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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: August 16, 2022

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: What an awesome envelope in my mailbox! I love all of the images and every little detail. Also love the American Pie reference :) Many thanks for the gorgeous arty envie and all the wonderful vintagy paper goodies you so kindly sent my way!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
warheart rated for LDEM: Paper Pocket & Goodies on Jan 19, 2022
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Comment: It arrived!! Such a pretty paper pocket and all the fun goodies inside! Thank you!
Response: So glad its made it safely! Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
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Comment: I got the resend, thank you soon much:)
Response: You are most welcome.
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Comment: I enjoy your written notes so much!! And: Thank you for sending me 2 Million Dollars, you overdid this swap :D :D I have never seen hell bank notes before as there is not such a big asian community here in Vienna. But I know it from the interweb and find it inspiring!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful Babushkas on the envelope as well ❤️ Cheers & thanks & {tele-hug}
Response: Yes, I too find the hellnotes very bright and inspiring. Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Oh, Carroll, what a wonderful envelope!! I think it is the best: an adventcalendar within the adventcalendar. I love all those lovely windows! And I love your fancy green folder with the red stitching, I will try to incorporate it into my magpie journal to hold all those tiny bits that are not already glued in : ) Thank you so much Carroll, I am happy to hopefully meet you again this year! And always remember: in February the light returns to brighten your days ❤️
Response: thank you again for hosting this fun swap series. Ive enjoyed it so much! It has gotten very cold now, but the light is aready strengthening!
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Comment: Wonderful! I love the envie AND everything inside--those gorgeous field guide pages and the sweetest bookmark. Thank you, Carroll!
Response: Ah, you are so welcome! And A Happy New Year to you!
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Have a wonderful xmas und a good start into the new year.
Response: You have a good one too! Thanks for te kind and hearty!
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Comment: Hahaha „made with love means I licked the spoon and kept using it „ Oh Carroll, thank you so much for this fabulous envelope, I love the ephemera and cutouts you have chosen!!! Mail is clearly slowing down, christmas and lockdown I suppose, so it was just fab to find your envie!!! Have a fantastic weekend !! ✨🎄
Response: I love that quote/truism, plus it's true for homecooking! I have thoroughly enoyed this advent series, it has helped with some of the stress I get.... Another reason the mail is slower is that in the US the mail is no longer going via air, it's all surface now- a big difference, Many thanks for the hearty and kind rating and for making these swaps!
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Comment: Thank you so much! Another beautiful package from you! It's always a happy surprise when I'm partnered with you! ❤️
Response: Yay! Thanks for the kind and hearty!!
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Comment: Thank you so much! Your envelopes are always such a beautiful thing to see in the mail! ❤️
Response: Aw, two in one day? Thanks for the kind and hearty, again!
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Comment: Thanks so much! What a gorgeous envelope! I've always loved advent calendars. Happy holidays! ❤️
Response: Aw, thanks! And thanks forr the kind andd harty!
weatherwax rated for LDEM: Beautiful Papers on Nov 19, 2021
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Comment: Exellent paper, wow!! The sound :) The texture :) The fun!!! Thank you very much for this lovely swap and my new best friends of the month: femailart toadstool and the friendly hedgehog :) Have a special and friendly weekend! ✨🙂
Response: Thank you for the kind and hearty... So glad you enjoyed! Have a great weekend too, ok? Hang in there re the lockdown!
goosey rated for FJPP: Collab Artbook Page 4 on Nov 15, 2021
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Comment: carroll, there is so much to love here! from the queenager envelope to the snow fairy and your victorian beauty .. many thanks for such an excellent finale to my art book!!
Response: I do get such pleasure from a recipient's enjoyment. and when I have an assigned theme it's even better.! Many thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Awwwwww!!! Toadstools :) :) 🍄🍄🍄Thank you so much for such a super envelope, I loove it! Thank you Carroll for all these awesome envies, I am enjoying this very much ✨🙂
Response: You are so welcome...I too am enjoying this very much! Thanks for the kind and hearty and for making this swap series!
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Comment: Hi Carroll! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL envelope! So creative--love the apple/pear address. The pear memo sheets are cute and I really like that they're larger. Thanks bunches!
Response: Thanks Kristy, the envelope was the star as I didn't have the apples I thought I had... could be they turn up now...Thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Oh,I love your envelopes so much!!! And I like the „rainy day...lost luggage...tangled christmas lights“ even more :) I will keep your envies and bind them into a little booklet! Thank you for this beautiful swap!!! ✨🎄
Response: Something that brings me joy and then also brings you joy is a winner! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Thanks so much! Can't wait to open it. Happy Holidays! <3
Response: You're so welcome!Thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Thank you so much!!! Happy holidays! 🎄❤️
Response: And now it all starts, hopefully mellow times for all..!
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Comment: Oooooh.....my beautiful envies are stacking up just begging to be opened! Thanks for another beauty ;+)
Response: Here too! So fun!
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Comment: Wow! What a fabulous red envelope, the panda is an eyecatcher, too!!! I love the quote (E. Roosevelt), such a great idea <3 Thank you so much Carroll for this wonderful swap ✨🎄
Response: And thank you for creating this fun swap series, Kirsten, I am taking great joy from it..!

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Comments

kiddomerriweather on May 3, 2022:

Thank you for the awesome mail art and tiger wax seals. It's so good to hear from you! I have some good news, but I'll tell you about it when I write back. =D Our raccoons have been scarce, too. I only see opossums outside at night now. From what I understand, my neighbors' barn is full of raccoons. They feed them dog food. At one time, they had 14 raccoon patrons in the "dog food restaurant." I'm assuming they have even more clientele now. LOL!

weatherwax on Jan 20, 2022:

Hurra! Thank you for being back in LDEM! It would not have been the same without you !✨

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bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

stephiedee on Dec 21, 2021:

Thank you for your awesome addition to my Halloween exquisite corpse deco, Carroll! The whole thing came together wonderfully....a real treasure. Murry Crimmus!

kiddomerriweather on Dec 2, 2021:

Carroll, thank you so much for the beautiful, wintery mail art and the goodies tucked inside. I always love receiving mail from you. =D I will definitely reciprocate here in the near future. Thank you for bringing some light into my world. I really appreciate you.

kiddomerriweather on Nov 24, 2021:

Awesome!!! I can't wait. =D

stephiedee on Oct 29, 2021:

Thanks for working in my Trick-or-Treat deco - it turned out awesome.

goosey on Oct 25, 2021:

carroll, many thanks for your mona lisa addition to the paris/&thebeach deco .. this deco is a wonderful reminder of the fun swapping times in the open mail art exchange group! i hope to keep swapping with you in the future!!

kiddomerriweather on Oct 6, 2021:

You're welcome! I forgot to thank you for the "Femail Art" you sent a little while back that one of the decos was in. My brain has been scattered. I've been going through a lot of med changes lately. I hope this next one is the last for a while. I have your mail art tucked away to use as a page in the next journal I make. IDK if I ever told you, but I have one of your pieces of mail art framed on my wall. It's a lady with mushrooms growing out of her noggin. I love it so much. I see it every single day. =D

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