Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2018 4:31 pm


Date Joined: May 4, 2017
Last Online: October 22, 2018
Birthday: June 13
Country: United States
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What to write...?


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.

Wish list

Artwork by YOU (I always appreciate hand-drawn or painted art)

Handwritten letters from you

old postage stamps Books of Fine Art Postcards
Old fashioned Letter Opener

things with pelicans, tiki's, crows, chickens, farm themes and or old barns, orchids, sunflowers, red poppies, seashells, coffee/espresso, cats, dogs, goats, fish, mermaids, chihuahua's, books, women, poetry/poets, farmer's markets, Frida Kahlo, berries, chihuahua's, Buddha, reading & writing, shoes, Calvin & Hobbes, Snoopy, windows, calligraphy, funky-whimsical art...

Yupo paper, papyrus paper, vellum 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
Snoopy, Calvin & Hobbes
Skippy John Jones (Children's Book Series)
art galleries
masquerade balls
Frida Kahlo
ancient manuscripts
Botanical drawings
instrumental music
theater and opera
the moon
small cafes
white string lights
vibrant colors
Farmer's Markets
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries...
crushed ice
postage stamps
wind chimes
research, reading, writing
my cats (Lily & Piper)
my Chihuahua (Luna)
midnight swimming
Da Vinci lavender
funky frames for art
Spoken Word poetry Klimt, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Nunez...

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!


ginny19590 rated for ATC - Free Themed #150 (USA) on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: The ATC was really cute but the stamp was coming off so I glued it........=)
Comment: Thank you! I appreciate all of the details! It was fun unwrapping!
Comment: Kathryn, they all are perfect. I love each one! Thank you!! :)
Murmuration rated for Blank RECIPE CARDS on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the bright and cheerful recipe cards, they really made my day!
kfaye rated for 2 TINY PACKAGES: U.S.A. on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the tiny package <3 I collect charms, rocks and tiny glass figures :)
Response: Hugs!
Jsereg001 rated for 2 TINY PACKAGES: U.S.A. on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful little fairy!! I love it, as well as everything else!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: You are so welcome! I'm so very glad it brought a smile!
dyp rated for HD/HP Planets ATC on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: Awwwwwww I love it love it love it! Oh tytytytytyty
doodlebugdezines rated for WASHINGTON AND GEORGIA on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Wish I could give more than one heart! Thank you. I love your creation. Ocean surf splashing skyward. 😍
SannyBunny rated for MAP MAIL ART AND ATC on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: It's awesome. Thank you so much <3
LucyTaylor rated for Sticker Variety on Sep 21, 2018
HannahF rated for Snails on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: I love the stacked snails ATC you did! Thank you. :)
stormofangels rated for Trading coins on Sep 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! Love, love, love!
CAMILES rated for Trading coins on Sep 15, 2018
Comment: Nice coins, thank you.
lorz88 rated for Succulent Mail Art on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for this gorgeous ATC. I love it! The envelope is gorgeous too! And thank you for the stickers
Comment: Thank you Kathryn for the beautiful mail art , ATC and card with extras. Glad to see you hosting again. ♥️ Anna
Comment: The ATC of Alice is great! Thanks for the extras too. :)
HexG rated for Succulent Mail Art on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you! The ATC is super duper cute! Not to mention the cute stickers ~ Thanks again (:
hibiscus rated for EASU: Ocean Animal ATC Swap on Sep 2, 2018
Comment: Yay! Great partner, great atc! Love the blue jellyfish that wash up sometimes at Galveston and the flotillas of them you see from the bolivar ferry... yours is a beautiful fantasy jellyfish ! Great black and white choice! Thanks again!!
Comment: Love the way you spell your name! Me too... also love your very creative work...love the “alignment “! Thank you so much!
Arhel rated for Pen and Ink ATC Free Themed #2 INTL on Aug 31, 2018
Comment: Yayyyy! Such a lovely piece of art - I love how you ran with the geology theme and drew a rock and hammer! Made my day, thank you soooo much!
Response: I am so glad you liked it! I had fun trying to do something special, but not just a crystal trendy thing. Have a wonderful day!

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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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