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mjhaertling

mjhaertling
Date Joined: March 7, 2015
Last Online: October 3, 2022
Birthday: January 23
Country: United States
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About Me

Update December 2020 A year later but now I will be moving. My address has been changed on this site. *Update December 2019 At the present time I am hoping to move in a month or so.

I am retired and became a widow in 2014 after 51 years of marriage. I have a large support group of family and church friends around me. My 2 sons & their families live in the St. Louis area so I see them several times a month. I have a daughter in the Chicago area, of course I do not see her as often.

My "new" home is in a St. Louis suburb, a first for me. A change for sure, but recycling. I lived my first 19 years in rural Missouri. Then lived in small towns for a few years before 27 years in the city of St. Louis. Now after 25 years near my birthplace, back to the St. Louis area. I will be a few blocks from one of my sons, 20 minutes from the other.

I will join another congregation of the Lutheran church and probably a quilt club. I would also like to find a group that does paper art like the swaps we do here. I have joined an online group that does collage art and would love to meet some like-minded people.

I have been a part of swap-bot for quite a few years now. It has added so much to my life. I have learned so many new techniques as I made my swaps. I feel like my creativity has really grown.

My favorite swaps are the scavenger hunt PC's and collaboration PC's. I usually try to make something a little off center for these swaps.

I am still trying to hone my photography skills but use my phone a lot more than my camera. It's just so much easier. I use my photos in some of my swaps.

I am always buying vintage books and magazines as sources for images to use in my swaps. It will be hard to part with any of them when I move, so I will probably keep them all.

I enjoy swapping with other Christian women. I hope to do some Bible journaling in the future. I will join at least one new Bible study group after I move.

And a new quilt club. I have enjoyed meeting so many friendly women over the years in the three quilt clubs I have been in at different times.

About Me

Likes: Vintage images, images from nature, illustrations from children's books, interesting photos taken by you, butterflies.

Quirky/humorous interpretations of themes in swaps from you. Seeing your art work.

Unusual book pages & ephemera to use in making swaps.

About Me

Dislikes: Nothing specific here.

About Me

Reading and TV: I read mostly historical fiction and mysteries. I am still enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series of books. Most of my favorite TV shows are British or Australian. I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I would appreciate recommendations of series to binge watch. No fantasy or futuristic please.

About Me

My daughter and I share a love of hunting for bargains in thrift shops. She does some buying and selling online. I look forward to furnishing a "new" house, probably one built in the 60"s or 70's.

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Martha, Thank you for the lovely photographs, postcard and great note as it was good to read about each place, I've never been to your part of The US. I'd love to someday though. Take care, Vaughan
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Comment: thanks its wonderful!!
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Comment: Thank you , Martha for the fun glue book page and the thoughtful extras.Those shoes look like they would be dangerous to stand in much less walk!! I have made 3 spreads in my junk journal but have not managed to share them.
ginny19590 rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #18 on Sep 19, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for letting me know. I'm giving you the heart for keeping me informed. I think communications is so important. I love the ATC and extras. Hope we swap again some time.......ginny
user6937 rated for SPCP: A set of 5 on Sep 16, 2022
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Comment: Hate to rate down, but communication is so important - this was an email swap due on Sept 2 - you sent on Sept 13 after I emailed you. Your quilt is beautiful; somebody will be very lucky to received it. Thank you for rating me.
Poeprincess rated for HMPC: Botanical love - August on Sep 4, 2022
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Comment: Oh, yes, blueberries grow wild here & they are more tasty than the bigger cultivars. You can get small Maine blueberries in the supermarket freezer, so marked. Thank you for being my partner!
MamaMangrove rated for HMPC: Scavenger Hunt #3 on Aug 31, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely card, Martha. I used a fairy from a vintage children's book too - one of my favorite sources for illustrations. Like you I enjoy seeking out the elements for these scavenger hunt swaps.
MuggleMom rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #17 on Aug 24, 2022
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Comment: What a great swap you sent to me! I really appreciated that you reused junk mail envie to send the swap - I'm a big fan of recycling everything! And then to see your super creative and highly vintage APC was a definite keeper! Thank you so much for sharing a print of your old magazine adverts for me to use in my art too!!! I'm so glad Norma & Victor made it home to 1969 Iowa - what a neat vintage postcard. Happy Mail indeed - thank you so much. xxMuggleMom
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Comment: Thanks for this great PC! I was so fortunate to get it because both ends, of the envie, had been completely blown out! Thanks too for the extra postcards! So interesting! I saw a bear by the creek today. It was busy fishing! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
JanHardt rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #69 on Aug 13, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for this beautiful ATC. I love that you used pressed flowers from your garden. Forget me nots are a favorite of mine. Excellent swap!
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Comment: Oh so much fun!! Thank you so much! Everything is lovely and I will definitely have a lot of fun decorating my journals and ATCs with these goodies!!! xxoo
RiverTopanga rated for Art Collab PC #105 (USA) on Aug 10, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sending the pc to me. I've never thought about putting a magazine pic on. I might try that next time I'm crunched to get it out. I usually do my part shortly after receiving so I can send out early for my partner. That way they have time to get it done before the next swap. I'm so excited you are sending my mum a card. She will be thrilled and beside herself that you would do such a wonderful thing! Thank you. Happy swapping 😃
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Comment: Thank you for the nice card and I love that verse. :)
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty flower postcard! Have a blessed day!
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Comment: Martha, thank you so much for this wonderful glue book page! I love it with my whole entire heart! I am super excited to add it into my book ☺️ I also used to take trips by car with my family every July, so I am LOVING the travel theme you chose!! Thank you so much again!! ❤️❤️
9O96O rated for Photography scavenger hunt on Jul 27, 2022
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Comment: That is a great set of photos. I love the stories behind the photos. I like the 'hot' interpretation - boiling kettles of hogs heads for headcheese -- a most unique subject. I like how you framed the photo - pots at the front, barn in the back and a hill path leading up to the barn. This was a fun photo scavenger hunt. Thanks for sharing MH!
hazelwitch3 rated for Photography scavenger hunt on Jul 27, 2022
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Comment: Hi Martha, Thanks for resending! I don't know what happened the first time. The pictures are great -- I really like all of them. I particularly like the cook-out one -- you've captured the sense of heat and the earnest focused looks on the faces so well. But then irises are my favourite flower and the one you've shot is a particularly beautiful one, and I love the piano players and the bee and the ferris wheel. What did strike me as I looked at the pictures is that you have a real gift for candid shots of everyday life -- the hog roast and the piano players and the fair ground all have a real sense of place. The other two are good photos but don't tell me something new about the subject, while the hog/piano/ferris pictures all give me a little glimpse into your local world. Does that make sense to you? Thanks for sharing.
Response: Thank you for the rating. I really appreciate your feedback. Yes, I do tend to take more pictures of flowers and bugs than people. I am fascinated by the forms of blossoms and how varied they are. I do like street photography also and I think my musicians are a fun example of that. I really enjoy these scavenger hunts.
stamparose rated for USAPC: Faux Postage Stamps on Jul 26, 2022
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Comment: Thank you and love the goodies
Shuttlebug rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #16 on Jul 25, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome APC and the extras - I love strawberry shortcake! The weather has been terribly hot, but it's supposed to cool down soon.
Vickyen rated for HMPC: Botanical love - June on Jul 12, 2022
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Comment: Hi Martha! Thank you for the beautiful botanical love pc! I have never used pressed flowers and love when someone does! Yipppeee! I am sorry for just now responding, we were away on vacation in CO! Would you want to meet for for lunch someplace on July 22? I work until 11 am but can meet around noon or later! Hopefully it will work out! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

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Comments

yvonne401 on Sep 5, 2022:

Hi Martha!

Hope you have a fun and safe Labor Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Jul 4, 2022:

Hi Martha!

Wishing you a safe and happy July 4th!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Jun 21, 2022:

Hi Martha!

Wishing you a safe and fun summer!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on May 29, 2022:

Hi Martha!

Wishing you a safe and fun Memorial Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

teejlc on May 3, 2022:

Thank you so much for returning my art collab postcard! I loved seeing how it turned out. Your little stars were a lovely addition! ❤️

yvonne401 on Apr 17, 2022:

Dear Martha,

Easter represents the rebirth of life. I wish you and your family a new beginning, love, and happiness. Have a Happy Easter!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Mar 21, 2022:

Happy Spring!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Feb 13, 2022:

Wishing you a Happy and Fun Valentine's Day! I appreciate your friendship!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

JuneRosebud on Sep 4, 2020:

Thanks for working on my frog prince Art Collab #85!!

hibiscus on Oct 1, 2019:

The atc with the French stamp the ruler and that amazing image ... just perfection... loved it

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