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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: September 19, 2021
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

warheart rated for GAA: Butterflies & Lace ATC on Sep 8, 2021
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Comment: Love the sweet ATC - thank you!
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Comment: Oh Mandy this black cat tag is the best! You even decorated the back so nicely. Love the main black cat image that you used on the front of the tag and the extra ephemera and touches of gold and glitter just finish it off perfectly! And thanks so much for the cute Halloween card and the extra goodies inside! Fun fun swap!!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty tag. The back is very pretty also. I love all the colors and layering. Have a Happy Fall.
laterdayze rated for Friday the Thirteenth! on Aug 17, 2021
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Comment: I got it on Friday the 13th!! So cool!! I didn't get to open it until today, been busy with work. But I love all the fun goodies you sent, thank you SO much! :D
BeeMGee rated for VJP: Flower Face Journal Page on Jun 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous ATC. So thoughtfully made. Beautiful.
fairyduster53 rated for Family Heirlooms-SC on Oct 31, 2020
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Comment: What a wonderful swap!!! Thank you so much!!! You outdid yourself!! Absolutely wonderful!!
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Comment: Always a pleasure to swap with you! Like your choice of lady. Also, thank you for the extras. Not necessary but always appreciated.
kfaye rated for Ribbon Roll Ornament on Oct 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cute ornament you made!!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Creepy Cool ATCoins: Set 3 on Oct 28, 2020
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Comment: Oh wow, thanks so much! - these ATCoins are awesome!
luvbird rated for Jack O' Lantern Bingo Card on Oct 27, 2020
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Comment: Hi Mandy! Thank you so very much for the darling bingo card... I love it!
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Comment: OMG, WOW!! I LOVE the gorgeous witch, the lovely card that you sent everything in and the fabulous extras! Thanks again for another wonderful swap!
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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Comments

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

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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