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monicac

monicac
Date Joined: January 26, 2012
Last Online: July 6, 2021
Birthday: July 15
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Monica and I am a closet artist. For practical reasons, I am a retired public school teacher with 25 years of service. As life has gotten more complex, my projects have greatly decreased in size.

I am happily married and have one son in college. We usually have at least one dog. Currently, Rupert, chocolate lab, is in residence. We enjoy camping, river and ocean fishing, crabbing, boating, walks on the beach, exploring new places, meeting new people, and time outside.

We have lived in Alaska for over 29 years and still enjoy looking out over the Kachemak Bay every morning. Often there are boats moving about, beautiful sunrises and amazing sunsets, and bald eagles looking for a snack.

Favorite Crafts

Wow!! I enjoy basketry, quilting, applique, knitting, crochet and watercolor. I love looking to see what other artists are creating.

I have been sewing and quilting for a long time and own 8 sewing machines and 1 serger. I have loads of fabric but never seem to have enough. I prefer non-solid, non-directional fabrics. I love decorative threads for free-motion sewing and quilting.

I have invested a lot of time over many years sewing vintage, couture, period costumes and custom garments.

Currently, I am focusing on watercolor and hoping to produce anything worthy to share. I also sew marine canvas and and operate a small shop.

Favorite Books

Anything Jane Austen. I cannot imagine living then without all the amenities and the rigorous social rules and limitations. But I love the relationships between all the characters and how they survive their place in society.

I usually read books by author or genre. I also enjoy Hilary Mantel, George Eliot, any classic English writer and chick lit. I read a lot about traveling to different places and food.

Other

Before Covid-19, we traveled to Kyrgyzstan for a wedding and explored Portugal, Azores, and Istanbul. We also spent over a month in Queensland Australia.

Currently, we are planning to travel to Costa Rica or Belize when things settle down. We would like to have a boat in the Caribbean.

Ratings

TrishaLSmith rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #6 on Jun 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely toucan postcard. So beautiful!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #6 on Jun 29, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Monica! Love the Bald Eagle! Seeing them everywhere is one of my favorite memories of being on vacation in Alaska in July 2017 !! <3
Eel9585 rated for Profile based happy mail swap #10 on May 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the amazing happy mail, I loved it, especially the note pad. I would give you more hearts if I could
minniepic rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #28 on May 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing postcards, I loved them all. I always love postcards from alaska. Hoping to visit someday.❤️❤️❤️
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Comment: Thanks for this beautiful decorated envie and extra pc's! It took 3 days to get from Homer to here. Not bad for over the weekend, and our PO is closed on weekends. We took one of the Kilcher's Landing craft, to bring our house supplies here in 1998. It took us 24 hours because we had perfect weather. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Larsen Bay, Sherry
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Comment: Love tulips!
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Comment: Cool views of Tillamook. I have never been there -- although have been to OR. Sammy and Willow love any adventure that involves a car ride :). Happy mails
Aseret25 rated for PH: Non-Touristy PCs #6 on Apr 21, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the postcards and the stickers! I do art journal in fits & starts - I like that it's low pressure. In terms of mixed media, I enjoy making abstract collages with painted papers. I use different things for mark-making: paint pens, gel pens, student-grade pastels, acrylic & India ink. I like playing with all different kinds of materials! And I rarely attempt to do anything realistic. :) Right now all of my postcards are in an Amazon box (or two...). I don't really "collect" them per se - I enjoy the hobby of sending out & receiving mail, just for the activity itself.
fbresnah rated for Brighten My Week Note Card April #2 on Apr 18, 2021
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Comment: Hi thank you for the nice cards and stickers. The weather here is still cool not quite summer yet but no snow thankfully. All of my cats are rescues I’ve gotten them from other people who no longer cared for them. They are my babies. they are short hair American cats. I don’t have a garden I live in a condo but I would love to have one. I haven’t sketch in a while but I would love to get back into it. Hope you’ enjoy doing watercolors that sounds like a lot of fun!
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Comment: A VW beetle would be so cool. Thank you for the pretty post card.
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap. I absolutlsy love everything you sent. May I ask where you got those awesome stickers. The toucan, bird, and fox in old fashioned frames. The toucan one is almost identical to my next tattoo I'm planning to get.
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful multi view postcard from Hong Kong. I love postcards from other countries.
suepier rated for Happy Place PC on Apr 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard from Alaska. I love Alaska. I still have postcards if you would like some. Message me and I will be happy to send you some. Or email me at [email protected]
MellowOda rated for PH: Send 6 PCs (USA/Canada) #18 on Apr 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcards! I love them so much!! (ETA: I loved the stickers, too! Thank you!!) My favorite plants (that I own) are my red nerve plants. Normally, I travel for work - mostly to San Francisco. For personal, my favorite place is Disney & the UK. Our spring is in full bloom, now & I'm so happy it's here. It's a short season for us, though - summer will be here before we know it! lol
bruxbaby rated for Sticker Swap on Apr 6, 2021
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Comment: I love all of the stickers you sent!! Looooooove! Thank you so much!!
poppyseedletters rated for Ugly Postcard Swap #27 on Apr 4, 2021
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Comment: Thank you So much for the postcard! Happy Easter!
dartha rated for CS: Simple Profile Happy Mail on Apr 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful envelope full of so many goodies. Thank you so much. Love it all. Hope you are having a good April so far! take care, darla
PrincessLeia rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #29 on Mar 30, 2021
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Comment: Hi Monica, thanks for the PCs and mushies!!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Homer, Alaska postcard! To answer your questions, I dont go to the beach as often as I should. But would love to have more time to go. My favorite postcard is one by a finnish artist Inge Looks Old Ladies. My favorite! Thank you so much! I would love to see Alaska one day it is one of my dreams!!
marclively rated for 5 postcards in an envelope #7 on Mar 21, 2021
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Comments

dartha on Apr 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for your wonderful envelope full of so many goodies. Thank you so much. Love it all. Hope you are having a good April so far! take care, darla

OMG Love the heart art work - thank you so very much for sharing your gorgeous art work with me!!!

ARTG33K74 on Feb 27, 2013:

I had tried to put the video links in the rating message, at it was not legible. ☺

ARTG33K74 on Feb 27, 2013:

Sorry that rating message I left was a mess, here are clickable links: ☺ I live here.

This is downtown in winter and a mild traffic jam

This is the neighborhood in December

I'm into my little two minute videos of the city! ☺ I hope you have internet access able to stream video.

Whippet on Jan 5, 2013:

Happy New Year '2013 to you Monica! And thank you for the Christmas card you sent me. "Winter" in Florida can look cloudy, humid, cool/cold nights, fog, though the sun could come out tomorrow. Best Wishes!

racheljohnson on Dec 6, 2012:

Thank you for the wonderful holiday card and sweet note! Snail mail makes the season bright. :)

Swap-bot is lucky to have members like you. Happy holidays and happy swapping!!

RyeRye on Nov 21, 2012:

dalbright on Nov 7, 2012:

You’re invited! Come join: Desk De-clutter #7!

Whippet on Oct 9, 2012:

Yum, I imagine the coolness of Alaska with the Alaska state map postcard you sent to me. Thank you as I didn't have a map postcard from your state. Glad you liked the "little piece of Florida sunshine" I sent to you. When you put it on your car I can imagine the looks you'll get from others up there in the cold North this winter.

biasbabe on Oct 2, 2012:

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To the Nuts for Sewing Group

Bandkh1 on Aug 28, 2012:

Thank you for the completely unexpected gift of a beautiful postcard showing your home town. I so appreciate that you took the time to send it and it is already added to my ever growing collection. Thank you once again Monica and I hope we meet again in another swap. Barbara

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