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Date Joined: January 26, 2013
Last Online: May 18, 2024
Birthday: February 8, 1974
Country: Netherlands
my Postcrossing profile

About me...

Hello my name is Monique. I’m living in the Netherlands. No, I don’t live in a windmill and I don’t wear wooden shoes. I live in a small but cosy house, together with my small family: 1 husband, 1 daughter and 2 dogs. I’m a trouser girl wearing lace boots. And yes, my great-grandmother was wearing dutch traditional clothing.

My favourite ways to spend my time are... 1. just sit down with a warm cup of tea in my hands. A moment to do nothing at all! 2. sitting at the kitchentable, sending mail. 3. go shopping in a second hand store.

What’s there more to say about me? Love to have kids around, but also love the quiet moments. Reading Warrior Cats while reading a thriller at the same time. Love to watch Angela Lansburry in Murder she wrote, or Tom Selleck in Magnum! Try new recipes on a regular basis and eating vegetarian lot’s of times.

About tea...

I love drinking tea! At the moment my favorite tea is Forrest Fruit, because of the delicious smell. Other favorites are tea with vanilla, lavender,cinnamon, peach, honey or rooibos. But I like to receive any beautiful, delicious or weird tasting tea :-) Peach teas are hard to get in the Netherlands, so those are extra welcome :-)

I don't have a preference for completely sealed, just wrapped in paper or loose tea. (My grilfriend penpal collects teabags and teatags. So please keep the teabags intact, so I can make her happy.)

My favorite place to drink tea with this cold weather outside, is at the couch with a cozy blanket around my legs and a warm dog at my side :-)

But we also have our family “special tea moments”, together at the kitchen table, trying the foreign teas you send me.

About cardboard postcards...

I love recycled postcards. Do you know a way to use a fully written postcard for the second time? Or what else can you use for postcard? Surprise me :-) Cardboard postcards are cool! Please make a little drawing at the back.

Don't know what to write? Please, write something about your Grandma, the book you are reading or your favorite pizza. Do you have nice neighbours? Which sock is first in the morning? The one on your left foot, or the one on your right? ... You can write about anything :-)

About envelopes...

I love envelopes. It feels like a mailbox present. What's in it??? You can always send an envelope! Even when the swap says naked... feel free to use an envelope :-)

I open the envelopes together with my daughter. We love to know your country in a fun and inexpensive way: please add a trainticket, a little coin, some used stamps, a teabag or anything fun & flat you can think of :-)

About postcards

Polka dots, bright colors, illustrations, Red Riding Hood, old people, chickens, children’s books, tea, owls, glasses, insects, rabbits, bears, maps, knitting... there’s a lot that makes me happy. But I will love any postcard.

I think it’s not about the front, but all about the back of the postcard. The postcard that is full with writings, drawings, useless facts, stories about you, colors, stickers, washi and lots of stamps... those are the most beautiful ones!


ElenaMaz rated for 4 Teabag Swap #20 on Apr 23, 2024
Comment: I love envelopes made with maps, I LOVED your handwriting, so beautiful. TY for the cool tea, and all the elephant details <3
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter and the beautiful postcard! I will be sending a letter back to you very soon!
Leekoba rated for 4 Teabag Swap #19 on Mar 4, 2024
Comment: <3 Thank you for the teas and and pocket letter! I love jasmine tea :D The earl greys and orange look great too, I can't wait to drink them! I love the Dutch pokemon cards, very cool~ I loved your whole swap, such care, thank you so much and happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you so much Monique for your extra long letter, it made me laugh 😂 Also the way you collaged and decorated the envelope and the extras that you sent are just só lovely. You made my day 😘
Irys rated for Tea swap #1 1 person- 1 country on Mar 4, 2024
Comment: Dear Monique, your envelope made my day! Thank you very much for all goodies you sent. It's the best envelope for last time. I appreciate your letter. All the best for you and your loved ones.
QueenHannie rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #39 on Mar 2, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the goodies and the lovely assortment of tea! I am looking forward to trying them all!
Pantlessrobot rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #39 on Feb 29, 2024
Comment: Aaaah thankyou so much for the teas )I’m really excited to try the cherry one) and really the entire package, such a sweet letter and lovely collage materials. It really brought a smile to my face ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the most beautiful snail mail! It was hard to open since I wanted to preserve the beauty of it.
mrsD rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #39 on Feb 27, 2024
Comment: cant wait to try these! thank you for everything, especially your cheery note!
Fraggle80 rated for European Letters #11 on Feb 19, 2024
Comment: A wonderful letter, such a treat to receive such a thoughtful swap. I loved your picture and quote and the envelope was fantastic. Thank you. X
Comment: Hey Monique wow, we have the same name what a lovely letter with the goodies! Look forward to writing you back have to be very creative now hahha
Cindymt rated for (Email Swap) Currently I'm ... on Feb 2, 2024
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Sorry for the delayed rating! The swap went to my spam!
Apelser rated for (Email Swap) Currently I'm ... on Jan 25, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful chatty email. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I printed it out to read, and it felt as if I received a letter in the mail. I wish our postal service will get their act together and start making mail delivery a priority again. Maybe then they will start making some money again.... Collecting the tea bag envelope is a clever idea. I have seen that a lady uses it in her junk journaling. I should start doing that as I love journaling - now I just need to find some tea envelopes. Congratulations on your upcoming birthday.
Comment: Thank you so much for the cards!! They were amazing!! Thank you very much for the effort you put forth with this swap!! It was a wonderful letter!! I hope you enjoyed your holidays, mine was pretty rough with sickness, it we managed to get through it!! Glad the hustle and bustle is over!! Thank you again!!!
Doulton rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #375 on Jan 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter. I really appreciate the details and the time you spent writing about them. I love the Breedveld card and your sketch of Lucy Van Pelt. You are a wonderful writer.
fighterangel rated for Postcard Plus an Illustration on Jan 21, 2024
Comment: I LOVE the postcard and the absolutely adorable flower drawing!!! The whole postcard made my day. Thank you SO much!
catlingmex rated for 4 Teabag Swap #16 on Jan 17, 2024
Comment: What a great envelope to open! Beginning witht he little "raincoat" you wrapped it in. And a delightful long letter. And 4 yummy-sounding teas. And cute mailing labels (one with a robin!) And recipes. Thank you so much!
fiberlady23 rated for Postcard Plus an Illustration on Jan 16, 2024
Comment: I love the post card an your illustration!
youngsenior rated for Postcard Plus an Illustration on Jan 15, 2024
Comment: Love your picture. where your scones good/ Your friend Joy
Comment: Thanks, Marc

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dorcii on Dec 4, 2021:

Your 3rd and 4th letter from the tea lovers swap arrived - they are soooo super cool! :) Thank you for the teas and the cute creativity you put into the letters, they are simply adorable! :) <3

Magenta3 on Aug 15, 2019:

Thanks for the fun envelope covered with and full of Harry Potter goodies.(you were assigned to me as partner for recycled junk envelopes.)

Ivy1971 on Feb 11, 2016:

Thank you for hosting "tea two one go!" This was really a nice and fun swap!!

Heel erg bedankt! Vond t leuk om de swap te doen en heb ook een erg leuke swap ontvangen.

Liefs van Ivy

freyacz on Oct 17, 2014:

Hello thank you so much for envelope full of teabags you make me verry happy!!! Thank you again :)

doublesided on Mar 18, 2014:

You are the sweetest! Your surprise letter arrived in the post today!! I knew I wasn't expecting anything, so had no idea what it was. It kept me guessing all day as I didn't have time to open it before I left the house. What a lovely surprise, it really made me smile! Thank you times a million! I love the envelope, especially the gnome speech bubble!! :D Anyway thank you again for the wonderful surprise, I will definitely be putting the priority labels to use! ♥♥♥

renate on Jan 11, 2014:

Wat een feest weer in de brievenbus vond je grijs pakketje heel erg leuk ja wij drinken die thee ook graag. Kijk weer uit naar je laatste post. Groetjes Renate

havaravah on Jan 8, 2014:

I just rated you for the awesome card you sent me for the Chunk O Cardboard International Dec '13 swap,... I just wanted to add that if you'd like I'd love to send you something in return. For you and your daughter. I am so happy with what you have sent me, and would love to return the favor. Message me if you'd like, and I'll send something out for you! <3

FrancescaP on Sep 19, 2013:

HI Monique, you made me smile and laugh out loud today, when I found your tiny envelope in my mailbox! Ahah, it's fantastic, I have never received anything like that! And I'm actually quite surprised the mailman hasn't lost it ;-) Thanks a million!!!

betty194 on Aug 21, 2013:

Hi! This is just a friendly reminder that the sending deadline for the swap "Handmade envies made of vintage childrenbooks #2" is today. Have a nice day, best wishes, Betty (host)

FrancescaP on Aug 18, 2013:

Hi dear! Sorry I had missed your comment on my "Tea for every day" swap, I have just read it! Of course, I'd be delighted to set up a private swap between the two of us, I've got plenty of new teas and I'd be happy to share them with you and your family! What about a private "Teas for September" swap (30 different teas)? With a swap deadline around August 24th, there should be enough time to prepare the swap and also to receive it before September, what do you think? :-)

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