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donetta

donetta
Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: June 16, 2024
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm going to be moving...just a few miles, really...but I'm old and it takes everything I have to pack up and move, so I'll be polishing off the swaps on my dashboard and not hosting for awhile. Wish me well, my friends!

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!) over 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 was a tough adjustment.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 were thrilled to add her to our family. She is 10 years old, and I anticipated many happy years to come. However, Miss Kiki developed an inoperable tumor on her esophagus, and I had to say goodbye to her in November, 2023. I was utterly heartbroken. I found a sweet little 6-month-old shelter cat to add to my household in December, 2023, and she has fallen in love with Baby...they are inseparable. Truly a gift...just the sweetest kitty.

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

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!

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.

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.

Ratings

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Comment: Such an adorable face on the “little bandit”. Your elements are great, too. Thank you for the extras (love those Russians) & for another super swap, my friend.
bbpolymath rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #94 on Jun 14, 2024
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Comment: Adorable. I love it. Thank you.
marymary914 rated for YTPC: Accordion Tickets on Jun 13, 2024
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Comment: Ooooh I love your take on this swap! Love the colors! Thanks so much!
MissChief rated for VC: Pocket Twinchies on Jun 11, 2024
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Comment: TY for my pocket twinchies! I love how color coordinated they are and their beautiful embellishments. Thank you for the vintage photo too. such a great collection!
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Comment: These are beautiful, Donetta!! But I knew they would be!! All swaps from you are treasures!! So much added details - love them!! Thank you dear friend!! And - oh! -thank you for the extras and the beautiful vintage horse picture!! So cute!!
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Comment: D: Am loving all the bird themed swaps and this group are featuring some different birds, which is fun. I think I told you I used the same peacock image for my card - it's so Art Deco looking and I loved it and love even more what you have done with it. Such rich color and the jeweled and gold accents are perfect here. And the little hummingbird just looks like a breath of fresh spring air. Colorful and multi-colored against the gold background with the perfect sentiment "that shine and sparkle" which this really does!! And thank you also for all the extra goodies - love the wedding photo but totally agree about the bride's bouquet. When I looked at it it made me think of the flowers we get at Kroger! Are these still from the Russian bunch? I don't know, these people are almost too attractive for that! And love all the other goodies - all will go into my box of bits and pieces to add to projects! Hugs.
lmacdavis93 rated for MMA: Flower ATC (International) on Jun 10, 2024
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Comment: What a goodie stuffed envelope I got from you today! So much loveliness at one time. I'll start with the Flower ATC. These lilacs are one of my very favorite flowers. Our first house after we got married had bushes outside the front door and I'll never forget the wonderful smell. This is just beautiful D - it has such a soft and romantic feel to it. And that is some fancy fussy cutting there too! Thank you for the little beauty!
youngsenior rated for USAPC: Ink Box Card #13: Swan on Jun 8, 2024
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Comment: Very pretty! Thank you. Your friend Joy
Response: Joy, thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
ellie rated for USAPC: Index Card Art: Tea on Jun 8, 2024
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Comment: I love the Asian themed Tea index card art. Thanks for the resend
Response: I'm so happy this one arrived...it's so demoralizing when they go missing. Is it just me, or is it a fact that the higher postage costs rise, the more problems we have with the mail? I don't think it's just me.
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Inkbox Card Book, Part 7 on Jun 7, 2024
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Comment: How lovely are these two ink box cards?? These ladies look like they come from the 20's or 30's and I love the backgrounds you have created for both of them. Is the die cut behind them something you purchased already cut or did you make it yourself - I love it. That and the tiny little tickets and the gold corner pieces - just wonderful in every way! And thank you for the extras - starting with the black and white photo - is this still from the Russian batch you bought? If so, the younger people are definitely more attractive than the older folks! And you sent me some of the little, tiny tickets - they are awesome! Love having you as a swap partner!
Response: Oh Laurie...the doily die cuts! They are from Temu, the supposedly dreadful Chinese company that is suspected of stealing all of our information the moment we place an order. If only I didn't love those so much! They are the one thing that I order over and over again...I'm ridiculously afraid that I'll run out. And to answer your question about the photograph, yes...that's a young Russian couple! I also wonder about the dichotomy between young and old, and (after much thought), I've come to the conclusion that the stunning old ladies I've sent to you probably were once pretty young ladies. Imagine the kind of life that could change someone from young and pretty to old and...um...stunning. And during the Soviet cold war days, there was no money, even if skin care products were available, to waste on fripperies.
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Comment: HI D! I love the idea behind this swap. The whole making of a booklet is great so we are off to a good start with these two beauties! Wonderful butterfly and flower images atop a great background and little touches of glitz and glitter. Just Perfect!!
Response: You are the most encouraging of swap partners, my dear friend!
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Comment: Donetta this tag is exquisite! You are so good at creating a layered background, and this is no exception. The bird and flower images are perfect as are the bits of crocheted lace and ribbon and the gold foil trim at the bottom. It just couldn't be more beautiful! Thank you for always bringing me such happy mail! Hugs/
Response: It took me a long time to get comfortable with making tags. I don't know why, but it's the truth. It's often like this for me...I'm just now getting comfortable with index cards! So your lovely comments are wonderful to receive...thank you so much!
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Comment: The replacement arrived today,and it's a beautiful index card. I love the photo as a note card. Great idea!
Response: Such a relief…thank you for the nice comment and great rating!
FLWAVE rated for VC: Embellished Ticket Tags on Jun 1, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the great assortment of tickets! Got a good chuckle over “She could see his potential”. Appreciate the extras sent as well. Great swap!
Response: LOL...the Tim Holtz words and expressions stickers are great, and very often weirdly appropriate! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating!
Poeprincess rated for VJP: Pick 3 Journal Page on May 30, 2024
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Comment: This journal page is beautiful. I love what you did with the frame and the little girl is perfect. You never disappoint. Thank you for another enjoyable swap, my friend.
Response: I fell in love with the little girl...her precious expression! Just the sweetest! Thank you once again for always being so kind and positive...I treasure you!
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Comment: A departure from your usual submissions, but I love it! Wildly creative. Thank you, my friend, for another super swap with a trip to the Russian countryside.
Response: A completely undeserved wonderful comment, Di...but I adore you for it! You are the kindest of swap partners and friends!
misumisu22 rated for ATC with a Pocket on May 29, 2024
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Comment: Oh, what a beautiful ATC and goodies! I adore the envelope too. Just my style. Thanks a ton ❤️
Response: Thank you so much for your kindness and patience...and for the lovely comment and rating! I hope we swap again soon.
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Comment: Such a soft and sweet index card Donetta. I love your background collage detail and I especially love the geisha image you chose. Everything is so pretty and perfectly balanced. Thanks also for the "tiny" treasures you included, they are so precious!
Response: Connie, thank you so much for always being the most wonderful of swap partners! It's such a pleasure to swap with you.
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Comment: They've finally arrived - thanks very much (love the ice skating one)!
Response: You know I had given up...so this is great news! I just don't understand why it takes so long for mail to get from Point A to Point B...but I'm always thrilled when it does arrive!
wincejl rated for USAPC: Index Card Art: Daisies on May 26, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the daisy index card art! It is absolutely beautiful!
Response: I'm so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!

Rating Overview

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Comments

MissChief on Feb 8, 2024:

Thank you for the precious journal gift. it is over the top vintage and I am so honored to have your work. Do you visit much to Idaho? I'd love to thank you in person when you do!

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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