Swap-bot Time: March 20, 2019 4:08 pm


Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: March 20, 2019
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m 40 and mom of Milla (8) 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!


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!


uiltje rated for NS: Altered notecard #2 on Mar 17, 2019
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")
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
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
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!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for 19 things in 2019 on Jan 13, 2019
Comment: Haha nou, je kunt mijn adres inmiddels dromen ;) (we verhuizen in Maart! Ben benieuwd, of je nog steeds zo vaak aan mij gekoppeld wordt!) Een hele leuke verrassing in de bus, en een mooi lijstje had je gemaakt. Bedankt ook voor de leuke Flow spulletjes: ik heb het boek zelf ook, en je had er precies mijn 'favo' pagina's uit gehaald! Heel erg leuk, dankjewel!
marclively rated for Quick Swap - Variety of Choices on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Bananers rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP! on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Envelop van 50 gram on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: Bedankt voor de gevulde envelop :)
Comment: thank you for my cards. I like them all...the extras made me smile. I will take Venice Moon to my writing group for us to use it as a prompt.
PrairieKittin rated for IS: art challenge fun on Oct 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope..... and especially for the Outlander postcard! That one is going on my wall so I can look at it everyday! :-)
Comment: You used your day to the max! Sounded like you had a lot of fun. Thanks for the great cards. The girl with the book skirt is a great inspiration. I've noted your given tasks, let's see to what it will lead me.
Comment: Super bedankt! Zal mira vragen of ze wil swappen, laat het je nog weten!
Comment: Mooie kaarten heb je voor mij uitgezocht. Dankjewel.
mellyrose89 rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #10 on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so so much! I love the way you decorated the envelope. I can't wait to try the tea!!
Karen07 rated for Alice in Wonderland PC Swap #4 on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for Heb jij voor mij... on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Weer zo'n leuke verrassing, op de maandag post in de bus! Heel blij met alles wat je weer uitgekozen hebt zeg, en wat zijn de kaarten prachtig. Dankjewel. (Sorry, weer zo laat met de rating maar dit keer heb ik een goed excuus: net voor ik je pakketje in de bus vond hadden we een bezichtiging van een huis, en afgelopen donderdag hebben we 'm gekocht! Hoofd er niet helemaal bij dus, haha!)
Response: Waaah, gefeliciteerd! In Breda? In ieder geval dank voor je rating en hartje. Veel voorpret gewenst:)
Bavarija rated for Quick Swap - 2 + 2 on Oct 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Awesome cards, great stickers. Thank you!
SwanPrincessLeah rated for MLF: postcard swap #2 INT on Oct 5, 2018
Comment: <3
SwanPrincessLeah rated for M/L/FT - Scavenger Hunt on Oct 5, 2018
kclicquot rated for MLF: collage envelope swap INT on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful collage envelope! AND all the goodies too!!! I love the APC The map tissue paper is going to be great for a new project!!! Thanks again!

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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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