Date Joined: April 19, 2019
Last Online: August 17, 2019
Birthday: April 28, 1978
My Etsy Store
I am a 40 y/o girl from the Netherlands... After (what seemed like) an eternity of singleness, I ended up marrying my best friend 3 yrs ago. We have no children together. . But 2 cats make sure there is some live-activity in the house, aside from us two. I work as a healthcare assistant in a home for elderly people who suffer from dementia. In its genre it is quite a famous and also a very fabulous place to work... (google dementia Village Netherlands) After an endless amount of jobs and years of restlessness I finally found my True calling in this work.. This work does often need a lot of my energy and physically and emotionally it can be Very demanding. Especially these times when there is a huge demand for qualified staff.. working overtime! It is why, when I don't work, I really need my alone-time to load up for the next few days.. And my alone time I full with my few favourite things to do in the world: Crochet, gardening, cooking and crafting (-》making postcards).
Furthermore I am aunty to a darling little 3y/o girl, who so much resembles me that I'm kind of at peace with not being a mom myself :) she has a little brother or sister on the way as well :)
I love to travel and this is also what my partner and I do best together.. and how we got to become best friends.. My parents live in France and its my biggest dream to end up there as well some day.. Of all the places Ive been sofar.. France (specifically that area -- dept. Du Lot) is where I feel most at home.
I guess my crafting looks a little like scrapbooking.. Only my finished product is not a book but just a card and an envelope (although I haven't made much anymore since I joined sb!) I use cardstock/colored papers, ribbon, lace, buttons, bows, stickers, embellishments, embossing, stamps, etc Since I joined the site, my crafting has gone through major development. I used to only make greeting cards with pretty envelopes. Now I think I am getting more and more experienced in making Happy Mail :) How NICE is it to make someone happy with an awesome package filled with lots of stuff you hope they adore?!? I Love it!! :)
Very slowly I am starting a little Etsy shop to see how that goes.. It's still a bit of an experiment. Sofar I got zero viewers haha but that does not withold me from crafting like a mad woman hahaha My husband thinks I'm a manic, but I so love it I can't help it!
Also I always have some crochet project in my bag.. Im hooked to the hooking ;) when I'm having drinks with a friend.. or waiting at the dentist.. whenever I have a moment I take out my crochet project and hook a little :)
I'll do books and music and tv/movies all together..
My alltime fav. book is Narziss & Goldmund. Ive read it three times sofar and every time I cried at the end!! Some of my other favourites are: Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl, The Shadow of the Wind (all 4 books by Carlos Ruiz Safon♡♡♡♡♡), Lord of the Rings, Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde), Le Petit Nicolas (he's so fabulous!) .. and The Fountainhead (by Ayn Rand).. Currently reading "Out of Mind" by J. Bernlef. Written from POV of an Alzheimer's patient.. it's blowing my mind how someone without this disease could have written so strikingly how this disease works! There are plenty more books on my list.. but these are the highlights I guess..
Music preference is Very eclectic.. Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster, Johnny Cash, French chansons, but also Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Greenday, classical music, Caro Emerald, Manu Chao, Spanish holiday music.. etc. Haha in my Young days I also went dancing to my share of raves. . Even illegal goa-trance parties.
But since my marriage everything (I) calmed down a bit and it seems I really found peace inside .. finally!! Now on my way to work the radio is most frequently tuned into Radio 4 (classical music) and I enjoy the sunrise and the scenery while listening to pretty ouvertures or sonates :)
Movies & tv... gosh.. Well I loooooove watching vintage movies (they seem so innocent and are lekker slow to watch.. not much explosions or blood splattering a round ur screen) Also love anything w. Cumberbatch or R. Downey Jr. in it (or Jake Gyllenhaal).. English detectives. . French and Skandinavian crime series.. and also Star Wars (the old ones) and Marvel :) Oh! And Studio Ghibli movies
I have been browsing around on the site a bit and Im starting to realise there is an entire community here.. I had no clue that swapping was such serious business! ! I've even seen people arguing already. My dad always taught me: Don't give someone something because you expect anything in return. Give for the joy of giving. And this really applies to this website.. sometimes you (I) do your utmost best to put together an awesome swap and all you get in return is some stickers and a store advertisement bookmark.. yay! My husband also said: you can't expect everyone in the world to be a perfectionist a(nd) creative as you are.. some people just like the contact with others allover the world and crafting just isn't their forte. Don't sweat about it and get your joy from your own crafting :) ..so that helped as well.
Meanwhile I've widely experienced why the likes & dislikes are so handy! I do prefer self-made mail & embellishments over any store bought ones... but then again.. I have really cool stickers and other stuff that I really also love to share. You can as well pimp store bought stuff with your own inspired creativity. . mix it up!! (I do! :) Just as long as you put your heart ♡ and effort in it I think I'm fine :) So I guess Im saying: surprise me!! :) & and send me something that you lovingly made! (preferably no stickerslapping)
I do have a fondness for anything vintage looking.. stuff with lace and glitters and greens from plants and flowers... Ohh yeah and I love cooking... so do please send recipe to your personal specialty ! (Or... :)))) (not sure if its allowed but) I'd love a sample (or more) of your fav. spice-mixture (tell me what it is!)-- with accompanying recipe of course!
Haha you see.. a longer list of likes and dislikes Will probably gradually appear after a couple (or more) swaps :)
Hello Boys n Girls :)
A little update after a few swaps... I now do realize why it is really convenient to have those lists. While I make my swap I constantly check my partners profile to see how I can match my swap project as much to their like-list as possible. I really put a lot of effort in each swap that I make.. and I'd like any swap-partner to do the same. So I've been working on my lists.. They will develop and change over time.. I keep learning and discovering new things !! So.. here's a startup for mine (sorry I can't figure out how to put it all neatly in a row):
Like: ~~ Stars ( also glitters sparkles shimmers and everything shiny) and the Moon ~~ Nature/Botanical themes (flowers and plants.. forest. . Waterfalls. . Dewdrops. . Dragonfly, bees, butterfly, ladybugs, lizzards/salamanders/etc.. bird.. ferns.. peonies, lilly o/t valley.. wysteria.. hollyhocks.. harebells ♡♡♡) -- I could go on and on.. -- Dried Flowers & Leaves! ~~ (old) Lace and ribbons and diamonds (haha or rhinestones) & Pearls (specially (clear pearl) drops!) ~~Mother of Pearl ~*~ Trinkets, charms and pretty haberdasheries (how cool is that word?!) * Beautiful gardens and cities... Verona. . Sevilla.. Toulouse.. Paris... Barcelona.. some of my favs.. aside from the area where my parents live I fell in love visiting Lago Maggiore.. Ancient villa's, palmtrees, a mesmerizing lake, mountains, bougainvillea galore.. it's almost surreal being there.. *Colours: Green, Pink, Off White/crême, Pastel Colours, (rose) Gold, Silver and .. transparency (although that's not really a colour). I love (making) colour-themed swaps! :) * Vintage!! .. vintage anything I guess.. But specifically Art Nouveau/Jugenstil .. Alphonse Mucha, Gaudí, Beardsley, Toulouse Lautrec.. etc I'd love to receive tea of coffee stained paper/doilies/maps etc
Dislikes: * Envelopes with random storebought/readymade items stashed in, without any visible effort made to make it a little personal in a nice profile-based swap. * Rooibos-tea * Hard colours (Primary ones, like Rietveld or Mondrian uses) * Stickerslapping * Postcards with text on the front (e.g. Names of places) (unless the text is part of the image (like a book or a newspaper or streetname sign orso) * Hello Kitty or other childstuff that I haven't mentioned at the likes
Oh yeah.. and also: I will not likely (ever) buy anything from a shop (or online) for someone in a swap. I am here for some happy swapping mixed with personal creativity and if you'd like presents or giftcards from a shop I think you'd better ask Santa for it. But that's just my humble opinion.
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