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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: September 21, 2021
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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Hello! I'm Donetta, in Portland, Oregon. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there most of my life. I moved to Portland in 1992, to Vancouver (Washington) in 2012, and except for a 2-year hiatus in Dover, Delaware and a 4-year residence in Grand Rapids, MI, I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) almost 30 years (yes, I am old!). Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born here!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, three beautiful cats: two spoiled Persian girls and our equally spoiled rescue tabby, Lulu. Lulu rescued us several years ago, and we love her dearly. Well…I love her dearly. I enjoy spending time with friends and family...and I also love my "alone time", when I craft to my heart's content.

My home is extremely important to me; it's my haven, my joy, and the place I feel most relaxed. I enjoy decorating for the different seasons and holidays, and my home is a reflection of my style and personality. I love items with a vintage look, rich wood tones, vintage linens, and roosters. I'm a thrift store fanatic, and have found some wonderful treasures for my home.

Favorite Crafts

I have had a thriving little jewelry business, and before I moved to Michigan, I sold my wares at two salons in the Portland area, as well as at a boutique In Oregon City. I design for two international bead companies, and love the creative process. I've recently opened an Etsy shop and an Amazon Handmade shop!

My jewelry has a classic look; I love vintage-looking findings and beads, and use lots of crystals, pearls, and antiqued copper, silver, and gold wire and findings. I enjoy making wire wrapped jewelry, and am working to perfect the art of polymer clay beads...they can be amazingly beautiful!

I make cards as well, using my Cuttlebug and adding embellishments such as ribbon, sequins, pearls, and paper and silk flowers. I used to take classes (card making, mostly) at a local scrapbooking store, but the store went out of business...and now I use Pinterest and You Tube for inspiration and lessons!

I spend part of each day stitching...I have a project rotation list that contains cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, crewel embroidery, and redwork, as well as knitting and crochet. My latest interest is crazy quilting; I am addicted!

I enjoy making and receiving ATCs...they are such a great way to practice new techniques on a small scale. I get inspiration from the beautiful cards I receive, and enjoy seeing my own style evolve and become more sophisticated with time.

My sewing and craft room is my favorite room; it's the closest thing to a treasure chest I'll ever find!

Things I like

As far as TV is concerned, I love to watch Homeland (absolutely riveting), Your Honor, and Mare of East Town. I confess to loving true crime shows and shows about serial killers. Why I love these is a mystery…but they are my (not so) secret addiction.

My favorite authors are Ken Follet, John Grisham, Sue Grafton, and David Baldacci. Many, many others as well...but you know; space prohibits. Also, I collect and read cookbooks like novels. I love to cook and entertain.

My favorite place in the world is my home,but Vancouver Island runs a close second. I have friends who live on Vancouver Island, and it is my favorite place to visit.

Favorite colors...so hard to choose! My home is decorated in deep red, yellow/gold, some blue,and mossy green...Tuscan or Provencal colors! I love buttons, and use them extensively in my crafts. I love flowers...roses, hydrangeas, and dahlias, plus any other beauties I find locally to add to my patio garden.

Extras: people either love 'em or hate 'em...I happen to adore sending and receiving "extras" in my swap envelopes. I usually check profiles to see if I have any readily available items that my swap partner might enjoy receiving...little things that are flat (ish) and easy to include in a standard envelope. Some of the things I love to receive are old book pages...especially in foreign languages, snippets of sheet music, lengths of wonderful washi tape, and random embellishments such as bits of ribbon and trim, rhinestones and pearls, etc. I make inchies, twinchies, ATCs, and rolos...I make use of little pieces that might otherwise be thrown away. If I receive something I think I might not use, I save it for someone who loves that sort of thing...I have never understood swappers who say they will only accept certain items, or they will withhold a heart if what they receive isn't to their liking. What...why? Extras are just that...EXTRA! Be gracious, people. It costs nothing to say "thank you" when someone has cared enough to include a treat...even if it isn't your kind of treat!

Super Swappers

Rather than listing flakers, I'm taking something I've seen on other profiles, and listing those extra-special, super swappers...you know the ones I mean: when you see an envelope with this person's name on the return address, your heart sings!

nancybarlow (Nancy), one of the most wonderful ladies on this site, who creates works of astonishing beauty and inventiveness. Nancy is not only a fantabulous artist, but a true friend. Nancy saved my sanity while I was ill, generously angeling so many of overdue swaps with all of her characteristic style and elegance. the best of the best!

Arabella (Nancy), who creates such gorgeous works of art that I'm constantly challenged to find the right words of thanks. Beautiful, beautiful ATCs. An inspiration.

Gina P, with all the fabulous details...I'd know her artwork ANYWHERE! It's whimsical and adorable and incredibly

Isabellasnow (Kristy)...an amazing swap partner! Her work is beautiful, and every possible detail is polished and perfect. Packaging is Kristy's special gift...it's absolutely as beautiful as the artwork inside.

BeeMGee (aka: Bev)...wow. Everything Bev touches turns to beauty. In addition, she is quite possibly one of the nicest ladies I've ever "met". Although Bev lives in South Australia, and I live in the Pacific Northwest, I like to imagine sitting across from her at my dining table or hers, enjoying coffee and cookies and all kinds of chat on a regular basis!

Hate to mention...

Really, I do hate to mention my few actual dislikes, but it's helped me to read this on other profiles...it gives me a better insight into what sort of extras and RAKs to send. So here goes: not fond at all of cutesy stuff (Precious Moments, big-eyed children, Disney to name a few). Intensely dislike cigarette smoke and flashing icons...these are migraine triggers for me. Lights and certain smells, oh my. And of course it goes without saying (but here I am, saying it) that I am never in favor of poorly planned and executed artwork. Construction paper, crayons, and silly stickers do not belong here, imho!

One more thing...something that makes me sad. Non-raters. I speak for most of us when I say that we put a lot into our artwork. A lot of time, special embellishments that can be quite expensive for an addict such as myself...even postage is expensive! I do this because I love it, and because it makes me happy to receive good ratings and lovely comments. To fail to rate is more than rude...it's unkind.


susiescottsdale rated for GAA: 3 Elements ATC #1 on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Better late than never? Lmbo I’m so sorry about that rating, it was a mistake and I never knew it until now Life took a real doozie for me 3 yrs Hope all is well with you and sorry for misunderstanding my friend 👍 Susie
Response: Susie, thank you for the great rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for making me another ATC! So bummed the first one got lost. I absolutely love the lady, butterfly, and colors you used. Of course, you always have such a way with arranging and putting things together. I appreciate the wonderful paper goodies you included too and look forward to using them. So happy to finally own a Donetta original!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely page you made. It is beautiful. I can relate to being too critical about your own creations. But just look at all the great feedback you got. I always love your swaps. So nice and delicate and the die cuts are beautiful. Virtual hug for you.
Response: You are just the loveliest swap partner, and I thank you sincerely for that. I hope to swap with you again after my cross-country move is finished and I’m settled in my new apartment. Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
luvbird rated for VJP: Summer Garden 4x6 Journal Page on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness Donetta, this journal page is so pretty and definitely gives the feel of a summer garden. I used to enjoy all the roses that I grew in San Diego each summer! Double Delight was my favorite! This page definitely reminds me of a summer garden! Love all the pearl trim and that gorgeous butterfly just sets it off so sweetly! Love it! Thank you so very much!
Response: Oh Debbie, I am so happy you like the page I made for you. I’m moving back to Portland in THREE DAYS and I’m packing and purging every day until I am exhausted and in physical pain. I can’t wait to set off in a westward direction and get settled so I can be part of all this again!
tigermousecat rated for GAA: "Pick 3" Challenge ATC on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Of course, there had to be a cat in there somewhere! Thanks so much for a lovely ATC and the extras. I do so love your work!
Response: Thank you, my friend...it is a special pleasure to swap with you!
tigermousecat rated for RF: Large 'June' Rolo on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Love your choice of images. As always, a pleasure to swap with you!
Response: I truly have enjoyed this monthly series, and now it's interrupted. But that's life, I suppose. Looking forward to being on the other side of this move, for sure!
user6937 rated for ACTs: Summer Kids ATC on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: How I love your tiny embellishments; this time a little starfish - you made a simple picture special with the dimensions you added - I love how you made the bottom uneven but kept the sand going; very nice to receive from you again. I hope your summer is a good one, too :)
Response: I truly enjoyed making this ATC for you, Sandra...I'm so happy that you like it! The next time we swap, I will be living once again in Portland, OR...which makes me so, so happy. Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
LDeWitt rated for RF: Small Rolo in Blue on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Donetta, I just received your Blue rolo, such spectacular shade of blue. I love the trims the image and the flowers. Your text spoke to me as I read your enclosed note. I feel for you with a very heavy heart, it has been a difficult few years and I hope you find comfort returning to your Portland area, homeland. It will be lovely to be by your family and friend. Please do not say you are leaving our creating world. I just do not know what I would do. Is there anyway, I can help to keep the Rolo group going and churning out remarkable work? I'd be happy to be the admin, with a little training. Please stay in touch and Godspeed to you. I hope to hear from you again when you are settled. Until then, my love, my creative friend, you will be in my prayers.
Response: Lizzie, my friend...there is zero chance that I will ever stop making and swapping...zero. As I'm packing my craft room, I just want to be back at it. I am so looking forward to being on the other side of this "adventure" and settling in to my new home, with my family and friends nearby. It's interesting...until this happened, I wanted to go back to Portland, but thought it was impossible. Interesting how possible things become when they are required! I just love you, Lizzie, and I believe we're destined to e life-long friends.
nancybarlow rated for VC: 4x6 Embellished Lady Page on Jul 2, 2021
Comment: ❤️ LOVE the “Half-lady”! So pretty and evocative. Thank you, Donetta, and happy, safe travels.
Response: Yes indeed, I chose a half lady! I just...well, actually, SHE just "spoke" to me! Packing is such a chore...I can't wait to be on the other side of this "adventure"!
fanfive11 rated for Dream Vacation Glue Book Page on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Oh Donetta please stay cool on your desert adventure! Thanks for putting this fun glue book page together and for wrapping it in a sweet doily. Your vacation theme is so appropriate for the times. ;)
Response: I wonder if Dubai has a cool season? Because if so, that's when I would go. Such a study in contrasts...
Comment: Journal card is perfect.Really makes you stop and think how lucky we really are.I love collage so it is even more special.Thank you so much.Feel so lucky to call you friend.
Response: I feel just as lucky, Linda...absolutely lucky to have found such a good friend on this site! My mother was part of the dust bowl migration to California and it's something she never talked about. She was a child at the time, and I often wonder how that affected her outlook on life.
Comment: Precious, beautiful composition. Thank you so much Donetta,I couldn't be happier. Love to receive your swaps you put your heart into each and every piece.
Response: I just loved this theme. As I'm packing my craft room, my fingers begin to itch...I want to get back in there! It's hard not having that as part of my day!
PaperPassion rated for VC: House ATC on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: The children are so cute and I love the flowers you used.Thank you so much.Another treasure from you.
Response: I really enjoy the house ATCs with the big pointy roofs...I like them better than the house-shaped ATCs that are just 3.5 inches tall. More room for the decor1
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Use a Bead(s) Inchie (2) on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: You do such a great job with Inchies! Love the way you embellished your flowers. Thank you!
Response: I do love microbeads, except for the way they roll all over the place when being applied to sticky surfaces! Thank you for the sweet comments and great ratings, Di...it's always such a pleasure to swap with you!
Poeprincess rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #50 on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: Fabulous, as always! Love the minibits, too. Thank you, my friend!
Response: I love minibits! Some of my favorite "extras" have been wee bits of this and that!
vlhafer54 rated for ABCs: SCSS #4 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you - I have the cards with Tango - I swear my mails been coming by pack mule! These look like fun.
esalas73 rated for YTPC: Tiny Mini Album June on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Absolutely loved the mini album! Thank you so much for my Eiffel Tower charm!!
Response: I am so happy you like it! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
warheart rated for USAPC: 3 Elements AtC #49 on Jun 23, 2021
Comment: What a lovely ATC! Thank you :)
Response: I loved making this one! I have a "thing" for roosters (did I mention this in my note?) except the real ones who recognize that they can terrorize me, and act on it!
JaneInSD rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #4 on Jun 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous postcard. I love it!! The mermaid is so pretty. You are sooooo talented!!! Thank you for a wonderful swap. :-)
Response: I have to laugh...my index card art always looks like a slightly bigger ATC, and I don't think it's supposed to! Thank you so much for the lovely compliment and great rating!
Camiliann rated for AACG: Orange and Teal ATC on Jun 22, 2021
Comment: really pretty beautiful ATC, so excited to have this one, I am loving the color combo swaps. Thanks for the ribbon so soft, I hope you have a great week, Hugs,
Response: I also love the color combos, and will pick them up again after my move back to Portland, and settling in. The ribbon is silk...perfect for tag toppers.

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Rabbitfreedom on Apr 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful RAK of awesome ephemera - what a nice surprise, I really loved what you sent! It's been a pleasure swapping with you!

Pikkis on Mar 5, 2021:

Dear Donetta! Thank you so much for angeling me in the Winter Rolo Swap :)! Your beautiful, beautiful rolo arrived yesterday and is just fabulous. I can´t thank you enough for being such a great swap host and person! Big hugs and take care!

hibiscus on Aug 24, 2020:

welcome back to your art table...

EllenWilGraagPost on Aug 17, 2020:

I wish you a lot of strength with the upcoming foot surgery. And I will keep my fingers crossed that everything is not too bad and will go well. Much love, Ellen

qbee on Jun 22, 2020:

Donetta, Happy Birthday to my birthday twin. Hope you had a great day

LauraM540 on Apr 3, 2020:

I got your finished ATC back from the Buddy Trash Swap on the ATC Jams group! I love it, thanks for playing!

supersquirrel on Jan 8, 2020:

Thank you for hosting USAPC: Glue Book Page #1 - Orange. It was a blast. Hope you plan on continuing the series :) I plan on putting my pages in a special album.

sassafrass on Dec 31, 2019:

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

hibiscus on May 28, 2019:

Thank you for two of the most beautifully created cards ever! You are beyond talented at creating atc’s!

hibiscus on Apr 14, 2019:

About your amazing Gothic arch Asian atc... it’s not just that you use wonderful elements ...it’s the way you arrange them in such unique and creative ways that make your atcs such works of art.. I just had to say that.. thanks for all the great swap ideas as well

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