Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2020 8:03 pm


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: August 9, 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.
Now I work at a store that sells electronics. From household items like washingmachines, refrigerators and hairdryers to media products like phones, game consoles and televisions.

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 images (preferably with permanent ink) * stampers anonymous, hello bluebird, mama elephant stamps, 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


cindygroet rated for NS: Teamwork PC #30 on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Sorry, maar deze PC 30 is nooit aangekomen. Je hebt hem 21 juli gepost en ik heb je via 3 PM's op de hoogte gehouden dat hij er nog niet is. Vanaf eind juli blijf je zeggen dat hij vandaag of morgen zal komen. In mijn PM van 4 augustus heb ik gevraagd om een resend, maar daar heb je niet op gereageerd. Dus helaas moet ik nu een 1 raten. Mocht het origineel alsnog bij de post aankomen, of een eventuele resend, dan zal ik uiteraard de rating veranderen naar een 5.
Response: Ik heb je een paar dagen geleden een resend gestuurd. Tegelijk in de brievenbus gedaan met die van #31. Die heb je wel gehad zie ik hier beneden. Als de resend er binnen een paar dagen niet is stuur ik nummer 3 wel.
cindygroet rated for NS: Teamwork PC #31 on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel voor de postkaart in prachtige envelop. Ik zal er mijn best op doen.
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
EllenWilGraagPost rated for NS: Journal page #2 on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Dankjewel, lieve Tessa, voor de leuke Roodkapje Journal Page! En excuses voor het late melden ...
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart
Innytoes rated for NS: Mail art enveloppen on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Ik werd al helemaal vrolijk van de grote envelop, en elke envelop die ik eruit haalde maakte dat alleen maar beter! Wat een prachtige enveloppen! Die worden heel moeilijk om op te sturen, kan goed zijn dat ze allemaal in mijn scrapbook worden gebruikt zodat ik ze lekker zelf kan houden. ;)
Response: Ja die dino zat me op mijn bureau ook heel de tijd lief aan te kijken. Thanks for the heart!
megan1230 rated for RANDOM HAPPY MAIL GIVEAWAY on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Have a great day!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
inkspellonyou rated for RANDOM HAPPY MAIL GIVEAWAY on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: I'm pisces and love sea, so teal is definitely a wonderful colour!
Response: I'm pisces too! Thanks for the heart!
marianne81 rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je prachtige snailmailmapje met heerlijk ruikende thee. Ik ben dol op thee dus ga ze zeker uitproberen. Vanavond staat de aardbei slagroom thee op de planning.
Response: Oh die is heerlijk zoet! Thanks for the heart!
Rainydancer rated for Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
LinSoles rated for Losse thee in een mooie envelop on Jul 14, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel voor de leuke envelop en thee. Ben benieuwd naar de smaken.
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: endless flipbook on Jul 10, 2020
Comment: Erg leuk Flipbook is het geworden, Tessa. Het thema strand past helemaal bij me. Hopelijk binnenkort echt naar zee, maar hier kom ik al goed van in de stemming. Dank je wel.
Response: Graag gedaan en thanks for the heart!
JuneRosebud rated for Collaboration PC #85 on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Love getting you as a partner, Tessa! Your post cards are always so cool & so are your envelopes. Love the honey bee wax melt=) I will pick out a good theme for your post card!!
Response: I love tha bee too! Putting it on almost every envelope I send out. Thanks for the heart!
Gnoe rated for NS: Teamwork PC #29 on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Oooooh mooi wat je gedaan hebt met de kameel en stempels :-) Ik zet hem ergens neer zodat hij even op me kan inwerken om inspiratie te krijgen. Mooie flop ook <3 en dank voor de extra's :-D
Response: Graag gedaan, en veel plezier met afmaken, thanks for the heart!
mjhaertling rated for Collaboration #82 on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: I have alreaady had this card but I will finish it and send it home. sorry for the late rate.
Response: You're welcome
wolfeagle rated for Collaboration PC #84 on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
becait rated for Private Enamel Pin Swap w/Tessssssa on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! The pin is so cute 💕💕💕
Response: You're welcome, im glad you like it. Thanks for the heart!
marianne81 rated for NS: Journal page #1 on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je prachtige Alice pagina, ik vind journalpage swaps super leuk om te doen dushope lijk volgen er meer.
Response: Er volgen er zeker meer, hoop wel dat meer mensen mee wil doen :) thanks for the heart!
banjobraids rated for Private Enamel Pin Swap on Jun 15, 2020
Comment: I love this pin! It's sort of minimalist and I love that. Thanks for the private swap! Hope you get your pin soon and love it as much as I love this one. THANKS! :):):)
Response: Im glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
Chantiemaya rated for NS: Flipbook - vintage on Jun 13, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor je suuuuuper mooie flipbook 😍 heel mooi gemaakt, ik vind hem geweldig!
Response: Graag gedaan, ben blij dat je hem mooi vindt! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Tessa...the -3- pocket envelope that you sent me is absolutely beautiful! I love it!!! Thanks so much!
Response: I'm so glad you like it, it was hard to part from it :P Thanks for the heart!
nalaqueen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #28 on Jun 3, 2020
Comment: Hoi, bedankt voor het kaartje en leuke HP op de envelope :)
Response: Graag gedaan!

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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!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

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