Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2020 7:34 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: March 30, 2020
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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Current Status

The world has gone mad, and I hope that everyone I have sent to and received from and got to know on swap bit 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 love Harry Potter and am a Gryffindor (Pottermore)

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. I'll try anything once :)

I've also started my first ever bullet journal this year and my first ever scrapbooking so ephemera, stickers,(not too childish please), anything that I could use in a scrapbook, washi etc is always something I love to receive.

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 fiancé 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

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,

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

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

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

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

U - Unicorns

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

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

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.



AliCrafter rated for WIYM: Paper Pieced Card on Mar 23, 2020
Comment: You did a fine job! So cute that there is a big whale and the little whale. Love the bunny washi on the envelope. Thank you so much.
Roxannejolley95 rated for First and Last Lines No. 19 on Mar 21, 2020
InTheWoods rated for International pen pal search on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: Thank You for your mail and I will reply to it :)
JenZen5 rated for International PenPals - Fall 2019 on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: I just got your letter! It took over a month but it is totally worth it. I love it. Thank you so very much.
Response: Hi, I'm glad the resend got there, I have not idea why it took so long to arrive. there hasn't been any logic to the transit times from here for quite a while. :)
Comment: I love EVERYTHING in the package, thanks for swapping with me! :D
Response: Glad you like it, it really got me intrigued when I saw your profile, i have never come across Cottagecore of Goblin Core before and want to learn more about it :)
Vickyen rated for SS: Spring photography challenge on Mar 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Cathy! Thank you for the touch of spring - the weather was lovely over the weekend and now has turned nasty again - what the heck?? I really enjoyed reading your letter - you had me giggling! Thanks also for all the goodies - so sweet of you to send so much - I hope it did not cost you a fortune - we Americans are always fussing about the cost to mail stuff - sigh! Will PM you later today - wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Happy that you like it all, the weather over here is still not very springlike, here's hoping for some more sun and happy days soon :)
LinSoles rated for YTPC: Scrappy Booklets on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely booklets you made for me. I love them. And the lovely decorated envelope too.
Response: Thank you, I'm trying to do more Envelope Art with my swaps now and enjoy trying out different styles.
Sparrowlings rated for Poem Please on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely poems!! They were very nice to read. I’ll keep an eye out for the origins of the unknown poem you sent ;)
Response: Thank you, I'd love to find out where it came from, let me know if you get anywhere with it :)
ddoherty6138 rated for Happy Mail Flipbook on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Cathy. What a wonderful flip book you created. Truly made me happy to receive it. Thank you. Denise.
Response: Than you, I'm still learning but it's fun making them and trying new ideas :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful cards! Your photos are amazing! I love the Queen Elizabeth card too. You made it a very happy mail day for me!
Response: Thank you :)
Arabella rated for YTPC: 2 Stacked Heart Journal Spots on Feb 28, 2020
Comment: I love your journal spots, Cathy! You did an amazing job on them! I will be happy to use them in my journals! Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked them, it was the first time I've tried them but I'll definitely be making more. I also used the idea for the envelope art which I'll do again as I think it worked really well.😀
Curiouskitty rated for ☆ FULL ENVELOPE #21 ☆ on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Hi, I want to thank you for your wonderful swap! You are so talented and I love the extra special touches with your homemade items especially for me.♥️
Response: So glad you liked it, I was just about to message and see if it had arrived when I saw your rating. Post seems to be taking a while to get there when it's International at the moment. Happy Swapping 😀
LinSoles rated for PUT BIRDS ON! #2020 on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely Bird envelope and all the goodies you included. The photos was a nice extra. I have quite a bit of birds of prey portraits myself.
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it :)
bluebear rated for Happy Mail Package #2: Non-Craft on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Fabulous swap, loved all of it, thank you so much xx
Response: Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. x
Daithra rated for EML: Happy Mail #6 on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: The re-send arrived, and you were so proactive withh making sure your mail arrives. A good swap experience, despite mail getting lost. I have my coffee, getting ready to journal, and goodies from your mail ready to use.
Response: Glad the resend got there, I have had a few problems with I International post lately not sure why. I’ve taken photos now of everything I send and make sure there’s a return address on all sends. Glad this one made it to you. Enjoy 😊
satinification rated for EML: Show Me Christmas on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great album, letter and extras. It is a pity that the swap you originally sent was destroyed. According to the Polish tradition, the festive Christmas Eve dinner is meatless, so the Vegetable Wellington recipe will be just right. Thank you again for the lovely swap. I am very glad that you enjoyed your Christmas ;)
Response: The resend was better than the first anyway. Maybe it was a good thing it was damaged. Enjoy the Wellington if you cook it, it’s delicious 😋
Comment: Oh wow! that envelope, thank you so much, and for the extra goodies.
Response: Thank you - letter in the post by the weekend. The world seems to have gone mad over the last few weeks, hope you're safe :)
Comment: Thank you so much for such a beautiful swap! I loved all the goodies you put in there!
Response: Thank you, hope it made you happy :)
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful letter! It was great to read and yes, I'd love to start writing letters. I'll write a letter this weekend and send it to you. I think we're going to get on great. Happy Swapping
Response: Cool, look forward to it :) :)
Zanet rated for SIE: Washi Tape Sample Selection on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Dear Cathy, the second package just arrived, thank you very much!!!
Response: Sorry for my ‘stupid moment’ sending the extras and forgetting the washi! I got there in the end 😀

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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

“I 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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