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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: October 26, 2020
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

marymary914 rated for Creepy Cool ATCoins: Set 2 on Oct 22, 2020
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Comment: Very creepy ATCoins! Thanks so much! Love the bad card too
swiftbrooks rated for A Very Vintage Halloween! on Oct 21, 2020
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Comment: OMG, MANDY!! I LOVE everything about this swap! Firstly, the adorable card that you sent everything in! Squee! All of the fantastic vintage Halloween ephemera, and your FANTASTIC Vintage ATC!! You have spoiled me! I loved the note in the card and I share the same feelings about Jack-o-lanterns and dressing up for the trick or treaters! It is by far THE best holiday of the year! So much joy in the creative and giving process. I love it all! I hope that you will have a very Happy Halloween! Thank you for such a wonderful swap! :D
Conni59 rated for VS - Vintage Halloween ATC on Oct 21, 2020
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Comment: Love the atc and extras!
Camiliann rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #4 on Oct 21, 2020
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Comment: thanks for the lovely atc and all the little extras. i’m sure i can find a use for them.
SusanSpooky rated for WITCHY on Oct 20, 2020
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Comment: Wow, I didn't expect the lovely handmade witch house with lights to go with the witch figure! I absolutely love it and will display it soon!!! Thank you for such an awesome swap!
mcall rated for Halloween Ornament Challenge on Oct 9, 2020
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Comment: Love the shape!!! creatively fantastic!! and the box is so sweet and the goodies Happy happy me! Thank you Mandy
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Comment: Absolutely love the well dressed owl! Thank you for a wonderful swap. Love the extras.
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Comment: pretty card! thank you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome swap! I loved everything!
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Comment: OMG OMG OMG I wish I could give extra hearts. Everything in the box came intact including the wonderful glass bell ornament (Did you make that yourself?) It is just super stunning, and the box is stunning! And the black kitty candle holder is adorable! I love love love it all. I am so glad that the postoffice didn't break anything even though they gave it their best try. Oh and my cat wrangler failed and my cat enjoyed everything just as much as I did.
Response: Yes, I created the little scene inside the glass bell. I am so glad that it all arrived safely. Thank you for the kind comments and the rating! Happy Halloween Season.
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Comment: Wonderful ATC-love the vintage key and of course the black cat represented-I have a black cat-Lenore! Beautiful card all together-all the different details together! Thanks for all the great extras-even the ones on the envelope. AND the black cat appliqué is going to come off the greeting card and going on a sweatshirt I have! Thanks for sharing all! Take care and stay safe!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! Is your cat named after the lost love in the poem, “The Raven,” by Poe?
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Comment: I absolutely love your Halloween card! I already have it on display. And thank you so much for all the beautiful Halloween items. I absolutely love them! You went above and beyond, thank you for your generosity, I look forward to using every thing!
Purplmyst rated for Hooray for Black Cats! on Sep 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for a great swap! I love everything you sent
GrrrMeoww rated for 13 Days of Halloween USA/CANADA on Sep 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the extras! I love the spider towels, candle and lip balm. Day 6 sadly didn't make the trip, poor ceramic kitty was in too many pieces to save, but everything else appears to be ok. Can't wait to open them all!!
warheart rated for MFF: Raven ATC on Sep 24, 2020
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Comment: Loved the Raven ATC!!
warheart rated for AACG: Halloween ATC with an Owl on Sep 24, 2020
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Comment: Lovely Owl ATC! Thank you!
Carly rated for Halloween Flip Tag on Sep 23, 2020
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Comment: OH MY GOD. Being ADHD, there are very few things that stop me in my tracks. But YOU, Ms. Mandy...or, more accurately, your ART...did just that. I SAT DOWN ON THE COUCH AND DID NOT MOVE until I'd inspected the entire package and then just went through each piece again in sheer wonderment! I receive excellent art here at VIA. But your work transcended "excellence"...NEVER have I received a work that paid so much attention to every detail...down to the bag on which you hand-sewed Halloween buttons! I took pictures of your entire work, just in case YOU didn't! You must post it! I love everything about your swap. And you taught me quite a few things about presentation and a few details I'd overlooked in the past. You are a marvelous artist! I'm so happy you were "mine" for this! Mmmmwaaahh!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate the vote of confidence because I was feeling a little like I could have done better on this one. I would love to do a private swap in the future! You really brightened my day. Thank you!
SusanSpooky rated for BOO BOX!!! on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: Wow!!! I love the way you decorated the box, it screams Halloween! I will find a place to display it soon. The spooky goodies... everything was just so awesome!! I can't wait to wear the scarf. The kitty pumpkin is so adorable! I will enjoy using the cool napkins for some decoupage. The little coffin full of fun bits was so sweet. Are the scented items in the little slider box wax melts or soap? It didn't specify anywhere that I noticed, but I love the festive scent! Everything was amazing!!! Thanks for such an spooktacular BOO box!!!
Response: They are soaps! I am so glad you like everything! I have so much fun putting them together.
swiftbrooks rated for Pastel Halloween ATC on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: WOW!! What a gorgeous and unique ATC!! I love her! She is such a glamorous bat! Thank you too for all of the wonderful Halloween ephemera and funny Halloween card! 1,000 hearts to you! :D Happy Halloween!
Response: I am so glad that you liked it. I thought that this was a very unique theme.
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Comment: I first want to say this is a lovely Gothic arch atc ... I next have to say the.”lattice “look was stunning and gave a special feeling to the card and the tiny flowers on the edges were just perfection...ps.. loved the note card with the Tokyo Tower!

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Comments

hibiscus on Jan 29, 2020:

Mandy you are not only a fabulous atc artist but you are so generous so many wonderful thoughtful extras ! Really a joy to swap with you!

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!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

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