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Date Joined: February 17, 2009
Last Online: March 2, 2024
Birthday: December 16, 1957
Country: United States
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About Me

I've been away from swapping for a year. Not because I wanted to be but because my son passed away and my life has been broken. At the time I left (December 21st) I had several swaps needing to be mailed and several that had not started yet. All I can say is that I hope each of you can forgive me. I had a 5.0 rating and hope that I can repair that and make it up to those involved. Because it really is hurtful when I read a few of the 1 ratings. But I can understand why you'd be frustrated.

I really wish you'd write Mugsie and ask her what kind of person I am because she would not lie and she probably knows me best or China Cat. And I welcome you to write them as I try to restore my rating.

To those who were Angel's on my behalf, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It meant the world to me.

Welcome, I want you to know I'm very serious about swapping and the friends I make here. I will never flake. If you don't receive something from me for a swap or tag, please pm me right away. I can't fix it if I think it got to you in the mail.

I really am grateful for the friends I make here. You are all such sweet and friendly people and I enjoy more than anything making things from hand and giving them to others to bring joy into your hearts. This is a wonderful place to share our lives with others and I'm certainly glad I found it!

I found this quote today on a friends profile and I hope they don't mind me borrowing it. It just about sums it all up!

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it." Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

I enjoy crafting so I hope that you'll like what I make for you. If you don't please let me know so that I can make you something that you would rather enjoy. I try very hard to do the best job I can, I promise that will happen with each and every swap.

I am a proud United States Navy Veteran. I wore the uniform proudly and enjoyed my time of service. I saw many places and met many people and enjoyed being a part of one very huge family of military members. I've been married to my husband David for 30 years. My sons are Bryon( deceased) and Brett 34.

Favorite Music

Love 60's & 70's rock and roll, blues, new age, and most anything actually. My son Brett always tells us we grew up in the best if all times for music! I think he's right!

I love all kinds of music because I'm usually in a different mood each time I listen. I especially like cd's I can play while doing massage. So they have to be very calming and peaceful but not depressing. I love strings and piano music. But when I want to rock out, I love 70's rock n' roll to Stevie Ray Vaughn, Journey (I saw Steve Perry up close and personal in Mobile, Alabama while I was in the US Navy), Heart, Bob Seger, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, B.B. King, Beatles, Elvis etc. When I was a kid, I had a full set of Beatles and Elvis cards. Still have them! Variety is the spice of life they tell me!

Favorite Books

I have an entire collection of Art books from Jewelry Making to Quilting and Sewing! I love altered art books, how to's etc. I read every Belle Amour Mag I can find, Stampington, Where Women Create, Altered Couture, Their Sewing one as well, The Jewelry and Green Crafting ones, Handmade etc. Anything and everything through Stampington. I can't get enough! I love the back issues as well so if you have some you want to get rid of, I'd love to trade something to you, even jewelry I make, I don't care!

Favorite Movies

Movies you say? Well let's see theres Forest Gump, Legend of the Falls, Man From Snowy River I & II, Slingblade, MIracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful LIfe, All Shirley Temple Movies, Peter Pan, Dirty Dancing (I used to could move like that), Wizard of Oz, Caddy Shack, Kingdom of Heaven, and Pretty Woman of course It's one of my all time favorites. ! Especially the part when she goes back into the store that refused to wait on her because of the way she looked! That's one of my pet peeves in life, people who judge people based on the way they look....too bad some people do that. Top Gun, Scent of a Woman (Pacino is still my man!) I like love stories and chic flics as my husband calls them. Annie, hum, why can't I think when I need to? OH, Oh, anything Johnny Depp of course. Who wouldn't love that man? Not much on blood and gore! I like to watch movies, but don't get the remote often!

Favorite Television

Love HGTV shows, anything home decorating, home building (especially green building), anything home selling, as well as a lot of the crafting shows. However, most of the time it's not up to me what we watch (I have a husband you know!).

Favorite Crafts

My favorite crafts - sewing, quilting, silversmithing, jewelry making, drawing, making old vintage items into new things. I love taking old broken stuff and making it into something new and unique. My silversmithing is something I enjoy very much. I've been doing it about 15 years now and my designs are very unique and one of a kind.
FAVORITE COLORS: i like all colors pretty much except burgandy. nothing wrong with it, it's just not me! i love combo's of pink/brown, black/white, red/black, red/jadeite green or mint green, turquoise/brown, hot pink/orange, yellow/white, aubergine and of course all these as solids. i love floral fabrics a lot but i'm really finding that i love vintage repro fabric prints and the real thing vintage cloth, flour saks etc. i love batiks especially in blues and greens. i love bright cheery prints, NO plaids please, NO burgandy please...However, i'm just pretty happy go lucky and pretty easy to please with anything handmade. i love handmade...i love upholstery prints and i love upholstery sample books to use


My little slice of heaven as I call it is my patio where I garden in pots and vintage containers to keep my little furry friends out (deer and rabbits). I love Spring. I love planting flowers, herbs, vegetables, etc to eat and make things from. I love lavender, so I grow it and then make stuff from it. I use a lot of herbs in my cooking, so any seeds are especially loved. I love flowers, I have hummingbirds and butterflies so anything that attracts them is great. I have a Wire Fox Terrier "Annie" that keeps me busy and entertained while I work in my plants. I enjoy listening to my wind chimes and I make them from copper and old utensils. I like little crystals, etc. on the patio too! I like to place little surprises like that in my plant pots.

Wish List

I'd love to have: bits of vintage stuff like lace, buttons, keys, metal gears, bits of vintage jewelry (especially rhinestone stuff) for crafting new jewelry from, crochet dish clothes etc. I love anything handmade because I feel it truly comes "from the heart". Oh, fabric for making purses is always welcomed as well! For those I love vintage barkcloth or nice printed upholstery fabrics and bits if soft leather. I'm not above buying wool sweaters, leather skirts, or clothing from goodwill that I then cut up for the fabric. Maybe the piece is out of style but I cut the fabric. I'm working on a pretty rose floral wool sweater that I have felted and now I'm making a piece from it into a wrist cuff with bits of lace and vintage buttons etc.

i love bracelets and wear a size 7 to 71/2". Rings sizes 7 and 8. for necklaces i like a longer length like no shorter than 24". I'm plus size so I don't like tight things around my neck. I wear mostly silver but like the antiqued brass and other metals that are so popular now too. I'm not into gothic styles though. Although i think some of it is pretty, it's just not me. i like jewelry in most any color except burgandy and i don't like plastic or acrylic beads. i love making little boxes. so paper for handmade ones are wonderful, i love matchboxes too, so anything to decorate them with, ribbon, charms, paint, little things to go inside

altered book making materials and instructions (i'm just figureing them out), Card making stuff, Vintage fabrics, or squares cut for quilt making, Love florals of anything, paper, fabric etc.

Vintage fabric and vintage repro's fabric are grand! I'm going to be making a red and black quilt soon for my son who went to Texas Tech and that is their colors. So I'm looking for red or black printed fabrics that I can use. Even small flower prints are ok if anyone has any to trade, i'd love to do a trade for some of what you might need. Things for jewelry making (vintage bits, chain, findings (all metals) etc., Vintage/Antique photos of people, vintage (or new) rick-rack, vintage seam binding (satin kind), vintage embroidery pieces like table linen - especially flowers. Things from around the world...anything! Vintage ephemera, Unusual crafting supplies - I love old stuff! Love authentic Sea Glass, Anything handmade.

Things I don't need

Things I don't need are beads (I have plenty) except really pretty lampwork beads. Foam sheets Sequins Candy Plastic junkie stuff

I don't care for things from homes where there is smoking. Cat hair (I'm allergic to cats) but if things are not covered in it, they are ok! I don't like stickers just slapped onto an atc or matchbox, a little bit of effort goes a long way I don't like it when people don't write some sort of short comment on ratings...take a minute, slow down and tell me something you liked about what i made you so i will know it's pleasing to others, it only takes a minute

Tags, Angels etc.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Albert Schweitzer



pynart2 rated for 2019 New Year Pen Pal on Mar 30, 2019
Comment: Never got a letter or anything else from her.
luckycharms rated for HOLIDAY BAZAAR BOX USA on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: Shelley, I will gladly re-rate when I receive the swap.We have messaged a couple of time about the swap, and you said you marked sent by accident on Dec 12th, but would get it out soon. The family emergency wasn't until 2 weeks after the send date...I am sorry, but will change rate when received.
CrowDancer rated for Homemade Ornament Swap #2 on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: I joined the ornament exchange and never received my ornament. I was told they had a family emergency. I understood and was going to allow extra time for my ornament to be sent, but seeing you sign up for other swaps when you haven't completed previous swaps is disheartening. You marked it as sent on December 12th, the same day you messaged me saying you would need more time to send it. The fact that you asked me to fill out my profile more to help you make me a meaningful ornament, but didn't even bother to actually send an ornament, really sends mixed messages.
BlueberryLady rated for Make A Bird on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: **You could have sent me a message. Will change rating when I receive...Have not received from you as of 3/26/2019**.
user6937 rated for Stars ATC on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: I think I've been generous in the time I've given you before this rating; although you wanted contact before a rating like this, you haven't read your pm's. I was angeled this ATC by @Christopherpines on Mar 20/19 - a very nice ATC, too.
Mugsie rated for A.Q. Winter APRON Swap! on Jan 21, 2019
Comment: Shelley you are an awesome swapper! So glad you are my partner, love, love my apron!! Thank you so much! Love Kelly
rainydayangie rated for Upcycle With Kind Words on Nov 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the package.
Response: My pleasure.
taledo rated for Ho Ho Ho - Christmas Card Swap!! on Nov 17, 2018
Comment: I absolutely LOVE the card you sent. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Response: I hope your holidays are the best with a bright shining new year to come!
Jsereg001 rated for Homemade Ornament Swap on Nov 17, 2018
Comment: I am blown away by the package you sent! I absolutely LOVE the owl necklace!! The ornament are absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to put them on my tree!!! You did an awesome job and I am so thankful for everything!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: It was my great pleasure to be your partner! I hope you'll enjoy for a long time to come. Be blessed.
twobluecrows rated for QC 16 patch block on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: Mugsie was an excellent angel for you! I hope all is well, I'm totally happy with everything!!
Response: thank you so much. i'm truly so sorry that i was not able to get things done in a timely manner and i truly appreciate you waiting so patiently and accepting the angel. you're so sweet to have done that without it negatively reflecting on my rating. God bless you and keep you safe each day!
vlhafer54 rated for Tell Me About Your Hobby! on Aug 3, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely remembrance book! You put a lot of work into it and I will cherish it.
Response: your welcome vicky. i'm so glad you like it. i wasn't quite sure but i sure enjoyed making it. i mostly just appreciate you waiting so long for it honey. it's been a rough road health wise and i'm ashamed it took me so long to get caught up from being behind. i truly appreciate all your patience and understanding. i hope you enjoy your little book. and thank you so much for the rating and heart. that's awesome!
wolfeagle rated for Chunky Row Houses-May on Aug 2, 2016
Comment: Thank you. I wish you all the best.
Comment: 7/22 Thank you for sending and am glad you are on the road to recovery.
Response: Thank you for the patience you gave me to let me earn a 5 from you on the rating. I appreciate being given the chance to make up for the late swap due to my hospitalization and critical illness. .
luleemik rated for TSJ: Alter It! - U.S. on Jul 22, 2016
Comment: Awww----Shelley, what a sweet little package! I love the shabby chic theme and all of the great items inside. So sorry that you are not feeling well and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings
Response: Lu I'm so glad you liked it. It came from the heart. Thank you for your patience understanding and love and especially the 5 rating with the heart. It is just so appreciated. You are a kind and wonderful person.
Comment: Thank you so much! And thanks for the extra goodies!
Response: Thank you for your kindness in waiting on your swap so long. I truly appreciate it.
hazelwitch3 rated for Garden ATC on Jul 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC. I love the homemade papers that you used!
Wingy rated for A Simple Woman's Day #24 on Jun 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you .. Hope you feel better

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user6937 on Mar 20, 2019:


user6937 on Mar 20, 2019:

@christopherpines has angled the Stars ATC you were to send to me; she did a great job!

sassafrass on Feb 26, 2019:

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find love and comfort from those around you. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

pynart2 on Feb 3, 2019:

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son, so suddenly. I've been there, I loss my husband suddenly in 2015. My prayers and love go out to you and your family. It will get better with time, but you never really forget.

choke on Jan 25, 2019:

Hello dear Shelley, I read about the loss of your son and wanted you to know I am thinking of you and sending warm hugs to you and your family. I hope that you can find comfort in each other and reminisce in the fond memories you have of your sweet boy. Even in these most difficult times I hope it can bring you some peace and joy. Please take care my friend xoxo My heart goes out to you all.

ArtsyEm on Jan 20, 2019:

I'm so, so sorry for the loss of your son. My heart goes out to you dear stranger. I wish you peace.

CurlyTea on Dec 18, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

CurlyTea on Dec 19, 2017:

Mugsie on May 2, 2017:

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