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Last Online: September 4, 2021
Birthday: September 6, 1967
Country: United States
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About Me

I am 51, happily married and have a 25 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



Comment: What a funny fishy card! :) I love it so much. The girl looks a bit unsure about the bait warming quality of her coat. Thank you!
2012ash rated for CC: Sender's Choice June 2019 on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: I love the pc Mandy, thank you. I don't know how you come up with ideas for so many collages.
dlchick rated for MA: Cut vs Pen postcard on May 3, 2019
Comment: Awesome job on the lobster! You're right, we don't see many lobsters around here in Missouri, just ones in the tank at Red Lobster, haha. I've never actually eaten lobster and don't plan to try it. We do, however, have crawdads... they're kind of like little lobsters I guess!
ktk8 rated for CC: Put a Star on it on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: AWWWW I love that your maiden name was Starr & I love the star fish and this GREAT postcard..... many many many hearts.... not sure what kind of trip it took getting here but it's finally here..... thanks!
Response: Yay! I'm so happy that it finally arrived!😍
DaisyNY rated for MA: Cut vs Pen postcard on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Have you seen the movie "The Lobster"? Of course, he wasn't boiled. Awesome work, thanks!
mamalynn rated for CC: Images from your Stash on Mar 27, 2019
Comment: Wowzers! What a beautiful envelope filled with awesome goodies! Love all of it, thank you so much! <3
GinaVisione rated for CC: Build a buddy on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Awesome - I love my Buddy! AND the gorgeous stamps on the back :D. Never seen that CO one before. Happy SPRING!!!
joybells2426 rated for CC: Sender's choice March 2019 on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for sharing about how you snow dyed your paper. I’ve never heard of that process before.
Allegrae rated for HMPC: Put a "Fish" on it on Oct 5, 2018
Comment: Love the mixed media PC! You did a wonderful job!
Singske rated for EJ: Trash and Scrap Postcard on Sep 4, 2018
Comment: Tanks for the great pc you’ve made. Love the idea of using the pasta box with the little window. Looks great! Have a lovely day!
Comment: Oh I love this theme! It's so fun! The postcard was quite hurt but I got it put together pretty ok again. Thank you!
Response: Oh no! The postal mangler strikes again?
Comment: Thank you so much Mandy!!!! I love it so much how you used all the ephemera!!!! Beautiful!!!!
ittybittykitty rated for Freak Flags on Aug 12, 2018
Comment: Sorry I’m late with my rating but I really, really love this flag!!! The get well fabric is amazing and I love the quote on the back too. Funny because we were just watching the Princess Bride...
Singske rated for HMPC: Put "Ephemera" on it on Aug 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for lovely pc you’ve made. Love the creativity you have put in it. Sorry it took so long to rate this swap but I just got home from a lovely holiday iin France. Lots of love.
Comment: Gorgeous!! Love the octopus. Love the watercolor effect too
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!

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bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

jukejan on Jul 19, 2018:

HAHA! Love my eagle-eye- USA-driving speedboat PC! Zooming by the Nurse's Home is too funny!

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!

bjmonroe on Jan 14, 2015:

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