Swap-bot Time: May 11, 2021 3:54 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: May 11, 2021

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Making it work as we are still in a hybrid situation.

I started my "art journey" as a quilter. When I took a journal quilting class and learned about art journaling, I was hooked immediately. Then I began to start exploring mixed media and here I am. I haven't quilted in years but I still sew things from time to time; recently, masks which I donated to various places in need.

I took advantage of last spring's quarantine at home to open an Etsy shop - see link above. I don't have many listings yet but I am adding to them. And I have made some sales which was exciting!

Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us.

Favorite Music

Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter, Billy Joel. Plus our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;) (one of his songs recently reached 1 million streams on Spotify... PM me if you are interested in listening ;)

In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts and my new favorite, Everything is Alive.

Favorite Books

I read as much as I can - books, magazines, newspapers.

My favorite thing to read is contemporary literary fiction, and I have a special interest in reading about Indian families and culture. I also love to read short stories.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

Rolodex cards (mine are mini - 2 by 4 inches)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, and Wanda Hanson, a quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

No glitter please, if possible; thanks.

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


papertreasures17 rated for May Mixed Media Tag Swap on May 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty tag. I love the colors you chose. Until I read your note, I thought it was all paper pieced. Such a good way to use washi. Your background color is one of my favs! Thanks again!
DragonflyDaisy rated for TA- Cube Card on May 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cube card. It's always fun to try something new. Happy crafting! :)
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: DIY Patterned Papers on May 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the great pages! :)
Comment: Thank you for the funny little envelope full of joy! It arrived this morning and I love your bee stamp. I completely understand about not always in the mood to carve. But, when you do, it's great fun. And, yours are so good. I hope you can find some time! Thank you for the nice letter and all the versions of your stamp!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for OMAE: Mini Glue Book (USA) on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you! It’s very colorful! I like the foreign stamps and the butterfly tag with the lace :)
Comment: Bam! Thats what Im talking about! LOL Thank you MIss Deborah! Perfect!
brooklynbunch rated for Feminist Flatmail #2 on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the goodies. I especially like the postcards and the old ad for ladies hats. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: I love my package! Thank you so much! Esp for the ATC bases and collage materials!!!
shanaabird rated for Send 10 Circles on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: I absolutely love the circles thank you sooo much! They’re all beautiful! Good luck finishing out the rest of the school year! <3
Comment: Thank you for the artsy tag. The mystery supply swap is always fun.
beachchicken rated for OMAE: Spring Ahead! on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! I love how bright and cheery it is! Happy Day!
tristitia rated for TPS: Mail Art - February 2021 on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: I love this! Both the print and the use - so creative and unexpected! Thank you :)
jaynesmith rated for Questions ?? Fun ?? Email on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much.
AmyMarie rated for Used ticket swap #5 on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the tickets and extras. I appreciate the variety. Take care.
Shiraz rated for April Mixed Media Tag Swap on Mar 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you Deborah for the tag and the extras Barbara
PaulaF rated for March Mixed Media Tag Swap on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Hi Deborah! How fun to get your envelope of happy mail--I love the mixed-media goodies you sent, and your tag is tons of fun! You picked beautiful colors and techniques, and I appreciate the musical reference in the collage. :) It was cool to hear about your son, and I wish him all the best in his endeavors--it's a tough business, yes, but probably/hopefully not quite as tough as classical music these days, and he's probably in a good city. I'll look forward to chatting more in future swaps...thanks for being a great swap partner! <3
Comment: Thank you for the envelope of β€œbling.” I especially like the quilt stamps.
Comment: Thank you for the spring washi. Be well & happy swapping.
fortannam rated for SMSUSA: Filled Folder on Mar 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the amazing filled folder!! I love the goodies and can't wait to use them! Good luck with your continued hybrid teaching! as a parent... I appreciate you!!
Jjean rated for Questions ?? Fun ?? Email on Mar 10, 2021
Comment: Interesting answers and thank you for the fast "send".... Thank you also for joining my swap. Have a great Spring and stay safe.

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Rabbitfreedom on May 4, 2021:

Thank you so much for the library pockets! Can't wait to use them in my junk journals!

ladyaries7 on Apr 17, 2021:

Thanks so much for the random flat envie tag --public forums.

wolfeagle on Apr 8, 2021:


Thank you for the large bird tag. Love your stencil use.

itsnobody on Apr 5, 2021:

Thank you, I received Help I can't find Tag. The book pages are just what i needed, I can't wait to use them. And thanks for the extra postcards! I needed such too!!

shariniscarin on Mar 24, 2021:

Thank you for sending me the Hebrew book pages for the Who likes... (forum) tag <3 I'm very fascinated by the writing script and the linguist in me very much enjoys this :D

SatisHuman on Feb 23, 2021:

Thanks for the wonderful surprise tag! You went above and beyond!

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Rabbitfreedom on Dec 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the bee stampings - I love that you did them on many kinds of paper - I will be sure to use many of them in my journal - will be sending you a envie full of paper goodies out tomorrow. Also, love the Ink Pad! She has just moved within the last year but did not get to go to the new location due to pandemic. My friend and I used to take many classes there!

supersquirrel on Oct 28, 2020:

Hi - your wonderful napkin RAK arrived today. Thank you so much!! I just watched a Youtube video on napkin embellishments - what perfect timing. Thanks again 🐿️

jamicam on Sep 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the generous Napkin RAK - such a great variety and I cannot wait to use them!


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