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Date Joined: January 11, 2010
Last Online: June 24, 2010
Birthday: June 24, 1976
Country: United States
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About Me

*5/2010 - Updated profile slightly. Revised Likes/Dislikes.

Anything you receive from me comes from a smoke-free home. =)

We have 3 awesome dogs, a cat and a Bearded Dragon. Our pets are very important to us.

I love camping and recently bought an RV. We spend most weekends during the warmer summer months camping. I love hiking and walking my dogs.

Along with working full time, I'm in school working on my Landscape Architecture degree. I love gardening and working in the yard and helping my friends and families with their yard and gardening needs.

I enjoy watching Ice Hockey and College Football (Go Notre Dame!!!)

Please, please, PLEASE let me know if I have forgotten to rate you. Sometimes my household can get quite hectic, and I want to make sure if you've sent me something, I give you the props you deserve! That, and daughter will grab the mail on occassion, and set it somewhere strange. I have found mail in my house in the strangest places! Dang teenagers! =)

Favorite Music

I listen to all kinds of music.

Classic Rock is by far my favorite. Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, Lynard Skynard, etc.

Rock and Alternative bands from the 90's are also on my iPod favorites list. The Toadies, The Presidents of the United States of America, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, etc.

(Not really a Big Hair Band kinda gal, though)

I like most classical music and even some of the 'Natural Sounds' CD's you find at places like Target and such.

Favorite Books

I have an extensive library at home. We LOVE to read. I read almost anything from memoirs to mystery, sci-fi to classics and almost anything in-between. Never really got into the whole 'romance novel' thing though.

I seem to collect books that go along with some of my hobbies.

Outdoor Gardening,

Indoor Gardening,

Landscape Architecture,

Architectural Drafting,

Interior Design,

Dog training,

Dog Psychology and Breeds,

Scrapbooking and papercrafting,

Home Organization

Favorite Movies

Anything by Tim Burton. Alice in Wonderland ROCKED! Nightmare Before Christmas has always been my favorite. Corpse Bride, 9, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands. You name the Tim Burton movie, and I've seen it and probably own it.

I also like Vampire and Dracula movies (Long before the Twilight series). I have a teenage daughter, so Twilight or New Moon is on the DVD about once a week...

I like movies that are set in older times. The Victorian era is fascinating to me. O' Brother Where Art Thou?, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, The Count of Monte Cristo, the 2010 version of Sherlock Homes.

Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars.

Favorite Television

When I watch TV, I watch HGTV, DIY, Animal Planet, the History Channel and the Discovery Chanel. Holmes on Homes (HGTV) is my FAVORITE show.

My favorite sitcom is The Big Bang Theory.

Favorite Crafts

I LOVE to scrapbook and make cards. (I teach classes on Cardmaking and Scrapbooking during my spare weekends.)

I enjoy drawing, drafting, designing landscapes, watercolors and painting.

I learned how to locker hook a while ago, and have enjoyed the rustic appeal to it. I have made several things for my house with the materials I have.

My Crew

We have 3 Dogs, a Cat and a Beardie.

Hank is my old-boy, a Mini-Schnauzer who is 8. I picked him from the litter when he was just 5 days old. (Didn't bring him home until he was 10 weeks.) He's the best snuggler in the world. Super smart little guy.

Chico is our 6 year old rescue Tri-Color Chihuahua. He is the apple of my daughter's eye. He is her velcro dog - never leaves her side. He was in very bad shape when we took him in. My plan was to rehabilitate him and place him in a 'forever' home, but he wormed his way into our hearts. It took more than a year to rehab him physically and emotionally. (I've got more than a few choice word for his previous owners and the abuse and neglect they inflicted upon him. However, that would not be appropriate here.)

Minella, my velcro dog and my heart dog. He turned a year old on Thanksgiving 2009. He's a super-small (barely 6 pounds) Min-Pin. I honestly think he believes he's a 75 pound Doberman. =) He loves to do 'zoomies' around the house and play with his food. He and Chico are BFF's. Always aware of where the other one is. So cute!

We have a cat named Beethoven. He turned 12 years old this spring (2010).

And, last but not least...

Tequila is my daughter's Beardie Dragon. He's totally cool and likes to mess with the little dogs when he's out of his habitat and running around the house. We got him when he was just a couple months old, and a tiny little bugger. He's 3 years old now.


I Like:

Nature - Birds, bats, other wildlife, outdoors, trees, leafs, and landscapes.

Sea Turtles are my favorite wildlife animal. I also adore Polar Bears, Peacocks, Flamingos, Cheetas and Dogs.

Scents - I enjoy spicy / woodsy / fruity notes.

Gardening and landscape design magazines.


Flower Seeds.


Red and Clear Gummy Bears.



Fruity flavored Tea. (Not Mango, though)

The color Red. The color Orange. Nature inspired browns, tans, and greens.

Scrapbooking - Stamps, embellishments, ribbons, etc.

Rubber/Acrylic Stamping.

Making cards.

Decks of playing cards.

Sheet music.


Old books.

4-leaf clovers.

Italy - I was born there.

Sicily - I lived there for many years growing up.

Crazy knee-high socks - The kind you would find at Hot Topic.


Dark / Gothic stuff. (I’m a closet Goth)

Nightmare Before Christmas (movie) stuff.


Edgar Allan Poe.

Edward Gorey.

Michael Sowa.

Most of NoMonet work.

Alice in Wonderland.

Happy Bunny.




Silver or white gold.

LOVE getting stuff for my puppies. They’re nuts for squeaky stuffies! (Stuffed animals)

I don't like:

Clowns. They seriously give me the creeps.

Realistic spiders or pictures of spiders. I know they're great to have around your home, as they eat other insects, but I'm not a big fan of them. I will not kill them if I see them outside while gardening. Inside is a whole other story though. If they enter the sanctuary of my home, they're done for... (I do like cutsey, Halloween spiders though.)

I am not a big fan of floral scents.

Cigarette Smoke. I'm not allergic, I just prefer to avoid it.

Gold plated anything.

War and Horror movies.

Black Licorice. Ugh.

Mango flavored gum/candy - it smells like cat pee to me.

Cheap dog treats. (One of my boys has a sensitive stomach, so holistic foods with very few ingredients are best.)

Any cruelty or violence towards animals.

Violence in general.


ladyb rated for Non-touristy Postcard Swap #3 on Jul 13, 2012
Comment: I'm so sorry for such a late rating. Thank you so much for the lovely postcard. :)
spinjenny rated for Quotecard Postcard #34 on Jan 10, 2011
Comment: I'm sorry this rating is 10 months late! I've just been reorganising my craft supplies and found your postcard between some papers. I thought I'd better check it had been rated, and found it hadn't :-(. I do love the quote!
Crowsdance rated for PC USA Then & Now on Sep 27, 2010
geekgirl33 rated for Ice Breaker Postcard #7 on Sep 16, 2010
ohpossum rated for Garden journal on Aug 18, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the neat postcard. These were really fun to make, and it was interesting to see what people created. Sorry for the delay in sending my rating.
Comment: I will be happy to change the rating when I receive a reply to my email as to why you have not yet sent & when I receive the swap.
Comment: Thanks, it's cute.
catestalkergc rated for Your name story-International on Jul 6, 2010
Comment: Thanks for sharing your name story. I am only marking a 3 as it was sent 10 days late. But otherwise it was lovely
Ikat78 rated for Your name story-International on Jul 5, 2010
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter. Thank you for sharing!
Comment: This was a sweet list and a sweet card! Thank you. :3
Comment: Your sweet list arrived today.
Comment: :D Thank U
papercaper rated for Themed Hand-Made Card Swap♥ on Jun 30, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the awesome cards. :)
Comment: Thank you for all the great cut-outs. Love the colors.
newrule rated for Cat-cards # 3 on Jun 19, 2010
Comment: Very grand!! Reminded me of Lion King! Thanks so much!
coolbaker5 rated for Senders Choice - June on Jun 18, 2010
Comment: Beautiful. You are very talented!! :)
dandelion rated for Postcard Blizzard III - USA only!! on Jun 15, 2010
Comment: Thanks for a cool postcard and your great note! Hope you had a nice picnic! :D

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BeauceronsRock on Jul 6, 2010:

Hi, I've sent you messages, but haven't heard back from you, can you please let me know if you received this swap: I love my cricut expression 2 much swap. I appreciate it. Thank you :)

bluehairedmary on Jun 28, 2010:

It's not too late to join the Not Your Usual Postcards in an Envie swap!

GTstamper on Apr 8, 2010:

Welcome to the Rubber Stamping group!

Welcome to the Rubber Stamping group!

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