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Date Joined: March 25, 2010
Last Online: July 3, 2019
Birthday: July 16
Country: United States
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About Me

In a "nut"shell, I am a mighty oak— a little "nut" that stood it's ground! Okay, so I am a little nutty...I love nature, I love outdoors. I love bad puns. So the mighty oak quote epitomizes me on so many levels. Quirky, fun, whimsical, outdoorsy.

Since I've discovered Swap-Bot, I've been inspired and enlightened to all kinds of new creative mediums I can't wait to explore. I've discovered ATC's as a form that gives me the opportunity to try out and experiment with different art-forms in miniature. I started out designing ATCs on my computer, and all of a sudden, I've discovered that I can doodle a bit if I put my mind to it. I am working on hand-drawing/painting/lettering more art, and am officially addicted to zentangling and mandalas too. (But please be patient with my efforts to hand-draw! :) My mind sees things that my hands can't seem to deliver.

My current obsession is "artist journey" things and challenges that make me look at the world as art, or things that can inspire art.

Favorite Themes

• Wildlife (see below)

• Nature: forests, flowers, mountains, lakes, etc.

• Marimekko

• Celestial (sky, constellations, astronomy)

• Aliens: silly, conspiracy, crop circles, George Noory, Giorgio Tsoukalos, etc.

• Mythology

• Asian/Feng Shui/Meditative/Zen/Wabi Sabi

• Halloween/Goth

• Gnomes/mushrooms/leprechauns

• Fairies & DRAGONS!!!

• Anything Celtic/Irish/Druid

• Retro/kitsch

• Rocks/gems (especially peridot and amethysy/geode, polychrome jasper, glacier stones or other river rock) I mention because I use rocks for inspiration.

• Poetry

• Southwest themes

• Renaissance

• Inspiring quotes

• Kawaii/manga/japanimation/anime

• Tropical (beaches, palm trees, hibiscus, seashells, etc.)

• Music

• Pirates! (Disney and traditional lore)

• Never opposed to a little sparkle or glitter! It's magical.

Favorite Books

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter, Mists of Avalon, Confederacy of Dunces, Wesley the Owl, (things about nature, wild places, or animals.) Meomi (Kids book with cutest illustrations), Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Bats at the Beach, Galway Kinnell, Ruiz: Four agreements, Thich Nhat Hanh, Henry David Thoreau is my idol, Griffin and Sabine, Chris Ware comics, poetry: Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson, Hafiz, Seamus Heaney, Shakespeare, and more.

Favorite Wildlife

I love all wildlife but for some reason find these animals extra fun, interesting, or inspiring:

• Skunks!

• Squirrels of all kinds

• Owls

• Cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish)

• Bats

• Rays

• Llamas and goats (wish I could have some!)

• Foxes

• Freshwater fish (trout, sunfish, bass, crappie, northern, walleye, so cute don't ya know?!")

• Koi

• Moose

• Reindeer (I'm part Finnish) and I love Caribou coffee.

  • Hmmmmm...noticing a nocturnal theme here...

Favorite Movies

• Babe • Lord of the Rings trilogy • Harry Potter movies • Gladiator • Moulin Rouge • V for Vendetta • 500 Days of Summer • Pirates of the Caribbean!!! • Amelie • Chocolat • Much Ado About Nothing • Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp theme!) • Marie Antoinette • Monty Python (Spamelot is awesome!) • Harold and Kumar go to White Castle • Entourage (Well, that's TV I guess) I am blanking out here...

Favorite Crafts

Writing poetry, writing children's nonsense, essays and non-fiction.....Zentangles, zentangles, zentangles! Mandalas galore,....Just made my first zines and LOVE it! And started hand-carving stamps. LOVE it too! Have no clue how to crochet but really want to learn to make amigurumi, and also cute felt art. (Need more time and training!). I wish sewing machines wouldn't get tangled all the time or I would love sewing too. (I had no patience and gave away my machine :( I might have to find a good one down the road. ) Making little critters is certainly my next challenge along with writing, and finishing a kids book I've been working on.

Odds and Ends

I love being introduced to new things, new kinds of art, new techniques, new artists. I love to learn.

Art that is currently inspiring me: • Marimekko • Susie Ghahremani ( www.boygirlparty.com ) • Helen Dardik ( www.oneluckyhelen.com) • Alberto Cerretino • Catalina Estrada • Ann Taintor • Glen Baxter • Meomi (Octonauts books) and Tokidoki • Cute packaging of BlueQ stuff

Favorite Music

ECCLECTIC! Folk, celtic, alternative, electronic, zydeco, cajun, punk 80's, Blues, Kids...you name it! Greg Brown, Nanci Griffith, Patty Griffin, Replacements, Prince, Cure, Keb Mo, Vampire Weekend, Kate Rusby, Altan, Sigor Rós, Dar Williams, XX, Architecture in helsinki, Vaartina, Arcade Fire, Eels, Samples, Enya, U2, Decembrists, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Billy Bragg, National, Shout Out Louds the list goes on...whatever I'm in the mood for.

Favorite Colors

Earth tones and natural fibers, sepia tones, greens especially sage, jewel tones like Peridot, Amethyst (all purples, teal, and other tertiary colors like citrine. For some reason I I don't like navy blue or most blues....I don't know why that is. And I don't know why I am even putting this on here, as all colors have a place in the appropriate art.


I took a break from Swap-Bot for a few years. Partly because I got burned out trying to balance art and family. I was recently working on decluttering when I stumbled on some old swaps, and realized how much I missed creative outlet. (I don't seem to create art without having a formal outlet for motivation.) I am interested in easing back in to the swap-bot community again in hopes of unplugging my creative juices and start them flowing again.


ccap rated for Strixie and ccap on Sep 26, 2013
Comment: Wow, wow, wow. Thanks for the cds! LOVE. Seriously? Dar Williams? Kate Rusby? Catie Curtis? Kathleen Edwards? Pattty Griffin? Ryan Adams? Iron and Wine? Come on! Wicked. I'll be listening to them on the way to work tomorrow and I'll let you know some of the highlights once I have. The recipe sounds fantastic too. Thanks again for doing this with me.
LizzyJo rated for PVT: Art Challenge #5 on Oct 31, 2011
Comment: Oct 31, 2011---rating in good faith. Nov 26, 2011---WOW Kari, you really crammed a lot of art into that little box! And you spoil me using all my favorite themes. Thanks for the super swap, the happy mail was much appreciated.
LizzyJo rated for PVT: Art Exchange #4 on Aug 22, 2011
Comment: Wow Kari----I felt like I got 6 months worth of art challenges from you in your package! Amazing pics----it's pretty obvious who the professional is here. I liked them all, but think the frog is my fave. And I love the doodle note pad---one can never have too many of those. I also liked all the cool stamps on the envie, too. I wish I could give you more hearts. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful ATCs! If I could give you ten hearts I would! Your zine was also very good! and that cool up-cycled magazine paper will be put to good use for sure!
Kessie rated for Zentangle Face ATC and Inchie on Jul 20, 2011
Comment: OMG! I loved the presentation of this package so much, what amazing stamps you found to put on it! And Hector Duckter is now stuck to the wall above my desk to remind me I need fun and creativity every day! A million hearts; you are a great swapper. Oh - and thanks for all the zentangles too! :-)
Didra rated for Deer ATC (hand drawn or painted) on Jul 18, 2011
elleboheme rated for What is this Camp NaNo? on Jul 9, 2011
Comment: Thank you for all the extras in the letter! :)
03Scarlett rated for What is this Camp NaNo? on Jul 3, 2011
Comment: Kari, if I could give you a 10+ rating, I would have done it. Thank you so much for your letter and for the things you included. To say you made my entire day is an understatement, I was so touched that I was in tears and that my friend, is not an easy thing to do with me. (Hugs)
Response: Ahh, shucks! I am so glad you liked everything. Happy writing! Hope to see you in Nanoland sometime.
LizzyJo rated for PVT Strixie/LizzyJo Art Exchange #3 on Jun 27, 2011
Comment: Oooooooo Kari, I wish I could give you more hearts for the wonderful package you sent! It blew me away. Your "ad to art" pieces are great. I love them all, but think the angel is my favorite. I never thought of using printed patterns from ads in a zentangle (I will have to try that.) I like the inner envie with my name zentangled on it---I will use it to store something special. And I ADORE the sheets of citrasolved NatGeo you included. They are gorgeous and I can't wait to use them in a project. (Now I am hoping the envie I am sending you is not skimpy in comparison.) Thanks so much!
Comment: You deserve double the rating for sending twice. I can't find the first one. I had it set out to read and it is gone. I suspect my son or husband hid it. The second came in recently. I'll update this with specifics when I can.
savannahjan rated for Newspaper Blackout Poetry! on May 18, 2011
Comment: Wow...I was blown away by your package. I loved the horoscope poem as well as the wonderful "orange" one. Thank you for the extras. :D
LizzyJo rated for PVT Strixie/LizzyJo Art Exchange #2 on May 5, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap Kari! All your drawings (from the owl on the envie, to the moose and babuska doll swap 4x4s, to the numerous lovely drawings in your zine) make me smile. :-) I'm glad we're doing a continuing art exchange---can't wait to see what you send next.
LizzyJo rated for Doodle Inspiration on May 5, 2011
Comment: OMG Kari, I was indeed inspired by your doodle! Thanks for the extra zines, too. It's all wonderful----you are very talented. Your work looks professional. :-)
camelsamba rated for Zentangle Scavenger Hunt on May 4, 2011
Comment: Wow, the zentangles you sent me are fabulous! And I loved the story behind it - especially how there are so many layers to the name. Very cool. And I'm honored to possess the original!
Comment: What can I say but amazing!! I love these cards so much and the postcard! I have a few more things to finish up before I get yours out. Thank you so much for swapping for me and the cute cards and extras!
Response: YAY! I am so glad you liked everything!
Comment: I understand this is part one but I'll rate now because I like your letter and your zine. [I'm going to have to learn how to make them] I am pretty much where you are, rereading and editing the NANO novel - trying to be ready to send it to a competition with a May 1 deadline.. .just gotta send it someplace and start collecting the rejects. Thanks for the final info roundup -- will write a PM as this is getting long.
Response: Think positive! You will not be rejected! Don't look at a lack of acceptance as rejection. Look at it as a "redirection." Keep plugging. I am right there with you. I'll send you the rest of my update in a few weeks. :)
Comment: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥There aren't enough hearts!!! Seriously Kari, this was the most amazing swap I've ever received! Your ATCs are unbelievably awesome! Super adorable!!! Thank you. We need to set up a private swap soon! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Response: I am so glad you liked everything! I had fun making them for you, even if they didn't turn out as I envisioned! You are so sweet! :)
Freedom119 rated for Children's Book Illustrator ATC on Apr 16, 2011
Comment: Fantastic work - thank you for swapping!
LizzyJo rated for PVT Strixie/LizzyJo Art Exchange #1 on Apr 15, 2011
Comment: OMG Kari----you will not be allowed to use the words "meager" and "repulse" when talking about your artwork EVER again!!! Your work is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I like all 3 pieces, but especially love the hedgie (we used to have 3--one at a time---for pets.) And thanks for the cute extas (I can't wait to use the bunny stickers.) I am ready for our next "assignment" and can't wait to see what you have in store for us. Thank you so much.
Comment: The patterns you used are beautifully done. I can see you did them with care. And Jane Ray....beautiful right!? Wish I could draw like her. Thanks for the lovely zentangles and message + inchie!

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ladydy5 on Sep 8, 2015:

Welcome to our group Artistically Inclined!

AllyFortuneato on Sep 17, 2013:

Just got the card stock envie! The extras you threw in were absolutely perfect and you totally cheered me up on a cruddy day! My husband said to tell you thank you too. He hasn't gotten anything from swap-bot before so that made it a even more special for him. Thank you so much! -Ally

Jess79 on Sep 12, 2013:

Thank you so very much for the lovely variety of papers and the really fun playing cards-I have ideas already...A great RAK!

SusanSpooky on Sep 9, 2013:

I got your RAK!!! I absolutely love everything you sent! There was just so much to look through! I can't wait to put all of this to good use. Thank you SO much! :D

Afrogami on Sep 6, 2013:

Received your RAK today. I love, love, love everything you sent. The NYC ephemera really made me smile. I love the variety of papers you sent and the cool cards and postcard. Thank you so much for the RAK, it absolutely made my day! Happy swapping!

Created46 on Sep 6, 2013:

I recieved your RAK today. Thank you so very much for your generosity!

dobie256 on Sep 6, 2013:

Thanks for the alcohol inks RAK. Everything arrived safe and sound. Cool colors too. And a brand new bottle of blending solution. Whoo-hoo. I can hardly wait to play with them! Cheers, dobie (OK I have to ask -- what are citrasolved NatGeo sheets?)

reallydanielle on Sep 6, 2013:

Received your RAK today- wow the entire time i was looking through everything i was thinking... "this Kari is so awesome"! Thank you for your crazy confession on the PC (skunks, huh?) the diet pepsi postcard which i LOVE and all the other cool stuff. You made me laugh and i had a crappy day so thank you! Good luck with the yoga- where can i find a candle to protect me from aliens?!? Lol you rock!!

anrtist on Aug 29, 2013:

Hey! I am sending you an invite to the LLL Group! Thanx for the RAK! Blessings, cc

LizzyJo on Aug 29, 2013:

Welcome back!

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