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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: April 19, 2018
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.

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. :)

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 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

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. :-)

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 love making collages and covering boxes with interesting images and notions. I love the mystery that is suggested by an interesting box. Anything could be inside of it! I love alters of any kind. ATCs are my current obsession. I can't wait to expand my collection. I also like to turn old tins into little shrines. I love Domino books and altered bottles. I have recently begun making altered dolls of all kinds and working with polymer clay. I also love shabby chic colors and themes.

Ratings

DLRodrigues rated for GAA: 4 Elements ATC on Apr 12, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC! The kitty dressed in clothes is too cute! Thank you too for the mini-zine and early 1900's ephemera!!!
Response: You are so very welcome! I am happy you like it. :)
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Comment: Thanks for a great ATC - I'm really having fun with this series of swaps!
tigerlilly327 rated for Trash to Treasure #5 on Mar 26, 2018
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Comment: Everything about this swap was just adorable! I loved the box and the extra findings you sent, but the button caterpillar was just soooo over the top cute! She has a new home on my bookcase with my junker jane and ninni monster dolls. Thank you so much!
tigermousecat rated for GAA: Lady in Green ATC on Mar 21, 2018
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Comment: As always your work is beautiful! Hope your daughter " breaks a leg" with her role!
Response: Thank you! She brought down the house!
PeggyO rated for AACG: Graphic 45 Paper Bag Journal on Mar 21, 2018
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Comment: Mandy--I love your paper bag journal--It is already displayed with a couple other mini-albums on a corner of out entertainment center. I posted a rating immediately after opening the package, so I don't know what happened to it. Thanks also for all of the goodies in the journal pockets and the extras. Happy swapping and exercise your creativity! PeggyO
Response: I am so glad you like it!
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Comment: +100 more hearts! Oh, Mandy, I have really missed swapping together! Your matchbox is simply perfection. Those beautifully glittered flowers and lovely paper . . . sigh . . . a thing of beauty. You're such a creative spirit. Now . . on to the presentation . . . S T U N N I N G . . . that gorgeous vintage doily wrapped around the little matchbox. I LOVED it. Thanks, too, for those vintage-y kitty cards--they look Cavallini-ish ;+) What a wonderful swap.
Response: You comments make me happy. I simply adore making little matchboxes. I have always been attracted to tiny things. I am thrilled that you like everything.
luvbird rated for AACG: Mini Junk Journal on Mar 14, 2018
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Comment: Mandy, thank you so much for the great junk journal! I love it! I love all the great artwork that you put into it.
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Comment: Thanks for joining my swap and for the great ATC!
luvbird rated for AACG: Vintage Valentine on Feb 16, 2018
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Comment: Mandy, thank you so very much for the darling Valentine swap...what a cute little girl! Very sweet! Thank you for great extras too. Always fun to receive a swap from you.
karry rated for GAA: Asian Flair on Feb 8, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC! This is a great addition to my collection!
Arabella rated for Vintage Valentine ATC on Feb 7, 2018
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Comment: Love the "Deer Valentine", Mandy! And the great vintage extras! Thank you so much!
tigermousecat rated for GAA: January ATC on Jan 29, 2018
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Comment: Wow, wow, wow! What a delight to open this envelope! I am totally spoiled with this swap. Thank you so much for a lovely card and all the extras you sent. I am thrilled!
Response: You are so welcome!
Mustluvdoggies rated for AACG: Vintage Valentine Heart on Jan 24, 2018
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Comment: Mandy this Valentine heart you made is beautiful!! I love it so much! Everything is perfectly place. I love all the lace, flowers, and darling image! AND I love how you made it a pocket and put potpourri inside it! Thank you for all the wonderful extras and always being a awesome swap partner!
Response: Yay! Your kind comments make me happy! You are such a wonderful swap partner as well. I sometimes stalk your page to see what you are in. Lol! I just love doing swaps. It is always an inspiring challenge.
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Comment: This is my first swap for this group (I am a new member), and I'm so happy it came from you! I laughed out loud when I opened the door...I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this...what is she? All I know is that I should not be afraid, because anyone wearing such beautiful lace cuffs and collar could never be a meanie! As always, your special touch is on every piece of art you create.
Response: I know! We keep attracting one another! It was my first swap for this group too. Lol!
bombardiette rated for VTHS: ATC - Fantastic Plastic on Jan 22, 2018
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Comment: Oh my gosh, Mandy. This ATC is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Thank you so much for a swap so well done. xoxo
Response: You are very welcome. It was a bit "out there" but after reading your profile, I thought you would appreciate it. We have some things in common. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
MsLee rated for GAA: Triptych Free Theme on Jan 20, 2018
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Comment: Dear Mandy, wow! Thank you so much for your beautiful Edgar Allan Poe work, it's a total masterpiece. I'm so glad you chose that theme. Thank you for the extras, and now I'm intrigued, I'll try to catch that show "The Following" on Netflix.. Have a magnificent New Year!
Response: Thank you so much! I must admit, I was happy that it turned out. Sometimes my imagination goes further than my artistic ability. Thank you for the kind comments and the heart. :)
BeeMGee rated for GAA: Red and Gold ATC on Jan 16, 2018
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Comment: Beautiful. Thank you. Love the dimension by raising the image up. Xx
Response: You are so very welcome. I love to send overseas because it is fascinating to think about some of my little creations living in other parts of the world. Thank you for the rating and heart.
dancingDog rated for HD/HP Let Snow ATC swap on Jan 4, 2018
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Comment: Wow Mandy - This was like Christmas all over again! The ATC is truly lovely and I am loving all the goodies. Thank you for your generosity which has inspired several ideas for some new projects for me! :)
Response: You are very welcome!
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Comment: Darling Christmas ATC you Made! Love the beautiful trim you used. Thank you for the great extras!
Response: You are so very welcome!!!! Thank you for the rating and the heart.
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Comment: Mandy, thank you so very much for the darling altered tin...it is so sweet. I love everything about it from the rustic color of the tin itself, the trees, deer...all so cute! I am enjoying looking at it on my craft table. Thank you also for the great extras...I love them. I am always so excited when I know I am getting a swap from you! You are such a great artist!
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the kind comments.

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Comments

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!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

Hoosfoos on Oct 11, 2016:

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

jukejan on Sep 25, 2016:

Hiya inviting you to join Somerset Fall Flavor Swap!

jukejan on Sep 25, 2016:

Hiya inviting you to join Somerset Fall Flavor Swap!

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

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