Swap-bot Time: May 28, 2020 6:08 pm


Date Joined: June 21, 2013
Last Online: February 29, 2020
Birthday: March 23
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, this is Noel and I have just gone through a painful divorce which is why I have not been able to be active this year till now. I have moved into my own little home sweet home with my black cat ;Fuerta. Looking forward to sharing art and life with all of you.

Day to Day

I retired as project manager for a fresh water marsh.. water in the desert is very special. My team and I worked to enhance and restore this beautiful place called Las Lagunas de Anza which is home to more than 200 species of nesting and migrating birds. Local school children come often to learn about wildlife, birds and history... as this wetland is also the first campsite in the US of the Anza Trail. When time permits, I enjoy being at my art desk surrounded by papers, pastels, paints, old books and vintage music.. so inspiring. I especially enjoy working with mixed media and encaustic and have recently joined some local art centers so that I can learn more and be involved.

Favorite Music

As i grew up in high school in the mid 70's I'm still a rocker girl.. I love southern rock, classic rock, and blues. Also partial to classical, some country, gospel ( although I'm not black, I grew up in an all black church in the inner city and sang for years in a group called the Shalom Singers), and ballads and I adore Spanish guitar!

What's Important?

you are. each of us.. unique and wonderful. I am a believer that no matter our race, color, choice of whom we choose to love, religion... or not.. that each of us is deserving of kindness, love, equality in every way.

I love an afternoon rain, morning coffee, hearing the ocean, an occasional glass of pino grigio, Mexican mole, Indian curry, Vietnamese spring rolls...most ethnic foods. I'm not so fond of cutsey things although I can appreciate anothers enjoyment of them.. I prefer natural and earthy with a splash of fun and sunshine.

I like...

dreamy colors.. like blues and sunsets, silvers and golds... sometimes sparkly and misty. I think art with layers and textures ... mixed media is wonderful. playful and fun bring a smile too. not so fond of cartooney, goth, somber, or skulls, etc. Vintage is high on my list and I love love love words, literature, poetry, song lyrics.. anything written especially if it has notes of wisdom, love, gratefulness, inclusiveness...

Years ago I had the good fortune to take classes from a master paper maker and have loved making and aquiring handmade paper ever since.. incorporating it into handmade books, cards, encaustic work, envelopes etc. Its hard as you know to find time but its so so so satisfying!

now that I have been on here for awhile, I realize that sometimes its helpful to be more specific.. so... I love cats, dogs, and bunnies. and really all animals. I'm in love with the beach, the sea and all things ocean/seaside related. I love nature, wild animals, flowers, ferns, leaves, trees. I garden both flowers and vegies and enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.

my crafty loves include washi tape, old books that I can use for collage, ribbons and ephemera, charms, nice stickers, brads, buttons, textiles, antiques papers, vintage postcards, handmade paper, note cards, handmade envies, .... everything is so much fun to discover and try.

But... all that said... I love to experience the fresh ideas of others!! so please share what is you. Looking forward to "getting to know you"!

mailing & rating

I will never flake..just couldn't do that...if you don't receive my swap..please PM me so that I can make it right for you. This experience is such a gift and I am grateful to be here and meet you in this artistic and cultural way.

I love to give hearts.. after a busy day with your job, your children/family and all that is going on and you still make time to send something special to another.. such kindness is rare and it's fun for me to recognize that.

Regarding "extras" I think I'm with so many others when I say that I send them for fun.. a little gift.. I enjoy reading your profiles and if I have something on hand I think you might enjoy... I'll toss it in.


Tara rated for AMA: February Sender's Choice on Mar 1, 2020
Comment: You’re postcard is very cool. I’ve been wanting to try encaustic, but so many art techniques, so little time. Am I right?
WoodlandBanshee rated for AMA Sender's Choice-October on Jan 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
rarjones rated for USAPC- Tickled PINK on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: received your card today. Beautiful card - thank you Have a great week!
MichelleKemper rated for WIYM: PINK POSTCARD #2 on Nov 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you :)
YooperHill rated for HMPC: Put a "Bird" on it on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: LOVE YOUR ART! Thank you.
Chaosfay rated for (PCG) S is for... on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: I live in nowhere, oregon and it's disheartening seeing that the only "art museum" is the arts and crafts fair displays. Thank you for the card.
Comment: Beautiful PC! Thank you so very much! ❤️
pennypuppy rated for USAPC: White and more White Card on Mar 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you. I've never seen those techniques before!
Lady rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard-March on Mar 18, 2018
Comment: Just lovely and perfect match with the stamp
AmookIslandCreations rated for February Flowers on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you so very much for the gorgeous postcard! I am always amazed at your art! I am also amazed that it made it to my door in pristine condition. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Interesting picture, wish I could read Russian! Thanks
TexyDeb rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Jan 2018) on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: I would truly love to see this place with my own eyes. Thank you.
dvmac rated for NYUP: 4 pcs in an envie #8 on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Excellent, Noel, thank you so much. great cards and the stamps - so nice! But now I have to learn Russian to discover the story behind that one intriguing card! Thanks again.
Response: You are so welcome..I was hoping you would like it.
ainaignies rated for PTG: Painting versus Sculpture on Mar 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you
bbsporty rated for WIYM: Cover My Envelope Swap! on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: Oh my, your envelope is gorgeous! I would love to learn how to do monoprinting! It makes for such nice colors and designs!
Response: Thank you so much..I really enjoy sharing.
Comment: Thank you for the prickly postcard and stamp :D
crescendo rated for January Inspirations on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the colorful, abstract encaustic PC, the quote is very apropos! I've always wanted to try encaustic but had to restrain myself from hoarding more art supplies :o)
Response: Oh you are so welcome!!!
Comment: Hello Noel -- thanks for the card of old depictions of Native Americans. Interesting -- I just saw a new exhibit at Smithsonian in Wash DC last weekend on this very topic! Best, al
Response: You are very welcome..I though you might like it
kclicquot rated for Aqua and Red Mail Art on Jan 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard! I love aqua and blue together! I have an aunt in Port Charlotte! It sure is pretty down there!!! I LOVE the vintage stamps you used!!!! I try to get creative with my USPS too! Cheers!
Response: Oh you are very welcome!! Thank you for your kind words.
Comment: Thanks for the encaustic/watercolor card, Noel. Such a dreamy effect. Good to swap with you again & glad to hear you are close by. It would be fun to get together sometime. I've a tendency to be too reclusive. Let's make it happen!

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CurlyTea on Mar 25, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Mar 26, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 23, 2016:

rngstgstll on Sep 15, 2016:


Welcome to ZMACS!

RyeRye on Sep 4, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

Trader1244 on Mar 24, 2016:

Sorry I am a day behind but still wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday


wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2015:


MissPaula on Dec 22, 2015:

Just a Thanks again for the beautiful Snowy encaustic! ♥ I love the texture, really lovely piece of Art! Happy Holidays! = )

ContraryHousewife on Oct 26, 2015:

Happy Halloween

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