Date Joined: April 19, 2019
Last Online: September 21, 2019
Birthday: April 28, 1978
My Etsy Store
NeWsFLaSh!! Hehehe some very exciting news that I have to share here (I dont know anyone else that would get so excited over this):
I just found a Treasure in my humongous pile of hoardershite!! Hahaha I move it around with me every time I move (the pile of shite) and when I actually want to find something I usually discover that it got lost in the move (how do you say that?). This time I was looking in a pile of old books that I keep to sell one day (haha later als ik groot ben) in search of a book to tear some pages to use for decoupaging when......... low and behold!! I find a book of French jurisprudence that I bought while I was in lawschool (ages ago, when I was young)... It is a huuuge and heavy book (more than 1100 pages) from 1841!! I am so thrilled!!
Lots of people have hobbies... and hobbies cost money. .. most of the time. Right? You pay contribution for a club.. or a membership of a gym.. or lessons.. and you need equipment.. etc.
So spending lots of money @ the postoffice.. hahaha and having the staff on a firstname basis.. that is not weird at all.. right? I'm sure YOU will all agree with me.. hahaha my family thinks I've gone nuts. Why spend so much money on complete strangers all around the world that you'll never even meet? SMILE .. well.. there is this sentence that stuck with me: Because it sparks joy!!! :)
I am very happy to have found this community and to be able to become a part of this sharing-of-happiness :) ........ Thank you all!!
If you are making a swap for me and just want to know my likes for a swap, you can scroll all the way down to my lists of (dis)likes :)
If you have any music sheet paper I would be very thrilled to receive it! :)
I am a 40 y/o girl from the Netherlands... After (what seemed like) an eternity of singleness, I ended up marrying my best friend 3 yrs ago. We have no children together. . But 2 cats make sure there is some live-activity in the house, aside from us two. I work as a healthcare assistant in a home for elderly people who suffer from dementia. In its genre it is quite a famous and also a very fabulous place to work... (google dementia Village Netherlands) After an endless amount of jobs and years of restlessness I finally found my True calling in this work.. This work does often need a lot of my energy and physically and emotionally it can be Very demanding. Especially these times when there is a huge demand for qualified staff.. working overtime! It is why, when I don't work, I really need my alone-time to load up for the next few days.. And my alone time I fill with my few favourite things to do in the world: Crochet, gardening, cooking and crafting.
Furthermore I am aunty to a darling little 3y/o girl, who so much resembles me that I'm kind of at peace with not being a mom myself :) she has a little brother or sister on the way as well :)
I love to travel and this is also what my partner and I do best together.. and how we got to become best friends.. My parents live in France and its my biggest dream to end up there as well some day.. Of all the places Ive been sofar.. France (specifically that area -- dept. Du Lot) is where I feel most at home.
I guess my crafting looks a little like scrapbooking.. Only my finished product is not a book but just a card and an envelope (although I'm learning all sorts of new things and haven't made much anymore since I joined sb!) I use cardstock/colored papers, ribbon, lace, buttons, bows, stickers, embellishments, embossing, stamps, etc Since I joined the site, my crafting has gone through major development. I used to only make greeting cards with pretty envelopes. Now I think I am getting more and more experienced in making Happy Mail :) How NICE is it to make someone happy with an awesome package filled with lots of stuff you hope they adore?!? I Love it!! :)
Very slowly I am starting a little Etsy shop to see how that goes.. It's still a bit of an experiment. Sofar I got zero viewers haha but that does not withold me from crafting like a mad woman hahaha My husband thinks I'm a manic, but I so love it I can't help it!
Also I always have some crochet project in my bag.. Im hooked to the hooking ;) when I'm having drinks with a friend.. or waiting at the dentist.. whenever I have a moment I take out my crochet project and hook a little :)
I'm taking out music, movies & tv.. if you want to know about this.. ask :) (trying to downsize txt on my profile) --- Although (extending it temporarily). I recently started (binge)watching Orange is the New Black. And there is one thing that keeps puzzling me about Piper. Why is she perceived as sucha blonde beauty? I don't see it (unless google shows her with plenty of makeup on).. no natural beauty. She's just blonde and skinny and plain.. I don't see any x-factor. Or is it something American that I don't get?
My alltime fav. book is Narziss & Goldmund. Ive read it three times sofar and every time I cried at the end!! Some of my other favourites are: Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl, The Shadow of the Wind (all 4 books by Carlos Ruiz Safon♡♡♡♡♡), Lord of the Rings, Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde), Le Petit Nicolas (he's so fabulous!) .. and The Fountainhead (by Ayn Rand).. Currently reading "Out of Mind" by J. Bernlef. Written from POV of an Alzheimer's patient.. it's blowing my mind how someone without this disease could have written so strikingly how this disease works! There are plenty more books on my list.. but these are the highlights I guess..
One WATCH-TIP for you: search youtube for "Minuscule" French animated short films (a few minutes each) .. TOO cute for words!!
I have been browsing around on the site a bit and Im starting to realise there is an entire community here.. I had no clue that swapping was such serious business! ! I've even seen people arguing already. My dad always taught me: Don't give someone something because you expect anything in return. Give for the joy of giving. And this really applies to this website.. sometimes you (I) do your utmost best to put together an awesome swap and all you get in return is some stickers and a store advertisement bookmark.. yay! My husband also said: you can't expect everyone in the world to be as perfectionist a(nd) creative as you are.. some people just like the contact with others allover the world and crafting just isn't their forte. Don't sweat about it and get your joy from your own crafting :) ..so that helped as well.
Meanwhile I've widely experienced why the likes & dislikes are so handy! I do prefer self-made mail & embellishments over any store bought ones... but then again.. I have really cool stickers and other stuff that I really also love to share. You can as well pimp store bought stuff with your own inspired creativity. . mix it up!! (I do! :) Just as long as you put your heart ♡ and effort in it I think I'm fine :) So I guess Im saying: surprise me!! :) & and send me something that you lovingly made! (preferably no stickerslapping)
I do have a fondness for anything vintage looking.. stuff with lace and glitters and greens from plants and flowers... Ohh yeah and I love cooking... so do please send recipe to your personal specialty ! (Or... :)))) (not sure if its allowed but) I'd love a sample (or more) of your fav. spice-mixture (tell me what it is!)-- with accompanying recipe of course!
Haha you see.. a longer list of likes and dislikes Will probably gradually appear after a couple (or more) swaps :)
Hello Boys n Girls :)
A little update after a few swaps... I now do realize why it is really convenient to have those lists. While I make my swap I constantly check my partners profile to see how I can match my swap project as much to their like-list as possible. I really put a lot of effort in each swap that I make.. and I'd like any swap-partner to do the same. So I've been working on my lists.. They will develop and change over time.. I keep learning and discovering new things !! So.. here's a startup for mine (sorry I can't figure out how to put it all neatly in a row):
~~ Stars ( also glitters sparkles shimmers and everything shiny) and the Moon
~~ Nature/Botanical themes (flowers and plants.. forest. . Waterfalls. . Dewdrops. . Dragonfly, bees, butterfly, ladybugs, lizzards/salamanders/etc.. bird.. ferns.. peonies, lilly o/t valley.. wysteria.. hollyhocks.. harebells ♡♡♡) -- I could go on and on.. -- Dried Flowers & Leaves!
~~ (old) Lace and ribbons and diamonds (haha or rhinestones) & Pearls
~~Mother of Pearl ~~ Trinkets, charms and pretty haberdasheries (how cool is that word?!) ~~ Beautiful gardens and cities... Verona. . Sevilla.. Toulouse.. Paris... Barcelona.. some of my favs.. aside from the area where my parents live I fell in love visiting Lago Maggiore.. Ancient villa's, palmtrees, a mesmerizing lake, mountains, bougainvillea galore.. it's almost surreal being there.. ~~Colours: Green, Pink, Off White/crême, Pastel Colours, (rose) Gold, Silver and .. transparency (although that's not really a colour). I love (making) colour-themed swaps! :) ~~ Vintage!! .. vintage anything I guess.. But specifically Art Nouveau/Jugenstil .. Alphonse Mucha, Gaudí, Beardsley, Toulouse Lautrec.. etc ~~ Different pretty papers!! Not from printed paperpads, but precious ones.. like pretty napkins (I have lots to trade!) for decoupaging.. or transparent paper.. (old) schoolpaper sheets (used to make tests on).. or old book pages in exotic languages.. or with vintage drawings/photos on them.. and I'd love to receive different tea or coffee stained paper/doilies/maps etc .. AND .. I'd LOVE to receive music sheet paper! :)) ~~ Address labels (with my addres on it) made by you! ~*~ Korean stationery by Morning Glory.. especially Little Babu
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