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Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: March 24, 2023

Country: Netherlands
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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.

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

  • Handmade

  • 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

  • Patterned tissue paper

  • Die-cuts

  • Foreign texts, handwritten or printed

  • The smell of cinnamon

  • Song of a blackbird

  • Handmade Wooden Spoons

  • Colorful Band-Aid

  • Small tins with candy, herbs or spices

  • Fancy colored tie wraps & bread clips

  • (vintage) Botanical Drawings

Please Do Not

Please don't send fabric. My stash is so big, I could cover my whole country and still have scraps left. The only fabric I am looking for right now is cat fabric. Not the fabric your cat has been lying on, but fabric with cats on it. If you are looking for fabric, I am more than happy to send you some.

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. In 2019 the book that moved me most was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. 2020 so far: The eight life (for Brilka): Nino Haratischvili and, finally, Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada.

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.

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Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful package!! It made me very happy! I love how you packaged everything up and how you worked to find ways to fulfifl the swap. (It wasn't easy for me either!!) It turned out perfect! <3 <3 Have a safe and warm Christmas!
Comment: Wow, this is the most SPECTACULAR assortment of goodies I have ever received, thank you!!! The envelope is gorgeously decorated and the contents are absolutely breathtaking, and so unique! One heart is not enough! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Inesrv rated for CPG: Butterfly Happy Mail - GLOBAL on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much Neeltje for all these butterflies items! And the envelope was pretty as well. You have a caravan? How cool!! What's your plans? Love, Inês
Comment: I had so much fun looking through this envelope! Which was so beautifully collaged, btw! So many wonderful handmade little things. I love the way you stitched on some of the wrappers & turned them into art 💜💜
Comment: Thank you for another great package. I really loved getting a glimpse into your life, and love that there was quite a lot of non-english ephemera.
Comment: Wow what a fabulous package to receive! The paper clusters were really nicely done. I love the envelope you created and to include that extra booklet was just amazing. Thanks for putting so much effort and time into this swap.
susieq11 rated for MAIL ART - SUMMER on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: THANK YOU!! Oh, what a beautiful, heartfelt swap! I don’t have the words to tell you how much I love it and how grateful I am! It’s just the happiest mail! The envelope is so fun and fabulous and then you’ve filled it with a sweet letter, postcards, cards, rubber stamps, tons of paper fun, a gorgeous crochet flower pin, little fabric hearts, bookmark, paper bin… I’ll be looking through it for days! Thank you for the inspiration - your words filled me with the loveliest thoughts of summer! I followed your Instagram page too! I’m going to send you some mail soon! Thank you for joining and I feel so lucky to have been your partner! It’s so nice hearing from you and you’ve spoiled me! XOXO Enjoy summer!!!!!
Comment: Oh my goodness Neeltje!!! This is the best swap I have received in awhile!! The envelope alone was sparking my interest. It's so cute! And then...the INSIDE! That illustrated folder and the lovely ephemera included are my faves! Thank you!! I hope to swap again some day.
Comment: Neeltje, today your Jumbo Envelope was waiting for me when I came home. It's a first swap i received till date, in such a wonderful Envelope and amazing boiled paper and wooden pencil. I never saw such pencil before. Garbage bin, flower, handmade envies are lovely. Garbage bin is really wonderful. And Ton of thanks for the postcards with fish stamps. If permits I cud give you more and more and more Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
ellie rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Mail ARt- May on May 20, 2022
Comment: I felt like it was my birthday when I received your swap . Thank you so much for all the work you did on the envelope. I absolutely love it. What can I say about all the stuff that you added to the envelope. Please know that I will put it to good use and have fun while I'm doing it. I am still trying to open the bins🐝
Response: Great, I am very happy you like it all so much. Did you manage to open the bins yet? Send me an email if you need any help.
GypsieJ rated for Happy Mail- sender's choice #2 on May 17, 2022
Comment: Oh Neeltje, where do I start! Your package arrived just as I was heading to work and I could not wait to get home to open it. The decorated envelope was a great clue that you had some good things in store for me…so now I am drinking a cup of tea you sent and I immediately hung the ceramic platypus from my art shelf…I am calling him Pete😊 To mention all of the lovely extras you sent would turn into a small book, but I want you to know I love them all and instantly got so many ideas. Also, thank you for the little desk top garbage bins and adding the instructions on how to make them. The fabric hearts are so cute, I don’t want to stick them on a card…so I am going to drop some essential oil on them and use them as little air fresheners! Again, thank you and I hope we get to trade again sometime 🤗
Response: Thank you so much for your sweet words. It makes me so happy to read, especially about Pete. And such a clever idea about the hearts. Your comment makes this Happy Mail Swap one of the best. The Happy song will stay in my head for a long time 😊🎶
AlisonKingWriter rated for LSRUS: Let's Recycle! on Apr 21, 2022
Comment: oh my! What a REVELATION bins are!!! I will absolutely be making these for ages to come!! Brilliant (and, of course, the GORGEOUS folder. Amazing! <3 AL
Response: Don’t you love the bins, I have them all over my workroom. Thanks for the comment and the heart, it was my joy to make it all.
thatsmemyk rated for meeltje57 & thatsmemyk #3 on Dec 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the thoughtful goodies, as usual! I always enjoy swapping with you :)
Comment: Neeltje, I am amazed by this very generous swap and beautifully decorated envelopes! I am sorry to hear about your sister. How nice that you have these cards to share her artwork with the world. She was very talented! I opened one of the gifts, the folded pocket with stickers, origami ornaments and the card making idea. Thank you so much! I love having these little surprises to open throughout December, so I will wait to open the rest of them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Response: Did you get both the envelopes? That makes me very happy. I loved creating all the surprises and am very glad they will bring you some joy in the coming month. Have a wonderful Holiday Season too!
coffeef1rst rated for Floral Themed Mail on Sep 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful package and all the lovely things you sent. I was so hesitant to open it because of the work you obviously put into it but I eventually did:)
fifikitty91 rated for Christmas Present Swap on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much
Response: Thank you.
fortannam rated for Holy sCrap Mail Art on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the amazing envelope of goodies!! I love your scrappy postcard and all the papers and fabrics to use! I'll get to be a grandma in November! I've been sewing like crazy! Thank you for the lovely note as well!
Response: Great, it's good to know it is with you now. Isn't it fun how we can use every scrap to make happy mail? I love it!! Thanks for the rating the heart and the comment.
MaddiV17 rated for 🍄 Nature Themed Snail Mail 🐛 on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Holy Cow!!! This is the best swap I have evert received!! I love everything you sent sooo much!! Especially the flower chain and the cards! Thank you thank you thank you!!
Response: So happy this one made it and pretty quick too. Thank you for the rating, the heart and your comment. The flower chain is so much fun to make, I love that you love it.
ccap rated for meeltje57 and ccap profile swap on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Well goodness gracious! Thank you so much! What a wonderful parcel. Even the packaging is lovely. I'm going to have a hard time throwing this one out. Yes, I have had Stroopwafels before (I have quite a number of Dutch friends) but goodness I am looking forward to having one of those later today. But honestly, the two very favourite parts of the package are the pouch and the card. I had to call my daughter over to show her the pouch. I just love it so much! And the card: You're probably not going to believe me but I actually started crying with the card. I absolutely LOVE that you honour both your sister and your father in a note to me. I am a very nostalgic woman and if I were to find a pen of my father's I would so desperately want to use it as well. Thanks again!
Response: Thank you so much for your sweet words. It feels so good to know how much a swap is appreciated. To feel such a connection with a “stranger” gives me a kick. It was so great swapping with you. Love to have another go.
katierose rated for Put flowers on # april 2021 on May 15, 2021
Comment: Neeltje, thank you SO much for this beautiful swap! I love everything especially all the rose themed items you so thoughtfully chose for me. I enjoyed reading your nice note as well. I would love to have a big collection of old sewing machines some day! Thank you again and take care 🙂
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. Always so happy when a swap arrives, this one took over 5 weeks! It was good fun to make you this, and it's even more fun to know it's with you now. Enjoy!

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katjl on Mar 18, 2023:

Thank you for the wonderful package I received from you. So much misc stuff I can use. I love doing 5d painting too and I have tons of extra beads. I’ll have to make something with them like you did. Thank you very much. 😀

fishsteak on Mar 14, 2023:

Thank you for the amazing RAK! It made me so happy to see it in my mailbox. I tried making an ATC with fabric once, but never had the stash to try making more. I am inspired to now! I am amazed by all the ephemera and the Japanese map is a treasure (I might have to frame it instead of using it for art). I was also pleased to see a bit of your art in the package and the wonderful envelope you made.

annanymark on Mar 14, 2023:

I recieved the RAK-sharing from you yesterday and WOW! You sent me so much and it was all so beautiful ❤️ I’m in a rough period in life right now and to get this RAK was so great. I cried when opening it, of joy that is. Everything was so nicely done and you put so much effort in it so it would fit me, and it sure did ❤️❤️❤️

honeyblossom on Mar 1, 2023:

Thank you so much for Sharing RAK. I was smiling before I even opened the envelope. You did the outside really cute. Then when I looked inside you had made it just as cute. So much that I enjoyed looking through it as much I think as I'm going to have using it. It was a nice addition to have your note where you gave me some ideas. I found the little stars you made and thought that they were cool, now I know to look on YouTube to see how I can make some too. I really felt like it was my birthday 🎈. Thanks again 😊 Suzanne

groundhogstamper on Feb 26, 2023:

What a wonderful RAK! I love your collaged envelope and the many things you stuffed inside. I just keep going through everything and deciding how I will use them. The buttons are great...I don't recall seeing square ones before. This little handmade box filled with buttons, tiny rubber stamps and tiles with the letters of my name is just perfect. Thank you so much for this lovely surprise. I will enjoy thinking of you when I use all of these goodies in my projects!

hazelwitch3 on Feb 13, 2023:

Thank you for the wonderful envelope that arrived this morning! It was an absolute delight to receive and I spent a long time happily looking at everything and making plans for how to use it. You've definitely inspired me and I'm just very grateful for your kindness and generosity. Going through the envelope gave me so many ideas -- a kickstart to my creativity! Thank you again.

simcoe54 on Feb 11, 2023:

Sharing RAK - Thanks so much for the package of amazing goodies and for sharing with me. I loved going through it and deciding how to use each piece.

Highlander18 on Feb 9, 2023:

❤️❤️❤️❤️ - RAK Sharing - Amazing huge envelope I really needed Happy Mail today! Oh so many items you shared - love it all and will have fun creating items crafting and sewing. Thank you so very much!

LauraM540 on Feb 9, 2023:

Thank you so much for the fun RAK package! I cannot believe how many great craft items were stuffed in that envelope! I've already used some of them in my projects!

sojourner on Feb 3, 2023:

What a wonderfully kind and generous person you are. My package arrived and I find it hard to believe how much of the contents are exactly what suit me and my style. I will spend many hours creating with the ephemera and also adding to my journals. You really have made my day.

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