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Date Joined: March 19, 2010
Last Online: March 18, 2014
Birthday: March 8
Country: United States
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About Me

March 26, 2011 I am FINALLY feeling like my old self and will be working furiously to get caught up. I apologize to those of you owed swaps. Shingles took a lot out of me... getting to work was the best I could do most days and on really bad ones I couldn't do that either. Please continue to be patient...your swaps are coming.

Hi, my name is Polly. I'm so excited to be apart of this community - I LOVE real mail and making all kinds of things - so this seems to be an ideal way to combine both things. I have raised 4 children - well almost! My daughter is 26, and I have boys 23, 18, and 15. Plus there are 3 big dogs in the household - a mutt, Logan, a lab/bullmastiff mix - Jett, and our princess, a full blooded Bullmastiff, Keeva. Oh yes - there is one brave kitty, Merlin! My husband and I met where we work and have been married since 2004. Pretty full wouldn't you agree? Then we had a miracle happen about 3 years ago - my daughter, that I had put up for adoption when I was 19, found me! What a joyous addition to our family that has been! So we added a daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren (girl and twin boys) to our all ready big and busy household! We live in a small town in Illinois about 20 minutes from St. Louis, Missouri. We are fortunate to live on 3 acres that stayed intact when subdivisions rose up around us. Space and easy access to a city - the best of both worlds!

Favorite Music

I really like all kinds of music except rap, hard head-banger rock, and really twangy country. When I'm in my studio I listen to Classical music a lot, expecially Mozart and Beethoven, when I'm creating. When I'm in the car there is nothing I like better than to turn the radio to my favorite station that plays songs I know all the words to and sing away! Dixie Chicks, Train, Wailin' Jennys, Indigo Girls, Beatles, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, and Illinois are some of my favorites. I also really like Celtic and "New Age" and "World" music.

Favorite Books

I've been an avid reader since I was about 8. On a rainy or snowy day give me a snuggly quilt, a cup of hot chocolate, and a good book and I'm set! I adore mysteries, but also really like a well told story. Not much into romances at all. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, SARK, Joanne Harris, Carl Hiaasen, Harlan Coben, Anne Lamott, Diane Mott Davidson, and Alice Hoffman. Some of my all time favorite books: A Little Big Life: Chocolat; Practical Magic; Bag of Bones; Artist's Way; and Gone with the Wind. Children's books with great illustrations are also favorites - some of the best: Wizard of Oz, Charlotte's Web, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wolf Story, Winnie the Pooh (Milne's), Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, The Polar Express, The Secret Garden, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Inkheart, The Hunger Games, Nancy Drew - all of them, Harry Potter, Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys. Favorite illustrators: Helen Oxenbury, Patricia Polacco, Michael Hague, Maurice Sendak, Tomie de Paola, Beatrix Potter, and Eric Carle. Love fairy tales - especially the "fractured variety", but traditional are great too - especially with illustrations that leave you breathless. Favorites include: The Snow Queen, Rumplestiltskin, The Ugly Duckling, Snow White and Rose Red, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. And while not books - I'm a magazine junkie! I'm crazy about Quilting Arts, Sommerset Studio's publications, and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines especially.

Favorite Movies

Ahh movies! Favorite actors: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, John Cusak, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Ashley Judd, Ann Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks, Hilary Swank , Gerard Butler, Meg Ryan, Edward Norton. Movies I will watch again and again and again: Must Love Dogs; Sleepless in Seattle; You've Got Mail; Big; P.S. I Love You; Shall We Dance; Stepmom; Under the Tuscan Sun; The Runaway Bride; Pretty Woman; Dirty Dancing; Sommersby; Officer and a Gentleman; The Shining; Primal Fear; What Lies Beneath; Presumed Innocent; The Pelican Brief ;The Preacher’s Wife; Deja Vu; Notting Hill, Benny and Joon.

What keeps me Sane

I have been sewing since I was big enough to hold a needle - Barbie clothes and clothes for my troll dolls were first. Then I began making my own clothes and clothes for my kids. I started quilting in my early 20's and have now branched into mixed-media. Love making Postcards - both fabric and paper. It's a toss up whether I like playing with fabric or paper better! This has been a great place to spread my wings and to stretch my creativity. Time in my studio is what keeps my life balanced.

I also LOVE to write... journals, letters, stories. I've just discovered art journals and I'm so obsessed with this now! Anything you would like to send me that can be used in journaling... I'm all about it!

Favorite Television

Love Project Runway and LA Ink. Newer shows I like - Big Bang Theory, the Good Wife, Parenthood, Sister Wives. All time favorite show is CBS Sunday Morning. Still a big fan of Survivor and American Idol.

Other interests/likes


Vintage Pooh and Tigger

Buttons of all kinds - but esp shell, bakelite, white ones

Funky brooches, pins, and bracelets

Gardens - although I'm terrible at it

Lying in the Hammock


Weight Watcher's recipes - esp ones for the crockpot



Listening to rain as I fall asleep

Mexican food

Vintage clothes and jewelry

"junking" - finding unusual things in out of the way places and figuring out a new way to use them

chocolate - esp dark chocolate

sour candies like gummy worms, sweet tarts, sour cherry balls

Fabrics with texture

vintage textiles

black & white photography

Word games - esp Scrabble



Collecting quotes - esp inspirational and ones about creativity

Paper dolls

Mary Englebreit

Zits and Family Circus cartoons

velvet rick rack and milner's flowers (esp the miniature ones)

Fun socks

windchimes - the musical ones, not the bamboo kind

pedicures and massages



Cleaning house

Royal Blue

chocolate candy with candied fruit in it


Football, golf, tennis


zanylady rated for Favorite Color Fabric Postcard on Jun 5, 2011
Comment: boo Hoo...no postcard and no emsil
sojourner rated for Security Envelopes : EDITED on May 21, 2011
Comment: I have not received for this swap but will re-rate if anything turns up.
Comment: happy to change when i receive.
bionicrobyn rated for A Pair of Handmade Bookmarks on Apr 27, 2011
Comment: i did hear from you toward the end of march but then i tried pming you a couple of weeks ago and haven't heard, hope you're feeling better but i really need to get this off my dashboard and move on, will gladly re-rate if there is follow through...
TerryF rated for FabPC: It's all about YOU... on Apr 19, 2011
Comment: You pmd me Mar. 27 to advise you would be late sending due to illness, and I advised to take your time. However, you posted on your profile on March 26 that you would be working on getting your late swaps done and sent, but you have not logged in since March 28 and do not seem to be making any progress with your list of late swaps owed to others before me - at least, they have not been marked as sent and I do not see any ratings for them. I will gladly change this rating when I hear from you re your progress --- or when I receive this swap.
Clstew rated for Quotecard Postcard #46 on Apr 5, 2011
Comment: Loved the card and quote!!! Them seemed so perfectly matched :)
darzy30 rated for Quotecard Postcard #46 on Apr 4, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the great quote. (Very appropriate for today - it is raining a lot so I can do puddle jumping.) I love the painting on the PC, too.
ArtTeachToBe rated for Quotecard Postcard #46 on Mar 29, 2011
Comment: Thanks i really liked the quote :)
RaineyDay rated for Bulging Flate Rate... on Mar 28, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the nice package. you were sweet to send Asian items (my favorite!) and to think of my girls and send treats for them. Hope you feel better.
Response: This is in the mail.
onlyincambodia rated for Quotecard Postcard #45 on Mar 20, 2011
Comment: Love those quotes about spring! It's too bad we don't have it as a season in Cambodia. All we have is heat and humidity, then rains start to come in May and it just adds more humidity. There's definitely shoes full of slush, but I don't smile when that happens.
craftgasm rated for MailArt File Folder Swap on Mar 18, 2011
Comment: Will happily re-rate when my swap arrives. :)
storyboards rated for Quotecard Postcard #45 on Mar 5, 2011
Comment: lovely postcard, thank you!
FiskyGirl85 rated for Quotecard Postcard #45 on Mar 4, 2011
Comment: I loved the picture!
Ajijic rated for Found words or phrases on Feb 26, 2011
Comment: Thanks for your words, they'll come in handy.
candigirl rated for PISCES: Birthday Presents! on Feb 24, 2011
Comment: HI, Polly... Thank you so much for the lovely necklace...is it made of sea glass? I really like it! It looks like you are from Illinois in your profile, but the package appears to have come from the U.K? Where in Illinois are you located? I live in Bloomington/Normal, so we may be closer than you think!! I hope you have a great birthday!! --Your swap pal, Sandi--
fairyoflostthings rated for PoorMan's Journal on Feb 22, 2011
Comment: I love all of the papers! I can't wait to use them in my journals. Thank you for signing up for my swap.
Agratmahla rated for Intl Big Fat Stuffed Envelope #7 on Feb 22, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much! I about died when I opened the package. I couldn't believe what you'd sent. Everything was perfect!!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your summer vacay pc with me. I love the froggy and the stamp you used.
Comment: I love Lucy, too, Polly. Thank you for the postcard. I am not close enough to Atlanta to have enjoyed some of that snow they've been getting. I think I'm right below that imaginary snow line! We did enjoy a day of falling snow all day one day last month, but it didn't stick. So sorry that y'all are having so much that you're sick of it. I can understand. I like a day or two of snow, but not weeks of it. And not so deep you have to dig your way out of it. Hope you get warm weather soon!
Comment: Thanks Polly! I look just like the administrative assistant card you sent! NOT! However I do act like her (LOL!) I love it! Hope you're enjoying the little breath of Spring we are getting right now.

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BoudoirTea on Jun 9, 2011:

Hi there, please rate me for the handmade bookmarks I sent you. I hope you liked them! I did:) Best regards

richara on May 21, 2011:

I'm removing you from the Page by Page group. If you make up the owed swaps you will be able to join us again. Richara

Fatherted on May 14, 2011:

I am your partner for the swap Quotecard PC 45, i miss your rating. Did you receive my postcard? I sent it in February.

NikonGoddess on Mar 11, 2011:

Oh, Polly, I'm so sorry you're dealing with shingles. I hope the medicine helps, and works fast for you. Sending virtual hugs!

RetroJane on Feb 11, 2011:

Hi, Polly! Something really odd happened: your quote pc #44 came back to my address, though it was already postmarked and there was not a "return to sender" sticker on it. Anyhow, hopefully it makes its way to you this time.

thehappyhoneybee on Feb 7, 2011:

I've just posted that bookmark swap for you in HAW. :) Hope you'll be able to join!

thehappyhoneybee on Jan 13, 2011:

I finally posted a response to your swap suggestion in the HAW forum...I'm so sorry that took so long, somehow I missed seeing it! :)

And it's so nice to see someone else who loves Sommersby, too, I think it's one of those underrated classic movie romances. I actually didn't expect to like it when it first came out since it's a remake of the french film The Return of Martin Guerre, but it turned out to be a really beautiful film.

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