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Date Joined: March 7, 2010
Last Online: August 14, 2016
Birthday: March 6, 1988
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

Hi! I'm Lauren :)

UPDATE: I've not been on here for about a year or so because I got a new job and moved away and have been loving things and found very little time! I had an op on my ankle last year so went through quite a few swaps whilst off work then but otherwise will just do the odd swaps as and when work isn't too hectic!

I'm 27 and am working as a small animal vet. I have had pets in the past - a cocker spaniel called Merlin who was lovely if a little insane, and a tabby and white cat called Katie. I now have a lovely young cat called Lily (she's cream and longhaired with dark brown points - she looks like a ragdoll or a birman but is actually a moggie!).

At some point when I have more time/space I intend to get a bernese mountain dog or some other giant fluff ball of a dog, realistically I'm looking at getting something smaller and more practical like a border terrier or similar sized cross. My favourite animals are lemurs. I currently intend to specialise in small animal surgery but haven't decided yet.

I like many things - reading, painting (or anything crafty), playing piano, cooking (especially baking), horse riding, ice skating, skiing, shopping and of course I like to go out partying (and cocktail drinking...!) with my friends.

I have some examples of my work on flickr (above) - and don't worry about spoilers, I only take things off private view once I know a swap has been received :-)

Note: I re-use packaging so things may not look perfect on the outside, but I secure everything well with plenty of parcel tape so should make it to places fine - figure it's best to re-use though (unless the packaging is beginning to look really battered!)

Favorite Music

I love everything from classical music and songs from musicals (especially Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera) to Slipknot! My favourites are probably Green Day, Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand.

I also enjoy playing the piano and guitar (although neither particularly well!)

Favorite Books

I have quite a broad taste in books, I tend to just go to the bestsellers 3 for 2 section and pick up whatever takes my fancy. I tend to quite like fiction with a historical bias (for example, Kate Morton)

In terms of classics I like Jane Austen probably the most. To be honest I've not read too many classics but I'm slowly rectifying this.

I really enjoy popular science books (especially astronomy and natural history).

I think my favourate genre is sci-fi/fantasy. I'm currently reading the Game of Thrones series. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are fantastic as well, my favourite book is probably Good Omens and I'm reading the discworld series (probably about 2/3 of the way through now), Mort is my favourite so far.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated :-)

Favorite Crafts

I tend to opt for painting and drawing, but have recently discovered the existence of ATCs and would love to get involved. I've just started a scrapbook too. When I get a house of my own, I intend to take up some larger projects and modify some furniture but until then I'll probably stick to the small things. I went through a knitting and sewing phase for a while as well a few years ago and have just taken it up again.

Things I Like

I'm sure I will probably like anything you send.

Anything handmade would be great, and I love seeing other peoples' styles rather than saying anything I like in particular.

My favourite colour is purple, I don't think there are any I dislike though. I like pink a lot too.

I love quirky things like sheet music, book pages and latin.

See my Etsy faves above for an idea of my kindof style ...or a treat ;-) Some things on there are things I plan to try to make myself as well.

I adore anything girly and flowery (think Cath Kidston!)

Cocktails and things related (although see below for flavours I dislike)

Recipes (again, see below)

Cupcakes and decorations (e.g. edible glitter/toppers)

Cute socks (size 38 / UK 5)

Pretty much anything crafty e.g. pretty paper, embellishments, magazines, ATC related items, fabric, ribbon, stamps, notecards to send swaps in etc etc

Science (eg astronomy, zoology, physics, anything really!) and Maths

Animals - e.g. cats, mongooses, horses, lemurs, dogs (esp cocker spaniels or bernese mountain dogs), elephants, baby animals


Video games, especially nintendo (Zelda is my fave)

Musical things related to guitar/piano

Old books/other antique type stuff


Old fashioned things

I'm quite a romantic, so anything to do with love is nice

Things I dislike

There aren't many things I dislike. I would just request nothing religious - but other than that I'm not fussy!

I'm a bit more fussy when it comes to food/drink though - I'm not a fan of almonds, aniseed, cinnamon, liquorice, marzipan, nutmeg or melon. Everything else should be fairly safe! Don't really like dark chocolate either (milk or white are great though!)

I also prefer not to receive toilettries (unless lavender or just really nice/pretty)


I hoped I would never have to add this section that I've seen on other peoples' profiles. I will always allow a length of time if people are having issues or communicate with me before rating a 1 or adding this but sadly despite this I still have to - I've been flaked on a lot recently, I went for months on swapbot wondering why people were complaining about these flakers now it seems to happen all the time :-(

@TamiLynne for 'Where you Live ATC and Bookmark' swap: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/95774

@alyciastinson for 'Cupcake Recipe Swap' (didn't realise people flaked on simple email swaps!!): http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/99447

** @halfevel for 'Themed sewing swap #4 - Animals/Pets' http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/101025

@lucky12324 for 'ATC travelling the globe - series makeup' (Paris) http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/103761

** @laurahudd - the host - for 'Individual Trinket Search' swap: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/105260

@sammyclaire for the "perfume bottle ATC" swap: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/112066

** - the most disappointing flakes, I was really looking forward to receiving all of these :-(


nimithil rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jul 10, 2015
Comment: Very nice presentation of the stripes :) Love it.
AmandaJay rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jun 29, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful slips for my happiness jar! Can't wait to read them! Also loved the NYC card! lots of love!
joonberry rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jun 26, 2015
Comment: Thank you :)
Phish rated for Big ATC destash on Jun 26, 2015
Comment: Thank you very much for sending these! You were right! I do like the mongoose ones... mongeese? Lol. Thanks!
user4532 rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jun 25, 2015
Comment: Thank you! They will go into my jar, for a future surprise💙thank you for the goodies! I am looking for pen pals???
peanutsmommy7 rated for Random Acts of Happiness #7 on Jun 23, 2015
Comment: Just a recommendation for future use. The gold pen you used is really hard to read... I really loved your quotes and the paper you wrote them on. Gave me inspiration for my next one :)
Blanche rated for HD/HP Legend of Zelda ATC #6 on Jun 4, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the Epona ATC. I love the details and texture. It's a beautiful card!
reauk rated for secret santa on Dec 8, 2014
Comment: thankyou
Candyn29 rated for Bookpage/Cat/Kitten on Nov 30, 2014
Comment: thank you cute
liveve308 rated for Secret Santa #3 on Nov 29, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the cute cookie cutters and I can't wait to try the nail studs on my Christmas vacation :)
liefdraakje rated for wrapped stocking stuffer on Nov 19, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the wrapped gifts. i will open them at christmas.
jkatz rated for Silouhette Surprise ATC on Nov 10, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much! I love my African silhouette ATC!
RachaelStella rated for CHRISTMAS PRESENT R1 on Nov 6, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for such a lovely gift! It was so perfectly chosen! A very happy early Christmas to you!
jaceslave rated for Book Page/ Dragonfly on Nov 6, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful dragonfly
kssunlover1947 rated for Space Atc on Nov 4, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC. I love the retro space look.
Comment: Thank you for a lovely ATC. I like the crackle effect. Tips for SF would include all the great museums, North Beach, flaxart.com and beachblanketbabylon.com. Have fun!
Cosima rated for Secret Santa #1 on Nov 4, 2014
Comment: Thank you for a promising looking Christmas gift :-)
Karmi53 rated for Remembrance Day ATC on Oct 28, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card l wish l could paint it is lovely
suzannehartog rated for Bookworm Bonanza! on Oct 28, 2014
Comment: Dear Lauren, I think i scream a bit when i opened you're package. So amazing is it!!!! The first thing i saw was the legolas bookmark and well legolas is my favorite character of the world :D the stampsmare also amzing and i will keep them in a special stamps album :D of course i also love the evenstar . I didn't read any book of you're list of i got some new things to try as soon as possible. Really THANK YOU for the great efford you took in you're package. I just love will and i got now a big smile on my face
ARTaylor rated for Book page ATC #10 on Oct 28, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC Lauren! I really enjoyed the Magritte-inspired theme.

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biasbabe on Mar 6, 2013:


Hope it is SEW Special

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

knclodge on Mar 26, 2012:

Your beautiful Vintage ATC is now on my YouTube channel, you can get there thru my profile, Hugs, Candace

GabrinaS on Nov 25, 2011:

hey there i am your partnet for the £1.44 swap, im running a tiny bit late because of university deadlines!! alas i shall send out my swaps tiday or tomorrow :D sorry about this!!!

TerryF on Sep 25, 2011:

…to the Nuts for Sewing Group!

tengu2 on Sep 7, 2011:

Welcome to the hand drawn/painted ATC group. I hope I get a chance to swap with you. May you find many enjoyable swaps with us:)

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