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mandymo

mandymo
Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: August 12, 2020
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a mother of two beautiful little beings and I am also an English teacher at a local high school. I appreciate artistic expression of all kinds, whether it be a play of William Shakespeare or a painting by Mark Ryden, the crayon drawing of a child or a plastic bag blowing in the wind (just kidding about the bag). But that reminds me of the beauty of film and the lyricism of poetry. . . i could go on and on and on. I definitely look for the sparkles on the edges of life (however cliche that sounds) and sometimes I find the dark and sinister aspects of art and life the sparkliest of all. I LOVE the mixture of beauty and darkness and the seedy underbelly of society.The mere suggestion of something ominous lurking just beneath the surface enthralls me. I also love travel and collecting things as well as experiences. Recently, I have become enchanted by the ATCs and I am passing excited to get swapping.

Big-eyed

I absolutely LOVE big eyed art/pop surrealism. . . think Mark Ryden. I think it goes back to the picture by Margaret Keane that hung in my grandmother's house. There is just something so innocent and thought provoking about the images. I am NOT into the anime style of big art. My favorite artists in this genre are Mark Ryden and the incredible Mab Graves. If you haven't checked out Mab's work, you should. It is amazing. This obsession has carried over into the world of dolls. I have nine darling Blythe dolls and several ball jointed dolls. They all get along rather well. :)

Favorite Books

I love books. I traffic in books. I am part of all that I have read. I love their pages and their mysteries. I interpret much of my life through the filter of great literature. I dig the classics all the way through the contemporary. The power and beauty of language is almost more than I can bear. If I think about how intricate and complex language is for too long it totally blows my mind. My list of faves is extensive so I am just going to list a few: The works of Master William ShakespeareThe Poems of Emily Dickinson (I wish we could have hung out.) *Leaves of Grass *1984 *Stones from the River *Brave New World *Cold Mountain *Slaughterhouse Five *Breakfast of Champions *The Things They Carried *Lord of the Flies *Of Mice and Men *One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest *As I Lay Dying *A Good Man is Hard to Find *The Great Gatsby *A Clockwork Orange *The Road *Middlesex *No Country For Old Men *Haunted *East of Eden *Choke

Favorite Movies

One of the best ways to enter a story is through great film. Again, too many to acknowledge so some I can watch over and over include: What is Eating Gilbert Grape *The Color Purple *Cold Mountain *The Last of the Mohicans *The Crucible *Pulp Fiction *Shakespeare in Love *Scotland, PA *Bram Stoker's Dracula *Raising Arizona *Little Miss Sunshine *Napolean Dynamite *All of the Alien Movies *PandorumYoung Adult I also love TV shows: The Walking Dead, Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, Outlander, The Knick, American Horror Story

Dislikes

I do not care for Disney characters. I also don't care for art that is too scrap booky. I am pretty easy to please. :-)

Favorite Crafts

I like to dabble in all kinds of different crafts. I do something for a bit, then I move on to something else, and then I seem to repeat the cycle. I have always loved making jewelry, creating atcs, and altering boxes. These three I return to again and again. I especially love creating altered matchboxes. I have also made many creations out of old doll heads and parts. I enjoy creating assemblage shrines and flip books. I love using stencils and paints. Basically, I enjoy what I call messing and gomming. My art room is my escape and I like to spend as much time there as possible.

All Things Kitsch

Even though I was born in the 70s, I am in love with the 50s. I have been collecting kitschy items for some time now. My Christmas Kitsch collection is getting to be pretty fabulous. I love the decorations, the ornaments, the art work, the graphics, the toys, pretty much everything. I have a large squeak toy collection from the 50s/60s that I just LOVE! I also collect plastic faced stuffed animals and dolls from that time period. Addicted to Kitsch!

Things that make me SWOON!

Ephemera, doll parts, old bits and bobs to use in assemblage pieces, lace, ribbon, old bottles, old dolls, anything with hands, craft supplies, embellishments, Dresden accents, Sari ribbon, frozen Charlottes, miniatures, anything kitsch, anything Shabby Chic, Velvet, old brooches, stencils, all things anthropomorphic, Mab Graves (my favorite artist of all time!", Old tins, shrines, anything Eye themed, anatomical hearts, anatomy in general, matchboxes, altered matchboxes, skulls. Victorian themes and images, beautiful paper

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Comment: I first want to say this is a lovely Gothic arch atc ... I next have to say the.”lattice “look was stunning and gave a special feeling to the card and the tiny flowers on the edges were just perfection...ps.. loved the note card with the Tokyo Tower!
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Comment: Mandy, thanks for lovely card. :)
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Comment: As always, I love what you sent me. As a child I used to wish I had red hair like my older brother. Hope all is well with you and yours during these challenging times.
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Comment: Mandy, thank you so very much for your lovely hearts and flowers glue book page. Very pretty! I plan on putting together a booklet with glue book pages and this on will be a beautiful addition!
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Comment: Thank you for a lovely lady and roses. Always a pleasure to swap with you!
hibiscus rated for AACG: Snowglobe Shaped ATC on Jan 19, 2020
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Comment: what a lovely lovely snowglobe! the snowy edging is really nice and the image is excellent ...I like this artist as well...you included such nice extras..how fun...can't wait to use them...but I have to say how much I liked the note you included on the library card...those cards bring great memories ...thanks again for all.
Response: I have a ton of library cards. My best friend is a librarian and he gave me several boxes because it is all computerized now. I even have some used ones. Shoot me an email if you would like me to send you some. Thanks for the rating!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Christmas Gothic Arch ATC on Jan 5, 2020
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Comment: A wonderful atc! The phrase “ joyful music” came to mind when I saw your card... the blue in this card is absolutely just the right touch also liked the placement of the bells and the way Santa is looking at them! Pure joy..thank you so much for this card and those wonderful images ...
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Comment: Thanks so much for the ATC with such lovely images. Hard to believe Christmas has gone for another year. Hope your holidays were lovely and filled with love, peace and kindness. Thanks for the extra images. Would love to know which paper you used.
Response: I used some vintage wrapping paper and a Christmas card. Thank you!
PaperPassion rated for USAPC: Paper Scrap Heart on Dec 18, 2019
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Comment: Mandy,I think Christmas came early this year.The package I received is so beautifully presented,the contents a real joy to receive.The heart is a treasure.If I could give you 100 hearts I would.Thank you so much.Have a wonderful holiday.
Response: You are so very welcome. I am happy you like it.
Cocoa rated for Make A Beautiful Doll #2 on Dec 14, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the Beautiful Doll! I think she is very pretty!!
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Comment: Adorable mini book!! I love all the ephemera inside!
Response: I am so glad that you like it! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!
hibiscus rated for GAA: Mixed Media Gothic Arch ATC on Oct 26, 2019
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Comment: This atc is visually one of the most beautiful Gothic arch card I’ve received ...the tiny ribbon flowers are lovely and that gold lattice over that image was inspired! Thank you so much...
Response: You are so welcome. Thank you for the kind comments
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Comment: Mandy! Thank you so much for such a fun swap!! I "might" have gone out of order when I read that you made me a day of the dead doll.....and I just love it so much!! Thank you for your thoughtful curation to the theme and thinking of the girls!
renmagpie rated for ATCO: ATC Kit on Oct 21, 2019
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Comment: Mandy - I am so speechless. This parcel just,,,it's amazing, and incredibly inspirational! I love the creativity in packaging and your generosity...I wish I could give you a thousand hearts! Thank you so, so much! xoxo
Response: I am so glad you liked everything. I love going through all my crap. . . I mean supplies. :)
PaperPassion rated for Witch Ribbon Doll on Oct 18, 2019
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Comment: Love the witch doll you made.I hung her where I can look at her everyday.
tlemon4 rated for Halloween Spooky Spool Doll on Oct 10, 2019
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Comment: Wow, your spool doll was awesome!! Thank you so much for the awesome swqp. It really made my day.I The eyeball is really cool, I don't want to unwrap it! Lol I can't thank you enough! Happy Halloween!
Response: I am so glad you like it! Happy Halloween!
Stitcheddreams rated for Spooky Taxidermy on Oct 10, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful creation!!
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Comment: Oh my goodness!!! Thanks so much for all the goodies!!! I'm going to try and hold out opening but I'm not sure that's going to happen!!! THANKS AGAIN!!
Response: You are so welcome! Good luck. U couldn't wait for mine.
Rosa1 rated for Hinged ATC Spell Book on Oct 7, 2019
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Comment: Amazing spell book art ~ thank you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable Halloween box full of goodies. The box is fabulous and I love the Macanudo cigar box. What a fun piece to display every Halloween. The vintage stickers are so cool. Thank you for a perfect swap. Hugs, Mona

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Comments

hibiscus on Jan 29, 2020:

Mandy you are not only a fabulous atc artist but you are so generous so many wonderful thoughtful extras ! Really a joy to swap with you!

donetta on Aug 5, 2019:

Ah, my friend Mandy...I have to tell you how much it meant (means! to me that you and your equally fabulous sidekick, Jan, became my "angels" when I was having yet another surgery, and dealing with the pain and exhaustion that came from having my 7th surgery in just under 2 years. You mean so much to me...my world is brighter because you're part of it! Thank you so much for being the incredible human being, gifted teacher, and fabulous friend that you are.

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:

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CurlyTea on Dec 26, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

kfaye on Apr 11, 2018:

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!

Poeprincess on Jan 26, 2018:

Welcome to TIMs, Mandy! Looking forward to your contributions & input to our mini-art group.

CurlyTea on Dec 27, 2017:

CurlyTea on Dec 27, 2017:


Happy Belated Birthday!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

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