Hello I'm Louise from Bristol, England. I love crafting and have swapped with friends for years, now dipping my toe into swapping with you all and really looking forward to it. I promise I will always send swaps and will do my best to make sure they are something you enjoy receiving.
At heart I'm a romantic gothic embracing the darker sides of times gone by especially the 1700's. I love all things vintage, antique and distressed from the ordinary everyday things to the faded decandance of bygone days. I have a passion for Venice having had many long visits there and look forward to many more. Shabby chic and retro also make up a part of my eclectic taste in my fashion and home /garden design and of course my crafts.
I would never flake so please message me if you haven't received my swap. Post does take a bit longer sometimes when it goes abroad.
Spoiler .. I may post crafts I send on Instagram.
Card making Tags Paper crafts Journals Junk journals Alterned art Painting Mixed media Jewellery Photography including lomo and polaroid Random odd weird and wonderful things My crafts mainly focus on vintage/grungeor distressed/mixed media/ collage in paper and /or fabric
Vintage, Antique, Keys and locks, lace, ribbon, velvet, buttons, jewel box colours, sepia tones dirty pastels distressed, photos old and new, gothic, the moon, shabby chic, vintage adverts, typography, handwriting, insects old books, retro, Venice, Italy, France, beads, Snow White, recycling, ephemera, pretty broken china, odds and ends, pirates, highwaymen, mermaids, boho, kitsch, ladybird books, cemeteries, abandoned buildings, League of Legends, pin ups, playing cards, broken jewellery single earrings, interesting papers, fine art, pre raphaelite (esp Rossetti), expressionism, Modigliani, scraps, middle east, tiny tins, junk for jewellery, vintage or unusal postcards, postage stamps, rubber stamps, die cuts, doors and windows, rust, Dr Who, snail mail, gardening, visiting art exhibitions and museums, art nouveau, recipes, damask, papers reflecting my other likes
Modern and bright, witches, occult, Skulls, Birds (phobia) Animals (that sounds harsh, lol, I love them especially cats but I'm just not keen on them in crafting), tea (yes I'm english but I cant stand it)
I love my books and can never have enough, I have to turn real pages and smell that paper. I often buy second hand and enjoy they are preloved with tattered corners. I love literature written in the 1700-1800's or modern books set in those times. Not the romantic types really, more the gritty or secret underworlds, rookeries appeal more than palaces but all those periods and settings intrigue me.
Some favourite authours Dickens, Austen, Angela Carter, Michelle Lovric, Essie Fox, Thomas Hardy, Sarah Waters.
Some favourtie books Peter Pan, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Crimson Petal and the White, The Night Circus, The Shadow of the Wind, Pure by Andrew Miller. I also love cook books especially with beautiful photograpy or illustrations.
Browsing in old bookshops or cuddling up reading in velvet pillows or in garden arbour covered in sweet scented roses and sweet peas have to be some of the most pleasurable ways to spend my afternoons, other than crafting naturally.
I'll just mention a few for now ....The Pirate, East is East, The Wicked Lady (1945), And God Created Woman, Summertime, Roman Holiday, anything Fellini or Tim Burton Sherlock Holmes stories,
Naked as intended when possible please with personalised back and pretty stamps even better. All kinds of vintage are my favourites. Kitsch, book related, historical anything connected to my likes or just surprise me.
No birds thank you.
I prefer real stamps and not the round global stamp if possible (I have lots of these now).
Dr Who (life long fan), Taboo, Desperate Romantics, The Big Bang Theory, Car Share, lots of British comedy, Sherlock,also love the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes, period dramas, classic literature adaptations and history such as those by Lucy Worsely that really bring the past to life.
Vintage/vintage style papers
Old book pages/illustrations
Vintage/vintage style embellishment/scrapbook items
Lock and key embellisments/charms
Vintage die cuts
Ephemera vintage or interesting
Vintage style rubber/cling stamps
Used postage stamps
Items for mixed media i.e. old tape measures (use your imagination.. I like a challenge)
Vintage style charms
Tim Holtz items
Vintage playing cards .. not whole decks just odd ones
Things that match my likes
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