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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: August 21, 2017

Country: United States

Hi!

I have been a red headed army brat gypsy kid for fifty 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, off to the UK where he has family on his dad's side, and I miss him more than I thought I would! The second son who had apologized for any teenagery 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. 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 lots 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.

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, 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 have to throw such things away!

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

gillman rated for MMA: ATCs X 3 (International) on Aug 19, 2017
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Comment: WOW Carroll- thank you! Fantastic ATC- I love everything about it. Love the face you painted and all the little bits you used-very creative!! :)
Response: Aww thanks Amy! It's the "what if" thinking that kicks in after a while..!
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Comment: Love the postcard and the mail art stamp!
Response: Yay and thanks for the hearty rating!
penelopesamuel rated for MMA: ATCs X 3 (International) on Aug 15, 2017
5
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Comment: Wow!! Thank you so much for the GORGEOUS ATC! I love everything about it :) Your attention to detail on the girl's face is wonderful and all the tiny bits are perfect. I love having an unusual name, although this was not the case while I was in school. Happy Swapping!
Response: Haha, when in doubt put a face on it...Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Wildchild rated for ZMACS Aug: watercolor minizine on Aug 15, 2017
5
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Response: thank you for rating!
Angie rated for MMA: ATCs X 3 (International) on Aug 14, 2017
5
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Comment: Wow! Thank you for the gorgeous ATC. It's really lovely! I hear you about being busy soaking up sunshine! Get it before it's gone - though I'm looking forward to sleeping during cooler nights. Beautiful ATC. Thanks again!
Response: Ah thank you for the kind and hearty rating Angie! The really nice thing about this end of the summer is that the nights are already cooler!
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Comment: Beautiful! I have to try the salt technique :-)
Response: It's a simple little trick, good to remember... Thanks for the hearty rating!
samsstuff rated for ZMACS May: Strata Trifold on Aug 11, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely trifold piece!
Response: Thank you for the hearty rating!
bbsporty rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #4 on Aug 11, 2017
5
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Comment: Oh Carroll I just adore your work! The dress on the lady is gorgeous! I love purple and green and yes the little bull is very cute!
Response: Oh good! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating, Barbara!
scrappycats rated for MOMMA: Zines on Jul 30, 2017
5
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Comment: sorry so long in rating, your zine is awesome!
Response: Thanks for the hearty rating!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for Craftermath Zine on Jul 22, 2017
5
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Comment: Your zine turned out awesome! Thanks for joining my swap :)
Response: Thanks for a fun swap also for the kind rating!
pkpeace rated for Craftermath Zine on Jul 22, 2017
5
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Comment: I love the lunar eclipse stamp on the envelope... love the zine! It's so interesting how everyone interpreted this differently! My collection is growing! Thanks Carroll! xo
Response: I agree about seeing all the different interpretations...I am quite draconic about my little zine collection! Thanks for the kind rating...
bbsporty rated for Craftermath Zine on Jul 22, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks for a great zine! Isn't it funny how we have so many bits and pieces laying around!
Response: I tried to fit as many as I could ...Thanks for the hearty rating,,!
Angie rated for MA: Rubber stamped ATC on Jul 13, 2017
5
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Comment: Yay me! I got an ATC from bigmamabird! Thank you so much. I love the whole thing - so nicely put together! Happy birthday a little early!!
Response: Wow, such excite! Surely we've exchanges ATCs before by now..! Very glad you like it and thanks for the birthday wishes!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for A Summer Dotee Swap! on Jul 3, 2017
5
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Comment: What a cute little dotee! I've got her hanging in the area where I spend my mornings. 😊 🌷
Response: thank you, she is a perfect morning companion, I think..!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for MOMMA: Zines on Jul 3, 2017
5
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Comment: Very pretty and colorful zine! 💜
Response: thank you!
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Comment: Wonderful!
Response: thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous zine! I love it <3
Response: You are so welcome...thanks for the hearty rating!
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Comment: Absolutely love your goddesses zine! Very clever! I also love the second zine! Thanks!
Response: Aw thanks, and thanks for the heart!
scrappycats rated for MailArt Started! on Jun 26, 2017
5
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Comment: great envelopes! sorry for taking so long to rate.
Response: Not a problem...Thanks for the hearty rating!
Babsmomof5 rated for Rainbow HMPC on Jun 17, 2017
5
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Comment: OH MY GOODNESS!!! What an AMAZING postcard!! Thank you so much, I am lol at your skunk story too! 😂❤️
Response: Heh. that skunk... Thanks for the kind rating, I am glad it was received so well...

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Comments

Artstamper on Aug 4, 2017:

Thanks so much for your wonderful addition to my APMZ2 zine. In spit of it's extra adventures it has arrived!

midwestkiwi on Jul 17, 2017:

Thanks for your contribution to my MPU Add & Pass Minizine! I love all the shade!

anrtist on May 27, 2017:


HAPPY SUMMER!
Blessings, cc

bbsporty on May 14, 2017:

Thank you for the mpu: One stamp envie! I always love getting your bits and pieces!

oblivionspin on May 4, 2017:

I'm really excited to see the prayer flags turn up on your atc's. It seemed like such a shame to not do something with them, but it was such a long strand of them... I need to start something with the ones I kept. The doilie blanks were indeed done by me, a product of productive mindlessness.
I feel you with cleaning your work space... my desk is a wreck, I can't find half the things I want to use... I'm going to have to get brutal on the clutter. What's the point of having so much good stuff if I haven't got the space to use it?

Your mermaid mail came today! I love her, and the inner contents were all lovely and will be put to good use. Always such a joy to see you in my mailbox. (:

oblivionspin on May 1, 2017:

Sending order for the MPU A&P minizine has been posted. Check it out and get your zine out into the world. :D

Angie on Apr 30, 2017:

Thank you for the ATCs Carroll! The security envelope one is very cool! Is the encaustic one from you? It's not signed. Thanks for playing!

pkpeace on Apr 26, 2017:

Thanks for the great mail, Carroll! I love when I get mailings from @ Carroll's house in VT!! ☮️ ❤️

JeanetteC on Apr 26, 2017:

Isn't amazing how often dreams mirror or portend awake life? I am happy yours flee quickly too and that your son was only battered. Us moms have enough to worry about <3

oblivionspin on Apr 26, 2017:

I am glad you enjoyed the menu mail! I thought you'd appreciate it. I'm definitely going to make hubs take me back there for another french dip, I'll have to try out their saurkraut next time and report back.
I got your really cool mini never ending card! I absolutely love it, it might push me over the edge to actually make some never ending pen pal letters like I have planned on doing for ages. It was definitely something happy to come home to ^-^

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