Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2018 9:53 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: December 17, 2018
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My hibernating blog Graasland
My Flickr Photos

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. Our beloved tuxedo cat Marcello died on July 4th.

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 / (trashi) 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)
  • recycling / upcycling / reusing / repurposing

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)
  • vintage ephemera (esp. related to interests): paper as well as fabric
  • (Chinese / silhouet / folklore) paper cuts
  • trim/ribbon/lace samples
  • samples of decorative wallpaper
  • washi tape samples: Classiky; skinny
  • glass or metallic beads
  • rub-ons
  • vellum/onion skin writing paper
  • distress ink/oxide
  • 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: Hi Chanou how lovely to hear from you again :) Thank you for the adorable PC and lovely postage stamps. peace love light
Comment: I recommend swapping with her 10/10 any time! I loved everything I recieved!! Great communication on her end.
Response: Oh my thank you for the shameless plug! ;D You are too kind <3
Didi rated for WIYM: Stickers in Sept~Int'L on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: Tis was a great bunch of stickers and I used some the same day on an envelope i was sending out.
Response: Glad you liked them! What did you think of the beaded Miffy postcard?
Rimbar rated for Quick Swap - Let's Send #2 on Oct 8, 2018
Comment: 10/8/2018- Ty for the quick send and for all the goodies. Happy swapping.
Zander rated for WIYM: The Napkin Exchange on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: Thank You so much for a fantastic swap I loved everything you sent!
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.

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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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