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Date Joined: September 15, 2013
Last Online: August 29, 2014

Country: Canada
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Update 23 Jan/14: Finally finished the last of my outstanding swaps. The final two were so ridiculously overdue, the only way I could alleviate the crushing discomfort and guilt was to treat them as if I were angeling them, as opposed to being the person who made them need angeling. Very, very cautious about signing up for any swaps, as that whole process was just painful, for all involved I'm sure.

About Me

Hello! I'm Canadian, in my late thirties, and work in health care. Born and raised in northern British Columbia, but have lived a much more nomadic life than I ever expected! I've called several cities my home, including Kingston, ON; Edmonton, AB; Regina, SK; and, College Station, TX. Currently living the dream, so to speak, on the westermost coast on Vancouver Island.

Very passionate about art, and explore my creative side in playing instruments (guitar, trumpet, vocals), and creating two-dimensional works using paper, inks, and paints.

Am a lifetime cat person. I love 'em, get along with 'em, love watching 'em in their feline ways, and to anyone else who loves cats, you know where I'm coming from. To people who are not into cats, I sound insane. ^_^

My favourite colour is definitely blue. I have ridiculous amounts of blue patterned papers, paints, pens, and embellishments. I didn't accumulate them all with the intention of creating a stockpile of blue; it just kind of happened! Blues in combination with greens, yellows, and purple (like peacock colours) is awesome.

Pasting this helpful forum thread link here for my own reference: Thread

Favorite Crafts

I love making art journal pages, ATCs, and inchies. I've got a lot of experience with more traditional approaches to card making and scrapbooking, but lately I have been focusing on a multimedia approach to even birthday cards. ^_^

Favorite Music

I enjoy many different, wide-ranging genres of music, from baroque to madrigal to j-pop. Regular listens at the moment for me are

  • The Arctic Monkeys
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • David Bowie
  • Lyle Lovett

Favorite Television

I like shows that are well-crafted and make me think. Am currently watching

  • Doctor Who (longtime fan! - Pertwee is my favourite Doctor)
  • Archer
  • Naked & Afraid
  • The Walking Dead
  • Californication
  • Warehouse 13
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Celebrity Ghost Stories
  • Game of Thrones

Past favourites include

  • Oz
  • The X Files
  • Quantum Leap
  • Survivorman
  • The Haunted Collector
  • Dexter

Favorite Movies

As with television, I like movies that are well-crafted and thought-provoking. I don't watch many these days, and could care less what is currently playing for the most part. Perhaps I've seen a few too many shows that have made me want those three hours of my life back to have much patience for the long format any more.

That said, recent watches (and I use the term loosely) I've quite enjoyed include:

  • Django Unchained
  • Prometheus
  • Gran Torino
  • The Watchmen

Enduring, life-long favourites centre around actors and directors with depth and subtlety.

  • Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, The Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Man With No Name movies)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, The Shining, Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket).

General fave movies include:

  • Little Big Man
  • Whale Rider
  • Bladerunner

My Preferences

Things I tend to enjoy:

  • CATS
  • peacocks
  • feathers
  • leaves
  • dry humour
  • the combo of blues and greens
  • the combo of oranges, reds, and pinks
  • kawaii (esp. Chococat!)
  • butterflies
  • poppies

Things I tend to be averse to (in terms of arty stuff):

  • Disney
  • Americana
  • Christian religious
  • the combo of red, white, and blue
  • most "cutesy" (outside of kawaii and Fluffles the Cat from Stampendous)
  • farm animals

Favorite Books

Since experiencing some extensive eye injuries, I have not read as often as I used to. However, with the advent of the e-reader, I am able to read more easily again. My most recent reads include

  • Mile 81 by Stephen King
  • Almost Dead by Assaf Gavron
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

On my to-read list are the final trilogy of the White Gold Wielder novels by Stephen R. Donaldson, and the next book in The Wheel of Time series started by Robert Jordan.

(Note: the eye injuries are not reflected in my artwork to any extent!)


RiittaR rated for Shaped ATC (Profile Based) on Feb 28, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for your exquisite ATC and sharing the tip about stamping inks. Love the colours and the hot balloon shape (you can never have too much uplifting things in your life :-) Say hello to your feline friends from me!
artytart1919 rated for ATC with a Heart #3 on Feb 23, 2014
Comment: really enjoyed this swap, cheers
ABackwoodsLife rated for Gnome in the Snow on Feb 19, 2014
Comment: He is too cute! And I love the way you made him peeking through the card. :-) Well, life started to settle down a bit, then I was informed by my oldest daughter that I'm going to be a Grandma!!! A new life on the way to help heal the wounds from the life lost. Thank you. :-)
pennypuppy rated for Gnome in the Snow on Feb 15, 2014
Comment: I have the same stamp! I like how you have him peeking out from a snow drift. I did the same thing for the snow; tearing and layering--great minds think alike! Thanks for joining my swap =)
Comment: Guess what I got in the mail? Thanks so much,I believe this is the first mailing.
Mak rated for Quote ATCx2 #2 on Jan 30, 2014
Comment: Absolutely love all the ATC's you sent me, it was well worth waiting for them and not a worry to me with all your great messages. Thank-you so much for the extras. Hope all is settled and well now for you.
sammie91 rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #3 on Jan 26, 2014
Comment: Thank you for such a gorgeous atc!!!!..........i love it.
Response: I am so glad you like it! Thank you for your rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for your lovely atcs. I am enjoying this series, and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Response: Very glad you like them! :) These colour series are fantastic, I agree! Thank you for the rating and heart. :)
Comment: I love the card thank you. I found it with Christmas cards/ stuff. My sincerest apologies
Response: Hello, I wish you had contacted me before rating a 1. I have received confirmation from 4 of the 10 total swappers I sent an ATC to that my swap made it to them. Please keep in mind this is an international swap, and I live in a different country than you do.
sammylouise40 rated for Awkward ATC Series - Cards on Jan 19, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the great ATCs of two of my favorite shows. The Farnsworth and Tardis are great.
Response: Very happy to have been able to send those to a fellow fan. :) :) Thank you for your rating and the heart!
Comment: Wow-->I am so inspired by the cards you sent--true greatness!! Hope to see you in more color series swaps =)
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome ATCs.
nancybarlow rated for Holiday Lights ATC on Jan 7, 2014
Comment: Lovely card, Melanie! I really think the message is great for a new year. I like it very much, Happy New Year to you and I hope all is well.
Tommie rated for free themed RINCHIES - December on Jan 3, 2014
Comment: thank you for the great rinchies, and joining.
dshunter rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #3 on Dec 29, 2013
Comment: Thanks so much for the pretty ATC. Happy Holidays, Marjorie
margoartist rated for free themed RINCHIES - December on Dec 27, 2013
Comment: I love the rinchies you drew! Thanks so much, Marjorie
Comment: Thank you for sharing in this swap with me your neat background ATC. I especially loved the postage stamp wreath Christmas card. Very fitting for a swapbot swap if I may so. :-) Merry Christmas,
Comment: Thanks!
Luna0819 rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #3 on Dec 21, 2013
Comment: Cool ATC! I really like the fish stamp. Thanks for the nice note :).

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Mak on Dec 17, 2013:

I hope life is settling for you and your friend is out of intensive care and improving. I will look forward to receiving your Quote ATC's #2 when you have a chance to send them. Mak

stlouisphile on Dec 1, 2013:


Welcome to Doctor Who Fans - we hope you will join us and introduce yourself in our TARDIS Checkin in the Forums!!! Gernomio!

takehimaway on Oct 2, 2013:

Honestly, I was showing my friend it earlier on Gtalk, and I called it my most prized possession. I have an ear to ear grin just thinking about it. I wanted to put it in my special box -- which is exactly what it sounds like, a box where things go, but they never come out; they just stay in there, so they can be kept safe and never be lost, but my girlfriend is not too keen on that idea. It is incredible! I love it so much, but now I feel like I suck, because I still need to send to my partner, and I SUCK AT ART, and can't even begin to create something as beautifully as you did!

Lucine on Sep 19, 2013:

@Handmade card with a twist - sender's choice And it would be awesome if you joined us:-)) Welcome to swap-bot!

takehimaway on Sep 15, 2013:

If you need any ideas of what to make my ATC of, I FREAKING LOVE WAREHOUSE 13. I'm your partner for the Our First ATC Swap.

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