Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 1:42 pm


Date Joined: July 7, 2009
Last Online: December 10, 2019
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 almost 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 being are flaked is potentially hurting others - even when you think you're being forgiving and easy-going!!)

Favorite Crafts



Art journaling,

Mixed Media/paint

Planner/bullet journal


Favorite Books

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

Favorite Music

Some of my favourite 80s bands are the Cure, the Pixies, Blondie and Depeche Mode, Soft Cell.

But I also love all projects Paul Heaton was ever involved in (like the Beautiful South), and the same goes for Neill Finn.

More contemporary likes: Muse, Keane, Interpol, White Lies.


I love items featuring hot air balloons, type writers, rainbows! I love items with rainbows on it!__ .

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.

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

I like charms and pins... rubber stamps and badges and coin purses and magnets. I love bunting, too.

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

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

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

When you are thinking of sending me chocolate, I love that! Just not anything with mint. I love chocolate bars with peanutbutter filling, (like Kitkat or anything Reese's) but also Doubledeckers, most Cadbury bars, you name it.


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 don't like to receive. Please:

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

Wish list

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.)


Comment: Thank you! Can't wait to open these at Christmas!
happymailfromTN rated for Sticker destash on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Loved all of the stickers! Thank you!
mrsD rated for Sticker destash on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: amazing stickers!! thank you so much for the extras too :) xo
Comment: Thank you for the Blues and joining my swap!
Comment: Thanks for the great items, these will suit the planner i made in class yesterday.
tampatha rated for Desk de-clutter swap! on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Marlies...some amazing stuff in here that I can't wait to use...totally love that umbrella paper! Thanks so much for the wonderful goodies!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful package!! I absolutely loved all the goodies you have sent me <3 Thank you for the book! My girlfriend has read it in Bulgarian and it's one of her favorite books - an additional reason to definitely read it haha. Also, tried all the candy and the ginger bread bar was awesome, the lolipop was good and the licorice I didn't like it that much but it was okay :D Thank you for the coffee and tea as well, can't wait to try them and stickers are also very pretty. The handmade pin I liked a lot ^^ An amazing package that I appreciate you prepared for me a second time, so sorry the first package didn't reach me :/ Thanks again! P.S. Will send you a letter in return :)
Response: Dear Nikola, YAY! So glad the second attempt was succesful. I can't believe you already knew 'about' the book - I guess I did a good job reading that part of your profile? LOL. I'll swap or penpal with you anytime. *thumbs up**
phillaine rated for Themed flat envie on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice mix of botanical treats. I really enjoy the book pages and postcards you sent, and I appreciate that you sent me a decorated envelope as well. It was all very lovely. Thank you!
Response: I am so sorry, I totally missed that part! Thank you for being so generous to rate me a 5 anyway. I feel bad for not meeting the swap requirements. 😢 Summer break now but I will try to make it up to you upon my return. Edit: did you receive it yet?
Comment: You did an excellent job on your postcard! Thank you for sending something so nice to me.
stiffneck78 rated for EJ: Ephemera ATC on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: OH.....this is so LOVELY!!!! I adore this ATC. Thank you so much for the nice note and the extra tidbits. It's always nice to hear how it's made and the supplies used. I am always on the hunt for glassine envies. I just realized how to make my own. haha Thanks, again!
user6937 rated for Find me - Postcard challenge on Jun 23, 2019
Comment: I hate it when you put something down for a swap and it disappears - the "dark" card sounds like it would have been perfect for me. Thanks for trying to make up for with with extra cards and goodies!
mgallardo68 rated for Your wasted paper on Jun 16, 2019
Comment: Loved, loved your wasted papers and I can't wait to use them all! Thank you so much for this lovely swap! ♥
Response: Dear Maria, thank you for the rating and the heart, I am glad you like it!
mgallardo68 rated for Looking for... on Jun 16, 2019
Comment: Loved your envelope. Those vintage papers are just so lovely!! Thank you so much for a great swap (Ps... envelopes arrived at the same time, what a great thing!)
Response: Geez just imagine the journey these two envelopes were on together... or maybe they lost touch along the way, only to reconnect in your local post office! So cool! :D
Karebear110 rated for ..:: TEA KIT ::.. on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I can’t wait to try all the teas. The coaster is great. I made a felt one for this swap too, so obviously I like felt. I’m starting a new book tonight so I’ll be using the bookmark. Lastly thanks for the extras. They are exactly my style.
Response: Thank you for your kind words! What book are you reading currently? I am just starting in 'Educated' by Tara Westover.
Lilianders rated for NS: Loaded Envelope on Jun 11, 2019
Comment: Super leuk van vellum! En het knispert zo lekker. Leuke goodies, thanks.
Response: Hoi Lilian, sorry voor de late reactie, ja leuk he dat vellum/kalkpapier! Ik ga het concept nog wat verder verkennen. :) Dank je voor de rating en het hartje.
SillyTilly42 rated for ☆ FULL ENVELOPE #13 ☆ on May 22, 2019
Comment: What a marvelous envelope full! Thank you!
Response: I am glad you like it. Thank you for the 5 and the heart!
pixiegirlanna rated for Everything but the Letter #2 on May 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You are welcome, thanks for the heart!
kittyfun rated for Everything but the Letter #2 on May 16, 2019
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart!
jeka396 rated for FS: Postcard Swap Theme Twist on May 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely floral postcard!! The flowers were beautiful and the paint marker survived the trip!!
Response: I am so relieved it did! Sorry for the late reply & thank you for the heart!
stiffneck78 rated for Book ATC on May 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the GREAT book ATC!! I never occurred to me to make an actual book, very clever! Thank you for the extra little tidbits, also. They will get used. haha
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, I am glad you like the ATC. :)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 323 29 34
Completed Fives Threes Ones
336 381 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
20 83 233 0
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SunflowerRose on Dec 9, 2019:


winter happy profile

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!!

kittyhahahotbot on Jun 21, 2019:


OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


earthnk on Mar 21, 2019:

Hi there, just mailed your handmade postcard. So Cal USA to the Netherlands hope you have it soon 😀

Jippiefant on Nov 13, 2018:

Hey Marliese, I received your cheap postage tag today! I really like everything you put in the envelope😊

Heel heel erg bedankt, het waren precies het soort spulletjes die ik zocht voor mijn journal!

shinyserra on Sep 24, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending me a letter for the International Letter Writing Day! I was so happy to get a second letter after learning that my assigned partner was a flaker :/ I am definitely going to write you back!

Chelle on Apr 30, 2018:

Thank you for the lovely teas you sent for the Cheap Postage Tags Intl! :)

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

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