Swap-bot Time: May 15, 2021 11:11 pm


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: May 15, 2021
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Husband retired. Two daughters both married. Two granddaughters. One cat. I am spiritual, but not religious. I embrace tenets from many beliefs and recognize the existence of a higher power. I dislike "good ole' boy" politics & do not identify with any specific party. I am a tree-hugging animal lover & love nature.

Crafts: Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery/crewel, dried florals, papercrafting; Arts: drawing, painting, calligraphy, writing prose/poetry, journaling, cooking, playing piano, reading.

Likes: Traveling, cruising, salt air, the ocean, crisp morning air, rain on my face, fall colors, laughter of children, smiles, soft snowfall, the wind, fantasy, meditation, metaphysics, silence, hugs

Favorite Music

Genre: Folk, Blues, Alternative, World Music, New Age: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo', Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, David Bowie, Dr. John, Annie Lenox, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Gary Jules, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Andrea Bochelli, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Five for Fighting, Bare Naked Ladies, CCR, Steve Winwood, Dead Can Dance, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Emmy Lou Harris, Nancy Griffith, Patty Griffin, and oh, so many others!

Favorite Books

Books: American Dirt, Cutting for Stone, White Dog Falling from the Sky, Game of Thrones series, Harry Potter series, Dune series, Water for Elephants, The Silent Patient, Where the Crawdads Sing; Authors: Steven King, Sharon Kay Pennman, Ken Follett, John Grisham; Poetry: Gail Mazur, Rod McKuen, Maxine Kumin, Edgar Alan Poe (poetry/prose), Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost

Favorite Movies

Not a movie goer-- just watch whatever's playing on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Netflix, etc.; Love foreign films (with subtitles, not dubbed); Like suspense, sci-fi, drama and deep movies that leave you thinking.

Favorite Television

Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, American Horror Story, Survivor, Chicago Med, Vikings, VICE, Frontline, NCIS (all), Blue Bloods, Ice Road Truckers, The Deadliest Catch, The Amazing Race, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Aching Feet, & all the veterinary sites (Dr. Pol, Dr. T., etc.)

Favorite Crafts

Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Crewel, Any papercrafts (but especially Inchies, Twinchies, ATCs & Moo cards), Journaling, Sewing, watercolor painting, calligraphy, shell pictures, drawing


Likes: Coffee (not decaf) Caffeinated tea of all kinds, All colors, Handmade papers, Used postage stamps from anywhere, Die cuts; Dislikes: Herbal teas, Instant coffee, Religious stuff, Disney (I’ve outgrown it)

Wish list

I have been doing papercrafts all my life & have a whole room of supplies & tools. I can honestly say I don't need another thing. I just replace supplies.

Favorite Artists

Favorite Artists: Jaime & Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Alphonse Mucha, Erte, Norman Rockwell, Peter Maxwell, Maxfield Parrish; Art Deco, Art Nuvo

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: I try to get my swaps done as soon as I sign up because I sign up for so many. Therefore, they do not reflect partner preferences as partners are not assigned until weeks later. I don't sign up for profile swaps for this reason.

Please don’t feel you must include extras in our swaps. Your awesome creative art is enough to make me happy and is the base for my rating.

I take my membership in the groups I belong to or have created very seriously. The founders/coordinators/officers of these groups work very hard to think of swaps, vet participants, and troubleshoot any problems. I do my best to support them by signing up for swaps and being available to host when needed.

I create upstairs & receive mail downstairs. I rate on the day I receive swaps (or the next day at the latest) & after rating, place the swap on the dining room table to go up & be entered in my swap journal. If you’re missing a rating, I’m missing your swap. Please pm me so I know you will resend.

I have never, nor will I ever flake on any swap I undertake. If I find, by some cruel twist of fate, that I cannot complete a swap by its deadline, I will notify you & the coordinator to obtain a mutually agreeable solution. I would appreciate it if you have any problems with or do not receive any of my swaps that you notify me so I may rectify the problem. I promise to do the same for you.

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful creative journey with you!


Comment: You did a great job painting the bird, the tag is beautiful!! I am so glad to have a piece of art!
Response: Thank you! I appreciate your compliment. You encourage me to keep drawing & painting. Thank you, also, for the heart.
craftykathy1 rated for USATC: 6 Element ATC Swap on May 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for hosting another fun, great swap. Your ATC is wonderful. You have very good ideas.
Response: I didn’t host this swap, but I love these element challenges. Thank you for the compliment and for the heart.
wombatlady rated for HDoP Green Leaf ATC on May 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC - can't go wrong with ferns! - and the extras. Love the subtle shimmery background.
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and thank you for the heart & for being my partner.
Lishmo rated for TIMs: Creator's Choice Twinchies (2) on May 11, 2021
Comment: Dianne, your twinchies are so cute, and so well done, I just keep looking at all the detail! I am envious of your drawing skills. :) I love that you gave the swap a touch of Texas. Thank you very much!
Response: Nothin’ says TX like cowboy boots! I have a daughter who lives in Heath & have been there many times. Thank you for the compliment and got the heart.
Conni59 rated for OATCs: Decade 1950’s on May 11, 2021
Comment: Great atc. Thank you. Love the extras as well!
Response: You are so welcome! Thanks for the heart and for joining the swap.
Karmi53 rated for Summer Glue Page on May 6, 2021
Comment: Cool summer glue page l always wanted to go to Cape cod it's on my list of places to visit. Thanks l love all the cool picture on the page. And thank you for the extra too. Take care
Response: You would like it here! Come visit someday. Thank you for the heart.
Karmi53 rated for Vintage Bingo on May 6, 2021
Comment: Wow another great page l love your bingo page, the couple are so cute thank you. And thank you for the extra too. Take care. Happy Mother's day
Response: This theme was fun! Thank you for hosting and for the heart.
user6937 rated for AMA: Face Time ATC -May on May 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you - love the background; and thanks for the extra bits :)
Response: The background was white burlap— glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart.
Dasha rated for HMPC: Bird love - April on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your birdie PC. Your mail made it successfully over the ocean ;) To my Czech mail box. ;)
Response: You are welcome, my Czech friend! So nice to swap with you. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: This is a beautiful journal card. Thank you so much. Love the robin and the care you put into making this a special piece of art.
Response: I am basking in the warmth of your compliment! Thank you for the inspiration & the heart.
isabellasnow rated for Blue Color theme on May 1, 2021
Comment: Hello again . . . your lady in blue is just gorgeous! I have always loved those dresses with matching coats atop them! Love the, 'having a blue day' script. Many thanks for creating something special for me!
Response: You are welcome, of course! The 3 elements swap you recently hosted gave me a chance to get a pattern model. Thanks for the heart.
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #48 on May 1, 2021
Comment: Hi Dianne! Thanks so much for the lovely ATC you sent to fulfill this swap. LOVE how you placed the pattern tissue so that some of it is readable. Simple, elegant design; I'll love adding it to my collection. Hope we're partnered again very soon!
Response: Thank you for the inspiring words! I look forward to us being partnered again, also. Thank you for the heart.
vlhafer54 rated for AAA: Flower Power on May 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you - I love it - in SanFran there's a whole generation with a new explanation.
Response: Lol! You got it! Great theme for this swap. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: LOVE your ATC, and the goodies are quite awesome as well, thank you ♥
Response: Happy to make you happy! Love doing collage which was new to me 4 yrs.ago. So glad you enjoyed it & thank you for the heart.
CookieMomster78 rated for ABCs: Steampunk Gears on May 1, 2021
Comment: Oh my, this is such a great nautilus stamp! I’m eager to work with these ATC’s - thank you so much for the creative opportunity!
Response: Enjoy! So glad the image inspires you. Thanks for another great swap.
donetta rated for ABCs: SCSS #3 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Oh, how I adore geishas! I once told my son that I feel strongly that I was a geisha in a previous life, and he laughed and said that with our solidly peasant background, it's more likely that I was the little lady with a crooked back who washed the geisha's underwear! Whatever. I LOVE the theme, and will do my best to create something we both will treasure! Edited to add: I am ever so envious of your experience with your grandmother and her treasures! I also loved (still love) my grandma, although her treasures were more along the lines of gaudy costume jewelry!
Response: I am so glad I found a jam theme we both like. My great grandmother was a very special lady. I’m sure you must have been a geisha in a past life!
elflady rated for Colored Theme on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for this red journal page. Red is one of my favourite colours. I love what you have done with it also the envelope it came in.elflady
Response: So glad you liked it! Thank you for being my partner once again, and for the heart.
CheyanneB rated for MAS A colour each month - April on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you!! I love the 'unconventional' ATC! so unique and lovely. I hope 2021 starts improving for you :)
Response: I loved working in the grey hues! Spring has sprung with hope & I’m enjoying it immensely. Thank you for the heart.
lmacdavis93 rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #2 on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Love your collage index card #2! You are right, this was an odd assortment of objects but you have worked them all together so well and have created such a fun and colorful collage. Thank you and thanks also for the extra goodies!
Response: Thank you for the kind words & the heart. Glad you liked the extras.
MamaD rated for ACTs: Frog Coin on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the adorable coin!! Love the extras as well! Thank you!
Response: You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed the extras, too. Thank you for the heart.

Rating Overview

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donetta on May 15, 2021:

Oh, Di! How you embellished this ATC is a pleasure to behold! The sweet feather! The bark-y stuffs down the side! Is it bark from a tree or bush? I must be looking for this while I'm outside! As always, you are truly an inspiration, and I'm so happy that we met in swap-land!

supersquirrel on Apr 10, 2021:

Great finishing touches on the ABCs: Aquatic Theme buddy jam. Thanks for the great ephemera too 🦆🦆🐿️ (duck duck squirrel - haha)

beachchicken on Apr 10, 2021:

Thanks for the finished Explore buddy jam, I love the way it turned out! Have a great weekend!

camelsamba on Apr 1, 2021:

Sorry for the very delayed rating on Bird Love January - it's a wonderful card and worthy of extra hearts <3 <3 <3

megan1230 on Apr 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for your return of Moose (the ABC Canine swap)! He's gorgeous! My favorite ATC ever!!

Gobarb on Dec 28, 2020:

Have a happy and very healthy new year my friend! 🎊 Wish I knew how to post a profile deco but every time I try to do it, it doesn't work!

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

Gobarb on Nov 20, 2020:

Hi Di. Thank you so much for the Thanksgiving wishes. How have you been doing? I go to my MM specialist on Monday (Nov. 23). I think he might want to start my chemo very soon. I have been so fatigued and have lost 20 lbs.! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving! Lots of love! Barb

djcamp04 on Sep 7, 2020:

💕thanks for well Wishes! 💕 I am feeling so much better!!

Gobarb on Jun 8, 2020:

I can't thank you enough for sending me the ATC coin blanks! It was so sweet of you. These should tide me over until I get my machine running again and when I can figure it out how to use it (again)! 😉 You are a great friend! 😘

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