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Date Joined: December 2, 2008
Last Online: December 14, 2023
Birthday: December 21
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a mom first, to two beautiful teen girls. I married my college sweetheart and was unexpectedly widowed young, so I have raised them as a single mom. I volunteer in our community for different organizations. I also own an online business specializing in boutique craft supplies. In the pandemic, I decided to go back to school, and am halfway to my degree in medical social work! .

My Crafty Life

Paper Crafts, Cardmaking, Sewing, Jewelry Making ( I make jewelry from reclaimed vintage findings, and Vintage Buttons), Holiday Crafts, and Mixed Media. I love all things vintage. If it is paper arts, I probably have thrown some vintage sheet music or old wallpaper in the mix. If I am sewing I am probably trying to salvage the remains of some vintage textile I have drug home. Some things speak to me right away, and others stay with me for many years before they find their voice.

I have recently taken some classes in torch soldering, enameling, and electroforming for jewelry and have been loving this new adventure!

I like to do tag swaps, I am not sure what other people do with them (just save them?) but I love to use them on packages...plain brown wrapping, bakers twine and beautiful tag. I know many swaps ask for you to write all your info on the backs, I will usually write really small or put the into on a post it so you can use my tags!

Things I Read

  • Books; I love to read and have a little lending library. I also have a huge "to read" pile that is waiting for me! No bookmarks please, I never use them :o)

I also love podcasts! Armchair Expert, The Moth, My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie, Don't ask Tig, Smartless, Literally, Dateline, Morbid and my daughter's podcast Talk2Me are some of my favorites! Let me know if you have one I should try!

My Home/My Style

  • Farmhouse Chic, Antique, distressed style, faded linens, Boho Chic and chipped paint are my jam.

  • Favorite colors, all shades of grays, orange, robins egg blue, pink, aqua, periwinkle, red, silver, white, teal, turquoise, and black.

  • Favorite scents...I like "clean" fresh scents, lavender, clean linen, seashore, pine etc. But I can't do florals or anything perfumey because it makes me sneeze.

A Few of My Favorite Things


  • Vintage laces and trims

  • Embellishments of all kinds

  • Vintage ephemera and oddities for my projects

  • Broken(or not) rhinestone jewelry

  • Antique brass, copper, or antique silver finish jewelry findings or charms

  • Collage sheets and interesting images

  • Vintage or vintage style Valentine, Easter, Halloween and Christmas items, including spun cotton and chenille!

  • Anything Tim Holtz

  • Glass tiles and buttons for jewelry making, resin molds and supplies, torch enamel supplies. Pennies from 1982 and earlier (because they can be enameled!)

  • Sarcasm and Sass

  • Old game pieces (especially with the letters L,H,E & C)

  • Old silver plated forks and spoons, I made things with them.

  • Citron Cars (my papa had one when I was little)

  • Frida, Day of the Dead, and sugar skulls

  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Mermaids (vintage, classic or mystical, not cartoon or Ariel style)

  • Altered Art Supplies

  • Sloths, Highland Cows, Bees

  • Milk Chocolate I love licorice (red and black),Caramel, Butterscotch, Runts and sweet tarts are a few Favs

The Girls

The girls They love fun school supplies, candy and snacks, pierced earrings, especially dangly, lip balm, stickers, TV show Friends, Marvel, and Gilmore Girls.

No Thank You

  • scarves, they are pretty but I don't wear them

*cross stitch or embroidery kits, I don't do them

*planners/journals/notepads/memosheets, I sign up for JJ swaps for the ephemera that I use in other projects but I don't do any of these things.

*postcards, not my thing

*address labels. I ship all of my mail metered which included the return address.

*religious things or quotes

  • cutesy things, kawaii, stuffed animals

  • socks or gloves unless they are xl, I am tall and wear a 12 shoe and have long fingers

  • coffee, or Hot Chocolate

  • seed beads or plastic beads

*confetti, Punchies, or Sequins

*crochet dish towels or dish rags

*overly scented things, they make me sneeze

*dark or white chocolate, Hershey’s chocolates, fruit filled chocolate, snickers. spicy things, including "hot" gum or candy, cinnamon flavored etc. I am a big weenie!


Cindiva rated for CPG Dec 2023 Stocking Stuffer - US on Dec 21, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the Tim Holtz goodies and the bag with the crown is so me! I loved your swap card, so funny with their tin tiaras. LOL
Comment: THANKS!
toni rated for MMHWH- Vintage Ephemera Swap #13 USA on Nov 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies!
Comment: Hi Lesley! Thank you SO much for the amazing box of Halloween fun! I absolutely loved all of the gifts that you picked for me (heart) & will be using the beautiful box for precious items that I want to keep safe! I hope you had a lovely Halloween, xo!
goosey rated for SPOOKY PARCEL on Nov 1, 2023
Comment: lesley, thank you for the awesome halloween collection! i really appreciate that you sorted through your vintage things for this swap. it has been so much to open each treat!
RedheadLady rated for 13 Days of Halloween USA 2023 on Oct 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great box. If I could give you 2 hearts I would. Wonderful box.
Comment: Oh. My. Goodness! I simply cannot express to you how very grateful I am for the whimsically and wonderfully crafted Halloween jewelry box you created for me.♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ I adore everything about it! That adorable little glitter witch with her purrfect kitty familiars! The colors! That brocade paper around the sides! The finished inside! It all makes this one of the best pieces ever sent to me. I will cherish it always and put my favorite pieces in it. Also, thank you for all of the goodies inside. The crocheted bat, vintage skeleton, and little paper pocket are already on my Halloween tree! Thank you for taking the time to create something truly special for me.😊❤️🎃
Response: I am so glad you liked it! When I found the box I knew it would be perfect, but I wasn't sure how the non-traditional color scheme would land!
MiekeC rated for MMHWH- Vintage Ephemera Swap #10 INT on Jun 24, 2023
Comment: Hi, Thanks you for your envie with Ephemera! Greetings Mieke
Dagmar rated for VF: Scavenger hunt #4 - USA on May 25, 2023
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much! I have become hooked on making junk journals and I know that I will be using every single piece that you sent me!
Pikkis rated for WIYM: Bookpage Watercolor Fodder on May 23, 2023
Comment: The lovely, lovely Alice-page arrived today :)! Thank you so much for choosing one of my favourite themes and making this beautiful page for me! So happy to add it into my journal. Love also the interesting envelope, which I’m going to re-use in my crafting and the nice bits and bobs. Best wishes and take care!
Comment: Hey Lesley, what great upcycled tea bags. They are all very pretty. Thank you so much for putting this kind of effort in it :)
Eulegirl rated for WIYM: S-P-R-I-N-G Scavenger Hunt! on Apr 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely items! glitter! Pen! Fun!
Comment: Thank you so much for the Mickey Earrings!! I love them. They are great for everyday use. I cant wait to wear them. Update: thank you for the keys and the Rook cards! I have never seen anything like them! I added the keys to my collection already! Thank you!! Best, Rook
tristitia rated for MMA: Collage Papers: ORANGE (USA) on Apr 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome assortment of orange! You must have an amazing stash! The flocked wallpaper is really cool, the orange dotted handkerchief, rickrack, and all the various papers - so fun. Thank you!
toni rated for MMHWH- Vintage Ephemera Swap #5 USA on Mar 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful and generous envelope of goodies you sent! Lots of lovely stuff!
bf0932 rated for PS: Saint Patty’s on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your swap.
PaulaF rated for MMA: Collage Fodder: NEUTRALS on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: Hi Leslie--your envie stuffed with neutral fodder just arrived. Wow, what riches! You've chosen so many interesting images, and I especially appreciate all the vintage pages, scraps, and ephemera--so useful and so cool! I absolutely love the fibers you sent as well...those will definitely be put to good use, and I shall think of you with a smile as I do so. Thanks for a lovely swap! <3
Comment: Lesley thansk so much for the doctor who socks they’re perfect. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Comment: I got your pkg today. Thank you for the 2 gifts. It is very unique that you wrapped them in sewing pattern paper! Very cool! I'm not opening them until December. I will add them to my growing collection. Thanks again. Have a wonderful day!

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thriftymermaid on Dec 21, 2022:

Happy Birthday!! Thank you so much for being such an awesome person to swap with. I always feel so lucky to get you as a partner!! I hope that all of your Birthday wishes are manifested, and that your New Year is all you hope it to be and more!! 🎂🎂🎂💌🎂🎂🎂

lou on Dec 21, 2022:

Happy birthday from WIYM group!

ChinaCat on Dec 3, 2022:

I've been having lots of fun working on the ornament kit you made for me! Thanks again!

circularlogic on Nov 29, 2022:

Runts! Now that’s a candy I haven’t heard of in years!

Have a great week,

Lishmo on Aug 23, 2022:

What a pleasant surprise to see you in a swap I'm in - I had my fingers crossed to be able to send to you, but I see you're sending to me instead. I think about you, glad to bump into you in a swap. I hope y'all are doing well.

user7949 on Feb 9, 2022:

WOW and super WOW I have never received a TN and a Foxy Fix to boot in a swap. I'm loving all the bits too. Of course, I instantly filled and decorated the TN. Super Excited Thank You so much!!!

chimerix on Dec 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the beautiful lt. blue rhinestone earring and the great fairy stamps! I just opened the TF: April SS. So fun. Mele Kalikimaka!

bostianh on Dec 3, 2021:

You did it again, I am shocked and amazed with the many beautiful things you sent me for Share Some Winter Goodies. Thank you again for being an awesome swap partner.

bostianh on Dec 2, 2021:

Oh my goodness thank you so much for the beautiful swap you sent for FTLOC#1 - Move my excess quick - US. I am still in aw with how many beautiful things you sent.💖

OrigamiGrace on Oct 20, 2021:

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