Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2021 10:11 am


Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: October 16, 2021
Birthday: January 7
Country: Australia
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About Me

After 8 years on Swap-bot I thought it time I update my profile to the present.

Greetings from Australia. I live on the top of a magical mountainous hill, in Warwick, on the Southern Downs in Queensland, with my partner, & Misty our dear doggie who acts like the Queen of Sheba, and came to us literally out of the mist and into our door. AND, Twiglet... a Koala who lives in the clump of Gum trees behind our house. Plus numerous colourful songbirds & wallabies (petite gentler version of Kangaroos) How lucky are we!

Sadly my beloved brother who made his goal of becoming American shortly before he passed away so suddenly on 6th October 2014. He had just arrived back in the USA after 2 weeks with his daughters here in Aus. He died of an embolism - massive heart attack. He was a true man, a genuine pearl and my big brother!

I am a Subtlety maker & worked that magic for the Abbey Museum & now make artworks for Gallery22 in my town. Completely enjoying a long & well earned break as a Mines Security Officer from 13 hour shifts and high stress. Still setting up my art studio cabin & growing lilies & roses in my favourite place, cold windy Warwick where i spend quality time with my lovely man, on the southern border. I have two young-stars, now gorgeous independent adults.

I will always honour my swaps to my partner. I rate a heart if i like your swap rather than any extras, the time it takes to lovingly create a thoughtful piece of work is enough, but a few old or foreign book pages or old style patterned wrapping tissue are welcome though ;) I like most colours, preferring soft muted palette
i love flower gardening and have put in a delightful rose and lily garden to brighten up the harsh landscape. Although I believe in fairies, and like a shell pink, i am not into kitch fairy stuff. Feel a bit too old for all that.

Favorite Crafts

~I am a miniaturist, I have been interested in 'tiny treasures' all my life. I went to see Queen Mary's Dollhouse when i was 8 and it changed my life as i saw it. 30 years later i was able to visit the Chicago museum, and saw the fantastic Thorne rooms over 40 of them! perfect in every detail... It was through this hobby that i was led firstly into fine needlework, producing as exact tiny duplicates of bedclothes, boutis quilts, robes, underpinnings, etc, as I can get them. ~Tiny things are fascinating, i once found an almost complete 1" robot!

Georgian Regency ...

Georgian Dollshouse & French brocante books have me glued to the pages. Art journaling, altered books as keepsakes in historical themes. As an extension of this, I and @AnnaM have created a group here on Swap-Bot with a Georgian era theme, (1770-1815) : "At Home with the Georgettes" where we have a fictitious village & our members each choose their character, our forum is a happy active arena. We then swap as these characters in creative Regency style swaps & hand written letters. Calligraphy, illuminations, alphabets, texts; We are even learning how to cut quills and make our own ink! A marvelous extension in art. We have also a blog that focuses on featuring our swaps and the village. The link to our accompanying blog is up on my profile,
I am textile/doll artist, I use many mediums into my work. ~Thus anything to do with beading, antique textile, needlework is thrilling to me,
i value your time and energy in giving to a stranger ... so please feel free to write me. I appreciate your wonderful gift of sharing your art and thoughts.

Favorite Music

Baroque music, Tudor etc, wind intrumentals. The humble old recorder, yes folks, those years of torture in the old school hall became quite a passion, thanks to my brother. My first voluntary purchase was a German handmade wood descant, followed by a gorgeous Treble~ the hollow haunting tones and the woodsey smell, pure heaven! Perhaps i spent a lifetime in Medieval times! i can pick a crumphorn a mile away in an orchestral piece. I adore the Cello, after a lifetime of loving Elgar, hearing mums records of Jacqueline Duprey...(realizing the depth of mood one can create by modern Enya, the sound so strirring.) My man encouraged me to buy one, so I am melding with the tonal qualities of my instrument and having a marvelous time. I am in nursery school all over again! In the modern world, I find voice fascinating, pure joy and mood, I have belonged to several choirs over the years. Artists like Josh Groban, pure heaven, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull! ABBA, Adele, Enya is a favourite songstress. Chorale, I love Musicals, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, I sing where ere I go, whether permitted or not (then i do it quietly) Thank goodness I can sing! my kids used to say "be quiet mum!", but that made me more joyous! They didn't want to be noticed, but really didn't mind. My daughter now joins in with me, down the high street.

Favorite Books

Bookwise, I adore the classics like Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Shakespeare, I am a very old fashioned girl. Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh & Georgette Heyer. I have found a couple of modern authors i cannot put down, Lee Childs, his Jack Reacher themed series really describes my dear brothers character, a gentleman yet willing to step in with a warning first. ditto for Nick Pierce; Kerry Greenwood an Aussie woman who writes the most descriptive natural of women sounding believable in her mysteries... Heavenly Pleasures, Earthly Delights, etc. & Phryne Fisher Mysteries.

I love the earthy nature loving Jeffrey Farnol, for a man's take on Romantic, so English & gentlemanlike, pulls me back everytime, to the winding country roads to where my dad grew up in Surrey. I think perhaps this writer was not unlike my dad, come to think of it. Poetry, Shakespeare's works , Thomas Hood's sonnets ( i was named after his dear wife Jane), Haiku, I love to create prose, something I discovered at College, 30+ years ago, found that what I wrote, reached the hearts of others. I love & am grateful for this gift.
My library has children's books, well illustrated, as this shows me how to create tonal qualities if I am struggling. I have quite an extensive collection, from simple pen and ink, like Winnie the Pooh, or Wind in the Willows to Jane Hissey, Inkpen, for colouring pencil, Brian Froud for intellect, wit and darker themed interpretations; I shall write and illustrate my own childrens book, perhaps for my grandchildren when they join our family. In the meantime, I am quite happy to wait though!

Likes and dislikes

LIKES... I do drink tea, as the Queen drinks it, ie:- brewed in a teapot and served hot with genuine fresh jersey cow milk...be still my beating heart, luckily I've found my own darling man who buys it from the farmer, the cream still sitting on the top. , i love English Breakfast tea, but my all time favourite is Irish Breakfast! I love herbal teas of Rose hip or fruity blends. Colours:-. I love Teal, French Navy, Cream, Rose pink, Cherry Red, Sepia tones, lime, buttercreamy yellow, Prussian Blue and fresh orange.... to name but a few!

I am fascinated with all religions, cultures learning about different philosophies. goddesses, images, charms or sigils. I talk to the Moon Goddess, Mother Mary, Quan Yin & Jeshua. Having a fling with Georgian & Regency style patterned papers, silk velvet is high on my loves, a piece of pretty lace, silk thread or ribbon would have me in raptures! I love cats and sorely miss my Lily.

DISLIKES? I am allergic to nickel based jewellery findings & chain. I do not go in for little girl pink fairy stuff or Hello Kitty, i am a luscious woman not a kid. I cannot stand Earl Grey or Lady Grey teas as they are not my cup of tea, ha!. my daughter and sister love them though, so would pass them on- takes all kinds, teeheee.

And Lastly...

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, and creating your wonderful works of art. As a security officer i have wondered how many people realise just how invaluable their service makes a difference to the lives of others. During 9/11/2001 everyone remembers the incredible valiant efforts of the emergency services, police, ambos/paramedics, fire-brigade. There was one other group who are rarely spoken of or remembered! While the rest of the workforce left the building if & how they could, the only workers that knowingly remained onsite on duty were the Security Guards as it is instant dismissal for us to leave our posts. I would like it to be known although they may have made it to ground level during the traumas, most died manning their posts as the building fell around them. I salute your memories, brave souls.

There you are, that will do. Embarrassed now. HAPPY SWAPPING


user2148 rated for Rose Tag with Folk Art Border on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: ❤️❤️ beautiful tag!! Fabulous swap - thank you so much for the fabulous swap and envie!! ❤️❤️
Fabriqueen rated for Sip & Pray #7 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer and the tea! I join you in this prayer for our world! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: Many thank you's for the heart and I hope you like the tea, we shall join in unison for the world.
AnnaM rated for Altered Tin Email Swap on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Sorry for the late rate, I thought I had done it straight away. I loved the tin you made, the patterned paper you used was so pretty, but then you know I am partial to orange! Anna ♥♥
Response: It was a difficult job in finding a tin, but the covering was delightful. So good to push ones boundaries too. Thank you for the heart and the swap. xx
JenniferT rated for A Postal Herbal Round 5 on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: My dear Freyda, i received your letter. Oh my, what a wonderful surprise! You draw marvellously, and your recipe of hyssop syrup will be most welcome this winter. I will definitely keep my Tuesday open and visit you, I wish you a nice day.
Response: Thank you so much for the heartfelt compliments dear Aelis, I am so pleased you received it all in favourable time. I so look forward to your visit.
CherryBlossomLady rated for Sip & Pray #7 on Sep 15, 2021
Response: Thank you so much for the heart, It is well on its way and I hope you like the teas I chose. Lovely to be swapping with you again. xxx
Comment: Thank you for your heartfelt letter and prayer Jane. I am so glad we met and can support each other with an ear and shoulder and a pen. God Bless you my friend!
Response: Probably the most heart felt prayer I have sent out, since 2011. A very fitting swap for St Michaels ambassadors and how glad I am to be part of you all. Blessings xx
user2148 rated for A Character Zine on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Such a wonderful character profile and I love all the little tidbits you added and the cloth dye info. Perfectly marvelous!! Thank you for the added goodies and beautiful postcard, as well as the sweet letter. What a fabulous envie to receive. Much love, my friend! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Oh I am pleased you liked this zine, it was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It made the character come to life in my eyes. I am glad you liked it all. Many thanks to you. xxx
PaperPassion rated for A Pretty Little Pocket Swap on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Lovely little pocket to add to my journal.Thank you for all the wonderful extras I will surely be happy to use them.
Response: I am so pleased it has arrived in good order. Thank you for being my partner again Linda. xx thank you for heart.
Comment: Thank you very much for that lovely envelope full of daffodils on the outside and inside✨ Looking at your drawing i can only say it's no wonder lady Farnsworth's Painted Garden Map won a first place! You brightened my rainy day 🌸
Response: I thank you kindly Mrs Aelis, drawing & painting is indeed a pleasure of mine, I am glad it was well recieved. I look forward to swapping again with you this week coming. Lady C, and Jane xx
AnnaM rated for 2 Georgian inspired Zentangle Pebbles on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Innes, I was quite taken with the beautiful little pebbles you so artfully decorated for me. The colours and patterns are glorious and I shall treasure them. Thank you. Jenny ♥
Comment: Thank you so much for participating in this swap Jane. ♥
fairyduster53 rated for Rosettes for the Boat Race on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Lovely swap!!
PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle ~ P,Q,R Postcard on Jun 26, 2021
Comment: What an interesting card! Thank you!!
Response: My pleasure
bearnbabs rated for Let's Make a Reticule on Jun 13, 2021
Comment: Hi there, I recd your email and your Reticule was lovely. How did you get the fabric to be textured like that? Thank you for sharing. It will be nice to see every ones creations on the blog.Did you get your 2nd one completed? Have a wonderful week. Barbara
Response: Dear Barbara, it is a potato print! harking back to childhood days. It was actually flat brown cotton fabric. Hugs, xx
Comment: Beautiful!! I love the little magnet! Your letter and inclusions were simply lovely and very much appreciated! I’m so glad your poor envelope decided to finally makes it’s way here!! Poor things are exhausted ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Oh I am so glad it arrived safely, I was asking our post office, wondering if it would. They said it will get there in the end... dot dot dot. ha. hugs back.
user2148 rated for Silhouette ATC on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Beautiful as always, and packaged and displayed so fabulously as well!! Thank you so very kindly!! ❤️❤️ Postmarked April 8th - rec’d June 10th 😱😂😳
Response: I am so happy it made it safely, but wow, what a time difference! I love silhouettes, hearts back to you, and hugs xx
pynart2 rated for A Postcard Herbal Round 4 on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: Finally got your Pkg. Thanks for all the goodies. Phebe & I would be delighted to come for dinner on Friday next. Sending you a Bouquet of Hearts.. Hester
Response: Thank you Pam, many hearts. xxx
DragonflyDreamer rated for May Paper Lovers Swap on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Wow! What a fun assortment of papers. Thank you so much so sharing some of your stash. The wallpaper is fantastic, I already have a plan for some of it. The Parents Cabinet pages are so interesting and I love the napkin with the birds. Is that a kookaburra?!?!? So fun!!! Thanks for such a wonderful swap and for your sweet note. Be well.
Response: Oh thank you I am pleased it arrived well and had some interest for you. I have a feeling the one with the birds is a tropical parrot. Kookaburras are brown large kingfishers, with a real grin on their beaks. hugs, xx
CherryBlossomLady rated for A Postal At Home 4 on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Sending you a hug!
Comment: Such lovely trim for future projects!! It is always a treat to receive a swap from you! Smiles!!
Response: How sweet of you Beth. I am glad it arrived safely. It was a pretty swap for our benefit in creative future, I hope we get to do another. xx

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AnnaM on Jul 6, 2021:

Sending a smile for today.

Anna ♥

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 13, 2021:

Happy belated birthday! You are the day before my mom's bday- and of course we are all Capricorns! obviously! LOL! --Lavinia

AnnaM on Jan 4, 2021:

Many, many hugs for such an unexpected and most appreciated gift. Your devoted friend, Old Mary

CherryBlossomLady on Oct 28, 2020:

Hope you are well!

AnnaM on Apr 9, 2020:

Dearest Lady Caroline,

I do hope you are enjoying a delightful day full of sunshine and flowers and are occupied doing what you enjoy best. I send you a few little images and this link http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/50489 to brighten your day further.

With fond affection,

Lady Elizabeth Marlowe

Heart Song Greetings Swap AnnaM

1OldfoolPlanner on Apr 8, 2020:

Finding ourselves in a most peculiar time indeed...so let us take the advice of our beloved Jane Austen during these harrowing times:












No matter how you choose to busy yourself during this most Inconvenient time...just remember, things will look much brighter TOMORROW!


Sending you this Heart Song Greeting with the warmest tidings. Stay healthy, dearest friend.

Very truly yours, Priscilla (Jill)

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

LisaLaughs on Sep 3, 2019:

Hi Jane!! Thank you for the thoughtful swap items!! The linen will make a lovely little needle book, and I will enjoy creating it and using the beautiful thread and ribbon you also included!! And then I read your little note - 1880's - heavens!!! What a true treat!! I shall treasure the pieces and I shall have such a fine needle book when I am done! You are so sweet!

CurlyTea on Jan 7, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

AnnaM on Dec 22, 2018:

Dearest Jane, Thank you for the loveliest of birthday gifts. I adore the little doll you made for me. I shall treasure it. ♥ Anna

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