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messymama

messymama
Date Joined: June 20, 2018
Last Online: March 15, 2021

Country: United States

About Me

I moved in January 2021 to be a live-in assistant for a person who needs a bit of help every day. It's an adjustment, and I'm very grateful for having productive work! I have some ideas to generate part-time work to supplement that.

Besides crafting, I like to:

  • read (widely). I can walk to the library now - it's only a mile. I've gotten a Kindle during COVID, and love that the library has so many ebooks and audiobooks!
  • do genealogy. I was adopted at birth. In late 2019, I discovered my birth parents via DNA matches on Ancestry. I haven't gotten up the courage to contact my living half-siblings yet... I'm pretty sure they have no idea I exist. I love helping others, as well, with their trees.
  • finish the Sunday NYT crossword with a friend over the phone. He knows trivia and I know history and literature...
  • play advanced strategy games (Euro games). I often play on BoardGameArena.com. I like Carcassonne, Thurn & Taxis, Innovation and Love Letter.
  • watch youTube videos about crafts, writing, journaling, cognitive behavioral therapy, geology, history and ancient genomes

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I did all these activities before COVID, and have fallen back on them as good things to do even more often in isolation. The thing I miss most about the shut down is #1 seeing my 4 adult children (and SOs) in person, and #2 going to coffee shops for an afternoon with my laptop. Well, and the job I had that I liked a lot, but that seems to be a thing of the past.

I'm writing my first novel, and I'm in the research phase. My goal is to have a robust outline for NaNoWriMo next fall. There are lots of things to learn a bit about:

  • permaculture and food forests
  • inventing an alien species!
  • writing a YA romance
  • contrasting a bucolic culture with an urban one
  • psychic healing (or like Jill Bolton Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight)
  • stages of psychological development
  • hospice
  • sailing, and storms at sea
  • ana-Baptist culture and history

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I'm currently learning about character arcs, which involves identifying the characters' mistaken beliefs, unsuccessful attempts to get what they think they need (but actually just want), their self-discovery of this flaw, and their difficult, but successful, journey to growth.

Also I'm studying several personality systems to give me ideas to make characters distinct from each other: Enneagram, MBTI, and Clifton Strengths.

Favorite Crafts

I love hand drawn images, especially that tell a story or convey a feeling. Also watercolor. My favorite patterning is batik, and wax resist on watercolors. I guess I love what I can't make!

My favorite color palettes vary quite a bit. Some current favs:

  • Fuscia, gold, buttercup, cream, dark purple
  • Turquoise, sea green, golden yellow, blue
  • Olive, Forest Green, Light Green, Ivory, Tan

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OTHER CRAFTS: I like to make collages -- ATCs, and larger formats.

I'm just making some bound books, some to be journals, some to be flow journals. Exciting! Last fall (2020), I listed this as an aspiration! I made a flow journal for my daughter-in-law for Xmas. That was a new thing for her, and she said it knocked her out of her comfort zone to journal in it, and she liked that. I included part of a poster of my son from his college dance days, and she got a big kick out of that -- it really warmed her up to the idea of a funny hand-crafted journal.

I'm finally willing to put my hand to drawing, and then sharing it. All those drawing books claim ANYONE can draw....

Extras I like

My favorite themes or images are mixed media collage, dogs, star bursts, ocean, true-to-life plants, landscapes, water-color-ish anything.

Did I mention watercolor? haha

Unfortunately I am allergic, so please send NO SCENTS or PERFUMES.

I can use:

  • washi tape
  • little pockets
  • letter sets, or stationery that fits in a 6"x9" envelope
  • greeting cards
  • handmade envelopes of ALL sizes
  • ATC's, Coins, inchies, twinchies
  • materials for ATCs, inchies, twinchies
  • book pages in foreign scripts
  • any ephemera

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Ratings

bluecrayons rated for Mae- Your creativity! on Dec 7, 2020
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tlemon4 rated for Christmas Junk & Flow Journal Style on Nov 27, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much! Happy Holidays
Response: You are so welcome. Thanks for hosting!
Manifest rated for A.I. - Tag It on Oct 25, 2020
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Comment: I enjoyed received your tags! Thank you for your creative tags. Per your note, I will check my links.
klover rated for Give one, get SIX! on Oct 14, 2020
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Comment: Love the postcard! I really enjoy using sprays and stencils as well. Continue having fun with your sprays! Have a great day and happy swapping!
Response: Thanks, hope we swap again!
wincejl rated for Handmade Greeting Card Swap #2 on Oct 9, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! This reminds me of the view from one of my favorite spots!
Response: great ! that's what I was going for...
KSENiA rated for 12 Reading Questions- Email on Sep 30, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. Happy reading to you :)
Response: Thanks for your generous rating :)
CrankDatDesigns rated for My Crafty Side #3 ~ USA on Sep 26, 2020
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Comment: Your so creative! Thank you I loved your work!
Response: Why thank you! It's fun to share.
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junemoon rated for 12 Reading Questions- Email on Sep 24, 2020
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Comment: THANKS FOR THE QUICK RESPONSE. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SIFI PROJECT
Response: Thank you! It was fun.
grammypammy rated for ATC Trade #5 ~ USA on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: I absolutely love the ATC's...thank you for joining this swap!
Response: Oh thank you for the generous rating! It's nice to be back in the ATC world.
lovenita rated for Why is my mailbox so empty? #12 on Sep 17, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You are so welcome :)
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Comment: Thank you for the nice items. You forgot to include a note,
Response: Oh thank you for the generous rating. I will sent you a note! I didn't put that on my To Do list... have to be more careful.
howdyholly rated for Why is my mailbox so empty? #12 on Sep 16, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the quilt block! Did you make it? I love the colors and pattern.
Response: yes I did make the quilt block. But I have moved on, and now my quilt blocks are UFOs. Thought it might be appreciated - glad it was!
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies, including the super cool summer themed washi tape. I really enjoyed scrapbooking your letter. Also thank you for the resend, I appreciate you doing that. <3
Response: Yay -- all is well. Thanks for your patience.
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Comment: What a sweet picture! I love the way you did the plants :) Thank you so much!
Response: thanks! It's encouraging for a beginner to get positive comments <3. Thanks for the generous rating.
tonat80 rated for I spy jar quilting blocks #2 on Jul 29, 2018
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Comment: Sorry to hear you won't be progressing forward. Thank you for the nice blocks and extra fabric.
Response: Thank you for hosting! I'm sure our paths will cross again.
Fabriqueen rated for I spy jar quilting blocks #2 on Jul 28, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the parrot block and the lovely extras. I love the mushrooms the best. I remember the era of the olive, orange, brown and yellow. I said I would never go there again but I find I like it, especially with mushrooms. LOL! Does that tell you how old I am? Hugs, Diane
Response: I hear you! But in an I Spy quilt -- we need no permission :) Thanks for the generous rating.
Seacrow rated for I spy jar quilting blocks #2 on Jul 27, 2018
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Comment: Love the parrot block, Sue! Great colors, too. Sweet of you to include some cool goodies that I look forward to creating with. Thank you!
Response: Yay for parrots! Glad it works for you. Thanks for the generous rating.
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Comment: Thanks for the cute fabric squares. Fun patterns and colors. Happy swapping!
Response: Glad you liked them! Thanks for the generous rating.
bearnbabs rated for 2 1/2 inch square fabric swap on Jul 10, 2018
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Comment: What a wonderful selection of fabric squares. Love the blue ones the most.And thank you for the ATC cards and the book suggestion. What a fun swap. Have a great day every day. bearnbabs
Response: Oh I'm glad you liked them -- tx so much for the nice rating. Btw, keep us updated on the family military quilt (via your profile) -- I also feel an urge to combine quilting and genealogy, so maybe your project will inspire me to think one up. <3

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Comments

messymama on Aug 22, 2020:

@Rosa1 what a beautiful sun ==> I'm a Sag :)

Rosa1 on Aug 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for the reading!

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