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Date Joined: April 11, 2010
Last Online: December 6, 2012
Birthday: April 3
Country: Canada
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About Me

My name is Raelene. I live on Vancouver Island in Canada, just a boat ride away from Vancouver. I have been crafting all my life, ever since I could hold a crayon! I enjoy a variety of crafts and materials, but my first love is jewelry making.

I have one fur child, a beautiful tortoiseshell cat named Snoop. She's very friendly, and we cuddle at least once a day. She would also love to receive treats in the mail I'm sure, and she's not picky. :)

I'm not allergic to anything, that I know of at least.

The mail can sometimes take a little while to get from here, because it has to take the ferry first. Please contact me if you think it's been too long for my items to arrive, I don't want to upset anyone.

Favorite Crafts

I love to make jewelry, and have a huge bead collection! But by no means do I only use beads to make things, I love making earrings and necklaces out of miniature things, charms, polymer clay, plastic bits, old jewelry... anything that interests me, really. I have a large collection of jewelry that I've made and bought, and am always interested in adding to it.

I also love to embroider, and recently learned how to do a French knot. I don't know a lot of stitches yet, but practice makes perfect. I have a ton of plain thread from my mom's collection, but would love cool metallics and other unique threads.

Recently I started baking and candy making, and can't really get enough of it. I am building up a cool collection of chocolate molds, cupcake picks and other decorating materials. I also love to package my goodies in fun ways.

I've recently started loving mail art, making my own envies and decorating them. Why send a plain envelope through the mail when you can send a special one? I love little bits of ephemera and am slowly amassing a collection.

I dabble in a lot of other crafts too, the main ones I probably don't really do are scrapbooking (but I love little bits of pretty paper!), knitting and crocheting (at least not yet), and anything that involves drawing/painting. Not to say I wouldn't like any of these kinds of items, I just don't do them.

Favorite Music

I listen to mostly indie music, and am always interested in hearing about other indie artists, especially if they have a really unique sound. I like Black Bear, Kings of Leon, Andrew Bird, Camera Obscura, Band of Horses, Stars, The Dears, Wolf Parade, just to name a few. I also like some 80s music. I'm open to other genres though.

Favorite Books

I love to read! I've been a voracious reader since i was really young. I tend to stick to fiction, but I like a good non-fiction biography or a psychology/pop culture book once in a while. I like authors like Jodi Picoult and Wally Lamb, who deal in heavy subjects, and also Jennifer Crusie, who is pretty light and hilarious. I also like mystery and action, Lee Childs, Harlen Coben, Lisa Gardner. I read romance here and there for a light read.

My craft book collection is somewhat small, but I think it's probably because I'm kinda picky about craft books. I don't really like jewelry ones if they have mainly bead stringing projects in them, but I love the Naughty Secretary Club book because it is so diverse! I have a huge collection of cookbooks and cooking mags, so I am good on that front. Unless it is a Halloween or Christmas magazine! I love almost anything Martha Stewart does.

Favorite Movies/TV

I have been watching a lot of classic movies lately and really enjoying them, with actors like Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Rock Hudson. I like musicals as well, contemporary too, as well as foreign. I like most movie genres and have watched a lot of movies. Right now I love Pineapple Express, probably because I really like Seth Rogen, and I Love You Man, for Jason Segal. Amelie is a favorite movie of mine.

My favorite TV show is Arrested Development, I can't get enough of it! I would love to have a swap based on this show. I also love CSI, Vegas is my favorite. Grissom is the best! And the Office - Jim of course. I also love Dexter.

True Blood is a recent favorite of mine too - I can't get enough of Bill!

Other Favorites

  • birds
  • forest animals, nature
  • pirates, mermaids, nautical things
  • unicorns
  • dragons
  • fairy tales - Snow White and Rose Red, The Emperor's New Clothes, Hansel and Gretel, The Fish and the Ring
  • flowers
  • breakfast
  • outer space
  • dinosaurs
  • candy and sugar!
  • pinup girls
  • lots of colour and patterns - bright, jewel tones, pastels, houndstooth, floral - nothing too gaudy
  • Disneyland
  • food, dessert
  • robots
  • kitsch
  • tattoos
  • miniatures
  • aprons
  • pets
  • polymer clay
  • Strawberry Shortcake - the 80s one
  • aliens
  • tea parties, teapots, tea cups
  • the 20s to the 60s, the 80s
  • burlesque
  • zombies


Craft supplies! Any small charms, plastic things, beads, papers, feathers, glitter etc. I would love to receive cameos and plastic/acrylic flower cabochons.

Handmade things - I love to receive things people have put time, effort and love into. Anything, really.

Jewelry - handmade or not. I like cutesy pieces, vintage, large necklaces and long earrings. I would also like old, broken jewelry that I could take apart to make other jewelry. Nothing too dirty or unusable please.

Most vintage/retro things - fabric, jewelry, paper, recipes etc.

Baking supplies - chocolate molds, cookie cutters, picks, anything to decorate or package goodies.

Craft magazines, ones that don't focus on bead stringing projects - too simple. :)

Candy and chocolate I can't get in Canada.

I'm interested in zines and whimsey jars from hearing about them on Swap-bot, but I've never seen them in person. I would love to get some of them to see what they looked like before I tried to make them!

Anything related to my likes, above.

Dislikes/Don't Needs

I don't really want to say I would dislike anything, just maybe that there are certain things that are not my favorites.

  • lavender scent
  • Twilight
  • black licorice, I like any other kind though
  • "princess"/"diva" things
  • Harry Potter
  • religious things

This section is obviously a work in progress, it's hard to think of things you don't like if none of them are around!


violetfriday rated for Mail art postcards on Nov 29, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty postcard! I love love love the colors and the sweet birdie - and LOVE that you tried a snowglobe pc too!! I adore *everything* about this pc - thank you so much!! :)
Response: You're welcome! I'm so happy you enjoyed it so much. Yay! :)
RapunzelBlavatsky rated for Mail art postcards on Nov 28, 2011
Comment: I love it! I really love that you made an empty birdcage and a birdie flying off!! So great. THAT is fun mail to get.
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating! I'm so glad you like it, I love birds too so it was fun to make. :)
Manurnakey rated for One little Polymer clay thing on Jul 25, 2011
Comment: They ray gun you made is adorable!!! I'm going to put it in a little shadowbox on my craft area wall. Thank you so much.
Response: Aww, thanks! I'm glad it eventually made it to you. :)
plumeriafan rated for OTT: Cake on Jul 25, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the earrings you made me! :)
Response: You're welcome! :)
VioletLove rated for Woodland theme in a baggie #2 on Jul 15, 2011
Comment: Thank you! I LOVE everything that you sent, especially the squirrel!
Response: I'm so glad you like it all! :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely felt apple pin. It will be perfect for school!
Response: You're welcome, I thought it might be. :)
GirlFriday rated for Food Earrings--FAIR FOOD on Jul 6, 2011
Comment: I love the Hot Dogs!! Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you enjoy them!
Comment: cool tape envie!
Response: Thanks! :)
GirlFriday rated for Food Earrings on Jun 1, 2011
Comment: I LOVE the earrings!!!! I recieved them today and had to wear them to work. Thank you sooo much!
Response: I'm so glad you loved them! You're welcome! :)
naturenerd3 rated for OTT: Donut on May 31, 2011
Comment: Love the pin (and the little card too). Thank you so much :)
Response: You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
Comment: FUN envelope! And thanks for the notecards, too!
rockermum rated for April Stash Bust - 2nd Annual! on May 8, 2011
fairyfundoll rated for Favorite Book Email SWAP on Apr 16, 2011
flowersmakemesmile rated for Favorite Book Email SWAP on Apr 15, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the list I have never read any of these so now I may have to.
wickedfantasy rated for Favorite Book Email SWAP on Apr 14, 2011
Comment: thanks for the book list!
dodothefairy rated for Favorite Book Email SWAP on Apr 14, 2011
draco rated for Favorite Book Email SWAP on Apr 13, 2011
Comment: thank you for sharing. i might look into some of those books.
zurdoswifey rated for Fill My Easter Basket-INT on Mar 30, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun package.... we will be sharing all the stuff... the candy was great and didn't last long... I have never seen those popping chocolate eggs before... it was a fun treat... Its cool you were born on Easter Sunday... Thanks for everything!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed the package. Candy and chocolates don't last long here either. ;) Happy Easter!
Amy528 rated for Very Visible Valentines on Feb 14, 2011
Comment: very cute & creative - thank you! Happy Valentine's Day!
devilspigeonhole rated for Very Visible Valentines on Feb 14, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Valentine's postcard! Received it today - perfect timing! :)

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RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

RyeRye on Sep 11, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens!

RyeRye on Sep 3, 2011:

Leashah on Jul 1, 2011:

Leashah on Apr 11, 2011:

Thank you for joining Tags, Tags, Tags!!!


Mar1l1ze on Feb 11, 2011:

My wish for you is a weekend like this :)


BookSlinger on Jan 3, 2011:

Huge Thank you and Huges for the Jack charm. I love it!!!!

RyeRye on Dec 23, 2010:

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from the 'Crafting Queens' group!


tareami on Dec 14, 2010:

Raelene, I'm so happy to have you as my secret ghoul! Everything is really cool, love the embroidery! Do you make your own patterns? The zombie-Santa-card is placed under my little tree, sweetest Christmas-decoration in the house! And the bag is coming with me right now to be paraded round town. I love everything, thank you thank you thank you muchly!!

luluvision on Nov 30, 2010:

LOL! I'm glad you like the big envelope! I hope the little ones make you just as happy! Now I can't remember what I sent you. It seemed like ages ago! Of course I didn't take an overall photo of everything! Darn!

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