Swap-bot Time: July 17, 2018 8:42 am


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: July 17, 2018
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

I am on the look out for long term creative penpals, if this is something that would interest you please send me a message! :)
I like to send happy mail like, pocket letters, flip books, flip files and other creative mail to my pen pals.

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. Sometimes she just runs around the house like her tail is on fire. 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 is all about making an old float-design new again. We all had to choose a winner from years ago, and make it 'new'. Our design is about a world famous circus.
Link to drawing of our design

Our design last years 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!!!! 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!

Things I like

Random things
* yellow cars (as I just bought one, but no taxi or school bus)
* flowers, roses, dahlias
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to theme parks
* pastel colors, bold colors
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* holidays
* pocket letters, flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Gorjuss!
* 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)
* watercolor anything, I love the look of it, and wish I could do it better
* some fun sewing pins, to pin down my crochet animals
* mixed media anything, like paste, stencils, paint, shimmers etc
* Beautiful paper napkins to use in my art, tissue paper
* embossing ink and powder
* distress inkpads or oxide, any color as I don't have a lot of them yet (your favorite color)
* interesting (clear) stamps
* white pens (love!)
* (big) punches
* Safety eyes for my crochet animals, any color or size (obviously in multiples of 2)
* cutting dies, (I'm saving up for a die cut machine, so I can use all the dies I can get)
* mail art
* fun shaped paperclips
* I prefer silver toned jewelry/accessoires over gold (sterling silver is best)
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm

Favorite color combo's
* mint green and gold
* teal
* purple
* peacock colors
* coral pink and gold
* black and silver

* chocolate!!!
* nuts
* licorice
* pop rocks
* chocolate
* strawberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, just any berries!
* icecream
* all kinds of candy and cookies
* Milka chocolate, Rittersport chocolate
* did I mentioned I like chocolate? :P

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
  • gold toned jewelry/accessoires
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • (reward) stickers
  • the smell of nicotine
  • 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. Normal lenght or sneaker socks.
I like them colorful, striped and with polkadots (no neon 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 and amazon 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.

Flakers and non raters

@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

Non-raters (I will remove you from this list once you have rated me.
Last update: may 21, 2018
@donnasaurus1 didn't rate Christmas gift
@donnasaurus1 didn't rate 6 gifts 1 theme - #189 - Random package
@bklynfinest77 didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard # 59
@marissakaya didn't rate ISS: Handmade Postcard #2 - Fairytales
@BluGinhm didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard #54
@cynlen didn't rate SWL ~ Art Journal Page #8 ~ December
@MeSo didn't rate WIYM: Secret Santa
@Pixelschubserin didn't rate Rainbow Mail Art #2
@monique204 didn't rate TIAZ: Smash Stash in a Baggie
@mformui didn't rate HS: I Love Washi
@momtoanimals didn't rate HS: Either OR Swap
@Poser1111 didn't rate Fruity ATC #1 Strawberry


TamiTam55 rated for Collaboration #56 on Jul 16, 2018
CreativeRinds rated for Pass and Paste #49 on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much! I will finish it up & send it home soon.
Comment: LOVe my little pockets!! All three turned out so well, I can’t pick a favorite. Thank you so much!
Nachtauge rated for IS - Hair Accessory Swap - INT on Jun 26, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating
galadkria rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - Butterfly on Jun 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome
Comment: thank you so much...i opened them..lol...you made my day!
Gaucha rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Recycling on Jun 21, 2018
Comment: Wow! It's unbelievable how you made such a wonderful flip book of all recycled materials: well done! I absolutely love it!! Thanks for a wonderful swap, looking forward to swapping with you again ;-)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
carol rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #50 on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely note and illustration!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Airam rated for GG: Challenge #5 - Birthday on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
bbsporty rated for Pass and Paste #48 on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Wow Tessa! Your watercolor eye is so beautiful! Thank you for the stickers and the sweet sticky notes!
Response: I was so happy about the way it turned out! Thanks for the heart!
TamiTam55 rated for Collaboration #55 on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: This turned out beautiful with your touches. I look forward to working on it. And it smells fantastic.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Response: thanks for rating
Comment: Oh Tessa, this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Your flipbook brought a big smile to me today. I love all the Alice images you used, and your letter, and all the little goodies you enclosed for me to use . . . it's really awesome. I don't believe I've ever received your work before but I'll be hoping to receive a LOT of it in the future! Thank you for joining my swap and for completing it so beautifully.
Response: I'm so glad you like the flipbook. I had a lot of fuin making it, and I really like how it turned out. Thanks for hosting such a fun swap. Thanks for the heart!
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #49 on May 24, 2018
Comment: Great continuation of the theme Tessa i will try and keep it flowing. Well done elflady
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
Sola79 rated for 3 gifts 1 theme - #5 - Embellishments on May 23, 2018
Comment: Gifts arrived today, saving them for Christmas, but your note about them made me very curious :D
Response: Oh, you are way more patience than me, I caved in after 5 minutes! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Received this while I was on vacation. Thank you for the adorable stickers and the note card. Will pass along the PC on round 78.
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you =) Saving on postage is always a good idea!
Response: It sure is, thanks for the heart!
Lexidh rated for 3 gifts 1 theme - #3 - Socks on May 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you =) Looking very much forward to these!
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
BeckyG56 rated for Collaboration #54 on May 21, 2018
Comment: Hi Tessa! Thanks for sending me this card to finish up, it's beautiful. I'll add to it, and send it home!
Response: Have fun with it, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Amazing! Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

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MissPaula on Jul 16, 2018:

I should have said this is not the card....I don't know how to get pics from my phone to here. Lol

MissPaula on Jul 16, 2018:

Thanks for the quote and glitter on my gelli print collab PC...looks great!

BeckyG56 on May 31, 2018:

Thanks for your addition to my HD/HP (bird stamped image and background) I love it, the whole card is great. Thanks!

carol on Apr 6, 2018:

Thanks for your gorgeous lighthouse! I love how different the interpretations are.

lou on Mar 25, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

PrairieKittin on Feb 22, 2018:

Thank you for adding to my Collaborative postcard!

elinor on Dec 5, 2017:

Hi! I opened the first pair of socks from the '6 gifts 1 theme - #201 - Socks' swap as part of my advent calendar this morning, and I've worn them today too! Thank you, I love the stripes and can't wait to open the rest in the next few weeks :)

RockyBeach on Nov 11, 2017:

Collaboration Snowy

Thanks for adding your part to my collaboration starter PC! It's great, let it snow! <3

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