Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2019 1:55 pm


Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: August 19, 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.


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 7 year old Zaiyah and Jaidah, who was born in February. Zaiyah just started Big Kid's School. First grade! I have two grandkids 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 60 gallon tank in the living room, along with a couple of koi, who he 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!)


Comment: Sorry I missed rating this sooner. Beautiful as always. I especially enjoyed this string. Thank you so much.
Response: It's a pretty nice string to tangle. Thanks for the compliment!
thisismeAXiD rated for MZA: Blind envie swap #11- Tea on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the tea!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: If I could give you 10 5's plus hearts I would! You did an amazing job on this journal and I had so much fun reading it! I especially loved all of your artwork and how much you shared about yourself. I hope you remain cancer free and you are a true inspiration to everyone around you! Thank you again!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! You're welcome!
nannycat rated for TUT ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: thank you ,your twinchie square was lovelyand the colors are great ,you are so right it will be a well travelled post card.elf lady who lives in Ulverstone is a friend of mine,we do a lot of craft together.hugs from Penguin. nannycat
Response: Cool! I was wondering if you two knew each other. :-)
ScrapHappyGabi rated for WIYM: Randomness #1 INTL on Jul 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for this envelope of AWESOMENESS! I love everything you sent! It will all go to great use in my journals and my scrapbooks! I am so excited to get to creating with these bits! I love the Wisdom card!! I also love the Tarot card too! Everything is just lovely!!!! Sending love and light your way always! xx Hugs and 10,000 hearts!! xoxo Gabi
Response: You're welcome. I tried to pick things you would like. I'm glad you enjoy them.
Comment: I like the contrast of the black and gold on the white, very striking!You picked interesting tangles to fit the spaces too. Thank you very much, I consider this one another masterpiece.
Response: Why, thank you! That's a great compliment, coming from you. You are an amazing artist, yourself!
LizzyJo rated for TUT ~ ZIA Collaborative USA on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: I like the tree and clouds you added. I'm not sure where to go from there.( I was surprised to see that it was your return address label on an envie not your style! Maybe I'll recycle it, too!)
Response: I occasionally recycle envelopes. It's better than seeing them go to waste! LOL! That postcard is a hard one. Maybe another bird or some plants??
Itti rated for TUT~ Tangle and Pass Postcard Ongoing on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: You're right, this one is really pretty! I shall enjoy working on it. Thank you also for the fish ATC, it's lovely!
Response: You're welcome. I like these swaps.
mandigutterrose rated for BS&S ~ Tarot card & meaning on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the interesting swap :) I like your thorough interpretation. Water is a big element for me, so having it show up in a card, even in the background, would make me "sit up and pay attention."
Response: You're welcome. Yes, the water in that card is unusual. Usually, swords is Air.
hazelwitch3 rated for Magical Mystery Swap #3 on Jul 21, 2019
Comment: Prairie, that's fantastic! I love getting your swaps -- they're always so creative and a real pleasure to receive.
Response: I'm glad you like it. That was about the third (or possibly the fourth) version. LOL!!
lynnerfb rated for WC ~ July witchy gift on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: This is such a wonderful gift. Thank you
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it!
Comment: Thanks for this great PC! I will add to it and send it on! Thanks too for hosting these swaps! Hope you feel better every day! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. I always look forward to these swaps. I love working on the cards and seeing what others have done.
mandigutterrose rated for BSS Black Moon Ritual on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: Going through my ratings and missing swaps and it looks like I didn't hit save for this one, I am so sorry! Thank you so much. My BOS is a glammed up 3 ring binder, so a 5x7 page fits excellently onto the pages. The rainbow foil was very cool, btw!
Response: My BoS is also a 3 ring binder. I use plastic page protectors in it. It's so much easier to add pages, isn't it? I love it.
Cobweb rated for B is for ...... Boomerang? on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: Your card is so funny! These Burros look way more relaxed on that beach than ours look here in Texas lounging beside the creek. B is for Bodacious! Thanks
Response: The burros were in the desert (Aruba is a desert island). The beach was a seperate picture, as was the boat and birds. They have wild burros and wild goats, along with wild iguanas running around Aruba. It's so cool!!
marianne81 rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Thanks again for another beautifull twinchie poscard. I'm going to fill in one of the twinchies and send it through in the next round.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like it. I love getting these back when they are all done.
Comment: I do like your color work.
Response: I'm glad you like it. These are fun to do, aren't they?
Comment: Thank you! Great notecards!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: This is such a great postcard . I love the piece you added but I am very impressed with what everyone has done. Hope I can do it justice. elflady
Response: Aren't these fun? I love the challenge of figuring out what to add.
Comment: O my goodness, you know I love your work but this is the best one yet. I wish it was my zine.
Response: I'm glad you like it! It was fun to do!
JessP rated for Public Zentangle & Pass PC ongoing on Jul 5, 2019

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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, I’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

MSturgill87 on Apr 18, 2019:

Thank you for joining Card Craze! Please be on the lookout for an upcoming PM with directions on how to complete your membership to the group.

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