Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2018 8:05 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: September 18, 2018
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My currently comatose blog Graasland
My Flickr Photos

About Me

I'm an animal loving museum information specialist adoring her (rescue) cats Kuki, Sumi and Marcello. My nickname "Gnoe" is Dutch for gnu or wildebeest.

I volunteer at a donkey sanctuary = my happy place!!! :))

About swaps: If possible, I prefer to receive postcards in an envelope so I can reuse the stamps for art :) Love special stamps!


I'm vegan, which means I employ a compassionate & eco-friendly lifestyle using no animal products whatsoever. No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatine, bee's wax etcetera, nor wool, leather, silk, wool-felt or products for either crafts or personal care tested on animals or containing animal ingredients. I find this makes me feel at peace with the world. :)


  • mail art and art journalling / junk journals / travel journalling
  • Asia (Japan and Indonesia)
  • donkeys
  • peacocks, kingfishers and other brightly multicoloured birds for their iridescent plumage
  • cats
  • small and fragrant flowers like snowdrops, freesia, sweet pea, purple crocus, lavender and cherry blossom (sakura)

I'm into cinema, books (literary fiction, J-Lit, mystery/thriller with clever female protagonist), and hiking. I used to make bentos, postcross and geocache but hardly do so these days.

For tea swaps my tea of choice is green, rooibos or herbal. Preferred fruit is citrus.


These are not requests, just a few things that (would) make me happy. I love looking at other people's wish-lists to help me pick something nice, and I hope that's the same for you.

  • a letter -- I looooove reading letters!
  • anything DONKEY (not Disney though)
  • washi tape samples: Classiky, skinny or the ones with separate images to cut out
  • samples of decorative wallpaper
  • vellum/onion skin writing paper
  • vintage ephemera (esp. related to interests)
  • rub-ons
  • (Chinese / silhouet / folklore) paper cuts
  • sea glass

I received my first pieces of seaglass from @Marlak2008 and it came all the way from Okuma Beach in Okinawa!!!

I prefer to get postcards in an envelope so I can reuse the stamps in journalling or mail art :D

Sorry for some dislikes

  • it probably goes without saying but anything containing animal ingredients or animal cruelty
  • girly, cutesy and kawaii
  • children's stuff or childish (no YA books either)
  • poetry
  • sports (except hiking)
  • tourist cards/souvenirs,
  • scented things
  • hibiscus and red / forest fruit flavoured tea
  • jewelry and make-up; I hardly ever wear any

Also, I have received so many cute sticky notes that they will last me a lifetime. ;) Right now I'm ONLY looking for the lined or grid kind.

I prefer not to receive edible items unless you are 100% certain it's vegan. Thanks!


Comment: I LOVED this flip book. It was so personal, and had so many pockets and flips. Thank you!
Response: Ha! I was so worried it had gone awol... Very happy to hear you love it!
Comment: Thank you! ❤️ Super selection!!! Love the Elvis sticker 😉
Response: Glad it's to your liking! Thanks for the heart(s) :)
smmarrty rated for ABES: Decorative napkins on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the great selection of napkins and extra goodies. The packaging was totally awesome. Yes I read Elizabeth George books but I haven't read the last 2 or 3. But vacation is approaching and I hope to catch up then. Thanks for swapping!
Response: Haha go binge on the Lynley/Havers mysteries!!! Hope you'll have a great vacation. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: That was quite a kitty tale! And thank you for the awesome extras :o)
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart :)
Eclectonote rated for EJ: Postal Ephemera Postcard on Jul 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a most excellent piece of mail art. It came through the mail quite well; I just had to paste down the hand a bit. Everything about it is terrific, from the postal colors, subtle with intriguing background detail, the perfect stamps and cancellations, and on to the sweet message and detailed hand and pencil engraving. So well done!
Response: Awwwww you are so kind, what a wonderful comment! You have me blushing :D I am glad it came through the mail well. Thank you for the heart!
Chaton13 rated for junk journal supplies - woodland on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: I don’t know how I missed this or why it took so long... I’m so sorry for that.... hopefully this will work! I loved everything. Thank you!
Response: No worries! Thanks for rating :D
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful envelope of fabulous ephemera! I love it. :) I actually love receiving mail in the clear envies, I think it looks rather post-modern-ish. I say go for the Re-Use centre! You could have it open only a couple days a week/month (whatever works for your schedule) and start small and slow. And who knows you might create an artist community spot. :)
smmarrty rated for ABES: Send 6 Animals on Apr 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for all of the goodies - I will happily use them. Thanks for sending so far, too. Happy creating!
MawBella rated for Just to Say Hello Swap on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice card and letter. Love your envelope too. ❣️❣️
HilC rated for Getting to know you on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely comment! Can't wait to swap!
paperlovely rated for Getting to know you on Apr 2, 2018
Cariboocarol rated for Getting to know you on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: Hi! Thanks for your cheery, enthusiastic comments, images and greetings from the cats!!
Lucine rated for Getting to know you on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: Bedankt voor het lezen van mijn profile. Ja, volledig vegan;)) Heb flink getreuzeld met die shabby chic tag en gelukkig kwam het goed uit:) See you in a future swap!
Dragongrrl rated for Getting to know you on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks for reading my profile! I'm currently working on a violet craft EPP quilt (lion) and a Janet foster quilt (brown bear) when I'm not working on a swap. Or taking care of my little girl, ha.
nolagirl rated for junk journal supplies - flowers on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fun swap! I loved your packaging and typewritten note.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely parcel of farming goodies! I especially love the big photo of the turnips. I think I'm going to hang it on my inspiration board! Adding: Yes, farming is one of the themes that I do, but I'm also going to try breaking it down into some more specific themes like barns, chickens, pigs, etc.
Response: Yes, I had a hard time parting with that clipping as the colors are _amazing_, right? Are you going to make an actual farming JJ?
Ellivlove rated for Vintage postcard swap on Mar 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your note and everything you sent ❤ Opening this swap was the first thing I did that day and I was so happy. It really made my day. I love the Egyptian postcard so much and the book pages you sent. The doctor translation page made me laugh!
Response: Yay I'm so glad to have made your day! That's the fun of happymail :))
Kellpepper rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #86 on Mar 5, 2018
Comment: LOL! I have to clean my doxies ears at least monthly. It is not fun, but at least he doesn't have sharp claws. I am just starting on my 1st junk journal and that beautiful envie is going in it! Thank you!
Response: Once a month?! That would be hell w/ the kitties LOL. Would LOVE to see your JJ...!!!
Artstamper rated for postcard roulette february style on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this lovely PC of the Swedish cathedral! I do love looking at the vintage PCs.
Response: Yay, glad you like it!
thefantasybookworm rated for Fan of Washi #3 on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the Washi! I really like it all! And I loved the postcard you sent as well! So cool! Happy Swapping! :)
Response: Glad to hear it :) Thanks for the heart!

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MiekeC on Aug 9, 2018:

Bedankt voor je mooie pakketje!

KSENiA on Jun 15, 2018:

Wow! Glad you got it at last. I am wondering where it was all this time?...

Kgoeldner92 on Apr 12, 2018:

Hello :) posting a comment for the getting to know you swap. I placed one earlier but for some reason it hasn’t loaded

thebragal on Apr 10, 2018:

Shoot, I forgot,

Getting to know you.


thebragal on Apr 10, 2018:

I love donkeys and cats too. There is a sanctuary an hour away and my mom took my boys (I was sick). They had a great time and the photos were awesome. It must be so fun working there. I love flowers too, the photo someone left you of the ranunculus is stunning!

Creativemind on Apr 2, 2018:

"Getting to know you" swap:

Hello! I enjoyed reading through your profile and getting to know you. Have a nice day!!

mdrogge on Apr 1, 2018:

Getting to know you swap: Hi there! I enjoyed reading through your profile and your instagram page. So many cute donkeys on there!! Looking forward to seeing you in future swaps :) -Michelle

Chelle on Apr 1, 2018:

"Addicted to Paper: Getting to know you Swap"

It was great reading through your profile and getting to know you! :)

myancey on Mar 1, 2018:

Thank u s omuch for the pc. I LOVE THE pooh stamps. Thank u so much. It made me smile thanks. Have a great day

Stargazer008 on Feb 20, 2018:

WOW. What a stunning surprise in my letterbox I am simnply speechless. Wow all I can say is thank you so much for such a heartwarming piece of mail! WOW. Seems like I am a lucky winner and won in the roulette! LOL tell you what the day was not on my side till I arrived back home! LOL. Thank you. And now enjoy the evening. Bright smiles, Joana

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