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Date Joined: March 15, 2017
Last Online: February 7, 2019

Country: United States
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Update 10/7/2017 - After a 6 week battle with significant health problems (abdominal pain, pulmonary embolisms and some form of cellulitis in my right arm), I think I am finally on the mend. I still don't have my usual energy, but I am so, so much better than I have been for the last few months. I will work on all of my late swaps this weekend and my goal is to have everything in the mail no later than 10/14. Special thanks to everyone for their understanding and for all the messages of concern and support. I truly appreciate all the good vibes that were sent my way!

Update 9/12/2017 - I am having some serious complications from my surgery in July, causing me to be in and out of the hospital and on some pretty heavy duty pain meds. I had an abdominal wall reconstruction to repair a 17cm hernia. I was doing great for about two weeks after I returned to Okinawa, but then I began to have problems. It is difficult for me to sit up for long periods of time and I am easily exhausted. This has been very unexpected and has caused me to be behind in my swaps. I will send notes to all the swap hosts and partners, but in case I miss someone or this update is read before I can get the note out, please be patient with me as I recover. I promise I will send out my swaps, but it may take me a while since sitting up is painful and I have very little stamina. Thank you for your understanding.

Update 8/15/2017 - I'm back home in Okinawa after a 6 week adventure in the States. My surgery went very well and I enjoyed spending time with family and making new friends. Even so, I am super happy to be back home! Thanks to everyone who sent me happy mail and RAKs while I was recovering. You all rock!

About Me

Hi! I am an avid paper crafter that lives in Okinawa Japan. I teach science to American students who are dependents of US military members stationed overseas. I have an awesome husband who teaches art to elementary students and is an amazing artist himself. I also have a beautiful daughter who is in high school. She is also very artistic and currently wants to have a career as a tattoo artist. We have lived in Okinawa for 11 years and absolutely love it. It is a gorgeous island that is considered to be the Hawaii of Japan. We hope to live here for many more years.

I love to do paper crafting. I generally make cards and books, but will do other crafts as well. I also sew and crochet. Currently, I am very into coloring as I find it very relaxing. My favorite coloring media is glitter gel pens. I love the sparkle when the picture is finished, even if it is a bit gaudy!

I have a huge craft room that I am fixing to open up to other crafters in the next few weeks. Many military dependents aren't able to bring their craft supplies with them overseas, so they will be able to come to my craft room and use my stuff (stamps, inks, die cut machines, etc) for a small hourly fee. I am super excited for "Marla's Craft Room" to become a reality. This is something I have wanted to do for years!

Marla's Craft Room Update 8/15/2017: I'm back in Okinawa and can't wait to get this project up and going. While I was in the States, I found a craft store in Livonia Michigan (Scrappy Chic). The store had 2 craft rooms and held a variety of classes. I spent a great deal of time there and learned a lot so I am totally re-inspired to make Marla's Craft Room a reality (again). I'm still amining for for a mid-September opening. Fingers crossed!

Marla's Craft Room Update: 7/2/2017: Sadly, Marla's craft room is on hold for the summer since I am traveling to the States for surgery...believe me, I would much rather be crafting! I am aiming for a September opening...fingers crossed!

Favorite Movies

I love action/adventure movies, particularly anything that has sword fights in it, like Highlander. I am a huge Vin Diesel fan and one of my favorite movies is Chronicles of Riddick, which combines action/adventure with my other favorite genre, Science Fiction.

I also love movies that have anything about time travel in it. I will pretty much watch anything about time travel, even if it is really bad.

Favorite Television

As for TV shows, I have quite a few. I love crime dramas, like Criminal Minds. Currently, I am watching Bull and Ransom.

For reality shows, I am a fan of Australian cooking shows, like My Kitchen Rules and Master Chef. Once I started watching the Australian shows, I found that the American versions were painful to watch. I think the people in the Australian shows are much nicer and I also like that they have a lot more episodes in each season so you learn a lot more about cooking and the contestants.

I also like period dramas, like The Tudors, The Collection, and The Halcyon.

Favorite Crafts

I love paper crafting and especially love washi tape, cardstock, patterned papers, die cuts, stamps, inks, and pens.

I also love, love, love anything that sparkles, like bling and glitter pens. My favorite color is purple so if it is purple and sparkles, I will love it!

I also love 3D crafts like custom books, altered items like books made from playing cards or random found items. I also like making cards sets and boxes or portfolios for the cards to go into.

Loves and Likes

Anything handmade - cards especially, but I love anything that is out of the ordinary

Paper crafting supplies - paper, washi, fibers, unique stickers, tags

Coffee - not flavored, but regular good full-bodied roasts. I have a grinder so I usually get whole beans. I even roast my own from green beans using a high powered heat gun when I have time

Chocolate - all kinds, but white and dark are my favorites. I like it when there are crunchies in it like nuts, puffed rice or corn flakes. I'm not a fan of raisins in anything...they are just grapes gone bad.

Reading - I mostly read YA fiction. I particularly like dystopian stories about the future. I also love to read anything about time travel, like Outlander. I'd love to get recommendations of books that you have read and enjoyed.

Coloring - I'm really into coloring at this time. I find it really relaxing in the evenings. Currently, I am coloring in glitter gel pens, which always makes me happy since the colors are vibrant and sparkly! I like coloring pages that are designs, rather than pages that have people or scenes, since designs (like mandalas, kaleidoscope, or paisleys) let me use more colors!

Other crafts - I sew and crochet. I don't sew on a regular basis but when I do sew, I really enjoy it. I think I will do more over the summer when I have more time. I love to crochet, mostly baby blankets and dish cloths. I want to learn how to make baskets. My grandmother taught me when I was 8. She recently passed, but I am grateful that she passed this skill on to me. I always think of her when I pick up a hook.

Cooking - I enjoy cooking and especially love it when I find a recipe that is easy and healthy. My daughter is pescatarian (no meat, only seafood), so I am always on the lookout for recipes that are vegetarian or have seafood in them.

Wine - I love a good dry red wine. I like going to wine tastings and touring vineyards. I absolutely love natural pictures of grapes, particularly when they are still on the vine. I like to learn about wines and how they are made. I volunteer at two major wine festivals each year as a pourer and always have a blast!

New things - I love to learn and discover, so if you do anything unique, please tell me about it! Particularly if it is an art technique (like décollage) or handicraft (like tatting). I really want to learn how to do ATCs, so that is on my list. Any tips or links to tutorials would really be appreciated!

I also love butterflies, dragonflies, peacocks, and anything with rich, beautiful colors!

I'm not crazy about...

Religion - I am agnostic, so sending me religious pamphlets or trying to convert me is a waste of your time and resources. I don't mind getting holiday cards that have religious themes when those holidays come around, but in general, I would rather get something else if you have a choice.

Reward Stickers - Even though I am a teacher, I teach teenagers and I don't use those types of stickers.

My mail system

I live on a US military base in Japan, so even though I am physically in Japan, I have a US mailing address. It costs the same to mail to me as to mail to California. The only difference is that if it is a package, you will need to complete a customs form which is available at the post office. I think that there is even a discount for mailing priority mail boxes to military addresses (at least there used to be).

I always mail out my swaps, but since I am reliant upon the military mail system and also on the other side of the International Date Line, the postage date might be off a day or two. Also, I have limited access to actual postage stamps and often my mail is sent with metered postage. This is because the military post office doesn't carry a variety of stamps and often runs out.

Please be understanding when rating me if either of these situations occur, particularly the stamp issue. I order stamps from USPS.com, but it takes them a while to get to me.

I am very generous in my swaps and often include several profile based items above what the swap requires. I hope this will make up for the limitations that I face with postage dates and stamps.


Comment: I have not received this swap. I will rerate if it comes. Hope you are ok.
travelgirlem rated for Pens Pens and more Pens on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you, although late. I do appreciate your diligence to get the swap out. Thank you very much for all the goodies.
DaisyTX rated for RSC - Going Back in Time on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Despite promises to send, I have yet to receive anything for this swap.
jn6754 rated for Fat Quarter from Where? on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: I'm speechless! You deserve more than 1 heart. Love the fabric, enjoying those cookies. Thank you so much! Hope to see you in future swaps.
skinny52 rated for Fat Quarter from Where? on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: I'm completely amazed, touched, and overwhelmed by your package that arrived today...you were extremely generous. I love the texture of the floral fat quarters, the rolls of asian fabric that you sent are just lovely, and the washi tape!!!! WOW!!! And the coasters!!! Seriously, you have made my day, everything is absolutely me!!! Thanks so very much!!! I truly hope that you are well on your way with your recuperation, best wishes to you!!! PS...I'm planning my first trip to Japan for next year...it's been on my wish list ever since I was about ten after reading Rumer Godden's "Miss Happiness and Miss Flower"
Mammybarnes rated for CUPPA JOE: Coffee themed on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Hi Marla I got your package today and just love everything. The ATC was awesome great job. Ate a KitKat and some cookies already can’t wait to try the coffee. So many extras love the washi tape personalized cards and bags. I didn’t have any of the washi tape or samples you sent. You are so sweet to have sent such an awesome package. Thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😘 Big Tight hugs Anna
Marryth rated for Mini Butterfly Pocket Letter on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: I hate to do this, but despite claims of it being originally sent, then a re-send a month ago, nothing has arrived to date. I would gladly re-rate should this be received. I hope that you are doing okay. :(
Comment: I have not received anything for this swap. The swap is still listed as unsent. Will change this rating if anything arrives.
MawBella rated for SSUSA: Handmade PC on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Never received anything 😔
Cariboocarol rated for WIYM: ATC with Washi Tape on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Sorry you are not well, will change rating if you complete the swap.....
mrscharlesallen rated for FQ and Ribbon Swap on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: I will be happy to change if you catch up. Sorry to hear you have had such a ruff time of things.
Comment: Thank you, Marla! I love my keychain :-) Best wishes for continued good health.
galadkria rated for Not All That Glitters is Gold on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Hi there so sorry to rate a 1 But never received anything :( And no responses either :( Happy to change when it arrives :( Sorry
Comment: I'm sorry to have to rate a one. My message from last week is still unread and user has not signed in since September 15th. I will re rate once completed.
Comment: Never received anything. :(
jaimierandolph rated for ATP: Pen Pal Supplies on Sep 17, 2017
Comment: Omgoodness! This swap isn't late it was put in wrong box and it was a wonderful kit! I adore everything in this kit!!!! Thank you so much for sending to me! 100 HEARTS
LittleDonnaGirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #2 on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the envies!!!
AllThingsCraftyy rated for Stuff the Mailbox #2 on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!! I loved it :D
anicka22 rated for Send 3 From the List #2 on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: I wish I could give you more hearts. Amzing what I received: beautiful fabric, wonderful glue, suprises for my girls, lots of pos- and notecards and envies. Thank you so very much for all the lovely suprises!
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #2 on Aug 23, 2017
Comment: thank you so much. I love everything. happy swapping

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CurlyTea on Feb 6, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Rosina176 on Dec 10, 2017:

Just wanted to say hi and see how you were feeling. Hope you're back soon. Have a great holiday.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 30, 2017:

Hope you are feeling better soon!

lou on Oct 6, 2017:

Hope you’re lots better soon, hang in there!

phillaine on Oct 6, 2017:

Thinking of you and hoping your recovery is going much better. Healing hugs to you! ♥

eel on Oct 3, 2017:

Hej Marla,

I am so sorry to read that you are experiencing a setback after your surgery seemed to go so well.

Your envelope of goodies arrived while I was away on holidays. My gosh but you do put together an awesome package. I love it! ❤️

I hope you feel better soon.



ArtyBeth3 on Sep 21, 2017:

Marla, I'm so sorry to hear you are experiencing painful complications from your surgery. If you get this message, please send me your home mailing address so I can continue our pen friendship. I have looked everywhere & cannot find it. :(. I'm praying for you. Hugs, ~ Beth

P.S. To those Marla owes swaps to, please be patience with her. She is an excellent swapper and you won't be disappointed when the swap arrives. She is very reliable and when she's up on her feet, she'll finish out the swaps I'm sure.

Lady on Sep 14, 2017:

Hope you feel better soon!

adrianaclara on Aug 28, 2017:

Not sure if you've seen the message I left on the group forum, but in any case, I loved the Dr Seuss cards! Thanks for sharing! :) (july wishes, arrived last friday) Have a lovely weekend!

WoodlandBanshee on Aug 24, 2017:

Hello, I cannot rate you a second time for the same swap. I know you assumed the first package was lost, but I got a second package today and I want to thank you for such a lovely package. My daughter is to the moon with the things you included for her too. Thank you so much. I;ve got your address, so since I have two packages from you for one swap, I will send you something as a thank you. Cheers!

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