UP-DATE April 2023 It has been a crazy beginning of the year '23. I had to move my webshop (over 4000 products!), subsequently I had to prepare for the Open Atelier Route I join every year and then ... I got really ill (Corona?). It took me ages to recover. Almost recovered our lovely dog Indy got ill. We thought she had the flu just like us. But she didn't get better, stopped eating. The vet didn't trust it and sent her to a specialized centre ... to find out she had metastatic throat cancer! The next day we put her to sleep, one and a half week after the beginning of her illness, only 4 years old. Taken out of life, ripped from our lives. I'm still heartbroken (since the 8th of April). Our life has been such a rollercoaster recently! Because of that I am having a bit of trouble with normal functioning ... It will get better, I am sure about that, but it will take a little time.
So if you noticed I wasn't as present as I should be, you now know why. If I am at fault, please contact me and I will work on a solution.
Just a few words can tell a lot: I am crazy about colors & paper, also paper & much more PAPER! a cat-lover/-admirer, always busy being creative, purple, turquoise, paper-lover (yes again! ;-) ), atelier-owner, artist, illustrations, Lenny Kravitz, dance, flower-garden, artistic, stamp & seal lover, cafe latte, red wine, tea-drinker, cozy, talkative, young in mind ... ;-) happy, dreamer, alternative, mother, l recycle, up-cycle and re-use, ... and so much more!!
PLEASE, if you're not satisfied with the mail I did sent you, send me a message about it, before giving me a 'bad rate'. I'd rather see you happy and try to find a solution. I always try to do my best for you, for everyone, but I might have misunderstood something... Please, give it a change in order to come to a solution! Thank you! :-)
ONE DISLIKE What I would like to bring to your attention is that I regularly receive mail - with the best intention, that I'm sure of (to protect the item) - covered in tape, foil ... PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't cover your lovely mail for me in (adhesive) plastic!!! I'd rather have it a bit damaged or in another protecting envelope or a plastic bag (what can be taken away).
I am also a Postcrosser (Elfje66) This is my PC-profile right now:
Hi, my name is Ellen. I am happy with my friend, 2 cats (Puk & Aagje) and since not so long a new dog (secondhand) called Beer (Bear in English). We live in a little village called Zweeloo, with historical farms and a little church - drawn by Van Gogh. Our son (23) is a student and lives on his own, on the other site of the country I love spring & summer most, being in our garden; seeding & picking flowers, enjoying the atmosphere.
I' m an artist (papier mache, illustration) & I have an atelier/studio where I love to be & work most of the time. (making cards, etc.) and I am a webshop owner (lots of cards and other, paper related stuff) I also make birth announcement cards - which we, in the Netherlands, traditionally use to send to the people we know to let them know our baby is born. But actually I'm a 'Jack-of-all-trades'. Like to see what I do? Please take a look at: www.elpapel.nl (you can take a look at the pictures & illustrations - text only in Dutch, sorry) Or on my Facebook-page (atelier): https://www.facebook.com/ElPapel.nl
And, of course, I love mail!!! I find it important to take time to find or make for you the card you are waiting for!
Recently I was interviewed on the PC blog!: https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2016/05/17/ellen-s-special-mailbox
In common I prefer ILLUSTRATED-cards! And cards with bright, colorful, warm colors-no pastels! I LOVE purple-violet-deep blue-turquoise-orange-yellow-red And BEAUTIFUL STAMPS are the icing on the cake!
Cards I would love to get: But every nice card you send with love & attention will make my day! Only ... PLEASE ... NO TOURIST CARDS!
At this moment I collect: Little Red Riding Hood & Alice in Wonderland! So please, do me a BIG FAVOR and send me something of one of these!!
Here you can find my ALBUM RECEIVED CARDS: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos
Please write the date on the card! Again: I am very fond of beautiful stamps!!! So if possible use these on the card or envelope (used ones added)? And if you have a Hundertwasser or Alice in Wonderland stamp for me it would make my day!!!
Love from Ellen
For who likes to do something EXTRA, it would be great to sent some goodies along with your card in an envelope. (Beautiful) used stamps (yes, again ;-) ) would be super! Or a drawing, favorite recipe, something handmade, a nice newspaper clipping, a saying from a fortune cookie, etc. But please, don't feel obliged!
I'm about a year really active here, so it is time to extend my profile :-) The coming time I will add here some things I really like (and a few I don't like), to make it easier and orderly for my swap partners.
Today I started to add most of the ATCs I've made for Swap Bot partners mostly in My Google Photos Albums. So if you like to know me a little by the things I've made or you're just curious, you can take a look here: https://goo.gl/photos/pU5ZJvJH69ntbtjy6
Things I LIKE:
I LOVE COLORS! - colorful - jewel tones purple, violet, magenta, turquoise, fireman red, warm yellows, orange, hard pink, neons, some glitter :- )
intense color combinations!!!
stamps; rubber stamps and postage stamps
REAL stamps on my mail!!!
ephemera (tickets esp.)
cats (black ones even more)
hippie - gypsy - bohemian
illustrations above photos
Jugendstill, Art Nouveau
Little Red Riding Hood (postage stamps?!!!)
Alice in Wonderland (postage stamps?!!!)
self-made rubber stamps (to make and to receive)
ATC's (with the right size!)
art journal (pages)
mail-art!! (ever since I knew the existing of it!!!)
much more ... to be continued :-D
Things I DISLIKE or find depressing:
â€¢ brown, dark or grey colored, too much green (some greens I really like, esp. in combination with some other colors!)
plastic items, tape
lovely mail covered into tape, adhesive foil, etc. So please put it in an(other) envelope or stick everything as good as possible - even if the swap requires to send it naked!
Walt Disney (except for Alice in Wondeland - the movie)
soft colors, pastels
real girl-stuff (with a lot of gold and pink, big eyes, etc.)
sports stuff - I don't like sport(s), not in an active way, nor in a passive way (watching sports). I actually just hate sport. So please don't send me anything with sport!!!
Coming time I will enlarge this 'section' :-D
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