Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2020 2:04 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: August 8, 2020

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

July 1, 2020: Time for a profile update.

Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Hoping to be in the building in August, but not sure if it will happen.

I took advantage of these past months at home to open an Etsy shop - see link above. I don't have many listings yet but I am adding to them. And I have made some sales which was exciting!

Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us. These past months have been difficult since we have only seen each other online, but grateful that we have the technology to do so.

Some of my hobbies (besides art, of course) include - reading, cooking, baking, hiking, going to theater, the NYTimes crossword puzzle, and trying to stay fit with HIIT at my gym.

Favorite Music

Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter. I'm Long Island born and raised, and so of course I like Billy Joel. AND our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;)

In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial, S-Town, Caliphate) and my new favorite, Everything is Alive. I also listen to a super nerdy yet top notch Hebrew grammar podcast.

Favorite Books

I read as much as I can - books, magazines, newspapers. My favorite thing to read is contemporary literary fiction, and I have a special interest in reading about Indian families and culture. I also love to read short stories.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

Rolodex cards (mine are mini - 2 by 4 inches)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, A quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


Kalalinga rated for UHM: Altered Tag on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much. I love the tag, the colors, mixed media technique and the composition.....just everything really. Enjoyed your note also. Best wishes and be safe.
marymary914 rated for Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: Great tag! Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for a nice swap. I like the pages that you added to the journal and I will be using these goodies to document quotes that I receive from my desk cleanup RAK post : ) Hope you'll join future swaps.
user6937 rated for Intl: Face Time-July on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: A great interpretation of the swap! Thank you :)
RockyBeach rated for TPS: Mail Art - July 2020 on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the little houses zine. The leaves make a great print! Have a great summer!
Comment: Very pretty rolo-the background looks marbled and love the sheen on the pink butterfly. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing. Take care and stay safe!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely AB: GA series page. Yes. this has been a fun series. I hate for it to end.
amyduff rated for Send Me Junk!! USA on Jul 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you Deborah for the eclectic mixture. I am excited to look at it and see what I can create.
Poeprincess rated for USA: Face Time-July on Jul 17, 2020
Comment: Great fun portrait! Good idea to try & I love your colors. Thank you!
Comment: thank you
MamaD rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Mail ART on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: I love your zine! So pretty and unique! I've never seen one or recd one before! Thank you so much!! ♥️
Lantana149 rated for Scrappies 2 on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Love the pink color used for the scrappies! Thank you for the resend! Much appreciated.🙂❤️
user6937 rated for Intl: Face Time-May on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: I love your take on Dina Wakley's portrait artistry :)
Comment: Thanks for a wonderful selection of paper goodies!
MamaD rated for Intl: FaceTime-June on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Love the Postcard! Thank you so much!
Rosa1 rated for AB: One Sheet Art Book on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks - love it!
Comment: Deborah,Love what you made for me.I also am making two.Love this swap.Thanks so much.Your arch is beautiful.
Saba rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: I love it! Thank you so much. I’m going to be using some of these today and hoarding the rest,
ToujoursMoi rated for FTLOC#1 Rainbow Tag: Violet on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for the well made tag
Comment: Thank you for the cute bird envelope and all the great goodies inside!

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YooperHill on Jul 24, 2020:

Mystery supply swap 6.20 arrived! Thank you for the wonderful art!

Rainydancer on Jul 21, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

AZmom875 on Apr 27, 2020:

I wanted to thank you for doing 2 pages in my Trash to treasure art journal. Both pages were so well done, I of course love butterflies, so that is a given, but you cityscape was equally artful and beautiful. Thanks for participating.

Heirloom on Apr 24, 2020:


(UHM: Social Distancing E-Swap)

threelittlebirds411 on Mar 30, 2020:


January on Mar 29, 2020:


wolfeagle on Mar 4, 2020:

Thank you for the tag you created with the AMA:Mystery Supply Challenge supplies. I'm loving the variety of projects.

mandigutterrose on Feb 13, 2020:

 Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY! RAK @mandigutterrose

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

Cgscdy on Nov 29, 2019:

Thank you so much for the stickers. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE them!!!

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