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Date Joined: June 20, 2009
Last Online: May 26, 2017
Birthday: July 23, 1965
Country: United States
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About Me

1-23-217 wow, when your spidy senses are telling you something, you should listen! my Ex got married on Christmas Weekend! You do the math!

6-11-2016 filed for divorce. thank you Lord!! !

march 5, 2014 house burned down we lost everthing that was not human or animal. we were sort of in shock at first but are greatful that we still have each other. no one was home when it happened...thank you Lord! (omg!! i have since realized that i had all my alien animal matchbox shrines at school to show the kids during christmas time so they didn't go down with the house and ...my paperdoll project was up there at school as well!!! so happy!)

Just discovered Journal52.com. she sends a journal prompt every week for free. It has really helped to get my creative juices flowing again! great stuff!

Can i just say that if you have never tried LETTERBOXING you should totally check out this hobby! it combines treasure hunting with art! for more info, go to Atlasquest.com. it will explain it all! you probably have a box hidden near you and you dont even know it! My trail name is SEA MAID!

I am a graduate of the University of Houston. I have a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in painting. I did not get my degree until I was close to 40! I made better grades and learned more because I was more focused and cared more about what I was learning. My favorite classes were the art history classes. I was married to a man from Zimmapan Mexico. (Near Pachuca and just north of Mexico City). We have a son named Oscar. I am a high school painting teacher. I absolutely love my job! I basicallly get to be creative all day long! Sometimes, I dont even want to go home! I have collected blue glass bottles, nailed them onto wooden poles and wired them on. I have about three large ones and 2 smaller ones. I have more planned. They look like giant blue bonnet flowers. they glow nicely in the morning sun and our neighbors keep asking us what that blue glow in the morning is! :D When I was growing up, My dad moved us around a lot. I have lived in Hong Kong, Thailand, Hawaii, Peru and a lot of the southern united states. I have visited Kenya, Japan, Mexico, Chile and been to London on layover. (went down the Thymes but fell asleep and used a postcard to do the subway.) good trip that one!

My son Oscar is19! He got accepted to Tyler Junior College for band and they are paying for ALL of his tuition (of course the dorm and food fees will cost about $3000 a semester) but every little bit helps!! Im so proud of him! He still loves Legos. He is way into Dr. Who and HarleyQui and we both love the walking dead series!

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music. I had one of my high school students fill my Ipod for me. He went "old school", mariachi, rap, etc. My students love my ipod. ...and sometimes I get to use it myself.

Books and movies

I like to read the books at the junior high level. More adventure, quick paced action, and I get to share the time with my son because we discuss the books after we have read them. We highly recomend; COMPOUND. UNWIND. What a weird book! I think everyone should read this! I love JRR Tolkien, the Narnia Chronicles, and the Dragonriders of Pern series. As far as movies are concerned...Johnny Depp, anything with him in it is my favorite. I just saw "Alice in Wonderland" LOVED IT! Let me just add that i really dont enjoy Will Ferrell Movies, BUT "ELF" is my absolute favorite Christmas movie of all time! 8-4-2015 The most beautiful creature God ever created is Aiden Turner!! I just finished watching the series "Poldark". I think its the character that just makes Aiden so wonderful because until now, I had no clue that KILI from the Hobbit was one and the same! Don't worry, Johnny, I will forever be true, but...OMG Wow! AIDEN! cant get enough! I think I need to visit Ireland...the guy who plays captain hook on Once upon a time is also irish! GUSH.

Favorite Crafts

My first love is oil painting, i do a lot of work with Polyurethan and bottle caps. I live, breath, eat found objects because all of it ends up in my art. i am currently scouring the ground for any bits of colored trash. If it will fit inside of a bottle cap... I would love to have it! beads, little plastic barets, colored size markings from hangers, fuses I find in the parking lot. the gold cap from Christmas ornaments when they break. You name it, if it is colored, I would love to have it! (I want to thank all of you who send me little bits of colored stuff! keep it coming!) love collage, anything with altered images and combinations of materials. Color copies are my friend right now.

I Love mermaid inchies! Any medium!

Alien Rescue!!!

Aliens have heard the earth's distress call! They have come to help save the animals by building ecosystems on a new planet nearby. You have been assigned to the committee that decides which animals get chosen. If you so choose this assignment: you will create a 32ct matchbox shrine that will showcase one of earth's animal species living in their environment. You must be creative. Decorate both the inside and outside of your menagerie shrine. This is not a filled box. My Alien Ship has the following animal cargo: please send something different. 32ct matchboxes only:


Butterfly (2)




Bronco horse



Bumble bee

Polar bear

Two owls

White tail deer

Blue crab

African elephant












My mermaid name:

Star Port Singer (stellatus portus) A nocturnal variety, known to glisten with natural phosphorescence under the light of the stars. City lovers, the portus congregate near to large ports, (That's funny, because I actually live near the port of Houston!) exploring netting, anchors, and any other man-made curiosities they find. Scavengers by nature,(you should check out my found object artwork!) they have been reported to steal fishermen's catches and are occasionally snared in trawler nets. Note: Known for its alluring song, this variety is rarely quiet, luring sailors to their doom.

for the MERMAID ONLY deck, UNFORTUNATELY, MY MERMAID DECK DIED IN THE HOUSE FIRE....SO SAD. AM STARTING A NEW DECK AND WOULD LOVE ALTERED MERMAID CARDS. (or you can send me one to make for myself! I love it when my envelope is stamped with these little beauties!)These are the ones that i still need: (an "*" indicates that I already have that one.)

Spades: *, * ,* , 10, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, * *

hearts *, , , 10, *, *, 7. 6. *. *. *. *. * , *

clubs *, Q, j, *, * , *, *, *, *, *, * , *, *, joker

Diamonds K, ,, 10, 9. *. *. *. 5. *. *. *. *. joker

any of these will be most welcome as long as it has a mermaid and the cards number and suit show!!! thanks!

(Thanks! @Starrgazer )(Thanks! @kd7iem )

I am aNigella 
What Flower Are You?

Likes, Dislikes

I collect rainbow colored pieces of junk, but it has to be able to fit inside of a bottlecap. I think I already said that but ... I LOVE colored junk! I love hand made christmas ornaments (I dont really like religious ones or anything with santa clause - I have never understood putting your child into the lap of a man wearing a disguise!!! What happened to "beware of strangers!"?). hand made ornaments are all I will put on my tree! (exept of course, the handblown european glass mermaid ornaments that i have a small collection of.) I collect metal cookie cutters. I love artwork. It doesnt need to be of a special subject (I do like mermaids and paintings of women etc.) I love to see abstract, collage, techniques of all styles.. I love stories about women, both historical and mythological. (everything starts with a small kernal of truth) If a woman gets mentioned in history, I figure she probably did something very extra special or something very horrible, either way....I still like to hear about it.

My favorite flowers are purple irises!

Since I plan to participate in some christmas ornament exchanges I should tell you a little something about my CHRISTMAS TREE.

  • I only put hand made/crafted ornaments on my tree. (along with the hand blown european glass mermaids mentioned above.)

  • I love cranberry red, All greens (esp. sage, pea, and any odd off color greens like puke colors,) Gold, creams and off whites.

*No SANTA CLAUSES please. No actual candy (dont want bugs or vermin). Not fond of religious ornaments but will put them up if you send me one.

*I like winter folk, snowmen, gingerbread people, elves and winter fairies, fake candy, cakes ,any thing christmas is good. I only put 5 pointed stars on my tree. (keeps me from buying too many!) Any thing creative and fun, even christmas monsters and mischief is good. My family also puts a new train ornament on the tree each year.

The things that I dislike are people being dishonest, racism, sexism,injustice to any being. I also wish people were accountable for their own actions. I am a child of God and He made all of us. and everything...so we all are part of the same and I strive to love everyone as He does. It's not always easy but I still have to try! :D


@Ladyhightower for 2 Christmas Tassel Ornaments swap that she hosted and never sent out. @Kaylarp @Maraspires for USA:christmas ornaments in july swap (two in one swap!)

People who flaked on swaps that I hosted

@Charon Handmade Ornament swap 2010 @mousef handmade Ornament swap 2010

@nightenbelle High School Student ATC exchange #5 2013 this swap was for 30 cards from her student's to mine!!! my kids were so disapppointed!

I want to recognize an ANGEL! @user2637 for finding my favorite book! It was so wonderful of her to let me know about it!

@yelaklleps for angeling the seahorse charm on Mermaid lovers unite! group

Things I can always use more o

BOTTLECAPS (beer ones are OK)

Those metal caps on top of glass Christmas ornaments. Just flatten them and mail em!

Chinese take out menus and those little placemats from the Chinese restaurant some have the zodiac animals on them.

Used gift cards (my students use them to spread glue when altering their journals )

small colored pieces of junk (anything that will it in a bottle cap)

miniature objects Especially small animals for my Alien altered matchbox series. (read above)

Anything mermaid!

metal cookie cutters (any shape, old or new)

Christmas music cd's

currently into TEESHA MOORE Patches Mermaid/ocean/nautical themed

mini blown glass animals...small like a fingernail! so cute!

the screw top lid from Monster drinks (it has the logo on top)

packaging from products whose logo is a woman: ie. the aunt jemima grandma, salt girl, italian ladies on tomato paste. i just need the part that is the woman or girl. it can be any type of label; box, can wrapper, cookie bag...etc.

directions on how to put photos on your profile: To leave a photo on someone's profile use this code: ! [ ] ( Put image link here ) With NO spaces & paste the picture's link between the curved parenthesis


Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mermaid! I thought I had already rated you..so sorry for the late rating! :)
Heidiieee rated for Mermaid ATCs! on May 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous ATC and extra goodies! I love all the mermaid washi on the envelope and the little mermaid post it flags :)
Comment: They came out great, I'm coloring at the moment, I love coloring it's so relaxing. I think it's great you like doing these, I'm the one fixing things here at home, need to change the oil and spark plug on the tractor lol thank you!!
3trysandimout rated for Mermaid ATCs! on May 8, 2017
Comment: Your mermaid is great! and I love the history of the gold paper. Many thanks
tkichinka rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on May 8, 2017
Comment: Got the zine and fun papers and micro confetti! Looking forward to adding my page! Nice work on the Mr. Peanut!
Response: thanks! :)
Comment: thank you so much for your valentine's day card <3 sorry this rating took far too long to get to you!
SilverD rated for IS: Art Studio Fairy door US/Can on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: 🎨 😊 💗 This door is so gorgeous, much better than the pictures! I love it you really did a wonderful job on this little masterpiece. I was going to make a light made of beads but didn't; yours turned out really nice, I wish I would have made one now. Mine is on my flickr if you want to see how it turned out. Thank you for hosting such an awesome swap, it was a lot of fun! Oh and using my b-day as the house number was a cute touch, thanks. Thank you so very much for such a beautiful fairy door!
Response: aw! you are making me blush! it was a very fun challenge ( had to make two to get it right!) so glad you like it!
LovelyLindaSwap rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card from Houston.
KatlynAva rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sending!
LaLaLove rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the colorful postcard!
squince rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks
Kdguard rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Houston looks warmer then here 👍🏼
Amyncognito rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cool card!
nsciambi rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love this style of card.
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 6, 2017
CarrieB rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 35 on Apr 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the PC!
Wingy rated for ZMACS:March: Zine-Go-Round, Round #30 on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute extras. Interesting zine theme. I happen to love soccer
Comment: First of all, SOOOO cute! I love it. ♥ I can't believe your generosity in sending the stamp along with the images. It didn't really need "fixing"-- I just cleaned it up a bit as you requested, and I've already stamped it on about 50 envelopes. :) I think you did a fantastic job with the letters; in fact, you inspired me to try to carve words myself (I've never tried it, either). I have no idea how you got such fine detail in some areas. What kind of tool did you use for little spots like the eyes and the paws? Anyway, thanks again for a fantastic gift. ♥
Response: just the little number one gouge that came with the carving kit. so glad you liked it!

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lovetherain on May 1, 2017:

Thank you so much Sam, for the lovely mermaid postcard! Hope your day is going swimmingly!


thriftymermaid on Jan 4, 2017:

Happy New Year Sam!! Thank you so much for the incredible Birthday package! It really made my birthday more special. I am so in love with the painted shells!! So much fun stuff to look at and create with. It was so sweet of you! I hope you are ramping up for the best year yet in 2017. :o)

wolviechick121 on Jan 1, 2017:

dvmac on Oct 3, 2016:

lovetherain on May 5, 2016:

Hi Sam, thank you so much for the very sweet and thoughtful mermaid birthday postcard!


thriftymermaid on Dec 16, 2015:

Thank you so much for the Birthday postcard and message! You rock! :o)

samjowers on Oct 15, 2015:

DaisyTX on Aug 6, 2015:

Just thought you would like to know......you have created a monster!!! We had a blast today letterboxing! I wish we had known about it prior to our roadtrip all over the northwest.......It would have been AWESOME to collect from all our adventures! We even found a hitchhiker on our first day! SQUEE!!!

anrtist on Jun 9, 2015:

Welcome to the 1 POSH Art Group! New Swaps are up & I hosted the groups 1st POCKET LETTER Swap;-) I made everyone officers SO I hope you will enjoy hosting in the group too ;-)

ENJOY it & Blessings, cc

MrsAlderman on Jun 6, 2015:

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