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Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: January 20, 2022
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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About Me

"There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it." ~Amanda Gorman National Youth Poet Laureate #InauguralDay 2021

Happy November! Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season! Stay safe and happy! ❀️

Happy October! Today is Oct 14th 2021.. 24 years ago yesterday my sweet mama left this earth on a beautiful sunny day. Seems like it was only yesterday..... She loved Autumn. If she were here now she would love watching Gil Grissom on CSI-Vegas with me! Yeah.... Dr. Grissom is baaaack!

πŸ’™ WISHLIST for my love of junk and art journals!! And my love of textiles!

  • Gnomes, Fairies, Ladybugs for magical and whimsy gardening theme

  • Vintage postcards, linen or black & white

  • Anything for slow stitching

  • Junk Journal goodies (please no more Tim Holtz' ephemera)

  • Vintage or new scraps of fabric and textiles or ephemera

  • Fabric favorites for quilting swaps; I prefer bright, pastel, white tone on tone or colors tone on tone. Not fond of dark, muted colors or novelty character/cartoon prints.

January 1st 2021!! So thankful for a New Year! I started my new year off right by calling and talking with my two young Granddaughters at midnight. Lol So cuute! ❀️ It took awhile but I finally came up with my word for the this year and it's....LIGHT After the darkness of 2020 the world needs some light and a glimmer of hope as we head into 2021.

Today is September 18th 2020...."Oregon my beautiful Oregon do what you do best...RAIN" It's raining in northern Oregon!! My family and friends are safe! My son in Southern Oregon called early this morning to happily report he can see down the street and clouds (not smoke) in the sky. For the first time in over a week we have windows and doors open. A great day to be thankful!! ❀️

Update: September 14th 2020.... A lot of you have been asking how I'm doing here in Portland Oregon. Thank you for asking. πŸ’› We are doing okay. We live near the WA state border and are away from the downtown area where most of the riots and demonstrations are happening. The wildfires have affected our family and friends in evacuations, all levels in Southern Oregon (our hometown is there, our hearts are broken πŸ’”) and my oldest Sister living 40 minutes south of us. Two friends lost their homes in Southern and still waiting to hear about some if their homes will be saved. We are in no immediate danger. Except the air quality is awful in most of Oregon.

It's time to update my profile....Goodness, way overdue! Today is July 8th 2020. My hubby is going into week 17 of working at home. He's an IT professional. Lots going on and all we can do is be hopeful and live each day trying not to dwell on everything happening in our world. We are very blessed and for that we are grateful.

We have one cat who has our heart. Our beautiful Yuki Maru. In Japanese it means snowball thus her white fluffy coat. It suits her. Our little 'sack 'o sugar" At her first health check years ago the vet told her that. It's true, she's the little princess in our home. She is 17 years old. We lost her sister Oni in March 2019. Our hearts were broken. RIP little one. ❀️

When growing up there were always animals in our family. (hubby not always a fan, lol) I even had a horse when I was 14 but I was not a good cowgirl! Lol We've had rabbits, rats, horses, chickens, an 'onery little black rooster named 'Chuckles' who would chase me all over the yard! Lol My brother had a horse named Shawnee and a 4H hog one year. I miss our little dog Blondie, One year when Christmas shopping Blondie came home with us! Hubby was not happy but she was well loved by her human children and our home was hers for 17 years. Animals are amazing!

Humor is good for your soul! I love it when we can laugh and one of the things I love about my sweet man of 39 years. He always makes me laugh, he's my best friend. ❀️

ABC Easy as 1-2-3...OH wait that's a song..lol This is the ABCs of me..thought it might be worth adding as some of these things aren't listed in the other sections....

  • πŸ’™A Art by you Autumn ATCoins Art junque Alice in Wonderland my Art journals Artists (fave art journal artists, Dyan Reavely, James Burke) Adele (singing artist)

  • πŸ’™B Barbie Blackberries Blue my fave color Baking Breakfast Beaches Botanicals Betty Boop Bohemian

  • πŸ’™C Claude Monet Cats Coffee Children's book illustrations COLOR, Colorful Bright happy Colors Cookbooks Christmas Collage Campfires Cookies Cooking Cross Stitching Circles especially in art Casper the Friendly Ghost Craft Warehouse store

  • πŸ’™D Daffodils (fave flower) Dawn Dolls (had these as a child and now looking for vintage or repro ephemera for my doll journals. Same with Barbie) Disney Dogs doTerra essential oils Dyan Reaveley Dance

  • πŸ’™E Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Essential Oils Embroidery Elvis

  • πŸ’™F Fabric Foodie Forest Food preservation Ferment foodie (sourdough bread and kefir) Flowers Fresh Fruit Farmer's Market Fussy cutting

  • πŸ’™G Garfield Glue book Gardening Gnomes Glittery Gelli prints

  • πŸ’™H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting History Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 40 years Holly Hobbie Helen Reddy

  • πŸ’™I Ice Cream Instant Pot (just got one for Christmas 2020)

  • πŸ’™J Jewelry I have pierced ears and like dangle earrings in silver and necklaces Junk journals Johnny Cash the word JOY Julie Nutting Paper Dolls

  • πŸ’™K Kefir Kindness in many forms... Kate Greenaway Katy Keene

  • πŸ’™L Lace Letters Lightening storms Lemon Lilacs Lilies I ❀️ Lucy

  • πŸ’™M Marjolein Bastin artist Mail Art Mickey Mouse Magazine cut outs Movies Matryoshka Dolls the Moon Mountains Maya Angelou Marilyn Monroe

  • πŸ’™N Nature Notes from pals interesting Newspaper cutouts Nature walks

  • πŸ’™O Ocean "Mother Ocean"

  • πŸ’™P Pen-pals Paper dolls Postcards (vintage and new, vintage linen and black n white) Princess:Cinderella Pink my second fave color Painting Pockets (JJ) Peanuts (comics) Pansies

  • πŸ’™Q Quilting Quotes

  • πŸ’™R Raspberries Rubberstamper for over 30 years Rain Recipes (tried and true) Retro Rock n Roll

  • πŸ’™S Sewing Sea Animals Strawberries Sunshine Snoopy Scooby Doo Snowmen Suzy's Zoo Star Wars Saint Patrick's Day, my Mother was Irish

  • πŸ’™T Textiles, new and vintage Tea (green and black, flavors are my fave) Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade

  • πŸ’™U Umbrellas Unicorns

  • πŸ’™V Vincent van Gogh Vintage real ephemera Vintage valentines Vintage paper dolls Vintage 1930s 40s 50s 60s 70s Vintage stickers Valentine's Day Vintage fabric & sewing Vintage textiles

  • πŸ’™W Wild animals Wildflowers Whimsy Wool roving and fibers Willie Nelson Woodland animals Walks

  • πŸ’™X

  • πŸ’™Y Yard sales

  • πŸ’™Z Zoo (Oregon Zoo) and Zoo animals Zentangles

Favorite Crafts and Art

I have tried a lot of art and crafts in my life. While I am no expert I do have an eclectic style and appreciation of art in many forms. Handmade is always appreciated and treasured. A few of my favorite things:

  • paper dolls, I love my dolls! Have on-going doll art journals; die cut dolls, stamped, magazine and paper cut outs, even clothes etc, made by you, stickers of dolls etc.

  • I do love drawing and painting. I started watercoloring with online instruction in summer 2019.

  • Sewing was the first craft I learned when I was ten years old. My angel mother taught me and I designed my own shirt. lol After 50 years I still enjoy sewing. Although I made my own prom dress, wedding dress and clothes as a teenager, Halloween costumes for my kids and granddaughters I don't sew many clothes now.. We've made dolls accessories together. (hand sewing or crafting for now) They have lost interest in their AG dolls. Nana isn't there to play dolls together. Lol

  • Quilting, My Grandmother, my Dad's mother was an amazing quilter. Still have one of the last quilts she made for my Dad. What a treasure!

  • Fabric

  • Junk Journals

  • πŸ’™ Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I love it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I have made a great new friend and sure do miss not being able to attend since the pandemic. Or meeting my friend for lunch before club. I still enjoy working in my journal and have learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!

  • πŸ’™ LOVE true Vintage ephemera! My favorites are 1970s and earlier....vintage textiles, fabrics and scraps, sewing and hand stitching items, vintage magazines, fashion and sewing magazine pages or vintage sewing books, cookbooks, children's books, readers and song books, old medical, geography or encyclopedia pages, wallpaper and wrapping paper, vintage ads and pamphlets, sewing patterns from 1970s or earlier, vintage rhinestones and costume jewelry, old type written letters and documents, forms and envelopes, old handwritten letters are a favorite

  • Die cuts, use them in my journals and collage

  • πŸ’™ I enjoy "junkin'" for art junk /vintage treasures My bestest pen pal gave our goodies the name "art junk" And when my sister goes antique hunting she calls it 'junkin'" Well the terms stuck! lol Love that!

  • embroidery, cross stitch, needle felting, wool roving or wool fibers

  • COLOR (neon colors in small doses but I love Lisa Frank!) Some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors

  • Love all animals! Except most reptiles, snakes, bugs and ewwww spiders!! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, wild animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.

  • πŸ’™ My favorite artist is Marjolein Bastin (nΓ©e uit den Bogaard) (born 1943) is a Dutch nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator. She is the creator of the character "Vera the Mouse" I discovered her 25 years or so ago when I use to buy Hallmark cards that featured her beautiful watercolor artworks including Vera the Mouse. I have a large framed print "Nature's Sketchbook" hanging on the wall by my art desk that I love!

  • the sea and all it's many beauties

  • quilling and origami

  • interesting metal embellishments

  • πŸ’™ hearts (collected since I was a teenager)

  • Halloween, Valentines Day and Christmas are my favorite holidays.

  • Disney, Hello Kitty, The Peanuts, Scoobydo, Garfield, favorite Disney Princess Cinderella

  • πŸ’™ Vintage Barbie and Dawn dolls

  • Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, vintage Barbie, Katy Keene, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s Rock n Roll, Dance, Fairies, Butterflies, Birds, Nature, Retro, Quirky and Colorful, Skulls/Skeletons, Quotes and Poetry, Cats and Dogs, Zentangles, Humor, Repurposing and Recycling, Fashion (paper dolls or old magazine cut outs for my paper doll junk journal)

Favorite Television

My husband and I watch a lot of TV through the week in the evenings because it's the best way to relax together after our long days....This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS, still watch the original with Gibbs Use to love CSI (with Grissom) Firefly, Bones and Grimm, That 70s Show, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Americas Got Talent, Mike and Frank on American Pickers, Food Network, Anne of Avonlea, DinersDriveIns&Dives .... Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Fave movies: Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Avatar, Breakfast Club, Original Ghostbusters. Old shows: I Love Lucy, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Lassie, Bewitched, Little House on the Astroid, I mean Prairie. Sorry I had to, my hubby hated that show! Lol

Music and Dance

My favorite music is from1970s, 80s, 90s. Also love Elvis and music from the 1950s. I like old school country; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Easy listening, James Taylor, Jewel, Enya and Adele. I grew up with a country music loving family, but I'm a rock n roll girl! In 1980 I met my dear hubby at an under 21 club, a disco-tech called "Fat City" in Medford Oregon. Yes I still enjoy disco music and love dance! The days of our dancing together, what magic!! I enjoy watching dance reality TV, ice skaters and ballerinas, hip-hop It's just wonderful live art to me!

No thank you....

  • Please don't send me anything with nuts, seeds or popcorn. I can't eat them anymore. Ugh...
  • While I l love my junk journals please don't send me your everyday trash. *I enjoy making ATCs for others but I don't collect them anymore except once in awhile if it's something I really enjoy. Just running out of space to store more binders. I still enjoy ATC coins especially when I can use them in my journals. Flat is better. For some reason I have always loved circles and polka dots. *pencils, erasers, reward stickers, window clings(I don't have small children) *Please DON'T send your scraps of paper or loose memo sheets. I have plenty of my own. *please no more washi tape rolls, but samples are great! I have run out of storage for rolls. Lol *glitter, any, but I do I LOVE glitter in art that you send. I just have a big stash already. *socks, make-up or make-up bags, mug rugs/coasters. I appreciate all the handmade coasters and mug rugs but now we have plenty. My BFF has also made some for hubby and me. The exception is if I sign up in a swap of course. Spiders, eeek! Most insects and reptiles. Bees especially honey bees are okay. :-)

Swapping and mailing

I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. I always communicate with my partners when needed via the swap-bot messenger system. Sometimes an occasional email message. Please do the same for me. Our mailbox where we receive mail is locked. I drop off mail inside the post office (always my first choice) or drop off in the Blue Box at the post office. The outgoing mailbox where I live has a 3/4" drop off slot and mail can get wet in there. Not ideal. The post office has different hours on the weekends and the lobby certainly isn't open 24/7. Mail pick up time inside the post office is now 5pm instead of 2:30 pm meaning my mail may not be postmarked the same day. When I drop off my swaps, that's when I mark sent. Sitting in my car in the parking lot before I leave! I also take photos of sent swap mail in case it's needed. Stay safe and craft on! πŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›

Wishes, Tags, WTA, RAKS

Tag Games:

CPG Envie of Randomness: I tagged @groundhogstamper 1-5-2022 @LauraM540 tagged me 1-6-2022, Sent 1-7-2022, received 1/15

WTA Sent:

RAKS Sent:


COLLABS(homers) and Mystery Supply Swaps


Comment: Thank you so much for the cool PC and list! Sounds like you had a very happy Christmas! Have a wonderful day and a Happy Valentine's Day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Such a cool envie -- so creative! Pretty snowflakes too! Thanks for a great swap!
lrm1980 rated for Create A Recipe Book #2 on Jan 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! The recipes look fantastic, and I love that they are tried and true. I adore the vintage Strawberry Shortcake letter set. What a great swap!
Comment: The note cards are perfect for the stocking stuffers swaps. I love the snowflake necklace. Thank you very much.β™₯β™₯
bluerose3 rated for CPG Jan 2022 Stocking Stuffer - US on Jan 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you. Tempting to open now but going to wait :)
Comment: Great goodies, thanks so much for the fun envelope!
PaperPassion rated for AADC - Valentine Package on Jan 14, 2022
Comment: Really beautiful presentation. Love all the goodies you sent thanks so much.
Comment: Thank you for the sweet (and sour!) gifts.
PrettyAlice rated for Create A Recipe Book #2 on Jan 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much! I like the envelopes too!
Comment: Thanks Girlie!
Comment: i love the PC you sent! Very festive and warms my heart!! Have a happy and healthy 2022!~ xx
Comment: thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the cute card and the washi! Happy holidays from me and from Aspect!
megan1230 rated for Christmas Card-Snowman Theme on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute snow man!
Response: You're welcome. Hope you can use the goodies I sent. Merry Christmas!
uiltje rated for WINTER Postcard on Dec 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this lovely PC with a lot of snow. Over here in Europe, in the Alps, we have less snow than before. Climatechange?
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card!! Merry Christmas!!
Response: Glad it found you! Hope you can use the goodies I sent. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pc - always so good to get a swap from you! Hope you have a wonderful Xmas!!!
Comment: Thank you so much
bb2 rated for AADC Christmas card and share some cuts on Dec 15, 2021
Comment: Wonderful swap package! Thank you so much. I especially like the dove. Is it with a set or a single die? Do you know if it is still available? Your relaxed holiday time sounds perfect. New Year's blessings to you.
Response: Hi Joan, So glad you like everything! Sending you a PM. Thanks for the heart and wishes.
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card..it means a lot. Merry Christmas

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LauraM540 on Jan 15, 2022:

Thanks for the fun goodies from the Random Envie tag!

chimerix on Jan 1, 2022:

Thank you so much for the fishy tote bag and the beautiful mug rug! I just love the things you made for me for the Handmade stocking stuffer swaps! Mahalo and Happy New Year!

Heirloom on Jan 1, 2022:

LadyJo on Dec 31, 2021:

Thank you so much for the neat Lighthouse tote bag you made! I love it! So sweet of you to think of me when seeing the fabric. I also loved your other gifts sent threw the CPG swaps. I only opened yours today, so I could enjoy opening gifts spaced out! I look forward to swapping with you in the New Year as well! Here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Heirloom on Dec 26, 2021:

Thanks for the lovely greeting on my profile!

CANNEKCUL on Dec 26, 2021:

You’re welcome. Merry Christmas! 🎁

Rbrstmpr on Dec 26, 2021:

I’ve just opened my February stocking stuffer from you and wanted to say thank you ever so much for the lovely tote bag. I love the dark fabric with the miniature cherries!! You’re such a dear to make this for me and I’ll think of you every time I use it. Truly love it.

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2021:


MisplacedfromPA on Dec 24, 2021:

This evening, I opened the bracelet you sent me for the TF May 2021 swap. It will go perfect with a certain blouse I have. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas ~~ Michelle

tcornell on Dec 24, 2021:

Thank you for thinking of me, and for the kind words on my profile β™₯ This community has been so supportive! Y'all are more appreciated than you realize :) Tracy

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