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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: June 3, 2020
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Donetta, in Grand Rapids, 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.


lmacdavis93 rated for Femme Fatale on May 27, 2020
Carly rated for Triptych ATC on May 18, 2020
Comment: This was an extra special, extra beautiful piece from an extra special artist. And I was beyond thrilled-not to mention so honored-to receive it! Thank you, Donetta… I hope you know how much I treasure your work. And YOU! Thank you!
ginny19590 rated for VS - Vintage Nude ATC on May 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you......
Response: You're welcome...
tigermousecat rated for VC: Paper Scrap Heart on May 11, 2020
Comment: As always a pleasure to get a swap from you. Love the country shabby feel. Hope all is well and you are safely settled. Still no word on our move!
Response: I do love making the scrappy hearts...thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating! I'll bet you're beginning to think you'll NEVER be moved into your beautiful new condo!
tigermousecat rated for VJP: Creative Collage #23 on May 5, 2020
Comment: As always, your pages are lovely and I think you do fret far too much. I was thrilled when I saw the tatting. Thanks so much for that extra. Hope all is well with you!
Response: I stalk eBay for tatting "lots". I can't resist. I even signed up for an online class, and either the teacher isn't a good teacher, or (more likely) I am a poor learner! Thank you for your kind words, and for your kind self...you are lovely, my friend.
Arabella rated for AACG: Blue and Brown ATC on May 2, 2020
Comment: Love your atc, Donetta! Your swaps are always so beautiful - I have never been disappointed! I have one binder that just has your amazing pieces of art work in it! (There's always room for more - can add more pages!! - hint, hint!!) Thank you so much! Love hearing from you! Stay safe!!
Response: Nancy, you made my week! What a lovely compliment, and you should know that I return it completely. You are one of a kind, in the best imaginable way. Thank you for the amazing comment and great rating, my friend!
McAnaraks rated for VC: Vintage ATC with Stitching on May 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely very vintagey stitched ATC, it's great!
Response: I am so, so happy that it arrived! Given the world situation and the withholding of mail from other countries, I confess that I'm not only relieved, but surprised! Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
dustbunny11 rated for Masquerade on Apr 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you, Donetta, for the lovely ATC! It is always fun to see how everyone interprets the themes of these swaps, and I love what you chose to do! Happy creating!
Response: I loved making this set, and I'm so happy you like what I made for you! Thank you for the nice comment and great rating!
Comment: Hi Donetta! I love your sweet tag--the colors, the sweet tatting, and those darling, delicate velvety flowers. Almost forgot that little bee--cute! Thanks so much for the tag and the lovely extras! My heart always goes pitter-pat when I find you in my mailbox, my dear friend.
Response: It's always a special treat to swap with my best friend...thank you for your lovely comments and great ratings!
Poeprincess rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #25 on Apr 25, 2020
Comment: Another super swap! Creative & innovative. To answer your question, because of this home stay, my sleeping patterns are all screwed up, but I make sure I get my creative time in.
Response: Hahahahaha...I can't ever remember what day of the week it is! Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating...you are a wonderful swap partner!
Pandd rated for VC: Vintage Postcard ATC on Apr 24, 2020
Comment: Another lovely ATC. What a wonderful little postcard. Thank you again for hosting and sending me a lovely swap. You are wonderful. Pat💕💕
Response: Pat, you are the loveliest of swap partners...you always say the nicest things, and give me a boost that lasts for hours.
tigermousecat rated for GAA: 3 Little Things ATC on Apr 23, 2020
Comment: Lovely as always! Always a pleasure to swap with you. Hope the mail get sorted out sooner than later so I can be back in the game. Be well and safe!
Response: Oh Bev...I have 3 sent swaps that are in some country, somewhere in the world, and my International partners are still waiting. I don't want to make replacements because I don't think they're "lost" in a real sense, and also because I suspect they would join bazillions of other foreign envelopes wherever the postal services keep potentially hazardous materials! But...thank you so much for your wonderful comments and ratings...you're a lovely friend and swap partner.
fanfive11 rated for Masquerade on Apr 21, 2020
Comment: Beautiful "Masquerade" ATC Donetta. I love the mystery depicted here and the backside is detailed nicely too! Thanks for joining the swap.
Response: You and Laurie are the undisputed MASTERS (mistresses?) of fantastic swap themes...these were a pure pleasure to make. Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
Comment: Sweet journal page!! Thank you!!
Response: Well...kitties. There isn't much that's sweeter, unless it's puppies (a draw) or human babies (with clean diapers)! Thank you for your generosity (late send) and for the wonderful rating, Beth.
PaperPassion rated for Two ATC Coins Senders Choice on Apr 18, 2020
Comment: Lovely coins.I have started a bird journal and have already added them.I love them .Thanks so much.Stay well my friend.
Response: Thank you, dear Linda...I love that you add swap creations to your journals! You're an inspiration to me...I have so MUCH collected and archived in big, fat binders, but the sheer spectacular-ness of them is lost in those binders! I'm going to do what you do!
Comment: Squeeeeeee!!!! You sent me THREE of your beautiful scrappy booklets! I'm in heaven. What I love the most is your treatment of nearly all the edges on each and every page--I never thought to do HALF these things! They're just beautiful, my friend, and I treasure them.
Response: Well, these are actually our shabby paper flowers...but it doesn't matter! I love, love, LOVE these little scrappy booklets; I cannot get enough of them (and yet I haven't made any recently; what is wrong with me?!). xo
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Two Envelope Flipbook on Apr 17, 2020
Comment: Donetta, you are crazy--this is really pretty! I love the images and the colors you put together; you always come up with the best combos. And the tatting! s~w~o~o~n~ So gorgeous. Thank you for sharing something so precious!
Response: Uh huh. I have been forced as an adult to realize that my grade school teachers were right all along...I DON'T follow directions well! But you know you're my favorite and I so badly WANT to do things right, especially when sending to you! Oh, that tatting...I have made some eBay purchases lately; it's one of my guilty pleasures. I can't help but imagine a genteel lady with her tatting shuttle and thread...the elegance of it!
Karmi53 rated for MFF: Rooster and/or Hen ATC on Apr 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely roosters atc. Very cool well done. I love Roosters too, l have them in my kitchen. Thank you for the extras too. Take care stay safe
Response: I have soooo many roosters (all ceramic and fabric, as in cross stitched rooster art); this was a pleasure to make. Thank you for the great rating!
LDeWitt rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #1 on Apr 17, 2020
Comment: It's here, it's here! I have the dancing froggies in my home. Such a great composition. The frogs are defs in love, so in love they don't even notice the delicious ladybug in the foreground. This is just sensational and it deserves all accolades of being placed on the ATC honor easel in my studio. The extras have me looking forward to Halloween! Thanks so much Donetta for your swap participation.
Response: I loved making this one, Liz...it was pure fun. I adore having you for a partner, in either direction...your artwork is so amazing that there's always a bit of anxiety (in the best possible way) when I am sending to you. Thank you for the wonderful comment and great rating!
lmacdavis93 rated for Lovely Layered Backgrounds Tags on Apr 16, 2020
Comment: I get so excited when I see your return address on an envelope! Your lovely layered tag is a thing of beauty! I love the image that you used and your selection of trims and stickers and bling are just impeccable - as always. Thanks for swapping and thanks for another wonderful Donetta piece of art for my collection! xo
Response: Your swap themes are always a "cut above", Laurie...just a pleasure to work out in my mind and a pleasure to create. Thank you for the lovely, day-making comment and great rating!

Rating Overview

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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!

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!

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