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January

January
Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: May 19, 2018

Country: United States

About Me

I am a teacher with a mega-commute (70 miles each way to work...don't ask). 53 yo, married, with two sons. We currently live in the Hudson Valley of NY, although we have also lived in MA and Pittsburgh, PA. We are still Steelers fans because of that.

To pass the time on my commute, I listen to music, podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial.) I don't like books on tape, though. I also talk on the phone - love my hands-free system.
In my free time, besides playing around in my basement studio, I go to boot camp, hike, cook, read, and I'm a crossword puzzle fanatic. Must be the Times and I must do it in ink. I also love to do KenKen.

Favorite Music

SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES. I am a huge musical theater fan. Happily, since we currently live near enough to NYC, we go in as often as we can (afford), to see shows. And I listen to the soundtracks and sing loudly in the car (again, on that long drive). Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Gregory Porter. I also really like Bruno Mars, but I don't like much pop music.

Favorite Books

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my preferred authors, and I tend to like fiction written by Indian writers. I like to read modern fiction and family sagas.
Some books that have stuck with me include -

The Paris Architect

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

The Language of Flowers

The Night Circus

The Red Tent

The Midwife of Hope River

Orphan Train

I do not like mysteries. However, I love the series by Alexander McCall Smith called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. They are set in Botswana and although there is technically a mystery included, they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Lettering

Faces, especially odd ones

Stencils

Collage

Stamp carving

Art foamies - kind of a new-ish product

(I follow Julie Balzer's blog...really like her style and use of color)

(I also follow a quilting blog called Exuberant Color - her use of color is incredible)

I love all kinds of pens - especially paint pens (the sharpie paint pens are good, so are Molotow), gel pens, markers (love the Pigma micron pens), white pens. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one.

Dislikes -

Steampunk style

Holiday-related things

Animals - except I do like birds

My style...

I love bright colors (but not neon).

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern 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 collect...

Pens. Pens. Pens.

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

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Blank books

Mechanical pencils

Ratings

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Comment: It's a very pretty card xD thank you!
christywebb rated for Decorative Napkin Swap on May 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the great napkins!
TeaNi rated for UHM: Quick Happy Mail USA 🚀 on May 13, 2018
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Comment: thank you so much for the washi tape, postcards, fabric and the tag- love that marbling effect! I also really like how you decorated the envie and the stamps you used. Fun swap! :)
Fabriqueen rated for Practice Your Cursive Writing on May 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! I think you did a great job with your cursive if you don't use it regularly. In Texas they dropped cursive from the elementary curriculum and then when my nephews went to middle school some teachers required it and they didn't know anything about where to even start. We had to have a crash course in cursive for them. That was fun! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
BrendaB rated for Why do you leave hearts? on May 7, 2018
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Comment: Hearts for your generous spirit!
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Comment: Thanks for this beautiful prayer flag and all the extras too! It looks like you are having fun with your gel plate and marbling! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
choke rated for VTH: Vintage ATC with a ticket on May 1, 2018
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Comment: Love what you did with this ATC, thank you so much!
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Comment: Great Magpie journal, Deborah! I love the way you used a map for the cover! I really like the handmade stamp and the marbled painting pages! Thank you so much!
Chelle rated for AMMM: Blind Envie Swap #2 on Apr 18, 2018
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Comment: LOVED everything that you sent! :)
Response: So glad you liked it AND especially glad that it arrived safely - NY to Singapore is far and I hoped it would get there w/o delay :)
camelsamba rated for HCSI: Partner's image challenge on Apr 16, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the fabulous fiddlehead fern! Great design. And i agree with you, I like the wiggles/shadows around the main image - adds character and dimension! Thanks for the fun extras as well.
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Comment: Thanks for the fun tag. We're actually having plenty of April showers here this month! The wildflowers seem to really like it!
PrettyPeacock rated for Loaded Envelope on Apr 8, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the loaded envelope. So many goodies. The tag is really fun.
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Comment: Wow!! Thank you so much Deborah for the amazing Mixed Media Tag. I love color and it came out really pretty. I love all the goodies you sent. Thanks for a very special swap. Take Care -Vanne
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Comment: Thank you :)
neenzzz rated for QUICK 3 Favorite Things on Mar 26, 2018
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Comment: Loved all the items. Surprisingly those three where my favorites too 😍. I loved your gelli printing art. It is so beautiful. I am new to gelli printing. I haven't seen it before. Thank you for giving me an extra sheet to try ❤.
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Comment: Oh what a fun - thank you for the lovely envelope. It was a pleasure to open it and look inside! By the way you are really quick - I gonna use yours as inspiration!!! And now enjoy the weekend.
Response: It was fun to make - my first one. Glad you liked it!
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Comment: Oh my goodness, I think this one of the most beautiful things I ever received. The colors, and the image, and the words, what an AMAZING combination! I'm going to frame this! If only I could give you more hearts <3 Thank you so much!
Response: I am so happy that you liked it - thank you for the compliments - I love my gelli plate and using it for so many things!
vanneparis rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Altered Tag on Mar 10, 2018
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Comment: Hi Deborah - Thanks so much for the beautiful Mixed Media Tag. I absolutely love it!! I hope you had fun with the swap. Thank you for joining Take Care -Vanne
theweirdsnailsmail rated for Handmade Sticker Swap on Mar 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cute stickers!
smmarrty rated for IPC: Let's Build a Tag Journal #1 on Mar 9, 2018
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Comment: Love it - thanks. You packed many techniques into one tag. I am taking notes!

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jaimierandolph on Oct 3, 2017:

Profile Check for: Washi tape swap #1 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you enjoy the swap and join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping!!!!!!!

doulakk on Apr 17, 2017:

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jaimierandolph on Dec 24, 2016:

Profile Check for PEN swap. Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping jaimierandolph

jaimierandolph on Dec 24, 2016:

Profile Check for PEN swap. Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping jaimierandolph

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