Swap-bot Time: April 27, 2017 5:28 pm


Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: April 27, 2017

Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hallo, My name is Neeltje. I am an Arts&Crafts teacher. I love to make textile art. My biggest pleasure is to create things and spreading them around the world. Love to get inspired by other creative people.

23-10-2016 Being a member of Swap Bot for a year now I have to make a statement. A lot of the wonderful swaps demand sending naked postcards. Although I love cancelled stamps on my postcards, too many times your beautiful artwork was damaged by the postal companies machinery. That hurts. Therefore I beg you to send all your swaps to me in an envelope, even if the swap rule says you have to send naked. I use most of the envelopes in my journal/scrapbook, so nothing gets spilled. I will give you an extra heart for it πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’›β€πŸ’š

Favorite Crafts

As an Arts&Crafts teacher I like all kinds of Crafts. My favourite however is making textile art on my sewingmachine. I sort of developed my own style and it has no name. Some people refer to it as crazy quilting and it has some resemblance with that. However, for quilting I don't have enough patience. I just like to put colorful fabric to a background and let it happen.

So, I like to sew, knit, crochet, collage, origami, macramΓ© and zentangle.

Favorite Colors

All the colors of the world are wonderful. I love them all. It's thrilling to go out into nature and discover the most excuisite combinations. If you look closely you can see so many wonderful things, even in a raindrop. I am a big admirer of design-seeds.com

Things I Love

Here are some things I love, amongst many other things, in no particular order. If I come up with something I'll add it to the list.

β€’ Colors

β€’ Small birds

β€’ Lime; color, taste & smell

β€’ Dancing

β€’ Old maps

β€’ Wild Flowers

β€’ Driftwood

β€’ Sea Shells

β€’ Looking at the sky

β€’ Fiber Art Magazines

β€’ Bare trees

β€’ Watercolor drawings

β€’ Baking

β€’ Handmade paper

β€’ Cut out cardboard packaging

β€’ Old Newspapers

β€’ The smell of cinnamon

β€’ Song of a blackbird

β€’ Handmade Wooden Spoons

β€’ Feathers

β€’ Small tins with candy, herbs or spices

β€’ Fancy colored tie wraps & bread clips

β€’ (vintage) Botanical Drawings


If possible, please use real stamps to send your mail. They are little worlds of wonder and give me a little insight in your country.

Please Do Not

Please don't sent blank, undecorated envelopes. Only an address and a stamp is so boring. It's a waste of space. Just draw, write, glue, stick, scratch, scribble, clutter or mess ANYTHING on to it to make it personal. I will cherish it for ever.

Favorite Books

There are many books I like. Historic novels, modern literature, thrillers. I enjoyed The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson but also Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Isabel Allende and Paul Theroux, and many many others.

Favorite Music

My taste in music is very divers. It goes from Pop to Opera. Whenever I hear something interesting I try to find out more and put it on my favorites on Spotify. If my hart makes a little jump when I hear the song again, it stays on my list.


Comment: As always, your package was beautiful!!!! I loved everything. Most of the ephemera was new to me and so easy to reuse!!! Luca owns the Dyno now and has been writing "notes" to himself... Oh and took the Yellow washi as well. Everything else is GREAT. Thank you so much for a lovely swap!!!! HUGS my dearest friend!! 😍😍😍😍
Response: Yes! I was hoping Luca would like the Dyno. Have fun putting all the ephemera to art projects! can't wait to see the picsπŸ“·
Comment: Wonderful, wonderful swap. What a beautiful and whimsical chime you sent us!! We ALL love it. It is already hanging in the terrace and I will take a picture so you see it. I can wait for the windy season so we can hear it calling the spirits β™₯β™₯β™₯ Thank you as always!!
Response: Very glad the package arrived. Hope the windshime is fun , don't think it will make a lot of noise. Love to see a picture of it.
Comment: OMG. That was a super special envelope. I love how your experiment with the zippers and the epherma turned out. And I loved the epherma, too. It was so great to see that it was out of Missouri where I lived a couple of years ago. Thank you for this great, great swap. β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
Response: It was so much fun to create this envelope and experiment with the paper and zippers. It's always a thrill to come up with some new ideas and try them out. No such thing as coincidence, my niece lives in St. Louis and visits Europe a couple of times a year. She brings me all her travel ephemera. Isn't that great.
Comment: Thanks for my lovely package, lots of pretty fabrics and the design on the envelope was very creative. Many thanks. Have a lovely Easter πŸ’•
Response: It was great fun to create this swap for you. Love to use all the bits and pieces I kept for the day that I might use them for a swap like this. So lucky there are people out there who actually like my projects. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful swap! I'm so impressed that you made this lovely purse! I love it. It's very special πŸ’• Thank You for making me smile xxx
chandlerguera rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: Awesome envelope and Dutch ephemera! I love it all. So cool that you incorporated travel ephemera and a grocery receipt into the envie. Thanks very much! xo
Response: So much fun to make mailart from the bits and pieces I can't stop to collect. Happy to make it and happy to be able to send it out to another soul who understands the emotion. Enjoy!
Comment: Wow!!!! What a fantastoc envelope. It is so excellent. I have never received a fabric envelope.before. I love it and I am going to use it for a little pouch for swap bot treasures. Thank you for the animal stickers inside, too. I love it all, thank you SO SO much!!
Response: Thank you. It was great fun to make the envelope. And to know you are going to use it to keep your swap bot treasures makes it even better. Enjoy and thank you!
Walks4Bling rated for Send Something! #4 (INTL) on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Love the ribbons and especially the BEAUTIFUL gold sand from Vietnam!! 5β˜†!!! ~W4B :)
Response: Great. It was fun to be able to sent you the sand which I dragged home with me from so far, and now even traveled further. Always good to know you are not the only person in the world who likes silly things. Thanks for the stars. ΰ»’(β˜†β€Ώβ˜†)ΰ₯­
tatipop rated for Blind Envelope - Interntional #4 on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I loved everything, specially your letter, you're so kind! :o) The small tote is soooo cute, thanks!
Response: So glad it got to you, enjoy it all.
roosje rated for Private Swap roosje/meeltje57 on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Wow, wat een prachtige kaart heb je voor me gemaakt. Ik ben er helemaal stil van, maar ook heel blij! Ik kan er maar naar blijven kijken en voelen, dat heb je met textiel mensen! Heel erg bedankt!
Response: Jeeeejjjj, blij dat ze goed is aangekomen. Het was leuk om te maken, ik hou erg van die golvende lijnen. Zie je me zitten genieten achter mijn naaimachine? Ik weet precies wat je bedoeld met dat kijken en voelen. Ik heb nog werkstukken van mijn oma en moeder en daar moet ik ook altijd even overheen strijken. Hun handen hebben al die steekjes gemaakt, het is iets magisch. Veel plezier ermee en bedankt voor deze swap.
sarahmaree rated for IS: Decorated envelope #7 INT on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: OMG this is the most beautiful envelope I have ever seen! Thank you so much!
Response: It was a great pleasure to make it. It makes me proud to know you like it so much, enjoy!!
Comment: Hi Neeltje, thank you for the great selection of ephemera & for returning the postage due amount as well. Have a great day ahead! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for my gorgeous pop art envie! It made me so happy to find it in my mail box. And the goodies are fabulous. I love the lace and ribbon, and I was just telling my husband that I wanted a little coin purse! The autumn leaves are beautiful. Thank you so much for such a well thought out swap. I love everything!! xx
Response: It is always a thrill to make someone something from their favorites. I could not be happier to read you like it all so much. Enjoy,αƒš (✿ β—•β€Ώβ—•) α“„βœ‚
Comment: Ik vind de postkaart en enveloppe erg leuk:) Leuk hoor dat je naailes geeft; ik wilde dit jaar nog naar naailes;) Bedankt!
Response: Goed om te lezen dat je de kaart leuk vindt. Het was een goeie uitdaging en ik vond het tof om te maken. Goed plan om op naailes te gaan. Het is zo leuk om zelf dingen te maken. Veel plezier alvast.
Eclectonote rated for Sew easy mail art on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: I feel extraordinarily lucky to have received your wonderful artwork! Your sewn envelope is beyond anything I could imagine - so many patterns with tulle overlays, and with crazy fantastic stitching with colorful metallic threads. The sewn-in postage stamp becomes part of the cloth! And you've included a colorful owl postcard and so many pieces of travel ephemera - I love it all! The cloth envelope is generously sized, and I'll proudly use it for postcards that I take to the cafe to write. Thank you so much for sharing your art.
Response: Thank you for this awesome comment. It's such a joyful thought to see you take my (yours now) envelope with you to the cafe. It's what you secretly hope for. Spreading little Pops of Color ( my brand name) around the world. Enjoy!
Comment: WOW!! I have never received such a beautiful, original, gorgeous, excellent made envie in my life. It is so pretty I didn't want to take out the orange ribbon! You are so talented and creative. And thank you for the post cards of lighthouses and the tree (love trees) and the lighthouse stickers. Thank you also for the paper on Den - I will have to put it in Google-translate! What a beautiful surprise. You have taken envies to a new level. I am so impressed! Wish I could give you lines of hearts!
Response: Oh my, what a very grand comment. I absolutely love to make things like this. So the pleasure is entirely mine. To find out the recipient is feeling the same about your work (or more than that) gives me joy and pride. This is what's it all about. Spreading joy and happiness, both sender and receiver. Thank you for all the hearts, I can feel them.
Comment: Thank you for the beautifully stitched PC! It is now hanging on my inspiration board. I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into making it just for me!
Response: It is always such a pleasure to make these cards. And when I read that it will have a special place I feel proud and thankful. My business name is Neeltje-Pops of Color, and that's what it is. I am spreading little pops of color around the world.
Comment: Hello Neeltje, What a gorgeous piece of Art! I absolutely just love the fabrics and ribbons you used. I like how you put the stamp in the with the fabric. I also like how you put the postage stamp with the date. This will be kept by me forever and shown to others. Thank you for all your time. Barb sleepingrover2010 P.S. Thank You for the ribbons and the die cuts you sent me as extras.
Response: Yay, glad you like it so much. It's what I like doing most and it feels so good when it's received so happily. Enjoy! and thank you for showing it to others.
nancylee rated for Handmade envie and nature mail art on Feb 8, 2017
Comment: The envelope and items are great, I love bare trees in winter and studied to volunteer with the parks department for an all 4 seasons tree project - thank you ;)
Response: Great, it found you so soon. Glad you like it, we share the love of trees.
Comment: Oh how much I love your envelope. Thank you so much for the little pouch, the fabric and your card. Even the envelope outside was super-pretty. I am so in love.
Response: Always so happy to learn a swap is so much appreciated. It was not so hard to pick nice things for you, I know what you like. Enjoy!!

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kittyhahahotbot on Feb 2, 2017:

Welcome to AMMM!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2016:


TexyDeb on Nov 28, 2016:

I am posting loving hugs for you and the things you sent for the swap! thank you

mgallardo68 on Nov 27, 2016:

wolfeagle on Oct 31, 2016:


mgallardo68 on Oct 24, 2016:

Neeltje, sooooooo happy and delighted with your swap!!! Wonderful way to start the week!!! Everything was beautiful!! β™₯β™₯

Thank you sooooo much

meeltje57 on Oct 1, 2016:

Another Collaboration Postcard came home.

Thank you Marissa, Becky and Carol

tingtinga2602 on Sep 8, 2016:

Thank you, I got your tag

meeltje57 on Aug 27, 2016:

Collaboration PC # 24 Thank you Kittin, Miss Paula & Becky. It's gorgeous.

topshelf43 on Aug 24, 2016:

I am SO glad you liked your ATCs! :) Enjoy!!

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