Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2018 3:22 pm


Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: September 19, 2018

Country: United States


I have been a red headed army brat gypsy kid for fifty two 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. He spent a year volunteering at the place where he was born in Northern Ireland and is now gainfully employed in Germany, with his girlfriend, yay!!! I miss him more than I thought I would! The second son who had apologized for any teenage 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. He is insanely taller than me now., making me the shortest person in the family.. 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 a lot 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. My color heaven trifecta would be purple blue and green, highlighted with gold and glitter most likely..!

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...


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, ducks, geese...oh yes, and the fantasy creatures, mustn't forget them!


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 cannot keep such things around!

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


Drink items, unless a swap requires them

Disney or other cartoon brands

Religious solicitations, even the gentlest are unnecessary!


BusyB rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: I love these! That handmade mermaid and her moving tail is awesome! . The envelope is going in my junk journal, a special place for some special envies I receive. Thank you for being a great partner, love the swap inside and out! Many hearts to you.
Response: These were my first coins! I really had fun doing a swap again after a bit of a break..! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
dobie256 rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Wow what a fun swap package. That envelope is outstanding and will be added to my collection. I love whimsy owls and fun postage stamps. Your coins are lovely. Cool visual textures on the mermaid. But your storytelling collage knocks my socks off! Excellent composition. Thanks so much for sending me such beautiful little artworks. <3
Response: These were my first coins! I really had fun doing a swap again after a bit of a break..! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
marymary914 rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: Great coins!! Thanks!
Response: These were my first coins! I really had fun doing a swap again after a bit of a break..! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
orneryswife rated for MMA - Mixed Media Envelopes on Aug 27, 2018
Comment: Awesome envelopes! Thank you!
Response: Twas fun!
Comment: LOVE THE paper set! THANKS a lot for the tea and the extra little notes. Big Hugs!
Response: I am so glad...thanks for the hearty rating!
MiekeC rated for MMA: Gelli and More Envie on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks, i love art mail. It look so nice on the doormat.
Response: Yay! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
marymary914 rated for FCMA: Faces on Envie on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Love love love!! Such a beautiful envie and thanks for the vintage papers too! It’s hot here in Michigan and it’s only cooler if you are right by the water or in the UP. Lol
Response: Yaay!! And thanks for the lovely feedback and heart! We are having lower temps right now thank goodness...
junemoon rated for OFAP: I remember PC swap on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for cramming the card with memory--it's such a shame kids don't have that freedom to play without a worried mother any more.
Response: I did my best to give my kids a similar experience, moving here to rural Vermont, it was totally worth it... thanks for the kind and hearty!
GinaVisione rated for MA: Tea Tag ‘Story’ PC on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Ha! I thought this was just an extra-special, extra PC from you (no title on it), but I put 2 & 2 together, haha. OMGosh the front and the back are just fabulous - you constantly amaze me with your gorgeous treats I receive in the mail. Grazie Mille!! Thanks for joining me in the swap - it’s a keeper that is going up on the inspiration wall!
Response: Yay! thanks Gina, hugs...
RooBaRoo rated for IU: SOC June on Jul 5, 2018
Comment: Hello again BigMamaBird! Thanks for the beautiful owl & hand lettering envelope! Ageing hippies! Wow! That made me pause & wonder a while ☺ I'm sure the letter "length" is pretty okay!
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty, I am glad it arrived safely!
wittmert rated for MA: Sticker Shock! on Jun 29, 2018
Comment: Happy summer!
Response: To you too Tina...Thanks for the hearty!
Comment: I was soooo excited when I saw that I got you as a partner and I was not disappointed. I have a PC you sent me two years ago for my birthday with person in a cat suit you drew stuck underneath a beam in my loft bed where I can see it when I look up. I love everything you sent! The unicorn ATC is AMAZING!!! I'm so excited to use the stamp stickers. I could look at the zine forever!!! It's filled with your fantastic artwork that I love so much. Oh, and the awesome mail art. I can't forget that. It's so great! Thank you so much for spoiling me with your talent. It was such a great mail day in just one envelope. <3
Response: It was a pleasure to spoil you and my reward is this lovely rating that has me grinning from ear to ear...! You have my address, I'm prone to responding to happy mail..wink wink..!
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Avocado on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: OMG! I LOVE what you created. It is so green and lovely - thank you. (I don't want to open it - I think it's empty, right?)
Response: Thanks for the kind rating...It has a little something in it.
Vickyen rated for OFAP: USA Altered Postcard on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Hi Carroll! Thanks for the fun Altered pc! This was a fun swap! Hope you are having better luck posting to the forums! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty.. I do keep trying..!
Comment: This is so beautiful! I love it so much. The pencil makes an amazing focal point (what a cool pencil too). Thank you :)
Response: Oh I am glad! That is a carpenters pencil, stolen from my hub's worktable while looking for something else...Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Comment: What a fantastic card! <3 I love every thing about it: the colours, motive, texture, the little shiny bits of the background in combination with the metallic paint... just can't stop looking at it. Thank you! It's the same with the insects here for some years now. :/ Just read that we have now over 70% lesser insects than back in the 80s.
Response: Aw, glad you like it, I sure enjoyed making it! I have a wildflower yard just for the insects and we tend to cheer when they come visit... Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Angie rated for MA: Green/Words Postcard on Jun 9, 2018
Comment: Hello Carroll. Thanks for the gorgeous postcard. Yes, lovely weather here too. Although, I got stung by a wasp but I survived. LOL. Glad you're enjoying yourself! XO
Response: Argh, all the stinging insects are out now, but I've manged to avoid any wasp stings, poor thing! This time of year is really why I love it here...Thanks for the kind and hearty!
FarStarr rated for SM: Two Birds on a Postcard on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Carroll! It is so nice to hear from you after so long.
Response: I know, it seems like forever.... thanks for the hearty!
TamiTam55 rated for IU: SOC May on May 31, 2018
Comment: I'm glad that I'm not the only person who gets furniture from the dump. I have something that is on top of an old dresser that makes it look like a hutch. I got that from the dump saying, "OMG, that looks like it would go right on top of the dresser." And it fit PERFECTLY! Have a great June.
Response: We just picked up a nice little wool rug on the side of the road, washed it on the driveway and dried it in the sun, now it's in the kid's room...Thanks for the kind and hearty!
shinyserra rated for May's Monthly Mixed Media Project on May 30, 2018
Comment: I love this! It looks like you had a lot of fun creating. The colors are amazing!
Response: I really did have fun... Thanks for the kind and hearty!

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CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 5, 2018:

Thank you for the mail art and the pin. The pin will fit well with my collection. Thank you so much for thinking of me. <3

CurlyTea on Jul 31, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

pkpeace on Mar 7, 2018:

I hope you guys aren't getting any of this snow! 18 inches, ugh! Have a happy day! xo

CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

cbzcando on Dec 24, 2017:

I love these Christmas holly doilies! (Copy cat advent) Going to use them today to spruce up some presents. Thanks for sharing! 🎄❄️☃️

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!

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