Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2018 6:40 am


Date Joined: July 7, 2009
Last Online: July 12, 2018
Birthday: April 22
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

I am mom of three, trying to settle in my roaring forties. I live in a small town in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam, with my three teenage kids, my husband, a pet rabbit and a little blue budgie.

I work as an instruction designer / online learning expert at a major Dutch university.

Favorite Crafts


Art journaling,

Mixed Media/paint

Planner/bullet journal

I love to get out my GelliPlates to create funky backgrounds with acrylic paints! Please PM me if you want some - I would love to do a private swap with you and receive whatever is your craft in return.

Favorite Books

Anything by Jonathan Tropper

The night circus

The time traveller's wife

The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Paolo Giordano)

Anything by Curtis Sittenfeld

Anything by Annie Proulx

Favorite Music

People used to tell me I was born at least a decade late. :-)

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 loooove woodland items (mushrooms, foxes, squirrels, trees, acorns, owls), cute birds, hot air balloons, type writers, rainbows!__ I love items with rainbows on it!__ . I love rubber or acrylic stamps with these subjects.

(Please no reward stickers, very childish/cute stickers or Disney stickers).

Among my favourite authors/illustrators are Dr. Seuss, Lauren Child, Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland.

I like charms and rubber stamps and badges and coin purses and magnets. And laser cut veneer wood FLAT thingies to use on cards or layouts. I love bunting, too.

Turquoise/teal/petrol are my favorite color. I also 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.

If you're from Australia: I once received TimTam's and I loved loved loved them! Would like to receive those.


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:

  • 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 or candy with mint
  • NO dog items
  • no religious items or animal rights (or political) items

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.

Thought Cloud

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.


My kids


I have 2 boys (aged 16 and 10) but they're not really into small treasures.

My 13 yr old daughter though, loves horses and ponies. She likes stickers, washi tape, lip gloss and funny magnets for her white board.

She loves to craft with paper and shrink art. She also loves to read (she's learning English in school).


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)

Washi paper

Paint markers

Blackbird or swallow themed items (pins, cards, charms, etc.)

Wood veneer lasercut shapes

Rubber or acrylic stamps with hot air balloons, type writers or sewing machines

Airmail items

Typewriter/cash register/retro stuff

Silver stud earrings

Pretty PLANNER stuff

Polaroid stuff (I own a Fuji instax mini)

My Planner

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).


Comment: Thank you for the letter. You used such beautiful stationary! :) I plan to write back. :)
Comment: Thank you so much! Yes, I love both the kraft and the cork ones also. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
khronicole rated for Woodland ATC on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: I received the envelope today :) I love everything in it, the deer, the cute little zip up bag, the marine paper items - thank you so much for angel-ing and setting up this swap with me! Have a nice day!
Saba rated for Blind Envelope - International #17 on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: What a fun swap - loved it! Thank you!
Cosychaos rated for Journal out of ad cards on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Thankyou so much for your Ad card journal, marliese! It's absolutely beautiful, you have put so much work into it. There are some really nice cards in there and you have given me some nice ideas for my next handmade journal :)
Comment: Dear Marliese, thanks so much 😊 My sister was excited like a child. ❤I asked her if these will be "useful", & she said, "of course, I will do "something-something " " She wanted to thank you, I told her that I will. This was fab & so much fun! I hope my swap will reach you soon too!
angelasunshine3 rated for Everyday favourite items on Mar 11, 2018
Comment: Wow! I got your swap today and it's LOVELY! I love every single thing you sent to me! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! Thank you so much! You really took care to see what I like and sent me such a beautiful swap!! Thank you 1000 times!! I would love to do another private swap with you! <3 <3 <3
Avi rated for TIAZ: One Word Swap on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you
dancingDog rated for ISS: Scrappy Background ATC on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: lovely - your card made me smile. love the trim too!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Dank je wel voor je gezellige doos met heerlijke dingen om de komende periode door te komen. Gaat zeker lukken! En die Londen kaarten vind ik helemaal geweldig!
Response: Blij dat je ze leuk vindt, niet echt binnen het thema maar gezien je profiel kon ik het niet laten om deze set kaarten te gebruiken voor deze swap. :)
Wildchild rated for Quick and Easy Profile message #4 on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: This was super cute, thank you!
Comment: Hello, Thank you for the profile message. I am new here and I really love swap-bot already! Thanks again and happy New Year for you too!
Comment: Thank you for the nice card :)! I remember these Elmer-books were one of my kids´ favourites... Happy New Year to you too!
Comment: Thank you for the most lovely package of goodies! I like all of it!
Comment: Thank you for this very generous package! I of course unwrapped everything :) My boyfriend and me absolutely LOVE the chocolate rolls!!! And the wooden card is really beautiful. Thank you.
Comment: Hello Marlies, I will thank you in english. I LOVE your very diverse package with so many gems. Even though we are both dutch, you did'nt need to worry, there were absolutely no doubles in the package. It is all completely new to me. How about that? Thank you ♥
trogers4 rated for ★ FULL ENVELOPE #7 ★ on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the cool goodies! It really made my day.

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Chelle on Apr 30, 2018:

Thank you for the lovely teas you sent for the Cheap Postage Tags Intl! :)

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

Poftoffel on Feb 18, 2018:

Bedankt voor de leuke spulletjes! Ik ga er wat moois mee maken :D

anicka22 on Feb 17, 2018:

Dankjewel voor de mooie RAK!

mgallardo68 on Feb 1, 2018:

I just received my Shabby Chic Scrapbook mini kit you sent me for the Cheap Postage Tag International! and I LOVE IT! Thank you so much!! ♥♥

XiaAshlee on Jan 13, 2018:

Hello from the US! My name is Xia. I see you are from the Netherlands. How neat! I have always wanted to visit there. I actually tried to find a pen pal from where you are from on PenPal World but had no luck. Hope you are having a good start to the new year! Also I feel like I could honestly copy and paste your wish list from your page to mine because I love all the same things you do. Hahaha

Best of wishes


ancientgreed on Jan 10, 2018:

Hello! My name is Tagreed. I see that you like journaling!! Me too! I only got into it early january 2017, but now that I've been doing it daily for a year, I absolutely love it as a hobby. I'm also really into decorative journal items like washi tape as well ❤❤❤ I hope you're having a good year so far! -Tagreed

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djacesong on Jan 10, 2018:

Good Day! Hello from Watsonville, California!!! I am Dolan (djacesong) < Not a Dj really, but I write Poems and love it, so I make music/songs out of POEMS! why not right? Your ROARING 40's you say? I am 46 and I charge hard like a 22 year old !


Arhel on Feb 6, 2016:

Welcome to the "Hand-Drawn or Painted swaps" group - I hope you have fun in our swaps! :) Best wishes!

UrsaMinor on Jun 24, 2015:

Haha! I just mentioned the little piece of soap on a string and the Silly Things swap from last October to my partner last night. The soap hangs in our bathroom and I use it to wash my face when I shower. Welcome back to swapping :)

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