Swap-bot Time: February 23, 2019 7:30 am


Date Joined: May 4, 2017
Last Online: February 22, 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.

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, writing, readers, and even witches. As for poetry, Mary Oliver and William Stafford still top my list.

Great Artists to Check Out

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

Things I love

urban sketches, watercolors
words, 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
Flannel Sheets
Whimsical things
the Sea
Nature walks, Ginko and Oak leaves
coffee and unique coffee shops
Skippy John Jones (Children's Book Series)
art galleries
masquerade balls
ancient manuscripts
Botanical drawings
instrumental music
theater and opera
the moon
white string lights
botany, alchemy, architecture
vibrant colors
Farmer's Markets
silver, purple, turquoise, orange
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

I am not trying to be rude, just trying to save you some expense/waste by asking you please, do NOT send me anything with snakes, gore, kiddie stickers, teacher/reward themed items, confetti, glitter packets, project life, 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 images.

Much obliged!


Comment: Thanks for your ATC! Love the flowers - what tool did you use to create the shapes?
Cgscdy rated for Daisy Mail Art, ATC & Flat Surprise on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Gorgeous atc as usual your mail always brings me great joy!
dyp rated for FISH MAIL USA on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: Omg omg omg I adore this card! Hahahaha awesome! Love the atc... squeegee tytyty
dyp rated for Lil Hummers ATC on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: I am always so so happy to see a swap from you! I love this hummer. Tytytyty squeeeeee! The little patch is so cute!
Comment: thanks for organizing this bee-trade! you have good scrap-booking skills and a great bee-themed stash, ha.
Comment: Thank u for the ATC’s, the awesome stickers and the lovely card-THAT peacock was a definite keeper to be refurbished in an artsy way for someone else to use and enjoy its Beauty! 😊
Comment: Ohhh I love it so much! Thank you☆☆☆☆☆
Trinket rated for Koi Fish ATC on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Love the use of colour on this ATC, its really pretty. Super happy to add this to my collection of cards.
Response: Yay! YOUR work is so amazing I worry when sending to you. I am so glad you like it!
ByJQ rated for Jane Davenport Themed ATCs on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: I honestly thought I did all of these ratings. I am so sorry for the delayed rating. I absolutely loved your ATC!!!
Created46 rated for 3 Gelli Press Plate ATCs on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the ATC.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful page.
RiverTopanga rated for ATC with a BUTTON INCHIE on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Kathryn... what a whimsical ATC! I absollutely adore it! The ladybugs are so cute. And the teeny weeny button for the on the ATC! How creative! The bling is so fun too! Thank yo uso much for such a lovely ATC!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! <3
doodlebugdezines rated for MMPC: Mermaid Paper Doll on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Double Star and Triple Heart! She is beautiful!! I am so fortunate. Hugs to you my friend :D (Loved the card and extras, too.)
Response: Big huge hug!
Comment: 💝 Waiting to open! Thank you! Happy Valentine's Day! 💘
Disneydezi rated for KOI ATC #2 on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Just got your Koi ATC it's GORGEOUS, thank you so much. (Love the quadruple koi coloring you included!)
YooperHill rated for 3 Jane Davenport inspired ATCs on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: LOVE IT! Thank you!
Comment: Fantabulous, Mandala Queen! The envie, the enclosures, the art....all wonderful! Thanks so much for hosting this swap and being my partner. :)
MyRetroSoul rated for 3 Jane Davenport inspired ATCs on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: You could not have chosen a better remake for me. I love the girl with the pearl earring and this JD inspired version is perfection! You impress me always! Thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card!
Response: You're welcome! Have a LOVEly day!
MyRetroSoul rated for Art Journal Page USA on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Ah! I LOVE this quote! It makes me laugh so hard. The page is just beautiful. And so is the envelope you sent it in. Thank you so much! And for the Tim Holtz goodies. You are too good to me.

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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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