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Last Online: October 16, 2018
Birthday: May 16
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a 5th grade science teacher. I have a husband, 3 great kids, 26, 23 and 15. I also have two beautiful grandchildren. I love music, reading, and seeing new things. I'm Christian, but open to many religious views. I don't mind used stuff if it is still useable and not dirty or smelly.

Favorite Television

Shows I watch: I love Grey's Anatomy, Victoria, Judge Judy, Law and Order, The Crown, Grace and Frankie, The Good Doctor, Suits, Criminal Minds and Cooking competition shows. I also love reruns of Little House on the Prairie and the the Waltons.

Favorite Crafts

I love smash booking with some art journaling.

I have practiced Zentangle and Zendoodles. Fun and relaxing!

I like to make stuffed journals and long term journal projects.

I knit and quilt as well. I usually have 4-8 projects going at a time.

Just discovered my love of wool felt applique.

These are a Few of my Favorite

I love:

My Green Quaker Parrot, Pickle!

black Teas including fruit flavors, chai and plain. Lipton specialty teas are fine with me. I am highly allergic to chamomile which hides in herbal teas, so I will never drink an herbal . . . just in case.


12 inch or more lengths of silk ribbons.

Nice embellishment threads (not DMC, but wool or cotton thicker stuff)

scraps (5 inches or more) of silk, velvet or textured fabrics.

Scraps or pieces of wool felt (bright colors)

I love historical fiction - Esp. English history.

Wild birds are a love of mine. I also love butterflies, garden themes, flowers, heck any nature.


malas or any types of prayer beads- all faiths.

Sock knitting

anything with your art - not just stickers, but real art.

Zentangle Art

Faith vs Religion

I am a Christian, but I recently have been exploring (not practicing) other world religions. I love anything from any faith. To me Faith is different than religion. And faith is personal. So, while some of my art may express religion or my faith, I am open to accepting you for what you believe. Only through knowledge and understanding of each other can we live in peace and harmony. Two quotes from Buddha express my opinion perfectly:

  1. To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.

  2. Let all listen and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.

What I don't like

Hello Kitty

Cartoon stuff

postcards unless they are part of the swap or are hand made - I don't collect them.

coffee or coffee flavor

Non- black teas - I'm highly allergic to chamomile and often it is hidden in Herbal teas. I'll do herbals if you check and verify that there is no Chamomile.

Cigarette smells

Things I'd love to receive rig

Hand made toys for my pet bird

Pieces of brightly colored (or any colored) WOOL felt - 100% wool please.


bunnydreamer rated for Tea Swap #1 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: I love the teas!! They put me in such a Fall mood, thank you!!!
CraftyChristina rated for Zentangle with tessellation on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Mary Ellen...this WAS challenging to me too! I'm fairly new to zentangle and still learning too, but I thought you did a great job. This concept was so new to me (tesselation) but I think I did it right. Great job! And thanks for the prayers...I am so fortunate that our area did OK. But so much devastation in some areas! P.s. PUMPKIN SPICE TEEEAAAA!!!!! WHOOP WHOOP
Artistic rated for Summer Reading Classic (USA) on Sep 16, 2018
Comment: The letter had my eyebrows raised for a bit. Then I got to the P.S. about writing it in Austen's style and I cracked up laughing. Thank you for the handkerchief, the buttons and the wonderful commentary.
beaglemom rated for Read and Share Swap - Part 1 on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Matts rated for #3 Hand writing bible verses on May 22, 2018
Comment: I liked how you did your verses in different colors!! Mine are sooo sloppy!! LOL I did Matthews 1:18-2:12 i think!! LOL I like the birth of Jesus!! In the Gospels!! I was wondering the same thing about if we would send the same ones or not!! Also thank you for the coloring page!!
jn6754 rated for 10 inch square swap - Layer Cake it! on May 4, 2018
Comment: I love the color! It matches some fabric I received in a prior swap. New project! Thank you.
Comment: the fabric is so cute! loved it.
kfaye rated for Wishlist Swap on May 1, 2018
Comment: thank you
jinxspinx rated for Journal with Pictures- USA on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Mary! This was such an awesome journal and I loved learning about you. I found myself wanting to know more and more! I cant believe you have taught abroad and have pictures with camels. And I love that you are a teacher! Your quilting and felting is BEAUTIFUL! (and im keen on the cat quilt!) Also, wanted to thank you for surprising me with the washi tape and 2 wax melts. They both smell so good! You are so sweet to have sent those. Little secret, i opened up your package before my online shopping trip of clothes that arrived at the same time! hehe . Thank you again. I hope you had fun doing this swap :)
Comment: Aww! Send me your teacher reward stickers!!
Comment: Good Comment!
Comment: thank you for the great comments
kclicquot rated for A letter from my pet #2 on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: Mary Ellen, WOW! I feel like I know Pickle! How fun for him to be able to go to school. My daughter teaches 5th grade in West Philadelphia. so much going on in their heads! Thank you, I LOVE THIS LETTER!
RooBaRoo rated for Prayer Flag Jan 2018 on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much! It's absolutely wonderful! & it's going upon my front door! :)
Response: Glad you liked it! Yours was very nice as well.
Katielynn rated for Christmas Tea Swap on Dec 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Chai spice? Yum! Let alone 2 and I'm so happy.
kfaye rated for Christmas Tea Swap on Dec 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pretty cards & tea. I have never made it with full milk, I will try that! Happy blessings in 2018

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RooBaRoo on Jan 9, 2018:

Prayer Flag Jan 2018 send-by date extended to the end of Jan.

yvonne401 on Jul 5, 2017:

CSG ~ Fruit of the Spirit, #6 Faithfulness


as defined in the bible has two different meanings:

1.If we mean the faithfulness of God or Jesus, it refers to steadfastness, honesty, firmness, and God's utter dependability based on His unchanging character.

2.If we mean human faithfulness, it refers to our steady allegiance to God and our trust in Him. A "faithful" man is "full of faith"; he believes in the reality of God as revealed in Scripture.

Dictionary definition of faithfulness: 1.The quality of being faithful. 2.Fidelity.

The dictionary definition of faithfulness is totally different than the bible definition. This must be taken into account when reading and understanding our bible.

What does faithfulness mean to me?

To be truly faithful to God we must love God more than we love our self. We must also be lovers of God not lovers of pleasure. We must be more interested in pleasing God than pleasing our self. A faithful person is not disobedient, greedy, unloving and without self-control.

Having faith in God is truly one of the most important things to have to be a good Christian. If you don't have faith then there is not much to say about you. You need to believe in Him and trust in Him. When you are in times of trouble you need to have faith that He will pull you through your difficult times. I believe that times of hardship make us stronger because they make our faith stronger.

There was a time that I was very ill with Listeria in the hospital. This was many years ago. Listeria is a deadly disease that most people die from. At the time I didn't believe in God or Jesus. I had absolutely no faith. However, my husband had two churches praying for me. I had a fever of 106 degrees. The nurses told my husband that he should come because they didn't know if I would make it through the night. He couldn't come however because he had the baby and we didn't have a baby sitter at the time. He called both churches to pray for me even though I wasn't a believer at the time. My fever broke in 24 hours. Even the hospital couldn't believe it. That was my miraculous healing and I believe that is when God planted a seed in me and that is when my true faith began because He proved to me that He was real.

The faithfulness of a Christian:

1.God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.

2.Honor all people.

3.Love your fellow Christians.

4.Fear God and honor the King.

5.If you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God.

6.We are to look to the Lord Jesus as our model of the faith life. We should be faithful and live a good life.

Faith is basically believing in something that you cannot see, having a belief in something that there is no proof of. You believe it's true even though there is no proof of it. It is very difficult to have faith. Lots of things in life do test your faith. But once you have it, it's something strong and powerful. For much of my life I didn't believe in God or Jesus because I couldn't see them, feel there or know that they were real. After my experience at the hospital and after I got saved, things changed dramatically for me. I didn't think life would change after I got saved, but it sure did.

Well that's all I have to say for this time. I hope you were encouraged by my comments. I pray that your life is filled with much faith and it makes your walk with God grow much stronger.

God Bless You!



ChrisAnne on Jun 13, 2017:

Glad to have you with us in Planner Partners. We will begin swapping very soon. Please check out the forums and introduce yourself to the rest of the bunch!

crescendo on Jan 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the sparkly snowman Christmas card and book reading list from my December Wishlist! So sorry for my late thankyou, we went out of town on Christmas day for a week and I am getting to catch up now on my desk. I loved displaying all of the sparkly cards, I hung up a wide candy striped ribbon and used clothespins to clip all of the cards down the length of it. I loved how it looked and I don't want to take it down. I have read a couple of the books you mentioned on your list, and will look into the others. I am hoping to find some time in 2017 to actually read again, its been a long time.

Dsweeny on Jan 3, 2017:

Tea Swap - LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I give you a 5 star rating. :) The teas you sent were sent in a timely manner, and your card was very personal and kind. Thank you for doing this :)

Rarie61 on Jan 29, 2015:

Hi Mary I just received your Christmas card today that was sent way back in Nov. I love the letter you sent along with it explaining how you spend the holidays. Thank you for the extra coins it was a nice surprise. It was fun swapping with you! I hope you have a great day!

dolcxvita on Dec 2, 2014:

Hi there! Just sent you an invite to the new and active Creative Mail Asia group. Do join in so we can swap with in our region! :)

camelsamba on Aug 18, 2014:

Thanks for the book recommendations. Can't find I Married a Bedouin at our library or the statewide ILL, but I did request Butterfly Mosque!

KristinCali on May 14, 2014:

Hello there! I was your partner for the Stuffed Summer Journal last year. I was hoping you'd host another one! I'm in a spring journal swap right now and when it's done I really want to start another :D Let me know! xoxo

Elliepatterson on May 4, 2014:

Many thanx for hosting this great swap, "I'd join this swap if..." It was a hoot for sure. All I can say is, Unicorns, what unicorns, who is sending unicorns, where did they get them to send, I want a unicorn" LOL. ( Laughing out loud for sure) blessings,

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