Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2020 1:45 am


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: October 25, 2020
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

My name is Tessa, a Ravenclaw, and I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, just below Eindhoven.
I live there with my cat. She is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 8 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.

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. If you ever plan to come to The Netherlands, you really should go there a day or two.

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 or alcohol markers, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

I like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading (audiobooks most of the time).
I like to be with my family.

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

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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 newspapers 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.

This year (2019) the theme is 'Proud of Brabant'.
Brabant is the province I live in.
We chose the fair in Tilburg. This is kind of a famous one, really big with lots of rides and other attractions. It lasts more than a week.
What also is special about this fair is the Monday.
It's called, Pink Monday, to celebrate the LGBTQ community. There is a pride walk and everything turns pink.
In our design we make carousel horses that are normal colors on one side, and pink on the other side. I'm really looking forward to the building process!
We got 10th place. A little dissapointing... We thought we would get 5th or 6th. Now we are waiting for the judges comments (always takes a few weeks) to see why.

The theme last year (2018) was 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 the world famous circus from the Ringling Brothers.
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!
And remember it's al iron, cardboard and flowers.

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, make envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, mini albums, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my art/junk journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

A few weeks back I made my first ragdoll. I used the patters of the book, my ragdoll, its so fun seeing it come to live and make clothes and accessories.

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
* botanical illustrations
* lace fabric, lace trimmings, and lace flowers etc
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to themeparks
* pastel colours, old vintage colours
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Alice in wonderland
* Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, nifflers and bowtruckels

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* watercolour images
* Lawn Fawn! I love their stampsets! And I don't mind if they are used, as long as they stil work wel. I even love some stamped (and die cut) images. (preferably with permanent ink)
* stampers anonymous, hello bluebird, mama elephant stamps, (or stamped an die cut images with permanent ink) etc
* ecoline brushpens, any colour even just 1
* metal cutting dies, just anything, I dont have a lot of them yet, just bought a die cut machine
* interesting (clear) stamps, background stamps
* I collect enamel pin badges!, animals, flowers, world famous things, fun food (please no pins of things I never heard of, like a local business or advertising pins)
* project life cards
* maggie holmes, tim holtz
* black permanent fineliners like mircron
* white pens
* a funny tea egg / tea infuser
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* Interesting embelishments to use on clothes for my ragdolls
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: 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' colours.
* mail art, I love decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item

Favorite colour combo's
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colours
* coral pink
* rose gold
* vintage colours
* pastel colours

* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* licorice
* all kinds of candy and cookies

I just started drinking tea again and love some new flavours to try!
* caramalised pear
* vanilla
* fruits (but no citrus fruits)
* tea wit mint

I also enjoy loose tea (to be put in a tea egg) or tea flowers. Please put a ingredient list on the packaging, I like to know what I'm drinking :p

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • please don't send me sticky notes.
  • little pieces of patterned paper
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • colour you're own anything
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • jewelry, I do wear some, but I don't need more
  • 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
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

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. Or send in a clear envelope. I like how the postcards look when they went through a sorting machine, (bended, ripped etc) I think it adds to it.


@BabyBee78 flaked om me in WIYM: Mini Flipbook - Christmas (fully suspended with 302!!! 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


PizzaSmurf rated for NS: Happy Mail on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Hoi Tessa, wat een leuke snail heb jij gemaakt! Hopelijk zie je snel jouw broer en nichtje weer. <3
IrisJeudi rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #3 on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: Superleuk dat ik van jou mijn eerste swap mocht krijgen, lief dat je er een briefje bij deed met wat extra informatie en dan ook nog eens getypt op een oude typemachine, heel gaaf!
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #99 on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: OH wOw..... I knew this was from you by seeing those WONDERFUL birds on the envelope!!!! It has been so long....Thank you for a GREAT swap.....I love love love it I shall finish and send it home to Angela....
Muppet450 rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 13+14 on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel weer voor de rammelende envelopjes 😃
Adda rated for YTPC: Fabric Pocket Booklets on Oct 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome pockets 💕
marianne81 rated for NS: Teamwork PC #34 on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je nieuwe teamwork kaartje ik ga er wat moois aan toevoegen en weer doorsturen.
elflady rated for Collaboration #87 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Finally received the postcard after two months in transit. Love your inclusion also the envelope. elflady
Response: That took a long time. I'm glad you like the things I've sent. Thanks for the heart!
Xira rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #4 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Dank voor je prachtige vintage swap! En ik ben ook weer helemaal blij met deze vintage supply en zo lief dat je deze swap weer host! Groetjes Barbara
Response: Graag gedaan! Dat vintage achtige spreekt me toch meer aan dan de vrolijke felle kleurtjes. Thanke for the heart!
PizzaSmurf rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 9+10 on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Super mooie envelopjes weer! <3
Response: Graag gedaan en thanks for the heart
DakotaSkye93 rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 11+12 on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Hi Tessa, dankjewel voor de leuke envelopjes! Weer heel mooi gemaakt. Ook bedankt voor het mooie kaartje! 💖 en wat was je snel zeg! 7 t/m 10 heb ik nog niet eens binnen 😉
Response: Graag gedaan! Ik stuur alles het liefst zo snel mogelijk weg, dan kannik het ook niet vergeten :) thanks for the heart
MamaD rated for Collaboration #88 on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the great PC to work on! Thanks as well for the fantastic Alice envelope, the cards and the library pocket! Loved it all!!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
Comment: I Love my new pocket ~ terrific paper layers and tuck ins ~ Thank you! ~ Stay well and enjoy the Fall ~ Love, Karen
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic cards - My first paying job was as a cashier at a 5&10 and I enjoyed the interaction with the customers who were happy to be there!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Teamwork PC #33 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Wauw Tessa, wat een prachtige envelop! Heel gaaf! Ik zag hem al in de postnl app, maar in het echt is hij nog toffer. Ik ga met de kaart aan de slag! En ben stiekem wel benieuwd waar de blauwe enveloppen vandaan komen, haha
Response: Ik heb geen idee waar die envelop vandaan komt. Ik had er ook maar 1 van. Jammer want ik vind de kleur zo mooi. Veel plezier met mijn kaartje, thanks for the heart!
PizzaSmurf rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 7+8 on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Super mooi die envelopjes! Weer helemaal mijn stijl, dankje!
Response: Graag gedaan, thanks for the heart
Muppet450 rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 5+6 on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Grappig dat ook nummer 5&6 door jou gemaakt zijn. Echt super leuk! Al 6 vlopjes aan mijn ring
Response: Als ik alles bij elkaar in een envelop had gedaan, had ik volgens mij best wat postzegels kunnen besparen... Ik kwam er pas achter dat er 3 enveloppen naar jou gingen toen ik alles al dicht geplakt had met de zegels er op :p
Muppet450 rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 3+4 on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel voor je leuke vlopjes. Hier gaat alles goed! Ik wordt wel heel nieuwsgierig van deze vlopjes want als ik ermee schud dan rammelen ze 😄. Ik heb toevallig ook net mijn bestelde ringen binnen dus nu kan ik ze ook echt op gaan hangen. Ik ben dol op adventskalenders!
Response: Ooh rammelende thee! Spannend! :p
Xira rated for NS: Teamwork PC #32 on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Oeps, ik heb deze leuke theekaart al een tijdje maar nu ik hem naar huis stuur bedenk ik me dat ik ben vergeten te raten, sorry en bij deze:) Ik heb maar een paar kleine dingetjes toegevoegd want de kaart is al zo leuk! Groetjes Barbara
Response: Thanks for the heart
DakotaSkye93 rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 1+2 on Sep 4, 2020
Comment: Lieve Tessa, wat een geweldige envelopjes heb je gemaakt! Heel slim zeg met de sluiting op de achterkant. Ben er heel blij mee, dankjewel. En ook bedankt voor het organiseren van deze swap!
Response: Graag gedaan! Ik vind ze erg leuk om te maken en ben blij dat er nog meer van deze volgen. Thanks for the heart!
Xira rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #2 on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Wat mooi en inspirerend, jouw mapje van servet! Ik vind de zelfgemaakte postzegels ook erg tof, sowieso dank voor alle extra’s... en het organiseren van deze leuke swap! Fijne dag! Groetjes Barbara
Response: Graag gedaan, Ik ben benieuwd naar wat de rest er van gaat maken. Thanks for the heart!

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mjhaertling on Oct 22, 2020:

Here is the completed collaborative fake ransom note. I thiink it turned out great. Hope you had fun adding to it. [](PC - Collaboration - Fake ransom note)

YooperHill on Jul 21, 2020:

Thank you for the Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 art! I LOVE IT!

JuneRosebud on Jul 7, 2020:

Hi Tessa! Thank you for working on my Art Collab with Cat Woman & Grid. Love what you added on!!

JuneRosebud on Mar 1, 2020:

Thanks for working on my Gentleman Fish Post Card collab. I like how it turned out=)

WoodlandBanshee on Jan 14, 2020:

Hi there! Thank you for sending home another Collaboration postcard. Your additions made it really awesome. One of my favourites so far.

phillaine on Oct 10, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 5, 2019:

Hi there, Tessa! Thank you for your contribution and for sending home my Collaboration postcard. Your bee additions brightened up the card and I love the honey comb outlining you did. Take care!

MissPaula on May 19, 2019:

Thanks for adding Bonjour on my Dream Big Paris PC! Love it!

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!

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