Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: August 11, 2020
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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It's time to update my profile....Goodness, way overdue! Today is July 8th 2020. My hubby is going into week 17 of working at home. He's an IT professional. Lots going on and all we can do is be hopeful and live each day trying not to dwell on everything happening in our world. We are very blessed and for that we are grateful.
During June we had unexpected family visit us. I had to drop some of my swaps and made some of my swaps not late but sent later than I wanted. Feels good to be caught up on everything! Swaps and home. lol
During this coronavirus pandemic I have become more creative than I have in a long time! It started off with coloring in my paper doll stamped images while I watched Netflix and got hooked on the "The Talk" ( I don't watch daytime TV!) lol) making greeting cards and lots of baking. Even hubby set a record of baking batches of his famous peanut butter cookies! lol Then I was asked by my granddaughters mom if I would make masks for her as she was going back to work. That led to making masks for family and friends and I'm still asked to sew them. That led to finding my quilts I started. Finishing one for a friend's birthday this month.
Lastly my son shared some of his sourdough starter that he bartered for and he's the fermenting king. lol (he makes water kefir and other ferments) There's definitely a learning curve to both but fun! I'm a newbie so don't ask any questions. LOL It's that time again for making Oregon strawberry jam (I barely got my strawberries before they were gone) and maybe some fruit preserving. Yumm!
It's great to stay busy and creative during this time! Keeps both hubby and I sane!
We have one cat who has our heart. Our beautiful Yuki Maru. In Japanese it means snowball thus her white fluffy coat. It suits her. Our little 'sack 'o sugar" At her first health check years ago the vet told her that. It's true, she's the little princess in our home. She is 16 years old. We lost her sister Oni in March 2019. Our hearts were broken. RIP little one. ❤️
When growing up there were always animals and my children loved them too. (hubby not always a fan, lol) I even had a horse when I was 14 but I was not a good cowgirl! Lol We've had rabbits, rats, horses, chickens, an 'onery little black rooster named 'Chuckles' who would chase me all over the yard! Lol My brother had a horse named Shawnee and a 4H hog one year. I miss our little dog Blondie, One year my oldest son and I went Christmas shopping and Blondie came home with us! Hubby was not happy but she was well loved by her human children and our home was hers for 17 years. Animals are amazing!
I have tried a lot of art and crafts in my life. While I am no expert I do have an eclectic style and appreciation of art in many forms. Handmade is always appreciated and treasured. A few of my favorite things:
paper dolls, I love my dolls! Have on-going doll art journals; die cut dolls, stamped, magazine and paper cut outs, even clothes etc, made by you, stickers of dolls etc.
Julie Nutting paper dolls
Tim Holtz and Graphic 45
I do love drawing and painting. I started watercoloring with online instruction in summer 2019.
Sewing was the first craft I learned when I was ten years old. My angel mother taught me and I designed my own shirt. lol After 40 plus years I still enjoy sewing. Although I made my own prom dress, wedding dress and clothes as a teenager, Halloween costumes for my kids and granddaughters I don't sew many clothes now.. But I do sew for their American Girl dolls. We make dolls accessories together. (hand sewing or crafting for now)
Quilting, My Grandmother, my Dad's mother was an amazing quilter. Still have one of the last quilts she made for my Dad. What a treasure!
Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I love it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I have made a great new friend and sure do miss not being able to attend since the pandemic. Or meeting my friend for lunch before club. I still enjoy working in my journal and have learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!
Love true Vintage ephemera! My favorites are 1960s and earlier, I like the 70s too, vintage textiles, fabrics and scraps, sewing and hand stitching items, vintage magazines, fashion and sewing magazine pages, cookbooks, children's books, readers and song books, old medical, geography or encyclopedia pages, wallpaper and wrapping paper, vintage ads and pamphlets, sewing patterns from 1970s or earlier, vintage rhinestones and costume jewelry, old type written letters and documents, forms and envelopes, old handwritten letters are a favorite
Die cuts, use them in my journals and collage
I enjoy "junkin'" for art junk /vintage treasures My bestest pen pal gave our goodies the name "art junk" And when my sister goes antique hunting she calls it 'junkin'" Well the terms stuck! lol Love that!
embroidery, cross stitch, needle felting, wool roving or wool fibers
most colors (except neon colors) but some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors
Love all animals! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, African animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.
My favorite artist is Marjolein Bastin (née uit den Bogaard) (born 1943) is a Dutch nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator. She is the creator of the character "Vera the Mouse" I discovered her 25 years or so ago when I use to buy Hallmark cards that featured her beautiful watercolor artworks including Vera the Mouse. I have a large framed print "Nature's Sketchbook" hanging on the wall by my art desk that I love!
the sea and all it's many beauties
quilling and origami
interesting metal embellishments
hearts (collected since I was a teenager)
Halloween, Valentines Day and Christmas are my favorite holidays.
Disney, Hello Kitty, The Peanuts, Scoobydo, Garfield, favorite Disney Princess Cinderella
Vintage Barbie and Dawn dolls
Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, vintage Barbie, Katy Keene, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s Rock n Roll, Dance, Fairies, Butterflies, Birds, Nature, Retro, Quirky and Colorful, Skulls, Quotes and Poetry, Cats and Dogs, Zentangles, Humor, Repurposing and Recycling, Fashion (paper dolls or old magazine cut outs for my paper doll junk journal)
My husband and I watch a lot of TV through the week in the evenings because it's the best way to relax together after our long days....Big Bang Theory, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS (still watch the orginal with Gibbs) Use to love CSI (with Grissom) Firefly, Bones and Grimm, That 70s Show.... Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Fave movies: Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Avatar. Old shows: I Love Lucy, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Lassie, Bewitched
My favorite music is from1970s and 80s. Also love Elvis and music from the 1950s. I like old school country; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. I grew up with a country music loving family, but I'm a rock n roll girl! In 1980 I met my dear hubby at an under 21 club, a discotech called "Fat City" in Medford Oregon. Yes I still enjoy disco music and I love dance! The days of our dancing together, what magic!! I enjoy watching dance reality TV, ice skaters and ballerinas, hip-hop It's just wonderful live art to me!
Things I won't use...trying to keep it short as it should be, but I end up with too many of certain things!
*pencils, erasers, reward stickers
*scraps of paper
*blank recipe cards, packages of note cards or memo pads. I have too many! lol
*please no more washi tape rolls
*glitter, any, but I do I LOVE glitter in art that you send. I just have a big stash already.
*not fond of neon colors
*scarves and socks, make-up or make-up bags
A few last words..I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. Please do the same for me. Life happens though, so let's be kind. Very rarely things have had to be resent. It happens, just be sure there is sufficient postage. I go by the USPS mailing guidelines and have had no problem. I try to go to the post office once a week. I do not mail from our community mailbox where I live. Sometimes that means on the weekend. If that happens, I drop off in the Blue Box.The post office has different hours on the weekends and it certainly isn't open 24/7! One of the post offices I use is closed on the weekend (no Saturday like the other one) and because of people problems they decided to close their lobby at night. When I drop off my swaps, that's when I mark sent. Sitting right in the parking lot! It's a wonder the USPS system works as well as it does with the millions of mail we send. So....if you can be anything be kind. Communicate with me. I will do the same. I have enjoyed swapping here for many years. Craft on!
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