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Date Joined: February 16, 2011
Last Online: February 19, 2017
Birthday: September 11, 1960
Country: United States
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About Me

My job still kicks my butt, but I'm givin back some of the butt kickin! Yeah! Thanks, guys, for your understanding and patience and your generous ratings. Ok, close enough.

Just step away from the viola and we won't have to resort to violence.

I have been an airbrush artist for over 30 years, but since closing a full time business last year, I'm kind of taking a hiatus on that and am doing other stuff like mosaics and making jewelry-- vintage, recycled, repurposed, found objects, sterling, copper, semi-precious, lampwork glass, etc. etc.

Four lovely children, one wonderful husband and two sublime grandkids. Dog and cats. Never enough time for everything.

I am a Christian; I won't shove anything at you because that's not the way to love people. That's not the way Jesus loves people. I won't send you 'religious' stuff unless it's specifically okay with you. I don't like 'religion' myself. I think it removes the focus from God and places it on man made rules and requirements rather than on knowing Jesus. On the other hand, it irritates me when people jump all over Christians for being, well, Christian and for saying we believe we're right. Well, of course I do. Don't you think you're right??

Likes and Dislikes: I'm open minded, adventurous and easy to get along with, I think, so there aren't too many things I can think of that I don't like.

Liver. I don't like liver, but chances are pretty slim that'll be involved in a swap. I hope.

I love: purple; deeps and plums and dusty

blues and greens together

spice colors

coffee-no flavors, just plain varieties, please

tea-not plain green or berry flavors. English and Irish breakfast is good, chai, just about anything else.

chocolate, especially sea salt. Milk or dark but not more than 60%

little cute fat birds


old ephemera; postcards and such

fabric swatches

teeny ceramic tiles for mosaic

handmade paper

good glass beads either vintage or new


cool bits of rusty metal. Seriously.

tiny ceramic or glass vessels

old buttons; new ones, too

I don't like: the aforementioned liver. shudder or plastic jewelry

I can't think of anything else right now, but I'll edit as stuff comes to mind

Favorite Crafts

Drawing, painting, ATCs, jewelry--glass beads, wire wrap or linked--sewing, mosaic. I'm finding that I love more simple art. I used to make a huge fancy-schmancy production out of everything, so I didn't get as much done 'cause it had to be perfect! I'm enjoying letting that go. Somewhat.

Just Things

Things I'd like, specifically:

Really pretty paper, scrapbooking, handmade or origami. I like color and texture.

Fabric scraps--big enough to use for dotees or collages or business card holders. I really like the ones that have Japanese type prints, silhouette prints of leaves or birds; just some more modern, recent stuff than the heavy tapestry and calicoes that I have.

Broken china for mosaics. Don't throw that saucer away!

Scrapbooking bits--I don't scrapbook, but I really like the little bits of flotsam and jetsam. The die cuts and cool little pins and brads and stuff like that I find fascinating.

Little boxes--cardboard, heavy paper or wooden. Not real flat ones (I have those), and not the empty jewelry store ones (I have those, too).

Cool handmade cards and other stuff.

I'd like different stuff than what I already have. Surprise me!! As long as you put a little care and effort into it, I'm gonna love it.


cool pens and pencils. If you have Ebony pencils laying around that you don't want, send 'em on!

I love rubber stamps, and I don't have any. I'm afraid to start buying them for fear I'll just go way overboard on them. A few little ones would be welcome for use on ATCs.

I have lots of beads that I'm trying to destash from when I started jewelry making. My tastes and techniques have changed, and I'm pretty picky about them. If you do send me some and I can't use them, I still appreciate them and will pass them on to someone else.

I will appreciate anything you decide to throw in a swap envelope.

I like making other people happy with swaps and I will always put my best effort into them; I ask that you do the same! I'm here to have fun!

The Opposite of Things I Like

I don't do FBs, slams or decos, but I don't sign up for those swaps, either. I doubt if I'll just randomly get them. I'm just sayin'. Please, no Wiccan/Pagan, Eastern religion kind of stuff. Respect my beliefs and I'll do the same for you.


barbiedarbie rated for 100,000! on Nov 21, 2011
Comment: I really loved my whimsy box. I have never received anything so interesting. It was so very cool and artistic. Thank you.
couchbanana rated for It's your BIRTHDAY!!! on Oct 10, 2011
Comment: The birthday box you sent was so full of awesome! I love the little box you made. Is that from the website you had sent me? And the lotion, and cake, and Staaaaaarrrrbuuuucckkks, and the journal...so much awesome, I tell ya. And I'm STILL giggling about the card.
Response: YAY!! I'm so glad you liked it all! Naw, the box isn't from the website; it's a Truvia box covered with strips of scrapbooking paper!
Jillgill rated for Pee Bags for Teresa on Sep 11, 2011
Comment: Very funny thanks Jill
Comment: These were sent late, but there WAS communication, so thankyou for that! I have to say.... looking at these ATCs I would have happily waited another month if nessecary. They are absolutely amazing! Must admit, the painted one is my favourite, but they are both spectacular. The time and effort that has been put in is so obvious. I don't know quite else to say to describe the total brilliance of them, THANKYOU!!!!!!! xxxxx
Response: Wow, thank you so much! I'm very glad you like them. That's one of my favorite periods and I loved doing those for you.
belovedgypsygirl rated for trade of goods for goodies on Aug 27, 2011
Comment: UpDate: Aug 27: I have recieved the swap. The Atc's are beautiful. I love them. This swap was extreamly late bvut under the circumstances and the amount of effort and time that went into these I am giving you a 5 but because of the lateness im not giving the heart. and honestly i wish i could because they are so amazing.
Response: Yes, they were extremely late, and I very much appreciate your generosity with the rating. I'm very glad you like them!
deLux rated for Challenge ATC - NOT Flat on Aug 24, 2011
Comment: Ellen, thanks for the VERY cute 3d ATC, as well as the blank book.
Response: You're very welcome! I had fun making it for you.
ransom rated for Peacock ATC on Aug 24, 2011
Comment: very lovely atc - thank you.
Comment: just got your package today. thanks for resending and really really appreciates your thoughtfulness.
Response: Yay! I'm so glad it arrived and that you like it. Thank you for responding so quickly.
Comment: Very beautiful card. Thank you so much. I also like the envelope/card holder.
Response: Thank you! I'm very glad you liked it.
kirsti rated for Private-ninjapirate and kirsti on Jul 6, 2011
Comment: Thank u
Response: You're welcome! I hope there's lots of stuff in there you can use to make beautiful things!
Comment: WOW! WOW! WOW!!! Thank you SO MUCH for the awesome, huge, very generous envelope stuffed with so many goodies! I am blown away by your generosity! I feel like I skimped on my partner in comparison! I love the little envelopes you made and the origami package with the button & string closure -- so clever! I love everything and the handwritten note with 'background stories'! I'm going to have to actually use everything and not 'hoard' it like I usually do :p And to top it off, your timing was perfect with the Mary Engelbreit notepad - I just used the last page of my old one on the fridge and was about to use some pieces of scratch paper til I got another (o; Thanks again for the amazing package! If I could give you 5 hearts, I would!! (o;
Response: I am so glad it made you happy, that makes me happy, too! I know what you mean about hoarding stuff; I'm trying to get over that and just use my lovely stuff to make other lovely stuff.
monteverde1997 rated for Stamp On Patterned Paper on Jun 30, 2011
Comment: What an awesome ATC!! I have never seen an ATC made into a door. You are very creative. Thanks so much.
Response: Well, after i read your profile I just had to, didn't I? I'm so glad you liked it, and thanks for the heart, too.
Moose rated for Private Ninjapirate - Moose on Jun 29, 2011
Comment: Hey, received your package today and what a wonderful package it is ! It's like a small treasure box. Thanks soo much. I hope you'll like mine as much as I love yours.
Response: I'm so very glad you liked everything. I hope you make lots of beautiful things with it!
sundaeschool rated for Stamp On Patterned Paper on Jun 28, 2011
Comment: Love this ATC. I like the detail of the gold foil accent and the stamp is really great!
Response: Thank you very much! I liked this one too, so much that I made one for myself, too. That was actually my first stamped ATC. I'll be doing more.
Bruge rated for Tea Swap #3 on Jun 28, 2011
Comment: Thank you! The teas that you sent are unseen for me and the postcard is very nice too :)
Response: It's always fun getting different stuff, isn't it? I hope you enjoy everything. Thank you for the heart!
PenguinParade rated for ATC Addicts "Asian Theme on Jun 27, 2011
Comment: Thank you. The card looks very neat.
Response: I'm glad you liked it; I thought it turned out pretty well. The transparent overlay was from a package of Oriental noodles.
rhynah rated for Tea Swap #3 on Jun 26, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the great teas and the extras. I'm sure I'll enjoy them all. :)
Response: You're welcome! I honestly don't remember what all I sent you. I need to keep better records. Enjoy!
luckypenny rated for SNACKS - sweet and salty or what? on Jun 13, 2011
Comment: thank you for the snacks! They were great! those corn chips are quite spicy!
Response: Yeah, even I thought so, but they're good. I'm glad you guys are enjoying them! Glad you got them quickly, too.
Comment: So beautiful! Thank you for the delightful whimsy! It was perfect!!
Response: You're welcome! I was rather surprised I was able to cram so much in there! Aren't the bunnies sweet?
user6937 rated for Steampunk wings on Jun 6, 2011
Comment: Wow, you aren't kidding I'm a lucky girl - this is stunning. I absolutely LOVE it!! Thanks so much for all your hard work.
Response: You are very welcome; I am so glad you liked it. I almost couldn't part with that one :)

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gooseberry on Apr 21, 2012:

a year and a day ago

glennasgarden on Jan 1, 2012:

Happy New Year!

ginabee on Nov 24, 2011:

Happy Thanksgiving!

GirlFriday on Oct 31, 2011:

Happy Halloween

gooseberry on Oct 1, 2011:

The most recent picture of me.


gooseberry on Sep 15, 2011:

Oh, dear, polite ninjapirate!
You did say thank you on Sept.10th!
I failed to say "you're welcome" shame on me.

I thought you'd like this little guy...

Have a lovely day, lovely friend. :)

Jjean on Sep 11, 2011:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY~~~ Hope it is a great one!!

gooseberry on Sep 10, 2011:

You've been gooseberry glittered!

Wishing you a lovely weekend. :)

GirlFriday on Aug 22, 2011:

No!! you can't disappear again. Haha I only have Sean's facebook page to track you down. I am glad you are ok.
considers putting lo-jack on you hehe

gooseberry on Aug 22, 2011:

No! Don't disappear again. :)
You don't want the bloodhounds on your trail.
I'm just glad you're ok and hope everything settles down for you. ♥

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