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ChinaCat

ChinaCat
Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: November 13, 2019
Birthday: October 16
Country: United States
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About Me

ABOUT ME:

I'm 62 years old with two grown children and three grandsons. I also have a four year old granddaughter. I work with special needs high school students. I live in Arizona where it's very hot in the summer, but really nice in the winter (when it finally decides to cool down).

I'm actually very easy to please - if you make it for me, I'm going to appreciate the effort. I'm thankful when people put time, thought and heart into what they make and send. Hand made items are wonderful, but finding vintage items at a thrift store or yard sale also takes time and energy, so I really appreciate what is required to complete a well done swap.

I won't flake and I will rate. If I should happen to forget to rate a swap, please let me know. I always try to send something my partner will like and I read all profiles, regardless if the swap says "sender's choice". Profiles are fun to read and they help me create a good swap package.

If you don't receive a swap or tag from me, please let me know right away. I have no problem re-sending or doing whatever it takes to fix a problem. I host swaps sometimes and I will angel any swap I host if necessary.

Favorite Music

Classic rock: Rolling Stones (best rock & roll band ever!), The Beatles, Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan...etc.

Country (mostly retro, classics and bluegrass)

Blues

R&B

As far as newer music, I love folk rock and roots music, as well as some of the folky country bands.

Favorite Books

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Godfather

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Alice in Wonderland

Classic children's literature (including Peter Pan, the Oz books, Winnie the Pooh, Little Women, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder), beautifully illustrated fairy tales and nursery rhymes, Beatrix Potter's work

Some of my favorite modern book authors and books for children include: Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry, H.A. Rey's Curious George series, the Amelia Bedelia books, Russell Hoban's Frances series

I love very old, out of print books for children. I would love to collect vintage books, but they are usually too expensive. I do find them sometimes in thrift stores though!

Favorite Movies

The Wizard of Oz

anything with Johnny Depp

Comedies - especially adult humor. I love Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, etc.

documentaries

Favorite Television

Seinfeld

I'm Dyin' Up Here

Anthony Bourdain's shows - I LOVE him!

Modern Family

The Voice

Antiques Roadshow

true crime shows

history, nature, Nova type shows

About Me

I DO THESE CRAFTS:

*altered objects - matchboxes, rusty old tins, altoid tins, boxes, dolls, lotsa stuff!

*mixed media - configurations, shadowboxes, etc.

*cardmaking

** I LOVE to make ornaments for different holidays or occasions

I DO NOT sew, nor do I embroider, crochet, knit...but oh how I admire the talents of those who do! Nothing better than receiving something hand crafted that I could never even begin to know how to do myself.

THINGS I LOVE

handmade items!!!

original art - I have no talent whatever in the fine arts and I love so very much to receive art made by others. Artists rock! =)

pinup girls and old school tattoo art

art dolls and vintage dolls, even doll parts

wooden boxes, all sizes - I've loved them for years.

yoga

holidays

Day of the Dead ~ Frida Kahlo ~ Loteria

HALLOWEEN!!!! - devils, bats and witches are faves - I especially enjoy vintage Halloween (all eras) and gothic Halloween. Spooky is GOOD! I like ouija boards, spirits, graveyards,Poe, ravens, mystical, fall colors, scary jack-o-lanterns,apothecary stuff, scary but not too overtly gory (NO slasher movies)

Christmas - I adore retro/kitchy Christmas (think 1950s - ish) - little elves, gnomes, glittery, tinsel, all that fun stuff!

More Christmas - Victorian Christmas images are also a favorite and I've discovered in recent years that I like angels. I enjoy Krampus and Scandinavian trolls and elves. I'm quirky!

lowbrow Victorian imagery

Neanderthals - my DNA test results show that I have more Neanderthal DNA than most people have - wow!

vintage circus and vintage magician images

vintage ephemera from all eras

flowers - new or vintage crochet, paper, anything flower related to use for Day of the Dead or Frida projects

MERMAIDS!!!! - yep, even Disney

garden gnomes

weird, wacky, wonderful things

Buddha

items from other countries, cultures and eras

jewelry - love anything handmade

suns and moons (especially the man in the moon), stars, clouds...

I like all colors. It's more about the way different colors are combined that appeals to me rather than one particular color. But I do have to say that I'm always drawn to ocean colors...aqua, turquoise, teal - I call them "mermaid colors"...

Dislikes

rodents, especially rats. I have a bit of a phobia, I guess. Realistic rats and mice freak me out.

scrapbook supplies - I do some scrapbooking once in awhile but I already have a lot of supplies on hand, and I usually need something specific when I do scrapbooking projects. And please, no scrapbook paper scraps. My cup runneth over with paper scraps already.

ATCs ~ Please, don't send me an ATC!! I actually do like making ATCs and I used to make and swap tons of them, but I stopped collecting them years ago.

As I said in my "likes", I LOVE Halloween and Christmas, but not so much the cutesy/kiddish stuff, unless it's vintage style.

Stickers that children would use. I do use stickers on occasion, but not really the flat ones that look obviously like a sticker.

I know that bookmarks are very popular, but I really don't need any. I do most of my reading online. I do enjoy making bookmarks though.

If you are doing a THRIFT STORE SWAP with me, please don't send items that can just as easily have come from a dollar store. Sorry if that seems harsh, but a trinket that originated at Dollar Tree is probably not something that will make me happy if I'm hoping for something thrifted and awesome. A few times, I have received items that I don't even want to pass along to another partner. It's very rare though, I'm happy to say! =)

I don't do stamping so I really have no need for stamps or ink pads. I will gladly pass them on if I receive them though.

Wants

weird, funky clay faces - especially painted ones

small Halloween or otherwise spooky things that I can use for Halloween shadowboxes - I like them kind of creepy!

milagros

old keys

old photos, especially of people...the older the photo, the better!

vintage needlework - small doilies, crochet, embroidery, etc.

THRIFT STORE FINDS - small items I can use for shadowbox and assembly pieces, especially items for Halloween, Day of the Dead shrines and retro chic Christmas projects

cool vintage stuff

Vintage Lefton china items ~ especially holiday

handmade items that you LOVE to make!

nautical, ocean, seashell, MERMAID items

Old discarded small doll clothes - Barbie sized or smaller. I don't sew, but I do re-fashion doll clothes for some of my art dolls/altered dolls.

I'm in love with retro Christmas items - kitchy 1950-1960s elves, Lefton china figurines, retro stickers, wrapping paper, cards, etc. These items don't have to be in "like new" condition because they are VINTAGE! I can hide all sorts of flaws and cracks with glue and glitter...=).

Food

I like candy, especially chocolate. I dislike gummy candy. I don't drink herbal teas, but do drink black tea. Spices from other places interest me.

I've recently started drinking coffee! Fifty nine years old and I managed to stay away from it all this time - imagine that! My coffee maker takes Keurig style cups and I'd love to receive and try different flavored coffees - no decaf though.

I like to try unusual (regional) things.

I am a semi-vegetarian and have been for 30 years. (I do eat fish, eggs and cheese.)

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks so much Robin!! The mermaid scent is awesome! Thanks for being in my Swap!!
Response: You're welcome!!! xo
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Comment: Robin, if I could rate you 100 on this, I absolutely would!! You outdid yourself on this and I truly appreciate all the effort you put into it! I opened everything tonight and loved each item!!! Thank you again sooo much and Happy Halloween!!!!!
Response: You're welcome! It was fun and I'm so glad you liked it all. Thank you for the nice message and rating. It's kind of sad that Halloween is over. xo
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Comment: I really like every thing in this envie! The envelope that you put the items in is really beautiful and so are the tags. I am enjoying this so much. Happy Halloween!
Response: Oh good! Thank you for the rating and Happy Halloween!! xo
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Comment: What!?!? I am blind sided! What a freaking cool altered doll you created for me! I feel like the luckiest Halloweeen Nut in the world! What a fabulous idea and you executed it perfectly. She looks awesome on the doilie with the cards. She is in my Halloween dollhouse right now doing readings for all of the creatures who live there. She is a big hit. I cannot tell you how much I love her. She will be a part of Halloween display from now on. Thank you thank you thank you!
Response: Mandy, I'm so relieved that you like her. I made her before the swap partners were assigned and I wasn't sure she would be your style. =) Thank you for the rating and the very nice comment! Happy Halloween!!! xo
Cocoa rated for VTHS: Send 2 #2 on Sep 23, 2019
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Comment: Wow! Your out did yourself! The TH Paper dolls are very welcome. I am sure I can use it all. Thank you!!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the rating. xo
dartha rated for September stocking stuffer on Sep 6, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much Robin for such an adorable ornament. So creative! thank you, darla
Response: You're welcome, dartha! I had to curb my natural instinct to make it into something Halloweeny. ha ha
Eulegirl rated for Jingle in July on Sep 1, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! My kitty and I both love it! She came running as soon as she heard the bell sound. If only I could have gotten a cute pic!
Response: Glad you both like it! xo
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Comment: Sorry, thought I had rated you earlier but perhaps I forgot to hit save?! thank you for the delightful ornaments - I love my ghost - she will have a place of honor on my tree!
Response: You are welcome! I love your idea of an all ghost Halloween tree - would love to see a picture of it!
Christopherpines rated for Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Aug 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for such a lovely selection! These are some of my favorite swaps!!
Response: You're welcome ~ Happy Halloween!
hollycm6 rated for Christmas in July Stocking Stuffer on Jul 23, 2019
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Comment: Such a beautiful package!! I'm trying to hide it away and open it at Christmas but it is soooo tempting!!
Response: Thank you for the rating!! xo
kfaye rated for Haunted Houseplant on Jul 12, 2019
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Comment: Haha-love it! Thank you :D
Response: You're very welcome! These are fun to make. The first one I made was bigger but then I found these tiny pots at the thrift store and decided they would be better as ornaments for this swap. xo
Disneydezi rated for Halloween Whimsy Pocket on Jul 8, 2019
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Comment: I just received my Halloween Whimsy Pocket and wow! Thank you SO much, not only is it gorgeous and unique but the goodies you put in it were perfect for me! Your swapping card was a work of art all on it's own, thanks again! <3
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the nice comment and the rating. It was a fun swap!
Frickenjazzed rated for Halloween Matchbox on Jun 21, 2019
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Comment: I love your matchbox! The colors are awesome and it's well put together. Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for the rating! I'm glad you like it!!
Christopherpines rated for Halloween Spool on Jun 19, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful spool ornie! I love the tassel on the bottom...and the the gothic vintage feel!
Response: You're very welcome and thank you for the rating!
hollycm6 rated for June Stocking Stuffer - Blue on Jun 16, 2019
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Comment: I received your package but haven't opened the present... I'm trying to save it to actually put in my stocking but... we'll see!! Maybe if I hide it! Thank you!!!
Response: Oh you are very welcome, Holly! Thank you for the rating. Maybe if you need a pick-me-up one day you'll decide to open it. I'm such a child! I can never save my stocking stuffers. =)
luleemik rated for Altered Tickets on Jun 13, 2019
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Comment: It's always so fun to receive a swap from you...and this was no exception!! Thank you for sending such a great selection of altered tags---LOVE them all:) I appreciate you joining the swap and always being a super swapper!!
Response: You're welcome! I really thought it was just going to be the two of us because it took awhile for the others to join. I went ahead and made some stamps with you in mind and then you turned out to be my partner after all...=)
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween Key on Jun 6, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the amazing key! Can't wait to hang it on my tree!
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the rating!
samsstuff rated for May Stocking Stuffer - Yellow on May 26, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! It's very sweet!
Response: You are very welcome!
Frickenjazzed rated for Altered Puzzle Piece on May 11, 2019
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Comment: I'm in love with you layering of pieces on your puzzle piece! Thank you so much for the box of happiness!
Response: Thank you for the rating! Making ornaments is one of my favorite things to do. Glad you liked it! xo
Frickenjazzed rated for Mini Potion Bottle on May 11, 2019
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Comment: Oh my, words cannot express how awesome your bottles are! The Poison Apple Potion may not fit on a tree, but it will fit in very well with my potion bottle set up. I may try to hang the Mead bottle. Thank you so much for your awesome work!
Response: Potion bottles are so fun! I have a collection of them too. The bigger ones look cool with some spooky candles around them. Now I'm ready for Halloween to be here...five more months! =) Thank you for the rating and the nice comment. xo

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 462 48 51
Completed Fives Threes Ones
451 477 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
3 22 426 0
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Comments

redheart on Jun 10, 2019:
MyRetroSoul on May 18, 2019:

Hello Robin! You were my partner for March Stocking Stuffer-Green. I have been saving all of my stocking stuffers and waiting to open them but I’ve been having a hard time lately and thought it would cheer me up to open a few early. One of them was yours. This sweet pained doll with funky hair and hat and wand! She is so amazing and i cant thank you enough for passing her along to me. It my favorite thing I’ve recieved since joining swapbot. Thank you, Thank you!

thriftymermaid on Apr 20, 2019:

Hope you and yours have a wonderful Easter weekend Robin! <3

thriftymermaid on Jan 12, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lovely card and the anchor buttons!! Love them!! I hope you're having a warm and happy New Year so far! Hugs!! <3

sunshinesuperman on Dec 5, 2018:

Thank you Robin for being so generous and sending such a lovely ornament. Blessings for a holiday season filled with friends and family. Hugs, Mona

moM on Nov 27, 2018:

Thank you so much for the ornament! It was a wonderful year of Crappy Stocking Stuffers.

Have a wonderful holiday season!!

Karen07 on Nov 26, 2018:

Thanks for the cute ornament and Merry Christmas! Hope you do more of these stocking stuffer swaps in 2019. This time I'll save them till Christmas!

sassafrass on Feb 2, 2018:

I figured you are probably not much of a rub-ons kind of gal! I thought they were kind of prim and cute, and thought you might be able to enjoy them somehow :)

Have a wonderful weekend ahead, Robin!

Purplmyst on Jan 18, 2018:

Thank you so much for the angel package you sent for the Halloween Stocking with Gifts swap. The stocking is spooktacular & I love the gifts. You're awesome!!

thriftymermaid on Jan 2, 2018:

I missed Christmas swapping with you! I have some goodies I hope to send your way soon...maybe a little private swap if you're up to it. All the best to you and yours in 2018. Hugs.

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