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Date Joined: June 20, 2009
Last Online: September 24, 2021
Birthday: July 23, 1965
Country: United States
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Mermaid Sightings

About Me

God Loves you. He sent His son to die for you!

If you have not been on POKEMON GO for the last 90 days or you would like to start playing, Here is my friendship code. You will get lots of extra prizes like insense, incubaters, special pokemon, etc for using it!! XXVWWPG6H

Can i just say that if you have never tried LETTERBOXING you should totally check out this hobby! it combines treasure hunting with art! for more info, go to Atlasquest.com. it will explain it all! you probably have a box hidden near you and you dont even know it! My trail name is SEA MAID!

Looking for postage stamps from around the world that have mermaids on them. Here is a list of ones I know about but cant seem to get.

United Kingdon - Blue Men Male Kelpies (have)

Philippines; gold tail with blue back ground

Egypt 1998 very cool looking

Japan 2017 blue back ground with white design commemorating relationship with Denmark. says NIPPON

Thailand 1976

Laos has 125k on it

Denmark Orange (Got it!)

Us disney mermaid with flounder (got it!)

Greek has Thessolonike holding a boat (got it!!)

I am a graduate of the University of Houston. I have a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in painting. I did not get my degree until I was close to 40! I made better grades and learned more because I was more focused and cared more about what I was learning. My favorite classes were the art history classes. I was married to a man from Zimmapan Mexico. (Near Pachuca and just north of Mexico City). We have a son named Oscar. I am a high school painting teacher. I absolutely love my job! I basicallly get to be creative all day long! Sometimes, I dont even want to go home! I have collected blue glass bottles, nailed them onto wooden poles and wired them on. they glow nicely in the morning sun and our neighbors keep asking us what that blue glow in the morning is! :D When I was growing up, My dad moved us around a lot. I have lived in Hong Kong, Thailand, Hawaii, Peru and a lot of the southern united states. I have visited Kenya, Japan, Mexico, Chile and been to London on layover. (went down the Thymes but fell asleep and used a postcard to do the subway.) good trip that one!

My son Oscar is 22! He got his associates at Tyler Junior College for band and now he just needs to finish up the rest of it somewhere close to home! He still loves Legos. He is way into Dr. Who and HarleyQuin and we both love the walking dead series!

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music, except rap and screemo. just cant ge into it. Love Latin and anything 80's and 90's

Books and movies

I like to read the books at the junior high level. More adventure, quick paced action. COMPOUND. UNWIND. What a weird book! I think everyone should read this! I love JRR Tolkien, the Narnia Chronicles, and the Dragonriders of Pern series. As far as movies are concerned...Johnny Depp, anything with him in it is my favorite. Let me just add that i really dont enjoy Will Ferrell Movies, BUT "ELF" is my absolute favorite Christmas movie of all time! 8-4-2015 The most beautiful creature God ever created is Aiden Turner!! I just finished watching the series "Poldark". I think its the character that just makes Aiden so wonderful because until now, I had no clue that KILI from the Hobbit was one and the same! Don't worry, Johnny, I will forever be true, but...OMG Wow! AIDEN! cant get enough! I think I need to visit Ireland...the guy who plays captain hook on Once upon a time is also irish! GUSH.

Favorite Crafts

I used to love is oil painting, but now do acrylic because it so available.do I do a lot of work with Polyurethan and bottle caps. My work has changed over the years. since Covid 19 had us teachers teaching from home, i gave myself a little challenge. I have to paint a penny a day for a year. My eyes became so weary, that i had to purchase one of those jeweler's magnifying glasses. So far i have not missed a single day. the challenge ends sometime next March. You can check my instagram to see my pennies. sam_jowers. I truly have gotten better at it as i have gone along. I love collage, anything with altered images and combinations of materials.

I Love mermaid inchies! Any medium!

Alien Rescue!!!

Aliens have heard the earth's distress call! They have come to help save the animals by building ecosystems on a new planet nearby. You have been assigned to the committee that decides which animals get chosen. If you so choose this assignment: you will create a 32ct matchbox shrine that will showcase one of earth's animal species living in their environment. You must be creative. Decorate both the inside and outside of your menagerie shrine. This is not a filled box. My Alien Ship has the following animal cargo: please send something different. 32ct matchboxes only:


Butterfly (2)




Bronco horse



Bumble bee

Polar bear

Two owls

White tail deer

Blue crab

African elephant











My mermaid name:

Star Port Singer (stellatus portus) A nocturnal variety, known to glisten with natural phosphorescence under the light of the stars. City lovers, the portus congregate near to large ports, (That's funny, because I actually live near the port of Houston!) exploring netting, anchors, and any other man-made curiosities they find. Scavengers by nature,(you should check out my found object artwork!) they have been reported to steal fishermen's catches and are occasionally snared in trawler nets. Note: Known for its alluring song, this variety is rarely quiet, luring sailors to their doom.

for the MERMAID ONLY deck, UNFORTUNATELY, MY MERMAID DECK DIED IN THE HOUSE FIRE....SO SAD. AM STARTING A NEW DECK AND WOULD LOVE ALTERED MERMAID CARDS. (or you can send me one to make for myself! I love it when my envelope is stamped with these little beauties!)These are the ones that i still need: (an "*" indicates that I already have that one.)

Spades: *, * ,* , 10, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, * *

hearts *, , , 10, *, *, 7. 6. *. *. *. *. * , *

clubs *, Q, j, *, * , *, *, *, *, *, * , *, *, joker

Diamonds K, ,, 10, 9. *. *. *. 5. *. *. *. *. joker

any of these will be most welcome as long as it has a mermaid and the cards number and suit show!!! thanks!

(Thanks! @Starrgazer )(Thanks! @kd7iem )

I am aNigella 
What Flower Are You?

Likes, Dislikes

I love hand made christmas ornaments (I dont really like religious ones or anything with santa clause - I have never understood putting your child into the lap of a man wearing a disguise!!! What happened to "beware of strangers!"?). hand made ornaments are all I will put on my tree! (exept of course, the handblown european glass mermaid ornaments that i have a small collection of.) I collect metal cookie cutters. I love artwork. It doesnt need to be of a special subject (I do like mermaids and paintings of women etc.) I love to see abstract, collage, techniques of all styles.. I love stories about women, both historical and mythological. (everything starts with a small kernal of truth) If a woman gets mentioned in history, I figure she probably did something very extra special or something very horrible, either way....I still like to hear about it.

My favorite flowers are purple irises!

Since I plan to participate in some christmas ornament exchanges I should tell you a little something about my CHRISTMAS TREE.

  • I only put hand made/crafted ornaments on my tree. (along with the hand blown european glass mermaids mentioned above.)

  • I love cranberry red, All greens (esp. sage, pea, and any odd off color greens like puke colors,) Gold, creams and off whites.

*No SANTA CLAUSES please. No actual candy (dont want bugs or vermin). Not fond of religious ornaments but will put them up if you send me one.

*I like winter folk, snowmen, gingerbread people, elves and winter fairies, fake candy, cakes ,any thing christmas is good. Any thing creative and fun, even christmas monsters and mischief is good. My family also puts a new train ornament on the tree each year.

Quilting: I dabble. I am currently collecting 2.5x2.5 inch cotton fabric squares for a rainbow quilt. It will fit a king size bed so every little scrap helps. I am hoping that there are no doubles in fabric design. no need to measure just throw the fabric into the envelope and i will cut it down to size.

The things that I dislike are people being dishonest, racism, sexism,injustice to any being. I also wish people were accountable for their own actions. I am a child of God and He made all of us. and everything...so we all are part of the same and I strive to love everyone as He does. (And He does LOVE EVERYONE!) It's not always easy but I still have to try! :D


removed my flaker list...tired of the negativity!


I want to recognize an ANGEL! @user2637 for finding my favorite book! It was so wonderful of her to let me know about it!

@yelaklleps for angeling the seahorse charm on Mermaid lovers unite! group

zine go round pocketbook: Prairiekitten Dvmac

Things I can always use more o

BOTTLECAPS (beer ones are OK)

Used gift cards (my students use them to spread glue when altering their journals )

small colored pieces of junk (anything that will fit in a bottle cap)

miniature objects Especially small animals for my Alien altered matchbox series. (read above)

Anything mermaid! (except figurines...hate to dust)

metal cookie cutters (any shape, old or new)

Christmas music cd's

currently into TEESHA MOORE Patches Mermaid/ocean/nautical themed

mini blown glass animals...small like a fingernail! so cute!

the screw top lid from Monster drinks (it has the logo on top)

packaging from products whose logo is a woman: ie. the aunt jemima grandma, salt girl, italian ladies on tomato paste. i just need the part that is the woman or girl. it can be any type of label; box, can wrapper, cookie bag...etc.

directions on how to put photos on your profile: To leave a photo on someone's profile use this code: ! [title of link or word you want high lighted ] ( Put image link here ) With NO spaces & paste the picture's link between the curved parenthesis


kittyhahahotbot rated for Zine Go round #5 Sept 2021 on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you again!
kclicquot rated for CPG Something Mermaid - US on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: WOW!!!! I love these cards!!! your work is beautiful! and paper too! Thanks for a great swap!!!
samsstuff rated for Zine Go round #4 August 2021 on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sending this along!
Comment: Love these zines, thank you so much! All new to me - the mermaid one was great! Thank you!!
KristenCat rated for Zine Go round #3 on Jul 10, 2021
Comment: thanks for the zine! your art is gorgeous! thanks for the insert for my zine too. I hope your art will be evaluated at the antique road show!
Comment: I got the zine and the extra zine was awesome. I loved the story of the mermaid in Texas. And your illustrations using Loteria cards made me chuckle. So talented and unique. Loved it. Thanks! Plus your neutral layout in the Zine go round was pretty.
Comment: SAM!!! I wish I could rate you 500! This was such a delightful happy mail to receive. Thank you for being so thoughtful and generous :) I hope you had nearly as much fun making your zines as I did reading them. Thank you!
Response: Thank you so much! after researching all those stories, i realized what a curse being a mermaid is! lol the penalty is way to stiff for the crime!! poor girls!
Comment: Rcvd your lovely zine. Very precious!
waldfee rated for Mermaid story Zine international on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for hosting the swap and sharing several stories.
Comment: Wow! Thank you for the wonderful zines!
ace81620 rated for Mermaid story Zine international on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you!! Love your zines, LOVE your art titled "The Net" on the notecard, and love the instructions on making a zine pocket book. You rock! What a fun swap :)
olenaspicer rated for MLU: Mermaid Story ZINE INT'L on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Sam, thank you so much for spoiling me with this swap. I love the beautifully illustrated mermaid zines you included. What an awesome zine holder book - thank you for making it for me, and also including instructions. I love the idea! And thank you for the creative penny and casino chips art! I love the heart as well - looks very neat heart and I cannot figure out how you got the design inside :):) whether it was painted on paper and inserted or directly onto the material that was poured into a mold? Thank you again! The mermaid stories are very unique.
Response: I poured the heart in two layers. Painted on the first layer when dry. Then poured 2nd layer
ccmmsu rated for CPG One Sheet Zine #1 - US Only on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Sam! I LOVE this zine soooo much! The illustrations are fabulous on their own, but the addition of the postage stamps to connect the story to it's country of origin is genius. I'm so excited to add this to my zine collection. Thank you! And thank you for the zine pocket book instructions and pretty papers, too.
Response: Oh! Im so glad you liked it!! I'm working on another one from texas!!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card.
BusyB rated for Send a Christmas card or two on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and tag.
ArtfulFig rated for Mega Christmas Card Swap-USA Only on Dec 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card!
suepier rated for Mega Christmas Card Swap-USA Only on Dec 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and stickers and tag.
Comment: No worries about the glitter card! It’s beautiful. I hung the festive little tag on my tree. I love holiday bells. Thank you!
Froggy2974 rated for Christmas Card Swap on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful card and extras.

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9O96O on Aug 6, 2021:

Hi Sam,

Just an FYI to let you know I currently have your COVID Times zine go round. Great theme and the entries are poignant.

TeaNi on Jun 29, 2021:

thank you very much

for the cute mermaid postcard! :)

user6937 on May 31, 2021:

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

LindaRuthie on Apr 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the birthday postcard. I haven't checked in here for months and even longer since I've swapped. But as in previous years, your wonderful artwork arrived in my mailbox and brightened my day. You are a blessing. ♥

lovetherain on Apr 21, 2021:

Thank you so much Sam, for the birthday wishes and your awesome mermaid postcard! I just love the bright colors.

thriftymermaid on Feb 14, 2021:

I hope you have a wonderful day!! 💗💌🧜‍♀️

thriftymermaid on Jan 1, 2021:


thriftymermaid on Nov 26, 2020:

Happy Thanksgiving Sam! <3

luluvision on Jul 10, 2020:

Yay! So glad you liked it! It arrived pretty fast, I can't believe it!! I wanted to make something special for you since you ALWAYS remember my birthday! Including this year's! So thank you for my birthday wishes!

Starforest on May 24, 2020:

Just sitting here marvelling at the pennies you painted for me and trying to wrap my head around how the heck you painted so good on something so tiny and wanted to tell you thank you again, the 'painted pennies!' Swap you sent me was such a delight to get❤

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