Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: August 2, 2021
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
(Profile updated 7/17/21)
♥♦♥♦♥ WELCOME TO MY WORLD ♥♦♥♦♥
Creativity is my passion. I am a serious craft-a-holic, and have been ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. If anything sits still long enough, it is fair game for decorating. I find it difficult to send out an envelope without some form of decoration on it.
My current swap faves are mail art, Zentangles and ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art), ATCs, Artist Trading Coins, small hand sewing projects and smash books. I recently (July 2021) started a smash book with birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies and hot air balloons. If you have any extra bits in any of those themes, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash book. I enjoy drawing, beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, needle tatting, cross stitch, paper crafts, inchies, skinnies, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done needlepoint, scrapbooking, decorative painting, glass etching, wood carving, knitting and origami.
My style tends to be stylistic.
I can use any size art journal/smash book page.
Just for fun (not required), I'd like to see a small green ♥ (drawn, stamped, a sticker, etc.) somewhere on the envie/package my partner sends.
THINGS I CAN MAKE TO SWAP --- I have a Sizzix die cutter and a nice variety of die shapes---I can cut designs for embellishing projects, make shaped note cards, cut stencils from plastic, etc. I also have texture plates for embossing patterns on card stock.
I make small crocheted flowers (for use on ATCs or note cards, etc.) and have sent out 7 batches to swap partners so far. I also crochet bookmarks.
I have drawn original swap cards for a few partners.
Favorite colors: blue (especially Caribbean blue), orchid, lime green;
favorite combination--aqua, burnt orange, brown and ivory.
Lately I have been drawn to orange (not neon, but more the orange on Baltimore Orioles or burnt orange shades.)
I am not overly fond of an abundance of pink.
Favorite artists: Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Monet, Van Gogh, Escher, Charley Harper
Favorite animals: dogs, rabbits, fox, cats,
hedgehogs, frogs, lambs,
polar bears, pandas, moose,
dolphins, sea lions, orcas, jelly fish
dragonflies, owls, hummingbirds, Orioles, flamingos
Favorite cartoon characters: Snoopy, Kermit, Eeyore, Grinch, Tazmanian Devil, Suzy's Zoo critters, Lambchop
Favorite scents: cucumber melon, apple, peach, fresh linen, seabreeze
Favorite gems: Tanzanite, Larimar, green Amethyst, Alexandrite
Favorite flavors: chocolate, peach, green apple, pear, watermelon, bacon
Favorite places traveled to: San Diego CA,
Door County WI, Grand Cayman Island, Kyoto Japan, London UK
Favorite activities: in addition to crafting--- reading, RVing in our 5th wheel, cruising, canoe/kayaking as well as just sitting by water, hiking with my dog
anything with the words JOY, HOPE, or BREATHE on it
washi tape (looking for the following themes: postage, frogs, scisssors, seasonal themes)
beads & charms, rings (size 7 or 9), bracelets
fun fibers, stickers, shaped confetti/sequins, brads
Pigma Micron pens, Copic markers, extra fine point Sharpies, metallic gel pens
maps, travel brochures, used stamps (especially foreign), paper doilies
handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks
small dolls (paper, art, Russian Matryoshyka, Japanese Kokeshi)
bird cages, hot air balloons, light houses, castles
rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars
oceans, lakes, rivers
irises, trees, autumn
a current (as well as long time) favorite is paths. It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.
abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures
For Christmas swaps: snowmen, reindeer, angels, gingerbread houses, snowflakes, old world Santas, mittens
the smell of smoke
coffee, herbal and green tea
I love to read (both on my Kindle and "real" paper books). I can't fall asleep unless I have read for an hour (or 2...or 3). I prefer reading a series over stand alone books.
All Rise, 911, This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, Bull, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, MASH, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Weird Wonders, Impossible Engineering, the travel channel, painting and sewing shows.
Oldies (especially Beatles, Bad Company, Badfinger, Beach Boys, etc.)
DISLIKE Rap and CW.
Random fact: I used to play the accordion.
Princess Bride; Romancing the Stone; Cutting Edge; Dirty Dancing; The Thornbirds; Tombstone; Despicable Me, cheesy sci-fi like the Sharknados, and Tremors
I live in the country (Midwestern USA---Wisconsin) with hubby and a rescued furbaby (Hamlet, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, groundhogs, raccoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)
I have a 41 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) and a granddaughter (born 10-28-03).
My daughter became an angel when she was 19 (on 3-23-03). Many of my projects are done with thoughts of her working right along with me. We loved making "ugly art" (repurposing leftovers into crazy pieces of art). Her favorite color was lime green, and that is why I like to see green hearts added to the envies of swaps sent to me.
I was an Activity Director for a psych hosp. for 7 years before having kids, then was an Activity Coord. for a nursing home for 11 years after kids (with a non-creative stretch of data entry between the 2).
When I was diagnosed with cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) Oct. 2011, I didn't think I would be around to celebrate another birthday. But 6 months of chemo did what it was supposed to. I had my stem cells collected the end of Oct. 2012 and they are being cryo-stored until I need my transplant. As of my latest oncologist appt. (March 2021), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.
I'm keeping my word from last year (find) for this year (2021) too. It has several applications for me. 1) I have a tendency to lose projects (or supplies) when I am working on them. I am making an effort this year to have to spend less time in unproductive searching. 2) I want to find more joy in the little things. 3) I want to find ways to avoid and release negativity.
what I pledged * I appreciate being rated soon after you receive my swaps. What's even more important to me than seeing the rating is just knowing that my swap made it to you. I feel bad asking if my swap disappeared on the way when I don't hear in a reasonable amount of time (2 weeks for USA swaps, longer for international), but I am concerned, and need to know if I should get started on a re-send if need be.
I enjoy reading your comments about my swaps. I also like reading the responses to my comments.
I put a lot of effort into my swap and presentation and I really appreciate it when it's evident that my swap partners add extra effort as well. It makes my day when I can tell that my partner took the effort to read my profile.
I dropped off 1 1/2 doz. beaded angel charms when I was at the oncology clinic for my 6 mo. checkup (3-17-20) for them to pass out to any pt. who needs an angel to watch over them.
I have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, doctor's offices, hospitals, voting locations and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).
Prior to the Covid restrictions, I used to volunteer as needed at the Senior Living Complex where my dad lived before he died in 2016. I'd take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations. I also helped make fund raising items.
I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors) monthly with my neighbors (the mom and her 4 daughters (13, 11, 8 and 3) and 2 sons (4 and 6). I'm expecting that their 18 mo. old son will be joining us soon.
I added Zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at. I also was asked to draw a series of adult coloring pages (which I completed in May 2016). I made 80 tangled thank you bookmarks for the staff at the assisted living complex and the nursing home where he spent his last days.
I entered a sketchbook to the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project 2011 (my chosen theme was "It's Raining Dogs and Cats") and did one Zentangle Inspired Design page for a collaborative sketchbook for the 2020 Sketchbook Project.
I crocheted 18 scarves for 2010 Special Olympics.
I crocheted 12 angel gowns (infant burial gowns) for a local hospital in 2010.
I crocheted 8 shawls and 2 doz. coin purses for nursing home residents in 2009-10.
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