Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2019 1:43 am


Date Joined: May 4, 2017
Last Online: August 18, 2019
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. 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!


birgitph rated for HD/P Boat ATC on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Wow, that is one of the coolest ATCs I have ever received - beautiful colors, composition, and the craftsmanship is A+! I am so thrilled to add that to my collection. Thank you for a card that made my day!
Response: You are so very welcome. I'm glad you liked it.
dvmac rated for URBAN SKETCHING: 5x7 artwork on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: This was extra extra special! Thank you so much. It's just beautiful. I hope you and I are the only two next time, too, so I'm sure to get you as a partner again, lol. Thanks again!
Response: YAY, so glad you like it! It's of Olympia, WA Capitol Lake area. My hometown is my heart. See you in the mail soon, I hope!
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #46 (USA) on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Beautiful cards! Thanks again! <3
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #44 (USA) on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: As always, your art is a true joy to receive in the mail. You're such a sweet individual as well. Thank you for the two super adorable cards you created for me!
Response: <3
AnitaMac rated for Painted BLUE ATC on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: I love the ATC you made for me for this swap! Thank you also for all the great extra goodies. They will certainly feature is some of my future projects! Thank you for hosting this swap.
Germanbaby77 rated for AAA: Challenge #1 on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful ATC!!! thank you so much for sharing your art work with me.
RAINDARGON rated for ATC - Free Themed #45 (USA) on Aug 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your very wonderful dragon atc & extras 😀
SerenaAzureth rated for ATC - Free Themed #42 (USA) on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness! ^.^ Thank you sooooo much for the super cute panda!!! He's adorable. ;-)
LizFinn rated for Painted PINK ATC on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: So cute!
MrsAlderman rated for ATC - Free Themed #43 (USA) on Jul 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome Dragon!
Angeljewele rated for ATC - Free Themed #41 (USA) on Jul 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks so very much for the Panda. Such skill. Happy Swapping
mags142 rated for FREE THEMED HD/P: ATC and MAIL ART on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Hello Kathryn! I loved how you decorated the envelope, reminded me of a picnic in the summertime. The ATC is amazing! you are very talented and your handwriting is so CRAZY NEAT! Thanks for the smiles!
Frickenjazzed rated for AAA: Challenge #1 on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: I love how bright and happy your atc is and makes me feel! You made all the elements come together perfectly. Thanks so much! Extra thank you for the extras :D
Response: You are very welcome! I am so glad you enjoyed it!
sunshinesuperman rated for EASU: Hand Drawn ATC Swap on Jul 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this amazing card. I love my little fish and they are so well done and amazing colors! Another award winning card for my collection! Hugs, Mona
Response: YAY! Thanks, Mona! Big hugs!
Comment: Thank you for the very nice ATC - I quite like it! Thanks for the extra bits too. Hope you're having a great July.
Response: You're welcome! I am so glad you liked it! Have a happy day.
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

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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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