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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: October 22, 2019
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a mother of two beautiful little beings and I am also an English teacher at a local high school. I appreciate artistic expression of all kinds, whether it be a play of William Shakespeare or a painting by Mark Ryden, the crayon drawing of a child or a plastic bag blowing in the wind (just kidding about the bag). But that reminds me of the beauty of film and the lyricism of poetry. . . i could go on and on and on. I definitely look for the sparkles on the edges of life (however cliche that sounds) and sometimes I find the dark and sinister aspects of art and life the sparkliest of all. I LOVE the mixture of beauty and darkness and the seedy underbelly of society.The mere suggestion of something ominous lurking just beneath the surface enthralls me. I also love travel and collecting things as well as experiences. Recently, I have become enchanted by the ATCs and I am passing excited to get swapping.

Big-eyed

I absolutely LOVE big eyed art/pop surrealism. . . think Mark Ryden. I think it goes back to the picture by Margaret Keane that hung in my grandmother's house. There is just something so innocent and thought provoking about the images. I am NOT into the anime style of big art. My favorite artists in this genre are Mark Ryden and the incredible Mab Graves. If you haven't checked out Mab's work, you should. It is amazing. This obsession has carried over into the world of dolls. I have nine darling Blythe dolls and several ball jointed dolls. They all get along rather well. :)

Favorite Books

I love books. I traffic in books. I am part of all that I have read. I love their pages and their mysteries. I interpret much of my life through the filter of great literature. I dig the classics all the way through the contemporary. The power and beauty of language is almost more than I can bear. If I think about how intricate and complex language is for too long it totally blows my mind. My list of faves is extensive so I am just going to list a few: The works of Master William ShakespeareThe Poems of Emily Dickinson (I wish we could have hung out.) *Leaves of Grass *1984 *Stones from the River *Brave New World *Cold Mountain *Slaughterhouse Five *Breakfast of Champions *The Things They Carried *Lord of the Flies *Of Mice and Men *One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest *As I Lay Dying *A Good Man is Hard to Find *The Great Gatsby *A Clockwork Orange *The Road *Middlesex *No Country For Old Men *Haunted *East of Eden *Choke

Favorite Movies

One of the best ways to enter a story is through great film. Again, too many to acknowledge so some I can watch over and over include: What is Eating Gilbert Grape *The Color Purple *Cold Mountain *The Last of the Mohicans *The Crucible *Pulp Fiction *Shakespeare in Love *Scotland, PA *Bram Stoker's Dracula *Raising Arizona *Little Miss Sunshine *Napolean Dynamite *All of the Alien Movies *PandorumYoung Adult I also love TV shows: The Walking Dead, Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, Outlander, The Knick, American Horror Story

Dislikes

I do not care for Disney characters. I also don't care for art that is too scrap booky. I am pretty easy to please. :-)

Favorite Crafts

I like to dabble in all kinds of different crafts. I do something for a bit, then I move on to something else, and then I seem to repeat the cycle. I have always loved making jewelry, creating atcs, and altering boxes. These three I return to again and again. I especially love creating altered matchboxes. I have also made many creations out of old doll heads and parts. I enjoy creating assemblage shrines and flip books. I love using stencils and paints. Basically, I enjoy what I call messing and gomming. My art room is my escape and I like to spend as much time there as possible.

All Things Kitsch

Even though I was born in the 70s, I am in love with the 50s. I have been collecting kitschy items for some time now. My Christmas Kitsch collection is getting to be pretty fabulous. I love the decorations, the ornaments, the art work, the graphics, the toys, pretty much everything. I have a large squeak toy collection from the 50s/60s that I just LOVE! I also collect plastic faced stuffed animals and dolls from that time period. Addicted to Kitsch!

Things that make me SWOON!

Ephemera, doll parts, old bits and bobs to use in assemblage pieces, lace, ribbon, old bottles, old dolls, anything with hands, craft supplies, embellishments, Dresden accents, Sari ribbon, frozen Charlottes, miniatures, anything kitsch, anything Shabby Chic, Velvet, old brooches, stencils, all things anthropomorphic, Mab Graves (my favorite artist of all time!", Old tins, shrines, anything Eye themed, anatomical hearts, anatomy in general, matchboxes, altered matchboxes, skulls. Victorian themes and images, beautiful paper

Ratings

renmagpie rated for ATCO: ATC Kit on Oct 21, 2019
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Comment: Mandy - I am so speechless. This parcel just,,,it's amazing, and incredibly inspirational! I love the creativity in packaging and your generosity...I wish I could give you a thousand hearts! Thank you so, so much! xoxo
Response: I am so glad you liked everything. I love going through all my crap. . . I mean supplies. :)
PaperPassion rated for Witch Ribbon Doll on Oct 18, 2019
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Comment: Love the witch doll you made.I hung her where I can look at her everyday.
tlemon4 rated for Halloween Spooky Spool Doll on Oct 10, 2019
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Comment: Wow, your spool doll was awesome!! Thank you so much for the awesome swqp. It really made my day.I The eyeball is really cool, I don't want to unwrap it! Lol I can't thank you enough! Happy Halloween!
Response: I am so glad you like it! Happy Halloween!
Stitcheddreams rated for Spooky Taxidermy on Oct 10, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful creation!!
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Comment: Oh my goodness!!! Thanks so much for all the goodies!!! I'm going to try and hold out opening but I'm not sure that's going to happen!!! THANKS AGAIN!!
Response: You are so welcome! Good luck. U couldn't wait for mine.
Rosa1 rated for Hinged ATC Spell Book on Oct 7, 2019
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Comment: Amazing spell book art ~ thank you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable Halloween box full of goodies. The box is fabulous and I love the Macanudo cigar box. What a fun piece to display every Halloween. The vintage stickers are so cool. Thank you for a perfect swap. Hugs, Mona
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Comment: Thank you for the festive doll . . . and tuck-ins. Happy Halloween!
janski48 rated for Halloween Spooky Spool Doll on Oct 1, 2019
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Comment: I love my spooly doll! His felted head is so cool and I love that you felted him yourself. I always have an amazing piece of art when you’re my partner! Love you girl!
PaperPassion rated for GAA: 'The Raven' by EA Poe ATC on Sep 26, 2019
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Comment: Love the poem and the ATC thanks so much.
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Comment: they're beautiful ~ thanks!
goosey rated for ☠HS : Tag flip // Part 2☠ on Sep 23, 2019
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Comment: i LOVE this tag!! and the vintage ephemera you used to create it! thank you!
Avi rated for ☠HS : Tag flip // Part 1☠ on Sep 15, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely tag!
amyduff rated for USAPC: Altered Library Card & Pocket on Aug 29, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for my altered library pocket and card. I like the rich colors.
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Comment: Always love to get a swap from you my friend! Thank you for the sweet lil pumpkin gal and cute extras!
sweetgypsy rated for ATCO: House ATC on Aug 22, 2019
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Comment: Very pretty house!! I love the image & the wing. Thank you :)
kfaye rated for Mini Wreath on Aug 16, 2019
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Comment: So adorable!!!! Thank you :D
luvbird rated for Beautiful Face Plus on Jul 25, 2019
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Comment: Hi Mandy! Thank you so very much for the beautiful art page! She is gorgeous and I love the old book cover you put her on! I love this! It will definitely be a pretty addition to my display board in my craft room.
SeoulQueen rated for Halloween Matchbox on Jul 6, 2019
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Comment: Wow. Just so flipping cool!!! I am so happy to receive such a wonderful piece of art!!! I hope I can be as creative as you!!!
Response: Thank you!
donetta rated for GAA: Vintage Gypsy Theme on Jul 5, 2019
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Comment: Oh so beautiful...I can't believe you parted with this bit of gorgeousness! Oh Mandy, I SO feel you with the "empty nest syndrome"...I had 3 children in 3 years, and it seemed like they all left at once. And if I'm not a hands-on mother any more, what exactly AM I to do? I love that you have filled your days with kitty love,,.I also have signed on to volunteer at the local cat shelter (but I have to wait until at least a month after my foot surgery, which will be 7/12), I can hardly wait! As I sit here typing this, I have one kitty on my lap (left side), one on the armrest of the recliner (right side), and one on the footrest, between my knees! My babies! I lost my focus here...back to your Gothic arch lady! I'm going to post a swap in the next month or so with an Agnieska Lorek forest fairy theme! Once again, you have inspired me. xoxo, my dear friend!
Response: Aren't her photos breathtaking? I'm so glad you like the ATC I sent and thank you for your kind words.

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Comments

donetta on Aug 5, 2019:

Ah, my friend Mandy...I have to tell you how much it meant (means! to me that you and your equally fabulous sidekick, Jan, became my "angels" when I was having yet another surgery, and dealing with the pain and exhaustion that came from having my 7th surgery in just under 2 years. You mean so much to me...my world is brighter because you're part of it! Thank you so much for being the incredible human being, gifted teacher, and fabulous friend that you are.

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:

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CurlyTea on Dec 26, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

kfaye on Apr 11, 2018:

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!

Poeprincess on Jan 26, 2018:

Welcome to TIMs, Mandy! Looking forward to your contributions & input to our mini-art group.

CurlyTea on Dec 27, 2017:

CurlyTea on Dec 27, 2017:


Happy Belated Birthday!

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Hoosfoos on Oct 11, 2016:

Welcome to the Small Suprises group. I hope you will have fun swapping with us! Lisa

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