Swap-bot Time: August 12, 2020 12:17 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: August 11, 2020
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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*** Request - If you are able to send an envelope with stamps rather than the printed postage if possible could you try to leave a 1cm gap around at least three sides. I have a friend who collects used stamps to send to a Support Dog charity and I'd like to pass them on to her. I usually save the really special ones but I'd like to pass as many as possible as it's a great cause. thank you ****

The world has gone mad, and I hope that everyone I have sent to and received from and got to know on swap bot is staying safe.

This is a totally unprecedented situation we're all dealing with at the moment and I think more understanding than usual is needed when it comes to sending and receiving swaps.

I will ALWAYS send. As I've said before I have never and will never flake but getting to the post office is getting harder and harder and transit times are getting longer, especially on International post. UK postal service won't offer any kind of guideline for how long it will take to get there at the moment and I doubt that will change anytime soon. As someone who works in logistics, I understand the pressure that Royal Mail and every delivery company worldwide is under at the moment.

I will always click sent on the day I have the package in my hand and am off to the post office but I honestly don't know how long things will take to arrive now. All I ask is that you be patient and if it hasn't arrived please let me know and give me the chance for a resend before rating. Right now Swap-Bot and creative outlets are helping me stay sane.

Stay safe SB friends.

About Me

Photographer, cat person (who also loves Dogs), coffee addict, music lover, film geek.

I've recently started Postcrossing and love it so I'm always happy to recieve postcards from your country or anything quirky, cat themed, wiccan, funny or just plain unique in postcards. I'd apprecuiate them unwritten so I can use them in postcrossing (I will always scan them first to save a copy for myself πŸ˜€)

I love Harry Potter and am a proud Gryffindor (Pottermore)

I have issues with Blue ink in pens. Don't ask me why, I have no idea, but I cannot write in Blue ink. It has to be Black, or bright when it comes to letters, journals and note cards.

My favourite colours are Red, purple, Black, Silver and brights like orange, yellow and green. I love black and white images and photography and black and white things are cool as well. I'm not a big fan of pink.

Loves Star Wars and Dr. Who. Hates reality TV except for The (UK) Apprentice, Bake Off and Masterchef.

Loves Books, learning, discovering new things, photography quests (see my blog for a list of my current quests and scavenger hunts (https://bigfishlittlefishcb.wordpress.com). I've just got into crafts to relieve the stress of my day job and am loving learning. Cricut apprentice, Rock painter, trainee crocheter and I'm really getting into papercrafts. and mixed media art. I'll try anything once :)

I've discovered Art Journalling and mixed media so ephemera, stickers, buttons, stencils, magazine or book pages with interesting images or words, stickers (not too childish please). I'm learning and loving Wiccan, particularly Kitchen Witch and am a little bit Goth. I love the supernatural and the darker side of life. Anything that I could use in my art journal or collages is always welcome. A-Z of things I like below but I'm always open-minded and ready to discover new things. πŸ˜€

Vegetarian animal lover who just wants to get to know more of the amazing people on this planet and discover new things as often as possible.

I live just outside of Oxford with my fiancΓ© and a slightly unhinged but loveable Cat called Smodge.

Favorite Music

I have a fairly eclectic taste in music and always find it really hard to answer the 'favourite music' question.

I love discovering new music from bands and singers who aren't necessarily well known yet

Of the more mainstream music some of my faves (in no particular order) are...

The Black Keys, Against Me!, Alabama 3, Beth Ditto (And Gossip), Bloc Party, Collective Soul, David Bowie, Frank Turner, Incubus, Jamiroquai, Mad Caddies, Manic Street Preachers, Queen, The Stereophonics, Faithless

There are lots more and I'm always open to listening to anything that I haven't got to know yet.

I'm not a big fan of Hip Hop (although I do like some) or R&B and really don't like manufactured boy/girl bands.

Favorite Books

I love reading and try really hard to find more time to get lost in a great book.

Some of my favourites are...

To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee, The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, All of the Harry Potter Books - JK Rowling, Leaving Atlanta - Tayari Jones

Recently read and enjoyed...

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Elenor Oliphant is completely fine' by Gail Honeyman

His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman

The End Of The World Is NIGH - Tony Moyle

Favorite Movies

In (almost) no particular order....

Star Wars, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Princess Bride, Harry Potter (All Of Them), Coyote Ugly, The Boat That Rocked, The Lost Boys, Muppet Christmas Carol, The Die Hards (first three really but especially the 1st, and yes I do consider it to be a Christmas Movie :), Jaws, Mad Max (especially the first 3), Bond Movies (but especially Sean)

Favorite Television

Buffy, Angel, Homeland, Stranger Things, Eastenders, The Good Place, Masterchef, NCIS Better Call Saul

Favorite Crafts

I've only recently started to craft and it's a journey of discovery for me and a great therapy for the stress of the corporate world.

So far I am enjoying

Crochet, Acrylic Paint Pouring, Painting Rocks, Dot Art Papercrafts Scrapbooking Bullet Journalling Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress)

And I recently bought a Cricut so that's a whole new world of discovery to come.

A-Z Of Me

A - Angel (TV Series), Animals, Architecture, Abandoned Buildings, Absurdity, Academia, Activism, Adventures, Alcohol, Aliens, Amphibians, Answers, Apples, Aquarius, Aquarians, Arctic, Armadillo's, Art, Alice In Wonderland, Art Journals

B - Buffy (TV Series), Books, Birds, Biscuits

C - Cats, Coffee (Black), Cricut, Crochet, CSI, Chocolate, Creativity, Courvoisier, Cameras, Cars, Chanel No.5, Crystals

D - Dogs, Dragons, Design

E - Elephants, Eco Warriors, Equality, Eastenders, Ephemera, Embellishments

F - Fantasy (Books, Stories, Images, Characters), Feminism, Friends, Fridays

G - Gromit, Geeks, Gin, Groot, Gryffindor

H - Harry Potter, Happy Things

I - Imagination, Ice Cream, Instant Pot

J - Jossticks, Jokes, jack-o'-lanterns, Jam, Jaws (The Movie), Jets (The Flying Kind), Jack Daniels

K - Ketchup, Key rings, Kindness, Kisses, Kittens, Kittys, Kiwi's (The Nation, the birds and the fruits)

L - Love, Lions, Llamas

M - Marmite, Monsters, Mandala, Movies, Music

N - Novels, Notebooks, Nature, Noodles, New Years Day, New Age, Nerds, Notepaper - patterned, especially vintage looking.

O- Owls, Orange, Our Planet, Oceans

P - Puzzles, Punk, Pubs, Pagans, Painting, Parcels, Peace, Photography, paper crafts

Q - Quests, Questions

R - Reading, Romance, Recipes, Rock (Music), Rocks

S - Shakespear, Sharks, Sculpture, scrapbooking, Spells, Sinatra and The Rat Pack

T- T-shirts, Trains (Steam), Tarot

U - Unicorns

V - Vampires, Variety, Vegetarian, Vegetables, Volunteering,

W - Wales, Whales, Walking, Whiskey, Writing, Winning, Witches

X - Xtra's

Y - Yo-Yo's

Z - Zombies

Things I Don't Like

I don't want to list a load of 'do not sends' as I always think the swaps should be the senders choice but FYI - I don't like Black tea, I love fruits, herbal, green and Jasmine but not black of any variety, and I hate Anchovies although I can't imagine a swap where anchovies might be included. Roses - or rather the smell of Roses, gives me a headache. Love Island and reality TV stuff and religious things. Pagan and Wiccan are cool with me though.



MexiMidge rated for 🐝 Bees 🐝 on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely paper clip and all the wonderful items πŸ’•
Heleni rated for SPACE MAIL - Art Envelope & Postcard on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness! What you sent me is just amazing. Such a wonderful letter, such lovely extras, and such a beautiful envelope! I especially LOVED the letter. You put so much thought to it, and it was so imaginative. And I really like how you addressed some burning issues like the plastic in our oceans - from a completely different perspective. This was the best swap I have ever received on swap bot. Thank you ever so much!
LeaTheShark rated for 3 Goth Things in an Envie on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing mail Cathy! I loved everything you picked out! The pendant has got to be my favorite though, it so pretty! Thank you again!
blanketfort rated for 3 Goth Things in an Envie on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely swap! πŸ–€ I love everything you sent - and the envelope as well. Put a huge smile on my face :) And good to know that the mail can take a trip around the world and still arrive in perfect condition! :D
Response: Glad you like it, I have a feeling it may have sat in our local sorting office for a while originally and not actually have made it out of the UK. I was surprised the envelope wasn't messed up πŸ˜€
Comment: I absolutely loved this package!!! I feel very spoiled! I’ll definitely plant the seeds and may share some with my best friend out here who raises bees! The paper, envelopes, my goodness, just everything is so amazing. I have to look at it all over again in the morning and be amazed again at my luck and your generosity!! Thank you!! πŸ’•
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it there are two other swaps that I hope are with you by now? I sent them all in separate envelopes in the end. It was more fun decorating them all and there wasn't room on one customs form πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Comment: Thank You so much for the lovely seed packets and inserts. Also Thank you for the wonderful extras the stickers of the beta fish are are so vibrant
Response: Thank you for the heart, glad you liked it πŸ˜€
ladybug513 rated for SIE: A Little Crafty Happy Mail on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the happy mail Cathy! Can't wait to use those goodies in future projects πŸ™‚
Response: Glad you like it. Enjoy πŸ˜€
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal spots you've made. I also quite liked the snails on the envelope. Have to go search for a snail stamp now.
Response: I got that one from Lavinia stamps, be careful they have a lot of lovely stamps :)
Comment: Thank you very much, the English card is my favorite!
Response: Glad you liked them πŸ˜€
institches rated for RANDOM HAPPY MAIL GIVEAWAY on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: My second favorite color!
GirlMomToTwo rated for RANDOM HAPPY MAIL GIVEAWAY on Jul 25, 2020
MyWashiTherapy rated for Filled envelop #8 on Jul 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, Cathy! The phrases on vellum are SO AWESOME!!!!! 😍 😍 And the mermaid tag too!! 😍 Thank you so much for your generosity!
Response: Glad you liked it. I printed the phrases onto heavy tracing paper, I want to use it in journals and swaps more now I've worked out the settings. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Comment: Wow! You are super organized with your recipes. I love it. I need to check out a lot them. Thank you for sharing, I really appreciate it!
Response: I've had a lot of time on my hands over lockdown πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚hope you like the ones you try.
Comment: Cathy, Thanks so much for sharing your board. We've been really into bowls during this pandemic, so I'm putting that Jamaican jerk recipe on my shopping list for next week.
Response: Let me know what you think, I haven't tried that one myself yet. πŸ˜€
Comment: Thank you so much! I absolutely love the Harry Potter theme, the washi tape, tea and seeds. I'd love to visit Oxford one day, it looks so beautiful there.
Response: Glad you liked it, Oxford is beautiful, if you ever get here let me know. :) Stay Safe.
Comment: Just the most beautiful envelope ever; a very coherent letter (much more than mine ever seem to be!) and also some very fun extras, have made this one of the best swaps I've received in a while. Thanks Cathy!
Response: Thank you. I guess sometimes just writing is better than overthinking :)
Comment: I liked all your cat items. You may have had only two stamps, but you made fun things in my favorite color Green.
Response: so glad you liked it, I was worried that it was going to be a bit of a one trick kitty. I've lots of other stamps so looking forward to more of your swaps. :)
Nonee rated for Profile Based ATC on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Finally got it, thanks for everything! for the cute vintage ATC and for the wonderful pendant! you shouldn't have done it, but it is beautiful gift, love
Response: Sorry it took so long to get to you, hopefully the mail will get back to some sort of normality soon. Happy that you liked it :)
MallowCat rated for Petpals! Penpals For Your PEts on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! The furbabies and I enjoyed your parcel a lot. We read Smodge's book together and the cats tried out the treats - Phi loves them and can't get enough, Sigma is a bit slow on the uptake and hasn't figured out that they're meant to be food yet.
Response: Thank you for the message :) They must seem a bit strange to Sigma, cat treats aren't normally sticks I guess but they do seem to be a favourite with Smodge. stay safe : )

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weatherwax on Jun 20, 2020:

Your art arrived - thank you !!!!! Have a brilliant weekend :)

susannah on Aug 1, 2019:

Profile Hello From All over #10 Twist!

Grootings from Finland! :D I like Harry Potter and Guardians of the Galaxy too! <3

β€œI look around at us and you know what I see? Losers… I mean like, folks who have lost stuff. And you think life takes more than it gives, but not today. Today it’s giving us something. It is giving us a chance.” – Star-Lord


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