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Date Joined: June 25, 2009
Last Online: December 21, 2016
Birthday: April 26, 1972
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

I'm a mom to 4 boys, age range 10 to 18 yo My socksize is 37/38 (uk 9-10, US 5/5,5 ; according to a card on socks I got). I love fun sneaker- or short socks!

I love:

  • beautiful pendants
  • bracelets
  • cupcake themed stuff
  • bags, I'm addicted to them! Small, shoulder, big ones, (coin-)purses... you name it.
  • all things matryoshka
  • kawaii, but new to it. So not picky on brand. Cute is cute in my opinion
  • fav. patterns: polkadots, paisley, damask, or general themed, like animals, camo-print or vehicles. Fabric with those victorian images... it's got a name, but forgot how it was called! Usually on white, images in outlines, in blue or pink or something. >> Toile

And this site with fabric makes me drool: Marieke's stoffen

  • reading
  • music
  • lipbalm
  • samples of care-products and perfumes
  • my fav. perfume is l'Eau d'Issey. I don't like the heavy scents. I also love scents like patchouli and sandalwood.
  • little creatures like owls, turtles, squirrels, birds, cats, dogs. Shortly, basically woodland-, sea- and jungle-creatures.
  • crafting, all sorts... and learning new ones!

My boys

René (18) He loves:

  • drawing
  • computer games
  • survival
  • jungle print (zebra, tiger, panter)

He loves all colors of the rainbow, but it looks like his fav is red. He's got Ehlers-Danlos syndrom, hypermobility type.

Alexander (17) He loves:

  • k'nex
  • reading, anything. Adventure mostly, but also history and "how-to".
  • swimming
  • crafting
  • camo-print
  • (geeky) gadgets
  • fav. color is yellow
  • his bento lunch-box
  • archeology-kits (small bricks in which bones or stones are hidden, which you have to dig out)
  • his science-kit
  • games
  • loves tea, especially "dragon-tea" (Celestial Seasonings tension tamer).

He's the technician of the family, he has no problems with technical drawings. He's pdd-nos, a mix of autism and adhd. He loves to learn new things. Collects erasers.

Dorian (11) He loves:

  • crafting with electronics
  • playing soccer
  • lego
  • drawing
  • computer games (Minecraft, Counter Strike, Rocket League)
  • collecting key-rings
  • monkeys are his favourite animals.
  • Eeyore
  • cool gadgets
  • his mp3-player. He wants to improve his English, so not too difficult audiobooks are welcome! Robinson Crusoe or other adventure books, like from WWII are his favourites)

His favorite color is green.

Martin (10) He loves:

  • cars and Disney Cars (he has a fav. Cars pillow, can't sleep without it)
  • trains
  • riding his bike
  • playing outside, preferably in mud
  • construction vehicles
  • octopus/squid.
  • DOGS!
  • he loves tea.Has his own 1-person tea-pot (^_^)
  • his fav. color is blue. Already since he was 2!

He also has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, like his brother. Gotta love genes!

They all love camo-bandaid, dinosaurs, stickers and whatever boys love further. Please don't send sticks, rocks, or bugs, got quite a supply of those already!

Favorite Music

  • classic
  • country
  • International
  • easy listening

Favorite Books

  • Sacajawea
  • Harry Potter
  • all kinds of Fantasy
  • detectives/thrillers
  • History real and fiction
  • Science Fiction (I like Isaac Asimov's books)

Favorite Crafts

  • Scrapbooking, digital as well as hybrid/paper
  • softies
  • sewing
  • altering items (my strangest thing ever was a hubcap)
  • matchboxes
  • making paper
  • VERY basic in knitting
  • I love crocheting, amigurumi, hats, bags, whatever :)
  • sculptures (soapstone, albast)
  • mini-books (accordion, matchbook, tagbook, etc.)
  • hybrid projects (design digitally, print and embellish with real stuff), like boxes, cards/envelopes and covers.
  • making soap
  • wet felting, needle felting

Favorite food/drinks

  • chocolate (absolutely, unfortunately for my silhouette #1), in all forms, liquid and bars, but not too fond of the combo chocolate/cookie (but you'd make my hubby and kids very happy with a twix!)
  • (tuna-)salad
  • cupcakes (love to decorate them mostly, kids eat them)
  • cookies
  • coffee-flavoured anything
  • banana-milkshake
  • coffee specialties
  • tea (not to fond of Jasmin tea), fav is Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer, or dragon tea is my 12-yo calls it, hence the pic on the package. Also I like fruity tea, Lipton pyramids, mint, white and green teas.
  • apples
  • bananas
  • Surinaams/Indian/Chinese/Japanese (NO sushi!)
  • My 17-yo and 10-yo love to drink tea

Favorite flowers

  • tulip (hey, I'm Dutch!)
  • lilac
  • gardenia (but I don't like the smell in perfumes very much. It's never right.)

Favorite colors

lime, pink, blue, purple. I don't like pastels very much, more the bold side. I like all other colors too, but these are my favs. So don't feel limited to those!

Combo-colors: red/purple, red/aqua, red/pink/orange, brown/blue, brown/pink, brown/pink/orange, lime/pink/orange, lime/aqua, black/white, black/any color in fact.

Favorite characters

  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Popples
  • Shrek & friends (especially Fiona, Donkey and Puss in Boots, and Shrek himself of course. Also love the babies of Donkey and Dragon!)
  • Nemo
  • Smurfs
  • Mamegoma


  • Dried lavender
  • fragrance and/or essential oils (no Jasmin), for soap-making
  • Felt in all colors of the rainbow (especially skin-colors, green and brown. But any color is welcome!)
  • Carded wool to felt
  • pretty fabric
  • Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Blackcurrant & vanilla scented ANYTHING
  • Also see Etsy-wishlist, if you have/can do something similar it's great too.
  • Gingham and grossgrain ribbons, patterned ribbons
  • maple syrup
  • rub-ons.
  • puffy- and gel stickers,
  • chipboard. Elements, albums/boxes to alter
  • distressing ink
  • stamppad for fabric (black)
  • charms, for scrapbooking, sewing, as well as jewelry.
  • Food-colors,
  • colors for chocolate (oil-based),
  • Bento Stitch or Mickey Mouse egg-mold (I have the fish/car-set and rabbit/bear-set )
  • other Bento-accessories like little cups, cute sauce-boxes...
  • Jello! We don't have that here, I'd love some. Please no lemon or lime, any other flavour is perfect!
  • patterns of softies, bags and baby shoes/boots (see my etsy-favs)... sewing, crocheting
  • beautiful beads, and findings that I need to start making jewelry. I love beautiful pendants and bracelets.
  • In a candy-swap I got a piece of Hershey's Symphony... now I'm dreaming about it every night! I'd love to try another piece again :)
  • safety eyes for softies
  • any tea, hot chocolate or coffee.
  • See "About me" for more of my favs.


Issis rated for Happy November Birthday! on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: thanks for the birthday card and the little gif :)
sassafrass rated for TIAZ: Pick 5 on Jan 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful goodies! I love the bookmark, little notebook, note card, and of course tea is always a good thing :) Many thanks!
KumaHime rated for Happy November Birthday! on Nov 25, 2016
Comment: Thank you very much! :)
Bo rated for E1ESA - 5 flat items on Nov 21, 2016
Comment: Dear Ilona, thank you for wonderful goodies! I´d give you 5 hearts if I could! :) Can´t really pick one thing I like the most. And USB was like a telepathy as I needed extra one. Simply couldn´t believe you´ve sent me one! Also 3D stickers and wooden buttons are amazing. :)
Comment: Received the envelopes for my grandkids and am going to forward them (un-opened...LOL) to them: thanks so much for a unique and thoughtful swap!!!
Comment: Thank you! Lovely crocheted bookmark..and happens to match my current read! (The Hen of the Baskervilles by Donna Andrews)
PajaritaDeDios rated for Happy Mail on Oct 3, 2016
Comment: Thanks, Ilona! I loved the envelope! :)
Pikkis rated for Pinterest inspired swap on Sep 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely items, love the texture on them :)! They are very much the style I like!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the butterfly that you designed and coloured :)
thebeholder rated for Handmade bookmark swap on Sep 17, 2016
Comment: Wow these are so beautiful!!!! Thank you so much I will enjoy using them for my reading--you are a good doodler!!!
Sweeti8286 rated for Youtube - What I've watched on Sep 12, 2016
Scrybe rated for Youtube - What I've watched on Sep 10, 2016
KatlynAva rated for Tea for Me on Sep 8, 2016
Comment: Thanks for sending. The envelope was open so I'm not sure if customs opened it or it wasn't sealed fully, but all 5 teas were in there so it looks like nothing fell out!
Response: I had the envelope taped up, and it should have contained a tea-wallet with 8 different teas: https://nl.pinterest.com/pin/279012139394000619/. So sorry it reached you like this!
Marije rated for 1 handmade item on Oct 18, 2013
Lina rated for Kaartje met een verassing on Sep 26, 2013
Comment: ik was de swap al bijna weer vergeten en toen lag er een leuk boekje voor mij in de brievenbus. Ik vind het heel leuk en ga het eerst bewaren voor ik het gebruik. Dankjewel!!
Comment: Hoi Ilona, Wat een lekkere thee had je me gestuurd. Die ga ik zeker proeven. Heerlijk!
8r1id rated for Haak iets voor mij on Jun 25, 2013
Comment: Hi Ilona, de ketting is prachtig! heel smaakvolle kleurcombinatie en een mooie lengte. Die ga ik morgen zeker dragen. Erg bedankt voor de mooie swap!!
pinkie rated for Vossenjacht herfst/winter on Jan 17, 2013
Comment: Dank je wel voor het pakketje! Heb na een dag treinen in de sneeuw al genoten van een heerlijk kopje thee!
Irina rated for 1 item snel en simpel on Dec 7, 2012
Comment: Dank je voor de mooie muts! Mijn man zei gelijk al dat hij zo mooi staat en toen ik opstond en in de spiegel keek, was ik het met hem eens. Hij past mij prima en valt net zo'n beetje over mijn oren, zodat die ook warm blijven.
Jester777 rated for Hot Drinks on a Cold Day Baggie on Nov 9, 2012
Comment: Lovely, thank you!

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tcornell on Oct 26, 2016:

I love the handmade coasters that you sent to me for the Handmade Tag in the forums... So dainty and pretty! Thank you!

UseYourWords on Sep 11, 2016:

Thank you so much for the awesome random flat items that you sent on for the Take Ten tag! I also appreciate the bits you included for the September/October wishlist in the Wishes for Europe group - what a lovely piece of happy mail to receive!

RyeRye on Aug 28, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

sassafrass on Feb 12, 2014:

We have some great things happening over at International Small Swaps. I've sent you an Invitation, and hope you may have a moment to come by and check out the group. If you think it would be a good fit for you, we would love to have you join us!

ColoradoKate on Apr 9, 2013:

tiggerkitn25 on Sep 26, 2012:

Happy Fall from the I LOVE Kawaii group!

ColoradoKate on Jun 28, 2012:

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

daddysgirl1987 on Mar 31, 2012:

Hoi lieve ilhona super bedankt voor de gave armwarms ik was ze al weer helemaal vergeten.

volgende keer wel even een briefje der in doen met je naam

super bedankt vindt ze echt gaaf!!

liefs mariska

daddysgirl1987 on Mar 16, 2012:

hoi ik ben super blij dat vandaag al is aangekomen. en dat je zoontje er blij mee was. ik zie jou verassing wel te gemoet.

wens je een fijn weekend

liefs mariska

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