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Date Joined: January 9, 2016
Last Online: May 25, 2016
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States

About Me

Hello fellow crafters! My day job involves mostly numbers and details -- so I do love getting home to my craft table and messing about with all the colors. With my youngest being 18, it's definitely time to make some "me" space in my life!

And there's something I'm into even more than crafting -- genealogy! I love history, and reading about the history of the areas where my ancestors lived.

I grew up with Joan Baez and Pete Seeger playing in the background, and my great aunts making us hand-sewn quilts that we actually used. My father was a classical pianist. For me, crafting is about taking a somewhat modern slant on tried and true old-timey handcrafts. Also, it can be therapeutic – a way to explore my feelings and awareness on a symbolic level.

On the side, I consult with new solo-preneurs about setting up their business, and have a little marketing workbook that has really helped some people. I explain setting up bookkeeping to newbies... and payroll. I like helping people realize their dreams. I work part-time for a small remodeling company, running the office.

Things I hope to do someday:

  • grow flowers and use them for collage
  • visit Ireland and learn about its culture
  • create a complex crossword puzzle
  • visit 10 natural hot springs
  • raise a puppy to be a Seeing Eye dog

I Pledge to Rate

For a swap I needed to think about my favorite flowers. Here's my list:

  • lupine
  • snap dragons
  • morning glory
  • crocus
  • bleeding heart

Favorite Books

Favorite books: I do read a lot – I recently read American Nations, and also The Signature of All Things. In addition to a seroius book now and then, I'm often racing through either a science fiction or mystery. Also historical fiction, and a lot of the mysteries I read are set in the past. I'm currently reading (Mar 2016) the Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series by Donna Leon – very subtle and very Venice. Also, I've read pretty widely in anthropology, psychology, with an especial interest in emotions/feelings, adult development models, and Jung's (and followers') shadow work. I follow a few blogs on paleoarchaelogy.

Some great mystery authors I've read recently:

  • Fiona Buckley
  • Sharon Kay Penman
  • Anne Perry
  • Tasha Alexander
  • J. A. Jance


Favorite Movies

I'm not quite as up on TV shows and movies. Favorites have been: loved Parenthood, Downton Abbey, West Wing, Gilmore Girls.

Movies I had fun watching:

  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Little Miss Daisy
  • American Dreamer
  • Enchanted
  • Secret of Roan Innish
  • Becoming Jane
  • Truman Show
  • The King's Speech
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Being Julia


Favorite Crafts

I'm excited to learn collage, drawing, tangling and painting. I love many of the youtube channels that show Art Journaling – and applying that to a smaller canvas, like an ATC, seems like a good way to start to learn. My favorite artists consistently over the decades is Cezanne – I love his landscapes, the colors, and the way he simplifies the view, capturing its essence.

I'm fairly experienced at sewing and quilting, and love to make little gifts from my stash. I began quilting seriously 20 years ago when my daughter was young and I was at home. I made several queen-size quilts, and about 15 baby quilts. I machine piece and machine quilt. I like both traditional squares, and also artsy style quilts. I love paper piecing, applique and piecing all about equally. I tend to like rich jewel tones, low contrast, modern tone-on-tone prints, although there are big exceptions to all those in quilts I've adored.

My favorite "look" when I'm doing paper crafts varies between watercolor and batik. Probably because of my interest in folk arts, I like natural products and nature-based images more than plastic and vinyl. Just a personal preference. But I do want to stretch into unfamiliar territory as well.

Color combinations I love:

  • burgundy with yellow ochre
  • pumpkin with teal
  • green -- goes with anything :) .

Crafting needs:

  • the "positive space" left after punching a shape (e. g. a square with a star punched out)
  • floral and vine stamps
  • geometric or spiral stamps
  • vintage or foreign language text
  • foam brushes
  • scrapbook paper ATC size or larger
  • ephemera

Likes: most herbal and green teas, chocolate.

(Note:I'm allergic to scents, perfumes, parafin, and volatile organic compounds.)

Cat Zen

Cat yoga on woman's back


papercaper rated for Zine - Black Out Zodiac Poems on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: Sorry to rate so late, but I adored your black-out poetry. Thank you belatedly! :)
PaulaF rated for Not another tired ol' swap on Jun 13, 2016
Comment: I know Mia was having surgery and I do hope her health is OK! She hasn't seemed to have checked in in quite a while. :( I'm rating this swap as never having received, but would love to change my rating when she's back in the saddle!
Meba rated for Not another tired ol' swap on May 23, 2016
stonekeepers rated for Profile based on Apr 29, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome ATC! I love it and I appreciate the beautiful cards too. :-)
Manurnakey rated for RCAS ~ Mythical Creatures ~ HD/HP on Apr 28, 2016
Comment: I really like your ATC. It's very cool how you combined a cat and dragon in one ATC, LOL! And thank you for the carved camel and Origami crane :)
ladydy5 rated for Share-Abandon craft/art #11 on Apr 26, 2016
Comment: Beautiful. Will let you know where abandoned
PaperPassion rated for Tape Transfer ATC swap on Apr 23, 2016
Comment: Great ATC thanks so much
pandorasxbox rated for Zine - Black Out Zodiac Poems on Apr 22, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the poems and the extra goodies ^_^
JudalineZ rated for Goddess or Spirit Doll Group Swap on Apr 19, 2016
Comment: so cute! i love bunny
Response: Oh good -- glad it's a fit :)
mrscharlesallen rated for Old School Valentine Swap on Apr 15, 2016
Comment: That you for the valentine. Sorry for the late response
Comment: Thanks so much for the neat pictures for Zen
Comment: Thank you! <3
Comment: Thank you for making my profile such a zen space. :)
slaphappyturtle rated for ATCs with Color # 2 Green on Apr 9, 2016
Comment: beautiful
katerena rated for Trouble Dolls or Worry dolls on Apr 7, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the very creative dolls! It was so much fun to get them and to examine each one individually - they were so different and so unique :)
Response: do you think they'll function as worry dolls?
Comment: Thanks for the peaceful images you added to my profile page.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful, peaceful pictures!
Paulaeliza rated for (USA) New to Zentangling? on Apr 3, 2016
Comment: Great zentangling! Love your style. And thanks so much for the beautiful fabric charms. Love the colors.
Response: Tx for the encouragement - and yes -- when I read your profile I just thought of that fabric. I'm making a quilt based on it.
Comment: Thank you for the calming zen deco on my profile.

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Tiffaknee on Apr 11, 2016:

Hi Mia! I will be mailing out your WTA either tomorrow or Wednesday on my lunch break at work (whichever day is less eventful). ;) Sorry it took me almost the full 2 weeks in to send, been an erratic month. Keep an eye out. Blessings, ~T.

ragingrainbow on Apr 3, 2016:

APDG ~ Zen ~ Mega Profile Deco Swap

Do you want the Truth?
Then abandon words and silence,
and live your own Zen.

Trader1244 on Apr 2, 2016:

This posting is for the APDG ~ Zen ~ Mega Profile Deco Swap. I love the aspect of Zen in the Garden

hollowfyre on Apr 1, 2016:

Hello! I'm here for the APDG ~ Zen ~ Mega Profile Deco Swap.

I tried to find images that repreented what Zen means to me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed putting them together ♥

This one I really like, but I realized at this size you can't really see that it is a rainbow showing through the other side of the wave. What an amazing and beautiful picture!


mchesser12 on Apr 1, 2016:

For: APDG – Zen

From: Melissa (mchesser12

theaterfan23 on Apr 1, 2016:

APDG~Zen~Mega Profile Deco Swap








jesslynne on Apr 1, 2016:

Greetings! This is for the APDG ~ Zen ~ Mega Profile Deco Swap swap. I hope you find enjoyment in the images I selected.

Happy Swapping!


tatntole on Apr 1, 2016:

APDG ~ Zen ~ Mega Profile Swap

Have a full restful day.

ladydy5 on Mar 12, 2016:

Welcome and enjoy our group. Make An Envelope. Swaps.

jesslynne on Mar 4, 2016:

Good Evening, This is for the APDG ~ Quick Swap ~ Peacocks ;-) swap. I hope you enjoy the images :)

Happy Swapping!


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