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monsbrick

monsbrick
Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: February 20, 2024
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

If I send you mail that has postage due please let me know!

For months our home water pipes have been under construction and it seems never ending or at least longer than 90 days. But mail delivery is back at least.

Favorite Books

I'm currently reading about 5 books. Will settle down and focus on one of them soon.

On audiobooks, listening to Joan of Arc by Mark Twain.

My reading goal for 2023 was to read about 150 books. I read about 52 books last year. I am aiming for another 52-55 books for 2024. The goal is now a 3 year goal instead of a one year goal.

When I tried to think about my Bucket List. The only thing I wanted to put on my Bucket List were books. I mean, there probably are a few things to put on the list besides books.... like I'd like to go to Scotland, Ireland, Indonesia, China, Ukraine and Russia, Israel especially Jerusalem, New Zealand, and Holland.

Paper & Postcards & Projects

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Paper: I love paper!! Any kind of paper, stationery, loose pieces of paper, letter sets, postcards, notecards, ephemera.

Arts & crafts I’m into are journals, book pages like old books including illustrated flowers and plants, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, found objects, and more.

Thank you for all the extras and gifts from you all!!!

Likes

Likes: [I'm always trying new styles and techniques. I don't think there's a single style that defines me unless maybe eclectic is a way to define. Though there are times I want more of a simple austere look. Then there are times I want a more busy collaged and contrasting look.]

Vintage or new but in a vintage style

Junk journals and fodder for them

Art all kinds and every style of art and crafts

Die cuts

Doodles

ephemera, any

Lace

Ribbons

Rice paper

Sari ribbon

Stationery anything

Stamped images

Stickers

Washi tape

Found objects

Dyed by ink or store bought or hand dyed fabric or yarn

Recipes

In general I like all colors.

Journals

** For Journals **

I’m making art journals, junk journals, scrapbooks and more. I use planners for work and church and include some other financial and other details in these.

For junk journals, any size works for me.

And I like all themes. To give you a few ideas, here are some: sea, nautical, floral, circus, antique or vintage even if it's new but in the vintage style, Asian theme or French style. Grunge or distressed are also good for me. I often think of French as distressed though there is the sleek French style too. I’m really all over the place.

Any theme is good as I like eclectic or putting various themes together in more a mix! Ha ha!

I have been collecting things to put into a junk journal but I haven't actually started making the journal itself. I've no doubt it'll happen. I'm having a ton of itself and enjoying the process. I hope you enjoy your process too!

Favorite Television

Been watching lots of tv or streaming shows.

Binge watching The Crown on Netflix and enjoying it.

On Britbox we watch Payback. And via PBS we watch the Paris Murders. I think I’ve seen police and detective shows from many European countries! Also Van der walk, Murder in Sweden, and Prime Suspect the old ones with Helen Mirren.

On Apple TV, Silo. It’s based on one of my favorite authors: Hugh Howey the Wool series. Wool, Silo, Sand

And on Amazon, I’ve watched and rewatched The Peripheral. I even relistened to William Gibson’s audio version. I’d read the book in print too.

I think we used to call this cyberpunk fiction but I don’t know what it’s called anymore. I just like it.

And the Amazon series based on Tolkien’s Silmarillion which is ambitious don’t you think? If you’ve ever paged through this collection of myths and songs and stories. But I did enjoy the show on Amazon, it’s called The Rings of Power.

I watch the Jesus Image and EWTN. My life feels so fragile. Well it is for all of us. It can be all gone on a moment. And that makes me push myself very hard and always has. Since I was a little thing. My caretakers died when well one of my caretakers was murdered. And it sort of jaded me but I’ve been through lots and lots of therapy and prayer and 12 step programs. Art is therapy now. But I try to not make everything cathartic. Sometimes a doodle really is just a doodle!

YouTube

Here are a few of the artists and makers I watch at YouTube:

My newest discovery is Marcy’s Misadventures in Mixed Media on YouTube.

Ana Bondu she works in French mostly and her specialty is Gelli prints

Barbara at 49dragonflies who makes grunge and other fun styles of journals

Claire at art_journal love

Cathy’s Garden

Denise Love aka @2lilowlsstudio and she makes intuitive abstract art very colorful

Tim Holtz

Dina Wakely

Maremi Small Art

Amity Bloom

Gayle Agostinelli

Helen Colebrook

Jackie Bernardi

Jane Davenport

Louise Heinzl

Mystele

Niamh Baly

Nicole Relax.Cut.Glue

Nik the Booksmith

Pink Odd Bird

Roxy Creations

Shabbydabbydoodah

ShanoukiArt

Shawn Petite

Susanne Rose Art

Teal and Tattered Journal

The Paper Outpost

TiffanySmplySharpe

Willowing

These are my favorites!!!

Ratings

9O96O rated for CS: Small Travelling Booklet RR#3 on Feb 19, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for Hotthreads travelling booklet. I've finished my page (using past unused prompts). I'll have it moving in the next round.
luluvision rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R89 on Feb 19, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for adding to my journal! The transparency came off but it shouldn't be a problem to glue back into place! Thank you again!
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Comment: Dear Marie, thank you very much for this wonderful swap! ^-^ I will soon answer it in a letter and hope you have a good time in between! Yours, Maxi
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC's! <3
Hunbun rated for FLL: InCoWriMo 2024 #1 on Feb 13, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the letter, Marie--reply going out this week
Lisapotterylady rated for WIYM: Postage Stamp Swap #11 on Feb 12, 2024
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Comment: I really appreciate this great selection of stamps! Any color is fine for stamps. Hope you have a lovely Valentines Day!
bostianh rated for GIFT Scavenger Hunt on Feb 5, 2024
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Comment: Oh my goodness Marie thank you! What a beautiful happy mail surprise! I love everything you sent and I'm so excited to use the glitter gel. Thanks for the love you invested into this swap. Have a beautiful February.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Manonroberts rated for R&W: Found photos mini journal on Feb 5, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for this great swap! :)
9O96O rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #130 on Feb 4, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for emailing me! It was a lovely postcard of butterflies and birds.
2Hearts rated for ABC USA ~ ATC ~ MNO on Feb 3, 2024
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Comment: Oh Marie! How I wish I had a talent such as yours! The mountains are just beautiful! Thank you!!
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty cards, Richard
24Donna rated for GIFT: Book Review January on Jan 30, 2024
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Comment: Marie, always a joy to be partners! The book sounds very interesting! I agree G.I.F.T. Group is a wonderful small group setting I do so enjoy the friendships I’ve made here! Thank you for sharing and also the beautiful paper perfectly matches the napkins. God bless you
9O96O rated for CS: Collaboration PC - Round 4 on Jan 29, 2024
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Comment: Nice work by everyone. I like the gold and silver additions you added. Very arty. I'll finish this off and mail it back to Dave. Thanks for the kudos on my profile. I enjoy keeping up the information.
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Comment: Thank you for the newsy letter and pc! I like the designs! And thank you for being so timely! I had never done one of these swaps before and it gave me a better idea as to how to set it up.
24Donna rated for GIFT - Faith Sister - January on Jan 24, 2024
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Comment: Marie, Oh my I don’t know where to start! You have spoiled me this month! I just received the birthday package (on my birthday) the verses you wrote out perfect! The teas yum I like to put a peach and a mint together very soothing! The little notebook going in my purse ❤️ I’ve never seen a bird seed pop to cute can’t wait to plant (I love hummingbirds) ! Plus the Amazon gifts! Not to forget your prayers for me. I could go on and thank you is not enough to let you know you have overwhelmed me with your kindness, generosity and Christian love! My heart is full! It’s always a blessing to be partners with you. Thank you so much may God bless you my dear friend! 🥰
chimerix rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC - January on Jan 23, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the great and inspiring PC. I really like the unusual collage. Aloha
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas cards! 🎄
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Comment: Thank you for the great vintage Mt St Helens PC! Yes Team Crowley!! lol I love him!! Good luck with your reading pile!! KEEP IT UP!! xx Gabi
TerryONB rated for PAG: Scavenger Journal Fodder Swap on Jan 17, 2024
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Comment: Thank you very much, Marie, for the wonderful journal fodder. I liked all of it, especially your circle art, birds, and vintage items. You went above and beyond with the extras! Thank you so much! I appreciate your nice note too. You are correct in saying my profile is very minimalist. I need to work on that. There's lots I could add. I just keep forgetting to do it. But I do love everything you sent. Thank you.
ktk8 rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #126 on Jan 17, 2024
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Comment: FUN postcard I received today.... can't wait to add to it and send it on...... thanks for the extras.... I love PC's and the fabric is just beautiful.... can't wait to incorporate it into something pretty..... Many hearts to you!

Rating Overview

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Comments

Zefaniya on Feb 16, 2024:

I hope you had a nice Valentine's day! :D

Zefaniya on Feb 9, 2024:

Thank you for the letter (faith sister feb)….I get the destashing but I do believe that happy mail and the crafting supplies for some people is a healthy way to express yourself, a way of self care, etc. You never know when a letter or even a note can really touch or move someone! ♥️

Zefaniya on Feb 8, 2024:

Thanks again for the goodies (Faith Feb Sister)...the Mr pen highlighters are gorgeous! I highly recommend them if you're in the market for some highlighters!

grammypammy on Feb 8, 2024:

Thank you for the encouraging card with tuck-ins! It means the world to me when I receive something like this. Love ya!

Hugs, Pam

MisplacedfromPA on Feb 5, 2024:

Your thoughtfulness is above all. Thank you for the 3 un-used Christmas card you sent me just because. It was so very nice and unexpected. I just wanted you to know that I took this to heart and I thank you so very much. Hope to see you in future swaps. Hugs~~Michelle

BlueberryLady on Feb 1, 2024:

Thank you for the GIFT Wishes of pretty flowered papers and the Bookmarks ( love bookmarks) and your nice note about your fav. Hymns.. and more. Blessings to you,
Jean

yvonne401 on Jan 25, 2024:

G.I.F.T. January wishes - Thank you for the prayer cards, Valentine/heart stickers, postcards and a large heart! I loved everything! Thanks for thinking of me.

Blessings,

Yvonne

MisplacedfromPA on Jan 24, 2024:

I was tickled pink to find you in my mailbox today. With so much snow and ice everywhere, your "extra" Christmas cards, are perfect. I am still in the Christmas spirit and it looks like you are too. I so appreciate you thinking of me and taking the time out to mail me something. May 2024 bring happiness and health to you. Thanks again, Michelle

bostianh on Jan 16, 2024:

GIFT - Faith Sister - January I pray your year has started out with peace and hope for the beautiful year ahead.

Zefaniya on Jan 13, 2024:

Thank you for the Little twin stars letter set! So cute!

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