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Date Joined: June 14, 2008
Last Online: May 5, 2020
Birthday: February 9
Country: United States
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Taking an unexpected, indefinite-amount-of-time break (6/29/2014)

MAMMOGRAM...get one!

BC survivor - 18yrs - WOOHOO!

Hello! I'm Karen. I have a husband of 32 years and I have 4 boys. My oldest is a Marine and an Army Reservist his cute little wife and my 4 grandaughters (one is 9 and the twins are 6yo and a 2yo) live near Nashville. 2nd son got married after Thanksgiving and I have another cute DIL...awesomeness. #3 son is in trouble and is home again for a bit, and the baby may never leave here...at least they do go to school and work!

Our girl Lucy Fur.


I am Christian. I love my life, except when I don't.

I quilt ...I sew (even more now that I have granddaughters)...and I still have a lot of rubber stamps from my card-making years ago...am getting back into it too! I do a lot of home dec and small sewing items. I really love man tools and can use them more recklessly than my husband. It's only a machine.

"It's not what we say or what we feel, it's what we DO.

There are lots of southern sayings that just roll out of my mouth...bless my heart.

I love swapping and rate ASAP..


I am winning in the family brackets pool so far....for the FINAL FOUR! I won it last year too...and I know ..oh so very little about college basketball.

update...I won again...hahahahaha

2010....uh, not this year! But I guess we have to give others a chance on occasion! and the brackets are in place and this year the winner gets a 3-day vacay to the beach!

2011...well, NOT this year either....

2013...it's ON

2012...Yay Kentucky, sorry Carolina!

2014...let's see how Carolina Blue will do, shall we?


Favorite Music

I'm a die-hard heavy metal fan...but I really like all music...from gospel, bluegrass, jazz to Elvis and Bob Dylan, Beatles, Alice Cooper, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Avett Brothers... Van Morrison is my fav. I have a hard time with country (depends on the song/singer).

I think the new term for my music obsession is Americana....

Fav TV and Movies. and Reads

When I am crafting something...I watch COOKING shows, CSI, history channel and British comedy...EastEnders...Masterpiece Theatre, have fallen in love with Downton Abbey.

Love Monty Python...old Bette Davis, actually all old movies (The Women is divine), most Stephen King...and musicals too, Absolutely Fabulous, Graham Norton, love Alfred Hitchcock and horror /suspense....Rocky Horror Picture Show

Mere Christianity, The Stand, Secret Life of Bees, C.S. Lewis, The Giver, Shel Silverstein poetry and books....way too many and too diverse to list!

Tastes and Likes

Love flea markets, thrift stores, clearance racks and yard sales!...and I have the 'crap' to prove it!

My kitchen is decorated with red plus whatever color I want for the season....well, there is red in every room of the house but my son's rooms. Love teals and blues and greens...purples, pinks, reds...don't hate any color!

I LIKE sewing, crafting, cooking, aprons, dark chocolate, kitchen stuff, buttons, glam girl stuff (I am NOT too old), coffee, tea, silver jewelry, hairbands, orange smells and spicy cinnamon smells,beads, fabric (of course), vintage patterns, rick rack, fridge magnets, handmade soaps, thread, cleaning tips, Snoopy, any Dr. Seuss, real photos of churches and chapels, Dorothy Parker, Nestle Quik and Velveeta cheese, dark chocolate and super dark chocolate, choco coffee bean, lapis lazuli (stone), Tervis tumblers, Loralie designs fabric panels BUTTONS, any and all kinds,red or ruby glassware, thread, FQ's, paper crafts, cardmaking, collages (not a scrapbooker, but love the papers and embellishments for other projects),rubber stamping, altered boxes

I am trying to buy US made items unless not at all possible.

Do not like list

I DO NOT like:
cleaning house, cutesy stuff, or Disney, flavored coffees or teas, fruit or chewy candy, stickers make up, nail polish, perfume, country or primitive style


Comment: Sorry to rate a 1, but I never received anything from you. You didn't answer my messages and the Swaphost even messaged you on your Facebook - it seems you never rated her for this swap as well. Will change whenever something shows up.
Comment: I should have known that one of my favorite seamstresses would make amazing sewn inchies! I just love all the detail. I'm now thinking of giving a try to a few sewn inchies now. Thank you for joining the swap and sharing your amazing talent! <3
Response: Jeni, what a sweet thing to say. My machine was having a 'good day' and so I went with it. I'd like to try doing some hand finishing, but that gets a bit wonky when I do it! Thank you so much!
Comment: Love them - such intricate little pieces of art! Thank you so much x
Response: I am glad you liked them! Paper ones intimidate me....
anntabor rated for HC: It's Cat/Dog Crap on Jun 25, 2014
Comment: Now this wasn't "crap" at all! :) Hehe, thank you so much for the wonderful package of cat/dog goodies - I will definitely be able to use everything! I think my favorite thing was the adorable doggy pouch - did you make it? Thanks so much for a great swap!
Response: Thank you! I did make the doggy pouch, one of my best zipper tries yet!
AZmom875 rated for Mini journal of randomness on May 24, 2014
Comment: Your journal was awesome. I loved your topics and dates, Mine was very different. Yours inspired me to do more personal stuff.
Response: So glad you liked it...first one I've ever done! Thank you so much for the great rating.
Comment: Just arrived this morning.^_^ Great book titles. Thank you for the postcard blanks and for resendding.
Response: whew, now I can breathe! THANK YOU!
Comment: Thank you soooooo much for the rusty barbed wire! I've always wanted to use it but never had any until now. And the mug mats are beautiful. I love the colors and the BIG size! Your note card was lovely - such a nice long note! Ballet and pigs...love it!!! Thank you!
Response: The card is an artist from asheville, she takes common scenes in Asheville and adds her own funky twist! Gotta see what you do with the barbed wire!
Comment: I received the magazine today. Thanks!
raesha rated for FF: Spring Destash (USA) on Mar 30, 2014
Comment: OOOH thank you for the lovely package of destash items!! Everything is so awesome and I love that you chose my fave colors. Thanks so much!!!!
Response: You're so very welcome....and thank you!
tizzicat rated for What Are You Reading? #5 on Mar 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you.
Response: Yay! You're welcome.
Comment: It's always nice to connect with other Tarheels (I'm a native). Thanks so much for the lovely mini-charms and your note (how special!) Look forward to swapping again. Good luck with your bracket this year! ^-^
Response: Bracket shot all to Hades!
Comment: thanks for my surprise. everything was lovely
Response: YW.. :)
Comment: Thank you for the goodies! The pig game is cute!
Comment: Thank you so much for all your great lists!! You did a fantastic job and I appreciate the time and thought you put into them. I liked all the "extras" as well!
Response: You're welcome and thank you!
hippofairy rated for Be my Valentine on Feb 7, 2014
Comment: i love it! thank you so much for the amazing hippofairy print! i can't wait to frame it and hang it on my wall! thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
Response: I was hoping you would like it...it is cool! Thanks so much for the fab rating.
Comment: This is the most wonderful sewing package (or any package !) I've ever received! I've never had a charm pack, and have lately been eying them on all sorts of quilt sites, and I almost bought that exact seam ripper just yesterday, but decided it was a little too much right now---thanks so very much! If I could give a dozen hearts, they'd be yours!!...and I love post-its, too! thanks!
Response: Very happy you liked the pkg...I *know* the charm pack colors are not your colors, but I was hoping when it's already matched up you could find something to make...I use them for quilty gifts and I don't have to think about what goes with what! Off to label everything with Post-it tape...lol. Thank you very much for the wonderful rating.
ChinaCat rated for Phoenix Rising: Just One Word!!! on May 8, 2013
Comment: Thank you, Karen!
Response: You are very welcome, dahling. Thank you for the great rating.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome letter! Isn't it funny that we got each other and share similar weather? I would gladly send you some of the hot weather we are having right now. <3
Response: I don't mind hot, it's the humidity that kills....we are in for a few more days of rain and the humidity is already setting in...grrr
grimmlynn rated for Phoenix Rising: Just One Word!!! on Apr 29, 2013
Comment: Great answers! How funny to learn that Karen is actually your middle name, not first. Of course, I really want to call you Clarabelle now. I had so much fun with this swap!
Response: The whole family goes by middle names, I even married into a family that does the same!
Tatsu rated for Phoenix Rising: Just One Word!!! on Apr 28, 2013
Comment: I'm super curious about the penny nightmare. xD
Response: Thank you. It is a recurring nightmare, altho I haven't had it for quite some time...it haunted my early teens and twenties.

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Ky on Jul 2, 2014:

You have a beautiful fur baby too! :-)

dmarie on Apr 22, 2014:

Hi come check out my sew a pouch- USA swap

Heirloom on Mar 19, 2014:

Good luck with your bracket!

bstitched on Feb 9, 2014:

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating YOU!

ChinaCat on Aug 25, 2013:

I've been enjoying the Day of the Dead skull patches you sent me back in April! Lots of uses for them. =)

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