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MamaBear

MamaBear
Date Joined: April 6, 2010
Last Online: November 26, 2019
Birthday: February 15, 1977
Country: Denmark
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About Me

I have been away for a few years, but a big weight in my life has at last been lifted, so I hope to get back into swapping again! (Dec 2014)

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ME IN A FEW WORDS:

  • French (grew up in Paris)
  • proud mama to a wonderful 9 year-old boy ♥
  • lives in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 37
  • linguist / anthropologist
  • green & all about re- and upcycling
  • animal lover (activist at times)
  • crafty wannabe
  • nature lover
  • animist & shamanic practitioner
  • black & white (I have few gray areas, if any) :)
  • strives for a simple life
  • chocolate junkie
  • dreams of making the world a better place...

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WHY I'M ON SWAP-BOT:

I've crafted a thousand items in my mind... but have until recently rarely actually opened the door to my artsy/crafty self.

Swap-Bot is me challenging myself to discover that side of me, open my inner creative self, learn a bunch of new crafts, materials and techniques, and last but not least, get inspired by others.

If I can make someone smile while doing all of this, it's a huge bonus :)

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SWAPS & ME:

I will not flake. If I'm late, it will be for a good reason, and I will let you know. I will rate and comment as soon as I receive something from you. I take pictures of everything I send out, including addressed envelopes, so if something gets lost in the mail, you can at least get a picture consolation while I fix a replacement.

What I will enjoy most from the people I swap with is probably a note explaining the thinking process behind whatever you made/sent, and whatever feedback you can spare on what I made for you :)

I try to use as many recycled items as I can for crafts and packaging... I hope you'll receive that with a smile, since it's a conscious effort to save our planet :)

Favorite Crafts

I'm a beginner at most things. I've given some things a try, but usually only a couple of times, so I'm still really new at it.

I have far too broad interests to become REALLY good at anything, really. I seem to have accepted that :)

I'm most familiar with needlework (knitting, sewing, cross-stitching, tapestry, rug weaving and bead weaving). It's what I've tried most. But I'm by no means an expert at any of it :)

Things I've tried at least once:

Drawing & painting (I have no talent for it, sadly), paper maché, mosaic, card-making, crochet, embroidery, photography, candle-making, natural cosmetics, wool spinning, decoupage, calligraphy, bookbinding, pottery.

I look forward to getting better at making ATC's, inchies and collages, and can't wait to try making dotee dolls, matchboxes, and other goodies :)

Likes & Dislikes

THINGS I LIKE ♥

all things recycled/upcycled --- different versions/interpretations of the same thing --- letters/writing/alphabets/calligraphy --- languages and cultures of the world --- animals --- frames --- hearts & swirls --- contrasts --- primitive/naive art --- all things ethnic --- all things aboriginal --- folklore --- stars --- minimalist / zen --- signs & symbols --- spiritual and/or religious things (I'm open to ALL worldviews, as long as they don't have a missionary taste to them) --- old-fashioned crafts --- simple things --- cave paintings --- iron age --- vikings --- native americans.

THEMES I ENJOY ♥

Travel/maps --- yin & yang --- sun, moon and stars --- mythology (all) --- rainbows --- tattoo art --- all things Celtic --- buddha --- 4 seasons --- sun wheel --- world cultures --- nature / Mother Earth.

FAVOURITES ♥

  • Colour: Purple, Black, Green, Turquoise (black for clothes). There is no colour I don't like.
  • Colour combinations: Black/white/dark red - dark green/light purple - light blue/dark orange or brown.
  • Patterns: simple ones, or none at all. Ethnic (especially Indian and African).
  • Animals: ALL, but especially dogs, bears, donkeys, rabbits, pigs, birds.
  • Flowers: poppies and daisies.

COLLECTIONS

I collect ATC's, images of rainbows, and anything buddha :)

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DISLIKES

  • things that haven't been questioned or thought through
  • political correctness (nothing offends me)
  • animal cruelty
  • paper art covered with tape... (I like the feel of handmade)
  • small cute objects that I don't know what to use for - Argh!!! :)

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Favorite Music

I can't live without music. It monitors my moods.

I'm very eclectic. I love everything from Celtic music to Reggae, from Metal to Alt Folk, from Hip Hop to Electronica, from Arabic music to Brit Pop. As long as it speaks to my soul, I'll love it.

Random names★ Placebo, Coldplay, Clannad, Bon Iver, Tracy Chapman, REM, Bob Marley, The Knives, The Cure, Erasure, Fionn Reagan, Soul Asylum, Jacques Brel, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Pixies, Serge Gainsbourg, Simply Red, Nirvana, Edward Sharpe, etc, etc...

Favorite Books

I do research, so there's enough reading for a lifetime within my field (culture and communication).

Therefore, no time for fiction (except Harry Potter :-p). If I do read fiction, I'll choose classics and not contemporary literature.

Although I do enjoy reading philosophy, and some spiritually enlightening books (e.g. "The way of the peaceful warrior").

Favorite Movies

I LOVE movies. Very eclectic there too. I enjoy chick flicks as much as independent short films.

Anything about discovering the true meaning of life (those are my favourites). Anything with time travel. Anything with Robin Williams. Anything that makes me reflect on things. Anything that makes me smile happy inside.

Favorite Television

As a TV addict who tried to live without a TV; I've succumbed again ;-)

I loved animal rescue programs, EVERY remodeling program, makeover reality, and I've probably been hooked at least once on just about every show :-p

Current loves are The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones :)

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Ratings

rngstgstll rated for Private Simple Solstice 3 on Jan 29, 2015
5
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Comment: I loved receiving the beautiful spirit doll so much that I hung it up right away and forgot that I had not yet rated it -- I am so sorry! She is hanging up right on top of my calendar and her three faces are so green and cheerful that they inspire me to have a brighter day :) Thanks so much!
Response: I was gonne write just today to make sure you had received it, so perfect timing :) I am so glad that you like her!! I loved making her for you and can't wait to experiment and make more now :) Thanks for this swap!
Purplestamper rated for Zentangled C ATC on Dec 28, 2011
5
rating
Comment: I just changed your rating to a 5 and a heart! I had almost given up on you, but you were so kind to go ahead and send and what a pretty zentangle, card and nice note!
Response: Thank you so very much for your very kind words and for being so understanding... Means the world!! :)
macaronibaby rated for Zentangled F ATC on Dec 28, 2011
5
rating
Comment: I finally received your F Zentangle! This was a GREAT zentangle...very detailed and in color. I'm happy to change your 1 to a 5. Hope your family health issues are improving!
Response: Thank you so much for being so understanding about the delay... And I am SO glad you liked the ATC!!! :D
noxvet rated for Zentangle E ATC on Dec 27, 2011
5
rating
Comment: No worries. The card is awesome~! I love Amanita musrooms. It is what Christmas is really about ; ) The E is fabulous. Gratis a ti
Response: Thank you so very much for being so understanding... And I am beyond happy that you liked the card!!! :D Happy new year to you :))
prudy0101 rated for Zentangle I ATC on Nov 16, 2011
1
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Response: It has been a while, and I haven't really been back here since... But I did send the ATC... any chance you could remove that 1? Thanks :)
user5778 rated for Zentangle K ATC on Nov 15, 2011
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Response: It has been a while, and I haven't really been back here since... But I did send the ATC... any chance you could remove that 1? Thanks :)
nativegan rated for Zentangle D ATC on Sep 15, 2011
5
rating
Comment: Thanks!!
lemorton rated for Zentangled B ATC on Aug 16, 2011
5
rating
Comment: I loved the zentangle! You did an awesome job, and I totally get why it was sent late- no worries! I hope your visit with the family was lovely!
Response: Wow!! I am dazzled by the speed of the French postal services!! :) I'm really glad you liked it :))
hbranco2003 rated for Blind postcard swap on Aug 10, 2011
5
rating
 
Gofeen rated for Zentangle the Seasons on Jul 21, 2011
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the most beautiful cards. They are definately going on my wall!
Response: Thank you for your sweet rating :) I'm really honoured that you'd consider putting them on your wall!!!
hippofairy rated for Recycled Post Card on Jun 24, 2011
5
rating
Comment: thank you for sending me such a fun and interesting postcard! :)
Response: Oh I'm so glad you found it fun!! :) I realise it was a very special "creation" ;-)
margoartist rated for Colour Themed ATC #2- Yellow on Jun 11, 2011
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much for the absolutely beautiful ATC and the card. I love it!!
Response: Oh I'm so happy that you liked it!!! :)
fairypretty7 rated for I Am a Goddess on May 20, 2011
5
rating
Comment: hi, i got yur parcel today, thank you so much for it all, my daughter was so excited with the picture, as she has cousins that our indian and she sees this goddess when we are over there, and she always asks her aunty about her. i lost the picture and the bracelet to my daughter.....lol!
Response: Aww, I'm so glad I could please two goddesses for the price of one! ;-) And really happy that the Indian goddess was just the right pick. Sorry you didn't get to keep the whole thing though :-p
1peeta rated for Disposable Camera Theme Challenge! on Jul 16, 2010
5
rating
Comment: just got camera yesterday...will develope & either mail prints or email
Response: Wow! That took a long time to get there!! Just mailed things on Monday that got to the US on Thursday! I'm really glad you have it, and thanks a lot for being patient!! I really hope the pics turn out the way I intended them to... :)
artandsoulfl rated for 5x7 Painting (JUNE) on Jul 16, 2010
5
rating
Comment: LOVE my Sunshine Dancer painting! You have natural talent- please keep painting! It is already on a shelf in my studio to inspire others to paint from their heart. A hundred hearts to you!!! :-)
Response: Thank you so much for this rating and for your overly sweet comment :)) I'm so very happy that you like it!!! Thanks so much again for being such a great and understanding swapper!! :))
happygolucky rated for Matchbox & Inchies on Jul 16, 2010
5
rating
Comment: The matchbox and inchies arrived today. Thank you so much, they are really adorable. I loved the theme too. :-) Worth the wait! Claudine
Response: I'm really glad that it arrived so quickly and that this is all sorted now. And very glad you liked the theme :)
darzy30 rated for Zentangle Postcard on Jun 4, 2010
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! What a lovely job you did. Hope you enjoyed your Minnesota vacation!
Response: So sorry for replying so late, but I was away longer than planned. I'm really glad you liked it! :)
sevenfive76 rated for Turtle ATC on Jun 3, 2010
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the happy lil turtle. Sorry for the delayed rating.
Response: And my apologies for commenting so late :) I'm glad you liked her :)
blaacraft rated for Kids ATC Swap on Jun 2, 2010
5
rating
Comment: My daughter loved the ATC's and the special packaging - thanks Sofia and Ziggy!!
Response: I'm sorry for commenting so late, but I was away. We're so glad she liked it!!! :)
blaacraft rated for Learn Something New ATC Swap on Jun 2, 2010
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for all your information and absolutely gorgeous ATC's - I love them!!
Response: I apologise for replying so late, but I've been away. I'm really glad you liked them :))

Rating Overview

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Comments

HelloCindi on Jul 28, 2014:

I received my Traveling Postcard in the mail today! I just want to say THANK YOU for signing & passing along my postcard! ♥

racheljohnson on Dec 6, 2012:

Thank you for the wonderful handmade holiday card and sweet note! Snail mail makes the season bright. Happy holidays and happy swapping!!

crescendo on Mar 25, 2012:

opps! Sorry, wrong number! :)

crescendo on Mar 25, 2012:

Thank you so much for the awesome o'handmade o'birthday card for my o'March birthday! I loved my happy mail. The froggy underpants is hilarious ;)

Serenity on Jul 16, 2010:

Hey Sweetness, I just wanted to stop by and tell you I was thinking about you. I need to write you a letter. I'm sorry it's take so long to answer. Lots have been going on. Blessings honey, Namaste Seren

user2637 on Jun 16, 2010:

Hiya! I got the soapnuts, thanks again. :) Haven't tried them yet, but I will on the next washing. Also, we're getting worms for our compost bin soon. Yay!

raven on May 10, 2010:

Our Goal is a Flaker free group.... Click image....

welcome

.....Welcome and enjoy.......

Midnightshadow on May 8, 2010:

Welcome to BIG swaps!

doublesided on May 8, 2010:

WeLComE tO tHe INchiE LovE GrOuP!! HOpe TO sEe You jOiNinG In tHE sWaPS sOoN! If you have any questions please ask!! Remember if you want to receive emails when new swaps are listed you need to select the box on the group section of your "edit profile" page. Doublesided xx

Rocktopus on May 7, 2010:

check out the 2 swaps i'm hosting, gift for a friend and color me happy. i think you would enjoy them alot

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