Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2017 3:02 am


Date Joined: May 4, 2017
Last Online: December 17, 2017
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.

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. I love all kinds of art. I just started a wheel throwing pottery class. It feels amazing!

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

I am also an author. I have published 3 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 and 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: PINK, 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). Lately, I have been reading books by James Rollins. 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.

Wish list

Kyphi Resin or Powder
Selenite or Crystal Wand
Tiny crystal, wood or stone figurines
Altered tins or matchboxes
Mini shrines or altered boxes
Papyrus Paper
Vellum Journal
Leather bound journal
Moleskine plain soft cover journal
Books of Fine Art Postcards
Old fashioned Letter Opener
Candle snuffer
Amethyst Crystal Ball
Large chunks of quartz crystals
Goddess statues
ATC Sleeves
Duochrome watercolor paints by Daniel Smith
Maimeri Acrylic Paints
Paper Making Kit/Handmade papers
Onion skin paper, parchment paper...
Sealing Wax and unusual seals

Things I love

book stores
snowflakes and snowmen
Children's Books
Flannel Sheets
Chai Tea Lattes
Whimsical things
Little White lights
the Sea
Nature Walks
Ginko and Oak leaves
unique coffee shops
Dr. Seuss
Charlie Brown and Snoopy
Venetian Court Jesters
art galleries masquerade balls
Frida Kahlo
The Voynich Manuscript
Botanical drawings
instrumental music
theater and opera
the moon
small cafes
white string lights
purple and orange
Farmer's Markets
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries...
crushed ice
postage stamps
wind chimes
research, reading, writing
my cats (Lily & Piper)
my Chihuahua (Luna)
midnight swimming
funky frames for art
Spoken Word poetry
Viva la Juicy
Coco by Channel

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, dish towels, make up, sticky notes or memo/list pads, flowery fragrances, perfumed lotions or soaps as 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!


annielou rated for ATC: Christmas Wrap collage on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: ❀️ x 1 million. This is a gorgeous card with the christmas paper collage, strawberry and Rumi quote (a favorite). I am going to drive you crazy with my comments on your handwriting. It is amazing. If handwriting was a profession, you would be the superstar standard! thank you so much. And thank you for hosting all the swaps that you do -- they are some of my favorites!! You're amazing.
annielou rated for ATC: Daisies on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: I am over the moon. First of all, I am a daughter of a schoolteacher and handwriting/printing is very important to me. I may have told you that before. I LOVE YOUR HANDWRITING. And then your card!! How did you do this daisy? I love it. It's gorgeous. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Response: Fabric paint then mod podge dimensional magic in the middle. :)
ladybugluvsstuff rated for ATC: Christmas Wrap collage on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: very cool! thanks for all the fun goodies
jlink rated for 3 Quick Used Postage Stamp ATCs on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: I sure wish I could draw like that - I fail miserably! You did a wonderful job and I love this ATC thank you
raveniacono rated for Cuppa Joe #5 on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: thank you for my lovely swap. It was so sweet for you to send me what you did. I loved the envelope- it made me so happy to see it in the mail. You have such nice handwriting.
Conni59 rated for 3 Quick Used Postage Stamp ATCs on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: I love used postage stamps! I have a whole box of them and I enjoy using them in my atcs. I love what you did with this atc! So cool ❀️ Thanks for the awesome washi as well!
Comment: I'm so blessed w all of my beautiful mail swaps from you. Love everyone xxoo
FrancesDauphinais rated for ELF ATC on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Lovin all my stuff xxoo
FrancesDauphinais rated for REINDEER ATC on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Lovin all my goodies from a very talented lady! I wish I could draw like that....xxoo
kfaye rated for MAGICK Mail #8 on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: I think you read my mind...I was just talking about getting some tobacco! The little rose quartz sphere will be perfect for my mini altar box on my desk at work. The lotus flat stone I put in a clay dish I have with all my other inspirational coins & trinkets. I just love to grab one randomly & see which one I get & play with it ;) Resins ( I appreciate the added instructions) smell wonderful. The wheel of sabbats is very special! It is going right up above my altar at home. Thank you so very much for a magical box of treasures. I enjoy your swaps so much & just love looking around my home & seeing all the items & thinking about the blessings we are all spreading around to each other. Its really cool! <3
kfaye rated for ATC: HD/HP Alice in Wonderland on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: YAY, I was hoping to get a Mad Hatter card! I love it!! Very nicely done ;) Thank you for another fun swap <3 Thank you so much for the stamp!!!
thevmatt rated for ATC: Dragonfly on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks a ton!
Uplandcin rated for Intl-Holiday Card and an ATC on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Dear Kathryn. I had such a happy afternoon opening up my swap from you. This is by far the best swap I have received. I love the holiday ATC and the Smurf ATC is just toooo adorable. THANK YOU for reading my profile so well. Thanks also for the sticker sheet and of course the stunning clear stamp. I LOVE IT ALL. Then the Uber neat handwriting and the most beautifully decorated envelope - thank you! Wish I could give you five hearts. πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š Lots of love Cindy-Anne
Response: Happiest of holidays Cindy-Anne. I had hoped it would be special.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely tea and the perfect bracelet. Indian Agate is probably exactly what I need right now - I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate this gift. A thousand more hearts to you. xoxo
Response: I am so glad! I recently got an Indian agate bracelet and loved it so much I went in search of them for some friends' gifts. When I found them, I got you one too! Enjoy!
Conni59 rated for ATC: collage with sheet music on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: I love your rendering of the sheet music atc! You also have the best writing! Thank you for all the fabulousness if that’s a word πŸ˜€
DragonflyDreamer rated for Poems, Quotes and Notes #2 on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice note, quotes and poems. The stamp is adorable. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you, I love getting your stuff. I do learn from them! This one is no exception.
katmiller rated for ATC: Daisies on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun daisy ATC! :)
MyRetroSoul rated for ATC: collage with sheet music on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Another great card! And thank you for the extras! ❀️❀️❀️
valentina22 rated for JACK FROST ATC on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the adorable hd Jack Frost. I love him! Thanks for the cute mermaid stamp-Wow! I never expected such a nice extra. Mermaid and the ocean are a much loved theme on SB,.

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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

ladydy5 on Dec 12, 2017:

So glad you are taking an interest in our group with swaps you set up. Being the artist and writer makes for interesting ideas for our group. Thank you for the ideas. Artistically Inclined

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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