Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2020 11:56 am


Date Joined: July 7, 2009
Last Online: February 6, 2020
Birthday: April 22
Country: Netherlands
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December 27, 2019: Happy Holidays!

My swap list is empty and I am taking a swapbot break for now. If you send me a message, please be a bit more patient than usual. See you next year!

Hi there - I am Marlies, mom to three teenagers. I live near Amsterdam and I work as a policy officer / online learning expert at a major Dutch university.

I have been a Swap-Bot member for a decade now. I always send my stuff in time. If, because of any circumstance, I would be unable to send before the deadline, I will contact my partner. If you did not receive a swap, please contact me! The Dutch mail system has been undergoing budget cuts and as a result, items that I (or any other Dutch resident, LOL) put in the mailbox between Friday 5 PM and Monday 5 PM will not be processed until Tuesday. This could be practical to know when you check the postal date on my envelopes.

Next resolution: I always rate. I try do to this the same day, but always asap. Feel free to message me when you wonder if your swap has arrived though.

(Please note: When a swap is late without notification or does not match the swap description, we are obligated as swappers to rate down. And when a swap does not arrive (and your partner does not offer to resend) a rating '1' is in order. This may seem harsh but it's the only way to keep Swap-Bot safe and to fight flakers.
Not rating when you are being flaked on, is potentially hurting others - even when you think you're being forgiving and easy-going!!)


For a profile based swap, you could consider sending me:

  • Tickets stabs, library cards, other vintage ephemera
  • Postcards with photography or (woodland)
  • Stickers (planner or other) - not puffy/3D
  • Herbal tea (no chai but infusions like mint, camomile, verveine, nettle)
  • Chocolate (all kinds - just no mint)
  • Die cuts
  • Colored envelopes (store bought for now - I have quite a stash of handmade envelopes of my own)
  • Plant seeds (if your local customs allow that)
  • If you can find items with a squirrel or fawn, I would love that. Little figurines (squirrel, fox, deer) too.
  • Items (charms, stamps, stickers) with clouds
  • Paint (the acrylic kind) markers
  • Blackbird, magpie or swallow themed items (pins, cards, charms, etc.)

I prefer my received postcards naked - with actual stamps. :) When we're in a postcard swap together, I don't mind free postcards as long as the other swap requirements are met. No obvious advertising cards though. Thank you.

Likes & Hobbies

My favorite travel destination is the South of England. I like piers and lighthouses and the Jurassic coast line.

Some of my favourite books/authors:
- Anything by Frederick Backman
- The night circus
- The time traveller's wife
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Paolo Giordano)
- Anything by Curtis Sittenfeld
- Anything by Annie Proulx
- Anything by Willy Vlautin

Among my favourite children's authors/illustrators are Dr. Seuss, Lauren Child, Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland. Childhood heroes!

I love everything polaroid (or instax) related. Also, items with cameras on them.

I also like retro patterns like woodgrain prints or (large) houndstooth (b&w).


At first, I felt bad about listing my dislikes, but you might as well save the shipping costs so here's a bunch of things I'd rather receive. Please:

  • NO items with moths, butterflie, spiders... phobia related.

  • NO budget stickers, disney, reward stickers and unpersonal premade notes or swapcards (if not subject of the swap).

  • NO smelly things (perfumed items or things from a smoky environment). I am very sensitive to scent. Even scented stationary gives me a headache and triggers my asthma.

  • I don't like Rooibos or Green Tea.

  • No Diddl, Disney, fairy tale figures (two exceptions: Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland, well, she's not really from a fairy tale...)

  • no recipe cards

  • no black tea
  • no candy with mint
  • no religious items or animal rights (or political) items

Please don't send me jewelry which isn't 100% nickel free - I will not be able to wear it.

I also prefer NOT to receive washi tape samples. I prefer whole rolls, or no washi at all, which is ok with me too. :)


BluBerry rated for Solstice DeStash on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Marlies! Luckily I'm doing well and there's less fires around me but luckily, I'm alright. Thank you so much for everything and I hope you're alright!
Comment: thank you so very much
Comment: Thank you for the card and lemon & ginger tea. I am not feeling great so this is the perfect tea to drink! Hope you had a lovely Christmas xxx
Comment: Love the card you sent and the stamps and stickers. Thank you!
Amelie rated for Paperlovers - quick destash INTL on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Honey, I'm just blown away by everything you sent me. all done with love and so many things. Today was a tiring day, but coming home and seeing your swap made me very happy. Thank you very much from my heart! I don't even have words to thank! I wish you the best, you are so wonderful! 💛🌻🦋🍁🍋
bluecrayons rated for Happy Profile- Winter on Dec 15, 2019
Response: Hi there, I went back and checked - looks like my GIF has disappeared from the profile post. (It turned up fine when I posted last week). Edit: never mind, it turns up fine using a PC. Your silent rating had me worried. Wishing you a lovely holiday season!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and gifts, I'm going to put them under the tree and open them on Christmas day. :)
sal410cat rated for Happy Profile- Winter on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much!!
Comment: Thank you! Can't wait to open these at Christmas!
happymailfromTN rated for Sticker destash on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Loved all of the stickers! Thank you!
mrsD rated for Sticker destash on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: amazing stickers!! thank you so much for the extras too :) xo
Comment: Thank you for the Blues and joining my swap!
Comment: Thanks for the great items, these will suit the planner i made in class yesterday.
tampatha rated for Desk de-clutter swap! on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Marlies...some amazing stuff in here that I can't wait to use...totally love that umbrella paper! Thanks so much for the wonderful goodies!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful package!! I absolutely loved all the goodies you have sent me <3 Thank you for the book! My girlfriend has read it in Bulgarian and it's one of her favorite books - an additional reason to definitely read it haha. Also, tried all the candy and the ginger bread bar was awesome, the lolipop was good and the licorice I didn't like it that much but it was okay :D Thank you for the coffee and tea as well, can't wait to try them and stickers are also very pretty. The handmade pin I liked a lot ^^ An amazing package that I appreciate you prepared for me a second time, so sorry the first package didn't reach me :/ Thanks again! P.S. Will send you a letter in return :)
Response: Dear Nikola, YAY! So glad the second attempt was succesful. I can't believe you already knew 'about' the book - I guess I did a good job reading that part of your profile? LOL. I'll swap or penpal with you anytime. *thumbs up**
phillaine rated for Themed flat envie on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice mix of botanical treats. I really enjoy the book pages and postcards you sent, and I appreciate that you sent me a decorated envelope as well. It was all very lovely. Thank you!
Response: I am so sorry, I totally missed that part! Thank you for being so generous to rate me a 5 anyway. I feel bad for not meeting the swap requirements. 😢 Summer break now but I will try to make it up to you upon my return. Edit: did you receive it yet?
Comment: You did an excellent job on your postcard! Thank you for sending something so nice to me.
stiffneck78 rated for EJ: Ephemera ATC on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: OH.....this is so LOVELY!!!! I adore this ATC. Thank you so much for the nice note and the extra tidbits. It's always nice to hear how it's made and the supplies used. I am always on the hunt for glassine envies. I just realized how to make my own. haha Thanks, again!
user6937 rated for Find me - Postcard challenge on Jun 23, 2019
Comment: I hate it when you put something down for a swap and it disappears - the "dark" card sounds like it would have been perfect for me. Thanks for trying to make up for with with extra cards and goodies!

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PrettyCraftyTales on Feb 7, 2020:

Marlies is a wonderful swap-host! She angeled and sent me pretty goodies. Lots of love 💖

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 31, 2019:


ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2019:


xthemasonsx on Dec 10, 2019:

Happy profile winter! Woohoo I figured it out😃🎅🎄 Hope you have a great holiday!

SunflowerRose on Dec 10, 2019:

Trying the happy profile post for winter.

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 2, 2019:


happy october

Jafferty on Jul 20, 2019:

Thanks for the wonderful selection of paper goodness that you sent when I won the prize for Collage Postcard with bonus RAK! I love it and feel very lucky! Thank you!!

kittyhahahotbot on Jun 21, 2019:


OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


earthnk on Mar 21, 2019:

Hi there, just mailed your handmade postcard. So Cal USA to the Netherlands hope you have it soon 😀

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