Swap-bot Time: December 15, 2019 12:53 pm


Date Joined: April 19, 2019
Last Online: December 15, 2019
Birthday: April 28, 1978
Country: Netherlands
My Etsy Store

Het mag wat kosten...

NeWsFLaSh!! No news today ;p ~*~

Lots of people have hobbies... and hobbies cost money. .. most of the time. Right? You pay contribution for a club.. or a membership of a gym.. or lessons.. and you need equipment.. etc.

So spending lots of money @ the postoffice.. hahaha and having the staff on a firstname basis.. that is not weird at all.. right? I'm sure YOU will all agree with me.. hahaha my family thinks I've gone nuts. Why spend so much money on complete strangers all around the world that you'll never even meet? SMILE .. well.. there is this sentence that stuck with me: Because it sparks joy!!! :)

I am very happy to have found this community and to be able to become a part of this sharing-of-happiness :) ........ Thank you all!!

If you are making a swap for me and just want to know my likes for a swap, you can scroll all the way down to my lists of (dis)likes :)

If you have any music sheet paper I would be very thrilled to receive it! :)

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 fill with my few favourite things to do in the world: Crochet, gardening, cooking and crafting.

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 just became a BIG sister to her tiny little newborn sister and she's having big little issues adjusting to the new situation.. what a challenge for my brother and sister in law!

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

My favourite craft is papercrafts!!! I use cardstock/colored papers, ribbon, lace, buttons, bows, stickers, embellishments, napkins, fabrics, 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. I have learned so many new things since I got here :) I made my first tag flip, first envelope flipbook, a ringbased junkjournal (it's sooo gorgeous!!) and also 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. And my husband thinks it's just an excuse to craft like a maniac! Hahaha but this week I have had my First Sale :) I am happy as a kid in a candystore!! Finally I get to play shop!

Also I always have some crochet project in my bag.. Im hooked on the hookening ;) 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 :)

But for the moment papercrafting really is my main obsession. I recently received my first beginner bookbinding kit.. so I am excited to start playing with that. For inspiration I browse the youtubes.. I have a few fav. ladies that I check regularly for inspiration: Gi Kerr, Wendy's Journal Adventure, Roxy Creations, Scrap Queen, Kyra Pace, Bohemian Crafting, Tracey Fox.. and lots more! These ladies are crafting the stars out of the sky! And I love to put on their video's while I'm crafting, to acquire new skills and find inspiration

Books ☆ Movies ☆ Music

Removed most text...……. who cares what I like to watch or listen to? I'll just put on some TIPS here.. that I really think will enrich your life, if you are interested :)

Reading Tip 1: "Out of Mind" by J. Bernlef. Theme: Dementia 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!

WATCH-TIP for you: search youtube for "Minuscule" French animated short films (just a few minutes each) .. TOO cute for words!!

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 as 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
~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 ~~ Different pretty papers!! Precious ones.. like pretty napkins (I have lots to trade!) for decoupaging.. or transparent paper.. (old) schoolpaper sheets (used to make tests on).. or old book pages in exotic languages.. or with vintage drawings/photos on them.. and I'd love to receive different tea or coffee stained paper/doilies/maps etc .. AND .. I'd LOVE to receive music sheet paper! :)) ~~ Also I'd love some hand-stitched ephemera.. I don't have a sewing machine, but I see the girls on youtube making such awesome things with it!! ~~ Address labels (with my addres on it) made by you! Oh and pretty swaptags are always usefull as well :) ~~ Korean stationery by Morning Glory.. especially Little Babu ~*~ Since I have learned how to make envelope flipbooks.......... I do love printed cardstock paper.. or what's it called? Scrapbooking paper? Double sided paper, thicker than normal paper that you can use to craft with.. I never had any use for them, but making envelope flipbooks I see how it is so nice to have 2 sides of the paper looking gorgeous :)

What I don't like: Primary colors.. like Mondriaan or Rietveld Foods or drinks.. unless sealed/wrapped. Call me paranoid, but I don't think it's a good idea eating/drinking whatever from a perfect stranger.. (perhaps I watched too many crime series) I don't much care for sticker sheets (unless they are exceptionally beautiful) or un-altered project life cards with cheesy quotes on them. Carelessly made swaps .. I like my swaps to have a visible personal note to them -- a little x-factor. Make something that you yourself would really get excited about to receive.. something to treasure. Someone like me already has the domainname: lookwhatimade.net... I am happy about my outgoing happymail if I run to my husband overexcitedly yelling LOOKWHATIMADE!!!! hehehe he'll always say O Wow.. that looks like a lot of work, well done. And I get a pat on the head. Send something out that you are proud of! :)


Cheryl rated for International Napkin Swap! on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you Eva for the lovely napkins I will certainly be able to use them in my projects and also the extras that you added thank you so much. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a great new year.
elizong rated for Envie full of Ephemera - Global #3 on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: Wow what a wonderful swap n and a super beautiful mail art to accompany!!! thanks so much for the awesome goodie!!! love your letter, n handmade goodies too:)
telly rated for Surprise envelope n°2 on Nov 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks! I love everything, can't wait to start using it! :)
ZoëNina rated for International Napkin Swap! on Nov 25, 2019
Comment: Sorry, ik heb mijn vorige comment verwijderd. Maar super bedankt voor je prachtige pakketje. Echt zo geweldig leuk om te ontvangen en alles paste zo goed bij mijn profiel!! Echt heel tof:)
Caithness rated for EML: Christmas card folder on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Eva, thank you so much for the wonderful packages that arrived through my letterbox. A gorgeous folder and I loved the Anton Pieck illustration and the tags. It was lovely to get this swap and I hope we have more in the future. Thanks for joining. Enjoy the coming season. Best wishes Ja
Arabella rated for International Napkin Swap! on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the napkins! Love that I don't have any of these! I will put them to good use!!
CreativeCitrine rated for Ephemera (paperswap) intl on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the ephemera!
Response: Thank you for your rating and the <3 :) I'm glad you received it after all!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope, washi, and extra bits, Eva. I loved it all!
Response: You are very welcome :) I'm glad I made a swap that you liked.. thank you for your rating and the <3!
DorothyH rated for Junk Journal Pack! ✨Int✨ on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you VERY MUCH for everything!! * * * * Many hearts and stars for you! Thank you for reading my profile, I can tell you did. I LOVE THE FLIP BOOK. Love , love, love the cute little acorn charms, too cute. So many great things. I can see using ALL of it down to the bee comb washi tape use to seal one of the packages ( I have a journal that I already put it in) . I can't wait ti start using the rest. You made my day! : )
Response: *smile*.. well you gave me a lot to go on! It's always easier to do a great swap when someone has an elaborate profile to use as a source of inspiration.. I find some appropriate things in my stash.. start working something out and then it just always comes together nicely in the end.. hehe luv that you re-used the washi tape!!
Comment: Thank you for all the time and effort you clearly put into our swap. The box that it arrived in was a huge WOW! I’ve never thought to decorate the packaging that way. with jewels and flower embellishments. The envelope flip you made is very cute and creative. I like the way you added glassine envelopes to put items for me inside and the metal clips you use. My favorite is the gorgeous tags and mostly the book page envelope you made. How on earth did you make that? All the extras you added that had such a vintage look felt like I took a trip back in time. The little charms are adorable. I will forever treasure this swap. Thank you so much for everything!
Response: *smile* .. well I am very happy that you liked everything! The envelope is made from the old French book that I found, from back when I was in school.. I lined it with plain writing paper to give it some firmness. The paper by itself is so old, its kind of brittle. And the image on the outside is part of a napkin that I just put on there with a gluestick :) Small trick.. very nice effect! ;)
Roxefrox rated for EML: Happy Mail #4 on Oct 20, 2019
Comment: Lieve Eva, nogmaals ontzettend bedankt voor je prachtige boekje en de mooie goodies. Wat een inspiratie! Ook wil ik je erg bedanken voor de moeite die je nam toen ik wat vragen had over het maken van het prachtige flipbook. You Rock!
Response: Grijnssss.. dankjewel!! :) Ik vind het echt leuk om te maken, het is een heel fijn projectje. Het is makkelijk om in elkaar te knutselen en toch heeft het een heel tof effect vind ik!
isandie rated for Let's go Botanic! on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: SO GREAT! I got Package #1 today! I read the note, and I'm waiting for #2 to arrive before I go through everything else :) Thank you!!! edit: I got Package #2 today!!! OMG SO WONDERFUL!!! Thank you so much!!!
Response: Hi Sandie :) Hehe I am glad you liked everything.. it was kinda fun sending out a #1 and #2.. for extra surprise effect ;p And thank you for your e-mail.. I read it and will reply soon!!
Comment: I love what you put together for me and especially because you challenged yourself to do it! I didn't used to like orange and then I found some scrapbook papers with orange that were so fun. I can't wait to use these in my fall journal.
Response: I have to admit that I came across some very beautiful fall-themed papers yesterday.. mainly orange (lots of pumpkins hehe).. and I'm actually considering purchasing it! ;) So thank you as well I guess!! :) And thank you rating me and the <3 you gave!
Sparrowlings rated for Swap Tags on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you so MUCH!! This was such a lovely swap to receive <3 <3 You sent so many tags that I didn't know which swap it was for at first!! I've somehow never thought of using an actual tag that way, and It was so sweet to see so many yellow things. Thanks for an awesome swap!!
Response: Hehe.. yeah sometimes I get a bit carried away while I am crafting.. and usually my motto is: more is better. I just want to stuff the envelope so I make the best use of the postage that I put on :) Thank you for rating me and the <3
Mon1496 rated for DIY Postcards #3 on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: lol That is the chunkiest postcard I have ever seen! lol It was amazing though absolutely beautiful, and I loved the extras, and not I get to try to use them! Tank you again Mon
Response: You are welcome!! Glad you liked it.. thank you for rating me & the <3 And have fun crafting!! :)
dcp0112 rated for Swap Tags on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: WOW WOW WOW!!! LOVE the tags so so much. You make beautiful tags and with my name already printed on them, what an awesome touch. Thanks for sending almost twice as many as you were required, I will use them in my swaps starting today!!! Thanks again!
Response: hehehe lol I'm sitting here grinning.. thank you for your rating.. I'm glad my mail made you happy! There's more to come.. I mailed it to you yesterday! ;)
Sissi rated for 💖 Themed Washi Swap #16: Pink 💖 on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Wow, what a wonderful swap I got from you, deares WanderingStar! I really loved the washi tapes and the pink stuff enveleop is such a cute idea!! Thanks a billion!
Response: Well I am very happy you liked what I sent you :) So nice to get such an enthusiastic reaction! Thank you for your rating and the <3
Comment: Eva, thank you sooo much for the lovely package you sent to me! :) I loved it so much!
Response: *smile* .. I'm glad you liked it! I Always find it a bit tricky to send again to someone you already partnered with.. will they be as happy with the mail as last time?? hehe it's like a challenge to put extra effort in your swap! Thank you for the <3
Chocopan rated for Desk de-clutter swap! on Sep 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing package! Loved the way you had decorated the envelope and put everything together.
Response: You are welcome! :) Thank you for the rating and the <3
Comment: Thanks for the blue washi tapes! - Rose
Response: You are welcome :) Thank you for the rating!

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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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