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Date Joined: February 19, 2014
Last Online: January 8, 2017

Country: Netherlands

About Me

I live in the center of Holland (also known as The Netherlands) with my husband. As a kid I used to have pen pals and I loved it. I still keep most of the letters I have got in some treasure boxes.

I love to travel with my husband. My favorite countries are Norway, Canada and Switzerland. But my own country is also very beautiful and although it is small, there is lots to see culture wise and nature wise.

Favorite Music

I love music from John Legend to Black Eyed Peas, but I also love to listen to the french songs performed by the dutch Wende Snijders and music composed by Edvard Grieg and Debussy.

Favorite Books

I did not read much lately, but I loved to read books of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Khaled Hosseini, Jung Chang and the dutch Joris Luyendijk. Those writers showed me other countries, other cultures and broadened my view on the world outside my own country and outside the Western world.

Favorite Crafts

As a kid my mother gave me every opportunity to be creative and even now she gives me something to create with for every birthday and Sinterklaas (= a saint, and the party that goes with this saint, is a little like Christmas). One of the latest gifts from my mother is a little microwave kiln to create glass pendants with and I love it! I also like beading, paper with paint, markers, pencils and stamps, shrink plastic, polymer clay and sewing little things.

I also love...

... to bake and cook. I love it when food looks pretty and tasteful as well. Preferable I keep it simple and with not too much ingredients, unless I am decorating a cake or cupcakes of course.

What makes me happy

Things that make me happy are sunshine (I live in a quite rainy country you know), crispy white snow, bright colours, little birds, the sea, modern art, postcards, beautiful skies, a walk and being creative.

About swapping

Such a nice idea to be surprised by happy mail some day and hopefully to put a smile on someone else's face because of a nice swap! I really don't think that the dutch sayings 'van ruilen komt huilen' (= swapping will make you cry) is true, on the contrary...

Post-delivery in Holland is reliable most of the time. But sometimes things go wrong. So please let me know if you did not receive my swap mail. In case of not receiving my swap mail, I will redo and resend.

Also good to know: I mark sent when I have put my mail in the mailbox. But because mailboxes are not emptied every day, the postmark can differ with the date I marked as sent on. For the other way around, it is good to know that there is no post delivery in Holland on Sunday and Monday.

One last thing: if you want to, you can send me religious items or themes. But I honoustly must say it is not something I prefer. Hopefully I do not offend you by that. And one other thing: we do not have kids, so do not send me childrens items please.

If you visit Holland some day:

Amsterdam is a great city to be and I can tell, because I lived there for eleven years. But it is also packed with tourists (better in winter though). So after visiting the highlights and the big and wonderful museums in Amsterdam, you might consider another nice, old city. There are lots of them in Holland and the best time to be there is on a weekday, so you can take your time to walk through quite streets. Nice cities are for instance: Haarlem, Leiden, Utrecht, Maastricht, Groningen and many more.

Holland is also full of really nice museums. Of course I love the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum, but there are many, many more!

In the Hoge Veluwe National Park, there is the Kröller-Müller Museum. It is the place where you can find the Van Gogh collection: the largest privately owned collection of Van Goghs in the world (not counting the collection of the Van Gogh family itself). Next to the museum is the museum’s Sculpture Garden, one of the largest in Europe. It is a fine combination of nature and culture this Kröller-Müller Museum in Hoge Veluwe National Park. And the best part is that if you take one of the free-to-use white bikes, you can enjoy the surroundings and visit the Kröller-Müller Museum. The collection varies from old masters to modern art. My favorite painting in the Kröller-Müller Museum (I did not manage to get a picture of the painting in my profile, but you can google it if you are curious): Eva Callimachi-Catargi by Henri Fantin-Latour 1881.

Then there is the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Every year it stages 25 new exhibitions, which cover all kinds of cultural expressions. The Kunsthal is new, progressive and adventurous. There is room for all kinds of art: old, new and experimental art, photography, design and anything else you can imagine. If you are not a modern art lover or if you are conservative in thoughts, you might want to check the program before you visit.

Another fabulous museum and not to big is the Groninger Museum. Because it is in the most northern part of Holland and because it is not too big, it is an underestimated cultural attraction. See for yourself on their website: http://www.groningermuseum.nl/en. Be aware, if you are a modern art lover you want to redesign your interior when you are back home ;) …

Last I would like to mention a fun museum: Tassenmuseum Hendrikje. It shows 500 years of history of the Western ladies bag in a beautiful, historic canal house from 1666, located in the centre of Amsterdam. For everyone who loves bags and purses...

If you are planning to visit several museums in Holland, you might consider buying The Museum Card = Museumkaart. This card represents a personal pass to enter more than 400 museums in the Netherlands.

If you are visiting Holland one day, have fun and enjoy the culture and nature in my country!


RAINDARGON rated for Stamped ATC! on Jun 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the great atc,I do like the lady stamp,have not seen this one before,the extras Are great too. Carol
Response: I am so happy to hear the envelope made it to you this time! Thank you for rating, waiting for the resent and the heart! This lady stamp is one of my favourites...
ruutumieli rated for Odd Shaped PC Swap Int #1 on May 23, 2014
Comment: Sorry late rating! But thank you for the bus-card!! :)
Response: You're welcome! I am happy with the rating (another swap to archive, yeah ;) ), thank you for the rating and thank you for the heart.
qbee rated for ATC Senders Choice #5 on May 21, 2014
Comment: Thank you. Debbie
Response: You're welcome Debbie. It was fun to do. Thank you for rating and the heart!
artsyeangel rated for watercolor ATC #3 on May 16, 2014
Comment: Oh my goodness I love everything! Thank you so much for the sweet note and the extras, not to mention the two ATC's! I hope that you enjoy your travels & get to experience many happy days! I also hope that we get to swap again sometime. Hugs!
Response: So nice to hear that you are happy with my swap as well! You are very welcome and thank you for rating and the heart. I am gonna take my watercolours with me so I can practice a little... :)
missxkay rated for Black and Blue ATC -Senders Choice on May 14, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful blue ATC and star goodies. I absolutely love them! :)
Response: You're welcome, thank you for rating and the heart! I enjoyed the challenge to use only two colours.
Amaranth rated for Easy ATC Swap #5 on May 14, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the cute ATCs!
Response: You're welcome. I am still hooked making them. Thank you for rating and the heart!
ineemeanie rated for All I Know is it HAD 3 EYES! ATC on May 13, 2014
Comment: Most amazing swap ever! you are so talented! I absolutely love the atc.. its so creative and so beautiful! I love the secret envelope at the back with the diary telling such a cool story! and after reading that obviously the atc became even more adorable and intriguing! thank you for putting in so much effort into this swap. Its my favourite ATC so far. Its so very special. such a beautiful idea :) LOVE it!!!! thank you! hoe to swap with you again in the future! wish i could give you more hearts!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: And another great comment of you. The title of the swap was an inspiring one, it was the funniest ATC to make ever! Thank you for rating, the heart and the enthusiastic comments!
ineemeanie rated for Easy ATC Swap #6 on May 13, 2014
Comment: I love the ATC's.. they are so pretty!! and so sweet of you to put a turtle on the back! and the owls are so gorgeous! I really love the ATC's they are beautiful, the colours and the detail, it all comes together so pretty! thank you for your time and effort! and thank you for the extras! so happy with this swap! <3 <3
Response: Such a nice comment! I love doing ATC's and I enjoy reading someone's profile and putting something profile based in what I make. Thank you for rating and the heart!
valancy rated for The Retro Owl Postcard (no newbies) on May 8, 2014
Comment: Dear Irma, thanks a lot for the cool owl card! I also love the way you decorated the card - I adore the colors you used and the stamps are fantastic; you even stamped a teacup for me! <3 I haven't sent the card yet but I hope you will enjoy it as I enjoyed the one you sent :) Have a nice day!
Response: You're welcome and I am happy to hear you liked what I did to the back of the postcard! I can't resist adding some stamping to the back of the postcards I send... Looking forward to the postcard you have sent.
glimmerllama rated for Inchies: Beginner or Not on May 7, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the amazing swap!
Response: You're welcome! Inchies are fun to do. By the way, you can take them of the ATC. I used non-permanent glue. Thank you for rating and the heart.
jkatz rated for ATC Senders Choice #4 on May 7, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC!
Response: You're welcome. I am officially hooked to making ATC's! Thank you for rating and the heart.
lena1489 rated for Inchies: Beginner or Not on May 6, 2014
Comment: Loved them.Thank you
Response: I am happy to hear you love them. It was fun making them! Thank you for rating and the heart.
lv2paint rated for HD/HP Sender's Choice ATCs - April on May 5, 2014
Comment: beautiful work...thanks for the extra!
Response: Thank you! I take this as a hug compliment, because it is said by one of my favourite swap partners. Thank you for rating and the heart.
Comment: Thank you! You put a lot of effort into putting everything together. :)
Response: You're welcome. I love doing snail mail and I love to make an over the top envie! Thank you for rating and the heart.
smilesalot7 rated for Sender's Choice ATCs - April on May 2, 2014
Comment: Thank you :)
Response: You're welcome! Love doing ATC's... Thank you for rating and the heart.
Comment: thank you so much for my lovely swap i love it all it was so nice of you to re send it my mum tried to take my swap hahaha thanks again x hugs x
Response: You're welcome and now you understand what the craft is, that always turns out different in my hands. Hot glass just doesn't listen to me... ;) And I am glad the package found it's destination this time, yeah!!! :)
Comment: It arrived! Thanks so much for the lovely postcard which I will putting up in my classroom as I think the children will love the picture! You asked about the date, we we put the day first, then the month and then the year:) Take care!
Response: That's great! Thank you for explaining about the date, so probably the Americans put it the other way around... Thank you for rating!
TerryK rated for Easy PC swap (newbie friendly) #2 on Apr 28, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the awesome card I love it
Response: You are welcome! I am glad you like it. Thank you for rating and the heart!
Batraplume rated for Daisy ATC on Apr 26, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for this 2nd ATC I receive from you! What a fun interpretation of a daisy! See how addictive ATCs are? ;-)
Response: They really are addictive. Love making them!!! Thank you for rating and the heart!
flyingfox rated for Easy ATC Swap #4 on Apr 25, 2014
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful ATC! The matching handmade message card is so pretty as well, and I absolutely LOVE the fox! Dank je wel!
Response: You speak a little Dutch! Graag gedaan (= you're welcome). I absolutely love making ATC's! Thank you for rating and the heart!

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Candyn29 on Jul 29, 2014:

Stopping by to say Hello!


Paige1900 on Jun 2, 2014:

so much for thinking of me. I love the PC you sent and the message made me smile.

Elephangaroo on May 15, 2014:

Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my profile. I would love to visit Holland one day, it is one of my items on my to-do list. I've dropped your card in the mail today-I truly hope you like it!

itsmehere on Apr 29, 2014:

Hello, Irma! thank you for left a great comment in my profile :) i'm really happy the recipe i wrote was useful :) try ice cream banana too! i made it and the taste is really yummy! ^^ what you need is only slices of frozen banana then blend them with food processor (you can add Nutella/honey/peanut butter/else for more yum taste) until smooth and then serve :)

find the recipe here >> http://www.thekitchn.com/magic-one-ingredient-ice-cream-5-ways-peanut-butter-nutella-and-more-171618

hope you like it :) Best wishes Elizabeth

tonewadventures on Apr 1, 2014:

Thank you for joining Easy ATC Swap #4

Happy Swapping!

Paige1900 on Mar 3, 2014:

I received your follow up bird postcard...what a great surprise. Thank You so much!

Paige1900 on Feb 23, 2014:

Thanks for swapping with me!

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