Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: September 26, 2020
Birthday: May 19, 1956
Country: United States
As of June 15, when Louis DeJoy takes over as head of the Post Office, I will no longer be using the US postal system.
I love swapping and mail art. I'm sure as soon as we get another Postmaster General, I'll be back. (If he hasn't destroyed the post office by November!)
Meanwhile, I just can't bear to be away from Swap-Bot entirely, so I will be participating in Type 1 swaps only, with no actual mail content.
Hi! I'm Prairie Kittin. (Yes, that is my real name. I was named after my aunt Prairie and my grandmother Katherine "Kitti"). My father named me. My mother called me 'Katey' right up to the day she died.
Nemophilist is an obscure word that hasn't really been used for over 100 years – but it is a word that surely deserves a comeback! It means someone with a love or fondness for forests, woods, or woodland scenery, or someone who often visits them – a 'haunter' of woods. Yep, that's me!
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 just took down 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.
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. ;-)
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.
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 he 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.
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.
If you have not been rated, PLEASE message me.
I love snail mail. Snail mail delivery persons, 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 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'.
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!)
I celebrate these holidays, so if you feel like sending something special or a "just because" RAK, these would be the days to do it:
February 2nd (beginning of Spring)
March 20th (Midspring)
May 1st (Beginning of Summer)
June 21st (Midsummer)
August 2nd (Beginning of Fall)
Sept 20th (Mid-autumn)
October 31st (Beginning of Winter)
December 21st (Midwinter)
(Yes, I know these dates do not correspond to the Western calendar's version of the Seasons, but these are the dates we celebrate)
We also celebrate some of the Western holidays:
New Year's Eve
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