Swap-bot Time: March 18, 2019 1:00 pm


Date Joined: September 24, 2017
Last Online: March 18, 2019
Birthday: March 30
Country: Netherlands

About Me

Hi, my name is Cindy and I am a middle aged woman (50-) living in the beautiful Netherlands. Living as a happy single, no kids. No pets anymore, I used to have tame rats as a pet. They ruined my sofa and clothes, so no more. I do voluntary work in an elderly home. I used to be a secretary but now on disability.

My hobbies:

art journaling, mixed media, making greeting cards, minizines (only originals!), gel plate printing and crafting in general. I have one penpal in Holland. I am addicted to YouTube. I also love reading books and walking (preferably in our lovely Wildlands Adventure Zoo).

My favorite YouTubers:

Kagedfish (glue books), Lets make a mess today, CreativelyFree2Bme, HomeBirdJen, Shemi Dixon, Maremi SmallArt, Tammy Brackett, The Rebookery, KissMyCreative, Diane H., LittleRavenInk.

Lately I am very highly interested in "Minimalism". I read books about it, watch youtube videos and listen to audiobooks. And of course, I am cleaning up my house in the meanwhile.

My favorite movies:

fantasy, drama, action movies. I really loved to see Avatar, the Matrix, Eragon, Hunger Games, Riddick.

My favorite themes:

I love the vintage romantic style, birds, forest animals (fox, deer, owl etc), butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, feathers, the black and white combo, but also lots of colour, craft color and turqoise blue. I like bird cages, keys, hot air balloons, zentangles, art, airmail, nature, dogs, cats, cute things, Paris, spiritual and chinese/japanese items, Snoopy. Furtherly I love bling bling and metallic. I also have a thing for fashion models and nice artistic photographs.

Brands I really like:

  • Papaya Art
  • Tim Holtz
  • 7 Gypsies
  • Gorjuss girls from Santoro Londen.

My favorite magazines are Flow, Happinez and Daphne's Diary. I am really excited to see your crafty endeavours.

I also like quirky things, strange things. I mean that you have to look twice.

What I would like to receive:

washitape samples, embellishments, die cuts, ephemera, doilies, photo negatives, inchies, twinchies, beautiful napkins for backgrounds (only top layer is fine), shaped paperclips, stickers (no childish, no foam stickers or puffy ones - only flat stickers), your painted papers, your altered art, anything for my junk journals, letter set to write my penpal, quotes, cut-outs from magazines. Flat items only please.

For backgrounds in my art journal I use bookpages and I have already several languages in my posession (some took years to find): I have dutch, english, french, german, italian, chinese, russian. If you are swapping with me and you have a very different language I would love to get some bookpages if you have it. I don't need to be able to read and understand it, I just like the look of other languages.


I am really turned off when things have a cigarette smell.

Spiders scare me.

Anything religious (except boedda's).

Wooden embellishments or other thick items.

Teabags (unless required in a swap I am joining).

Postcards (unless required in a swap I am joining).

Post-its (I really have so many, but hardly use them).

Mail out/in Netherlands:

I can send out mail from Monday till Friday. (So Saturday & Sunday mail goes out on Monday).

We receive mail on Tuesday till Saturday. (Sunday & Monday we get nothing.)


Comment: Great progress! Beautiful puzzle!
Comment: What fun to get things done like that!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your success! Monthly "deep cleaning" of a room sounds such a good idea - care to tell more about your weekly/monthly system?
Response: Sure, I will PM you about my cleaning schedule, no problem.
Comment: Great job - you've had a very productive week! :)
Comment: Thanks for sending your update! It reminded me I need to do our taxes too! I said I'd do them this weekend! Lol! I have a lot of knitting I want to accomplish, though, instead! That may or may not get done!
Xira rated for NS: Altered notecard #2 on Mar 10, 2019
Comment: Dankjewel Cindy, voor de prachtige kaart en de mooie vlop! Zoveel mooie dingen te zien en helemaal in mijn stijl, zo lief! Sorry, dat je even moest wachten op de rating maar we zijn eindelijk weer lekker thuis na een heerlijke vakantie.
Comment: Wow, good for you - you sure were a busy gal this week. Good job! I however got nearly nothing done due to my back hurting so bad I could hardly move. I went to chiropractor on Friday and it's a titch better but not a whole lot. Blah! It hurts to sit and I have a swap letter to get finished TODAY. Yikes! lol
Comment: Glad to hear that you've had such a productive week! I haven't worked on a jigsaw puzzle in forever - I should probably pull one out and do so soon, as I quite enjoy it as well. :)
Comment: Thank you for the sotry of your goal-meetings!
Comment: Thanks for sending us pics of your card you made and of the puzzle you're working on. And, you did good with your list. Keep up the good work!
Alwayshaveyarn rated for No Spend Month February on Mar 2, 2019
Catida rated for No Spend Month February on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for organizing this swap! It was inspiring to read your answers :)
Candace rated for No Spend Month February on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: Excellent job!
Comment: Thank you for your thoughtful swap! My favorite items are the altered tea bags, I can't wait to use these on a project! I also loved the tags, bingo sheets, stamps and ephemera. Great finds, you're a sweetie to share them with me!
Response: You're very welcome, glad you like them!
Comment: Wow, so much progress! It was great to read about it.
Comment: Thanks for sharing your progress, Cindy! I really need to clean out my e-mail inbox too, but that's a rather daunting task...one day! ;)
Comment: It's a cleaned pantry when you know what is in it, anyway!
Comment: I’m glad your goals are going well! I hate cleaning my pantry because I always realize how much I let go to waste. Best of luck on next weeks goals!
Comment: Great job on your goals! After being sick, I would have chucked all the goals! Good that you didn't! Funny how your cookies turned into one big cookie! In my house, that would have lasted 1 day! Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your progress - you did a great job, especially since you're feeling under the weather! I hope that you're feeling better soon. :)

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Fritosmom on Dec 17, 2018:

ESG: Quick Friendly Profile Comment from FritosMom in Bethlehem, Georgia, USA. I don't know what your disability is but I strongly encourage to rescue and older dog-not puppy. They add so much to your life. I currently have 3 dogs and 4 cats. Since I retired I spend hours on YouTube-so educational. YouTube is a window to the world. Merry Christmas.

PineappleTarts on Dec 17, 2018:

Hi Cindy,

Greetings from America! I’ve lived here all my life but my grandparents were born in the Netherlands in Groningen. I have yet to visit The Netherlands but it’s certainly on my bucket list.

I see you used to have pet rats. That’s cool, I always thought they looked like interesting creatures. I used to have guinea pigs and gerbils.

Have a nice day and Happy Holidays!

-Christine (PineappleTarts) ESG: Quick friendly profile comment

Katja on Sep 12, 2018:

Hi Cindy, heel erg bedankt voor de RAK en gefeliciteerd met de 100 voltooide swaps! Vooral de stickers vind ik erg leuk en kan ik zeker gebruiken! Ook de envelop en de tags komen goed van pas :)

HappyMom on Aug 5, 2018:

Hi Cindy, Thanks for sharing your favorite photos of July with me :) Looks like an amazing place - so peaceful!

camilleaf on May 31, 2018:

Song Lyrics #4:

Tool - Lateralus

Reaching out to embrace the random. Reaching out to embrace whatever may come. //

I'm reaching up and reaching out. I'm reaching for the random or whatever will bewilder me. Whatever will bewilder me.

And following our will and wind We may just go where no one's been. We'll ride the spiral to the end And may just go where no one's been.

Spiral out. Keep going.

Some of the reminders I need most. Hope they can help you, too.

-- camille

karenh77 on May 25, 2018:

Song Lyrics #4 Electronic

Well I know they say all good things must come to some kind of ending We were so damn good I guess we never stood a chance Go on & find what you been missing and when the highway's tired of listening You'll see I'm not that easy to forget

Song: "Thinking Of You" Artist: Christian Kane

MarblexJam on Apr 23, 2018:

Song Lyrics # 3

And I'll rise up, I'll rise like the day, I'll rise up, I'll rise unafraid, I'll rise up, and I'll do it a thousand times again, And I'll rise up, High like the waves, I'll rise up, in spite of the ache, I'll rise up, and I'll do it a thousand times again, For you.

Rise Up - Andra Day

Great powerful song to lift your spirits :D It's been helping me with my personal struggles, hope it can do the same for you!

Valkyrien on Apr 23, 2018:

Song Lyrics #3 Electronic

Kesha - Rainbow

I used to live in the darkness Dress in black, act so heartless But now I see that colors are everything Got kaleidoscopes in my hairdo Got back the stars in my eyes, too Yeah, now I see the magic inside of me

I really like the lyrics in this song. For me it means that she's coming from a bad place and finally sees the light in her life again.

iheartletters on Apr 4, 2018:

Hello there, just dropping in to say "Hello" and leave an inspirational quote ;)

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. Milton Berle"

kisforkechell on Apr 2, 2018:

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