Swap-bot Time: July 8, 2020 7:31 am


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: July 8, 2020
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. Sadly our hospice foster cat Kemiri recently passed away on May 4th.

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. Of course I appreciate anyhing you send and will never rate down for getting something from those lists. If possible I will 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: it's just there to aid you, not restrict!


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 'n blues
  • haberdashery
  • 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
  • washi, foil, chiyogami and duo origami paper
  • 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


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
Comment: Thank you for the absolutely beautiful postcard. I love 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!
USTravelingGirl rated for SSM: Red themed happy mail on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I love it all. Yes it is an orchid on the postcard and it's beautiful ❤
Response: Yay! I thought it was an orchid but couldn't be sure it wasn't an iris. So glad it found you quickly and you like what I've sent. Enjoy your weekend!
Comment: Ooohh, dank je wel voor de Kliban kattenkaart. Ik heb met ze kennisgemaakt via Swap-bot. Heb er ook wel eens een stickervelletje van ontvangen. Trouwens, de FB groep heet Nederlandse Swappers.
Response: Graag gedaan -- mazzel dat ik er eentje had! :-D En ik ben blij dat de post niet tegelijk kwam; goed dat ik niet een maar twéé dagen had gewacht haha. Fijn weekend!
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #28 on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel voor de kaart en de extra's. Er zat een sticker van PostNL op, hij heeft er een daje extra over gedaan. Welkom bij de club van Teamworkers. Het is maar een bescheiden groepje, dus iedere uitbreiding wordt gewaardeerd. En het werkt ook wel redelijk verslavend, ook al ben je geen groots kunstenaar. Je hebt er een creatief iets van gemaakt. We hebben ook een FB pagina. Is niet heel uitgebried, maar het is wel leuk om daar eindresultaten te zien. Sterkte met de privé situatie!
Response: Leuk, dank voor het hartje! Heet de FB pg Teamworkers? Kom niet veel daar maar dan zal ik eens kijken. Goed weekend!
hispanka77 rated for Ribbon Sampler Europe on Jun 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the ribbons, the postcard and another extra. 😍 Unfortunately, I do not have ribbons from Ukraine, I have not been going to my country for many many years! 😣 Hugs from Spain.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart! I hope you'll get to go to Ukrania again soon (if you wish to).
Comment: Loving it! Thank you so very much for the care and thought you put into preparing this swap for me. Yes, it did bring a very big smile to my face going through all the wonderful goodies you sent. Happy swapping!
Response: Awww so glad to hear that! Thank you for the lovely comment and heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and lovely letter! I am sorry you had to say goodbye to a feline friend recently, it is very hard to say goodbye to a furry friend. Your card was so sweet and personal! I really appreciated it! <3
Response: Thank you for your sweet comment and heart Amanda! Still trying to get used to not having Kemiri around.
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Pink themed happy mail on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Wow! What a fantastic envelope! Thanks so much, I love everything.
Response: YAY! That makes my day :-)
Ninna rated for SIE: just a greeting card 🌷 on Jun 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Do you like the horse greeting card? And more importantly -- did you understand all the Dutch text??? I tried to keep it simple as I wasn't sure of your skills.
captkristi rated for SSM: Find me on Jun 5, 2020
Comment: SUPER thoughtful!! Really loved your package!!
Response: Great! You're very welcome and thank you for the heart.
ChelseaStarleen rated for Fabric Postcard Swap on Jun 5, 2020
Comment: It came today and I love it! It's so beautiful, and I love that you repurposed material as well. I'm so impressed you did this by hand! Thank you so much! I was surprised it came so soon, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a postcard from here to California take two weeks. Go figure :-P Hope yours makes it to you soon and you enjoy as much as I love mine. :-)
Response: Yay I'm so happy you like it! Personally I would be impressed by myself if I had done the work by machine ROFLOL -- still something I have to fully conquer. And delivery times are really SUPER WEIRD at the time!!!
arystotle rated for INTL pocket postcard on May 26, 2020
Comment: You did such a beautiful job... thank you also for the letter
Response: Thank you and you're welcome!
Comment: Thank you for 3 lovely pcs and a nice note! I'm glad you are well and able to get out to garden!!
Response: Thank you! We're so happy about that indeed :-)
Cindymt rated for The Year That Changed My Life on May 26, 2020
Comment: I did not realize how hard this swap could be for some people so I appreciate you being open with me. I also love the Pooh journal card! Thank you! Also, where do you get the swap bot stickers?
Response: It's totally fine Cindy, I chose to join the swap -- but circumstances changed so it was harder than expected. The swap-bot sticker was sent to me by a swap-bot ambassador, @missthundercat.
Comment: Happy swappin’! ;-)
Response: You too! Thanks for the heart :-)
Comment: Hope you are having a great weekend!
Response: I did, thank you (& for the heart too)! Have a good week :-D
efjellro rated for SIE: 3 postcards in an envelope on May 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcards and for the teas, that's so kind :) Welcome to the group, I hope to see you in another swap :)
Response: Thank you (and for the heart too)! Have a lovely weekend <3
fortannam rated for SSM: Letter set switch on May 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package of delight!! I love the letter sets and stickers! I followed the page on Instagram too! I love the fan shaped card... I got some fan shaped postcards when the Paris history exhibit was in Portland and love it! I know there are button clubs in Europe... I love buttons and sewing... oh and yes! I’m in a fabric postcard swap now... super excited! Thank you again!!
Response: Awwwww "package of delight"! THANK YOU! Is it the fabric pc swap of the Recycled Scrap Sewing group that you're in? I couldn't join as it was US only but now I'm in a private swap, YAY. I'm very glad you like what I've sent. Have a great weekend!

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Queensmiley2530 on Jul 4, 2020:

Thank you so much for CPG june wish.. that Envie was beautiful as well as everyone send me.. i love how you send me some Native American pics..

chimerix on Jul 3, 2020:

Thank you so much for the CPG June wish! I love all of the fabulous crafty things you sent. The card is just wonderful also. Aloha

kiddomerriweather on Jun 30, 2020:

Usually when I make a TM bag, I'll use patches done by different artists, so they're of varying sizes. This time I started from scratch and made all of the patches myself. I used the 5x5 inch squares as the back fabric (like the squares I sent you). The finished patches turned out to be approximately 3.5 inches square. Some a little larger, some smaller.

krismakes on Jun 18, 2020:

Hi Gnoe thanks for the lovely comment/message on my profile. I will check out your Instagram too and I’ll have to start using the CPG hashtag. I like making journals out of old scrap paper and cereal boxes although I do mix some old with the new. However I’ve had such a big stash for so many years and not had to buy new stuff that technically it’s all old now ha ha. Lovely to meet you xx Kris

user6937 on Jun 16, 2020:

Hi! Thanks for the three postcards (AN May WTA) - you're quite right, I prefer pc's over stickers! My favourite one is "Reflection", but I love the tree and always like to have map cards in my stash. Thanks for the interesting letter accompanying them, also.

bblue on Jun 9, 2020:

THANK YOU for your mail through the SSM group tag. Mail in a clear envelope is always good. I love the handmade stitched envelope and have already used it. Thanks for including the dinosaur letter paper, I was so happy when I saw it.:)

simcoe54 on Jun 4, 2020:

CPG: April Wishes -- Thanks so much for the postage stamps and envelopes. Can't wait to add the stamps to my collection and I'll definitely be able to use the envies soon.

anicka22 on Jun 2, 2020:

Oooo dankjewel voor de prachtige, prachtige mail. Je brief vond ik ook erg leuk. Echt genieten deze post!!

noname13 on May 17, 2020:

Thanks a lot for sending me a birthday wish from my CPG wishlist! I can already smell the lavender...

Basilika on May 14, 2020:

I just picked up the mail on my way out and couldn't resist peeking in the envelope I recieved from you for the CPG Happy Mail Tag - Global. Wow, what a beautiful handmade card/letter! I'll message you when I get back home and can sit down and read it properly, but I just wanted to let you know now it has arrived. Thank you so much for making me this and for the lovely gifts you included!

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