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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: October 21, 2021
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone,

My name is Tessa, a Ravenclaw, and I live in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, just below Eindhoven.
I live there with my cat. She is all white, with black ears and a black tail. She is 8 years old and a bit crazy. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. Her favorite toys are the simple little grey mice, she turns her back on all the fancy stuff I've got her.

She also likes balls of yarn... so I have to keep a close eye on her when I'm crocheting or knitting.

I used to work at a theme park called De Efteling. The park is all about fairytales, everything has something to do with it.
It was really fun working there. Especially because I operated rides in the rollercoaster section of the park. If you ever plan to come to The Netherlands, you really should go there a day or two.

In my free time I like to be creative in many ways. I enjoy many crafts.
I crochet, knit and sew a lot of stuffed animals. it's so fun to see them come to live, adding arms and legs.
Most of the time I crochet animals from designers like: Stip en haak and My Krissie Dolls. I like my animals stripey and with bold colors. Lately I'm going for more and more pastel shades.

I started sewing my own clothes. I love it!
Just knowing the garment will fit me when I'm done. I do not have an 'off the rack/ready to wear' body. So making my own clothes and grading between sizes is easier than try and find someting in a store.
I just bought a serger, so now I'm getting used to my new machine. Any tips and tricks are welcome!

I like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and reading (audiobooks most of the time).
I like to be with my family.

Please leave a comment when raiting.

I promise that I won't flake! Please contact me before rating me a 1 or 3!

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Flower parade

In the summer months (june - september) I'm active in a group for the local flower parade.
14 groups build a big float and on the second sunday in september we have a parade.
The building proces takes 3 months (bending iron, welding it together, stick cardboard on it, glue newspapers on it, and painting) after that we only have 2 days to put al the flowers on it (200.000 in total per float).
We use dahlia's they are so pretty and have many colors and forms.

Documentary about the flowerparade in Zundert by Gil Bruvel
The flower parade in Zundert is always on the first sunday in september, 1 week before ours.

This year (2019) the theme is 'Proud of Brabant'.
Brabant is the province I live in.
We chose the fair in Tilburg. This is kind of a famous one, really big with lots of rides and other attractions. It lasts more than a week.
What also is special about this fair is the Monday.
It's called, Pink Monday, to celebrate the LGBTQ community. There is a pride walk and everything turns pink.
In our design we make carousel horses that are normal colors on one side, and pink on the other side. I'm really looking forward to the building process!
We got 10th place. A little dissapointing... We thought we would get 5th or 6th. Now we are waiting for the judges comments (always takes a few weeks) to see why.

The theme last year (2018) was all about making an old float-design new again. We all had to choose a winner from years ago (1953-1991), and make it 'new'. Our design is about the world famous circus from the Ringling Brothers.
The parade was yesterday.
WE WON 4TH PLACE AGAIN. It's the 3rd time in 4 years we got 4th. It's really good because most years we end up in the middle, somewhere around 8 or 9.
Our elephant was so cool! She even moved her head, ears and trunk like a real one. Youtube video of our float Watch this!
And remember it's al iron, cardboard and flowers.

For Pictures of the floats our group made you have to look by Wilhelmina (at the bottom, under 'wagenoverzicht'). You can look by year (jaargangen) or by group (buurtschappen).
Our group is named after Queen Wilhelmina, she was the Queen when The Netherlands was liberated after the 2nd world war. The flower parade started out as a little celebration of freedom with decorated bicycles and carts, it has become much bigger than that.

Favorite Crafts

I do a lot of things, and will try almost everything.

I like to crochet stuffed animals, make and decorate envelopes, mixed media, mini albums, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my artjournal and helping out with the flower parade.

A few weeks back I made my first ragdoll. I used the patters of the book, my ragdoll, it's so fun seeing it come to live and make clothes and accessories.

I'm looking to buy some nice printable files on etsy. But there is so much to choose from! So I would really appreciate if you could send me a link of your favourite printables (or shops) on etsy!

I started collecting enamel pins.
And I would love to swap some. So if you want to trade some pins with me, please message me and we can set up a private swap!

Things I like

Random things
* botanical illustrations
* lace fabric, lace trimmings, and lace flowers etc
* springtime, feeling the sun on my face, summertime
* pastel colours, old vintage colours
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* (samples of) soap and shampoo bars, conditioner etc. Handmade is great! Or maybe a recipe
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* vintage typewriters
* my family and friends
* mermaids, fairies, old school fairytales (not a big disneyfan).
* Alice in wonderland, Little Red Ridinghood
* Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, nifflers and bowtruckels

Crafting/Wishlist (in random order)
* watercolour images
* postage stamps to use for collage
* eyelets, I just got myself a crop-a-dile!
* disc planner discs, any colour size or amount.
* Lawn Fawn! I love their stampsets! And I don't mind if they are used, as long as they stil work wel. I even love some stamped (and die cut) images. (preferably with permanent ink)
* stampers anonymous, hello bluebird, mama elephant stamps, (or stamped and die cut images with permanent ink) etc
* labels, I love labels, the plain ones with a red/green/other colour border, vintage labels with scribbles, labels with daintly borders, not a big fan of loud colours.
* plastic stencils
* texture paste, or a good home made recipe for it.
* foam squares/circles any size
* interesting (clear) stamps, background stamps
* I collect enamel pin badges!, animals, flowers, world famous things, fun food (please no pins of things I never heard of, like a local business or advertising pins)
* project life cards
* maggie holmes, tim holtz, heidi swapp
* black permanent fineliners like mircron
* white pens
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: botanical, steampunk, vintage, tickets and tags, flowers, feathers, postal theme, old sewing pattersn, birds, vintage office papers, library cards, washi tape and washi stickers in these themes. I prefer the 'old' looking things over bold 'new' colours.
* mail art, I love decorated envelopes!
* Wide washi tape, washi stickers
* washi tapes in plain colours or with patterns like, grid, polkadots, chevron, stripes, and other plainish patterns
* fun shaped paperclips
* burt's bees with pomegranate lipbalm
* your favorite craft tool/item/template

Favorite colour combo's
* mint green
* teal
* purple
* peacock colours
* coral pink
* rose gold
* vintage colours
* pastel colours
* rich jewel tones

* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* licorice
* all kinds of candy and cookies
* something typical from you country

I just started drinking tea again and love some new flavours to try!
* fruits (but no citrus fruits)
* tea wit mint
* tea with cinnamon

I also enjoy loose tea (to be put in a tea egg) or tea flowers. Please put a ingredient list on the packaging, I like to know what I'm drinking :p

Things I don't like

  • Religious stuff
  • zentangle as the main focal point
  • please don't send me sticky notes.
  • little pieces of patterned paper
  • Unwritten postcards of places where I`ve never been
  • rain, to much snow, to much heat
  • jewelry, I do wear some, but I don't need more
  • diddl, hello kitty, other kids characters
  • rude people
  • reward or kiddie stickers, stickers in the themes in the like section above are ok.
  • the smell of nicotine, it makes me sick
  • marzipain
  • sand between my toes
  • papercuts in my finger
  • sticker slapping
  • and flakers.

Please note

For swaps that requires more than one gift to be send.
I'm very pleased to get 1 gift worth the total amount you have to spend instead of several small gifts.
It's your choice what to do.

As for my etsy wishlist.
This is a list of things I would like to recieve (obviously) but I don't mind if you order it from another shop or website, as long as it is the same item. Maybe you find it cheaper else were or with less shippingcosts.

Please don't cover your mail art with clear packaging tape. And don't send in a clear envelope. I like how postcards look when they went through a sorting machine, (bended, ripped etc) I think it adds to it.


IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 52 on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Tessa, wat een super mooie rand heb je ervan gemaakt!! Een kijken wat ik hier nog aan kan toevoegen!
MiekeC rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #101 on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de kaart. Ik ga hem aanvullen.
DakotaSkye93 rated for NS: Adventskalender 11+12 on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Dankjewel voor de envelopjes!
Comment: You are a one sheet wonder yourself!! I just love this. Yes sometimes it’s just us but I’m the luckiest lady because you make and send such beautiful things!! Thanks again Tessa!!
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Fast Flow Stitched Tags on Oct 18, 2021
Comment: Hi Tessa and thank you so much for these beautiful fast flow stitched tags. They turned out so well! I love the tags themselves and your fabric and stitching are just perfect. They are going right into my junk journal. And thank you also for the cute little folder of extra goodies, which I will surely put to good use. Such a fun and different swap - thanks again!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it all! Thanks for the heart!
DakotaSkye93 rated for NS: Adventskalender 9+10 on Oct 18, 2021
Comment: Dankjewel voor deze envelopjes! Kijk al uit naar december :)
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: This swap is great!!! I love it!!! I hope you got your teddy bears made!!! Lol
Response: It turned out great! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: OHNO!! You better hurry and find your Christmas 🎄socks!! Your running out of time there 5,900,922 seconds (and counting) left till Christmas. I too am getting extra hands to multi-task sadly MissBrenda is afraid of me and is to busy to join the swap. Glad you could help Amy with the Shee. Maybe your cat saw the sheep and is pretending to chase them.what a great way to recycle your jeans. Hope you have lots of fun!
Response: No Christmas socks found yet... LOL thanks for the heart!
Comment: great swap
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Arhel rated for ESO: Profile Surprise Swap on Oct 15, 2021
Comment: WOW!!! Thank you so much for this awesome swap! :D I appreciate the gesture with the peacock stickers (soooo pretty!!!), I love the Oz postcards, and I'm really looking forward to trying these teas! They already smell lovely! ❤❤❤ You made my day!
Response: You're very welcome! So happy you like it, thanks for the heart!
tcornell rated for SSM: Collaborative artwork #13 on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: thank you, this will be a fun challenge! ♥
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Journal page #11 Herfst on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: Wat een herfstige kaart heb je voor me gemaakt! Mooi met al die kleuren en plaatjes en stofjes. Mooie combinaties! Ook bedankt voor alle extra's in thema! Kan ik mooi weer gebruiken voor mijn herfstswaps!!
Response: Graag gedaan, ben blij dat je hem mooi vind, that's for the heart!
Innytoes rated for NS: Blind envelope #4 on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: Dank je! De washi stickers met die kat erop waren geweldig!
Response: Graag gedaan!
uiltje rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #2 on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: Je envelop heeft de hoosbui van woensdag overleefd. Mooi gelukt, die stippen! Dank je wel ook voor de thee. Ik hoop wel dat er meer Europese partners komen, ik had het geluk naar Duitsland te kunnen sturen.
Response: Ja dat hoop ik ook! Thanks for the heart!
marianne81 rated for NS: Adventskalender 7+8 on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: Bedankt weer voor de prachtige envelopjes. En zo te zien was het inderdaad een interessante pagina met veel dingen te zien er op.
Response: Graag gedaan en thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Scavenger Hunt #2 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Wat een mooie groene kaart, Tessa! Dank je wel voor het maken!
Response: Graag gedaan!
Petaltea rated for NS: Happy Mail #6 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: This is just beautiful!!! You are so talented! I love the flipbook and the extra goodies. That typewriter stamp is fantastic. Also Im loving the labels you’ve made I think with the w r memory keepers stamper. Fantastic! Thank you so much!
Response: Yes it's made with the punch board. I mentioned pictures of the flower parade didn't I? But it think i forgot them. I will send them next time you are my partner. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I just got your most loveliest swap in the mail today!!! So much vintage beauty... I am drooling!! Everything is perfect and it was a joy to open! I adore your collage and the stamping and gold flecks - is it watercolor? You must tell me your secrets!! I am just starting to experiment with collage and am finding it very satisfying but it takes me forever to make decisions! Yours turned out so beautifully and I am so excited to tuck the pocket into my journal! I also love that you used non-english book pages - so hard to come by where I live!! So so pretty. You spoiled me for sure!!! Thank you thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: So glad you like it! The gold flecks are watercolour, I Flick my brush of the sides of an aqrylic Block. The bookpage came from a Dutch fairytale book. Thanks for the heart!
JuneRosebud rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #100 on Sep 29, 2021
Comment: Hi Tessa! Thanks for the post card (I like what you did with it) & for the great wax seals!! Hope you are doing well....
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Petaltea rated for NS: ATC #9 senders choice on Sep 28, 2021
Comment: These are just beautiful! One day you’ll be a famous artist and I can say “I have several of her creations “ LOL. Thank you!!
Response: Me famous? Haha, I had much fun making these. thanks for the heart!

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JuneRosebud on Sep 29, 2021:

Hi Tessa. Thanks for working on my Art Coll PC. I can't believe that it has been "wandering" around for two years now!! Would love to know what happened to it....

Rainydancer on Jul 27, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

JuneRosebud on Apr 27, 2021:

Tessa, Thank you for working on my hula girl AMA Collab Post Card. I always love your additions to the post cards, you are so artistic=)

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


wolfeagle on Oct 27, 2020:

Thank you for working on my Einstein Pass and Paste. I love it.

YooperHill on Jul 21, 2020:

Thank you for the Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 art! I LOVE IT!

JuneRosebud on Jul 7, 2020:

Hi Tessa! Thank you for working on my Art Collab with Cat Woman & Grid. Love what you added on!!

JuneRosebud on Mar 1, 2020:

Thanks for working on my Gentleman Fish Post Card collab. I like how it turned out=)

WoodlandBanshee on Jan 14, 2020:

Hi there! Thank you for sending home another Collaboration postcard. Your additions made it really awesome. One of my favourites so far.

phillaine on Oct 10, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

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