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Date Joined: November 1, 2016
Last Online: December 15, 2016

Country: United States
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Instagram - where you can always find me LOL
I'm also on Ravelry

About Me

11/30/16 - After not feeling good for the past week and only getting worse I finally went to my dr today. Severe Double Lung Pneumonia (yes, I CAN provide a pic with todays date and my name from the Dr's office if you'd like) Anyhow, I'm hoping to still get everything out on time, but I've not joined anything new (except for simple Christmas card swap or online things) because I've not felt well and didn't want to get behind. If I think I'm going to be late in a swap, I'll message BOTH the swap host & my partner(s) to let them know.

Hi there! My name is Mel. Who's that? you ask. Let's see. I'm a wife, mom to 3 beautiful children, grandma to 1 beautiful little girl, and the woman behind Cloth and Paper Studio.

Cloth and Paper Studio is my justification to hubby that I really do absolutely -need- all the fabric, yarn and craft supplies that I hoard. ;) I design and sell quilt patterns, hand embroidery patterns, and cross stitch patterns.

Aside from crafting I enjoy gardening and fishing with my hubby.

Favorite Crafts

I love to crochet with any yarn and thread I can get my hands on, sew & quilt with any and all types of fabric and linen, and do some slow stitching in the form of hand embroidery. Some of the other crafts I enjoy include: jewelry making / beading; whittling; paper & book crafts; cross stitch; woodworking.

I can never get enough pretty threads (embroidery, floss, & regular sewing), yarns, buttons or fabric.

I have 2 long time quilt projects going on. One is a postage stamp quilt in which I use 2.5" sqaures of fabric and the other is a I Spy type of quilt. For the postage stamp quilt I'm collect 2.5" squares of 100% cotton fabric in any colors / prints. For the I Spy quilt I'm collecting 5" squares of 100% cotton fabric that has a cute, identifiable print.

I also collect vintage sewing supplies (including buttons), hoard yarn / fabric / and craft supplies in general.

Favorite Books

Craft & DIY books. Also books on self-sufficiency, gardening, farming, animal husbandry, foraging, and building your own home. We (hubby and I) also collect vintage and antique books (yes, we know there's lead in the ink but we're not rubbing the ink all over us so I think we're safe ;) )

Favorite Music

New country and things with a lively beat.

Favorite Television

DIY Network, NatGeo, Discover

Things I'm Always Happy to Get

These are some things that I'm always happy to get in swaps:

  • hot tea bags - no green, fruit flavored, or chamomille (ALLERGIC) please

  • 2.5" fabric squares - 100% cotton - any colors / prints

  • 5" fabric squares - 100% cotton - with cute prints for I Spy

  • skeins of embroidery floss / threads - any brand / colors except black or white please

  • buttons - new, vintage, or upcycled

  • printed sewing or crochet patterns for quilts, accessories, bags / purses, toys

  • craft or quilting magazines - used is fine :)

  • fabric fat quarters

  • pretty bits of leftover sock or sport weight yarn prefer at least 15 yards lengths please but can use pieces if they are at least 5 yards

  • vintage sewing notions (I use them to decorate my sewing area)

  • beads & jewlery findings - any but the more unusual the better. I also upcycle vintage costume jewelry for the beads

  • vintage books with children's illustrations - I like to use the pictures for crafts

  • flat gears, pieces from insides of broken watches (or the entire broken watch), vintage looking keys, pretty much anything that has a steampunk feel that can be used to make mixed media steampunk art

  • goodies for my planner - stickers with places to write stuff; gel pens in pretty colors; stickers that help with planning; post it's; highlighters

Things I Like

Some of the various things I like. Everything from holidays and seasons to tea and chocolate to colors and styles. Basically the things I like in no particular order except as I think of listing them. ;)

  • hot tea - I love almost all except no chamomile (ALLERGIC), no fruits, no plain green
  • milk chocolate - it's even better if it includes caramel, peanut butter or sea salt
  • colors I love include: pink; wine red; black and white with pops of color
  • extra fine point pens
  • gel pens
  • my favorite holidays are my kids birthdays
  • my planner
  • fabric
  • yarn
  • sewing thread - I adore Aurifil threads in neutral colors to use for quilting. I also love metallic and verigated threads in any brands.
  • embroidery threads & floss - all brands & colors
  • vintage linens including but not limited to: doillies, any hand embroidered pieces, sheets & pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins
  • paper napkins with amazing graphics / pictures / illustrations on them
  • beads and buttons - all shapes and colors, both new and used
  • fishing - we practice fish and then eat LOL we fresh water fish and I've got a problem with hoarding all kinds of lures and plastics (and always welcome more as long as it's for fresh water)
  • jewelry - I have pierced ears; don't wear big / gaudy; prefer silver tone over gold


Christmas is always a big deal in our home.

Christmas Cards - for the various Christmas card swaps - I do NOT have a preference over religious vs non. I enjoy ALL Christmas cards - specially if they are cute/pretty -or- are of winter wonderland type outdoor imagery that includes snow. :) We are a spiritual family that favors the Christianity based faiths but are open to all positive Christmas themed verses / sayings on the cards.

Currently I have 3 different / main decorating themes depending on which area of the house you are in.

The kitchen / dining room is decorated in white and black with pops of 70's pink & turquoise all in a retro style.

The living room is decorated in blue and white / silver with the theme of everything snow and ice including snowmen. I try to make it look like a winter wonderland. Having lived most of my life in places where's there's no snow or ice, I enjoy creating a version of a winter wonderland for Christmas.

We have a large open area that's considered a hallway(?) that I decorate bright and happy. Most of the colors are traditional bright red and green. In this area is where the vast majority of the things my children made when they were smaller go. You know, all those bits and baubles that they were so proud of making in elementary school and scouts. This area is all tied together by giving it a rustic feel by using a woodland theme including burlap, lots of natural branches, and wildlife (deer, cute feathered owl ornaments, etc).

Things that I DON'T care for in regards to Christmas include: * anything that relates to warm weather Christmas - you know, like those pink flamingo's wearing Santa hats, Santa wearing a bathing suit, penguins water skiing, etc. * I don't decorate with Santa's *

Please Do NOT Send

There are several things that I'm asking everyone to please NOT send for various reasons.

  • anything with Chamomile (allergic)

  • anything with strong scents (severe asthma) - including any scented candles, perfumes, lotions, etc (rather be safe than gasping for air)

  • any pale or light colored tea including and specially green tea

Thank you for your understanding

My Little

My littlest little is a girl who's almost 4 years old. She loves everything most typical little girls love including: making things, coloring, anything pink, anything sparkly, barbie dolls, baby dolls, singing, dancing, puppies, kitties, books and purses.

Some of her other likes include: fishing, embroidery, sewing on my sewing machine, helping me cook & clean, and helping in the veggie garden.


matt319 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! THE BIG 30. on Apr 19, 2018
squince rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! THE BIG 30. on Jan 11, 2017
Comment: Never received
supersquirrel rated for 3LP- December on Jan 6, 2017
roostercraz rated for Christmas Altred paint brush on Jan 3, 2017
Comment: So nice the PC you have DIY, tks for it and Happy New Year to you!
Karen07 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! THE BIG 30. on Dec 31, 2016
Comment: I'll rerate if I get something.
saffronnginger rated for ISS: Handmade Bookmark & Tea on Dec 31, 2016
Comment: Hello! Thank you for the card, teas & bookmarks well received! Have a blessed new year ahead! :)
Comment: Nothing yet :(
nsciambi rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! THE BIG 30. on Dec 26, 2016
Comment: I hope all is well with you, Mel, and that you are feeling better. I'll gladly change my rating if you contact me.
Comment: Thank you for the cards! :) Hope you're starting to feel better!
Wittyknittynurse rated for Christmas Earrings on Dec 19, 2016
Comment: I hope everything is okay. I have not received anything.

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tatntole on Dec 4, 2016:

I hope you are up and feeling better soon! - Pattie

caz50 on Dec 1, 2016:

Mega Christmas Profile Deco- Xmas Trees Here are the Xmas Trees I picked for you, please enjoy.

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Love and Blessings Caz50.

Journeyoften on Dec 1, 2016:

anrtist on Nov 29, 2016:

APDG - #4 MEGA Christmas Profile Deco - CMAS TREES... I hope you enjoy these beautiful Christmas Trees & Lights on your profile this Season! I hope they make it more FESTIVE for you too!

Blessings, cc

athousandyears on Nov 29, 2016:

Dear partner,

I’m decorating your profile for this APDG - #4 MEGA Christmas Profile Deco - CMAS TREES Please enjoy and don’t forget to rate!






Kindest regards,


drgngirl on Nov 29, 2016:

APDG- #4 MEGA Christmas Profile Deco- CHRISTMAS TREES!!!

I love Christmas trees! This year we have room in our new house to have a real tree! Before we only had room for a small artificial one. I love decorating, but hate to put everything away!

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mchesser12 on Nov 28, 2016:

for: APDG #4 MEGA Christmas Profile Deco Christmas Trees

from: Melissa (mchesser12)

I hope you enjoy these Christmas trees. Happy Holidays!

jinxednj on Nov 28, 2016:

Wishing you (early) a very merry Christmas!

May these holidays light up your life like these beautiful Christmas trees :)

Sending warmth and happiness your way! :)

Debmitch on Nov 27, 2016:

Hello!! This is for the APDG #4 Mega Profile Deco- Christmas Trees!!

We got our outside lights put up today.. and will get the tree up this week. Will wait for next weekend to decorate it!

I hope you have a joyous Christmas season!!

Merry Christmas!!



SuZignomeMoM on Nov 27, 2016:

APDG - #4 MEGA Christmas Profile Deco - CMAS TREES

I love Christmas with the best of ya, but the thought of cutting down a perfectly healthy tree just to decorate it for a couple of weeks and then discard it gives me the shudders.

Sooooooooo I offer these alternatives to that artificial replica of the live tree. I hope you enjoy them.

A tree made from sections of PVC affixed to a panel. Just add your own baubles inside. Great for apartments or little houses.

Or one made from books for those who love to read.

For the really creative, recycled tires painted green.

For the ultimate twinkle factor; a tree made from recycled CDs.

No matter what your tree; live, artificial or some crazy alternative, I hope it brings you great joy this holiday season each time you stop to look at it.

✩♫¨ ℳҽґґᎽღ Christmas everybody! ¨♫✩

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