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Date Joined: April 4, 2013
Last Online: September 4, 2014
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi! My name is Laima, and I live in Madison, WI. I`ve been doing various forms of art for the past 28+ years. I love metal, collage, painting, illustrating and creating beautiful, functional things. Lately I've been on a linoleum and screenprinting kick.

Want to see what I'm up to lately? I update my blog with art projects in various states of in progress and completed, though lately my updates have been pretty sparse.

I've been a fan of snail mail ever since getting my very first pen pal back in 1st grade (she was from Nebraska!) even though that exchange only lasted about 2 years.

What I love...

Art nouveau anything
Ink drawings
Recycled and Repurposed art
Dazzling Socks
Dark chocolate
Mulling spices and spiced things
Biking and picnicking
(cute) monsters
Bees, Dragonflies, and other insects
Tea & Coffee
Washi/deco tape
Minty things
Peaches and blueberries (ALL berries, really)
Smoked things (like smoked cheese and smoked meats)
Canning, pickling, and otherwise preserving my own food
Garden art
Puns and other clever things
Flea markets and antique stores
Learning how to do things the old-fashioned way
Burlesque, pin-up, steampunk, victorian, etc.
Handmade things
Taking things apart to see how they work (and then attempting to put them back together again)
I'm a big fan of blues & green, but believe all colors have their place
Sparkly things
Japanese pottery
Japanese and Chinese ink drawings (etegami is sooooo neat!)

What I try to avoid....

Pastel colors (when they're in large quantities)
American football

I am utterly perplexed by people who insist that the ONLY aceptable way to do a zentangle is to ONLY use official patterns.... i really and truly thought that book #1's goal was to show you some ideas, get your creativity flowing, and see people go all creative making their own things! sigh.

Favorite Crafts

Everything! And anything I don't do, I'm willing to try! I tend to reverse engineer cool things i see to figure out if i CAN make it at home, figure out whether i already have the supplies to do so, and whether or not it would be worth trying to make one myself. This means my house is full, full, FULL of all sorts of art supplies and UFOs (unfinished objects).

I have found that I'm not so good at knitting, and i lose interest when attempting to scrapbook.... but i really appreciate other people's results at those two!

Current favorites are art metal, concrete sculpting, and printmaking.

If you are interested in doing a one on one swap dealing with Handmade Cards or Linoleum prints, message me!


I'm always in the mood for a new scarf, pens and markers (I'm actually in need of a new fountain pen), and new recipes to try. Postcards (especially artsy, graffiti, or art nouveau ones), cameos, funky fabric, fun tea (any flavor, caffeine or no...it's all good), tea accessories, cool copper cookie cutters, embossing tools, and things involved in making my own resin stuff (I've not yet tried this and really WANT to).... are all things that would make me jump up and down when I saw them in my mailbox :)


oliviarrow rated for A.I. - Paint a Rock on Sep 9, 2014
Comment: I adore this polka dotted creature you painted! How cute, it will live with my orchid - seems like the right habitat for him. I loved the extra you sent, great work! I especially like the one that's red with the field and sun. Hope to swap with you again sometime!
OldBear rated for May Sender's Choice on May 20, 2014
Comment: Thank you! I just put my last art card in the mail... perfect! :)
snailmaillover rated for Enhance a Note Card - USA on May 18, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the notecard :)
Stacy rated for May Sender's Choice on May 12, 2014
Comment: Beautiful lino prints. Symmetric. Love the colors. Of course I will use them. Thanks so much! You are telented.
Comment: Thank you for the super cool card. I just adore your ink monster and it turned out perfectly. The eyes and the mouth fit the shape of the ink. I have it set up on my desk, love it! Hugs, Mona
Teriszoo rated for TPS:Tissue Paper Print on Apr 19, 2014
Comment: Hi Laima I loved the postcard. The image peeking through it is wonderful. What did you use on top? Love the glossy glaze. Thanks for swapping.
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it - Thank you for the heart! The stuff on top is simply Mod Podge - nothing too special. It makes me feel safer sending stuff that's been smushed down and glued to within an inch of its life like that :)
HyperMonkey rated for AMA Sender's Choice on Apr 1, 2014
Comment: Wow. You did great work! And thanks for the light plate!
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it - Thank you for the heart!
knclodge rated for AMA Sender's Choice on Mar 31, 2014
Comment: Super cool ATC, love how thick it is. thanks for the fun light switch plate too..
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it - Thank you for the heart!
quelynn rated for Animal Shaped Post Card swap on Mar 31, 2014
Comment: OMG, THAT IS SO COOL... I LOVE MY TURTLE..HAH AND THE OWL IS SO WILD.. THANKS FOR THE AWESOME SWAP..Did you make this card?? I love the black design.
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart! And yes - I made all of those things. I <3 linoleum block printing. If you scroll down on this page, you'll see more of my prints, although I've made several more in the last few weeks that I haven't put up yet: http://wintersnowgypsy.blogspot.com/search/label/Prints
DCSAPART rated for Bigger than an ATC swap on Mar 18, 2014
Comment: Sorry this rating is Late! Loved what you sent me, nice copper embossing, thanks so much!
Response: No worries :) Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart!
TATIANAZ rated for Handmade Black on Mar 15, 2014
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful handmade postcards!!! I liked them a lot!
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart!
mslighthearted rated for ATC postage stamp collage #3 on Feb 11, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC!! I absolutely love it. I suppose I should really thank you for the ATC's (plural). The extra stained glass one you sent is really beautiful and I will treasure it. A thousand thank you's. :)
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart!
joebob778 rated for Cardboard Box PC Swap on Feb 5, 2014
Comment: Great postcard, thank yoU!
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart.
mmiatsu rated for Cardboard Box PC Swap on Feb 3, 2014
Comment: Thank you! So cool card :D
Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed it! thanks for the heart!
Henny1977 rated for Handmade Green on Jan 28, 2014
Comment: Laima, thank you very very much for the package I received today! If it was possible to give more hearts, I would do! So many cards and all beautiful. The ones with the booktext in the background I like the most. Thank again and happy swapping.
Response: I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! :)
Response: Thanks for letting me know you got it... enjoy.
Comment: Loved your beautiful snowflake postcard and your note too. You can see my frog postcard in my flicker site. I used Speedball speedy-carve foam. It turned out ok, but I need practice with carving! I printed it with acrylic paint, and I think using an ink would be better. I don't know much about block carving and wanted to give it a try recently. Did one other carved ATC swap. Fun!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! I keep looking for more printmaking swaps and not finding any --- do you have any tips for finding them (or groups i should see about joining)?
Comment: Excellent postcard! I'd have to say your experiment with printing on cardboard was wonderfully successful. I really liked the effect of the different color paint/ink. Your postage stamps were ace! I'll send you a note describing my printmaking journeys...
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! I keep looking for more printmaking swaps and not finding any --- do you have any tips for finding them (or groups i should see about joining)?
Comment: A lovely print that matches the season and your username! Thanks so much - it's really nicely balanced and will go up with my holiday cards this year.
Response: Thanks! I really enjoy these printmaking challenges on here - forces me to actually finish something in a relatively fast manner :) i keep checking to see if there are more lino/printmaking swaps out there, too, but they've been pretty sparse....
Comment: Really cute card with big beautiful snowflakes. Thanks!!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! I'm working on making more delicate snowflakes for net year.... and half a dozen other prints, too. I hope you're still making time to make lino prints this spring :)

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quelynn on Mar 31, 2014:

OMG, your package is GREAT... Now I feel like a queen with my little pets... haah thanks for such cool artistic work. YOu will have to show me how you make these so nice and stiff. Thanks again.

user2637 on Nov 25, 2013:

Just a heads up, @BScrappy who owes you a swap from April is logging in and joining new swaps. Maybe you can get the flake made up finally. Good luck!

wolfeagle on Jul 25, 2013:

Hi Laima, Your Pass and Paste postcard is on its way home. Thank you.

camelsamba on Jul 17, 2013:

Latvian events in MI! Have you ever been to Camp Dainava, near Manchester MI?

Latvia joke from Soviet era, as told by science school teacher at our middle school; "What did the potato say to the other potato?" "The premise is absurd. Who has 2 potatoes??"

Best told with silly accent.

BusyB on Jul 12, 2013:

Thank you so much for working on Pass and Paste postcard! It turned out great and I love that everyone shared a little of themselves and where they live. It took awhile to get home but it was worth the wait! Round B was missed so it just had to catch up. LOL!

KristinCali on Apr 17, 2013:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!

CWarner on Apr 12, 2013:

Welcome to Swap-bot, Laima!! I think you'll find it a very fun community with lots of great people and fun swaps to join. Happy weekend! Carol in Denver

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