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Date Joined: January 3, 2011
Last Online: December 13, 2011
Birthday: July 28
Country: United States
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About Me

My husband and I live in a remote mountain community in the Sierra Nevadas above California's San Joaquin Valley...there are perhaps 200 of us. Ranching & handling of livestock is a way of life in this area. I've taken pictures all my life and now have a renewed interest in photography with the advent of digital....thank goodness for Photoshop....I LOVE it! I use the computer to 'process' my photos, post pictures to my photostream on Flickr. I have a small line of photo greeting cards which I sell at several stores, one gallery & our local 'trading post'.....I also sell framed photos occasionally. If you have the time to check out my pics on Flickr you might get a bit of an idea as to how I see the world.

Odds n' Ends

Antique things, ephemera and vintage paper make me happy. Ethnic art is too cool. Over the years I've traveled extensively & have shot zillions of 35mm slides which I'd be scanning right now instead of sitting on this computer; however they're lost out in the garage somewhere. ~sigh~ Woke up one morning & coffee didn't taste good to me anymore, I now love hot tea in the AM....with cream. My artwork is somewhat quirky---I definitely have my own style and subscribe to the minimalist theory that 'less is best'. I put a lot of thought, time & effort into the items that I create.

Favorite Crafts

I make things all the time, I like & need to make things. I always have some type of project going.....paper projects in particular as well as handmade greeting cards & photo greeting cards. I have carved my own rubber stamps---had fun doing that, was also way into stenciling (overlay stencils, not country style). Stained glass & handmade paper was fun. I love papercraft but am not a scrapbooker. Recently, I love the work of Sally Jean Alexander (Pretty Little Things) & have just started working with soldered glass collage jewelry - industrial chic & steampunk. Over the years I've used various media but always seem to come back to paper (& photography). I'm generally well versed when it comes to crafting, if I have a picture of something that I like, I can usually approximate the item pretty closely.

Favorite Things

I'm an old fashioned kind of girl. I love most anything vintage, birds are wonderful, fish are cool too. Handmade gifts are just the best.
Favorite Era: the 1930's-40's.
Favorite color: 40's green or a very pale "Martha Stewart" green, really like her lovely & interesting earthy shades.....and then there is red!...and pink...it goes on and on. Bright colors rock but pastels are neat too. I collect vintage & antique postcards, old standard size, 3.5 x 5", white borders, linens or 50's chromes. Favorites are: vintage western (cowboys, cowgirls, Indians, rodeo, chuck wagons, famous Western figures, anything from the old west; Arizona, Texas, New Mexico): exaggerated fruits: Mainzer cats: 30's-40's motels: roadside Americana: vintage Halloween. Favorite food: Chinese!....also pizza and raspberry Snapple! If my husband didn't do most of the cooking I'd probably live on olives & popcorn or Cheez-its.

Wish List

Handcrafted items are always nice. Things I'd love are neat tiny salvage items....any vintage paper ephemera: papers of any kind: ribbons: brads: embellishments: velvet, transparent or grosgrain ribbon: rick-rack + other trims" velvet leaves are great---millinery flowers, esp. vintage: old buttons...LOVE clear glass buttons: vintage postcards, esp. white border & linen: any Martha Stewart craft item--- clear stamps and blocks (Martha Stewart only...not interested in other rubber stamps): pigment ink pads: gel pens: glitter!!!

Favorite Music

I like all kinds of music except for Rap and Hip Hop (Rap rhymes with crap so I'll bet that's why the name was changed to Hip Hop...which is equally distasteful IMO). My musical tastes are old fashioned, I like old rock, some new rock, blues, classical in general & classical cello in particular (Jordi Savall, Yo-Yo Ma, Han-Na Chang).....favorite 'rock' artists are Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Fine Young Cannibals, Annie Lennox, Neil Young, old Dylan, old Stones, U2, Bruce Hornsby, Bette Midler, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin, The Everly Brothers. Also Robert Johnson, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Howling Wolf. I could go on & on....Lonestar, Garth Brooks, Lyle Lovett, Rascal Flatts, Dixie Chicks.

Favorite Television

Favorite TV show was The Sopranos....screamin' black humor there, plus totally great characters & actors. Wish it was still on. The latest that I am liking is Breaking Bad & The Killing. Last season the Walking Dead was cool. Due to our location we only get bits and pieces of television. Thank heavens for Netflix.

Favorite Movies

Action movies, dramas & suspense are OK...and then there is always a good old scary movie. I love foreign films---interestingly my favorite French foreign film director, Jean Pierre Jeunet, co-directed one of the Alien sequels so you can't go wrong there. Chick flicks and romance films don't do it for me.

Things I Don't Like

Cutesy and/or country, especially hearts, country bears, ducks. Excessively busy, flowery stuff makes me nutz....forget about Mary Engelbreit. Cartoon characters & clowns.....uugh! :((~


Comment: thank you for the lovely paperdoll when you have a moment could you please rate me for the one i sent you
Comment: Thanks for all the wonderful creations!
Comment: Thank you for my Dia Los Muertos paper dolls. You did a lovely job on them!
Response: Thank you!
JensTreats rated for Halloween Witch Paper Doll on Nov 1, 2011
Comment: Well my 1st ever package from you as a swap partner was absolutely stunning! I love the witch SO MUCH! and thanks for the wonderful extras!! Xo 
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute DOD paperdolls! Love the skeleton images you used! And what a cute little guy with the bloody knife!
Comment: The doll is lovely and the card wow thank you so much The next swap is up I just needed to get caught up
AubreyD rated for Day Of The Dead Pendant- Handmade on Sep 5, 2011
Comment: You REALLY out did yourself! Thank you for the amazing pendant! I can't believe what a great job you did. Mine looked like crap in comparison :(
Comment: What a beautiful job on Hattie, the paper doll. It was so outstanding that I couldn't believe it was for me! The card was very much appreciated with all the information and I loved your photograph. You far deserve more than one heart.
Response: Thank you & a fun paper doll to make....was afraid that you wouldn't like it as the 3-D design makes it a bit different from a regular flat paper doll. Thanks so very much! :)
katiewoo rated for Funky Frida Pendant- Handmade on Aug 25, 2011
Comment: ![Alt text](http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv248/rt-16/birdies.jpg) Thanks so much for the pendant and the extras - I'm definitely going to have a go!
Response: So happy that you liked the pendant....would absolutely love to see a pic of any pendants you might make, hope that little tutorial makes things clear for you.
lilspotteddog rated for Monsters Nightmares and Fear on Aug 24, 2011
Comment: Heart! Heart! Heart! Heart! Cannot get over how well-made and wonderful this swap package is. The doll is perfect, the sarcophagus, the toad card - everything is A+ artwork. Thank you, my friend! (And your "read" of my profile was spot on!)
Response: Thanks a bunch.....:)
artgirl29 rated for Frida Paper Doll on Aug 16, 2011
Comment: Love the way you hand crafted the skirt from paper. The fabric used was so very clever, she is a true treasure - thank you so much!!!!
Response: Thanks! So glad that you liked my Frida doll.
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: This is a true work of art... and deserves 100+ stars.... She/they are beautiful.. Many thanks.. :D
Response: Thanks so much....it was fun making these paper dolls. I appreciate your rating & kind comment.
Comment: How cool that your grandparents lived in Pleasant Hill. It has grown so much here(too much) you probably wouldnt recognize it. Thanks for the great embellishments!!
Response: My thanks so you as well......:)
Comment: What a fabulously done tin! especially for your first-I would not have known if you hadn't told me. It is great, and so fun of wonderful goodies! Than you-I will treasure it!
Response: Oh...I'm so glad that it made it to you in one piece & hope you like the tiny 'treasures'. You've made me smile today. :)
joellrod rated for Cut Up a Grocery Box #4 on Jul 29, 2011
Comment: awesome!
Response: Thanks...the bright & crazy colors appealed to me.
Ucraftydevil88 rated for Cut Up a Grocery Box #4 on Jul 27, 2011
Comment: What a great PC! Yes, I cave seen Cars, and I liked it until the many kids I know made me watch it over and over...
Response: Oh....laughing....well that happens doesn't it? Ah well. thanks for the review & heart.
xeno rated for Fortune Teller on Jul 26, 2011
Comment: Super cute! Thanks so much! :)
Response: Thanks to you as well.... :)
tybear009 rated for Cut Up a Grocery Box #4 on Jul 24, 2011
Comment: Hot Pockets were never one of 'my foods,' but it was really neat to receive a CBPC that I haven't gotten yet. At this point, I've decided that my mail lady thinks I'm crazy (my Swap Bot mail is always on top of everyone else's ha ha!) but your card is gorgeous. Thank you so much and happy swapping!
Response: Thanks....I was sorta at a loss as to what to send. Our Post Office is very small and when they see weird hand made things come though I'm sure they know it's me. Thanks so much for your very thoughtful rating. Much appreciated.
jillybird rated for Handmade PostCard--Collage on Jul 18, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. What a beautiful photograph - the colors of the roses are lovely!!
Response: Yep....those roses were like rainbow sherbet weren't they? Thanks for your kind rating & the heart.

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aussielisa on Dec 23, 2011:

Merry Christmas from Down Under!

RyeRye on Dec 22, 2011:

Merry Christmas~

And a Happy New Year!

RyeRye on Oct 29, 2011:


RyeRye on Sep 15, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

katiewoo on Aug 25, 2011:

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Opps! Tried to leave this graphic on my rating but it obviously wasn't going to happen, sorry about the strange text! But love the swap!!

summerhawk on Aug 5, 2011:

I saw your question about handmade ad postcards over on the swap for ad postcards. I think that sounds awesome. I used to love the ads in my teen magazines in the 70's & 80's. Maybe you could set up your own swap for postcards like that. ;)

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