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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: July 27, 2021

Country: United States

Hi!

My name is Carroll. It's nice when people spell it correctly!

I have been on this planet for fifty five years now, born in Germany and have traveled and lived a fair few places. Settled down the past 20 plus years to give my kids a more stable growing up time. We 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 people watching and such. I have two grown sons, which is so cool and also unbelievable! The younger is still home with us. Hubs is a supportive partner in all ways and I adore him for that as well as many other fine attributes. I do art because it is part of me, my life, my sanity, it's a thing I have always done. I have chickens and ducks for eggs and two pet geese who are so cute... Two elderly 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...go figure! 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

Religious solicitations, even the gentlest are unnecessary!

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Carroll . . . First, I love that you actually created the notecard you sent--it's so pretty and that blue bear is so whimsical. Loved your newsy note and I hope you enjoy your sisters visit ;+)
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed my little sending, Kristy! Oh I can't wait for her to come.. :D Thanks for the kind and hearty!
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 2 on Jul 12, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the fun body. I really like the lace on her dress and the way you made her arms! :)
Response: I enjoyed making this set! I hope the arms work with the rest of the figure, though I guess it doesn't really matter! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
January rated for OMAE: Mixed Media Self Mailer on Jul 12, 2021
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Comment: Wow - yours turned out amazing - the outside was fun to see in my pile of boring other mail, and then when I opened it up, what an amazing explosion of color and pattern - I just loved it! Thank you so much :) (I had a blast making mine too; I am definitely going to do this again for some family members who I think will appreciate it)
Response: I also had so much fun doing this...I think it must have 5 layers of gelli printing on each side! I think it would make really nice birthday 'card'. Thanks so much for the kind and hearty rating!
goosey rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book 01 on Jul 5, 2021
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Comment: carroll, i love your art pages - so cheery, and awash with summer vibes! plenty of room to bind these girls into a book .... thank you so much!! your envelope rocks on!
Response: Oh so good to hear! I look forward to having a handful of these to bind together...Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
weatherwax rated for LDEM - Thinking of You - June 21 on Jul 5, 2021
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Comment: Oh, I love your MailArt so much!!! Thank you so much for your lovely note and for sharing the little hedgehog!!! ( And I love on the card that the little cat is doing the dishes for the reading witch: just adorable :) :) :) Enjoy the wonderful summer days!!
Response: We are indeed enjoying these summer days, it's like paradise and the reason we still live here in spite of the winters. The card is from a childrens book about a mailman! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Artstamper rated for FJPP: Paper Art Doll on Jun 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Carroll for the beautiful summer doll. She is not me but she is who I. Want to be! Love the colors, flowers lace cat glitter and the jewels. Love her!
Response: LOL, I feel the same way! I am glad she brought joy, those colors were so cool. Oh and the cat practically placed itself there!. Thanks for the kind and hearty!
joybells2426 rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 1 on Jun 29, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the fancy face! I love her. How smart to do them all together! I didn’t think of that. I can’t wait until my, um, corpse is complete! Lol!
Response: Yes, it was Steph's idea and since I hadn't even started I could do the same.The lace bits were from a wedding dress. Thanks for the kind and hearty!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: DIY Printmaking PC on Jun 22, 2021
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Comment: Love your printed ellie, Carroll! And the Dendritic leaves came out really cool. I really enjoyed using that technique myself and see it becoming a regular around here.
Response: The dentritic printing is fun, even if using glass from two picture frames ia a bit iffy lol! I need to make soome using printer paper for collage fodder, that would be cool. Thanks for the kind and hearty!
camelsamba rated for OMAE: Snailed It! on Jun 12, 2021
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Comment: What a wonderful postcard! So bright and cheery on both sides. I really like the background - is it a gelli print? alcohol inks? Very cool, however you did it! And the "Nature collection" stamp?stickers? is delightful.
Response: I am so glad it brought you joy! The background ia a gessoed background with acrylic inks on top of which you put plastic wrap in an irregular fashion. The wrinkles make the cool shapes. Thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
Aeon rated for FJPP: Zetti HMPC on Jun 11, 2021
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Comment: Wow! Thanks for the gorgeous PC, Carroll! I love it! 😍
Response: You are most welcome. Thanks for your kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Faster than the speed of light your postcard came!! I love BLT’s with chunks of avocado!! Take care!
Response: Wow, that was fast! BLTs rule! So do avocados! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
Hunbun rated for FJPP: Paper Pack on Jun 7, 2021
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Comment: HOLY COW!!! Girl, you outdid yourself with this swap--from the hand-drawn & painted envelope to the unique papers inside I so appreciate the effort you put into this creation of beauty! THANK YOU!!
Response: Yay! You are so welcome! I had a lot of fun making them, though at first I thought all ten needed to be handmade. I was running out of ideas! Thanks for your kind and hearty rating!
Shoreart rated for MMA: A bit of Fiber on Jun 2, 2021
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Comment: Very creative.
Response: Thank you.
turnsoleluna rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on Jun 1, 2021
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Comment: Oh how I had hoped I may be one of the recipients of your artsy hands :D Really like the texture the stitching created. Thanks so much!
Response: I had such fun making them. I should have made three so I could keep one... Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
January rated for OMAE: Funky Shack (USA) on May 27, 2021
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Comment: What a fun funky house - loving the whole effect of what you created, it is so colorful! And, your envelope decoration and the inside packaging was fun too; thank you :)
Response: I really had a lot of fun making it. Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Poftoffel rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on May 27, 2021
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Comment: Oohhhhh what a beautiful hand!!! I love it so much!!!! Thank you! :D
Response: Ah, that arrived quick! You're so welcome, and thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on May 25, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the fun stickers. Love them all! :)
Response: You are welcome and thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Thank you!!!! I love your zebra-envelope with all those fab ephemera :) :) And I love your note!! As long as you are not eating a zebra-steak today I am perfectly fine with what you are eating, hahaha. We ate asparagus today followed by a pizza, so not bad either :) Carroll, it is always a pleasure to swap ( and wordplay) with you!! Have a brilliant day :)
Response: I enjoy the swaps you are hosting, Kirsten! I wasn't sure how much I would find for this one. No zebra steaks here, I promise, lol. I learned recently that Germans love asparagus! I will eat it if someone cooks it nicely for me! Thank you for the kind and hearty rating.
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on May 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the fabulous stickers! I love the happy sunshine!!
Response: So glad! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Love the garishness I think that was the point!
Response: Lol, yes! Thanks fr the hearty rating.

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Comments

Hell0Z0mbie on Jul 16, 2021:

Happy birthday to you! I hope it's a great day! :)

stephiedee on Jul 16, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome PC+! I've never seen the cantina band in sticker form before. 🤩🤩🤩

fishsteak on Jul 12, 2021:

Thanks for the cutely decorated Postcard Plus tag! It would be fun if the first one eventually made it after enjoying a long trip around the country. :D

MiRdLHWY43 on Jul 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for adding the perfect ending to my silent movie deco, I love her💜 Also thank you for the really cool envelope you sent it in!

joybells2426 on Jun 19, 2021:

Thank you so much for Best Wishes! I see you started it. How wonderful it is to have arty friends! I am so lucky. I love it!

goosey on Jun 2, 2021:

carroll, your paper bombs are always so unique, and this was no exception! i especially like the explanation of the "pointed hand"! i shall be on the lookout .. thank you for the lovely spring vibes!!

Hell0Z0mbie on May 27, 2021:

received "best wishes" - thanks so much!

orneryswife on May 17, 2021:

Loved the used postage stamp bomb! I loved your choices and presentation!

joybells2426 on Apr 27, 2021:

This may be the coolest envelope you’ve sent me yet. I love it! I opened it very carefully to preserve it. Thanks for all the cool faces. I knew you wouldn’t disappoint! Muchas gracias!

stephiedee on Apr 27, 2021:

Thank you for working in my Enchanted Ellies deco! I love how it turned out....and your 2 ellies are absolutely perfect. ❤️️🐘

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