Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2020 6:18 am


Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: November 28, 2020

Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hallo, My name is Neeltje. I am an Arts&Crafts teacher. I love to make textile art. My biggest pleasure is to create things and spreading them around the world. Love to get inspired by other creative people.

Favorite Crafts

As an Arts&Crafts teacher I like all kinds of Crafts. My favourite however is making textile art on my sewingmachine. I sort of developed my own style and it has no name. Some people refer to it as crazy quilting and it has some resemblance with that. However, for quilting I don't have enough patience. I just like to put colorful fabric to a background and let it happen.

So, I like to sew, knit, crochet, collage, origami, macramé and zentangle.

Favorite Colors

All the colors of the world are wonderful. I love them all. It's thrilling to go out into nature and discover the most excuisite combinations. If you look closely you can see so many wonderful things, even in a raindrop. I am a big admirer of design-seeds.com

Things I Love

Here are some things I love, amongst many other things, in no particular order. If I come up with something I'll add it to the list.

  • Colors

  • Handmade

  • Small birds

  • Lime; color, taste & smell

  • Dancing

  • Old maps

  • Wild Flowers

  • Driftwood

  • Sea Shells

  • Looking at the sky

  • Fiber Art Magazines

  • Bare trees

  • Watercolor drawings

  • Baking

  • Handmade paper

  • Die-cuts

  • Old Newspapers

  • Foreign texts, handwritten or printed

  • The smell of cinnamon

  • Song of a blackbird

  • Handmade Wooden Spoons

  • Colorful Band-Aid

  • Small tins with candy, herbs or spices

  • Fancy colored tie wraps & bread clips

  • (vintage) Botanical Drawings

Please Do Not

Please don't send fabric. My stash is so big, I could cover my whole country and still have scraps left. The only fabric I am looking for right now is cat fabric. Not the fabric your cat has been lying on, but fabric with cats on it. If you are looking for fabric, I am more than happy to send you some.

Favorite Books

There are many books I like. Historic novels, modern literature, thrillers. I enjoyed The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson but also Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Isabel Allende and Paul Theroux, and many many others.6-1-2017 Just read I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, couldn't stop reading. In 2019 the book that moved me most was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. 2020 so far: The eight life (for Brilka): Nino Haratischvili

Favorite Music

My taste in music is very divers. It goes from Pop to Opera. Whenever I hear something interesting I try to find out more and put it on my favorites on Spotify. If my hart makes a little jump when I hear the song again, it stays on my list.

Autumn is here


JediLibrarian rated for N&T: Christmas Cookie Exchange on Nov 26, 2020
Comment: I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful this swap is. I was so surprised by the beautiful handmade envelope in my mailbox. Then I opened it and saw these adorable ornaments, a christmas mask, decorations, a ruler, a super cute pottery hedgehog. And all wrapped in cute paper. You truly spoiled me! This is by far the nicest swap I have ever received on swapbot. Thank you so much! You are very talented and you do beautiful work. You absolutely made my week and a thousand thanks to you!
Response: Thank you so much for this lovely comment. It was a real joy to make this package. And to learn how happy it made you makes my week too. Have a very Happy Holiday Season!
catspen rated for Floral/Nature Mail Swap #2 on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Sending love and well wishes from California. Thank you so much for your second package ! I loved it as much as the first :)
Response: Very happy it arrived and glad you like it. It was fun to make it, have fun using it !!
ManitoulinGirl rated for RSS: Holiday Decorations on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful handmade decorations! I absolutely love them. I also love the ribbon embellished envelope! I feel very blessed.
Comment: Oh my gosh, what a wonderful swap! Your envelope is so cool! The art you made for this swap is awesome, and if you're a beginner, I can't wait to see what else you make! And the mask is beautiful. So thoughtful of you to send that. I will enjoy wearing it! Extra hearts!
catspen rated for Floral/Nature Mail Swap #1 on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: oh my goodness, thank you so much for everything ! I was so surprised when I saw the giant parcel in my mailbox ! I will make sure the entire packaging doesn't go to waste :) (incorrectly rated Swap #2 first time!)
Comment: Dear Neeltje thank you so much for your mail! First of all the envelope... more vibrant than that is impossible, loved it! Then when I opened it... Speechless! How much effort have you put into it? Loved it, loved it, loved it! And as if it wasn't enough, a "little" extra surprise... What a happy mail! Thank you again! Have a wonderful autumn and a great week!
Response: So good to know you love my envelope and it's contents. It was a pleasure to make it all and work on this special theme. Thanks for your kind words and a wonderful autumn to you too!!
karints rated for LSRU: Junk Journal Supplies on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Finally here! Thank you so much for the lovely envelope, from outside and inside (: super generous of you and I absolutely LOVE every goody you sent and every little detail! The face-mask is perfect and I am going to use it for special occasions 💖
Response: Isn't it great it arrived after all this time? So good to know you like it so much and I would love to see you with the face-mask on a special occasion. Enjoy!!
LiliLuv rated for Private Orange Themed Swap on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: I'm still in awe of the big, beautiful envelope I found at my door this evening and all the treasures inside! Thank you so much for everything! I love the Pippi envelope, all the beautiful children's book pages, the beautiful bookmark your sister painted, your lovely magnet, and everything else! Wow. I'm just staring at everything you included and feeling so blessed. Thank you so much! 🧡🧡🧡
Response: That's a fast arrival, genial! Very happy to learn you like it all so much. It was a real fun swap to put together. The Pippi newspaper article just came round at the right time. I love it when I can use what I just reserved for a future swap right away. Thank you for having this swap with me, enjoy the Orange goodies ❤❤❤❤
blanketfort rated for Europe Hygge Swap #1 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely swap! 🤍 It's awesome! And the envelope is a work of art 😍
Response: So great to know you like the envelope. I sure hope it meets up to Hygge standards. It was good fun to make it.
lasciviouskisses rated for Private Happy Mail Swap on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies and how I wish I can decorate an envelope like you did! I love the little red pouch, the magnet, the cross stitch kit, the iron ons... everything! Thank you for your generosity and time for putting together such a great swap!
Response: Very happy it arrived safely. I loved to put this swap together for you. Thanks for having this swap with me.
CatAroo rated for ENVELOPES SWAP on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Well, THAT package took an age to travel! The outside envelope was so lovely I wasn't sure where or how to open it! I thoroughly enjoy every bit of it. So sorry to hear about your sister. No words from me will help, and still I hope for the day when your thoughts of her will bring a smile and no tears.
Response: In fact, it didn't travel that long, compared to some swaps. Very glad it did arrive and that you like it. It was great fun to make it. Sorry you had trouble finding a way to open it. That way you had to take a very good look at it, LOL. Thank you for your sweet words regarding my sister. She was a radiant person and there is lots of joy and love in our hearts for her. Enjoy and have fun with it all.
Response: Unbelievable, it arrived after all these months. Thanks for the rating and the heart.
Comment: Oh Neeltje, wat een begaafde familie heb je! Het is allemaal even mooi, ik ben je zeer dankbaar!
Response: Met veel plezier gemaakt. Geniet ervan.
RockyBeach rated for EML: Make an Envelope #3 on Jul 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you so so much for your tailored envelope full of goodies! So much interesting stuff. I love the envelope style. And you fooled the postal system with the US stamps. They got stamped! :) The painting of your sister is stunning!
Response: Can you believe this. Seems like the postal service wanted to make up for me being a day late, haha. Very happy it arrived so prompt. I put the US stamps on because of the theme, so funny the stamped them. Thanks for the rating and the heart, hope to swap with you again!
WoodlandBanshee rated for Anything Goes PLUS ONE on Jul 9, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness. Once again the most amazing and beautifully packaged swap. A++ swapper here. Absolutely awesome. Thank you so much. I feel lucky again! The handmade zipper pouch was just over the top gorgeous.
Response: Ahh, that's great. It did not even take that long. I hope you can sense the joy I had in making this swap. I absolutely love to make the zipper pouches, please use it as much as you can, it was made for it ლ ✿(◕‿◕)✿ ✂
thatsmemyk rated for Large Envie of Fun Goodies! on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Finally got the envie today!!! Everything is so lovely, from the wonderfully decorated mailing envelope and amazing ephemera, to the Japanese kit and your BEAUTIFUL handiwork. I love love love the pouch you made (very creative how you handled the thickest part, as you mentioned!) and I simply adore the floral bookmark. You have such an incredible aesthetic and talent! Thank you for taking the time to put this fabulous swap together - I'll treasure everything :) And thanks to your grandson for contributing his lively artwork as well :D Hope you're well!
Response: Can you believe this, it took for ever to get to you. This ever makes me so nervous. But now it is with you and learning how happy you are, makes me even more happy and relieved.Thank you for your sweet words, it was a great pleasure to make you this swap.
Comment: It's here! Oh, Neeltje, what a wonderful gift you sent! I adore boxes and pouches of all kinds and I have different ideas how your uniquely crafted pocket will serve me. I especially love all the sparkling hints of gold! Boiled paper? I'm fascinated by this piece of paper which seems to hide a leaf inside! Thank you so much for the inspiration! And for your lovely words, of course! I came running down the stairs when I saw a huge colourful envelope standing on top of the letter boxes. It was too big to fit in the box and who doesn't like to receive such a colourful surprise?
Response: Very glad it arrived. I can see you running down the stairs to see what came to your door, haha. It was good fun to make you these items and it makes me even more happy it brought you some inspiration. Can't wait to hear what you gonna use the little pouch for. Enjoy!!
Comment: Wow thank you! What a wonderful swap and I especially love the Japanese pages 😍
Response: Great, very happy you like it.
MikiCat2020 rated for A Happy Surprise #3 on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Wow! I don't even know where to begin:-) The envelope is very impressive! The level of creativity and artistic talent you possess and displayed for this swap is remarkable! Thank you very much for the beautiful die cuts. Nice quality paper and color variation. Love it! The cat pouch is so adorable! I really like the details. Thank you so much for putting in the time and sharing such beautiful package!
Response: Very happy it did arrive after all this time. Over 2 months! I don't quite remember what I sent to you exactly. I do remember the cat pouch. I love to make cute items like that. Very pleased you like it. Enjoy, stay safe and happy ლ໒(◕‿◕)७ლ
jaz1yn rated for meeltje57 and jaz1yn on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Your swap is probably the most beautiful, generous, thoughtful, and time-intensive one I've ever received since I've been swapping on Swap-bot since 2007. You are truly an amazing artist and one of the nicest people I've encountered (via mail) on here. The pouch is fabulous; I am going to have to think some on what to put in it. I love the other items you included too. Take care and I hope we can swap again sometime in the future... just let me know!
Response: So glad it arrived so fast. Can you believe it only took 8 days? I think you can sense the joy I have in making these special swaps. It is truly what I love doing most. I feel like a little girl, making beautiful things (in my opinion) and share them with others to share the joy. I am glad there are people like you to share it with. Thank you so much for your sweet words.

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RachelM on Nov 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful wishes🥰

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:


pkpeace on Oct 1, 2020:

Thank you so much or the awesome and very unexpected package of loveliness!!! I promise to write soon!! Hugs! xo

Caithness on Sep 23, 2020:

Neeltje, Thank you so much for that wonderful envelope that popped through my letterbox - fantastic art work. Everything inside was such a delight and I really loved the colours and tones used. The stamps - perfect. The small handmade bag is wonderful - thank you so much. It really was a truly super happy mail to receive. Just one thing there was no stamps on the envelope?

catlingmex on Sep 17, 2020:

Neeltje, your beautifully-decorated large envelope arrived yesterday. What a treasure! This is an empty envelope that I will keep for its own sake! Thank you so much for sharing your artistry with me. Also, many thanks for the precious items you included related tyour loved ones.These will be lovingly conserved/used, I assure you. You certainly winn the prize for the best snail mail received in a long, long time! <3

lovesreward on Aug 18, 2020:

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister - sending healing thoughts of love to you and your family at this time.

HappyMailMel on Aug 17, 2020:

I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. :'( (((Hugs)))

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WoodlandBanshee on Aug 16, 2020:

All the best to you and take care.

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