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Date Joined: October 9, 2011
Last Online: September 18, 2018

Country: United States
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About Me

I am a reader advisory librarian and audiobook recording studio coordinator who enjoys reading, crafting/sewing, letter writing/receiving, listening to audiobooks, volunteering, gardening, cooking/baking, working logic puzzles, playing games, and sharing knowledge. I live in Michigan with my husband and two cats. This year (2015) I am raising a puppy for Leader Dogs for the Blind. Visit Cinder's blog for more details: http://leadonpup.blogspot.com/

Cirsium is the Latin genus name for thistles.

Favorite Crafts

  • Book/paper arts
  • Zines (especially mini-zines)
  • Mail art
  • Embroidery
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Pysanky/pisanki egg decorating
  • Dollhouse miniatures

Favorite Media

Books: Classics, humorous and quirky fiction, historical fiction, some scifi/fantasy, children's and young adult literature, and audiobooks at http://librivox.org

Television: The Mindy Project, Downton Abbey, Haven, Stargate SG-1.

Movies: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Shaun of the Dead, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, BeetleJuice, Punch-Drunk Love, The Beatles' Help! and Yellow Submarine

Wish List and Private Swaps

  • Colors: Any shade of blue... also pastels, earth tones, and autumn colors.
  • Flavors/scents: Citrus, peach, mango, chocolate/vanilla, mint
  • Vintage-y, ephemeral, or unusual paper bits
  • Puzzles
  • Mail art
  • Handcrafted zines
  • Pen-pal letters
  • Handmade envelopes and artistic stationary
  • Garden seeds, native plants, and bonsai
  • Thistles and wildflowers/weeds
  • Honey bees
  • Birds
  • Japanese themes
  • Victorian ice cream parlors
  • Hand embroidery quilt blocks (any size)
  • Any size quilt blocks
  • Surprises

Not So Much

These are my "dislikes." I know that providing this information is helpful to partners who want to customize swaps, but I certainly won't rate you down for including any of these items (I have no allergies =)

  • Berries or bananas (ew ew ew!)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Holidays
  • Jewelry
  • Make-up or perfume (though I do like citrus-scented lotions and candles)


JennyLoo rated for Embroidered Merit Badge #2 on Feb 1, 2016
Comment: This was the most thoughtful package I think I've ever received. Not to mention, I LOVE the merit badge! Betsie, thank you so much for sending such a wonderful handmade treasure that will surely make me smile for a long time to come! I wish I could give more hearts!!!!
Response: Hi JennyLoo! Thanks for your thoughtful patience while I sort out my real life... I finished your badge and mailed it to you last week. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great day! =]
Comment: Sorry, I will happily re-rate when you get the time to catch up :)
Comment: I love your embroidery. I can't wait to use the treads. What an amazing colours. I just hope it is not to "slippery"but I will try it and inform you :).... I do hope you host some more embroidery lessons swaps in the future!!!!!
JLVerde rated for Embroidered Merit Badge #1 on Sep 11, 2015
Comment: Beautiful patch. Cutest snail ever. I love this patch so much. Thank you so much!
Comment: Love it....just love it... Thank you so much tot sending me all this
Aletta74 rated for Pinterest Inspired Embroidery on Aug 20, 2015
Comment: How many hearts can you give?...thank you so much!
Celticmoon rated for Pinterest Inspired Embroidery on Aug 6, 2015
Comment: This was your very best yet, and that is saying something. You do marvelous work and pick out the perfect patterns and designs.
Response: I am so glad you liked it... it was fun to work on a design especially for you.
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much! You are so talented. Thank you for the extra lovely mandala, I am hanging these up asap!
Chitcakes rated for Mandala Embroidery on Jun 13, 2015
Comment: I really like the spider web stitch too! I think it's so fun! Thank you for the lovely piece!
michellegarrette rated for Embroidery journal 2 on May 27, 2015
Comment: Oh. My. Goodness. Betsie!! I LOOOOOOVE this square! Your embroidery and patchwork skills are WAY above mine! So much to learn! Thank you, thank you, and 1000 ❤️s!
Zaubrer rated for MAY: Zentangle Sampler Round 1 on Jun 6, 2014
Comment: I like that you didn't use the traditional squares. Very cool!
orode rated for MAY: Zentangle Sampler Round 1 on Jun 6, 2014
Comment: Loved it... great zine too. Cool tree photo..thanks so much.
hollycm6 rated for MAY: Zentangle Sampler Round 1 on Jun 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the zentangler sampler, and the cool extras! I like the way you finished the sampler off, too :-) (oh i loved the envie, too... Is it rice paper?)
Response: I'm glad you liked it. No, not rice paper but old-style typing paper... I got a stack of it at an office surplus/thrift store for pennies... excellent find! Thanks again for your patience and understanding =]
sbuck rated for Embroidery Lessons - Chain Stitch #2 on Jun 5, 2014
Comment: Very pretty. thank you.
Wenturner71 rated for MAY: Zentangle Sampler Round 1 on Jun 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you! I love the extras, too!
lezzerby rated for MAY: Zentangle Sampler Round 1 on Jun 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you for your constant communication! I loved your mini-zine that you included as well as the other extras! Your sampler is absolutely beautiful, I really enjoy your choice to back with a colored paper, very nice!
Response: You're welcome and thanks again for your patience and understanding =]
alexswife2000 rated for Easy Peasy Postcard Swap on Apr 24, 2014
Comment: I added your postcard to my scrapbook before I could even rate it. I loved it, thank you for taking the time to share with me. Have a great day.
Loony rated for Embroidery Lessons - Stem Stitch #2 on Apr 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much, I absolutely love it! I also love the card, Listen to Your Heart happens to be one of my favorite songs :)
YooperHill rated for Postcard swap on Apr 17, 2014
Comment: Cool!
sweetgypsy rated for APR: Doodlebomb PC on Apr 16, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the doodlebomb postcard!

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MisplacedfromPA on Aug 26, 2015:

Thank-you for sharing an embroidery kit with me. It is actually what I needed to push in the direction of learning. My 18 year old has expressed how "cool" your present to me was (way to go!) Now I am researching all kinds of things....and your links on the forum are very helpful. Thank-you again.

Barbara on Aug 24, 2015:

Hi Betsie, Thank you for the nice embroidery set and wonderful surprise of paper goodies. Now I will sign up for embroidery swaps!

ktmcg82 on Aug 24, 2015:

Betsie, thank you so much for the beginners cross-stitch RAK! I've never had a hoop before, so I'm thankful that I can start embroidery properly! Thank you for everything else in the package, as well, including the book recommendations! I'm jealous, being a librarian is one of my dream jobs! I've read most of the Sookie Stackhouse books and I love them, but I haven't tried the others, so they are going on my list!!! Thanks again for an amazing package!

alonalonzo on Dec 31, 2013:

Happy New Year!

rngstgstll on Sep 20, 2013:

Thank you so much for the beautiful matryoshkelope RAK!! The intricate pen design, followed by such a colorful and intricate matryoshkurprise when the envelope was opened! She made my day :) I am going to delve into some hatmail and catch up mail this weekend and I will try to find something fun and a note to send :)

EmilyT on Aug 28, 2013:

I received the completed round robin. It is so cool!

Celticmoon on May 28, 2013:

I mailed your round robin project back with the art deco swap. Thanks for what you do for this group.

EmilyT on Mar 3, 2013:

Thanks for another round robin to work on!

MBrunt on Oct 14, 2012:

Thank you for the cross stitch kit!

EmilyT on Sep 3, 2012:

I'm so nosey, what is that link for a "too bloody" crossstitch link, and what I I do for you to get access to it? Lol.

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