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Date Joined: October 18, 2015
Last Online: August 7, 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.

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.



Comment: Oh Neeltje, wat een begaafde familie heb je! Het is allemaal even mooi, ik ben je zeer dankbaar!
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.
Comment: Oh my gosh Neeltje, this was so fun! You are amazing at making really cool envelopes and the stuff inside was absolutely "eccentric" I like that word better! Thank you so much. What a gift to receive!
Response: Can you believe this only took 5 days to arrive?? I think you can see how much fun I have in making these envelopes and gathering the items to send. Happy you like it so much. Enjoy!!
theirmimi rated for A Happy Surprise #4 on May 27, 2020
Comment: What a WONDERFUL package!!! Any one of the items would have been great. You went way beyond and above. I love the magazine, the teddy bear book/info, the bag of buttons and lace and the beautiful envelope of epherma. And your envelope was beautiful! I enjoyed just looking at it. Thanks again for everything. Wish I could give you 10+ hearts! 😊😊😊
Response: You are so very welcome. I have so much fun making these envelopes and putting in the items. I am difficult to stop. My biggest challenge would be a plain envelope with only one item ໒( •̀︵•́ )७ Sharing is my number one favorite thing. Enjoy!! ლ໒(◕‿◕)७ლ
MelissaLB rated for SSM: Blue themed happy mail on May 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing BLUE package of goodies. You are so generous! I love the different papers and washi. The crocheted feathers are amazing. I also loved the collaged envelope. I wish I could give you a hundred hearts! <3
Response: Thanks for your comment, it was great fun to make this swap. Going through your stash in search of special items gives my creativity a boost. Always good to know a package safely arrived and is appreciated.The wishful hearts are warmly welcomed.
pkpeace rated for Friendly Private Swap on May 26, 2020
Comment: Oh what a wonderful gift you have... these masks are so professional!! I really appreciate the bright and cheery fabrics and Bob was thrilled to have plain masks with a spot for the filters! Your thoughtfulness and kindness is very much appreciated! Thank you so very much! ☮️❤️☮️❤️☮️❤️☮️❤️☮️
Response: So very, very glad it finally got to you. I hope they are of any use to you and Bob. It was good fun to make them, and honestly, I had a hard time choosing the patterns. Or better, stop making more funny ones from my huge stash of nice fabric. Happy when you are happy Patty ☮️❤️☮️❤️☮️❤️☮️❤️☮️
mulkey rated for Filled envelop #8 on May 26, 2020
Comment: Oh Neeltje! What a really fun package to get! Thank you so much. Such fun things in here, and I love the boiled paper. Really cool! Thank you!
Response: Great, I am happy you like it, and that it arrived in one piece to begin with. Always trying to find items that match my partners likes and happy when I succeed. Sharing things I like and get a positive response is the best comment to receive. Enjoy!!
Comment: I am so embarrassed by what I sent you. Your package is Amazing. Amazing! Thank you.
Response: Don't be. This stuff was waiting to be used, and I loved making and putting together. Size doesn't matter, it's about good intentions. I already used one of your items in another project ( the weird bronze wrinkled piece) Thanks for having this swap with me.
cheeetah8 rated for A Happy Surprise #4 on May 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!! I loved all the cool stuff! Will be put in use
Response: Great, have fun using it, I had fun putting it together.
Curiouskitty rated for MADE WITH LOVE on May 15, 2020
Comment: Hi!! Wow! Thank you so much for your amazing swap! So many goodies & collage / junk journal papers/ maps. I absolutely love the little bag/ purse you made me! You are an excellent artist & seamstress♥️. I can tell you put alot if effort & love into my package! ♥️🌷
Response: It was fun to make it and put this swap together for you. I think you can tell it was made with love. Now that it also loved by you, makes it even better. Enjoy!! ლ”(♥˘⌣˘♥)ຈ
Cindymt rated for A Happy Surprise #3 on May 12, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh this is so thoughtful! Thank you so much!
Response: Happy it found you well. It was fun to make it. Enjoy.
carrotkate rated for Collage Art #2 on Apr 28, 2020
Comment: <3 This was amazing!! Thank you so much for the thoughtful package. I absolutely loved everything! <3
Response: Very happy it made it. Loved making all of it, so good to know you like it. Enjoy and use it a lot. I like the idea of a small piece of my work being used in a whole different part of the world.ლ”(♥˘⌣˘♥)ຈ
parakeetmails rated for Collage Art #1 on Apr 25, 2020
Comment: Just got your newer collage piece, and as usual your work is absolutely beautiful! It is a stunning piece of work, thank you for all the effort, and the goodies you included. I love your artwork, you know you could definitely sell your work online like Etsy, I'd definitely pay you!! Hahah
Response: So glad it arrived. It was good fun to make it. Thank you for the nice comment. I am not so good at selling, just love making. SB is the perfect place for me.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful die cuts, so many intricate designs. I can’t wait to use them! I loved the little handmade booklet you included too!!
Response: Great, it's so good to know things arrived and are happily received. The booklet was a try out, I loved to make it, isn't it cute?

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rexypants on Aug 6, 2020:

Hi Neeltje - Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope you sent for the IFM: WTA for June! The washi designs brightened up my mailbox and the postcards and photos are very special. Hope you are enjoying the summer.

gingerbee on Aug 2, 2020:

Thank you so much for the LSRU July wish! From the stunning envelope to the fun goodies inside, it was a joy to receive! Full of creativity, generosity, and thoughtfulness.

tcornell on Aug 1, 2020:

WOW- I adore the package that you sent to me for the "I Collect... Send to the Person Above You" tag! Everything in it was so profile specific, and the packaging was so beautiful as well. You truly spoiled me, thank you so very much! ♥♥♥

kiddomerriweather on Jul 28, 2020:

Thank you for the patches and the postage stamps from the I collect . . . send to the person above you tag in the PF! So many great patches to add to my collection! I'm so glad that you still cherish the dotee doll that I made a few years back. That makes me so happy! =D I love how you decorated the envie you sent everything in, too. Very lovely!

mariamichelle on Jul 16, 2020:

Thank you for the AWESOME envie of randomness from CPG group. I truly loved it all!!

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 10, 2020:

Queensmiley2530 on Jul 4, 2020:

hello & thank you so much for CPG June Wish 💖 💕

cloudjun on Jul 3, 2020:

Hey Neeltje! I got your amazing big parcel from your everyday ephemera Rak, and man there is sooo much in there! Thank you again for your generosity.

Ciska76 on Jul 2, 2020:

Dankjewel voor de prachtige envelop vol met prachtige verrassingen. De tekening van het fuchsia meisje is zo schattig. De enveloppen van goud met groene bladeren en rode/witte bloemen vind ik zo mooi. De blz met kikkers geeft me een glimlach op mijn gezicht. Dankjewel. Je hebt me hier heel blij mee gemaakt ❤️ (SSM Happy mail tag)

DragonflyDreamer on Jun 25, 2020:

Wow Wow Wow!!!! Thank you for the amazing CPG June wishes. I'm working on a journal and everything you sent is just perfect. Thank you so much. The lace is so beautiful, the book pages are so fun and the envelope made me gasp when I opened my mailbox. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful package of happiness.

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