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samjowers

samjowers
Date Joined: June 20, 2009
Last Online: July 21, 2017
Birthday: July 23, 1965
Country: United States
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Letterboxing
Mermaid Sightings

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. 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 HarleyQuin and we both love the walking dead series!

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music, except rap and screemo. just cant ge into it. Love Latin and anything 80's and 90's

Books and movies

I like to read the books at the junior high level. More adventure, quick paced action. 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. 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:

Penguin

Butterfly (2)

Swordfish

Buffalo

Spider

Bronco horse

Panda

Lion

Bumble bee

Polar bear

Two owls

White tail deer

Blue crab

African elephant

Peacock

Rooster

Snake

Squirrel

Octopus

Bat

Grizzly

Reindeer

Wolf

Giraffe

camel

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 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. 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. (And He does LOVE EVERYONE!) It's not always easy but I still have to try! :D

FLAKED SWAPS

@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 fit in a bottle cap)

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

Anything mermaid! (except figurines...hate to dust)

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

Ratings

rebeldaisy rated for Christmas in July - Cards #2 on Jul 21, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the wonderful Christmas card. It is really cute. The extra tag you sent is also lovely.
SparkJoy rated for OPEN THEME ZINES!!! on Jul 19, 2017
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Comment: You are a great zine maker! I love the style, layout and the illustrations on the mermaid story are so good. Thanks for the bonus. I like the theme of both. Gives me some ideas :)
Fenix825 rated for OPEN THEME ZINES!!! on Jul 18, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the cool zines!
Paulaeliza rated for MLU: Mermaid Scales Bookmark on Jul 18, 2017
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Comment: Always beautiful work. Love when you get my name! Thank you.
Response: lol so glad you liked it!
Fabriqueen rated for Christmas in July - Cards on Jul 11, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the darling card and tags! I'd love to see a petal ball ornament made from Christmas cards. Hugs, Diane
Response: you are so welcome! you can see one on my flickr or marthastewart.com used to have it under Christmas ornaments.
Margothecat rated for Christmas in July - Cards on Jul 10, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the nice to/from labels. Cardinals are one of my favorite birds!
moxiekiefer rated for Ephemera Envelope: June -USA- on Jul 3, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for all the paper goodies! It's exciting receiving such fun mail!
Hestu0726 rated for July Birthday Profile Based Gift on Jun 20, 2017
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Comment: I received the package today! I'm so excited! I'm going to try to wait until my bday to open it, but that's on the 26th. I don't think I can wait that long!! :) Thank you so much!! <3<3<3 I just read your profile. I'm going to Houston, for the first time, in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to see all of the museums!
Response: So glad you got it! Happy birthday!
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Comment: Love the family tree zine! What a cute idea. I think I might make one. I'll send you a copy! Have a great day!!
Response: awesome! cant wait to see it!
RiverTopanga rated for ❤ Profile Whimsy Jar ❤ on Jun 13, 2017
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Comment: Hi Sam! What a lovely surprise to come home to your profile jar yesterday!! Thank you so much for such a lovely jar ☺. You have to tell me, did you draw the beautiful cockatiel on the top​? She looks just like my Kohii 😁. I showed it to her, and she was very interested in it! She really looked it over good !! So many fun little items inside... I think my favorite has to be the adorable little red glass hedgehog! Thank you for all the little fun items! You didn't put info on tag! 😮 Thank you again!
Response: yes, I painted the top. you can use it for cockatiel treats! I wrote in the letter that you can reuse the tag which is why I did not write on it. I see from your message that you did get the post cards. yes I painted those as well! thanks!
bluehairedmary rated for July Birthday Card Swap on Jun 10, 2017
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Comment: I haven't opened the envie, but I can tell already that it's special and I'll love it! Ha! I'll update, though, when my bday does roll around and I open it! Thanks! Happy birthday to you too! Opened: Love the birthday card and the postcards inside! I can't believe you made a zine about mermaids! Cool beans! Thanks so much
phillaine rated for Masterboard of Collage on Jun 7, 2017
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Comment: Hi Sam. Thanks for a fantastic masterboard! I like the colors and textures and the hints of goldleaf and sparkle, especially as I haven't used the metallic sparkliness much, so this adds something special to my collection to incorporate into my ATCs/pocket letters. I enjoyed reading your lesson instructions for your altered book semester project. It seems like a fun challenge I might like to try over the winter. I was thinking of choosing a partially illustrated book for its appearance and theme and building my posts around that. Perhaps a book focusing on my gardening and/or other improvement efforts in our rental home. Anyway, thanks for sharing that and your mermaid zine with me, and the adorable paper clips will be perfect for a project I have in mind for one of my little girls. Have a nice day!
Response: so glad you liked it! the gold leaf is the foil off of chocolates! have fun with your book!
janski48 rated for Masterboard of Collage on Jun 6, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful masterboard piece. It's a piece of art all by itself! I think I will use part of it to make a Marie Antoinette ATC. The mermaid zine is awesome, I have making an altered book on my to do list. 💗☺
Response: So glad you like it! Sounds perfect for Marie!
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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
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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 :)
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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
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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
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Comment: Got the zine and fun papers and micro confetti! Looking forward to adding my page! Nice work on the Mr. Peanut!
Response: thanks! :)
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Comment: thank you so much for your valentine's day card <3 sorry this rating took far too long to get to you!

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samjowers on Jul 19, 2017:

Lol I have 666 ratings!

anrtist on Jun 21, 2017:

🙋OH! @samjowers I luv your block prints! Living among the wreckage is my fav!
Beautiful work!

Blessings, cc

lovetherain on May 1, 2017:

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

mermaid

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)

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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!

mermaid

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!!!

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