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Date Joined: November 30, 2009
Last Online: February 26, 2013
Birthday: July 10, 1972
Country: United States
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About Me

I’m a Technology Trainer and single mother of two living in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I’m passionate about life, art, and spirituality. I began my "grown-up" adult art life as a quilter and have quilted for over 17 years. I ran my own business for a while as a machine quilter and have taught quilting classes. I've since branched out into scrapbooking, rubber stamping, beading, and lately collage - where I can bring everything together. I've been swapping for a while - took a long break and bought my first house. I'm so happy to be back online regularly and swapping. I like a little bit of everything - especially art and vintage swaps. If you are interested in my work, I encourage you to take a look at my blog - which has a good deal of stuff prior to my long break - I'll be posting more current stuff again soon.

Favorite Music

My favorite artist is Tori Amos. I love her music and especially her lyrics. I like almost all music and have a diverse collection. A few other favorites include: Live Blue October Counting Crows Damien Rice Tracy Chapman Vienna Teng

Favorite Books

I love mostly literature, science fiction, and non-fiction.

My favorite magazines: Belle Armoire Jewelery, Somerset Studio, Bead & Button, and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. I also seem to purchase every single special interest publication by Somerset.

Favorite Movies

Field of Dreams - because even crazy dreams are worth pursuing if your spirit depends on them. Jerry McGuire - love the script and Tom Cruise and the basic themes. Twister - cause Tornados are so cool and I'm so glad I live far, far away from Tornado alley. Lord of the Rings (all) - epic. Harry Potter (all) - for many reasons, including, but not limited to, magic is real.

Favorite Television

House Bones Fringe CSI + CSI Miami Body of Proof Anything on the Discovery Channel -- but especially Deadliest Catch and Storm Chasers Ghost Hunters

Favorite Crafts

Beading, Stamping, Art Journaling, Quilting, and Photography.

Art bits I love....

I have recently started playing with recyclables in my art and would love some ideas here. Send me cool bits you have utilized in your art and really enjoyed.

I love things that tend toward the whimsical. Things with spirals and swirls. Faces, eyes, bright colors. Anything with butterflies.

Vintage stuff is a new passion. I really love this style and can really use more photos etc for my stash.

Anything "Goddess" related plus Celtic, Buddha, anything spiritual really. My one bumper sticker on my car says "Coexist".

Favorite Colors: Green (especially lime), Yellow, Pink (especially magenta).

Some of my favorite inspirations/products: Paula Best, ARTchixStudio, K & Company, 7 Gypsies, Sally Jean, See magazines above.

Did I mention bits? I love bits of things - clip art, vintage photos, old jewelry, charms (hand made ones really make me smile).


jzzyblu rated for Art journal page swap - February on Mar 1, 2013
Comment: Thanks for resending and the fabric in my fav colors.
heatherkm rated for January Art Journal Page Swap on Jan 24, 2013
Comment: I absolutely love the journal pages and thanks you so much for the stack of paper!
Response: Glad to hear it finally reached you. I look forward to swapping with you again throughout the year.
Gwillisinc rated for PBP ** Try New Technique** on Jan 3, 2013
Comment: Michelle, loved your Paper Collage & your tag was beautiful! Thank you for all the extras they were very much appreciated.
Response: Thank you for the comments and the heart. I had fun doing the page for you and it always warms my heart when my work is received with such enthusiasm.
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous coffee mug (and it's oversized just like I like!) and all the fantastic goodies you filled it with!!! Beautifully wrapped and stuffed with awesomeness, I absolutely loved everything!!! Thank you so very much for making my Solstice special--you rock!!!
Response: You are so welcome. I'm really glad to hear you love an oversized mug - that was a tough decision. Have an awesome solstice!
Dory rated for PBP ** Black & White** on Dec 19, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful page
Response: Thank you for rating. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you! I really like the journal. You found some really interesting stuff to put in there. Also, I really like the binding.
Response: I am so happy to hear you like it and the binding. I had a blast making it for you and have inspired a few people to make junk journals themselves now. If you remember, I'd love to find out what you do with it.
monteverde1997 rated for Different Point of View on Nov 27, 2012
Comment: Your ATCs are beautiful! My favorite one was JOY. I like how the branches all point to the word. Thanks so much for the washi tape. I love the pattern on it and I can't wait to use it!
Response: Joy is my favorite too. I was trying to capture the feeling of looking up while it's snowing. This was such an awesome swap Kim. Thank you again so much.
ARTG33K74 rated for Trees ATC on Nov 26, 2012
Comment: Thank you! The tree ATC is beautful! ☺
Response: Very glad you like it. I had a fun time creating it, especially carving out that tree.
Comment: I love your page - it's beautiful! Thanks so much for sending it my way!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Hi Michele, Thanks so much for this beautiful page and all the extras too. The envie is cool too! I am sad that this is the last one for this year too. I can hardly wait to start on next year's. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: So happy it made it to you. Glad that you like it and I'm really happy to hear that you'll be a part of next year's. Enjoy the holidays and I wish you all the best in the new year.
madcrazy rated for Halloween Tag Swap on Oct 26, 2012
Comment: Michele, thank you for the fabulous tag in a very fun envie and for the extras. Your tag is hanging in my study right now. Kathy
Response: I'm so happy you're enjoying it. This was my first tag swap so I had alot of fun doing things completely out of the box since it's new and there really isn't a box in my mind yet. Happy Halloween!
Gabbyloco1 rated for Halloween Mail Art *US ONLY* on Oct 26, 2012
Comment: Thank you for my beautiful card! I loved the book mark!!!
Response: You're welcome! I love it when everything clicks!
barbieloufromKY rated for Halloween Mail Art *US ONLY* on Oct 25, 2012
Comment: How fun!! Loved the envy and the bookmark! Thank-you.... :-)
Response: Glad you love it! Thank you for the rating and the heart!
ladycregga rated for 1 for All #23-Halloween Girl on Oct 15, 2012
Comment: Oh I love your card! Thank you for all your hard work:-). And the extras!
Response: You're so welcome. Thank you for the rating and the heart. Hugs!
stampmom9 rated for Burnt on Oct 13, 2012
Comment: AMAZING!!! When I opened the package my husband said "what did you have to do for that swap?" lol!!! We both loved it!! You did an excellent amazing job!!! I would give you more hearts if I could!!!! Thanks so much, Hugs Dawn Gallop stampmom9 Plus you are fast!!! :o)
Response: You're so welcome. I was very inspired by the theme - I'm normally not that fast. I'm really glad that you love it. It warms my heart when people appreciate what I create.
Comment: I rec'd this at the same time as the October resend one. Thanks so much for this lovely page! I love this poem by Robert Frost too. Thanks too for all the extras! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Fantastic! Love to hear that you received NOVEMBER too! Guess what?! I have you for December. I'm really happy my art is going to someone who appreciates it. Hugs from Oregon, Michele
Comment: Thanks so much for this page!!!! I love the picture of the girl on the front! Sometimes it's great just to vent and get those feeling out! Thanks for the extras too. Never get tired of you!!! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: So very glad that you finally have OCTOBER! I still haven't heard from my other partner. I hope the first one made it to her. I still secretly hope the first one will show up for you. Hugs!
monteverde1997 rated for Halloween ATC on Sep 30, 2012
Comment: Now that is one special ATC!!! Where did you get the house shape the size of an ATC? Thanks so much for all the cool extras!! Love the paper.
Response: The house shape came from artchixstudio.com. I got it in one of their fabulous extra packages they send with your order. When we decided to do this swap - I knew I had to use it for that. I'm really glad you have it as I know it is appreciated!!! Hugs!
suzanne33 rated for Gustav Klimt Palette on Sep 29, 2012
Comment: Wow! I love it! Thank you so much. Have visited the Belvedere Museum in Vienna to view "The Kiss" and other Klimpt work. Your piece reflects his palette so well. Thank you.
Response: You are so welcome! Glad you got it and especially happy you love it!
monteverde1997 rated for Free Themed on Sep 17, 2012
Comment: I love your ATC. I shall go and do what your ATC says, and "Amuse Myself!!"
Response: So glad you love it!!! Amuse yourself at once!!!

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wolfeagle on Sep 12, 2011:


LeonieP on Jun 6, 2011:

Hi Michele, Thank you so much for the lovely ATC. I love your creativity. Why don't you host a swap with your background technique - love it. Hope all well with you. Leonie

dmarie on Feb 18, 2011:

please come check out my postcard swap


RyeRye on Dec 22, 2010:


MERRY CHRISTMAS from The Crafting Queens group~

ColorInFusion on Nov 8, 2010:

Thank you so much for the wonderful ATC for the WTA in July. What a great idea for the theme. Thank uou again.


wolfeagle on Oct 11, 2010:


Just popping in to say "Hi"

bibiana826 on Sep 24, 2010:

As I was logging in today I saw several pics on the login page that I just had to click on. Turns out they were all your pics! I checked out your flickr pics and I just love your style!

I'd love to swap with you sometime :D

lilspotteddog on May 27, 2010:

I just forgot to thank you for the neat extras you included with my teacup pincushy. They will be put to good use and I appreciate that they are profile based things, too. Sending good vibes and many thanks (again) for the jewel of a swap. You should post some pics of it for the group -it was so pretty.

homeandheart on May 21, 2010:

Thank you for joining the Somerset photo swap!! If I can help in any way, please let me know!!

bjohnston67 on May 18, 2010:

Hi! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for angeling an ATC for a member of my ATC series! Sorry, I did not get this posted sooner!



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