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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: May 20, 2018
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

I am on the look out for long term creative penpals, if this is something that would interest you please send me a message! :)
I like to send happy mail like, pocket letters, flip books, flip files and other creative mail to my pen pals.

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 and 2 zebra finches.
My cat is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 6 years old and a bit crazy. Sometimes she just runs around the house like her tail is on fire. 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. My birds are names after my grandparents.

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.
Now I work at a store that sells clothes, kitchen stuff, toys, craft supplies and more.

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, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

I also like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading.
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!

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 paper 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.

The theme this year is all about making an old float-design new again. We all had to choose a winner from years ago, and make it 'new'. Our design is about a world famous circus.
Link to drawing of our design

Our design last years was called: Polle's Keuken. (this translates to Polle's kitchen, Polle is a boys name), so we made a float about the pancake restaurant in theme park De Efteling that has that name.

WE WON 4TH PLACE!!!! so happy! Also we won a prize for being innovative for adding the smell of pancakes to our float!

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, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, making halloween costumes, pocket letters, working on my art journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

I just re-opened my etsy store to sell the items I make. I would really apreciate it if you find the time to take a look.
More items are comming soon!

I love the look of watercoloring, and that is one thing that I just can`t make happen.
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!

Things I like

Random things
* yellow cars (as I just bought one, but no taxi or school bus)
* flowers, roses, dahlias
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime, go to theme parks
* pastel colors, bold colors
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* holidays
* pocket letters, flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Gorjuss!
* 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)
* watercolor anything, I love the look of it, and wish I could do it better
* some fun sewing pins, to pin down my crochet animals
* Beautiful paper napkins to use in my art, tissue paper
* embossing ink and powder
* distress inkpads or oxide, any color as I don't have a lot of them yet (your favorite color)
* lawn fawn stamps
* Gorjuss girl stamps (please take a look at my etsy or amazon wishlist for inspiration, I already have a lot of them)
* white pens (love!)
* (big) punches
* Safety eyes for my crochet animals, any color or size (obviously in multiples of 2)
* cutting dies, (I'm saving up for a die cut machine, so I can use all the dies I can get)
* mail art
* fun shaped paperclips
* I prefer silver toned jewelry/accessoires over gold (sterling silver is best)
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm

Favorite color combo's
* mint green and gold
* teal
* purple
* peacock colors
* coral pink and gold
* black and silver

* chocolate!!!
* nuts
* licorice
* pop rocks
* chocolate
* strawberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, just any berries!
* icecream
* all kinds of candy and cookies
* Milka chocolate, Rittersport chocolate
* did I mentioned I like chocolate? :P

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • coloring pages
  • rain, to much snow
  • gold toned jewelry/accessoires
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • (reward) stickers
  • the smell of nicotine
  • 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. Normal lenght or sneaker socks.
I like them colorful, striped and with polkadots (no neon 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 and amazon 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.

Flakers and non raters

@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

Non-raters (I will remove you from this list once you have rated me.
Last update: may 5, 2018
@Johkup didn't rate WIYM: Mini flipbook - Christmas Doing a resent
@donnasaurus1 didn't rate Christmas gift
@donnasaurus1 didn't rate 6 gifts 1 theme - #189 - Random package
@bklynfinest77 didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard # 59
@Nachtauge didn't rate IS - Hair Accessory Swap - INT
@marissakaya didn't rate ISS: Handmade Postcard #2 - Fairytales
@BluGinhm didn't rate Adventures of the Traveling Postcard #54
@cynlen didn't rate SWL ~ Art Journal Page #8 ~ December
@MeSo didn't rate WIYM: Secret Santa
@Pixelschubserin didn't rate Rainbow Mail Art #2
@monique204 didn't rate TIAZ: Smash Stash in a Baggie
@mformui didn't rate HS: I Love Washi
@momtoanimals didn't rate HS: Either OR Swap
@Poser1111 didn't rate Fruity ATC #1 Strawberry


Comment: Thank you so much, I Loved the pocket letter & matching envie. Super cute wrapping!! You made my day :)
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you like it, thanks for the heart!
Johkup rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Christmas on May 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the cat themed flip book you resent to me as the Xmas one never came :) What a cute enviebox also!
Response: I'm glad this one got to you, maybe the Christmas one will turn up next december. Thanks for the heart!
Airam rated for GG: Postcard #7 on May 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
MuddyPuddle rated for Collaboration #53 on May 13, 2018
Comment: Your envelope is so cool...thanks! I'll happily add to this cool postcard, wish it were to come back to ME!
Response: You're welcome! Thabks for the heart!
mamalynn rated for Pass and Paste #47 on May 10, 2018
Comment: Alweer zo'n toffe van jou om aan te werken! Leuk leuk! Dankjewel ook voor het gave getypte briefje en de extra kaartjes!
Response: Veel plezier met het kaartje, ik ben benieuwd hoe hij terug komt. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the elegant little flipbook--it's just lovely. :) I really like all of the different textures you used. I had fun putting mine together as well--so glad you're running this swap series!
Response: I'm glad you like it, it was fun to make, thanks for joining my swap! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you! I loved your cute little note. Did you use a typewriter? I'm missing having a real typewriter. There's just something about that "typical" typewriter font that I love.
Response: Hi, I did usean old typewriter made in 1954. It used to be from my grandfather.sometimes it smooshes letters together or forgets a space, but I think that's the charm of a real typewriter! Thanks for the heart,
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #48 on Apr 29, 2018
Comment: a lovely bird to enhance the other two pieces of art on this postcard. I love these birds .They are so much fun to do. well created. Warm regards elflady
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Purplmyst rated for PBS: Little Teal Surprise Swap on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the amazing notebook & cute little dragonfly!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Let me know if you’d be interested in me sending a letter your way =]
Response: If you like you can write me, I'll leave it up to you :) thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Tessa! Your cacti PL is GORGEOUS! Thank you :) (I also loved the washi on the envelope)
Response: I had so much fun making this pocket letter! I'm going to buy myself some cacti and succulents to put in a big bowl on the table. Thanks for the heart!
mjhaertling rated for Collaboration #52 on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: That is an intriguing card. I like the specks of gold paper you added. I may just stamp another face on it and send it home. Thanks for the little photo stickers. They are so cute.
Response: It was fun working on this card. I'm sure you will make iy look even better! Thabks for the heart!
DaisyNY rated for **PBP May ~ Adventure** on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Makes me want to go sailing around the world. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
mamalynn rated for Pass and Paste #46 on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Wow what a great idea to work on black! Really different and beautiful! I look forward to add to it! Thanks for the mini cards also. <3
Response: I'm curious to see how this card will turn out! You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
crystalite rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #47 on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: Wow, how pretty Tessa! Very nice job...the colors are beautiful...what did you use to color your design? Thank you for the extras...they will work great in my journals!
Response: This was the orange background with black lines right? I used twinkling h2o for that. I like the way it sparkles!
AliCrafter rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Books on Apr 1, 2018
Comment: Such a cute little book! Thank you so much! I adore the envelope you made especially for me. Pretty clever girl, you are!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you very much. The way you personalized (decorated) the envelope and the note paper is calmingly beautiful. Thank you for the tea. I also wonder where my postcards are and if they will ever return to me. I have sent two back to their owners. Have a wonderful day and remember "Donut worry be happy" ha ha ha ha
Response: I'm glad you like everything! Thanks for the heart!
doodlebugdezines rated for Pass and Paste #45 on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: The the typed note and card!!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for this excellent swap! I love that you used an old typewriter on it. I remember those ones with the double colored tape on them! I loved your answers too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I just love my old typewriter, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart!
DLRodrigues rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - Flowers on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much Tessa for the lovely pocket letter and extras !! PS - Love the vintage typewriting !!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it, and thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

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520 568 0 0
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carol on Apr 6, 2018:

Thanks for your gorgeous lighthouse! I love how different the interpretations are.

lou on Mar 25, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

PrairieKittin on Feb 22, 2018:

Thank you for adding to my Collaborative postcard!

elinor on Dec 5, 2017:

Hi! I opened the first pair of socks from the '6 gifts 1 theme - #201 - Socks' swap as part of my advent calendar this morning, and I've worn them today too! Thank you, I love the stripes and can't wait to open the rest in the next few weeks :)

RockyBeach on Nov 11, 2017:

Collaboration Snowy

Thanks for adding your part to my collaboration starter PC! It's great, let it snow! <3

DaisyNY on Oct 20, 2017:

Here's the Collaboration PC for carol that you sent to Wooper that she sent to me to finish:

Collaboration PC pic

wolfeagle on Sep 12, 2017:

Thank you for working on my Pass and Paste. The Octopus card made it's way back home and I am thrilled with it.

midwestkiwi on Aug 31, 2017:

thanks for your contribution to the Security Envelope Background Pass and Paste PC!

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