Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2022 5:26 pm


Date Joined: December 30, 2012
Last Online: August 19, 2022
Birthday: February 26
Country: Netherlands
My hibernating blog Graasland

About Me

This profile page was updated on July 12th 2022

My nickname "GNOE" is Dutch for gnu or wildebeest.

I'm an animal loving museum information specialist adoring her rescue cats Kuki & Sumi, and our current elderly foster Jannie.

I volunteer at a donkey sanctuary which makes me the happiest (and luckiest) person in the world!!! Definitely a Crazy Donkey Lady and proud of it.

I'm vegan, which means I employ a compassionate & eco-friendly lifestyle using no animal products whatsoever. No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatine (gelli plate), bee's wax etcetera, nor wool, leather, silk, wool-felt or products for either crafts or personal care tested on animals or containing animal ingredients. I find this makes me feel at peace with the world. :)

Interests and themes

  • mail art and art journalling / (trashy) junk journals
  • dabbling in textile arts (visible mending, fiber mail = fabric mail art, crochet and embroidery)
  • Asia (Japan and Indonesia); Japanese and Scandinavian design
  • donkeys
  • peacocks, kingfishers and other brightly multicoloured birds for their iridescent plumage
  • gnus
  • bling (I probably was a magpie in a previous life ;-)
  • small and fragrant flowers like snowdrops, freesia, sweet pea, purple crocus, lavender and cherry blossom (sakura)
  • museums
  • reusing, recycling, repairing, repurposing and upcycling / zero waste society


  • peacock palette
  • clashing combo's of yellow, orange, pink, purple and red

I'm into cinema, books (literary fiction, J-Lit, mystery/thriller with clever female protagonist), and hiking. I used to make bentos, postcross and geocache but hardly do so these days.

Postcards or other mail (art) about anything of the above will make my day.

For tea swaps my tea of choice is green or rooibos. Preferred fruit is citrus.

JJJ: Let's Make a Junk Journal swap series

My junk journals contain genuinly reused, upcycled and found items (no trash). My style is eclectic - vintage and antique as well as modern. I have a nostalgic fondness of 1960's-1970's graphic design.

I like items that are unique. Strong colour combinations and images. Pieces of fancy papers and your own painted papers. If you're eco dyeing (paper, fabric, threads) I'd love a sample! Scraps of pretty fabrics, patches and haberdashery are very welcome. Bling and tactile things catch my eye (and breath) too.

I love cats, but only the living kind -- not planning on making a cattish journal. I mostly journal my everyday life.

For inspiration I fancy the styles of the following instagrammers: @amitybloom @roxycreationsbyrachel @cutpastesteph @mo_saddiction @ patricia.nordeen, @johannaclough and yes, @megjournals too of course.

I am not a fan of Maggie Holmes,Tim Holz, grungy or steampunk and I have no use for die cuts or scrapbook papers. Please no quotes.

About swaps


My goal when sending out swaps is to put a smile on your face. I personally think swapping should be fun and make us happy; there's too much drama in the world already.

I mark my items sent after I've dropped them in the mailbox. Where I live mail is only collected on weekdays at 5pm. Naturally I mail in time for pick-up when sending out on the last day of the swap. Swap-Bot rules speak for themselves.

I reuse -clean- packaging and such as much as possible.


If possible, I prefer to receive postcards in an envelope so I can reuse the stamps for journalling or mail art :) Love special stamps!

I have a kind of no thanks ~ I'd rather not receive list at the bottom of this page. It's there to aid you, not restrict! Of course I'll appreciate anything you send :-) I will never rate down for getting something from those lists (the thought alone is absurd to me!) If possible I will just pass along what I cannot use -- but it seems such a waste of postage and effort on your side that can be avoided.

So please don't worry about it, nor be offended?!

Wish list

These are not requests, just a few things that will make me happy. I love looking at other people's wish-lists to help me pick something nice, and I hope that's the same for you.

  • a letter -- I looooove reading letters!
  • vintage letter paper
  • postalettes
  • anything DONKEY! (though not a fan of caricature/Disney)
  • vintage/used library cards
  • embroidery thread; variegated and shiny make my heart leap and currently low on reds, purples 'n blues
  • haberdashery in general
  • glass, wooden or metallic beads
  • pieces of fun fabric (dying for some scraps of non-silk sari, batik and kimono fabric!)
  • quality handmade postcard
  • clothes patch made by you, including Teesha Moore style puffy scrap patches
  • handmade pincushion or kit/easy instruction
  • handmade needle book with room for threader
  • sea glass
  • origami paper, esp. washi, foil, chiyogami and duo (double sided)
  • Cyrlillic and Hindi texts (preferabbly aged)
  • anything relating to my interests described earlier on this page
  • did I mention a letter? ;-)

Crazy Donkey Lady special request

USA Forever stamp

If you live in the United States and are sending me snailmail, please consider using this stamp from the Heritage Breeds USA Forever set (may 2021). It will definitely earn you a heart! Although I'm pretty generous with those already so it may not really make a difference LOL. But please know you'll brighten my day and spark my soul!

Used copies are very much appreciated too! :)

Things I don't use

To save you spending postage on items I don't enjoy/use and will only pass along -or trash in some cases- you may want to look at this list.

  • sports theme (although maybe hiking and aesthetic kinds of sports like water ballet, figure skating et cetera)
  • poetry
  • sticky notes / page flags -- I received so many they will last me a lifetime
  • girly, cutesy, children's/childish stuff (YA), kawaii, Diddle, Care Bears, Disney... you get the picture ;)
  • puffy, foam, children's, reward or crap quality stickers
  • alphabet stickers or rub-ons
  • boring plastic clothes buttons
  • touristy postcards (views) and souvenirs
  • hibiscus and red / forest fruit flavoured tea
  • jewelry and makeup; I hardly ever wear any
  • contemporary leaflets -- I have a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on my mailbox and recycle/upcycle the things that come into my house as much as possible; so please don't add to the pile LOL

For paper crafts like journalling, collaging and postcard making I mostly use repurposed, vintage/antique originals, handmade and/or quirky items - hardly ever do I pick commercialy printed journal cards, paper packs and such or punched die cuts. I also have enough old, "ordinary" book pages in different languages. Especially pretty pages or the ones relating to my likes are of course always appreciated.

Bought/downloaded snailmail items like letter sets, postcards and notecards, labels, quality stickers et cetera are also fine.

Pet peeve...

Like most people I do have a pet peeve. I really dislike "keep calm" & other motivational quotes. These seem to have the opposite effect on me LOL

There's only one quote I like:


I wish I had a T-shirt saying that. :-)

Please don't send

It probably goes without saying but please don't send me anything edible/drinkable nor care products or makeup unless you're 100% sure it's vegan. Thank you!


Catt007 rated for AN: Matchy Matchy #4 (global) on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: Sorry for being slow with my rating 😺
Response: You're sweet! Thank you so much ❤️
ScrapHappyGabi rated for JJJ: Junk Journaling SPRING! on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: Gnoe! This is sooo cute! The envelope makes me smile and all the goodies you sent are amazing! I really enjoy our swaps so much!! You sent so much fun things and I am definitely going to have SO MUCH FUN using all of these Spring-themed goodies!!! Sending you hugs and lots of donkey kisses! hee heheeh!! xx Gabi
Response: Thank you so much -- glad it got there and was to your liking!
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 64 on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: bedankt voor het kaartje. ik stuur hem door!
Response: Super! En dankjewel voor het hartje.
bluehairedmary rated for Black and White #23 on Aug 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great pc! I hope your experience with the donkeys was at least memorable! Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. The donkeys were awesome!
pernie123 rated for Black and White #23 on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I love the card. Happy Holidays!
Response: I'm happy to hear that - thanks for the heart!
JanHardt rated for JJJ: Let's Make A Junk Journal! #2 on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: This is an amazing pocket - so unique. I love the clear pocket, the top embellishment, and all the goodies you included. Thank you for an excellent swap.
Response: Awww that makes me so happy!! You are very welcome -- I'm really glad you like what I've made / sent 😁 Happy JJ-ing!
Ikat78 rated for IFM: Big Building PC on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Ooooooh, thank you for the GREAT Glastonbury pc. I haven’t seen it before and it is impressive. I love it! I will certainly look it up. Hope you enjoy your trip!!!!!!!
Response: Thank you! We're toroughly enjoying our stay with the donkeys and other animals in France 😍 I'm glad I picked the right card 😁
ccmmsu rated for Ugly PC Swap #57 on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: No more postcard sets! lol I know exactly what you mean. I have a food themed set that is at least 10 years old. It's weird photos and a weird shape, so it's more expensive to mail. I've been whittling away at it in this swap series, too. :) Thanks for the laugh and for letting me know I'm not alone. :)
Response: LOL *high five!* 🙌🏼 Great minds think alike or... we just fell for it and have to be creative. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I love the items you sent. Thank you. Plan on using the deer from the envelope too
Response: I'm glad to hear that: I hoped the envelope would be of use to you too!! Thanks for the heart.
marclively rated for Weirder Than Weird #25 on Jul 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Marc
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 63 on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Vandaag ontvangen, terwijl ie al lang onderweg was. Zat briefje op vd post, verkeerde kant gescand!! haha. Wat een schattig Iris-kaartje! Eens kijken wat ik hier nog van kan maken!
Response: Ja, ik zag al in mijn post-app dat hij naar mij onderweg was maar ik vond hem gelukkig niet in mijn bus. Hoera voor weldenkende postbodes!
swapwithyi rated for Ugly PC Swap #56 on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: it arrive so quick ,i love it so much i enjoy the view in postcard
Response: Really happy to hear that - thanks for the heart! Stay safe and have a cool summer.
Tessssssa rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 62 on Jul 5, 2022
Comment: bedankt voor het kaartje!
swapwithyi rated for Ugly PC Swap #55 on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: thankyou for the card,i love it <3
Response: I'm glad to hear that! :-)
ultracinematik rated for IFM: Scrap Envelope on Jun 25, 2022
Comment: Gone! Thank you for a very on point to my profile scrap envelope and b&w&red goodies! I love it! Crying in H-Mart was the only biographical book I've read in a long time that didn't make me dislike the person it was about after reading it. It has some big moments of sorrow in it, and some big moments of joy. The book made me feel like Michelle is a real person, vs other recent biographies that made me realize just how out of touch even the most down to earth celebrities can be. I almost quit the genre, but won't after this stellar book. I hope you enjoy it.
Response: Thank you for your delightful comment! I'm really glad my swap was a success (grinning from ear to ear). Also looking forward to reading Crying in H-Mart after your review. Yay! Have a lovely July.
AmySue2 rated for Ugly PC Swap #52 on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I would love to go visit that homestead.
Response: You're welcome & thanks for the heart!
AmySue2 rated for SSM: QSCP #41 on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and good luck with your reading challenge.
Response: Yay, you are very welcome!
bluehairedmary rated for Ugly PC Swap #54 on Jun 13, 2022
Comment: Yeah, what do we do with Kandinsky now? I'd hang it in my house, I suppose. But I love Wyeth more. Thanks so much!
Response: LOL I had to look up Wyeth and I get what you're saying! Thanks for the heart.
squince rated for WIYM: ANIMAL ART NAKED POSTCARD on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: LOVE the card and stamp!!!
Response: YAY, that makes me so very happy!
squince rated for Weirder Than Weird #25 on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Love love love your note! Hello to your kitties! <3
Response: Hello back from the kitties! And thanks for the heart <3

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feverfawn on Jul 13, 2022:

Oh my gosh thank you so much for the surprise handmade postcard you sent! That was so kind of you and I appreciate you thinking of me :) It's really lovely and I enjoyed all of the stamps on it!!! You made my day!

phillaine on Jul 3, 2022:

Thank you for your kind wishes. We may have just found the house we'll be living in for the next year. we just have to work out the details. :)

TeaNi on Jun 23, 2022:

Thank you

For granting a CPG wish for me with the delightful kitty themed loaded pocket, I am thrilled with every little bit you included! :)

bluerose3 on Jun 17, 2022:

Thank you for the postcards from CPG June wishlist.

PrincessLeia on May 25, 2022:

Thanks for the great AN WTA April! Love the postcards. I just completed a swap using cherry blossoms! Love the PC you wrote on and the decorations!❤️❤️❤️. Thanks for the great stamps - both on the envie and inside it! Have just got a new book and the bookmark, as well as having oranges on it, is the perfect size!

susieq11 on May 7, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG: Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag! I enjoyed your note and thank you for the extra postcard. They are all lovely!!! I’ll get some happy mail out to you soon. Sending you lots of hugs!!! xoxo

colleenbUSA on Apr 14, 2022:

Thank you for the A&N WTA! I do like vintage pcs! My favorite is the penguin one though!

weatherwax on Feb 7, 2022:

Chanou, you made this day so special and wonderful!!! Thank you so much for this lovely lovely surprise. Your MailArt ❤️ For thinking of me❤️for the surprise mail itself ❤️ for the journey the parcel made with all its secret deliverers❤️ and for this wonderful Stamp and pins. I will treasure your treasures!! Thank you Chanou, you made my day ✨

kittyhahahotbot on Jan 1, 2022:

I posted a message 3 times and it never posted so I said I GIVE up. LOLOL

OrigamiGrace on Dec 2, 2021:


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