I'm Vanne and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. Married to an incredible man that I just adore. We live in Benicia, CA which is a wonderful little harbor town where ships and trains carry cargo in and out of the bay. The downtown is just like an old fashioned Main Street with cute little shops, restaurants and historic sights.
We have such a great lifestyle living by the water as we spend evenings walking around the Marina or just hanging out on a bench and watch the sunset after we get off work.
Every day we say to each other "We Have the Best Life Ever.
My Husband is what I call a "prolific fantasy chef". Meaning he watches Food Network and cooking shows on PBS more than anyone out there. He is continuously researching recipes on-line and trying new dishes. It has begun to rub off on me and since I am on a diet I am trying to cook healthy and I am having fun trying to turn my favorite dishes into a diet meal low in Calories and Sodium. If you have any recipes for light cooking I would love to try it.
Lately, I am crazy about the HGTV show Fixer Upper and having fun decorating my place in a kinda Beachy Farmhouse style. I am also a little obsessed with Sunset Magazine. Over the Summer we had the chance to go to the Sunset Magazine Celebration in Sonoma and had a great time.
I swap ATCs, Rolos, Altered Tags and Art Journaling pages and supplies. I also swap and collect Postcards especially Vintage PCs, Playing Cards as well as Vintage Greeting Cards.
Most of my projects include Mixed Media Collage or Stamping, but I do a little-bit of Hand painted and some Digital. I am a Scrapbooker and I love Project Life. I am all about trying new techniques and my style is always evolving as I learn so much from all of you wonderful swap partners. I am always amazed!
I would say that I mostly do Vintage, Shabby Chic, Primitive, Grunge and Retro Style and I love using lots of stuff found at Antique Stores and love using paints, buttons and Ephemera and random goodies.
I am thankful everyday for all the wonderful friends that I have made here on swap-bot and I adore all the beautiful little pieces of art that I am receiving. I love to see other artist's cards and love to see how they interpret a certain theme or challenge.
MY FAVORITE COLOR: Flamingo Pink
MY FAVORITE THEMES:
TROPICAL: Anything Hawaiian, Exotic Flowers, Beaches with Sunsets, Hula Girls, Tikis, Palm Trees and Cocktails. Flamingos are my favorite Birds but I love all Exotic Birds especially Parrots.
1960s TELEVISION: Love the old shows. Especially I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Gilligan's Island and the Monkees.
TOTALLY 80'S: Can't believe I'm listing this since I haven't looked back since, lol... Suddenly I am strangely inspired by all the 80's music, styles, movies and pop culture. Also, losing icons this year such as David Bowie, Prince and George Michael has made me appreciate this special moment in time.
TOURISTY: I collect Travel themed Ephemera I especially love AAA and road travel maps from gas stations as well as PCs featuring Motels. I am a little obsessed with Retro Lumberjack images such as Paul Bunyan. Also, I will give Hearts for anything with a Redwood Tree on it.
FABULOUS 1950'S: It just seemed like such a wonderful moment in time. I have been listening to lots of "oldies" music and watching all of my favorite Classic Movies. Love Poodle Skirts, Sock Hops, Cruising the Main Street, Drive Ins, really anything from this era.
OLD WEST: So into Vintage Cowgirls, Trains, General Stores, and Saloon Ladies. I love all the Cowboys, Gunslingers and Gamblers. I'm also a big fan of Westerns from the 1950s as well as Music from this time such as Hank Williams.
PARIS: French, Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Can Can Dancers, Paris in the 1920's, Josephine Baker and Marie Antoinette.
NAUTICAL: Coastal, Boating, Yacht club, Sailboats and Anchors. Anything Cruise Ship related, especially Princess Cruises or anything to do with The Love Boat.
VINTAGE: Vintage Sun Bathers, Circus and Beach Themes, Romantic Couples and Flappers are some of my favorite.
SEXY: I love sinful ladies of all eras such as Burlesque and Exotic Dancers, Pin Up Girls. Vintage Nudes, etc... I am a sucker for anything on the sexy side such as Corsets, Black Stockings and Red Lips.
BARBIE AND PAPER-DOLLS: I played with my Mom's Classic Barbies as a child. My Grandmother saved them as she saved all the kid's toys and books. I loved all the beautiful dresses and outfits. She also had a Pink Kitchen set for Barbie and my Grandmother also had a wonderful 1950s Pink Kitchen. I had a Ballerina Barbie and Malibu Barbie back in the 70's.
CLASSIC MOVIES: My all time favorite movies are High Society, Cleopatra, Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, Auntie Mame and Gypsy.I love all the old movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Doris Day, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and anything to do with the golden age of Hollywood.
WINE COUNTRY: We live about a half an hour away from the Napa Valley and go frequently. We are also big Wine drinkers and love anything with a Wine or Champagne glass or grapes, etc.
1967: The year I was born and I love anything having to do with the Summer of Love and Flashbacks from the 1960's. Music from Woodstock and great Fillmore Posters from the 1960's. Rock Gods like Jim Morrison.
MYSTICAL: Illusionists, Fortune Tellers and Crystal Balls, Astrology, Moons and Stars. I collect Tarot and Oracle Cards from various decks as well as Prayer and Saint Cards.
SPIRITUALITY: Native American Shamanism, Buddha, Hinduism, The Orishas, Yoga, Women's Spirituality and The Goddess.
CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS: Vintage Children's books have the most beautiful Illustrations, I just love them. I enjoy Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes and Vintage Text and Picture Books. I also love Alice in Wonderland.
ANIMALS WEARING PEOPLE CLOTHES AND DOING HUMAN ACTIVITIES. I think it's the cutest thing ever!! If you send me anything with a Frog wearing a Crown I would be super excited.
PLANNER SWAPS: I use the old 1980's style Day Runner 5.5 X 8X5. I just bought a Franklin Covey Punch and I love it!! I like all colors and have begun to create Junk Journals in the Day Runner size of several of my above Favorite Themes. My Daily Planner has a 1950s theme and everything is Pink.
RECYCLED ENVELOPES: I like to send envelopes that I have received for other swaps. As much as I adore greeting cards and fun stationary, I am fascinated by the idea of an envelope traveling around for several swaps. Decorated a little by each sender. Feel free to re-use envelopes and I will send it along. How fun would it be to get one back that has been used time and time again.
If for any reason my swap didn't make it to you, please give me the chance to make it up to you as I would never intentionally flake on anyone and always do my best to be a great swapper. Just let me know that you haven't received it yet and I promise to make it right.
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