Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 8:42 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2014
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: January 29, 1981
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hello there, my name is Marianne, I'm 38 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.

I may be kind of new to Swap-Bot but I've been swapping for some 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, like Zentangles or Zentangle inspirited things, I do like mandala's and Zendala's. One of the artists who inspires me 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. I love mixed media, stamping, collaging (just started to do more collaging in my projects) and I love to watch youtube tutorials and follow them to make the project or learn a new technique.

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 Flickr photo's 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
  • drawings and paintings
  • mixed media
  • 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


I just love to drink tea. But I only drink green, red, white, herbal and none black pure fruit infusion tea's. I'll try every kind of flavour and always in for something new. I participate in factory sealed only swaps and loose tea swaps.

As you can see I drink almost every kind of tea but the black ones. I have some kind of intolerance for the caffeine in the black tea's if I drink it I get ill. But don't panic if you don't have enough other then black or only black tea's. I won't rate you down if you send me black tea. I just don't drink them myself but will give them to my friends when they come to visit me or will pass them through to another tea lover in another tea swap.

When you send me tea without English, German or Dutch description on the packaging please write me a translation in English (or German or Dutch) and write if it is black tea or not.

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: These turned out so beautifully! I love them all! And the washi is a wonderful bonus too - thank you so much!! Your little sticker with your user name is soo cute! What a great idea!
marymary914 rated for YTPC: Triple Pocket Tag on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the awesome pocket tag stuffed with paper goodies. 😍😍
user2148 rated for YTPC: Framed Double Hang Tags on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: Beautiful!! Love that sweet little bee! Thank you so much for the beautiful work and the wonderful book pages!
elflady rated for Collaboration #72 on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: Lovely,creative postcard to work on. Hope I can do it justice. elflady
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #13 on Jul 27, 2019
Comment: hallo Marianne! Je envelop was al even binnen, maar vanwege de hitte heb ik weinig kunnen doen. (tsja, wie niet?) Ik worstel me door de dag heen, ik kan er echt heel slecht tegen. Maar goed, hij is er. Hij is al bijna compleet en we moeten hierna nog een rondje. Ik heb al een ideetje........ En ook dank je wel voor de theetjes, ze ruiken heerlijk!
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely distressed tea bags...amazing how cool they turn out! I loved the images you used. I enjoyed reading your note... thank you!
Lilianders rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #6 on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: Erg mooi! En wat fijn dat je van die mooie boeken had, die plaatjes zijn prachtig!
Response: Graag gedaan, ben blij dat je hem mooi vind.
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC #12 on Jul 13, 2019
Comment: Wel toevallig dat je telkens mij als je partner hebt zeg, wat een mooie achtergrond, ik voeg iets toe en stuur hem verder.
Response: Sinds jij mij jouw kaartje hebt gestuurd heb ik steeds jou als partner dus jouw kaartje blijft hier steeds liggen. Maar voor de volgende ronde heb ik er nu 2 liggen dus dan zou er altijd eentje doorgestuurd moeten kunnen worden.
Comment: You could not have picked a better them for me! Thanks so much for such a lovely pocket and tag! A cat themed journal is on my list to do...
Response: You're very welcome, I had much fun making it for you.
uiltje rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #5 on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Een tropische verrassing, gelukkig niet "in Hollandse melkchocolade" (van welke reclame was dat ook al weer......Bounty?). Wat een temperaturen! Ik ben er superblij mee. Is altijd wel een hoop werk, maar als het lukt...............voilá
Response: Heel graag gedaan. Het was inderdaad even wat werk maar vond het leuk om te maken.
Comment: Wonderful postcard. Thank you so much.
Response: you're welcome
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC #11 on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Ik ben altijd weer blij met die flower fairy kaartjes van jou. Deze gaan steevast in mijn junk journal. De postcard maak ik af en stuur ik naar huis.
Response: Heel graag gedaan, ik weet dat jij die flower fairies erg leuk vind om te krijgen en ik heb er meer dan genoeg en maak je er graag blij mee :-D
marymary914 rated for Mystery Supply Swap, again! on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful PC and surprise tag!
Response: You're very welcome
mjhaertling rated for Collaboration #70 on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: What a pretty start to a card. And it got here just in time for me to send it in the current round. thanks for the pretty butterfly card too. I do love butterflies.
Response: You're very welcome :) Glad you liked the butterfly card.
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome :)
Comment: Dank je wel voor de leuke winnie-the-pooh kaart. De klassieke tekeningen zijn ook mijn favoriet, de Disney variant vind ik ook minder mooi. Fijne dag
Response: Graag gedaan :)
Comment: Wat een toeval dat ik je partner ben in beide swaps van children’s book illustration. Dank voor mooie Beatrix Potter kaart, de illustrations zijn prachtig van haar en ook de verhalen.
Response: Heel graag gedaan :)
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC #10 on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: Bedankt voor het kaartje, leuke achtergrond!
Response: Graag gedaan :) Ben benieuwd hoe het kaartje weer bij mij terug gaat komen.
HelenG6 rated for Faerie PC Swap #2 International on May 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your nice card.
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thanks for your lovely outer space card! Love it. The galaxy background is great, have fun creating more!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm happy you like it too and I will certainly have fun creating more of those.

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LizzyJo on Jul 9, 2019:

Thanks for sending home my TUT Twinchie postcard (started Nov. 11, 2018). I like that it made it all the way to the Netherlands. :-)

YooperHill on Jun 21, 2019:

Oh my! Dare I say it is my FAVORITE! Thank you for your mystery supply swap, again art. I love it!

MissPaula on May 19, 2019:

Thank you for adding to my Paris PC! Your additions were perfect. Love it!

wolfeagle on May 8, 2019:


Thank you so much for the lovely postcard for the Intl Mystery supply swap. It's beautiful.

WoodlandBanshee on May 3, 2019:

Hello! Thank you for your addition to a Collaboration postcard swap I was sent today. It is the first of I've gotten back, so it was pretty exciting.

CurlyTea on Jan 30, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

DaisyNY on Jul 11, 2018:

This is how it ended up:

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

CurlyTea on Jan 29, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

yvonne401 on Jan 27, 2018:

Welcome to IBATL! It's great to have you here!



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