Swap-bot Time: May 11, 2021 4:14 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: May 11, 2021
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My hibernating blog Graasland

About Me

My nickname "Gnoe" is Dutch for gnu or wildebeest.

I'm an animal loving museum information specialist adoring her (rescue) cats Kuki and Sumi.

I volunteer at a donkey sanctuary = my happy place!!! :))



My goal when sending out swaps is to put a smile on your face. I personally think swapping should be fun and make us happy; there's too much drama in the world already.

I mark my items sent after I've dropped them in the mailbox. Where I live mail is only collected on weekdays at 5pm. Naturally I mail in time for pick-up when sending out on the last day of the swap. Swap-Bot rules speak for themselves.

I reuse -clean- packaging and such as much as possible.


If possible, I prefer to receive postcards in an envelope so I can reuse the stamps for journalling or mail art :) Love special stamps!

I have No thanks & I'd rather not receive lists at the bottom of this page. They're there to aid you, not restrict! Of course I'll appreciate anyhing you send :-) I will never rate down for getting something from those lists (the thought alone is absurd to me!) If possible I will just pass along what I cannot use -- but it seems such a waste of postage and effort on your side that can be avoided. So please don't worry about it, nor be offended?!


I'm vegan, which means I employ a compassionate & eco-friendly lifestyle using no animal products whatsoever. No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatine (gelli plate), bee's wax etcetera, nor wool, leather, silk, wool-felt or products for either crafts or personal care tested on animals or containing animal ingredients. I find this makes me feel at peace with the world. :)

Interests and themes

  • mail art and art journalling / (trashy) junk journals
  • dabbling in textile arts (visible mending, fiber mail = fabric mail art, crochet and embroidery)
  • Asia (Japan and Indonesia); Japanese and Scandinavian design
  • donkeys
  • peacocks, kingfishers and other brightly multicoloured birds for their iridescent plumage
  • bling (I probably was a magpie in a previous life ;-)
  • small and fragrant flowers like snowdrops, freesia, sweet pea, purple crocus, lavender and cherry blossom (sakura)
  • peacock palette colours
  • museums
  • reusing, recycling and repurposing / zero waste society

I'm into cinema, books (literary fiction, J-Lit, mystery/thriller with clever female protagonist), and hiking. I used to make bentos, postcross and geocache but hardly do so these days.

For tea swaps my tea of choice is green or rooibos. Preferred fruit is citrus.


These are not requests, just a few things that will make me happy. I love looking at other people's wish-lists to help me pick something nice, and I hope that's the same for you.

  • a letter -- I looooove reading letters!
  • vintage letter paper
  • postalettes
  • anything DONKEY! (though not a fan of caricature/Disney)
  • washi stickers
  • rub-ons
  • embroidery thread; variegated and shiny make my heart leap and currently low on reds, purples 'n blues
  • haberdashery in general
  • glass, wooden or metallic beads
  • pieces of fun fabric (dying for some scraps of sari, batik and kimono fabric!)
  • quality handmade postcard
  • clothes patch made by you, including Teesha Moore style puffy scrap patches
  • handmade pincushion or kit/easy instruction
  • handmade needle book with room for threader
  • sea glass
  • origami paper, esp. washi, foil, chiyogami and duo (double sided)
  • did I mention a letter? ;-)

Sorry, but No Thanks...

  • it probably goes without saying but anything containing animal ingredients or animal cruelty
  • girly, cutesy, children's/childish stuff (YA), kawaii, Diddle, Care Bears, Disney... you get the picture ;)
  • "keep calm" & other motivational quotes (not the desired effect LOL)
  • crap quality stickers (seems obvious to me but apparently it's not?)
  • ugly plastic clothes buttons
  • touristy postcards (views) / souvenirs
  • hibiscus and red / forest fruit flavoured tea
  • jewelry and make-up; I hardly ever wear any
  • contemporary leaflets -- I have a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on my mailbox and recycle/upcycle the things that come into my house as much as possible; so please don't add to the pile LOL

I'd rather not receive

  • poetry
  • sports theme (except hiking and aesthetic kinds e.g. water ballet, figure skating)
  • book pages (except extremely pretty) -- I'm already drowning! LOL
  • sticky notes / page flags -- I received so many the will last me a lifetime
  • alphabet stickers / rub-ons
  • I prefer not to receive anything edible unless you're 100% sure it's vegan


mariewilliams810 rated for Found Image Postcard - INTL on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I loved this postcard. I would love to visit Japan someday especially during cherry blossom season.
Response: I'm glad you like the PC! I selected the picture especially for you :-) Let's go visit Japan in cherry blossom season together! ;-) Have a nice weekend!
Comment: Hallo Chanou, bedankt voor je fijn gevullde envelop(je)! Heel persoonlijke goodies heb je uitgezocht! De envelop waarin je het stuurde is ook heel leuk!
Response: Graag gedaan! En ik ben lichtelijk opgelucht dat je er blij mee bent ;-) Fijn weekend (ondanks de voorspelde regen -- happy plants)!
weatherwax rated for JJJ: Scavenger Hunt #1 on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: Awww, thank you so much for such a thoughtful swap!!! I am in love with your Dick Bruna-stamp :) :) Thank you for the wonderful Origami papers <3 I am indeed folding cranes for a dear friend who is fighting with c. the second time in his life. So your beautiful paper is a delightful surprise today :)
Response: Thank you & you're very welcome! Let's see if I can get that Dick Bruna stamp to you someday. Can't just mail it from here (crazy expensive to send), but I'll see if I can find another way... Don't hold your breath though! LOL It's so sweet of you to fold cranes for your friend. I'm sending along love and good vibes <3
ScrapHappyGabi rated for JJJ: Spell J U N K on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Beautiful assortment of antique goodness!!! Thank you so very much! I love the pocket you made!! Everything is perfect for me!!! I will cherish it all! Sending hugs from Princeton NJ to you! xx Gabi
Response: Aww that's great to hear! I left the pocket a little simple so you can add deco to it if you like. Take care! Sending love & good vibes from Utrecht <3
Fabriqueen rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #7 on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Tthank you, thank you, thank you for an awesome swap! I love everything! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: YOU ARE VERY WELCOME! <3 (Apologies for the late reply ;) Have a lovely weekend!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely butterfly themed journal cards. 💕
Response: You're welcome; I'm glad you like them and thank you for the heart! Stay safe & have a lovely weekend.
Burger1girl rated for SSM: March Stickers on Apr 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your kind note, I am doing well. Spring is here, I'm planting seeds. Thank you for the flamingo napkin, I have some ideas on how to use it in my art. The stickers are adorable!! Thank you. I am actually meeting up with a cherished swapper from Texas in June!! We are going to spend a few days in Savannah, Ga! SO excited!
Magenta3 rated for JJJ: Send 6 Flowers on Apr 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the the swap. It was beautifully packaged and fun to open.
Response: I'm glad to hear that. Thanks for the heart <3
jeka396 rated for OMAE: Spring Ahead! on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely spring card. I especially loved the sweet birds on the front and leaves drawn on the back!
Response: Wow, that got there pretty quickly! I'm glad you like it :-) Thank you for the heart and have a lovely Easter!
journalingrachel rated for CPG Animal PC - Global on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thank-you so much for the lovely shark postcard! Super cute stamps by the way, Hope you are well :)
Response: I'm well, thank you -- I hope you are too? Very glad you like the smiley shark & stamps! :-) Have a lovely Easter!
susieq11 rated for Spring Greetings 2021 on Mar 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and mail art! It was nice to read your note. Today was very Springlike here. Warmer and mostly sunny. We were lucky enough to be in Tokyo a few years back when the sakuras were in full bloom. It was spectacular! Very crowded in most of the parks but also beautiful, fun, happy! I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. : ( I hope you can enjoy some time together. I have that same attitude of “next year” as well - and like you said, until it means we can’t. I’m doing well, working hard to get stronger. Much harder than I thought! I’ve taken my previous good health for granted! This has certainly taught me a lot. But I’m well and able so I’m grateful! Thank you so very much for the NYC postcards and other goodies! The “Lassie” one is precious!! It’s been enjoyable receiving your mail and messages!! Thank you so much for joining and brightening my day!! xoxo
Response: Thank YOU for your wonderful comment and rating :-D And YAY YOU for working on getting stronger <3 Sending you love and good vibes!!
carrotkate rated for CPG QUICKIE: Flower PC - Global on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: It was interesting to lean about Elfstedentocht sounds interesting - I do wonder how it's changed over time with global warming. Thanks for your great card!
Response: You're welcome! In the end the Elfstedentocht could not take place after all because the ice didn't get thick enough.
susieq11 rated for Year of the Ox Postcard on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the great postcard and cow stamp too!! : ) It’s perfect! Very glad you joined!
Response: (A late) THANK YOU for hosting! I hope you are doing well?
Catida rated for WIYM: Chatty postcard 2 - EUROPE on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous fish card! I was not familiar with mandarin fish before. I read they live in salt water, so they are not so common in aquariums :)
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad you like it and that it made you learn something new :-) Stay safe and thanks for swapping & the heart!
Comment: I got your swap Chanou, yay! Getting to finally rate you! Thank you very much for the shaped leaf, mountain, and tree PC's. They quite lovely! Thank you also for your lovely note. I enjoyed reading it. I hope you get to continue caring for the cute donkey's. What a fun job, I'm sure it is! Have a great day!
Response: Yay! That makes me happy! Is it the first or my resend that arrived? I'm guessing the latter. Have a great day too and stay safe dear!
marianne81 rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #6 on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de prachtige magic iris. Ik vind hem erg leuk geworden zo. Ookbedankt voor de extra's die jeerbij gedaan hebt en de heerlijke thee.
Response: Graag gedaan, ik ben blij dat je tevreden bent met de magic iris kaart. Ik was heeeeel opgelucht toen ik eindelijk inspiratie kreeg haha! Dankjewel voor het hart <3
SGriffin rated for Ugly PC Swap #21 on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart! <3
klaartje rated for NS: Flow-ish journal on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Heel erg leuk dankjewel 💋
Comment: Thank you! Nice presentation!
Response: You're very welcome & thanks for the heart! <3
Comment: What a delightful envelope of goodies you sent me Chanou! I love everything! The two map envelopes are so clever and the cat washi and stickers and everything!!! Many many hearts to you! We are doing well here but my daughter did contract Covid in California, she was sick for 2 weeks but has recovered with no lingering side effects that we know of so we are VERY GRATEFUL. Take care and stay well!
Response: I'm so glad to hear your daughter recovered from Covid without any lingering problems... You must have been so worried!!! Thank you for the heart and your lovely comment -- you are very welcome!

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weatherwax on Apr 9, 2021:

Thank you for joining :)

Ciska76 on Mar 20, 2021:

💌 onderweg

susieq11 on Mar 13, 2021:

Hello Chanou! Thank you for your sweet note and Year of the Ox card and mail art! That was so nice of you to send in addition to the postcard! Very nice Happy Mail on a sunny Saturday!! xoxo

Catida on Feb 10, 2021:

Oh wow, I just got your extra envelope! So many stickers, thank you very much! The kids are thrilled! As for what to read, I want to recommend "Born A Crime" by Trevor Noah. Of the 50 books I read during 2020 it is the one I remember best, and as the best :) AND it only has some 300 pages ;)

simcoe54 on Jan 23, 2021:

Yippee - the pez dispenser arrived undamaged and it is perfect for my daughter's collection. She is very happy with it and it is soooo cute. Thanks for thinking of us.

LadyJo on Jan 19, 2021:

Thank you for the CPG wishlist for December. Great postcards, lovely envie an I enjoyed reading what you are up too!

OrigamiGrace on Jan 15, 2021:

Thank you for a delightful letter and goodies - so nice of you!

anicka22 on Jan 7, 2021:

Oooh, dankjewel voor je heerlijk post! Ben er heel blij mee!

CariahCreates on Jan 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the christmas card and tuck ins from my CPG wishlist. I'm so touched you remembered my 3-legged dog, Toby! Your rescue cats sound wonderful!

area51ufo1 on Dec 26, 2020:

Thank you thank you Thank you... this is such an awesome card. My mom wanted sis and I to do Irish dancing until she realized the thousands of dollars it cost for lessons shoes etc. You words meant a lot to me.I had a good Christmas better than I thought. As time goes on it will get better

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