Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2019 5:29 pm


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: August 17, 2019
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

In January, I had foot surgery...a bunionectomy and hammer toe repair, and spent months in an orthopedic boot until the bones healed. Unfortunately, I've had a "non-union" situation, in which the bones near my arch failed to grow together appropriately. Long story short, I went into surgery 7/12 for a repair of the situation (thinking it would be relatively minor), and the situation was more dire than expected. I'm in a cast to my knee, and must be completely non weight-bearing for 12 weeks. I am using a knee scooter to avoid putting weight on that foot. The bottom line is that I may be late with some swaps, as I'm relying on my sister to transport me and run errands (Post Office!) for me. She is absolutely willing to help me, but we live about 35 miles apart, so it will be bi-weekly at best. I will contact my swap partners if their swaps will be mailed after the due date, but I hope it won't happen often. Thank you all in advance for being patient with me.

Hello! I'm Donetta...currently living in Kalmazoo, 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.


Comment: Beautiful as always thanks so much.Found the perfect place for them in a journal I am working on.I love them.
groundhogstamper rated for AACG: Black and White ATC on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: How happy I am to receive another ATC from you. As always, this one is beautiful and I'm happy to add it to my collection. Thank you for this ATC and the special goodies you enclosed.
Comment: D: This is simply elegant and beautiful! I too think religious iconic art is amazing even though I do not consider myself a religious person.. But there are so many lovely images out there and this is one of them. And I love the little icon brad you attached - where did you find that? As always, any time I get an envelope from you, I know it will make me happy. Your art is always amazing!
Response: I feel exactly the same way...it's not about "religion" for me, it's about the beautiful artwork and images. I always feel at peace in large, ornate churches and cathedrals (maybe in a previous life, I WAS religious!). The tiny saint charm came from my bestie, @isabellasnow...I have 2 more, and I'm hoarding them for another special occasion...having you for my swap partner constitutes a special occasion, you know! I don't know where Kristy got the wee charms, but I will ask, because they are just adorable. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for your happy heart ratings, Laurie...you are one in a million!
BeckyG56 rated for USAPC: Tiny Tag Embellishments on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the tiny tags. They are beautiful!
Response: I really did enjoy making these, and can imagine using them in several ways. I think I'll be making more! Thank you for the great rating!
Artstamper rated for VC: Fancy Owl Tag on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Owl tag! I aiways look forward to receiving a swap from you.Everything you send is so pretty and I love the glitter.Appreciate the extras too. Great swap.
Response: I had to log in to Flickr to see what I'd made...and now i do remember using the Stickles on the owl's headdress! Joan, if I didn't have my craft table, I'd probably be in a locked facility by now, what with the multiple surgeries and being housebound for so long. I just love making little artworks! Thank you for the lovely compliment, and for the wonderful rating, too.
Comment: Love that you created a binder swap.The binder you sent to me made me smile.the little gypsy girl is adorable and she comes with coins.How cute is that.Once again you have created a beautiful piece.I am always excited to open a swap from you because I know it will be the best! thank you my friend.
Response: I do miss the BTCs, and want to bring them back. They appeal to me in the same way that rolos do...they are easy to display and enjoy. I will continue posting BTC swaps, because they are just so enjoyable!
PaperPassion rated for GAA: Dog Days on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Donetta,I to am a cat person.But the little puppy on this arch will steal your heart.So cute and the whole arch is amazing.I love that it has a vintage feel to it.You always give so much thought to your art and you always inspire me.Thanks so much.
Response: I am definitely a cat person, but certain dogs in my life have stolen my heart. And some are insanely adorable, such as dachshund puppies! Every now and again I have to host a doggie swap, just to be fair. But I am reminded that I haven't had a cat theme in awhile...
PaperPassion rated for Feeling Blue on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Blue is my favorite color and you did a wonderful job of making it so beautiful.It felt like Christmas today when I received three swaps from you.I love them all.The tiny little jewels are precious.The whole ATC is just breath taking.Thank you so much for joining my swap and for being the wonderful artist you are.
Response: I love your swap themes...I enjoy the "challenges" (pick 3, blue, etc.) more than I enjoy "sender's choice', actually. It's always such a pleasure to have you as a swap partner, in either direction! And thank you for the lovely compliment and great rating, Linda.
mandymo rated for Beautiful Face Plus on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Oh it is just gorgeous Donetta! That caption made me burst out laughing! Personally, for this particular piece of art, I like the more is more maxim! Thank you once again for creating such a beautiful piece for me. :)
Response: Oh Mandy...I loved making her for you! I just couldn't seem to stop...I want to make more similar ladies! I am so, so happy you like her.
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Sender's Choice w/a Frame on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Oh, Donetta, I don't know how I missed this beauty! This is the weetest little girl! I love the embellishments you used (as always)...roses are so beautiful on everything, aren't they? And I love your narrow gold trims on things and this time you created a frame with them! Love all your work, my dear friend. Thank you! p.s. those postcards! Tres bien, mon ami!
Response: Well, I loved making this one for you. I've used this vintage little girl image more than once...she's just the cutest! Thank you for the sweet comments and great ratings...you're the most wonderful swap partner!
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #8 on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Hi Donetta! I LOVE your vintage bride and groom framed in the finest of golden frames. You've gotten the vintage look down perfectly with those faded roses and little stamp--who knows? They might BE from Poland! Love those tiniest of dots cascading down her bouquet, too. Thanks bunches for another beauty to add to my 'Donetta' collection!
Response: I adore the "3 elements" swaps, dear Kristy...I love to tell a little story with the elements, so that it's not obvious that there was a challenge involved. I remember receiving an ATC from someone (ages ago) in a 3 Elements-type swap that called for pink, a key, and a postage stamp. I received a 2.5x3.5-inch piece of pink cardstock with a postage stamp and a key charm glued to the background. I remember thinking, this cannot be the point of a 3 Elements idea!
Comment: Hi Donetta & Mandy! I received the loveliest of ATC's with the Zinnia Fairy--so cute--her little wings are flying off the page! So many pretty elements on the page and I love the cluster of glittered flowers in the corner...simply beautiful!
Response: My angels are the BEST, aren't they? So very talented and even more than that...so generous with their time and resources. I just love them, as I do you, my dear friend!
Comment: + many more hearts and a bouquet of flowes! Your design is gorgeous, Donetta. I love the images and those pretty gold-centered flowers--oolala! You even decorated the back of the card beautifully! What a treat. You are a daughter of Midas and everything you touch, turns to gold!
Response: This one was just fun to make! I enjoyed every minute of the making. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for the great rating!
Comment: Absolutely Gorgeous altered Halloween playing cards. I love each and every one. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful art.
Response: What a lovely compliment! Thank you so much...you made my day!
Trinket rated for AACG: Blue and Gray on Aug 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for being pacient with waiting for this rating, home now and your ATC was waiting for me. I love the use of the silver thingy on the top of it. Thats really quite creative. Thank you also for the extras. Really lovely stuff.
Response: Thank you for the lovely heart rating, Steph. I wish I had your wonderful talent for drawing and coloring so beautifully...alas, I am really only good at cutting and pasting!
mrscharlesallen rated for TIMs: Summer Moos on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: perfect choice the birds are fantastic I love them. Thank you for the awesome swap.
Response: I am so happy that my angels made you happy! Thank you for the wonderful rating...people have been so kind during my health troubles!
tigermousecat rated for MFF: Jungle Birds ATCoins on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: Many thanks for such lovely cards. Hope you are on the mend!
Response: It's a s...l...o...w process, healing this foot! Thank you for the wonderful heart rating...my angels really ARE angels, and I'm so grateful to them both!
Comment: Hi Mandy and Donetta - I got the most beautiful red, white and blue lady ATC in the mail today, which I assume Mandy made?? I love the image of the lady that was used and the blue butterfly is really perfect with the touch of glitter along the edge of the wings. It's red, white, and blue but so subtle that it doesn't scream that combination at you - perfect! Thank you for a fun swap.
Response: Ah, Laurie...my angels are just the best! I'm thrilled that you like the ATC (I knew you would!), and so grateful to Mandy and Jan for helping me in my hour of need. Thank you for the lovely comment and beautiful red heart...those ladies deserve ALL the hearts!
Frickenjazzed rated for USAPC: Envelope Flip Book on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh I love your flip book! It's so elegant and pretty and all the goodies inside are awesome! Such a happy ending to a tough day. Thank you so much!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! I had a few issues along the way, but I think I covered up the mistakes pretty well. You are a kind and gracious swap partner, and I can't thank you enough for your patience!
thequilterslink rated for USAPC: 3 Elements #7 on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you and your Angel for the lovely ATC
Response: I have angels right here on earth, and I'm so grateful for their friendship and for their help in my hour of need. Thank you for your graciousness!

Rating Overview

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hibiscus on May 28, 2019:

Thank you for two of the most beautifully created cards ever! You are beyond talented at creating atcโ€™s!

hibiscus on Apr 14, 2019:

About your amazing Gothic arch Asian atc... itโ€™s not just that you use wonderful elements ...itโ€™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

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

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. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

isabellasnow on Nov 7, 2018:

Happy Autumn to my Bestie!

Pandd on Mar 28, 2018:

Have you in my prayers. So happy that they quickly found what was wrong and you can have surgery to fix it. We are all thinking about you. Pat๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Kimmi50 on Mar 23, 2018:

I just wanted to tell you Donetta you are in my thoughts and prayers for your upcoming surgery. I know in my heart everything will be just fine and you will have a speedy recovery. Take care my friend and keep me posted.๐Ÿ’

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!

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