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Date Joined: October 29, 2007
Last Online: February 27, 2014

Country: United States

About Me

I'm a grandmother of four living in the state of polution...New Jersey! It really isn't so bad here in the south though because they are working hard to clean it up. I love being close to the city when it's needed but also only a few minutes from the country to sooth my soul. I have three boys...twins and a singleton. The single one helped my mind find it's way around the bend and the twins turned it to complete mush! I love em though and would not trade them for anything. I don't go in the water but I dearly love the ocean and the beach. The constant sound of the surf is so calming along with the smells of the salt air and the salt marshes as well as the songs of the sea gulls. You can always tell when you're close to the beach!

I am a self-taught artist and I love altered art, especially ATC's! I have swapped a bunch on flickr and now have a great collection with loads of variety. I actually like doing all kinds of artsy stuff especially if it involved paper and like when I'm pushed into new art territory. I'm looking forward to swapping a lot of things on this site!

Favorite Books

First, I love my Bible. For sheer entertainment, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE thrillers and murder mysteries. Guess I lead such a quiet life now that my kids are grown, that I need to add excitement in a safe way. I am also in love with Jan Karon and her Mitford series. Some switch from murder huh? They are such wonderful books though. Another series I am in love with is Janet Evanovich. Her books make me laugh like an idiot!

Favorite Crafts

I am hooked on anything paper but I save everything under the sun. Just look at my ID~foreverpackrat! The name fits perfectly. I love vintage things but am not particular to any color, but most of what I do turns out vintage with brown included for aging. Guess maybe cause I'm vintage too. I have to admit, though, I'm developing a liking for pink and aqua...quite a departure from vintage. I especially like slide mailers, ATC's and note cards. I'm also a fan of things with wings, especially children. I love making ATC's with them too.

Favorite Music

My first love is sacred music, especially old hymns. It just seems to sooth my spirit. Second, I like soothing music...jazz and semi-classical is my favorite along with oldies...REAL oldies. Now I know oldies are not soothing to a lot of people, but I like them for their singability and fun.

Favorite Movies

I love scary movies but not slasher and bloody ones. Jack Nicholson in "The Shining" is my all time favorite! Another one is "The Innocents" from the late 50's...still scares the crap out of me! Aside from scary, my favorites are "On Golden Pond" which was filmed where we used to vacation. Also, "Fried Green Tomatoes" because it reminds me of the summers I spent with my Grandmother, especially the setting. I guess I just like variety in my movies too!

Things I collect

I collect all kinds of things but I especially love vintage hankies, doilies, embroidery work, weird rubber stamps for altered art, unusual ribbon and vintage sheet music. I love to collect, thus my ID...foreverpackrat! I'm in love with vintage jewelry that I can use in my crafts...earrings, pins, necklaces. I also use a lot of old and vintage photos in crafting. Oh, and buttons, buttons, buttons! I also have a big white box filled with all kinds of paper scraps that I use in collages. You would not believe where I get some of my images!


Ikat78 rated for New to ATC's #6 on Jun 5, 2012
Comment: Well looks like I've been flaked on again. Thanks for nothing!
myartistry rated for Flowery card on Apr 20, 2012
Comment: I enjoyed the sparkle and bling ;) Thank you Lauren!
turtlelady45 rated for Make An Envelope - USA on Feb 24, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the envies. Both are lovely especially the one with a cat!!
lemorton rated for Make An Envelope - USA on Feb 23, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the envies, I really like the one with all the fruit!! nicely done.
iammichaelmyers rated for Sunset PC on Feb 22, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the PC - very nice Sunset!
lildorothy rated for Letter from your pet's POV on Feb 9, 2012
Comment: Sweetie wrote a longer letter than most humans and that was a clever envelope too!!!!
Response: She's VERY chatty. :O)
princesskate rated for Decoupage paper napkins swap on Jan 30, 2012
Comment: Thank you so much for sending this out again! It came without a problem this time - you are such a sweetheart for revisiting this swap!
TTrotti rated for 10 Used Postage Stamps #3 on Dec 28, 2011
Comment: Thank you very much! The stamps are beautiful!! I appreciate the extras!! I think the "Diner"stamp is my favorite! Thanks!! Tama
LisaLaughs rated for Somerset Fall Challenge on Dec 13, 2011
Comment: Lauren - thank you for my gorgeous box!! It is so lovely and glittery and looks perfect with my holiday decorations!! I love it!! :o)
Response: Glad you liked it, I really have fun making them!
Comment: Thank you we really enjoyed the package you put together. My daughter loved the markers and spent the afternoon doodling on her homework folder. The stickers were new to me and I really liked them! Everything else was so thoughtful too. My daughter was delighted about everything.!
Response: I have three boys so it's always fun to make something feminine. Glad you both enjoyed it.
VickiM rated for Mail Art for Beginners - 2 on Oct 29, 2011
ShoppinRobin rated for Portrait of a Lady ATC Swap on Oct 20, 2011
Comment: Love the ATC (especially her crown - very clever)! Thanks :) (Sorry for the late rating)
ShoppinRobin rated for Altered Domino Swap on Oct 20, 2011
Comment: I really like the colorful altered domino magnets! Thanks :)
Chelle rated for Vintage Pages Swap #3 on Sep 23, 2011
swap4fun rated for Fall/Halloween Handmade card swap on Sep 21, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the cute cards
TatiPunainen rated for Something Special Home Made on Sep 16, 2011
Comment: I love you journal, I haven´t wrote journal in years, but I think now I´m going to!=) Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. :)
azulgatita rated for Altoid Box on Sep 13, 2011
Comment: Thank you Lauren XOXO it was super cute. I'll think of you always when I sew.
scrapkween rated for Altered Spoon -V (5) on Aug 15, 2011
Comment: Thank you =)
tybear009 rated for Swap bot name on Aug 15, 2011
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. For some reason your lovely postcard slipped through the cracks of rating. Happy swapping!

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BlueberryLady on May 26, 2014:

Still have time to join the latest Bookmark Swap. see Group..

Brendasue on Nov 2, 2011:

Hi, did you get my package for the Something Homemade Swap? I didn't get mine either, so it might still be stuck in the mail:(

Brendasue on Aug 11, 2011:

Hi, just dropped in to read your profile. Í'll be sending you something for the "Something Special Home Made" swap in a few days. I enjoy much of the same thing you do, just that my favorite crafting medium is cloth and yarn. I don't do well with paper:) As soon as I saw that you were from New Jersey I was thinking, maybe she like Stephanie Plum too:) Love the Janet Evanovich books and I own the series up to 14. And they are hard to get down here in Paraguay. I'll let you know when I send my package, but count on a few weeks for it to arrive, cuz' it's coming from Paraguay, South America! Happy swapping!

angellarae on Jul 26, 2011:

Hi Lauren! I'm one of your partners for the "Read my profile and write a comment" swap. :) This weekend I'm getting ready to move to the country, and I can't wait! I live in the city now, and although it's not a very big one, I'm ready to get away from all the traffic and noise! Anyway, I enjoyed reading your profile and hope that you have a great day! :)

cathydolphinlvr on Jul 23, 2011:

Hello, My name is Cathy. I'm leaving a comment for the read my profile and leave a comment swap. I am hooked on crafts too. I just started loom knitting.

We basically collect the same things.

IiPuska on Jul 22, 2011:

Hi there. I,m visiting your profile for the read my profile swap. I LOVE buttons too and vintage jewellery. I also like vintage hankies and other hand decorated stuff, and hope to make some art from them in the future.

Have you seen the movie " the orphanage" ? if you haven´t you should I think you would like it.

Have a nice rest of your summer.


Vickyen on Jul 21, 2011:

Hi! I am one of your partners for the Read my profile and write a comment swap - I love these swaps! Loved reading your profile - you sound so fun and full of energy! I also love the beach and bring on the murder/thriller books! If you have time and are looking for a book that might make you cry but will also make you laugh - "Anne Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral" by Kris Radish is wonderful! It is not the murder/thriller genre, but is just amazing! I love how you talked about your kiddos and I feel the love! Also on you being vintage! LOL! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

Chachi on Jul 21, 2011:

Hi hi! i'm from profile read and comment. I enjoyed reading your profile! Most profiles are rather boring and i start to drift off. It seems you have a fun and great personality! I would love to do a one on one swap if you like. I too love reading mystery and thrillers to. I usually go thru atleast 3 books a week!! I also love jazz and oldies!! I love anything upbeat and soulful and soothing. Maybe because my brain is so hectic?!? ha! And as far as your twins turning your brain to mush and your singleton more less repairing it...... i have two daughters that does the exact same thing!!!!!!!!! I love em' to death, so i guess i'll keep em' around for a while longer. Even if it's just to do the dishes! HAHA! [joking!]

Have a great weekend!!!

Juliajae on Jun 20, 2011:

Welcome to the Altered Art Group!

earthnk on Jun 7, 2011:

Thank you for your kind note and beautiful ATC. I can almost here the little birdy singing :-) Truly wonderful workmanship.

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