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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: May 26, 2017
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

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
donetta rated for MFF: Bird Twinchies on May 22, 2017
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Comment: Mandy, Mandy, Mandy...just like you, these are very special. Detailed, gorgeous in every possible way, and full of beauty in unexpected places! I keep seeing new details on these small beauties...you are simply amazing. Thank you also for the lovely images; you know for sure I will use each and every one.
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Comment: As always a delight to receive a swap from you. Avant Garde is a good thing! Thanks again !
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Comment: Love it ,thanks so much.
fairyduster53 rated for TSJ: Make an Art Doll! on Apr 13, 2017
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Comment: What a treasure trove I received!! Thank you ever so much for your sweet attention to my profile!~~Loved everything!!
Response: I am so glad you liked it!
Mustluvdoggies rated for VC: Vintage Lady with a Cat on Apr 9, 2017
5
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Comment: I love pink and green together and I love the ATC you made! So many beautiful elements! Thank you for the wonderful swap!
Response: Pink and green is my favorite color combination. I am so glad you like it.
SuMay rated for MFF: Bird on a Heart on Mar 23, 2017
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Comment: Dear Mandy, What a shame your first heart went missing. I saw it on your Flikr feed and it was delightful. But the second heart is also lovely: I like the muted colour palette. Thank you! Updated rating: Dear Mandy, Your original heart with the vintage trim and hatpins arrived today after a journey of three and a half months! Thank you for this charming piece of art. It's very you! Sonia
Response: Maybe the first one will still show up. :) Thanks for the rating.
Johkup rated for GAA: Senders Choice - ATC on Mar 7, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks for this lovely ATC and extras!!
Response: You are so very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
BevT rated for GAA: Valentine ATC on Feb 21, 2017
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Comment: Mandy, Thank you for the lovely ATC... I really LOVED the way you packaged your card. You always have wonderful and creative ideas. Also I can't want to play with the paper dolls and the other fun extras. Thanks for joining in on this swap!! : )
Response: You are so very welcome. :):):)
5
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Comment: Thanks for the ATC and all the goodies!
Response: You are very welcome!
janski48 rated for VC: Vintage Valentine ATC on Feb 7, 2017
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Comment: It's so Beautiful Mandy!! I love the popped up hearts and those pretty stick pins are awesome! Thanks for the great extras too. Love ya girl!!
Response: You are welcome Bestie!!!!
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Comment: As always you do such lovely work. The Tulle over her face is a nice touch. Also, the cat card is so adorable! Thanks again!
Response: You are very welcome. Marie is one of my favorite muses.
StichinGrammie rated for VC: Ribbon Doll on Jan 24, 2017
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Comment: Awsome! I love her. She is my first Ribbon Doll. Thanks!
Response: You are so very welcome. I love making these!
user6937 rated for AACG: Dolls of Many Lands ATC on Jan 9, 2017
5
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Comment: I don't mind a bit of glitter - I've discovered Wink of Stella clear! These are great, thanks! Don't know why that heart didn't "stick".
Response: So happy you like them.:)
luvbird rated for GAA: Vintage Snowman ATC! on Dec 28, 2016
5
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Comment: Mandy, thank you so much for the festive little box of sweet christmas surprises. The little vintage snowman is sooooooo cute...I just love him! Love the red tinsel around the edge of the card. Thank you for all the neat little xmas trinkets...so cute. Such a great swap!
Response: I am so glad you like him. Have a happy new year!!!
Mustluvdoggies rated for VJP: Victorian Christmas on Dec 22, 2016
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Comment: I love what you did with the VJP you made. Those velvet leafs are neat and the images are so darling. Love all the gold bling! thank you for those beautiful extras!
Response: You are very welcome! Merry Christmas!
boriquaz rated for "It's So Romantical" ATC on Dec 20, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and for checking in with me. So sorry for the late rate but many extra hearts for you. Happy holidays!
Response: You are so very welcome. I am glad it.wasn't lost. :)
donetta rated for VJP: Le Femme Fatale on Dec 11, 2016
5
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Comment: Oh Mandy! I knew it was going to be fantastic, because I saw your name on the return address. Still and all, I was unprepared for the sheer gloriousness of your femme fatales...and for the gazillions of glamorous gifties included with these beauties. That little book is to DIE for! The sweetness! And all the wonderful things to use in my artwork...it's amazing. YOU are amazing. 'Nuff said!
Response: I am so happy you like it Donetta Darling. You are one of my favorite muses.
titancia rated for CQ: Snowman ATC on Dec 6, 2016
5
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Comment: I am blown away by not just how amazing your ATC is, but the entire package!! I cannot say thank you enough! It knocked my socks off!! FIVE STARS!!
Response: I am so glad you liked it! :))
123Poggy123 rated for Dream a Little Dream ATC on Dec 1, 2016
5
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Comment: What a wonderful ATC. I love what you did. Thank you for all the goodies for me to use.
Response: You are so very welcome. Thank you for the rating. :)

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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!

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!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:
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