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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: February 19, 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!

Ratings

chimerix rated for Heart ATC on Feb 17, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC. Aloha
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome atc's. Love the green trim.
PaperPassion rated for AACG: Turquoise and Red ATC on Feb 16, 2019
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Comment: Really Really beautiful thank you so much I love it.The tag you send is wonderful also going to use it in my journal.
Eclectonote rated for Vintage Valentines on Feb 10, 2019
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Comment: What wonderful Valentine ATCs you've made. They are both so charming, and I love how the embellishments add to these lovely artworks. Many thanks also for the papers and for that special red Dresden trim!
purple24 rated for MMPC: Mermaid Paper Doll on Feb 7, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful mermaid.
Aladyjackson rated for CQ: Reverse Canvas on Jan 23, 2019
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Comment: Wow, I am simply speechless(as if)!! I do not even feel deserving of such a beautiful gift! You have inspired me and amazed me at the same time. My heart was weeping with such a beautiful piece of art-I will treasure this piece forever. Thank you so very much, you humble me. 🥰
Response: You are so very welcome. Thank you for your kind words. It makes me happy that you like it so much. :)
donetta rated for MFF: Winter Birds ATCoins on Dec 27, 2018
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Comment: Mandy, I adore the way you always put your heart into your art...it is such a pleasure to swap with you! I love the coins, and absolutely adore the stash of vintage Santa goodies! Thank you for being YOU!
lmacdavis93 rated for AACG: Father Christmas ATCoins on Dec 22, 2018
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Comment: Hi Mandy! I love the Santa ATC coins you sent me! The glittery edges and the shiny red gems and flowers really set off you Santa images. Put a hook through the top and they make a really cute Christmas tree ornament. Thanks for a fun swap and Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Oh-You are right-that is a wonderful vintage Santa card-that deserves to be the cover of a art collage journal! Very sweet Gothic Arch Atc with happy little vintage girl! Thanks also for extras-this was a great swap-thanks for sharing! UPDATE: I had rated you but then forgot to check the 5 and heart.
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Comment: Gorgeous swap thanks Mandy. Seems to have caught the slow boat! Have a lovely day.
vanneparis rated for SUSA - Send 3 ATCs w/ a Queen on Nov 30, 2018
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Comment: Hi Mandy - They came out beautiful!! I love the warrior twist and the crowns are spectacular. I hope you had fun with the swap. I was so happy to have you as my partner. See you in the New Year!! -Vanne
Response: I am so glad they finally made it! Thanks for the rating. :)
donetta rated for GAA: Vintage Gypsy Gothic Arch ATC on Nov 23, 2018
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Comment: Mandy, I just love this gorgeous gypsy girl! This is without a doubt my favorite gypsy image...well, there are so many great ones, but for SURE she is one of my top 5! I'm happy to hear that your funk is a thing of the past...I am too familiar with that dark cloud, and I'm happy to report that all the changes in my life over the past year, which did draw the cloud near, have resolved and I feel quite content these days. Your work is stellar, and you deserve more happiness than almost anyone I know!
Response: Thank you so much Darling Donetta! Your sentiments are always so lovely to hear.
vanneparis rated for MMPC - Fortune Teller ATC on Nov 19, 2018
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Comment: WOW!! She came out spectacular!! I love it!! Thank you for a very special swap. Take Care -Vanne
supersquirrel rated for SUSA - Frankenstein ATC on Nov 17, 2018
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Comment: I absolutely LOVE your pieces of art. I now have 2 of your ATCs that adorn my desk. Thank you so much!
user2148 rated for YTPC Painted papers on Nov 12, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful papers and the library card pouch filled with goodies! Such a fun swap!
geekgirl1001000 rated for YTPC Painted papers on Nov 12, 2018
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Comment: awesome papers! thanks for the extras.
Jenicat rated for YTPC Painted papers on Nov 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful papers and extras. Everything is so nice 💜
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Comment: WOW mandymo - what an amazing package! Thank you so much for all the wonderful ephemera and the ATC - a beautiful ATC to die for - a fantastic ATC to learn from. Thank you!!
choke rated for TIMs: Halloween Twinchies on Oct 31, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the fun twinchies! I wish the back was signed, but other than that they are very cool!
Kimmi50 rated for GAA: Beautiful Geisha ATC on Oct 31, 2018
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Comment: I love this gorgeous Atc!!!! The image you used is so beautiful with the touches of blue and gold. The black border and the bling is the perfect touch to this stunning piece. Thank you so much Mandy for this masterpiece and the extra special adorable extras. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

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Comments

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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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!

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