Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2019 2:23 pm


Date Joined: September 24, 2017
Last Online: February 18, 2019
Birthday: March 30
Country: Netherlands

About Me

Hi, my name is Cindy and I am a middle aged woman (45+) living in the beautiful Netherlands. Living as a happy single, no kids. No pets anymore, I used to have tame rats as a pet. They ruined my sofa and clothes, so no more. I do voluntary work in an elderly home. I used to be a secretary but now on disability.

My hobbies:

art journaling, mixed media, making greeting cards, minizines (only originals!), gel plate printing and crafting in general. I have one penpal in Holland. I am addicted to YouTube. I also love reading books and walking (preferably in our lovely Wildlands Adventure Zoo).

My favorite YouTubers:

Kagedfish (glue books), CreativelyFree2Bme, HomeBirdJen, Shemi Dixon, Maremi SmallArt, Tammy Brackett, The Rebookery, KissMyCreative, jennibellie, Diane H., LittleRavenInk.

Lately I am very highly interested in "Minimalism". I read books about it, watch youtube videos and listen to audiobooks. And of course, I am cleaning up my house in the meanwhile.

My favorite movies:

fantasy, drama, action movies. I really loved to see Avatar, the Matrix, Eragon, Hunger Games, Riddick.

My favorite themes:

I love the vintage romantic style, birds, forest animals (fox, deer, owl etc), butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, feathers, the black and white combo, but also lots of colour, craft color and turqoise blue. I like bird cages, keys, hot air balloons, zentangles, art, airmail, nature, dogs, cats, cute things, Paris, spiritual and chinese/japanese items, Snoopy. Furtherly I love bling bling and metallic. I also have a thing for fashion models and nice artistic photographs.

Brands I really like:

  • Papaya Art
  • Tim Holtz
  • 7 Gypsies
  • Gorjuss girls from Santoro Londen.

My favorite magazines are Flow, Happinez and Daphne's Diary. I am really excited to see your crafty endeavours.

I also like quirky things, strange things. I mean that you have to look twice.

What I would like to receive:

washitape samples, embellishments, die cuts, ephemera, doilies, photo negatives, inchies, twinchies, beautiful napkins for backgrounds (only top layer is fine), shaped paperclips, stickers (no childish, no foam stickers or puffy ones - only flat stickers), your painted papers, your altered art, anything for my junk journals, letter set to write my penpal, quotes, cut-outs from magazines. Flat items only please.

For backgrounds in my art journal I use bookpages and I have already several languages in my posession (some took years to find): I have dutch, english, french, german, italian, chinese, russian. If you are swapping with me and you have a very different language I would love to get some bookpages if you have it. I don't need to be able to read and understand it, I just like the look of other languages.


I am really turned off when things have a cigarette smell.

Spiders scare me.

Anything religious (except boedda's).

Wooden embellishments or other thick items.

Teabags (unless required in a swap I am joining).

Postcards (unless required in a swap I am joining).

Post-its (I really have so many, but hardly use them).

Mail out/in Netherlands:

I can send out mail from Monday till Friday. (So Saturday & Sunday mail goes out on Monday).

We receive mail on Tuesday till Saturday. (Sunday & Monday we get nothing.)


Comment: I’m glad your goals are going well! I hate cleaning my pantry because I always realize how much I let go to waste. Best of luck on next weeks goals!
Comment: Great job on your goals! After being sick, I would have chucked all the goals! Good that you didn't! Funny how your cookies turned into one big cookie! In my house, that would have lasted 1 day! Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your progress - you did a great job, especially since you're feeling under the weather! I hope that you're feeling better soon. :)
uiltje rated for NS: Altered notecard #1 on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Hoe langer ik naar je kaart kijk hoe meer ik ontdek: Londen, uilen, postzegels. Geen wonder dat er 2 postzegels op moesten. Zó leuk om te doen.....Misschien een regelmatig terug kerende swap? Ik ben dan van de partij!
Response: Inderdaad zo leuk om te doen. De washi was ook in post thema en heb je al ontdekt dat de vleugels van de bijen een beetje omhoog kunnen? Leuk dat je meedoet met ronde 2.
Comment: Beat of luck with your next goals!
Comment: Glad to see that you did so well with your goals this week - thanks for sharing! I absolutely hate dealing with paperwork, so extra kudos to you for getting through it. ;)
monsbrick rated for ISS: 25 Questions on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing about yourself with me!
Singlemomofthree rated for ISS: 25 Questions on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading your email thank you.
Whovian487 rated for ISS: 25 Questions on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: Enjoyed reading your answers. The Shire would definitely be a cool place to visit.
Comment: Thank you for the Deco Books. I'm happy I have 2 Deco Books to work on, to decorate a page in each book. Happy New Year!
hazelwitch3 rated for Reading Challenge-2019 January on Jan 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your message. I found your analysis of the Tolle book really interesting. I suspect it wouldn't be my cup of tea either!
Fritosmom rated for Questions on Your 2019 Reading on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your 2019 Reading. Good Luck and Happy Reading.
Tamawi rated for DB: Year End Clean Out - Global on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I love both the themes. Your floral envelope turned out beautiful. The postal employee always tells me she enjoys seeing the envelopes that arrive in my mailbox.
Response: Thanks, it was fun making.🐰
MissNyx rated for Questions on Your 2019 Reading on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: I loved your answers and was happy to find someone else who enjoys books on minimalism/ organizing! I love Marie Kondo and have read similar books on living with less. I have been watching her new tv show as well. If you listen to podcasts at all, I would recommend "The Minimalists." It is the best podcast on living a minimalist life (mindset, what adds value, emotionally, etc.) I've ever listened to. "Becoming Minimalist" by Joshua Becker is a fabulous blog on the same subject. Have a great day!
Response: Thanks for your rating and the heart. I follow the Minimalists and Joshua Becker on Youtube as well. They are great motivators.
cynaemon rated for ESG: Quick friendly profile comment on Dec 16, 2018
Conni59 rated for Artist Trading Coin- Christmas on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely coins and extras!
Response: Glad they arrived safely and nice that you like them. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the profile comment. I hope that you enjoy The Handmaids Tale, I'm super excited to see what the next season brings. I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Response: Recently I saw my first Handmaids Tale and I liked it, yes. Want to see more. Thanks for the heart rating and Merry Christmas.
abshanghai rated for Artist Trading Coin- Christmas on Dec 14, 2018
Comment: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! LOVE what you did with this set of ATCoins! Thank you so much! And love the postcard, stamps and extras :-)
Response: Nice you like the Coins, thanks for your kind words. Merry Christmas!
CzechFriend rated for SIE: 🎄 Christmas 🎄 Card x2 on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and the Christmas stuff! I hope you can visit my country soon :-) Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar for you too!
Creeny rated for SIE: 🎄 Christmas 🎄 Card x2 on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas card :) I love the penguin & the little goodie bag, too. We just came back from our pre-xmas holiday in Gothenburg, so perfect time for happy mail! Have a wonderful Christmas time :)

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Fritosmom on Dec 17, 2018:

ESG: Quick Friendly Profile Comment from FritosMom in Bethlehem, Georgia, USA. I don't know what your disability is but I strongly encourage to rescue and older dog-not puppy. They add so much to your life. I currently have 3 dogs and 4 cats. Since I retired I spend hours on YouTube-so educational. YouTube is a window to the world. Merry Christmas.

PineappleTarts on Dec 17, 2018:

Hi Cindy,

Greetings from America! I’ve lived here all my life but my grandparents were born in the Netherlands in Groningen. I have yet to visit The Netherlands but it’s certainly on my bucket list.

I see you used to have pet rats. That’s cool, I always thought they looked like interesting creatures. I used to have guinea pigs and gerbils.

Have a nice day and Happy Holidays!

-Christine (PineappleTarts) ESG: Quick friendly profile comment

Katja on Sep 12, 2018:

Hi Cindy, heel erg bedankt voor de RAK en gefeliciteerd met de 100 voltooide swaps! Vooral de stickers vind ik erg leuk en kan ik zeker gebruiken! Ook de envelop en de tags komen goed van pas :)

HappyMom on Aug 5, 2018:

Hi Cindy, Thanks for sharing your favorite photos of July with me :) Looks like an amazing place - so peaceful!

camilleaf on May 31, 2018:

Song Lyrics #4:

Tool - Lateralus

Reaching out to embrace the random. Reaching out to embrace whatever may come. //

I'm reaching up and reaching out. I'm reaching for the random or whatever will bewilder me. Whatever will bewilder me.

And following our will and wind We may just go where no one's been. We'll ride the spiral to the end And may just go where no one's been.

Spiral out. Keep going.

Some of the reminders I need most. Hope they can help you, too.

-- camille

karenh77 on May 25, 2018:

Song Lyrics #4 Electronic

Well I know they say all good things must come to some kind of ending We were so damn good I guess we never stood a chance Go on & find what you been missing and when the highway's tired of listening You'll see I'm not that easy to forget

Song: "Thinking Of You" Artist: Christian Kane

MarblexJam on Apr 23, 2018:

Song Lyrics # 3

And I'll rise up, I'll rise like the day, I'll rise up, I'll rise unafraid, I'll rise up, and I'll do it a thousand times again, And I'll rise up, High like the waves, I'll rise up, in spite of the ache, I'll rise up, and I'll do it a thousand times again, For you.

Rise Up - Andra Day

Great powerful song to lift your spirits :D It's been helping me with my personal struggles, hope it can do the same for you!

Valkyrien on Apr 23, 2018:

Song Lyrics #3 Electronic

Kesha - Rainbow

I used to live in the darkness Dress in black, act so heartless But now I see that colors are everything Got kaleidoscopes in my hairdo Got back the stars in my eyes, too Yeah, now I see the magic inside of me

I really like the lyrics in this song. For me it means that she's coming from a bad place and finally sees the light in her life again.

iheartletters on Apr 4, 2018:

Hello there, just dropping in to say "Hello" and leave an inspirational quote ;)

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. Milton Berle"

kisforkechell on Apr 2, 2018:

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