Hi there, time for a profile update. 😊
I am Marlies from the Netherlands - mom to three teenagers. I live near Amsterdam and I work as an instruction designer / online learning expert at a major Dutch university.
Always looking for more Instagram pen pal friends!
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
People used to tell me I was born at least a decade late, as I like music from the 80’s so much.
Ska, Punk and New wave music make my heart jump. Some of my favourite bands are the Cure, the Pixies, Blondie and Depeche Mode.
But I also love all projects Paul Heaton was ever involved in (like the Beautiful South), and the same goes for Neill Finn.
Please check out my wish list below.
I love items featuring hot air balloons, type writers, rainbows! I love items with rainbows on it!__ .
I also like to receive planner or project life items. And pretty, carefully made (mixed media) ATC’s.
Among my favourite authors/illustrators are Dr. Seuss, Lauren Child, Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland.
I like charms and pins... rubber stamps and badges and coin purses and magnets. I love bunting, too.
My favorite holiday destination is the South of England. I like piers and lighthouses and the Jurassic coast line.
I also like retro patterns like woodgrain prints or (large) houndstooth (b&w).
I love everything polaroid (or instax) related. Also, items with cameras on them.
When you are thinking of sending me chocolate, I love that! Just not anything with mint. I love chocolate bars with peanutbutter filling, (like Kitkat or anything Reese's) but also Doubledeckers, most Cadbury bars, you name it.
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 don't like to receive. Please:
Also, I have no use for postcards of your town. I don't participate in postcard swaps and it's really a waste to send them to me. I throw them out eventually.
Please don't send me jewelry which isn't 100% nickel free.
Please don't send me scraps or clippings unless it is the specific purpose of the swap. I also prefer NOT to receive washi tape samples. I prefer whole rolls, as the samples always tear.
Note to my Dutch partners: please no Zeeman/Action items.
Kids laughter, ukelele, graphic design, chocolate, the smell of a freshly mowed lawn, spring, log cabins, crosswords, magazines, miniatures, Blythe, strong black coffee, book stores, fresh new notebooks, craft supplies, drawing, writing, children's books, instructional design, karaoke, cotton, silkscreen, e-learning, satisfaction, rocking chairs, porches, hot tubs, bubbles, champaign, love, my DH, Dorset, the beach, furry animals, clever birds.
I really, really like to receive:
White chocolate milk (instant)
Nice hair clips / barrettes
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
Washi tape rolls (not samples)
Blackbird or swallow themed items (pins, cards, charms, etc.)
Rubber or acrylic stamps with hot air balloons, type writers or sewing machines
Typewriter/cash register retro stuff
Silver stud earrings
Pretty PLANNER stuff
Polaroid items (I own a Fuji instax mini)
I use Paperchase A5 binders for my planner! I am participating in the UNPLANNER project by Art to the 5th, and I use all kinds of papers and dividers in these binders.
So that's Paperchase A5 - 3 ring binders. The binder itself (outside) measures (approx) 23 x 19 cm. The refill page size is 8,5 x 6 inches.
I usually punch the 3 holes myself to be sure the contents fit. If you're in a planner swap with me I love it when you just leave some room for this on one side.
EDIT: Just ordered a filofax A5 binder (6 holes), would love to receive filling for that. (July 2017)
I am also looking for project life/photo pockets to fit in these binders. (the transparent kind).
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