Swap-bot Time: March 31, 2023 3:23 am


Date Joined: January 26, 2013
Last Online: March 28, 2023
Birthday: February 8, 1974
Country: Netherlands
my Postcrossing profile

About me...

Hello my name is Monique. I’m living in the Netherlands. No, I don’t live in a windmill and I don’t wear wooden shoes. I live in a small but cosy house, together with my small family: 1 husband, 1 daughter and 2 dogs. I’m a trouser girl wearing lace boots. And yes, my great-grandmother was wearing dutch traditional clothing.

My favourite ways to spend my time are... 1. just sit down with a warm cup of tea in my hands. A moment to do nothing at all! 2. sitting at the kitchentable, sending mail. 3. go shopping in a second hand store.

What’s there more to say about me? Love to have kids around, but also love the quiet moments. Reading Warrior Cats while reading a thriller at the same time. Love to watch Angela Lansburry in Murder she wrote, or Tom Selleck in Magnum! Try new recipes on a regular basis and eating vegetarian lot’s of times.

About tea...

I love drinking tea! At the moment my favorite tea is Forrest Fruit, because of the delicious smell. Other favorites are tea with vanilla, lavender,cinnamon, peach, honey or rooibos. But I like to receive any beautiful, delicious or weird tasting tea :-) Peach teas are hard to get in the Netherlands, so those are extra welcome :-)

I don't have a preference for completely sealed, just wrapped in paper or loose tea. (My grilfriend penpal collects teabags and teatags. So please keep the teabags intact, so I can make her happy.)

My favorite place to drink tea with this cold weather outside, is at the couch with a cozy blanket around my legs and a warm dog at my side :-)

But we also have our family “special tea moments”, together at the kitchen table, trying the foreign teas you send me.

About cardboard postcards...

I love recycled postcards. Do you know a way to use a fully written postcard for the second time? Or what else can you use for postcard? Surprise me :-) Cardboard postcards are cool! Please make a little drawing at the back.

Don't know what to write? Please, write something about your Grandma, the book you are reading or your favorite pizza. Do you have nice neighbours? Which sock is first in the morning? The one on your left foot, or the one on your right? ... You can write about anything :-)

About envelopes...

I love envelopes. It feels like a mailbox present. What's in it??? You can always send an envelope! Even when the swap says naked... feel free to use an envelope :-)

I open the envelopes together with my daughter. We love to know your country in a fun and inexpensive way: please add a trainticket, a little coin, some used stamps, a teabag or anything fun & flat you can think of :-)

About postcards

Polka dots, bright colors, illustrations, Red Riding Hood, old people, chickens, children’s books, tea, owls, glasses, insects, rabbits, bears, maps, knitting... there’s a lot that makes me happy. But I will love any postcard.

I think it’s not about the front, but all about the back of the postcard. The postcard that is full with writings, drawings, useless facts, stories about you, colors, stickers, washi and lots of stamps... those are the most beautiful ones!


yoursinletters rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #21 on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the teas!
RoxiiKawaii rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #21 on Mar 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
lovenita rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #19 on Feb 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap and your thoughtful letter! I can’t wait to try these teas
Fruitspider rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #20 on Feb 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the teas, letter, and extras! I loved reading the letter, and learning some dutch in the meantime :) I drank the forest fruit tea the night I got the letter and my husband and I both loved it!
ccap rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #20 on Feb 8, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the tea! And thanks so much for sending black tea and a note about a book you've loved. I am always appreciative when someone takes the time to read my profile. So many don't.
yoursinletters rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #19 on Feb 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the teas!
hispanka77 rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #20 on Feb 1, 2023
Comment: So lovely letter, so lovely swap!! I just love to be alone too:)) Thank you for the extra! Dank je zeer!!
lyssathemermaid rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #18 on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the AMAZING happy mail! Today was stressing me out and your mail put such a smile on my face 🥹 thank you for taking the time to decorate and write a lovely postcard to me. lovveeee the Dutch translations you added & the stickers!! Much love to you & the little frog family in your garden! ❤️
WhizBangBoom rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #19 on Jan 21, 2023
Comment: Monique! Your letters are just amazing. I am so glad to open your mail when it arrives. I appreciate how you care so much in your letter writing and how fun you make your happy mail. You are a gem! Thank you.
annychenghk rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #18 on Jan 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for your Camomile tea and stickers etc. It is fun to open it
MsButterfly rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #18 on Jan 8, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card, envelope and the teas. I loved that everything was butterfly themed. The map envelope is very original too. The teas where all new to me except the yogi tea, which I also love. Looking forward to trying also the others! Thanks a lot! And thanks for getting in contact and explaining! Hope everyone is fit again and doing better! Happy New Year!
QueenHannie rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #17 on Jan 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely tea! I loved having you in my swap! Happy Holidays!
sarahk rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #17 on Jan 3, 2023
Comment: Eeeeee! It's too pretty, I'm afraid to open it! Haha. I will send you a message when I finally build up the courage to cut through the sewn edges! I have sent sewn mail before but I have never received it! Thank you! Thank yoy!
WhizBangBoom rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #17 on Dec 31, 2022
Comment: Greetings, Monique! I received your package today - and it was quite possibly the most delightful thing I have received from a swap all month! Your notes were a joy to read and I look forward to trying the teas and chocolates you sent through the post. How special! Thank you so much for brightening my day. Happiest of New Years to you and your family.
kammy rated for Newbie Month of Tea on Mar 10, 2022
Comment: Thank for the tea. I don't speak Dutch or Polish and you didn't put an English translation. I don't know what it is so I won't drink them. that's a shame
Comment: Oh my GOSH the way you packaged my swap is adorable! I had to take a picture before I could even open my mail! Your drawings are wonderful ♥ I want to try to turn the Spock you drew into a cross stitch. And I am so excited to use the stickers!
Comment: Thank you so much for an awesome swap! I love the drawing both on the envelope and the card! You are so talented! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Flamingoloon rated for Blind, quick tea swap 20 on Jan 28, 2022
Comment: These are all excellent tea choices, I'm looking forward to giving them a try. And I love the envelope of Alice in Dutch. I once took one semester of German and my teacher said Dutch is the closest to English. Someday I may try to learn a little. I did understand Englese Melange and Zwarte Thee, but that was all. I appreciate the chart with translations.
dorcii rated for tea swap for tealovers 19 on Oct 16, 2021
Comment: Yaaay, I received both letters, thank you sooo much for the cuteness you sent to me :) I also love visiting zoos!! :) Once, when you have the chance, go to Atlanta Zoo, that's my favourite one so far! Adolf is sending his greetings to Luna - he's not that talkative now thanks to the carrot he's eating now!!
ayahsantos rated for Tea For Thee # 102 on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!! Take Care always!!!

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dorcii on Dec 4, 2021:

Your 3rd and 4th letter from the tea lovers swap arrived - they are soooo super cool! :) Thank you for the teas and the cute creativity you put into the letters, they are simply adorable! :) <3

Magenta3 on Aug 15, 2019:

Thanks for the fun envelope covered with and full of Harry Potter goodies.(you were assigned to me as partner for recycled junk envelopes.)

Ivy1971 on Feb 11, 2016:

Thank you for hosting "tea two one go!" This was really a nice and fun swap!!

Heel erg bedankt! Vond t leuk om de swap te doen en heb ook een erg leuke swap ontvangen.

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freyacz on Oct 17, 2014:

Hello thank you so much for envelope full of teabags you make me verry happy!!! Thank you again :)

doublesided on Mar 18, 2014:

You are the sweetest! Your surprise letter arrived in the post today!! I knew I wasn't expecting anything, so had no idea what it was. It kept me guessing all day as I didn't have time to open it before I left the house. What a lovely surprise, it really made me smile! Thank you times a million! I love the envelope, especially the gnome speech bubble!! :D Anyway thank you again for the wonderful surprise, I will definitely be putting the priority labels to use! ♥♥♥

renate on Jan 11, 2014:

Wat een feest weer in de brievenbus vond je grijs pakketje heel erg leuk ja wij drinken die thee ook graag. Kijk weer uit naar je laatste post. Groetjes Renate

havaravah on Jan 8, 2014:

I just rated you for the awesome card you sent me for the Chunk O Cardboard International Dec '13 swap,... I just wanted to add that if you'd like I'd love to send you something in return. For you and your daughter. I am so happy with what you have sent me, and would love to return the favor. Message me if you'd like, and I'll send something out for you! <3

FrancescaP on Sep 19, 2013:

HI Monique, you made me smile and laugh out loud today, when I found your tiny envelope in my mailbox! Ahah, it's fantastic, I have never received anything like that! And I'm actually quite surprised the mailman hasn't lost it ;-) Thanks a million!!!

betty194 on Aug 21, 2013:

Hi! This is just a friendly reminder that the sending deadline for the swap "Handmade envies made of vintage childrenbooks #2" is today. Have a nice day, best wishes, Betty (host)

FrancescaP on Aug 18, 2013:

Hi dear! Sorry I had missed your comment on my "Tea for every day" swap, I have just read it! Of course, I'd be delighted to set up a private swap between the two of us, I've got plenty of new teas and I'd be happy to share them with you and your family! What about a private "Teas for September" swap (30 different teas)? With a swap deadline around August 24th, there should be enough time to prepare the swap and also to receive it before September, what do you think? :-)

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