Swap-bot Time: May 20, 2018 9:10 am


Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: May 20, 2018

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 💙💜💛❤💚💕

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, macramé 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.

  • Colors

  • Small birds

  • Lime; color, taste & smell

  • Dancing

  • Old maps

  • Wild Flowers

  • Driftwood

  • Sea Shells

  • Looking at the sky

  • Fiber Art Magazines

  • Bare trees

  • Watercolor drawings

  • Baking

  • Handmade paper

  • Cut out cardboard packaging

  • Old Newspapers

  • Foreign texts, handwritten or printed

  • The smell of cinnamon

  • Song of a blackbird

  • Handmade Wooden Spoons

  • Feathers

  • Small tins with candy, herbs or spices

  • Fancy colored tie wraps & bread clips

  • (vintage) Botanical Drawings

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.6-1-2017 Just read I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, couldn't stop reading.

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.

A lot of wind today


Comment: Oh, I wish I could give you a thousand hearts for this incredible and generous swap! Thank you so much for telling me about King’s Day. It sounds really fun. And orange! 🙂 I absolutely love the book you sewed for this. And I can’t wait to use the stickers and stationery you’ve included. The kids love their gifts too. Thank you!!
Johkup rated for Decorated tote swap on May 4, 2018
Comment: I received your tote today :) Thanks for the lovely extras!! I love it
RooBaRoo rated for Boiled paper #2 - Your theme - on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: I like your boiled paper alright! They have" character". Congratulations to the newlyweds, & all the Best Wishes for the newborn! In a comment about the extras ........ (My jaw dropped to the floor!!!)
Response: Thank you for your reaction and all the sweet words in the comment section, it makes me feel so happy. For me the fun of swapping is in the creating and sharing. The joy doubles when a package arrives and finds a happy welcome. Enjoy it all. Love the extra heart you sent, it's so colorful 💙💜💛❤💚💕
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package!!!!! Loved it!!!!!!!
Response: Happy you like it. Always great to learn a package has arrived safely. Enjoy using the die-cuts!
Comment: thank you so much for the die cuts and all the extras! Did you make the album thingie yourself? Its really cool :)
Response: Great, you like it. Yes, I make little books all the time. Love to use all the pretty paper I cannot stop collecting. Sometimes I put clear pockets inside, sometimes note paper. One way or the other, I like to sew paper together and make something useful of it. Enjoy !!
toni rated for CC: Sender's Choice Feb 2018 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: You sent much more than a postcard and I loved it. Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks. I know I do sent a bit much, I cannot help it. Cannot stop putting extra's into these envelopes. There is so much I like to share, I get carried away most of the time. Hope you can put it to use. It was a pleasure to sent ❤(◕‿◕)❤
Comment: OMGosh, so much fun in one envelope!! Such a great idea to sew an ephemera folder, and with pockets :D! Love the “disability card” with Braille, and the brilliant calendar that can be used for ANY year. Thanks tons!
Response: Great, it is always fun to have you as my partner and a challenge to find special items for you. Happy you like it, enjoy!!
Bananers rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #2 on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: I loved everything that you sent. It's a shame that I can only give one heart, because this envelope deserves so many more! Thank you so much!!
Response: Great, a lot of fun to sent. Always happy to find out my partner likes it too. Enjoy ❤(◕‿◕)❤
loveualatte rated for AMA: Sender's Choice-Feb on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Neeltje ❤! You always overwhelm me with your creativity and generousity ❤. I wish I could give you a hundred hearts ❤❤❤. I'm thinking about what to send you next my lovely friend ❤.
Response: So happy it all arrived safely. Always hope you can use everything I sent you. Somehow I cannot stop putting things in my swaps I think my partner might like. I love tho share my treasures, especially with you 💙💜💛❤💚💕
Ikran3 rated for PBS: Little Yellow Surprise Swap on Feb 18, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness how on earth do you make something like that??? It's incredible!!! Totally love it, thank you so much - would give you a lot more than one heart! Also the pineapple teatolwel is brilliant - love that too, however my son's girlfriend is massively into pineapples so I'm going to save it to give to her as she will go mad for it! ;-)
Response: Happy to find out you like what I sent. It was great fun to put this swap together. Searching around my workroom for items. It's like a voyage of discovery every time. Great you can surprise your son's girlfriend with the towel. The more happy people the merrier 💙💜💛❤💚💕
rngstgstll rated for Boiled paper - botanical - on Feb 17, 2018
Comment: Wow, what a remarkable package! I do love the papers that you created, especially the pine and grass-like leaves, the rose petals and a paper whose vegetation I can't identify but involved purple flowers and rose petals as well :) The extras were over the top, including the decorated envelope, the adorable pouches, the dish towel, and my favorite -- the adventurous television host cuddling various animals. I was particularly taken with the way he adored the leech on his arm! The stickers that went with the cards are also beautiful. Thank you for a fun swap and a very unexpected package :)
Response: Hahaha, LOL you like the nature stickers with Freek. He is an over the top enthusiast, as you can see. Making the boiled paper is a real adventure and you never know how it turns out. I like that, just see what happens and go from there. Great that you like all the other things as well, I love to send as much as possible in my envelopes. Enjoy ໒(❤‿❤)७
crystalite rated for AMMM: Spell it out on Feb 17, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness....what a fabulous swap package! You are so very generous, and I just love all that you sent, especially the book you sewed together! Thank you, thank you, thank you Neeltje! You are a wonderful swap partner!
Response: This swap was so much fun to do. I have so many things in my stash to send. Figuring out how to fit it in to this swap was great fun. And sewing the books is an obsession of me, there is no end to the possibilities. Have fun with it !!
ladeebug rated for HG: Send a Snowflake on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: How do I say thank you for such a wonderful package, completely blown away by it. You are such a generous person, thank you, thank you, thank you, I loved everything. I will use the fabric in my sewing crafts, the snowflakes will be decorating my tree next christmas, they are so much like the ones my mom used to make when I was a child. I learned to crochet just a few years ago, but don't do the fine stuff. I have knit since I was young, but as I said the crocheting has been a new thing to me. I wish I could read what it says on the book cover and the post cards, but I did not learn a second language, I spent my spare time in art class. the pictures are so nice, I love the scenes, old building are a special interest of mine. I love the old barns near to where I live now, with their slate roofs and moss and rusty old equipment that lays out in the fields rotting and rusting. Makes me want to grab my sketch pad . I will remember you and this swap for some time, thank you for looking at my profile and filling so much of my interests. Please keep in touch and if I can do something for you , please let me know, if I can fill and interest of yours I will try to recipicate. Marcia ladeebug
Response: It is so much fun to fill an envelope to the max. Your profile gave me much inspiration. Would love to see your drawing, that is something I am not skilled in. Would you care for a PS?
Comment: Thank you for the kawaii items!
Response: You're welcome, enjoy!!
m3i5 rated for Knit, Crochet, Sew: January 2018 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Hoi Neeltje, Dank je wel voor je leuke portemonneetje en de mooie ansichtkaarten! :)
Response: Graag gedaan. Het is leuk om speciale dingen te sturen. Veel plezier ermee.
jn6754 rated for CPG Flat Happy Mail #2 (Global) on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Wow, Wow, Wow! You get 100 hearts! I’m speechless. You really blew my mind on this. I love everything! I was excited just for the package you sent it in. Thank you is not enough for this. Thank you!
Response: Happy to learn it made you happy. Always my pleasure to sent happy mail.
HilC rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #1 on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: WOW!! Thank you so much for the extremely generous package! I absolutely LOVE the paper pads you sent, and the beautiful pouch that you made. You really didn't need to do all that. Thank you!!! :) You are wonderful.
Response: It is hard for me to stop putting things in envelopes ever I get started gathering things for a swap. It is just the way I am. You should see my workspace, I have to live 1000 years to give away all I have gathered. Happy to share and happy when you are. Enjoy!!
mandigutterrose rated for I Need More Tea! on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Oh my dear, THANK YOU for your thoughtfulness and generosity! You have brightened our household today and words can't express my appreciation!!!!
Response: Putting together a swap is part of the fun for me. Very happy it arrived and exited you like it so much. Imagining the surprise on your faces opening it gives me so much joy. It's all about sharing in happiness that matters !
Comment: Oh wow - what can I say? This was one of the best surprises I ever received in the mail :) Thank you SO much for all the lovely things you sent me, you really made my day and I wish I was able to give you more than just one heart. I love the tea (the Dutch grey is one of my favourites), the crochet pattern book (how great is that?), the little "bin" plus instructions on how to make one, oh and the coffee is really great as are the postcards. Thanks so much for reading my profile :) Have a great 2018 and lots of happy swap experiences!
Response: Great, it was so much fun to make this swap. Happy it arrived safely and you like it. Enjoy !!
mgallardo68 rated for Boiled paper - botanical - on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful package Neeltje!! I checked both envelopes and no idea why they returned you the original one, both addresses are exactly the same! But good thing is it has finally arrived and I LOVED IT!!! Beautiful paper quality (please tell me the weight)! Did you use roses? It seemed for me you did or something similar, some of the pages have a pretty flower design! Loved the botanical extra documents you included, they are AMAZING!! Thank you so much for a beautiful swap!!! ♥♥♥
Response: Can you believe this, it only took 12 days in the end to reach you. The paper I used is 120 grams drawing paper. The other paper I cannot tell, just some paper lying around with no reference. Yes, I used roses, love the leaves especially. The flowers are probably Alstroemeriaceae and I used lose leaves of the Chrysanthemum. I am ready for my next batch. Have some different eucalyptus leaves, they turn out red, did you know?✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿

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hollycm6 on May 11, 2018:

(As soon as I read your profile I thought “Hey, I have that stuff!” :-)

hollycm6 on May 11, 2018:

Thank you for letting me know it was received (that arrived rather quickly!) and I’m so happy you liked the little items I added! :-)

RooBaRoo on Apr 9, 2018:

Oh my God, Neeltje!! Such generous extras!! I looked at the envelope & wondered if an RAK was due?

Thanks for the full set of Sticky notes, the book, the lovely stickers for my daughter, & the coin purse of your own brand :) But what I love the most is the folder that you have sewn, by incorporating the botanically dyed paper - it's "neat" in every sense, & it's just delightful! I'm going to store the handmade PCs & the Art journal pages that i receive, in it.

I'm overwhelmed!!! (My daughter thanks you too!)

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

mgallardo68 on Feb 21, 2018:

mgallardo68 on Jan 10, 2018:

Neeltje, if you fancy, today is the last day to sign up for Boiled paper #2 - Your theme -!! Hugs

Onyx on Dec 26, 2017:

Absolutely LOVE the Happy Holidays art you made out my envelope - you are so creative, and it looks great! Wishing you a wonderful, mail-filled new year.

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 2, 2017:

Welcome to AMMM!

TexyDeb on Nov 28, 2016:

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

wolfeagle on Oct 31, 2016:


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