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Last Online: February 26, 2021

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About Me

November 12, 2020
Mail seems to be arriving at a 'normal' rate recently. However, 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.

Please note my household chooses to not celebrate Christmas. I appreciate Winter themes over Holiday themes. Thank you for understanding.

I am not interested in participating in ATC Jams. I have heard of some people sending them out to people not wanting to join and then they feel obligated to participate. I will not. Thank you for thinking of me but I am not interested in this current trend.

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).


Comment: Dawn, it was so wonderful to see you in my post today - and I absolutely love this ATC. It's really brilliantly executed and composed. The sentiment is perfect for this year too. I'm glad you're finding your peace as we continue grinding through this period. xoxo
Response: Oh Phe, thank you so much for your kind words! I loved how the background turned out so I knew I wanted to use it. The sentiment was more difficult than it should have been, haha! I am thrilled that you like it. :) I hope you have a bright year ahead.
Bhindblueeyes rated for ATCA: Winter Wk3 on Jan 22, 2021
Comment: Picking up this swap at the PO made getting called into work worth the trouble! You really outdid yourself with this swap!! I love, love, love the ATC. And I am excited to incorporate the wooden pieces into future creations. I had forgotten about the mermaids, and now I am SUPER pumped because I have several mermaid swaps upcoming - thank you so much! And thank you so much for the stamps! You spoiled me! Extra hearts!! :)
Response: I am thrilled you like it! I was really happy with how it came out. I have to admit, one of the few this year I can say that about. I can't wait to see what you do with the extra bits. Thank you for the lovely rating. And I am happy you are able to use the extras. :)
bexkex rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers #3 on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Got the swap today, thank you very much! :)
Response: Whew! I was about to start making another to send in case it got lost. I hope you can use some of what I sent. :) Thank you for joining my swap and the lovely rating.
jeka396 rated for FS ~ Decos ~ December on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for this broken heart deco, it will be fun to work in! I just started doing decos and have been enjoying it for the same reason- it makes me create outside of my comfort zone! I appreciate the pretty painted envie you used too!!
Response: I am really loving the Decos. I love the idea of having a little art book with other's creations in it! Thanks for the rating and heart. :)
Hell0Z0mbie rated for FS ~ Decos ~ November on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Super pretty deco!! I'll need to think about how I want to decorate it. Very pretty. I love the ATC too, the background has so much cool depth to it! Thank you!!
Response: Thank you so much! I have had all the elements kicking around for so long but hadn't figured out how to assemble them into something cohesive. It means a lot you like it! I am thrilled to see what you come up with in the theme. I always love your work. :) And I am glad you like the ATC. I really like how it turned out. For one so simple, it really has the look of so much more.
MamaD rated for FS ~ Decos ~ August on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: This is an absolutely GORGEOUS deco! I love it-and the theme! So excited to get started in this!! Thank you Dawn!!
Response: Thank you so much! I can't wait to see the finished deco! Thank you for adding to it!
ubx rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers #2 on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: thanks for all the nice stickers🧡
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!

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K8thecrafter on Feb 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for the happy mail from the "i collect" forum tag. You hit my likes dead on! Everything you sent is something I am looking forward to using. You are so kind

sebastian122 on Jan 9, 2021:

Hang in there.

DeAnnaVarela on Nov 28, 2020:

Thank you @HippieChick for for the cool October WTA Halloween ATC, your handmade envies, and all of the extras. I love everything! Sorry for the peer pressure to mail ; )

sebastian122 on Nov 27, 2020:

Another grateful recipient of an RAK! Thank you for the delightful stationery. You're too generous.

MamaD on Nov 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wonderful and lovely RAK! I just LOVE it! Can't wait to put it into my Fall Journal!!! Made my day!!!

kiddomerriweather on Nov 3, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome RAK of a gummy bear letter set and sticker plus the sticker flakes! It was such a happy surprise to receive in my mailbox today. Thank you so much for thinking of me. =D

stephiedee on Nov 3, 2020:

Thank you for the great packet of papers for our trade! I love your painted papers, the graphs and the foil. Also unwrapped it carefully because I'm going to use that big text sheet too! 😀 Great stuff.

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:


joybells2426 on Oct 12, 2020:

Thanks so much for the awesome paper bomb! Love it! I especially love the printed money. My 9 year old son tried to steal it from me already! 😂

OrigamiGrace on Oct 12, 2020:

Thank you for a lovely envie of fun from random envie tag at FOPS swaps!!! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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