I've been married for 45 years to the same great guy. We have two adult children, and three elementary age grandchildren. If I were to pick words to describe myself they would be: Christian, Creative, Compassionate, Retired, Fun and Pioneering. My hairdresser called me a pioneer woman because I've never been afraid to take on something hard or new.
I home educated my two girls over 11.5 years starting back in the mid 80's way before it was popular! As a young adult I started a sewing business, sold Creative Memories and Stampin Up, managed a craft consignment mall and had a job working with homeless families.
The name Resourcepit was given to me by a friend who wrote the curriculum for our children's ministry. She drew the children into the stories by using their character traits. Mine, of course, was resourcefulness. My introduction to the stories came when the children were in need of supplies and didn't have all the money they needed to buy them. One child suggested they visit me, after all, I had everything they needed - I was a resource pit. All during the time my children were growing up I supplied our neighborhood children with items from poster board to powdered wigs for a play. After 25 years, the name remains a term of endearment.
I have crafted since I was old enough to hold a pair of scissors. When I discovered Altered Art I knew it was for me. For a few years I hosted an online group that made collaborative books. I enjoy making and sharing Artistic Decos. I have been a member of several deco groups but have taken a rest from group activity..
There are two art rooms in my home, one for paper arts and sewing, and one where it's safe to make crafts with children! I've worked with kids for over 30 years.
My favorite toy besides my sewing machine and Canon DSL camera, is a large Accucut die cut machine with lots and lots of dies. I can use Accucut, Ellison, and Sizzix dies in my machine.
Sewing is another of my hobbies. I joined an online Face Book group called Sew For Kids Volunteers. We support the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This reservation has the highest rate of suicide among it's youth, so our group's emphasis is on supporting the tribe with school supplies, clothing, and other necessities to help the leaders raise up children with a vision to have a successful future. In the past I have supported in many ways, but my favorite was making dresses for the girls, and pretty pillow cases. Right now I am making Barbie Doll wardrobes for Christmas gifts. If you're interested check out our facebook page.
Several years ago I took an online journal class from Mary Ann Moss called Remains of the Day. I have made about 15 journals in different sizes using every kind of ephemera you could imagine. I'm working on a new book with quilt scraps and lace for pages. I love old advertising, bus and subway tickets from international countries, & business cards or printed advertising from restaurants or places using non-English languages. Sometimes these books are themed, such as my last one which was all about things God tells us to Put On, like humility and gentleness and kindness. Every page was made from old vintage pattern covers and contained a ton of vintage sewing ephemera., Sometimes the books are just very random and made for holding photos, more ephemera, artwork and journaling.
Lately I have discovered two Goodwill Outlet Stores within 30 miles of my home. I go once a week as money allows. Books are .15 an inch, glassware is .29 a lb, and general mdse is .89 a lb. On one visit I found a book valued at $556. I've found nearly new clothing for the Reservation's children, and a plethora of vintage items I can resell so I can have extra cash to go back!
Being a Christian has shaped my worldview. I have been surprised by other's beliefs as others are surprised at mine, but do not let that get in the way of making art, or being kind. I like well done art using religious themes, as long as the art is respectful.
I love peanuts, pecans and cashews. I like citrus scented anything.
It would be my great pleasure to exchange mail with you, surprize you, or send you the perfect gift!
I keep a book of every swap I join and add the date I send out. If you don't receive a swap from me, please message me first and I will re-send. Going to the mailbox should be a happy experience!
Contemporary Christian like Sara Groves,The Beatles, Old Folk Music including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joni Mitchell, and some really old groups like The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four. I love Irish music that makes you want to dance, all kinds of classical music, and oldies from the 60's. The only kinds of music I don't like are Jazz, Rap and Heavy Metal.
Shall We Dance, The Princess Bride, Any Action movie with Bruce Willis The Hundred Foot Journey August Rush Austin Land Anything Jane Austin The Three Amigos
CSI, House, NCIS, Bones, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes
Art Journaling, Rubber Stamping, Altered Books, Collecting STUFF for the above addictions
Anything cute like Hello Kitty, Kawaii,
Nudes, Witchcraft, Dark Themes or Celebreties
I don't drink tea or coffee
I'll try this list in alphabetical order and add to the list as I think about it.
A Artistic handwriting, Old Aprons, 1920-1950's Advertising from old magazines, American Flags, Albert Einstein (my hero), Abe Lincoln (my other hero)
B Buttons, especially on cards, and even sewn on handmade cards! Buttons in bags, in boxes and used as packing material. I really like buttons. I don't need any as I have about 30 quart jars, numerous smaller jars and a drawer full that hasn't been sorted yet. But they make me very happy to see them, and I don't think I could ever have too many.
Beautiful handwriting, Bees Wax
C Colors - I like all colors especially Jewel Tones, Collage, Vintage Crocheted Trims, Calligraphy, Christmas, but not Santa. Last year I decorated 3 full size trees and two smaller ones. One is Nature themed, one is recycled theme, one is old family ornaments, one is more elegant and the last one is paper embellished. Cigar Boxes, Canning jars
D Dictionary Pages, especially in foreign languages, Decorated envelopes, Handmade Decos, DIY Books, doodling pen (black Pilot sharp point)
E Envelopes made from maps, Embroidery Thread, Excellent grammar, Edgar Allen Poe
F Foreign postage stamps, both vintage and new, Flowers, Fleur de lys
G Glue Dots, Gift Cards, Gel Pens in any colors, Gardening seeds
H Hand cut pictures of birds and flowers, Handmade cards, Hat Boxes
I Inspirational sayings, Ink Joy pens
J Junque Jewelry, Jasmine & Vanilla
K KIWIs - the bird from New Zealand. My granddaughter has fallen in love with them, so anything Kiwi Bird related would be fantastic.
L Linens with embroidery or crocheted lace - can even be stained or partial pieces. Lists, Labels (from vintage cans, cigar boxes, crates, mailing labels, etc.), Longaberger baskets, Life and Look Magazines from the 40's-50's.
M Mother Teresa
N Small New Testaments or Missals, especially ones in foreign languages that can be found at flea markets
O Owls and birds to go on my Christmas nature tree.
P Pinterest (postscripts50), Photography, Patriotism
Q Quotes especially from Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein. your favorite Scripture quotes, Quilt scraps
R Retirement! Rubber Stamps, Ranger Products, Recycling
S Skeleton Keys, Stazon Ink Pad and/or refill in black, sewing, sorting!
T Table cloths from the 40's and 50's (can come with stains and holes too!) Old tea towels, Thrift shopping, Tim Holtz
U UHU glue sticks
V Vintage advertising tins and ledgers
W Wooden Rulers, White fine point doodling pen, wooden thread spools
Y Yellow, especially mustard yellow, YES glue
Z Zennia Seeds
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