Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 4:47 pm


Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: December 10, 2019
Birthday: May 19, 1956
Country: United States
Deviant Art

A little bit about me

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. My mother called me 'Katey' right up to the day she died.


I'm going to get on my soapbox here. (This didn't happen to me, it happened to a friend of mine).. Once a swap leaves the sender's hands, it is in the post office's hands. So, if the letter or package arrives looking like it was dropped, stepped on and dragged through the mud, that is the fault of the post office, NOT the sender! As such, it is NOT a reason to rate a "3"! Also, if the package arrives 'postage due', but it has the post office print out on it, that is not the fault of the sender, either. Obviously, the mail clerk weighed it and stamped it. Please be aware of Swap-bot's rules about ratings:

I got my stuff and it met posted swap requirements (5 points);
I got my stuff, but it didn't meet the posted swap requirements (3 points);
I never got anything (1 point).


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 8 year old Zaiyah and Jaidah, who was born in February. I have one grandkid still in high school, and 1 grandson in University. The rest are all grown up and working. They grow up so fast, don't they?


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 some sort of scent hound, but she looks like a pit bull. 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. They are still in the same cage, but there is a wire partition between them.

So, I have 3 cats, 3 dogs, and 2 birds. And some fish. Lots of fish. I have a 50 gallon tank in the dining room There is an Oscar in the 125 gallon tank in the living room, along with a few koi and goldfish, whom she gets along with, surprisingly enough. There's also a 20 gallon that is a community tank with some danios, and assorted other smaller fish.

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


Favorite Crafts

I do mail art and Zentangle, 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.

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



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!)

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

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

Beer coasters from McMeniman's

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, standing on a beer coaster would be absolutely perfect. ;-)



Ruby and Hammerhead

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



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 and stops me in my tracks! 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.




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. Don't ruin my day 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!

I would appreciate it if you didn't send anything religious, political or gory.

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


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!!



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. I don't do anything spicy (one grain of black pepper feels like it's boring a hole through my tongue!). I like veggies, except kale and eggplant.


Post Office

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! The post office has declared some of my mail "officially lost". sigh

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:


I have no idea what they spilled on it. It smelled like concentrated beef bullion.

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.

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:

Then, there was the Brooklyn mail guy who just didn't deliver all the mail. They found it in his car!

And, the Detroit mail dumped in an alley:

These mailmen dropped the mail in a ditch and a dumpster:

At least this one in San Jose had the decency to resign after he was caught!


And, we wonder why the mail gets lost!


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'.

About postcards

I don't "collect" postcards. BUT, I do enjoy receiving them. I particularly like handmade, especially hand drawn or hand painted cards. I like postcards to be sent naked and written on. That's part of the charm of postcards. I enjoy 'strange' or 'unusual' postcards more than the "touristy" type. If you want to include a postcard as a "goodie" or "extra" in a swap, expect me to use it to write a note for the next swap I'm in. (Unless it's so bizarre or unusual that I absolutely have to keep it and add it to my collection of bizarre and unusual things!)


Holunderfee rated for BS&S ~ Wisdom in a card on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the wisdom in the card.
Response: You're welcome.
agirlnamedfriday rated for WIYM: Christmas Postcards on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your postcard :). What you almost wrote as my last name is actually what it means in another language. I too have a thyroid problem and thatโ€™s the main reason I limit soy. I tend to use chickpeas as a staple :).
Response: LOL about the name! I love chickpeas! You're welcome for the card!
goinjenny rated for WIYM: Christmas Postcards on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome!
pynart2 rated for SF- Scattergories PC- G - USA on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your greeting and answers. Wishing you a very Happy holiday season.
Response: Thanks. Happy Holidays to you, too!
Comment: Thank you. I wil sent it too the next one. love what you have done. Greetings Andrea
Response: Thanks for the heart! <3
Comment: Hello Prairie! I received your zentangle zine today and I am happy to finish it for you and mail it back. ๐Ÿ™‚
Response: Thanks! I'm looking forward to it!
debbiespoms rated for WIYM: Christmas Postcards on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you ! I love it! I love vintage PC's! I have tons of them. Happy Holidays!
Response: You're welcome. I believe that card is actual vintage and not a reproduction. I got it from an older lady who has been hoarding stuff for years.
Jafferty rated for WIYM: Christmas Postcards on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the vintage postcard! Lovely to hear from you.
Response: You're welcome. Aren't those cards pretty?
tigerlily2110 rated for C.I. ~ Collaborative Postcard on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome!
carol rated for Collaboration #77 on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: A lovely job, as always! Now, to figure out what I want to add!
Response: It's tough to decide what to add to that one!
Caithness rated for WIYM - Christmas Postcard Swap on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the postcard, enjoy the season as it approaches.
Response: You're welcome. Season's Greetings to you, too!!
Comment: I love your jewels! Thanks for the extra blanks with words. I will figure out a fun way to use them! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. Aren't those postcards fun/strange/weird?? LOL!!!
CWarner rated for WIYM - Christmas Postcard Swap on Nov 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice vintage holiday pc!
Response: Your welcome. I love the vintage ones. I believe they are actually vintage, not a reproduction.
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful beginning to a zine. Your envie is gorgeous too! We have gotten my gardens and greenhouse buttoned down for the winter. The harvest is in. I made a bunch of pickles and relishes. We will try to go out to Amook until the weather makes us stay in Larsen Bay for the rest of the winter. Until today, temps have been in the high 40s. Now it is freezing. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm so jealous! I live in a suburb. When I look out my windows, all I see are other houses. It sux. Your welcome for the zine. I think we've lost a zine somewhere, but I'm not sure whose it was.
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZZ ~ "B" ATC on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful ATC in my favorite color. The envie is absolutely spectacular too! What are the shimmer inks that you use? Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I just used glitter gel pens. When you buy a pack of get pens, you get a portion of them glittery. I knew that was your favorite color, by the way. That was intentional. :-)
shellbede rated for TUT ~ ZIA Collaboration USA on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Beautiful envelope - thanks!!
Response: Thanks. Glad you liked it.
Comment: Thank you so much! I absolutely loved this piece! And the decorated envie made me grin madly, too!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! That string was a lot of fun to work on. (So was the envelope!) :-D
JessP rated for Public Zentangle & Pass PC ongoing on Nov 10, 2019
LizzyJo rated for TUT~ Start with a Stamp on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: What cool stamps you used! (I had not seen them before.) Your black tile turned out great. Thanks for joining this swap.
Response: It was fun. I was looking for a colored tile that matched the stamp, and black just seemed like the best fit!

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tigerlily2110 on Sep 17, 2019:

Thank you again for the extra board on my Gods/Godesses and Deities Pinterest swap.

LizzyJo on Jul 9, 2019:

Thanks for working on my TUT Twinchie Postcard (started on 11-11-18) twice! It made it back home today.

kelliegirl6 on Jun 28, 2019:

I LOVE your profile! It made me giggle. We have a lot in common: basically all of your likes and dislikes, religious views, Iโ€™m also a super taster, and I grew up on the back of a Harley. Happy swapping & crafting!

Kathy821 on Jun 14, 2019:

Thanks so much for the Zentangle tag in Snailmail Fun! It's beautiful. I love it.

Coss on Jun 6, 2019:

Thanks for sending home my flamingo Collab Coloring PC. loved the addition of the eyelashes.

Artstamper on May 23, 2019:

You're welcome, hope it was a good one!

CurlyTea on May 20, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

DaisyNY on May 14, 2019:

I think this turned out pretty well! Thank you for your contribution.

AMA - Collaboration May2019 DaisyNY_GothBarbie_PrairieKittin_LuckyLynnL

Tamawi on May 8, 2019:

Thank you for adding to my zentangle postcard. It turned out great! I don't know how to insert the image, but it's posted on my Flickr account if you'd like to see it.

thisismeAXiD on May 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

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