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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: December 1, 2023
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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Hello! I'm Donetta, in Portland, Oregon. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there most of my life. I moved to Portland in 1992, to Vancouver (Washington) in 2012, and except for a 2-year hiatus in Dover, Delaware and a 4-year residence in Grand Rapids, MI, I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for (oh my!) almost 30 years (yes, I am old!). Love it, love it, love it...I honestly feel like I should have been born here!

I have three adult children, five grandchildren, and my beautiful brown tabby Persian kitty Cocopuff (well...she really only answers to "Baby"). We lost our rescue tabby, Lulu on Valentines Day, 2022, and sadly, I lost my 20-year-old Bella in February of 2023. I've never had only one pet...it's a tough adjustment.

Edited to add: Baby and I added a kitty named Kiki to our family...a sweet little "torbie" with the most beautiful green eyes! Kiki was at the local shelter for quite awhile, so we are thrilled to add her to our family. She is 10 years old, and I anticipate many happy years to come. Edited to add: sadly, Miss Kiki developed an inoperable tumor on her esophagus, and I had to say goodbye to her in November, 2023. I am utterly heartbroken.

I enjoy spending time with friends and family...and I also love my "alone time", when I craft to my heart's content.

My home is extremely important to me; it's my haven, my joy, and the place I feel most relaxed. I enjoy decorating for the different seasons and holidays, and my home is a reflection of my style and personality. I love items with a vintage look, rich wood tones, vintage linens, and roosters. I'm a thrift store fanatic, and have found some wonderful treasures for my home.

Favorite Crafts

I have had a thriving little jewelry business, and before I moved to Michigan, I sold my wares at two salons in the Portland area, as well as at a boutique In Oregon City. I design for two international bead companies, and love the creative process. I've recently opened an Etsy shop and an Amazon Handmade shop!

My jewelry has a classic look; I love vintage-looking findings and beads, and use lots of crystals, pearls, and antiqued copper, silver, and gold wire and findings. I enjoy making wire wrapped jewelry, and am working to perfect the art of polymer clay beads...they can be amazingly beautiful!

I make cards as well, using my Spellbinders machine and adding embellishments such as ribbon, sequins, pearls, and paper and silk flowers. I used to take classes (card making, mostly) at a local scrapbooking store, but the store went out of business...and now I use Pinterest and You Tube for inspiration and lessons!

I spend part of each day stitching...I have a project rotation list that contains cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, crewel embroidery, and redwork, as well as knitting and crochet. My latest interest is crazy quilting; I am addicted!

I enjoy making and receiving ATCs...they are such a great way to practice new techniques on a small scale. I get inspiration from the beautiful cards I receive, and enjoy seeing my own style evolve and become more sophisticated with time.

My sewing and craft room is my favorite room; it's the closest thing to a treasure chest I'll ever find!

Things I like

As far as TV is concerned, I love to watch true crime shows and shows about serial killers. Why I love these is a mystery…but they are my (not so) secret addiction.

My favorite authors are Ken Follet, John Grisham, Sue Grafton, and David Baldacci. Many, many others as well...but you know; space prohibits. Also, I collect and read cookbooks like novels. I love to cook and entertain.

My favorite place in the world is my home,but Vancouver Island runs a close second. I have friends who live on Vancouver Island, and it is my favorite place to visit.

Favorite colors...so hard to choose! My home is decorated in deep red, yellow/gold, some blue,and mossy green...Tuscan or Provencal colors! I love buttons, and use them extensively in my crafts. I love flowers...roses, hydrangeas, and dahlias, plus any other beauties I find locally to add to my patio garden.

Extras: people either love 'em or hate 'em...I happen to adore sending and receiving "extras" in my swap envelopes. I usually check profiles to see if I have any readily available items that my swap partner might enjoy receiving...little things that are flat (ish) and easy to include in a standard envelope. Some of the things I love to receive are old book pages...especially in foreign languages, snippets of sheet music, lengths of wonderful washi tape, and random embellishments such as bits of ribbon and trim, rhinestones and pearls, etc. I make inchies, twinchies, ATCs, and rolos...I make use of little pieces that might otherwise be thrown away. If I receive something I think I might not use, I save it for someone who loves that sort of thing...I have never understood swappers who say they will only accept certain items, or they will withhold a heart if what they receive isn't to their liking. What...why? Extras are just that...EXTRA! Be gracious, people. It costs nothing to say "thank you" when someone has cared enough to include a treat...even if it isn't your kind of treat!

Super Swappers

Rather than listing flakers, I'm taking something I've seen on other profiles, and listing those extra-special, super swappers...you know the ones I mean: when you see an envelope with this person's name on the return address, your heart sings!

nancybarlow (Nancy), one of the most wonderful ladies on this site, who creates works of astonishing beauty and inventiveness. Nancy is not only a fantabulous artist, but a true friend. Nancy saved my sanity while I was ill, generously angeling so many of overdue swaps with all of her characteristic style and elegance. the best of the best!

Arabella (Nancy), who creates such gorgeous works of art that I'm constantly challenged to find the right words of thanks. Beautiful, beautiful ATCs. An inspiration.

Tigermousecat (Bev), who is the most wonderful of swap partners, and a dear friend...from afar. Bev creates beautiful works of art and sends the loveliest little letters with each swap. She is kind and generous, in addition to being a fabulous swap partner.

Isabellasnow (Kristy)...an amazing swap partner! Her work is beautiful, and every possible detail is polished and perfect. Packaging is Kristy's special gift...it's absolutely as beautiful as the artwork inside.

BeeMGee (aka: Bev)...wow. Everything Bev touches turns to beauty. In addition, she is quite possibly one of the nicest ladies I've ever "met". Although Bev lives in South Australia, and I live in the Pacific Northwest, I like to imagine sitting across from her at my dining table or hers, enjoying coffee and cookies and all kinds of chat on a regular basis!

Hate to mention...

Really, I do hate to mention my few actual dislikes, but it's helped me to read this on other profiles...it gives me a better insight into what sort of extras and RAKs to send. So here goes: not fond at all of cutesy stuff (Precious Moments, big-eyed children, Disney to name a few). Intensely dislike cigarette smoke and flashing icons...these are migraine triggers for me. Lights and certain smells, oh my. And of course it goes without saying (but here I am, saying it) that I am never in favor of poorly planned and executed artwork. Construction paper, crayons, and silly stickers do not belong here, imho!

One more thing...something that makes me sad. Non-raters. I speak for most of us when I say that we put a lot into our artwork. A lot of time, special embellishments that can be quite expensive for an addict such as myself...even postage is expensive! I do this because I love it, and because it makes me happy to receive good ratings and lovely comments. To fail to rate is more than rude...it's unkind.


Comment: Great card! Thank you
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating, Helene.
Comment: Love this ATC - you are so talented! Also, thank you for the extras and I really like how you repurpose vintage pics as postcards! Very inspirational!
Response: Thank you so much! I truly enjoyed making it for you. I confess that I love the old photos...I hope I never run out of them!
wincejl rated for USAPC: Inkbox Card #9: Winter Deer on Nov 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you! The ink box card turned out gorgeous! I love the photo you used for the note card. Such a neat idea. And I agree about the family!
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating and sweet comment...I truly enjoyed making this card for you! I am loving the Russian photographs, and I have quite a stack of them left...you may expect to receive more from me!
JaneInSD rated for VC: Index Card Challenge #2 on Nov 23, 2023
Comment: Donnetta, I LOVE your index card. It is so pretty! You're doing great on these. :-) I LOVE the idea of using the old photos as notecards. What a clever idea! I may have to steal it....LOL
Response: Jane, you are without a doubt the kindest of swap partners! Thank you for that. As for the Russian photos, I just love them! So different to us, and yet in many ways, not so different. People are people all over the world!
georgiafae rated for AACG: Harvest ATC on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Hope you are feeling a little better-I think of you often! Got your beautiful Harvest ATC-lovely lady-love the color scheme and the pretty teal flower. Also love again that you used an old photograph as you notecard! Thanks for the extras! Take care and have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Response: Thank you, Georgene...you have been a bright light to me over the past several months. to on ly are you the loveliest of swap partners, but the loveliest of friends also.
Camiliann rated for VC: Inkbox Book Part 6 on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous. I love all the added paper lacey embellishments. Thank you for such gorgeous work!! And thanks for all the vintage extras. Already used some. Lol.
Response: Thank you, Wendy...you are the sweetest of swap partners!
georgiafae rated for Black Cat Small Rolo on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: My black cat behaved badly today! Sometimes when she gets excited or suddenly scares she lets out this awful colored milky stuff from her butt-and she's been fixed-I've never had a problem with the other cats I've ever had before! Anyway I sat on bed-which she obviously didn't expect and now my bedspread is in the washing machine! But I digress- I do really like the rolo you made for me! And the extras but that photo was something special-judging by the writing on a building in the background it looks Russian and the guy in the white coat looks like a chef coat-weird pose between the two of them anyway! But love it-what a great Idea for a notecard! Hope all is well with you-Happy Thanksgiving!
Response: Hahahahaha! All cats behave badly on occasion...it's how they retain their cathode! As for the notecards...gosh, I'm loving the Russian photos! So different, and yet...people are people, wherever they happen to be.
Nehalennia rated for RF: Glue Book Style Large Rolo on Nov 12, 2023
Comment: Great swap as always. Thank you so much, Donetta, also for the beautiful extras <3 Also made me happy to receive another old photo <3
Response: Thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rateng!
tigermousecat rated for MFF: Autumn Owl ATC Coin on Nov 8, 2023
Comment: As always you never disappoint. Love what you sent.
Response: Thank you, my friend...thank you very much. It's always wonderful to swap with you, in either direction!
JBFR rated for VJP: Creative Collage Journal Page on Nov 8, 2023
Comment: Wooow! Wonderful, fabulous! I really love it! Thank you for this wonderful swap!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Two of Spades APC on Nov 8, 2023
Comment: You always find the best images! Loved the placement and the treatment of that spade with the gold studs.. nice card and thanks for the really helpful extras
Response: Kathryn, you are the sweetest...thank you so much for always being the best imaginable swap partner!
luvbird rated for MFF: Chicken Month Skinny on Nov 7, 2023
Comment: Hi Donetta! Thank you for the awesome chicken skinny…so darling! Thank you also for the great extras! Hope you are doing well! Hugs, Debbie 💕💕💕
Response: Ooh, Debbie, I apologize for the late response! I confess to loving chickens and roosters...not the real ones that poop all over the place, but the ceramic ones that live in my kitchen! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating...you're just the best!
Comment: Gorgeous ATC as always. Thanks for the extras too. I love how u surround the outline in gold. 😊Thanks for hosting!
Response: I'm so embarrassed for the late response...thank you for the lovely comment and great rating! I truly enjoyed making this ATC for you.
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Halloween Inchies on Nov 3, 2023
Comment: Seriously adorable Inchies! Each one is a treasure. Thank you, my friend, for another stellar swap!
Response: Thank you so much, dear Di...I love inchies (in moderation), and Halloween inchies are just the most fun of all.
Karmi53 rated for MFF: Raven with... Inkbox Card on Nov 2, 2023
Comment: Wow great picture love the Raven, and l love the background you used. The little heart is perfect. Thank you for the ink box and for the extras too, great old picture. I hope your son is doing better. Big hugs take care
Response: I'm so late with my responses...thank you very much for your lovely comment and of course for the great rating! My son is much better...back home again and feeling better.
Comment: This was such a fun piece of mail to receive. That photo and what you wrote in your message are both great. I like the extra papers, figure, and how you wrapped the ink box card in a dictionary page. And the cute squirrel! Thanks for a great swap!
Response: I am so late with my responses! Thank you for being so kind and gracious...I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the swap!
Comment: Your journal page was absolutely stunning. It made my day. It is always a pleasure to swap with you.
Response: Gosh…thank you so much! That is a wonderful way to embrace the day! It’s always a pleasure to swap with you.
Comment: Thank you so much for beautifully done ATC and the extras you gave me.The touched of gold on the ATC is so Wow!
Response: I loved making this ATC for you...your sweet comment has made my day, and I thank you for that!
PaperPassion rated for TIMs: Moos with Rinchies 1: 2 on Oct 30, 2023
Comment: Beautiful as is everything you make.Thanks so much.
Response: I hope this swap comes around again…I have an idea that involves using the rinchie as a head and the moo as a body… Thank you so much for always being the loveliest os swap partners and friends!
Comment: Donetta, Thank you so much for the little journal it’s so pretty. I love journals of all sizes and this fits perfectly into a folio that I made. I love the lace and the little pockets.
Response: I’m so happy you like it, Donna…thank you for the sweet comment.

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hibiscus on Feb 9, 2023:

My Parisian tag is tres magnifique..beautiful and thank you❤️

hibiscus on Aug 31, 2022:

lucky me ...i got two donetta cards in one envelope...you are a truly talented artist...thank yu

Barbara on Jun 21, 2022:

Thank you Donetta for the paper doll resend! Your collage journal pages tell sweet little stories.Watch for some happy mail coming your way!

hibiscus on Jun 2, 2022:

Your attention to detail and your perfectly chosen elements really make your swaps so amazing … lucky me !!

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