Swap-bot Time: September 25, 2023 7:27 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: September 25, 2023
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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Current Status

Our local sorting office is still very understaffed so deliveries to me can still be delayed and it seems to be affecting outgoing sometimes as well with collections from the post boxes not happening every day so if you haven't received anything you're expecting from me please let me know. If I've clicked sent at the weekend I will have put it in the postbox but it may not move on until the Monday so please be aware sometimes the postmark will be a different date

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 of each stamp. I collect used stamps to send to a local animal charity. I save the really special ones for swaps and crafting but I donate as many as possible as it's a great cause. thank you

Postcards - Unless the swap specifically asks for it Please don't send 'greetings from', tourist cards or cards from specific areas as blank cards, even as part of a scavenger hunt, as I won't send them on to anyone else if it's not a country I can post from, obviously I'm happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.

About Me

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

I've also finally caved in and bought a die cutter so now I've got something else to spend money on by buying dies, always happy to receive any that you don't want ๐Ÿ˜€

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 any other colour, just not Blue.

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 or mythical, especially Dragons 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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 fiancรฉ We recently had to say a heartbroken goodbye to our lovely 18-year old, slightly unhinged but loveable Cat called Smodge and have now rescued a youngster who's got big paw prints to fill but he's settling in. His name is Regulus (Reg for short).

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 NIG13 - 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, 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, Stranger Things, Eastenders, The Good Place, Masterchef, NCIS (Gibbs rocks) Better Call Saul CSI (Las Vegas and New York are my favourites)

Favorite Crafts

I'm still a relative beginner in art and crafting and it's a journey of discovery for me and a great therapy for the stress of the corporate world.

I feel like I want to try everything but at the moment I'm trying not to have too many things on the go and focus a bit more and find my style and my skill set. Currenntly learning and experimenting with...

Crochet, Acrylic Paint Pouring, Painting Rocks, Dot Art Papercrafts and card making Art Journalling Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress) Mixed Media Zentangles

A-Z Of Me

A - Angel (TV Series), Animals, Architecture, Absurdity, Activism, Adventures, Alcohol, Aliens, Amphibians, Apples, Aquarius, Aquarians, Art, Alice In Wonderland, Amethyst

B - Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Books, Birds, Biscuits

C - Cats, Coffee (Black), Cricut, Crochet, CSI (TV Series, the original), Chocolate, Creativity, Courvoisier, Cameras, Cars, Chanel No.5, Crystals, Candles, Cryptids

D - Dogs, Dragons, Design, Dr Who, Drawing

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

F - Fantasy (Books, Stories, Images, Characters), Feminism, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Fridays

G - Gromit, Geeks, Gin, Groot, Gryffindor

H - Harry Potter, Happy Things

I - Imagination, Ice Cream, Instant Pot, Incense

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, Quidditch

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

S - Shakespear, Sharks, Sculpture, 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, Wiccan, Wax Seals, Wax Melts (nothing too floral please, definitely no Rose (it gives me a headache)

X - Xtra's

Y - Yo-Yo's

Z - Zombies, Zentangles (and anything that might help me to improve mine)

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. Please don't send Love Island and reality TV stuff or anything religious things. Pagan and Wiccan are cool with me though.



I've discovered Postcrossing and love it so I'm always happy to receive postcards I love quirky cards, cat-themed, Wiccan, mythical creatures (especially Dragons), Harry Potter, Art, animals, funny or just plain weird and anything in my A-Z but I'm happy to receive any postcards.

If possible, unless the swap asks for it I'd prefer not to have greetings from or tourist cards as part of blank card swaps, obviously happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.


Comment: Thanks! I think I need to reread Hitchhiker's Guide - I only read the first one, and it was so long ago.
Lolle rated for Quick and easy PC theme swap on Sep 22, 2023
Comment: Kia Ora Cathy! Thank you for the great Alice postcard. I mailed a swap to you not too long ago... I haven't made it down to Invercargill, but have been to Wellington a lot and love it. Happy swapping from Nelson, Carola ๐Ÿ’•
Comment: Hello! Thanks for the lovely postcards :)
Comment: Hi Cathy! Thank you for the great postcards! Some of them are really weird and I love that! A couple of them I am going to send to this senior living center that I send cards to. The people that live there have a gathering once a month and they look at and read and talk about all the cards they've received. I think they will really love the train one! Thanks again for the cards...I love them! Happy swapping! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
cowboypoodle rated for LSS - Alphabet Playlists - C on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: thank you so much for the swap! i love all the songs you chose, espeically the cure and blur :-)
Response: Glad you like them ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐ŸŽผ
Comment: Thanks for the letter and the great bookmarks!
Response: Thank you :)
Comment: Thank you! I included cats on my list, too. I never had any pet cats, as a child (my mother didn't like them), but I've grown to love them recently.
Response: Thank. you, I can't imagine life without a pet of some sort. They make me smile and teach me a lot ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thank you for the fun envelope! I love your dapper cat stationary and the shimmery elephants!
Response: Thanks for the rating, glad. you like it ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thank you so much for all of this beautiful things ๐Ÿ’• I love everything!
Response: Glad you liked them, thank you for the rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Great mix of useful items, thank you! Lots of stuff, too. Take care!
Response: Thank you for rating, catch you soon ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: I love everything, thank you
Response: Thank you, thank. you for the โค๏ธ.
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #349 on Sep 12, 2023
Comment: Hi Cathy! So sweet of you to resend and if you could have remembered what you did way back when, I would have been wishing I was you! Like you, I can barely remember what I had for dinner the day before! LOL! Thank you for sharing about your recent weekend and the lovely card! So sweet of you! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you - note to self, start a journal then i won't have to remember ๐Ÿ˜น
Stachel rated for Alphabet Songs #23 - W on Sep 12, 2023
Comment: Sry for rating so late, life has been very busy. Thank you for your list of songs, and oh wow, the amount of songs you found ๐Ÿคฉ I liked walking on the moon, welcome to the black parade (i have seen them live when they did the black parade tour) and of course we will rock you best. ๐Ÿ˜
Response: Sorry, I got a bit carried away, I hope you enjoyed listening ๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŽผ
Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #344 on Sep 11, 2023
Comment: Got the resend! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š
Response: So glad it got there, thank you for rating ๐Ÿ˜ธ
Comment: Thank you a lot for such a lovely happy mail! โ˜บ๏ธ
Response: Thanks ๐Ÿ˜บ
fortannam rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #52 on Sep 11, 2023
Comment: thank you for the fun selection of cards! I love your cat one that you designed!
Response: Thank you. Smodge would love the fact that he's still travelling the world and making people smile ๐Ÿ˜บ
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #233 on Sep 10, 2023
Comment: Great pcs. Thanks
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ˜บ
justmesks rated for PSH: Blind Postcards Swap #2 on Sep 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the nice cards that arrived today.
Response: Glad you like them ๐Ÿ˜บ
Stampalia rated for PH: A-B-C #2 on Sep 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great cards and I love the stamps you used on the envelope.
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Amazing card snd goodies! Loved the ribbon and teas.
Response: Glad you like it and thanks for rating. ๐Ÿ˜บ

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mymerakidesk on Jul 30, 2023:

Welcome to โ€œWax Seals & Dried Flowers Enthusiastsโ€!

yvonne401 on Jun 24, 2023:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!



hazelwitch3 on Apr 26, 2023:

I love the idea of trying to create a swap including anchovies ......!

simcoe54 on Feb 7, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

lunatenchi on Oct 6, 2022:

I just sent my letter to you :D I hope it reaches you well โ™กโ™กโ™ก

Gnoe on Jul 14, 2022:

So sweet of you to resend for the green postcard swap #2! I love the little lime green hummingbird ๐Ÿ’š


bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

Meisje on Dec 10, 2021:

Merry Christmas โ™ฅ


myancey on Oct 3, 2021:

Thanks for the august wta for ph group. Happy swapping

debbiespoms on Feb 22, 2021:

Hi Cathy ! I received the 3 plus 2 extra PC's today, for PH: January WTA. I really love them! Esp. the 2 Cat PC's & Faerie PC! Thank you very much!

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