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sewandgrow

sewandgrow
Date Joined: August 15, 2008
Last Online: February 18, 2014
Birthday: November 18, 1946
Country: United States

About Me

I am a 66 year old stay at home mom and grandma, ("Va" to my grandkids). Yipee, I will now get to collect social security......All those years of work long ago are going to start paying me back.....LOL. I have a strong craft background, loved doing them all my life for as far back as my memory takes me. I'm a jabberbox.........Amen to that. Just ask anyone who knows me.....LOL I live on a farm and have for 34 years. Before that I was raised in Oakland, Ca. I married the boy next store, well he actually lived across the street. We have a 34 year old son and a 36 year old daughter ( she is the one on the right in the swap-bot picture above). My daughter and her family put a modular on our property, so they are about 150 feet away.

I LIKE TO Do: Card making is my passion right now & has been for the past several months. I also like Sewing, Garden planning,Quilting, Hand Embroidering, Stained Glass, Beading, Scrapbooking, Crocheting, Making Aprons,making garden Art, Mosaic tile & glass. Flower pot art. Learning new crafty things.I sit in my recliner with my knees up & watch alot of TV while I do my hand crafting. I have a large sewing/quilting/craft room in the barn that my husband built for me a few years back. It has all the creature comforts & my friends & I have spent many many many hours out there. It has become a catch all storage area while not in use.

I COLLECT: Outdoor for real use Bird Houses, Tea Cups and Saucers,old & specialty Buttons (by the millions), Fabric.I love worms 2&1/2" strips & charms 5" squares for scrap quilting, How to Books, Sewing Machines (I have 35 at least), old aprons, thimbles. I have enough fabric & sewing machines for more than my lifetime so I have stopped collecting those.

I LOVE: My family , home & friends. I have always had a soft spot for old people & old things. Probably because my grandmother was a light in my life & even after many years with her gone I still miss her. She started me on many of my sewing & crafting loves when I was a small child at her side I am sure pestering the heck out of her. Now, my own grand daughter Olivia is 11 & just ready to start 7th grade & I get to see her daily. She has a 3 year old brother that spends a lot of time "playing with me" He loves my card making room & cuts & punches paper right along with me......LOL. I love plants & belong to 3 garden clubs & am always trading plants with other members. Quiet Time for reading or crafting, I like to cook & eat & it shows. I love flavored Coffee (No Chocolate),Calorie free drinks (Crystal light, etc. Actually Wal Mart's Great Value brand is cheaper & tastes better to me), Critters like birds, frogs, toads, butterflies, lizards, ladybugs etc. Garden Art ( not too cutesy)

I am a pretty traditional gal who happens to enjoy people & married a very quiet man who enjoys time away from crowds. Crowds being anymore than 2 people unless it's his wife & kids........LOL. Our Sunday afternoons are spent having dinner together with our family & a few extras almost anytime.We "catch up"on the chatter.

NEW THINGS: My yard is a certified wildlife habitat. I had a new titanium knee put in 4 years ago. I am still adjusting to that. Almost everyday brings an opportunity to get jazzed over something new to do. I can't possibly live long enough to do everything I think I want to try....LOL

My favorite color is GREEN but love fall & nature colors except for orange, not too hot on it. I usually like medium to deep colors not pastels & NO white. I live in the country with well water which is extremely hard & lotsa dirt so NOTHING stays white. THINGS I LOVE FROM THRIFT SHOPS & YARD SALES: Tea cups & saucers to use or make into bird feeders, old buttons,glass beads (old glass or stone jewelry to take apart), wool sweaters to felt, candlesticks to make into pincushions or cake plates, small doilies to use in crafts,crocheted or tatted trims for crafts, old sewing notions DISLIKES or things I don't care to get... Housework!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate housework. I could be doing something fun & productive feeling instead and rude people. Since I hate housework I need NOT to have little nic nac things that sit around just for pretty. I prefer things I actually can use. I am always busy doing something.

Smiles & kind words are so easy & don't cost a cent. What is the harm? I can't understand people that use their energy to cause harm by doing and saying unkind things.

Ratings

Janine026 rated for Christmas card on Nov 25, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas card and lovely extras, you are very talented. Merry Christmas!!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards!
snowy652 rated for Fall card on Nov 3, 2013
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Comment: Loved the card - loved the extras - loved your note. A truly wonderful swap. Thank you
namabear rated for Make me a Card w/Stars on it! on Oct 28, 2013
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Comment: Luv....Luv.....Luv....my cards the eagle is awesome the tree is pretty and thanks for the extra stars......you get extra hearts <3 <3 <3
Response: Glad you like them. I have been trying out stamps or prints that I get to color with Spectrums. Its fun for me.
PhoenixSwap rated for November Birthdays on Oct 22, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much !! I really like what you have sent :)
Response: So glad you like them. I try.....LOL
jdawn1105 rated for November Birthdays on Oct 21, 2013
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Comment: Karen thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card and the Halloween and fairy cards. They are all beautiful.
Response: I am so glad you like them. I try to pay attention to profiles when I have items they list.
Fritosmom rated for Hand-Made Halloween - USA ONLY on Oct 16, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful & scarryyy cards and goodies. Amazing talent:-)
pandessa rated for Halloween Card---Spider on Oct 15, 2013
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Comment: I love love love Betty Boop. WHERE did you get the image? Thanks so much! Thanks for extras too!
Response: I get the majority of my images off of Pinterest. If you go to my board Karen Thomas it is probably in my Halloween file.
pandessa rated for Halloween Card--- Bat on Oct 15, 2013
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Comment: Awesome card thanks so much! I love the spider web on the envelope! 100 hearts.
butterflylady rated for Autumn Fun - USA only on Oct 13, 2013
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Comment: I love the cards and everything you sent. Thks so much. Keep on doing your beautiful work. Love and prayers, Sandra
amccracken109 rated for ☺Halloween Card Swap ☺ on Oct 12, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for the great swap!
KoleSlaw rated for Knit or Crochet a Winter Hat on Oct 11, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely beanie and flower.
agonysdecay rated for Halloween Card---Witch on Oct 11, 2013
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Comment: Karen! What an adorable card!!! Also, thanks for the extras!!! I think we need to swap digital collage sheets! I have TONS and the images you sent I want more of! Also, I hope you received your spider card and I'm sending your bat card today because it came back yesterday with 'no postage' on it, LOL!
Response: So glad you liked everything. I don't know what digital collage sheets are but I have tons of collected images saved to my word processer.
Fiddlefaddle rated for ☺Halloween Card Swap ☺ on Oct 11, 2013
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Comment: WOW! WOW!! Thank you SO much for everything, Karen. The card is beautiful!! I love all the extras you enclosed, too. I am SO happy and very lucky to have you for my swap partner. I wish you could see the smile on my face. Thanks a million. Too bad I can't give more then one heart....you deserve hundreds of them. Thank you!! Happy Swapping and Happy Halloween!! :) :)
ladyaries7 rated for Pick 3 Swap - October on Oct 10, 2013
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Comment: thanks! i really like the envies and scrapbook goodies
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely cards and I love the Marilyn cards you put in there for me along with the extras!! Go to my profile and click my you tube channel your swap will be in mail call #2
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Comment: Thanks....absolutely FAB.........luvs it
Response: So glad you like it.
lexfrog rated for Lets Smash Birds & Butterflies! on Oct 2, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for the envie full of goodies for my smash book!
Response: Glad you like it....That was my goal..!!! LOL
AmyHale rated for Vintage Halloween on Oct 2, 2013
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Comment: You certainly hit the nail on the head with the "vintage"! I absolutely adore the cards! And the goodies are perfect for me! Thanks so much!
Response: Thanks. I am so glad you like them. I try to respond to profiles when I can.
coolbaker5 rated for Happy Halloween Card - USA only on Sep 30, 2013
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Comment: Love the cards that you made. Thank you :)
Response: So glad you like them. I enjoyed making them.

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Comments

anrtist on Oct 25, 2013:

hey! I sent you an invite to the AQ ~ Artistic Quilter's Group ;-) Enjoy

ktkatz on Jan 9, 2009:

Would you like to Join My Swap? Reusable Grocery Bag Valentine Themed Swap USA And Canada I also have one for Handmade Handbag/Purse

hoosiergirl on Jan 1, 2009:

Youre invited to join my I love my Garden Gnome Swap http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/27812. Hope to see you there!

hoosiergirl Vicki

biasbabe on Dec 27, 2008:

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Happy Holidays

Char on Nov 20, 2008:

Hola! from Mexico. I will be back in the USA on the 23rd of Nov. I will be sending my swaps out then. I thought I had enough time to get swaps out before I left. I can just now get internet service. Hugs, Char

Char on Nov 20, 2008:
sapphirestitching on Oct 24, 2008:

I received my 5" charms today and wow what a selection! Thank you so much ant the bookmark is so cool! Thanks I know what book it is going in!

My favorite is the Chickens and the one with the yarn on it. Can't wait to use them on a biscornu or a needlebook!

makestuff on Sep 29, 2008:

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Thanks for joining my Handmade Christmas stocking swap!

LadyT on Sep 23, 2008:

Thank you for joining and welcome to the Rummaging Adventures Swap. Lady "T"

rainylady on Sep 23, 2008:

It was great to open my tag package and see you have shared your sewing stash with me.

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