My name is Kate. I love trees, birds, the color orange, books, and the hubby. I'm a proud resident of Oregon.
I'm Mormon. I HATE THE COLOR PINK. Other than that, I like just about all other colors in the entire spectrum.
I have a killer sense of style that's also very eclectic. I have a pair of grey Arabian pants, a tie skirt, a red dress with a tiny yellow flower print and built-in yellow corset, and many different pairs of thigh-high socks. I have a pair of brown corduroys and a multi-colored plaid shirt with many-colored buttons, lots of different hats and a long, navy trenchcoat. I have bright green dress gloves and a lime green floor-length polyester skirt. I could go on.
I love thrift stores, which is where I find some of these treasures. I love that you never know what you find; you can't go into a thrift store looking for some specific thing because you'll almost never find it, but you'll find lots of other cool stuff.
I'm a dilettante who appreciates art in most of its forms and who dabbles in most of them with a mild talent in each. Those talents include drawing, singing in choirs, dancing, theatre, clothes altering, sewing, and cooking.
My ATCs generally feature recycled and repurposed pieces of art. I like happy tape, collaging, and bright colors. I don't like the adjective "cute", but rather "cool", "beautiful" or "original" instead; I'm a writer, so I have word preferences, and my art reflects that.
I have some paint, but I find that I use it for utilitarian purposes like covering ugly labels on toy bins and ugly book covers. I enjoy good design.
Because I'm a Mormon, I have a pretty strict set of morals and I like my ATCs clean. I'd also like them clean so my children can look at my entire set, and I won't be embarrassed.
On the other hand, I'm not close-minded or bigoted. It's hard to find a balance between what's clean and what is art. For example, I enjoy graffiti art, but not gang tagging; the human body is beautiful, but can also warped into pornography.
If you want some definition of what exactly is clean, I totally understand. I'm more than willing to have a conversation with you, and I'd still love to trade with you.
Naturally, since I'm a writer, I'm also a voracious reader. My husband and I have a large personal library and we make full use of our city library. We have so many books that we don't have enough bookshelf space or enough wall space.
I read science fiction and fantasy novels and short story collections. I belong to a women's book club, and we tend to read classics and historical fiction and non-fiction. I also read any magazine I can get my hands on, whether it be Sports Illustrated or catalogs.
I'm slowly expanding my writing repertoire, but one steady place I write is at Wordpress--the link is at the top of this page. Please feel free to peruse it to get to know me better. I've been blogging for six years now and lately, I try to update weekly.