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lyla72

lyla72
Date Joined: September 11, 2011
Last Online: August 30, 2013
Birthday: August 14
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

I'm Issy, from Henley on Thames, a pretty riverside town in the south of England. Henley is most famous for the Royal Regatta, I am very lucky to live in this quintessentially English town. I grew up climbing trees, listening to Britpop and drawing everything.

I love art, and have not enough time for big projects, as I'm mum to two beautiful kids, Dylan aged 4 and Alexa aged 2. I have got time, however to pack all my potential into something A4 or smaller!! I love all art that is done with feeling and colour. Especially paint, pastel and collage. I am inspired by many things. Nature mainly, I love bees, ladyutterflies, octopus', mushrooms, birds, deer, Owls, animals, as well as ballet, the circus, magic, buttons and fairytales. I also have a small fascination with the great British tea party!! I love teacups, the union jack and ditsy floral prints.

I have mountains of art and craft supplies, everything I need to make an amazing postcard/ATC/mail art swap happen!

Lastly, I must add that I nearly always used recycled materials. Expect used wrapping paper, magazine pictures, old envelopes etc, not expensive cardstock!!

Lifestyle

I just want to put it out there that I am a vegetarian!! In case I join any recipe swaps, an in the highly unlikely event that something depicting hunting etc should be sent to me!! I am totally against any form of animal cruelty.

I spend most days with my young children, going for walks, going to the park, flying kites and having picnics. In my own time I love to read, make things and sleep!!

Favorite Crafts

I do love all crafts! My favourites to look at would probably be fabric - based collages, applique and cross stitch. My favourites to create are paper collages, drawings, scrapbooking, painting and glass painting. I LOVE mail art, especially things with an interesting or quirky theme. I am a jack of all trades definitely!! My favourite images are owls, mushrooms, birds, teacups, dragonflies, ballet shoes, woodland animals, rainbows and clouds.

I love to make ATCs, particularly when not restricted by a theme. Please see my flickr photos for ATCs available for private swaps.

Artists whose work I love

David Shrigley...NEAL MURREN, egon Schiele, Tomiaki Ryuh, Cindy Sherman, postsecret!! Mick Inkpen (Illustrator)

Likes

Woodland animals Kawaii Graffiti and tattoos Insects Butterflies Birds Owls Jellyfish/Octopus Ballet Vintage Paisley Roses Mushrooms Fairytales/Fairies

Not so keen on...

m not fussy. I can use most things in some way or another.

Wish List

Stickers for my Kids!! We use sticker charts for good behaviour, so anything really, but ESPECIALLY KAWAII OR HELLO KITTY!!

Pretty or unusual papers

Used or unused stamps

Vintage images of people

Unusual, foreign or old coins. Foreign to me - so not pound sterling! Quarters/dimes/pennies welcome! My son Dylan is interested in coins :)

Letter writing paper/envelopes

Handmade envelopes

Aged paper/Old letters. Old photos.

cutouts! - I only have a few paper punches, but would love to benefit from all of yours!!!

Stamped images, I have very few stamps, but my collection is growing slowly, as I enjoy making my own stamps

ATCs

A short letter to my son Dylan. He loves receiving mail, and also loves trains, spiderman, angry birds, and cats.

Pen Pal?

My little boy Dylan would really like a pen pal. He gets a bit jealous of all my mail art, and would really like something to arrive in the post for him too! He's nearly 5, so writing at a basic level. If you have or know a child of a similar age who would like to write letters, please contact me and we'll swap addresses!

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you very much for making my small collection of parts of newspapers a little bit bigger :) & a really nice rainbow envelop <3
walkaboutgypsy rated for Mail art with a female muse on May 31, 2013
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Comment: thanks so much for a great swap loved your female muse mail art and the way you made your envie :) and i loved everything inside thanks again so much :)
isabellasnow rated for MAIL ART: Challenge! on May 25, 2013
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Comment: Hello Issy! Received your mail art today and it is just lovely. (I never tire of receiving your parcels!) Your mail art is very thoughtful and unique. I loved looking at all the different things you used--the handmade paper, the India stamps, the tag, the map, the stamped images, the elephant (I love them), and the man's photo. Very unique. Did you use gesso to make a spot for the address? Also, what do you use to "seal" your creations? I'm also on the lookout for something "better" ;+) Thanks, too, for the inclusions.
Response: So glad you like them :) I used white acrylic paint for the address and pva glue to seal the whole thing! Nothing fancy :)
JavaJunkie rated for Mail ART: Sender's choice on May 8, 2013
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Comment: Absolutely GORGEOUS mail art!!! You are very talented. I enjoy the envies you also included, along with the stamped images and coffee doodle (very thoughtful). THANK YOU!!!
JenRed rated for Mail Art with flowers on May 8, 2013
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Comment: Wow! Love this! I can tell you spent some time on it and even read my profile! Thanks! I like the pin up girls too!
butterflybutton rated for MAIL ART: Pick a Color! on May 3, 2013
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Comment: Issy thank you so much for the beautiful envelope, I loved the grey & it brought the sunshine to Essex lol! I wish you had given your address so that I could write back to you. Message me if you would like me to. You live in one of my favourite parts of the country! Annie x
cabaute rated for Mail Art: Birds! on May 2, 2013
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Comment: Hi Issy - thank you so much for the GORGEOUS envelope with swallows on it. I was so thrilled to see that amongst my mail!! :)
Scarlett9 rated for Mail Art: Mixed media #2 on Apr 11, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for your enveloppe! It was / is amazing! Did you do some of the drawings on there? And the enveloppes you send - awesome! Did you make those yourself? And thank you for the letter! esp. cause you don't normally write letters - i really appreciate it!
Bedazzle rated for Lyla's feeling Bedazzled on Apr 9, 2013
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Comment: Thanks so much Isobel - I must get myself into gear on this one! :)
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Comment: This might have been the best swap I have ever received. The bits inside were lovely. Thank you. I opened it in front of a friend of mine, which might have convinced him to set up an account and become active. :)
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Comment: When I returned to Reno a few days ago your most beautiful envelope was waiting for me! Thank you so very much, the envelope is outstandingly beautiful and your writing enhances it. Thanks for the surprises inside and the lovely note, I am so sorry you had to do this twice!! Hope we'll be swap partners again. By the way, is your swap bot name from the song by Eric Clapton? One of my favorite songs. Thanks again, Isobel.
Response: I'm so happy that you like the envelope - and that it made its way to Reno! Swapbot name is actually from the Oasis song Lyla - but the Eric Clapton song is one of my favourites too :)
djfshop rated for Fish or Sea Creature Mail Art on Mar 26, 2013
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Comment: Beautiful envelope and loved the creations to share. You are talented. Thank you!!
bobilani rated for Collage style--mail art envelope! on Mar 26, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome collage mail art!! Your envelope certainly has the "wow" factor! Very cool!!! I love the extra goodies you sent inside the envelope too - awesome stuff!! Thanks again for an amazing swap! :) (And I'm so sorry for the late rating - I had some medical issues to deal with this month.)
isabellasnow rated for Fish or Sea Creature Mail Art on Mar 21, 2013
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Comment: Hi Isobel! WOW, your envelope is simply amazing! I have a fondness for whales and all things undersea and this envie is a really amazing representation of those things. Your collage is flawless. I just love it. Thank you as well for the cute drawn envelopes inside, the nautical poem, and the fishy notecard. Beautiful presentation. Many thanks for creating something so special for me.
isabellasnow rated for Butterfly Mail Art on Mar 18, 2013
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Comment: What a beautiful butterfly package I received from you! I am in awe of your painting talent! It was so interesting to see the butterflies native to your area. In my area, monarch (orange and black) are one of the most prevalent species. Thank you also for the lovely butterfly stamped envie and other goodies inside. Your package was a very bright spot in my day!
djfshop rated for Collage style--mail art envelope! on Mar 1, 2013
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Comment: Gorgeous! Thank you!
CarlaDMG rated for Butterfly Mail Art on Feb 22, 2013
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Comment: ☺ Super butterfly envelopes. Colored in so nicely. Thank you for using a neat postage stamp on your envelope. Love how your wrote my name and address. Thanx for the extras.
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Comment: Thank you SO much for this swap. The envie couldn´t have been more perfect. You are very talented!
lilacnyellow rated for Mail Art Sender's Choice on Feb 11, 2013
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Comment: beautiful, everything is wonderful
gabfab1 rated for Mail Art Sender's Choice on Feb 9, 2013
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Comment: Absolutely stunning!!

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Comments

tengu2 on Oct 9, 2011:

Welcome to the hand drawn\ painted ATC group. I hope you enjoy your time with us and find many enjoyable swaps.

Dougal375 on Oct 4, 2011:

Hi Issy, I was just looking through profiles for the owl ATC and noticed you are from Henley. My husband was born in Henley on Crisp rd and I used to work in Bagatelles Toy shop ( dont know if its still there. I live in the states now and havent been home in a long time.. Anyway just wanted to say hi and perhaps I will be your swap partner.

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