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PrairieKittin

PrairieKittin
Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: September 19, 2018
Birthday: May 19, 1956
Country: United States
Deviant Art
Full Moon Art Works
My swaps

A little bit about me

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Hi! I'm Prairie Kittin. (Yes, that is my real name. I was named after my aunt Prairie and my grandmother Katherine "Kitty"). My father named me.

purpleSwirl

The Wheel of the Year keeps on turning. It's going on Autumn here. Hallowe'en season! Bring on the sexy witches!

If you want to send me extras this time of year, please keep these in mind:

Traditional Foods: Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, All Grains, Pumpkin-pie, Hazelnuts, Cakes for the dead, Corn, Cranberry muffins and breads, Ale, Cider. Any recipes including these things would be most welcome!

Herbs: Calendula, Hazel, Thistle, Plantain (not the banana! LOL!)

Incense: Mint, Heliotrope, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Sage or Florals.

Others: Apple, Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg, Sage.

Stones: Quartz, hematite, onyx, jet, amber.

If you must send extras, I would really appreciate these instead of pieces of colored paper or ephemera. I don't require extras, nor do I give hearts based on extras, so please don't feel you have to include anything in your swap, except the swap itself.

purpleSwirl

Not my circus. Not my monkeys. ... Oh, wait. The flying ones? Yeah, those are mine.

Did you know that in Finland and Sweden, witches come out on Easter?

If you want to make me happy, send me witches, trolls and creepy stuff. (Old school creepy... I don't do zombies, murderous clowns or chuckie dolls. No excessive blood, either. I like skulls, sexy witches, trolls, skeletons, spiders, tombstones, ravens, foggy graveyard pictures, things like that.) Tim Burton is my idol.

I adore the Steampunk genre. Not so much the dressing-up in "costume" part, although I do have the prerequisite hat and goggles. I enjoy Steamy ATCs, postcards, pictures. Things like that.

I have several grandchildren, most of whom are teenagers, except for 6 year old Zaiyah. She just started Big Kid's School. First grade! 3 of the grandkids are in high school (2 of them graduate this year) and 1 is in college at Western Washington University.

I am a letterboxer. My trail name on Atlasquest.com is "Witch Kittin".

I ride my own motorcycle, but there are times I ride behind my boyfriend on his Harley. There's nothing like wrapping your arms around the man you adore and flying into the wind!

We have 3 rescued cats. Mousy and Prince are both black. Trouble is a tabby Maine Coon. Mousy was "rehomed" to us because her former parents got divorced and her mom moved in with friends who didn't want cats. Prince's owners simply moved away and abandoned him! Trouble actually belongs to the dogs. They adore each other. He was born in the yard of an abandoned house to a feral mother.

We have also adopted 3 dogs. Sadie is a Golden Pei. She's probably 4 or 5 years old, but she acts like a puppy. The other two are pit bulls, Sookie and Alcide. Sookie is about 60 pounds. Alcide has probably about 15 pounds on her, so we're talking 60 and 75 pound lap dogs! (They take up the whole bed, too, leaving me a little 12 inch space on the edge to sleep in!)

I live with 2 ring-necked doves, who laugh and coo. I had to separate them because when they turned a year old, they started to fight and Luna almost killed Belle.

So, I have 3 cats, 3 dogs, and 2 birds. And some fish. Lots of fish. I have a large (very large) golden severum and a Jack Dempsey in the 50 gallon tank in the living room, along with a huge plecostomus. There is an Oscar in the 60 gallon tank, along with a school of Danios, 3 goldfish and a spotted pleco. Then, there are 2 tanks in the dining room. The 20 gallon has goldfish and feeds an aquaponics "salad bar". The 10 gallon has been turned into a hospital tank for injured fish. There is a danio in there right now that another fish bit.

Oh, and I also live with a large hairy biker dude named Steve. He is my rock.

purpleSwirl

Favorite Crafts

I do mail art and postcards, mostly. I used to do art journals, but got burned by a swapper who didn't pass my journal on, so I don't do those anymore.

I also used to do ATCs, but not so much anymore. Back in the early days (yes, I am that old!), ATCs were all about the Art. Now, there are ribbons and embellishments and beads and baubles. They look like a miniature mixed media card. I just can't do that. Well, I can, but I just don't enjoy it as much. I have come to the conclusion that, as far as arts and crafts go, I can do Art. Crafts, not so much. I'm okay with that. I'm a fair to good artist, but my attempt at crafts never turn out as pretty as the ones other people make.

I am a member of International Union of Mail Artists in good standing since 2013.

I enjoy doing Zentangle and zentangle inspired artwork. (Doodles that look like zentangle).

I've also carved my share of rubber stamps and made a few logbooks to go with them for my letterboxing hobby.

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Collections

I am a collector. I admit it. Is there a 12-step program for that? I collect:

Witches with human-colored faces (NO green faces! Shudder!);

Ruby

Ruby and Hammerhead

This is Ruby. She's my favorite witch of all time!

Trolls (the cutesy little dolls with the wild hair, as well as the Scandinavian kind);

http://www.goblin-king.co.uk/uploads/1/2/6/7/12672707/3016570.jpg

Keys (old fashioned skeleton keys. I don't know why, but I am totally fascinated by them);

Rocks, stones, fossils (I was a geology major in college);

Cast iron anything;

Fawns (especially antique ones).

So... a cast iron troll dressed as a witch, carrying a skeleton key in one hand and a trilobite in the other, with a fawn curled up at her feet would be absolutely perfect. ;-)

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Likes

LIKES:

Outlander! I've read all the books and am hooked on the TV show. You had me at "Sassenach"!!

I don't have a favorite color, but I prefer earth tones and muted colors, although occasionally a deep rose color takes my breath away! I seem to have a lot of purple things, too.

Looking at my colored pencils, there are some colors that are almost worn away to nothing. Dark green, dark purple, aquamarine and dark brown, in particular. So, I guess maybe those might be considered my favorites!

Animals of all kinds. I could no more harm an animal than cut off my own arm.

Tarot-related anything.

Anything nature-oriented, especially rocks.

Old herbals, geology or paleontology texts.

Anything Pagan or witchy.

Rubber stamping stuff.

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Dislikes

DISLIKES:

I do NOT support Susan G. Komen. I am a breast cancer survivor, and I support other charities, just not that one.

No Christian stuff. Please do NOT send me anything christian. I have been physically, mentally and emotionally hurt by members of that religion, and I would prefer not to have any reminders.

I would appreciate it if you didn't send anything religious, political or gory. Easter, in particular, is a hard holiday for me. It used to be all about dressing up and going on Easter Egg hunts. You know, Easter bunnies, Cute little fluffy chicks, Easter baskets, Dyeing eggs. Now, when I join a postcard or mail art swap, I end up getting a postcard of crucifixion. Don't ruin my holiday by sending me pictures of a mangled corpse hanging on a stick. I don't care who it is, or what he means to you. Please, just don't do it!

That's about it. I like just about anything else I enjoy all kinds of art, especially mail art. I like to make postcards and decorate envelopes. I like to think my art puts a smile on someone's face in it's journey to your mailbox.

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Recipes and stuff

Steve and I are both diabetic and he has congestive heart failure. I'm always looking for good nutritious meals that are 1) Low in sugar; 2)Low in carbs; 3) Low in sodium (salt); 4)Contains no mammal meat (no beef, pork, lamb, etc. Chicken and turkey are okay); 5)Little to no soy, so no tofu. (I'm allergic). We eat fish, seafood and poultry for the protein.

Yeah.... dinner is a real challenge around here! If you have any recipes that maybe we can eat, please include them in any swaps. They will be more than welcome!!

purpleSwirl

DISLIKES:

I recently was tested and have discovered that I am a supertaster. Not as "super" as it sounds. It has made me a picky eater because I am oversensitive to tastes. One of the things that doesn't taste as good to me as to other people is tea. I don't drink tea. I've tried it, and I just don't like it. I have boxes and boxes of herbal teas that I've drank 1 cup of, and the rest of the box languishes in my pantry. Please don't send me any more tea. I'm swimming in the stuff and I just don't like it! Thanks! I have a K-Cup coffee maker. I love flavored coffees, and I'll gladly try any of those. Just no more tea, Please!

EDIT: Occasionally I'll enter a "Tea and ...... " swap. Usually because I like the "And....." part. If you are my swap partner in one of these, I'll accept the tea and at least give it a try. Will you be the one who finds that one illusive tea that I'll like??

purpleSwirl

Post Office

UPDATE 4 August 2018: Yet another International swap has gone missing! She said the first one got returned to her as 'undeliverable'? What in the hell is going on with the post office???? EDIT: I got the swap. She resent it in another envelope. I looked at it and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the address. I have no idea why the post office marked it as 'undeliverable'. Frustrating!

If you have not been rated, PLEASE message me. So far, I've not received at least 8 swaps that were mailed from as far back as October of last year. If you haven't been rated, please message me with the name of the swap, your name and address, and the date you mailed it. I need this information so I can go to the post office and make a complaint. Thank you!

UPDATE: As of April 27, 2018, the post office has declared my mail officially "lost".

I love snail mail. Snail mail delivery, not so much!

Recently, I have received a couple of packages that the post office have messed up. They are always so polite about it... LOL!! ... and put the mail inside a plastic bag with a most sincere apology. Here is an example:
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7703/27272563250_f294f2a0ce.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7437/27272563110_c2f9868cb8.jpg

I have no idea what they spilled on it. There was nothing in the package that was liquid.

I'm not all that happy with the post office lately! If this continues, I may end up switching to UPS or FedEx.

I seem to be having a problem receiving international mail, especially from Germany. I'm not sure what's going on. The post office claims the sorting facility is backed up because of last winter's storms.

I started looking things up, and discovered a lot of upsetting things!
This is the mail lady who just stopped and dumped the mail in the dumpster:
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/video-captures-postal-worker-dumping-mail-in-the-trash-745093187956

Then, there was the Brooklyn mail guy who just didn't deliver all the mail. They found it in his car!
http://www.postal-reporter.com/blog/tag/mail-dumped/

And, the Detroit mail dumped in an alley:
http://www.postal-reporter.com/blog/tag/mail-dumped/

These mailmen dropped the mail in a ditch and a dumpster:
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/bad-postman-atlanta-caught-allegedly-dumping-mail-ditch-42953377

At least this one in San Jose had the decency to resign after he was caught!
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Mailman-Who-Dumped-Mail-in-Trash-Resigns-USPSBay-Area-291926441.html

READ THESE!!

And, we wonder why the mail gets lost!

purpleSwirl

A note about

I mark a swap as "sent" when I put it in the outgoing box. If it's later in the day, after the mail has run, it won't be postmarked until the mailman picks it up the next day.
If it's on a weekend day, it may not get postmarked until the following Monday.
Ditto the holidays. If I put it in the outgoing box, and the mailman doesn't come get it until after the holiday, then it won't be postmarked until after the holiday.
Please keep this in mind if you see a postmark that is a day or two after the date I marked it as 'sent'.

Ratings

LizzyJo rated for TUT ~ N Tangle on Sep 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your 2 lovely N tiles. To answer your question, I like the b/w one the best.
lynnerfb rated for TUT ~ It's a string thing 010 on Sep 18, 2018
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Comment: this is beautiful thank you.
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Comment: Thanks for the chuckles!
Response: You're welcome. How fun!
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Comment: Thanks for this colorful PC! It is so intricate! I hope I can do it justice! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: Johnny Depp really???? What am I missing her?
Response: Oh yeah, we are bosom buddies. ROFL!!!
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Comment: I would join this swap if I didnt have to rate all these folks, and give them hearts. But then I did. Thanks for being part if this silliness.
Response: I'd respond, but I'm still in the Bahamas with Johnny Depp.
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Comment: Thanks! I will finish it and send it home! Thanks too for the pretty decorated envie and the coins too! So glad you are a survivor! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: Everything got a bit damp (we've had a ton and a half of rain and the hurricane is still days away), but none of the ink was water-soluble and it dried out okay. Some of the facing page got an impression from the colored pencils, but it erased cleanly - I don't always use fixative either. I'm glad you wrote to scratch & sniff on the stamp - that really does have a pleasant scent!
Response: Oh no! I'm so glad you were able to fix it! Aren't those scratch and sniff stamps cool? I love it!
Coss rated for C.I. Coloring Collab #13 on Sep 11, 2018
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Comment: Thanks, always love sending home.
Response: You're welcome. Have fun!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute cat postcard! One of my cats is also best friends with a dog, the hug eachother all the time :)
Response: :-) We got Trouble specifically for Sookie because she wanted something to mother. Since then, Trouble has made friends with all the dogs! :-)
MissPaula rated for Art Collab #16 ADD POSTAGE on Aug 31, 2018
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Comment: This mostly blue PC is going to be a lovely one! Will add and pass! = )
Response: It is pretty, isn't it?
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Comment: Thanks! I will pass this one on! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome.
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Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome!
Artstamper rated for TUT ~ Triangle, Circle, Square on Aug 27, 2018
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Comment: This is such a beautiful tile! Thank you for it and the extras,
Response: You're totally welcome! I'm so glad you liked it!
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ScrappyCEW rated for BS&S ~ USA Thankfulness on Aug 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Response: You're welcome. It's hard to come up with 13 things! LOL!
lynnerfb rated for TUT ~ ATCoin on Aug 21, 2018
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Rating Overview

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Comments

MissPaula on Aug 5, 2018:

Thanks so much for your part on my PC, the fairy is very cute!

ktk8 on Jul 28, 2018:

Hi...and thanks for adding to my art collaboration postcard #1..... I love the embossed bits..... fun fun fun!!!! How are you today?

tigerlily2110 on Jul 27, 2018:

Thank you for sending my completed card back. Will be back in the swap next time.

ktk8 on Jul 13, 2018:

Hi....and thanks for your wrapped border on my zen PC..... Love it.....

LunaMoody on Jul 2, 2018:

Hope you are having a great summer.

Happy 4th of July

Lisa

PrairieKittin on Jun 16, 2018:

strange

PrairieKittin on Jun 16, 2018:

weird animal

ittybittykitty on Jun 9, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

CurlyTea on May 21, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

Artstamper on May 17, 2018:

Glad you liked how your PC turned out. It was a nice one to finish.

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