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MamaMangrove

MamaMangrove
Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: June 26, 2017
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

I’m a former wandering gypsy, now living in Florida where the primeval beauty of the Big Cypress swamp and the longest coastline of any state except Alaska satisfy certain of my inner needs. It’s also a great jumping off point for the Bahamas, the Caribbean & Latin America. I lived in India for several years working with a snake catcher; traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus (living on the train); lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas & Caribbean for 5 years… My numerous occupations have included newspaper staff writer, assembly-line worker in a cockroach trap factory, librarian, charter-boat cook, dog walker in NYC, proprietor of a shop selling beach paraphernalia in the Virgin Islands and, most consistently, free-lance travel writer. Travel, adventure & being easily distracted are all prime motivators in my life!

Writing & photography were always my creative outlets, but lately I’m exploring mixed media collage & miniature book making. I originally joined Swap-Bot for non-touristy postcard exchanges as I’m always on the lookout for quirky or whimsical imagery. But I’m a long-time fan of (and participant in) mail art, so I’ve become more involved in collage & handmade postcard & mail art swaps. I appreciate things created with wit, originality, a sense of humor – or just because they’re beautiful or intriguing. I like clever, off-beat, esoteric stuff. Cute & Sweet don’t cut it for me. (Maybe I’m still rebelling against a mother who tried too hard to make me pink and frilly.) But I do enjoy whimsy. I love getting postcards & envelopes decorated with art work, collage, etc. And lots & lots of cool stamps!

Though I caved to peer pressure & created a Flickr account, I’m really bad about keeping it updated with images of mail art I’ve sent. Social media in general eludes me. There are never enough hours in the day for all the other things I find far more interesting to do.

Favorite Music

My musical taste is pretty eclectic, but I particularly like acoustic guitar, Reggae, Latin jazz, World Music in general. A few of my favorite musicians are Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell & Paco de Lucia.

Favorite Books

My passport is my favorite book. I read a lot of nonfiction. When I get interested in a subject I read about it voraciously. I enjoy poetry & have been trying my hand at haiku and tanka. Theodore Roethke, ee cummings, & Shel Silverstein are often on my bedstand. Nick Bantock always inspires. Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, & Kipling are among my long time favorites.

Favorite Movies

My top 5 favorite films are La Strada, L'Atalante, The Gods Must be Crazy, Walkabout, The Triplets of Belleville. My choices seem to reflect my penchant for living on boats; circuses; exotic locales & eccentric characters. I watch a lot of foreign films & indie films. Pedro Almodovar is a favorite filmmaker.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media collage, (mainly postcards) & occasionally miniature books. Because I've always been a writer and photographer I often incorporate words and photos into my crafts.

Postcard Preferences

For store-bought postcard swaps I much PREFER RECEIVING POSTCARDS SENT BLANK, IN AN ENVIE, even if the swap calls for them to be sent naked. I understand if you can't do that, but that is my preference. I also love old or interesting postage.

  • NO tourist cards please! I do NOT like them.

  • NO Christian themes or Bible verses.

  • I don't care for color-it-yourself cards

POSTCARDS I ESPECIALLY LIKE

  • Ken Brown's cards (extra credit if you come up with one of these!)

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images e.g.)

  • Inge Löök's old ladies (If you have extras of these and want to do a direct swap let me know)

  • Cards with elephants or monkeys make me smile; camels too, especially if they're being ridden by nomads!

  • Alligators

  • Eadweard Muybrige's animals or people in motion

  • Close ups of nature, like a gorgeous tree frog or a colorful beetle.

  • Art cards. I prefer contemporary & modern art & appreciate unusual art forms such as graffiti, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations.

  • Some favorite artists: Dali, Magritte, Matisse, Escher, Gauguin, Charlie Harper, Joan Miro, Keith Haring

  • Winslow Homer's paintings of Florida and the Bahamas.

  • Hindu or Buddhist deities

  • Sailboats, waves, the sea, especially artsy interpretations of them.

  • Matchbox cover designs

  • Cigar Box Label art (love those old lithographs)

  • great graphics

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Bob Marley

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Tin Tin

  • 1950's & earlier vintage, especially linen cards & real photo cards.

  • Vintage India

  • Upside-down heads, sometimes called Topsy Turvys, in which the image changes when you flip it. Like this:

  • Surprise me!

  • My Postcrossing favorites (link above) will give you an idea of the kinds of cards I like. 💚💜💛💙❤️

Extras/ Other Likes

If you're inclined to include extras or it's a mail art envie swap, here are some of the things I enjoy receiving:

  • Postage stamps (new or used)

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

  • Cigar bands

  • Old black & white photos

  • Comic book pages, any language

  • Match box labels.

  • Maps, especially old or foreign ones.

  • Fortune cookie fortunes

  • Handmade paper, particularly the very thin stuff, has a place in my heart as well as my collages.

  • Origami squares

  • Foreign paper money. You know, all that stuff that has no value because they're using euros now, or the leftovers you didn't get to spend on your last trip.

  • Vintage ephemera, preferably the real thing. I'm not keen on faux vintage stuff, I just don't get it.

  • I love bizarre, quirky rubber stamps.(Had a great collection in the 1980's but they melted in the tropics!)

Allergy Update

I'm allergic to the smell of nail polish. I never thought to mention it here because I don't swap such things, but I recently received a mail art postcard made using nail polish as paint. My sinuses flared up as soon as I opened my mailbox. So please, even though the colors are stunning, don't add nail polish on swaps you send me. My respiratory tract thanks you!

Ratings

skinny52 rated for AN Nature Scavenger Hunt on Jun 25, 2017
5
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Comment: Beautiful postcards!!!!!
Angie rated for MA: Sender's Choice June 2017 on Jun 24, 2017
5
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Comment: Oh my gawsh! So cute! Thanks Bobcat Linda! I'm glad you had a nice trip - sorry it was hot. It's been hot here but today is amazingly pleasant. My husband and I painted our driveway (re-sealed it). It was a lot like painting but a little harder on the knees. LOL. I love the postcard. Thank you.
margaeli rated for HMPC: Going Postal on Jun 24, 2017
5
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Comment: My apologies for the late rating. The mail piled up on the end table and this card was a pleasant find in the midst of the junk mail & bills. LOVE the way you did the stamp collage. I MAY have to copy this style. I'd give TWO stars if I could!
wittmert rated for CC: Sender's Choice June 2017 USA on Jun 23, 2017
5
rating
Comment: LOVE the killer flies! Thanks!!
Lady rated for FCMA: orange postcard on Jun 20, 2017
5
rating
Comment: gorgeous, bright orange
ttbishop rated for MA: Washi me go on Jun 17, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Sorry for the late rate!
simcoe54 rated for Not Your Usual PC's in an Envie #14 on Jun 10, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks for all the great postcards & for the extra stamps (;
5
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Comment: Thankyou for the postcards. I really like the Stinker Gas sign. I also like the envie and the frigate bird fact. How exciting to look forward to seeing the eclipse in NC in August.
GinaVisione rated for MA: Sender's Choice May 2017 on May 27, 2017
5
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Comment: What a wonderful MailArt treat! I hope the hurricane saying is wrong on the sea grape (VERY cool!)! Love the handmade envelope, eye PC, collage, family sticker, AND awesome tiny origami envelope and arti-stamps and stickers inside!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️
DLRodrigues rated for EJ: Map postcard quickie swap on May 26, 2017
5
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Comment: Beautiful card Linda!!! Thank you so much xx
wolfeagle rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 23, 2017
5
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Comment: Lovely Bubbles. Thank you.
RockyBeach rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 23, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for your bubbly card! I love the colour combination. Funny thing: but I also like the haptic touch of the finish you've used. :)
Angie rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 23, 2017
5
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Comment: Hello and thanks for the bubbly card. I always know who is sending those bobcats! I love those little guys! XO
123Poggy123 rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 21, 2017
5
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Comment: I love the colors you used for this post card.
camelsamba rated for CC: Animal Postcard on May 15, 2017
5
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Comment: Love the rhino! What a harmonious and pleasing collage.
LisaE rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard #2 on May 15, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Web slingers gotta climb! Love it!!
Lonestarchild rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #13 on May 12, 2017
5
rating
Comment: These are really great cards. Love the little boy picking his nose -- LOL!! Thank you. Always a pleasure.
Response: You're welcome & the pleasure is mine. Thanks for the ♥
EmilyT rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt - May 2017 on May 11, 2017
5
rating
Comment: What a cute note sheet you used! Thank you, what a nice selection! My very favorites are the math, beach sand pattern and monkeys!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked them. Thanks for the rating & the ❤️
luluvision rated for FCMA: Altered Post Card Swap on May 10, 2017
5
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Comment: How can I NOT just LOVE your postcard!! It will be forever on display! Thank you so much for the giggles!!
Response: So glad you liked it! I'm never sure if my off-beat humor will be appreciated, so I'm delighted to have provoked giggles! Thanks for the comments & the ❤️
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Put a Bird On It PC on May 8, 2017
5
rating
Comment: OMG!!!! What a clever idea! I'm totally stealing it for the future. THANK YOU!
Response: You're welcome. Steal away & have fun with it! Thanks for the rating & the heart.

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Comments

luluvision on Mar 19, 2017:

I actually made popcorn today after leaving your review! You got me in the mood! I love nutritional yeast and put that on my popcorn all the time! YUM!

bbsporty on Feb 14, 2017:

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