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Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: March 27, 2023
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 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. 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: Donetta, what a stunning card this is. I just love all the lovely elements you added, the gold and the feathers, silver and sparkle. All a girl could want. Thanks as well for the very lovely papers. It’s so nice to see you back in my mail box ❤️❤️❤️
JanHardt rated for FFF: Paper & Fabric Tags on Mar 27, 2023
Comment: Donetta, Your tags are just beautiful. I love the butterfly one, but my favorite is the one with the sweet little bird. I really like the ruffles at the bottom, and the lace and fabric toppers. Great swap! Thank you so much.
Arabella rated for VJP: Lace and Roses Journal Page on Mar 23, 2023
Comment: Beautiful journal page, Donetta!! I love the way you take a few images and paper snips and make beautiful art creations!! I love it even better when you send them to me!!! Thank you so very much!!!
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful Rolo & the spring extras 💛
georgiafae rated for AACG: Lilac and Orange ATC on Mar 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you, dear friend for sending this swap. I know how hard it must be for you now. As usual you did a wonderful job on this gothic arch ATC-beautiful combination of lady and the flowers, butterflies!. We just got 6 more inches of snow yesterday-it is an endless winter that has now gone into spring according to the calendar! Take care-thanks for extra goodies too!
Response: Oh Georgene, the snow! The sun is shining here in Portland today, but you never know. I remember the year that it snowed in April. And I don't mean April 1, either. Thank you so much for your lovely, lovely comment and great rating...you are a treasure to me.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful heart tag. Love the pretty bird and butterfly the colors are beautiful. The background looks like you wrote it out pretty cool. Thank you and take care
Response: Thank you so much for the sweet comment and great rating!
Arabella rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #75 on Mar 12, 2023
Comment: Beautiful atc, Donetta!! But I knew it would be (Bee!) when I saw that you were my partner!! If I had the same items as you used, my atc still would not be as wonderful as yours!! You have a talent for artwork!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Response: Nancy, you are quite simply the best swap partner in the world. Just sayin'...the best!
Comment: See you in another swap.
Response: Thank you so much, my friend!!
dwolfram rated for AACG: Valentine Colors ATC on Mar 4, 2023
Comment: Donetta, Thank you so much for the beautifully layered card - it was definitely worth the wait. I love the big roses and such gorgeous trim! Thank you also for the wonderful note. I’m so sorry about your Bella. I can’t remember if you had mentioned before if she was a rag doll but my sweet rag Jango passed away a few years ago and I miss him all the time! Even though he used to attack everyone from behind, steal my makeup brushes while I slept, and then hide them behind the water heater; I loved him dearly.
Response: Oh Donna, you made me laugh out loud with your description of Jango! Aren't our kitties just the best? Bella was a silver tabby Persian...it was so hard to say goodbye. In fact, though, I unconsciously ignored her messages that she was ready to go...and I fear that she paid for my mistake. Here's my takeaway from Bella: when a cat stops grooming herself, she is ready to fly across the rainbow bridge.
LDeWitt rated for Persimmon Ink Box Card on Mar 3, 2023
Comment: Well worth the wait. Don, this Persimmons ink box is exceptionally well done. I love the background, the edges and embellishments. Your balance is always on point and your cutting skills make me jealous. Thank you also for the goodies. I hope your life settles down now. I too went through Covid, down for the count and in a funk. Concentrate on being creative, it heals not only the soul but also the heart and mind. Blessings to you my artistic friend.
Response: Lizzie, you never EVER fail to lift my spirits...thank you so much for that, and for your incredibly uplifting comment (and the happy red heart as well!).
luvbird rated for Periwinkle Ink Box Card on Mar 2, 2023
Comment: Hi Donetta! Thank you so much for the lovely periwinkle ink box card…so pretty! I love the flower and lady images! Such a lovely color of blue! Thank you also for the great extras. Very nice swap! 💕💕💕
Response: Thank you so much, Debbie. I think this is the first swap I've even sent as soon as partners were assigned...can't remember at the moment why I did it, but I've so happy to have had you as my swap partner!
colodad rated for ACTS: Senders Choice Coin on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: Hope things are going well for you. I love the ATC you sent. Great detail and overall design. Thanks for the extras as well. It will be fun to create with them.
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment and wonderful rating!
WoodlandBanshee rated for VJP: Neutral Palette on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: This is so beautiful. I feel lucky to have it and I'm hanging it up in my art room. All the textures and the neutral palatte is just gorgeous! Thank you for also including this cool art deco styled lace and extra vintage bits which willl be used right now in a masterboard for ATCs! Yay!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy, Helene! It's always a pleasure to swap with you!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC!
Response: Thank you for the lovely comment and great rating!
chimerix rated for FFF: Neutral Fabric Collage Tag on Feb 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for resending! I absolutely love the tag you created. It is really stunning and is going straight into one of my junk journals. Aloha
Response: I'm so happy to have made you happy, Hannah! Thank you for the kind words and wonderful rating.
stamparose rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #74 on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you
Response: I'm so late with my responses...but thank YOU for the wonderful rating!
mummsie rated for FFF: Three Elements ATC on Feb 21, 2023
Comment: Lovely. Thank you.
Response: I apologize for the late response...thank you so much for the wonderful rating!
Comment: You are amazingly talented .. this is a gorgeous card from the paper pleats to the vintage looking ribbon it is truly a beautiful reminder of Paris … love, perfect rose, grace and beauty and of course the fleur de lis . Thank you for this .. Paris means a lot to me.. and thank you for the three cool papers .. where did you get them? Love them and this swap!
Response: I am so sorry for the tardiness of my response, Kathryn! It's astonishing to me how quickly I get behind. I wish I could remember which papers I sent you...my memory clearly isn't very good these days! You are a dream of a swap partner, my friend.
watercolorgirl rated for MFF: Cardinals ATCoins on Feb 4, 2023
Comment: Your ATC coins are beautiful. We have cardinals here all year long. Thank you for making it a special mail day here in New York.
Response: I can't believe how far behind I've gotten with my "thank you" responses...but I do want to thank you for always being such a lovely swap partner. I do miss the cardinals in Michigan. Such beautiful birds, with a special meaning.
quaisoir rated for VJP: Creative Collage Journal Page on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the lovely journal page. 2023 has been great so far. Can't believe a month has gone by! So sad to hear abt the flood. I hope u managed to salvage most of your craft supplies. Till we swap again!
Response: I am so far behind on my "thank you's"...but thank you so much for the thoughtful comment and wonderful rating! You are a lovely swap partner.

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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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