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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: August 18, 2019

Country: United States

Hi!

I have been a red headed army brat gypsy kid for fifty three 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

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Comment: AWESOME papers!!! Thank you, Carroll!!
Response: They were fun to make!
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Comment: Thanks so much!!
Response: You're totes welcome!
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Comment: Thanks for your contribution to my zine! I love the contrast of the black and white birds! Chocolate makes me happy too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: This was such a fun project! <3<3<3
derakisu rated for AAA: Summer Fun on Aug 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your ATC, it made me wish *I* had a hammock. :)
Response: Hammocks should be rated as therapy tools... Thanks for you kind and hearty!
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Comment: My zine arrived yesterday! Thank you SO much for your beautiful, prehistoric pages. Thank you too for being a part of this little project. I enjoyed seeing all your contributions throughout the project. It was quite fun for me and I hope you enjoyed it too.Up for another?
Response: It was so fun- so yes of course I'm ready for another go!
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Comment: Carroll, I first said upon looking at the pages "Gee, she read my mind". Then I said "I bet she read my profile!". The mushrooms are magnificent! HOw positively precious and divine! I am beyond thrilled to get some of your work, really!
Response: This has been such a fun swap... I do enjoy trying to make my partners happy!
dcp0112 rated for AAA: Coins Sender's Choice July on Jul 17, 2019
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Comment: Your coins were gorgeous, thank you!
Response: Thank you for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: I just love your contribution to my book! Especially delighted with your altered lyrics! Lol! Thank you very much!
Response: It was so fun!
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Comment: OMGosh Carroll - this just might need to be the theme for the upcoming 2020 calendar sticker (putting my order in early :D) - Even Better in person - Tons of Ocular LOVE!!
Response: Haha I knew you'd love 'em! I wish I had found the artist's name, I shall have to give finding them another go... And I'll keep this in mind come 2020 sticker needs... thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: Thank you first of all for this amazing envelope!!! It’s so nice... your cards are also so very nice those stamps... are gorgeous... love the colors of the background and the way you arranged them ...terrific swap!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it all...Many thanks for your kind and hearty rating!
Poftoffel rated for MA: Draw a thing ... on Jul 9, 2019
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Comment: This is so cool! Thank you very much! :D
Response: Oh, thank you for the kind and hearty!
evanselli rated for AAA: Wings on Jul 6, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap. I love the pig with wings, he does look very happy😊💕
Response: I am glad you enjoyed him! Thank you for the kind and hearty.
Angie rated for MA: Paint this cat on Jun 26, 2019
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Comment: Another wow! Way cool kitty cat kitty cat! I'm jealous of your whiskers. You're so talented. XO
Response: I almost forgot the whiskers! This was a great swap idea, and I ended up not wanting to even start it for some reason... but then I thought hmmm, four eyes.... thanks for the kind and hearty ratings!
Angie rated for MA: Coffee Stain Critters on Jun 26, 2019
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Comment: Wow! That's some strong coffee - so dark. I love. I love your small feel and eyes. Fabulous! Thanks Carroll!!!
Response: Thanks, Angie! I used walnut ink because the coffee ones didn't look good...
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
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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!

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Comments

stephiedee on Aug 16, 2019:

Thanks for the awesome shaving cream marbled papers! They came out really nice and crisp. I've tried the technique twice and both times were total failures. 🤷

stephiedee on Aug 10, 2019:

Congrats, you're the winner of August's RAK Attack! Come on down and let everyone know where to mail your prizes. :)

HippieChick on Aug 9, 2019:

Thank you for the fabulous OMAE paper bomb tag! I love all the bits! The stamped images are amazing, are they you designs?

djcamp04 on Aug 7, 2019:

Thank you for the OMAE paper bomb.

stephiedee on Aug 5, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome ATC for the PIF tag! I love your faces. I've gotten that junk mail envelope, too...made punches out of it. Great thinking reusing the whole thing!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Aug 2, 2019:

Thanks for the Foxy postcard! So fun! (OMAE)

Artstamper on Jul 18, 2019:

Hi Carroll, Thanks so much for sending some of your zines for the July RAK attack!! I couldn't be happier!! I especially like the Doodling one. The envelope is pretty awesome too.Love it all.

goosey on Jul 6, 2019:

carroll, there are so many parts to this tag tag!!
i love the metallic seashell envelope i love the tag (both front and the back poem) i love the vintage advice book page "give faded draperies a lift by using children's crayons to restore the colors" my fave!
there is no stone unturned. i appreciate your giraffe manor page from your calendar, too! wow. wow. wow. and thanks! marlies

Singske on Jul 2, 2019:

It is always fun receiving something from you. Love the pc+ from the OMAE forum!!! The stickers from the brewery, the cat and stars, the blues and greens,it looks great... And a Pink Floyd-song is a good thing to have on your mind. I usually have the most stupid songs stuck in my head. Many thanks⭐️ Singske

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!

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