Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2020 5:53 am


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: November 29, 2020
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

My name is Tessa, a Ravenclaw, 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 8 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.

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 started sewing my own clothes. I love it!
Just knowing the garment will fit me when I'm done. I do not have an 'off the rack/ready to wear' body. So making my own clothes and grading between sizes is easier than try and find someting in a store.
I just bought a serger, so now I'm getting used to my new machine. Any tips and tricks are welcome!

I like to watch movies/netflix/Disney+, 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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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!
We got 10th place. A little dissapointing... We thought we would get 5th or 6th. Now we are waiting for the judges comments (always takes a few weeks) to see why.

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, make envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, mini albums, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my art/junk journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

A few weeks back I made my first ragdoll. I used the patters of the book, my ragdoll, its so fun seeing it come to live and make clothes and accessories.

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
* botanical illustrations
* lace fabric, lace trimmings, and lace flowers etc
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to themeparks
* pastel colours, old vintage colours
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Alice in wonderland, Little Red Ridinghood
* Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, nifflers and bowtruckels

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* watercolour images
* zippers, all colours and lenghts. even used ones (ripped out of old thing) are ok, as long as they still work.
* Lawn Fawn! I love their stampsets! And I don't mind if they are used, as long as they stil work wel. I even love some stamped (and die cut) images. (preferably with permanent ink)
* stampers anonymous, hello bluebird, mama elephant stamps, (or stamped an die cut images with permanent ink) etc
* plastic stencils
* foam squares any size
* interesting (clear) stamps, background stamps
* I collect enamel 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)
* project life cards
* maggie holmes, tim holtz, heidi swapp
* black permanent fineliners like mircron
* white pens
* a funny tea egg / tea infuser
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* Interesting embelishments to use on clothes for my ragdolls
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: 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' colours.
* mail art, I love decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item

Favorite colour combo's
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colours
* coral pink
* rose gold
* vintage colours
* pastel colours

* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* licorice
* all kinds of candy and cookies * something typical from you country

I just started drinking tea again and love some new flavours to try!
* caramalised pear
* vanilla
* fruits (but no citrus fruits)
* tea wit mint

I also enjoy loose tea (to be put in a tea egg) or tea flowers. Please put a ingredient list on the packaging, I like to know what I'm drinking :p

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • please don't send me sticky notes.
  • little pieces of patterned paper
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • colour you're own anything
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • jewelry, I do wear some, but I don't need more
  • 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
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

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.


Petaltea rated for NS: Envelop van 50 gram on Nov 26, 2020
Comment: Bedankt Tessa voor jouw prachtige envelope met allerlei goodies! Die kan ik zeker gebruiken . Heel fijn! groetjes,
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #100 on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Love the start of this postcard. Thank you for posting to me Stay safe and well. elflady
Muppet450 rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 17+18 on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: Dank je wel weer voor de vrolijke rammelende envelopjes 😜 Het wordt wel een beetje tijd dat we mogen beginnen met openen, ben zo nieuwsgierig naar al dat rammelende lekkers 😋
Response: Heel graag gedaan. En het is bijna December!
MiekeC rated for NS: Teamwork PC #36 on Nov 21, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor de gezellige post. De envelop was weer even terug naar mijn jeugd. Ik kan me zelfs de strip nog herinneren.
Response: Heb van mijn moeder een boek met ingebonden tina's gekregen. Ik heb ze allemaal gelezen, wat een oubollige verhalen :p ik maak er nu maar enveloppen van. Thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Masterboard collage tags on Nov 21, 2020
Comment: Tsja, wat kan ik zeggen? Je hebt er weer wat moois van gemaakt. En ik heb er weer wat van geleerd! Dank je wel!!
Response: Dat vind ik het leuke aan swappen, dat je ooit dingen van iemand krijgt en dat je ideeen krijgt die je zelf misschien nooit had bedacht. Thanks for the heart!
Ace330660 rated for YTPC: Book Page Double Pockets on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the pockets ! Can't wait to use them !
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
wyrdfae rated for Collaboration #90 on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the swap and for the letter / info about the stamps
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: koffiefilter flip on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: Oohh, Tessa, je hebt er iets prachtigs van gemaakt. Ik werd er verlegen van. En ook zo veel extra's, die ik graag ga gebruiken voor andere projecten. Dikke dankjewel!
Response: Heel graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Journal page, vogel on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Heel mooi gedaan, Tessa! Prachtig, die laagjes met allemaal bruinige tinten! Dank je wel!!
Response: Ik vind dit soort journal pages zo leukmom te maken! Thanks for the heart!
marianne81 rated for Journal page vogel on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: Super bedankt voor de prachtige journal page en bedankt dat je deze als prive swap met mij wilde doen.
Response: Graag gedaan! Ben benieuwd naar de jouwe, neem je tijd. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Leuk om weer 2 mooie envelopjes van je te ontvangen! 💖 Volgend jaar doe ik ook zeker weer meer als je de swap weer gaat organiseren 😊 Wie weet tot swaps en veel plezier met het openmaken in december!
Response: Ik ga hem onthouden voor volgend jaar, thanks for the heart en bedankt voor het meedoen aan deze serie
sweetgypsy rated for YTPC: Tiny Circle Loaded Pocket on Nov 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the loaded circle pockets. I really like the faux postage included. :)
Response: I like to make them a lot and then not knowing what to do with them, so sharing it is :) thanks for the heart!
PostMuse rated for Collaboration #89 on Nov 8, 2020
Comment: This is coming along really nice! It will be my first art project when I move to my new home this coming weekend. Thank you for the extra!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart! Hope your new home is great!
marianne81 rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #5 on Nov 4, 2020
Comment: Bedankt voor de prachtige herfst tag en het mystery item. Dat gaat vast wel lukken om er iets leuks mee te maken.
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
Xira rated for NS: Blind envelope on Nov 4, 2020
Comment: Dank voor de heerlijk gevulde blind envelope!! Ik hoop dat de bruine enveloppe voor de mystery supply swap ook nog komt, ik laat het je weten. Fijne dag! Groetjes Barbara
Response: Graag gedaan, toch apart om dingen bij elkaar te verzamelen als je niet weet voor wie het is! Thanks for the heart!
MiekeC rated for NS: Teamwork PC #35 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Bedankt!
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
PizzaSmurf rated for NS: Thee adventskalender 19+20 on Oct 31, 2020
Comment: Wat en mooie pastel envelopjes! Dankjewel! :)
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Samen swappen on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: Super mooie pocket voor me gemaakt!! Heel blij met al dat paars en die schattige envelopjes erbij! Super leuk!! Dank je wel!!
Response: Heel graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Coloring PC #2 on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: We mogen elkaar n kaart sturen ;) heel leuk gedaan weer, en meteen een vrolijk gezicht als je de brievenbus open doet!
Response: Graag gedaan, ben benieuwd naar de jouwe. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Wow wow wow! Niet alleen 2 envelopjes/theetjes, maar een hele flipbook met allemaal cadeautjes 💕 wat ontzettend lief! Heel leuk thuis komen zo.
Response: Graag gedaan hoor! Ook leuk om mijn flipbook terug te zien in je insta story. Thanks for the heart!

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wolfeagle on Oct 27, 2020:

Thank you for working on my Einstein Pass and Paste. I love it.

mjhaertling on Oct 22, 2020:

Here is the completed collaborative fake ransom note. I thiink it turned out great. Hope you had fun adding to it. [](PC - Collaboration - Fake ransom note)

YooperHill on Jul 21, 2020:

Thank you for the Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 art! I LOVE IT!

JuneRosebud on Jul 7, 2020:

Hi Tessa! Thank you for working on my Art Collab with Cat Woman & Grid. Love what you added on!!

JuneRosebud on Mar 1, 2020:

Thanks for working on my Gentleman Fish Post Card collab. I like how it turned out=)

WoodlandBanshee on Jan 14, 2020:

Hi there! Thank you for sending home another Collaboration postcard. Your additions made it really awesome. One of my favourites so far.

phillaine on Oct 10, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

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!

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 you♥

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