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Xira

Xira
Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: June 23, 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.

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

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!
dally rated for Random Quicky INTL #3 on Apr 4, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies; the Alice post cards are my fave.
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Comment: I LOVE my swap. Love the Hello Kitty stationery. Its so pretty and different than I can buy here. The post cards are pretty. Those are just the kind I'd like to send and receive! Wish I could give you many hearts!!
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Comment: Hallo Barbara, bedankt voor je gezellige swap en brief. Hoop dat het beetje lukt met jullie verbouwing. Een fijne dag.
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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
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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
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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
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Comment: Bedankt voor de leuke kaarten.
frogginghappy rated for Alice in Wonderland swap ~ INT on Feb 13, 2017
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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
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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!
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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
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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. :)
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Comment: Bedankt voor de leuke stickers.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 147 30 33
Completed Fives Threes Ones
155 151 0 0
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Comments

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!

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.

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