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Xira

Xira
Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: May 23, 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 (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 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

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) 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

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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Comment: Thanks for all the love on instagram! Followed you back, I love your mail art! Would definitely love to receive a swap from you sometime :)
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Comment: Thanks a lot for visiting! ♥
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Comment: Thank you so much
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Comment: Thank You for all the likes and nice comments.
Traceyk rated for IS: Vintage inspiration swap ~ INT on Apr 27, 2018
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Comment: Hi Barbara! What a wonderful swap you sent me! Thank you so much! I love everything you sent. :)
Airam rated for EUHS: Handmade Postcard on Apr 8, 2018
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Comment: I love it! Thank you!
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Comment: Love it! Thank you for the lovely present;) And the adorable envie:)
Fieke rated for Pick-a-theme #3 ~ INT on Mar 24, 2018
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Comment: Bedankt voor je leuke envie :) Prima thema gekozen ! Morgen ga ik ook naar een plantenbeurs, ik zal me moeten inhouden om niet teveel te kopen want het is eigenlijk nog te vroeg he om te planten. Bedank je ook Milla voor haar mooie ATC ? Super mooi gedaan !
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty Alice in wonderland postcard, I will look up Thea Beckman :)
saarva rated for EUHS: Handmade bookmark on Mar 22, 2018
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Comment: Waw, Barbara, wat een prachtige swap! Heel erg bedankt voor de bladwijzer, die ga ik zeker gebruiken! Maar ook voor al het ander leuks dat je als extra stuurde! Heel onverwacht, maar superfijn allemaal! Het kaartje met mijn naam op is prachtig! Eentje om te koesteren! Nogmaals bedankt, je maakte me superblij :-)
Leekoba rated for IS: Draw on your envelope swap ~ INT on Mar 12, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the tea, I love the dragon drawing! I hope your husband had a wonderful birthday! Happy Swapping!
MeghanMac rated for IWTS Theme Swap: Word Challenge on Mar 8, 2018
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Comment: Loved everything! Thank you. This was a fun package all the way around!
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Comment: Yay!!! It came through this time! It found me, even though the address was completely covered in one of those bar code tapes! All except my name. What a cute little girl all dressed up in her mom's finery! I love the home-made envie, the stamps and the extras too. I have FLOW magazines in English, Dutch, French and German. I look through them all the time, they are so fun! Thanks so much for this beautiful swap! Knuffels uit Alaska, Sherry
DLRodrigues rated for IS: Pick-a-theme #1 ~ INT on Mar 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful botanical themed mail art and goodies inside. I Love it !!
jjhere rated for IS: ATC Product Series #6 - Tags on Feb 27, 2018
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Comment: It arrived! Your tag ATC is a delight and it was wonderful to open my mailbox to your beautiful envelope too. Thank you so much for the goodies as well as the lovely letter!
ittybittykitty rated for IS: Pick-a-theme #2 ~ INT on Feb 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much - everything was so lovely! Even the envelope was very special and a unique way to combine book pages and washi. You are so talented!

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Comments

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!!!!

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

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