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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: September 26, 2023
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 11 years old and very sweet. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. She is very lazy, sleeps all day.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I sew a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
At the moment I'm in love with the patterns of Studio Seren. They are su much fun!
I used to crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak and My Krissie Dolls. But my fingers hurt after a few stitches now, so I switched to sewing.

I also like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and listening to audiobooks while I'm crafting .
I like to be with my family.

Please leave a comment when raiting.

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

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 (2023) the theme is, nothing is as it seems. So we have to make something that is also something else. We wil build the horse of Troy (wooden statue), transforming in a Trojan Horse (the virus).
I can't wait for the building process to begin, we are planning to make armour from foam, so If you have any tips and tricks they are very welcome!

Last year (2022) the theme of the parade was festivals around the world. We made a float about the Japanese cherry blossom festival. We made 3 arches with blossom and lanterns. Actors were picknicking. And 4 girls danced with paper parasols. It was so much fun. We won 6th place, we were very surprised by that, and also we won the prize from the kids jury.

Youtube video of our float in 2018 Our elephant was so cool! She even moved her head, ears and trunk like a real one.
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 sew stuffed animals, make and decorate envelopes, mixed media, mini albums, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, sewing ragdolls and animals, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my artjournal and helping out with the flower parade.

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, foxes
* (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
* eyelets
* any Tim Holtz product
* labels, I love labels, the plain ones with a red/green/other colour border, vintage labels with scribbles, labels with daintly borders, etc.
* 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
* fabric to make clothes for my handmade softies (I prefer natural fiber over polyester)
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: botanical, vintage, tickets and tags, flowers, feathers, postal theme, old sewing patters, 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
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item/template/tips

  • I collect used postage stamps for an elderly (recently) disabled man.

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.
  • 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.


Djevara rated for ESO: Art Journal #12 on Sep 27, 2023
Comment: Thanks you for the nice stickers and the journal :)
Comment: it's lovely thank you !!
IrisDrissen rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #25 on Sep 20, 2023
Comment: Doen we internationaal, krijgen we nog steeds elkaar! haha! Bedankt voor leuke envelop en extra's! Ga deze afmaken voor Jose!
Lolcw rated for ESO: Quick Library Pocket / Envelope on Sep 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you!!
Comment: Thanks for the cute page of Felix (a much cuter name than the English version, haha!)
DPClamavi rated for ESO: One page wonder flipbook #5 on Aug 25, 2023
Comment: Ooooof tysm for this wonderful Alice flipbook, I love it !! ♥ ty for hosting great swaps !
photovivie rated for ESO: Art Journal #11 on Aug 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
JBFR rated for ESO: One page wonder flipbook #4 on Aug 22, 2023
Comment: wow! It's just wonderful !! I'm a big fan of your creation! Thank you so much for this flipbook!
JBFR rated for ESO: Folio pocket on Aug 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the foliopocket and goodies
Response: you're welcome!
Comment: Another lovely page, ty !!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
DPClamavi rated for IS: Harry Potter Journal - Dobby on Aug 13, 2023
Comment: Beautiful page, ty !
Response: You're welcome, I liked drawing Dobby the most so far
LiisaS rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #24 on Aug 12, 2023
Comment: Hey! Thanks for the card. Will add my art and send it forward :)
Response: Have fun! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful journal page!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #122 on Jul 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you. I like your gelli print.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for ESO: Art Journal #10 on Jul 26, 2023
Comment: Ook deze collage is weer helemaal mooi. Ik ga het boekje terug naar huis sturen.
Response: Graag gedaan!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Scavenger Hunt #12 on Jul 25, 2023
Comment: Je hebt alle items weer mooi met elkaar gecombineerd! 😊 thanks!
Response: Graag gedaan!
DPClamavi rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #23 on Jul 18, 2023
Comment: Ty for the postcard, love what you did with it !! you're such an inspiration :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 75 on Jul 12, 2023
Comment: Wat is ie al leuk!! Eens goed nadenken wat ik nog kan toevoegen. Wat een prachtige en envelop heb je er weer bij gemaakt! Dank je wel!
Response: Graag gedaan hoor. Thanks for the heart!
Djevara rated for ESO: Art Journal #9 on Jul 12, 2023
Comment: Thanks for passing the journal :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #121 on Jul 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much. Now I can make a corset ATC swap. ;)
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!

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photovivie on Jun 11, 2023:

Thank you so much for sending me my ESO Teamwork postcard back (the one with the flour theme) it looks amazing! 😍

hazelwitch3 on Apr 13, 2023:

Thanks so much for your contribution to my ESO Teamwork postcard -- I love the card!

hazelwitch3 on Apr 13, 2023:

Thanks so much for your contribution to my ESO Teamwork postcard -- I love the card!

photovivie on Feb 15, 2023:

Thank you for sending my teamwork postcard home!

Petaltea on Dec 25, 2022:

Merry Christmas Tessa!

carol on Oct 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for your work on my Collaboration PC! It turned out great! I'll try to scan and post in the group later. Thanks again!

hazelwitch3 on Sep 22, 2022:

Thank you for adding to my ESO Teamwork postcard. The crochet edging was a genius idea!

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 ♥

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