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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: May 18, 2022
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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Hello! I'm Donetta, in Portland, Oregon. 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 and a 4-year residence in Grand Rapids, MI, I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) almost 30 years (yes, I am old!). Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born here!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and two beautiful cats: my spoiled Persian girls. We lost our rescue tabby, Lulu on Valentines Day, 2022. 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 Spellbinders machine 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 true crime shows and shows about serial killers. Why I love these is a mystery…but they are my (not so) secret addiction.

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.

Tigermousecat (Bev), who is the most wonderful of swap partners, and a dear friend...from afar. Bev creates beautiful works of art and sends the loveliest little letters with each swap. She is kind and generous, in addition to being a fabulous swap partner.

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: Thanks for these wonderful twinchies, collages envie, and extras! You are always so generous! These are so fun to make! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: I cannot figure out why you don't like this soft and romantic journal page with TH paper dolls??? I love it! You have gone a totally different direction than I ever would have thought of, and it works beautifully. Is that actual netting over the background papers? It's such a wonderful touch. I love the happy couple paper dolls and all the little touches you added around them to add some romance to the whole composition. Flowers and bit of lace and the gold embossed paper - just wonderful!!! Thank you for three great swaps and for the extra goodies you sent me as well! Hugs to you!
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Blue and Lime ATC on May 16, 2022
Comment: Well this little gem is beyond amazing! I love these color combo swaps and blue and lime just lend themselves so perfectly to a tropical theme. How you made the waves curl by actually curling the paper and adding some gold to the edges - awesome! And some of your signature gold trim and a cute little starfish. Magnifico! Love having you as my swap partner D!
lmacdavis93 rated for ATC with Metal Embellishments on May 16, 2022
Comment: Oh D! This ATC is amazing! The woman's image that you used is beautiful and I love the monochromatic nature of it. Your addition of gems and jewels and a little golden bee are just perfect touches to make her so elegant. You have such a talent for adding trims and edgings and this is no exception. Even going to the extra step of adding gold edging to the woman's neck - brilliant! Thank for your this wonderful little artwork - another keeper from D!!
marymary914 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #65 on May 16, 2022
Comment: Beautiful ATC! I’m putting it up on the shelf in my craft room. Thanks so much and feel better soon!
kendall rated for TIMs: Sender’s Choice Inchie Swap on May 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the resends. They are amazing. Truly. And I appreciate the tuck ins. Maybe the post office will let loose of the originals. Thank you again for the lovely package.
Poeprincess rated for VC: Spring into Summer Postcard on May 15, 2022
Comment: Sometimes you get lucky at bingo & swapping! Love your PC. Thanks for the extra papers—I can surely use them. Another great swap from you.
Response: Hahahahaha! My luck continues, as I keep being partnered with you on Swapbot! Thank you for the happy little heart, Di!
Comment: As always, you never disappoint! A very pretty card! Thanks as always! It seems that even though we have May flowers here, April rain is not letting up!
Response: Thank you for always being positive and encouraging, my friend...see my comment on the inkbox cards for my disclaimer.
Comment: Love your take on this theme! As always, thanks for being such a great partner!
Response: I love the inkbox cards, but to be honest, these were not my best work. I tried and tried, my friend, but that day my inspiration seemed to have taken a vacation. Thank you for your lovely comments and great ratings...you are a truly wonderful swap partner.
Arabella rated for AACG:Botanical Mixed Media ATC on May 11, 2022
Comment: A beautiful atc, Donetta! I love the texturing and the lovely purple flowers! I always love to receive swaps from you - my favoritest partner! Thank you so much and soooo sorry about my mix-up!!! Take care!
Response: I kind of didn’t expect this resolution, to be honest…I feared I was on another “roll” of a bad sort! Nancy, you are quite simply the best. Capital letters: The BEST!
Poeprincess rated for VC: Collaged ATC with a Bird on May 10, 2022
Comment: Neat little techniques & your hallmark embellishments—love this ATC! Thank you for the extras, too. I am now home again (today).
Response: Thank you, dear Di...it's honestly a joy to swap with you, in either direction!
Comment: Oh, so simple & elegant! Love it! Thank you for the extras, too, my friend.
Response: I loved making this one, tbh! I'm so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for always being the kindest and most generous of swap partners.
Arabella rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #64 on May 5, 2022
Comment: I love your cute little baby and the beautiful pink flowers! As always a wonderful swap from a dear friend! Thank you! And adorable puppy and kitty extras!! Time to join some more swaps to use them!!
Response: LOL...I fell in love with the wee raccoon, and for some reason I thought you might appreciate her too. The mesh stickers represent the screen door through which MY neighborhood raccoon used to visit occasionally, after eating all the cat food left on the patio for my neighborhood kitty that became one of my "children"!
tigermousecat rated for AACG: Vintage Shabby Chic ATC on Apr 29, 2022
Comment: There is something to shabby chic... Soft colours and overblown flowers abound. Femininity whispers softly. This fits that bill perfectly. Thanks so much for always sending me the most lovely of lovelies!
Response: You are the loveliest of swap partners, Bev...in either direction. It's always a happy time when I see that you are my swap partner...and your ratings and comments are always uplifting. Thank you so much!
Comment: Lovely rolo! You always seem to find the best images! Thanks for the vintage cards as well. They might end up in future projects.
Response: I had more postcards picked out for you, but they just wouldn't fit in the envelope. I'll be sending them singly, with swaps as they come up. Some of the messages are heart-tugging...from children to their fathers who are away at war (WWI). They are treasures and I'm so grateful to my lovely French friend. I love sharing them with very special people!
Comment: I will never get tired of receiving you're pretties!! This is going on my desk at work. I like to use command strips to hang them on the back wall behind my computer for all to see!! So pretty, thank you!
Response: That is the best compliment I've received in ages, Jen...thank you so much for making my day! It's always a pleasure to swap with you!
PaperPassion rated for VC: "Vintage Romance" Postcard on Apr 27, 2022
Comment: Beautiful as always.Your work is always exceptional and I am honored to receive it.So nice to here from you once again.I hope all is well with you.Thank you so much.
Response: I was thrilled to see that you were my swap partner...it feels like a very long time since we've swapped! All is well here, and let's hope it remains that way...for you as well! Thank you for always being the kindest and most generous of swap partners, my dear friend.
Comment: Wow! Don! Brilliant working off the center of a the rolo! I would have been intimidated, but not you, you worked it beautifully. I love the napkin background, the delicate bird and butterfly with the fancy jewels placed just so. The little paper, lace and stone. Just spectacular in every way. Off the center, I still cannot believe it. Way to tackle that rolo. Thank you also for the bits. You are a special and enlightening artist.
Response: Hahahahaha! I don't think I've EVER made a little piece of artwork that was so completely true to the swap theme...this was certainly very orange! Lizzie, you are just the sweetest...I love swapping with you, and I"m so grateful that we met through swapping!
fanfive11 rated for Think Spring Marie on Apr 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you Donetta for the lovely and mysterious Marie! She is gorgeous in her blue gown surrounded by those lovely pink roses. So delightful. :) Your gold details and trims are truly fitting a queen. The ephemera you included is wonderful and I look forward to using them in future projects, merci!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy, Connie! Merci beaucoup for the sweet comment and nice rating!
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Paper Bag Journal US ONLY on Apr 22, 2022
Comment: Oh, Donetta, your sweet journal is just beautiful! I love the covers and all those gorgeous ladies and butterflies inside. LOVE the way you made the ribbon closure in my most favorite (at present) color--lavender! Thank you, my friend, for such a lovely swap. Tim showed it to me over FaceTime--I couldn't wait to get home to open it! Hope we get patnered again very soon!!
Response: Oh, I struggled with that little journal, Kristy! When I watched the "how-to" video, I was confounded by the constant chatter and by the SIZE of her journal! But then I realized that I didn't need to make yours the size of a grocery bag...and that I could stencil the designs on a regular paper bag...and all was okay in my world again. I'm so happy that you like what I made!

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bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

chimerix on Nov 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for the beautiful finish on my ABC cards (sender's choice #8). I love how they turned out. Aloha!

Rabbitfreedom on Apr 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful RAK of awesome ephemera - what a nice surprise, I really loved what you sent! It's been a pleasure swapping with you!

Pikkis on Mar 5, 2021:

Dear Donetta! Thank you so much for angeling me in the Winter Rolo Swap :)! Your beautiful, beautiful rolo arrived yesterday and is just fabulous. I can´t thank you enough for being such a great swap host and person! Big hugs and take care!

hibiscus on Aug 24, 2020:

welcome back to your art table...

EllenWilGraagPost on Aug 17, 2020:

I wish you a lot of strength with the upcoming foot surgery. And I will keep my fingers crossed that everything is not too bad and will go well. Much love, Ellen

qbee on Jun 22, 2020:

Donetta, Happy Birthday to my birthday twin. Hope you had a great day

LauraM540 on Apr 3, 2020:

I got your finished ATC back from the Buddy Trash Swap on the ATC Jams group! I love it, thanks for playing!

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!

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