Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2020 8:56 am


Date Joined: September 18, 2010
Last Online: October 19, 2019
Birthday: December 2
Country: South Africa

About Me

I stopped teaching pre-school in order to spend more time at home with my son this year. I am now homeschooling him, which is a lot.of fun. Writing for children is also something that I have wanted to do from about the age of seven. I am as yet unpublished but have not given up on the dream!

I am married and have a 8yr old little boy (who loves cats, the Avengers, cars, lego, Star Wars, to name just a few). He wants to be a scientist when he grows up. I also have 2 step-sons but they now live in Australia. I love animals and would like to have been a vet but know I would end up adopting all the strays and bawling at all the sad bits. I often prefer animals to human adults, they are just so much nicer!

We have recently moved to a suburb just a few minutes away from the beach (yay!), and the change of pace is awesome! Cape Town really is the most beautiful city :D

Favorite Crafts

I really enjoy being creative and dabble in a few different crafty hobbies. I am a very keen miniaturist and belong to our local Guild Of Miniatures, a group of truly amazing and talented people! I am learning a lot by attending the wide variety of workshops on offer. We make projects that I intend using to furnish and fill the Victorian Dollshouse (scale 1/12 inches) that I have been working on decorating, electrifying etc for the last 6 years or so. It is nearly ready to be lovingly kitted out with all the hoarded treasures I have been collecting and making over the last 15 years! One day I would like to create a creepy/ spooky dollhouse. I am drawn to quircky and humourously macabre things!

I also make unusual polymer clay jewellry, often with food as inspiration! Private swap anyone??

I am quite into scrap and smashbooking, and just love all the cool supplies and amazing ways there are to showcase your memories.

I have been practicing my crocheting skills and love to make Amigurumi (so cute!), and ultimately I want to downsize the craft to suit my miniature purposes. I have hopes of trying to earn a bit of cash by making goodies that other miniaturists simply have to have!

I also enjoy making personalised keepsake books as gifts for friends for special occasions. I have dabbled in fabric painting, graphic design, lino-cut prints, drawing, painting (again something I would like to have a go at in mini form), card making and I have also been building up my collection of ATC's. Making and sending them is a great creative outlet for me, as is messing around with acrylic, as well as, rubber stamps.

Anything Steampunk fascinates me and I am currently working on a 1 in 12 scale Steampunk gypsy-style caravan!

I have a lot of fun working with Polymer clay. The quirky jewelry items I make I have sold at craft markets, but now that I am working full time again I need my weekends free. At the end of last year, some of my goodies have been for sale in one of our local gift shops, (exciting!).


Besides flexing my crafty muscles, I don't mind partaking in various forms of gentle exercise like walking and yoga. I don't enjoy: cooking (but i do like baking) ironing, standing in queues, too much TV, cruel people, crowded places, canned laughter, insensitivity, cockroaches and chilli.

Psychology and the workings of the human brain fascinate me!

Favorite Music

I like a lot of different artists and genres but some of my ultimate favourites include: The Beatles, Everclear, Foo Fighters, Queen, Chris Cornell, System Of A Down, John Lennon, Presidents of the United States, Blur, Offspring, Pixies, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Dresden Dolls, Lily Allen, Daughter, The Killers, Message To Bears....


There is nothing better than being able to get cosy in your nest with a great read, yummy snacks and an uninterrupted block of time! Some best reads: The World According to Garp Confessions of a Bad Mother Lord of the Rings Return of the Native any Harry Potter Dexter series Journey To The Centre Of The Earth any miniatures or scrapbooking mag

I don't like to watch too much TV as its too easy to get sucked in by the intruiging shows and then you just end up with less time to create. Shows I can't resist: Dexter, Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family Santa Clarita Diet Crime documentaries

I do enjoy watching DVD's (preferably with a big bowl of buttered popcorn) like: Addicted to Love, Love Actually, Withnail and I, Friends episodes, any Harry Potter, I am also collecting all of Tim Burton's movies. Incidentally i would love a copy of Tim Burtons book :"The Melancholy Tale of Oysterboy"!

Favourite Things

COLOURS: purples, polka dots, black and white stripes

ANIMALS: big and small cats but esp. tigers, cows (black and white ones), foxes, ravens.

SMELLS: fruity berries, papaya, strawberry, lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, new books, oil pastels. I love Yankee Candle!!

FOODS: I have no allergies and I LOVE peanut butter chocolates like Butterfingers, Reeses Peanut Butter pieces etc, chocolates I would love to try a Blueberry, apple, green tea or orange flavoured KitKat, we don't get that here, also LOVE Hubba Bubba gum, Haribo sweets. My husband is very partial to liquorice!

KAWAII: I adore images of kawaii foods in particular and Hello Kitty. Pretty much everything lol!

JAPAN: I am extremely interested in the Japanese culture and learning to speak Japanese is on my bucket list! (Wish me luck....)

Would love ATC image pads.

Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton, Edward Gory etc. Anything weird and quirky! Dark humour really appeals to me.

Tiny things (the tinier the better), dollhouse miniatures..have a Victorian dollhouse and am working on a spooky, creepy house, both 1\12 scale.

I like to create with polymer clay and we don't get the Kato brand here...fimo gels, little push molds to make cute food related charms with

Unusual charms.

jewellry making supplies such as eyepins, ring bases, earring posts etc. I dont need any beads.

A really good pen with white ink

Vintage or unusual images I can use in a smash book

Steampunk anything

A note regarding planners

In case we are in a planner related swap together, you may find this info helpful: I don't use a particular brand of planner because sadly, they are hideously expensive over here :-( I have a DIY type notebook/planner/journal thingy instead. I love decorating it and would appreciate any goodies I can use for this, like planner stickers, sticky notes, memo sheets, that kind of thing. Fun paperclips, washi tape, and basically anything you want to send would be appreciated! Thanks for reading :-)


Lolly rated for ATC a hot air balloon. on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC.
Lolly rated for Handmade Charms on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks it is so cute
Lolly rated for Embellished Tags on Aug 8, 2018
Comment: Omw what a lovely package, it really made me smile. You def read my profile and got it spot on. Thank you so much.love it!!!!!!
Mammybarnes rated for Flamingo ATC on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Received the ATC and love it. Thank you ♥️
Comment: Ooh those are so crazy! Love it!
CurlyTea rated for Weird Profile Deco #2 - Animalia on Jun 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the weirdos on my page. They should feel right at home.
Comment: ♥ I GOT IT!!! I GOT IT!!! Thank you so much for the incredible Magpie Journal and the peek into life in South Africa. I see something different every time I go through its pages. This has been well worth waiting for. Thanks again.
Response: Excellent news! I'm so happy that you enjoyed what I put together for you! Thank you for the heart =D
smmarrty rated for IPC: Smash It! on Apr 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for sending so far - I can and will use the items. Thank you!!
Response: M pleasure, and thank you for the heart!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ Sticker Swap February on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful assortment of stickers. I have some thoughts about the project they will end up on!
Uplandcin rated for Monochromatic ATC - RED on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: thanks for the lovely ATC and goodies
Response: Glad you liked it!
Elephangaroo rated for SWL ~ Cat ATC February on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable cat ATC. Did you peek at my Instagram page because you got the colour and sizes of my cats totally right!!
Response: Wow, I wish I could say that I had, but it was pure coincidence to tell the truth, lol. I'm so glad you like it! Thank you so much for the heart :)
sherba31 rated for CPG Jan '18 Clocks ATCs - Global on Feb 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATCs and your note. I also did a Hickory Dickory Dock card. Best wishes to you in your artistic career!
oetje72 rated for ISS: Blind Envelope on Jan 14, 2018
Comment: Thanx for the goodies. I like howyou decorated the envie.❤
bluesky rated for Decorated envelope - garden theme on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: Lovely envelope and letter/card ! :) Thank you. it was so interesting to read about your gardening/landscape/environment. hope my letter arrived too or will soon?! :)
Response: Thank you, I really had fun decorating it for you. Thank you for the heart :)
RadicalRecrafter rated for Make a Moomin on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you! My goodness! I wish I could draw half so well! It's just darling!💟
Response: My pleasure, I loved this theme! Glad you like it and thank you for the kind words, and heart :)
Cariboocarol rated for WIYM: Another Magpie Journal on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal! I have to go through it a few more times and look up your FB site too. Great work on it....you are so artsy with your doodles!!
Response: Oh that's wonderful news, thank you so much! I loved making it for you, thank you for the ♡
romyisa78 rated for Mail Me a Matchbox on May 17, 2017
Comment: thank you so much, love especially that fimo minuatures you ve made for me. its amazing how you did this
Response: I am so glad you liked them, and thank you for the heart :)
Lolly rated for ATC - CANDY theme on Apr 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks a million for the beautiful candy ATC
Apelser rated for Diary embellishments on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for some awesome goodies. I am going to enjoy using them in my diary. I cannot wait for our next swap in the group.
GummiBear rated for SWL ~ INTL Rainbow ATC on Mar 19, 2017
Comment: Beautiful!! I love it!
Response: That's great! Thank you for the heart :)

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CurlyTea on Dec 3, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

fluffyjunk on Jun 17, 2018:

Hey there! For our Weird Profile Deco #2 - Animalia swap I chose those little guys:
Grimpoteuthis - or just Dumbo Octopus

I "discovered" them during the search for a nautical Pocket Letter swap and fell in love with them...
Isn`t that cute?!? :D

And her is also a chick with a fancy hairstyle...

PrairieKittin on Jun 16, 2018:

Weird animal too weird profile deco 2

PrairieKittin on Jun 16, 2018:

Weird animal!
weird animal

ittybittykitty on May 25, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

OrigamiGrace on Feb 10, 2018:

Thank you for the gorgeous postcards from Tag at CPG! Wow, sounds like an incredible trip!!

OrigamiGrace on Sep 30, 2016:

Thank you for the awesome crafty goodies from my September wishlist at Cheap Postage! And for the super cute mini cupcake card!!

daichki on Jul 15, 2016:

Thank you for the useful items for creating ATCs. You can tag me as often as you want!

anrtist on May 24, 2016:

CrazyCatChick on May 18, 2016:

Thanks for a great envie of wishes!! There were so many things stuffed in it! Loved it all....so did my daughter!

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