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bigmamabird

bigmamabird
Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: October 22, 2021

Country: United States

Hi!

My name is Carroll. It's nice when people spell it correctly!

I have been on this planet for fifty five years now, born in Germany and have traveled and lived a fair few places. Settled down the past 20 plus years to give my kids a more stable growing up time. We 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 people watching and such. I have two grown sons, which is so cool and also unbelievable! The younger is still home with us. Hubs is a supportive partner in all ways and I adore him for that as well as many other fine attributes. I do art because it is part of me, my life, my sanity, it's a thing I have always done. I have chickens and ducks for eggs and two pet geese who are so cute... Two elderly 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...go figure! 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

Religious solicitations, even the gentlest are unnecessary!

Ratings

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Comment: Another beautifully decorated envelope! I love the Aristotle quote. Can't wait to open ;+)
Response: I've been enjoying the envelope decorating so much, what's inside is kinda secondary to be honest... thanks fo the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Hi Carroll...what a sweet Christmas gnome! I could never have drawn that--it's so cute. Many thanks...can't wait to see what's inside!
Response: Oh, I think gnomes are so cute! Thaanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely package!!! Happy Holidays! <3
Response: You are very welcome and thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Oh how wonderful, Carroll!!! I love your MailArt with the extra-bling on stars and on the noses :) ๐ŸฆŒThank you so much for a wonderful and...ehhm...tempting envelope!!! still strong, but oh this temptation... {hugs} โœจ๐ŸŽ„
Response: Yes, the little moments of temptations are...fun! I look forward to the moment every morning in December. Getting ready to art up the next set of envelopes! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: I LOVE the drawings/paintings on the envelope!! You're so talented! So cute!
Response: I'm having such fun with these! Thanks again for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Such a pretty envelope!! Love it!
Response: So glad, it's such fun! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Thank you! Love the envelope, made me feel christmassy already :)
Response: Very glad, I'm having fun! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: And it's complete! Love your drips. Thanks for the always enjoyable eye candy that your envelopes always provide. Wonderful to swap with you Carroll :)
Response: Yay! Let the games begin..! Thnaks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Thank you for a wonderful set of drips. These are fabulous and I can't wait to display them all!
Response: Yay! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
orneryswife rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book Page 3 on Sep 20, 2021
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Comment: What a fun page! I am really enjoying these page swaps. Each page has such a different personality! ๐Ÿ˜˜
Response: Exactly what I was thinking about these swaps! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: I love the way your decorated the envelope like a gift and I cannot wait to open this! Thank you!!!
Response: Yeah, let's have fun with this series...Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Thank you for the great swap! The memos are all fun, I can't wait to use them :) And your envelope is so beautiful!
Response: I am glad you enjoyed the swap. Envelope art makes me happy..! Thank you for the kind and hearty rating!
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Comment: Yay, the first b&w is here. It's great - thank you! I've been thinking on how to install these and I'm going to mount whatever figuration I come up with on poster board. Then I can pop it up on the wall without goofing around too much. :)
Response: Good idea Steph. Looking forward to that play! Kinda liking the idea of them dripping downwards... Thanks for the kind and hearty!
isabellasnow rated for LDEM: Washi Tape Feathers on Sep 7, 2021
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Comment: Hi Carroll . . . your feathers turned out beautifully (love the tapes you used) and I'm crazy for the hand-sewn pocket, tailor made for them. Many thanks for the feathers, the lovely pocket, and your amazing gelli(?) print--can't wait to use it ;+)
Response: It was cool to learn a new trick! I had fun packing then up... Yep, I think that was a gelli print....Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Widellia rated for LDEM: S-N-A-I-L Scavenger Hunt on Sep 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap ๐Ÿ˜ love it all of it โค๏ธ
Response: I am glad it arrived safely Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
kizzlets rated for LDEM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art on Aug 24, 2021
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Comment: I've got questions for you, number 1. Where do you buy this black envelope? 2. How in the world did you do those pretty circles? I absolutely love the metallic effect, it's soo soo pretty. Thank you very much, very happy to be the recipient of this pretty mail! :)
Response: Many thanks for the kind rating! I put some shimmery purple paint on the envelope and then played with them, scribbling and daubing into the wetpaint, adding darker and lighter shimmers in there too. The envelope came with an envelope seal kit I received from my mailman!!!! He was thanking me for inspiring him to join the mail art world.!
Aeon rated for FJPP: Altered File Folder on Aug 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cheery flowery folder and the painted envelope you mailed it in! Such a fun swap! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Response: That was a fun project! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
stephiedee rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book Page 2 on Aug 18, 2021
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Comment: Love this page, Carroll! The framing that you did with the washi tape came out really cool! Words do be tricky sometimes on these things....I don't force it either. I like to think if the recipient comes up with words they like, they can add 'em. Maybe it'll talk to them better than it did me. :)
Response: I secured the tape with several coats of gel medium, but they might still lift... You are right about the words, sometimes they just pop up later... Thanks for the kind and hearty!
stephiedee rated for FJPP: Funky Shack on Aug 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the fantastical house, Carroll! Everything about it is great, I especially like the roofline. And the flamingo house on the back of the envelope = ๐Ÿ˜! Thanks also for the stickers!
Response: So glad! I would have done the flamingo house for the swap if I had thought of it sooner... Thanks for the kind and hearty!
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Comment: Thank you for the fabulous drips!! I am so looking forward to seeing how the finished mural(s) will look. :)
Response: Yeah, me too! I'm eagerly awaiting the b&w swaps to start. Thanks for the kind and hearty!

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Comments

kiddomerriweather on Oct 6, 2021:

You're welcome! I forgot to thank you for the "Femail Art" you sent a little while back that one of the decos was in. My brain has been scattered. I've been going through a lot of med changes lately. I hope this next one is the last for a while. I have your mail art tucked away to use as a page in the next journal I make. IDK if I ever told you, but I have one of your pieces of mail art framed on my wall. It's a lady with mushrooms growing out of her noggin. I love it so much. I see it every single day. =D

MiRdLHWY43 on Oct 1, 2021:

Thank you for the sticker bomb postcard, it's so happy and cheerful! ๐Ÿ˜

Hell0Z0mbie on Sep 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for your page in my cactus deco! It's super cute! Love the background texture!

orneryswife on Aug 30, 2021:

Lovely page you added to my In the Garden deco! Thank you for your contribution! โค

orneryswife on Aug 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for adding to my "Homes" deco. It is awesome!!

MiRdLHWY43 on Aug 16, 2021:

Thank you for adding the Artist in my deco, it's a perfect addition!

Hell0Z0mbie on Jul 16, 2021:

Happy birthday to you! I hope it's a great day! :)

stephiedee on Jul 16, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome PC+! I've never seen the cantina band in sticker form before. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

fishsteak on Jul 12, 2021:

Thanks for the cutely decorated Postcard Plus tag! It would be fun if the first one eventually made it after enjoying a long trip around the country. :D

MiRdLHWY43 on Jul 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for adding the perfect ending to my silent movie deco, I love her๐Ÿ’œ Also thank you for the really cool envelope you sent it in!

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