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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: July 16, 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

hibiscus rated for GAA: Fortune Teller ATC on Jul 14, 2018
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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
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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.
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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
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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💕💕
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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
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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
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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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Comment: Thanks for a cute and scary Halloween ATC!🎎❤️
Pandd rated for VTH: Vintage ATC with a ticket on May 7, 2018
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Comment: Beautiful again! Love your work. Nice to hear from southern Illinois again. I will be there in a few weeks. Thank you for a wonderful swap. Pat💕💕
hibiscus rated for AACG: Frida Kahlo on May 5, 2018
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Comment: This was an inspired atc! It is so “Frida!” Wonderful card and thank you for that amazing pin!! Great feathers... terrific swap... thanks so much
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Comment: HI Mandy What a lovely swap you sent me!! I appreciate all the work it took to sew up the paper...and what a great idea! The bird paper is something I would pick out my self and the woodsy and floral embellishments complement it perfectly. Then, on top of it, It was just chock full of scrumptious good that I can't wait to use in future swaps. Thank you so much for everything. I love all of it. Sue
Pandd rated for VTH: ATC with an inchie on Apr 26, 2018
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Comment: Love your atc! I guess it was my Marion day. I also got my journal from Jan. I will be back in Murphy/Cdale the first of June. Gotta have tha humidity! Again thank you for a wonderful swap. Pat💕💕
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!

Rating Overview

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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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