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Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: September 23, 2020

Country: Canada
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About Me

September 5, 2020
We are still experiencing delayed incoming mail from the USA. If I have not rated or acknowledged for anything it means I have not received it yet. If you are unsure, please feel free to reach out. :)

I have been here on the Bot for some time now. I still feel like a 'Newbie' at times. This just means I still have more growing to do. I have grown as both a person and an artist during my time here, and I am very grateful to those that have helped me along this journey. Some of ya'll are like a second family to me. :) Thank you for the encouragement and challenges these past years. I look forward to the next ones...

I really am a hippie soul deep down. My mom used to always say I was born in the wrong era because I have always been fascinated with other decades (not so much the actual history but design, culture, attitudes, beliefs,etc) I LOVE the Art Deco period, some of the most beautiful architecture and design elements came out of that time period. I embrace the fact that Vancouver has many Deco Era buildings that survived all the fires over the years. And then of course the 60's-70's Hippie Era. The colours, the designs, the attitudes. Sigh

Detail image of one of my favourite buildings- the Marine Building We are a relatively young city, so our history is still developing.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art has become a love over the last few years. I really enjoy making/decorating my own envelopes and postcards. I am usually up for private mail art swaps. Let me know if you are interested. I try to photograph and post my creations to my Instagram (linked above). I forget a lot of the time, haha. Please avoid putting tape over handmade postcards and mail art sent to me. I really dislike this and would prefer the art to travel naked through the system. Thank you for considering this.

I may have an addiction to my gelli plates. I have a few. And yes, I use them. I love to hit up my local Re-Use store (check if your town has one!) and pick up fun things like transfer foils and Braille paper for mixed media work. Ever gel print on Braille before? It is fun and interesting! It both pulls and leaves behind a wonderful texture. Music sheets, book text, and atlas pages are other favourites to work on. I like the idea that I am reducing waste, not creating more when I use re-purposed items.

I do sometimes make ATCs but only if the theme/subject is one I resonate with. And sometimes just because. Mostly I like to dabble in different media and am always doing something.

I have crocheted since childhood. I don't work the yarn as much these days but still pick up the hook every once in a while. I like to design my own intarsia designs for patches, blankets, and scarves. I also occasionally make amigarimi critters but not very often as they are tiny and drive me insane! So consider yourself special if you get one! Every once in a while I feel the urge to start a small stitching or embroidery project. Living so close to Dressew (our local everything sewing/crafts/costume shop) is a bit of temptation that is really hard to resist!

I am doing more painting projects as well as a few smaller scale assemblage pieces. I have chosen to throw caution to the wind and fully embrace the chaos of creation. I am working on silencing the little voices that critique every move. Learning to look at my art with an un-attached eye has been difficult but so very helpful. I now like more of what I create and am able to sit with it in joy. This has been a huge step for me and I look forward to the ones still ahead. This year I am trying very hard to embrace the label of Artist, but I still feel as though Creative is more me.

Favorite Books

I love to read but don't as often these days. I have been saddened by the death of Sir Terry Pratchett in 2015 and hence the lack of Discworld books. Perhaps it is time to re-read the series again... That being said, I have found a few more worthy authors over the last while.

I love a good heavy Sci -fi, anything with great scope that covers the tough stuff (Vernor Vinge is awesome for this, IMO).

Others I happily read:

  • Neil Gaiman

  • Warren Ellis

  • Douglas Adams

  • John Barnes

  • Orson Scott Card

  • Paolo Bacigalupi

  • Stephanie Plum series

  • Hunger Games trilogy

  • Gaiman's Sandman comics

  • Transmetropolitan series

    And I am in love with The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson ! She makes me laugh, cry, snort, and believe that I am not as crazy as the mean portion of my brain tries to insist I am! If you haven't read her blog or books, do yourself a favour and give her a try.

Favorite Music

My music tastes are all over the place! I love rock, 80's, dance, techno, jazz, classical, swing, industrial, some country, some Top 40 and most anything in between.. I am always looking for new stuff to listen to. If you have a suggestion, send it my way. I grew up in the era of mix tapes...

I love a good rhythm, fierce female vocalists, good lyrics, slide guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc...

Favorite TV and Movies

I haven't had a TV or cable for a few years now. And I don't miss it. I watch shows/movies online when I feel the need. Mostly I watch Youtube videos. Or listen to music.

I have a weakness for internet cartoons. Foamy the Squirrel (WARNING: this may offend many people!) is my absolute fave!

I loved Coraline (both movie and book), but anything by Neil Gaiman is pretty good. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Good Omens and can't wait for them to finish filming!

Being in Vancouver we get a lot of movies and shows filmed here. That being said, I usually don't watch most of them.

Things that make me smile

Themes and imagery I enjoy:

  • Gudetama! That little egg butt makes me smile!

  • sticker flakes

  • Trees/branches/leaves

  • spirals

  • mushrooms

  • Goddesses

  • Green Man

  • Steampunk

  • goth

  • Gothic-Lolita

  • Alphonse Mucha - I love his Nouveau ladies!

  • Salvador Dali

  • Takashi Murakami

    *Ken Foster - a local Vancouver artist

  • Art Deco

  • Art Nouveau

  • Bettie Page/pin-up/burlesque/vaudeville

  • vintage circus/freak-show

  • hippies (colours/patterns/design/etc)

  • fairies

  • dragons

  • some gnomes

  • skulls/skeletons/anatomy

  • tarot

  • anything Halloween

  • Moon/Stars/Galaxy

  • underwater/JELLYFISH!/ Octopus/ coral/ etc

  • CAULDRONS! and witch hats, really anything 'witchy'

  • broken/mismatched jewellery

  • Keys - I have collected interesting and odd keys my whole life. I just love to think of the stories behind them.

  • Your art! - This means I am not easily offended. Nipples don't scare me, and we all are nude under our clothes! If it is edgy, I'll probably love it. Art should create strong emotions, this includes love and hate. Please don't ever fear sending me something you think is 'risqué'.

I pretty much enjoy playing around with new to me items. If I can't make it work for me I never hesitate to find someone that loves it! I will re-gift if something isn't to my taste or I can't alter it to be.

Postcards: I love to receive postcards. Touristy are not my favourite but I will not rate down for them as long as they meet swap requirements. Otherwise, I am happy with most anything you choose to send. I am not picky as I like the messages you write and the images that I really like get put up as wall decoration. The others get stored in my received postcard collection. I like to flip through them every once in a while.

I love die-cuts in most any shapes. I do not have a die-cut or embossing machine. If you do and wish to share some die-cuts I would love it. My favourite is re-cycled materials such as food boxes and plastic containers. The plastic makes for great masks/stencils. Thank you.


This is a pretty short list, I think.

Packing tape on mail art.

Sheet masks (and most single-use products)

I am not into Harry Potter. I appreciate that many people do but I just can't.

Disney - there are a few Disney movies I enjoy but as a whole, no thanks.

SCENTS: Patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, vanilla and anything really 'sweet' smelling.

I am also allergic to apples. Strange, I know.

I have recently developed a slight (?) allergy to wheat.

Please, no butterflies! I have so many and I am really over the butterfly trend. Please save them for a person that loves them. However, I do enjoying working with wings (not real ones).


jeka396 rated for Sender's Choice PC September on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the frog PC- are tomato pickles even a thing? I’ll eat tomatoes in pico, salsa, and cooked sauces but other than that, I’m not a fan either! We do have a few plants growing but my hubby and middle son are the ones that eat those tomatoes!
Response: Haha! Apparently tomato pickles ARE a thing. I have not tried them but found a number of recipes for pickled green tomatoes as well as pickled cherry tomatoes. It could be interesting. Thanks for the rating and heart. :)
jeepermom rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers! on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the stickers! I love the envelope - it is beautiful.
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. Hope you enjoy. Thank you for joining my swap. :)
Minxy1964 rated for FS: SAFE Sender's Choice PC AUG on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Stunning postcard, and very me! Thank you so much xx
Response: I am thrilled you enjoy it! I hope all is well on your side of this chaos. :)
Comment: I love this version of the dumpster fire ATC! The graffiti really makes the ATC. I never would have thought to add graffiti. The glittery flames are really cool as well. I'm glad that you sent an ATC because that's more to add to my collection of DF ATC's. I really appreciate you sending the ATC sleeves. I can always use those. The fancy ones are really cool. Thank you for hosting this swap and for sending such an awesome swap!
Response: I am so thrilled you like it! I love the graffiti element and will be using it again! The glitter flames were a scrap of vintage glitter paper from an old Mystery Supply swap from ages ago, I dug it up in a scraps bin and it was perfect for flames. I had actually started to put together a RAK envie for you when I got assigned as you r partner for this swap so I put it all together. Thank you for joining my swap! I don't host often but I;m always thrilled to have you join!
tristitia rated for TPS: Mail Art - July 2020 on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Your PC is really cute - and the cutouts are a really smart use of gel prints!
Bhindblueeyes rated for FS: SAFE Sender's Choice PC on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: UM, SO many hearts for this pinup!! Thankkkkk yoouuu!!!!
Response: I knew dipping into my pin-up stash would be worth it. Glad you enjoy. 💚
manders2280 rated for Sender's Choice PC July on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Edward Hopper postcard. The painting is new to me. My grandmother told a story about meeting him at a cocktail party on Cape Cod: she said she'd heard that his wife also painted and he said he rather she be cooking. Since no one had seen her paintings, they didn't know what to make of his remark.
Response: I am so happy you enjoy the PC I chose for you! I like trying to match my selection to a profile and it gives me a happy glow when I get it right! :) Even better that it is a new painting for you as well.
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice postcard! I think we all need more deep breaths and connecting to nature lately, and your card has a calm feeling over it. I hope you are safe and healthy these days! <3
Response: I am happy you enjoy the card. :) We are doing well here. Luckily our infection numbers, though rising a little, are still very low. But my little family is as safe as we can make ourselves. I hope you are all well also.
Comment: Thanks so much for the care, I love it!
Response: Glad it arrived safe and hopefully to find you in good health. Happy swapping!
52901m rated for Canada Exchange on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Words cannot express how grateful I am for the package and kindness you have showed me ❤️
Response: I hope you are able to use the items better than I was! You are welcome and I hope you enjoy your swapping time here. :)
mim rated for Totally Inappropriate F-Word ATCs on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: I'm sorry for the mail taking so long to get home and spooking everyone! Thank you so much for being patient and offering to resend had it not.
Response: It isn't your fault the mail is moving slow. Hope all goes well for you and yours. Hope to see you back to swapping in the near future. Hope you end up liking the ATC. :)
Comment: Thank you! Funny card 😄 and great stamping on the envelope!
Response: Oh, I'm so glad it arrived! Thanks for the great rating. :)
Comment: thank you for the fun and unusual halloween card! and envie!
Response: I hope you have a fa-BOO-lous Halloween!
Comment: Thank you for the boo-sy Halloween card! 👻
Response: Hope you have a ghoulish time!
Comment: Your black and white card is interestingly creepy! Very different than the ones I found. Loved all the stamping on the envelope too. thanks for a great swap.
Response: I went on a card hunting expedition one day and found a little treasure trove. Lol. Glad you enjoyed it! Happy Halloween!
JediLibrarian rated for N&T: A Game of Catch ATC on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: I love this!!! Such a clever idea and your “animal” turned out perfect! I loved the muppets too! Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoy it! I was so nervous about this one, but I think it turned out pretty cute. Thanks for the great rating. :)
VivaLaDiane rated for ALDALT: PC Swap senders choice on Sep 19, 2019
Comment: I love my bunny and the girl who sent it even more. I also love that you're my 2nd to last partner. What a long journey but I so love that it's ending so beautifully. xoxo♥♥♥♥
Response: I am honoured to have been able to swap with you over the years and am super grateful for the friendship that has grown. I am so happy with how this one turned out and am even happier with being able to share it with you. This may be the end of this journey, but the next one is about to start and I can't wait to see where it takes you! Many hugs and even more love to you. This will not be the last piece of my art to cross your mailbox, I promise!
milamilamura rated for Treat Yo Self #2 on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Girl, you really outdid yourself, this package is beyond amazing and I freaking love it! Thank you so so so so so much! I can't wait to try the vegan goodies you sent me, they look delicious! And the mermaid accessory you made for me is gorgeous! Thank you, I absolutely love it! I'm also in love with the watercolors, the micro beads and just everything else. Oh and the tea and the necklace with maple flavor and maple wood, so amazing! Can't wait to put everything to good use. It's always a pleasure to swap with you, hope you get my package soon!
Response: I am so thrilled you love what I sent! It is always so much fun finding new goodies for you, I just love it! Thank you for swapping with me again.
kiddomerriweather rated for Private: Prayer flags on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: I LOVE the flags you sent! They are so pretty and I think you did a wonderful job stitching. I definitely think sewing is a craft for you. I really like the shiny blue stitching on the cloud flag and the stitching on the stems on the Bloom flag. Thanks for swapping with me. I think we should do more prayer flag swaps in the future!
Response: Oh, thank you! I am always super hard on myself when trying new adventures. I loved making these for you and I'm thrilled you like them. :) It was great having a use for all the little fabric bits I collect. Haha! I look forward to another round of flags.
breezyp rated for A little destash on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all of the pretty goodies!💜

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xninolax on Sep 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the super cute clear stamp set for the MAW September swap. I love the kawaii designs and YES that dragon like little creature does look like the Pokemon on my Etsy list :D Hah! Super sweet of you. Thank you! By the way: could it be that I don't see your wishes for September?? Still working on mine ;)

RachelM on Aug 15, 2020:

I love your profile 😘

user6937 on Aug 12, 2020:

Dawn, your wonderful assortment of Halloween "bits" have arrived. I hope you had as much fun going through your stuff as I have (and will in more depth), too! Thanks for thinking of my grands - they do love to stamp 😸

LadyJo on Aug 8, 2020:

Thank you for the great mail art envie, the awesome tea, and the post cards! A fun envie for sure! This is for the FOPS swaps Random Envie tag!

beachchicken on Aug 8, 2020:

Thanks for the OMAE: Paper Bomb! I love everything in there, especially the gelli prints! I am going to use some of it today to work on some ATC's. Have a great weekend!

bigmamabird on Aug 5, 2020:

Thanks for working in my Flower Timezine! I just love holding a collab work in my hands when it comes home, so cool to feel the energy and see what peeps have done...

susieq11 on Aug 3, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome wishes for July’s Make A Wish! The stationery is so nice and the book pages are perfect!!! That was a great find, thank you for sharing with me! We just had about 4 weeks around 90 or above (which I love!!) - and now it has cooled off and we have some thunderstorms with much needed rain. Hope it’s cooler now for you! Oh and I love the postage stamps you used - even Year of the Rat! Thank you again for such great happy mail!!! : )

Ciska76 on Aug 1, 2020:

Thank you so much for granting my July wish (MAW!). Love the stickers and the rub on ones. The designs are fabulous. I love to use the rub on ones on my mailart envies. Looks different than with a normal sticker. I am so glad my envie arrived as well. Got a little worried as another envie (also to Canada) that I sent the same day arrived already a week ago. Stay safe ❤️

anicka22 on Aug 1, 2020:

Thank you so much for the awesome stickers. Love them soooo much!

jeka396 on Jul 30, 2020:

Thanks so much for the PF happy mail tag. I cannot wait to use those huge label stickers! Oh and the envie was super gorgeous!!

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