Swap-bot Time: April 18, 2019 5:59 am


Date Joined: May 4, 2017
Last Online: April 17, 2019
Birthday: June 13
Country: United States
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Gifts and words of affirmation are my love languages.

It's difficult to write that first letter, I know. If you are writing me to, relax. Tell me anything, I am not here to judge. I revel in the diversity of people and cultures. Religion is not my thing, but it's ok if it's yours. Be WHO you ARE and be real. I will be. If all that is too much, tell me what you are passionate about or jot some thoughts on the things I have listed as likes. Just have fun writing, that it the point. I'll listen. Coffee and conversation is one of my favorite pastimes. Since we can't meet for coffee, pretend--and order what you will. :)

I love deciphering people's handwriting--your handwriting is as unique as your fingerprint--so do hand write if you are willing. Doodle, draw, decorate...it's all good. Know that I will find joy in receiving a letter whether it's a "get to know you", a "brain dump", a rant or an artistic expression. Just write.

Clarification: by "deciphering" I mean that I can usually read the most abominable handwriting and would prefer that to something typed out.

About me

"I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment--not entirely human in its origins." --Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic

I am an artist. My mediums of choice are watercolor, and acrylic and pottery.

I think sharing art is the greatest way to pass time--aside from making it.

I am also an author. I have published 4 books of poetry. I'm not into the sappy yucky love stuff, just the guts and grit of life, bearing witness to nature and finding words where others might not have any. My favorite poets are Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich and William Stafford.

I love Nature! I grew up on a small farm with a huge garden so I think I'm somewhat old fashioned in a way. I love ferns, lichens, moss, the deep greens of trees and plants. I love being at the edge of a stream (or anywhere near water) watching birds or bugs or whatever comes by. I freeze and can my food from the garden, I cook and bake. I recycle like crazy.

I got my M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a focus on Ecocriticism. If you know what that is, message me and let's write immediately.

MUSIC is the fluidity we need between languages. I love to listen to my Valley of the Clouds CD while I paint. Instrumentals soothe me.

I began piano at a young age and love all things jazz, classic or chorale. I also adore: P!NK, Adele, Pentatonix, Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran. I'm also an 80's girl, so punk and butt-rock still find their way into my sound waves. Sometimes, I do play a song on repeat, OR dork out while "driver's seat dancing."

I love READING! I do not limit my interests in reading as I have found something to love in every genre (though I have not tried a graphic novel yet). Subject-wise, I have also loved novels about art, book shops, writing, readers, and even witches.

Great Artists to Check Out

Lisa Ferrante Lori Preusch
Carrie Draber
Teesha Moore
Judith Gebhard Smith
Simon Bull
Beki Killorin
Melissa Cole
Derek DeYoung
Yellena James
Alex Clark
Corey Barksdale
Trey Surtees
Tommy Kane

Things I love

zetti art, urban sketches, whimsical art, vibrant art
books, bookshops, poetry, reading
chickens, farm life, old barns, goats, cows
sunflowers, orchids, magnolias, poppies
Frida Kahlo
Calvin & Hobbes, Snoopy
Sealing wax and unusual seals
Yuppo paper, vellum
snowflakes and snowmen
the Sea
Nature walks, Ginko and Oak leaves
coffee and unique coffee shops
Skippy John Jones (Children's Book Series)
art galleries
masquerade balls
Asian culture and cuisine
calligraphy, wild fonts
ancient manuscripts
Botanical drawings
instrumental music
theater and opera
the moon
white string lights
botany, alchemy, architecture
Farmer's Markets
purple, turquoise, orange, magenta, sage, salmon pink, periwinkle...
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries...
crushed ice
postage stamps
wind chimes
my cats (Lily & Piper)
my Chihuahua (Luna)
midnight swimming
Da Vinci
funky frames for art

ICK! / NO Thank you

PLEASE DO NOT send me anything with snakes, gore, kiddie stickers, teacher/reward themed items, loose confetti or glitter, dish towels, make up, sticky notes or memo/list pads, flowery fragrances, perfumed lotions or soaps -- I am allergic --, key chains, food, tea, or paper ripped from a spiral notebook--that drives me nuts.

Also NO political or religious propaganda, discriminatory language or oppressive images.

Much obliged!


ktk8 rated for MA: Envelope and ATC on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Awwwww great swap thanks...... love it and thanks for the extras also......
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Pond Life Series: Turtle on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Hi Kathryn! Ooooh . . . I love this tiny baby turtle and the lovely cattails and marshy stuff behind him! What a lovely tableau you crated with that little cutie as the star. Thanks so much for another lovely ATC and that gorgeous aqua background and that turtle paper (I'll be hoarding that) which I will be using shortly!
Comment: Thanks for the washi collaged card-really cool use of washi tape. Your card coming soon! Thanks for extra goodies!
AnnaL rated for ATC - Free Themed #16 (USA) on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks Kate for the ATC you made me. Wishing you a great day today, AnnaL.
AnnaL rated for ATC - Free Themed #15 (USA) on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks Kate for the ATC I love it. AnnaL.
Cgscdy rated for ATC - Free Themed #12 (USA) on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: Ty for the lovely ATC.
Comment: Thank you for the zetti style journal page. It is certainly a feast for the eyes (and a feast of eyes). Thanks again for hosting.
Candyn29 rated for ATC - Free Themed #17 (USA) on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you
luv2kraft rated for CROWNS AND WINGS ATC's on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Love your style. Thanks so much for the great job of being really creative.I wish we could post photos of the things we receive. I appreciate the extras.
pahasiga rated for HDP 3 Daffodil(s) on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the daffodil!
pahasiga rated for HDP Watercolor Butterfly 4x6 on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you, your butterfly is very pretty! What is the brown colour (edges and body) - is that watercolour, too? It looks so uniform!
Response: Yes, it is watercolor as well. I'm so glad you like it!
MrsAlderman rated for ATC - Free Themed #13 (USA) on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: beautiful atc!! thank you so much!
Rainydancer rated for HDPS: 5x7 Whimsical Fish on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much I do love jellyfish! Thanks for organizing this swap as well. Just be careful as a lot stuck to the envelope, but I was able to get most off. <3
Response: Oh no! I am SOOOOOOO sorry! I will have to look up a better way to package so it doesn't stick to anything.
dyp rated for FABULOUS FIGURES ATCs on Apr 7, 2019
Comment: Tytyty for the card. They are in my collection :) squeeeee
dyp rated for BEAUTIFUL FACES ATC's on Apr 7, 2019
Comment: Tytyty for the card. They are in my collection :) squeeeee
dyp rated for HD/P For the love of pets ATC on Apr 7, 2019
Comment: Tytyty for the card. They are in my collection :) squeeeee
dyp rated for Whimsical Houses ATCs on Apr 7, 2019
Comment: Tytyty for the card. They are in my collection :) squeeeee
Comment: Thank you so Much! I do love my Minions! Thank you for the tuck ins you chose, I have uses for several already! Have a beautiful day.
Kdguard rated for C.Y.O. Postage Stamp ATC on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: Loved the stamp atc, definitely could put that on an envelope
Trinket rated for A Splash of Red HD ATC on Apr 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for this ATC, it was really smooth and I was expecting it to have texture but when I got it out it was so flat. Just really nice, I sat stroking it for a bit -weird face-

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splendorpursuit on Jan 18, 2019:

I’ve been cruising through your gallery and that swan is GORGEOUS. Would you ever consider producing prints of it?

RiverTopanga on Oct 4, 2018:

HI! Welcome to the Artisan ATCs group. I am so happy you would like to join us in our creative journey! I adore the quote you have on your profile, "I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment--not entirely human in its origins." --Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic. It's so true! Look forward to swapping with you. If you would like to become an officer of the group and host some swaps, let me know :-) Leslie

hibiscus on Sep 6, 2018:

hi! I had this really lovely autumn picture to put here to thank you for the wonderful fall card you sent...but for some reason my new computer will not let me leave a picture...so I will just have to say...happy autumn to you...love this time of year...! and thanks for sharing your talent

Xira on Mar 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for your surprise mail: the happy envelope, the cute stickers and everything else (I do not know the English words for :) A very happy mailday here! Best wishes! Barbara

kfaye on Dec 14, 2017:

You are a spreader of love and happiness. people like you are few and far between. I believe this is what we are all here for and you are a shining example to others. Thank you for being you <3

PrairieKittin on Dec 1, 2017:

Thank you for the kind thoughts. Thank you for being "you". It's appreciated more than you know.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 31, 2017:

Love love love my ATC you made me!! Thank you! CPG Make me an ATC Swap

njstauter on Oct 13, 2017:

I am so amazed by what you sent. And I feel honored that you thought of me with such care. The Raven is by far the most beautiful example of quilling I have ever seend. The journal, coffee and bar of soap will go to good use. I was just getting down in my supplies of all three. Again, Thank you.

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