Swap-bot Time: March 2, 2021 3:01 am


Date Joined: September 6, 2013
Last Online: March 1, 2021
Birthday: December 6, 1958
Country: Netherlands

About Me

Fridaynight, saturday and sunday: days to be creative and get my postcards and envelopes to the mailbox, so my collegues can empty them on sunday evening. Since 1 January 2014 they don't do that anymore, monday is the first occasion. So, my date of sending shown at the swap doesn't have to be the real one....... I mark it as sent when the swap is finished, otherwise I'll forget it ;-)

I live near Rotterdam, with my husband and our young adult son (studying at Erasmus University in Rotterdam). Our daughter waved us goodbye and moved out to her own place to study in Zwolle at Artez (there she can spread out her creativity), 2 hours driving by car (in the Netherlands it is almost "the other side of the country" .......)

In June 2015 we adopted a red/white cat of 13 years old from a shelter. We let him go 5 years later. Our very black cat Harry (found on the internet) passed away 3rd October 2017. He was only 10 years old.

I deliver mail 4 days a week, of course by bike!


Together with my daughter I like to drink tea: she likes green tea, I like rooibos. Herbal and black tea are not our favourites, others are more than welcome, surprise us! After drinking I collect the bags for a very dear friend (she has a collection of > 30.000 bags), the labels I send to a Postcrossing/Facebook friend in Belarus. Tea can make a lot of people happy!

Favorite Books

At this moment I am staring at my bookshelf: a lot of books of Scandinavian and Icelandic authors.........And in my E-reader: Harry Potter....... Where will I find time to read a book, like in the old days?

For my daughter

My daughter adores Korea: food, lifestyle, K-pop music, everything. So, if you want to please her instead of me (I don't have any problem with that) feel free to send anything or contact me about it.

What I like

  • everything about Scandinavia, Iceland, London, Berlin (but not too touristic)
  • black & white postcards (and also with a little bit of colour)
  • clear stamps
  • rub-ons
  • tea for me (Tazo wild sweet orange, Bercoff Klember Premium Tea and Higher Living very berry are delicious)
  • tea for my daughter (Nordqvist Nippon Green, Basilur White Magic, Stash green tea with fruit, Pukka Sweet Vanilla Green, any brand of green tea with grapefruit))
  • tea for both of us (Ukrainian Lovare)
  • everything about mail (because of my job)
  • warm colours
  • handmade (surprise me)
  • washi tape
  • chocolate (Finnish/Icelandic with liquorice...mmmm....)
  • showergel/-scrub
  • liquorice
  • I cherish my garden more and more
  • recycling package material
  • seal wax and stamps. Create a single one and send it to me!
  • Gotochi postcards especially mailboxes, I love them!
  • B. Kliban cats

What I dislike

  • religious items, angels
  • grey and beige (it makes me sad)
  • postcards with horses, or with animals with funny hats, glasses, ....
  • very romantic things likes roses and pink
  • herbal and black tea (also with fruit like strawberry and forest fruit), with rice, camomile. I tried chai, but I really don't like it
  • I have a big box filled with sticky notes and stickers: I love them but I don't want more of them


shirleyinCA rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #13 on Feb 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your lovely note and nice items. Love the postcard - I did not have a Korea map card yet!!! Also love all the Paddington Bear stickers very much.Cute way to decorate the envelope!
efjellro rated for TLE: My Favourite Tea #14 💕🍵 on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the teas :) Stay safe and healthy!
Comment: Thanks so much for the pink postcard. I get what you mean about working with a limited color palate . I did a series of swaps on AFA with that theme wondering if I would hate it, but it made me think outside the box in a way that was really fun! Take care.
Response: Thank you so much for rating ánd the heart. Enjoy "thinking outside the box" in other swaps! First it gives you the creeps, later it gives you satisfaction.
Comment: This was a fun swap and I love what you have sent to me! Super cute! Please stay safe and be well! xo
Response: Thanks for rating ánd the heart. Christmas 2020: rather high temperatures, no snow at all. 11th of February: snowfall, cold from the east. Almost no public transport. I had to walk to deliver mail by foot instead of by bike. But I survived!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 40 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Wat een leukie is dit al! Eens kijken hoe ik hem kan afronden en terug kan sturen. Wat wen leuke envelop erbij!
Response: Vond het leuk een flinke tegenstelling er aan toe te voegen. Was een paar weken geleden nog niet in me opgekomen. Zó benieuwd naar wat je er van gaat maken.
glassnowdrop rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #12 on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely envelope - i particularly like the mini envelopes :) Have a great day!!
Response: Ooohh, so quick? amazing! Thanks for rating ánd the heart! Greetings from the Netherlands. We have a sudden and unusual winter. A lot of snow and low temperatures. Trains, trams and busses have problems to go from A to B, I have to walk with my bike with mail instead of riding.
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 39 on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: Jose, bedankt voor je eerste kaartje! ik zal eens kijken wat ik hieraan kan toevoegen!! Ben benieuwd wat er weer gaat verschijnen!!
Response: Super blij dat hij is aangekomen. Dank voor het hartje!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #91 on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I look forward to adding to this.
Response: Thanks for the heart. As always I am curious about the result. It is such a dark, almost sombre background.
efjellro rated for PIE: Themed swap - Winter ⬅️ on Jan 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your postcard. I'm good, healthy and have my partner in good health too. We are keeping mostly at home. We have about 30-40 cm of snow now, that's not much compared to our usual winter.I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy too <3
Response: Thank for the heart! Near Rotterdam we don't have any snow at all because we are situated at the coast, so it's warmer. See you next time!
Comment: thanks, it always takes forever to come to USA
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart. Stay safe and healthy!
Gaucha rated for PIE: Monthly swap 🗓 - January on Jan 18, 2021
Comment: Hoi José! Fijn te horen dat jullie relatief weinig last hebben van het 'Corona gedoe'. Lanzarote lijkt totaal niet op Fuerteventura, ongelooflijk hoe alle eilanden verschillen. En ja, helemaal gelijk, van Brabantse komaf ;-)
Response: Dank je wel voor het hartje! Het lijkt wel of ik steeds meer bestemmingen heb om ooit nog eens naar toe te gaan. Deze is geloof ik het meest dicht bij ;-)
Satorii rated for ES: January is boring PC on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great card I hope you have a great 2021
klaartje rated for NS: Tagflip kerst/winter on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Dankjewel hij is echt mooi sorry ik was je helemaal vergeten 😊
efjellro rated for Blind tea swap nr.2 on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the teas! Pickwick is one of my favourite brands, and I happen to like liquorice too :)
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart. Even in the Netherlands there are a people who don't like liquorice......I don't understand that at all ;-) Enjoy them in good health!
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely die cuts! Can't wait to use them in my projects :)
Response: You're very welcome! Enjoy using them. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hoi José, heel erg bedankt voor je theetjes en de extraatjes in je mooi gekleurde envelop :D
Response: Graag gedaan, dank voor je hartje. Geniet van de theetjes!
Xira rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 38 on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Dankjewel voor de gezellige vlop met alle bits and pieces! Inderdaad, zo doet iedereen het denk ik, maar er zit genoeg bij waar ik mee aan de slag wil... misschien zelfs voor deze teamwork pc:) Ik ga hem gelijk doorsturen voor deze ronde, kan ie nog net voor de decemberzegel:) Fijne jaarwisseling! Groetjes Barbara
Response: Dank je wel voor het hartje. Veel succes met de volgende ronde. De beste wensen voor het nieuwe jaar, met gezellige post en kunstige knutsels!
Comment: Thanks for the note-- I love that notecard! SO cute!
Response: Thanks for rating ánd the heart. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hopefully 2021 brings us more health and joy. Please, stay safe!
Comment: Thank you for your king fisher card! The blue gelli printed scraps look like tree branches where the bird sits.
Response: I'm glad you saw the branches the way I saw them....;-) Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

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bblue on Feb 24, 2021:

Thanks for returning my collaborative art postcard! It looks great!

ktk8 on Jan 13, 2021:

Hello and THANK YOU for sending home my gorgeous VINTAGE postcard that you added the butterfly girl to.....and thank you for putting it in the clear envie... it got here pristine and pretty.... I love it so much......

HappY NeW YeaR to you also...... stay safe.... big hugs....

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


ktk8 on Sep 28, 2020:

Thanks for working on my pass and paste washi tape postcard it made it home today and looks great!

MissPaula on Sep 16, 2020:

Thank you for adding to my Mermaid card. I like 'she meets an old friend'....very creative thinking! ♥

ktk8 on Aug 4, 2020:

HeLLo and thank you for working on my collaboration postcard and sending it home???? I love the DUTCH cow and the wooden shoes.... I know ya'll don't actually wear them anymore .... I have an adopted daughter from Tilburg..... big hugs and many many hearts to YOU......

Rainydancer on May 12, 2020:

Wow! Thanks so much for your cool mail art! You really know how to use supplies! It was so unique, and I love your envelope too!

wolfeagle on Mar 24, 2020:

Thank you so much for working on the rainy/snowy pass and paste with the cat/umbrella and snowman.

WoodlandBanshee on Jan 14, 2020:

Thank you for adding to my Collaboration postcard! (#78). It turned out super awesome. One of my favourites so far!

watercolorgirl on Jan 7, 2020:

Thank you for sending my Pass and Paste post card home. I love your art and the little girl you drew . Great job and thank you again. Happy 2020 and happy swapping in 2020.

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