Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 6:03 pm


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

--- I'm out of the country till july 14, I will rate the day I get back!---

Hi everyone,

My name is Tessa and I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, just below Eindhoven.
I live there with my cat. She is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 7 years old and a bit crazy. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. Her favorite toys are the simple little grey mice, she turns her back on all the fancy stuff I've got her.

I used to work at a theme park called De Efteling. The park is all about fairytales, everything has something to do with it.
It was really fun working there. Especially because I operated rides in the rollercoaster section of the park. If you ever plan to come to The Netherlands, you really should go there a day or two.
Now I work at a store that sells electronics. From household items like washingmachines, refrigerators and hairdryers to media products like phones, game consoles and televisions.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I'm crocheting a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
Most of the time I crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak and My Krissie Dolls. I like my animals stripey and with bold colors.
I also enjoy stamping, coloring the images with my polychromos pencils or alcohol markers, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

I like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading (audiobooks most of the time).
I like to be with my family.

Please leave a comment when raiting.

I promise that I won't flake! Please contact me before rating me a 1 or 3!

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Kom dan naar de groep: Nederlandse swappers!
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Flower parade

In the summer months (june - september) I'm active in a group for the local flower parade.
14 groups build a big float and on the second sunday in september we have a parade.
The building proces takes 3 months (bending iron, welding it together, stick cardboard on it, glue newspapers on it, and painting) after that we only have 2 days to put al the flowers on it (200.000 in total per float).
We use dahlia's they are so pretty and have many colors and forms.

Documentary about the flowerparade in Zundert by Gil Bruvel
The flower parade in Zundert is always on the first sunday in september, 1 week before ours.

This year (2019) the theme is 'Proud of Brabant'.
Brabant is the province I live in.
We chose the fair in Tilburg. This is kind of a famous one, really big with lots of rides and other attractions. It lasts more than a week.
What also is special about this fair is the Monday.
It's called, Pink Monday, to celebrate the LGBTQ community. There is a pride walk and everything turns pink.
In our design we make carousel horses that are normal colors on one side, and pink on the other side. I'm really looking forward to the building process!

The theme last year (2018) was all about making an old float-design new again. We all had to choose a winner from years ago (1953-1991), and make it 'new'. Our design is about the world famous circus from the Ringling Brothers.

The parade was yesterday.
WE WON 4TH PLACE AGAIN. It's the 3rd time in 4 years we got 4th. It's really good because most years we end up in the middle, somewhere around 8 or 9.
Our elephant was so cool! She even moved her head, ears and trunk like a real one. Youtube video of our float Watch this!
And remember it's al iron, cardboard and flowers.

For Pictures of the floats our group made you have to look by Wilhelmina (at the bottom, under 'wagenoverzicht'). You can look by year (jaargangen) or by group (buurtschappen).
Our group is named after Queen Wilhelmina, she was the Queen when The Netherlands was liberated after the 2nd world war. The flower parade started out as a little celebration of freedom with decorated bicycles and carts, it has become much bigger than that.

Favorite Crafts

I do a lot of things, and will try almost everything.

I like to crochet stuffed animals, upcycle things, make envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, make mini albums from paper bags, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing clothes, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, making costumes, pocket letters, working on my art journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

I love the look of watercoloring, and that is one thing that I just can`t make happen.
I'm looking for the perfect paper that works well and is affordable. I would really appreciate it if you could send me a piece (even just a scrap) of your favourite paper with a note of the brand and weight etc. I love to learn how to make beautiful watercolor art. So, if you have any tips and tricks, tutorials and how to's, please let me know!

I started collecting enamel pins.
And I would love to swap some. So if you want to trade some pins with me, please message me and we can set up a private swap!

Things I like

Random things
* flowers, dahlias, botanical illustrations
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to themeparks
* pastel colors, bold colors, old vintage colors
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* the smell of rain
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Tim Burton style
* I enjoy Harry Potter and Lord of the rings but I'm not a fan girl (I don't need everything but the kitchen sink of these themes)

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* sewing patterns of Cashmerette, (I already have the appleton dress, turner dress, holyoke maxidress and concord tshirt).
* watercolor anything, I love the look of it, and wish I could do it better
* (peel off) facemask, but please no sheet ones, they make me feel claustrofobic
* Lawn Fawn! I love their stampsets! And I don't mind if they are used, as long as they stil work wel.
* metal cutting dies, just anything, I dont have a lot of them yet, just bought a die cut machine
* embossing ink and powder (maybe some you don't use anymore, it's ok if you put it in a ziplock bag, so it's more flat to send)
* interesting (clear) stamps
* I collect pin badges!, animals, flowers, world famous things, fun food (please no pins of things I never heard of, like a local business or advertising pins)
* white pens
* bookpages and sheetmusic (I like the old yellow look)
* things for in my junk journal, I prefer the following styles but everything is welcome: botanical, steampunk, vintage, tickets and tags, flowers, feathers, postal theme, old sewing pattersn, birds, vintage office papers, library cards, washi tape and washi stickers in these themes. I prefer the 'old' looking things over bold 'new' colors.
* Safety eyes for my crochet animals, any color or size (obviously in multiples of 2)
* safety noses for my crochet animals
* mail art, i love colorful and decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item

Favorite color combo's
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colors
* coral pink
* rose gold

* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* nuts
* licorice
* strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, just any berries!
* icecream
* all kinds of candy and cookies

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • little pieces of patterned paper
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • coloring pages
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • gold toned jewelry/accessoires
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • reward or kiddie stickers, stickers in the themes in the like section above are ok.
  • the smell of nicotine, it makes me sick
  • chai tea, spicy tea
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

About socks.....
I wear size EU 39 / UK 6 / US 7,5.
I prefer them made of cotton (more than 70%) or an other natural fiber. Most of the time I wear sneaker socks. (Ankle lenght)
I like them black, colorful, striped and with polkadots (no neon or pastel colors).

For swaps that requires more than one gift to be send.
I'm very pleased to get 1 gift worth the total amount you have to spend instead of several small gifts.
It's your choice what to do.

As for my etsy wishlist.
This is a list of things I would like to recieve (obviously) but I don't mind if you order it from another shop or website, as long as it is the same item. Maybe you find it cheaper else were or with less shippingcosts.

Please don't cover your mail art with clear packaging tape. Or send in a clear envelope. I like how the postcards look when they went through a sorting machine, (bended, ripped etc) I think it adds to it.


@BabyBee78 flaked om me in WIYM: Mini Flipbook - Christmas (fully suspended with 299!!! ones)
@elluzki flaked on me in HD/HP Pass and Paste #57
@LadySunshine flaked on me in: ISS: Wishlist - November
@cfroggie flaked on me in: Just to Say Hello
@miyuiki00 flaked on me in: BIG FAT DESTASH swap #1 a 4 bubble envelope, (fully suspended with 74 1's) angeled by @arhel


marianne81 rated for NS: Teamwork PC #14 on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Het kaartje lag vrijdag of zaterdag al in mijn brievenbus maar ben er nog niet aan toegekomen om het te melden. Ik ga hem afmaken en naar huis sturen.
cindygroet rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #7 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Wat een schattige loaded bag! Heel leuk gemaakt en mooie goodies en zelfs de envelop is geinig met die vogeltjes. Die gaan vandaag in mijn dagboek!
wolfeagle rated for Collaboration #73 on Aug 10, 2019
Comment: Beautiful start. I love to do my backgrounds this way also and I know exactly what I'm going to add. ;D Thank you.
Comment: I love when I get an envelope from you because I know what’s inside is going to be extra special!! I love the colors and the theme you used for this - everything coordinates together so beautifully!! Thank you so very much!
Comment: Tessa, your work is just beautiful--really my style! I love all the botanical images and all the little snippets you used to create the pocket and the tags--really cute--and I LOVE the beautifully decorated envelope as well. Thank you so much!
marianne81 rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #6 on Jul 18, 2019
Comment: Bedankt voor je prachtige pagina Tessa. Iknheb hem al in mijn journal geplakt. Ben nu wel benieuwd naar poging nummer 1 die je in je eigen junk journal hebt zitten.
Response: Die heb ik op mijn Instagram staan. Zal even kijken of ik hem in de reacties op je fb post kan zetten.
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #12 on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Oh, hij wordt al heel mooi. En ik heb al een idee...............
rsartistnl rated for NS: Mail me some art #3 on Jul 4, 2019
Comment: De postduiven hebben hun werk weer goed verricht. Dank je wel voor jouw leuke altered puzzle piece. Ga ik zeker verwerken in een mixed media kunstwerk samen met de extra's.
MiekeC rated for NS: YouTube Crafts #5 on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Wat een leuk flipbook is het geworden, ik vind het erg leuk. En ook leuk om het op deze manier te versturen, echt een leuke verrassing ook al wist ik wat er in zat.
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC #11 on Jun 16, 2019
Comment: Dank je wel weer voor het verder sturen van de kaart. Ik maak hem af en stuur hem terug naar huis.
Response: Veel succes met afmaken :)
Lilianders rated for NS: Flipbook - Unicorns on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Dank je voor het leuke flipboekje! Ook voor het organiseren van deze leuke swap, trouwens. Leuk hè, die unicorns?
Response: Ja zeker leuk! Thanks for the heart!
mjhaertling rated for YTPC: Book Page Pouches on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely book page pouches. I especially like the mermaid image. AND I love the envelope made from the children's book page. Such cute illustrations.
Response: I also love the mermaid one, I made an exact copie for myself. Thanks for the heart!
Rainydancer rated for Collaboration #71 on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: thanks
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
gothbarbie rated for Collaboration #70 on Jun 8, 2019
Comment: Funny little guy! This will be a quirky cute PC when it's done! Thanks a bunch for the "cactus factory" what an adorable extra!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
SatisHuman rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Great answers!
Response: Thanks for rating
marliese rated for NS: Loaded Envelope on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: Superleuk, dank je wel! Blij met de zaadjes ook 😊
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
Bantiarna rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
Response: thanks for rating
MauiMami rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: Here is the most unshiny, plain paper comment, I could write. Lol.
Response: Thank you! A rating I can actually use :P Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Beautiful tea bags, Tessa! I love them! And a raven!!! Thank you so much for an amazing swap!
Response: I knew I had a halloween themed napkin with a raven somewhere, so I just had to use it. Thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #10 on May 21, 2019
Comment: Aan deze kaart heb je flink gewerkt. Tessa. Leuk is ie geworden met die .... erop!! Ik zal nog niks verklappen. Eens kijken hoe ik hem zelf weer verder kan op pimpen!
Response: ik vind hem zelf al erg vrolijk, ben benieuwd naar het eindresultaat. Thanks for the heart!

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WoodlandBanshee on Jul 5, 2019:

Hi there, Tessa! Thank you for your contribution and for sending home my Collaboration postcard. Your bee additions brightened up the card and I love the honey comb outlining you did. Take care!

MissPaula on May 19, 2019:

Thanks for adding Bonjour on my Dream Big Paris PC! Love it!

rsartistnl on May 3, 2019:

Ja, het zelf washitape maken is gelukt. Vond het alleen niet zo geschikt voor de swap met de pockets, omdat het niet transparant blijft. Toch leuk om een keer zelf te proberen. Zie ook YouTube filmpje: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjyvWOXh7xg&feature=share

Jippiefant on Apr 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for sending back the postcard for the teamwork pc swap! I love the end result, thank youβ™₯

MissPaula on Mar 27, 2019:

Love your part on my Love P&P....Thanks!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


wolfeagle on Dec 11, 2018:

Thank you for working on my collaboration postcard. The dragon over the girls face is very interesting and cool.

wolfeagle on Oct 24, 2018:

@aladyjackson received her postcard back and loves your addition. She says "Thank you".

wolfeagle on Oct 22, 2018:

Thank you for adding the watercolor flowers to my HD/HP Pass and Paste. It's great.

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