Swap-bot Time: January 25, 2021 7:12 pm


Date Joined: August 31, 2014
Last Online: January 25, 2021
Birthday: March 26, 1964
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

Hi! My name is Lynda and I live in the north west of England with my partner. I am not religious but if pushed would say I lean towards paganism/wicca. I am an Empath, which can be quite emotionally draining. My favourite colours are purples, pinks and aquamarine. I'm an Aries/chinese wood dragon. My favourite season is Spring. I love silver jewellery, especially earrings. I am mad about rats and have kept them as pets on and off for over 30 years. I have a thing for medieval style unicorns, and tigers. I love fantasy art, especially Anne Stokes. I do a lot of cake baking. I took early retirement from my job as an Executive Officer for the Department for Work and Pensions in July 2019. I love being by the sea and lived on the south coast for 22 years. Can't wait to move back to Plymouth. I'm not much of a drinker but like dry white wine and gin. I'm a full blown fresh ground coffee addict. I was widowed on 1st March 2015 but didn't find out he'd died until 16th June 2017, having separated in 2010 , which was strange to say the least. I am a member of several FB cross stitch and Zentangle groups and regularly take part in their monthly swaps. I have a significant number of tattoos, from my shins upwards, including a full sleeve, and 11 piercings. I'm on Postcrossing and Ravelry as Minxy1964. I lost my mum to lung and bone cancer on 24/02/20. Since then I've spent a lot of time cooking and shopping for dad, and generally helping him out. It is nigh on impossible to offend me, so don't worry on that front....

Favorite Crafts

I knit and crochet. I cross stitch, embroider and hand sew. I make felt stuffies. I have made Dotee Dolls in the past. I draw and Zentangle. I make ATCs. I own a Gemini die cutter and a sewing machine ( and I am slightly terrified of both!!). I'm not really a paper crafter, but I will have a dabble....

Favorite Music

I will listen to anything apart from opera. I'm a big fan of Amber Run, Skinny Living and Glass Caves. I don't mind a bit of folk music or blue grass occasionally. I am a sucker (still lol) for 80s music. It's an age thing hahaha.

Favorite Books

I will read anything and everything! Give me an encyclopaedia and you won't see me for a week. My favourite authors are too many to mention. I have a bit of a weakness for erotica. I have a Kindle Paperwhite which goes everywhere with me.

Favorite Television

I like documentaries, especially crime and history. I don't watch soaps. I don't watch many films as I have an annoying habit of falling asleep 20 minutes in.

Likes and Dislikes


Embroidery threads

Glass seed beads

Anything dark/gothic/steampunk

Unicorns (not cutesy ones)




Purples and Pinks

Aquamine and Teal

Fresh ground coffee/coffee beans

Hello Kitty



Gorjuss Girls

Anne Stokes artwork



Anything religious



Green tea

When making something for me, unless it is a profile based swap, please don't worry if your taste doesn't reflect mine. I am grateful to receive anything that you have taken the time and trouble to make for me!


I have a six year rescue cat (long haired Red Tabby) called Amber, a Chilean Rose Tarantula called Rosie and one elderly, nameless goldfish.

Swap info

I will mark my swaps as sent once I have either put them in the Post Box or handed them over the Post Office counter. I always obtain proof of posting from the Post Office. I will not, however, send anything international by tracked mail due to the ridiculously high additional cost. I take and keep a photo of every swap before I post it. I am organised to the point of being anal, so all my swaps are made in advance of allocation, unless profile based. If your swap doesn't arrive, please message me before rating. I am in the UK and international post can take up to six weeks, probably longer during the Covid pandemic.

Flakers Non Raters and Angels

Flaked on by BrookeTrout in Beginner's Handmade Fabric Heart. She told the host she would not be sending after looking at my profile and has not been online since 2.1.15. Rated 1 on 12.2.15. This was Angel'd by mustluvdoggies.

Not rated by amyjo for Beginner's Crafting: Handmade Fabric Heart. No contact and she hasn't been online since 12.1.14.

Not rated by Alicer for Team Darkness: Gargoyle ATC swap. No contact and she hasn't been online since 2.3.15.

Not rated by JP for CL: Book Quote#5. A replacement was sent on 4.4.15, along with proof of postage for the original which was sent on 26.2.15. Profile comment and pm enquiring about this have been removed or not replied to.

Easing back into swapping

I began easing myself back into swapping after having had major reconstructive knee surgery on 5th August 2016. My mobility still isn't fantastic and it's a bit of a walk to the Post Office, so although I am back participating, it won't be to the extent I did pre op. If anyone wants the gory details of a total knee replacement, that you don't get told beforehand, feel free to ask...


Comment: I'm really surprised at how fast your card came! (considering there are a lot of delays in the post atm). So funny that I have this exact same postcard in my stash haha! It's so cute! 😍 It's been raining here as well, and snowing sometimes. I like the sound of rain tho, but only when I'm inside. It's relaxing. ^^
Response: I don't mind rain, providing it's not windy at the same time. We both have good taste in postcards!! Xx
GreenDuck rated for UK Happy Mail #5 on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Wow! Thank you SO much for this. You have spoiled me! Wish I could give you multiple hears! (After this I'm going to make earring out of the flower charms!) Yay!!
Response: I thought you needed cheering up! Did you find that teeny tiny My Little Pony charm? Xx
phillaine rated for N&T: Textile Amulet II on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: ♥ Thank you so much for this lovely, thoughtful gift. I adore it, and appreciate all the care and positive energy you put into it for me. ♥ Be well and stay safe!
Response: Glad you like it, and I hope it brings you sweet dreams xx
GreenDuck rated for UKCA: Craft the Rainbow: Finale! on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the amazing card! It's beautiful! I hung it up on my fridge. :D
Response: Glad you liked it xx
denimblu14 rated for UKCA: Craft the Rainbow: Violet on Dec 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much Lynda for the fabulous cross stitched peacock I like it very much. I have also started on the last of the Rainbow swaps. Christmas will be here whether I am ready for it or not, lol :)
Response: I enjoyed stitching it. I've not started the last rainbow swap yet, but I definitely have a plan in mind. As for Christmas, Bah Humbug lol xx
Caithness rated for UKPP: C... on Dec 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks ever so much for the interesting C postcard, it's a beautiful ceiling. Enjoy the festive season.
Response: I will. And you xx
thequilterslink rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #1 on Dec 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks for pretty card and nice note..Merry Christmas!
Response: That got there quickly! Merry Christmas to you too xx
craftynut rated for UKPP: Christmas Postcard on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you. I love the Eric Carle postcard.
Response: You're welcome. Cute, wasn't it! Xx
Comment: Hello hello! Thank you so much for the lovely letter and ATC, just me and you in this swap but it was totes worth it. You can knit, despite being able to spin wool. I have never learnt we should swap again sometime. Thank you again. Great swap
Response: Would love to swap with you again! Xx
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKPP: B... on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: What a fantastic card Lynda, thank you so much :-) I can't say that I am a fan of 'Nice' biscuits, however, like you, I NEVER, EVER dunk! I don't see why you would want soggy biscuit bits in your tea! Thank you so much, I love the card <3
Response: Unusual, isn't it? From The Range ages ago. Dunking should be a crime lol xx
denimblu14 rated for UKCA: Craft the Rainbow: Indigo on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much Lynda I love the colour it is in my favourite colour palette and what a perfectly useful gift, I love them! I smiled at you treating yourself I would have hated to have gone through that procedure too and would have done the same, take care my friend :)
Response: Glad you like the colour. Not sure I'll knit with that slubbed yarn again though! I wanted to pull all the slubby bits off... xx
Comment: How amazing Lynda, thank you so much! I love it! Weird and wonderful swaps, eh... now you've got me thinking! Have a fab week!
Response: Glad it got there in one piece! Looking forward to more unusual swaps xx
Ladybird2490 rated for UKCA: Craft the Rainbow: Blue on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: I love the owl so much, he’s so cute. Thank you if I could give you more hearts I would ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: You're very welcome. So pleased you like him! Xx
denimblu14 rated for UKPP: A... on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much Lynda for the fabulous Beatrix Potter postcard. I love visiting the Lake District especially since it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 :)
Response: Glad you liked the card. The Lakes are just a short drive up the M6 from here, so hopefully more trips for me post Covid xx
Comment: Lynda, what a beautiful Christmas card, thank you so much! I love the little snowman! I have had a sneak peek, so now I will pop him back in the envelope and open him up again nearer to Christmas! <3
Response: Cute, isn't he? So glad you like him xx
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas decorations <3 They will look fantastic on my tree in pride of place this year! I love them!
Response: Glad you like them. My friend saw them and promptly ordered six in different colours! You have the originals though.. xx
Comment: Oh my goodness Lynda 💕💕💕 I recieved little Christmas Totoro today and he is beautiful!!! What a perfect, perfect creation!!!! I LOVE it so much and I am so so excited to hang him on my tree!!! There is no was he is just for Christmas though...he will be out in pride of place all year! Xx
Response: Well, Totoro is for life, not just Christmas lol. He was fun to make and so glad you like him xx
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard, Amber was very generous! I'll definitely aim to run more of these :-)
Response: Please do! And Amber says you're welcome xx
CzechFriend rated for PIE: Themed swap - Map on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great map card!
Response: You're welcome xx
craftynut rated for UKPP: Astronomy/Space Postcard on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Jodrell Bank does look quite impressive, not that I have seen it for real, just pictures.
Response: I'll get there one day, Covid permitting!

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Bhindblueeyes on Nov 6, 2020:

Thank you so very much for getting a Mother's Day card to me for my project :) I will be bringing this card and what others I have wrassled up thus far to my Gma this weekend, me thinks! I do hope that Gma rallies and the cards won't be needed for quite some time, but I know they will be appreciated and bring much comfort when they ARE needed.

Paige1900 on Jun 10, 2018:

Thanks for the explanation of the 1 pc. LOL The eden project looks amazing. :)

Snuggles555 on May 3, 2016:

Good Morning Lynda: I received the Shepard's pie seasoning mixes last night. Thank you so very much! I can't wait to try & make these.

You are the best!

Hugs & Love,

Susan ♥

anrtist on Feb 17, 2016:

THANK You @Minxy1964 for the precious woodland creatures sticky note package ;-) SO CUTE

Blessings, cc

zoev1975 on Jan 18, 2016:

Thank you so much for my ALBOL wish. Cross stitch has defeated me in the past, but I am determined to master it!

thriftymermaid on Jan 13, 2016:

Thank you so much for the etsy.com gift for my January Wishlist in the ALBOL Group. I'm so excited to make a snail!! he he

Poftoffel on Dec 25, 2015:

Thank you so much for the amazing handmade goodies!!! The neko kitty is hanging in the tree and I've put the fish aside for Loki. It's so sweet of you to make these for me! Merry Christmas!

sparkleboi on Nov 25, 2015:

Hello! I just received your cat ATC - thank you so much for being an angel =D It's so cute. And girly pink cards are A-OK, haha. (My username IS sparkleboi, after all). You're the best!

Ikran3 on Nov 4, 2015:

Thank you so much for angelling the Happy Envelope swap for me - it was so kind of you! :) what a cute package! It definitely made me smile!! Thank you!!! xx <3

institches on Sep 17, 2015:

Hi Lynda,

Thanks for the crochet unicorn directions RAK through Hell's Grannies. It's a cute pattern and a nice addition to my collection. Hope to make it soon.


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