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outofdarkness

outofdarkness
Date Joined: April 27, 2016
Last Online: December 14, 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

amburrito rated for Washi ATC on Nov 29, 2018
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Comment: I lost my cat, Kitty on Feb 23rd 2016 She was 17 years old and my best friend. Hugs my friend, it'll be ok 💜💜 ty for the washi atc. I'd love to trade again when you're feeling up to it.
colodad rated for EP ATC with leaves or trees on Nov 26, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC and for the great paper. So sorry about your cat. Praying for a peaceful transition.
luckylynnl rated for Speedy Found Image 2018 #6 on Nov 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the unusual ATCs,,especiaaly the golf one. Nice of you to check my profile. luckylynnl
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Comment: Thank you so much for the nice Atc
Gatzcat rated for Button ATC on Nov 19, 2018
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magicinker rated for ATC - Free Themed #153 (USA) on Nov 19, 2018
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Comment: Good day Soc, Recieved your free themed ATC in todays mail..How nice! Thanks muchly.Hope your enjoying the holiday season....
magicinker rated for USA: Holiday Card and an ATC on Nov 19, 2018
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Comment: Hi There, Got your holiday card and ATC...Thanks so much.Have a great Thanksgiving !!
MyRetroSoul rated for Speedy Found Image 2018 #3 on Nov 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for these great images but especially for your nice letter describing the people that you see, where they are from, where they are going and how they all interact, co-exist side by side. I am putting this letter in my journal to read again soon. Thank you again so much.
jenmcjen rated for AAA - Quick Swap on Nov 14, 2018
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Comment: What a unique ATC! I love it! I also hope you get your dream escape. If I made one of these, the arrow would point to the McGinnis castle in County Down, Ireland, which is our ancestral castle. I love the pretty envelope, too, thanks so much!
dancingtiger rated for AAA - Quick Swap on Nov 13, 2018
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Comment: thank you
MyRetroSoul rated for Speedy Found Image 2018 #2 on Nov 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the great image ATC’s, the extras and for your fun note. I really enjoyed what you shared with me. Your name is really amazing too. Thank you again!
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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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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