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Date Joined: June 20, 2009
Last Online: November 16, 2019
Birthday: July 23, 1965
Country: United States
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About Me

@Manurnakey thank you thank you for my wonderful birthday postcard!!! it was such a wonderful give to receive in the mail! thanks for thinking of me!

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!

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 is19! He got accepted to Tyler Junior College for band and they are paying for ALL of his tuition (of course the dorm and food fees will cost about $3000 a semester) but every little bit helps!! Im so proud of him! 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

My first love is oil painting, i do a lot of work with Polyurethan and bottle caps. I live, breath, eat found objects because all of it ends up in my art. i am currently scouring the ground for any bits of colored trash. If it will fit inside of a bottle cap... I would love to have it! beads, little plastic barets, colored size markings from hangers, fuses I find in the parking lot. the gold cap from Christmas ornaments when they break. You name it, if it is colored, I would love to have it! (I want to thank all of you who send me little bits of colored stuff! keep it coming!) love collage, anything with altered images and combinations of materials. Color copies are my friend right now.

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.

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


@Ladyhightower for 2 Christmas Tassel Ornaments swap that she hosted and never sent out. @Kaylarp @Maraspires for USA:christmas ornaments in july swap (two in one swap!)

People who flaked on swaps that I hosted

@Charon Handmade Ornament swap 2010 @mousef handmade Ornament swap 2010

@nightenbelle High School Student ATC exchange #5 2013 this swap was for 30 cards from her student's to mine!!! my kids were so disapppointed!

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)

Those metal caps on top of glass Christmas ornaments. Just flatten them and mail em!

Chinese take out menus and those little placemats from the Chinese restaurant some have the zodiac animals on them.

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.

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Cicely321 rated for šŸŽ„ Christmas Card #1 on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: My first card of the Season! Lovely note. Thank You :o)
Mindy82671 rated for Christmas card swap #1 on Nov 12, 2019
bjansen rated for Red/White 9 block christmas quilt on Sep 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much ;) Adorable so excited to make my quilt
Kirkdebb rated for Red/White 9 block christmas quilt on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Beautiful squares! Thank you for letting me do this swap with you!!
Response: So glad you liked them! You are welcome!
Kirkdebb rated for Kirkdebb/ samjowers private swap on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: I love the fabric and the way you packaged it! This was the perfect swap to show me the ropes as a newbie thanks!
fortannam rated for 2 1/2 inch square fabric swap on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun Christmas card and squares! It is a fun swap!
junemoon rated for 2 1/2 inch square fabric swap on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the squares and other goodies. Your "mermaid" is actually a merman which is okay.. And merry Christmas to you too.
CheyanneB rated for Pokemon GO!! Zine on Jul 16, 2019
Comment: Wow! Just wow! I have never even seen a album/book like that but I am totally in love! The zine is wonderful too - thanks so much, and thanks for hosting!
Response: you are so welcome and im glad you like the book. I designed it! I totally wanted to fill it with pokemon go zines! lol
bjansen rated for Pokemon and a Friend on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Love the dratini
Response: Awesome! You got the first envelope!
shelley96734 rated for Pokemon and a Friend on May 31, 2019
Comment: I love it. Thank you. The envelopes are so pretty. Iā€™m glad everything worked out.
Response: wow, that was fast!
Ace330660 rated for ABES: Decorative Napkins #3 on May 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all of the napkins ! I can't wait to use them !
ApricityMail rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on Mar 24, 2019
christy102194 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun goodies! ^^ neat guides!
rainydayangie rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 22, 2019
ncnurse04 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Loved the mermaid doll and the zine instructions. I have been wanting to make a zine and now I can attempt one. Thank you.
Singlemomofthree rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on Mar 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you
kittyfun rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on Mar 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Rita rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
Leekoba rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on Mar 17, 2019
Comment: Your son has good taste, haha! Thank you for all of the goodies, happy swapping!
PeliKat rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Sam, this is definitely one of the most interesting and colorful zines I received! I love the theme you chose! Thank you for such a creative and well crafted zine!

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LindaRuthie on May 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for remembering my birthday with your wonderful mermaid art. These little cards are so special to me. ā™„ā™„ā™„

lovetherain on May 9, 2019:

Thank you so much Sam, for the birthday wishes and the lovely mermaid postcard! I think this one is my favorite so far. I love your postcards, they're always to artistic, unique, and inspiring šŸš

thriftymermaid on Dec 5, 2018:

Hi Sam!! Thank you so much for the gorgeous birthday postcards! You were so right, I wouldn't have cut it if I had just one! lol You're the best. I hope you are well and enjoying the holidays! Hugs.

manme on May 9, 2018:

Here is a mermaid for you (just because) :

thriftymermaid on Jan 2, 2018:

Happy 2018 Sam!! I hope it treats you well. Hugs!

thriftymermaid on Dec 12, 2017:

Hello Sam! Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday postcard! It has pride of placement on my bulletin board. You are so creative and a beautiful artist. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas! :o)

thriftymermaid on Jan 4, 2017:

Happy New Year Sam!! Thank you so much for the incredible Birthday package! It really made my birthday more special. I am so in love with the painted shells!! So much fun stuff to look at and create with. It was so sweet of you! I hope you are ramping up for the best year yet in 2017. :o)

thriftymermaid on Dec 16, 2015:

Thank you so much for the Birthday postcard and message! You rock! :o)

samjowers on Oct 15, 2015:

MrsAlderman on Jun 6, 2015:

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