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Date Joined: June 21, 2011
Last Online: September 4, 2017
Birthday: May 21
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm taking a break from Swap-bot in 2014, so will not be hosting monthly mandala swaps. Please feel free to keep them going if you want to. I'll join if I can, and also try to participate in the group swaps. But I want to concentrate on my sheep and goats, and my spinning, weaving, and knitting. And also, sad to say, I am totally disheartened with the number of flakers this past year. And I have found that the system here tends to coerce me to compromise in my work, in order to please my partner and earn a heart. I have found that in some cases no matter what you do, you won't please your partner.
Thanks to those great swappers for a good time, and the rest of you, oh well.

I'm a retired programmer/analyst. I love birding (I travel as far as I can to bird), gardening, Blythe dolls, and knitting and crocheting with wonderful fibers. I have sheep, angora goats, an alpaca, and two llamas.

I love photography: of birds of course, and lately art photos of my blythe and basaak dolls. I have a Canon 7D with a Canon 100-400mm L-series zoom lens, and a Canon 40D that I use with a shorter Canon 28-135mm lens. I got a wide-format Canon Pro9500 printer that I am anxious to begin to use. I have a bird life-list, but also a photographic life list. I manage to shoot a decent picture of about 1/3 of the birds that I see.

I am a tea drinker in a coffee country.

Philosophy: I'm a practicing Kagyu buddhist. I make damaru tails (a damaru is a little practice drum, and is decorated with a tail -- a banner), so have lots of wonderful fat quarters around the house in order to make them.

Music: I like almost any kind of music, but especially jazz, rock and folk.

Books: Hard science fiction. Mysteries.

TV: I really don't watch TV, although my husband and I have been watching The Killing.

Favorite crafts: Knitting. Lately I've been learning to make clothes for Blythe dolls. Here is where the fat quarters find more use. And I have taken up, after many many years, drawing again. I love zentangles, and hand-drawn/painted ATCs.

Pets: We have a German Shepherd dog, a golden sable named Cosmo Kramer. Originally he was going to be named Max, but he earned his name in the first week that he was in our home. He'd enter a room just like Kramer on Seinfeld, and would do double-takes like him too. He was clumsy and would run right into a wall. I have a very soft heart for any dog, but especially GSDs.

I collect: feathers of different birds, bird ocarinas and whistles (very difficult to find)

Love: horses, dogs, travelling (especially to go birding), fb friends, art, gardening, hiking, the ocean, mountains, mid-century modern stuff, nature, moomins (especially Pikku Myy and Hattifatteners), blues and greens, amigurumi, tawashi, yarns of natural fibers, skulls, Day of the Dead motifs, black teas, stickers, Maneki Nekos (beckoning cats), Sacred Hearts, the Virgin of Guadalupe, zentangles, narwhals, hand-crocheted or knitted wool sheep!

Hate: nothing much, EXCEPT for: 1. girly girly, too sweet 2. bling 3. Clowns, circuses (ew!!!!) 4. flavored teas. I like good old kick-in-the-pants black tea.


Note: I always send my swap. If you do not receive it, please message me. If you don't see my rating, I haven't received your swap OR I have forgotten, because sadly my memory is not what is once was, if it indeed ever was. So please remind me. ALSO, I mark 'sent' when the item is actually at the post office or in my mailbox. That may occur on a day which has no mail service, like a Sunday or holiday. Just sayin'.

A list of people who have flaked on me or in my swaps. I'm a lot less tolerant of flakers now. People put effort and love into their art and craft, and do not deserve to have a swap taken lightly, even though it may seem unimportant. And a swap can always be made up and the rating changed, if you show you care.

girlfiddler Zentangle Pattern Variation Swap

Lucky12324 Moomins ATC #1 Pikku Myy

Lucky12324 Moomins ATC #2 Moomintroll

sammyclaire January Mandala 2012

gabfab1 March Mandala 2013

TiffanyTangles November Mandala 2013

renfro13 November Mandala 2013

TiffanyTangles December Mandala 2013

These people are late for swaps. I'll remove from the list when they send.

None right now :)

Non-Raters: If you don't rate, I am going to assume that you actually received the swap. If you do not receive a swap, please contact me and I am happy to resend. I've had some get lost in the mail... ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


jensquil rated for December Mandala on Jan 16, 2014
Comment: Awesome!! Thanks!
lynnerfb rated for November Mandala on Dec 21, 2013
Response: hmmmmmmmm
RachelB rated for September Mandala on Oct 14, 2013
Comment: It's as gorgeous as I thought it would be! Thank you, I love it!
Response: i'm so glad you like it, hugs from me!
nc27614 rated for August Mandala on Sep 4, 2013
Comment: Very interesting! Love the cut work/..and the mandala even has a name. Thanks for the extra 3.5 sqs. See ya at the mail box.
Response: :)
davinci1331 rated for July Mandala on Aug 7, 2013
Comment: I couldn't believe how amazing your mandala was. I was in awe by how intricate and well thought out the design was! Thank you so much <3
Response: thank you so much. i'm very glad you liked it.
latentsmile rated for June Mandala on Jul 8, 2013
Comment: Thank you for another lovely piece of art! <3
Response: thank you:)
trula rated for May Mandala on May 20, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the mandala plus the extras! I love the three main colors of the mandala, and how the three ravens are intertwined. Wonderful job!
Response: you're welcome! :)
Johkup rated for Spring Moomins ATC on May 14, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty ATC and stickers :) I received the second one. It's so lovely!!! Thanks :)
Response: ANother will be on its way sooooon.... o___O hyvä, se saapui turvallisesti!
latentsmile rated for Mandalas of the Rainbow - Green on May 9, 2013
Comment: Thank you for another lovely mandala! Love love love the tree and leaf theme!!! I'll be posting more pix to the Flickr group soon dolly. Take care!
Response: glad you like...and can't wait to see more of yours,,,they are all so interesting dynamic and pretty!
latentsmile rated for March Mandala on Apr 15, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mandala Deb! And the super fun extras! Hope that the farm you bought is coming together nicely. <3 <3 <3 Take care!!!!
Response: Thanks Jessie...very busy but it's a pretty place. I'm still clearing mud dauber nests out of the attic.
gabfab1 rated for February Mandala on Feb 24, 2013
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous mandala and extras. Thank you so much for such a creative and beautiful treasure.
Response: Thank you! Glad you liked.
Comment: I love the flags and they are hanging in my backyard right now. Also, thank you for the mini flags. A really great swap!!!
Response: Thank you!!!!
Comment: Wow this is great not as good as mine!! You inspire me!!
Response: Thank you!!!
PinkLotus rated for Transcendence Papercraft Swap on Feb 9, 2013
Comment: what an awesome package!! All the wonderful extras and the card and story were great!! That was so neat that you sent me the paper on mudras - I just started reading about them. You are a wonderful swapper and an appreciated member of Transcendence!!! xoxooxoxoxo peace and blessings!
Response: Thank you!!!! I had an impulse to send the Green Tara practice to you.
Lady rated for December Mandala on Dec 10, 2012
Comment: Pretty. What size pen are you using? .01? Added: I don't understand your comment, I gave you a heart in our previous swap.
Response: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Added: Out of 4 swaps that you have received from me, you gave me 1 heart, and I suspect that was because you felt bad that you made me do it over. This is the explanation for my comment. Please know that my comments are not to be taken as argumentative: I am now simply whining. Any swapper reserves the right to give a heart or not as they please. I reserve the right to whine as loud as I want to if I feel that I''ve given a WONDERFUL piece and do not receive a heart. Please don't take the situation seriously, as SwapBot is FUN, even whining is a pleasure!!!! :)
Lady rated for October Mandala on Dec 3, 2012
Comment: Satisfaction!
Response: :) Hah!!! We aim to please. ;) I see you will be receiving Peacock Variation #2 as well.....
RWB411 rated for Mandalas of the Rainbow - Yellow on Nov 27, 2012
Comment: awesome job, and I LOVE trees! I can see where this would be challenging. You must have felt a sense of accomplishment when you got it the way you wanted it. Thanks so much for the elephants and the belt too! Love! :-)
Response: You are very welcome. I'm happy you liked it!!! :)
lilacnyellow rated for November Mandala on Nov 25, 2012
Comment: WOW loved it
Response: Good!!!!! :D
lob rated for Mandalas of the Rainbow - Orange on Nov 12, 2012
Comment: Beautiful orange zentangle! Thanks!
Response: You are welcome. I am afraid that I screwed up the flower detail with the orange colored pencil....
ktk8 rated for Moomin TWINCHIES on Oct 30, 2012
Comment: I received my BEAUTIFUL moomin twinchies..... got them last week and rated you....but wanted to go back and add something today and found that what I rated went away..... somewhere in cyber space.... I absolutely LOVE my little MY twinchies!!! I too have a bit of her in me when I am feeling really FRISKY.... and the card that you did with the giraffe and her well that is going to find a FRAME and be put on the wall.....YOU have REALLY made me smile and I thank you.....I wish I could give more than an HEART.... I would! Happy Swapping and hope me meet again!! Katie ktk8
Response: I'm sooo glad you liked the drawings. I love to draw Moomins, especially Pikku Myy, with her intent, focused expression. The giraffe was just for you!!!!! <3

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bbsporty on May 21, 2014:

Happy Birthday!

NorthernBorder on May 10, 2013:

Thank you for angelling the March Mandala swap. What a beautiful, unique mandala you sent! I have never seen one like it. Many thanks.

bettflow09 on Nov 27, 2012:

Thankyou SOOOOO MUCH for sending me the 260 zentangle patterns!!! You are so sweet to offer to do this:))) I'm just sorry I haven't posted this note to you before now. I sure thought I had, but just today realized that I hadn't.....SOOOOO SORRY!!! Hope you have a safe and special Holiday Season:))))

cynaemon on Nov 5, 2012:

Hi, sagesparrow, your October Mandala is being mailed on Monday, Nov 5th. I have been so caught up in NaNoWriMo my brain has turned to mush. Having a great time writing my novel.

RyeRye on Aug 31, 2012:

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Johkup on May 28, 2012:

Huomenta :)

Lady on May 24, 2012:

Beautiful Mandala, thank you angel!

I had to look twice -- it could have also been a gorgeous Nature Mandala!

RyeRye on May 15, 2012:

RyeRye on May 6, 2012:

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