Swap-bot Time: September 28, 2021 12:46 am


Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: September 27, 2021

Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hallo, My name is Neeltje. I am an Arts&Crafts teacher. I love to make textile art. My biggest pleasure is to create things and spreading them around the world. Love to get inspired by other creative people.

Favorite Crafts

As an Arts&Crafts teacher I like all kinds of Crafts. My favourite however is making textile art on my sewingmachine. I sort of developed my own style and it has no name. Some people refer to it as crazy quilting and it has some resemblance with that. However, for quilting I don't have enough patience. I just like to put colorful fabric to a background and let it happen.

So, I like to sew, knit, crochet, collage, origami, macramΓ© and zentangle.

Favorite Colors

All the colors of the world are wonderful. I love them all. It's thrilling to go out into nature and discover the most excuisite combinations. If you look closely you can see so many wonderful things, even in a raindrop. I am a big admirer of design-seeds.com

Things I Love

Here are some things I love, amongst many other things, in no particular order. If I come up with something I'll add it to the list.

  • Colors

  • Handmade

  • Small birds

  • Lime; color, taste & smell

  • Dancing

  • Old maps

  • Wild Flowers

  • Driftwood

  • Sea Shells

  • Looking at the sky

  • Fiber Art Magazines

  • Bare trees

  • Watercolor drawings

  • Baking

  • Handmade paper

  • Patterned tissue paper

  • Die-cuts

  • Foreign texts, handwritten or printed

  • The smell of cinnamon

  • Song of a blackbird

  • Handmade Wooden Spoons

  • Colorful Band-Aid

  • Small tins with candy, herbs or spices

  • Fancy colored tie wraps & bread clips

  • (vintage) Botanical Drawings

Please Do Not

Please don't send fabric. My stash is so big, I could cover my whole country and still have scraps left. The only fabric I am looking for right now is cat fabric. Not the fabric your cat has been lying on, but fabric with cats on it. If you are looking for fabric, I am more than happy to send you some.

Favorite Books

There are many books I like. Historic novels, modern literature, thrillers. I enjoyed The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson but also Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Isabel Allende and Paul Theroux, and many many others.6-1-2017 Just read I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, couldn't stop reading. In 2019 the book that moved me most was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. 2020 so far: The eight life (for Brilka): Nino Haratischvili and, finally, Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada.

Favorite Music

My taste in music is very divers. It goes from Pop to Opera. Whenever I hear something interesting I try to find out more and put it on my favorites on Spotify. If my hart makes a little jump when I hear the song again, it stays on my list.

Is it Easter yet?


coffeef1rst rated for Floral Themed Mail on Sep 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful package and all the lovely things you sent. I was so hesitant to open it because of the work you obviously put into it but I eventually did:)
fifikitty91 rated for Christmas Present Swap on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much
Response: Thank you.
fortannam rated for Holy sCrap Mail Art on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the amazing envelope of goodies!! I love your scrappy postcard and all the papers and fabrics to use! I'll get to be a grandma in November! I've been sewing like crazy! Thank you for the lovely note as well!
Response: Great, it's good to know it is with you now. Isn't it fun how we can use every scrap to make happy mail? I love it!! Thanks for the rating the heart and the comment.
Comment: Holy Cow!!! This is the best swap I have evert received!! I love everything you sent sooo much!! Especially the flower chain and the cards! Thank you thank you thank you!!
Response: So happy this one made it and pretty quick too. Thank you for the rating, the heart and your comment. The flower chain is so much fun to make, I love that you love it.
ccap rated for meeltje57 and ccap profile swap on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Well goodness gracious! Thank you so much! What a wonderful parcel. Even the packaging is lovely. I'm going to have a hard time throwing this one out. Yes, I have had Stroopwafels before (I have quite a number of Dutch friends) but goodness I am looking forward to having one of those later today. But honestly, the two very favourite parts of the package are the pouch and the card. I had to call my daughter over to show her the pouch. I just love it so much! And the card: You're probably not going to believe me but I actually started crying with the card. I absolutely LOVE that you honour both your sister and your father in a note to me. I am a very nostalgic woman and if I were to find a pen of my father's I would so desperately want to use it as well. Thanks again!
Response: Thank you so much for your sweet words. It feels so good to know how much a swap is appreciated. To feel such a connection with a β€œstranger” gives me a kick. It was so great swapping with you. Love to have another go.
katierose rated for Put flowers on # april 2021 on May 15, 2021
Comment: Neeltje, thank you SO much for this beautiful swap! I love everything especially all the rose themed items you so thoughtfully chose for me. I enjoyed reading your nice note as well. I would love to have a big collection of old sewing machines some day! Thank you again and take care πŸ™‚
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. Always so happy when a swap arrives, this one took over 5 weeks! It was good fun to make you this, and it's even more fun to know it's with you now. Enjoy!
Cellolady rated for Themed Envelope #3 Pink on May 3, 2021
Comment: It came today!!!! I'm so excited! Thank you sooo much. I sent you and email and found you on facebook, so messaged you there. Beautiful envelope!
Response: So happy this one arrived , and pretty quick too! The envelopes look a lot the same I now see. Funny coincidence. Thank you for being such an understanding partner.
Comment: Received your beautiful envelope today! Thank you so much for all the love you put in it! πŸ₯°
Response: Great, it can be quick! Happy it did arrive. Thanks for your patience.
isandie rated for RSS: Easy Scrappy Pencil Pouch on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: THE BEST EVER!!! I'm so sorry I'm late doing this, but I LOVED THIS POUCH!!! Thank you so much!!! XOXO
Response: Thank you so much. It was such a pleasure making you this swap, nothing but good vibes. I cannot be happier than with all my fabric scraps around, sewing small utensils. Thanks for hosting this swap.
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful swap, I really love all the Anne geddes and Miffy stuff!!! your envie packed nicely. I can see a lot of hearts put in there.
Response: Your tea arrived and I am so happy with it. I love the taste of this tea, it reminds me of some candy we use to have as children. I liked them too, they had pastel colors, lovely. Thanks again for this great swap.
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful envelope and all the contents. It's clear that you really thought about what to include and I really look forward to using the various things in my happy mail.
kizzlets rated for HappyMail Envelope -INTERNATIONAL on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! Much appreciated!
thatsmemyk rated for meeltje57 and thatsmemyk #2 on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Neeltje, I received your amazing swap today! It was SUCH A JOY going through all the lovely items you gathered and made, as well as just looking at the mailing envelope, which was incredible in and of itself. I absolutely LOVE the textile folder you made, including the wonderful quote on the cover (I will definitely not be removing it!). Thank you for also sharing a bit of your heart and family with me - all of those personal items make this swap so much more meaningful and special. Your sister's artwork on the card is completely stunning, and I will be keeping it and cherishing it. Thank you again, and I look forward to doing more swaps with you!
bexkex rated for HappyMail Envelope -INTERNATIONAL on Mar 9, 2021
Comment: Got it today! This was such a Nice envelope!! I've never recieved anything like it. Thank you so much, i can tell that you've put a lot of work into it. I especially like The cat labelstickers. And all The japan brochures! :D
mlandman rated for Put flowers on #march2021 on Mar 4, 2021
Comment: Hoi Neeltje, wat een geweldige swap heb je ervan gemaakt! Die mooie, dikke envelop maakte al meteen nieuwsgierig. Ik vind je genaaide mapje helemaal te gek! Die kleuren, dat gouddraad, supermooi! Ook bedankt voor alle andere leuke goodies zoals de uilenstempel! Superleuk!
Tara rated for AMA: Sender's Choice -Feb. on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Wow! Your package is amazing all around. I feel blessed for having received it ❀️. I absolutely love the fabric piece you sent. Now I want to try making some. And I agree that giving is so much more fun than receiving. I try and stuff as much as I can into the swaps for others. Thank you again πŸ™
Response: Yes, do! Try some fabric scrap sewing, it's such fun. Tell me all about it if you have. Can't wait to see the result. Thanks for the lovely comment, rating and heart. Enjoy and create on.
Phenyx rated for Profile Based Happy Mail on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: WILL UPDATE WHEN THE REST ARRIVE 😘😊 This has truly been a fun adventure I must admit. From deciding to have a private swap to being slowed down due to COVID. Thank you so much for resending despite all the trouble. πŸ’•Your series of mails have brightened my days. ☺️ Hence I felt my ratings should reflect the effort. ❀️ Your first package took me by surprise. Because I hadn't received anything in a long time as post had come to a standstill for me in 2020. I loved the handmade mask and the little tid bits of ephemera included. I look forward to using them in my journals. ❀️ After the 1st package, I began to anticipate the next one. And voila! This next package brought me beautiful ribbons and laces packed neatly with my most favourite vintage book pages πŸ₯°πŸ’«πŸŽ‰ ❀️The 3rd pkg was a true surprise. I absolutely loved the sewn folder you made for me. It's become a loving storage folder for all stamped images. I keep taking time to admire it whenever I'm reaching for my ephemera and think of you. ❀️ Oh my God, how do I begin to thank you for this 4th package. I don't think words could express how grateful I am for this package and believe that maybe my actions would help express my heartfelt gratitude πŸ˜˜πŸ’•
Response: Our adventure has surely been a joyful one for me too. The regret about the first package getting lost is entirely made up by the fun of re-sending multiple ones. I am so glad you are enjoying it as much as I do. Thank you for your friendship and your sweet comment. Keep an eye open on the mailbox, more is coming.
Chocopan rated for Floral/Nature Themed Swap #5 on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing happy mail! I loved the envelope, it was so pretty, and there're so many beautiful goodies included :)
Response: It was a pleasure to make this swap. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
coleenfranks rated for Floral/Nature Themed Swap #5 on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Neeltje, what a wonderful swap you sent. First of all, your envelope was a treat. So fun. I like doing such too. And I love the mask. I have several colors, but no red so happy to have that pretty fabric. Love, love, love the pretty flowers. Did you make them? And that flower book mark.....so darn cute. Thanks for all the wonderful ephemera. Wish I could give you a dozen hearts. Blessings, you made my day.
Response: So good to know you like it all so much. Enjoy and have fun with it, it was great fun to make it.
Risna rated for β˜† FULL ENVELOPE #33 β˜† on Jan 24, 2021
Comment: Lovely decorated envelope to begin with! Thank you! It was almost too pretty to be opened. And what an amazing package it is... You really put thought and effort in this and it's highly appreciated! Thank you so so much. Take care and stay safe!
Response: Always having a good time making my swaps. Decorating the envelopes is such a fun thing to do.Glad it arrived and that I could make you happy. Enjoy!!

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XwattsX on Sep 10, 2021:

august wishlist for LSRU - i am just dumbfounded. the MOST amazing package, it made me feel like i did as a kid on xmas day. i am so lucky that you chose to send to me! <3

bblue on Aug 28, 2021:

Thank you for the LSRUS wishes! The collage envelope is so great! Thanks for everything inside, especially the handmade things. The boiled paper and origami bins are now decorating my craft table (which is also the dining room table...)

Poftoffel on Jul 1, 2021:

Lieve Neeltje, dank je wel voor je happy mail! Wat een lieve brief en wat een ontzettend leuk fietszadelhoesje!! Hij is echt perfect voor mijn fiets! Zo is mijn dag helemaal opgefleurd! Dank je wel!!

HollyBear on May 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the LSRUS April wishes you sent. The froggie items and the postcards were awesome!! I love the packaging. I hated to have to cut the edge to open it. I really enjoyed your letter and thank you for your kind words!

Barbara on May 12, 2021:

Thank you for telling me about the candy wrappers. haha Maybe you could host a swap for candy wrappers! Have a happy day. Now I am going to go eat a candy bar and save the wrapping for you!

Barbara on May 7, 2021:

Hi Neeltje, Thank you for the April wishes you granted. I am a collector of Marianne stamps of France, also so excited to put new stamps in my Netherlands album. Beautiful bookmarks too. Thank you!

Petaltea on May 4, 2021:

Neeltje oh wow!! Dank je voor je leuk envelope van de β€œ I collect β€œ tag. Zoveel mooie dingen die ik kan gebruiken en bewonderen. De vlinder, die cuts, envies en prachtige postcards. Thank you so much. I can tell you really picked all of these things out expecially for me. So kind and sweet of you!

all the best and take care, Robyn

bizzles on Apr 29, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wishes you granted in the LSRUS Wishlist for April. I was thrilled to receive what you sent, and the story behind the items made them so special to me. Thank you so much for sharing their origins with me. I think my favorite part was reading about the card and about your grandparents hat shop. Thank you for being such a wonderful swapper and wish granter.

MellowOda on Apr 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for the amazing envelope you sent for the LSRUS April Wishlist! The envelope is hands down my favorite envelope I have ever received! It's beautiful, you have a wonderful talent for crafting! And all of the lovely papers (and the heart stickers) inside are just perfect. I've never heard of boiled paper, but I'm going to look it up, now! It does have such a lovely vintage feel! Thank you again, I will definitely hold on to this envelope.

eshasketch on Mar 3, 2021:

Hello Neeltje! Oh my gosh, thank you so much for the amazing mail you sent for LSRUS Feb Wishlist! I love everything, from the envelope to the vintage papers and the lace samples! It truly made my day and I’m fawning over every little bit! Thank you!! πŸ’•βœ¨πŸ₯°

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