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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: July 5, 2022
Birthday: June 22
Country: United States
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About Me

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 two beautiful cats: my spoiled Persian girls. We lost our rescue tabby, Lulu on Valentines Day, 2022. 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.


geekgirl1001000 rated for TIMs: Twinchie Time on Jul 5, 2022
Comment: love the twinchies! thanks
Response: I'm so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the lovely red heart!
tigermousecat rated for GAA: A Trifecta of Elements on Jul 5, 2022
Comment: Such a pretty lady! Love the bit of gold embossed paper at the bottom, interesting detail. Always happy to see you in my mailbox.
Response: My dear friend, I am always happy to send my little works to your mailbox...and I can say the same: it's always wonderful to find you in my mailbox!
Comment: As always you never disappoint with your swaps. Thanks so much! The pearl in the shell was a lovely touch.
Response: This one didn't go exactly as planned, to be honest...or (more honestly) I don't think I actually had a plan for it! So...thank you for the great rating and kind comment!
Camiliann rated for AACG: ATC with a Rene Cloke Fairy on Jul 4, 2022
Comment: so lovely, have a wonderful 4th of July!! ya its humid here, lol
Response: Ooh, I so do not enjoy the heat/humidity combo! It sure makes for beautiful landscapes and flowers, but my poor body just can't handle it. However, I'm happy that you are happy in your beautiful Florida home, and also happy that you like the wee artworks I send to you!
Camiliann rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #67 on Jul 4, 2022
Comment: absolutely beautiful I love everything you send me!! such a great artist!! till next time
Response: Bushing furiously over here...thank you for the lovely and uplifting comment, Wendy!
hibiscus rated for AACG: French Mademoiselle ATC on Jul 3, 2022
Comment: Brigitte! Ooh la la! Mais oui! Who else… I knew the swap the minute I saw that beautiful card… then I noticed the metal charm.. all so French the black and white background.. you really created a nice card! C’est magnifique ! Thank you also for the perfect extras
Response: Hahahahaha! You are simply the BEST, Kathryn! Your comments are simply amazing to read...it is such a joy to swap with you! I'm so happy that you love the Frenchiest of all French Mademoiselles!
luvbird rated for YTPC: Masterboard Tags on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: Hi Donetta! Thank you for the lovely master board tags! I really like them and am looking forward to using them for special projects.
Response: Thank you, dear Debbie! Such a pleasure to swap with you!
Comment: I always look forward to receiving a swap from you but this one really exceeded all expectations! I love vintage and neutrals and this one is so beautiful! Thank you so much,Loved how you used all the gold accents.Appreciated the pretty envelope and extras too.
Response: Joan, thank you so much for the loveliest of compliments! I loved making this one for you...it was a pleasure from start to finish!
georgiafae rated for AACG: Turquoise and Yellow ATC on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Great minds think alike. I had used sunflowers on the ATC I did for this swap too! Love the girl on this and all the pretty accents. Thought I was going to be done with my remodel by now-set out to paint the kitchen on Monday and when I got the paint on the wall-I hated it! So, it's back to square one and must think again on what colors would look good in there! Thanks for the extra ephemera and the side cluster beginnings or belly bands-so many options-thanks for sharing! Take care!
Response: Ooh, remodeling projects are just so HARD to live through! But I have every faith in your artistic eye...I know you will end up with something that's the envy of the neighborhood! Thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating...I have kind of fallen in love with the Deco ladies!
Pikkis rated for May Flower ♥ Ink Box Cards (Int'l) on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Beautiful, beautiful inkboxcards are here and not a surprise, but I just LOVE them :)! Really gorgeous pansies and your neat work together makes them perfect. So happy you found this format, which is one of my favorites at the moment. Thank you so much for another fabulous swap and until the next time ;)!
Response: What a lovely, uplifting comment to read! Thank you so much, dear Pirjo-Liisa! I always love having you as a swap partner...and I share your love for this format!
Arabella rated for VC: Vintage Beach Babies ATC on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: Darling beach babies!! And great rope!! I am so copying that!! Love the starfish, too! Such a great atc for my collection!! Love the owl cards, too! Thank you so much! And I am defiantly buying your book if you write it!!
Response: Hahahahaha! My book...well, I'm still gathering stories, you know. And boy, are there some stories worth telling! Thank you so much for being the BEST imaginable swap partner, Nancy...you are just a delight!
Gwillisinc rated for VJP: Paper Strip 4x6 Journal Page on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you for another beautiful “Donetta Orginal”. + extras Hope you’re doing better!
Response: Sandra, thank you for the sweet comment and great rating...it's always lovely to swap with you!
Comment: Another beautiful piece from you!! I just love it, thank you!
Response: I'm so happy to have made you happy! I did love making this one for you. Thank you for always being so lovely, Jen!
Barbara rated for VJP: Paper Doll People Journal Page on Jun 18, 2022
Comment: Hi Donetta, just a note to quickly tell you that I found your journal page and notes for this swap. I finally got around to filling my journal pages and found your sister paper dolls. Thank you so much and sorry for the delay for rating!
Response: For some reason, I've been struggling with the paper doll swaps...so I'm extra happy that you like what I sent! Thank ou so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: My friend, I’m so sorry I must of forgotten to rate you for this stunning card. I just love everything about it. Such wonderful use of embellishments as well. Thank you so very much ❤️❤️🦋
Response: Ros, it's wonderful to swap with you...thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling little bird collage rolo…so cute! You did a great job on collaging on it! Good to swap with you!
Response: Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Debbie...it's great to be swapping with you again!
123Poggy123 rated for ACTs: ATC with an inchie on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: I love this ATC. So well thought out. I took it to show my best friend at our last crafting get together. She loved it as well.
Response: Thank you so much, Jackie! It's such a pleasure to swap with you again!
Quiltbutterfly rated for RF: Purple Small Rolo on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: Received your “replacement”😄 Rollo today it’s just lovely and perfect thank you ever so much❤️❤️🦋
Response: Oh Ros, I'm so happy it arrived safe and sound. My suspicion, of course, is that it isn't a replacement at all...but it is lovely of you to be so kind and generous! Fingers crossed for your eyeball to come to its senses and behave so you can return to the beautiful artwork we all love so much!
Comment: Donetta: I love this theme and love this Alice tag I just received from you. You have managed to incorporate so many Alice themes and images into this tag. Love the Alice image you used and the little blue bow in her hair. There's even a little brass key! So special - I love this one!!
Response: I kind of love the Alice themes, although I'm really not a fan of the books or the movie, so I can't figure out why I enjoy the theme so much! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, my friend!
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Sea Glass Colors ATC on Jun 5, 2022
Comment: Donetta this swap theme is one of my favorite color palettes and your interpretation in this ATC is just perfect. I love the woman's image that you used - perfectly serene like these gorgeous colors. The fabric strip and bit of ribbon on the left really give it some extra dimension. It really is just lovely - and I thank you for this beauty!!
Response: I do love sea glass. For several years, I designed jewelry and other stuffs for a "faux" sea glass bed company...the beads are made in China, and are, um, "weathered" (SEAthered?) artificially, but they are beautiful and it was impossible to make something drab with those beads!

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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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