Swap-bot Time: June 25, 2017 3:29 pm


Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: June 25, 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€’ Foreign texts, handwritten or printed

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.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.


Comment: What a magnificent envelope! Always wonderful to see you! And what a awesome puzzle business card! Woot! The Sword fish Animal postcard? I dont think I have that one. Thank you for that postcard. And little Kitty? I havent seen those either. Such a treat! THANK YOU!!!
jkendall0023 rated for Let's Get Washi! 6 on Jun 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much
camelsamba rated for Map It Mail Art on Jun 22, 2017
Comment: This was a very clever piece of mailart. I like the booklet, but even more fascinating was posting the letter on the OUTSIDE. By the way, it traveled just fine. Thanks!!
Response: Thanks, great to know this wrapping works.
Wooper rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #15 on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap! The envelope is amazing, I love that you used sewing for it! :) Also everything you sent made me happy. Thank you for replacing the tea with ATC too! You really made this swap great!
Response: Thank you, sewing is my passion. Always happy when my partner is happy. Making is the first moment of joy, sending the second, and learning that it has arrived and warmly welcomed, the best. Enjoy!
Lookitskoti rated for Happy Mail *NEWBIE FRIENDLY* on Jun 18, 2017
Comment: Omg this has been my favorite item I ever received! I loooooove the envelope you made! Your postcard pic is beautiful and I love the At! Thank you for the magnet for the fridge! And I will be drinking the tea today! I would love to see that museum I love nature art! Have a lovely day!
Response: Thank you, so glad it made you happy. This museum is my favorite and the botanical drawings are a dream. Enjoy !!
scousesquirrel rated for Happy Mail *NEWBIE FRIENDLY* on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for my mail. The envelope is one of the most beautiful and amazing things I have seen - you are so talented. Thank you soooo much I love it and my postcards x
Response: Thank you, it was so much fun to make it. And knowing my partners like it this much makes it even better. Enjoy !!
Pudden rated for Blind Envelope - Interntional #7 on Jun 13, 2017
Comment: Hello Neeltje, Thank you very much for this swap, I was amazed by the envelope, it was like a puzzle, what I enjoyed the most was trying to find the opening...it got really happy went I got this mail.....you are very creative, job well done...keep it up...best wishes Kavita
Response: So glad the swap arrived, it didn't even took that long. I was exited to sent to Trinidad and Tobago, it sounds so exotic and far far away. Very happy you like my work and sorry for the hard to find opening αƒš (✿ β—•β€Ώβ—•) α“„βœ‚
Giddyanni rated for IS: Decorated envelope #10 INT on Jun 1, 2017
Comment: WOW! Thank you so much for the gorgeous swap, I love the envie and will hang it where I can see it, to give inspiration when I am crafting😍😍It really is brilliant! Thank you for the beautiful ribbons too, they are lovely. And your sweet note.. great swap!!!!!
Response: Thank you, it was great fun to make the envelope. And to learn you will hang it as an inspiration for your crafts is a big pleasure and compliment. Enjoy making new things with the ribbon, have fun with it.
Comment: What an awesome and gorgeous present...yes, present, this was! I am incredibly in love with your envelope and just keep turning it over and over examining all the wonders! And then all the interesting goodies inside...just an all around amazing swap. Thank you for making this such an incredible mail day!
Response: You make me blush. I loved to make this and am so happy you fell in love with it. So good to know I am not the only fool who can feel like this over stuff like this. Isn't Swap Bot a great place to meet ?! ΰ»’(❀‿❀)ΰ₯­
dally rated for WIYM: SUMMER Ephemera Swap on May 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies Neeltje! Great selection of summer ephemera. I was very impressed with your envelope! It's gorgeous, I love it!!
Response: The pleasure was mine. Love to make these envelopes and even better to send them out and discover they are gladly received. Enjoy!!
Comment: This book is one of the most lovely pieces of ephemera art I've ever received! I love every part of it - just kept looking and looking last night! I've thought of doing more paper collage with my sewing machine, but I can't even get to it at the moment. :-) Thanks so much for making it for me! By the way, I did tear off your note (after much hemming and hawing!), but I put it in the clear pocket as one of my "treasures!"
Response: So good to read you like the book, it was great fun to make it. Big part of the fun is sending it and wait for the comment. Couldn't be better !! Enjoy !!
DLRodrigues rated for AMMM: Blind Envelope Swap on May 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the ephemera - my absolute favourite thing to receive!!!!!
Response: You're welcome, have fun with it!!
PoetaMisteriosa rated for Handmade with Love on May 23, 2017
Comment: I loved his originality, had never seen anything like it. thanks
Response: Thank you.
Beat rated for Private Swap Beat/meeltje 57 on May 22, 2017
Comment: πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’—β€πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’ŸπŸ’žπŸ’ŒHoly moon and meatballs what a bliss. I can not stop smiling. πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’ŸπŸ’œπŸ’› This made my day 😁😊😁😊😁 I manage to pick up other things you wanted, will send it soon. Thank you very, very much. Van gogh is really special for meβ€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œ
Response: Thank you so much. It makes me happy to see what Vincent does to you. Will be on the outlook for van Gogh ephemera for you ᕦ(β–€ΜΏ Ω„Νœ β–€ΜΏ)✎ Can't wait to see what you found for me
Comment: Thank you soooo much! So happy that I got another piece of your AHHH-MAAAAYYYY-ZZZIINGGGGG sewn Mail Art to hoard - oh and of course some awesome swap goodies, too. I always marvel at your talent!
Response: O my, so many compliments, you make me blush ຈ(β™₯˘⌣˘β™₯)ຈ It was a pleasure to make this swap for you. Enjoy!
MamaMangrove rated for MA: Sender's Choice May 2017 on May 21, 2017
Comment: THANK YOU for your creatively stitched envelope, Neeltje, plus all the thoughtfully chosen goodies inside. Sorry for the abrupt end to our last communication. The death of my computer & a couple of personal crises intervened. Always a delight to get mail from you, my talented friend.
Response: Thank you. Hope you are doing OK now. Always happy to get you as my partner.
Comment: LOVE this, i love sewing paper..making paper..sewing and paper..mm that's me. I will certainly put this to use. THANKS!!
Response: Great! It was so much fun to put it together and figure out how to make it work. Did I tel you the date on the plane tag ( april 5- 2017) is the birthday of our grandson? I probably did ΰ»’(❀‿❀)ΰ₯­ Enjoy!!
tigermousecat rated for IS: Decorated envelope #9 INT on May 16, 2017
Comment: I wish I could give you a dozen hearts. You truly outdid yourself! The envelope was so much fun I almost did not want to open it. Love all the sewing. I am still seeing all sorts of neat images. The items inside and the note was another delight. Mind you I do not think I have ever seen a nude gnome before though I have gone skinny dipping with a few trolls...That is another long story..
Response: Haha, it was so much fun making this swap, and it even got better when I found out I had a nude gnome for you. Would love to hear the skinny dipping troll story.
Comment: Thank you so much!! The envelope is so gorgeous, I didn't want to open it! I managed to open it though without ruining it :)
Response: Always very happy when mail arrives and finds a welcome home. It was a great adventure to make the envelope. Enjoy!!
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“·

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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:


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!!

grandmaroro on Jul 30, 2016:

My daughter just left to take your Ephemera Scavenger Hunt envelope to the post office. I do apologize for waiting until the last day to mail. Best wishes.

meeltje57 on Jul 21, 2016:

Look what Donna, Beth and Yooper did to my Coll PC. Thank you so much ladies, πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’›.

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