About You

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I want to know about you. I want you to tell me anything about yourself, because I like to know who’s reading my crap here, and I want to be able to invite myself over to your house for a white wine spritzer.

If you haven’t already read my About Me page, why don’t you head there first to see if you want to even deal with me, and if so, come on back and tell me about yourself.

If your mind goes blank at such open-ended questions, here are some prompts:

My name is ___

I am ___ years old

I like to pet ___

I eat old ___

Never mind. Come up with your own stuff. Share a story, confess an old crime, tell me what led you here. You get the idea, and I’m happy to have you here. P.S. I won’t show up uninvited for a wine spritzer, but I will invite myself into your email inbox every Sunday morning with my could-be-award-winning newsletter.



  1. Cyndy Van Veen Ross
    11/30/2016 / 3:41 pm

    I hope I am in the right place. I am here for the “About Me” portion of this experience. I can’t remember how I came to follow Craftwhack or subscribe to your newsletter. I can’t remember many many many many things these days. If I had to hazard a guess it would be that I saw a link your post on some other Facebook page and followed it. I love your blog and your Facebook page(s). They bring me joy and chuckles galore. Now a bit about me…my name is Cyndy. I am a born and raised Oregonian. I have lived in 10 different towns in Oregon over my 47 (on Sunday) years. I was born in Portland. Now I live west of Salem about halfway to the coast. I don’t think I could ever live in an inland state because being on the edge near the ocean is the best. But never say never. I went to college for about 3 years, majoring in graphic design. I’ve been a little artist since I was a wee child. My first masterpieces were of naked girls and boys when I was about 5 years old. I did not graduate from college, however. I fell into a pretty bad depression my third year and dropped out. From there I got low paying secretarial jobs in the big city, met my husband, got married, started having babies, and have been a stay-at-home-mom ever since dabbling in many kinds of art forms when I have the time and energy. Because I am a huge lover of independence and the diy attitude, I homeschooled my 4 children for a large portion of their lives. I have a 20 year old taking classes and working, a 17 year old in high school, a 13 year old in middle school, and a 9 year old in a homeschool charter school, which is a new thing out here. We live on 33 acres with 2 dogs, 3 cats, many chickens, a horse, an alpaca, and 2 goats. My husband is an electrical engineer with the power company. I love food, I’ve gotten into lower carb eating the last few years because perimenopause is trying to turn me into a large man with one facial hair. I love art and crazy, funny things. I love to hike…big, steep climbing hikes that make me sweat like a sumo wrestler, but make me feel more alive than anything. And some hikes are obscure and hard enough that we won’t see another soul, which is an extra special treat. I ran 3 10k’s by myself (not in an event) in the last 2 months. Climbing hikes made that possible. I never thought I would EVER run that far without stopping. I am not a naturally athletic person. I am pretty slow, but I’m like that tortoise fellow. I love fun and laughing and making fun of stuff. I hate meanness, dishonesty and pretentiousness. I am a potty mouth. I try to find a bit of joy in each day, which is a challenge for me, but I gotta. I love red wine and tequila in ICE (a sugar free fizzy beverage)…peach lemonade and grapefruit are the best. (I used to drink margaritas, but now that’s too much sugar, so a sugary one is now a rare treat). I make kombucha and my own almond milk. I used to make my own soy milk, but I like almond better and it’s easier to make. Ice cream is the best thing ever invented. I would marry my Vitamix if I could. I just got a pressure cooker on Black Friday, so that will be my newest adventure. Is that enough stuff about me? I feel like maybe I should have written more…HA! JK!

  2. Cyndy Van Veen Ross
    12/01/2016 / 2:03 pm

    My name is Cyndy. I am 47 years old. I like to pet short haired cats, dogs, and bunnies that don’t bite. I eat old rice. 🙂

    • 12/01/2016 / 2:13 pm

      CYNDY! You left a comment yesterday that I just read in my email, and now it’s gone here. But it’s the best comment I’ve ever read. That’s exactly what I want people to write here, and now I feel like we should be buddies. It’s in my email still. I want to put it back here and bully more people into leaving comments about themselves. Not that this comment isn’t wonderful, of course.

      • Cyndy Van Veen Ross
        12/01/2016 / 3:37 pm

        I got all self-conscious and tried something simpler, but if you liked it then you absolutely can put it back up there 🙂 Sometimes I feel like I get carried away with stuff like that and then I pull myself back into my turtle shell! Lol.

        • 12/01/2016 / 6:08 pm

          Oh, thank you! Thank you! I feel like this could be a really cool area where our brand of like-minded people can just come find some community. I had so much fun reading your comment and getting to know more about you- I think other people will, too. 🙂 Let me try to replace your current comment with your old one, and I will delete this weird little convo we are having, and try to get more people to come comment. Yay!

          • Cyndy Van Veen Ross
            12/01/2016 / 6:16 pm

            Cool beans. If you can’t get that to work then you could email it back to me and I could copy/paste it back into the comments.

  3. Bar
    12/02/2016 / 7:52 am

    Hello my friend! So far your demographic is artsy 47 year olds. Yeah! I am 47, too, live on the east coast in a preppy New England town in Connecticut, but I feel that I was wrongly placed in this town 42 years ago when my family came over here from Holland. I should really be living in California. I am much more hippy than I am preppy. I have three kids 17, 14, and 10. Two are in the dreaded middle school and one is a Junior in HS. When she leaves for college I will cry a river. She is my co-parent (not to downgrade my husband’s status as a parent, he’s a good egg – but more like an older brother sometimes). I have a blog, Art Bar, I teach art to 4yr olds, I wrote a book recently. My biggest dream in life has always and will forever be to own a retail shop that sells the best stuff ever (art supplies, handmade things, art, books, cool furniture) with an annex or loft where I can teach my art classes. It’s not looking good for this dream as rents in my town are ridiculous, but still… I will never lose hope! Love you Jeanette, you are the absolute most original and best person ever! xx Bar

  4. Carolyn Elbert
    12/02/2016 / 8:14 am

    Hey there! You’re officially one of the people I will sign up with disqus and have to come up with passwords and stuff for. But I’m 37….so I’m widening your demographic by 10 whole years! 3 boys – 8, 5, 2, live in NJ. I just ate the cookie I bought for my 2 year old. It was just sitting there like an hour later, untouched. It was maple gingersnap, which I didn’t even know was a thing. It was delicious and I don’t regret a thing.

  5. mpmagee
    12/02/2016 / 8:23 am

    Hello! I’m Meredith. I’m 36 and have 3 children. I look forward to dropping them off at school everyday and starting my own day with a hot cup of tea. I would pet cats if my husband wasn’t terribly allergic. My kids think they will be able to torment me into getting them a dog, but they don’t realize they will never, never have a dog until they live on their own. Jeanette, you are the best!

  6. Jodie Rodriguez
    12/03/2016 / 5:43 am

    I’m another 40 something in the crowd. I had two kids late in life who are now 4 and 6. They are with me 24/7 so you will occasionally find me locked in the bathroom for a moment of peace and quiet. I now wear a pair of Crocs around the house because I’m tired of stepping on Lego pieces leftover from my kids masterpieces. Oh, and my house is in desperate need of decorating but my husband and I drastically differ on design choices.

  7. Ana Dziengel
    12/05/2016 / 8:57 am

    My name is Ana.
    I am 42 years old.
    I like to pet pom poms.
    I eat old donuts.
    I love Lifewhack!

  8. Megan Sheakoski
    12/05/2016 / 9:36 am

    I’m Megan. And I’m sooooooo tired. I loved reading everyone else’s comments, do not think I have the brain power to be witty or interesting. But I big red puffy heart you. And all your whacks. Unless you take away caps lock Wednesday.

  9. Christy Qualin
    12/07/2016 / 4:38 pm

    Am I the oldest follower you have?!? Seriously?! I’m Christy, 60, single parent of an amazing 30-year-old daughter. I’m a nanny, just like Mary Poppins. I have taught every age of kid from birth to high school in almost every conceivable setting. I love reading about creative people and their cool ideas but I seldom attempt any on my own. Some of my favorite things: books, libraries, chocolate, popcorn, cats, the Pacific Ocean, children (especially 3-year-olds).

  10. 09/11/2017 / 10:00 am

    My name is ___Bonnie

    I am ___ 47 years old

    I like to pet ___ my children

    I eat old ___ vitamins

    Jeanette is indeed one of a kind ~ a shiny brilliant star in this abundant Universe.

    • Rhonda J Sarver
      10/07/2017 / 1:03 pm

      My name is Rhonda. I hate it. My middle name is Jean. I hate that more. I can’t imagine what I’d rather be called; but if I ever hit on it, I’ll probably legally change my name. I’m proudly 53, coasting through the miracle that is post-menopausal womanhood. I got fingernails. I got ME back! I love it. I gratefully accept help when young men offer to carry my heavy things to the car now. I shamelessly ask the teens from church (I’m the youth leader) to come do obnoxious chores for me, like clean my gutters or hack down wild undergrowth behind the garage, in exchange for their favorite meals. I was born in Munich, Germany to military parents and we moved around a lot, so I claim the world as far as where I’m “from.” I’ve gotten pretty good at doing household chores efficiently after 30 years as a housewife and stay home mom, so I prefer to spend my time crafting and playing games. I give love with food. I receive love when you play a game with me. I used to be an avid coffee drinker, but my daughter got me into tea and I dropped coffee pretty much altogether because I drink my tea straight but put embarrassing amounts of cream in my coffee. I have never been an alcohol drinker; so if you drop by my house, it will be for a meal, a game, a cup of tea (I have TONS of varieties), or a crafting date. Pretty sure I saw you on Facebook and started following because in addition to being the youth leader at my church, I mentor a kid in public school and have young grandchildren, so many of your crafts are perfect for those things. I secretly judge every single post on Facebook because of bad grammar. I gently correct my teens in the interest of understandable communication, but I rarely correct posts on Facebook because that’s not what Facebook is about. I love low budget horror and disaster movies like Sharknado and Two Headed Shark Attack. The first three crushes of my life were Mighty Mouse, Barnabas Collins, and Spock. That should pretty much tell you everything you need to know about me!

  11. 12/22/2017 / 9:35 am

    Your About Page reminds me of my About Page! My site has some DIY How To posts but other stuff too. Love the art and humor mix!

  12. Marcelle
    12/28/2017 / 1:13 pm

    I found this site through a Pinterest page while Google searching for a lego table for my two girls and their burgeoning collection of lego kits. I do not want to be forced to wear Crocs to avoid stepping on lego bits as Jodie up above has. I am 37 and used to do something like a Zentangle on my Formica dorm room desktop in college (in pencil, on white formica, so I did eventually have to erase the whole thing… ah, impermanence). I look forward to perusing your site further in the future. Thanks, Jeanette.

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