Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2019 7:36 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: October 20, 2019
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My hibernating blog Graasland
My Flickr Photos

About Me

My nickname "Gnoe" is Dutch for gnu or wildebeest.

I'm an animal loving museum information specialist adoring her (rescue) cats Kuki and Sumi. Our beloved tuxedo cat Marcello died on July 4th.

I volunteer at a donkey sanctuary = my happy place!!! :))

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 / (trashy) junk journals / travel journalling
  • Asia (Japan and Indonesia)
  • donkeys
  • peacocks, kingfishers and other brightly multicoloured birds for their iridescent plumage
  • cats
  • small and fragrant flowers like snowdrops, freesia, sweet pea, purple crocus, lavender and cherry blossom (sakura)
  • recycling / upcycling / reusing / repurposing

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.

  • a letter -- I looooove reading letters!
  • anything DONKEY (not Disney though)
  • fun scraps of fabric and nice (original) buttons
  • vintage library cards and ledger paper (etc.)
  • paper cuts (Chinese / silhouet / folklore / ...)
  • samples of decorative wallpaper
  • nice glass or metallic beads
  • rub-ons
  • handmade pincushion
  • personal return address labels
  • sea glass
  • African Black-footed penguin stuff - I just learned through a SB swap that they're also called jackass penguins because they make a braying like sound (thanks @nannydino ) Unfortunately they're an endangered species :-(

I received my first pieces of 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

Sorry for 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!


meeltje57 rated for EJ: 10 Bits of VINTAGE Ephemera #4 on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Wat een prachtige, spannende envelop heb je voor me gemaakt, Chanou. Echt een feestje om open te maken en alles te bekijken. Bedankt voor je gezellige brief, ik hoop dat ze iets hebben tegen je migraine, zeg, dat zou heel fijn zijn. Alles wat je me stuurde vind ik geweldig, zo liefdevol gemaakt en bij elkaar gezocht. Ik ga er vandaag nog een groot deel van aan mijn plakboek toevoegen. Heel erg bedankt voor alles, het was het wachten meer dan waard.
Response: Super, daar ben ik blij om! Het is je van harte gegund -- en nu genieten van je vakantie! :-D
Marykstaveness rated for Farm Animal PC Swap on Oct 6, 2019
Comment: Love the donkeys! Thanks!
Response: You're welcome :-)
karli rated for Endangered Animal PC Swap on Sep 5, 2019
Comment: Cool card. Yes, i think it's sad about palm oil. Karolina
angelgram rated for Happy New Year postcard Quick swap on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: WOW you made this extra special and put much time and talent into this PC swap. You did so much more that the swap listed. I love this upcycled textured card with the blanket stitch sewn ribbon and the machine sewn ric rac vertical borders with the silver star ribbon tab and the black tab sewn on. I adore the mixed media 4 language tag with a bow and clip. Really enjoyed your note and the √ tea √ offer.WOW the special envelope you made with ship images and compass roses with coordinating papers and tapes I know you you did from reading my profile. You are an extraordinary partner. I shall cherish these paper and ribbon treasures. Lucky me says Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!! ☺
Response: Oh my, you sure know how to make a girl blush from top to toe!! I am really happy you appreciate it so much. And... would you like to try some of my loose leaf earl green tea? Just send the word and I'll get you a few servings!
shellbee8 rated for Ephemera swap...winter on Jan 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for everything you sent! I Love it so much! I also love the envelope decoration and note! I should specify that it is the color orange that I dislike - nothing against the fruit haha!
Response: Haha so the colour orange it is! I must say that was my guess. Real happy to hear you like what I've sent!
Leekoba rated for Japanese New Year Cards (Nengajo) on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard, tea, and stickers! I have a Husky, Corgi, Munchkin Cat, and Bearded Dragon :) Happy New Years and Happy Swapping!
Response: Hey, don't know why I haven't seen your rating before but thank you! What a lovely furry family you have :) I'm including the bearded dragon 'cause well... its name suggests hairiness even though it is not LOL
Jueke rated for Japanese New Year Cards (Nengajo) on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely card and extras ! I love it, it is very personal and cute. I might copy you for my next vacations, yours sound lovely ! I wish you a wonderful year !
Response: Hey, don't know why I haven't seen your rating before but thank you! It was a comfy holiday indeed :D
Comment: Thank you so much! Fret not, the piglet postcard is super cute and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season. Thank you so much for the goodies as well! I can't wait to use the seed come springtime!
Cupcake436 rated for De stash swap #2 on Jan 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the delightful packet of glittery, sparkly and shiny (I like shiny things). Even the envelope was special. Yes, I am a fellow Mutts fan - I like the style as well as the sensibility and humor. I think my stash is growing - I have got to use it up! Or send it out...
Response: So very glad it is to your liking! Wishing you a *sparkly* holiday season :D Let the light shine!
Comment: Hi Chanou how lovely to hear from you again :) Thank you for the adorable PC and lovely postage stamps. peace love light
Response: <3
Comment: I recommend swapping with her 10/10 any time! I loved everything I recieved!! Great communication on her end.
Response: Oh my thank you for the shameless plug! ;D You are too kind <3
Didi rated for WIYM: Stickers in Sept~Int'L on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: Tis was a great bunch of stickers and I used some the same day on an envelope i was sending out.
Response: Glad you liked them! What did you think of the beaded Miffy postcard?
Rimbar rated for Quick Swap - Let's Send #2 on Oct 8, 2018
Comment: 10/8/2018- Ty for the quick send and for all the goodies. Happy swapping.
Zander rated for WIYM: The Napkin Exchange on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: Thank You so much for a fantastic swap I loved everything you sent!
Comment: I LOVED this flip book. It was so personal, and had so many pockets and flips. Thank you!
Response: Ha! I was so worried it had gone awol... Very happy to hear you love it!
Comment: Thank you! ❀️ Super selection!!! Love the Elvis sticker πŸ˜‰
Response: Glad it's to your liking! Thanks for the heart(s) :)
smmarrty rated for ABES: Decorative napkins on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the great selection of napkins and extra goodies. The packaging was totally awesome. Yes I read Elizabeth George books but I haven't read the last 2 or 3. But vacation is approaching and I hope to catch up then. Thanks for swapping!
Response: Haha go binge on the Lynley/Havers mysteries!!! Hope you'll have a great vacation. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: That was quite a kitty tale! And thank you for the awesome extras :o)
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart :)

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nannydino on Oct 7, 2019:

Hi Gnoe, thank you so much for the beautiful RAK .I love everything: the Flow PC's, the little envelopes with the cute little tags and the stickers and most of all, the loveliest mermaid girl <3 with a little note! It sure brightened up my day. I haven't quite figured the message/replies yet on Instagram lol I will keep my eyes open for gnu stationary. You take very good care and thank you for thinking of me . peace love light

MiekeC on Aug 9, 2018:

Bedankt voor je mooie pakketje!

KSENiA on Jun 15, 2018:

Wow! Glad you got it at last. I am wondering where it was all this time?...

Kgoeldner92 on Apr 12, 2018:

Hello :) posting a comment for the getting to know you swap. I placed one earlier but for some reason it hasn’t loaded

thebragal on Apr 10, 2018:

Shoot, I forgot,

Getting to know you.


thebragal on Apr 10, 2018:

I love donkeys and cats too. There is a sanctuary an hour away and my mom took my boys (I was sick). They had a great time and the photos were awesome. It must be so fun working there. I love flowers too, the photo someone left you of the ranunculus is stunning!

Creativemind on Apr 2, 2018:

"Getting to know you" swap:

Hello! I enjoyed reading through your profile and getting to know you. Have a nice day!!

mdrogge on Apr 1, 2018:

Getting to know you swap: Hi there! I enjoyed reading through your profile and your instagram page. So many cute donkeys on there!! Looking forward to seeing you in future swaps :) -Michelle

Chelle on Apr 1, 2018:

"Addicted to Paper: Getting to know you Swap"

It was great reading through your profile and getting to know you! :)

myancey on Mar 1, 2018:

Thank u s omuch for the pc. I LOVE THE pooh stamps. Thank u so much. It made me smile thanks. Have a great day

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