Swap-bot Time: June 24, 2019 11:19 pm


Date Joined: May 4, 2017
Last Online: June 14, 2019
Birthday: June 13
Country: United States
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Gifts and words of affirmation are my love languages.

It's difficult to write that first letter, I know. If you are writing me to, relax. Tell me anything, I am not here to judge. I revel in the diversity of people and cultures. Religion is not my thing, but it's ok if it's yours. Be WHO you ARE and be real. I will be. If all that is too much, tell me what you are passionate about or jot some thoughts on the things I have listed as likes. Just have fun writing, that it the point. I'll listen. Coffee and conversation is one of my favorite pastimes. Since we can't meet for coffee, pretend--and order what you will. :)

I love deciphering people's handwriting--your handwriting is as unique as your fingerprint--so do hand write if you are willing. Doodle, draw, decorate...it's all good. Know that I will find joy in receiving a letter whether it's a "get to know you", a "brain dump", a rant or an artistic expression. Just write.

Clarification: by "deciphering" I mean that I can usually read the most abominable handwriting and would prefer that to something typed out.

About me

"I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment--not entirely human in its origins." --Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic

I am an artist. My mediums of choice are watercolor, and acrylic and pottery.

I think sharing art is the greatest way to pass time--aside from making it.

I am also an author. I have published 4 books of poetry. I'm not into the sappy yucky love stuff, just the guts and grit of life, bearing witness to nature and finding words where others might not have any. My favorite poets are Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich and William Stafford.

I love Nature! I grew up on a small farm with a huge garden so I think I'm somewhat old fashioned in a way. I love ferns, lichens, moss, the deep greens of trees and plants. I love being at the edge of a stream (or anywhere near water) watching birds or bugs or whatever comes by. I freeze and can my food from the garden, I cook and bake. I recycle like crazy.

I got my M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a focus on Ecocriticism. If you know what that is, message me and let's write immediately.

MUSIC is the fluidity we need between languages. I love to listen to my Valley of the Clouds CD while I paint. Instrumentals soothe me.

I began piano at a young age and love all things jazz, classic or chorale. I also adore: P!NK, Adele, Pentatonix, Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran. I'm also an 80's girl, so punk and butt-rock still find their way into my sound waves. Sometimes, I do play a song on repeat, OR dork out while "driver's seat dancing."

I love READING! I do not limit my interests in reading as I have found something to love in every genre (though I have not tried a graphic novel yet). Subject-wise, I have also loved novels about art, book shops, writing, readers, and even witches.

Great Artists to Check Out

Lisa Ferrante Lori Preusch
Carrie Draber
Teesha Moore
Judith Gebhard Smith
Simon Bull
Beki Killorin
Melissa Cole
Derek DeYoung
Yellena James
Alex Clark
Corey Barksdale
Trey Surtees
Tommy Kane

Things I love

zetti art, urban sketches, whimsical art, vibrant art
books, bookshops, poetry, reading
chickens, farm life, old barns, goats, cows
sunflowers, orchids, magnolias, poppies
Frida Kahlo
Calvin & Hobbes, Snoopy
Sealing wax and unusual seals
Yuppo paper, vellum
snowflakes and snowmen
the Sea
Nature walks, Ginko and Oak leaves
coffee and unique coffee shops
Skippy John Jones (Children's Book Series)
art galleries
masquerade balls
Asian culture and cuisine
calligraphy, wild fonts
ancient manuscripts
Botanical drawings
instrumental music
theater and opera
the moon
white string lights
botany, alchemy, architecture
Farmer's Markets
purple, turquoise, orange, magenta, sage, salmon pink, periwinkle...
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries...
crushed ice
postage stamps
wind chimes
my cats (Lily & Piper)
my Chihuahua (Luna)
midnight swimming
Da Vinci
funky frames for art

ICK! / NO Thank you

PLEASE DO NOT send me anything with snakes, gore, kiddie stickers, teacher/reward themed items, loose confetti or glitter, dish towels, make up, sticky notes or memo/list pads, flowery fragrances, perfumed lotions or soaps -- I am allergic --, key chains, food, tea, or paper ripped from a spiral notebook--that drives me nuts.

Also NO political or religious propaganda, discriminatory language or oppressive images.

Much obliged!


debrbrts rated for ATC - Free Themed #14 (USA) on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
willowh rated for HDP :Tropical Flowers ATC on May 28, 2019
Comment: lovely tropical flowers brightened my weekend! Thank you!
snager rated for HDP: Watercolor paper crane(s) ATC on May 24, 2019
Comment: Really interesting approach, Blue! I like the iridescent paint, too. and lol u returned my envelope to me XD thanks for setting up this swap, I had fun!
snager rated for HDP :Tropical Flowers ATC on May 24, 2019
Comment: REALLY liked how the envelope matched the theme, Blue! and the bright colors of this ATC are so nice and vivid: you must tell me your watercolor brand!
Response: I use Daniel Smith watercolor paints and MAIMERI acrylic
NorthStar07 rated for Cherry Blossoms Everywhere on May 16, 2019
Comment: Hello there🌸 Thank you so much for the beautiful cherry blossom mail! It's so pretty. The atc is beautiful 🌸 Tale care and have a magical day🦋 Much love💗 xoxo
BLUR rated for Zetti Style ATCs on May 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you thank you thank you! Love this card (my first Zetti style)!
Ryleighsmom rated for Stuff the Mailbox #15 on May 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
dyp rated for HDP Sealife ATC on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: Squeeeeee I am always so happy when I get a swap from you. Tytyty
snager rated for HDP Dragon ATC on Apr 28, 2019
Comment: This is GORGEOUS Blue-a-bliss! I'm so glad I got to make another dragon for you, too, and that I get to have such a bada$$ piece of art from you in my collection! love those spot-blacks with the high-contrast of the white claws, and the line weight variation! nice nice nice nice I love dragons!
Response: I'm so glad you like him!!!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely hummingbird coin and extras you sent. :)
Comment: Love the ATC you sent to me and all the extras thanks so much.
Comment: Absolutely love this ATC. And thank you so much for the stamp!! love mermaids :)
arimails rated for 5x7 whimsical fish acrylic painting on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the amazing painting, I love the added texture ❤️🐠
bigmamabird rated for MA: Bright on Black on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: Love the brights on the black... Many thanks for your beauties!
ktk8 rated for MA: Envelope and ATC on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Awwwww great swap thanks...... love it and thanks for the extras also......
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Pond Life Series: Turtle on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Hi Kathryn! Ooooh . . . I love this tiny baby turtle and the lovely cattails and marshy stuff behind him! What a lovely tableau you crated with that little cutie as the star. Thanks so much for another lovely ATC and that gorgeous aqua background and that turtle paper (I'll be hoarding that) which I will be using shortly!
Comment: Thanks for the washi collaged card-really cool use of washi tape. Your card coming soon! Thanks for extra goodies!
AnnaL rated for ATC - Free Themed #16 (USA) on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks Kate for the ATC you made me. Wishing you a great day today, AnnaL.
AnnaL rated for ATC - Free Themed #15 (USA) on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks Kate for the ATC I love it. AnnaL.
Cgscdy rated for ATC - Free Themed #12 (USA) on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: Ty for the lovely ATC.

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CurlyTea on Jun 13, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

splendorpursuit on Jan 18, 2019:

I’ve been cruising through your gallery and that swan is GORGEOUS. Would you ever consider producing prints of it?

RiverTopanga on Oct 4, 2018:

HI! Welcome to the Artisan ATCs group. I am so happy you would like to join us in our creative journey! I adore the quote you have on your profile, "I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment--not entirely human in its origins." --Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic. It's so true! Look forward to swapping with you. If you would like to become an officer of the group and host some swaps, let me know :-) Leslie

hibiscus on Sep 6, 2018:

hi! I had this really lovely autumn picture to put here to thank you for the wonderful fall card you sent...but for some reason my new computer will not let me leave a picture...so I will just have to say...happy autumn to you...love this time of year...! and thanks for sharing your talent

Xira on Mar 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for your surprise mail: the happy envelope, the cute stickers and everything else (I do not know the English words for :) A very happy mailday here! Best wishes! Barbara

kfaye on Dec 14, 2017:

You are a spreader of love and happiness. people like you are few and far between. I believe this is what we are all here for and you are a shining example to others. Thank you for being you <3

PrairieKittin on Dec 1, 2017:

Thank you for the kind thoughts. Thank you for being "you". It's appreciated more than you know.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 31, 2017:

Love love love my ATC you made me!! Thank you! CPG Make me an ATC Swap

njstauter on Oct 13, 2017:

I am so amazed by what you sent. And I feel honored that you thought of me with such care. The Raven is by far the most beautiful example of quilling I have ever seend. The journal, coffee and bar of soap will go to good use. I was just getting down in my supplies of all three. Again, Thank you.

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