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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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, I lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) over 25 years. Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born there!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and live in half of a lovely duplex (my sister lives in the other side) with my two spoiled Persian cats and our rescue kitty, Lulu. 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) and Masters of Sex. The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, and The Americans are shows that I never want to miss! The only reality TV I enjoy is Project Runway...that's all the drama I can tolerate!

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 detailed.

Vanne Paris, one of the nicest ladies out there. Not only does Vanne create beautiful works of art, but she is always encouraging, full of compliments, and a genuine sweetheart. Not to mention, one of the most prolific swap hosts EVER!

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.


dustbunny11 rated for APC: The Birds and the Bees on May 7, 2021
Comment: Your altered playing card is lovely, Donetta! I love all the textures you used; the corrugated paper adds so much interest! Thank you for the extras, too. I will find a good use for them, as birds and bees are some of my favorite subjects!
Comment: Hi Donetta - love love love your card! Your choice of candy wrapper sure made me smile! This is one of my favorite swaps. Thank you for hosting ❤️🐿️❤️ (and thank you for the wonderful tissue paper)
Response: Hahahahaha! A quick trip to the corner store (aka: liquor store) was required for this swap! I mean...I eat a lot of candy (it's how I maintain my womanly figure), but I did happen to be out of anything to use for this swap. I love these swaps too! Thank you for the sweet comment nd great rating.
Comment: very pretty 4x6 card, Love the images you selected, I am so happy to have this piece of art! Thanks for the extras, will get used soon!!
Response: Thank you, Wendy...I just love those old images of kidlinks with treasured pets. I was never allowed to have one, so it makes my heart happy to see children loving little furry creatures!
Comment: Donetta, I LOVE this PC...All the faces, so expressive, so lovely...so brave. The embossing on the edge is perfect. Thanks for interesting extras already finding spots in my journals. :) Looking forward to the next in the series. Hope you are staying well and sane!
Response: Oh Nancy, when I saw yours on Flickr my heart sank...I knew I couldn't compare. I did try...and I love the idea of the female truth tellers, but I'm going to open it up a bit and not use one specific person as the focus...there are so many stories that need to be told and honored, even in this small way. Thank you for your (always!) wonderful and uplifting comments and ratings!
Arabella rated for VJP: Paper Doll Page on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Beautiful page, Donetta! Great use of images! I am so glad for swaps like this one where we can use the larger paper dolls! Thank you!! And love the vintage photos!
Response: My sister was appalled that I paid for some random person's old photos, but I am transfixed by them! Who are they? Are they still around? What were their days like? Etc. (Many etc's!). Thank you for always being the very best possible swap partner!
Winegeek rated for VS - Vintage Collage DAISY ATC #4 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: I really like the ATC. Growing up my Mom grew them as well. Thank you for the extras, I already used the flower. Thank you for the wonderful swap, I always get a smile when I see an envelope from you.
Response: Gina, thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating. It's always wonderful to swap with you!
georgiafae rated for ABCs: SCSS #3 on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Been awhile since you were in my mailbox! Love the background and the extra goodies to get my juices going to finish it! Take care,friend!
Response: I'm so happy to have made you happy, my lovely friend! Thank you for your (always!) sweet comments and great ratings.
Comment: OMG! I love the flip book that you made. I love your choice of color for the envelopes. The form with flowers and hidden face is adorable. Thanks for the tuck ins, you must have known what I needed. So cute! I’ll be using it for my trip to put a few things in for crafting. Thanks a bunch!
Response: I really enjoyed making this little flip book, and I am so, so happy that you like it! Thank you for the sweetest comment and for the great rating.
blazespirit rated for USAPC: Nesting Doll ATC on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful nesting doll ATC! I'm so glad it got here safely!
Response: I am equally happy that she arrived safely, and thrilled that you like her! Thank you for the wonderful rating.
Rosa1 rated for USAPC pocket album on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Love it ~ thank you!
Response: Thank you for the wonderful rating!
lylanni rated for USAPC: Simple Junk Journal on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness! I love purple and I love this traveler's journal you made! I was having a really crappy day and it totally made it better. Thank you so much!
Response: I am so, so happy to hear that I lifted your spirits! I will tell you that making this little journal was pure pleasure...I was so hoping that it would go to someone appreciative, and my hopes came true! Thank you for your lovely, uplifting comment...and for the great rating!
lmacdavis93 rated for GAA: Geisha ATC on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Another fabulous beauty arrived in my mailbox. I loved this theme as well as your interpretation of it. Even the shape of your arch is perfect. Beautiful images and background papers with just the right amount of gold edging it. Thank you for always sending me something special and lovingly made. And thank you for the extras too. And by the way - I also detest yard work of any kind! People love to garden and it was all I could do when we lived back east to plant some flowers in the spring. My sister got all the green thumb genes in our family so I missed out! xo
Response: As always, your comment made me giggle...ugh, yard work! I love the geisha world...I should say, I love the IDEA of the geisha world. In reality, I think it was...back in the day, but not now probably...glamorized prostitution. I might have been lucky, being a laundress to the stars!
BeckyG56 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #47 on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: Donetta, what a beautiful atc. I love vintage, so this is right up my alley of wonderful! Thank you for the treasured pages from the book of psalms and proverbs. What a gift.
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating, Becky...I loved making this one for you!
Comment: Beautiful binder card! I love the delicate lace at the bottom! Thanks so much!
Response: I had forgotten (for awhile) how satisfying these little cards are to make...and to receive! I have several binder rings full of BTCs, and they look amazing all clustered together. Thank you for being such a lovely swap partner!
Comment: Beautiful pocket and card! And thanks for the extras!
Response: This was such fun to make...I swear, Kristy hosts the most amazing swaps! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Mary!
PaperPassion rated for Shabby Chic Style Tag on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Always can count on you to create something beautiful.I love every thing that you make and look forward to trading with you.Thank you so much my friend.Especially love the beautiful color combo.
Response: This one was pure pleasure to make...I loved her extended pinky finger! I'm really loving he purples this spring!
Comment: Another beautiful tag for my 2021 bird collection! You know, purple/yellow has become my favorite color combo and those colors are so GORGEOUS in this tag. Love your sweet canaries--oh, that fussy cutting! and that gorgeous leaf trim with the purple stones--where do you find these beautiful trims? Thanks, too, for some samples of your new handmade paper stash--I've already used TWO of them! You're simply the best!
Response: You keep hosting these amazing swaps, Kristy...I just adore your themes! That trim is "handmade". It's the leafy border sticker to which I've glued wee rhinestones. I sure enjoyed making this tag for you!
Comment: O my what a lovely journal page.One of my very favorites.Thank you so much for the beautiful extras,already planning on how to use them.Snow storm on its way so lots of crafting time.Thanks so much once again.
Response: I loved making this one for you, Linda...thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Collaged Fussy Torn Tags on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Donetta, I love, love these pretty tags! Each one is equally gorgeous with the beautiful images and colors you used. The Dresden trim, doilies and the pretty little metal pieces just set them off perfectly! Thank you so very much for another fabulous swap!
Response: I enjoy tearing...it's like using a technique that can be destructive, and making it constructive instead! Thank you for your always sweet comments and great ratings, Debbie.
Comment: Love the card. As always, your work inspires me to up my game. Hope all is well with you. Will be getting my first vaccine on Friday!
Response: I loved making this one...that little girl! As soon as I saw her image, I knew she would be the star of this ATC. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating, Bev!

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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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