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Last Online: February 18, 2018
Birthday: May 25
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm back, for a few swaps for some of my spare time in between trying to figure out what I'm doing next, and selling the house. Evenings are the perfect time to sew!

With the new Swap-bot Time Zone as UTC, I'm in UTC-4

My newest/oldest "Like"--I don't know why I never mentioned it here before, but I'm a Whovian!! I love Doctor Who, so anything, especially the latest (ie: tenth and eleventh Doctors) is Cool! There are some very cute amigurumis I saw on Pinterest tenth Doctor

and 11th doctor

First Swap--August 31, 2006 It's amazing after all these years to go back to the beginning and look at the old swaps! It's like an art journal! ...I want to do them all over again!

I mail from my house before or on the send date, so if the postmark is late, it's because the mail lady didn't turn things in for postmarking in a timely manner--it happens a lot! :(

I'm also making an extra effort to rate as soon as something arrives.

My Amazon Wishlist

GOT CDs? I STILL need no-good cds for a huge art project--any cd that has a unaltered shiny side is welcome (scratches are just fine)--in any numbers--I'm looking for 3200! I have about 800 so far, having just received a few more from another friend, and some came in a couple of swap packages!!! So PM me for my mailing address if you'd like to contribute and save them from going to the landfill! I will gladly return some postage to you, or trade something else. IF YOU'RE MAILING ME CDS, PLEASE USE MEDIA MAIL--VERY CHEAP, at least here in the US: 1lb=$2.38, 2lb=$2.77, 3lb=$3.16, etc.

TEA SWAPS: I don't drink any mint or spiced teas, and prefer fruity flavors. My absolute favorite is Peach or Mango. If I get ones I can't drink, I will share them with friends or family who will!

Not so fond of cutesy baby pastels or baby colors--I'm a fantasy-loving grown-up with rich taste!

I like rich deep jewel-tone colors, like Purple, Deep Velvet Red, Cozy Russet, Chocolate Brown, Forest Green, Bluegrass Green, the Buttery, almost golden-cream Yellow of a fall sunset...but my biggest real favorite is Blue--TARDIS Blue, Sky blue, Ocean blue, Royal blue, Indigo blue, Bluejeans blue, any rich shade of blue, with white, and/or silver.

PLEASE, NO PINK, ORANGE, YELLOWISH BROWN, AQUA, TEAL OR OTHER WARM COLORS in fabrics for quilt blocks, etc. A teeny bit of them is ok, but not the main or even secondary color, and Please! No Kiddie patterns. I have no little kids around to make things for.

I like some bright primaries and secondaries (remember your color wheel? --blue, red, yellow, green, purple) combined in fabric patterns and prints, but not so fond of yellow-green, orange and avocado for anything. Way too 70s and all that goes with that! LOL

Themes I like, for things like totes or other sewn items besides quilt blocks, are:

Crows; Doctor Who; Sun, Moon and Stars; Peacocks; Spirals and Labyrinths

I love sparkly shiny things with all the shiny metallics, especially silver and copper. Rhinestone brooches/pins/earrings (even broken ones or single earrings) are a favorite, I hang them on wide ribbons on the walls in my office.

I'm sorry, but I have to be very selective/restrictive about joining any more groups at this time--I have too much going on outside of Swap-bot and no time to give it the attention it needs right now. Thanks for asking though!

Collagist, book-alterer, assemblagist and any other art form that catches my fancy! I live in the country for now with Pepper and Henry my two grey furbabies.

I'm fond of crows, magickal elements, celtic knotwork, crows, celestial imagery, maps and old texts, as well as exotic flowers and nature themes, and did I mention crows?

Steampunk is intriguing me, too.

Eloy Morales (these are hyperphotorealistic paintings!), Renato Muccillo Duane Keiser and Brian Lasaga are my favorite contemporary artists, JohannesVermeer my all time favorite The Girl with the Pearl Earring is my favorite Vermeer. . I'm fond of Mary Engelbreit, too!

My favorite things that I like to see around me at home are all small--I've been so used to living in a really tiny house--way before they became trendy, and not much wall space open for hanging things, lots of built-in furniture takes it up. But I like things with sparkly crystals, like rhinestone brooches (I have a collection of them on wide ribbons on the wall in my office), celtic knot designs, crows, altered/decorated matchboxes, small boxes, postcards and ATCs, small art dolls/goddess dolls, windchimes, crows, and tiny sparkly sun catchers, inchie charms, and other small charms--I have a hand-made wire charm tree hanging from the ceiling in a corner of my studio. And, crows, crows, crows--I love them!

**If I have not rated you yet--Please feel free to remind me--I'm trying to make a working system to do it immediately upon receipt of the mail, but some have slipped unintentionally through the cracks!


I've listed a lot of my likes throughout, but here are a few more:

  • miniatures--dollhouse 1:12 scale is fascinating in little things, paintings, furniture, Fairy Doors, etc. *Penmanship--nearly a lost art *Bookbinding--another reviving art


...for most things may be too harsh a word, BUT NOT FOR CLOWNS!!! PLEASE DON'T SEND ME ANY CLOWN STUFF!!!

I don't care for Kawaii- like things, cartoons, cutsey, baby, kidstuff, Disney, etc. Anime is interesting, but not something I go out of my way for, though I do like a lot of Japanese art and crafts.

Also Christian and other mainstream religious items--I don't have any objection to religious people, just don't need any religious stuff. I'm just a happy plain pagan.

Quilt Fabric

I'm always on the lookout for nice colored bias stripe cottons for quilt blocks, like this one: and like this one not necessarily pastels, but thin stripes of different thicknesses, brights, rich colors gold and orange and brown are ok here. :)


I have thousands, literally, since I've been a chef for over 30 years, and spend a lot of time researching and reading cookbooks and magazines. I do love getting family favorites though, not from cookbooks particularly, but the ones your mom or aunt or grandma have in a little box or clippings or notes stuck in a yellowing book on a shelf.

My favorites are just about anything older than 1930, and as far back as you can possibly go! I have a copy of "The Form of Curye" which is a very early cookbook from the 14th century.

I'd love to receive scratch recipes for charcuterie of any kind, especially Italian Sweet sausage, and any other kind from any country's cuisine--Got a recipe for opossum sausage, or Ostrich or...??

Scratch recipes for anything we have to buy now, too--like pastas, noodles, cakes and baking things. Asian cuisine, especially Korean, any area of China and Japan, or India and the Middle East. Africa and South America as well--and why not Australia, too!? I'd love it all! Recipes for good Breads, Rye or other whole grain, too. Notes and stories about the recipes are welcome, too!! I really love that sort of thing, definite heart winners!.

Please! If you send me recipes, PM me for my e-mail address--I store the majority of my recipes on my computer, and prefer it there-though, if you really have to send recipe cards, I'll share them with others after entering the recipe in my files.


jj9jj rated for QnT Block Swap – Wacky Tiles #2 on Feb 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful squares!
Response: You're totally welcome, and thanks for the heart! I'm liking these blocks more each swap! :)
Fabriqueen rated for QnT Block Swap – Wacky Tiles #2 on Feb 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Wacky Tile blocks! Hugs, Diane
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you like them! Thanks for the heart, too!
Comment: oh my goodness....this is just the best! thank you dear. thank you for all the extra goodies too.
Response: I was a little worried that it was so big, but it's modeled after the town hall I used to live near, and it was a BIG building! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I got your squares a while back and I must have forgotten to say - Thank you so much and Happy Quilting!
Response: No worries! I'm glad you got them ok and are enjoying them! Thanks so much for the heart! Happy quilting to you, too!
vlhafer54 rated for QnT: Snowball Quilt Blocks (6) on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty squares!
Response: You are welcome! I like making these, too, but now I have to think of something to do with all the teeny, tiny extra triangles! lol Thanks for the heart!
Mugsie rated for AQ ~ Mystery Fabric Swap! on Feb 12, 2018
Comment: Cyn ~ WOW! Thank you so much for the awesome mug rug! I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for joining in my swap! Have a great day! XO
Response: lol--You almost didn't get it! I have to make one for myself now! Glad you enjoy it! :) Thanks for the heart!!
Fabriqueen rated for QNT 2018 PRICKLY PINWHEELS on Feb 11, 2018
Comment: I really like how this block turns out! Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
Response: I do, too! It's going to be a great quilt one day :) Thanks for the heart!
vlhafer54 rated for AQ ~ A Mug Rug!!! on Feb 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you - love it!
Response: Thanks for the heart. I wasn't going to join any more mug rug swaps (I hardly need any more mug rugs) but they are so much fun to make. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the blocks.
Response: You're so welcome! I love the heartstrings blocks!
Fabriqueen rated for QnT Block Swap – Wacky Tiles #1 on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome blocks! I can't wait to see these all sewn together. Hugs, Diane
Response: Me either! I was confused by them at first, but loving them now! Thanks for the heart!
jj9jj rated for QnT Block Swap – Wacky Tiles #1 on Jan 16, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating, I'm liking these blocks, too.
perkl8r rated for QnT Block Swap – Wacky Tiles #1 on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: so pretty, so excited for this swap and more like it! Thank you dear.
Response: It was a rough start for me, but I like them more and more now! Thanks for the heart!
perkl8r rated for BOM ~ Wonky House Block Swap on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: cute as always
Response: Thanks, I love the wonky houses. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: What a beautiful quilt square! This is the first one of this sort I have joined. I love the variety and colors of the fabrics you used! Thanks for sharing!
Response: Thanks!~ These are my favorite blocks, too. Thanks for the heart!
jamleft rated for A.Q. Mystery Fabric Swap (US Only) on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun, cheery octagon floral mug rug. I will enjoy using while i am quilting. It is good to hear that you are recovering from the lyme disease.
Response: Thanks so much for the rating, I'm glad you like the mug rug, I'm feeling totally better already--except for the minor side affects of the meds, things are fine, lol
Comment: lovely colors, thank you dear!
Response: Somehow I missed seeing this rating-- you're welcome, and thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: Thank you Cyn for a lovely assortment of blocks! The extra fabric is always appreciated too! I sure hope you are feeling better.... :-))
Response: You are so welcome! I am indeed slowly coming out of the "yuck" cloud, and beginning to feel myself again. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love them, love them. Can't wait till I have enough to make a lap quilt. Thank you and Happy Swapping!
Response: Glad you love them! I have so many now, I could probably make a King size! lol
HeideC rated for Wonky House Block! on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the quirky wonky house block. I love the way you made the sun shining in a blue sky!
Response: Glad you like it! Thanks for rating! :)
Comment: MAny thanks.
Response: You're so welcome!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 779 124 133
Completed Fives Threes Ones
743 1122 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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biasbabe on Mar 25, 2017:

Hope your feeling better

Heirloom on Jul 5, 2016:

Thanks for serving as a FABRIC FANATICS group officer. Here's to more great swaps!

Heirloom on Mar 13, 2016:

Just to say hello!

ChrisAnne on Oct 29, 2015:

Thank you so much for my AQ Bingo prize!

racheljohnson on Oct 14, 2015:

Check out your Ambassador Intro on the blog!!

Thank you for being a wonderful Swap-bot member and Ambassador!

anrtist on Aug 9, 2015:

;-) Blessings, cc

Heirloom on Jun 2, 2015:

Thinking of you!

sal410cat on May 30, 2015:

Hello from another CT Pagan! Have a great day!

Heirloom on Apr 2, 2015:

THANKS so much for hosting swaps in the FF group this year!

Heirloom on Mar 17, 2015:

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