Swap-bot Time: April 10, 2020 2:55 am


Date Joined: May 15, 2008
Last Online: December 19, 2019
Birthday: October 20
Country: Australia

About Me

For me the process of mastering a new craft is very important and satisfying. I tend to get busy with one area and then move on to another, continually adding to the things I need to collect and do! Swapbot is great for broadening my creative horizons. I am loving the challenge of making something I otherwise would not have thought about and seeing other people's efforts. I now have a whole new perspective on my stash.

I have prioritsed my collecting and now only keep items in the themes listed below. I have quite a few lovely ATC's to trade on. Will happily set up a 2 for one trade... send me one you made in my theme and I will send you two I no longer require. PM me!

I also reuse, regift, reinvent and recycle. It has been an interesting journey to discover I get more excited over an 80 year old postcard, button, piece of lace or postage stamp than a recently purchased and pristine designer paper!

I have also just discovered the joys of decorated envelopes! How much fun are they to receive in the mail?! Thank you so much to all those who make the effort. Some are so great I am now making a book out of them!

Favorite Music

Love things you can work by - Robby Williams and Rob Thomas to get the creative juices going, Neil Diamond for finishing the details, Shakirra for mopping the floor!

Favorite Books

I am a loyal reader - Jane Austen and yep Harry Potter! Mostly though I love to look at the pictures inspirational craft books... I am a visual learner and rarely read the instructions unless forced too!!

Favorite Movies

I have my favourite comfortable movies - Jane Austen and Harry Potter again, generally light hearted escapist stuff!

Favorite Television

With TV I like mysteries ie tv with a plot. I love trying to guess who 'dunnit' before all is revealed. I also love shows with aliens in - star trek, stargate, star wars!

Favorite Crafts

Altered art, folk art, patchwork, scrapbooking, card making and creative machine embroidery. Basically you could summarise my interests as anything that uses paper, paint or fabric!

Things I love ...

I love to receive:

  1. Vintage or zettied women and children especially altered with wings.

  2. Pages from vintage children's books and nursery rhymes.

  3. The 60's and 70's, occasionally slipping over into the 80's too - especially images related to - a) movies and tv shows such as Get smart, Ftroop, The Adams Family, Gilligan's Island. Born Free, Sound of Music etc. b) musicals and bands - Beatles, Elvis, even the Bay City Rollers and Kiss! c) technology - old phones, tvs, stereos, cassettes, LP covers etc.

  4. Anything library related such as library and catalogue cards.

  5. Vintage christmas - especially santa and kids. Not so much interested in the white Christmas thing as I live in sunny Australia.

  6. I have just purchased a rolodex and would love some examples of altered cards to get me inspired.

Postage stamps and mail art

I enjoy receiving used stamps in the themes of:

  1. Festive - covers Christmas, valentines day etc.
  2. Flora and fauna - who doesn't love nature!
  3. Famous - to cover things like Disney and movies / movies stars, the British Royal Family (only).
  4. Can't help myself when it comes to numbered stamps and old ones, although I have enough of the Nederlands numbered set to create a bingo game!

I no longer use stamps in the themes of sport, marine, transport and politicians / scientists etc. but will send them to another swapper if received. I also have several FDC's in these themes which I am happy to pass on as extras to people who like them.

Everything left over I collect depending on whether I want the stamp for arts sake! Generally the more colourful the stamp the better!

I'd prefer not ...

There is not much I don't enjoy receiving really.

  • I guess work with little artistic pride invested would be the main one and messy work, you know the type of thing - a sticker on a background picture, copies, crooked cutting and glueing, stuff falling off etc.

  • I am not into modern 'cutetsy', spongbob or halloween. I don't do pink often either.


Being in Australia there are certain items that you must not send:

seeds or other plant materials (pressed leaves etc.); shells; soil & sand; tea with fruit pieces; incense; dried/pressed flowers; raw nuts/seeds; any animal products such as raw hide; feathers, etc.; any wooden items This is not as restrictive as you think! I have only had six swaps opened to date and they have all passed quarantine. I fully support our quarantine laws.


Farmgurl rated for WIYM: Cover My Envelope SWAP! on Nov 20, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the swap! I really like all of the elements you used to decorate the envelope and I can always use another bookmark :)
Comment: Thank you so much! Love them both!
Donlyn rated for Christmas Post Stamps Swap #1 on Oct 29, 2015
AnneliesV rated for 50 stamps on Oct 14, 2015
Comment: Thank you
Irina rated for Private swap Irina - Manjigirl on Jan 16, 2015
Comment: I received your stamps today. What a pity you almost have all of the satmps I sent you! Tomorrow my dad has his birthday, so I will bring him the stamps (he lives at the other end of the Netherlands). If it doesn't happen that also he has almost all stamps already, I will send you some more stamps, hoping that they are new to you. I will try to collect the newest Xmas stamps for you. But for that, you have to wait a while. My dad first get all the XMas stamps from the Netherlands for his collection from me, my brother and my sister. All he has double, he gives to me, to swap, so it will take some time, because it can take 2 months or more before I see him again.
Comment: I am so sorry for rating this so late. I have been taking a long break from swapbot because I was preparing for my wedding. It was over now and I am back on swap bot. Thank you for your swap. :)
SMackie rated for Used 50 Postage stamp swap #1 on Sep 10, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much
MBrunt rated for Stamp sheet on evelope swap on May 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful sheet and all the extras!
CzechFriend rated for WIYM : 5+ Stamps on Envelope #4 on Mar 20, 2014
Comment: WOW, Keithlea, what a very special envelope. I like all the stamps very much! Thank you also for the beautiful card, stickers, stamps and other items! This swap was a great surprise! :-)
KarlaKC rated for WIYM : 5+ Stamps on Envelope #4 on Mar 18, 2014
Comment: Thank you, Keithlea, for the lovely mail! I loved the dragonfly ATC and the used postage stamps and little buttons and flowers. I loved the postage stamps on your handmade envelope, too! Oh, and if I might offer this suggestion, some clear packing tape along the edges of your handmade envelope will prevent the sides from opening up/getting ripped open in transit. Thankfully, I believe I received everything you sent. :) It was all very lovely. Thank you again!
Eclectonote rated for PSCC : 5+ Stamps on Envelope #2 on Feb 18, 2014
Comment: Wow - terrific FDCs, my first from Australia. Thank you so much. I have a small collection of FDCs and these are a welcome and unexpected addition. Many thanks, also, for the ephemera, especially for the stock schedule. It's a treat to receive such papers so tied to a locality.
AnneliesV rated for PSCC: 200 Postage Stamps Swap #5 on Jan 24, 2014
Comment: Thank you see my mail
MBrunt rated for PSCC : 5+ Stamps on Envelope #1 on Dec 26, 2013
Comment: Beautiful! Thank you!
Eclectonote rated for PSCC : 5+ Stamps on Envelope #1 on Dec 14, 2013
Comment: Really nice mailing! The stamps you used on the envelope are choice, really quite exotic to this Californian (well, maybe with the exception of the cattle stamp :0). Thanks so much for the stamp grab bag and the Christmas ATC, too. A wonderful and good mail day, indeed.
Comment: Thanks for the stamps.
redcrystal rated for CHRISTMAS Theme - pages on Nov 1, 2013
Comment: Thank you :)
cafras rated for CHRISTMAS Theme - pages on Oct 29, 2013
Comment: Thanks very much
neca84 rated for CHRISTMAS Theme - pages on Oct 26, 2013
Comment: lovely pages, thank you
Sagebrushs rated for PSCC: 200 Postage Stamps Swap #3 on Sep 17, 2013
Comment: It is hard to get recent used here too. Thank you.
Comment: Thanks for your beautiful envelope! Love things for my Filofax! ♥

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bjmonroe on Oct 20, 2016:

Mamacrystal on Nov 22, 2012:

Hi Manjigirl.... just wondering if any more mail art was planned? Hope you are well Cheers De

ChikuNamika on Jan 20, 2012:


If you have special themes for the swaps you will prefere just send me a message.

I hope you have fun in my group :)

janeengland on Oct 5, 2010:

just letting you know the extra decos came today thankyou so much for sending. I love looking at your art work you are so creataive x

Notabelle on Nov 29, 2008:

Absolutely beautiful puzzle pieces. I'm in awe!! Anytime you want puzzle pieces, feel free to ask as I would gladly trade a boxful for a couple of altered ones. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with me! Happy Swapping. KC

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