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Last Online: October 15, 2023
Birthday: May 16
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a 5th grade science teacher. I have a husband, 3 great kids, 28, 25 and 17. I also have two beautiful grandchildren. I love music, reading, and seeing new things. I'm Christian, but open to many religious views. I don't mind used stuff if it is still useable and not dirty or smelly.

Favorite Television

Shows I watch: I love Grey's Anatomy, Victoria, Downton Abby, Law and Order, The Crown, American Horror Story, The Good Doctor, Suits and Cooking competition shows. I also love reruns of Little House on the Prairie and the the Waltons.

Favorite Crafts

I have practiced Zentangle and Zendoodles. Fun and relaxing!

I like to make stuffed journals and long term journal projects.

I knit and quilt as well. I usually have 4-8 projects going at a time.

Just discovered my love of wool felt applique.

These are a Few of my Favorite

I love:

My Green Quaker Parrot, Pickle!

black Teas including fruit flavors, chai and plain. Lipton specialty teas are fine with me. I am highly allergic to chamomile which hides in herbal teas, so I will never drink an herbal . . . just in case.


Nice embellishment threads (not DMC, but wool or cotton thicker stuff)

Scraps or pieces of wool felt (bright colors)

I love historical fiction - Esp. English history.

Wild birds are a love of mine. I also love butterflies, garden themes, flowers, heck any nature.


malas or any types of prayer beads- all faiths.

Sock knitting, shawl knitting, knitting. I'd really love some hand-made stitch markers in all sizes to use with my knitting. Beaded or cute charms would be fun.

Charlie Brown and company

anything with your art - not just stickers, but real art.

Zentangle Art

Faith vs Religion

I am a Christian, but I recently have been exploring (not practicing) other world religions. I love anything from any faith. To me Faith is different than religion. And faith is personal. So, while some of my art may express religion or my faith, I am open to accepting you for what you believe. Only through knowledge and understanding of each other can we live in peace and harmony. Two quotes from Buddha express my opinion perfectly:

  1. To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.

  2. Let all listen and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.

What I don't like

Hello Kitty

Cartoon stuff

postcards unless they are part of the swap or are hand made - I don't collect them.

coffee or coffee flavor

Non- black teas - I'm highly allergic to chamomile and often it is hidden in Herbal teas.

Cigarette smells

Things I'd love to receive

Hand made toys for my pet bird

Fun socks - holiday or any "theme" to wear to school - kids love funny socks!

Pieces of brightly colored (or any colored) WOOL felt - 100% wool please.

Stickers for journaling - esp. themed and holiday.

Anything else to use for journaling or zentangling

anything knitting related.


LaughingLoon rated for Wool felt swap on Mar 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely colored and the threads are gorgeous - the colors are rich and the textures have great depth!
nrthwoodsknitter rated for Zentangle Your ABC's on Jun 3, 2020
Comment: Beautiful tangles and beautiful tiles. Thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks for the zine and the tea. I saw your ABC swap, but it's only for black and white, and sometimes I just gotta use color! LOL!! :-)
Comment: Thank you for the zine with your lovely tangles in it.
DorothyH rated for Winter Journal Swap on Apr 20, 2020
Comment: Hello Mary Ellen, thanks - got the journal today! Boy, sure was dissappointed to see so many people drop from the swap, especially since we all ended up with sooooo much time to work on them. Gotta say you left me hanging! .???? About your house search and selling. Hope everything didn't fall through because of this virus thing. Thanks for the journal and teas.
Comment: This is beautiful one! I will finish it and send it home! Thanks for the balloon card too! My son is 40 next month and he feels the same as your 17 year old. And he's just as hard to keep at home. :) Please stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks for the extras and I really like your page!
Comment: Thanks so much! The zine looks fantastic! Can't wait to add to it!
LizzyJo rated for TUT~ Add a heart on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the Add a heart tile. I like the buttons you attached.
Comment: Thank you! I don't mind working on this again.
hesedetang rated for ZIA #63 - Zentangle Genesis on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card and tile, I am glad to have been your host for this swap. A wonderful week to you and yours x
Comment: Thank you for the String Thing tile, bookmark and tile blanks. If I run across the name of the woven pattern you used on your tile, I'll let you know.
MamaD rated for ZZ ~ Tangle and Pass Postcard ongoing on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card to work on! What a small world! I've only lived here about a year-I don't know your aunt and uncle, but its such a small town, perhaps we will meet soon!
PrairieKittin rated for TUT~Recycle a greeting card on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: What a cute idea! Thank you!
Comment: Thanks! I will add to this one and send it on. I think Andrea will love it when she gets it back. I had her for the last few swaps and didn't want to send it to her before it was finished. Happy New Year with Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: What a lovely start - I look forward to adding more. Thanks for the lovely card and colored tiles!
gemma rated for Public Zentangle & Pass PC ongoing on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Hallo Mary Ellen, Toaday I received your zentangle. I think it is great. Thank you. I wish you a lot of fun with swapping. Best regards Gemma
Comment: Oooohhhh. I get to be the first one to contribute to this! I'm excited!!
Comment: thank you for your very nice zine. Always nice to have a new zentangle partner.

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yvonne401 on Jul 5, 2017:

CSG ~ Fruit of the Spirit, #6 Faithfulness


as defined in the bible has two different meanings:

1.If we mean the faithfulness of God or Jesus, it refers to steadfastness, honesty, firmness, and God's utter dependability based on His unchanging character.

2.If we mean human faithfulness, it refers to our steady allegiance to God and our trust in Him. A "faithful" man is "full of faith"; he believes in the reality of God as revealed in Scripture.

Dictionary definition of faithfulness: 1.The quality of being faithful. 2.Fidelity.

The dictionary definition of faithfulness is totally different than the bible definition. This must be taken into account when reading and understanding our bible.

What does faithfulness mean to me?

To be truly faithful to God we must love God more than we love our self. We must also be lovers of God not lovers of pleasure. We must be more interested in pleasing God than pleasing our self. A faithful person is not disobedient, greedy, unloving and without self-control.

Having faith in God is truly one of the most important things to have to be a good Christian. If you don't have faith then there is not much to say about you. You need to believe in Him and trust in Him. When you are in times of trouble you need to have faith that He will pull you through your difficult times. I believe that times of hardship make us stronger because they make our faith stronger.

There was a time that I was very ill with Listeria in the hospital. This was many years ago. Listeria is a deadly disease that most people die from. At the time I didn't believe in God or Jesus. I had absolutely no faith. However, my husband had two churches praying for me. I had a fever of 106 degrees. The nurses told my husband that he should come because they didn't know if I would make it through the night. He couldn't come however because he had the baby and we didn't have a baby sitter at the time. He called both churches to pray for me even though I wasn't a believer at the time. My fever broke in 24 hours. Even the hospital couldn't believe it. That was my miraculous healing and I believe that is when God planted a seed in me and that is when my true faith began because He proved to me that He was real.

The faithfulness of a Christian:

1.God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.

2.Honor all people.

3.Love your fellow Christians.

4.Fear God and honor the King.

5.If you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God.

6.We are to look to the Lord Jesus as our model of the faith life. We should be faithful and live a good life.

Faith is basically believing in something that you cannot see, having a belief in something that there is no proof of. You believe it's true even though there is no proof of it. It is very difficult to have faith. Lots of things in life do test your faith. But once you have it, it's something strong and powerful. For much of my life I didn't believe in God or Jesus because I couldn't see them, feel there or know that they were real. After my experience at the hospital and after I got saved, things changed dramatically for me. I didn't think life would change after I got saved, but it sure did.

Well that's all I have to say for this time. I hope you were encouraged by my comments. I pray that your life is filled with much faith and it makes your walk with God grow much stronger.

God Bless You!



ChrisAnne on Jun 13, 2017:

Glad to have you with us in Planner Partners. We will begin swapping very soon. Please check out the forums and introduce yourself to the rest of the bunch!

crescendo on Jan 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the sparkly snowman Christmas card and book reading list from my December Wishlist! So sorry for my late thankyou, we went out of town on Christmas day for a week and I am getting to catch up now on my desk. I loved displaying all of the sparkly cards, I hung up a wide candy striped ribbon and used clothespins to clip all of the cards down the length of it. I loved how it looked and I don't want to take it down. I have read a couple of the books you mentioned on your list, and will look into the others. I am hoping to find some time in 2017 to actually read again, its been a long time.

Dsweeny on Jan 3, 2017:

Tea Swap - LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I give you a 5 star rating. :) The teas you sent were sent in a timely manner, and your card was very personal and kind. Thank you for doing this :)

Rarie61 on Jan 29, 2015:

Hi Mary I just received your Christmas card today that was sent way back in Nov. I love the letter you sent along with it explaining how you spend the holidays. Thank you for the extra coins it was a nice surprise. It was fun swapping with you! I hope you have a great day!

dolcxvita on Dec 2, 2014:

Hi there! Just sent you an invite to the new and active Creative Mail Asia group. Do join in so we can swap with in our region! :)

camelsamba on Aug 18, 2014:

Thanks for the book recommendations. Can't find I Married a Bedouin at our library or the statewide ILL, but I did request Butterfly Mosque!

KristinCali on May 14, 2014:

Hello there! I was your partner for the Stuffed Summer Journal last year. I was hoping you'd host another one! I'm in a spring journal swap right now and when it's done I really want to start another :D Let me know! xoxo

Elliepatterson on May 4, 2014:

Many thanx for hosting this great swap, "I'd join this swap if..." It was a hoot for sure. All I can say is, Unicorns, what unicorns, who is sending unicorns, where did they get them to send, I want a unicorn" LOL. ( Laughing out loud for sure) blessings,

Cissybelle on Apr 17, 2014:

Got your envelope today, I love everything you sent. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the Washi tapes I sent. Happy swapping! 💜

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