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Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: December 8, 2022
Birthday: March 19, 1986
Country: Netherlands
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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 10 years old and very sweet. Her name is Poes, wich is the dutch word for cat. She is very lazy, sleeps all day.

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.
At the moment I'm in love with the sewing patterns of studio seren. Love these animals!
I made 2 of the bunnies and the dogs will be next.

Recently I opened an Etsy store called Purple Fox Printables.
I'm still working on some more printables but would love it if you take a look!

I also like to watch movies/netflix, going to the zoo or the Efteling, and listening to audiobooks while I'm crafting .
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 (2022) the theme of the parade was festivals around the world. We made a float about the Japanese cherry blossom festival. We made 3 arches with blossom and lanterns. Actors were picknicking. And 4 girls danced with paper parasols. It was so much fun. We won 6th place, we were very surprised by that, and also we won the prize from the kids jury.

In 2019 the theme was '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.

The theme in 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, sewing ragdolls and animals, flipbooks, facepainting, coloring, pocket letters, working on my artjournal and helping out with the flower parade.

I ordered a gelli plate, because why not... so I'd be happy to recieve some tips and tricks about making cool prints. Or even diy ways of making tools and stencils etc.

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 ephemera 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, foxes
* (samples of) soap and shampoo bars, conditioner etc. Handmade is great! Or maybe a recipe (my hair looks so much healthier now I use an all natural shampoo bar)
* 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
* eyelets
* any Tim Holtz product
* 'girl stickers' those that are in trend now
* labels, I love labels, the plain ones with a red/green/other colour border, vintage labels with scribbles, labels with daintly borders, etc.
* plastic stencils, or any kind of homemade ones .
* foam squares/circles any size
* vellum, with or without an image
* 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, page evans
* black permanent fineliners like mircron
* white pens or (paint)markers
* sealing wax, and stamps
* bookpages and sheetmusic, other interesting fonts
* lace, cheesecloth, trims etc, even tiny pieces are welcome
* fabric to use to make clothes for my handmade softies
* things for my junk journal, I prefer the following styles / themes: botanical, 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.
* 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/tips

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

* any low-carb snacks or easy recipes (not to many ingredients)
* any nuts
* anything Haribo or Maoam
* chocolate
* licorice
* 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.
  • the colours brown and beige (kraft is fine)
  • 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, kawaì, 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.


DPClamavi rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #16 on Dec 7, 2022
Comment: TY, will send it to the next person !
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 68 on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Dank voor je vrolijke PC teamwork envelop. Ik ga de inhoud afmaken en werd al helemaal vrolijk van de envelop!!
photovivie rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #11 on Dec 4, 2022
Comment: Sorry for my late rating 🙈 have a wonderful second advent!
Comment: Thank you for the great Humpty Dumpty page. Aloha
uiltje rated for NS: Journal page #14 herfst on Nov 19, 2022
Comment: Oh, wat een mooierd. Een sfeervol geheel. Hij hangt inmiddels aan mijn wandje met oa collages (mijn inspiratie-en leermomentjesmuurtje) Ik ben er blij mee!
Comment: Thank you for another great page. Aloha
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart
LiisaS rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #14 on Nov 10, 2022
Comment: Tessa! I love love LOVE the yellow background you made for the card. Just amazing!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
IrisDrissen rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 67 on Nov 9, 2022
Comment: Dank voor deze teamwork! Ga eens kijken hoe jij verder kan worden aangevuld! Leuke envelop weer!
Response: Graag gedaan en thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for ESO: Teamwork PC #15 on Nov 8, 2022
Comment: Mooie zonsondergang, of is het een zonsopgang? Dank ook voor de extra's. Ik begin je zelfgemaakte enveloppen al te herkennen. Ik heb ook altijd een doos vol op voorraad.
Response: Graag gedaan!
hellojett rated for ESO: Art Journal RR #1 on Nov 4, 2022
Comment: The art journal arrived safely. I like your mixed media page, and I think it’s a really nice touch to use your own handwriting as ephemera. Adds a personal something.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for another lovely journal page and the extras. Aloha
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Ikat78 rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #113 on Oct 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the pc! This one is really neat.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi, thank you so much for this great flip book. The stamped images are so cute, can't wait to colour them later. Love the ghost tag Have a great Halloween
Response: I'm glad you like it and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for another great page. Aloha
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Petaltea rated for NS: Blind envelope #10 on Oct 18, 2022
Comment: Leuk Tessa! Dank je wel!!
Response: Graag gedaan, thanks for the heart!
Petaltea rated for NS: Tiny Pocket Flipbook on Oct 17, 2022
Comment: Dit is prachtig!! Flipbooks zijn zo leuk! Harstikke bedankt!!
Response: Graag gedaan, thanks for the heart!
lrm1980 rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #112 on Oct 13, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending the pc to work on and for all the sweet stickers! I really love your interesting orange background!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
uiltje rated for NS: Teamwork PC # 66 on Oct 11, 2022
Comment: Dank je wel weer voor deze ronde. Ik ga weer verzinnen en stuur 'm terug naar huis. Fijne zomer/herfst/winter! ;-)
Response: Graag gedaan!
Bo rated for ESO: Clear Stamps Swap on Oct 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for a nice clear rubber stamps! I really like the motives you chose for me! :)
Response: I'm glad you like it and thanks for the heart!
ElenaMaz rated for IS: Happy Mail #3 on Oct 8, 2022
Comment: what a beautiful presentation, thank you so much, I loved everything included, I loved the pink colors and everything!
Response: I'm glad you like it and thanks for the heart!

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carol on Oct 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for your work on my Collaboration PC! It turned out great! I'll try to scan and post in the group later. Thanks again!

hazelwitch3 on Sep 22, 2022:

Thank you for adding to my ESO Teamwork postcard. The crochet edging was a genius idea!

Petaltea on Jun 14, 2022:

Tessa Thank you so much for all that you have done in the ESO and international snailmailers groups. You've really been such a big help in keeping it all going. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon. Your the best. 😊🌺

PrincessLeia on Apr 22, 2022:

AMA. collaboration PC - homer Hello Tessa, Thanks for adding to my PC and sending it home! I always get excited when one comes home. I love the end result!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

DPClamavi on Feb 25, 2022:

Thank you SO MUCH for making my first pass and paste postcard so AMAZING !! It looks fabulous, I will definitely treasure this ♥

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

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:


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