Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 4:01 am


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: February 17, 2020
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta...currently living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there most of my life. I moved to Portland in 1992, to Vancouver (Washington) in 2012, and except for a 2-year hiatus in Dover, Delaware, I lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) over 25 years. Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born there!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and live in a cute little apartment with my two spoiled Persian cats and our rescue kitty, Lulu. I enjoy spending time with friends and family...and I also love my "alone time", when I craft to my heart's content.

My home is extremely important to me; it's my haven, my joy, and the place I feel most relaxed. I enjoy decorating for the different seasons and holidays, and my home is a reflection of my style and personality. I love items with a vintage look, rich wood tones, vintage linens, and roosters. I'm a thrift store fanatic, and have found some wonderful treasures for my home.

Favorite Crafts

I have had a thriving little jewelry business, and before I moved to Michigan, I sold my wares at two salons in the Portland area, as well as at a boutique In Oregon City. I design for two international bead companies, and love the creative process. I've recently opened an Etsy shop and an Amazon Handmade shop!

My jewelry has a classic look; I love vintage-looking findings and beads, and use lots of crystals, pearls, and antiqued copper, silver, and gold wire and findings. I enjoy making wire wrapped jewelry, and am working to perfect the art of polymer clay beads...they can be amazingly beautiful!

I make cards as well, using my Cuttlebug and adding embellishments such as ribbon, sequins, pearls, and paper and silk flowers. I used to take classes (card making, mostly) at a local scrapbooking store, but the store went out of business...and now I use Pinterest and You Tube for inspiration and lessons!

I spend part of each day stitching...I have a project rotation list that contains cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, crewel embroidery, and redwork, as well as knitting and crochet. My latest interest is crazy quilting; I am addicted!

I enjoy making and receiving ATCs...they are such a great way to practice new techniques on a small scale. I get inspiration from the beautiful cards I receive, and enjoy seeing my own style evolve and become more sophisticated with time.

My sewing and craft room is my favorite room; it's the closest thing to a treasure chest I'll ever find!

Things I like

As far as TV is concerned, I love to watch Homeland (absolutely riveting) and Masters of Sex. The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, and The Americans are shows that I never want to miss! The only reality TV I enjoy is Project Runway...that's all the drama I can tolerate!

My favorite authors are Ken Follet, John Grisham, Sue Grafton, and David Baldacci. Many, many others as well...but you know; space prohibits. Also, I collect and read cookbooks like novels. I love to cook and entertain.

My favorite place in the world is my home,but Vancouver Island runs a close second. I have friends who live on Vancouver Island, and it is my favorite place to visit.

Favorite colors...so hard to choose! My home is decorated in deep red, yellow/gold, some blue,and mossy green...Tuscan or Provencal colors! I love buttons, and use them extensively in my crafts. I love flowers...roses, hydrangeas, and dahlias, plus any other beauties I find locally to add to my patio garden.

Extras: people either love 'em or hate 'em...I happen to adore sending and receiving "extras" in my swap envelopes. I usually check profiles to see if I have any readily available items that my swap partner might enjoy receiving...little things that are flat (ish) and easy to include in a standard envelope. Some of the things I love to receive are old book pages...especially in foreign languages, snippets of sheet music, lengths of wonderful washi tape, and random embellishments such as bits of ribbon and trim, rhinestones and pearls, etc. I make inchies, twinchies, ATCs, and rolos...I make use of little pieces that might otherwise be thrown away. If I receive something I think I might not use, I save it for someone who loves that sort of thing...I have never understood swappers who say they will only accept certain items, or they will withhold a heart if what they receive isn't to their liking. What...why? Extras are just that...EXTRA! Be gracious, people. It costs nothing to say "thank you" when someone has cared enough to include a treat...even if it isn't your kind of treat!

Super Swappers

Rather than listing flakers, I'm taking something I've seen on other profiles, and listing those extra-special, super swappers...you know the ones I mean: when you see an envelope with this person's name on the return address, your heart sings!

nancybarlow (Nancy), one of the most wonderful ladies on this site, who creates works of astonishing beauty and inventiveness. Nancy is not only a fantabulous artist, but a true friend. Nancy saved my sanity while I was ill, generously angeling so many of overdue swaps with all of her characteristic style and elegance. the best of the best!

Arabella (Nancy), who creates such gorgeous works of art that I'm constantly challenged to find the right words of thanks. Beautiful, beautiful ATCs. An inspiration.

Gina P, with all the fabulous details...I'd know her artwork ANYWHERE! It's whimsical and adorable and incredibly detailed.

Vanne Paris, one of the nicest ladies out there. Not only does Vanne create beautiful works of art, but she is always encouraging, full of compliments, and a genuine sweetheart. Not to mention, one of the most prolific swap hosts EVER!

Isabellasnow (Kristy)...an amazing swap partner! Her work is beautiful, and every possible detail is polished and perfect. Packaging is Kristy's special gift...it's absolutely as beautiful as the artwork inside.

BeeMGee (aka: Bev)...wow. Everything Bev touches turns to beauty. In addition, she is quite possibly one of the nicest ladies I've ever "met". Although Bev lives in South Australia, and I live in the Pacific Northwest, I like to imagine sitting across from her at my dining table or hers, enjoying coffee and cookies and all kinds of chat on a regular basis!

Hate to mention...

Really, I do hate to mention my few actual dislikes, but it's helped me to read this on other profiles...it gives me a better insight into what sort of extras and RAKs to send. So here goes: not fond at all of cutesy stuff (Precious Moments, big-eyed children, Disney to name a few). Intensely dislike cigarette smoke and flashing icons...these are migraine triggers for me. Lights and certain smells, oh my. And of course it goes without saying (but here I am, saying it) that I am never in favor of poorly planned and executed artwork. Construction paper, crayons, and silly stickers do not belong here, imho!

One more thing...something that makes me sad. Non-raters. I speak for most of us when I say that we put a lot into our artwork. A lot of time, special embellishments that can be quite expensive for an addict such as myself...even postage is expensive! I do this because I love it, and because it makes me happy to receive good ratings and lovely comments. To fail to rate is more than rude...it's unkind.


groundhogstamper rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #21 on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: I'm so sorry to be late in rating. I thought I had. The ATC is lovely and I'm happy to add another one from Donetta to my collection! Thank you.
debtea2 rated for USATC: Hearts & Flowers ATC on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Oh My Goodness I love the ATC you created a little master piece.. its so lovely thank you
Response: Deb, you made my day...thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Valentine Embellishments on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Bee-YOU-tee-ful!!! Donetta, these are so extra special. And you sent so many--lucky me! They're so dainty and delicate. I'll be hoarding these 'til next year. Thank you, my friend, for always making something spectacular to fulfill a swap.
Response: How I love making the little (and not so little) embellishments...as long as you keep posting these delightful swaps, I'll be joining! It's a special joy to swap with you, my dear friend!
tigermousecat rated for MFF: Valentine ATC with a Bird on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: As always, a lovely ATC with many interesting layers and images. To top that delight, you then sent me a second cutie. Love them both. Thanks for such a fun swap!
Response: Thank you for the nice compliment, Bev...it's always a pleasure to swap with you.
Mimi7 rated for USATC: Winter Wonderland ATC's on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Hi Donetta, I also hate it when our little works of art get lost in the mail. I so appreciate you taking the time and effort to make me a resend!! :) I am so happy with these ATC's Yes they are so cute and winter like , I love them!! However I am tired of winter even though I don;t live in Michigan. It is going to be very cold here Thurs and Friday lows in the single digits!! BRR!! Happy Valentines Day to you. I love the extras also. Thank you so very much!!
Response: Donna, I have two more to send your way...I have a corneal abrasion on my left eye, and had to see an ophthalmologist yesterday, which put me behind a bit. (It hurts/!) The ATCs are already made; I just have to mail them. Thank you for your lovely comment and the great rating!
ginny19590 rated for SMSUSA: Vintage ATC With Blue on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC......=)
Response: Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating, Ginny!
luvbird rated for RF: January Themed Large Rolo on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for the gorgeous January themed rolo...so pretty! Going to be fun doing this monthly series. These ladies are so very pretty! Thank you also for the great little bits of wonderful extras which I will enjoy using in future projects. I always enjoy reading your note and that you took the time to write it. You are such an inspiration to me Donetta!
Response: I am addicted to series swaps! I just can't stay away from the monthly swaps...and it makes me so happy that you've joined me. I just love swapping with you Debbie. You are a treasure!
luvbird rated for Romance Themed Glue Book Page Swap on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: What a lovely glue book page...so pretty! I agree with you that glue book pages are so much fun to make. I love the vintage feel of this one as well as the soft colors and the sweet image! I can definitely see this in a collection of beautiful glue book pages. Thank you so very much for this wonderful work of art and for the lovely grungy papers you sent as extras.
Response: I had no idea how much I would enjoy the glue book pages, and I just don't see an end in sight. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Debbie...they mean the world to me.
Comment: This romantic glue book page is so very lovely Donetta! I'm enjoying all the layers of vintage elements and soft, subtle coloring. Well done, as usual!
Response: Your compliment made my day, Connie...you are one of the most fabulous artists I "know", and it's a genuine pleasure to swap with you!
Comment: Donetta,this is one of my favorite color combinations that you have hosted.Love the vintage inspired card you sent.It is truly lovely.Thanks so much for the extras which I will certainly use.Hope you have a beautiful day.
Response: Oh, how I love sending my pieces to you...it's always so lovely to read your "review"! Thank you for always being so kind and generous.
Comment: My goodness!! What a GORGEOUS page! I am so excited to have this as a start to my completed Journal! I am always honored to receive one of your fabulous pieces! The painted tag is beautiful as well!! Thank you for always being an amazing partner!! ❤❤
Response: Dana, you are always so kind...I love swapping with you! Thank you for your lovely comment, and for the pretty red heart.
toni rated for USAPC Lady and Flowers ATC on Feb 1, 2020
Comment: beautiful atc!
Response: Thank you very much...for the sweet comment, and for the wonderful rating.
lukeyduke rated for AACG: Betty Boop Valentine ATC on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: Donetta, what an adorable card! We used to have old betty boop movies that my daughter (who was 5 at the time) watched constantly! Thank you for such a nice creation!
Response: There's something special about Betty Boop...she's just so cute. Thank you for the compliment, and for the great rating!
Comment: Thanks so much for the wonderful ATC.
Response: Thank you for the great rating!
marymary914 rated for ACTs: “Coin” a Phrase on Jan 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great ATCoin, fellow Michigander!
Response: Thank you, Mary...it's always a pleasure to swap with you!
Camiliann rated for VC: Mid-Century Fashion ATC on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Absolutely lovely!!! Goes into my collection!! I’m not completely moved in. I wish I could get to more of my supplies!!
Response: All my hopes for the discovery (uncovery) of your supplies...and thank you for the sweet comment and great rating.
Comment: Such a sweet puzzle piece! I love it! I too sat and stared at my puzzle piece and drew a blank but then I started playing around with paint and placements and was able to come up with something! Love the bird themed and it's hanging on the back of my desk!
Response: Honestly, these can be so much fun to make...the only time I really run into trouble is when making multiples with one theme. That can be a bit stressful, since the idea is to have them each be unique, but there’s a limit to the number of images and embellishments that fit on puzzle pieces! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
123Poggy123 rated for Senders Choice with Two Birds on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: I was happy to see your name on the envelope. It has been a long time. I love the ATC. Thank you for the goodies for me to use.
Response: I loved making this one for you! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating.
nannydino rated for Make A Beautiful Doll #2 on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Hi Donetta , thank you for this beautiful doll I love her very much. She is really lovely. I like the layers and the different textures that you used. I shall treasure her . My apologies for the late rating. Please forgive. Happy 2020. peace love light
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating...I’m so happy you like your dollie.
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: 6x6 Folder with 2 Pockets on Jan 17, 2020
Comment: Donetta: I'm sorry you had such a time with this one! But I know how you feel. Sometimes I'll work on something and the more I try to "fix" it or make it right, the worse it gets. But this little folder is adorable! I love the papers and sweet images that you used, the little notebook, and the little goodies you tucked inside. It's wonderful! Thank you so much. You absolutely Never disappoint in the beautiful work that you share!
Response: Oh Laurie, you always know exactly what to say! I hope we remain swap partners and friends for many years to come.

Rating Overview

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supersquirrel on Jan 8, 2020:

Thank you for hosting USAPC: Glue Book Page #1 - Orange. It was a blast. Hope you plan on continuing the series :) I plan on putting my pages in a special album.

sassafrass on Dec 31, 2019:

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

hibiscus on May 28, 2019:

Thank you for two of the most beautifully created cards ever! You are beyond talented at creating atc’s!

hibiscus on Apr 14, 2019:

About your amazing Gothic arch Asian atc... it’s not just that you use wonderful elements ...it’s the way you arrange them in such unique and creative ways that make your atcs such works of art.. I just had to say that.. thanks for all the great swap ideas as well

Pandd on Nov 8, 2018:

I just got the most gorgeous journal page! Absolutely beautiful.thank you for being my angel. You may not be 20/20 yet but your artistic talent is well. Thank You for being you. Pat💕💕

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

Happy Autumn to my Bestie!

yvonne401 on Dec 10, 2017:

Welcome to IBATL! It's great to have you here!



isabellasnow on Dec 2, 2017:

isabellasnow on Nov 28, 2017:

Hi Donetta!

hibiscus on Oct 13, 2017:

I love pansies and your atc's

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