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PrairieKittin

PrairieKittin
Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: April 22, 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!)

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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;

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'.

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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Comment: Thanks for this spectacular swap! Your designs always inspire me! Thanks too for hosting these fun swaps! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
MLouiseO rated for BS&S ~ April Stocking Stuffer on Apr 20, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much. I love it.
DaisyNY rated for ZZ ~ Zentangle Zine-G-Round Int'l R8 on Apr 19, 2019
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Comment: Yeah, we need more people doing these...I'll definitely send this one to someone else, not you! There are some this round who haven't worked on it yet. Nice A-Frame.
aero rated for Bookish Themed Postcard Swap on Apr 18, 2019
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Comment: Greetings Kittin, Thanks so much for that interest postcard🌹🌸🌷 I really like it, it came it torn in front but it's awesome🌼🌻🌺
Response: I'm so sorry it got torn! Hazards of today's mail system, I guess. I blame the machines they send them through. ;-)
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Comment: thank you so much for the 3 beautiful cards!!! they are wonderful and I like the horse theme going on as I am year of the horse!!
Response: Funny how things like that work out, huh? :-)
lynnerfb rated for WC ~ April Witchy Gift on Apr 17, 2019
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Comment: Hi this is really a wonderful Greenman necklace. Thank you so much.
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like it!
pixiegirlanna rated for 2019 Profile Hello #1 on Apr 15, 2019
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Response: Thanks for the heart.
mcovey rated for 2019 Profile Hello #1 on Apr 15, 2019
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Comment: That’s for cheerful Profile Hello ! Hope you have great day also!
Response: Thanks!
Leen rated for 2019 Profile Hello #1 on Apr 14, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your message :) Hope you get good weather and that you are able too see the Falls. I had the chance too see them twice but from far away. Have a nice Sunday!
Response: I can't wait. It'll be in June. I hope we can see them! Thanks for rating.
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Comment: Received an envie full of stamps......
Response: Thanks for the heart. Glad you liked them. I have more, by the way, if you want them.
tigerlily2110 rated for Pinterest - Flowery Dragons on Apr 6, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for a fab board
Response: You're welcome! I saw some tattoo ideas there!
Malliecat rated for Pinterest - Flowery Dragons on Apr 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your board with me loved it.
Response: You're welcome!
shinyserra rated for Vintage Mail Art on Apr 4, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mailart! I love it!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! You're welcome!
Singske rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 3, 2019
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Comment: I love the colors of your postcard. It will be fun to work on. Thanks♥️
Response: You're welcome! I can't wait to see how it turns out!! :-)
tigerlily2110 rated for C.I. ~ Collaborative Postcard on Apr 2, 2019
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Comment: Finally, it has arrived, thank you so much.
Response: I know that pins and needles feeling as you anxiously await mail! Glad you got it!
PixelPixie rated for Magical Mystery Swap #2 on Mar 31, 2019
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Comment: Wonderful job with the bug photo manipulation! I like how you tied it in to computer bugs. :) Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you like it. That was fun to do!
technoruby rated for Pinterest - Fae Creatures on Mar 27, 2019
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Comment: Such an amazing collection of little creatures! Thanks so much for sharing with me!
Response: You're welcome!
Malliecat rated for Pinterest - Fae Creatures on Mar 26, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your pintrest board
Response: You're welcome
stonekeepers rated for Magical Mystery Swap #2 on Mar 26, 2019
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Comment: Wow...another great masterpiece. Thanks so much!
Response: Somebody needs to fix the bugs in that robot! LOL!!!
Johkup rated for WIYM- Free/ad postcard on Mar 26, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for this card :)
Response: You're welcome.

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Comments

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

ktk8 on Apr 15, 2019:

Hi my final card came today thanks for your work on it.... just not zen tangling these days....will maybe start again sometime......big hugs.... KEEP CALM and TANGLE and SWAP on......

astrodogg on Apr 14, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #1

Mail Deadline: Apr 16, 2019

ID: astrodogg

Congrats on the new addition to your family!

Awww, I like your name. :D ❤

~Paola

Tricia22 on Apr 14, 2019:

Hello from NY!! Hope you having a great day. See you have 3 cats, I have one short haired black cat Ally 7 yrs old. With all those grandkids I can imagine they keep you pretty busy!!🌼🌞

For Swap 2019 Profile Hello #1

LizzyJo on Mar 18, 2019:

Three swaps from you in one day---it truly was a Happy Mail Day! Thanks for the scented stamp. (I never did buy any of my own, the PO was always out of them when I asked.)

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