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Kathleen

Kathleen
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Last Online: May 30, 2014

Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a Scorpio, and in true personal-ad-cliché form, I really do love long walks on the beach. I do a little bit of a lot of different creative things, and I like to think I'm getting better as I go along. Having ideas and making stuff are my favourite things in the world.

I love getting and sending mail---I always had pen pals as a kid, and I did some Land Mail Art Objects and swaps in high school, and I'm thrilled to be getting back into it. I love letters, and receiving artwork of any kind in my mailbox makes me a very happy puppy.

Things I Love

  • handmade stuff. :D if you painted it or sewed it or knit it or melted-and-poured it, etc., I'll be thrilled to receive it.
  • earrings! mostly of the dangly or hoop variety. my ears are pierced and I'm not allergic to any metals
  • animals! realistic, cutesy, kawaii...I'm especially crazy about sloths, snails, cats, armadillos, walruses, anything with tentacles, dinosaurs, whales, and rabbits. (I'm not too crazy about monkeys.)
  • colours! I'm partial to black and silver and teal, but the more art I make, the more I realize I just love colours, in general, and all the interesting things that can be done with them.
  • music, and music-themed art, especially if your favourite lyrics are incorporated. (and headphones. I love headphones as a design element.)
  • similarly, books, and book-themed art.
  • blank notecards for sending out ATCs and stuff in.
  • ...or other pretty stationary. it's so much more fun to send nice-looking mail.
  • the ocean/beach/palm trees.
  • Halloween. my favourite holiday, hands down. it's never the wrong season for Halloween, for me. cute-Halloween, scary-Halloween, just-plain-weird-Halloween, I love all of it.
  • maps. as part of your art, or just sent to me whole or in pieces so I can collage with them.
  • rubber stamps, especially if they're hand-carved.
  • decaffeinated and/or herbal tea.
  • kawaii. I'm not an obsessive collector, but I think it's adorable.

Favorite Music

a little of everything, but some of my favourites are: The Mountain Goats, Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, the Dresden Dolls, Okkervil River, Cake, the Thermals, Metric...

I also have a lot of love for my local classic rock station.

I'm always looking for new music, so mix CDs of your favourites will always be accepted with love. ;)

Favorite Books

I love childrens' and YA books (my favourite classes that I took in college were in children's lit/writing for children). I love the Harry Potter books to pieces, as well as Garth Nix's Sabriel books, the His Dark Materials trilogy, and the Series of Unfortunate Events books (which take up almost an entire shelf on my bookshelf, but they're so pretty!).

My mom instilled a lot of love for sci-fi and fantasy novels in me as a kid (especially The Hobbit, which we read out loud together when I was eight), so I have a special place in my heart for genre fiction, especially if it's sharp and humorous, like Terry Pratchett's Discword books, or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I love Kurt Vonnegut, too. I've read Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles an embarrassing number of times, and I have a lot of love for Robin McKinley's books (The Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword, Sunshine...).

Francesa Lia Block and William Gibson both have worldbuilding skills---in very different ways!---of which I am truly envious.

If I had to pick a "favourite author," I'd probably have to say Connie Willis.

I'm also a Stephen King fan---not because I'm hugely into horror, but just because I like his style, especially the way I can tell when I read some of his novels that music and TV and movies and books are really important to him. (And they are to me, too.)

One of my favourite things that I've ever read, ever, was Neil Gaiman's epic "Sandman" graphic novel collection. I read each volume perched on crappy folding chairs in a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan in 2003, and I'd never have gotten out of college without them, I think.

Favorite Movies

the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Station Agent. the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which I saw way, way too many times.

I never thought I'd love a zombie movie until I saw Shaun of the Dead. (and 28 Days Later amazed me, too.)

I was in elementary school during a really good time for Big Disney Summer movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King, so those are all embedded firmly in my mind, especially the song lyrics. "Part of Your World" sing-along, anyone?

Favorite Television

Veronica Mars, Friday Night Lights, The Simpsons, Freaks and Geeks, Firefly, Buffy, Slings & Arrows, Carnivàle, Rome, Stargate: Atlantis, Psych, MASH, Supernatural (the first three seasons, anyway), Modern Family, Brooklyn 99, Hannibal, Elementary

Favorite Crafts

I've been making ATCs for a while now, and papercrafting in general, so any pretty papers, images, text, or various other bits and bobs for collaging, etc. will be put to good use!

I also love to crochet (I mostly make amigurumis and other cute objects rather than wearable items), and I'm just getting into needle felting. I just learned how to knit a month or so ago, and I'm loving it so far.

Someday I hope to get better at sewing and jewelery making.

Ratings

tkow rated for Little ATC Houses #3 - USA Only on Apr 2, 2014
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Comment: Hi Kathleen, I received my Little House ATC yesterday, I Love It!! It's so quirky, I wish I could go inside :-) & the way you made it so it could stand... Amazing! Also Thank you for the crocheted little star, such pretty colors. Such a nice surprise in my mailbox. Thanks Again, Tina Kowalski
noella13 rated for Recommend me... on Apr 24, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for your lovely list! My fave was the manatee website haha
LifeOnMars rated for Recommend me... on Apr 23, 2013
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Comment: Most awesome recommendations :) the Mountian Goats = interesting band, i will def be listening to more :) I <3 manatees :)
harmonyj rated for Recommend me... on Apr 22, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for sharing the recommendations. The calmingmanatee website is so cool!
MissPaula rated for I'm No Artist ATC, USA only on Apr 21, 2013
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Comment: Your timing is perfect! Walking back from the mailbox I felt that envie and said Vintage.....Gramma kind. When I opened it, the Get Well was meant for me. Having some big physical challenges right now. BUT> The ATC, I can't tell you what it means to me. It's on display because we just lost that dog a few weeks ago. Chose her from a breeder before she was born. LOVE her so much, had her 10 yrs. She'd never had pups until last year accidently bred by a friends dog and thank God we kept one look a like pup. She was a great spokesdog for the breed, sweet and gentle. Everything you sent was great, but Thanks for the drawing, it really means a lot!! = ) Your mail made my day! ♥♥♥♥♥
Response: Oh, wow, I'm so glad you like the card---and both sad (to hear about the loss of your dog, obviously) and happy to know that it got to you at the right moment to be so meaningful to you. I'm so glad to have made your day---you definitely just made mine! ♥
YankeeUnicorn rated for Recommend me... on Apr 21, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the recommendations. I like manatees too:)
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Comment: I LOVE it! I put up an Easter tree and it has bunnies chicks ducks flowers fairies and mushrooms so both will go on the tree. That was great ;)
indygirlfriend rated for ATC Fishy Swap on Mar 19, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for not one, but two Fishy ATC's. It's funny you don't like fish, but can do Fish Art! Like the flowers too! Who would have thought you could craft with a cig lighter!
willowh rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 21, 2011
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Comment: Loved this card! Great painting!
catladybj rated for halloween owl atc on Oct 21, 2011
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Comment: Thank you so much for the Harry Potter owl and theme-I love it! it is the first HP themed card I have, I missed all those swaps. I already miss the books and movies.
Barbi rated for Spring ATC - Edited - on Oct 13, 2011
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Comment: Thank you so much. The ATC is beautiful, and the extra homemade mermaid bookmark is just amazing. You definitely have talent! I also wanted to apologize for the late rating. Please forgive me?
michst74 rated for Book Recommendation Postcard Swap on Oct 5, 2011
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Comment: I will have to check out "Countdown". Thanks for the recommendation. Great Native American postcard, too! Love the flower stamp, too.
mooncrab rated for Book Recommendation Postcard Swap on Oct 4, 2011
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Comment: Thank you!!
BeckyG56 rated for Fall ATC on Sep 6, 2011
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Comment: What a beautiful ATC! Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into making it for me. Thanks for the stamped images and paper extra's.They will be used!
janski48 rated for Halloween year round and round ATC on Aug 19, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC's! Hearts to you! :P
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Comment: I loved the letter! Thank you!
mooncrab rated for Summer Reading Letter on Jul 5, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for a very interesting letter and I LOVE the Scarab ATC :)
hollycm6 rated for Summer Mail Art #2 on Jun 26, 2011
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Comment: So awesome!! Lovely letter, thank you so much, AND for the tuck-in... my favorite part, though, was the back of the envelope, the FIREFLIES!!! Wow! :) Yes, we can do a swap anytime you want, just let me know!!
QuangoBingo rated for Thank you swap! on Jun 23, 2011
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Comment: You rock! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I chuckled at the envelope, I loved the ATCs and then I read your lovely letter... Wait! What's this!? An extra (tiny) surprise? For me!? You are the best. Bob
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Comment: Omg, I was archiving this & realized that my rating didn't save, I'm so sorry! I received this on Friday. The bookmark is out of this world, it's gorgeous & I absolutely love it! Love the style you went for & love the mediums you chose to implement your design. The extra trilobite is adorable, you really made my day & by far, this is my most faved bookmark in my possession ever! Thank you! You deserve lots of hearts for this! ♥ ♥ ♥
Response: I'm so, so happy you like it! I *loved* making it, and was definitely inspired by the amazing stuff that you make. I'm so glad to have made your day with little felted fossil-critters. (And OMG, your favourite bookmark ever? Seriously? Thank you!)

Rating Overview

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5.0000 126 3 3
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Comments

pedal2u on Jun 2, 2011:

Recieved your CPG Who likes tag in the mail today. Your ATC was just awesome. Can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for the sweet note you sent. I'm off to see who I send to now. TYVM

lorepuckett on May 12, 2011:

Oh thank you SO much for my HAW- I Wish For...Tag! I loved the bookmarks you made me and the felted Mad Hatter hat! It was also nice to read your letter, don't get many of those in the mail, even with all the swaps and tags I participate in. :) Thanks for the book suggestion, too, I'm always looking for something to read! ♥♥♥

xiwang on Apr 4, 2011:

You just put a huge smile on my face today! Thank you SO much for the birthday wish for my March wishlist. The onigiri amigurumi is so tiny and adorable! :D

chincho on Mar 28, 2011:

Thanks for your comment. It is great to know you like it.

jannieb on Mar 26, 2011:

WOW!! I LOVE the dolphin & killer whale ATC's you sent. They are just wonderful!! I also love the little key & cute mini note cards. Thanks a million...you made my day!

thehappyhoneybee on Mar 23, 2011:

Welcome to District 13! So glad you've joined us...please stop by the forum and introduce yourself + chat when you get the chance.

D13

nolagirl on Mar 17, 2011:

Thank you so much for the wonderful wishlist envelope you sent! I adore the inchies and Chris loves the ATC you made for him!

julief on Mar 15, 2011:

I can't stop smiling! The little zombie panda is SO cute! Thank you so so much for making him for me. Thanks for the recipes, too! They all sound really yummy and like the inspiration I need :)

HollyBear on Mar 9, 2011:

I"m so glad you like them!!!

Vblarney on Mar 6, 2011:

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