thank you :)

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Comments

choke on Mar 9, 2017:

I hope you will sign on to rate me for the 3 for 1 atc swap. Hope you're ok!

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!

2017

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

Marsha907 on Nov 16, 2016:

Thanks so much Soc for the extra ATC, note & goodies. A lovely RAK. It made my day.

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

RyeRye on Jun 22, 2016:

HI! Welcome to Swap-Bot~

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