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WanderingStar

WanderingStar
Date Joined: April 19, 2019
Last Online: August 17, 2019
Birthday: April 28, 1978
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

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.

Favorite Crafts

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 :)

Books ☆ Movies ☆ Music

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

Oh well...

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 :)

The lists...

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.

Ratings

ubx rated for Mail Tag Swap #11 on Aug 17, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for your very lovely envelope ! I love everything you sent me!! Loved the pooh nots !!!!
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Comment: Everything is so charming. I love that you took the time to write the recipe in both english and french. I love crepes. I'm one of those Canadians who took some basic French (grade school and one 100 level university course) but that's it. No practice though, so I'm way too rusty. I've been to Quebec a few times (love that province) and they graciously accommodated me in english. That little Oops attachment is cute. The multiple washi tapes made the envelope look bohemian in style (which I really like). And I love that you wrote from a little French town (Provence I assume based on Gloire de Mon Pere). So charming. Thank you for sharing ES/WS.
kelliegirl6 rated for Not Store-Bought Art Postcard #2 on Jul 23, 2019
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Comment: I wish I could give you like 5 stars! Even just the envelope was too gorgeous to open. The art is beautiful. We’re a lot alike, loving the sparkles. I love your note, the star charm, everything! I’ve never been to Burning Man, but my cousin, David Starfire, usually plays it every year. I’ll check out that documentary. Again, thanks so much! Super happy mail. You are my goals! ✨😁✨
Response: Wooow!! If my cousin did stuff like that I would stalk him just as long until he took me with him hahaha what a show!! Thank you for the rating and the heart! :) I advice you to also check the other Art Studio Drift has made.. its very very awesome! :)
Hunbun rated for Happy Mail Swap on Jul 20, 2019
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Comment: Eva, I wish so much I could give you more than I heart. I was BLOWN AWAY by this happy mail! Oh my goodness. You went above and beyond and obviously read my profile--THANK YOU for everything you sent! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Fawnofglory rated for Create some handmade envies on Jul 20, 2019
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Comment: Girl! There should be a way to give extra stars! This swap was phenomenal! Thank you so much!
Jess1991 rated for July Wishlist on Jul 16, 2019
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Comment: Wow Eva! This package was amazing! Thank you so much for all the time, thought, and effort you put in! I loved everything!
Response: I aim to please :)) Im very happy that you liked the things i sent you.. thank you for your sweet maiĺ☆_♡
Thumpersivy rated for Washi Swap- Send Your Favorites! on Jul 15, 2019
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Response: Thank you for rating and for the ♡
shysky74 rated for 100 Truths Email on Jul 13, 2019
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Response: Thank you for rating!!
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Comment: Hi Eva. What happy mail to receive today! The envelope, the note card, the postcard, the quote - were all wonderful. And your kind words made my day. Did you know that Marianne Williamson is running for president of the US? Yes, it's true! Thank you!
Response: No! ! I did not have a clue! ! I will Google on it to learn morele! I think she is a much better choice than the current president. .. Thank you for rating.. im so glad That it arrived in the end and That you liked it :) t/y 4 the ♡♡♡
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Comment: Eva! Thank you so much for your washi samples! I totally loved them and they are a great addition to my collection :)
Response: YouTube arena ver welcome :) Thans you for rating AMD for te hart! :) ♡
9O96O rated for Cut & Paste Postcard International on Jul 6, 2019
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Comment: Boy oh boy, I do like creating swap themes because I get such nice cards. Cut n paste are my favourite because people tend to send the most interesting postcards. I loved the back of you postcard. All of the colours and all of the information and translations. It's a really fun card to get. I had no idea that basecamps in Europe could be so family oriented with lots of activities and not expensive. Re: wandering, yes I usually wander most days. Often in the same locations but I try to look at things with a fresh eye. In the summer especially, there's always something new to see.
Response: Well! I didn't know I liked making the cut & paste so much. The other day I did one from my husbands artbooks and decorated it with washi and stamps and charms & things.. it was sooo nice to pimp up a (stupid) advertisement card to something so cool! I'm gonna be wandering off to France pretty soon.. lots of new things to see as well.. and old (haha my parents).. I'll be looking for more of your cool swaps when i get back :)
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Comment: Thank you - again, for the beautiful post! I love Winnie the Pooh too so the mail is perfect!
Response: Great! I was glad I found some disney items :) When we get matched again I'll have some more!
Naya rated for Put SUMMER on! on Jun 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely items and extra. I like all of them :).
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
dorcii rated for Newbie Welcome May 2019 P.2 on Jun 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so so much for your lovely gifts! I adored them so much that I can't even express it! :) I would love to give you more hearts, but unfortunately I can give you only one :(
Response: *Big smile* well I'm very happy you liked it.. nicest thing u said was that u didn't think it was a newbie swap! :))
fairypretty7 rated for First & Last Lines No. 12 on Jun 21, 2019
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Comment: Thank you very much, love the sneaky little parcel and the postard is awesome as is, again thank you.
Response: *smile* !! I so loved making this one! It was the first time (duh) I figured that I could easily alter an ugly (free shop-advertisement) postcard to a very pretty one :) thank you for the <3
zanynat rated for 100 Truths Email on Jun 21, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I LOVE your cats' names!!
Response: Thank you! .. and thank you for rating :)
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Comment: This package was amazing! I truly loved it and it shows that a lot of effort was put into it! I was in awe when I found it in my mail box!
Response: How nice! Amazing sometimes how fast mail travels.. I'm glad you liked your parcel! Thank you for the <3
satinification rated for Ask me anything! ~ e-swap #6 on Jun 19, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your answers. I used to live in Gdańsk. It's not so far from where I live now - Kościerzyna. I love me-day sounds so great!!! Thanks for re-sending. I guess the first email got lost. It happens. Internet is huge. Haha ;)
Response: Hehe swaps get lost in the mail and online as well sometimes.. No worries! :) .. and yeah.. if I ever become president I-love-me-day is going to happen! Fireworks galore*!*!*!*
Maechh rated for Mail Tag Swap #5 on Jun 19, 2019
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Comment: Thanks a lot for all the stuff you put in the gorgeoous envelope :)
Response: You're welcome!! So nice to send a package to Paris! <3 I did google-maps on where you live.. so close by Le Marais.. Do you know this fabulous little restaurant called Chez Janou (if you don't mind a long wait.. I warmly recommend) <3
Jenicat rated for 100 Truths Email on Jun 13, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating and giving me a heart! Have a nice day :)

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Comments

HippieChick on Jun 22, 2019:

Hello, I was just passing by your profile and wanted to say Hi! I think it is wonderful you work at Dementia Village! My mom was a care worker for over 20 years here in Canada, and it is the hardest job I have ever seen anybody do. Thank you for helping take care of our older generations. I wish we had something similar here, perhaps in our near future. :)

Welcome and happy swapping! I hope you have a wonderful time here. This is a lovely community to share with. :)

iLoveMail on May 31, 2019:

I can’t wait to be your swap partner so I can send you some happy mail & give you a ♥️!

WanderingStar on May 18, 2019:
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