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Xira

Xira
Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: August 17, 2017
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m a thirty-something working mom of Milla (7) and Elena (3). I am married to my 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 Grey’s 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’s 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

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

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) volcano’s, 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

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Comment: Thanks so much for your envie with matching postcard! Never watched Outlander so far. First I thought the man on the envie is Frodo from Lord of the Rings. :) I adore the map envelopes you've made for me! Great, I love maps! Enjoy your trip!
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Comment: thank you for a great penguin card, i hope you have a great time in Italy and Austria and that it wont be so hot, we had 38 C last week.
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Comment: Thank you!
Bavarija rated for Fairytale Postcard Swap on Jul 30, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for nice card!
moxiekiefer rated for Big Washi Swap - Int'l - #2 on Jul 24, 2017
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Comment: I wish I could give you 3 hearts!!! I LOVE the tape the stamps even the letterset you used, thank you so much!!!!
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Comment: Wow!!! What a pretty envie!!! So many fun little stickers and washi and the paper you used is so pretty!! And those vintage embellishments are super fun! Love the birds especially. :) I can't wait to try the pancake recipe you sent!! It looks amazing!! Thank you for such a fun swap!!
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Comment: Thank you so much for this cute postcard. I love it a lot. And it was nice to meet you again.
Zindelo rated for Bragging Rights on Jul 13, 2017
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Comment: Oh goodness, apparently I never sent the rating for this! I am so sorry, I got your part of the swap right when I was moving house. Hope the weather's fine and you're doing well!
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Comment: Thank you for the great selection of cards!
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Comment: Bedankt voor je vrolijke versierde envelop met inhoud!
scousesquirrel rated for PRIVATE Scousesquirrel Xira on Jul 1, 2017
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Comment: I loved my swap. Thank you so much xxx
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Comment: Thank you for making this cute flipbook for me and the planner charm is so pretty! 😊
SwissChallet rated for Kids Love Swaps Too #3 on Jun 21, 2017
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Comment: Merci, les filles! (That means "thank you, girls!" in French.). Malo loves your envelope decorated with cool dinosaurs and beautiful stamps. The candies were an instant hit too, as you can well imagine ;-)
TC rated for IS: Decorated envelope #9 INT on May 27, 2017
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Comment: Excellent collage - an art medium that escapes me! So fun to see NL postage stamps, and the bird enclosures are delightful. Thanks for a good swap, Barbara.. :)
hosanivera rated for NH Mail Art Swap on May 21, 2017
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Comment: hello Barbara, I received your mail today and I am absolutely happy with it, thank you very much for your work, the envelope is great, I wish I can do such a beauty too! this swap was worthy to participate in. I also thank you for your letter and gifts you added to it, your mail gave me a lot of joy this morning!
AGoofyGirl rated for #instamailartswap on May 15, 2017
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Comment: Hi Barbara! Thank you so much for my #instamailartswap! I LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for your kind words! Hope we can swap again sometime soon! :)
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Have a nice day! Shelley
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Comment: Beautiful p.c.!!! It was sooo much fun to see it in my mailbox today. You did a great job and thanks for making this a delightful swap. Fantastic stamps on both sides :)
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Comment: Barbara, Thank you for such a lovely swap! I appreciate all the extra goodies and sweet note you included. Your family sounds wonderful. Have a magical springtime!
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Comment: ❤What a absolutely wonderful envelope and I love the postcards and stamps!❤ You made my day, thank you so much!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 158 33 36
Completed Fives Threes Ones
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Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

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!!!!

mandigutterrose on Apr 20, 2017:

Thank you so very much for you thank you happy mail! It was so sweet and really made my day. My son was very excited and is going to share his sheet of stickers with his friend down the street.

tanjah76 on Jan 4, 2017:

Hallo Barbara,

Dankjewel voor je berichtje. Het kaartje sturen heb ik graag gedaan. Hopelijk heb je een fijne verjaardag gehad in alle drukte.

Groetjes Tanja

RockyBeach on Dec 27, 2016:

Haha, great that the odyssey came to a good end. :) Get well soon!

RyeRye on Dec 7, 2016:

allthingsregency on Nov 17, 2016:

...for your beautiful mail art and for all the goodies enclosed! I love everything you sent me (the postcard is going on my banner)!!! How cool you make your own stickers! I look forward to crafting with them and the pretty bird tape. Thanks again!

wolfeagle on Oct 31, 2016:

HH

RyeRye on Aug 22, 2016:

Thanks for hosting in Inspiration Station!

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