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Date Joined: June 20, 2009
Last Online: October 25, 2020
Birthday: July 23, 1965
Country: United States
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About Me

God Loves you. He sent His son to die for you!

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 is 22! He got his associates at Tyler Junior College for band and now he just needs to finish up the rest of it somewhere close to home! 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

I used to love is oil painting, but now do acrylic because it so available.do I do a lot of work with Polyurethan and bottle caps. My work has changed over the years. since Covid 19 had us teachers teaching from home, i gave myself a little challenge. I have to paint a penny a day for a year. My eyes became so weary, that i had to purchase one of those jeweler's magnifying glasses. So far i have not missed a single day. the challenge ends sometime next March. You can check my instagram to see my pennies. sam_jowers. I truly have gotten better at it as i have gone along. I love collage, anything with altered images and combinations of materials.

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 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.

Quilting: I dabble. I am currently collecting 2.5x2.5 inch cotton fabric squares for a rainbow quilt. It will fit a king size bed so every little scrap helps. I am hoping that there are no doubles in fabric design. no need to measure just throw the fabric into the envelope and i will cut it down to size.

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


removed my flaker list...tired of the negativity!


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

zine go round pocketbook: Prairiekitten Dvmac

Things I can always use more o

BOTTLECAPS (beer ones are OK)

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: ! [title of link or word you want high lighted ] ( Put image link here ) With NO spaces & paste the picture's link between the curved parenthesis


Comment: I'm trying to be patience and wait but making no guarantees. Leaving town tomorrow so t they will be safe for 10 days Love the fabric and postcards. thanks so much.
Response: lol, I hope they meet your expectations after all the waiting. Enjoy the waiting...its fun!
Amber rated for Painted Pennies Swap August on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: I love, love, love the pennies you painted for me!!! They are gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for the special package
resourcepit rated for Playing card swap #27 on Aug 20, 2020
Comment: Being an art teacher must be so challenging and rewarding too. I nearly failed art in 7th grade. Guess I just wasnโ€™t ready for it. I can barely draw a decent stick figure, but there are so many other things that I do quite well! Thanks for the extra art papers. Iโ€™ll be using them in my own creations. Thanks too, for the new-to-me jokers!
Drea3nvy rated for MLU: Mermaid embellishment swap on Aug 18, 2020
Comment: Beautiful embellishments my friend you did an amazing job!!! Thank you also for the extra goodies you are the best!
RNRISLOVE rated for Playing card swap #26 on Aug 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies. What a unique project painting pennies. Loved the one you sent.
Newlybird17 rated for Playing card swap #25 on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Mermaid zines! I really enjoyed them!
Aalicia rated for Another Christmas Painted penny on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: There pennies were great ! The whole package was wonderful! Outstanding painted pennies! Hope to do more soon! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
Comment: I wish I could give you endless โค's!! Ohhhhmygaahhhhh!!!! These pennies absolutely blew me away!! They are amazing! I have showed them off to everyone. You are very talented. The shark ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿฆˆ. WOW!! I have never swapped anything like this, and you set the bar verryyyy high!! It made me a little, ok...ALOT, nervous doing mine ๐Ÿ˜† Thank you so so much!!! I will cherish these forever!!
Response: no need to be nervous!! I gave myself a challenge about 95 days ago to paint a penny a day for a year. My first ones were wonderful! ...until i compared them to what i am doing now! lol I ended up buying a pair of jewelers glasses and that was the difference in what i could paint. now, the space doesn't even seem tiny any more. I am sure yours are wonderful!! its fun and that is why you should keep doing it!!! I am glad you liked it!
tcornell rated for painted penny quickie july on Jul 23, 2020
Comment: WOW- Sam....thank you so much for this incredible package that you sent to me! I adore the pug penny that you made, it's amazing! The 3 Dotee dolls from Little Red Riding Hood are precious, love all the mermaids and the extra penny too- thank you thank you thank you! โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ
Comment: Love the little snowman altoid tin! The matchbox ornament is really cute too! And love love the post card mermaid paper dolls-you are very creative! Thanks for all the wonderful goodness!
fairyduster53 rated for Christmas Paint a Penny on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: Precious pennies!! Thank you so much!! These are such fun to paint!! Thank you for the extras!! Stay safe, Sam!
sparkleysnailmail rated for Painted pennies Swap July on Jul 9, 2020
Comment: You are amazing!!!! The pennies are beautiful, they put a huge smile on my face :))))
Response: you are so welcome!!
CookieMomster78 rated for Giftcards for a Penny! on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Oh. My. Gosh. THANKS A MILLION! I was so surprised to receive all three of my painted penny wishes in the mail today! This was a huge and wonderful surprise that made my day! The Cookie monster came out so clear and perfect - you are very talented with these! I can only imagine having such skills with such small canvas-space! LOL! The answer to you inquiry about wanting a bear paw is that it's a symbol of my heart as a momma-bear. I am also part of the Wood Badge Bear Patrol in Scouts! Thank you so very much for all of these! I cherish each one immensely! Your package is being carefully curated and I'll let you know what the tracking number is once it's shipped out! TTYL
Response: so glad you liked them! i ended up having to do an Oscar the grouch for my son!
birgitph rated for CPG Painted Pennies - US only on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, these are AMAZING!!! Thank you so much! I think I will turn these into pendants to wear - they are too beautiful to tuck away somewhere! Thank you so, so, so much!
Response: lol! So glad you like them. That's pretty cool that you would want to wear them!
RiverTopanga rated for painted pennies swap III on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: As always... wonderful artwork! I can't believe you have done over 50 pennies.... good news? Yes, only about 310 pennies left for your challenge... I'm impressed, for sure. Thank you so much for hosting the swap, and for sending such lovely pennies!! Good luck with your challenge ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž
RiverTopanga rated for painted penny quickie! on Jun 7, 2020
Comment: Sam.... Such wonderful pennies! Thank you! My favorite is the Alien spaceship! You are very talented! What size brush do you use? I've been using a 1, but I think I need to go smaller! Thank you again! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
Response: Actually. It's not the size of the brush because I use the very tips. What made the difference was using jeweler's glasses. You should see yesterday's tiger king penny on my Instagram. Surprised even myself!!!
Starforest rated for painted pennies! on May 22, 2020
Comment: OH. MY. GOODNESS! I absolutely LOVE the beetlejuice penny!!!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ so cool! You did amazing on these tiny art pieces! I love them so much! And even an Elmo for Josie ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’• thank you thank you thank you!!!
Response: lol, so glad you like him! Im trying so hard to do people. Its not easy.
Kittybob83 rated for Painted Pennies II on May 11, 2020
Comment: So beautiful! You are so great at painting those tiny surfaces! I love them, I cant get over how pretty they are! Thank you!
Response: so glad you like them!
suepier rated for Christmas greeting card on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card.

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ChinaCat on Oct 9, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful birthday postcard! That was very sweet of you. xo ~ Robin

luluvision on Jul 10, 2020:

Yay! So glad you liked it! It arrived pretty fast, I can't believe it!! I wanted to make something special for you since you ALWAYS remember my birthday! Including this year's! So thank you for my birthday wishes!

mandigutterrose on Jul 5, 2020:

Thank you for the birthday pc!

Starforest on May 24, 2020:

Just sitting here marvelling at the pennies you painted for me and trying to wrap my head around how the heck you painted so good on something so tiny and wanted to tell you thank you again, the 'painted pennies!' Swap you sent me was such a delight to getโค

PrairieKittin on May 1, 2020:

Thank you so much for the fabulous merman (King of Hearts) birthday card! I absolutely LOVE it!! My bathroom is done in a mermaid theme, and I have a 125 gallon (6 feet long!!) aquarium with mermaids in it. This one is going on my "favorites" wall in the dining room, though! LOL!! Thank you!!

lovetherain on Apr 29, 2020:

Dear Sam, thank you so much for the awesome Merman birthday postcard! I really appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness, esp during this covid19 crisis. I currently have your postcard displayed on my bar, next to a vintage tin beach pail. I wish you and your family health and safety during this time.

RiverTopanga on Dec 14, 2019:

Sam, thank you so much for the beautiful mermaid postcard that you sent for my birthday. That was very thoughtful. It brought a smile for sure! Thank you again โ˜บ

thriftymermaid on Dec 12, 2019:

Hello Sam!! Thank you so much for the lovely Bday postcard. You're the best!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!! <3

LindaRuthie on May 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for remembering my birthday with your wonderful mermaid art. These little cards are so special to me. โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

lovetherain on May 9, 2019:

Thank you so much Sam, for the birthday wishes and the lovely mermaid postcard! I think this one is my favorite so far. I love your postcards, they're always to artistic, unique, and inspiring ๐Ÿš

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