Swap-bot Time: March 19, 2018 7:38 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: March 18, 2018
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My currently comatose blog Graasland
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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, which is heaven to me. :))

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: 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Stargazer008 rated for Vintage postcard swap on Feb 25, 2018
Comment: How funny is that?! Another heartwarming and lovely piece of mail from you in my letterbox! You did it again - yes you made me speechless! Thank you so much. By the way I feel a bit honoured that I received the vintage postcard, which was for your brother! And I really like the feeling and sound of the paper - oh what a sensation. Have a brilliant start into the new week!
Response: I am so glad to have gotten you HAPPY mail! You're worth the card :)
Comment: I love the postcard very much, thank you!
Response: You're welcome! And thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Sorry for rating late. Love everything you sent!
Response: LOL thanks for the rating Kelly! :)
kathiann rated for Notecard and Stationery Swap on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: You really went above and beyond on this swap! I love the note cards and stationary that you sent. The posters are great too. I will definitely be using them in my office :)
aladyde rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Nov 2017) on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty art card with the great stamps. Could not have a birthday party as my husband fell ill the day before. But no problem.
Comment: Oh what fun this was! Thank you for all the things you sent and for the fun way you packaged it all. Also loved all the stamps on the fun envelope!
MelbourneGirl rated for WIYM: ANIMAL POSTCARD SWAP on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful squirrel 🐿 postcard - we LOVE it! ❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Thanks for the goodies
Comment: Thank you for a lovely, well put together, and thoughtful package. What a treat to come home to such nice mail. You really stuffed it! Lucky me! Your swaps are always lovely. I look forward to future swaps with you. Cheers!
Response: BLUSHING! Thanks for the rating and your kind words :D
kureopatora rated for Send a Vegan Treat on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: This was a wonderful swap package! Thank you so much for the matcha powder - I've made some shortbread biscuits with most of it and they were delicious. I'll be incoporating the things you sent for twiddlemuffs into my next batch - I love doing garden themed ones so the things you sent are perfect! The candy has been stolen by my partner since he loves gummy sweet and the hard boiled sweets you sent are one of his favourites! Thank you so much, I can't express how wonderful this package was.
russromano rated for WIYM: ANIMAL POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the excellent choice in postcards. Gorillas are such marvelous animals. Absolutely the perfect choice. I do hope you get to Japan--you will fall in love with it.
Response: I'm glad you like the gorilla as much as I do! You're welcome and thanks for the rating :)
Comment: I kept finding more and more goodies! Love everything - even the packaging! Thank you so much!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad you had fun finding it all :) Thanks for the rating!
kpfree rated for WIYM: DOMESTIC CAT POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Hello Chanou! Received your beautiful postcard today from the Netherlands! Loved it and so cute! Love little kitties! So happy to receive it! Thank you! Yes, my last name is German and I am sure my relatives on my fathers side his father came from Germany! It was fun swapping with you and so happy to hear you have 3 purry friends too!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the rating :) Love to your furry friends from mine :)
Comment: Thank you for the great pc. The Dodo makes me laugh in Alice in wonderland every time I watch it!!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the rating :)
Bridgette rated for Ephemera pack November: winter on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the winter goodies! It was stuffed full! As an Alaska girl, I really miss the snow, Florida winters are very mild!
Response: Oh my, you're an Alaska girl in Florida!!! That must be tough LOL. You're very welcome and thanks for the rating :)

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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

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2017:

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

Artstamper on Nov 29, 2017:

You are welcome, glad you were pleased.

wm on Nov 27, 2017:

Thank YOU for the extra WIYM: PC Roulette Nov swap card! Really like it as well as the stamp ... and how clever of you to use the washi tape that way - love it!

WayUpInAlaska on Nov 14, 2017:

Glad the WIYM: PC Roulette Nov swap card made it safely :) Not related to Santa, but he does live up the road - and has his herd of reindeer out in his side yard :) big hugs from Alaska! :)

piratejimbob87 on Oct 5, 2017:

(The Natural World September WTA - Harvest theme)
Thank you so much for these goodies, what lovely colours! I can't wait to use them :)

Best wishes, Leanne

Moosecastle on Sep 30, 2017:

You must come visit me and my guinea pigs then! :)

Ciska76 on Apr 2, 2016:

Hoi Chanou, 💚DANKJEWEL💚 voor je SENG WTA march pakketje. Echt super leuk! En zo mooi ingepakt. Heb het goed in je tuintje dit weekend. Er komen nog wat tips jouw kant op. Warme groet, Ciska

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