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PrairieKittin

PrairieKittin
Date Joined: August 6, 2012
Last Online: October 28, 2021
Birthday: May 19, 1956
Country: United States
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A little bit about me

Last year I said: 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!)

EDIT: Well, it's December now. DeJoy has removed sorting machines, changed the policies on policing, and generally managed to royally screw the mail.

Edit #2: Middle of February. DeJoy is still in charge of the post office and has declared that first class mail will now be treated like bulk mail and may arrive several days later than you expect it. He is no longer allowing first class mail to be sent airmail. So, everything now has to be trucked to it's destination. I'm not happy and I don't understand how they can politisize something like the post office! It isn't getting federal money, so why do the politicians have a say over it?
To say I'm not happy is an understatement.
Read about his new policies here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/02/12/dejoys-new-plan-usps-slower-mail-higher-prices-sources-say/

*Edit #3: 08/12/21 Latest update what this POS is doing to the post office:
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy confirmed over the weekend that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is changing its standard timeframe for delivering first-class letters, flat envelopes, and items like magazines.

Delivery is expected to go from a one-to-three-day window to a one-to-five-day window for mail sent within the contiguous United States.

With states west of the Rockies (that would be me!), Florida, and southern Texas most likely to see the worst delays.

Also, at the end of the month rates will change from $0.55 a letter to $0.58 a letter.*

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I'm kinda sorta back, dipping my toe into the shallow end of the mail pool. I'm going to take it slow until we get a new Postmaster General who can hopefully fix this mess.

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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.

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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!

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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 a Steampunk Tarot deck kept in a gear-encrusted box. I love it! I'm creating a steampunk aquarium. My bathroom is done in Cthulu and Octopi.

I have several grandchildren, most of whom are grown up now. Kai-Ave is 23; Deja and Desi are 20; Cody is 19; Kyle and Taelor are 16; Zaiyah is 10. Most of them are atheist or pagan.

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I am a letterboxer. My trail name on Atlasquest.com is "Witch Kittin".

We have 4 cats. Mousy, Prince (of Darkness), and Marduk (King of the Babylonian gods) are all 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. Marduk was born on Spring Equinox 2021. He and the littlest dog are best friends.

We have also adopted 4 dogs. Sadie is some sort of scent hound, but she looks like a pit bull. She's probably 8 or 9 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 8 inch space on the edge to sleep in!) Phoenix is the newest little guy. He was born on election day, Nov 3, 2020. He's supposed to be chihuahua and dachsund, but I think he's a smooth haired terrier.

I live with 2 ring-necked doves, who laugh and coo. So far, they are over a year old and no eggs. I think I may have lucked out and gotten 2 birds of the same sex. Yay!

So, I have 4 cats, 4 dogs, and 2 birds. And some fish. Lots of fish. I have a 60 gallon, a 20 gallon guppy and betta tank, and a 125 gallon tank in the living room.

Did I mention I created a 300 gallon koi pond in my backyard. Had a friend help me dig the hole, but I did the rest myself. Planted around it, created a waterfall and put in 14 koi and goldfish. The koi that out grew the 120 in the living room graduated to this.

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

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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.

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Collections

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)

Fish (live ones! LOL)

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 in a betta tank would be absolutely perfect. ;-)

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Ruby

Ruby and Hammerhead

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

Likes

LIKES:

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.

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Dislikes

DISLIKES:

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.

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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!!

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DISLIKES:

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.

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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!)

My Holidays

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
Valentine's Day
Mother's Day
Father's Day
Thanksgiving

Pagan, witchy stuff

I am pagan. My path is eclectic, which means I don't 'fit' into any particular category. If you want some ideas for pagan gifts, I like:

rocks, crystals, fossils

tools of the trade: wands, chalices, athames, etc

pentagrams

anything from Mother Nature: pinecones, acorns, twigs you felt compelled to pick up, sea shells, pretty rocks, tree bark, etc. Lots of etc.

pictures or depictions of God/dess

Tarot decks

I collect witches with human faces

dragons, elves, fairies, mermaids

I'm not so much into chakras, Reiki, aura cleansing, or things like that.

My favorite incense is Nag Champa. I can't burn it when Steve is home because he has an allergy to smoke. But, I still love the smell. I leave a box open on my altar or desk so I get the scent without the smoke.

I don't burn scented candles for the same reason. I love them, so I keep them next to me, but I can't burn them.

Essential oils are okay because they don't put smoke in the air. I especially love frankincense and myrrh. Patchouli smells like mold to me, so I would prefer not receiving that.

Ratings

ariestess rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R7 on Oct 13, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for passing on the gorgeous zine! Can't wait to add to it!
Response: These zines are all raising the bar on our creativity! Love it!!
ariestess rated for WC: Samhain Postcard on Oct 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely steampunk postcard and that awesome recipe! I can't wait to try it out!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. That card was one of my own favorites. (I love steampunk!)
PrettyAlice rated for Witchy Stocking Stuffer Oct. on Oct 10, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much! I’ll open it in December!
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: yes luv it
Response: You're welcome!
heliogal rated for BS&S ~ Scattergories game E on Oct 9, 2021
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Comment: I enjoyed your answers. I did not like the postcard.
LizzyJo rated for TUT ~ It's A String Thing #221 on Oct 1, 2021
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Comment: I love what you did with this string. It turned out soooo different from mine. I found #221 to be the most challenging one yet. I like the sneak preview of the next string on your note card, too. Thank you for providing me with the lovely Happy Mail.
Response: You're welcome. I don't usually use strings in my art, so I started this series to challenge myself (and others) to stretch outside the comfort level.
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Comment: Thanks so much! I've been good and haven't opened it yet but I can't promise it'll make it all the way to December! :) Take care and I hope the rest of 2021 is wonderful! <3
Response: I think you'll like it! At least, I hope so! :-)
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lob rated for ZZ ~ Tangle and Pass R2 on Sep 24, 2021
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Comment: Lovely! Looking forward to adding my part to it.
Response: These are so much fun!
Wambatty rated for MissBrenda's Halloween Card Swap #5 on Sep 23, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the cute di-cuts.
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: Thank you for the card and delightfully unusual stickers.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you liked them.
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Comment: Sounds delicious! 😋
Response: It is. I had chicken tonight, as a matter of fact!! LOL!
squince rated for LSRUS: Birthday Cards for My Dad on Sep 15, 2021
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Comment: Thanks
Response: You're welcome
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Comment: Thank you so much for joining! My dad will be happy to receive your card! Have a great day!
Response: Thanks. I hope he likes the card. It was fun picking it out.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great cookbook! This is a new style of cooking for me. I am going to enjoy this and take it with me to Pakistan to cook for my family. I have gone through it and I am going to try so many things. I love to cook and collect cookbooks so this made my day!
Response: I'm happy you like it!
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Comment: Thank you 🤗
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: Thank you for the card, recipe and stickers!
Response: You're very welcome!
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R6 on Sep 9, 2021
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Comment: Thanks! Love the envie and card too! I will try to put another good page in your zine! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: The zines are really looking good lately! Love them!!
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Comment: Thanks hosting this swap! They are so fun to do and I receive such beautiful jewels in return. Stay safe and healthy! Heal fast! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you enjoy these! You're welcome!
heliogal rated for BS&S ~ Scattergories game D on Sep 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely fairy pc, your fun answers and the cool DIY recipe. What does the diatomaceous earth add to the body butter?
Response: It provides a mild exfoliation, while helping to retain the natural moisture of the skin.

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Comments

JuneRosebud on Sep 29, 2021:

Wow! This AMA Collab PC took forever to get home! !!! Thanks for working on it; you were Art Coll #83!!!

PrairieKittin on Sep 14, 2021:

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Artstamper on Jul 4, 2021:

Thank you for working on my TUT tangle and pass postcard! Loved how your Tangles go with mine. Do you remember who you sent to? She didn't sign hers or put a return address. Thanks, Joan

Artstamper on Jul 1, 2021:

Thank you for your work on my PC for the TUT tangle and pass. Love how you kept it balanced. Also appreciate the name of the tangle I couldn't remember. I'm excited by how it turned out.

Artstamper on Jul 1, 2021:
MissBrenda on Jun 6, 2021:

Hi Prairie, Thanks so much for returning my zentangle zine! The art on it is wonderful! Have a blessed day..... MissBrenda

LizzyJo on Apr 2, 2021:

Thank you for finishing and sending my orphan zine back home to me. I love the snail stamp on the back of your envie.

XFoxgloveX on Mar 11, 2021:

Thank you so much for Angeling the February Stocking Stuffer swap! I can't wait to open it at Yule <3

carol on Jan 18, 2021:

My lost child, HD/HP P&P #42 has finally found its way back. From all the way back in 2017--looks like it stalled at your partner who finally found it and sent it on 11/24/20! I love the red flowers you added! Glad to see you're back on SB. Just 2 more days to the Inauguration!

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