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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: September 23, 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.

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. :-)

Ratings

polyk rated for SUSA - Vintage Image Witch ATC on Sep 21, 2018
5
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Comment: I didn’t realize I had you as a partner for both witch Themed ATC swaps! Crazy!!! Well, just as he first one, wow! I love it! Especially the glitter 🙃 Now I’m just not sure which one I love more! (Oh! And I really like the little quote you added - haha cute!)
polyk rated for GAA: Witchy ATC on Sep 21, 2018
5
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Comment: Awesome idea and perfect execution! I love the depth! And I love the whole package shebang! That card is cute as butt and those coins! 😍 ty!
kfaye rated for Queen of Halloween: Jewelry on Sep 20, 2018
5
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Comment: I am saving it until October to open :D Thank you!!!
Response: You have amazing will power!
karategirl46 rated for Strange Adornments on Sep 18, 2018
5
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Comment: What a great closure on this bracelet! And just in time for Halloween. Thank you so much! The festive extras are much appreciated!
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Halloween Mini Flipbook on Sep 18, 2018
5
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Comment: Dear Mandy, Well if I could give you more than 5 stars for this I surely would! Your Halloween flip book is awesome! Every page is such fun and so full of spooky goodies! Did you make the two little round shakers? They are so cute! I love all the elements you used, and you sent me so many fun extra goodies too! I also love Halloween so projects like these are so fun. Thank you for a really great swap!!
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Comment: Wow!!! What awesome coffin box! Such great detail and the packaging was amazing. Thank you so much!
Response: You are very welcome. I am glad you liked it!
PaperPassion rated for ATCCT: Round the Fishbowl on Sep 10, 2018
5
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Comment: Love the fishbowl coin you made.The extras you sent me are great I will put them to good use.Thanks so much.
5
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Comment: Trick or Treat!
JudalineZ rated for ATC Coin Color Combo on Aug 28, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for lovely ATCoin.
scrappycats rated for Trash to Treasure #9 on Aug 15, 2018
5
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tigermousecat rated for AACG: Elegant, Lovely ATCoins on Aug 13, 2018
5
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Comment: As always it is a great pleasure to swap with you. These coins are so pretty. What is the glitter you used on them? Thanks so much!
RAINDARGON rated for Artist Trading Coins (ATCoins) on Aug 11, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you the coin,well done for a first time,and they’d really fun to make.👩🏻‍🎨
ChinaCat rated for More Halloween Ornaments! on Aug 9, 2018
5
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Comment: Oh boy! How much do I LOVE these six retro pipe cleaner ornaments? Soooooo much! The three witches are of course my faves, but I really do love them all. I too make pipe cleaner ornies, but I truly LOVE receiving them also. Everyone has their own unique style. Mandy, thank you so much for the awesome decorated box! What a nice surprise...xo And I must not forget the cute, vintage flocked kitty sticker! =) THANK YOU for a wonderful swap!
Response: I am thrilled that you like them! Thank you for the wonderful comments!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Fortune Teller ATC on Jul 14, 2018
5
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Comment: Every element of this card is just right and adds so much.., great image! That metal piece on the lamp was very nice... I have to say it deserves several hearts and the extras were amazing! Especially the fairy godmother ... so generous and thank you for a wonderful swap!
Sandara333 rated for Be a Doll (altered doll part) on Jul 10, 2018
5
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Comment: Mandy, I really want to send you a huge virtual hug for the wonderful and very thoughtful box you sent me. I’m seriously impressed with this piece of radically cool art you've created. I love that doll head and how you put it all together is genius; I’m proud to have it displayed alongside my favorite doll heads in my living room. My jaw dropped when I saw the size of the box and then I started thinking... what kind of huge doll did you send me! Then I saw your piece of artwork and I just melted. Oh, how perfect for me, I just LOVE it. You made this swap extra special x100! All those extras too, and that sweet note you wrote, everything was just so right on. Oh yes…those doll eyes (I had been looking for that EXACT thing; you must have some psychic powers). I’ve been very depressed and I just want you to know how special you made me feel, and I can’t thank you enough for that. A million stars to you...🌟⭐️✨🌟⭐️🌟🌟⭐️✨🌙🌟✨⭐️🌙🌟🌟🌟🌟✨✨✨🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟💕
Response: I am so happy! I was so worried that it would break in the mail. The old antique flowers can be put in the heart vase to add a pop of color if you wish. I have been obsessed with creating old doll head art lately so this swap was perfect for me. I am perfectly thrilled that you love it! Thank you for the lovely comments.
5
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Comment: Thanks for the mermaid flipbook. It's way to big, but I still like it.
Pandd rated for GAA: Add Butterfly Wings on Jun 11, 2018
5
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Comment: Very nice. Love it. The cool mboro paper is fun. I am back in Murphysboro. Got back on Tuesday. Missed this humidity! Lol! Pat💕💕
5
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Comment: Thanks for the wonderful ATC! So glad you are enjoying this series! Boo Box will be back in August!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Embellishment Clusters on May 16, 2018
5
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Comment: Great embellishments! Love the bling!! Thank you for all the bonus goodies, such a fun envie to receive!!
Response: You are so very welcome!
pennypuppy rated for MFF: Birds and Sewing on May 10, 2018
5
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Comment: So beautiful. That trim is out of this world. Thanks for the lace, it's so unique, and for all the other extras!

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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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