Swap-bot Time: March 25, 2023 3:54 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: March 23, 2023
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My hibernating blog Graasland

About Me

This profile page was updated on July 12th 2022

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

I'm an animal loving museum information specialist adoring her rescue cats Kuki & Sumi, and our current elderly foster Jannie.

I volunteer at a donkey sanctuary which makes me the happiest (and luckiest) person in the world!!! Definitely a Crazy Donkey Lady and proud of it.

I'm vegan, which means I employ a compassionate & eco-friendly lifestyle using no animal products whatsoever. No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatine (gelli plate), 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. :)

Interests and themes

  • mail art and art journalling / (trashy) junk journals
  • dabbling in textile arts (visible mending, fiber mail = fabric mail art, crochet and embroidery)
  • Asia (Japan and Indonesia); Japanese and Scandinavian design
  • donkeys
  • peacocks, kingfishers and other brightly multicoloured birds for their iridescent plumage
  • gnus
  • bling (I probably was a magpie in a previous life ;-)
  • small and fragrant flowers like snowdrops, freesia, sweet pea, purple crocus, lavender and cherry blossom (sakura)
  • museums
  • reusing, recycling, repairing, repurposing and upcycling / zero waste society


  • peacock palette
  • clashing combo's of yellow, orange, pink, purple and red
  • metallic colours; gold and jewel tones

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.

Postcards or other mail (art) about anything of the above will make my day.

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

JJJ: Let's Make a Junk Journal swap series

My junk journals contain genuinly reused, upcycled and found items (no trash). My style is eclectic - vintage and antique as well as modern. I have a nostalgic fondness of 1950's-1960's-1970's graphic design.

I like items that are unique. Strong colour combinations and images. Pieces of fancy papers and your own painted papers. If you're eco dyeing (paper, fabric, threads) I'd love a sample! Scraps of pretty fabrics, patches and haberdashery are very welcome. Bling and tactile things catch my eye (and breath) too.

I love cats, but only the living kind -- not planning on making a cattish journal. I mostly journal my everyday life.

For inspiration I fancy the styles of the following instagrammers: @amitybloom @roxycreationsbyrachel @cutpastesteph @mo_saddiction @ patricia.nordeen, @johannaclough and yes, @megjournals too of course.

I am not a fan of Maggie Holmes,Tim Holz, grungy or steampunk and I have no use for die cuts or scrapbook papers. Please no quotes.

About swaps


My goal when sending out swaps is to put a smile on your face. I personally think swapping should be fun and make us happy; there's too much drama in the world already.

I mark my items sent after I've dropped them in the mailbox. Where I live mail is only collected on weekdays at 5pm. Naturally I mail in time for pick-up when sending out on the last day of the swap. Swap-Bot rules speak for themselves.

I reuse -clean- packaging and such as much as possible.


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

I have a kind of no thanks ~ I'd rather not receive list at the bottom of this page. It's there to aid you, not restrict! Of course I'll appreciate anything you send :-) I will never rate down for getting something from those lists (the thought alone is absurd to me!) If possible I will just pass along what I cannot use -- but it seems such a waste of postage and effort on your side that can be avoided.

So please don't worry about it, nor be offended?!

Wish list

These are not requests, just a few things that will 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!
  • vintage letter paper
  • postalettes
  • anything DONKEY! (though not a fan of caricature/Disney)
  • vintage/used library cards
  • embroidery thread; variegated and shiny make my heart leap and currently low on reds, purples 'n blues
  • sashiko threads
  • haberdashery in general
  • glass, wooden or metallic beads
  • pieces of fun fabric (dying for some scraps of non-silk sari, batik and kimono fabric!)
  • quality handmade postcard
  • clothes/decorative patch made by you, including Teesha Moore style puffy scrap patches
  • handmade pincushion or kit/easy instruction
  • handmade needle book with room for threader
  • sea glass
  • origami paper, esp. washi, foil, chiyogami and duo (double sided)
  • Cyrlillic and Hindi texts (preferabbly aged)
  • anything relating to my interests described earlier on this page
  • did I mention a letter? ;-)

Crazy Donkey Lady special request

USA Forever stamp

If you live in the United States and are sending me snailmail, please consider using this stamp from the Heritage Breeds USA Forever set (may 2021). It will definitely earn you a heart! Although I'm pretty generous with those already so it may not really make a difference LOL. But please know you'll brighten my day and spark my soul!

Used copies are very much appreciated too! :)

Things I don't use

To save you spending postage on items I don't enjoy/use and will only pass along -or trash in some cases- you may want to look at this list.

  • sports theme (although maybe hiking and aesthetic kinds of sports like water ballet, figure skating et cetera)
  • poetry
  • sticky notes / page flags -- I received so many they will last me a lifetime
  • girly, cutesy, children's/childish stuff (YA), kawaii, Diddle, Care Bears, Disney... you get the picture ;)
  • puffy, foam, children's, reward or crap quality stickers
  • alphabet stickers or rub-ons
  • boring plastic clothes buttons
  • touristy postcards (views) and souvenirs
  • hibiscus and red / forest fruit flavoured tea
  • jewelry and makeup; I hardly ever wear any
  • contemporary leaflets -- I have a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on my mailbox and recycle/upcycle the things that come into my house as much as possible; so please don't add to the pile LOL

For paper crafts like journalling, collaging and postcard making I mostly use repurposed, vintage/antique originals, handmade and/or quirky items - hardly ever do I pick commercialy printed journal cards, paper packs and such or punched die cuts. I also have enough old, "ordinary" book pages in different languages. Especially pretty pages or the ones relating to my likes are of course always appreciated.

Bought/downloaded snailmail items like letter sets, postcards and notecards, labels, quality stickers et cetera are also fine.

Like most people I have a small pet peeve. I really dislike "keep calm" & other motivational quotes. These seem to have the opposite effect on me LOL

There's only one quote I like:


Hey, I should get myself a T-shirt saying that! :-)

Please don't send

It probably goes without saying but please don't send me anything edible/drinkable nor care products or makeup unless you're 100% sure it's vegan. Thank you!


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful blooms on my profile!
Comment: Wow!!! It's a wonder to see all these flowers blooming on my profile! Thank you!!!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 71 on Mar 8, 2023
Comment: Ik ga er maar even van uit dat je je kaartje naar iris gestuurd hebt :)
Response: Jazeker Tessa (nou ja, naar JosΓ© dan). Had hem al voor jou klaarliggen toen Iris' verzoek kwam, dus het verzoek kwam net op tijd! Dankjewel voor de rating.
QueenHannie rated for Ugly PC Swap # 65 on Jan 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely festive card! It is beautiful!
marineko rated for I Can't Believe It's an Ad Card #12 on Dec 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic ad card, and Merry Christmas!
Comment: This is a VERY interesting postcard, I really like it! And the postage stamps you used are wonderful too. I think Piccob at the sanctuary, must be an exceptionally special donkey if he likes ukulele music :-) I wish I could meet him!
CMBOND rated for Ugly PC Swap #64 on Nov 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great "Ugly " postcard 😊
knittymarie rated for Ugly PC Swap #63 on Nov 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the card. I recognise the character. I use these swaps to get rid of tourist cards too! Thanks for not sending one ;)
Response: LOL you're welcome and thanks for the heart! Even for these ugly pc swaps I always try to find something that my partner won't dislike. Have a good weekend!
heliogal rated for WIYM: Owl Notecard with Note on it on Nov 1, 2022
Comment: I loved your cute owl note card and your very nice message inside!! Your apples and pears preserves sound wonderful and such a harvest time activity! I love your country ( I got to visit when I was 18yo) and there is absolutely nothing wrong about living in an apartment in a city. There are days I would like to trade and do that for awhile as a break! LOL!! Thank you for the sweet ephemera too!! This was a very fun swap for me!!!
Response: Aww thank you so much! Would love to hear where in NL you've been :-D
Comment: I loved the card Thank you so much.
Response: So glad to hear that! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for sending this beautiful butterfly postcard. I like the different media and the texture you accomplished. Excellent swap.
Response: THANK YOU! My first swap for the group and a little nervous about it so I'm really glad you like te card. Have a good weekend!!
quaisoir rated for IS: World Postcard Day 2022 on Oct 19, 2022
Comment: I love the frankenstein postcard!! You have such lovely handwriting. Interesting facts about your hometown. I love miffy too!! I'd love to visit Utrecht one day. Thank you so much!
Response: Yay! Bought it in the film museum and had it in my stash for ages, but I figured you'd make the perfect recipient! Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.
Comment: OH sweet Gnoe! Thank you so much for swapping with me. Im so sorry about your aunt. Youre recovering too. Maybe you can eek out a bakery to find something interesting for fall. I was remarking to my husband the other day when he had to walk his mom to the restroom in the store. We lament about the circle of life. 50 years ago she was walking him to the restroom.
Response: Thank you sweetie -- sending loads of hearts for your kind words.
Caithness rated for ESO: World Postcard Day 2022 on Sep 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bird postcard and informative info about Utrecht.
Response: Thank you for the heart! I'm glad you like the vintage nightingale pc :-) It was hard getting all five items on the card!
Wended rated for JJJ: Let's Make A Junk Journal! #4 on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: Hello Chanou. You are not the first person to call me Wende..Thank you for the lovely selection in your swap. I love the fabric flip and it will look very nice in my journal. Your envelope was also pretty and I will save it with my β€œfavorites β€œ..Hope you are well. Diane
Response: Thank you Diane, I'm really glad the fabric flip suits your journal!! And how wonderful to have my envelope among your faves *bliush*. Have a really good weekend!
kishna rated for Ugly PC Swap #60 on Sep 20, 2022
Comment: I know I am in the minority but I love touristy cards! I am trying to collect them from all 50 States and this is a lovely addition to FL in the form of a sunset!
Response: I'm so happy there are people like you that love touristy postcards! Whom else could I send them to? LOL I always try to fit my partners profile for these ugly pc swaps -- it's so much fun when it works out! Have a good weekend.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for JJJ: Cozy/Hygge/Autumn 2 on Sep 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful assortment of Hygge and autumn themed goodies! Everything is absolutely lovely! I am especially in love with the knitted scarf/clip you made! I will have this as a place holder in my Autumn/Winter journal! Everything is perfect for me and I cannot wait to use it all! xx Gabi
Response: Yay, such good news! It's so much fun to enjoy our junk journal love together :-)
Comment: These got here fast! Thank you for the lovely postcards and goodies. Ik hou van de herfst. Wie weet krijgen we een mooie nazomer. Voor mij ook was het tΓ© warm de afgelopen tijd, maar ja, dit is Nederland het kan allemaal zo veranderen. Groetjes!
Response: Fijn dat mijn post in de smaak viel! De eerste (van mij dan) op je nieuwe adres :-) Ik wens je een knusse herfst en see you around in another swap!
Comment: Hello Chanou! Thank you so much for sending me the lovely Japanese themed goodies! I have a charm bracelet that has special charms on it that I don't swap and the one that you sent is going straight on it! I love the funny story of the artist and his postcard about the tatami mat sound!πŸ’ So cute! I also love the book paper envelope! Thanks again for a great swap! πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
Response: Oh! I feel so honoured the charm is going onto your bracelet *blush* and I'm really glad you liked my Japan themed mail :-) Stay safe and have a good weekend!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: QSCP #47 on Sep 12, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much, I loved hearing from you. Love the card and stamps!
Response: Yay, I'm glad to hear that! Wishing you a fabulous fall season ❀️

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MuggleMom on Mar 12, 2023:

Thank you for joining this swap! Our mutual love of sakura is so wonderful!


MuggleMom CPG: 🌸 Sakura Profile 🌸 2023

OrigamiGrace on Mar 12, 2023:

Luckily our town hosts the Arkansas Cherry Blossom Festival and we have beautiful trees in the downtown!

hot springs


upclose kimono

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thriftymermaid on Feb 4, 2023:

Happy Birthday Month from all of your swapping friends at the WIYM Group!! We hope you enjoy your special day. May all of your Birthday wishes come true and your New Year be all you hope it will be and more!! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ’ŒπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

susieq11 on Nov 6, 2022:

Thank you for thinking of me for October's Make A Wish! I love the flow goodies, pretty envelope/stamps, & your nice typed note! I hope both kitties are doing well and things slow down for you soon! I know the feeling of "it's always something"! It was so nice of you to send all this and I look forward to using it all! xoxo

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