Swap-bot Time: October 24, 2020 10:29 pm


Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: October 24, 2020
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m 42 and mom of Milla (10) and Elena (5). I am married to 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 and envelopes

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

I also have a preference for envelopes, especially decorated ones. If the swap calls for written and stamped / naked no problem of course. I will never rate down if you use an envie anyway but be grateful instead. And if there is a choise I’d love an envie; it feels like opening a present!

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!


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!


IrisDrissen rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #4 on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Wat een prachtige kaart met allerlei moois er op en er in heb je voor me gemaakt. Ook de envelop was een cadeautje om te krijgen. Dank je wel, Barbara!
Comment: Thank you for your note and what beautiful envelopes! I do hope you get to go back to Scotland and visit Loch Ness, who knows, maybe you will see Nessie! Make sure you have a good camera to record, no one ever seems to have one ;) Take Care :)
MiekeC rated for NS: Teamwork PC #34 on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Leuke envie heb je gestuurd. Word ik altijd vrolijk van als ik die vindt op de deurmat. Bedankt, ook voor de extra's.
CaseyErin rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Great card, Xira! Love the stamp and pretty washi you used. Thank you!
CookieMomster78 rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing this nice postcard with a quote by Emily Brontë! Like the cool museum postage stamp as well! 😉
BrunetteBunny rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: I've never heard of Feis, but I love when people share beloved books with their kids! Thank you for the toad postcard, it's so cute!
Allylu rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: i love to send postcards, too. You just have to offer a little tidbit of your life at a time and they are so enjoyable to receive. Thank you for being so thoughtful.
Response: Happy world postcard day! Did it really arrive today? That is so much fun! Thanks for the sweet rating. Groetjes Barbara
WoodlandBanshee rated for Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
uiltje rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #3 on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Ooohh, wat is-ie mooi geworden. Echt een ontdekswap. Ik ben dol op de droogbloemen/-takjes. Ik vind het echt prachtig sfeervol, ik geniet er van. Raar fenomeen: ergens van kunnen genieten maar er zelf geen gevoel bij te hebben om zelf zoiets te kunnen maken.....
Response: Oh fijn dat je er blij mee bent! Dank voor de lieve comment en het hartje:)
marianne81 rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #2 on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Oeps ik dacht dat ik al een rating had achtergelaten maar niet dus. Super bedankt voor de mooie swap, Ik vind steampunk inderdaad prachtig en je hebt er een prachtige jurk van gemaakt zo met dat servet.
Response: Dank, lief! En toen ik jouw berichtje zag bedacht ik ook dat ik een swap was vergeten te raten... Gebeurt ons allemaal wel eens dus :) Groetjes Barbara
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #32 on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Wat een verwenpakket heb je me gestuurd! Allereerst de envelop (de zwarte kat en de tekst zijn geweldig): dat vond ook mijn postbezorgster. Dankzij Google Translate heb ik het Fries kunnen vertalen en ook uit het Russisch heb ik op kunnen maken dat je groene thee met munt hebt gestuurd. En dan de kaart: wat is-ie prachtig! Heb je eerst kleur aangebracht en daarne ge-embossed? Ik vind het eigenlijk jammer om er aan verder te gaan, hij is al zo mooi! Dikke dank je wel!!
Response: Wat een lief berichtje! Dankjewel voor deze rating en hart. Ik zit heel hard te denken welke ik ook alweer heb gestuurd maar volgens mij heb ik gewerkt met stencils en structuurpasta en inkten. Ik vind deze swaps zo leuk! Groetjes Barbara
Comment: My daughter loves it and hung it up on her wall. Very nice, thank you.
Comment: Many hearts go to you for the happy mail I received today. I love everything and I'm excited to do some postcard and letter writing with these new treasures you have sent. Thank You.
Comment: Thank you for the most wonderful swap, full of gorgeous stamps and little envelopes to open. 💜❤️💜❤️
Response: So glad you like it, have a great day!
nalaqueen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #29 on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Hoi Barbara, Bedankt voor de al hele mooie kaart, ik ga er mee verder. En bedankt voor alle super leuke extra's!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Flipbook - vintage on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je super mooie flipbook. Ik ga er straks na kijn werk evenmop mijn gemak in zitten bladeren. Ook bedankt voor alles wat je er bij gedaan hebt! Echt super!
Comment: thankyou for the fun package love all the great pictures you sent me and the stamps that were use on the envi are beautiful
knuffelbeerandy rated for NS: Teamwork PC #27 on May 22, 2020
Comment: Hoi Barbara Dank je wel voor je mooie envelop weer. Ik stuur hem door en geniet weer van de rest. Groetjes Andrea
knuffelbeerandy rated for NS: Teamwork PC #26 on May 22, 2020
Comment: Hoi Barbara, Dank je wel voor de hele mooie volle envelop. Ik stuur de kaart weer verder en maak van de rest iets moois. Groetjes Andrea
carrotkate rated for AMA: clothing tag mail art ~ INT on May 12, 2020
Comment: What a fantastic piece of mail to receive! Thanks for setting up the swap, and thank you for the lovely flipbook - and inspiration! :)
Response: So happy it arrived and you like it! Thanks for the sweet words and the heart!! Groetjes Barbara

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YooperHill on Jul 17, 2020:

Hi there!

Thank you for the return art on for the Mystery Supply swap 6.20! I like your art!

LiliLuv on Apr 1, 2020:

Hi, Barbara! What a lovely surprise to receive such a nice letter and goodies from you! They really cheered me up and made me happy. I really enjoyed reading your letter and the envelope and goodies are amazing! Thank you!

Itti on Nov 20, 2019:

Hiya, I saw you like dragons so I sent you an invite to the Scales 'n' Tails group. Would be lovely to have you join us!

You can accept or decline your group invites from the groups tab in the top left. (Or you can go straight to the group link I posted above and click 'Join'.)

CurlyTea on Dec 10, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Abbyla on Nov 4, 2018:

Thank you for the artsy envelope and newsy letter that I received last week. It was a happy surprise to come home to! I'll be writing back soon!

riftvegan on Sep 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for your Top Swap PC reply! This is exactly why I love this community. :) Thanks for being awesome! ♥

Soph on May 26, 2018:

What a most lovely surprise! Thank you so much for your happy mail. I love the spring related mail art envelope, the pretty goodies and last but not least your kind letter. It was a great pleasure to hear from you.

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:

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