I've decided to take a much needed break from Swap-Bot.
Swap-Bot is no longer fun for me, it's more like a chore. I will still pop in and out now and again, finish my swaps (obviously) but I don't plan to come on daily anymore and plan to focus on real life a bit more.
Anyway a bit about me, my name is Georgina, although most people call me George. I am a trainee accountant from Cambridgeshire in the UK.
I like to craft and have dabbled in jewellry making, nail art and sewing over the years although the only crafts I really do now is hand and machine sewing and ATCs.
I live at home still with my parents, boyfriend, Matty, dog, Ollie and parrot, Ratbag. And yes, he really is called Ratbag, he's my boyfriend's. If you'd like to send either one of them something then Ollie likes furry toys and hypo-allergenic treats and Ratbag is a small parrot (a Conure), something to bear in mind, and likes jingly jangly things!
PM's: I always answer PM's, if I don't I have probably assumed that it is one which doesn't require answering. If this happens and you do require an answer give me a gentle nudge. I would appreciate an answer to PM's I send but it seems to be getting a rarer thing!!!!
Receiving Ratings: If you haven't rated me after one month of me posting out your package I will PM you voicing my concerns about the package having gone missing and go about agreeing a two week waiting period. I will then contact you after 6 weeks and re-send if nothing still hasn't arrived. Nothing I've sent has gone missing yet, touch wood. I always obtain a proof of posting certicate from the post office unless it's something ultra small like an ATC.
Giving Ratings: If I haven't rated you then I haven't received your package as I always rate on the same day as receiving. I will contact you after 6 weeks voicing my concerns.
Extras: To me extras do not equal hearts. I avoid swaps that have that as part of the swap description, I very, very rarely give extras and I'd prefer not to receive them unless they are profile based or something I can use, for example ATC or bigger patterned papers are good, magazine cuttings and stickers are not. If you do send extras, it does not guarantee a heart! To be honest I'd rather you spent an extra 10 mins working on an ATC than 10 mins chucking in some extras that I'll probably just pass on.
I have been flaked on the following and feel too shy to ask in the forum :-( :
And finally a big, big thank you to the following people who were kind enough to angel me in other flaked swaps:
My boyfriend, Matty, often opens my packages as he is home when the post comes, unlike me, and he gets jealous of all the packages I get so if you would like to include a little something for him feel free to.
Thick Socks: Don't even have to be mens sizes they can be a normal womans size as his feet aren't huge and he steals my socks enough! And they can be pink with flowers, it really doesn't matter, he'll still wear them!!!
Gamer Stuff: He lives on the Xbox 360 so little game things or stickers would be enjoyed.
Ice Cream Goodies: He is an ice cream monster, I swear!! He'd eat ice cream and ice cream only if he could, so cool ice cream spoons, bowls or toppings he'd love.
Historical Stuff: He likes Roman things and Spartan things. The whole armour, swords, colleseum stuff.
Me and the other half would very much appreciate....
Pop tarts: The only flavours we can get here are strawberry and chocolate so any other flavours are much appreciated!!!
Jolly Ranchers: We like both the hard and chewy versions!
Swedish Fish: Droooooool!
Airheads: Love 'em!
Jelly Belly beans: My absolute weakness!
Sour Patch Kids: Pretty much goes for any other sour candy! My mouth's watering just thinking about sour candy lol!
Wonka candy: In particular nerds, runts and laffy taffy!
Pretty much most gummy/chewy candy, in particular sour candy. Matty likes milk chocolate things too, especially with nuts in!
And sweet flavoured popcorn is always great!
I am happy to do private swaps for any number of things!!
British Items: If you want any typically British items do not be afraid to ask! I am more than willing to help. Whether it's Cadburys or Paperchase goodies just let me know and I'll see what I can do!
Dotee Dolls: I make custom dotee dolls, if you'd like to see examples please see my Flickr. I can do movie characters, random characters or just surprise dotee's based on your profile. These take a lot of time though, at least 6 hours + as well as quite a lot of materials especially where capes and skirts are involved. I put a value of approx. $15-25 on each dotee, it depends on how much work is involved.
Please be aware that handmade custom items may take up to a month to be made and sent to you.
Sewing: I do a lot of hand sewing, see my Etsy and Flickr for examples. I also recently got a sewing machine so am experimenting with this too. I am planning on making a warm coloured quilt when time allows for it!
Dotee Dolls: I do not collect these but do make character dotee's for collectors. See my Flickr for examples.
Baking: I love to bakes cakes and buns. I prefer baking as opposed to cooking but do still enjoy both!!!
ATC's: I've been making these since June 2008, I mainly do hand drawn or painted one's using Sharpies, coloured pencils and watercolours.
Orange/Red: Especially in regards to decorative things as my bedroom is decorated in warm colours. And also cotton fabric for the quilt I'm planning.
I do like most colours though the only exception is pastels but I don't hate them!
Turtles and Tortoises
Sharpies - Sharpies, sharpies, SHARPIES! Loving these right now and any and all colours are welcome!!!
Blank Postcards They can be of literally anything as I use these for comping!
Amigurumi Animals I am trying to get a collection going of these!
Woodland: Cutesy deers, mushrooms, gnomes, etc.
Stationery: Letter sets, writing paper/sets, envelopes, notelets, memo blocks, address labels, swap cards, wish cards, notecards etc.
Fabric: Plain, patterned, I am not fussy! Cotton is preferred!
Buttons Any at all, I'm making some colour themed button jars!
Socks (Fun ones): UK size 4-7, which can be viewed as a 'Medium' or Continental size 39. Love thick ones in particular, especially Totes!
Knickers: I prefer boy shorts, (if unsure what these are look at the knickers on the 'Dorothy Perkins' website to see). UK size 12, Continental size 40.
Sewing Supplies: Fabrics, thread, bobbins, embrodiery thread, storage items, ribbons, buttons, etc.
Butterflies: Especially warm coloured ones! I actually like caterpillars too! I am collecting the fabric/feather ones with wire attached so you can attach them to things. Only in colours yellow, red, orange, brown, gold, and any inbetween shades!
GoodFood Cooking Books: Great books, look on my Amazon wishlist for any I haven't got! I've very nearly completed the set now - yay...but they just keep bringing out more!!!
Fruity/Citrus Scents: Mango being one of my all time favourites but also love zesty citrus scents!
Plushies: I like plushies but prefer fur pile plushies as opposed to fabric/felt.
Baking: I love baking cakes and things, but also enjoy just cooking so any cookbooks are welcomed! I bake from scratch, not mixes.
Pens: I can always use more pens, as I am forever losing them. I prefer roller-ball, gel type pens - nice smooth ones. Unusual thicknesses are always welcome because I have dystonia and it's nice to be able to swap to a different thickness of pen if it starts to cramp up.
Ribbons: I can always use more ribbon. Only fabric ones and no wire-edged ones please :-D Also the really thin ones are really useful in my dotee making!
Nut and Bee Products: Anything from here!!!
Felt: Good quality wool felt only please I have enough acrylic stuff and hate it!! Black and white are always useful, as is caucasian flesh colour, but any other colours would be fab!
Books: When it comes to book I am a really hard one to please. The only books I have ever been able to read, from start to finish, are Harry Potter books!! I lose interest easily, so if you can send or just recommend books you think I may like please do!!!! I also like wildlife, natural history type books especially with lots of pics as I use these as inspiration for drawings/paintings!
Needle Felting Kit
ATC Making Supplies: Paper, glue, double sided tape, card, sleeves, etc.
Suduko and Hanjie: Hanjie especially as I can't find any around here!!!
Watercolour Items: Paints, pencils, sticks in particular, paint brushes, watercolour paper, etc.
Crochet Kit: I'd love to learn how to crochet especially amigurumi!!!
Sakura Pens: Any and all! Singular ones are just awesome, I don't expect packs!
Armwarmers/Wristwarmers: I live in these in winter because of Raynauds!
Plushie Keyrings: I am starting a collection of these, they can be any theme!
Art Pens: Any kind, maybe your favourite!
Mix CDs: I like 70s/80s/90s, especially the really well known songs from those decades. I also like dance, Monroes and Wigan Pier in particular. I also like pop, chart toppers and good old fashioned cheese!!! Also songs from musicals or Disney films!
Brads: Just small round ones are great, nothing fancy.
Etsy Favourites or Amazon Wishlist: Both links at the top of my profile.
Paper and Card: Literally any as long ATC sized and upwards!
Zines: My newest interest!
Drawing Pens Ultra fine ones are just brilliant!
Artist Paper/Card Think bristol board, acyrlic paper, watercolour paper, etc.
ATC Backs As in cards or stickers to stick to the back of cards where I can fill in my details.
Home Fragrence Oils Nothing floral please!
Glass Beads or Silver Coloured Charms For dotee tails!
Car Air Freshners I do smoke in there so it tends to pong a little!
Spiders and daddy-long-legs
T-Shirts & Hats
Jewelry: I have circulation problems and bracelets and rings often cut off the circulation to my hands and fingers so I only wear necklaces and earrings but am very, very, very fussy! I have a lot, and I mean a lot, of jewelry. If you really want to send me something I would advise something from my Etsy favourites or something along those lines!
Bags: I know, rather odd, a girl not being keen on bags. But to be honest I carry so much crap around in my bag that I don't like having to keep swapping bags!
Second Hand Items: You never know where they've been lol! Especially jewellry - that really creeps me out!
Cheap-o Make Up: I can have allergic reactions to cheap, chemically products.
Animal Cruelty: Please do not send items which support animal testing. Lush and similar companies are always good! And I love it when you send me items where part of the proceeds have gone towards some sort of animal chairty!
Lip Gloss: Just not keen in it. But I do like lip balm, although not the pot kind, I like the sticks, as I have long nails and end up with more under my nails than on my lips with the pots!
Notebooks: I have just realised that thanks to all the lovely swap-bot members I have enough notebooks/pads to last a lieftime heehee. I am still more than happy to receive sticky notes and memo blocks though!!
Journals/Scrapbooks: I just don't have the time for these sort of things so they tends to collect dust!
Magazine Clippings: I have no use whatsoever for these!
Kids Stuff: No kids therefore no use for this type of thing!
I try to recycle packaging as I buy a lot from online so have an abundance of used bubble envelopes. I will re-use them if they are in good nick and they will only be second hand, so when I send them to you that'll only be the second time that they will have been used.
I also use clean, second-hand bubble wrap if the items need it (breakable, squishable, etc.).
All my items will come wrapped in brand new tissue paper as well!
I will never send items in dirty or torn packaging!!
If you would prefer me to send items in brand new bubble envelopes let me know before I send otherwise, more than likely, they will be in recycled envelopes.
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