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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: June 26, 2019

Country: United States

Hi!

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...

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, ducks, 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 instagram. I often 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...

Food

Drink items, unless a swap requires them

Disney or other cartoon brands

Religious solicitations, even the gentlest are unnecessary!

Ratings

Tverne05 rated for Used postage stamps INT Ocean on Jun 25, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much for the ATCs. They were nicely done.
Response: Thank you for the kind and hearty rating.
Hell0Z0mbie rated for BMG:ATC challenge - triangles on Jun 12, 2019
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Comment: OMG What a cool ATC! I love it! Thank you so much. It's so beautiful!!
Response: Aw good! Thank you for your kind and hearty rating!
BeckyG56 rated for AAA: Say Something on Jun 10, 2019
5
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Comment: Beautiful, wonderful envelope with a beautiful wonderful ATC! I love the quote,too. Thanks so much!
Response: So glad! Thank you for the kind and hearty!
Zander rated for ATCE&T: Add a ruler on May 20, 2019
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Comment: What a great idea for an ATC, thank you so much
Response: Ah, and thank you for the kind and hearty!
Shellyr rated for HMPC: May Flowers on May 19, 2019
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Comment: I love your May flowers pc. Blue and yellow is my favorite color combo!
Response: I am so glad... Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Basilika rated for 📬🎨 Arty Envelope on May 17, 2019
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Comment: This is one of my favourite pieces of mailart I ever recieved, thank you so much!!
Response: You are so welcome... and thank you for the kind and hearty!
goosey rated for ATCE&T: Add a crown on May 6, 2019
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Comment: how fun!! you put the crown on a person/animal! love it. thanks so much - marlies
Response: You are very welcome, and thank you for the kind and hearty!
Poeprincess rated for HMPC: Color Duo Green and Blue on May 2, 2019
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Comment: Love this PC colorful green/blue collage! Thanks for the bright addition to my mailbox!
Response: Ah, you are welcome, and thank you for the kind and hearty!
snager rated for MA: Envelope and ATC on Apr 24, 2019
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Comment: The prompt said to use this pink/green color scheme, but Mamabird clearly read my profile to make me something more custom (black + rainbow + bugs) and that's way too specific to be a coincidence, so I give it a A+! The bug stamps look SO good on the metallic rainbow envelope! and the matching washi tape holding the atc in the card was a nice touch. Message me if the bug stamp was hand made, cause it's super cute!
Response: To be honest I think I may have confused swaps and missed the color scheme... I did read your preferences and am glad that it brought you some happy! That bug stamp is me made, I am so glad you liked it, and everything... many thanks for the very kind and hearty!
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Mail Art Challenge Envelope on Apr 22, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much - you got them all! Happy swapping!
Response: Thank you for the kind rating.
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Comment: Thank you so much.
Response: Always welcome and thanks for the hearty!
AmookIslandCreations rated for MA: Bright on Black on Apr 18, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for these two dark pieces! I love the black bunny stenciled on the note card too! Just had 10 deer busily grazing in my yard, almost close enough to touch. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Ah, it was a nice change... I too was watching deer out the window, they did well though the winter. Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Watsonc7 rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse, Part 1 on Apr 15, 2019
5
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Comment: He’s cracking me up! I can relate to the chins too...and his expression....he’s totally my spirit animal 😂. Love him!
Response: I thought to myself when I was done that he might not bring joy to the recipient... So glad he does... Thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: Wowzers Carroll! What a way cool ATC! You solved the problem of putting a torso and shoulders and arms on a narrow space with the clever articulated arms. I wish I had thought of that. I don't have any of those teeny tiny brads but I should get some. And I'm pleased that I have one of your new stickers on the envelope. Maybe I'll collect a whole set of them, if I don't just incorporate them all into other art. Thanks for a great Part 2 of this wack-o swap (most Exquisite Corpse ATC sets run the landscape orientation).
Response: I felt like I went out on a limb with this one, wink wink! I find it's really the doing that is the fun part with these exquisite corpses... Thanks for the kind and hearty! I will be sure some more stickers come your way!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute set of feet.
Response: They begged to be used... Thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
Lucine rated for HMPC: Spring Day Edition on Mar 30, 2019
5
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Comment: I do the same: waiting for Spring, while dreaming for Spring or living through Spring as if it is Summer:)) Thank you for the nice postcard!
Response: Today it is raining on the snow causing the whole world to be foggy and monochromatic, but it is warmer!! Thank you for the kind and hearty rating.
StarryNights rated for MA: Sticker Shock March 2019 on Mar 28, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the colorful stickery goodness postcard. It brightened my day! :)
Response: I always enjoy slapping on as many stickers as possible... layers are good! Thanks for the kind hearty!
FarStarr rated for MA: Cut vs Pen postcard on Mar 27, 2019
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Comment: So nice to see you in the mail again. Thanks for the great owl! I hope it starts to warm up up there soon!
Response: Yes, I was glad to see you as my partner... thanks for the kind-n- hearty... It is starting to warm up this week, so very very very glad...
AmookIslandCreations rated for MA: Cut vs Pen postcard on Mar 27, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous PC! I love the colors and the shimmer!!! We have had a minimal amt of snow since Christmas. The temps here are in the 40s and up to 50s during the days. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for the sweet rating! We are coming out of this hefty winter-- temps are starting to get more bearable now..!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC! It made me smile! :) And thank you for the extra piggies!!!! :)
Response: Yay! Thank you for the kind and hearty!

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Comments

joybells2426 on Jun 25, 2019:

This is the best paper bomb I’ve gotten! I love each and every bit that you sent me. The inky music paper, the stickers, the stamps and marbled paper.....everything is really cool! Thank you so very much!

kiddomerriweather on Jun 22, 2019:

Thank you for the AMAZING mail art (OMGoodness!!! It's to die for!!!), birthday wishes, and pretty PC's for the OMAE June RAK Attack. It will definitely be going in my journal for posterity.

stephiedee on Jun 21, 2019:

Thank you for the fantabulous Affirmative Arty Tag! I have a plan to hang these kind of like little prayer flags around my space. Can't wait to get a few more to start a banner. 🤗💖

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jun 19, 2019:

thanks

Thank you for the OMAE Paper Bomb! Lots of fun here...the little piggies are too cute! Loving the purple music sheet bit and sparkly pieces too. Really every piece is a winner! :) I'm even rescuing the washi off the envelope for one of the washi pages in my journal

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jun 14, 2019:

Thank you for the very purpley Postcard Plus via OMAE.... love it! The tiniest stamp is cute :) Love the cat on the front too!

RockyBeach on Jun 12, 2019:

Your card for the OMAE- Handmade PC is here! Thank you for that wonderful mixed media spring moon card! I love the layer with the transparent moon. We've moved already to summer here. So very hot! I will visit you to experience some days of spring again. :)

stephiedee on May 31, 2019:

Thanks for the pretty owl Postcard+ tag! Back in the 80s an uncle of mine had a German fiance and she was just about the coolest person on the planet and I loved hanging out with her. lol, kind of random, but your postcard reminded me of her. 💖

ScottishLass34 on May 28, 2019:

I’m so happy the paperbomb tag brightened your rainy day! And that you’ll be able to use what I sent in some new crafty projects. I had fun putting it together for you! 😊🦋Sarah

Singske on May 20, 2019:

I love your wonderful decorated envie you’ve send me for the May RAK Attack and everything in it, instant smile on my face! It will be great to use them in my future swaps. Thanks! ♥️ I hope it already stopped raining... Happy spring🍒

kiddomerriweather on May 18, 2019:

Thank you for the OMAE Paper Bomb Tag. So much fun stuff to play with!

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