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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: December 7, 2019

Country: United States

Hi!

I have been a red headed army brat gypsy kid for fifty three 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! We play kickball together every day. 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 Big 4-0 Paper Party on Nov 13, 2019
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Comment: Hi Carroll! Thank you so much for the amazing packet of paper goodies -- there's lots of great stuff I'm looking forward to using. I love your painted papers especially and the fold-out butterfly thingies are neat. Thanks for coming to my party! πŸ€—πŸŽ‚πŸ’–
Tara rated for AAA: Challenge #1 on Sep 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your collaged vellum face. It's interesting with all it's layers. Unfortunately the art on the envelope is missing.
Response: As @blueseabliss pionted out to me, I didn't follow the directions re the art on the envelope... I did put stickers that I created from my own art on them, but she felt that didn.t qualify... I wouldn't be surprised if it/they didn't stick through the long jorney! Thank you for rating a five anyway!
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Comment: See private message
Response: Thank you for rating.
dobie256 rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 4, 2019
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Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating. I had my mail held over the holiday weekend. Thanks for the fabulous swap package! The envelope is amazing. So much cool detail to enjoy (love the elephants and bunny!) Your coins are two of the best I've ever received and I am thrilled to add them to my collection. The hand painted face is stunning. Thank you thank you! <3<3<3<3<3
Response: No problem! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating...I am so glad you enjoyed my sending, that really makes my day!
thevmatt rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 1, 2019
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
thevmatt rated for MMA: Abstract ATC on Sep 1, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much!!
Response: Welcome!
gillman rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Aug 30, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! Love them!!!!!! Also thank you for the art mail envelope-i love your envies!!!
Response: You are welcome, I am trying to loosen up with these guys...
renmagpie rated for MMA: Abstract ATC on Aug 29, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for such an interesting ATC! The materials and composition of this were very cool. xoxo
Response: I was aiming for something under-the-sea-ish... many thanks for your kind and hearty!
WoodlandBanshee rated for AAA: Challenge #2 on Aug 27, 2019
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Comment: thank you!
Response: You are welcome!
geekgirl1001000 rated for AAA: Challenge #1 on Aug 20, 2019
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Comment: great ATC! good job on the challenge elements. Love the color scheme.
Response: Thanks! Love me a good challenge swap...
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Comment: AWESOME papers!!! Thank you, Carroll!!
Response: They were fun to make!
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Comment: Thanks so much!!
Response: You're totes welcome!
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Comment: Thanks for your contribution to my zine! I love the contrast of the black and white birds! Chocolate makes me happy too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: This was such a fun project! <3<3<3
derakisu rated for AAA: Summer Fun on Aug 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your ATC, it made me wish *I* had a hammock. :)
Response: Hammocks should be rated as therapy tools... Thanks for you kind and hearty!
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Comment: My zine arrived yesterday! Thank you SO much for your beautiful, prehistoric pages. Thank you too for being a part of this little project. I enjoyed seeing all your contributions throughout the project. It was quite fun for me and I hope you enjoyed it too.Up for another?
Response: It was so fun- so yes of course I'm ready for another go!
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Comment: Carroll, I first said upon looking at the pages "Gee, she read my mind". Then I said "I bet she read my profile!". The mushrooms are magnificent! HOw positively precious and divine! I am beyond thrilled to get some of your work, really!
Response: This has been such a fun swap... I do enjoy trying to make my partners happy!
dcp0112 rated for AAA: Coins Sender's Choice July on Jul 17, 2019
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Comment: Your coins were gorgeous, thank you!
Response: Thank you for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: I just love your contribution to my book! Especially delighted with your altered lyrics! Lol! Thank you very much!
Response: It was so fun!
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Comment: OMGosh Carroll - this just might need to be the theme for the upcoming 2020 calendar sticker (putting my order in early :D) - Even Better in person - Tons of Ocular LOVE!!
Response: Haha I knew you'd love 'em! I wish I had found the artist's name, I shall have to give finding them another go... And I'll keep this in mind come 2020 sticker needs... thanks for the hearty!

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Comments

stephiedee on Dec 5, 2019:

Thank you for the amazing handmade postcard! It's another one for my mail art gallery. And yes, it arrived flat. πŸ€—

Poftoffel on Nov 23, 2019:

What a GORGEOUS envelope!! I love it so much! Thank you!!

Heynowokay on Nov 21, 2019:

I was secretly hoping that you'd send some of your homemade cat stickers. My day is made on those just alone. Thank you so much for the delightful OMAE Nov RAK attack!

stephiedee on Nov 20, 2019:

Thank you for the fun PC+, Carroll! Bright, happy rainbows and neon smiley faces are just what I needed. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– It's impressive how mail between VT & FL is still lightning fast! Everywhere else seems to poke along.

Ciska76 on Nov 19, 2019:

Thank you for your very happy party OMAE arty envelope. Love it!

kiddomerriweather on Nov 16, 2019:

Thank you for the OMAE MMH ATC. I love the skeleton witch. It's probably one of my favorite ATC's that I've ever received. I shall always cherish it.

HippieChick on Nov 5, 2019:

Hooray! That was fast post! Transfer foils are great to play with. Anything that stays sticky/tacky will work (double sided tape, Tombow Mono glue, etc), I've also had luck with gel medium and even glue stick. It all gives different looks/finishes. I hope you have fun playing with them. Please let me know if you would like more, I have so much! I bought rolls of it at my local re-use supplies tore.

RockyBeach on Nov 5, 2019:

It's here! Your envelope for the OMAE RAK Attack October! Guarded by the eye on the back. :) Thanks a lot for the ribbons!

weatherwax on Oct 11, 2019:

Thank you so very much for this wonderful OMAE paperbomb! Your artwork is a delight (I loove The mushroomHead!!). But the whole envelope is such a joy to explore: I love your artwork, the rhymes & illustrations, sticker-galore,..Carroll, You really made my day :) Have a wonderful autumn!

stephiedee on Oct 9, 2019:

Hi Carroll! Thank you for the cute hippo witch PC for the handmade tag in OMAE! She's so sweet. And there's only a little bit of post office skidmark on her white background - she's in perfect condition otherwise. πŸ€—

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