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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: May 14, 2021

Country: United States

Hi!

My name is Carroll, spelled that way due to my father's desire for it to seem more Irish. I do appreciate when people take notice and spell it correctly!

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

stephiedee rated for OMAE: Out of This World! on May 12, 2021
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Comment: Carroll, I've got a lot of your beautiful envelopes in my collection, but this one takes the cake. Space raccoons AND a manatee astronaut?! I love it, of course! Thank you for the extra personalization - it made it here in perfect condition. β­πŸŒŸπŸ’«πŸŒ 
Response: I had such fun with this one. The sparkles on the back ended up being in some kind of washable 'glue' so the varnish dissolved it and I thought I had destroyed it. So glad it arrived intact! I need to get some real sparkle paint again.Thanks for the hearty!
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful mail art + goodies you sent, keen to stick them in my journals.
Response: Glad it arrived well and you can enjoy the contentts! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Artstamper rated for OMAE: 3-in-1 Mail Art (USA) on May 8, 2021
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Comment: Sorry to hear about your physical problems.Glad you are on the mend. I consider your art work well worth waiting for. Loved everything, especially the Atc with my word on it. I'm happy the flowers insisted on coming, l can't resist colorful and shiny. Thank you for a great swap.
Response: So happy you liked the ATC, what a great word! Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating, and may we all carry hope through this lovely spring!
anicka22 rated for LDEM - Thinking of You - April 21 on May 4, 2021
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Comment: Thank you , good luck with your cleaning process
Response: Thank you for the kind and hearty!
Aeon rated for MMA: Woven Note Cards (USA) on Apr 28, 2021
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Comment: OMG this woven card is GORGEOUS, Thank you! Loved the tulip envie too. We did get that random little snowstorm too. I felt bad for the sad droopy daffodils. They eventually perked back up. 😊
Response: That was a fun idea Orneryswife had! And not as much a pain in the tuchus as I thought it might be... Our daffies also bounced back and everything is finally starting to green up! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Hi Carroll ... many thanks for the great assortment of stickers you sent to fulfill this swap. Such a wonderful variety--some of them quite large! I only every seem to have access to sticker sheets so I really appreciate receiving something different.
Response: I had fun with this swap, am glad you like them... thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Amazing what can be sent for 1 stamp! I love it all, and your mail art is so cool.
Response: So glad you liked it... and thanks for the kind and hearty!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: Mini Glue Book (USA) on Apr 20, 2021
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Comment: This little glue book is an absolute delight, Carroll! I've gone through it a few times now and see something new each time. Thank you, I love it!
Response: It was so fun to make, glad you created this swap, it has inspired me. I have several more started. Thanks for the kind and hearty!
BelfryBat rated for OMAE: Handmade Envelopes (USA) on Apr 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous bat envelopes - I love them! Is the skull one a napkin? So cool. And shut your mouth that bats are β€œok” - blasphemy! LOL! πŸ¦‡
Response: You're so welcome... yes the skull is a napkin bought after Halloween quite a number of years ago now! LOL sorry about the bat ambiguity, they freak me out in real life, though I know they are awesome creatures!
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Comment: Firstly, spectacular envie!! I opened it very carefully so I can display it on my post art wall. A very lovely ATC. Love that twinkling moon and velvety embossed goodness. Thank you so much. I hope we may swap again :)
Response: Very glad you enjoyed my sending... Thank you for the kind and hearty rating and may we swap again soon!
Hunbun rated for LDEM - Eclectic Mix of.....Flora :) on Apr 14, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all the great flora items! I'm already thinking of ways to use the giant sticker. We were without power for about 5 days during the snow storms but we have a gas fireplace and lots of blankets, It got down to 40s indoors but we survived and learned a few things that might help next winter!
Response: Brr, we had thaose temps happen one winter day a couple years ago, it killed my succulents and we had to spring for emergency repair... Glad you enjoyed my sendings and thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
anicka22 rated for LDEM - Lucky Dip Global #4 Bonus on Apr 14, 2021
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Comment: Thank you. Love it all. The envie is so pretty as well!
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
kizzlets rated for LDEM - Lucky Dip Global #4 Bonus on Apr 10, 2021
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Comment: Your envelope made me so happy!! Haha! Thank you for the rainbow mail art happy mail along with the goodies you sent :)
Response: You are very welcome and thank you for the kind and hearty rating! Happy spring!
Aeon rated for OMAE: Spring Ahead! on Apr 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely painted envelope! 😍🌸🌺🌼
Response: You are so welcome, and thank you for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Looooove the stickers and your envelope/artwork! The note is adorable, too! ❀ Thank you so much!
Response: You are most welcome.. and thank you for the lovely and hearty rating!
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Comment: Simply wonderful - thank you so much for the stunning envelope filled with so much joy! I am also looking forward to spring - we dont have so much snow but heavy stormy rain. Oh cross my fingers that the acorns gonna be pretty trees one day. And now have a nice weekend.
Response: You have a great weekend too! Thanks for the lovely and hearty rating!
amyduff rated for Stamped Images on Mar 9, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the images, the avocado and pin are my fave!
Response: Oh it makes me happy that you like my own carvings best!
edgetorn rated for Handmade Envelopes on Mar 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you ao much...love your creativity!
Response: You are so welcome, thanks for the hearty rating!
Aeon rated for AB: GA Series - Person with a Party Hat on Jul 28, 2020
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Comment: 😍😍😍😍OMG, I am the lucky recipient of your amazing Peanuts arch page?!! Yay! Party time indeed! It is even more beautiful in person! I am definitely trying that technique! It reminds me of something similar I used to do with inks on acetate with glossy paper. Thank you SO much! ❀️❀️❀️ And thanks for the fun bear card! So funny that I have the same deck somewhere up in the attic that I am hoarding. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜
Response: Yay! But isn't the hoarding instinct a funny old thing? I am hatefully moving stashes and hoarded stuff at the moment to facilitate some project the Mr is doing...Knowing full well 98%of it can go, just have to sort. Ugh, sorting stuff sucks. Anywho...So glad you likey...I sure had fun putting it together. Thanks for the hearty! And now we bind them all up..? Do we know how?
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Comment: Absolutely love the sheep mama and baby!! Wonderfully done!!
Response: Ah, so glad to hear that! Thanks for the hearty...

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Comments

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. ❀️️🐘

stephiedee on Apr 27, 2021:

It's OK - I've been called worse! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Happy those sock models finally get to live outside the book on my dusty shelf.

Hell0Z0mbie on Apr 17, 2021:

Thanks for sending me the enchanting ellies deco... It's so pretty!!

stephiedee on Apr 7, 2021:

Awesome! I really enjoy just sitting down with a box of scraps and seeing what happens with little books. Maybe a story, maybe not, but always fun!

stephiedee on Apr 4, 2021:

Your sticker bomb dated 3/17 arrived yesterday - it's so colorful & I love it, thank you! Happy to hear your Spring is finally coming in. Our big beautiful azaleas have already lost their flowers. 😟 But the Amaryllis and pink daisies will be out soon.

stephiedee on Apr 2, 2021:

Thanks for working in my Animal Heads deco, Carroll! I love how it turned out. If I had a penny for every cut out I abandoned to gravity, I'd be a rich woman. πŸ˜‚

Poftoffel on Mar 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the amazing accordeon art bookie! I love the colors and the theme and just...everything about it! It's so lovely!! And the envie is soooo cool too! I have put everything on display in my art room! Thank you so much!

goosey on Mar 23, 2021:

carroll, i love the postcard+ you sent! such bright and wonderful art .... thank you!! marlies

Hell0Z0mbie on Mar 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for your beautiful page in my mermaid deco book, I love it! You're so talented, the page is really, really pretty!!

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