Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2018 4:32 am


Date Joined: July 7, 2017
Last Online: January 22, 2018
Birthday: May 6, 1990
Country: South Africa

About Me


17th of November: Regarding stamps. The only South African international letter stamps I can get hold of at the moment are of wine (I think this is an attempt to promote our winelands) I am very sorry if you do not like wine/alcohol in general and receive an envelope with one of these stamps on it from me - I have no choice :( New ones will probably only come out in January. They have also stopped supplying the "airmail stickers" that go with an international stamp as they say it is costing the post office too much money. I've started writing on the word "airmail" - I'm not sure if this will actually make it go any faster but it's what the PO does! I am also sending out all Christmas swaps by the 24th of November as I have been advised by the PO that any going out later than this will not arrive before Xmas.

9th of November: I hosted my first swap, it was a lot of fun: Christmas in a matchbox

18th of October: Special request, if you're sending me Christmas decorations (which I love) I would appreciate ones that I can hang rather than ones that sit on a table etc. Thank you! I obviously won't rate down if it's not a hanging one (just a cheeky preference).

General Bio

Cape Town embroiderer, curator, creative writer, 27, female and human.

I studied art history, curating, English literature and creative writing which all feed into my interests. Talking of which: another is food. All food. Love cooking and hand written recipes (note: I am a vegetarian and I don't eat seafood either). I'm trying to learn Spanish and I spend my free time embroidering and playing Dungeons and Dragons - yes, I am a nerd.

Currently I live in Cape Town, South Africa (my hometown) in a tiny little flat with my partner (Jacques) and way too many spiders! I've lived in CT most of my life except for a while in the U.K. (Loved living there and I do miss it sometimes). I work as a curator in a giant archive in the city center where I do more admin and less curating than I would like. As stated above I am 27 but I feel like I've always been 40 and I certainly dress like I was born in the 40s. I'm a member of sendsomething and postcrossings and I will make anything I send you look pretty (promise).


Clothes, cats, coffee, vintage everything, old kitsch stuff, most art, writing (of course), chocolate, anything that's been sewed, Virginia Woolf, Catholic iconography, kawaii, miniatures, the colour pink, pale yellow, magic, true crime, podcasts, Studio Ghibli, swimming, all water, antiques, second hand clothing, thrift shops, charity shops, grocery shops, (all shops?), lists, cooking and baking, gin, dancing, botanical prints, The Arts and Craft Movement, William Morris, old maps, Jacques, feminism. I don't like exercise unless it is funtime dancing or swimming. I have trouble breathing (it's a long story but, basically, my nostrils are messed up on the inside and they don't let in enough air).


So many! Write me and I will give you a list. But here are a few: To the Lighthouse, A Room with a View, Howards End, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, The Secret History, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, Lolita, On Chesil Beach, Lydia Davis short stories, Miranda July short stories, Mary Gaitskill short stories, Lorrie Moore short stories, (a LOT of short stories).

Favour artist at the mo:

Rothko (I know he's not contemporary but I had a moment when I saw another of his works in Madrid last December). Ps. I loved Madrid so much! Pps. I love Lisbon just as much! (also got to go there in December).


Gilmore Girls, Twin Peaks, The Wire, Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks.


I often don't get to choose which films I watch. Jacques is doing his PhD in film so we watch a very wide range of stuff: some of it really good, some of it really bad. My favourites right now are "Mulholland Drive", "Memories of Murder" and "Spirited Away", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "Rear Window". But they change frequently.

Somethings I'm good at:

Dressing well and eating too much.

Something I'm bad at:

I really like plants and flowers but everything I grow turns out a disaster.

Talking of things I'm bad at: Can anyone help me? I want to add some images of the art I make but I can't figure out how to do that. Someone more tech savvy please help me. Update: Rockybeach helped me enormously by telling me to take a look at @homeanheart 's profile. Anyone needing tech help look there!

If you want to get me something (but you really don't have to this is more of a cheeky wishlist):

*Anything MFM related (My Favorite Murder Podcast)

*Vintage embroidery

*Anything vintage, anything old.

*Anything with William Morris prints/designs.

*Miniatures (I really like small versions of grocery products eg. I have a 1 inch milk carton).

*Vintage botanical or vegetable pages.

*Hanging Christmas decorations for December - handmade ones would be extra special.

*Tiny embroidery hoops (about one inch or smaller) for necklaces and brooches (you can't get them in SA so I have to import them). Like these

*Paperclips and small pegs in interesting designs or shapes

*This is a bit weird but I would like a Kewpie doll.

*Catholic iconography or little statuettes, especially of the Virgin Mary.

But otherwise anything linked to my interests. Preferably no Disney stuff or beauty products (I don't use them much) and I like tea but I have so much right now (obviously won't rate down if I get tea or if a swap calls for it). Although I like kawaii and stickers I'm not into anything too childish. Phobias: The muppets and all other sock puppets. Just writing that made me feel a bit queasy.


Look me up

My embroidery:

The first piece I made


Process work

Process work

Notes on the Cape Town postal service

It can be quite slow. We have had a few strikes over here this year. If you do not get your post within six to eight weeks of me hitting "sent" then please, please message me and I will resend - I don't mind resending and I would rather do that then you don't receive anything. I click on "sent" after I have dropped off the mail at the post box outside my local post office. They usually have two pick ups a day but only one on weekends so bare that in mind.

Open to private swaps - PM me


This is me out of focus: JL


animal87x rated for PAPER: Pocket Envelope on Jan 4, 2018
Comment: Hey girl so sorry for the late rate, I cold have sworn I rated you for this swap earlier but I must not have hit save! I absolutely loved everything! <3 Hope all is well and that you're having a great start to the new year!!
Response: No worries at all! Glad you liked it and happy new year to you too!
Comment: WOW, thank you so much for the amazing parcel! The socks are wonderful, but I'm mostly stunned by the amazing needle work you shared with me. This will definitely go on my tree, it's beautiful. Thank you for swapping with me and Happy New Year! PS: Sorry about the late rating, I actually opened it on Christmas Eve, but didn't get around to rating until today.
Response: Oh I'm so glad it got there! I got yours in the week, i'm going to rate now. Thanks so much for the swap and happy new year to you too!
Comment: thank you for all the lovely items!
Response: It's such a pleasure!
Lablauri57 rated for Make Something - Paper on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Wow I do wish I could give more ♥️ ❤️❤️❤️♥️I think I can make one now. Thanks for the inspiration....I really enjoyed it.
Response: It's a pleasure! I really enjoyed making the flip book so I'm so glad you like it. xo
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope & embellishments. Unfortunately the agate must have ripped through in transit and didn't arrive but your note about your grandmother more than makes up for it.
Response: Oh nohow awful that it got torn out! I hope it just fell out and wasn't stolen. I will send you something to make up for it after Christmas. Sorry I can't send sooner: just got back from a road trip and things are hectic this side with festive season things!
Comment: Thank you!! I like all items.
Response: It's a pleasure!
bstrong rated for Pink and Blue washi swap on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: What a beautiful assortment of washi. I don’t have any of these, so they are going to be a nice addition to my collection. I also love the little extras you sent, I actually use that little paper to help keep my swap bot book organized, so it was great to see some more come in the mail. Thank you very much and hope we get to swap together again. I also love to swim, haven’t been able to lately because of health condition, but looking forward to the day when I can get back in the pool. And you know I never thought of it until reading your letter that you guys actually have Christmas in summer, that seems so strange to me. We don’t have much snow right now and it’s not very cold, unusual. But you never know what’s going to happen, it could be a year type of once it starts snowing it won’t stop and then will just get dumped on. Do you guys get snow at all?
Response: We never get snow! Except once many years ago on my mother's 21st! It's just not cold enough here for snow, even in the winter. Our Christmases are all barbecues and beaches. I just got your swap - will rate soon! xo
creatingsomethingspecial rated for Pink Washi on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for the beautiful pink washi and all the extras. I love the dog stickers, they are adorable. And the tea smells great, I can't wait to drink it. You are so lucky it is warm in Capetown, it has been raining here and been cold for days. I hope you get the washi I sent for you soon!
Response: It's a pleasure treasure!
Apelser rated for Pocket Letter 'Christmas' on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pocket letter. I love it.
Response: It's a pleasure! It was my first time sending to someone else in SA!
ladyfluorspar rated for ISS: Wishlist - November on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Loved the locket! Will put the stickers into my album. Seasons greetings :)
Response: Season's greeting to you too! And I'm glad you like it xo
BloomingRoses rated for JATWCT CREATING FOR CHRISTMAS on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Thankyou Lyndall for your thoughtful swap parcel. I especially love the cross stitch. I don’t do it often enough now. Just beautiful and yes heading straight to my Christmas tree. Happy Christmas to you.
Response: It's such a pleasure! I'm glad it arrived in time to go on the tree! Happy Christmas to you too! xo
susanica rated for WASHI TAPE TIME on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for your envelope full of lovely items:) i love the little prince notecards wish you all the best
Response: It's a pleasure! So glad you like everything xo
Comment: Thank you so much for a nice thoughtful envelope of goodies. The postcard of the poppies is so lovely! The recipes sound so yummy! Merry Christmas to you!
Response: It's such a pleasure! Merry Christmas to you too! xo
Avi rated for TSJ: Vintage Stocking Stuffer Intl. on Dec 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love the book page tags....
Response: Pleasure! I hope you also enjoy the stocking stuffer when it comes time to open it!
Comment: CAT SEQUINS! Sorry for the caps but ahhhh, I love them so much. ^_^; Thank you for your package, everything was awesome.
Response: I'm glad you love them! And it's a pleasure xo
Poohtat rated for Cheery PC #8 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the bird postcard. I love the little frog your drew!
Response: Glad you liked it! The pictures of your frogs on your profile are amazing!
Comment: Thank you so very much for the great stickers, tea , Alice bookmark, and extra stickers for Project Alice
Response: It's a pleasure treasure! I think it's so great that you've started Project Alice!
Isa2020 rated for X-mas love <3 on Nov 23, 2017
Comment: I received your enveloppe today and thank you so much. I can't wait to open at Christmas !!
Response: It's a pleasure! Hope you enjoy xx
DebR rated for JALTWCT-3 days of Christmas swap on Nov 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you Lyndall, I have hidden these away to open at Christmas
Response: It's a pleasure! I hope you enjoy them once they're all opened! Thanks for hosting the swap xo
Avi rated for IPS - Profile-Based Package Swap # 14 on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the swap...though I didn't think the 3 things you have sent added to the required value of the swap...but I liked the vintage stuff you sent as extra...
Response: They actually came to more than the $10 but I understand if you don't see the value in them. Thank you for the 5 all the same - I'm glad you liked the vintage extras.

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Babsmomof5 on Jan 2, 2018:

I received your amazing Cat RAK today! I can not tell you how much I appreciate everything, it is just all so lovely! Of all the things, I think my favorite may be the cat food label, but truly, it is all very wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of my haert!

denimblu14 on Dec 22, 2017:

Hello Lyndall, I am happy to hear that you liked the postcards, note card and the postage I used for your IFM WTA. Season's Greetings to you and best wishes for the New Year :)

ladyaries7 on Dec 8, 2017:

Thank you for the owl envie from the i collect tag

irishconnie on Nov 28, 2017:

Ty so much for my mail tag, You sent me the most beautiful Things. xx Such Happy mail for me :)

libertylithium on Oct 23, 2017:

Thank you so much! :) I'm not sure which one it is because it keeps glitching and changing it all the time between two pictures I have used. haha. :)

OrigamiGrace on Oct 21, 2017:

Thank you for the gorgeous postcards from Global Swap Tag!! LOve them

hamolla22 on Sep 26, 2017:

I just received the goodies from you!! Thank you so much for thoughtfulness, I love everything ❤️❤️❤️ Wow, the envie had a long trip , feels sooo special 😊🌹

ladytrancevision on Aug 27, 2017:

I'm sorry that it's taken a while to let you know that I've received your tag. I love the thoughtfulness you put into preparing it for me, yay! Cool postage stamp too!

nalaqueen on Aug 4, 2017:

Hi Lyndall, Thank you so much for your lovely owl mail from the who likes tag. I was having a difficult morning, but your mail gave me a ray of light that I need so much these days. Thanks !!!! Nala

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