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PrairieKittin

PrairieKittin
Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: June 25, 2019
Birthday: May 19, 1956
Country: United States
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A little bit about me

Exciting news! My 23rd grandchild was born on February 4th. (She's a girl!)

MORE exciting news!! My youngest daughter is getting married!! She chose to get married on my and my husband's anniversary.. Summer Solstice!

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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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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. EDIT: A new granddaughter was born February 4th! Zaiyah 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, studying abroad in Italy!

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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);

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;
Beer coasters from McMeniman's;

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, standing on a beer coaster 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! The post office has declared my mail "officially lost". sigh

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

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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'.

About postcards

I don't "collect" postcards. BUT, I do enjoy receiving them. I particularly like handmade, especially hand drawn or hand painted cards. I like postcards to be sent naked and written on. That's part of the charm of postcards. I enjoy 'strange' or 'unusual' postcards more than the "touristy" type. If you want to include a postcard as a "goodie" or "extra" in a swap, expect me to use it to write a note for the next swap I'm in. (Unless it's so bizarre or unusual that I absolutely have to keep it and add it to my collection of bizarre and unusual things!)

Ratings

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ScousePanda rated for Beer Coasters on Jun 20, 2019
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Comment: Love the coasters, thank you.
aero rated for Beer Coasters on Jun 18, 2019
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Comment: Thank you 😉Blessings and Good Cheer🌸🌷🌹
elflady rated for TUT ~ U Tangle on Jun 16, 2019
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Comment: I love this zentangle tilewith all the U tangles. When I was doing mine I could not find as many as you have. Love the colour and great work. elflady
Response: I'm glad you liked it. :-)
smadronia rated for BS&S ~ June Stocking Stuffer on Jun 14, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! Smells wonderful!
Response: Lemon is such a bright summery smell, dont you think?
Moominbrooke rated for WC ~ June Witchy Gift on Jun 10, 2019
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Comment: I love it! Thank you! :0)
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy you like it!
marianne81 rated for TUT ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Jun 10, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for both twinchie postcards. I'm going to send that one home and send the other one through in the next round. Sorry for rating a bit late.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for taking the extra one. I'm trying to get all the extra ones back into circulation.
THEpossum rated for BS&S ~ May Stocking Stuffer on Jun 8, 2019
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Comment: I solemnly swear I will....resist...the urge....to peek.....
Response: LOL!! I think you'll like it. I hope. :-)
GabySkye rated for WC ~ May Witchy Gift on Jun 8, 2019
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Comment: Thank you very much for the gifts! The bracelet and crystals were lovely, I especially loved the Triple Goddess theme and intention. <3
Response: You're welcome. After reading your profile, I thought this would be a good gift. I'm glad you liked it.
HannahsMommy07 rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 5, 2019
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Comment: THANK YOU so much for making me laugh!
Response: You're welcome! LOL!!!
craftykathy1 rated for Just Randomness Giveaway on Jun 2, 2019
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ariestess rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
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Comment: LOLOL Thanks for sharing!
Response: You're welcome!
kristyrogers rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
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Comment: What fun!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
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Comment: What great Zia collaboration postcards. Well done for your added art section. I think they are amazing. I am looking forward to getting mine back. elflady
Response: Thank you for the compliment. I'm glad you like them!
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Comment: Wow what agreat string card . I love thecolour and the way you have coloured it. Most of mine are black and white but I think I need to get into colour. Thanks so much for an inspirational piece of tangles. elflady
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked it!
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Comment: Thank you for your letter. I wil sent them to the next person. greeting Andrea
Response: You're welcome! Aren't these fun? I've been really enjoying this series!
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Comment: Oh wow! That 7 of Cups card is absolutely gorgeous! What a phenomenal piece of art! Thank you so much for sharing!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you like it!!
snager rated for WC ~ Art Witch Show and Tell E-Swap on May 28, 2019
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Comment: very cool, Prairie! Glad your life is going so well! Maybe if you start over with your tarot project, you'll find it doesn't take you as long to re-create it as it took the first time. It's up to you, though! thanks for the email!
Response: You're welcome
Fraggle80 rated for Just Saying Hello Notecard on May 24, 2019
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Comment: Thankyou for your lovely card.
Response: You're welcome
LizzyJo rated for TUT ~ ZIA Collaboration USA on May 23, 2019
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Comment: I absolutely LOVE the background color and pattern (stenciling is a great idea), as well as your tangles on this one. I will have to do a bit of work in my sketchbook before I decide on the right things to add to it.
Response: I can't wait to see how that one turns out! Thanks for the compliment.

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Comments

Kathy821 on Jun 14, 2019:

Thanks so much for the Zentangle tag in Snailmail Fun! It's beautiful. I love it.

Coss on Jun 6, 2019:

Thanks for sending home my flamingo Collab Coloring PC. loved the addition of the eyelashes.

Artstamper on May 23, 2019:

You're welcome, hope it was a good one!

CurlyTea on May 20, 2019:


Happy Birthday!

DaisyNY on May 14, 2019:

I think this turned out pretty well! Thank you for your contribution.

AMA - Collaboration May2019 DaisyNY_GothBarbie_PrairieKittin_LuckyLynnL

Tamawi on May 8, 2019:

Thank you for adding to my zentangle postcard. It turned out great! I don't know how to insert the image, but it's posted on my Flickr account if you'd like to see it.

thisismeAXiD on May 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

MSturgill87 on Apr 18, 2019:

Thank you for joining Card Craze! Please be on the lookout for an upcoming PM with directions on how to complete your membership to the group.

LisaRea on Apr 17, 2019:

There is some things we have in common but not a whole lot. That is why all of us are different. Do you like Stevie Nicks. I love her music when she was singing with Fleetwood mac Happy swapping, Lisa Rea

LisaRea on Apr 17, 2019:

Hello you We have some things in common I would love to exchange journals. I have one journal I write in the morning and one at night before I go to bed. Feel free to say no about exchanging journals. I have a lot of fun doing this. The reason I am late is because I am having complications from my surgery last week to remove the cancer. I also will send you a postcard

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