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donetta

donetta
Date Joined: September 2, 2009
Last Online: May 26, 2024
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!) 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

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!
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Comment: Adorably coordinated May birds! Thank you for the extras, decorated envelope and the bulldog washy tape. Love the grandmother and baby’s babushkas. I look forward to receiving these photos as much as I do the swap!
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Comment: Thank you Donetta, I love yellow!
georgiafae rated for AACG: 4 of Diamonds APC on May 18, 2024
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Comment: Hello dear friend! Love the altered card-classy roaring twenties lady and great accents. I love when you write on back of old photos for you note and Evie and Dan fella look like they are out for a swinging night.! I just had a swinging night on Wednesday-it was my 42nd wedding anniversary and we went out to our favorite restaurant for supper! Hope you and kitties are doing well-give them a squeeze and kiss on the head for me! Thanks for the rating and the extras! Don't feel bad-I too have been in a creative funk lately too-hope it will soon pass. Went to Good Feet yesterday and got fitted for arches-I heard from my therapist that arches were great for her arthritic knees-here's hoping!
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: Collage & Napkin Tags on May 15, 2024
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Comment: Hi Donetta! Beautiful . . . as always ;+) Love the backgrounds and your collage work. Love the dimensional pieces and the paper cutouts--those are AWESOME! The millinery flowers are the perfect touch. It's always a happy day when I find you in my mailbox ;+)
LDeWitt rated for AACG: Inkbox Card Book, Part 5 on May 13, 2024
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Comment: Fantastico! Capisci la mia passione per l'Italia, è divertente praticare il mio italiano su di te. Grazie per le bellissime scatole di inchiostro della Costiera Amalfitana, per sempre limoni! Tanto amore.
LDeWitt rated for RF: Pick 3 Large Rolo on May 13, 2024
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Comment: BELLISSIMA! Sei una donna cosi talentuosa. Condividiamo una grande passione per I'Italia Grazie Mille AMICA FANTASTICO !
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely set of inkbox cards. I am loving these. Let’s keep them going!!! Thanks for all the extras!!
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Comment: Oh these are the sweetest cinco de Mayo inchies! Much appreciate the vintage photo and thoughtful note. As always, a pleasure swapping with you Donetta :)
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Comment: Well you really topped yourself with these two ink box cards! The backgrounds are amazing and you even had a real feather for the owl. And what a great owl image this guy is. And I love how you placed the raven on a round piece then attached that over the top of your collaged background. I am telling you right now, I plan to copy this technique!! And thank you for the little packet of extra goodies - they are already added to my stash. The theatre ticket is real! Can you imagine paying 12 cents to go see a movie?? Love it!
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Comment: HI D and what a fun envie from you in the mail! The rolo master board card is soft, and pretty ands romantic feeling. You always manage to find the prettiest images to use, and this is no exception. Lovely lade, lovely roses, wonderful background. Simply divine! And that Russian woman's photo! She might be the best one yet. I've never seen anyone so unhappy to have their picture taken - you are right - it looks exactly like a mug shot! Maybe we need to do a swap featuring a very unflattering photo! She'd be my pick for sure. Hugs!
dustbunny11 rated for MMA: Bird ATC (International) on May 7, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely bird ATC, Donetta! I wish this little bird would fly to a tree in my yard and start singing! The colors are beautiful, and your vintage touches are perfect! Thanks also for the extra papers you sent. I absolutely love the old photo and the history behind the image that you wrote on the back!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Geisha Gothic Arch ATC on May 4, 2024
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Comment: love the genre... and how you arrange your elements in the gothic shape...lovely images...such a fascinating culture..the geisha and the specific customs of tea serving etc. ...great card great swap...and tony...what a good looking soldier...love that photo...thank you also for the italian page...i had no italian pages..i just translated some of it.. thanks for a really nice swap...
Response: Kathryn, you are simply the best. Every comment from you truly makes my day. I am happy to report that the Portland Public Library has opened a used book store (and the books are astonishingly cheap) under my apartment building. I live in an apartment complex that was built over retail shops, and it's quite lovely. (The location, not my apartment, in which my bedroom and craft room are one and the same, and therefore always a hot mess.) My son, whose last name is Mazzola, is from Sicilian stock on his dad's side, and he has been studying Italian for 3 years, in anticipation of a 3-week visit to Italy. In this book store, I found several books in Italian, and they are adorable; of course I bought them for him. One is a thorough explanation of dining in Italy; what to order and how to order it, and what is deemed polite. Another (my favorite) is full of illustrations demonstrating various gestures that are common while conversing. Some are known to us, and some are not...and some are quite rude!
Robinarie rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #92 on May 3, 2024
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Comment: Donetta, I love getting swaps from you! Great job on the Bee ATC. I enjoy the black and white photos you send with notes and add them to my swap-bot journal. Could be a guy pretending to be Amish. LOL.. Robin
Response: I do puzzle over some of my vintage photos...but that makes me enjoy them even more! My favorites are actually the ones from Russia, because I clearly see that people are people, the world around. It's a bit eye-opening to be honest.
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Comment: This card is so beautiful! I love it, and The extras are perfect for a swap that's due next week!! Thanks so much!!
Response: I am so happy to have made you happy! Thank you for the wonderful comment and rating!
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Comment: Thank you Donetta for another beautiful swap, this Index card is beautiful love how you made it the details are perfect and the bird is perfect. Thank you for the extras and this Russian man would be pretty old if he waas still alive. I feel vintage lol. Take care of yourself.
Response: You made me very happy when I read your comment, Carmen. I don't just FEEL vintage...I AM vintage! What's even more shocking to me is that my son and daughter are (barely) into their 50's and that makes THEM vintage as well! How time flies. I adore my vintage Russian photographs, and I enjoy sharing them...they show me that no matter what is going on in the world people are people. Period. I used to not embrace that thought, and very much divided the world into "them" and "us". Now that I'm old, I see things differently...I'm only sorry it took me so long to figure out!
marymary914 rated for USAPC: Tag With Prompts #3 March on Apr 29, 2024
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Comment: Such a beautiful tag! I love the daisies!
Response: I liked this one better than the original, to be perfectly honest! I'm so happy to have made you happy, Mary...it's always a treat to swap with you!
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Comment: These tags and journal card are GORGEOUS, Donetta. The embossing adds a great touch! also, the ribbon and photo were a thoughtful addition. Cheers!
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment and rating, Sonya! You made my day! (And you made my day today also, because I re-read it before leaving a comment!)
LauraM540 rated for Stacked Flower Cluster on Apr 25, 2024
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Comment: Your Vintage style Clusters were super cute! My niece was here making a Junk journal when I opened them and she grabbed up 2 of them pretty much as soon as I opened the package! Thanks so much!
Response: Knowing that your niece likes the clusters makes me very happy! When we send out. our swaps, we have no way of knowing where they might go after our partner opens the envelope..it's kind of thrilling, really! Thank you for the sweet comment and great rating, Laura!
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Comment: Such a lucky mail day for me today! Not one but two swaps from you. The 4 of Spades ATC is so sweet - the image of the little girl with the dog just touches me. Like how you layered it with the music paper, yellow roses, and little fabric flower. Just perfect!!
Response: I ran out of images that had 4 of something...I suspect this will happen more often as the numbers increase. So I've reverted to just altering playing cards...don't tell, okay? LOL!

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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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