Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2017 10:42 am


Date Joined: October 31, 2009
Last Online: September 20, 2017
Birthday: January 14
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a singer/musician, and retired recycled-materials artist who enjoys the (sometimes, lol) benefits of being ADD, which means I "specialize" in whatever has most recently riveted my attention at the moment. I love to create, especially my Coffee Pot People and Tea Kettle Characters. Beyond those, I love exploring different art forms. Swap-bot seems like a really good way to try new things!

Most especially, I love writing lyrics and creating music as half of the duo, Sparrow. I've included the link to our YouTube channel. I love visitors, so please come give us a listen!

I have a blog (link is above) where you can see some of what I've created, although I almost never post anymore. (That will probably change: my musical partner and I are getting ready to post our second music video, and they Will be on my blog. I'm quite excited!)

I'm married to my second husband, celebrating 27 years in November of 2017, and between us we have 7 kids, 17 grandkids, and one adorable little great-grandson.

In General

I love color! And I'm suddenly turning "girly" after an entire lifetime of being a tomboy. Lace, pink, pearls, frills? Bring 'em on!

Also love old-timey things, not so much into country, adore cute kids. Funky/funny is great. Whimsical is wonderful. Quirky. Intelligent.

I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but my doctor has put my on a very low carb diet. The bad news is no sweets; the good news is I'm slimmer and healthier than I've been in a long time. My new favorite snacks is walnuts, which taste incredibly sweet after a few weeks of no/low carbs. I love to garden, sew, play, dance, sing, bake, create art, crochet, make jewelry. Most of all, I love singing, and creating music. I swear, it's like a drug high for me. (Not that I ever was into drug highs, lol.)

I love toe socks! You know, the ones that fit your feet like gloves. Here's the deal: I have big feet! (Size 9 1/2) Most socks that Say they fit, are just a little bit on the small side, and they tend to twist around on my feet, which drives me nuts. Toe socks can't do that, and it just plain wonderful.

Favorite Music

I've been taking voice lessons for 4 years now. If you love to sing, I'd totally go for it--can't believe what a difference it's made for me. Learned on opera, now back to my first love--ballads, pop, songs that make you Feel.

Other than that....

Folk, especially British Isles, Country/Western, Show Tunes, Freak Folk, Oldies of every ilk, Alternative, Old Rock...

Actually, my tastes are so eclectic, it might be easier just to say I'm not a huge fan of Jazz, and don't care for Rap (or anything else I can't harmonize with), or hard Rock.

Favorite groups, singers: John Renbourne, Steeleye Span, Trio, Asleep at the Wheel, Dixie Chicks, Clearwater Revival, Eliza Gilkison, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor....there are so many more, but I'm drawing a blank here...will add as the names resurface.

Honestly, I've always had this fault: I notice the music, learn the lyrics by heart, and tend to not even notice who wrote or performed it, because the music is what's important to me. My (very) bad, and I'm trying to reform!

Favorite Books

Holographic Universe (quantum physics, but an excellent read), The Time Traveler's Wife, Guy Murchie's Seven Mysteries of Life, anything by Dorothy Sayers, mysteries of all sorts, Gore's Attack on Reason, The Stuff of Thought (can't think of the author right now), all of Mark Twain, everything I ever read by CS Lewis (and he wrote a LOT beyond The Chronicles of Narnia), anything by Victoria Holt, Regency romances, Science Fiction, Historical novels, romance novels of all sorts--yes, I admit it freely!

I read mostly fiction, but if I run across a well-written non-fiction book I will absolutely devour it.

I love audio books, and listen to mostly non-fiction there, especially lecture series on the English language.

Favorite Movies

I don't get to see many, even on TV, but I adore musicals, science fiction, chick flicks.

Can't stand slash & bash, or violence; don't do war movies. I like some horror flicks, but the scariness needs to come from the suspense, not because someone gets gory-fied.

I love Disney, especially the animated ones. Actually, I like animated movies, period. A particular favorite: Howl's Moving Castle.

Oh, and I adored Monsters, Inc.

Favorite Television

Warehouse 13, Fringe, Dancing with the Stars, Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Eureka, political news, CSI, John Stewart, The Colbert Report, The PJs, The Boondocks, Antiques Roadshow.

Nothing violent. Well, except for Criminal Minds, but I close my eyes.

Favorite Crafts

Recycled/reclaimed/repurposed crafts of all kinds. Photography. Playing with Photoshop. Paper crafts. Crochet. Collage, both flat and 3-D, gardening, reading, decorative envies.

I have just begun to try my hand at ATC's. In fact, yesterday (9/4/2010) I completed my very first one, for a swap here! (If you want to see it, it's here, on my blog: http://coffee-pot-people.blogspot.com/2010/09/show-tell-saturday-1st-atc.html )

I love baking cookies, and I collect metal cookie cutters. Don't know why I'm not attracted to the plastic ones, just amn't, I guess.

This isn't a craft, per se, but I love, love, love wordplay of all varieties.

Just miscellaneous stuff here:

I'm a coffee drinker of the grind my own beans ilk. Starbucks is not my favorite; tastes kind of burned to me. Don't like Columbian coffee At All, but just about any other...oh. Except flavored! Can't stand flavored coffees, and drink mine black and strong. (Except when I'm adding, say, whiskey, sugar, whipped cream....yummmmmmmm.)

It says above that I love color, which is true, but especially blue/white/yellow, and I have always adored pink/green/white/yellow/orange combos. My kitchen is Thermos-bottle green accented with lots of brights, ala Mary Engelbreit, whose work I love, love, love. My fairy collection is tucked in little spots all over it.

Oh, did you catch the fairy reference just then? I love fairies, and am a True Believer. I mean it. Fairies are real.

Favorite color is Yellow, but I can't wear it. People ask me if I feel okay. =oP

Bedroom is taupe, tan, cream, burgundy and peopled with my angel collection. Yes. Angels are real, too.

Bathroom is pink, tan, wine, and features roses.

Overall, our house is full of old things, whimsical bits we've picked up at estate sales, some antiques, bird cages that house my husband's collection of blown glass, china, and other birds. Most people spend a good while, especially the first time they're here, just wandering around looking at stuff. That's fun for me, and seems to give them pleasure, too.

Likes, Dislikes, Etc.

It's not like there's a lot I dislike, but intolerant or judgmental people do get to me. This is such a sweet website, full of sweet people. Why lie in wait for someone to slip up? You know that feeling you get when you're driving and a cop pulls in behind you? You know you aren't doing anything wrong, and don't intend to, but....More than once I've seen things like, "If you don't send by the cut-off date, even if you're just one day late, I'll wait until the 3 rating becomes available and give it to you!" That's mean-spirited, IMHO. What do you do? Check the postmark & and rate on that, instead of the lovelies inside? Lighten up, folks, and give people the benefit of the doubt. We're here for Fun; it isn't a job. Honestly, if you're one of those people, I'd rather not have you for a partner; I get all tense just worrying I might do something to upset you!

As for likes, how about a list of things I love receiving? Chocolate Ephemera Stickers, except kiddy ATC's Decorated tags Unusual images, especially funny ones Neat art papers Beads and jewelry findings Magnet sheets Buttons Bits o' this n' that Vintage anything Handwritten notes Ribbon & lace Socks with toes (What can I say?)

And just one last thing: My name is Anitra, not Anita. It's a little thing to be picky about, I know, but it's my name.

If you're sending to me:

Things I'd love to receive: WASHI TAPE! Seriously. Stickers, love stickers. But I like the kind that don't have a border around them; otherwise I'll take scissors and trim it off, a bit of a pain. I like pretty things, butterflies, flowers, odd/quirky, words (yes, you can send me word stickers, but not reward), vintage. Tea is great. Favorite is meyer lemon. I'm allergic to anything with anise/licorice/chicory, though, and peppermint gives me bad breath. (How wrong is that?!) I also drink about a half pot of coffee every morning. I don't care for glitter. Love old/vintage lace, ephemera, handmade envies, notecards. My favorite animal is probably Skunk--we had them as pets, and they are Adorable. We have almost two cats, and I do love kitty things. (Almost two: one house cat, one feral that thinks it owns us.) Oh, Pinterest! I love pinterest! You can def send me your link.


laterdayze rated for 5 bags swap #3 - USA ONLY on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Hi Anitra, thank you for the bags and all the excess! Oh and the labels, that was so nice of you! :)
AnnaL rated for Happy Halloween 2017 on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Anitra, I really enjoyed your Halloween card/tag very cleaver. Will have fun with the embellishments, thanks so much. Have a great day today. AnnaL.
Cariboocarol rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - woodland on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: Oh, Anitra---the woodland PL you sent is one of the nicest swaps I have ever been in! It is so just right in every way, I cannot tell you how happy I am with it and ALL the extras, especially the address labels and your letter.....I only want to swap with you now, haha!! It was also packaged in a perfect way and arrived nestled firmly, beautifully and nicely intact!!
Response: I'm so thrilled to read your comments, and SO glad you liked it all! Thanks for making my day. I mean, Totally! :o)
petercure rated for Fan of Washi on Sep 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely washi!(*^_^*)(≧▽≦)
isabellasnow rated for AMMM: I'd Love Washi Samples on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: Ooooh, I love the samples you sent! Lots are new for me (and that's hard to do ;+) I even love the vintage playing cards and plan to use them too! Thanks bunches. Hope you had fun camping!
Response: I'm so glad! My husband collected playing card paraphernalia for years (he doesn't play cards!), but I keep some for ME, lol. Happy to pass them along to someone who'll use them. :o) (Camping was GREAT. Best time Evah, and can't wait for next year, especially since we came right home and bought kayaks, we'd had so much fun in my bro's.)
joybells2426 rated for AMMM: I'd Love Washi Samples on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: I absolutely love all the tapes you sent! Thank you so much!
Response: Yay! And I'm so glad, and you're so welcome! <3
Cinnamingirl rated for Alphabet Fun: Washi G on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much!
kweandee rated for Atp share your favorite washi on Aug 26, 2017
Comment: Going over things I hadn't rated yet....I'm sure I probably got these cause I remember getting something from you just don't remember what it was....lol Thanks again ;)
Response: You're welcome, and I'm very glad I'm not the only one who sometimes does that! (Thanks for the Heart!)
Comment: Very cool envies! Thanks so much :)
Response: So glad you liked them! If I hadn't just Had to get out of the house, I'd have probably done some more, but....husbands. Need I say more, lol?
Kvwanderlost rated for Washi Sample Swap on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great washi variety Anitra! And the Coffee Pot people PCs are the cutest! And I love the envie it all came in, many hearts to you!!! :D
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything!! Thank you for the Heart, and for the smile you gave me!
kssunlover1947 rated for Alphabet Fun: Washi G on Aug 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the washi
Comment: Oh my! I love that on Swap-bot you get to meet new and exciting people. I love this postcard and the added embellishments. I love your art. Congrats on the placement of this unique piece in the Oregon Garden. Happy Swapping and hope we cross paths again. Thank You
evanonthebus rated for Bunches of Homemade Envelopes on Aug 17, 2017
chrysotheme rated for Handmade Envie Swap on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envies!
FabulousGoodies rated for Mermaid Pocket Letter on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the swap. I loved the mermaid pl that you made. I really really loved all the bling and the pearls you used.
Response: I'm so glad! (I found the rhinestones at (gasp!) Dollar Tree, and now I'm looking for other colors. I mean, I had no idea what I'd use them for when I bought them, but...ooh, a water theme, lol.
whytewillow rated for Pack & Play - Goodie Bag Swap #9 on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Wow Anitra, what a great bag! It's the nicest one I've gotten thus far. So nice in fact that I had a difficult time deciding on my 3 things. That's a 1st. Sometimes I don't want anything. Lol. Great bag. Sorry you had to resend, but boy I'm glad you did.
Response: Well, and now I'M glad, lol! I know what you mean about sometimes not wanting anything, and am glad to have made the choices difficult for you!
Comment: I just love the idea of the address labels - very clever! And I've run out, so this is very timely! Thanks for all my fun things :)
Response: You're welcome! I'm especially glad you liked the address labels. :o) Thanks for the heart!
Sunflower107 rated for Tea or Coffee Pocket Letter on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: Beautiful PL! thank you
Response: You're welcome! Glad you liked it!
caf1988 rated for Send 10 Things - Newbie Friendly on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Oh my gosh! I'm such a printing press nerd, haha. I've spent the most time looking at the lay away tag you sent because I swear it went through the letterpress like 5 times, but that makes NO sense! I'm going to take this with me to work tomorrow to ask my dad. I also LOVED the postcards! I can see so many stories in them!
Response: Boy, did you get me thinking! I used to work in a print shop, ran the letterpress, set up and threw in type, etc. But I didn't recall ever doing something like a layaway tag, so I went looking, and found this: http://www.xpresstags.com/manila-tags-video (I Loved running the letter press. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!)
Comment: Great swap, Anitra. Thanks for reading my profile. So appreciate that. Love the address labels. My first ones in this home of 9 months already. And swap cards, all of it was great. You need several more hearts.
Response: Yay! So delighted that you liked everything--makes a great day even more wonderful!!

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kittyhahahotbot on Aug 21, 2017:

We got ripped off. It was as though someone dimmed the lights. But we did have a unusual cool breeze. I like to think the Eclipse moved through me

GuchamusGirl on Aug 6, 2017:

Mermaid Pocket Letter from Merry Mail group: Tracking #: 9400 1118 9956 4008 9976 97

Should be there August 10th!

katjl on Jun 29, 2017:




-CPG July 4 Profile Bling-US Only

CajunLady on Jun 29, 2017:

Happy 4th of July!!!

CPG July 4 Profile Bling - US Only

LauraM540 on Jun 8, 2017:

oh my! Thanks for the very generous ephemera for the theme in a Ziploc tag!! I loved going through it all and will have fun putting the items to good use!! xoxo

jaimierandolph on Oct 25, 2016:

Profile Check for Dollar Store/ Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffer (USA) #1! Welcome to the swap! I hope that you will enjoy it! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

RyeRye on Sep 2, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

justan on Jul 14, 2016:

Have a wonderful day ! ^_^

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