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PrairieKittin

PrairieKittin
Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: December 16, 2018
Birthday: May 19, 1956
Country: United States
Deviant Art
Full Moon Art Works
My swaps

A little bit about me

Hi! I'm Prairie Kittin. (Yes, that is my real name. I was named after my aunt Prairie and my grandmother Katherine "Kitty"). My father named me. My mother called me 'Katey' right up to the day she died.

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The Wheel of the Year keeps on turning. It's been a warm and wet Autumn here.

If you want to send me extras this time of year, please keep these in mind:

Traditional Foods: Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, All Grains, Pumpkin-pie, Hazelnuts, Cakes for the dead, Corn, Cranberry muffins and breads, Ale, Cider. Any recipes including these things would be most welcome!

Incense: Mint, Heliotrope, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh. Steve is allergic to smoke, but I can burn incense in my art studio, as long as he doesn't come in contact with the smoke.

Stones: Quartz, hematite, onyx, jet, amber.

If you must send extras, I would really appreciate these instead of pieces of colored paper or ephemera. I don't require extras, nor do I give hearts based on extras, so please don't feel you have to include anything in your swap, except the swap itself.

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Not my circus. Not my monkeys. ... Oh, wait. The flying ones? Yeah, those are mine.

Did you know that in Finland and Sweden, witches come out on Easter?

If you want to make me happy, send me witches, trolls and creepy stuff. (Old school creepy... I don't do zombies, murderous clowns or chuckie dolls. No excessive blood, either. I like skulls, sexy witches, trolls, skeletons, spiders, tombstones, ravens, foggy graveyard pictures, things like that.) Tim Burton is my idol.

I adore the Steampunk genre. Not so much the dressing-up in "costume" part, although I do have the prerequisite hat and goggles. I enjoy Steamy ATCs, postcards, pictures. Things like that.

I have several grandchildren, most of whom are teenagers, except for 7 year old Zaiyah. She just started Big Kid's School. First grade! 3 of the grandkids are in high school (2 of them graduate this year) and 1 is in college at Western Washington University.

I am a letterboxer. My trail name on Atlasquest.com is "Witch Kittin".

I ride my own motorcycle, but there are times I ride behind my boyfriend on his Harley. There's nothing like wrapping your arms around the man you adore and flying into the wind!

We have 3 rescued cats. Mousy and Prince are both black. Trouble is a tabby Maine Coon. Mousy was "rehomed" to us because her former parents got divorced and her mom moved in with friends who didn't want cats. Prince's owners simply moved away and abandoned him! Trouble actually belongs to the dogs. They adore each other. He was born in the yard of an abandoned house to a feral mother.

We have also adopted 3 dogs. Sadie is a Golden Pei. She's probably 4 or 5 years old, but she acts like a puppy. The other two are pit bulls, Sookie and Alcide. Sookie is about 60 pounds. Alcide has probably about 15 pounds on her, so we're talking 60 and 75 pound lap dogs! (They take up the whole bed, too, leaving me a little 12 inch space on the edge to sleep in!)

I live with 2 ring-necked doves, who laugh and coo. I had to separate them because when they turned a year old, they started to fight and Luna almost killed Belle. They are still in the same cage, but there is a wire partition between them.

So, I have 3 cats, 3 dogs, and 2 birds. And some fish. Lots of fish. I have a large (very large) golden severum in the 50 gallon tank in the living room (she used to have a Jack Dempsey tank-mate, but she decided it was time to start building a nest and laying eggs.. and saw Jack as a threat and tried to kill him!), along with a huge plecostomus. There is an Oscar in the 60 gallon tank who doesn't like tank-mates, either. I had to move the danios to their own tank in the dining room. There's also a 20 gallon that has goldfish and feeds an aquaponics "salad bar".

Oh, and I also live with a large hairy biker dude named Steve. He is my rock.

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Favorite Crafts

I do mail art and postcards, mostly. I used to do art journals, but got burned by a swapper who didn't pass my journal on, so I don't do those anymore.

I also used to do ATCs, but not so much anymore. Back in the early days (yes, I am that old!), ATCs were all about the Art. Now, there are ribbons and embellishments and beads and baubles. They look like a miniature mixed media card. I just can't do that. Well, I can, but I just don't enjoy it as much. I have come to the conclusion that, as far as arts and crafts go, I can do Art. Crafts, not so much. I'm okay with that. I'm a fair to good artist, but my attempt at crafts never turn out as pretty as the ones other people make.

I am a member of International Union of Mail Artists in good standing since 2013.

I enjoy doing Zentangle and zentangle inspired artwork.

I've also carved my share of rubber stamps and made a few logbooks to go with them for my letterboxing hobby.

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Collections

I am a collector. I admit it. Is there a 12-step program for that? I collect:

Witches with human-colored faces (NO green faces! Shudder!);

Ruby

Ruby and Hammerhead

This is Ruby. She's my favorite witch of all time!

Trolls (the cutesy little dolls with the wild hair, as well as the Scandinavian kind);

http://www.goblin-king.co.uk/uploads/1/2/6/7/12672707/3016570.jpg

Keys (old fashioned skeleton keys. I don't know why, but I am totally fascinated by them);

Rocks, stones, fossils (I was a geology major in college);

Cast iron anything;

Fawns (especially antique ones).

So... a cast iron troll dressed as a witch, carrying a skeleton key in one hand and a trilobite in the other, with a fawn curled up at her feet would be absolutely perfect. ;-)

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Likes

LIKES:

Outlander! I've read all the books and am hooked on the TV show. You had me at "Sassenach"!!

I don't have a favorite color, but I prefer earth tones and muted colors, although occasionally a deep rose color takes my breath away and stops me in my tracks! I seem to have a lot of purple things, too.

Looking at my colored pencils, there are some colors that are almost worn away to nothing. Dark green, dark purple, aquamarine and dark brown, in particular. So, I guess maybe those might be considered my favorites!

Animals of all kinds. I could no more harm an animal than cut off my own arm.

Tarot-related anything.

Anything nature-oriented, especially rocks.

Old herbals, geology or paleontology texts.

Anything Pagan or witchy.

Rubber stamping stuff.

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Dislikes

DISLIKES:

I do NOT support Susan G. Komen. I am a breast cancer survivor, and I support other charities, just not that one.

No Christian stuff. Please do NOT send me anything christian. I have been physically, mentally and emotionally hurt by members of that religion, and I would prefer not to have any reminders.

I would appreciate it if you didn't send anything religious, political or gory. Easter, in particular, is a hard holiday for me. It used to be all about dressing up and going on Easter Egg hunts. You know, Easter bunnies, Cute little fluffy chicks, Easter baskets, Dyeing eggs. Now, when I join a postcard or mail art swap, I end up getting a postcard of crucifixion. Don't ruin my holiday by sending me pictures of a mangled corpse hanging on a stick. I don't care who it is, or what he means to you. Please, just don't do it!

That's about it. I like just about anything else I enjoy all kinds of art, especially mail art. I like to make postcards and decorate envelopes. I like to think my art puts a smile on someone's face in it's journey to your mailbox.

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Recipes and stuff

Steve and I are both diabetic and he has congestive heart failure. I'm always looking for good nutritious meals that are 1) Low in sugar; 2)Low in carbs; 3) Low in sodium (salt); 4)Contains no mammal meat (no beef, pork, lamb, etc. Chicken and turkey are okay); 5)Little to no soy, so no tofu. (I'm allergic). We eat fish, seafood and poultry for the protein.

Yeah.... dinner is a real challenge around here! If you have any recipes that maybe we can eat, please include them in any swaps. They will be more than welcome!!

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DISLIKES:

I recently was tested and have discovered that I am a supertaster. Not as "super" as it sounds. It has made me a picky eater because I am oversensitive to tastes. One of the things that doesn't taste as good to me as to other people is tea. I don't drink tea. I've tried it, and I just don't like it. I have boxes and boxes of herbal teas that I've drank 1 cup of, and the rest of the box languishes in my pantry. Please don't send me any more tea. I'm swimming in the stuff and I just don't like it! Thanks! I have a K-Cup coffee maker. I love flavored coffees, and I'll gladly try any of those. Just no more tea, Please!

EDIT: Occasionally I'll enter a "Tea and ...... " swap. Usually because I like the "And....." part. If you are my swap partner in one of these, I'll accept the tea and at least give it a try. Will you be the one who finds that one illusive tea that I'll like??

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Post Office

If you have not been rated, PLEASE message me. So far, I've not received at least 8 swaps that were mailed from as far back as October of last year. If you haven't been rated, please message me with the name of the swap, your name and address, and the date you mailed it. I need this information so I can go to the post office and make a complaint. Thank you!

UPDATE: As of April 27, 2018, the post office has declared my mail officially "lost".

I love snail mail. Snail mail delivery, not so much!

Recently, I have received a couple of packages that the post office have messed up. They are always so polite about it... LOL!! ... and put the mail inside a plastic bag with a most sincere apology. Here is an example:
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7703/27272563250_f294f2a0ce.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7437/27272563110_c2f9868cb8.jpg

I have no idea what they spilled on it. It smelled like concentrated beef bullion.

I'm not all that happy with the post office lately! If this continues, I may end up switching to UPS or FedEx.

I seem to be having a problem receiving international mail, especially from Germany. I'm not sure what's going on.

I started looking things up, and discovered a lot of upsetting things!
This is the mail lady who just stopped and dumped the mail in the dumpster:
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/video-captures-postal-worker-dumping-mail-in-the-trash-745093187956

Then, there was the Brooklyn mail guy who just didn't deliver all the mail. They found it in his car!
http://www.postal-reporter.com/blog/tag/mail-dumped/

And, the Detroit mail dumped in an alley:
http://www.postal-reporter.com/blog/tag/mail-dumped/

These mailmen dropped the mail in a ditch and a dumpster:
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/bad-postman-atlanta-caught-allegedly-dumping-mail-ditch-42953377

At least this one in San Jose had the decency to resign after he was caught!
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Mailman-Who-Dumped-Mail-in-Trash-Resigns-USPSBay-Area-291926441.html

READ THESE!!

And, we wonder why the mail gets lost!

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A note about

I mark a swap as "sent" when I put it in the outgoing box. If it's later in the day, after the mail has run, it won't be postmarked until the mailman picks it up the next day.
If it's on a weekend day, it may not get postmarked until the following Monday.
Ditto the holidays. If I put it in the outgoing box, and the mailman doesn't come get it until after the holiday, then it won't be postmarked until after the holiday.
Please keep this in mind if you see a postmark that is a day or two after the date I marked it as 'sent'.

Ratings

xSushi rated for BS&S ~ Yule ritual on Dec 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing such a lovely ritual! I hope to one day give it a try.
Response: You're welcome. I write a new ritual every year. This year I have a LOT of family participating, so I was able to get a little more intricate.
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Comment: Thank you for the kitty card and the the pretty kitty cut out, too! This is fun.
Response: You're welcome! Glad you like it!
armadillogal rated for O50&P -Christmas Card Swap on Dec 10, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty card and postcard. Not only do I geocache and letterbox but now I munzee too.
Response: I did Munzee for a while, but the app crashed on my phone after a couple of months, and I never reloaded it. It was fun, but I prefer letterboxing because of the beautifully carved stamps!
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Comment: Monster Stanley has had some really fun adventures! He is such a friendly guy, I can see why his company was requested for tea AND why he could not refuse! You made this an awesome swap! Thank you :D
Response: He makes a great travelling companion! So much fun!!
colodad rated for MZA: Blind envie swap #3-book pages on Dec 4, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the great pages. It will be fun to create using them.
Response: You're welcome. Glad you can use them.
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Comment: Thanks Prairie, for this wonderful tile! I love the bunnies jumping over the landscape! Merry Happy to you! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you liked it.
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Comment: Thanks! I will pass this on at the next round! Thanks too for the beautiful card and the prettily zentangled envie. Hugs from Alaska. Sherry
Response: You're welcome.
HelenG6 rated for Holiday Postcard 2 on Dec 4, 2018
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Comment: Well, I finally found the swap you sent the post card to, as there was not any notation for the swap. Thank you for the nice card.
Response: OMG! I'm so sorry! I could have sworn I wrote it at the top of the card!! I'm really sorry!! I'm glad you liked the card.
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Something handmade on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful and unique glass box! I love it! It looks like stone. So pretty!
Response: That was one of the first things I created at Glass School. I'm glad you liked it.
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Yule animal on Dec 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the Yule goat! I love anything Scandinavian! I lived in Denmark during a semester in highschool, so this reminds me of happy memories there!
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Yule gift on Dec 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful dragon box!
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Evergreen wreath on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cute wreath box!
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Yule recipes on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for so many delicious recipes!
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Mistletoe on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you! The mistletoe is beautiful!
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Mother's Night on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you! The goddess statue is beautiful! As an anthropology major, Venus of Willendorf is near and dear to my heart!
daisyd90 rated for BS&S ~ Ornament on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the magic ornament!
kfaye rated for BS&S ~ Stocking Stuffer on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: from your altar to mine! Thank you for the beautiful crystal. I love the icy color of it. Cute little coin purse too :) Happy blessings to you <3
kfaye rated for BS&S ~ Yuletide Santa on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: He's beautiful! Thank you :) Merry Yule :D
kfaye rated for BS&S ~ Light on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you :)
kfaye rated for BS&S ~ Yule Tree on Dec 2, 2018
5
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Comment: This will make my desk at work festive . Thank you!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1093 367 392
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1159 1245 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
62 162 935 0
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Comments

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:


Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

ktk8 on Oct 29, 2018:

Hi...got one home today.... thanks for your part in it it turned out BEAUTIFUL...... your work is always STUNNING......big hugs!

wolfeagle on Oct 22, 2018:

Love the mushroom you added to my HD/HP Pass and Paste. Thank you so much. It's great.

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 21, 2018:

Thanks for sending home my Zentangle Zine-Go-Round! Every page is unique and an inspiration! I love the leaf, you did on the envelope!!! Gorgeous! I'm glad you got to spend some time at the beach! We are having a wet, windy and wavy October. Thinking we will close up the house on Amook today, if we get good enough weather. We have a new boat motor coming in and need to make sure all is secure out there before we attempt to change motors in case some part didn't come or doesn't work. The snails and Dusty Kitty are already here, in LB. Have to get the rest of the green house harvested and ready to plant for next spring. Thanks again! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

ktk8 on Oct 17, 2018:

Hey.... thanks for working on my pass and paste postcard it got home today...... LOVE the little girl on tissue.....thanks so much....big hugs!

Heirloom on Oct 5, 2018:

...for hosting a swap in the USA Happy Mail group!

MissPaula on Aug 5, 2018:

Thanks so much for your part on my PC, the fairy is very cute!

ktk8 on Jul 28, 2018:

Hi...and thanks for adding to my art collaboration postcard #1..... I love the embossed bits..... fun fun fun!!!! How are you today?

tigerlily2110 on Jul 27, 2018:

Thank you for sending my completed card back. Will be back in the swap next time.

ktk8 on Jul 13, 2018:

Hi....and thanks for your wrapped border on my zen PC..... Love it.....

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