Swap-bot Time: February 24, 2021 9:13 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: February 24, 2021
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My hibernating blog Graasland

About Me

My nickname "Gnoe" is Dutch for gnu or wildebeest.

I'm an animal loving museum information specialist adoring her (rescue) cats Kuki and Sumi.

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



My goal when sending out swaps is to put a smile on your face. I personally think swapping should be fun and make us happy; there's too much drama in the world already.

I mark my items sent after I've dropped them in the mailbox. Where I live mail is only collected on weekdays at 5pm. Naturally I mail in time for pick-up when sending out on the last day of the swap. Swap-Bot rules speak for themselves.

I reuse -clean- packaging and such as much as possible.


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

I have No thanks & I'd rather not receive lists at the bottom of this page. They're there to aid you, not restrict! Of course I'll appreciate anyhing you send :-) I will never rate down for getting something from those lists (the thought alone is absurd to me!) If possible I will just pass along what I cannot use -- but it seems such a waste of postage and effort on your side that can be avoided. So please don't worry about it, nor be offended?!


I'm vegan, which means I employ a compassionate & eco-friendly lifestyle using no animal products whatsoever. No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatine (gelli plate), 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. :)

Interests and themes

  • mail art and art journalling / (trashy) junk journals
  • dabbling in textile arts (visible mending, fiber mail = fabric mail art, crochet and embroidery)
  • Asia (Japan and Indonesia); Japanese and Scandinavian design
  • donkeys
  • peacocks, kingfishers and other brightly multicoloured birds for their iridescent plumage
  • bling (I probably was a magpie in a previous life ;-)
  • small and fragrant flowers like snowdrops, freesia, sweet pea, purple crocus, lavender and cherry blossom (sakura)
  • peacock palette colours
  • museums
  • reusing, recycling and repurposing / zero waste society

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 or rooibos. Preferred fruit is citrus.


These are not requests, just a few things that will 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!
  • vintage letter paper
  • postalettes
  • anything DONKEY! (though not a fan of caricature/Disney)
  • washi stickers
  • rub-ons
  • embroidery thread; variegated and shiny make my heart leap and currently low on reds, purples 'n blues
  • haberdashery in general
  • glass, wooden or metallic beads
  • pieces of fun fabric (dying for some scraps of sari, batik and kimono fabric!)
  • quality handmade postcard
  • clothes patch made by you, including Teesha Moore style puffy scrap patches
  • handmade pincushion or kit/easy instruction
  • handmade needle book with room for threader
  • sea glass
  • origami paper, esp. washi, foil, chiyogami and duo (double sided)
  • did I mention a letter? ;-)

Sorry, but No Thanks...

  • it probably goes without saying but anything containing animal ingredients or animal cruelty
  • girly, cutesy, children's/childish stuff (YA), kawaii, Diddle, Care Bears, Disney... you get the picture ;)
  • "keep calm" & other motivational quotes (not the desired effect LOL)
  • crap quality stickers (seems obvious to me but apparently it's not?)
  • ugly plastic clothes buttons
  • touristy postcards (views) / souvenirs
  • hibiscus and red / forest fruit flavoured tea
  • jewelry and make-up; I hardly ever wear any
  • contemporary leaflets -- I have a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on my mailbox and recycle/upcycle the things that come into my house as much as possible; so please don't add to the pile LOL

I'd rather not receive

  • poetry
  • sports theme (except hiking and aesthetic kinds e.g. water ballet, figure skating)
  • book pages (except extremely pretty) -- I'm already drowning! LOL
  • sticky notes / page flags -- I received so many the will last me a lifetime
  • alphabet stickers / rub-ons
  • I prefer not to receive anything edible unless you're 100% sure it's vegan


susieq11 rated for Year of the Ox Postcard on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the great postcard and cow stamp too!! : ) It’s perfect! Very glad you joined!
Catida rated for WIYM: Chatty postcard 2 - EUROPE on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous fish card! I was not familiar with mandarin fish before. I read they live in salt water, so they are not so common in aquariums :)
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad you like it and that it made you learn something new :-) Stay safe and thanks for swapping & the heart!
Comment: I got your swap Chanou, yay! Getting to finally rate you! Thank you very much for the shaped leaf, mountain, and tree PC's. They quite lovely! Thank you also for your lovely note. I enjoyed reading it. I hope you get to continue caring for the cute donkey's. What a fun job, I'm sure it is! Have a great day!
Response: Yay! That makes me happy! Is it the first or my resend that arrived? I'm guessing the latter. Have a great day too and stay safe dear!
marianne81 rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #6 on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de prachtige magic iris. Ik vind hem erg leuk geworden zo. Ookbedankt voor de extra's die jeerbij gedaan hebt en de heerlijke thee.
Response: Graag gedaan, ik ben blij dat je tevreden bent met de magic iris kaart. Ik was heeeeel opgelucht toen ik eindelijk inspiratie kreeg haha! Dankjewel voor het hart <3
SGriffin rated for Ugly PC Swap #21 on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart! <3
klaartje rated for NS: Flow-ish journal on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Heel erg leuk dankjewel 💋
Comment: Thank you! Nice presentation!
Response: You're very welcome & thanks for the heart! <3
Comment: What a delightful envelope of goodies you sent me Chanou! I love everything! The two map envelopes are so clever and the cat washi and stickers and everything!!! Many many hearts to you! We are doing well here but my daughter did contract Covid in California, she was sick for 2 weeks but has recovered with no lingering side effects that we know of so we are VERY GRATEFUL. Take care and stay well!
Response: I'm so glad to hear your daughter recovered from Covid without any lingering problems... You must have been so worried!!! Thank you for the heart and your lovely comment -- you are very welcome!
weatherwax rated for AMMM: Junk Journal Supplies Swap on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: Lovely Chanou!! Thank you so much for your coolio swap. I am in love with this breathtaking whale. I will not be able to use it. So fabulous!!! But I am so sorry to hear, that life is thus stressful at the moment. If you wish to do a tiny private swap with a really long time frame just for distraction and entertainment, then just pm me. Anytime :) Be well & stay safe!!!
Comment: I love your patch! I really do, I love how you did the stitching on the flowers. And the sparkles are just perfect. Much Aloha!
Lonestarchild rated for AN: Favorites (global) on Aug 14, 2020
Comment: This swap just made me giggle. I laughed out loud when I saw the front end of the whale. Yes, you sent me the back end before and I used it on an envie. I wish I knew who I sent it to because I'd send them the front end too! Such a fun swap -- so many cool things! (It arrived in a US Post envie -- the back of your envie had been torn off/damaged. I think everything was here and fine -- you had wrapped it in ribbon and I don't think anything got away and nothing is damaged. That might be why it took so long to arrive. But totally worth waiting for!) Thanks for a great swap!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely pack-full envelope! What nice choices you picked for me! Thank you! And I enjoyed reading your note as to how your are handling the virus. We are having trouble with governors running rough-shod over the Constitution and not being even-handed in applying the law. Fortunately, we live in a rural area and can pretty much do what we want as there are few people around us. I have been tested because I needed an invasive procedure and I tested negative. We know of 4 people who have had it and all report that it's like a cold and the four got over it in times that varied from 1-5 days. I think it is mutating and is only dangerous for those with a compromised immune system. Have fun with the donkeys - I didn't know they were an issue in The Netherands. At least you get to be outside, which is very healthy!
fairypretty7 rated for SSM: Find me #2 on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for great items and the cool envelope, all these items will do great in my planner. Great idea to add the size of my planner, never thought about that. Also love the typed note, I think it is so great.
Comment: Thank you! I really love the map card and the Norweigan Forest! And the wee cat magnets!!!
Comment: OH MIss Gnoe! Thank you, thank you, thank you! TRuly making my Mailbox Merry! I so loved the envie esp. with the colourful Flamingo. BRilliant Idea to affix it on there. You sent so many goodies. Like the orgami! Thats not regular orgami. LOL I know. LOL Im a paperologist. lolololol How about that groovy recipe card? I will NEVER GIVE THAT AWAY. lol I have never seen one like that before. The darling whale postcard. Oh my gossssssssssssh, that one particular stamp? The harbour seen? Oh my! To die for! Ya know, the U.S.A does nice stamps but not like the Nederlands! Psssst, I looked for a whale in the scene. LOLOL. aDORABle typewriters. Cactus? Llama love. And it was all sealed in a lovely, crinkley plastic sleeve which I loooooooooooooove cuz I collect plastic. Sad but true. LOLOLOL. Again friend, thank you for all your time and generosity!!!!!!!!!!!!! You really did so much!
Comment: Your wonderful envelope of green arrived safely today! Thank you so much for the dragonfly postcards! You have beautiful handwriting.
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #29 on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Hoi Chanou, Wat een mooie envelop met inhoud viel er vandaag op mijn deurmat. Een prachtige envelop en super leuke paarse en Iris-bloemen. Past helemaal bij mij!! En dan natuurlijk je PC kaartje. Eigenlijk had je in het eerste vakje al iets van jezelf mogen schrijven. Maar zo gaat ie een ronde langer mee... Leuk met de naaimachine. Ga eens puzzelen wat ik er bij kan maken. De facebooksite van deze groep heet trouwens Nederlandse Swappers
Response: Hoi Iris, dank voor je berichtje en hart! Ik had begrepen dat je 3 of 4 vakjes maakt en er eentje mag invullen. Omdat ik geen verdere voorkeuren heb, had ik niet het idee dat ik per se nog iets moest opschrijven naast mijn gegevens. En dus 3 (niet 4) vakjes gemaakt ;-) Ben benieuwd wat jij en de volgende deelenemers ervan maken. Alvast bedankt! :-)
Comment: Thank you for the absolutely beautiful postcard. I love it!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like it.
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful patch! It is really stunning. I absolutely love how you worked all of the elements together. A big Aloha!
Response: Oh wow, I think our patches arrived on the same day! I found yours in my mailbox when I came home late last night. It's absolutely fabeltastic (and so neat!) and I was immediatelly worried you wouldn't like mine. So relieved to find your rating this morning :-)) Thank you and you're very welcome. I had so much fun with this swap!

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Catida on Feb 10, 2021:

Oh wow, I just got your extra envelope! So many stickers, thank you very much! The kids are thrilled! As for what to read, I want to recommend "Born A Crime" by Trevor Noah. Of the 50 books I read during 2020 it is the one I remember best, and as the best :) AND it only has some 300 pages ;)

simcoe54 on Jan 23, 2021:

Yippee - the pez dispenser arrived undamaged and it is perfect for my daughter's collection. She is very happy with it and it is soooo cute. Thanks for thinking of us.

LadyJo on Jan 19, 2021:

Thank you for the CPG wishlist for December. Great postcards, lovely envie an I enjoyed reading what you are up too!

OrigamiGrace on Jan 15, 2021:

Thank you for a delightful letter and goodies - so nice of you!

anicka22 on Jan 7, 2021:

Oooh, dankjewel voor je heerlijk post! Ben er heel blij mee!

CariahCreates on Jan 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the christmas card and tuck ins from my CPG wishlist. I'm so touched you remembered my 3-legged dog, Toby! Your rescue cats sound wonderful!

area51ufo1 on Dec 26, 2020:

Thank you thank you Thank you... this is such an awesome card. My mom wanted sis and I to do Irish dancing until she realized the thousands of dollars it cost for lessons shoes etc. You words meant a lot to me.I had a good Christmas better than I thought. As time goes on it will get better

anicka22 on Dec 23, 2020:

Dankjewel gnoe voor de mooie kerst washi en de prachtige kaart. Wat heftig dat je zo’n zieke vriendin hebt en wat lief dat je kraanvogels voor haar gaat vouwen! Hoeveel wil je er maken? Voor jou een gezellige kerst en een ontspannen en gezond 2021!

ittybittykitty on Dec 21, 2020:

Hoi Chanou!! Thank you for your sweet November CPG wish - it just arrived! The stickers are so cute and I LOVE the envelope. It’s going on my bulletin board! 😻

warheart on Dec 15, 2020:

Thank you so much for the CPG tag!! I LOVE the book pages you included and can't wait to use them!

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