Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2023 4:35 am


Date Joined: April 30, 2015
Last Online: December 31, 2022
Birthday: December 6
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi! My name is Barbara. I´m 45 and mom of Milla (12) and Elena (8). 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. Also love the world of Harry Potter, just re-read all the books with my oldest daughter (we’re both Ravenclaw as it turns out). 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!


From time to time I like 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!


Gnoe rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #6 on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Spannend Barbara, je magic iris is binnen maar ik wacht met bekijken omdat ik me niet wil laten beïnvloeden bij het maken van de mijne (een work-in-process ;-) Ik geniet echter al zo van je envelop dat ik er vast een heart tegenaan gooi! To be continued...
Response: Ahum, ik ben blij dat de vlop bevalt maar begrijp het ook als je jouw rating wijzigt. Ik was totaal niet geïnspireerd, gewoon niet my-cup-of-tea dit. Hopelijk maken de vlop en brief dat goed...Je kunt het dus gewoon veilig al openmaken:) groetjes!
marianne81 rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 38 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Oeps sorry voor de late rating maar de enveloppe was op de verkeerde stapel beland 🙈 bedankt voor de nieuwe teamwork kaart ik ga er wat moois aan toevoegen. Ook bedankt voor de leuke extra's.
MiekeC rated for NS:Teamwork PC #37 on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: Hallo Barbara, Bedankt voor je leuke envelop met daarbij de leuke winnie de pooh kaart. En je vol geschreven kerstkaart. Fijne feestdagen.
Drachenfrau rated for Harry Potter letter #54 on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful letter, Barbara! 😊
uiltje rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #5 on Nov 8, 2020
Comment: Wat een mooi sfeervol geheel heb je van gemaakt. Mooie kaart ook er bij! Ik ben er blij mee, hij staat te pronken op mijn "plankje-of-fame".
Ymbryne rated for EML: Make an Envelope #5 on Nov 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful swap dear Barbara. :) I hope you are well. Stay safe and have a wonderful day ❤️
uiltje rated for NS: Blind envelope on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Ooh, dank je wel voor al je items: kaarten, heerlijke brede washi, een té schattige clear stamp en kant, waarvan ik stiekem denk dat het een vitragerand is.... Ik ben er erg blij mee!
Response: Ah fijn! Dank voor de lieve rating + hart!
jessnewson98 rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Nov 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely postcard and your nice little message too, it made me smile today!
cynaemon rated for Library Lovers Postcard Prompt #27 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: What an awesome package! I especially enjoyed the repurposed sheet music and thanks so much for the great letter.
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #4 on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Wat een prachtige kaart met allerlei moois er op en er in heb je voor me gemaakt. Ook de envelop was een cadeautje om te krijgen. Dank je wel, Barbara!
Comment: Thank you for your note and what beautiful envelopes! I do hope you get to go back to Scotland and visit Loch Ness, who knows, maybe you will see Nessie! Make sure you have a good camera to record, no one ever seems to have one ;) Take Care :)
MiekeC rated for NS: Teamwork PC #34 on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Leuke envie heb je gestuurd. Word ik altijd vrolijk van als ik die vindt op de deurmat. Bedankt, ook voor de extra's.
CaseyErin rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Great card, Xira! Love the stamp and pretty washi you used. Thank you!
CookieMomster78 rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing this nice postcard with a quote by Emily Brontë! Like the cool museum postage stamp as well! 😉
BrunetteBunny rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: I've never heard of Feis, but I love when people share beloved books with their kids! Thank you for the toad postcard, it's so cute!
Allylu rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: i love to send postcards, too. You just have to offer a little tidbit of your life at a time and they are so enjoyable to receive. Thank you for being so thoughtful.
Response: Happy world postcard day! Did it really arrive today? That is so much fun! Thanks for the sweet rating. Groetjes Barbara
WoodlandBanshee rated for Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
uiltje rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #3 on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Ooohh, wat is-ie mooi geworden. Echt een ontdekswap. Ik ben dol op de droogbloemen/-takjes. Ik vind het echt prachtig sfeervol, ik geniet er van. Raar fenomeen: ergens van kunnen genieten maar er zelf geen gevoel bij te hebben om zelf zoiets te kunnen maken.....
Response: Oh fijn dat je er blij mee bent! Dank voor de lieve comment en het hartje:)

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loveretro on Jan 14, 2022:

Hoi, Barbara, dankjewel voor de verrassingsenvelop, altijd fijn om te krijgen ! wens jou een heel fijn weekend toe, hopelijk gaan bij jullie de winkels terug open ... liefs Monique !


loveretro on Dec 7, 2021:


Barbara, voor de onverwachte post ! Altijd leuk ! liefs van de zuiderburen Monique x

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 ⭐️💌⭐️

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