Swap-bot Time: March 27, 2017 5:29 am


Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: March 24, 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 (2). 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.


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!


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!


Comment: Hallo Barbara, bedankt voor je gezellige swap en brief. Hoop dat het beetje lukt met jullie verbouwing. Een fijne dag.
Comment: Hello! Sorry it took me so long to rate. Loved your swap - the envie was gorgeous and such nice surprises inside. Thank you!
breethefrog rated for WIYM: exciting news! on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: congratulations on your new house! i loved all the papers you used, especially the envelope decoration. thank you.
DLRodrigues rated for IS: Love some washi ~ INT on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: OH WOW!!! What a great swap!!! I love the washi ... Love the decorated envie it arrived in ... Love the envelope of tickets - Thank you so very much - I appreciate all you put into this swap. Made my day!!!
Response: I am so glad! Thanks for your sweet words and the ❤ Have a great weekend! Groetjes Barbara
Comment: Bedankt voor de leuke kaarten.
frogginghappy rated for Alice in Wonderland swap ~ INT on Feb 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you Barbara, I ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ it! So nice to come home from work and have a surprise like that waiting in my mailbox! 🤗
taeniura rated for Just an ad/free card #2 on Feb 11, 2017
Comment: Sow, da's zekers een gave kaart zeg! Kga meteen even alle 50 uiltjes opzoeken :-)
Response: Dank voor ❤️! Ik heb ze niet allemaal gevonden trouwens :) Fijn weekend!
Comment: I was so delighted when I came home to find this amazing package waiting for me!!! I LOVE everything about this swap!! That is a fantastic word you chose, and the extras you included were perfect!! So much fun, you really made my day!! Thank you, thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: Thanks so much for your sweet comment and the hearts:) puts a smile on my face every time I read it!
RockyBeach rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP!! on Jan 18, 2017
Comment: Barbara, thanks for your envie which carries the spirit of spring! Always nice to find your envies in the mailbox. Your other one arrived as well. :)
Comment: Bedankt voor de leuke stickers.
Comment: Hey! Thank you so much for the Jip and Janneke postcard. I love them and the postcards are so adorable! Thanks, too, for joining in! Happy New Year!
Comment: What a wonderful ATC card an packet of goodies. Thank you so much. You're much appreciated. And happy holidays to you!
Dasha rated for AMA Sender's Choice-December on Dec 14, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for a lovely collage envelope. I love collages too. I also love anything from flow magazine, so you made my day! ATC's are not my thing, they are just too small :) I love making bigger formats - collage postcards and cards the most, but will add the steampunk ATC to my collection. :)
littlered92 rated for put a fox on it on Dec 14, 2016
Comment: Love my package! Thank you so much, you have put so much thought into this swap! Thank you! 5*****!
mymymymy rated for IS: Filled PC swap INT on Nov 30, 2016
Comment: Nice creation of you Barbara, tks for the newer issued stamp you specially paired with the PC!
fdrake rated for Fantasy PC Swap on Nov 25, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard with the Roger Dean painting, Barbara! He's got a classic style that was especially popular when I was a teenager & first really diving into sci-fi & fantasy. The stamps you selected are great; I appreciate that you included the "tab" on the side. It's great that you tried listening to some Klear! Pat, the vocalist, has an extraordinary voice. If you liked that, you might like to try Da Endorphine as well. :-) Take care! -Fred
Comment: Once again, love the mail art! Thank you! :)
saffronnginger rated for Put-a-bird-on-it ~ swap INT on Nov 22, 2016
Comment: Thank you Barbara for hosting this swap. Your mail art is gorgeous as usual & i enjoyed the bird tags very much!
kdg3k rated for Filled PC swap (international) on Nov 19, 2016
Comment: Wow! I wish I could give more hearts! This was a really great package. I'm sure your children enjoyed Sinterklaas! I liked the stickers you made and my husband was really happy with the stamps. He was surprised that someone he didn't know would share a gift with him! Thank you again so much. I enjoyed looking at every piece in the package :)
Response: Thanks for the heart(s) 😋 and your sweet words. The kids are still enjoying the Sinterklaas-time, the shoes are ready to be filled again. Have a great weekend!
sakameg rated for ISS: 3 Blank PCs on Nov 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards and vintage paper. Your choices for me were perfect! I also loved your mailart envelope.

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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:


RyeRye on Aug 22, 2016:

Thanks for hosting in Inspiration Station!

Lorie on Jul 12, 2016:

Barbara, thank you so much for the lovely letter, beautiful card and nautical stamps and beautiful envelope. Yes my name is Scottish, and MacDonald is the other half of me so I'm pure Scotch, lol. One of my bucket list goals is the same, to go to Scotland and Ireland, hopefully I will have the chance to while I'm still young and healthy enough to enjoy. I wish the same for you.

RyeRye on Jul 4, 2016:

Thanks for hosting in Inspiration Station!!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

bluesky on Jun 2, 2016:

Haha usually I wouldnt wait either I admit ;-D but right now something little every day is exactly what I need! :)

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