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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: April 21, 2019
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

My name is Tessa and I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, just below Eindhoven.
I live there with my cat and 2 zebra finches.
My cat is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 6 years old and a bit crazy. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. Her favorite toys are the simple little grey mice, she turns her back on all the fancy stuff I've got her. My birds are names after my grandparents.

I used to work at a theme park called De Efteling. The park is all about fairytales, everything has something to do with it.
It was really fun working there. Especially because I operated rides in the rollercoaster section of the park.
Now I work at a store that sells clothes, kitchen stuff, toys, craft supplies and more.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I'm crocheting a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
Most of the time I crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak and My Krissie Dolls. I like my animals stripey and with bold colors.
I also enjoy stamping, coloring the images with my polychromos pencils, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

I also like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading.
I like to be with my family.

Please leave a comment when raiting.

I promise that I won't flake! Please contact me before rating me a 1 or 3!

Flower parade

In the summer months (june - september) I'm active in a group for the local flower parade.
14 groups build a big float and on the second sunday in september we have a parade.
The building proces takes 3 months (bending iron, welding it together, stick cardboard on it, glue paper on it, and painting) after that we only have 2 days to put al the flowers on it (200.000 in total per float).
We use dahlia's they are so pretty and have many colors and forms.

Documentary about the flowerparade in Zundert by Gil Bruvel
The flower parade in Zundert is always on the first sunday in september, 1 week before ours.

The theme this year (2018) is all about making an old float-design new again. We all had to choose a winner from years ago (1953-1991), and make it 'new'. Our design is about a world famous circus.
Link to drawing of our design

The parade was yesterday.
WE WON 4TH PLACE AGAIN. It's the 3rd time in 4 years we got 4th. It's really good because most years we end up in the middle, somewhere around 8 or 9.
Our elephant was so cool! She even moved her head, ears and trunk like a real one. Youtube video of our float Watch this!

Our design last years (2017)was called: Polle's Keuken. (this translates to Polle's kitchen, Polle is a boys name), so we made a float about the pancake restaurant in theme park De Efteling that has that name. We won 4th place with Polle!!!! so happy! Also we won a prize for being innovative for adding the smell of pancakes to our float!

For Pictures of the floats our group made you have to look by Wilhelmina (at the bottom, under 'wagenoverzicht'). You can look by year (jaargangen) or by group (buurtschappen).
Our group is named after Queen Wilhelmina, she was the Queen when The Netherlands was liberated after the 2nd world war. The flower parade started out as a little celebration of freedom with decorated bicycles and carts, it has become much bigger than that.

Favorite Crafts

I do a lot of things, and will try almost everything.

I like to crochet stuffed animals, upcycle things, make envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, make mini albums from paper bags, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, making halloween costumes, pocket letters, working on my art journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

I just re-opened my etsy store to sell the items I make. I would really apreciate it if you find the time to take a look.
More items are comming soon!

I love the look of watercoloring, and that is one thing that I just can`t make happen.
I love to learn how to make beautiful watercolor art. So, if you have any tips and tricks, tutorials and how to's, please let me know!

I started collecting enamel pins.
And I would love to swap some. So if you want to trade some pins with me, please message me and we can set up a private swap!

Things I like

Random things
* flowers, roses, dahlias, botanical illustrations
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to themeparks
* pastel colors, bold colors
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* pocket letters, flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* the smell of rain
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Tim Burton style
* I enjoy Harry Potter and Lord of the rings but I'm not a fan girl (I don't need everything but the kitchen sink of these themes)

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* sewing patterns of Cashmerette, (I already have the appleton dress, turner dress and concord tshirt).
* watercolor anything, I love the look of it, and wish I could do it better
* (peel off) facemask, but please no sheet ones, they make me feel claustrofobic
* Lawn Fawn! I love their stampsets! And I don't mind if they are used, as long as they stil work wel.
* metal cutting dies, just anything, I dont have a lot of them yet, just bought a die cut machine
* embossing ink and powder (maybe some you don't use anymore, it's ok if you put it in a ziplock bag, so it's more flat to send)
* interesting (clear) stamps
* I collect pin badges!, like animals, flowers, world famous things, just anything (please no pins of things I never heard of, like a local business or advertising pins)
* white pens
* sequins, glitter and small beads, or other things to put in shakercards/shakerpockets
* bookpages and sheetmusic (I like the old yellow look)
* things for in my junk journal, I prefer the following styles but everything is welcome: botanical, steampunk, vintage, tickets and tags, flowers, feathers, postal theme, old sewing pattersn, birds, vintage office papers, library cards, washi tape and washi stickers in these themes. I prefer the 'old' looking things over bold 'new' colors.
* Safety eyes for my crochet animals, any color or size (obviously in multiples of 2)
* safety noses for my crochet animals
* mail art, i love colorful and decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item

Favorite color combo's
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colors
* coral pink
* rose gold

* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* nuts
* licorice
* strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, just any berries!
* icecream
* all kinds of candy and cookies

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • coloring pages
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • gold toned jewelry/accessoires
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • reward or kiddie stickers, stickers in the themes in the like section above are ok.
  • the smell of nicotine, it makes me sick
  • chai tea, spicy tea
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

About socks.....
I wear size EU 39 / UK 6 / US 7,5.
I prefer them made of cotton (more than 70%) or an other natural fiber. Mosr of the time Iwear sneaker socks.
I like them black, colorful, striped and with polkadots (no neon or pastel colors).

For swaps that requires more than one gift to be send.
I'm very pleased to get 1 gift worth the total amount you have to spend instead of several small gifts.
It's your choice what to do.

As for my etsy wishlist.
This is a list of things I would like to recieve (obviously) but I don't mind if you order it from another shop or website, as long as it is the same item. Maybe you find it cheaper else were or with less shippingcosts.

Please don't cover your mail art with clear packaging tape.


@BabyBee78 flaked om me in WIYM: Mini Flipbook - Christmas (fully suspended with 299!!! ones)
@elluzki flaked on me in HD/HP Pass and Paste #57
@LadySunshine flaked on me in: ISS: Wishlist - November
@cfroggie flaked on me in: Just to Say Hello
@miyuiki00 flaked on me in: BIG FAT DESTASH swap #1 a 4 bubble envelope, (fully suspended with 74 1's) angeled by @arhel


IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #7 on Apr 21, 2019
Comment: Waow wat een mooie kaart is het al! Prachtige kleuren en met verf technieken gewerkt. Best spannend om dan de laatste ronde te zijn en deze in teamwork 9 af te maken.
Response: Veel succes met het afmaken can het kaartje! Thanks for the heart!
roosje rated for YTPC: BOHO Junk Journal Envelopes on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Wow, Tessa, wat een prachtige enveloppen! Ik moet er nog aan beginnen en ben heel blij met jouw voorbeelden, dat geeft me weer inspiratie! Leuk ook, dat getypte briefje! Ik was gisteren in Valkenswaard (bijna elke vrijdag) en heb even getwijfeld of ik mijn swap voor jou niet gewoon in de bus zou doen!
Response: Haha, daar twijfel ik ook af en toe aan, maar je adres is net niet de goede richting op als ik van werk naar huis rijd :p, ben blij dat je de enveloppen mooi vindt! Thanks for the heart!
roosje rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #1 on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Hoi Tessa, bedankt voor de prachtige swap! Goed idee om de paperclip met washi te bedekken! Het is een heel mooi geheel geworden! Heel fijn weekend voor jou.
Response: Ik vind die half doorzochrige washi altijd super om te gebruiken over een zboekpagina! Thanks for the heart!
rsartistnl rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #1 on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: Vandaag hebben de postduiven jouw mooie tag hier bezorgd. Dank je wel hiervoor. Ben er heel blij mee. Die van mij is met de post mee, dus hoop dat je hem voor de Pasen zult ontvangen.....
Response: Graag gedaan!
keahirada rated for YTPC: Paper Clip Charm on a Tag on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Wow! This is amazing! I love the pearls and how everything works together. Such a great ocean theme. Love the ocean! Its going up on my happy wall!
Response: I liked this one too, almost kept it for myself :p the is for the heart!
Artstamper rated for YTPC: Paper Clip Charm on a Tag on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: This tag and paper clip charm are beautiful!! Love the touch of sparkle. Thank you so much for them and the extras
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
roosje rated for NS: Verwenmomentje on Apr 6, 2019
Comment: Ha die Tessa, wat een ontzettend leuk en vrolijk flipboekje heb je voor mij gemaakt, perfect gewoon! Ik krijg helemaal zin om zelf ook zoiets te maken! En heerlijke spulletjes ook voor het verwen moment! bedankt voor een super mooie swap!
Response: Graag gedaan hoor! Mijn volgende envelop naar jou ligt al weer klaar :P Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Tessa! As always, your work is beautiful. I'm always so pleased when you are my sending partner because I know I'm in for a treat! Thank you so much for the lovely tags. I really treasure them!
Response: Thansks so much for the compliment! I had a lot of fun with this swap. Thanks for the heart!
marianne81 rated for NS: Teamwork PC #6 on Mar 29, 2019
Comment: En ook deze lag vandaag in mijn brievenbus. Wat een leuke kaart is dit al. Ik ga ook deze afmaken en naar huis sturen. Helaas lost jouw kaartje mijn 'probleempje' niet op. De enige kaart die ik hier namelijk nog heb is al bij degene geweest waar ik nu weer naar toe moet sturen. Dus denk dat ik maar een nieuwe ga maken (alweer, hahaha)
Response: Alles komt goed :P Thanks for the heart!
marianne81 rated for Collaboration #68 on Mar 29, 2019
Comment: Hij lag vandaag in mijn brievenbus, ik ga hem afmaken en dan naar huis sturen. Bedankt voor de leuke extra's.
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
marliese rated for NS: Mail me some art on Mar 29, 2019
Comment: Dank je wel Tessa, voor het ontzettend leuke 'brievenbusdoosje' met flipbook! Bedankt voor de stempel ook, superleuk. xx
Response: Graag gedaan hoor, ben blij dat je hem leuk vindt. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I love the way your page turned out ! Just my style ! Thanks for the extra cutouts as well ! I can't wait to use them.
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you like it! And thanks for the heart
January rated for Collaboration #67 on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Pretty postcard that I get to add on to! And thanks for the goodies, especially those stickers :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely signature! I love all the papers you chose to send. I was reading all the comics while thumbing through it!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! It was fun to put this signature together! Thanks for the heart!
HannahsMommy07 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #57 on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: This one got here:> I would imagine the first one did not because the mailman thought the 4's were 9's in the zip code:< Thanks for the resend.
Response: I'm glad this one did arrive!
Jippiefant rated for NS: Teamwork PC #5 on Mar 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cute card!
Response: Graag gedaan, thanks for the heart!
roosje rated for NS : Pocket Letter - Lama en cacus on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: OOOH, wat stom van mij...ik dacht dat ik je al een rating had gegeven voor deze fantastische swap. Wat een mooie en creative PL heb je voor me gemaakt. Ik wordt zo happy van die gekke Lama's! Leuk al die speciale dingetjes die je erin hebt gestopt, zoals de cactus fabriek. Top! Heel erg bedankt!
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
Jippiefant rated for NS: Teamwork PC #4 on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, I love the background you made!!
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Art Journal Page: Paint #12 on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Wow!! Gorgeous! I love this page - there is so much yumminess going on, I love looking at it. Thank you so much (and for the cute planner stickers!) this one deserves a frame!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
Ronya rated for Collaboration #66 on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: The background is beautiful, I can't wait to work on it! Thank you for the extras, especially the die cuts. I loved the envelope, too.
Response: I can't wait to see it back, thanks for the heart!

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Jippiefant on Apr 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for sending back the postcard for the teamwork pc swap! I love the end result, thank you♥

MissPaula on Mar 27, 2019:

Love your part on my Love P&P....Thanks!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


wolfeagle on Dec 11, 2018:

Thank you for working on my collaboration postcard. The dragon over the girls face is very interesting and cool.

wolfeagle on Oct 24, 2018:

@aladyjackson received her postcard back and loves your addition. She says "Thank you".

wolfeagle on Oct 22, 2018:

Thank you for adding the watercolor flowers to my HD/HP Pass and Paste. It's great.

ktk8 on Sep 18, 2018:

Hi FRIEND..... thanks for adding the watercolor wash and gold edges on my Collab P.C. it turned out beautiful.....always fun to see you in a swap!!! Hearts to you......

BeckyG56 on Aug 22, 2018:

Thanks for adding the mermaid to my Collaberation 55 card. It turned out great, one of my favorites!

DaisyNY on Aug 8, 2018:

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