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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: October 24, 2020

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

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. 😂😍
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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Comment: Loved the arch and I did see the starry night, my favorite!! Thank you for the lovely work!!
Response: I am so glad you like it... Thank you for the hearty!
goosey rated for AB: GA Series - Person with Wings on Jun 12, 2020
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Comment: i love everything about this arched card! the colors and textures are sublime! thank you so much!
Response: I am so glad it arrived and you like it!... Thanks for the hearty!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Apr 2, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the absolutely wonderful card, Carroll! It really brought the Spring happies. Love the little raccoon on the back, too! 💖🦝️
Response: I saw on insta that the little 'coon sticker made it! Yay for spring! Thnks for the hearty ..!
Juniebird rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Apr 1, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the super colorful and cheerful envelope & happy Spring card! It was a real joy to find it in my mailbox. =) Best wishes, stay safe, & take care!
Response: You be safe too... Yay for spring! Thanks for the heaarty..!
Aeon rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Mar 25, 2020
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Comment: SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! I was SO excited when I opened my mailbox today and saw your super FUN doodled envelope waiting for me! Thank you so much! I was having a tough day and you really brightened it! ❤❤
Response: Always happy to hear happy mail brightened someone's day! Yay for spring! Thanks for the hearty..!
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! 🤗🎂💖
Response: Never responded to this. Meant to! Probably had the blahs. Thanks for the hearty rating and sorry your fortieth year includes the Rona..
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
5
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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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Comments

goosey on Oct 14, 2020:

carroll, i love everything in your paper bomb! are these gorgeous old decorated papers end pages from books? they are going into my journal of hand made papers! and the girls .... and the envie!! many thanks and hugs to you!

HippieChick on Sep 21, 2020:

Thank you for the fabulous paper bomb for OMAE! Even if there are duplicates, you still send a great selection. :) Haha! And the envelope is awesome!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 23, 2020:

Thank you! It's one of my favorites.

stephiedee on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the circus peeps. I can't even guess what their original purpose was....cupcake toppers maybe? Anywho, Mr. Clown found his spot tucked in my pencil cup. ❤️️🤡❤️️ Love the envelope, too!

weatherwax on Aug 3, 2020:

Thank you so much for your fabulous (!!!) zine for the OMAE RAK attack May. Yes, May :)

I love your style so much, it makes me happier promptly :) :) :) Carroll, have a very fine and healthy August!

HippieChick on Jul 26, 2020:

I am so glad you like the page I made! I wasn't sure if you would like the texture, but it just seemed 'right'. :)

RockyBeach on Jul 16, 2020:

I absolutely love your OMAE handmade postcard which I got today! Great colour combo. It looks like the lady is travelling through a time vortex just like Doctor Who. :).

kiddomerriweather on Jul 15, 2020:

Thank you so much for the OMAE MMH ATC Tag! I love it!!! Is that a green haired Suzanne with her raccoon? I've had a really rough day and this made me so happy. Hopefully more happy is coming my way now and your ATC is the beginning of that. =D I just adore the house and the staple fence, too.

Singske on Jul 14, 2020:

Glad it did arrive, I gave up hope for this card. I must have send it on the 22nd of May. So that’s almost 2 months.. Here in Belgium all goes “well”, we had a little camping trip to the Netherlands, that was fun. Here in Belgium cases of covid-victims is starting to rise again... that worries me a bit . Especially with young people. But me and my family are doing fine. Going to work now, stay safe💌

HippieChick on Jul 9, 2020:

Thank you for the fabulous sticker bomb for the OMAE Sticker Bomb tag!

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