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Date Joined: September 16, 2013
Last Online: November 28, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

I am a very happy mother of five. Being able to raise these beautiful children is a blessing beyond anything else I can think of. I am a devout but open-minded Christian— our family loves Halloween, cute little witches and jack-o-lanterns as much as Christmas, carols and good ole St. Nick!

I am very socially aware, constantly advocating against human trafficking and other issues that are important to me. My family is very green and all about the organic way of life, trying to live as naturally as the crazy everyday life permits. I love our planet and reduce, reuse and recycle however I can. When I can manage it, I love shooting archery, swimming, hiking and just about anything physical and outdoorsy. I also love science and learning something new each day.

Besides crafts and books, fashion and doll collecting (e.g. 1/5th- 1/6th scale fashion dolls, not those big porcelain ones) is definitely another passion. Vintage clothing, especially 1950s era, catches my breath. So you get a feeling of how old I am, I am at the tip of the decade of the 1980s babies.

Krafty Kera

I just love making things and am all about handmade and putting your heart into things that you give others. I crochet, scrapbook, dabble in photography, hand make cards, cook and bake all the time. Whenever I can find the time, I am creating something and am constantly between projects.

Books, books and more books!

I've read so much that I don't actually have a favorite book nor do I keep track of which ones I've liked best. Reading is just a passion. If I'm sitting at the table eating cereal, I have to read something, even if it's simply the cereal box. I love to read and collect "mini books" as well as preowned ones (I prefer them to new ones as they're better for the environment). The only thing I don't read are romance novels, unless it's comedic romance- then it's clever and humorous, so I enjoy it.


The things I would absolutely adore? Well...

-Etsy and Luulla

-Handmade. I cherish all things made by fellow crafters.

-Anything related to the kitchen or dinner parties.


-Dark chocolate— my fave! White chocolate is good too. Chocolate yumminess (preferably nothing Hershey and Nestle). I'm not a fan of milk chocolate but I'll eat it once in a while. I try to purchase organic, fair trade chocolate when I can.

-Woodland themed things (owls and foxes are my favorite) and giraffes


-Ferris wheels, carousels, unicorns, winged horses, mermaids, castles and dragons

-Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz

-Chinese, Japanese and French/Victorian, vintage-influenced anything

-Tea! How I love tea! Coffee is good as well but tea will always win.

-Things that are re-purposed. For those with the creativity and the imagination to do this: KUDOS to you! I have so much respect for you!

-Jewel tones and pastels are both beautiful color palettes but I love jewel tones more, especially anything in the greens and blues family

If clothing ever ends up as an option, I am a size small or a US-size 0/1 (zero or one), shoe size 8.5. I'm well-rounded when it comes to things that I like and enjoy, so I'll end it here. If I listed EVERYTHING that sparked my interest, this would never end. ;)


I'm pretty easy. I really like a lot of things. The few items I would say, "No, thank you" to are:

-Religious items beyond a simple crucifix. The following things give me the heebie-jeebies ... Images of the Virgin Mary or Jesus crucified scare me. Buddhist things scare me. Hindu deities like the belly-dancing elephant and the lady with the fifty arms? Scares me. You get the idea.

-Stuffed animals and plush things.

-Strongly scented items like incense, fragrances and lotions. I get ugly headaches when I'm around these things for too long. I'll never go into a candle shop or a Bath & Body Works. When I pass through the cosmetics section of a department store, I hold my breath and walk as quickly as I can through it.

-Purple. While pastel purple is tolerable, most other shades of it don't gel with me. But hey, if you think I might like it anyway, I won't complain! ;) I pretty much give anything a chance.


My immune system is as strong as an ox. One of my daughters, on the other hand, yikes! She's allergic to so many things that we joke about putting her in a bubble and only giving her filtered air and water. It isn't just a "sneeze here and there" allergy. When she's allergic to something, it can set off her asthma. Depending on the allergen, sometimes it can be a mild or severe reaction.

I won't list everything that triggers her asthma, but two big things I'll mention: cigarette smoke and any animals that shed major HAIR and DANDER! That would be most dogs, most cats, rabbits, horses, cows, etc. So if you are a smoker and/or have pets, please let me know. It isn't that I can't accept the swap; I just know that I won't be having her sniff and touch and rub the stuff (she's very tactile, LoL). :)

Thanks for taking the time to read my babbling. Hope to get to know some nice folks soon!


Comment: Love the envie! Card is nicely done, too! ;) Thanks! oh, btw, You have epic handwriting... just sayin'.
mahlermail rated for EASY DECORATED ENVIE SWAP! on May 30, 2014
Comment: Awesome envies...they don't have to be similar sizes, so no worries...you did great. Do remember to put your swap name (not just real name)....:-)
Response: :) I don't have an alias. My real name is my swap name. I'm happy you liked the envelopes, despite the imperfections. It's the Type A personality in me that wishes I would've done a better job.
Sweeti8286 rated for Wishing You A Merry Christmas on Jan 1, 2014
Comment: Thank you! Happy new year!
Comment: thank you for everything! you sure did check out my profile---love the tree hugger sticker!
Comment: Thank you for the card and teas. I am especially excited to try the creamy rose and milk tea as I have never heard of it before.
Response: Wow, I hope you LOVE it! This one is pretty good quality, so it costs a pretty penny. The same company also has a regular plain milk tea flavor as well as an English milk tea. Where I'm from, these are just a few of, perhaps, 100+ combinations (no exaggeration) of teas and other hot and cold drinks that we have in the tea shops here. Have you ever heard of boba?
craftybarbie rated for Wishing You A Merry Christmas on Nov 22, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the card and the extra card. Have a real nice holiday.
Elliepatterson rated for Send Me a Fall Card, Please! on Nov 22, 2013
Comment: What a beautiful handmade fall card that you sent me!! It was really happy mail for me. :-). Thank you so very much. Thanksgiving blessings, ellie
Elliepatterson rated for Wishing You A Merry Christmas on Nov 15, 2013
Comment: What a sweet window note card you sent me. And my favorite character for Christmas is the little drummer boy. The front of your Christmas card are little shepherd boys, close enough for me. You have beautiful penmanship:-) Thank you for your Christmas blessings & I wish you the same. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! blessings, ellie
Comment: LOVE my cards, thank you so much. thanks for reading my profile and sending that special card, so pretty.
ticru81 rated for September Chocolate Bar Swap on Oct 8, 2013
Comment: Thank u so much for the swiss chocolate! I tasted Japanese candies and they were really good! I will spare the chocolate bar for the weekend. Have a nice day. :))
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed them. I do hope the Swiss chocolate was to your liking! :) Have a happy Halloween!
rilakkumasensei rated for One card one partner. #15 on Oct 1, 2013
Comment: This is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen! Wow, you're amazing and not only that, you're absolutely gorgeous! Your husband is very lucky!!!!! The funniest thing about your postcard was the fact that you think I may not be able to understand your English as I believe you think I am Japanese, but I'm actually from New Zealand and I teach English in Japan. I would like to be your penpal if you want me to. Just let me know. yeah, I love snowboarding. Maybe I'll be able to do it a lot this coming winter! Have a great day!
Response: Oh, my! Thank you so much for the compliment! I'm so embarrassed, partly due to my message in the card because of it's simplicity. My web browser kept telling me that your profile was being translated from Italian (so I thought you were originally from Italy!). Then I wasn't sure how well you spoke English, so I tried to keep the message short and easy. My daughter read it and said, "Mommy, you're talking to him like he's a child." I'm so sorry about that! \=P Thank you again very much for the sweet words!

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renmagpie on Mar 16, 2015:

Thank you for such an awesome kawaii krate! I can't believe how fast it shipped and arrived. ♥

burntbao on Dec 17, 2014:

burntbao on Feb 14, 2014:

Happy Valentines!

burntbao on Dec 27, 2013:

Happy New Year

burntbao on Nov 25, 2013:

Because i know you receive a lot of flat mail internationally, can you be on the look out for postage stamps? Cut them out and save them for me please! ♥

lettergirl on Nov 19, 2013:

You are so nice to leave the message you did. I thank you very much for that!! (It may not surprise you that others don't find me as entertaining around here...or in other areas of my life, for that matter. haha!) I laughed when I read your things that scare you, because I have TRIED to love Buddhist things, and to be open-minded about Hindu pictures, but they are just unsettling to me for some reason. Another thing I find unsettling? When they make Jesus too good-looking on things. I don't want to be attracted to my Lord and Savior--at least not in that way. (But his hair is so pretty--it's hard not to.) But anyhoo...pray for my salvation for typing such a thing. And thanks again for the message!

burntbao on Oct 30, 2013:

Saw this swap and thought of you!


VaGrammy66 on Oct 28, 2013:

Thank you for joining my Christmas/Holiday Card Swap- Week 3- Theme Birds Swap!

burntbao on Sep 30, 2013:

♥ Bestie! So happy you joined!

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