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Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: March 25, 2019

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 ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›โค๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’•

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, macramรฉ 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


kochijapan rated for โ˜† FULL ENVELOPE #11 โ˜† on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: I received a cool and wonderful envelope today. The envelope gave me happiness and ideas! Thank you very much. Today is a very happy day. ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‹ใฃใ“ใ‚ˆใใฆ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ๅฐ็ญ’ใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅฐ็ญ’ใฏ็งใซๅนธใ›ใจใ‚ขใ‚คใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ขใ‚’ไธŽใˆใฆใใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸ๏ผๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏใจใฆใ‚‚ๅนธใ›ใชๆ—ฅใงใ™ใ€‚ I was drunk and wrote in Japanese!LOL
Response: ๅ„ชใ—ใ„่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ€‚ ใ‚ใชใŸใŒ็งใฎๅฐ็ญ’ใŒๅฅฝใใ ใจ็Ÿฅใฃใฆใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚
Avi rated for Mail Art + fun surprise on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: Wow! I loved the zippered envelope you sent! It arrived in perfect condition and I can definitely reuse it! Though I will be using it to store my stuff and not sending it anywhere! Haha! Thank you for all the lovely lace and fabric too! ๐Ÿ’•
Response: Thank you for your sweet comment, โ™ฅ(๏ผพโ—ก๏ผพ)โ™ฅ You are right to keep the envelope yourself. That's re-use too!! And that was my intention in the first place. Hope it will keep your stuff for a long time. Enjoy โคแƒš (โœฟโ—•โ€ฟโ—•)แ“„โœŽโœ‚
Ellivlove rated for Art Journal Fodder on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the dino themed stickers! I love the zipper envelope.
Response: Great, I was happy to have a partner who was into Dino things. The zipper envelope was fun to make, I hope it is still in good condition and that you have some use for it. ๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿฆ–
marliese rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2019 on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Ik had je berichtje gelezen maar het was weer even weggezakt - GELUKKIG was hij er vandaag dan! Met wat berichten van postnl erop, dat het niet voldeed aan de verzendingseisen ofzo. :D : D Maar zeker wel aan de swap eisen! Joepie! Dank je Neeltje!
Response: แƒš (โœฟ โ—•โ€ฟโ—•) แ“„โœ‚
Rainydancer rated for De stash swap #3 on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: Wow! Everything is amazing! I'm so touched, this package was made for me. I love everything, especially the dance brochure, zippers and tiny post its--thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. It always makes me very happy to learn I picked things that find a welcome home. To me, that's part of the fun, to discover that the things you love are loved by your SB partner just as much. Thanks for the rating and the heart.
mag rated for โ˜† FULL ENVELOPE #10 โ˜† on Feb 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the box of goodies! I was certainly surprised, in a good way (: And the haribo game is so unique (though I really did think that it was some new haribo sweet haha). Thanks a lot once again ๐Ÿ’•
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. Happy you are not minding the box s(โœฟโ˜ฏโ€ฟโ˜ฏโœฟ)s And sorry about the Haribo, please don't eat it เป’(โคโ€ฟโค)เฅญ
Comment: Thank you!! I can't wait to open it!! I love your crafted goodies!! Thanks for swapping!
Response: You're welcome. Do you keep all your Stocking Stuffers unopened until Christmas? That's a real challenge!
Doon rated for Put happiness on it! on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: Hi Neeltje, Wat een super leuke envelop en spulletjes heb ik vandaag ontvangen van jou! Ik ben er erg blij mee, het kleine etuitje zal ik in mijn werktas doen (en vullen met thee zakjes). Top! groet Doon
Response: Het was leuk om deze swap voor jou te maken. Super om te lezen hoe je het etuitje gaat gebruiken. Veel plezier met alles.
Kraftylady777 rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope! on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: แƒšเป’(โ—•โ€ฟโ—•)เฅญแƒš
trapster rated for De stash swap #2 on Jan 5, 2019
Comment: I canโ€™t even convey to you how much I love everything you sent and the little bag you made? Touches my heart! I didnโ€™t get too many things when I visited your country in the past and have always regretted it and now I can add your things to my journal. Thank you! My husband and I were so excited to see your beautiful happy mail in our postbox. Much love from Wisconsin๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Response: Thank you for your kind words. It was my pleasure to make you this swap and it's so good to learn it made you happy. Isn't that what Swap Bot is all about? Love from Holland แƒš (โœฟ โ—•โ€ฟโ—•)โœฟโœฟโœฟโœ‚
Comment: Dank je wel Meeltje, wat ben jij ontzettend creatief! Mooiste envelop die ik kreeg dit jaar!
Comment: Oh my gosh thank you for the gorgeous decorations and all the extras. Everything is so beautiful and I love the envelope. If I could give you extra hearts I would.
Response: Thank you, I am happy with one heart and your warm words เป’(โคโ€ฟโค)เฅญ
Mye rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP! on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: I was so surprised to receive the envelope from you! โคโคโค Thank you very much for the lovely covered envelope and for all the goodies you included ๐Ÿ˜Š I can't draw too ๐Ÿ˜…
Response: Thank you, happy you like it. Let's try to improve our drawing, a real challenge แƒš (โ—•โ€ฟโ—•)แƒš
Comment: Wow, wow, wow! I got home today to find your wonderful envelope. Firstly, the envelope is so beautiful and I love your idea of using ribbons. It's just so wonderful to look at - I took time in opening it up. I think I will use the envelope to store my decorations in after Christmas. <3 Now for the decorations. All of them really are fantastic. That icicle looks so complicated! It really is lovely and must have taken time to create. And the two ceramic decorations are so unusual. I love them. I love them all...Thank you so much for such a wonderful and lovingly created swap. Merry Christmas!
Response: You are so very welcome, I am so happy it reached you. It was fun to make the icicle, I wanted to know how it was done, and I love the shape. So, you are welcome to receive my "try out" projects and be part of my creative explorations. Merry Christmas to you too!
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 โ™กโ™กโ™ก
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.

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mgallardo68 on Jan 4, 2019:

Happy New Year my dear friend!! Best wishes for you and your loved ones this 2019!!๐Ÿ˜

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!!! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

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 โ€œHey, I have that stuff!โ€ :-)

hollycm6 on May 11, 2018:

Thank you for letting me know it was received (that arrived rather quickly!) and Iโ€™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:

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