Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2018 7:20 pm


Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: November 17, 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 πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’›β€πŸ’šπŸ’•

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.

  • 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

  • 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 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: Sorry for such a late rating. I found a couple unopened envelopes in my craft area. My kids must have delivered the mail from the maiboxvto my craft corner. Thanks for the goodies!
Response: No problem, just happy it did arrive.
elluzki rated for Private swap meeltje57 and elluzki on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: wow Neeltje. I don't even know where to begin :) The envie is gorgeous and i feel spoiled with the most beautiful picket folder. My daughter was really happy with the little tote bag. Love the bird theme, im just so happy to receive this swap from you β™‘β™‘β™‘
Response: Great, good to know it arrived and made you happy. It was real fun to swap with you.
Comment: Thank you sooooooooooo much for this fantastic package!! I loved the way you stacked the paper within the handmade folder!! You always give me great ideas!! Sending lots of love and hugs!!! Fantastic swap as always (the envelope is amazing and ready to be re-purposed!)
Response: Sooooooo glad it arrived. You know I always love to make special packages for you. Great to know I inspire you, as you always inspire me. Enjoy and stay safe !!
Comment: wow!! What a package Neeltje! All the eyes, and Chocolonely bag (!!) - well done! ...the cigar bands AND vintage family photos... Beautiful! (sending a separate email) Thank you for your generosity~
Response: As always, my pleasure. It's fun to know I can send you all my half baked projects and try outs.
Singske rated for EUHS: Put-a-bird-on-it swap on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Weer zo een leuke envelop in mijn brievenbus ontvangen. Echt een leuk idee om met stofjes en naaimachine aan de slag te gaan, echt een mooie kaart! Bedankt voor alle extra vogeltjes en pluimpjes. Ik hoop dat ik ook eens iets voor je kan maken in een andere swap. Nog veel swapplezier xxx
Response: Dit is een van mijn favorite swaps. Vogeltjes zijn zo leuk om te zien en mee te werken. Ik ben er echt dol op. Wie weet treffen we elkaar in een volgende swap, dat zou heel tof zijn.
Comment: WOW! This is absolutely amazing! Thank you very very much <3
Response: So good it reached you in the end and that you like it. It was a pleasure to make this swap.
AmookIslandCreations rated for September's Flowers on Oct 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks you for this spectacular swap! I was overwhelmed when I opened it to find the clear pocket book, the Mon Ovurage issue, the beach animal pages, the wonderfully folded note and, of course the beautiful ATC and image covered oversized envelope! This swap deserves ten Stars and I am keeping it for inspiration! I love how you used zippers for the edges of your clear pocket book in my favorite colors! The pockets will be fun put other ATCs in! In fact, I will put all my flower ATC's in it! Thanks so very much! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: As I told you, it was a real challenge to keep away from the purple. Also, it made it a real interesting project and fun to work it out. So glad you like it all and I feel honored by the fact it is an inspiration for you too, and that you have a special use for the pocketbook. Enjoy!!
ktk8 rated for CC: Sender's Choice ATC #6 on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: OH OH OH OH I just received the most incredible SWAP from YOU......wOw how many hearts can I give you...... the ATC ( your first????) is amazing and the journal and all the extras......just an AMAZING SWAP and I thank you so very very much!
Response: HaHa, yes, my very first ATC. But I did similar things, only bigger. I guess you can feel the fun I had making you this swap. Thank you for your sweet words, sharing the happiness is all that matters.
bbsporty rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art-Sept on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: OMG! I have never received anything as great as your mail art! The envie is so cheery. And then there is the contents of that envie. The ephemera book that you made is amazing! I love all of the labels that you used and the stitching adds so much to it! If I could give you more hearts you would get 100! Thank you so much!
Response: Cannot believe how quick this swap got to you. So happy it makes you so happy. I hope you can feel the fun I had, putting it together. Your sweet comment adds even more happiness to it. Thank you!
Singske rated for WIYM: PAPER FUN on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Wat heb je me verwend met deze xxl omslag, vandaag heb ik hem opgehaald op het postkantoor want hij paste zelfs niet in mijn brievenbus ;-) Het bewaarmapje vind ik zoooo mooi... ik ga het zeker gebruiken. En al die mooie papiertjes en Mon Ouvrage, ik weet niet goed hoe ik je kan bedanken. Dit verdient meer dan 1 hartje. Lieve groetjes en een fijn weekend!
Response: Fijn dat je er zo blij mee bent. Het was nog spannend of het wel goed zou aankomen. Ik ga proberen wat minder groot te werken, maar op de een of andere manier worden mijn swaps altijd "hudge". Deze swap was natuurlijk erg geschikt om veel stash te delen. Veel plezier ermee en bedankt voor al je lieve woorden en hartje(s)
Comment: Thank you so much! I love this so much! I've never gotten a book like this and it's so full of things I love! I was so happy to see something I made included in something so beautiful. You deserve 1000 <3
Response: So happy it reached you so quickly after all. It was such fun to be able to put something you made into this book, I am thrilled you like it so much. Enjoy and stay happy !!
Comment: thank you neeltje!! i love your handmade pocket book! it is so colorful<3 <3
Response: It was great fun to make you this swap. I enjoy sending special items and try to make them personal. Always makes me smile to read the sweet words of my partners.
Comment: Thanks so much, I love the book you made, its so lovely. Love the goodies too.
Response: Thank you, I love to make these swaps and always happy when my partner is happy. Double fun this way.
Comment: Oh my Goodness! I absolutely loved what you put together for me. You are crazy, that is way more than what was asked for in this swap, and I hope you won't be disapointed with what I sent you. Thank you so much for all of your efforts and your nice letter. I hope you had a great vacation. My favorite is how you made the tea pockets look so amazing. Thank you so much again! I wish i could give you a hundred hearts <3
Response: No dear, don't worry, I am never dissapointed with what my partners pick for me. It's just me, having so much fun things gathered I like to share. And I just love to work in my atelier, making special packages. Secretly I hope to destash on the go. And reading all these wonderful comments make my day.
Comment: Wow Neeltje, what an amazing swap. Your envelope was absolutely gorgeous and I was blown away by your creativity with the clear pocket book!!!! I think I’m going to keep it with me with some stationery inside for whenever the urge hits to write! Also thank you for the little hamster toys for my kids. I have hidden them around my house for my children to find as a surprise :) Thank you thank you thank you, this was such a great HAPPY MAIL surprise in my box today!!
Response: O, how I would love to see your kids finding those little hamsters. Such a fun idea to hide them around the house for them to find. Also great to know you are gonna use the CP book. Imagine, one of my projects now being carried around in Dansville, I love it. Thank you for being so happy with this Happy Mail.
Comment: Oh wat gaaf! Al die lintjes, de sigarenbandjes, die envelop met tony Chocolonely (mijn favoriet) en die tickets, mijn hemel wat bewaar je veel, maar hoe super om dat allemaal te gebruiken, dankjewel! 10 hartjes❀️ Oh en de truc met de glitters is de fusetool! Zie google!
Response: Leuk! Zo blij dat je ook van Tony houdt 😝 En hoe heerlijk is het om van je overvloed te delen! Ik heb de fusetool opgezocht en moet er nu meteen een hebben. DΔ— perfecte manier om mijn swap postcards te bewaren, bedankt voor de tip.
Comment: Wow! What an awesome package! Thank you for all the eyes, dachshunds, and art-related items. And YES I do think those are antique ear pieces for eye glasses! Adorable Mask tape and VW rubberstamp too!!
Response: Always fun to send you a swap and try to find the right items. Glad it al arrived safely and I keep on looking for the nose bridge, I know it must be somewhere in my house πŸ˜πŸ˜³πŸ€“
Comment: Bedankt voor je gezellige envelop met al die net niet antieke ephemera ;-) en het nota papier maakt het heel persoonlijk. Ga er eens rustig voor zitten om het allemaal te bekijken en te lezen.
Response: Veel plezier ermee, het was leuk om het bij elkaar te zoeken.
Comment: Oh, Neeltje, I am so lucky to have you as my swap partner again. Your swaps are absolutely amazing. I adore everything from the envie to the handmade little bag and all the stickers. My kids also love when I get mail from you. Your caravan camping trip sounds magical. ❀️
Response: Always my pleasure to send you a fun envelope. Cannot help putting stuf for your kids in. I would love to see their faces when the envelope arrives. Sending you all my love.
nancylee rated for Cute Band-aid Swap 2 on Aug 4, 2018
Comment: WOW!!!! I would give hearts, stars and clovers if I could- what a great envelope- thank you that was over the top :) <3 <3 <3
Response: You are very welcome, I love to make envelopes like that, so it was a great pleasure.

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itsnobody on Nov 7, 2018:

Hello Neeltje. Thank you for the I wish tag... I'm IN LOVE!!! I love the Van Gogh thingies, and I'm just saving random things like you with the hope to make someone happy one day. The tea pocket is amazing! You put a lot of thought in it and it made me smile :) Thanks!

anicka22 on Oct 20, 2018:

Dankjewel voor het prachtige kant in de mooie envelop!! Ben er heel erg blij mee.

mgallardo68 on Jul 26, 2018:

Sending hugs and I hope you are doing great! Sent you a message but no rush!!! 😍 😍 😍

spinweaver on Jun 24, 2018:

Hello, I just received the decorated swap you sent to Kansas City. I am so very happy with the pages of Gnomes from a book and the little plastic book you made for me- thank you one million times! Also, I really love the textile embellishment you made on Holly's tote, it's beautiful. Won't our totes be a treasure, when we finally get them back?

hollycm6 on May 11, 2018:

(As soon as I read your profile I thought β€œHey, 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

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