Swap-bot Time: August 11, 2020 12:27 pm


Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: August 8, 2020
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m 42 and mom of Milla (10) and Elena (5). I am married to Maikel.

When I was young I had a lot of penpals. I remember the excitement when a letter or postcard was in the mail. Maybe saving it for the evening to read it without being disturbed. Extra fun it was when there were little surprises like stickers or something inside. Later at highschool I had this friend Mirella who I exchanged notebooks with, near-works-of-art and a complete diary of that time. A few years ago I discovered Postcrossing, you can still find me there. I can also be found on Instagram as postcrossingxira. I wanted to try something new, so here I am.

I think it will be fun to get to know you a little through snailmail...Can't wait:)

Books, television and movies

I love to read fairytales and fantasy. For example Feist, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman, Weis&Hickman and Robin Hobb. My favorite fantasy creatures are dragons, love them!

On TV/Netflix I like Outlander, Once upon a time, Downton Abbey, Friends, That 70s show, New girl, Gilmore girls, The Crazy Ones, PLL, Suits, Orange is the new black, Game of Thrones and Greys Anatomy. Films I love are Dirty Dancing, Grease, Twilight-series, The Hunger Games, The neverending story and Labyrinth (an oldie with David Bowie).

Food and drinks

I'm crazy about chocolate. I love the scent of coffee...but I do not drink it. Tea I like is fruity (herbal not so much). My favorites are forest fruit, mango, cactus, lemon, rooibos, earl grey and strawberry.

Art / Mail-art

For me there is something special about the paintings of Ans Markus, Leonid Afremov, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and Kandinsky.

And I love creating and receiving mail-art of course! I love mixed-media; I like things with a story; worn, torn, splattered uppon, you get the idea:)

Colors I love are Scotland-green, turquoise, purple, nightskyblue and summerskyblue.

Stamps and envelopes

I love stamps! They are little works of art. I collect birds, flowers, butterflies, trains, ships, children's books illustrations and artstamps.

I also have a preference for envelopes, especially decorated ones. If the swap calls for written and stamped / naked no problem of course. I will never rate down if you use an envie anyway but be grateful instead. And if there is a choise I’d love an envie; it feels like opening a present!

For some more inspiration...

...what to send me: I am currently looking for fun paperclips and die-cuts. I also like the following: *dragons, fairies, mermaids, unicorns *illustrations of flamingo's, cacti and plants *steampunk *magnets *washi *craftsupplies *(handmade) bookmarks *stickers *stationary *black-and-white and sepia *retro/vintage/fifties/twenties *3D cards *handmade cards or envelopes *ATC's *message-in-a-bottle *merry-go-round *lighthouses *old trains *dresses *castles *Alice in Wonderland *moon and stars, rainbows,(errupting) volcanos, storm/hurricanes *Cherry blossom *Martin Wiscombe, Santoro Gorjuss, Silke Leffler, Jolinne, Limoon, Camilla d'Errico, Mila Marquis, Aimee Stewart,PaPaYa, Pip Studio *Mokaffe, Kazuko Taniguchi, Candy Bird, Juri Ueda, Amy Sol, Inga Palzer, Lorrie Mc Faul *Where's Waldo?

...what to write me: tell me about your favorite mail-experiences. Or share what you are having doubts about. And, if money was no issue, what painting or artwork would you buy and what do you love about it? What do you think is a little crazy about yourself? This should get you started but I would love to hear about your day just as much. Adding a (short) letter to your swap is a sure way to get a heart from me. It will make my day. Thanks for sharing!


Lately I am having fun with hosting swaps. I allow newbies because I was one too once. I will angel those swaps or find another angel but I so hope that won't be necessary. Happy swapping!


Comment: My daughter loves it and hung it up on her wall. Very nice, thank you.
Comment: Many hearts go to you for the happy mail I received today. I love everything and I'm excited to do some postcard and letter writing with these new treasures you have sent. Thank You.
Comment: Thank you for the most wonderful swap, full of gorgeous stamps and little envelopes to open. 💜❤️💜❤️
Response: So glad you like it, have a great day!
nalaqueen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #29 on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Hoi Barbara, Bedankt voor de al hele mooie kaart, ik ga er mee verder. En bedankt voor alle super leuke extra's!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Flipbook - vintage on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je super mooie flipbook. Ik ga er straks na kijn werk evenmop mijn gemak in zitten bladeren. Ook bedankt voor alles wat je er bij gedaan hebt! Echt super!
Comment: thankyou for the fun package love all the great pictures you sent me and the stamps that were use on the envi are beautiful
knuffelbeerandy rated for NS: Teamwork PC #27 on May 22, 2020
Comment: Hoi Barbara Dank je wel voor je mooie envelop weer. Ik stuur hem door en geniet weer van de rest. Groetjes Andrea
knuffelbeerandy rated for NS: Teamwork PC #26 on May 22, 2020
Comment: Hoi Barbara, Dank je wel voor de hele mooie volle envelop. Ik stuur de kaart weer verder en maak van de rest iets moois. Groetjes Andrea
carrotkate rated for AMA: clothing tag mail art ~ INT on May 12, 2020
Comment: What a fantastic piece of mail to receive! Thanks for setting up the swap, and thank you for the lovely flipbook - and inspiration! :)
Response: So happy it arrived and you like it! Thanks for the sweet words and the heart!! Groetjes Barbara
StargazerLil rated for 1000th Heart~GIVEAWAY!! on May 11, 2020
MexiMidge rated for 1000th Heart~GIVEAWAY!! on May 10, 2020
Burger1girl rated for 1000th Heart~GIVEAWAY!! on May 10, 2020
Comment: I love fun swaps like these!! Just waiting to see if you won is fun and something to look forward to!!
Response: I do too:) Thanks so much for the heart! Have a good day and stay safe! Groetjes Barbara
Lonestarchild rated for WIYM: Randomness- April on May 4, 2020
Comment: What a fun envie full of such creativity! Thank you for a wonderful swap!
Itti rated for S&T: Snake postcard on Apr 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely chatty postcard! I think I was 12 before I held or even touched a snake. How cool that your family gets to experience these cool animals young :)
MeggyMoo rated for Library Lovers Postcard Prompt #11 on Apr 8, 2020
Comment: Hi! I also loved that series and haven't read it for quite a while, either! Something (more!) for the TBR (to be read) list. Love it! All the best, Tracy.
ladymcgingerton rated for Ugly PC Swap #6 on Apr 4, 2020
Comment: Hi Barbara! Thanks for the interesting card... LOL. I am absolutely in love with your Instagram. You're just so insanely talented!!! I understand why you would hesitate to send this to someone. It makes me want to research this book! -Virginia
Response: Thanks so much for your sweet words:) groetjes Barbara
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Teamwork PC #25 on Apr 4, 2020
Comment: Ik dacht eerst even: huh? Zag ik nou iemand naar de brievenbus lopen? Haha! Wat grappig toch, dat je mijn post gewoon zelf kunt bezorgen. Fijn ook, zo'n fietstochtje: ik maak nu ook extra lange wandelingen naar de brievenbus. Dank voor je super mooie pakketje, ik ga ermee aan de slag! Heel leuk, alle extraatjes!
Response: Jaaaaa, haha, dat was postbode Barbara. Graag gedaan :) Groetjes!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I hope you and your family are well and are able to get out soon. The corona virus is just really starting in my area. Take care.
Response: Thanks! Say safe! Groetjes Barbara
RockyBeach rated for Put-a-girl-on-it INT on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: Second mail in one week from you! This time with your lovely painted faces. I love them so much, thank you! <3 The cats on the card remind me of The Aristocats. The Amsterdam/Berlin stamp is super suitable for our mail. :)
Response: Yes, mail is still working fast I see. So happy it arrived! I forgot to tell, both works were in cooperation with my girls. I always think it makes them more interesting :) groetjes Barbara
RockyBeach rated for Hot Air Balloon MailArt on Mar 25, 2020
Comment: Oh, hot air balloons everywhere, everything matches the theme so well. Thank you so much! Soon I will finally have time to finish the mail for you which I've started ages ago. :) Stay safe!

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YooperHill on Jul 17, 2020:

Hi there!

Thank you for the return art on for the Mystery Supply swap 6.20! I like your art!

LiliLuv on Apr 1, 2020:

Hi, Barbara! What a lovely surprise to receive such a nice letter and goodies from you! They really cheered me up and made me happy. I really enjoyed reading your letter and the envelope and goodies are amazing! Thank you!

Itti on Nov 20, 2019:

Hiya, I saw you like dragons so I sent you an invite to the Scales 'n' Tails group. Would be lovely to have you join us!

You can accept or decline your group invites from the groups tab in the top left. (Or you can go straight to the group link I posted above and click 'Join'.)

CurlyTea on Dec 10, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Abbyla on Nov 4, 2018:

Thank you for the artsy envelope and newsy letter that I received last week. It was a happy surprise to come home to! I'll be writing back soon!

riftvegan on Sep 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for your Top Swap PC reply! This is exactly why I love this community. :) Thanks for being awesome! ♥

Soph on May 26, 2018:

What a most lovely surprise! Thank you so much for your happy mail. I love the spring related mail art envelope, the pretty goodies and last but not least your kind letter. It was a great pleasure to hear from you.

Singske on Feb 26, 2018:

Hallo Barbara, wat fijn van je om de niet-gestempelde postzegels terug te sturen. Die komen altijd van pas. Ook bedankt voor het leuke briefje en de leuke goodies. Wat heeft een mens nog meer nodig op zo een koude maandag als vandaag? Een beetje warmte met de post. Zo ik hoop dat de griep ondertussen het huis uit is... Lieve groetjes Inge ⭐️💌⭐️

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

CurlyTea on Dec 7, 2017:

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