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Xira

Xira
Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m 41 and mom of Milla (9) and Elena (4). 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!

Hosting

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!

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Barbara, thank you for the lovely ATC put a lot of work into it! Loved getting the sweet letter from you, looks like you've had a really busy summer! Also thanks for the rating in the extra goodies! Loved everything😍❤😍
samsstuff rated for Mindfulness Series: Smile on Jul 18, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! It made me smile reading of your lovely weekend!
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Comment: Thanks for this great envie and extras too! I love doing zentangles. It's god that you teach your daughters, so they can learn them too! Great for relaxation! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
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Comment: A lovely unique envelope and great enclosures. Much appreciated.
TexyDeb rated for Mindfulness series: Collage postcard on Jun 18, 2019
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Comment: Here , Xira would be pronounced Hira and that means, widow. What you sent moved me, all of it, the note, the poscard the special way the teas were gifted, INCREDIBLE. I would like to give you some extra swaps. thank you from my heart
AZmom875 rated for Nobody's perfect atc swap on Jun 11, 2019
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Comment: Your atc with the butterfly winged woman goes well into my atc collection. Thanks for the extras, esp the personal message on the Pc.
dancingtiger rated for Collage challenge - Women on Jun 6, 2019
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Comment: lovely cards..thanx Barbara
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Comment: I love your style, and I’m so excited to put your eye catching envelope in my journal!
rsartistnl rated for NS: Mail me some art #2 on May 11, 2019
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Comment: Wat een prachttige post heb ik vandaag van jou ontvangen. Ik ben er heel blij mee. Verklap jij mij hoe je aan zulke oude boek pagina's komt en uit welk boek/tijdschrift je de dame op de afbeelding van de envelope komt? Dit soort schatten heb ik hier bij de kringloop nog niet gevonden......
Response: Dank voor de lieve rating! De bloemendame komt volgens mij uit Daphne’s Diary ... of de Happinez. Ik heb bij de bieb ooit een afgeschreven boek gekocht uit 1890 over Nederlandse Letterkunde. Daar gebruik ik zo vaak iets uit, helemaal fijn voor vintage thema’s. Heel fijn weekend!
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Comment: Thanks!
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome comments.
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Comment: thanks for the insta love !
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Comment: Thanx voor je vrolijke kaart
roosje rated for NS: Mail me some art on Mar 26, 2019
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Comment: Wow, wat een fantastische post mocht ik van jou ontvangen! Ik ben er nog steeds van aan het genieten, zo inspirerend. Mooi, al die vintage materialen en wat heb je er een werk van gemaakt echt een feestje! Ik ben er heel blij mee. Leuk, die paper clip charm, aan die swap ga ik ook meedoen!
Response: Wat een lieve comment! Blij dat je blij bent! Ik had maar een fatsoenlijke paperclip dus ik doe niet mee aan die swap maar wilde het zo graag proberen:) Groetjes Barbara
uiltje rated for NS: Altered notecard #2 on Mar 17, 2019
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Comment: Hij is leuk geworden! Leuk om te zien hoe je met een beperkt aantal spullen iets moois kunt maken. En als je heel veel knutselspullen hebt, weet je niet wat je moet maken. (vergelijk een kledingkast en "ik heb niks om aan te trekken")
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Comment: Bedankt voor je mooie kaart. Ja hij is zeker spookjesachtig. Hou er van.
dancingtiger rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope! on Mar 2, 2019
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Comment: thank you Barbara, never ending smiles when I opened it and found a steampunk card and that wallet with goodies inside...much enjoyed
MamaMangrove rated for CC: Collage Portrait on Mar 1, 2019
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Comment: Hooray! Your collage portrait arrived today after what must have been an interesting voyage! There was a "return to sender" sticker on the fun hand-painted envelope, which was open on one side. I hope nothing fell out, but I can't ask for more than your delightful postcard, the two napkins (which I'll put to good use), & the wonderful Braniff Air Mail stickers! What a fun swap. Thank you for your creativity & generosity. I hope we swap again soon.
Response: Oh wow, indeed it must have been... she has been travelling for months!!! I am glad she arrived, I had so much fun collaging her. So happy you are happy:) Have a great day!

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Comments

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:

njstauter on Sep 29, 2017:

What a surprise to get your mail. I LOVE how you created your envie. So very artistic. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

MarianV on Sep 18, 2017:

Hoi Barbara,

Dank je wel voor de leuke spulletjes die je me gestuurd hebt. Ik ben er erg blij mee. :) Jij ook een hele fijne herfst.

Groetjes, Marian

Yanmazu on Aug 16, 2017:

THANK YOU!!! For your AMAZING thank you letter ♥ I loved all of it, but my favorite is the mixed media painting - the cat is so cute, I've put it on display in my bookcase. ♥ ♥ ♥

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