Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 3:33 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2014
Last Online: November 18, 2017
Birthday: January 29, 1981
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hello there, my name is Marianne, I'm 36 years old and live in the lovely city ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Because of a chronic illness I'm not able to work as I did for years. I worked with disabled children and I loved to do that and I still hope that someday I will be able to do my work (or any other work) again. My hobbies are: Sending and receiving postcards and letters, I’ve started Postcrossing over 3 years ago. I also like drawing (mostly Zentangles, ZIA’s Zendalas, ATC but I also like to make mandala's and a sort of cartoonish drawings), painting (I like to use acrylics and aqaurel and mix it with other things like pictures I found in magazines), making cards, and reading (mostly fantasy and thrillers) I also like to watch TV series and movies. I also like singing and I sing in a ladies choir for almost 2 years now.

I may be kind of new to Swap-Bot but I've been swapping for 3 years now on facebook and the postcrossing forum and have send lots of swaps allready. Please contact me first before rating me a 1 if it takes too long for my swap to arrive. Sometimes it takes a few days, but most of the times it takes a few weeks or sometimes a few months for mail to arrive in countries overseas, but also to countries like Russia. I'm always sending my swaps in time, if not I wil contact you to let you know and the reason why it will be send out late.

Our postal system doesn't empty mailboxes from saterday until monday, so if I have marked a swap sent on a saterday or sunday, or even on a friday if I posted it after the mailbox was emtied that day it will be postmarked after the weekend.

Favorite Music

When I was a teenager I was a huge fan of Bon Jovi. I still like to listen to Bon Jovi but not as often as I did then. Now I do love Laïs, three Belgium women with beautifull voices who sing folk music, I like it when they sing A-capella. I also like Musicals and Cabaret songs. But I also like to listen to bands as Apocalyptica, System of a down and Metallica.

Favorite Books

I love to read mostly fantasy and thrillers but I also like true stories, especially from world war 2. Some of my favourite authors are: Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Terry Prattchett, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Julliet Marrilier, Tess Gerritsen, Simone van der Vlugt, Agatha Christie, Camilla Lackberg, Elisabeth george, Paulo Coelho, Torey Hayden, Virginia Andrews, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Movies

Here I also like fantasy and thrillers but also science fiction and true stories. And I really like Disney movies.

Favorite Television

I like to watch crime series as CSI, Castle, Law&Order, The mentalist etc. But I also like series as Doctor Who, Lost, Supernatural, The X-files, Charmed, Rome, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, House. I like a lot of tv series and sometimes I look for something a little lighter than the ones I mentioned above then I like to watch series as Friends, being Erica and The big bang theorie

Favorite Crafts

Well I like a lot of things. I used to make a lot of little puppets out of felt, and I also liked crocheting, knitting, quilting and cross-stitching. But unfortunately I had to give all these things up not because I didn’t like it anymore but because my fingers and hands will not do what I want to do because of my illness. But I have found a new hobby now I make drawings, mostly Zentangles or Zentangle inspirited things, I do like mandala’s and Zendala’s and sometimes I like to make some cartoonisch drawings. One of the artists who inspires me the most at this moment is Joanne Fink, she makes beautiful things. I also discoverd snailmail, it's the perfect combination of my postrelated and crafting hobbies. I also love to make ATC's and my own postcards using all kinds of techniques.

Postcards and related things

My other addiction is Postcrossing, I used to send cards to friends and people I met on the internet in peer support groups. But since Januari this year I’ve started Postcrossing. I collect all sorts of cards, but what I like the most are the things peopale write on the back, little stories about them selves, what they are doing where they are living etc.

For Swaps with postcards: You can make me happy with subjects as: - Fantasy (elves, fairies, gnomes, dragons, etc) - Sci-fi (like Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star wars...) - Fairytales - Animals - Nature - Flowers - Butterflies - Owls - Elephants - Cats - city skylines - Landscapes - Churches, temples, castles and other beautiful old buildings - Things that are typical for your country or city - Art - Spirituality - Maps of your country, region or city - Cartoons - Animations - Manga - Winnie the pooh - Childrens books illustrations - Dick Bruna (Dutch illustrator) - Jip and Janneke or other drawings from Fiep Westendorp (Dutch illustrator) - Cornelis Jetses (Duthch illustrator) - Anton Pieck - M.C. Escher - Josephine Wall - Thomas Kinkade - Cards of Inge Löök, Lali, Jetoy, Limoon, Gorjuss, Silke Leffler, Jolinne, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Linda Peltola, Christl Vogl, Judy Mastrangelo, Oxana Zaika - Vintage - Steampunk art - Selfmade art (If you are creative and like to make your own cards they're welcome too) - Poëtry (with translation in English please)

As you see I do like a lot of things. I like postcards written and stamped, or if necessary in an envelope, and some selfwritten words on the back.

I scan all the cards I receive and put them in albums please check to avoid doubles. You can check my collection in the link to my postcardcollections on the top of my profile.

Other things I like besides pc

of course there are many more things I like besides postcards, I also really like

  • ATC
  • Handcrafted postcards
  • Zentangles
  • ZIA's
  • washi tape
  • stickers
  • stamps (not the postal ones but the clear and rubber stamps for crafting)
  • pretty papers
  • wooden embellishments
  • little charms
  • sharpies
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • fridge magnets
  • keychains
  • earrings, I prefer silver and not to long or big, colourfull is okay.
  • fantasy related things
  • die cuts
  • Vintage related craft stuff
  • Steampunk themed embelishments
  • doilies
  • dreamcatchers
  • quotes and poems
  • green, purple, teal, Black&white, Rainbows
  • Other things related to one of the themes I mentioned under my favourite postcards
  • Tea (I only drink green, rooibos and herbal and the pure fruit infusion tea's I can't drink black tea because it makes me ill)
  • pure dark chocolate

And there is much more I like but that would make a huge list :-D

My Allergies and dislikes

Things I don't like that much, that will be a short list :-) But please read this because I have some allergies both food as non food related ones.

  • Black tea (I get ill if I drink it but when I do receive black tea I pass it through to someone who likes it)
  • Coffee, I'm sort of allergic for caffeine.
  • Things to eat besides the dark chocolate, I'm allergic for lot of things. I must eat gluten, wheat and lactose free for medical reasons. And I'm allergic for everything that contains apple doesn't matter in what form (except for tea with apple flavour that is okay). But when you have something you are sure it is gluten, wheat, lactose and apple free it will be very welcome if there is a list of ingredients on or send with it so I can check :-D Other eatable things that are sent to me I will give to my friends and family.
  • cosmetics, shampoo and other stuff like that I'm allergic for parfumes and can't wear make-up because it gives me some kind of allergic reaction.
  • bracelets, I can't wear them because of the splints I wear, but wen you got me one I pass it through to someone else who can wear it.
  • the same for rings, I can't wear them because of my silver ring splints I wear for medical reasons on all my fingers.But again If you send me one I pass it through to someone else who can wear them.


Comment: Thank you, Marianne, for the Winnie the Pooh illustrations. I love the quiet, relaxing stories of Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear, and all their little woodland friends. I grew up on a tiny farm near a tiny town of 367 pop. That meant virtually no books except a few Little Golden books I still have! The"library"was above the Dry Goods Market/General Store. However, it was all dusty old books donated by residents, but not of interest to a 10 yr old. Today, I'd love to get my hands on them as they were most likely Dickens, Shakespeare, Tennyson, etc. But I was not ready for them and the dust and musty smell were put-offs for me. Then the town discovered the state library would send free monthly boxes of books like, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sue Barton--Nurse, etc. The were new in crisp library binding. I was in heaven and am not sure but suspected I was usually the only person who used them, but I devoured them each month! So, my kids and I discovered the world of children's literature together---we read and read aloud for hours some days. Winnie the Pooh was a new series of books that we discovered. I love the illustrations as much if not more than the actual stories! :-) This will be a good addition to my Pooh postcards. Thanks very much!
tigerlily2110 rated for WIYM - Steampunk Postcard on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard and joining the swap.
PoetaMisteriosa rated for Autumn Pocket Letter #1 on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: I am very grateful for your Pocket letter, very beautiful. We can trade more often! it will be a pleasure!
Comment: Hi Marianne thank you for the really great "Winnie the pooh bear" PC. Brightened my day :)
Comment: Oh, what a nice package !! You have made my day! Thank you so much! Love all the stuff and the teas!!
Comment: Thanks a lot for the tea gifts!
viza rated for TLE: 24 days of tea - advent calendar on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Dear Marianne! Thank you very much for beautiful swap! Your teas are so nice and extras are awesome!
Comment: Dank je wel voor het pakketje. Ik ben benieuwd naar de thee. En super bedankt voor de leuke stofjes. :)
Response: Heel graag gedaan :)
Comment: Thanks! Lovely card!
Response: You're very welcome :)
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for Kleine theezakjes swap on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Ik dacht dat ik 'm al beoordeeld had, wat gek. Goed ontvangen, dankjewel!
Response: Heel graag gedaan. Geen idee hoe en wat maar blijkbaar is er iets niet helemaal goed gegaan met de beoordeling de eerste keer. Maar ik dacht eigenlijk ook dat ik al een beoordeling van jou voorbij had zien komen voor deze swap maar misschien ben ik zelf in de war met een andere thee swap. We hebben de laatste tijd wel vaker thee naar elkaar verstuurd geloof ik, hahaha. Ik heb alleen zelf de grote thee swap van de GIMMIE mail groep gemist. Bedacht me een dag te laat pas dat ik me nog niet had aangemeld. Maar er komen vast nog wel meer thee swaps.
Comment: Thank you for the Star Wars pc. I have that set that I am using with others for these swaps. I love when I get one written and stamped that I can keep for myself.
Response: You're very welcome :) I also love it when I got one of those cards written and stamped for my own collection. I never keep the cardsI bought for myself. But sometimes I try to swap them with someone for the same cards.
uiltje rated for Losse thee swap on Nov 4, 2017
Comment: Dank je wel voor de 4 theesoorten, ze ruiken verrukkelijk! We gaan ze snel uitproberen, lijkt me wel wat, deze donkere en natte dagen!
Response: Heel graag gedaan! Geniet er van ik vind ze zelf echt super lekker.
Hsing rated for Bicycle/Cycling Postcard Swap on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Dear Marianne, Thank you so much for the card! The design of the card looks so elegant. I am also excited to learn that you are also a postcrosser! It is amazing that you have collected over almost a thousand cards! I am so happy to receive you card :-D Wish you a happy day as well! --Jess
Response: You're very welcome, happy you like the card. I just got addicted to postcards or in particular receiving mail from all over the world love it when they write as much as possible on a card. Love to read the little stories on the back.
frkholmstrom rated for Washi Sample Swap #3 on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Oh wow. I love all the washi you sent. 😍😄 thank you so much 💕💕
Response: You're very welcome, I'm happy you like the washi samples :)
tovanns rated for Dream~catcher October on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Now the question is; Can I hold myself from opening it before Christmas?
Response: You're welcome. And good luck with hlding yourself from opening before Christmas :) let me what you think of it when you've opened it :)
manachai rated for WASHI TAPE TIME on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely washis :)
Response: You're welcome :)
sarahnr rated for week of tea nr.27 on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: These teas look and smell so good, and I love love love the sweet postcard! I would give you 10 stars if I could! Thank you :)
Response: You're very welcome, I'm happy you like the tea and the postcard.
CindyST rated for Science Fiction PC Swap #17 on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I love Vaders Little Princess too, I bought them and have really enjoyed swapping them out. Have you seen his books about the kids. They go to school and all that, really cute.
Response: You're very welcome :) I haven't seen the books but if they are just like the cards I know I would love them too.
m3i5 rated for GIMMIE MAIL: regenboog thee swap on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Hoi Marianne, Dank je wel voor je kleurrijke regenboog kruiden theetjes en de 2 super leuke postzegels op een mooie envelop! :D ga ze morgen uitproberen op werk :) Ben ook fan van Clipper, vooral hun gember citroen thee :) heb nog niet veel Shoti-maa theetjes geprobeerd. Van Yogi tea heb ik de meeste wel geprobeerd :) Catan plus uitbreiding steden & ridders is altijd leuk. Agricola, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, stenen tijdperk, enz. enz. Dark Tales ken ik niet, zal eens checken. Small world heb ik 2x gespeeld, erg leuk, zou ik ook nog moeten kopen :)
Response: Heel graag gedaan :D Stenen tijdperk heb ik ook en vin dik ook erg leuk inderdaad. Ticket to ride heb ik toevallig vorige week nog gespeeld met een vriendin en haar dochter. Carcassonne is ook altijd leuk. Agricola heb ik ook ooit eens gespeeld en vond ik ook erg leuk, staat nog wel ergens op mijn verlanglijstje qua spellen. Alleen mijn salontafel kist raakt een beetje vol, hahaha.
ReLigt rated for ZIA Swap #36 - Autumn Aura II ATC on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC and great postcard!!!
Response: Thanks, and you're very welcome :)

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Miamorswife on Aug 6, 2017:

updated it. it should work now

Miamorswife on Aug 6, 2017:

your link works! how do i fix mine?

Miamorswife on Aug 1, 2017:

thanks for telling me about my link. i hope swap-bot fixes the links soon. i posted the link on my profile so it can be copied and pasted. here it is for you: https://www.zazzle.com/amors_pictures

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