Swap-bot Time: May 9, 2021 5:35 pm


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: May 9, 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.
I also enjoy stamping, coloring the images with my polychromos pencils or alcohol markers, making cards, journal pages and mail art with them.

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/Prime, 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 envelopes, boxes and gift pouches, mixed media, mini albums, knitting, stamping, drawing, sewing my own clothes, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my art/junk journal, helping out with the flower parade and much more.

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, go to themeparks
* pastel colours, old vintage colours
* hearts, chevron, polkadots, stripes
* woodland animals, peacocks, flamingos
* cacti and succulents
* flipbooks, mail art
* (board)games
* 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
* zippers, all colours and lenghts.
* fat quarters of any kind of fabric
* 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 an 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, not a big fan of loud colours.
* plastic stencils
* texture paste, or a good home made recipe for it.
* foam squares 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
* a funny tea egg / tea infuser
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* fat quarters, cotton fabric, to make clothes gor my rag dolls.
* Interesting embelishments, buttons etc to use on clothes for my ragdolls
* 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

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
  • tiny punched out shapes, I have no use for them
  • 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
  • plain blue or black writing pens, gell pens
  • 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. Or send in a clear envelope. I like how the postcards look when they went through a sorting machine, (bended, ripped etc) I think it adds to it.


IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 44 on May 4, 2021
Comment: Tessa, wat een leuke twist! Eens kijken of we bij dat beestje nog wat kunnen toevoegen!!
misscorina rated for NS: Theetijd #8 on May 4, 2021
Comment: Super bedankt voor het thee-tje n de magic iris ben super benieuwd wat het gaat worden spannend. Ja heb een leuke vakantie gehad vandaag even alle post doornemen, t is toch geen mooi weer.
orode rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #94 on May 3, 2021
Comment: Fabulous card. Can't wait to add and send forward. Thanks Olga
Response: Have fun! Thanks for the heart!
Poftoffel rated for NS: Journal page #8 Kat of Hond on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Wat is ie leuk!!! En wat heb je dat mooi gemaakt zeg, met die gestikte rand! De envelop was ook al zo mooi, gewoon zonde om open te maken. Ik ben er heel erg blij mee en hij gaat op de kunst muur in mijn hobbykamer. Dank je wel!!
Response: Ik ben de laatste tijd steeds meer randjes aan papier aan het haken. Geeft toch wel een leuk effect. Ben blij dat je hem mooi vindt! Thanks for the heart!
roosje rated for NS: Specimen kaart on Apr 25, 2021
Comment: Hoi Tessa, wow, wat een mooie kaarten heb je voor me gemaakt! En zoveel! Heel erg bedankt voor deze prachtige swap van jou weer. Nu heb ik ook weer meer inspiratie om de mijne te maken!
Response: Heel graag gedaan, ik vond het erg leuk om te maken! Ben benieuwd naar die van jou! Thanks for the heart!
PizzaSmurf rated for NS: Happy Mail #3 on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: Hoii! Dankjewel voor je prachtige snail! Heel mooi dat vintage muziek thema! <3
Response: Graag gedaan! Thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: ATC #5 on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: Tessa, Wat een beauties heb je er weer van gemaakt. Een met aarde kleuren en de andere met frisse aquarel. En zo'n prachtige envelop. Een cadeautje om te krijgen Leuk zeg! Dank je wel!
Response: Fijn dat je ze mooi vindt! Met dat aquarellen moet ik nog heel veel oefenen, maar ik vond deze erg goed gelukt! Thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 43 on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Dank je wel voor je nieuwe kaart, heerlijk voorjaarsgevoel nu! Mijn naaimachine heeft het een paar dagen geleden, na 27 jaar trouwe dienst, begeven. Ik zit nu met smart op mijn nieuwe te wachten. En wat een toeval die postzegel met een bosuil. Gisteravond zat er eentje in een boom bij de buren. We nemen tenminste aan dat het een bosuil was. Uilen hebben we hier nooit, ondanks het feit dat we aan de rand van het stadspark wonen. Was prachtig om te zien!
Response: Graag gedaan, Ben erg benieuwd naar hoe hij terig komt!
Bjorketre rated for NS: Theetijd #7 on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the teas and the welcome to the group!!
Response: You're welcome, I hope you will enjoy the swaps in our group. Thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #8 on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Dank je wel voor je gezellige envelop met oa een lekkere thee (hoop ik) Onlangs mijn naaimachine weer van stal gehaald voor een internationale Teamwork kaart. Ik moet me weer eens inlezen in de spanning van de boven- en de onderdraad........... Fijn stukje stof, jammer dat ik er voor mezelf geen broek van kan maken!
Response: Deze broek zat heerlijk tot hij kapot ging :p dus nu hergebruiken in mijn crafts. Thanks for the heart!
PizzaSmurf rated for NS: Flipbook #4 Vlinders on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de leuke flipbook! :D
Response: Graag gedaan!
Petaltea rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 42 on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Ik vind het nu al mooi! Ik ga mijn best doen. Groetjes!
Response: Veel plezier, thanks for the heart!
Comment: I love it, thank you
Response: You're welcome!
Poftoffel rated for NS: Journal page #7 senders choice on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Wat een leukerd zeg! Hartelijk bedankt voor de mooie journal page! :D
Response: Graag gedan,mik vind het erg leuk om in deze stijl te werken. Thanks for the heart!
PerArduaAdAlta rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #92 on Mar 11, 2021
Comment: Ok, firstly I love how you covered the envie in that napkin! Second, I do not yet have the Dutch cow stamp in my collection, so that is going in my book! Third, my impression was the same even before I read the back, that the two girls you added look like they are gossiping about the first! Ha! I will have to add something appropriate. Also, thank you for the extra stickers πŸ’–
Response: There are 5 different international stamps, I hope you can collect them all. Have fun wih the gossip girls :p thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for YTPC: Easy Ephemera Folder on Mar 10, 2021
Comment: Tessa! This is gorgeous! Thank you so much for creating something so beautiful, and filling it with even more beauty! Even your envelope is decorated beautifully...I'm keeping it to use in collaged projects. This was an amazing swap!
Response: I had a lot of fun making this one, and I love to decorate my envelopes, thanks for the heart!
Petaltea rated for NS: Happy Mail #2 on Mar 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely happy mail Tessa! Your stuffed animals are adorable. Thanks for sharing!
Response: Youre welcome! Thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 41 on Mar 4, 2021
Comment: Dank je wel voor de neushoornvogel op deze kaart. Wonderlijke/lelijke vogels die wij zo nu en dan in de dierentuin tegen kwamen! Het grote verzinnen voor de laatste ronde is weer begonnen. Fijne extra's ook!
Response: Graag gedaan!
Poftoffel rated for NS: ATC #4 on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Bedankt voor de super leuke en schattige atc’s! Ik hou er zo van ^^ Ik ben bezig met die van jou!
Response: Normaal maak ik deze meisjes met donker haar, maar in het groen zijn ze ook leuk! Ik heb nog veel meer van deze stempels dus als ik je nog eens tref in deze swap zal ik je collectie uitbreiden :p thanks for the heart!
Petaltea rated for NS: Theetijd #5 on Feb 24, 2021
Comment: Hi again! Where in the world did you find hazelnut cocoa tea!!? It smells amazing. I love the card. It’s so pretty I don’t want to mess it up. lol. Thank you Tessa!
Response: This tea comes in a box with 4 different ones. Apple pie, caramelized pear this one and one I can't remember right now. Thanks for the heart!

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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.

mjhaertling on Oct 22, 2020:

Here is the completed collaborative fake ransom note. I thiink it turned out great. Hope you had fun adding to it. [](PC - Collaboration - Fake ransom note)

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!

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 5, 2019:

Hi there, Tessa! Thank you for your contribution and for sending home my Collaboration postcard. Your bee additions brightened up the card and I love the honey comb outlining you did. Take care!

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