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Date Joined: March 18, 2018
Last Online: March 24, 2019
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

Crafty lady from California, proud mama of two fur babies. Addicted to all things beautiful paper and modern mixed media. Would love to get into encaustic but I’m too much of a chicken. And I already spend so much on paper/mixed media that I could never afford to set myself up properly.

Please note: i share items that I am proud of on my Instagram. So beware to my partners if you prefer to be surprised!

💌🎨 March 2019 UPDATE:
Due to health and way too many high-effort swaps and personal projects as of late, I will be closing out my current swaps and taking a break from SB. If I owe you ratings, know that I 100% know I owe you ratings and I’m getting to them as soon as I can, I promise. My life has just rapidly devolved into quite the little quagmire. Feel free to send me a nudge if the rating is urgently needed. Merci. Outside of ratings, you can reach me via my Instagram account linked above. See you there. ❤️


To save some of you time:

  • I’m not a huge fan of western religious iconography so if you send me something cross/Jesus related, it will likely go unused.

  • Racism/homophobia; basically: don’t be an a$$hole to your fellow human and we will get along fabulously. Actually, just don’t be an a$$hole, period.

  • Vintage/Steampunk. I like distress to a degree but I don’t like the sepia/vintage photo look as it looks dirty to me. I like my vintage as clothing, furniture and wine only. Steampunk in limited doses. Right now I’m rather obsessed with Mitform Casting.

  • Postcards. Well...not so much dislike, more that I don’t understand the obsession?

  • Disney and super obvious kiddie themes (except for rainbows and unicorns, those can stay). Doodlebug and the like are super cute, but just too much for me. I like their washi, though. And I make an exception for cartoon-friendly holiday collections, however. Everybody is a kid on holidays. 😉

  • Hazelnut anything. Not allergic, just don’t care for it.

Random Likes ❤️

I like the following (will add more as I remember):

  • making stuff: paper crafts, off-the-page and standard mixed media (I’m really into texture, dimension), watercolor (total beginner!), acrylic painting, alcohol and acrylic inks, collage and fiber art, drawing, hand lettering (warning: I’m terrible; I would’ve never been a surgeon as I just don’t have steady enough hands, and the same is true for lettering sadly), mail art, color studies, photography, stamping, etc.

  • Other artists, such as Camilla d’Erico, TandiArt, Michael Parkes, and lately Illustrator Kristina Brekke of LadyKikki.

  • music

  • stickers, embellishments, ephemera, and have an addiction to funky shaped paper clips

  • flowers, nature, plants, animals and insects, the ocean (except in handmade crafting; they remind me of a cheap motel, always.)

  • mixed media oodles and bits, like wood and metal, fabrics and found objects, etc. I’m currently stalking the Mitform Casting’s website until I can mentally justify the cost to ship it from the UK.

  • Funky tissue paper. I like text, bold patterns and colors, random animals, prints, metallic, iridescent, etc. Honestly, the weirder the better.

  • mythology/regional legends 🐲

  • learning + books

  • sharing my learning + books 📚

  • tea/coffee, baked goods, veggies (Cali girl born and raised) Lebanese food, sushi, New York Super Fudge Chunk

  • urban agriculture and edible city movements, as well as underrepresented food sustainability programs; these are primarily what I choose to volunteer my time with. 🍎🍊🥦 It still staggers my heart to remember that as a native Californian, I see crops surrounding me year round, yet we will also see 80% our crops exported to other countries, while families and the homeless are still starving within miles of said crops, and across the country. For info on what cities should look like, check out Seattle’s take on food sustainability: a park filled with edible plants and orchards for anybody to eat. Why fill our parks with no-value grass shrub when it can be a green bean vine? Or a grape tomato bush? /steps off soapbox

  • Lush products. Yum. I will always cry in joy to receive Big Blue, Butterball, wiccy massage bar, Sakura or Sex Bomb, Woosh, Lust, or any product with those same scent profiles. 🛁

  • travel, camping, getting lost in a new city, meeting the real locals, taking public transport or riding my adorable scooter: Pico de Gallo Beep Beep Ciao Bella (yes, that’s really her full name; I call her Pico for short) 🛵

  • technology. If there’s a gadget for it, I probably want it...

Favorite Styles 🎨

I gravitate toward bright colors mixed with bold black/white/gray patterns (and as of late, navy). While I don’t hate pastel, the design has to be really compelling. Think Maggie Holmes vs generic shabby chic.

Paper collections: I’m a fan of classic concepts like flora/fauna (including geo, space, etc), cool textures incl boho/feathers, travel, seasons/holidays, etc.

Recent brands that I’ve purchased and loved:

  • Pink Paislee and Paige Evans (always a fan!)

  • Crate Paper

  • Pebbles - Jen Hadfield is always good

  • My Minds Eye (I’ve never met a collection of theirs that I didn’t immediately love)

  • One Canoe Two

  • PinkFresh Studio - Indigo Hills 2 was gorgeous but I find I like PinkFresh about 75% of the time

  • 7 Dots Studio - their recent Garden Party Collection is quite lovely if you like botanicals. It’s the only company I love who does grunge (sorry Tim!). Paint Chips has a killer palette, too. Basically anything designed by DeeDee Catron usually has my vote, including her mixed media brand Um Wow Studio.

While I’m a fan of glitter, I prefer foil or better yet, gilding. I have an unnatural obsession with sequins and enamel dots.

Scent & Perfume

Jasmine, mimosa, violet, linden and orange blossum, honeysuckle, citrus and vanilla are my top picks for perfume scent profiles. I am constantly on the look out for new scents, so feel free to send me your niche samples that you don’t like, or give me a heads up if there’s something I should check out. :)


abshanghai rated for Christmas Mail Art and ATC on Aug 26, 2019
Response: This is the exact atc I wrote you about and asked whether it had arrived and you said yes so I didn’t do anything. Is there a reason you’ve now decided to give me a 1 without more communication? I’m totally bummed. 😞 Please look at my other rating comments and honestly consider whether that’s the type of swapper that would ever intentionally skip out on a swap? I would really appreciate the opportunity to make this right, if possible. Thanks!
SeleneW rated for Friendship Bracelet - USA on May 10, 2019
Comment: I was contacted that the first time the friendship bracelet was sent through the mail that it ended up being returned sender possibly for postage or packing. I have yet to receive anything since that contact and have tried to contact through swap bot but I have heard nothing back. Will rate higher if I receive something in the future.
Comment: Melissa, Thank you for joining this swap. I am so glad you enjoyed it! I love the pastels you used... so pretty and summery! Thank you so much!
Tverne05 rated for 2019 Seed Swap -- US Only on Mar 25, 2019
vlhafer54 rated for Spring Mini Pocket Letter on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: I love it - everything's so bright and cheerful.
iowa05 rated for Rainbow Goodies Swap on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!!!! I don't even know what to say - this package is AMAZING!!!!! :D :D :D Thank you so much!! I couldn't figure out what the noise was until I opened it and found the Nerds! ;D lol Thank you so much, girly!! ♥ The pencil case is my favorite! ♥♥♥♥
Response: You’re so welcome! It was fun to put together. Let me know how that rainbow ice gum is, I’m very curious (they stopped selling it at my local store already, boooo).
Comment: Very pretty paper
Comment: Thanks for the fun envies. There was no swap name in your notecard but I figured it out...🤓
Response: Thank you for being smarter than me. ;) Oy, sorry for the confusion!
Magenta3 rated for Embellished Banner for Spring on Mar 13, 2019
Comment: Beautiful banner. Wonderfully packaged. Thanks for the profile related extras. A treat to receive.
Response: I’m glad you liked it! You were very easy to design for. Jewel tones, buttons, art. Done. Lol 😉
CheyanneB rated for ATC Shape Series: Scallops on Mar 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks! I love the ATC - I hope it brings on the spring weather too :)
CheyanneB rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 26 on Mar 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful ICAD and for remembering about the postcard (I completely forgot until I read your message)!
Response: LOL, I’m surprised I remembered myself!
Comment: Thank you so much
Rainydancer rated for Private Swap: happy mail on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: Oh my what a surprise in the middle of this snowstorm. Thanks so much for everything- it's like you were inside my mind! I've never received such a beautiful package in the mail, I'm really touched with all your thought and care.
Response: It was a blast to put together. We should do it agin soon! ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much for the variety of stationery! Thank you sooooo much! You are very creative! Thank you!
Response: My pleasure!
Comment: Wow! Thanks for all the fun stationery pages! :)
Response: I hope they’re helpful!
Serendipity7894 rated for My Playlist in January 2019 on Feb 24, 2019
Response: Thank you 😊
YooperHill rated for 3 Jane Davenport inspired ATCs on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank YOU. 😊
blueseabliss rated for 3 Jane Davenport inspired ATCs on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Hey, thank you! And I loved the extra backgrounds and the papyrus card!
Response: I went through a papyrus phase about a decade ago and I’m STILL trying to work trough them. LOL
MyRetroSoul rated for 3 Jane Davenport inspired ATCs on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: She’s even pretty in person and the colors are gorgeous. I really struggle with water color. I have a hard time using them without the colors getting muddled. I just bought JD’s water color crayons and haven’t tried them yet. I’m hoping they will help me get the water color vibe without losing the vividness. Anyway! Thank you for this ATC, I hope we get matched in another swap soon!
Response: I’ve heard her watercolor pens (though they’re known to leak) are downright amazeballs, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you fall in love with them. Oooh I just got an idea. Keep your eyes on your mailbox this weekend/next Monday. 😊
MyRetroSoul rated for Jane Davenport Themed ATCs on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: This is gorgeous! Definitely a favorite! And I am looking forward to getting the “alien” JD girl as well. LOL! I mean it! She’s beautiful too! ❤️
Response: Bless your generous soul. 😉 Actually she was the only one that I felt proud of. The colors are so vibrant in person (Qor high chroma watercolors) and I thought you might like something a little different. I’m glad I picked correctly. 😊

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hamolla22 on Mar 21, 2019:
  • I m expecting my 3rd kid so life is quite busy lately! 🙈 Omggg I still can’t believe the awesome goodies that you sent me, all the napkins, paint and everything!! Thank you again xx 😘
hamolla22 on Mar 21, 2019:

Thank you so much for your advice, wowww that’s something new but I’d try it lol! Uniquely printed napkins would be awesome 😎 I m taking a break from swapping so if you want to host the handmade bookmark USA swap, feel free to copy paste and recreate the swap monthly ❤️ I m expected my 3rd kid so life it quite busy

craftseverything on Mar 19, 2019:

Except for the monthly knitting/crochet swaps, I'm taking a break from SB too. I haven't really been creating anything on my own and I totally miss that. So it is back to my art studio I go to do my own thing, and not worry about running back and forth to the PO, or waiting for swaps to arrive and rated. I'm looking forward to the break actually. I will post my creations on IG. I'll see you there.

Bananers on Mar 16, 2019:

I received the farm card kit! I love that cute little stamp set. Thank you so much!

jacque on Mar 15, 2019:

Thank u very much for the Rak! I love the farm clear stamps,sequins paper and the other extras! I am excited to start a project with them! Thanks again!

hamolla22 on Feb 26, 2019:

Thank you so much for the wonderful envie of goodies for the “Quick! I collect...” tag, I loved everything!!! Perfect choice for the art postcards, beautiful decoupage papers and napkins and I’m over the moon for the amazing Daniel Smith watercolor samples!!! ❤️❤️❤️

1koolkrafter on Feb 16, 2019:

Hello...yes... I have quite an arsenal of die cut machines.... I haven’t seen that red thing in years.

CaseyErin on Feb 14, 2019:

Thanks for leaving your comment! How cool M’Lynn helped you land the part.

I love Steel Magnolias so much that when I got married, I had a red velvet armadillo groom’s cake! I’m sure people thought I was nuts but I was thrilled.

jenmcjen on Feb 13, 2019:

Okay I'm awfully late on this, but that was a FABULOUSLY hilarious pet story of the day! Thank you so much for sharing.

My pet was not cute today. Little dog tried to bite me. I'm teaching her to stop barking like a maniac when people come here (rare occasion as we live in BFE MN). My mom has spoiled her for 6 years, so it's a difficult battle.

She's very sweet and silly otherwise. You can say, "Go get your Grinch" and she gets that toy, or "Go get your hedgehog," and she gets that toy, so also pretty smart for such a tiny, pea-brained thing (I prefer bigger dogs - want a great Dane me).

Next time your dog is silly, I'd love to hear about it!

kiddomerriweather on Feb 11, 2019:

I know. 😫 I’m very sad. I had to have my neighbor take him away for me. The temperature change was a shock to his system.

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