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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: March 23, 2023
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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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 10 years old and very sweet. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. She is very lazy, sleeps all day.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I sew a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
At the moment I'm in love with the patterns of Studio Seren. They are su much fun!
I used to crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak and My Krissie Dolls. But my fingers hurt after a few stitches now, so I switched to sewing.

I also like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and listening to audiobooks while I'm crafting .
I like to be with my family.

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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 (2022) the theme of the parade was festivals around the world. We made a float about the Japanese cherry blossom festival. We made 3 arches with blossom and lanterns. Actors were picknicking. And 4 girls danced with paper parasols. It was so much fun. We won 6th place, we were very surprised by that, and also we won the prize from the kids jury.

In 2019 the theme was '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.

The theme in 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 sew stuffed animals, make and decorate envelopes, mixed media, mini albums, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, sewing ragdolls and animals, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my artjournal and helping out with the flower parade.

I'm looking to buy some nice printable files on etsy. But there is so much to choose from! So I would really appreciate if you could send me a link of your favourite ephemera printables (or shops) on etsy!

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
* pastel colours, old vintage colours
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, foxes
* (samples of) soap and shampoo bars, conditioner etc. Handmade is great! Or maybe a recipe (my hair looks so much healthier now I use an all natural shampoo bar)
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* vintage typewriters
* 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
* eyelets
* any Tim Holtz product
* 'girl stickers' those that are in trend now
* labels, I love labels, the plain ones with a red/green/other colour border, vintage labels with scribbles, labels with daintly borders, etc.
* foam squares/circles any size
* vellum, with or without an image
* 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, page evans
* black permanent fineliners like mircron
* white pens or (paint)markers
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic, other interesting fonts
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* fabric to use to make clothes for my handmade softies (I prefer natural fiber over polyester)
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: botanical, 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.
* mail art, I love decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* washi tapes in plain colours or with patterns like, grid, polkadots, chevron, stripes, and other plainish patterns
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item/template/tips

  • I collect used postage stamps for an elderly (recently) disabled man.

Favorite colour (combo's)
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colours
* coral pink
* rose gold
* vintage colours
* pastel colours
* rich jewel tones

* any low-carb snacks or easy recipes (not to many ingredients)
* any nuts
* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* licorice
* something typical from you country

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

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
  • zentangle as the main focal point
  • please don't send me sticky notes.
  • the colours brown and beige (kraft is fine)
  • little pieces of patterned paper
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • jewelry, I do wear some, but I don't need more
  • diddl, hello kitty, kawaì, other kids characters
  • rude people
  • 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. And don't send in a clear envelope. I like how postcards look when they went through a sorting machine, (bended, ripped etc) I think it adds to it.


Dasha rated for ESO: Loaded Paper bag on Mar 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you very much for a wonderful mail. I love every single thing you put in and on the loaded paper bag. and thanks for this swap. I like creative mail, that doesn´t take forever to make, cause l don´t have as much time for crafts as I used to have. ;)
Comment: Thank you very, very much for your wonderful card from Draco Malfoay! ^-^ He looks kinda nice on it and I remember as a teenager I really liked him a lot. XD Have a great weekend! Maxi
LiisaS rated for ESO: Masterboard collage postcards on Mar 10, 2023
Comment: What a lovely postcard, Tess! Thank sou so much :)
uiltje rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #19 on Mar 8, 2023
Comment: Ik gebruik de stencil wel meer en dacht eerst dat het een kaart van mij was met de 1e ronde ;-) Ik stuur hem terug naar huis.
Comment: Ty for your beautiful postcard, I love it, you're so talented ♥
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Mystery Supply mail art #21 on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: O jee, zie nu dat ik nog vergeten wat deze te raten! Dank je wel voor je mooie ontwerp! En het versturen van weer iets nieuws!
Inesrv rated for ESO: Art Journal #5 on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you Tessa, I love the envelope you sent :) Stay creative!!
JanHardt rated for YTPC: One Page Wonder - February on Feb 18, 2023
Comment: Excellent one page wonder. I love the embellishments you used, and I especially like the twine closure. A different touch. Beautiful swap, thank you so much.
Comment: Dear Tessa, thank you very, very much for your wonderful card of McGonagall. She truly looks stunning! ^-^ Have a wonderful weekend, Maxi
Comment: Thanks for the likes and comment!
Response: Thanks for rating
photovivie rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #18 on Feb 8, 2023
Comment: Beautiful dragonfly’s, beautiful envelope. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC #70 on Feb 7, 2023
Comment: Wat een vrolijke geheel is het al aan het worden! Eens kijken wat ik weer kan toevoegen! Dank ook voor de vrolijke bloemen-envelop! Hij kwam vandaag op een zonnige dag bij me!
Response: Graag gedaan! En die bloemen had ik even nodig met het grijze weer van de afgelopen dagen, Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the likes.💕
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Very cute Albus, thank you :)
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Tessa! This is such fun one page wonder that you created in a birthday theme for me! How sweet! Thank you very much, I love it!
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
JuneRosebud rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #117 on Feb 1, 2023
Comment: Hi Tessa! Lovely to see you in the mail box! What a great start to a post card; I definitely look forward to working on this & sending it on...
Response: Looking foreward to seeing it back! Thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 69 on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Wat een beauty al. Eens kijken wat ik eraan kan toevoegen! Dank ook voor de leuke extra's en mooie envelop! Altijd wel een feestje om post van je te krijgen!
Response: Veel plezier met creeeren! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for your likes
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
JBFR rated for ESO: One page wonder flipbook #2 on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: Hi Tessa, how are you? Sorry I received your beautiful Flipbook a few days ago, but my grandmother is out of the hospital, and with my mom, we have to take care of it almost H24, so I'm late in my answers... .sorry....I love what you did to me! I thank you !
Response: I hope your grandmother is doing better! I'm glad you liked what I've sent. Thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for ESO: Art Journal #4 on Jan 24, 2023
Comment: Dank je wel voor je fijne boekje. De vlinders komen me bekend voor. Heb ik ooit een servet naar je toe gestuurd? En ik heb alweer nieuwe inspiratie.
Response: Dat kan best kloppen, ik heb ze inderdaad als servet op de boekpaginas geplakt.

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photovivie on Feb 15, 2023:

Thank you for sending my teamwork postcard home!

Petaltea on Dec 25, 2022:

Merry Christmas Tessa!

carol on Oct 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for your work on my Collaboration PC! It turned out great! I'll try to scan and post in the group later. Thanks again!

hazelwitch3 on Sep 22, 2022:

Thank you for adding to my ESO Teamwork postcard. The crochet edging was a genius idea!

Petaltea on Jun 14, 2022:

Tessa Thank you so much for all that you have done in the ESO and international snailmailers groups. You've really been such a big help in keeping it all going. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon. Your the best. 😊🌺

PrincessLeia on Apr 22, 2022:

AMA. collaboration PC - homer Hello Tessa, Thanks for adding to my PC and sending it home! I always get excited when one comes home. I love the end result!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

DPClamavi on Feb 25, 2022:

Thank you SO MUCH for making my first pass and paste postcard so AMAZING !! It looks fabulous, I will definitely treasure this ♥

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

JuneRosebud on Sep 29, 2021:

Hi Tessa. Thanks for working on my Art Coll PC. I can't believe that it has been "wandering" around for two years now!! Would love to know what happened to it....

Rainydancer on Jul 27, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

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