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Last Online: June 4, 2016
Birthday: September 11
Country: United States
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About Me

I live with my husband and son in a house we built about 4 years ago (I love my house!). We have a Golden Retriever named Winston and six cats. Oh, and I run my family's winery; my sister is our winemaker.... hence my name...

I like:

Quality items that fit my profile. I would much prefer 1 nice item that fits my "likes" to many inexpensive, generic items. Thanks!

HANDMADE ITEMS - I'd love to receive anything handmade by you!

COLORS - Red, dark red, lots of greens (sage, chartreuse, very dark greens), blues (Swedish blue, cobalt, periwinkle), black. I like lots of bright, clear, sophisticated color, either mixed together or separate. I also love natural linen colors mixed with one or more other colors.

GENERAL ITEMS: Food - black (my favorite tea is Earl Grey), green, or herbal tea (no sweet teas or chai, please), dark chocolate, decaf coffee, maple

Green tea scented items, lemon, bees & honey, herbs (especially rosemary), gardening, dogs and cats, zakka, art/craft made with recycled materials, vegetarian cooking

VINTAGE/RETRO: My favorite eras are: 1) Arts & crafts (1890s-1925 or so) 2) Depression era (1930s and 40s) 3) Mid-century (1950s and early 60s) I love vintage items from any of these eras.

I especially love sewing items, vintage buttons, kitchen items, china, teacups and teapots...

COLLECTIONS: I collect Depression era china such as Fiestaware and Hall. I also collect cookbooks.

IMAGES: My favorite images are leaves and botanicals, and herbs. Also birds (flying birds, swallows, owls, crows...), acorns, bees, fruits and veggies, and pine cones. Some of my favorite artists/designers are: William Morris, Marimekko, Amy Butler, John Singer Sargent, Gustave Baumann. I like simple, clean design.

LITTLE THINGS YOU CAN SEND: Here are some ideas for little things I'll always like - a few teabags, a nice pen, wool felt, embroidery floss, vintage (or wonderful modern) buttons, vintage sewing trims, little maple candies, a bit of dark chocolate, little bits of beautiful papers, pretty ribbons, cute fabric, a little toy for my cats, a ball of wool yarn, charms, a little rubber stamp, little stamp pads, a few doggie cookies for Winston

I AM LESS INTERESTED IN: Kawaii - I think it's cute but don't really want it myself, stuff for kids/juvenile stuff, white chocolate, kelly green, pastels, anything religious, artificial flowers (love real ones, not particularly fond of artificial ones). Purple and pink in moderation, please. I'd prefer not to get things with Christmas imagery.

NOTE: If you can't figure out what to send me, please ask -- thanks.

Also, if I don't get a chance to rate you, please feel free to remind me! I try to rate when I first receive a package.

Favorite Music

I like just about any music. My least favorites are heavy metal and hip-hop.

Favorite Movies

Dear Frankie, Amelie, most Studio/Canal stuff, Young Frankenstein, High Fidelity.

Favorite Television

Project Runway, 6 Feet Under, Dexter, Weeds, Top Chef, Slings & Arrows.

Favorite Crafts

Paper Arts: ATCs, chunky books, hand-carved rubber stamps, handmade notecards;

Handmade charms; beads

Knitting, sewing

YARN PREFERENCES: In terms of yarn, here are my preferences: nothing lighter than DK weight (I just don't work with lace weight or sock weight... that sort of thing), natural fibers (wool, silk, bamboo, alpaca, llama, cotton, linen, etc), I like traditional yarns and also funky handspuns. Man-made fibers are ok if included in funky handspuns that are mostly natural fibers. No commercial novelty yarns, please. I would prefer to stay away from commercial blends that include synthetics. Thanks!

FABRIC PREFERENCES: I love - linen, Scandinavian prints, most Japanese fabrics, strong graphic images, polka-dots, stripes (see above for the images I like). I love many vintage fabrics along with reproductions from the eras I listed above (craftsman, 30s & 40s, 50s & early 60s). Please stay away from - cutsey, country, Victorian, shabby chic, acrylic and other synthetics, cartoons, Christmas, neon, pastels. Thanks!


Comment: Thank you so much for this swap! I've always wanted a chatelaine and it was nice of you to make one just for me. I am already in love with the truffles! The soap smells great as well. Feeling very spoiled. :) Thanks again.
Response: You're very welcome! It was fun to spoil you. :)
Changeling rated for Share Some Old School Products on Jul 21, 2011
Comment: Package was arriving when I came home for lunch. Good timing! I'm really going to enjoy everything and have started with the barley sugar candy drops! :) Thank you for such a great swap!
Comment: xoxo
Comment: you are very awesome :)
Comment: XOXO!
KnittingCateling rated for V Days of Xmas on Dec 15, 2009
Comment: You always send such thoughtful goodies. Thank you for package #1 and looking forward to all the rest!
cbzcando rated for Wyatt says what? on Dec 2, 2009
Comment: I disconfect often and have phonesia several times a year ;) This made my day! Thank you for the lovely keys and for expanding my vocabulary. XOXO
cbzcando rated for TWATS #15 on Dec 2, 2009
Comment: Beautiful presentation! Excellente swapola! I found all sorts of goodies. I see a bingo marker, an orange mermaid, a tiny lucky cat, a harmonica charm (LOVE!) slurp slurp - pardon me as I eat my latte candy. xoxo
Comment: Sweet William and Pretty Polly wanted me to thank Winston for them. They enjoyed the letter, pictures, and are still loving the cool catnip crocheted mice! Winston and Coraline are cuties!
Suzanne rated for TWATS - Two For You on Nov 3, 2009
Comment: Oh, this was such a lovely pile of tasty goodness! I am completely head-over-heels for this package! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
kiki rated for TWATS - Tina says hello on Nov 2, 2009
Comment: love love love it all! i'm trying to get help for tina, but since i'm unsure of her whereabouts, it could be some time before i find her! xxo
Comment: Dear Winston, Thank you for the great card! From what I can tell of your picture, you look VERY handsome, but quite large. I would love to come to Michigan to play with you and Coraline. She looks like she is up for anything, just like me. Your mom says you have expressive eyes, like I do...do you ever "work it" and get extra treats with them? Speaking of treats, tell your mom thanks for knitting the mice for my brothers, they love them. They actually helped themselves to them last night when they were sitting on the counter. My mom can't find them now, but they are around, and Sinatra and Spider know where they are...are the other treats for cats--they smell fishy, but I ate one last night... Please tell your mom that I would love to come and be a "winery dog." They could name a young, full-bodied wine after me. Plus I could get petted all day long in the tasting room. Love, Zoie
Response: Dear Zoie, I'm so glad you liked your card! Yes, I'm pretty big (95 lbs) but I'm very gentle when I play with little dogs. I wish you could visit and play with me and get lots of attention at the winery. My mom had to hide the mice in a drawer until she was ready to mail the package because my kittehs wanted them for themselves. The treats in the bag are for you -- they're mini versions of some chicken tenders that I love. Love, Winston
Chickpea rated for RAK and Tell on Jul 20, 2009
Comment: I loved reading about your RAK's, and I was especially moved by the donation made in my name to Animal Acres. You so are so thoughtful!
SacredYoli rated for Private ATCs on May 31, 2009
Comment: You rock, and I think you know it!
cbzcando rated for Private ATCs on May 29, 2009
Comment: Abfab ATCs :) These are truly gorgeous! Spinner really likes them, too (he must have good taste - haha).
Response: Well, duh, look at who he picked for a partner. :) But how does Lucky feel about them?
Comment: Super lovely parcel (as usual) Million thanks
CraftDiva4 rated for Fortune Cookie Collage Swap on Apr 21, 2009
Comment: I love the collage it is so creative and beautiful. I really becoming fond of vintage images, so this is perfect. I am just stunned and so grateful for all the extras you sent! I want to give you 100 hearts.
Comment: So pretty, thank you!!
NeferTnah rated for BONUS: FAA Lucky Parcel - I SEW on Apr 14, 2009
Comment: what a lovely parcel- I especially love the tags. The teal spool fabric I adore, I sent it in my parcels also !! beautiful packaging- many thanks !!!
Comment: Thank you for wonderful awesome trees!

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kiwivandal on Jan 18, 2011:

For being a valued member of Scraptopia :)

tangledthreads on Feb 13, 2010:


cbzcando on Mar 13, 2009:

I love the notecards you make. Thank you!

Cherries on Nov 5, 2008:


Ceinwyn on Sep 11, 2008:

cbzcando on Sep 10, 2008:

We heard from Bob. He's in LA working on a commercial for Palmolive :)

cbzcando on Sep 6, 2008:

We're concerned. Bob never made it in the post. Spinner's taking the welcome sign down off the garage door. Poor Bob :)

Suzanne on Jul 17, 2008:

I get to mail to you again! Yay!

RoseHips on Jul 14, 2008:

Dear Henry -

This is Radar. I am borrowing my Mommy's computer... It is very easy to type when you're polydactyl, don't you agree?

Anyways... Want to come over and eat catnip with me? My daddy has really good shit.

Love, Radar

tangledthreads on Jul 3, 2008:

Thank you for the most fabulous goodies, pretty paper, ribbon, brads and rubber stamps..it was all so perfect!! Thank you so much!!! xoxo

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