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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: December 17, 2017

Country: United States

Hi!

I have been a red headed army brat gypsy kid for fiftyone years now, born in Germany and traveled all over. Settled down these past 17 or so years to give my kids a more stable growing up time. We've nestled into the back country of Vermont, it is nigh on the most idyllic place we could have chosen. I do miss public transportation and easy access to museums and such. My number one son has left the nest, off to the UK where he has family on his dad's side, and I miss him more than I thought I would! The second son who had apologized for any teenagery behavior in advance is now a teenage kid who is ever so pleased to be out from under his older brother's shadow! We play kickball together every day. Hubs is a supportive partner in all ways and I adore him for that as well as many other fine attributes. I do art to keep my sanity, it's a thing I have always done and I will tie a brush on my hand if I have to in order to keep on being able to! I have chickens and ducks for eggs and three pet geese who are so cute... Two cats own us all, they are way too fluffy and could possibly add their hair to any project I undertake. So apologies to those allergic- there is no way to guarantee my sending won't have cat hair, though I do try.

I like spending lots of time being creative such as mail art (zines, ATCs, postcards, art envelopes, etc...) wall painting, canvases, etc

Spending lots of time looking at art....

Taking care of my animals- cats, geese, chickens, ducks...

Cooking healthy foods from scratch, baking from scratch...Sometimes with recipes, mostly without, though I love reading cookbooks...

Gardens, forest trails, health food stores, art galleries, museums, second hand stores, art stores, books and book stores, coffee shops with second hand book stores, people watching! Independent and foreign movies...

Polka dots, leaf patterns, doodles, skeletons and skulls, faces...

Pretty much all colors- reds, blues, greens, purples, yellows, oranges, turquoise, pinks, golds, silver...etc.

Old stuff-- ephemera, stamps, maps, letters, photos and tickets etc, icons, saints and symbols, bones, random rusty stuff, books that have been saved from being burned but have their edges singed and blackened...

Images of gods, goddesses, Buddhas, saints, holy peeps and animals of all kinds...

Book pages especially in other languages, ATCs, all postcards- handmade, old, new, tourist, quirky, art, and everything in between, artist stickers, artistamps, artist doodles and dawdles and dingles and dangles...

Drawing, painting, and collage.....

Articulated paper dolls...

Bunnehs.

mermaids, witches, weirdos, strange other beings...

Stuff which is self imagined and made rather that assembled from precrafted products...

Abandoned things...found items, bits and pieces, leaves, flowers, bark, shells, bones, pebbles, rusty things, seedpods, pine cones, butterfly wings...

Entrances into secret realms..

Interesting words and quotes...

Animals- especially hippos, elephants, owls, crows and ravens, butterflies, cats, dogs, chickens, geese...oh yes, and the fantasy creatures, mustn't forget them!

Thanking

Angelled by the kind SFreer for the Merry Mushrooms swap...Many thanks Shannon, it's wonderful! Thank you to Stephanie for angelling the DIY pattern design envelope swap, I love it!

A note

Please note that I post a lot of my mail art on flickr and instagram. I post as stuff gets finished , so don't peek if you are my swap partner and don't want to see anything early...I took the link off as some people had a hard time resisting and then felt disappointed when the swap came and it wasn't a surprise..? Send a message if you want to go there.

Please Do Not Send

Scented stuff, including personal sprays, room refresher products, body products such a perfume and cologne, scratch and sniff or other scent imbued things... This is becoming more important as the years roll along. Please please, I have to throw such things away!

Smoky stuff, I quit smoking years ago, and the smell is crazy yuck now even when sprayed with the above...

Food

Drink items, unless a swap requires them

Disney or other cartoon brands

Religious solicitations, even the gentlest are unnecessary!

Ratings

Tigerlilyknotwise rated for Day *25* Last Advent Swap on Dec 12, 2017
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Comment: Wow! What an amazing-looking envelope! Can't wait to open it up on the 25th! :)
Response: Yesss...heehee and happy happy! Thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: I love my paper doll! She is beautiful and will be prominently displayed in my studio along with the other pieces of Carroll I have! Thank you so much!
Response: Yay! And your wondrous mermaid arrived today too and I'm totally in love! I am more than willing to swap with you again if you still want to make more articulated dolls... Thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: Squeal! Your envies have not disappointed! Can't wait to see what's inside!
Response: I wanted to make the envelopes a part of the gift, thanks for the lovely and hearty response!
CurlyTea rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #5 on Dec 5, 2017
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Comment: Another beautiful envelope. Thank you
Response: Last ones...thanks for the kind and hearty!
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #6 on Dec 4, 2017
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Comment: Hi Carroll....fun to see you in the mailbox again & I love my giraffe you made for me... may I ask the technique..... love it love it love it..... Happy Swapping!
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty! I painted the giraffe with sparkly paints over a collage background then outlined with black, simple but effective!
craftyone rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #5 on Dec 4, 2017
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Comment: Ooh this looks like fun! Thanks I'll open later.
Response: I am enjoying opening one a day now... Thanks for the hearty!
pkpeace rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #5 on Dec 4, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty envelope! I love this swap! xo I love all the pretty pages and will certainly put them to great use! Thanks!!
Response: I am enjoying opening one a day so much...Thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: You always have the best envelopes, makes me wish I could actually draw! :)
Response: thanks, I really enjoyed doing these!
CurlyTea rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #4 on Nov 27, 2017
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Comment: Such a beautiful and shimmery envelope. I can't wait to see what it holds. Thank you.
Response: You're very welcome and thanks for the hearty!
craftyone rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #4 on Nov 24, 2017
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Comment: Ooh, a beautiful, beautiful envelope! Too pretty to open - I'll wait 'till Christmastime. Thank you, Carroll!
Response: You are so welcome and thank you for the hearty!
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Comment: fabulous festive flamingos! and more cute christmas postage. thank you (:
Response: I have a recurring desire to add some yard flamingos to my place...
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luluvision rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #4 on Nov 21, 2017
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Comment: Another fabulous envelope! Love seeing your cheery and glittery envelopes! Thank you! UPDATE 12/17 Thank you for the stickers! Will definitely be using them!
Response: It's such a fun project, I am so glad I joined this year... thanks for the hearty!
CurlyTea rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #3 on Nov 20, 2017
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Comment: Love the flamingos! Thanks
Response: They were so fun... Thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: Love the flamingos with the santa hats!!
Response: They were fun to do...thanks for the hearty!
Heynowokay rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #3 on Nov 17, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Sure thing and thanks for the hearty!
luluvision rated for Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #3 on Nov 16, 2017
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Comment: Oh my gosh, squeal!! Love the santa hat wearing flamingos!! Thank you! UPDATE 12/16 Yay! Love the envies Carroll! Thank you!
Response: Heehee! You're welcome and thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: sure thing and thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: Wow, Carroll! You are amazing! What you can do blind far exceeds my best drawing attempts with both eyes on the page! Granted, my own offering for this swap was my very 1st try at doing a blind contour drawing, but it was laughable. Love the depth you achieved by painting over the collage background too. Thanks so much. You've inspired me to keep trying...
Response: Repetition really, that and painting it in...You keep on keeping on! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
pkpeace rated for *Copy Cat Advent/Countdown Swap #2 on Nov 13, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for another pretty envelope! xo
Response: cheers!

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Comments

pkpeace on Dec 13, 2017:

Also thank you for the make up envelope! You're kindness is appreciated!!

pkpeace on Dec 13, 2017:

Carroll! Thank you for the beautiful tea bag art pieces! I will always cherish them and will display them proudly.... going to be framed tomorrow!

Bhindblueeyes on Dec 11, 2017:

Welcome to Idiosyncratic Unicorns!!!
Stay majestic!
~Amy

CurlyTea on Nov 28, 2017:


Snowball Fight!

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

oblivionspin on Nov 12, 2017:

Tiny Hopper loved the planner stickers so much. He could not flipping believe you sent him stickers! And that you made them, no less. Thank you so much for making the child's day.

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

bbsporty on Nov 1, 2017:

Thank you for the awesome MOMMA October muse! I love everything!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Oct 30, 2017:

Thank you for the Monthly Muse! The playing cards are sooooo cuuuute!! 😊

oblivionspin on Oct 30, 2017:

More musey goodness? You spoil my p.o. box. I'll make some time to try the hot chocolate and the tea soon (putting it in my planner, in fact ;)

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