Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2018 2:32 am


Date Joined: February 17, 2009
Last Online: November 16, 2018
Birthday: December 16, 1957
Country: United States
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About Me

Welcome, I want you to know I'm very serious about swapping and the friends I make here. I will never flake. If you don't receive something from me for a swap or tag, please pm me right away. I can't fix it if I think it got to you in the mail.

I really am grateful for the friends I make here. You are all such sweet and friendly people and I enjoy more than anything making things from hand and giving them to others to bring joy into your hearts. This is a wonderful place to share our lives with others and I'm certainly glad I found it!

I found this quote today on a friends profile and I hope they don't mind me borrowing it. It just about sums it all up!

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it." — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

I enjoy crafting so I hope that you'll like what I make for you. If you don't please let me know so that I can make you something that you would rather enjoy. I try very hard to do the best job I can, I promise that will happen with each and every swap.

I am a proud United States Navy Veteran. I wore the uniform proudly and enjoyed my time of service. I saw many places and met many people and enjoyed being a part of one very huge family of military members. I've been married to my husband David for 25 years. My sons Bryon and Brett are grown 31 and 30 and so it's just the hub and I and our sweet little dog. We have a lovely little wire fox terrier named Annie. She's like one of our children.

Favorite Music

Love 60's & 70's rock and roll, blues, new age, and most anything actually. My son Brett always tells us we grew up in the best if all times for music! I think he's right!

I love all kinds of music because I'm usually in a different mood each time I listen. I especially like cd's I can play while doing massage. So they have to be very calming and peaceful but not depressing. I love strings and piano music. But when I want to rock out, I love 70's rock n' roll to Stevie Ray Vaughn, Journey (I saw Steve Perry up close and personal in Mobile, Alabama while I was in the US Navy), Heart, Bob Seger, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, B.B. King, Beatles, Elvis etc. When I was a kid, I had a full set of Beatles and Elvis cards. Still have them! Variety is the spice of life they tell me!

Favorite Books

I have an entire collection of Art books from Jewelry Making to Quilting and Sewing! I love altered art books, how to's etc. I read every Belle Amour Mag I can find, Stampington, Where Women Create, Altered Couture, Their Sewing one as well, The Jewelry and Green Crafting ones, Handmade etc. Anything and everything through Stampington. I can't get enough! I love the back issues as well so if you have some you want to get rid of, I'd love to trade something to you, even jewelry I make, I don't care!

I like using old books for my art creations. Especially old kids books as well as foreign books in other languages other than English. The odd shaped kids books are cool and fun to re-cover and turn into quote books, prayer books etc.

Favorite Movies

Let's see - there's Forest Gump, Legend of the Falls, Man From Snowy River I & II, Slingblade, MIracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful LIfe, All Shirley Temple Movies, Peter Pan, Dirty Dancing (I used to could move like that), Wizard of Oz, Caddy Shack, Kingdom of Heaven, and Pretty Woman of course It's one of my all time favorites. ! Especially the part when she goes back into the store that refused to wait on her because of the way she looked! That's one of my pet peeves in life, people who judge people based on the way they look....too bad some people do that. Top Gun, Scent of a Woman (Pacino is still my man!) I like love stories and chic flics as my husband calls them. Annie, hum, why can't I think when I need to? OH, Oh, anything Johnny Depp of course. Who wouldn't love that man? Not much on blood and gore! I like to watch movies, but don't get the remote often! Not in a home with 3 men!

Favorite Television

Love HGTV shows, anything home decorating, home building (especially green building), anything home selling, as well as a lot of the crafting shows. However, most of the time it's not up to me what we watch (I have a husband you know!).

Favorite Crafts

My favorite crafts - sewing, quilting, silversmithing, jewelry making, drawing, making old vintage items into new things. I love taking old broken stuff and making it into something new and unique. My silversmithing is something I enjoy very much. I've been doing it about 12 years now and my designs are very unique and one of a kind.
FAVORITE COLORS: i like all colors pretty much except burgandy. nothing wrong with it, it's just not me! i love combo's of pink/brown, black/white, red/black, red/jadeite green or mint green, turquoise/brown, hot pink/orange, yellow/white. did i say pink? i love floral fabrics a lot. but i'm really finding that i love vintage repro fabric prints and the real thing vintage cloth, flour saks etc. i love batiks especially in blues and greens. i love bright cheery prints, NO plaids please, NO burgandy please...However, i'm just pretty happy go lucky and pretty easy to please with anything handmade. i love handmade...i love upholstery prints and i love upholstery sample books to use the fabric for purses that i make. I'm working on quilts for my sons and can use any prints of burnt orange kind of cinnamon colors with white and the other son's college colors are red and black.




My little slice of heaven as I call it is my patio where I garden in pots and vintage containers to keep my little furry friends out (deer and rabbits). I love Spring. I love planting flowers, herbs, vegetables, etc to eat and make things from. I love lavender, so I grow it and then make stuff from it. I use a lot of herbs in my cooking, so any seeds are especially loved. I love flowers, I have hummingbirds and butterflies so anything that attracts them is great. I have a Wire Fox Terrier "Annie" that keeps me busy and entertained while I work in my plants. I enjoy listening to my wind chimes and I make them from copper and old utensils. I like little crystals, etc. on the patio too! I like to place little surprises like that in my plant pots.

Wish List

Dancing KittyI'd love to have: bits of vintage stuff like lace, buttons, keys, metal gears, bits of vintage jewelry (especially rhinestone stuff) for crafting new jewelry from, crochet dish clothes etc. I love anything handmade because I feel it truly comes "from the heart". Oh, fabric for making purses is always welcomed as well! For those I love vintage barkcloth or nice printed upholstery fabrics and bits if soft leather. I'm not above buying wool sweaters, leather skirts, or clothing from goodwill that I then cut up for the fabric. Maybe the piece is out of style but I cut the fabric. I'm working on a pretty rose floral wool sweater that I have felted and now I'm making a piece from it into a wrist cuff with bits of lace and vintage buttons etc.

i love bracelets and wear a size 7 to 71/2". Rings sizes 7 and 8. for necklaces i like a longer length like no shorter than 24". I'm plus size so I don't like tight things around my neck. But a choker style would be around 18" no shorter. I wear mostly silver but like the antiqued brass and other metals that are so popular now too. I'm not into gothic styles though. Although i think some of it is pretty, it's just not me. i like jewelry in most any color except burgandy and i don't like plastic or acrylic beads. i love making little boxes. so paper for handmade ones are wonderful, i love matchboxes too, so anything to decorate them with, ribbon, charms, paint, little things to go inside

altered book making materials and instructions (i'm just figureing them out), Card making stuff, Vintage fabrics, or squares cut for quilt making, Love florals of anything, paper, fabric etc.

Vintage fabric and vintage repro's fabric are grand! I'm going to be making a red and black quilt soon for my son who went to Texas Tech and that is their colors. So I'm looking for red or black printed fabrics that I can use. Even small flower prints are ok if anyone has any to trade, i'd love to do a trade for some of what you might need. Things for jewelry making (vintage bits, chain, findings (all metals) etc., Vintage/Antique photos of people, vintage (or new) rick-rack, vintage seam binding (satin kind), vintage embroidery pieces like table linen - especially flowers. Things from around the world...anything! Vintage ephemera, Unusual crafting supplies - I love old stuff! Love authentic Sea Glass, Anything handmade.

Things I don't need

Beads (I have plenty) Foam sheets Candy Glitter


I don't care for things from homes where there is smoking. Cat hair (I'm allergic to cats) but if things are not covered in it, they are ok! I don't like stickers just slapped onto an atc or matchbox, a little bit of effort goes a long way I don't like it when people don't write some sort of short comment on ratings...take a minute, slow down and tell me something you liked about what i made you so i will know it's pleasing to others, it only takes a minute

Tags, Angels etc.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Albert Schweitzer




twobluecrows rated for QC 16 patch block on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: Mugsie was an excellent angel for you! I hope all is well, I'm totally happy with everything!!
Response: thank you so much. i'm truly so sorry that i was not able to get things done in a timely manner and i truly appreciate you waiting so patiently and accepting the angel. you're so sweet to have done that without it negatively reflecting on my rating. God bless you and keep you safe each day!
vlhafer54 rated for Tell Me About Your Hobby! on Aug 3, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely remembrance book! You put a lot of work into it and I will cherish it.
Response: your welcome vicky. i'm so glad you like it. i wasn't quite sure but i sure enjoyed making it. i mostly just appreciate you waiting so long for it honey. it's been a rough road health wise and i'm ashamed it took me so long to get caught up from being behind. i truly appreciate all your patience and understanding. i hope you enjoy your little book. and thank you so much for the rating and heart. that's awesome!
wolfeagle rated for Chunky Row Houses-May on Aug 2, 2016
Comment: Thank you. I wish you all the best.
Comment: 7/22 Thank you for sending and am glad you are on the road to recovery.
Response: Thank you for the patience you gave me to let me earn a 5 from you on the rating. I appreciate being given the chance to make up for the late swap due to my hospitalization and critical illness. .
luleemik rated for TSJ: Alter It! - U.S. on Jul 22, 2016
Comment: Awww----Shelley, what a sweet little package! I love the shabby chic theme and all of the great items inside. So sorry that you are not feeling well and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings
Response: Lu I'm so glad you liked it. It came from the heart. Thank you for your patience understanding and love and especially the 5 rating with the heart. It is just so appreciated. You are a kind and wonderful person.
Comment: Thank you so much! And thanks for the extra goodies!
Response: Thank you for your kindness in waiting on your swap so long. I truly appreciate it.
hazelwitch3 rated for Garden ATC on Jul 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC. I love the homemade papers that you used!
Wingy rated for A Simple Woman's Day #24 on Jun 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you .. Hope you feel better
BluGinhm rated for Use What You Can Stash Swap CR on May 20, 2016
Comment: Hi Shelley, I'll do my best to make something you'll like! Thanks for sending!
Response: I will love anything you make! I love having other people's art work. So I'm sure it will be fabulous!
jimncinpease rated for A.I. - Paint a Rock on May 15, 2016
Comment: u did an amazing job! love it!
Response: Awe thank you. I sure had fun! Hope you will use it or place it where you'll see it everyday and it will remind you everything about love! Love is everywhere! You are loved, you love others, love is in action with everything we do and say. So let it remind you of all those things! Love is wonderful and it's a gift!
gooddog56 rated for Profile-based Bookmark on May 10, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the lovely bookmarks! I love the one with the handstitching, from your grandmother's work...thank you for your sweet letter, and all the other paper pieces...I am grateful to you.
Response: I hope you'll enjoy using them as much as I did sharing my granny's things with you. You are special!
leonarasnick58 rated for CCD Happy Mother's Day on May 8, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and extras. I hope you had a truly blessed and happy mother's day :-)
Response: I did thank you so much for the rating and heart. I hope your day was delightful!
Comment: Thanks so much for the darling pinwheel blocks. They are so cute! Thanks for communicating so well, too!:)
EmilyT rated for "Sew As You Go" Striped Quilt Block! on Apr 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you, so bright and fun. Love the polka dots and large print flowers best. Thanks also for the fabric scraps, that was nice if you to include them! I'll find a good use for them :)
Response: you're welcome honey. i hope you'll enjoy putting the block into a project and the little bits can be used for other sew as you go's or some other project of your choice. i enjoyed making it for you and it let me get to my sewing machine again!
isabellasnow rated for A.I. - Design a Magnet on Mar 26, 2016
Comment: Hi Shelley! Wish I could give you multiple hearts for this amazing parcel of goodies! What a sweet story about creating yo-yo's with your mother-in-law. Your magnets are lovely (already on the 'fridge) and all the extras you sent are simply spectacular. That tiny sweet angel is so special and a pair of earrings, too? Plus all the lovely paper (book pages, holy cards) you sent are so much appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful swap experience!
Response: It was truly my pleasure. I'm sorry I was a little delayed in getting it in the mail. I love using the yo-yo's to make into things because they are extras from when my mom in law was here and it's fun to pass them along from the heart! You enjoy your goodies and have a wonderful day. Thank you for the heart and sweet comments.
Fabriqueen rated for ATC with a Bird - USA on Mar 15, 2016
Comment: I love, love, love the little birdie ATC! Thank you soooo much! Hugs, Diane
Response: You're welcome. It was such a pleasure to make! I'm glad you enjoyed getting it! Have a great day!
Obstminkerl rated for favorite song lyrics journal on Jan 8, 2016
Comment: Re-Rating as promised. Got the journal this morning. Thank you for the resend. I can see you really put some effort into it, so this is a 5 :-) although it is about a month late. One thing though: I wasn't quite happy about your mails and the comment on my profile forcing me to rate altough I hadn't yet received your re-send. Sending late AND beeing a pain in the neck about the rating isn't quite a way to go.
Response: thank you for the rating change. i didn't however force you to do anything. that's not how i am. i had already sent your journal and given it time to get there otherwise i would never have asked you to re-rate. perhaps we should just tell each other thanks and leave it be without further comment. I'm sorry you perceived me as a pain in the neck.
pbcquiltlover rated for AQ~Fabric Envelope - USA on Dec 10, 2015
Comment: Sorry for the late rating: didn't realize I missed this one! =)
LizzyJo rated for Paint Chips on Oct 2, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the useful little notebooks (great idea) and the pretty book marks.
Response: Thank you so much for the heart. I hope you'll enjoy using them.
Mugsie rated for Sew As You Go Stripe Block on Sep 20, 2015
Comment: A hundred HEARTS for you my friend! I love the blocks and the bells are fantastic, I love them! Thank you so much! XO Kelly :)
Response: Awe your so welcomed. Sorry it took so long. I always enjoy you as a partner!

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anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

CurlyTea on Dec 19, 2017:

Mugsie on May 2, 2017:

TereDiane1954 on Dec 25, 2016:

Merry Christmas, Shelley! I've been praying for you. Sending hugs♥♥♥

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Aug 11, 2016:

CSG Prayer request Hi Just to let you know I am praying for you

ThriftyUrbanMom on Aug 11, 2016:

Knock, knock! I'm just stopping by to invite you to take a look at our Christian Swappers Group forums, we have an AUG: $5 Esty Gift Card 🙏 Bible Trivia Game going on in the group forum now.

Come join in on the fun! Win a $5.00 Esty Gift Card - Enter by 8/31/2016

God bless you! ~Rachael

Mugsie on Jul 21, 2016:

ChinaCat on Jul 1, 2016:

My beautiful Wizard of Oz pin arrived today - thank you so much!!! It's such a sweet and thoughtful gift and I'll love wearing it. Hugs, Shelley!

gooddog56 on May 6, 2016:

Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers for my husband...I am very grateful to you...

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