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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: January 22, 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

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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.
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.
donetta rated for MFF: Christmas Star Bird Ornament on Dec 19, 2017
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Comment: Mandy, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the late rating...I know Kristy communicated with you, but still...it feels rude! Now that I am all computerized again, I want to tell you how much this beautiful, feathery, ornate Christmas star means to me: I cried. Real tears! Not for the items you sent, but for the sweetness and kindness that initiated your process. Of course the star itself is ah-mazing...gorgeously embellished in pink!...and the little extras are such a joy. (That MG matchbox!!!). Please know how much this means to me...and how happy I am to have gotten to know you over the past few years. xoxo!
Response: You are so very welcome. You know you are one of my favorite muses. I wish you a beautiful Christmas and an inspiring New year.
donetta rated for GAA: Memento Mori Gothic Arch ATC on Dec 3, 2017
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Comment: Absolute perfection...although I have such sympathy for that poor mother! Using the mica was a brilliant touch...and that Gothic arch is one I've never seen before, and MUST use as a template! Mandy my dear, you always send the most fantastic items; the extras are so beautifully packaged (did you know that there were even little Dresden valentines inside the interior blue envelope?). I swoon with delight...you're simply the BEST!
Response: Oh yes, I knew. :) Thank you so much for your kind comments. I have said it before and I will say it again, those kind words mean so much to me coming from the absolute Queen of the Bot!
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Comment: I'm one lucky gal to get your beautiful book cover! I'm just in awe of it! So gorgeous!! Love the beautiful background you painted with the dreseden stars! I love how you lifted the images! And let's talk about that sweet image of that beautiful angle holding a bird nest, she happens to be my favorite Christmas angel image!! Love the sparkles you added to her! The silver leaves take it over the top! The book is so neat, looks vintage and antique! Thank you for the amazing extras! Where did you get those beautiful angles? And thank you for the kind words about my rating, makes me feel better about it! I'm so happy to have you as a parent!
Response: LOL! I just can't believe the level of pettiness of some people. I truly do pity them because they must be upset about something during every waking minute. My mom has collected antique paper my entire life. She also has hoards of reproductions. I think she got that particular image sometime in the 80s. She has an entire map chest filled with antique scrap and she does about 5 antique feather trees decorated with antique ornaments every year at Christmas time. I will try to remember to send you some pics of them. My mom liked the book cover so much that I made for you that she insisted that I make one for her too. I am so pleased that you love it. I am also happy that you saw fit to give me a heart even though, if you check the post mark, you will see that I mailed it a couple days past the deadline. (insert gasp here. ) I wish you a very MERRY Christmas. :)
Kimmi50 rated for AACG: Fairy Flipbook on Nov 12, 2017
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Comment: OH WOW!!! I absolutely Love this flipbook, the Mab Graves images are just amazing! I love the copper and green background with the beautiful flowers. I don’t have words to describe just how gorgeous this flipbook really is. You always go above and beyond and your art is truly one of my favs. Thank you so much for all the extra goodies. I feel like a kid at Christmas and Santa got me everything I wanted, lol. It was so good to see you in a swap again. Thank you Mandy 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
Response: As soon as I saw the swap, I knew I wanted to use Mab's Repressed Fairy images. I just cannot get enough of her art! I am so glad you like it. I thought it might be a little different to appeal to all tastes, but when I saw that you were my partner, I had a feeling it would be okay. I used a patina paint set I had to do the pages. I took a little break. It is hard to believe that I have been on The Bot for almost 7 years. I still love it. It is such nice outlet to have for creativity. Thank you so much for the kind comments and the heart. :):):)
peipeicl rated for GAA: Cupcake Gothic Arch ATC on Nov 11, 2017
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Comment: My goodness! Your package is a great surprise! Thank you for the 3 cupcakes atcs <3 I was a little confused at first, because I didn't join any perfume swap :P but got so surprised by your beautiful card and extra goodies when I pulled open the box. Love them <3 <3 <3 thank you so much!
Response: Yay! I am so glad you liked everything! I really enjoyed making the cup cakes and I got to use some art supplies and techniques that I hadn't used in awhile. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
annielou rated for VS - Halloween ATC on Oct 22, 2017
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Comment: Fabulous!! I love it!! All the layering, sparkles (I love) and definitely Halloween spooky. This you so much!
Response: You are welcome. I am so glad you liked it. Have a wonderful Halloween!
luvbird rated for RJ - Pretty Bird Rolo on Jul 6, 2017
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Comment: Mandy, thank you so much for the beautiful Pretty Bird rolo...so pretty indeed...I love it! I especially love the poem on the back. Thank you for the extras and I appreciate that you made me another rolo. Great swap!
donetta rated for GAA: Pretty in Pink Gothic Arch ATC on Jun 26, 2017
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Comment: Oh Mandy! Oh, oh, oh! I love this ATC so MUCH...it has all the hallmarks of MandyArt, which include a bit of glitter, the most amazing assortment of background elements and embellishments, and...well, let's just say that your artistic signature is unmistakable! That beautiful orange paper from Chicago is something that will be used sparingly, because I want it to last a long time...and of course, all the sweet extras you sent have found a good home with me. Thank you for being so YOU, my dear swap friend!
Response: You are too sweet! You are so very welcome!
AZmom875 rated for House shaped atc swap on Jun 16, 2017
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Comment: That house is super cute. Thank you.
donetta rated for Ludovic Jacqz Inspired Tryptic on Jun 12, 2017
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Comment: I wish I could give eleventy quintillion hearts for these beauties...they are spectacular! Now I'm worried...mine are not Gothic arches! I don't know why I chose "regular" instead of "Gothic"...please forgive me! But back to you...Mandy, you are the most amazing swap partner. It is pure joy to see what springs from your creative mind every single time.
Response: Yay! You are such a lovely muse! I don't mind in the slightest if they are not gothic arches. I feel so very lucky every time I get a piece of art from you. Your creativity is something to which I aspire. Thank you for the rating and the kind comments Donetta Darling!
moM rated for TSJ: Create a Small Art Doll on Jun 11, 2017
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Comment: Wow! Just Wow! She is absolutely gorgeous! She now lives with the beautiful triptych you sent me last October. A few more swaps and I'll have a "mandy shelf"! Thank you so much!!
Response: Yay! I am glad you like her. She is a bit odd so I am happy she found a good home. Thank you for the kind comments.
vanneparis rated for RJ - Edgar Allan Poe Rolo on Jun 6, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much Mandy! It came out gorgeous!
Woolers rated for AACG: VIntage Gypsy ATC on May 23, 2017
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Comment: Oh Wow, Mandy, what a beautiful ATC, I love it , your work is beautiful :) Thank you so much xxx

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Comments

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:

RyeRye on Aug 29, 2016:

Thanks for hosting in Inspiration Station!

homeandheart on Jul 7, 2016:

Thanks so much for joining the Somerset Paper doll necklace swap! 👧It was great having you!

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