Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2020 12:21 am


Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: October 25, 2020
Birthday: January 7
Country: Australia
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About Me

After 6 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, and Misty our dear doggie who acts like the Queen of Sheba, and came to us in March last year 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 roses in my favourite place, cold windy Warwick where i spend quality time with my lovely man, near the border of New South Wales. I have two young-stars, now gorgeous independent adults both hitting 30.

I have some LIKES & DISLIKES at the end of the profile to help swappers. I will always honour my swaps to my partner. I rate a heart if i like your swap rather than any extras, though i am delighted to find them enclosed ;) I like most colours, Quilters chocolate (5" squares of cotton fabric) preferring old fashioned prints and hues as I handpiece hexagons to make table covers etc., i love flower gardening and have put in a delightful rose and geranium 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 though, I love to make tiny quilt tops that use up left over velvet, silk or cotton scraps. 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, I became known as the Dollhouse Seamstress, producing as exact tiny duplicates of bedclothes, boutis quilts, robes, underpinnings, etc, as I can get them. I am currently re-aquainting myself with setting up a solder station in my cabin, as we are not connected to the mains grid. ~Tiny things are fascinating, i once found an almost complete 1" robot! Update: I am also 'into' Petitpoint now, I have eentsy weensy silk gauze from 32 hpi to 90 (holes per inch) and focus much of my skill on this area. So if we swap miniatures, it will more likely be stitched, it does take time, but oh so beautiful!

Georgian Regency ...

Georgian Miniatures, Georgian Dollshouse & French brocante books have me glued to the pages. Since being on Swap-bot, I have learned Art journaling, altered books as keepsakes in historical themes. As an extension of this, I and @AnnaM have created a group with a Georgian theme, : "At Home with the Georgettes" where we have a fictitious village and our members each have a character if they wish, and our forum is very active. We then swap as these characters in creative historical style swaps & long hand written letters. We are even learning how to cut quills and make our own ink! A marvelous extension in art.
I am textile/doll artist, Miniaturist I use many mediums into my work. ~Thus anything to do with fibre, beading, antique textile, needlework is thrilling to me,
.~ Hand written words now deemed a fading skill! Calligraphy, illuminations, alphabets, texts; 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 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 Enya is a favourite songstress, & Adele's amazing voice, ABBA, chorale, i don't mind a bit of opera, 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 don't mind. My daughter now joins in with me, down the high street.

Favorite Books

Bookwise, I adore the classics like Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Elliot, &tc., 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. & Kerry Greenwood an Aussie who writes the most descriptive and natural of women in sound believable mysteries... Heavenly Pleasures, Earthly Delights, etc.

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:- as mentioned I love Quilters 5 inch squares, pretty old fashioned patterns for hexagon making. . 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 & oriental papers & fabric patterns etc is high on my loves, so a small skein of silk thread 100/3 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, 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


Barbara rated for Catholic Catechism Lesson #4 on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Hi Jane, thank you for sharing your thought and insights about the angels. I was also inspired by the way angels have various duties and some are patrons of countries. The Chaplet of St. Michael is a great source of angelic duties and virtues. Please google or I can send you a copy. It’s a very powerful devotion. Thank you for your insights in the swap!
Barbara rated for Catholic Catechism #3 on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Hi Jane, Thank you for the clever origami envelope and nice postage stamp for my collection. I will try your envelope pattern and maybe write a letter on the inside. I agree that the Blessed Trinity is a mystery that we can't "solve" no matter how we try to figure it out. I hope we get some answers i heaven! LOL
lostinavalon rated for A Recipe for the Ceilidh on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the recipe on the pretty handmade recipe card! Yes, I've only cooked sweet things with pumpkin so it will be fun to try this out. I'll let you know when I do. Blessings to you, friend!
Response: I am always amazed at tasting new cooked dishes. Best of luck with this, it does taste lovely. xx thank you for the heart
bearnbabs rated for Autumn Lantern on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: My dear friend Innes, I just recieved your post about the lanterns that bright the barn with a lovely glow of autumn. I do believe every lantern made by the village were a gift to us all. I so much enjoyed making my own and yours was so colorful with using the contrast of the rose petal and mulberry leaves..What wonderful creativity you have. Thank you for sharing. Fondest regards, Phebe
Response: Dearest Phebe, didn't the lanterns look a treat all lined along the barn! So moody and the ladies outdid themselves, to be sure. Thank ye for the compliments of my own, I enjoyed the crafting. We have such joy in our creating don't we? To be sure. Thanking ye for the heart. xx
AnnaM rated for Autumn Leaf Clip on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: My Dear Launce, Thank you for the lovely leaf clip, I have put it in my journal, it being a nice remembrance of our friendship. Do come and visit when you have returned from town. I should like nothing better than hearing about your antics. Old Mary
Response: Sink Me! It arrived so quickly, I hardly had time to catch me breath. What! I look forward to sharing a cup of good health with thee soon my dear Mary. Thank you for the heart, glad you like me autumn leaves. Pretty I thought. Many blessings xxx Launce
bearnbabs rated for Antiques with Alice Powell on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: L Caroline, I just loved your new found gravy boat, I .myself also love a good vension roast with gravy. Hester and I anxiously await for your banquet on the 24th of September and the Ceildlhat at the Turner,s.Until then, Best regards, Phebe
Response: My dear Phebe, the gravy will be superb as cook has practiced all month long! I thank you for kind words of the gravy boat, and we shall dine in splendour with the venison centre stage. Thank you for the heart xxx
pynart2 rated for A Thread Keep on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Loved your Thread keeper. Your flowers were lovely. Sending you Hearts and friendship.
Response: Thank you Pam it was a fun swap, thank you for the heart and friendship xx
Comment: Thinking of you Jane.
Response: Thank you Indira
lostinavalon rated for A NEEDLE BOOK for your Workbag on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: OH you've done such a beautiful job on your needle book! I love all the pretty designs---I'm inspired!
Response: Thank you for your kind words, and the heart dear Sarah, I loved making it.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your list with me
Response: My pleasure, not everyones cup of tea, but I like them.
Barbara rated for Catholic Catechism Lesson 1 on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Hi Jane, Thank you for the very precise and inspiring response as my partner for this swap. Yes Father Spitzer is one of my favorites. Such an amazingly intelligent and humble man. I still find the entire creation account a mystery that I probably will not understand until I get to heaven. Congratulations on your Catholic roots. We all are here on earth with that same one reason: to know, love and serve God and be happy when Him in heaven.. See you in the next catechism study!
Response: Thank you Barbara, that is very encouraging, and I look forward to the next study. Thank yo for the heart xx
Comment: Oops I thought I had rated you. Sorry about that. I loved your doll.and the bread sounds yummy. Thank you for sharing. bearnbabs
Response: My pleasure, it was fun to do home cooking & sewing. Thank you for the heart. xx
pynart2 rated for Scrap Tags on Aug 17, 2020
Comment: Love, Love your tags. Thank you so much for the resend. Hope this finds you enjoying a great day. SENDING YOU MANY HEARTS FOR YOUR AWLSOME TAGS.
Response: You are so sweet Thankyou do much for the many hearts, xxx
pynart2 rated for Folded Bodice Swap on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: What beautiful creations. Like you I pick the Navy one. As for Tea, that would be a nice treat. Again thank you for the Bodice's.
Response: Many thanks Pam, liked this swap a lot. I see how it can be jazzed up more with buttons etc, didn't think of that! Thank yo for being my partner and for the heart xx
AnnaM rated for The WORK BAG swap on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Freyda, you have created the most beautiful bag. Your attention to detail is exquisite and the ladies in the village shall be asking you to create bags for them also. With much affection, Elizabeth
Response: Thank you Lady Elizabeth, indeed it thrilled me to make such a delight for my work needs. I would be happy to make the ladies of our village such a one. Fond regards, Freyda
pynart2 rated for Flat Georgette Swap on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: So enjoyed meeting Georgianna and Jane, what fun adventures. Can't wait to hear about their next outings. Sending you many hearts for sharing.
Response: We did have a lovely time of it. Lots of hearts right back, thank you for being my partner. xx
cafras rated for Positivity Cards on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you . You have obviously put effort into this swap with some beautiful quotes.
Response: My pleasure Catherine, may they bring you joy. Thank you for the heart xx
AnnaM rated for A Letter about our Masquerade Ball on Jul 12, 2020
Comment: Dearest Jane, Thank you for such a lovely swap, not one but two missives. I did enjoy reading them and look forward to more letters from Miss Goldsmith and Mr. Penn. Many hearts, Anna ♥
Response: Thank you dear Anna, I enjoyed the writing, and thank you for setting up the swap, it was such a joy, I hope more members will participate in future letter swaps. xx Jane
user2148 rated for Midsummer Masque Dance Card on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: Simply brilliant in design and absolutely beautiful in execution! ❤️
Response: Thank you Nickalli, I had fun with it for sure. Thank you for the heart and love swapping with you. xx
Camiliann rated for VC: Let's Dance ATC on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the ATC. And tag

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CherryBlossomLady on Sep 8, 2020:

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

AmirainOz on Aug 4, 2018:


AmirainOz on Aug 4, 2018:

Greetings from Flora Rose


AmirainOz on Aug 4, 2018:

Lavender Well Wishes this weekend


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