Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2017 4:33 pm


Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: December 15, 2017
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m 40 and 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.


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. I'm now also an officer for the Myths, Legends and Fairytales Group. Do join if that is your thing:) Happy swapping!


nannydino rated for MLF: Fairy fun postcard swap on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Hi Barbara, thank you for the beautiful "horned poppy fairy"...Nederland postage stamps are so beautiful! Groetjes :)
cabaute rated for IS: Put-a-bird-on-it INT on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for this beautiful piece of art with all the extras. It is magnificent - I love everything!!
RockyBeach rated for IS: Vintage girl swap INT on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: Oh Barbara, what a delight! The girl is now in a warmer place and isn't freezing anymore. :) I love the flip-book and the colour scheme. I'm not a big fan of the colour gold but in combination with antique pink it's just the perfect match and a thing I like to combine too! Thanks! Have a blast on Wednesday!
bombardiette rated for MLF: Local MLF swap on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and legend! I love these sorts of stories and yours did not disappoint. I also loved the re-purposed calendar envelope! And thank you for hosting this. xoxo
Comment: Thank you for the cute items! I'm glad your girls enjoy getting mail as much as you do!!
Comment: Ahhhh wat een leuke post zeg, en wat grappig dat je ook in Breda woont! Echt hele leuke kaarten heb je gekozen, dankjewel.
libertylithium rated for Visit me on instagram on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all of the nice comments :D
smartin85 rated for Visit me on instagram on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Happy day!
art3osb rated for Visit me on instagram on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the likes and comments.
mermaidery rated for Visit me on instagram on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks for stopping by! Im still not used to my natural color again. Its such a change from the bright red. Yikes!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful card! :)
Eel9585 rated for MLF: ATC swap on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: A beautiful ATC thank you to the package. I love Alice in Wonderland
Mountainbythesea rated for Me-Time in an Envelope Swap on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for he wonderful package! I wish my crafting skills were good enough to make something as beautiful as you did, and I’m dying to know where you got the Jane Austen postal envelope! I do have to agree with you, I imagined Jamie Fraser to look quite different but Sam is a good choice for him. (I think the slanted eyes and narrow nose made it hard to cast)
Response: Thanks for the sweet rating! The envelope was a plain one with a Daphne's Diary magazine page glued on it:) Have a great day!
marianne81 rated for MLF: Alice postcard swap on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Super bedankt voor je mooie Alice kaart. Leuk idee om het boek als cadeautje voor je kinderen te kopen. Ik heb het idee dat ik je al ooit eens ergens op een ander forum ben tegen gekomen, de nickname Xira komt me in ieder geval heel bekend voor. Dat moet dan of op het postcrossing forum of op het forum van de FF-Leesclub zijn geweest (of Ezzulia)
Response: Dank voor de lieve rating! Ik ben inderdaad actief geweest op het postcrossing forum en heb ooit een meeting georganiseerd in Breda. Dat moet het zijn😊 Fijne avond!
ihni rated for MLF: My favorite creature swap ~ INT on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: What a lovely swap to receive, I love dragons! And you even found a teabag with a dragon on it, brilliant! I think my favourite part was the drawn one on the envelope. Well done! Thank you so much.
Response: So glad you like it! Have a great weekend!
tigerlily2110 rated for MLF: Postcard swap ~ INT on Aug 31, 2017
Comment: The Wizard of Oz, one of my fave film of all time. thank you for a fab postcard.
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!
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.
Comment: Thank you!
Bavarija rated for Fairytale Postcard Swap on Jul 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for nice card!

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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

RockyBeach on Dec 27, 2016:

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

RyeRye on Dec 7, 2016:

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