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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: November 19, 2018

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 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...

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: See Thru (USA) on Nov 14, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for the awesome see throughness, Carroll!
Response: Glad it arrived, that was an experiment in sendability..!
kiddomerriweather rated for TheDen: Ornament Me on Nov 13, 2018
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Comment: This ornament is FABULOUS!!!! It looks like a real mushroom. I was blown away when I opened it. It must have taken a lot of time and patience to make it. Thank you so much.
Response: Yay! It was easy but did take some time, rewatched some fave episodes..! I'm making some for gifts now.
5
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Comment: Fantastic magically surreal postcard! I don't often receive mail art in the grand rubber stamped tradition any more, so this one will be part of a treasured collection. Many thanks for a wonderful mail day.
Response: This was my chance to make such as I don't really have many bought stamps. It was fun!
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Comment: What a Georgeous! collection of papers you sent. Absolutely love them all! Thank you Carroll!!!
Response: Yay, thanks for the happy hearty!
RockyBeach rated for OMAE: Window Envelope on Nov 7, 2018
5
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Comment: You win! Your envie travelled faster. Blue! Purple! Perfect! Such a lovely envelope with matching coloured John Lennon stamps. Love it! And I'm feeling watched by the many eyes. :) Thank you.
Response: The stamps are so cool.. Thanks for the happy hearty rating!
Angie rated for MA: Sticker Shock November 2018 USA on Nov 6, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard. I spy with my little eye ... a corgi! Hee hee.
Response: Haha we still play that in the car though our youngest is 17 now!
gillman rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins-Leaves on Nov 3, 2018
5
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Comment: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the coins! Thank you. The textures are wonderful!
Response: Thanks Amy! I love yours as much, or more..!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: HMPC - Drip on Oct 23, 2018
5
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Comment: Yessss, I get the cool drippy eyeball! 👁 Thanks, Carroll! The texture is awesome.
Response: Lol, yay! I loved making it, drippy hot glue for the win!
bbsporty rated for OMAE: 1+1 ATC on Oct 21, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the great atcs. I'm going to miss the flowers too! But I do love fall!
Response: I've just cleared the yard for the anticipated snow, not that any is predicted yet... Still have several plants lurking around in the house needing a place to wait for the next warm season. Thanks for the hearty!
manme rated for MA: Stamped images on tissue paper on Oct 19, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you! All stamped images are nice, I can definitely use them in my future craft projects. You have also decorated the whole envelope so beautiful, that it is also the piece of art, wow!
Response: I really Love decorating envelopes! Was thinking I might have crowded the images too much..? Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Thanks for the variety of stamped images and especially for the awesome decorated envie!
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty rating! I hope the images weren't too crowded.... I especially love decorating envelopes!
samsstuff rated for IU: ATC #1 on Oct 12, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cool ATC, the extras & the beautiful envelope!
Response: You re most welcome... thank you for the kind and hearty rating!
5
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Comment: Carroll, this postcard is great, it put a smile on my face :) You too, even with the worrying, try keep smiling <3
Response: Thank you Elina, that's always good advice...
goosey rated for OMAE: Halloween HMPC on Oct 9, 2018
5
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Comment: i love your card!! awesome details! many thanks!
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty!
widelo123 rated for O50&P A postcard with a note on Oct 3, 2018
5
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Comment: Carroll, thank you so much for the Vermont postcard. It has been in the high 80's here in NC. Heading to MA tomorrow for vacation with family. Hope to see some foliage. Shirley
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: Stamp Sheet on Sep 29, 2018
5
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Comment: Carroll, thank you so much for the fun stamp sheet & the mail art envy too!! :)
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Franken - Envelope on Sep 24, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you - the envelope is awesome. I was afraid to open it but I was able to do it without ripping it. Thanks for your note. I'm not ready for fall either, although that usually means warmer weather in SF. We had a foggy and gloomy summer here.
Response: Thank you for the kind rating!
BusyB rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 18, 2018
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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!

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Comments

CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:


Happy Halloween!

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!

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:

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