Swap-bot Time: March 27, 2023 6:56 am


Date Joined: July 7, 2009
Last Online: December 30, 2021
Birthday: April 22
Country: Netherlands
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Hi there - I am Marlies, mom to three teenagers. I live near Amsterdam and I work as a policy officer / online learning expert at a major Dutch university.

I have been a Swap-Bot member for a decade now. I always send my stuff in time. If, because of any circumstance, I would be unable to send before the deadline, I will contact my partner. If you did not receive a swap, please contact me! The Dutch mail system has been undergoing budget cuts and as a result, items that I (or any other Dutch resident, LOL) put in the mailbox between Friday 5 PM and Monday 5 PM will not be processed until Tuesday. This could be practical to know when you check the postal date on my envelopes.

Next resolution: I always rate. I try do to this the same day, but always asap. Feel free to message me when you wonder if your swap has arrived though.

(Please note: When a swap is late without notification or does not match the swap description, we are obligated as swappers to rate down. And when a swap does not arrive (and your partner does not offer to resend) a rating '1' is in order. This may seem harsh but it's the only way to keep Swap-Bot safe and to fight flakers.
Not rating when you are being flaked on, is potentially hurting others - even when you think you're being forgiving and easy-going!!)


For a profile based swap, you could consider sending me:

  • Tickets stabs, library cards, other vintage ephemera
  • Postcards with photography or (woodland)
  • Stickers (planner or other) - not puffy/3D
  • Herbal tea (no chai but infusions like mint, camomile, verveine, nettle)
  • Chocolate (all kinds - just no mint)
  • Die cuts
  • Colored envelopes (store bought for now - I have quite a stash of handmade envelopes of my own)
  • Plant seeds (if your local customs allow that)
  • If you can find items with a squirrel or fawn, I would love that. Little figurines (squirrel, fox, deer) too.
  • Items (charms, stamps, stickers) with clouds
  • Paint (the acrylic kind) markers
  • Blackbird, magpie or swallow themed items (pins, cards, charms, etc.)

I prefer my received postcards naked - with actual stamps. :) When we're in a postcard swap together, I don't mind free postcards as long as the other swap requirements are met. No obvious advertising cards though. Thank you.

Likes & Hobbies

My favorite travel destination is the South of England. I like piers and lighthouses and the Jurassic coast line.

Some of my favourite books/authors:
- Anything by Frederick Backman
- The night circus
- The time traveller's wife
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Paolo Giordano)
- Anything by Curtis Sittenfeld
- Anything by Annie Proulx
- Anything by Willy Vlautin

Among my favourite children's authors/illustrators are Dr. Seuss, Lauren Child, Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland. Childhood heroes!

I love everything polaroid (or instax) related. Also, items with cameras on them.

I also like retro patterns like woodgrain prints or (large) houndstooth (b&w).


At first, I felt bad about listing my dislikes, but you might as well save the shipping costs so here's a bunch of things I'd rather receive. Please:

  • NO items with moths, butterflie, spiders... phobia related.

  • NO budget stickers, disney, reward stickers and unpersonal premade notes or swapcards (if not subject of the swap).

  • NO smelly things (perfumed items or things from a smoky environment). I am very sensitive to scent. Even scented stationary gives me a headache and triggers my asthma.

  • I don't like Rooibos or Green Tea.

  • No Diddl, Disney, fairy tale figures (two exceptions: Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland, well, she's not really from a fairy tale...)

  • no recipe cards

  • no black tea
  • no candy with mint
  • no religious items or animal rights (or political) items

Please don't send me jewelry which isn't 100% nickel free - I will not be able to wear it.

I also prefer NOT to receive washi tape samples. I prefer whole rolls, or no washi at all, which is ok with me too. :)


Comment: Thanks πŸ™ Hearts πŸ’•
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bracelet I received today!! I love that you hosted such a fun swap!! I feel like it should be an annual tradition! The card was too adorable!! It was the best card I received this holiday - the socks were too much!! I hope you had a happy Christmas and I wish you all the best for the New Year coming!! xxMuggleMom
Apelser rated for PnS: Sender's Choice #324186 on Dec 21, 2021
Comment: I absolutely LOVE this postcard. It really is so nice and colourful. I actually want to use it in my journaling...
Chocopan rated for ESO Secret Santa 2021 on Dec 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the mail! I'll edit this rating after Christmas once I've opened the present :) Edit// Thank you SO much for the amazing presents!! The chocolates look yummy, the collection of papers you'd curated is wonderful and my favorite, the postcard collection, is so beautiful! Thank you a million times, and have a great new year <3
Bhindblueeyes rated for FS: PC Nov. #1 on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lighthouses! Maine has a lot of lighthouses, and I am loving them more and more as I grow older :)
kajsab rated for Advent Calendar Card on Nov 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks. I got two calendars for this swap but only sent the other so now I've got 2 advent calendars. I usually get a chocolate one but I guess that's a bit childish. Extras were nice.
Comment: Hi, Marlies, (Updated) Thank you so much! I got the card again. It’s getting cold in Taiwan these days, and it just fits the beautiful snow scene. Wonderful! (Updated) I got your lovely snowy card today! It’s still hot in Taiwan now, but it will turn cold next week. I can have a walk in the Scandinavian village tonight. :-) I'm sorry for the late message. I think the postcard is stuck somewhere in the world, but it's ok. I'll keep waiting.
Response: Thank you, but no problem at all, I will resend this one! πŸ‘πŸ»
Comment: Wat een mooi herfstkaartje en leuke envelop heb je erbij gemaakt! Wat een mooie herfst-tapejes heb je! Dank je wel! Hoop dat het creatief bezig zijn, je helpt in je herstel!
Response: Bedankt voor de fijne rating Iris 😘😘
Comment: dear Marlies, your package has arrived safe and sound πŸ€— I loved the wrapping paper and the added stickers so much - thank you! - I’ll try to hold until Christmas to open it but no promises πŸ˜‰ Hope you can come back visiting Portugal soon and again thank you for such a lovely and thoughtful swap πŸ’•
Response: I am so glad the glittery bastard reached you so swiftly. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ» Can’t wait to hear what you think of the book!
SnailerAH rated for NS: Blind envelope #4 on Oct 18, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de leuke envelop
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Gevuld Papier Goodie Envie on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: Wat een vrolijke heerlijke goed gevulde envelop heb je voor me gemaakt! Leuke kaartjes, washi tapes, envelopjes en papiertjes. Kan ik voorlopig weer mee vooruit! Grappig dat dit dan allemaal spullen zijn die ik nog niet heb qua afbeeldingen!
Response: Dat komt dan heel mooi uit, fijn dat je het nog niet had! 😊
Chelle rated for Christmas Present Swap on Oct 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely presents!!! I cannot wait to open them :D But I will put them under the tree for now (but first I will put the tree up!) THANK YOU AGAIN!
Response: Dear Chelle, I am so glad it arrived. Have a wonderful holiday season!
LiisaS rated for Europe Hygge Swap #4 on Sep 25, 2021
Comment: What a lovely swap. Thank you so much!
Comment: Awesome. Thank you. I love how the came out :)
BluBerry rated for Solstice DeStash on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Marlies! Luckily I'm doing well and there's less fires around me but luckily, I'm alright. Thank you so much for everything and I hope you're alright!
Comment: thank you so very much
Comment: Thank you for the card and lemon & ginger tea. I am not feeling great so this is the perfect tea to drink! Hope you had a lovely Christmas xxx
Comment: Love the card you sent and the stamps and stickers. Thank you!
Amelie rated for Paperlovers - quick destash INTL on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Honey, I'm just blown away by everything you sent me. all done with love and so many things. Today was a tiring day, but coming home and seeing your swap made me very happy. Thank you very much from my heart! I don't even have words to thank! I wish you the best, you are so wonderful! πŸ’›πŸŒ»πŸ¦‹πŸπŸ‹

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MuggleMom on Jan 6, 2022:

Happy Birthday Mr Bean

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January 6, 1955

OrigamiGrace on Oct 20, 2021:

Just stopping by to say...


ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 12, 2020:

PrettyCraftyTales on Feb 7, 2020:

Marlies is a wonderful swap-host! She angeled and sent me pretty goodies. Lots of love πŸ’–

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xthemasonsx on Dec 10, 2019:

Happy profile winter! Woohoo I figured it outπŸ˜ƒπŸŽ…πŸŽ„ Hope you have a great holiday!

SunflowerRose on Dec 10, 2019:

Trying the happy profile post for winter.

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 2, 2019:


happy october

Jafferty on Jul 20, 2019:

Thanks for the wonderful selection of paper goodness that you sent when I won the prize for Collage Postcard with bonus RAK! I love it and feel very lucky! Thank you!!

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