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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: February 21, 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

stephiedee rated for OMAE: No Coloring Coloring PC on Feb 19, 2019
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Comment: Beautiful, Carroll - love what you did. And that quote is a beaut! 🌼🌷🌹
Response: Thanks Steph, glad you like! The quote is part of a poem by Theodore Roethke, I forgot to note that on the card...
graciepie49 rated for OMAE: Arty Envelope (USA) on Feb 12, 2019
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Comment: Hi Carroll :-) . . . Funny thing, I received your envelope a few days ago and I immediately propped it up where I could see it and enjoy it, but then I forgot it needed to be rated until last night when it dawned on me and I made a note to get it rated. So, Of course I love the envelope, and I appreciate that you made for me the image of the woman with the golden flame hair which I told you I liked :-) Thank you very much <3
Response: I really like her too, so she just pops up every once in a while...Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Singske rated for OMAE: Arty Envelope (INT'L) on Feb 11, 2019
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Comment: Wow! The stars are shining bright for me tonight. This is a beautifull piece of art, i’m impressed! Thanks! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Response: You are most welcome... and thank you for the kind and hearty rating!
Hell0Z0mbie rated for Totally Inappropriate ATC Feb on Feb 10, 2019
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Comment: Very cute card! Thank you!
Response: It was fun... thanks for the hearty!
YooperHill rated for Totally Inappropriate ATC Feb on Feb 10, 2019
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Comment: Love the creativity!
Response: It was fun... thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: I love the monochromatic birdie ATC, the pretty envie and the artistamps! The whale card is gorgeous too! Thank you! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Hugs back and thanks for the kind and hearty!
penelopesamuel rated for Art Journal PostCard on Feb 6, 2019
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Comment: Wow! What a fabulous postcard you sent me :) It has all my favorite things -- the color purple, glitter, birds, and a quote! I love how you layered the different papers. I have not participated in INCOWRIMO, but I do participate in National Card and Letter Writing Month (April). It is cold here, too, but probably not as cold as there. Is the Vermont stamp actual postage or an artistamp? I love the chicken!
Response: It is so much fun working with someone's profile! Glad you enjoyed it... INCOWRIMO is the same , just International instead of National...I like writing far flung countries. Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Heynowokay rated for OMAE: New Year, New Artistamps on Feb 1, 2019
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Comment: Carroll, your stamps are so fantastic. I love the kitty tarot card (I think that's what it is at least) too. I hope you're keeping warm up there in the cold cold cold. Lots of love to ya!
Response: Doing my best to keep warm... Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: New Year, New Artistamps on Feb 1, 2019
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Comment: Awesome artistamps, Carroll! Each design will find a happy spot on some outgoing mail. Love 'em. Thank you!
Response: Thanks for this swap Steph, looking forward to receiving some little gems...thanks for the kind and hearty!
Spice rated for TheDen: Valentine's Matchbox Shrine on Jan 30, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much much for the cute matchbox!. I loved it.
Response: I sure am glad to hear that... Thanks or your kind and hearty rating!
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Polka-Dotted Mail on Jan 25, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks for the fun envelope. Should I donate the 30 million hell notes to our President for his wall? ; )
Response: Hah, yeah maybe... Thanks for the kind and hearty!
RockyBeach rated for OMAE: Mail Art Brochure on Jan 23, 2019
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Comment: And here comes another gorgeous piece of art! <3 Thank you for your three wise monkeys/women brochure! Those wisdom never wears off.
Response: Aw thanks for thinking so, keeping on doing over here in spite of the cold and snow! And thanks again for your hearty rating...
RockyBeach rated for MA: Sender's Choice December 2018 on Jan 16, 2019
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Comment: Your new year envie is here! Thanks for the zines. Both so different. I never made one myself, only admiring the ones I've received so far. :)
Response: Zines are an open book a far as themes, I have a hard time choosing one sometimes... Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Bhindblueeyes rated for IU: Goal ATC on Jan 15, 2019
5
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Comment: This is utterly amazing!! I loved it! Thank you for sharing your talents with me and good luck getting your goals!! :)
Response: Aw thank you for the kind rating... and the heart!
HannahsMommy07 rated for HMPC: Happy New Year! on Jan 13, 2019
5
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Comment: BEAUTIFUL WORK!
Response: THANK YOU!
nytetears rated for O50&P -I wish Postcard Exchange on Jan 12, 2019
5
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Comment: I really love this card thank you. Also that is a wonderful wish. I would love to do that also
Response: One day at a time, right? Thanks for the kind and hearty!
FiveAcres rated for O50 & P Happy New Year 2019 on Jan 3, 2019
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Comment: Loved the postcard with the horses. I also enjoyed the little stickers on the back. I hope your health continues to improve through the year as well. Happy New Year!
Response: thank you for the kind rating!
bbsporty rated for OMAE: Daily Detritus on Dec 15, 2018
5
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Comment: Carrol, thank you for the awesome postcard!
Response: You are welcome and thanks for the hearty!
laterdayze rated for HMPC: Non Religious Christmas PC on Dec 11, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank you for rating!
BeckyG56 rated for O50&P -Christmas Card Swap on Dec 8, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the vintage christmas card. I always look for them at garage sales, or thrift stores. I hope the Reason for the Season will give you hope this Christmas season!
Response: The vintage ones have a certain lovely affect the modern ones lack...thanks for the kind and hearty rating!

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Comments

stephiedee on Jan 30, 2019:

Thank you for the John Lennon postage person MMH ATC! I love the mushroom hat and the "fungi" pun is a goodie (another fave: "time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana" 😉). Thanks also for sharing a copy of your brochure - that came out a stunner!

joybells2426 on Dec 10, 2018:

Thank you for the cute OMAE happy mail postcard! I love the bird. ❤️

stephiedee on Dec 5, 2018:

for the heartful OMAE happy mail! ♥

dvmac on Oct 31, 2018:

Happy Hallowe'en!

halloween

MiRdLHWY43 on Oct 30, 2018:

Thank you for the pretty Vermont postcard with fun happy mail drawings! It's nice to be thought of on this cold fall morning. Laura

JuneRosebud on Oct 26, 2018:

Awww Thank you for the Happy Mail Vermont post card. My hubby & I got a good laugh out of it. Hope your Halloween is really fun & very safe=)

widelo123 on Oct 3, 2018:

Carroll, thank you so much for the Oracoke Lighthouse postcard. We were very fortunate with Hurricane Florence. Only had some limbs some down and millions of shredded leaves it seems. Some poor folks didn't fare so well and lost everything. I can't even begin to imagine that. Shirley

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!

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