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Rosa1

Rosa1
Date Joined: October 1, 2017
Last Online: July 13, 2024
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States

About Me

Update June 29, 2024 ~ I just looked at my profile and it seems too long, so I think I'm going to delete a bit, but here's where I'm at right now! I'm enjoying my return to creating ~ at least on my level! I will always do my best, which may not be equal to someone else's best work, but it's all I have...

I am now in atrial fabulation constantly, so they've added warfarin to my list of drugs and mix that with the low dose chemo and some days I am a mess! But I find that creating really helps, so thank you to those that swap with me, getting the mail is a joyful event most days, rather than just a box full of bills! Physically I can no longer do many things I used to; the lawn and general maintenance are a just not happening :( However, I am grateful to just still be here!!

October 2023 ~ well, I'm back! trying very hard to catch up in real life and on swap-bot! I am basically maintaining physically, but I truly need to begin to make gains soon; living alone has made these past couple of years pretty challenging and just plain difficult for this old gal. Then... I recently thought I was actually making some gains and got cellulitis & wow! Haven't been that sick in a long time :( I have a new appreciation for friends who've had it...

Okay, so on to the fun stuff :) I soooo missed crafting while I was ill and well-meaning friends helped to clean my dining room and living room; I lost tons of art and journal ephemera. The problem with junk journals is that until they're completed, they look like... well, junk!! Along with my wonky arthritic hands, I now have issues with a cataract causing sight changes, but I am still pushing ahead with drawing and doodling - even though I can't really see clearly with or without my classes right now! (I know, makes you just want to trade/swap with me huh?!)

***Please, if I let you down when I became ill, please reach out to me so I can try to make things right. I really love the swapping and feel so bad for the folks I failed...

I live 1/2 mile in the woods and cannot walk to my mailbox, so if I am going somewhere, it's a drive for me. Also, it's still very common for me to lose power for extended time periods. I lost power early in June during those extreme heat days - although I don't have AC anyway, so it wasn't a bad hardship. Mostly not having access to water annoys me the worst. (I tend to keep at least 4 or 5 gallons all the time).

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About me:

I am a retired/disabled elementary reading specialist teacher ~ I love to draw, doodle, paint, and craft.

I live alone in a log cabin in the woods with a couple of super cats. I like to read and bake, old movies are fun too! I like mysteries and novels ~ I also have a bunch of puzzles (sudoku, crossword etc.) books lying around. I own quite a few DVD's too, because there are so many movies I just don't mind watching again, and yes I do have the entire Harry Potter series ~ both book and DVD :)

I have RA; and fibromyalgia, diabetes and now heart issues, so when I am able and my hands are willing, I like to cook, draw, crochet and try all sorts of crafts. Sometimes I even finish one :) Since I live alone, it seems my whole cabin is a craft room some days! I often have 3 or 4 partially read books lying around the place and art projects in various stages of completion ...

I usually have a few mysteries in progress as well as a fiction or two ~ I'm not a fan of pure romance but humorous/comedy romance is okay!

I also used to write, so I love journals, and junque journaling ~ and art journals are just an extension of that... I've been trying my hand at creating/binding art/junk journals and while it hasn't always worked as planned, it's been fun. My biggest problem right now is storing and then finding the papers, ephemera, etc I've been collecting for these journals!

I recycle, upcycle and just try to re-use everything! I use a variety of papers, from junk mail to old maps and damaged books for art & crafts. This is because I am poor and also, I'd like to be far less wasteful. I think we're becoming too much of a disposable society and that saddens me. I have actually refrained from purchasing things in the grocery store because of too much packaging. Cardboard boxes I can re-use but when an item is packaged in a huge amount of plastic, I often will pass it up!

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*** I'm adding a note here about me & my "art" ~ I recently received a swap rating 3 from a partner who thought I misunderstood the swap. When I reread the rules, they did not say I couldn't make my items. Apparently, she felt cheated; I'm too old and tired to argue - that is her prerogative. I do not join swaps that require me to purchase pre-cut or designed art materials; I cannot afford them or the extra postage; any fancy scrapbook paper or stamps I own were either gifts or thrift store purchases ~ I am very poor! I love to "art", but I also need to live and it's very close right now! So, that's just me :) ***

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The colors I use the most are warmer earthy tones. I know neon has a place, but I find it often too glaring. Otherwise, I love all colors and am not too picky in that respect :) I will admit that last summer I looked at the clothesline one day and noticed I had 7 shirts/t-shirts all in different hues of red!

I respect art of all styles, but I am not fond of dark/goth gory images. I also am not overly fond of cute "safe" rainbow type images, but I understand others are and if that is their style then so be it! I feel the same way about religious art ~ it doesn't often speak to me, but if it's your passion, then go for it! I feel that we make art for ourselves & not to please another. We can tailor our style to gift to another person, but our style just is.

Collections: I love papers and save just about every different kind of paper I come across, up to and including maps, old book pages, brochures and even takeout menus that are unique in any way. I love ocean related themes (I lived for years on a cabin cruiser in the Hudson River in NY), poetry, and cats & dogs. I would be so happy to receive the Cryptoquip puzzle from your daily newspaper!! I love them and sudoku puzzles. I really don't want to do the entire alphabet of likes here, but I do love crayons (plain old Crayola or the like) they're one of my favorite art tools. I love flamingos and the smell of freshly cut grass or cedar. I love a good thunderstorm and rainy days do make me blue...

As for daily likes and dislikes, I'm pretty easy going usually. I love my coffee throughout the day, hot or iced! I drink way too much of it, and in the evenings, I often switch to tea! I love tea almost as much as I love coffee & I enjoy a wide variety ~ love to try new blends too!

I guess if I had to choose a motto, it would be "live and let live."

One of my pet peeves are people who always complain they are bored. I have been too tired, just not willing to do something, or run out of time, but I have never ever been bored!!

Also, I live in an extremely rural area, and I won't mark "sent" unless I have posted an item. However, my mail carrier may or may not pick up & have the mail processed - depending on her schedule, so sometimes I realize the actual postmark may be a day off from my marking an item "sent." This is just life here :)

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Comment: Did you make this postcard?! It’s so beautiful. I loved it :)
Response: Yes I did! thanks!! So glad you liked it :)
SammSews rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #27 on Jul 12, 2024
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Comment: I will definitely be trying this mayonnaise cake recipe!! Thank you!
Response: you'll love it ~ so easy and good!
hyenaVI rated for Decorated Letter Swap on Jul 11, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and various items!
Lyndylou5 rated for Make 5 playing cards for on Jul 8, 2024
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Comment: Ha! I like your cards, they made me smile! Thank you for the collage papers too. I'm keeping the recipe for the BBQ Rancho Snack, it sounds yummy! Cute postage stamp too :-) Thank you for everything.
Catt007 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #26 on Jul 8, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the recipe, I'm a vegetarian but I think that would work perfectly with some veggie mince. I'm going to try it at the weekend. 😺
Response: this will work with TVP :)
ldyhawke88 rated for Easy Triple Pocket on Jul 7, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies. Love the fold out. I am going to copy it, great idea for a swap, Lived in Selden for many years. My children grew up there. They both graduated from Newfield.I lived on DeVille Dr. They are Kris (girl) and Eric Olander I hope things get better for you. I have worked for Michaels for 15 years this is my retirement job,I have gathered a whole lot of paper crafting stuff. I would very much like to send you some happy mail. I f it is OK with you send me your address'
Response: what a wonderful offer ~ sounds like you have a great job you enjoy too! thank you for the heart also! I love paper and trying new projects...
lisaglass rated for Summer Activities Notecard on Jul 6, 2024
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lisaglass rated for Junk Journal #6 on Jul 6, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much
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Comment: Home from a mini break to your lovely notepaper swap - thank you for the tea, literally 6 hours ago we were having lunch discussing apple and cinnamon combinations so the tea bag is ideal. I also LOVE the recipe and will give that a try, my son refuses to eat beans so this will be a jolly good test of whether that's true of just plain fussy x
Response: enjoy! My guess is that if he doesn't see you smash them and bake them ~ he'll never know!! (you can even bake them a few minutes longer; just makes them more dry and like typical brownies!) Have fun!
Kimmiekaylewis rated for Musical Instruments ATC on Jun 27, 2024
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Comment: I love it thank you very much
Response: you're very welcome!
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Comment: Thankee!
CHOWEFACE rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - June 2024 on Jun 25, 2024
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you, and I'm saving it to enjoy when I get back to the Wisconsin condo. Best, Karolina
Response: :)
SammSews rated for Bird or Butterfly PC Swap #2 on Jun 25, 2024
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Comment: Thank you!
katcon rated for Stars and Stripes ATC on Jun 24, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for the TWO ATCs! And all the freebies! I absolutely loved opening up your envelope, I wish I could give you more than one five star rating :)
Response: You're very welcome!
KarenLaneWV rated for The Jambalaya Journal #4 on Jun 23, 2024
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Comment: This is a fun series...I wonder what the journal will look like when we get all the pages!! Thanks!
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Comment: You know, despite seeing clips of it, I've never seen To Wong Foo. I really need to! πŸ’œ Thank you for the letter!
Response: you're very welcome! Enjoy!
LadyMalchav rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - June 2024 on Jun 20, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely chunk!
simplyjaded rated for Simple Flower Dangle on Jun 17, 2024
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Comment: I love the flowers and I love the tip
Response: I'm so glad!
Lisserz rated for Junk Journal #5 on Jun 9, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the journal and book pages. Your book pages are giving me ideas of what I may want to do in this "brand shiny new BLANK journal."

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Comments

BlueberryLady on Nov 6, 2023:

Thank you for sending me some copies of that interesting flyer /newsy paper that you used when making your envies...I liked reading them and will put them to use in my swaps...!!!! Jean

heliogal on Oct 10, 2021:

I hope all is OK with you!! Please take care!

yvonne401 on Sep 22, 2021:

Hi Ruth!

"Autumn is the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful." - Unknown

Have a fun and safe fall!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Sep 16, 2021:

Hi Ruth!

Wishing you a Happy Yom Kippur!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Sep 7, 2021:

Hi Ruth!

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Rosh Hashana!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Sep 6, 2021:

Hi Ruth!

Wishing you a happy and safe Labor Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

HeidiJean on Jul 5, 2021:

Thank you so much for my may WTA notecards!

yvonne401 on Jul 4, 2021:

Hi Ruth!

There are no perfect words which can describe the feeling of gratitude I feel towards my country. Proud to be an American.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Jun 21, 2021:

Hi Ruth!

Wishing you a happy first day of summer!

May it be a healthy and safe one!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Honeyloveart on Apr 19, 2021:

Profile Deco Swap: Earth Day! Have a lovely one and remember to go outside!

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