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user6456

user6456
Original Member
Last Online: September 19, 2017
Birthday: October 2, 1965
Country: United States

About Me

I am one of those folks who thinks crayola should make perfume and that lives by the motto "life is too short for beige". While somewhat of a couch potato due to foot and knee surgeries over the last 5 years, I will always be found behind the mountain of craft supplies when watching tv. And for those who ask... no I did not trip over my mountains to get the bad knees and feet! I just can't sit and do nothing. Give me a paper wrapped straw, a bit of odd paper and a candy wrapper and you will find me fiddling with it until i have made something. Yes, I am that person. I have a basement that could be a an episode of Hoarders... but I am trying to get it down to just paper crafting, fabric crafting and sewing, jewelry and clay making yeah.. right now ... those things...and tomorrow, mosaics, painting, soap and candlemaking and probably something to do with furniture upcycling. I have kind of given up on learning to work on cars... but have you seen "art cars" ? i might have to rethink that. I am married to the most wonderful man. We have been together since high school and married for 28 years. He inspires me, enlightens me, he spoils me, supports me and of course enables me to do art everyday, all day if i want. He is the very best of husbands and best friends. I have 2 grown children... a son and daughter plus a wonderful daughter in law. I was blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom while they were home and now my husband ( did i mention he is great?) told me I should "retire" since i put in my years as a full time mom. So, unless the need arises, I am enjoying my retirement from being a stay at home mom and now just am stay at home ME.... unless Hobby Lobby calls and needs me to come stock their shelves from the stuff in my basement..

Bits and Bobs

I am a bit of a magpie in that I collect many little things and years ago after a vacation with my husband that included antique stores, thrift stores and even a few garage sales my husband pointed out that I seldom buy anything just for its own sake...but I buy supplies to make into something. I am the one who will buy the old sewing basket for the seam tape and button cards, the partially finished embroidery project or the odd lot of wooden tasting spoons. I hardly ever know what I will make or use my treasure for but i can get almost giddy over odd bits of broken jewelry, a ring of misc keys or small unused glass bottles that might have once been meant for a dose of medicine...I got 500 for $5... and still have about 450.... LOL anyone for fairy dust necklaces ?

Favorite Crafts

I have never been able to settle on one craft and become a master at it. I am just pretty good at most things and got luckily blessed with an artsy gene.I have done just about everything along the way and still intend to try a few more things as the opportunity arises... Imagine what i could do if i could weld! or use a plasma saw! When I make something it is seldom just one medium... sewing things, I add from the hardware store,... working with clay I play with rubber stamps and use buttons as stamps... jewelry might mean charms made of felt covered poptabs then beaded or cut off swizzle sticks... I don't think there is a button or a piece of ribbon that i would turn down, nor a game piece or a pretty candy wrapper. All my drawers could be considered junk drawers or treasure chests depending on your point of view. I am guessing by now you know which side of that debate I stand.

Favorite Television

We gave up cable to pinch a few pennies 2 years ago and thanks to Netflix, I have opened my couch potato experience to lots of British tv shows. I am not such a sci fi fan but I'll overdose on Doc Martin, Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders. I guess blood and guts are my favorite genres... medicine and murder and some mixed. I still do enjoy the DIY shows and the historical mini series, but I have decided many of the HGTV shows are all the same and I don't miss them too much.

Instead of the mall...

I would rather shop at a flea market or thrift store. And I would much rather travel to Europe to visit their flea markets than to visit some posh hotel. Give me a chance to do the 100 mile garage sale journey than a day or two laying around a pool. I have been told I am a reverse snob.... in that I prefer things with a previous life than something brand new and trendy. I kind of dress like a wantabee gypsy...funky fabric jackets and vests over black leggings and tshirts.... Embroidered tablecloths made into skirts, Fantastic kimonos as flowing jackets... And my hair... well from chopsticks, to paintbrushes, purple to chartreuse, anything goes. If i ever win a lottery... my big splurge will be a dozen pair of wild and crazy frames for my needed eyeglasses.

Ratings

redheart rated for Fabulous Flamingo ATC on Sep 2, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks so much♡ loved it, and the extras!
Mammybarnes rated for "Gone Fishing" ATC (USA) on Aug 24, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for the great ATC and the extras❤️ I love to fish and your atc made me want to go fishing 🎣.
rayce rated for Vintage ATC - Fall Colors on Aug 23, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC, info on how you created it and all the wonderful extras! :)
5
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Comment: I love my Scotland atc. I love all the information on why you chose the details you added. It is very lovely. Thank you. Thank you for all the extras, too.
Response: I am so glad you liked it. Before i decided on the shortbread cookies I was planning to use a button with a thistle on it... I was so sure i had seen one in my button collection But after searching thru my suitcase of buttons with no go... my husband banned me from ever buying another jar of buttons at a flea market... sigh... I had him searching for it too.... but actually the cookies i think tied into the scottie better don't you think?
laterdayze rated for Ticket Please ATC on Aug 22, 2017
5
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Comment: I LOVE THIS ATC!! Very cute idea to add it as the winning ticket. Thanks for the extra goodies too! :D
Conni59 rated for Desert Cactus ATC on Aug 21, 2017
5
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Comment: I love the color scheme on the desert atc! I also sent a watercolor based on some photos I took while visiting the desert! Thank you so much I love it! ❤️❤️❤️ Very special swap!
Response: thank you. Always trying to stretch and learn new art skills... I am very much a beginner with water colors. I am glad you liked it.
Kalalinga rated for ATC #2: The month of JULY on Jul 21, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for the ATC with the very nice flag! Thank you also for all the extras which I can use on future ATC's. Best wishes, Carolyn 💓
vlhafer54 rated for ATC 2017# 27: Up-cycled -USA- on Jul 13, 2017
5
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Comment: I love it! And thank you for all the other bits.
Response: thank you. I am glad you were happy with my atc
shiverphone rated for Name your Cupcake on Jun 30, 2017
5
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Comment: Super cute! Thank you so much for the well-made ATC, and all the useful extras!!
Response: Thank you. I got another one of the kind of atcs i mentioned in the note... kind of bummed.
luv2kraft rated for Hardcore Halloween Freaks ATCS on Oct 20, 2016
5
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Comment: both ATCs are great! the kitty is my favorite.
LizFinn rated for Hardcore Halloween Freaks ATCS on Oct 12, 2016
5
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Comment: I love both of them! Thx.
5
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urocyonfox rated for Hardcore Halloween Freaks ATCS on Oct 11, 2016
5
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Comment: thank you for the atcs
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Comment: Hi Betsy - Thanks so much for the adorable Rolo. I love it!! Thanks for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Allegrae rated for EASU: Use a Candy Wrapper on Sep 20, 2016
5
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Comment: Thanks for the festive pinwheel ATC, as well as your lovely note. I've never been to Greece, but I've always wanted to travel there. Ouzo candy sounds wonderful! I also appreciate your kind words about my work. No need to feel intimidated!
PaulaF rated for EASU - Send 3 Vintage ATCs on Sep 19, 2016
5
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Comment: Totally great trio! So stylish and fun! I love these cards...thanks for a great swap. :D
CraftyCari rated for Send 3 ATCs - Autumn on Sep 7, 2016
5
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Comment: I absolutely love your ATC's! I'm not sure why you were nervous about being my partner or where you got the idea that I am "quite the artist" I just tinker. ;) These ATC's are awesome. Love, Love, Love them! Thank you!
Response: thank you .. I am relieved. I really was quite nervous. I thought maybe the one with the gears and watch face could reach out to your "steam punk" heart with my love of that extra hour of autumn sleep... but i didn't go as far as i could with the steam punk idea... ( we need a few steam punk atc swaps don't we?) have a great day and I hope to see you around the next swapbot corner.
georgiafae rated for EASU: Mixed-media Punchinella on Sep 7, 2016
5
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Comment: It is good to see a familiar name. I really like the texture and the color of this ATC. Reminds me of a Chanel jacket-but maybe that was the idea-thanks for swapping again and sharing with me! Love the upholstery trim pieces you sent, too!
Response: It is funny you should mention Chanel... It crossed my mind about those tweedy jackets when i put the "buckle" on it... Not intentional but glad we shared a similar thought. I am neither funny or clever with intention... for me the best comes out spontaneously.
outofdarkness rated for Unconventional ATC # 4 on Aug 23, 2016
5
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Comment: very interesting materials. especially the green stuff. thanks for the extras -- i will experiment.
sunrising42 rated for "Owned by a CAT" ATC (USA) on Aug 12, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you! The ribbon on the ATC is amazing! Thank you for the sample too. :-)
Response: I am glad you liked my kitty. If you are at all interested in having some trims of that kind and many others... I have tons. most are only small samples off cards that interior designers use to show clients... most are 3 inches - 6 inches... but i also have tassles and fringes... I can't stand the idea of all that retired sample stuff going to a landfill... i would be happy to send you a variety pack if you pay for postage... Let me know and pass the word on... i use it for so many things... atcs, doll hair.. decorating hair accessories... clothes pins etc... But i will never be able to use the laundry baskets full that i have !

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Comments

anrtist on Aug 5, 2015:

AMAZING MAIL ART GROUP has a ~B I N G O ~ Game starting SUNDAY if you wanna play! Just check in the group and select your words, say you're in & pm me your list! ;-)
ENJOY!!! Blessings, cc

hibiscus on Jul 7, 2015:

thank you!

JessRoussos on Jun 13, 2015:

For the awesome seahourse ATC : )

MissWhimsy on Apr 27, 2015:

Best first line on a profile I've ever read! That made me smile :)

cutesygirlynai on Jan 18, 2015:

i love reading your "about me"! you're hilarious!! :D

Candyn29 on Jan 13, 2015:

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RyeRye on Feb 14, 2014:

evieroz on Feb 6, 2014:

Morning, I have messaged you about the altered bottlecap swap, with no answer from you. So I thought I would try this route. Did you get the swap yet? And if you did would you please rate me? Or let me know if you didn't get it so I could resend it. Please let me know so I can close this swap down soon. Evelyn

barbieloufromKY on Oct 1, 2013:

Just wanted to say.....

anrtist on Jun 1, 2013:

TAG ur it! I just tagged you in the A.R.T.GROUP Wish List!! ;-) Please pm me your addie!

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