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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: August 18, 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! 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

kfaye rated for Mini Wreath on Aug 16, 2019
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Comment: So adorable!!!! Thank you :D
luvbird rated for Beautiful Face Plus on Jul 25, 2019
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Comment: Hi Mandy! Thank you so very much for the beautiful art page! She is gorgeous and I love the old book cover you put her on! I love this! It will definitely be a pretty addition to my display board in my craft room.
SeoulQueen rated for Halloween Matchbox on Jul 6, 2019
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Comment: Wow. Just so flipping cool!!! I am so happy to receive such a wonderful piece of art!!! I hope I can be as creative as you!!!
Response: Thank you!
donetta rated for GAA: Vintage Gypsy Theme on Jul 5, 2019
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Comment: Oh so beautiful...I can't believe you parted with this bit of gorgeousness! Oh Mandy, I SO feel you with the "empty nest syndrome"...I had 3 children in 3 years, and it seemed like they all left at once. And if I'm not a hands-on mother any more, what exactly AM I to do? I love that you have filled your days with kitty love,,.I also have signed on to volunteer at the local cat shelter (but I have to wait until at least a month after my foot surgery, which will be 7/12), I can hardly wait! As I sit here typing this, I have one kitty on my lap (left side), one on the armrest of the recliner (right side), and one on the footrest, between my knees! My babies! I lost my focus here...back to your Gothic arch lady! I'm going to post a swap in the next month or so with an Agnieska Lorek forest fairy theme! Once again, you have inspired me. xoxo, my dear friend!
Response: Aren't her photos breathtaking? I'm so glad you like the ATC I sent and thank you for your kind words.
Quiltbutterfly rated for VC: Ribbon Doll on Jun 30, 2019
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Comment: Thank you Mandy for the very different ribbon dolll. I’m sure she’ll enjoy dancing here
Response: You are so welcome! I am glad you like her. :)
donetta rated for AACG: Stitches and Layers ATC on Jun 23, 2019
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Comment: The horror I feel at being a non-rater! I never really think about my messy craft table impacting anyone but ME, but here is clear evidence that it does sometimes impact my swap partners. Mandy! So, so many layers and stitches...each lovelier than the last! I would so love to sit with you at YOUR craft table, to get a feel for how you do what you do. You are always the very best swap partner...gorgeous makes, and wonderful extras. Thank you for being YOU; my world is better for you being in it!
Response: :):):) Thank Donetta Dear!
dartha rated for Halloween Spool on Jun 22, 2019
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Comment: Love the cool spool ornament -thank you so much!!!
Trinket rated for AACG: Copper and Mint ATC on Jun 22, 2019
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Comment: Gosh! that is a chunky ATC I love it, those gorgeous coppery bits attached to it are excellent. Thank you very much for this card.
mrscharlesallen rated for ACTS - a BIG coin on Jun 12, 2019
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Comment: I just love the swap, excellent job. This will be my very favorite item to keep forever and show to my friends. I was in ah when I opened it. I showed my husband right away. Thank you so very much for the time you must of put into it.
Response: Thank you for the kind comments! You are too sweet. I always thought it would be neat to do a whole wall of these in my house somewhere.
donetta rated for GAA: Book Page and Paper Napkin ATC on Jun 10, 2019
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Comment: I SO apologize for the late rating, my dear friend! This is an exquisite Gothic arch ATC, and I treasure it. LOVE the gorgeous shape, and in fact I love everything about it! You are The Best!
luleemik rated for Halloween Bingo Card on Jun 10, 2019
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Comment: ooooh I LOVE this bingo card!!! The vintage elements are just my style:) Thank you for participating in my swap and sending an amazing bingo card!!
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Comment: Thank you! I love your work! You are so generous! I'm in love with all the bits you included in the envelopes! Where did you find those glassine envies???
Response: Amazon lol! Um so glad you like it. :)
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Comment: Thanks for these brilliant and beautiful twinchie ornaments! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
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Comment: Favourite atc in ages love it thankyou
Response: I am so glad you like it!
isabellasnow rated for GAA: Match a Dictionary Page on May 26, 2019
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Comment: Hi Mandy! Please forgive my late rating. I was in San Francisco visiting my daughter and it's taken me awhile to get back in the swing! Your ATC is A for AMAZING! What a beautiful theme. The image of the witch is beautiful and that eye is so 'eye-catching!' It's the perfect embellishment. I love the colors and I'm crazy for those paper feathers! I can't wait to use them on something. We do have a lot in common ;+) Always such a pleasure receiving your work--thank you!
nancybarlow rated for VC: Embellished Safety Pin on May 24, 2019
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Comment: Mandy, I LOVE this pin! Planning to wear with a new summer shirt...I studied how you constructed it..very delicate. Thank you!
Response: I'm so happy you like it!
DragonflyDaisy rated for USAPC: Inchie Book on May 20, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful inchie book - it is beautifully done and I loved it! 😃 I wish I was as good at doodling and writing directly on a project as you are. As a heads up, the post office stamped on your envelope that your envelope met the requirements of a package and wrote the postage amount due, but luckily my mail carrier left it in my mailbox anyway without charging me anything so that was good for me! Happy crafting! 🙂
Response: Oh no! Thank you for the heads up. I'm glad it got delivered.
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Comment: Thanks for this, very clever, ATC. I will watch out for her so she doesn't get into trouble. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
suemick15 rated for AACG: Rust and Gray ATC on May 4, 2019
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Comment: Hi Mandy, I am speechless over the"daguerrotype" ATC that you made. It is beautifully done and I am so happy to have it in my collection. I can't wait to use the images you tucked in and the poem is just lovely! Thank you for a wonderful swap. I love everything! Sue
Response: Thank you for the kind words and rating. I am thrilled that you like it. :)
coleenfranks rated for Mixed Media Challenge #4 on May 1, 2019
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Comment: Mandy, you did a lovely job and with a bird!!!! Thanks for reading my profile. It will have a place of honor in my "bird sanctuary." That's my guest bathroom that has bird art.
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you like it!

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Comments

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!

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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

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