To see what I like/dislike in swaps, scroll all the way down!
ABOUT MY OUTGOING SWAPS! I realised only today that our mail service have changed their rules on sending international mail. Apparently we are no longer allowed to send anything other than paper in a flat mail, this used to be fine as long as it fit through the standard sized mailbox opening. I have been sending tea and candy to some people, and I think something thick like washi samples can also seem like they aren’t paper. So, there is a chance that some flat mails that I recently sent out will not arrive!! They would be either sent back or destroyed. I haven’t had anything returned for this reason, not have I been informed of any destroyed mail. But if my swap to you doesn’t arrive in a reasonable time, let me know and I will resend it!! (Given the messy mail situation in many countries, including mine, I don’t really know what a reasonable time is.... but pls contact me if you think something went wrong!)
Hello fellow swappers! My name is Chantal, most people call me Chantie, and I’m from the Netherlands (Nov 13 1979). Here’s some more about me.
I started penpalling when I was 14 or 15 years old - long before we all held the whole world in one hand all day long. I fell into it by accident; I wrote a letter to a teen magazine for their swap request section asking people to swap clippings of our favourite pop groups. Apart from swaps I also received some letters from people who shared my fandom and suggested we be penpals, first nationally, later all over the world. Any old time penpallers might remember the time when FB meant ‘friendshipbook’ ;)
When I moved out on my own and I could finally go online (my parents were a little late to that party), penpalling slowly dwindled down and I joined Facebook and found other places to communicate with fans. I started writing fanfiction, created websites and was active on forums. All of that is now behind me, but I’ve realised a while ago that I just miss paper A LOT. I started a journal to feed my need for writing with an actual pen and as an excuse to use some of the lovely stationery I kept seeing online.
I will probably love anything you send me, i’m not super picky! Follow the swap instructions and you’ll always get a 5 from me. Anything I can’t use or isn’t my taste, I will use in a swap, for my penpals or I’ll do a RAK.
Personal: I’m a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and I’m an ally to every letter of that acronym. I’ve determined my sexuality as a bi-romantic asexual. I am an atheist.
Work: I work as a logistic administrative assistant in a wholesale company that sells timber and building supplies. I’m surrounded by men, fork lifts and big trucks, our office is a small, smelly hangar and I wear work gear and safety shoes. It’s a fun job although trying at times ;)
It ranges from country to pop to dance. I’m currently into folk/americana, dance, pop, hardrock, metal, and I will listen to some classic or opera tunes from time to time. Some faves: Roxette, Lizzo, Danny Vera, Jason Isbell, Melissa Etheridge, Therapy?, Céline Dion, Cher, Ray Lamontagne, First Aid Kit, Todrick Hall, Brandi Carlile, Elton John, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, LP, Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, Rammstein, Green Day, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ludovico Einaudi, Yiruma, Yann Tiersen, 80’s/90’s playlists
I love reading detectives and thrillers, especially Scandinavian writers. My all-time favorite is Henning Mankell, I even visited the area of Sweden he wrote about. Then there’s Patricia Cornwell who I’ve been fangirling over since I was a teen. Other names that come to mind: Michael Robotham, Jo Nesbo, Lars Kepler, Stieg Larson, Liza Marklund.
I love movies and I used to go to the cinema every week (before COVID). I will basically watch any genre although I’m not very good with horror and I can’t deal with slapstick humor. I love super heroes (I’m a Marvel girl), animation, thrillers, and action movies. Recent favourites: Doctor Sleep, Bohemian Rhapsody, Jumanji.
I love Rupaul’s Drag Race. For anyone who’s familiar, some faves: Alaska Thinderf*ck, Trixie Mattel, Katya Zamolodchikova, Bendela Creme, Chi Chi Devayne, Raja, Eureka O’Hara, Manila Luzon, Gia Gunn, Jasmine Masters, Latrice Royale, Crystal, Davina De Campo.
I LOVE Netflix. Star Trek, the Marvel heroes, crime shows etc etc
I love YouTube, I find it very calming to watch/listen while I’m doing other stuff. I like makeup reviews even though I don’t wear makeup ;) I love watching art videos, journaling videos etc. I like to listen to podcasts too.
I love crochet!
I have a journal that I glue full of stuff and write down my thoughts when I feel like it. I’ve been making junk journals.
I’ve always loved writing, whether it’s journalling or fiction. I’ve written a gazillion words of fanfiction but I’m currently not producing anything.
What I’d love to get:
*Postcards: Fiep Westendorp, old Winnie the Pooh (before Disney stole him), vintage anything, old movie stars, city views, nature, cute animals, cartoons, jokes, botanicals
*Vintage paper / cards / tickets / etc. *Hand made paper
*Paint color cards
*Stickers (no: journaling text stickers, Disney)
*Decorated writing paper
*Hand dyed paper
*Book pages/newspapers/magazine pages
*Decorated/color/ interesting Envelopes
*Lomo cards (kawaii, landscape, botanical, pets, etc)
*Any paper crafts, hand made, hand written, crafty goodies
*Snail mail themed items (air mail, envelopes, etc)
Please don’t send me:
If you’re unsure you can always ask! But I will never rate down if it’s not my taste. For me, when I rate a 5 it means you’ve met the objective and a heart means you picked items that I really love.
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