Swap-bot Time: December 12, 2019 12:51 pm


Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: December 12, 2019
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About 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.


sharmison33 rated for USAPC: Paper Scrap Heart on Dec 12, 2019
Comment: I loved this swap! It was a lot of fun to make. Thanks so much for the beautiful heart you sent me. I love it!
Comment: This card is so gorgeous; I love it so much! Very detailed and inspiring. Thank you for a most lovely swap. I have an idea with the extras you included to. Very appreciated. Take care
tristitia rated for YTPC: Mini-Christmas Book on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: I love your little book! It does have a mid-century feel, which is completely adorable. Thank you!
Response: I loved making this for you! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Thank you Donetta, I love the little embellishments and glad to have you as my partner.
Response: I am so happy to make you happy! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
PaperPassion rated for Tags times Two on Dec 7, 2019
Comment: Lovely tags as I knew they would be.You did a awesome job but then I would expect no less.Always happy when I receive a envelope from you.Thanks so much.I really appreciate all the time and thought you put into your art.Thank you again.
Response: Your swaps are always so creative...a cut above, really. I enjoy every moment spent on creating little arty things. Thank you so much for your lovely comments...you always put a smile on my face!
Comment: A different take on the Nov.tag and I love it.This really is one of my tag book favorites.Thanks so much Donetta.You are so creative!
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment and great rating, Linda...I can't believe that our book will be complete next month! I have to think of another monthly swap theme...
Comment: Such a beautiful ATC! Thank you for the pretty tag too!🙂🦋
Response: I loved making this ATC...I've never had a Springer spaniel (I've had a sweet little cocker spaniel, though), but this one was so endearing that I had to use her on this ATC! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
me2az50 rated for ACTS: Turkey Lurkey on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic turkey ATC. I love it. Love all the phrases that the turkey is wearing.
Response: I am so happy that you like the little turkey lurkey! I enjoyed making it for you...thank you for the nice comment and lovely rating!
Comment: Lovely, oh so lovely is this 4x4 depicting the fashion of the 1890’s. I love the fashion and styles of the old days way back in time! I’ve always thought it would be so cool to have lived in that time period just to dress up in those lovely clothes, shoes, hats, etc. Your representation of that era is so pretty especially with all the little added details to dress up the ladies! Thank you so very much!
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Debbie! I think I may host a series of these pages, with different decades being featured. I don't know why that just occurred to me!
Comment: And so very Victorian these beautiful ornaments are! Love them both...the little birdie is just lovely with all it’s adornments especially the chunky gold glitter. So pretty! The old Santa is just gorgeous! Love the blue and silver. I like the texture of his beard. These beauties will definitely be enjoyed through the Christmas season. Thank you so very much for both the ornaments and the great extras.
Response: This year, for some reason, the Christmas spirit is within me, after eluding me for several years. I loved making these for you, and I'm so happy you like them!
luvbird rated for RF: Small Rolo with a Vintage Vibe on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: Oh Donetta, this is so darling! I just love the sweet vintage characters, front and back, that you used. I love the Raggedy Ann and Andy and the cute buttons which is “just icing on the cake”! Thank you so very much for for this cutie and for the extras.
Response: I am so happy that you like the little rolo, Debbie...I just love making them! Thank you for alway leaving such lovely comments...and of course, those pretty red hearts!
PaperPassion rated for RF: Harvest Moon Large Rolo on Dec 1, 2019
Comment: Love the black and copper combination.Thanks so much for another beautiful swap.
Response: And thank YOU for being the best imaginable swap partner and friend!
georgiafae rated for VC: Paper Bag Junk Journal on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: Love Love this little book of fashion! Love the images and the papers you used to decorate paper bag. Very creative-always love to see a package with your return address on it come to my mailbox!
Response: I am SO happy to have made you happy, my dear friend! I loved every minute spent on this little journal, even though I realized that I can't seem to follow the simplest YouTube video...I get carried away with the "decorating" and forget about things like pockets and tuck spots!
tigermousecat rated for MFF: Bird Tag #4 on Nov 28, 2019
Comment: Lovely tag as always. Such a nice choice of image. Hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving. Bet you are looking forward to when you can get back out to our coast again.
Response: Oh, the weather here is quite something...believe it or not, it isn't the fierce winters that bother me; it's the hot, humid summers. Ooh, so hard to take! I'm pondering my options...west coast or "3rd coast" (Great Lakes midwestern states)...it's addictively affordable here! But back to the swap...thank you so much for your always-lovely comments and great ratings. You are the best imaginable swap partner!
BeeMGee rated for GAA: Roaring 20's ATC! on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Another fabulous addition to my album. Thank you for another gorgeous card.
Response: I really am fascinated by the era..so much change happening! I watched a series called "Boardwalk Empire" which was set in Atlantic City, NJ during the time of prohibition (and beyond) and it was amazing. A terrible time to be a woman, really...but fascinating. Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
BeeMGee rated for AACG: Orange and Turquoise ATC on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Fabulous . I love the subtlety of this one. Another gorgeous atc. Thank you.
Response: Thank you, my dear friend.,,you are such a lovely swap partner!
AbeRex rated for AAA : ATC Color Palette #745 on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the ATC! It really is a work of art!
Response: What a lovely thing to say...you made my day! Thank you so much for the comment and for the great rating!
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Thankful Moo on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: These are precious! I love your creativity. Thank you for raiding your “wee things” stash. I can certainly find a use for them in my collages.
Response: Oh, I have an overflowing bowl...I took the pretty gilded container from last year's amaryllis (a gift from my sister; I'm afraid I killed the bulb) and it is overflowing with mostly wee things.Some bigger things, too. The only problem is that I can't remember what lies beneath the layer I added last week...I need to dump it out and refill it so I can see and use some of the older things! Thank you for the always lovely comments and ratings!
PaperPassion rated for MFF: Bird, Book Page, and Lace on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Love the owl you chose.Thanks so much for the great ATC.I love everything about it.Perfect addition to my "Bird Journal". Have a wonderful holiday my friend.
Response: I meant to go in another direction...I really did. Something more like the swap illustration (which I made years ago)...but it was a cold and gray day, which does not bother me in the slightest, and I went with Mother Nature's inspiration. Silvery and gray and wintery. Thank you for always leaving the most wonderful comments and ratings!
Comment: These are lovely and such elegant colours and embellishments. Thanks again for all!
Response: I have such a wonderful time making the little embellishment thingys! I just love them...making them and receiving them and using them! Thank you so much for being the loveliest of swap partners, my friend!

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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 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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