Swap-bot Time: January 23, 2021 9:24 pm


Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: January 23, 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 are welcome though ;) I like most colours, preferring soft muted palette inlcuding fabric, as I handpiece & love to make items that use up left over velvet, silk or linen scraps like hexagons to make table covers etc.,
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. 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 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. 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 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 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 & 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, 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


Elenamarie rated for Calling Card Swap on Jan 21, 2021
Comment: Dearest Lady Caroline, Owen and I most graciously accept your invitation to tea this Thursday afternoon. I must say that the felt embossing on the backside of your new calling cards is lovely, especially the color and texture. What delicate and feminine aspects. Also, I am humbled by your kind words and generous offer of support for our dearest mum. The time appears to be short and we are trying to enjoy these last few precious moments with her. A cup of tea with dear friends will lessen these burdens we bare. Humbly, Maria
Comment: Such a beautiful effort! Thank you for all the care and detail you put into your flip book, I so enjoyed looking through it and shall enjoy the tea. Many hearts! ♥
Response: I am pleased you enjoyed the flipbook. It was a delightful swap and one I hope we repeat at some stage. Thank you for hosting xxx
pynart2 rated for A Christmas Recipe Swap on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and recipe, looking forward to trying it out. Sending you Best of Wishes for the New Year. ANd lots of Hearts.
Response: Many blessings and thank you.
fairyduster53 rated for Silhouette ATC on Dec 28, 2020
Comment: What a sweet remembrance of you I received today!! It is lovely and shall occupy a place of honor in my journal. I know the Eve of Christmas celebration was wonderful. I have heard sweet things about the time had by all. With kindest regards! EM Treadwell
Response: I am so pleased you enjoyed to include in your journal. thank you for the heart, xx
Comment: WOW! What a lovely Diary, so filled with the lives of Amberleigh. It put a smile on my face, each and every page. Thank you so much. Sending you love and many Hearts for a Journal well written.
Response: I am so pleased it was entertaining, I did enjoy writing it and making up the scenarios. Blessings. xx
user2148 rated for Blue Moon Ball Swap on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely letter and beautifully done pocket and inclusions! Gorgeous! ❤️❤️
Response: thank you for the hearts I am so pleased you liked it.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful letter and Thaumatrope, Jane! ♥
Response: Bless you Moni, it was quite quick arriving! Thankyou for the hearts. xxx
Comment: You are a lovely friend. That is all.
Response: Thank you. I might not have got the gist of this round #5, after receiving from Barbara. Thank you for your patience.
AnnaM rated for For the love of Poetry on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: Dearest Carrie, I was not aware you wrote poetry. I enjoyed the poem you wrote for me in this lovely style, it evoked beautiful imagery. Eliza ♥
Response: Ma cheri Eliza, I am pleased the haiku moved you so. Thank you for the hearts, very generous my dear, it has been a long time since I last wrote one, I am too out of practice. Carrie
AnnaM rated for Faux Glassine Bag on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: Dearest Carrie, Your pretty little glassine bags were a delight to receive. You do have an artistic touch. Elizabeth. ♥
Response: How excellent that they arrived quite promptly considering the state of the world at large. Many bless yous for the hearts.
bearnbabs rated for Cursive Sampler on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: Your cursive writing is just beautiful and I loved the verse you added.I also loved the little band and all the goodies inside.The napkin was so delicate. Thanks for sharing.Barbara
Response: Many hearts back, wonky writing at times ha ha, sending you love, xxx
Comment: Beautiful!! Thank you for the lovely letter as well! Such a pleasure ❤️❤️❤️
Response: A challenge to be sure, thank you for the hearts. xxx
Comment: Your lovely envelope of beautiful goodies arrived today. The token is so pretty, and I adored your sweet note. Thank you for the little story and wonderful tag, too. ♥
Response: Snap! Your letter arrived today 10th, I am so happy you liked the token, I thoroughly enjoyed making it. Many hearts back. xx
Comment: Jane, your really lovely set of envelopes, along with your sweet note, arrived today. It looks like it's taking around a month for mail to fly from you in Oz to me in California, but it was well worth the wait. Thank you for the care you took in making these little envelopes, and for all the sweet goodies you included along with them. I appreciate you ♥
Response: Thank you so much Shelli, it was a delightful new way to consider making envies. I think you may find the token arriving quicker than previous send, from what the others are saying. Many hearts
CherryBlossomLady rated for Pretty Letter Swap on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mail Jane! I can't believe how quick it got to me too. I look forward to writing to you again. -as LRW of course!
Response: How fantastic it arrived so soon! The postal service are flying again to US that is brilliant. I hope it was an interesting read, I look forward to hearing from Lavinia. Thank you for the heart x
lostinavalon rated for Mini Bunting for your Journal on Oct 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful bunting! It's just gorgeous---well done!
Response: I am pleased you like it, I did enjoy making this for you. Thank you for the heart, dear one
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!
Response: Thank you Barbara, I do love the angels most sincerely. In Cornwall near my brothers birthplace, there is a St. Michaels mount, a tiny church on a tiny island. I shall investigate what you suggest above, thank you. xx
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
Response: Thank you Barbara, it is blessed mystery indeed. thank you for the heart x
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

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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 6, 2021:

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day! Love, Anna

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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