Swap-bot Time: August 2, 2021 4:04 am


Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: August 2, 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
* 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, 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
* fat quarters, cotton fabric, to make clothes for 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/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
  • 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. 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.


uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 48 on Jul 30, 2021
Comment: Jeetje Tessa, je legt de lat wel lekker hoog. Als ik niet beter zou weten is de kaart al af en kan hij terug naar huis. Nog 3 rondes te gaan.................
Response: Gaat vast goedkomen! Doe er mee wat je wil, Ik ben benieuwd naar hoe hij naar me terug komt. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for showing love on my Instagram <3
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
cindygroet rated for NS: Blind envelope #2 on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Dank je wel voor de goed gevulde envelop. De dierenplaatjes komen goed van pas in mijn journal.
Response: Veel plezier er mee! Thaks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for all the love. Be well.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
Comment: Thanks for the loves<3
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
lylanni rated for AMA: Inkbox card - Napkin on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: I loved the Napkin card, it's so pretty! Thank you so much, I really like the extras too!
Response: You're welcome, I loved working on this card! Thanks for the heart
03Scarlett rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: So glad that you ended up joining the swap after all. lol Have an awesome week, Tessa! 😊
Response: Thanks!
6milesnlife rated for Show Some Love on Instagram! #2 on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all the kind comments!!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
ultracinematik rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Did Lucy or Alice do your laundry? 🤞🤪
Response: No, no one offered to do my laundry! Thanks for the heart!
chaari rated for Show Some Love on Instagram! #2 on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks for Visiting!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
myancey rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Awesome comment
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Gnoe rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 47 on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: Mooie basis is het geworden Tessa! Ik zet hem even neer om op me in te laten werken en dan komt de inspiratie vast vanzelf ;-) De envelop was flink gescheurd onderweg maar je kaart + note zijn gelukkig onbeschadigd!
Response: Oh fijn dat de kaart zelf nog goed is :) veel plezier er mee, ik ben benieuwd hoe hij naar me terug komt. Thanks for the heart
ktk8 rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #97 on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: WoW I knew this was from you while I was out of town and saw what was being delivered...... SO FUN to be swapping with you again..... and what a fun card to add to I have just the thing..... so good to receive from you and STILL LOVE THE BIRDS.... Many many hearts for this one.....
Response: You're welcome!! Thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Mystery supply mail art #10 on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Tessa, Bedankt voor het leuke, gemarmerde en gevulde mysterie envelopje. Ik had in eerste instantie niet door wat je supply was, want had het velletje niet gezien. Omdat je altijd meteen je opdracht meestuurt, ging ik nog eens goed kijken in de envelop. Het waren niet de extra's die de supply waren, maar het gemarmerde velletje! Leuk idee! Ik ga er ook eens mee aan de slag!!
Response: Veel plezier er mee! Tha ks for the heart
m3i5 rated for NS: Blind envelope #1 on Jun 19, 2021
Comment: Hoi Tessa, dank je wel voor je variëteit aan spulletjes! :)
Response: Graag gedaan, thanks for the heart
Poftoffel rated for NS: Journal page #9 senders choice on Jun 17, 2021
Comment: Wat een mooie journal page!! Wat lief dat je hem zo speciaal voor mij hebt gemaakt! Ik vind de techniek erg mooi, leuk om te zien wat anderen allemaal uitproberen! En wat een boel extras, dank je wel! Ik vond het wel grappig, je schreef dat je waar wilde voor je postzegels, maar er zaten helemaal geen postzegels meer op de envelop! Die zijn er afgevallen denk ik! En toch veilig bezorgd: bedankt post!
Response: Geen postzegels? Heb ze er toch echt op gedaan. En ja, die extras waren om dichter bij de 50 gram te komen. Doe ik eigenlijk altijd. Als ik ruimte heb in mijn postzegels dan vul ik hem ook :p thanks for the heart!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Flipbook # 5 Zig zag on Jun 16, 2021
Comment: Aaah Tessa, what a wonderful swap once again! Such a treat to find after a long day of work :D Your attention to detail is wonderful, you clearly thought about every aspect on the page. Thank you!!
Response: Thanks!!! I was having so much fun with the birds once I found them in my stash. Thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 46 on Jun 16, 2021
Comment: Dank je wel voor het Franse gevoel van deze kaart. Leuk om te zien hoe bijna elke keer er weer nieuwe dingen voorbij komen. Jammer dat er zo weinig deelnemers zijn, voor de 3e keer gaat mijn laatste ronde voor dezelfde terug naar huis. Dus nu weer verzinnen voor een nieuwe ronde!
Response: Ook al zijn het veel dezelfde mensen, dit blijft een leuke swap. Ik probeer alle Nederlanders die ik tegen kom op swapbot uit te nodigen voor de groep. Thanks for the heart!
wyrdfae rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #96 on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you. It's gorgeous
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
Petaltea rated for NS: Happy Mail #4 on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful happy mail! I love the little book you made, it was just so pretty and delightful to open up! I’m glad yes. thankful that things are open now but my daughter said it was extremely busy in the city. Let’s hope Holland is on top of everything and it’s under control..... Take care!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!

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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.

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!

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