Swap-bot Time: February 22, 2018 1:12 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: February 18, 2018
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, 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)

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.

  • anything DONKEY (not Disney though)
  • Classici washi tape samples or the ones with separate images cut out
  • vellum/onion skin writing paper
  • vintage ephemera (esp. related to interests)
  • rub-ons
  • (Chinese / silhouet / folklore) paper cuts
  • sea glass

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!


Comment: I love the postcard very much, thank you!
Comment: Sorry for rating late. Love everything you sent!
Response: LOL thanks for the rating Kelly! :)
kathiann rated for Notecard and Stationery Swap on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: You really went above and beyond on this swap! I love the note cards and stationary that you sent. The posters are great too. I will definitely be using them in my office :)
aladyde rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Nov 2017) on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty art card with the great stamps. Could not have a birthday party as my husband fell ill the day before. But no problem.
Comment: Oh what fun this was! Thank you for all the things you sent and for the fun way you packaged it all. Also loved all the stamps on the fun envelope!
MelbourneGirl rated for WIYM: ANIMAL POSTCARD SWAP on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful squirrel 🐿 postcard - we LOVE it! ❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Thanks for the goodies
Comment: Thank you for a lovely, well put together, and thoughtful package. What a treat to come home to such nice mail. You really stuffed it! Lucky me! Your swaps are always lovely. I look forward to future swaps with you. Cheers!
Response: BLUSHING! Thanks for the rating and your kind words :D
kureopatora rated for Send a Vegan Treat on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: This was a wonderful swap package! Thank you so much for the matcha powder - I've made some shortbread biscuits with most of it and they were delicious. I'll be incoporating the things you sent for twiddlemuffs into my next batch - I love doing garden themed ones so the things you sent are perfect! The candy has been stolen by my partner since he loves gummy sweet and the hard boiled sweets you sent are one of his favourites! Thank you so much, I can't express how wonderful this package was.
russromano rated for WIYM: ANIMAL POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the excellent choice in postcards. Gorillas are such marvelous animals. Absolutely the perfect choice. I do hope you get to Japan--you will fall in love with it.
Response: I'm glad you like the gorilla as much as I do! You're welcome and thanks for the rating :)
Comment: I kept finding more and more goodies! Love everything - even the packaging! Thank you so much!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad you had fun finding it all :) Thanks for the rating!
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!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the rating :) Love to your furry friends from mine :)
Comment: Thank you for the great pc. The Dodo makes me laugh in Alice in wonderland every time I watch it!!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the rating :)
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!
Response: Oh my, you're an Alaska girl in Florida!!! That must be tough LOL. You're very welcome and thanks for the rating :)
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! :)
Response: Yes, you should do the 24RaT next time in April! And let me know :) You're welcome and thanks for the rating.
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!

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Stargazer008 on Feb 20, 2018:

WOW. What a stunning surprise in my letterbox I am simnply speechless. Wow all I can say is thank you so much for such a heartwarming piece of mail! WOW. Seems like I am a lucky winner and won in the roulette! LOL tell you what the day was not on my side till I arrived back home! LOL. Thank you. And now enjoy the evening. Bright smiles, Joana

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2017:

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

Artstamper on Nov 29, 2017:

You are welcome, glad you were pleased.

wm on Nov 27, 2017:

Thank YOU for the extra WIYM: PC Roulette Nov swap card! Really like it as well as the stamp ... and how clever of you to use the washi tape that way - love it!

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)

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