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Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: February 25, 2024

Country: Netherlands
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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, macramé 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.

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Comment: Thank you so much for ALL the gloriously beautiful and unique items that you sent me. Everything is going to be used in crafty ways. Thank you again for everything.
Satorii rated for IFM: Scrap Envelope-April 2023 on May 5, 2023
Comment: Hellooo!! I’m a little bit lost for words this package is incredible!!! The vintage paper is so cool and the scrabble board is perfect for book binding. And thank you so much for the fabric I’ve been looking for some with dinosaurs on for ages :)) that’s so cool you are a sewing teacher!!! I have not made a microwave pot holder yet but I keep seeing them on social media so might make one, thanks for the suggestion :)
nathalieswap rated for 4 Teabag Swap #9 on Apr 18, 2023
Comment: Heb vandaag je prachtige grote envelop ontvangen met de vele extra's. Wauw!! Wat een plezier om zo een prachtige envelop in de bus te vinden en om alles eruit te halen, was net kerst :-) Super bedankt!!! Er zat maar 1 thee bij die ik kende, de rest niet, kijk er naar uit om ze te proeven, ze ruiken heerlijk :-)
Comment: Neeltje you went above and beyond and then some! I absolutely loved seeing your package on my porch and the contents were just as lovely! Thankyou so much for putting together such a lovely parcel and having so much thought put into it! The fabric was my absolute favorite and I’ll definitely be making a quilted pillow out of what you sent. Thankyou so so so much!
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful package!! It made me very happy! I love how you packaged everything up and how you worked to find ways to fulfifl the swap. (It wasn't easy for me either!!) It turned out perfect! <3 <3 Have a safe and warm Christmas!
Comment: Wow, this is the most SPECTACULAR assortment of goodies I have ever received, thank you!!! The envelope is gorgeously decorated and the contents are absolutely breathtaking, and so unique! One heart is not enough! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Inesrv rated for CPG: Butterfly Happy Mail - GLOBAL on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much Neeltje for all these butterflies items! And the envelope was pretty as well. You have a caravan? How cool!! What's your plans? Love, Inês
Comment: I had so much fun looking through this envelope! Which was so beautifully collaged, btw! So many wonderful handmade little things. I love the way you stitched on some of the wrappers & turned them into art 💜💜
Comment: Thank you for another great package. I really loved getting a glimpse into your life, and love that there was quite a lot of non-english ephemera.
Comment: Wow what a fabulous package to receive! The paper clusters were really nicely done. I love the envelope you created and to include that extra booklet was just amazing. Thanks for putting so much effort and time into this swap.
susieq11 rated for MAIL ART - SUMMER on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: THANK YOU!! Oh, what a beautiful, heartfelt swap! I don’t have the words to tell you how much I love it and how grateful I am! It’s just the happiest mail! The envelope is so fun and fabulous and then you’ve filled it with a sweet letter, postcards, cards, rubber stamps, tons of paper fun, a gorgeous crochet flower pin, little fabric hearts, bookmark, paper bin… I’ll be looking through it for days! Thank you for the inspiration - your words filled me with the loveliest thoughts of summer! I followed your Instagram page too! I’m going to send you some mail soon! Thank you for joining and I feel so lucky to have been your partner! It’s so nice hearing from you and you’ve spoiled me! XOXO Enjoy summer!!!!!
Comment: Oh my goodness Neeltje!!! This is the best swap I have received in awhile!! The envelope alone was sparking my interest. It's so cute! And then...the INSIDE! That illustrated folder and the lovely ephemera included are my faves! Thank you!! I hope to swap again some day.
Comment: Neeltje, today your Jumbo Envelope was waiting for me when I came home. It's a first swap i received till date, in such a wonderful Envelope and amazing boiled paper and wooden pencil. I never saw such pencil before. Garbage bin, flower, handmade envies are lovely. Garbage bin is really wonderful. And Ton of thanks for the postcards with fish stamps. If permits I cud give you more and more and more Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
ellie rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Mail ARt- May on May 20, 2022
Comment: I felt like it was my birthday when I received your swap . Thank you so much for all the work you did on the envelope. I absolutely love it. What can I say about all the stuff that you added to the envelope. Please know that I will put it to good use and have fun while I'm doing it. I am still trying to open the bins🐝
Response: Great, I am very happy you like it all so much. Did you manage to open the bins yet? Send me an email if you need any help.
GypsieJ rated for Happy Mail- sender's choice #2 on May 17, 2022
Comment: Oh Neeltje, where do I start! Your package arrived just as I was heading to work and I could not wait to get home to open it. The decorated envelope was a great clue that you had some good things in store for me…so now I am drinking a cup of tea you sent and I immediately hung the ceramic platypus from my art shelf…I am calling him Pete😊 To mention all of the lovely extras you sent would turn into a small book, but I want you to know I love them all and instantly got so many ideas. Also, thank you for the little desk top garbage bins and adding the instructions on how to make them. The fabric hearts are so cute, I don’t want to stick them on a card…so I am going to drop some essential oil on them and use them as little air fresheners! Again, thank you and I hope we get to trade again sometime 🤗
Response: Thank you so much for your sweet words. It makes me so happy to read, especially about Pete. And such a clever idea about the hearts. Your comment makes this Happy Mail Swap one of the best. The Happy song will stay in my head for a long time 😊🎶
AlisonKingWriter rated for LSRUS: Let's Recycle! on Apr 21, 2022
Comment: oh my! What a REVELATION bins are!!! I will absolutely be making these for ages to come!! Brilliant (and, of course, the GORGEOUS folder. Amazing! <3 AL
Response: Don’t you love the bins, I have them all over my workroom. Thanks for the comment and the heart, it was my joy to make it all.
thatsmemyk rated for meeltje57 & thatsmemyk #3 on Dec 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the thoughtful goodies, as usual! I always enjoy swapping with you :)
Comment: Neeltje, I am amazed by this very generous swap and beautifully decorated envelopes! I am sorry to hear about your sister. How nice that you have these cards to share her artwork with the world. She was very talented! I opened one of the gifts, the folded pocket with stickers, origami ornaments and the card making idea. Thank you so much! I love having these little surprises to open throughout December, so I will wait to open the rest of them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Response: Did you get both the envelopes? That makes me very happy. I loved creating all the surprises and am very glad they will bring you some joy in the coming month. Have a wonderful Holiday Season too!
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.

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NaomiRisa on Dec 5, 2023:


NaomiRisa on Dec 5, 2023:

Hi Neeltje 😊 A big hearty THANK YOU for the RAK. You made my day! I enjoyed looking through the items you picked and can't wait to put them to good use 😍 Hugs from Malaysia 💕

ladybug513 on Nov 30, 2023:

Thank you for the wonderful RAK package! I feel very spoiled 😊🥰

Millia on Nov 2, 2023:

Hi Neeltje! I just wanted to let you know that the Sharing RAK you sent to me has arrived and I absolutely love everything you chose to send - every piece is so pretty and I can't wait to start using them in my crafts 🌷 Thank you for being so generous! I also adore the way you decorated the envelope... So beautiful! As a thank you I wanted to decorate your profile a bit - here are some photos I thought you might enjoy based on your likes 🐦

Wishing you a beautiful day & happy swapping!

user6937 on Jul 18, 2023:

I forgot to answer your question - no, I've never boiled paper in tea or anything. I'd love to try it!

user6937 on Jul 18, 2023:

I've had a chance to go through your wonderful handmade envelope - my fave things are the coins and the cigar bands! Are the insects tattoos? How do I use them - put them in water and press against skin? I also love your paper cluster, and TY for the ATC sized items :)

user6937 on Jul 17, 2023:

The RAK (sharing) has arrived today - everything looks great and I'll go through it carefully tomorrow! Will comment again then :)

CrisMenezes72 on Jun 6, 2023:

OMG Neeltje!!!! I loved the "Lovely" Sharing RAK that you sent me! You made my day!!! <3 When the postman arrived and handed me that beautiful, big and heavy envelope, my daughter said: "mom, let's open it now, I really want to see what's inside!". And we opened together, it was so good! All wonderful! The wooden letters that form my name, an endless delicacy! Thank you so much! Cris Menezes

Nordmen on Jun 5, 2023:

Hello . I just received your gift letter and it's so beauthiful and full of nice stuffs ! I'm going to make good use of the postcards and put the stamps in my collection ! Thank you very much -Stéphane

bafflingjerboa on May 9, 2023:


I received the RAK package, thank you so much!! I can tell that you put a lot of thought into the items, which is really sweet :D I especially love the space and musical-themed items, they are so perfect! I can't wait to add more special details to my swaps and crafts with these materials! Even the decoration of the package is so fun! It is so kind of you to send me this RAK, it really made my day to have a special package to open :D

Thank you so much!!

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