Swap-bot Time: November 23, 2017 1:36 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My currently comatose blog Graasland
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About Me

I'm an animal loving museum information specialist adoring her (rescue) cats Kuki, Sumi and Marcello. My nickname "Gnoe" is Dutch for gnu or wildebeest.

I volunteer at a donkey sanctuary, which is heaven to me. :))

About swaps: If possible, I prefer to receive postcards in an envelope so I can reuse the stamps for art :) Love special stamps!


I'm vegan, which means I employ a compassionate & eco-friendly lifestyle using no animal products whatsoever. No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatine, bee's wax etcetera, nor wool, leather, silk, wool-felt or products for either crafts or personal care tested on animals or containing animal ingredients. I find this makes me feel at peace with the world. :)


  • mail art and art journalling / junk journals / travel journalling
  • Asia (Japan and Indonesia)
  • donkeys
  • peacocks and kingfishers for their shiny colourful coats
  • cats
  • small and fragrant flowers like snowdrops, freesia, sweet pea, purple crocus, lavender and cherry blossom (sakura)

I'm into cinema, books (literary fiction, J-Lit, mystery/thriller with clever female protagonist), and hiking. I used to make bentos, postcross and geocache but hardly do so these days.

For tea swaps my tea of choice is green, rooibos or herbal. Preferred fruit is citrus.


These are not requests, just a few things that (would) make me happy. I love looking at other people's wish-lists to help me pick something nice, and I hope that's the same for you.

  • vintage ephemera (esp. botanical, zoological)
  • vellum/onion skin writing paper
  • anything DONKEY (not Disney though)
  • rub-ons
  • (Chinese / folklore) paper cuts
  • sea glass

I received my first seaglass from @Marlak2008 and it came all the way from Okuma Beach in Okinawa!!!

I prefer to get postcards in an envelope so I can reuse the stamps in journalling or mail art :D

Some dislikes

  • it probably goes without saying but anything containing animal ingredients or animal cruelty
  • girly, cutesy and kawaii
  • children's stuff or childish (no YA books either)
  • poetry
  • sports (except hiking)
  • tourist cards/souvenirs,
  • scented things
  • hibiscus and red / forest fruit flavoured tea
  • jewelry and make-up; I hardly ever wear any

Also, I have received so many cute sticky notes that they will last me a lifetime. ;) Right now I'm ONLY looking for the lined or grid kind.

I prefer not to receive edible items unless you are 100% certain it's vegan. Thanks!


kpfree rated for WIYM: DOMESTIC CAT POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Hello Chanou! Received your beautiful postcard today from the Netherlands! Loved it and so cute! Love little kitties! So happy to receive it! Thank you! Yes, my last name is German and I am sure my relatives on my fathers side his father came from Germany! It was fun swapping with you and so happy to hear you have 3 purry friends too!
Comment: Thank you for the great pc. The Dodo makes me laugh in Alice in wonderland every time I watch it!!
Bridgette rated for Ephemera pack November: winter on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the winter goodies! It was stuffed full! As an Alaska girl, I really miss the snow, Florida winters are very mild!
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and the Smurf stickers - I love them! That was a really cool way to attach the note to the postcard - I’ve never seen that done before, but I like it! :) It sounds like you love Fiona very much, hopefully she will make a new friend soon! I didn’t actually participate in the 24 hour readathon - although I have been thinking about doing it forever! I think maybe next time I will have to do it! :)
MiekeC rated for EJ: Ephemera ROYGBIV Purple on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Hi, het was leuk om je kleine pakketjes uit te pakken. Bedankt! Ik vind het ook altijd lastig om voor iemand in Nederland iets te maken. Je kan in Amerika een abonnement nemen op het tijdschrift Art Journal. Is best leuk, maar na een jaar heb je het allemaal wel gezien. Het tijdschrift wordt vanuit Amerika naar je huisadres gestuurd en het abonnement loopt automatisch af na 1 of 2 jaar, ligt er aan hoelang je een abonnement neemt. Je moet wel betalen met bv visa of PayPal.
Response: Dankjewel voor de rating en je comment/antwoord :) Ik blijf hopen ergens tegen (een exemplaar van) Art Journal aan te lopen want om nou zo ongezien een abonnement te nemen... Lukt vast een keer!
dally rated for junk journal supplies - Autumn on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Oh WOW Chanou, thank you for the wonderful assortment of autumn themed/coloured goodies! Everything is so cool! I will be putting all of it to good use!
Response: Really glad to hear that! Enjoy :D
Comment: Thank-you for a thoughtful ensemble. I love the vintage stamps and the ROAM beer coaster especially.
Response: You're welcome Tracy.
shirleyinCA rated for EJ: Ephemera ROYGBIV Blue on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: Oh, my, this is the most wonderful swap I have received in a very long time! You sent an amazing, delightful assortment of items. I especially love the postcards, Thumper and Jiminy Cricket cards, Flow magazine papers and stamped bicycles and little elephants! I am fascinated with the tiny random blue ephemera -- id numbers, postage, retro label, tea tags, runner die cut, etc. You thoughtfully read my profile and chose so many items that suited me very well, thank you! Then your presentation: wow! I felt like it was my birthday with so many beautifully wrapped and enveloped gift packets to discover! I love the gift bag with scenes of Dutch cities and the very fun typed and decorated tag! Cool blue washi tapes and then your exciting envelope with lots of great postage, washi and stamped images! Many thanks for all the time and effort you put into sending me a fabulous swap!
Response: Awwwwww you got me blushing! I'm glad to have made you happy :D
Avi rated for junk journal supplies - Asian on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Love everything!
Response: Wow that travelled much faster than expected!
Ahana rated for Vegs: A Museum in May on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Apologies for the late rating - Hope the rest of your trip went well! <3
Comment: Thank you so much for such a lovely selection of cat goodies!
greygooselime rated for junk journal supplies - blue on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: So much awesome blue stuff! Thank you so much:)
maggie16 rated for Washi Washi! 4 on Jun 1, 2017
Comment: Chanou, what a wonderful swap, thank you! It was such a pleasure to receive your beautifully decorated envelope, lovely written postcard, fun washi samples and cute stickers! Yes, Australia does have many cute animals! There's a family of possums that live in our neighbour's tree, and we feed them every night. When we sometimes forget or haven't fed them early, one of them comes up to our door, looking for its food!n It's so cute! I have given Cuddles a cuddle for you..please do the same from me to your cats! It's so great that you volunteer at a donkey sanctuary. I'm so glad that there are people like you in this world! Hugs, Margarita xo
Response: Oh my, I never replied to your übersweet comment!!! *shame on me* I am really happy that you liked the swap I sent you and DID cuddle the kitties from you ;) Also, I envy you for having befriended an opossum family!!! Thanks for the image of a polite possum knocking on your door looking for its food roflol
uiltje rated for QUICK flat destash swap #117 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Dank dank dank voor zoveel leuke items en dat je zo ver in mijn voorkeuren hebt gezocht is TOP! En nee, de Gotochi kaart had ik nog niet.. Postzendingen die echt niet kunnen worden afgeleverd gaan naar een afdeling waar men op alle mogelijke manieren nog probeert er iets van te maken. Geen idee of ze daar iets met een foto kunnen evt. via de klantenservice.
Response: Jippie! Blij dat je de kaart nog niet had en je de swapspullen leuk vindt!
babsohio rated for Let's Get Washi! on May 2, 2017
Comment: Loved the bicycles. Actually, loved them all.
SuMay rated for WIYM: ORANGE Ephemera Colour Swap on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: Waouw, Oranje boven! En onderuit, en ertussen! Dankjewel voor jouw oranjebomb van grappigs, moois en nuttigs. Een vooral dank voor het feit, dat je die oranje schatten speciaal vor míj hebt uitgezocht. Ik ben geroerd. Wat is het envelopje vrolijk! En met mijn favoriet Luchtpostfiets erop ook! In het bijzinder vind ik het helgeld, de bierstikkers, het papier met Escher-patroon en de glasblazer leuk. Maar eigenlijk vind ik het allemal leuk en vrolijk. Dankejewel!
Response: :D Blij dat ik die glasblazer er toch bij heb gedaan want hij paste niet echt in de swap (maar er zát oranje op ;) Fijn dat je blij bent met wat ik heb uitgekozen! (En perfect dat je het hebt ontvangen op Koningsdag :)
Suus rated for Washi Washi! 4 on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Hi Chanoe, superleuk pakketje viel er op de mat vandaag!! Echt een feestje om uit te pakken!! Ik heb de "map" washi al maar daar ben ik dol op dus helemaal leuk!! (net als alle ander washi, echt heel leuk!!) Ook superleuke stickers, dankjewel :) translation: Chanoe made me a wonderfull swap, really, a party in an envi :), thank you!
Response: Fijn dat het in de smaak valt! :))
Craftygirl2014 rated for Let's Get Washi! on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely washi! Love the envie in the envie and was nicely decorated! I'm still fairly new to swap bot so I don't think we have swapped before, but I didn't have any of these washis yet.
Response: Glad I made a good choice! Enjoy playing with the tapes :)
Comment: Thank you for all the cool items they will be perfect in a collage I am working on. I adore all the little things you folded. I will never get them back to what they were lol. Hugs, Mona
Response: You're welcome! Will you share your collage somewhere once it's finished? Looking forward to seeing it!
Sassa rated for WIYM: ANIMAL ART POSTCARD on Apr 1, 2017
Comment: Loved the card :) Thank you ... wishing you a happy weekend .....

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WayUpInAlaska on Nov 14, 2017:

Glad the WIYM: PC Roulette Nov swap card made it safely :) Not related to Santa, but he does live up the road - and has his herd of reindeer out in his side yard :) big hugs from Alaska! :)

piratejimbob87 on Oct 5, 2017:

(The Natural World September WTA - Harvest theme)
Thank you so much for these goodies, what lovely colours! I can't wait to use them :)

Best wishes, Leanne

Moosecastle on Sep 30, 2017:

You must come visit me and my guinea pigs then! :)

Ciska76 on Apr 2, 2016:

Hoi Chanou, 💚DANKJEWEL💚 voor je SENG WTA march pakketje. Echt super leuk! En zo mooi ingepakt. Heb het goed in je tuintje dit weekend. Er komen nog wat tips jouw kant op. Warme groet, Ciska

MichelleWillow on Feb 12, 2016:

Thank you for lovely PC and your note on the back! (SENG Postcard tag)

SweetBizar on Feb 10, 2016:

Gisteren je 'I collect .. tag' gekregen ... Paris ... love it :) Dankjewel! En wat een fijne brief erbij, dat was lang geleden!! He, ben best jaloers op je tuintje met op-te-knappen huisje, klinkt als een leuk project! Liefs :)

Xira on Aug 29, 2015:

PS natuurlijk beantwoord ik je post nog. Ik heb wel wat in te halen na de vakantie maar het komt eraan😄

nannydino on Aug 9, 2015:

Hello Gnoe: I am awe-struck and amazed at your lovely package! Such generosity for you to send me so much FLOW goodness. It's all so beautiful, thank you so much. Really delightful and it really made me so happy, the envelope is gorgeous, decorated with the variety of washi tape and stamps! You spoiled me and I am thankful :)xx Have a spectacular summer <3

nannydino on Jul 30, 2015:

Gnoe, Thank you so much for the most beautiful envie ever! And such goodies inside. It was a lovely surprise for me :) Happy summer to you!

kirstyenarno on Oct 2, 2014:

Fijn!!! :-)

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