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Xira

Xira
Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: September 19, 2018
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m 40 and mom of Milla (8) and Elena (4). I am married to Maikel.

When I was young I had a lot of penpals. I remember the excitement when a letter or postcard was in the mail. Maybe saving it for the evening to read it without being disturbed. Extra fun it was when there were little surprises like stickers or something inside. Later at highschool I had this friend Mirella who I exchanged notebooks with, near-works-of-art and a complete diary of that time. A few years ago I discovered Postcrossing, you can still find me there. I can also be found on Instagram as postcrossingxira. I wanted to try something new, so here I am.

I think it will be fun to get to know you a little through snailmail...Can't wait:)

Books, television and movies

I love to read fairytales and fantasy. For example Feist, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman, Weis&Hickman and Robin Hobb. My favorite fantasy creatures are dragons, love them!

On TV/Netflix I like Outlander, Once upon a time, Downton Abbey, Friends, That 70s show, New girl, Gilmore girls, The Crazy Ones, PLL, Suits, Orange is the new black, Game of Thrones and Greys Anatomy. Films I love are Dirty Dancing, Grease, Twilight-series, The Hunger Games, The neverending story and Labyrinth (an oldie with David Bowie).

Food and drinks

I'm crazy about chocolate. I love the scent of coffee...but I do not drink it. Tea I like is fruity (herbal not so much). My favorites are forest fruit, mango, cactus, lemon, rooibos, earl grey and strawberry.

Art / Mail-art

For me there is something special about the paintings of Ans Markus, Leonid Afremov, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and Kandinsky.

And I love creating and receiving mail-art of course! I love mixed-media; I like things with a story; worn, torn, splattered uppon, you get the idea:)

Colors I love are Scotland-green, turquoise, purple, nightskyblue and summerskyblue.

Stamps and envelopes

I love stamps! They are little works of art. I collect birds, flowers, butterflies, trains, ships, children's books illustrations and artstamps.

I also have a preference for envelopes, especially decorated ones. If the swap calls for written and stamped / naked no problem of course. But if there is a choise I’d love an envie; it feels like opening a present!

For some more inspiration...

...what to send me: I am currently looking for fun paperclips and die-cuts. I also like the following: *dragons, fairies, mermaids, unicorns *illustrations of flamingo's, cacti and plants *steampunk *magnets *washi *craftsupplies *(handmade) bookmarks *stickers *stationary *black-and-white and sepia *retro/vintage/fifties/twenties *3D cards *handmade cards or envelopes *ATC's *message-in-a-bottle *merry-go-round *lighthouses *old trains *dresses *castles *Alice in Wonderland *moon and stars, rainbows,(errupting) volcanos, storm/hurricanes *Cherry blossom *Martin Wiscombe, Santoro Gorjuss, Silke Leffler, Jolinne, Limoon, Camilla d'Errico, Mila Marquis, Aimee Stewart,PaPaYa, Pip Studio *Mokaffe, Kazuko Taniguchi, Candy Bird, Juri Ueda, Amy Sol, Inga Palzer, Lorrie Mc Faul *Where's Waldo?

...what to write me: tell me about your favorite mail-experiences. Or share what you are having doubts about. And, if money was no issue, what painting or artwork would you buy and what do you love about it? What do you think is a little crazy about yourself? This should get you started but I would love to hear about your day just as much. Adding a (short) letter to your swap is a sure way to get a heart from me. It will make my day. Thanks for sharing!

Hosting

Lately I am having fun with hosting swaps. I allow newbies because I was one too once. I will angel those swaps or find another angel but I so hope that won't be necessary. Happy swapping!

Ratings

anicka22 rated for EUHS: Pick-a-theme swap #3 on Sep 19, 2018
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Comment: Dankjewel voor je prachtige post!
Dasha rated for EUHS: collage envie swap on Sep 11, 2018
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Comment: Hi swappal. :) I like the envie even if it is not my style of collage. And sometimes what makes you more creative is limited supplies. :) And I am in love with the stamps!
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Comment: A beautiful envelope with beautiful things inside. I can use the envelope and the papers to make a signature for a journal. Thank you
Vickyen rated for IS: not-a-real-postcard swap on Sep 6, 2018
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Comment: Hi Barbara! Love that you used a vintage record cover for this swap - very cool! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
RockyBeach rated for EUHS: not-a-real-postcard swap on Aug 29, 2018
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Comment: Haha, thanks for the record cover! Did you listen to the record? This sending reminds me of the "filled postcard swap"! Thanks a lot. I will start working on answering your last letter soon!
Dasha rated for EUHS: Pick-a-theme swap #2 on Jul 21, 2018
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Comment: What can I say. Another perfect piece of happy mail in my mail box. :) Thank you! Have a great holiday!
Vickyen rated for IS: Summertime postcard on Jul 13, 2018
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Comment: Hi Barbara! Love the beach scene pc! I am not a huge fan of hot weather but I do love the beach, so.. Hope you had a wonderful weekend at the Dutch Coast! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ Summer Reading PC #4 on Jul 12, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! Tell me what you thought of 'A Wild Sheep Chase'
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart❤️ At first I was not sure I liked it. It was slow and weird. But I realized I was intrigued and wanted to keep reading to see how the story would evolve. There were 3 books in the series. In the end I was sad I had to say goodbye to the characters...:)
Twink rated for Top Swap PC on Jul 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely Cheshire Cat card!
susanica rated for EUHS: 5-4-3-2-1 flat mail! on Jun 28, 2018
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Comment: i love every single thing you have sent me .Thank you very very much. I wish you would get every day the same happiness you send me today!
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Comment: Dankjewel! Helemaal mijn stijl!
Dasha rated for IS: Another crazy stamping swap ~ INT on Jun 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you sooooo much for another wonderful piece of mail. And for all the goodies inside. I love the idea of a little booklet. and thank you for the stamp! Every mail from you is such a treat. :)
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Comment: Thanks so much for the resend! Someone out there is enjoying a washi tape extravaganza! Thanks for the notecard too! Beautiful envie too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
diamondpainter rated for Dragon postcard swap ~ INT on Jun 19, 2018
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Dasha rated for EUHS: Pick-a-theme swap #1 on Jun 13, 2018
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Comment: I am so sorry for a late rating. I was sure I rated you already. I really loved you bird/vintage mail, everything was so nice. Thank you. Can't wait for the other swap. :)
Sammoning rated for EUHS: Illustrated postcard swap on Jun 3, 2018
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Comment: Bedankt voor je leuke kaartje. Ik heb toevallig dat boek ook net digitaal gekregen dus ik ga het zeker eens lezen. Instagram gebruik ik eigenlijk nooit, maar ik heb inmiddels ook een soort Postcrossing voor armbandjes gevonden! Anyway wel bedankt voor de tip :)
irishconnie rated for EUHS: Draw-on-your-envelope swap on May 13, 2018
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Comment: Love Love Loved getting your mail, it was so pretty xx ty ty ty.
deblew rated for IS: Crazy stamping swap ~ INT on May 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for my wonderful envelope! It was a joy to open...loved looking at all the stamping before I even opened it! And I so love the stamp set! I've been getting into nature type stamps lately! Thanks again! p.s. this was a really fun swap! I'd love to do it again!
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Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 221 70 70
Completed Fives Threes Ones
228 229 0 0
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Comments

riftvegan on Sep 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for your Top Swap PC reply! This is exactly why I love this community. :) Thanks for being awesome! ♥

Soph on May 26, 2018:

What a most lovely surprise! Thank you so much for your happy mail. I love the spring related mail art envelope, the pretty goodies and last but not least your kind letter. It was a great pleasure to hear from you.

Singske on Feb 26, 2018:

Hallo Barbara, wat fijn van je om de niet-gestempelde postzegels terug te sturen. Die komen altijd van pas. Ook bedankt voor het leuke briefje en de leuke goodies. Wat heeft een mens nog meer nodig op zo een koude maandag als vandaag? Een beetje warmte met de post. Zo ik hoop dat de griep ondertussen het huis uit is... Lieve groetjes Inge ⭐️💌⭐️

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

CurlyTea on Dec 7, 2017:

njstauter on Sep 29, 2017:

What a surprise to get your mail. I LOVE how you created your envie. So very artistic. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

MarianV on Sep 18, 2017:

Hoi Barbara,

Dank je wel voor de leuke spulletjes die je me gestuurd hebt. Ik ben er erg blij mee. :) Jij ook een hele fijne herfst.

Groetjes, Marian

Yanmazu on Aug 16, 2017:

THANK YOU!!! For your AMAZING thank you letter ♥ I loved all of it, but my favorite is the mixed media painting - the cat is so cute, I've put it on display in my bookcase. ♥ ♥ ♥

scousesquirrel on May 26, 2017:

Hi Barbara, thanks for the welcome message. I'd love to do a direct swap too xxx

DLRodrigues on May 15, 2017:

Hi Barbara - Thank you so so much for the lovely surprise I found in my postbox this morning!!!!

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