Date Joined: April 19, 2019
Last Online: May 27, 2020
Birthday: April 28, 1978
My Etsy Store
NeWsFLaSh!! I AM SORRY!!! I've not been in here basically since the start of Corona crisis. Work was taking up most of my energy and the rest was used up to keep my head and marriage above the water. I have a week off now.. half of it is already gone!! Im using it to switch our clothing-room and my craft/trash room. I am living in a garbage belt.. or so it seems.. trying to get a little order in the chaos. When the dust has settled a bit i shall be back!! ~*~
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 coffee or tea stained/dyed paper I would be very thrilled to receive it! :)
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.
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
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!!
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 :)
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):
~~ 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 (blank) 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! :) that way i'll be giving you the little ♡ for extra special package. I rate Just like the rating system says: If you sent everything according to the guidelines of the swap: 5 points. Of you sent something extra special (so I can see from the swap you read my profile) or something that made me smile or all teary eyed haha, i'll give a heart. 3 and 1's I dont like to give and I will always first contact you and/or the swap coördinator before I do so.
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