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Last Online: July 18, 2018
Birthday: September 6, 1967
Country: United States
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About Me

I am 50(!), happily married and have a 24 year old daughter (Her birthday is Halloween)..eek! I met my husband in high school...sat behind him in Anatomy class!! Our daughter graduated from WPI with her Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. Yeah, we've always had a problem with that girl... :P

Our home is filled with collections-old cast iron animal figures and figural bottle-openers, Mr Peanut, antique advertising tins, Czech pottery birds, over 4000 cookbooks, antique gameboards and lots of fish!

As far as art goes, I have been focusing on collage, assemblage, mixed media and mailart for a few years now. I especially love gathering "Beautiful Trash" from everywhere I go! Someday I'll use it all...Hmmm maybe not! We had to put an addition on the house a few years ago because my fabric stash was out of hand. You know how a goldfish grows to fit it's space??? Well my stuff has grown to fit it's new space! The "art supplies" are threatening to take over the house and my husband has "Hoarders" on speed dial.

I'm not a cat or dog person. We have had three house bunnies over the years. I do miss nibbles to my feet from a bun while sitting creating, but with the girl off at college we are footloose and fancy free....and pet-free.

As a family we have done a few things that most people don't do anymore-beekeeping, making our own maple syrup, cheese-making, and jelly-making. I grew up on a small farm and could still milk a cow or split firewood if I had to.

We have a very small piece of property in a gorgeous town on the New England coast. On our little piece of property we have grapes, a cherry tree, a peach tree, and apple tree, veggie garden, blackberries, and blueberries. Spring is my favorite season. Seeing the green shoots bursting out of last year's leaves is amazing.

Some years ago my wonderful husband built an awesome pond. Well, it's more like 2 ponds, a river, and 2 waterfalls. It is so cool! We had a devastating heron hit one spring and were left with only one damaged koi. We thought the the heron prevention tactics we were implementing were working as we hadn't lost any fish in 2 years.Grrrrr..Those things give me nightmares!

My favorite colors are greens (all except olive) and blues. Taupe, olive green,and burnt orange are yucky. My favorite things include fish (duh), antique advertising, textures, fabrics, and books (old ones to cut up).

I'm wicked sarcastic, so if I write something and it sounds mean...it isn't. I find that I have to always add smiley faces to emails so people know I'm kidding.

I've been dipping my toes into teaching mixed media art techniques and mailart and loving it!


I believe in rating timely, communicating with partners if there is a problem, and generally being kind to others.

I tend to avoid drama. Aren't we really just here to have fun??

Favorite Movies

The Princess Bride, Better Off Dead, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Favorite Television

Currently favorites- Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met your Mother, The Middle, New Girl, and Grimm.

We watch alot of Food Network and Bravo too. I'm guilty of watching all of the Housewives...

Favorite classics-Arrested Development, Faulty Towers.

Favorite Crafts

Mailart...Altered Art..Altered Books...Quilting...Fabric Journals...ATC's...Photography...Collage..

I really don't like the practice of adding wings to everything..faeries and cutsie stuff just aren't my thing. I don't love "inspirational" words like Fly, Dream, or Dance. They just seem overdone to me. I also don't like people in my art...unless they are presented as hilariously ridiculous or are about to have some horrible fate befall them.

My odd sense of humor is sometimes fairly obvious in my art. I am a little irreverent..ok alot. I don't like following rules with art. My first quilt was a tumbling block and I really didn't think they were talking to me when the book said to stop your seam a 1/4 inch before the end of the piece. Turns out there was a reason! I have been collecting clothing labels for years. Someday I'm going to make a quilt of just clothing labels, like the old cigar silk quilts.

I am self-taught in all my art. I read ALOT! I have absorbed so many books and magazines!

FISH themes seem to make it into almost anything I make :).

***I HAVE A HUGE PERFUME ALLERGY**** Please don't send anything scented. I can usually handle fruit smells, but anything else makes it so that I can't breathe..Thanks!

About Me



wombatlady rated for HMPC: Put a "Book Page" on it on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: What a cool and creative postcard! Thank you!
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Summer Stamping PC on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: How nice to swap with you again, Mandy. Having such happy memories of Ex Postal Facto, I wish another one could appear on the horizon. Great mail art! The carving and colors came out really well, and I like how you used recipes for fish as the background. Keep on carving!
Comment: Thanks for an interesting card! Have never used metal print blocks. Always fun to try different things. You never know where it might lead you!
FiWebster rated for CC: July Sender's Choice Postcard on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the great postcard and the NEWS! That is so cool that you got that museum prize and all the other art things you are involved in. I'm still struggling with my disabled legs, but doin' fine otherwise. I'm makin' lots of fish collages! =smile=
laterdayze rated for HMPC: Put a "Flower" on it on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Love the postcard you made, thank you! :D I'm sick of this heat too, hopefully it will get cooler soon!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great PC, I love it
Comment: I love your hand-patterned paper. Dashes and stripes! You're so smart to have invented those!
Comment: OMG - Love the TJs Optical Octopus :D. THe pizza sounds fantastic! Awesome EE PC - thank you! I think everything stuck!!
Response: The pizza was super yummy!!! :)
margaeli rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard-June on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Loved the bird. I used to live in FL and they were in our backyard. I’m sorry about your koi, though I’m sure the birds thought it was an excellent buffet. A relative used to have koi at his house and the kingfishers were quite enchanted as well. The conflict of nature. But thanks again for choosing this image. I love it. Auto correct turned choosing into goosing. Freudian slip?? Not sure. 😎😎
jukejan rated for SM: Two Birds on a Postcard on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Love the way that you incorporate humor into your fantastic designs. Thanks!
stephiedee rated for Paper Bomb on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the paper goodies, Mandy. Will definitely go into the collage fodder circulation. :)
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Put a "Map" on it on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Great matching colours and cool composition! You even thought of provisions for the road for the gannet. But it wasn't hungry, the bugs are untouched. :) Thank you!
Lady rated for HMPC: Pulled string art PC on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: You’re right - the blue makes it. I liked the painted background too. We’ve been in our place almost as long. Decluttering is a bear! I have to let things go and not worry about finding their one true place. Tip: Perhapsthe slowest way to declutter is using monthly forum giveaways
GinaVisione rated for CC: Monochrome Red Postcard on Jun 2, 2018
Comment: LOVE it! I love monochromes too. I keep saying to myself I’m going to cover my dining room table and make a huge rainbow masterboard. Hmmm, perfect month for it!!! Happy arting, sifting, and thrifting!!
Comment: Super fun bird. Love the ice cream hat. Thank you
Comment: Love my postcard! It's full of sparkle!
SuZignomeMoM rated for AMA Sender's Choice-May on May 16, 2018
Comment: ♥ Thanks for the fabulous post card. I have not done that technique but will google it to see if I might want to share it with my artistic sisters. Thanks again.
lmacdavis93 rated for CC: Lenore Tawney PC - USA on May 4, 2018
Comment: Hi Mandy! Got your fabulous post card in today's mail. I enjoyed doing this technique and like that you used two colors of paint - I only did one but will definitely do two or more next time. And love the skinny legged bird who is preparing to "Merge Left"! Great card and fun swap. Cheers, Laurie
CurlyTea rated for CC: Bit of Yellow 2017 USA on Mar 24, 2017
Comment: It's a bit fishy. I love it!
Comment: Hi Mandy - your image transfer postcard was really amazing.. Your transfers were really good - I had some trouble and had to redo mine 3 or 4 times to get something good. But you really nailed it! Thanks for a fun swap. Cheers! Laurie
Response: I'll confess...I had made a bunch as samples for a class I was teaching. None of the techniques guarantee a perfect transfer. Glad you liked it! :)

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ittybittykitty on May 31, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

jukejan on May 15, 2018:

Just stopping by to say thanks for the snatchy PC. Yup the "ladies" are not ready for your kind of prime time!

heatherknits on Apr 15, 2018:

Yes we need to swap!!! So glad to meet you! Well have to figure out where our swap paths can cross :D

jukejan on Nov 6, 2016:

Jellyfish (link)[http://craftsbyamanda.com/cardboard-tube-jellyfish/] thought of you

starmccoy on Jul 29, 2016:

Thank you! LOVED IT! THIS was a fun one! Back at ya reversible postcard.

MissPaula on Jun 12, 2016:

Thanks so much for Hosting! You are awesome! = )

GinaVisione on Mar 31, 2015:

Re Flat Will: So fun! wish I could be there on show & tell day to watch the stories unfold :D Thx, M!

jukejan on Jan 27, 2015:

Happy snow day!

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