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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: August 17, 2022
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

My name is Tessa, a Ravenclaw, and I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, just below Eindhoven.
I live there with my cat. She is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 10 years old and very sweet. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. Her favorite toys are the simple little grey mice, she turns her back on all the fancy stuff I've got her.
She also likes balls of yarn... so I have to keep a close eye on her when I'm crocheting or knitting.

I used to work at a theme park called De Efteling. The park is all about fairytales, everything has something to do with it.
It was really fun working there. Especially because I operated rides in the rollercoaster section of the park. If you ever plan to come to The Netherlands, you really should go there a day or two.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I crochet, knit and sew a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
Most of the time I crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak and My Krissie Dolls. I like my animals stripey and with bold colors. Lately I'm going for more and more pastel shades.

I started sewing my own clothes. I love it!
Just knowing the garment will fit me when I'm done. I do not have an 'off the rack/ready to wear' body. So making my own clothes and grading between sizes is easier than try and find someting in a store.
I just bought a serger, so now I'm getting used to my new machine. Any tips and tricks are welcome!

I like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading (audiobooks most of the time).
I like to be with my family.

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I promise that I won't flake! Please contact me before rating me a 1 or 3!

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Flower parade

In the summer months (june - september) I'm active in a group for the local flower parade.
14 groups build a big float and on the second sunday in september we have a parade.
The building proces takes 3 months (bending iron, welding it together, stick cardboard on it, glue newspapers on it, and painting) after that we only have 2 days to put al the flowers on it (200.000 in total per float).
We use dahlia's they are so pretty and have many colors and forms.

Documentary about the flowerparade in Zundert by Gil Bruvel
The flower parade in Zundert is always on the first sunday in september, 1 week before ours.

This year (2019) the theme is 'Proud of Brabant'.
Brabant is the province I live in.
We chose the fair in Tilburg. This is kind of a famous one, really big with lots of rides and other attractions. It lasts more than a week.
What also is special about this fair is the Monday.
It's called, Pink Monday, to celebrate the LGBTQ community. There is a pride walk and everything turns pink.
In our design we make carousel horses that are normal colors on one side, and pink on the other side. I'm really looking forward to the building process!
We got 10th place. A little dissapointing... We thought we would get 5th or 6th. Now we are waiting for the judges comments (always takes a few weeks) to see why.

The theme last year (2018) was all about making an old float-design new again. We all had to choose a winner from years ago (1953-1991), and make it 'new'. Our design is about the world famous circus from the Ringling Brothers.
The parade was yesterday.
WE WON 4TH PLACE AGAIN. It's the 3rd time in 4 years we got 4th. It's really good because most years we end up in the middle, somewhere around 8 or 9.
Our elephant was so cool! She even moved her head, ears and trunk like a real one. Youtube video of our float Watch this!
And remember it's al iron, cardboard and flowers.

For Pictures of the floats our group made you have to look by Wilhelmina (at the bottom, under 'wagenoverzicht'). You can look by year (jaargangen) or by group (buurtschappen).
Our group is named after Queen Wilhelmina, she was the Queen when The Netherlands was liberated after the 2nd world war. The flower parade started out as a little celebration of freedom with decorated bicycles and carts, it has become much bigger than that.

Favorite Crafts

I do a lot of things, and will try almost everything.

I like to crochet stuffed animals, make and decorate envelopes, mixed media, mini albums, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my artjournal and helping out with the flower parade.

I ordered a gelli plate, because why not... so I'd be happy to recieve some tips and tricks about making cool prints. Or even diy ways of making tools and stencils etc.

I'm looking to buy some nice printable files on etsy. But there is so much to choose from! So I would really appreciate if you could send me a link of your favourite ephemera printables (or shops) on etsy!

I started collecting enamel pins.
And I would love to swap some. So if you want to trade some pins with me, please message me and we can set up a private swap!

Things I like

Random things
* botanical illustrations
* lace fabric, lace trimmings, and lace flowers etc
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime
* pastel colours, old vintage colours
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* (samples of) soap and shampoo bars, conditioner etc. Handmade is great! Or maybe a recipe (my hair looks so much healthier now I use an all natural shampoo bar)
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* vintage typewriters
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Alice in wonderland, Little Red Ridinghood
* Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, nifflers and bowtruckels

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* watercolour images
* postage stamps to use for collage
* eyelets, I just got myself a crop-a-dile!
* disc planner discs, any colour size or amount.
* any Tim Holtz product
* 'girl stickers' those that are in trend now
* labels, I love labels, the plain ones with a red/green/other colour border, vintage labels with scribbles, labels with daintly borders, etc.
* plastic stencils, or any kind of homemade ones
* texture paste, or a good home made recipe for it.
* foam squares/circles any size
* vellum, with or without an image
* interesting (clear) stamps, background stamps
* I collect enamel pin badges!, animals, flowers, world famous things, fun food (please no pins of things I never heard of, like a local business or advertising pins)
* project life cards
* maggie holmes, tim holtz, heidi swapp, page evans
* black permanent fineliners like mircron
* white pens or (paint)markers
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic, other interesting fonts
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: botanical, vintage, tickets and tags, flowers, feathers, postal theme, old sewing pattersn, birds, vintage office papers, library cards, washi tape and washi stickers in these themes.
* mail art, I love decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* washi tapes in plain colours or with patterns like, grid, polkadots, chevron, stripes, and other plainish patterns
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item/template/tips

Favorite colour (combo's)
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colours
* coral pink
* rose gold
* vintage colours
* pastel colours
* rich jewel tones

* any low-carb snacks or easy recipes (not to many ingredients)
* any nuts
* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* licorice
* something typical from you country

I just started drinking tea again and love some new flavours to try!
* fruits (but no citrus fruits)
* tea wit mint
* tea with cinnamon

I also enjoy loose tea (to be put in a tea egg) or tea flowers. Please put a ingredient list on the packaging, I like to know what I'm drinking :p

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • zentangle as the main focal point
  • please don't send me sticky notes.
  • the colours brown and beige (kraft is fine)
  • little pieces of patterned paper
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • jewelry, I do wear some, but I don't need more
  • diddl, hello kitty, kawaì, other kids characters
  • rude people
  • reward or kiddie stickers, stickers in the themes in the like section above are ok.
  • the smell of nicotine, it makes me sick
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

For swaps that requires more than one gift to be send.
I'm very pleased to get 1 gift worth the total amount you have to spend instead of several small gifts.
It's your choice what to do.

As for my etsy wishlist.
This is a list of things I would like to recieve (obviously) but I don't mind if you order it from another shop or website, as long as it is the same item. Maybe you find it cheaper else were or with less shippingcosts.

Please don't cover your mail art with clear packaging tape. And don't send in a clear envelope. I like how postcards look when they went through a sorting machine, (bended, ripped etc) I think it adds to it.


photovivie rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #12 on Aug 14, 2022
Comment: This card is incredible! I love what you’ve crocheted! I have no idea how to go on so far 😆
Response: I also had no clue about what yo do with the card. Hence the border. Thanks for the heart!
annim rated for Instgram fun on Aug 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I'm sorry I forgot to rate until now. My youngest started being sick on our holiday and there hasn't been much sleep in my life lately.
Response: Thanks for the heart
MiekeC rated for NS: Round Robin ArtJournal #1 on Aug 13, 2022
Comment: Hallo Tessa, ik heb je boekje tijdens de vakantie ontvangen. groetjes mieke.
Response: Ben benieuwd wat je er aan toe gaat voegen, thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you love the envelope you made
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Tuutis rated for ESO: One Page Double envelope on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much, so bright <3 and how prettily decorated cute envelope!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Journal page #12 Zomer on Jul 24, 2022
Comment: Mooie zomerse kaart geworden! Hij is weer erg leuk!
Response: Graag gedaan!
chimerix rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #110 on Jul 22, 2022
Comment: Thnak you for the great pc to work on and the stickers. I look forward to working on your pc and sending it on. Aloha
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
chimerix rated for IS: Wonderland Journal- The Gryphon on Jul 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for another wonderful journal page! And for the fun crafting pieces to work with. Aloha!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Scavenger Hunt #8 on Jul 21, 2022
Comment: Hij is goed gelukt, Tessa! Leuk met al die laagjes!
Response: Graag gedaan, thanks for the heart!
Petaltea rated for IS: ATC Theme: SteamPunk on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: This is just beautiful Tessa and the way you presented it.., lovely. I know all the clearing out takes alot of time but i’m glad we downsized. I can’t imagine having to do it for 2 family members!! Take care and do your best to enjoy the summer!! ☀️ 🏖!! Thanks for joining this swap! ❤️
Response: I'm glad you like it, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for another beautiful journal page! I love how all of the elements work together! And I'd love to do a new series next year!! Aloha!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 63 on Jul 5, 2022
Comment: Complimentje voor weer een nieuw idee. Wij denken vaak te moeilijk ;-) Ik heb al wat in gedachten.............
Response: Veel plezier er mee :)
Satorii rated for ESO: Tiny pocket flipbook on Jul 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the stunning swap. And thank you for going through the effort of making another vintage themed one for me I am so grateful:)) Can’t wait to use all the goodies
Response: I always love to make something in vintage theme, so it was no effort at all, thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #109 on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I love this background. It will be fun to see how it turns out.
Response: You're welcome, have fun with it, and thanks for the heart!
Artstamper rated for YTPC: Masterboard Tags on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: What a beautiful swap this is. Thank you so much. The tags are lovely and so different than mine, I like that as it inspires me. The sorting machines here are hard on envelopes so the "pocket" you used saved the day. One end of the envelope was open but everything was inside.
Response: I'm glad everything got there safe! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the great March Hare journal page! I love how you added extra tea pots - so perfect. And thank you for the fun extras! Aloha
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Dormouse page. And thank you for the extras to craft with. Aloha!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Another great card for this Alice challenge, I love it ! Thank you :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Michellesl rated for NS: Blind envelope #8 on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: bedankt voor je leuke pakketje! zitten zeker dingen in die ik kan gebruiken :)
Response: Graag gedaan!
photovivie rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #10 on Jun 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart

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Petaltea on Jun 14, 2022:

Tessa Thank you so much for all that you have done in the ESO and international snailmailers groups. You've really been such a big help in keeping it all going. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon. Your the best. 😊🌺

PrincessLeia on Apr 22, 2022:

AMA. collaboration PC - homer Hello Tessa, Thanks for adding to my PC and sending it home! I always get excited when one comes home. I love the end result!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

DPClamavi on Feb 25, 2022:

Thank you SO MUCH for making my first pass and paste postcard so AMAZING !! It looks fabulous, I will definitely treasure this ♥

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

JuneRosebud on Sep 29, 2021:

Hi Tessa. Thanks for working on my Art Coll PC. I can't believe that it has been "wandering" around for two years now!! Would love to know what happened to it....

Rainydancer on Jul 27, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

JuneRosebud on Apr 27, 2021:

Tessa, Thank you for working on my hula girl AMA Collab Post Card. I always love your additions to the post cards, you are so artistic=)

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


wolfeagle on Oct 27, 2020:

Thank you for working on my Einstein Pass and Paste. I love it.

YooperHill on Jul 21, 2020:

Thank you for the Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 art! I LOVE IT!

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