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Date Joined: May 2, 2011
Last Online: January 5, 2017
Birthday: September 2, 1987
Country: United States
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Hi there, My name is Dara. I've been on this planet for 23 years. I have a silly & sarcastic sense of humor, and worry way too much. I love to sew, quilt, bake and doodle cute little things in my spare time.

I currently work full time in NY as a Production Artist. I have a love for all things vintage, classic, antiques, floral and shiny. Anything that you'd find in your grandmothers home, I'd be sure to swoon over. i.e.- floral patterned things like feedsacks, shiny things like old cutlery and vanity trays, lace, doilies with some age, white porcelain vases with hand painted flowers, tiny tea cups. Bottom line, I love anything vintage! Also, I'm not a girly girl at all. I don't really like sparkles or the color pink, but something about pretty antiques makes me smile.

My look: I love to wear my old brown boots in the summer with skirts, I love flowing floral patterned scarfs, and I always have a flower in my hair. Some people call it my trademark. :) I love headbands, floral hair clips & hair accessories. just nothing with sequins, huge feathers or anything too juvenile. :)

I have been making Handmade things for years. I love to make little stuffed animals, purses, and cases mostly. I've taught myself to crochet, quilt, and make jewelry too! I love to draw as well. Art is my current profession. I'll be going back to school for more art classes soon. :)

I am a non-smoker!

[And a side note, My ears are gauged, so I cannot wear earrings, only plugs. Sorry if that is your specialty! i like necklaces and bracelets and rings though!]


  • Doodling and Drawing in my sketchbook and on the computer.
  • Sewing Plushies
  • Sewing & Embellishing Bags (clutches & totes mostly)
  • I have dabbled in embroidery
  • Not very good at Crochet
  • I love Quilting! Trying to do more of it
  • Watercolors
  • Children's book illustrations
  • Card Making
  • Jewelry making
  • Floral Patterns (tiny feedsack patterns, and watercolor looks mostly)
  • Plaids and stripes
  • Turquoise, teal, blue and grey
  • Mint green, yellow & white
  • Retro Stripes: Brown, Orange and yellow.
  • Antique books especially medical or sewing crafts
  • Scientific prints of animals
  • navy, forest green and tan

My Loves

Doggie: I have a 2.5 year old dachshund Named Harley. She is the cutest wiener dog you'll ever meet. She cannot use the stairs (tiny legs) so she will not be visiting my craft room any time soon. :)

I have the most wonderful boyfriend. He will be my fiancee one day, and then my husband. He has been my drawing teacher for the past 5 years, and has taught me so much. He's my best critic.

Favorite Music

  • The Decemberists
  • The XX
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Florence & the Machine
  • Yeasayer
  • Local Natives
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Radiohead
  • Foster the People
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Passion Pit
  • Metric
  • Phoenix
  • Cut Copy
  • Matt & Kim
  • Sonny & the Sunsets
  • the Sandwitches
  • MGMT
  • The Arcade Fire
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Tarkio
  • Vampire Weekend

Favorite Books

Currently Reading: "The Second Tree from the Corner" by E.B. White

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Anything Hemingway
  • Anything Raymond Chandler
  • Tithe
  • The Lovely Bones

Favorite Movies

  • Amelie
  • Ocean's 11
  • Gone in 60 Seconds
  • The Notebook
  • Funny Face
  • Rear Window (and other old Hitchcock films)
  • all B Movies. :)

Favorite Television

Currently rewatching: "Carnivale"

  • Bones
  • House
  • Chicago Code
  • Firefly
  • Downton Abbey
  • Anything HGTV
  • The Walking Ded
  • Game of Thrones


Sequins, the color orange, the color lime green, any fluorescent colors, Disney things, receiving shoddy things that took 2 seconds to put together, flakers, spiders, an excessive amount of glitter, stickers, ANYTHING having to do with twilight, pop music, rap music, anything "ghetto or gangsta", i am not into the club scene or anything you'd see on Jersey Shore. I'm a homebody and like to read and draw. :)


Treejewel19 rated for Hostess Holiday Swap 2016 on Jan 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the thoughtful package!
bibbleskip rated for Hostess Holiday Swap 2016 on Dec 29, 2016
thisismeAXiD rated for Hostess Holiday Swap 2016 on Dec 28, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the fab package!
vanneparis rated for Colour Themed ATC #5- Blue on Aug 21, 2011
Comment: awww... I really love it!!! I actually collect ATC's that feature Buttons as a primary theme, and this card will fit perfectly!! Thanks for the extra goodies too!! You are so thoughtful!!!
JuliasAlteredArt rated for * ATC * Grunge on Jul 25, 2011
Comment: Great ATC! Thank you so much, you did a great job picking the elements for your card, I hope you keep working with this theme!
jhayton2011 rated for beginners and experienced ATC on Jul 20, 2011
Comment: I love the ATC. You are very creative!!
craftyozgirl rated for I is for .... ATC on Jul 1, 2011
Comment: Absolutely too stinkin cute!!!! I am now an official Invincible Bunny fan :o) LOVE it!
eveyinorbit rated for Leave A Nice Comment #3 on Jul 1, 2011
Comment: thanks for the lovely comment.
tenblackr0ses rated for Leave A Nice Comment #3 on Jun 29, 2011
Comment: Bones is the bomb! And Temperance is such an epic name. I'm not really a big fan of the Big Bang Theory, I tend to just watch it when there's nothing else on.
ArtisticExpression rated for Leave A Nice Comment #3 on Jun 29, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the nice profile comment! I am happy someone else has a love for indie and alternative music! You are one of the first fellow swappers I've 'met' who've heard of the bands I love! :) Cheers!
Comment: Thank you for the blue coin purse and the very cute yarn earrings =)
Response: you are very welcome! Made just for you!
swapper02 rated for H is for .... ATC on Jun 27, 2011
Comment: Thank you!
alaundra rated for Follow My Craft Blog on Jun 21, 2011
cinderella730 rated for Follow My Craft Blog on Jun 21, 2011
Comment: i love blog swaps!! www.cinderella73077.blogspot.com
vlhafer54 rated for Follow My Craft Blog on Jun 16, 2011
Metanoia rated for Follow My Art Blog on Jun 11, 2011
Comment: Gorgeous art style. Very innocent and childlike. I could see it applied to fabric design or childrens books. Great job on the illustration fridays as well. I'd like to get into those some time in the future.
mulletwing rated for Follow My Craft Blog on Jun 9, 2011
sarachung rated for Follow My Craft Blog on Jun 7, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the nice comments on my blog! :)
crembrulaa rated for Follow My Art Blog on Jun 6, 2011
Comment: love your blog, and lovely email too! thanks for introducing me to the tweed fox!
Lyenuv rated for Follow My Art Blog on Jun 6, 2011
Comment: Delicious illustrations, definitely worth keeping up with :)

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tengu2 on Aug 9, 2011:

Welcome to the hand drawn/painted atc group. Hope you enjoy your time with us. Happy swapping!

dmarie on Jul 3, 2011:

Please come see my new bag swap here

Darkestlina on Jul 1, 2011:

Leave A Nice Comment #3 Hi Dara (pretty name) I like your taste. You seem like someone I would notice if I saw you here in Seattle and go she looks cool. I am always wearing headbands too although mine are just plain. Thats awesome your Boyfriend is also your drawing Teacher:) Also like your music Taste and others. Hope to swap sometime :) Carolina

Emika on Jun 28, 2011:

Hi! I'm one of your partners for the Leave A Nice Comment #3 swap.

I liked reading your profile and I LOVED looking at your flickr pics. The critters you make are exactly the type of project I love, but... I never know what to do with them! What do you do with yours? Give away? Swap? Sell?

And I saw on your blog that you have the Happy Gloves book!! Have you made anything from it? I'm in love with that squirrel (or is he a chipmunk?)

kayler00 on Jun 28, 2011:

Leave A Nice Comment #3

Gone in 60 Seconds! Ah, I love that movie. Nic Cage was so good in it. And the soundtrack! I do occasionally rock out to Bring Sally Up by Moby... Which is strange because I am NOT a fan of Moby and would NOT have guessed that he sang that song. Haha. But a good song indeed! =) I think I've seen that movie about 80 times! I always laugh at the guy oh crap, what's his name.. The bad guy who makes all the wooden things - his accent hahaha. I said 50 cars. not 49 1/2! =P

crembrulaa on Jun 21, 2011:

thanks for your comment! we do have very similar tastes, great minds think alike :D if i had the money i'd gladly come to the US of A, if i win the lottery i'll take you up on that lovely offer!

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