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Date Joined: April 4, 2010
Last Online: January 19, 2017

Country: Australia
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About Me

You will probably notice, if you read on, that my tastes are extremely varied (in fact if you didn't read on, you would probably still manage to find something to please me - especially if it is unusual or obscure in any way). I am a mother to two mesmerisingly beautiful girls, the eldest is nearly five and the youngest (at time of typing) is 10 weeks (and yes, I am one of 'those' Mums who speaks about her children constantly - my world revolves around them and they constantly amaze and inspire me.) I am also Mum to a fur-baby - a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Rudy.

I have recently realised I need to consider myself a writer. Although I am unpublished and unpaid, writing is a field where you have to actually work hard at it before you can ever consider it as a serious vocation.

I write fictional short stories and the (very) occasional novel, often, but not always loosely sf/fantasy.

Things I like to do

  • I love to read and write, my reading tastes are incredibly varied and one of my New Years resolutions was to read at least two new books (i.e. ones previously unread by me) for every book I reread and so far I'm miles ahead :)

    • I like to sew - I make dolls, teddy bears and fairy skirts for my daughter and my sister as well as bags sometimes, but I am not what you would call talented and they are quite special to me, so I don't swap sewn stuff (but would love to swap patterns etc)

    • I like making envies from scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, magazine pages and calendar pages..

    • Scrapbooking, and related crafts (card making, making my own albums etc).

Colours, patterns etc...

I love love love the colour purple!! My 2nd fave colour is blue and I love the two together and purple and green/turquoise together too. I am not a big fan of pink or yellow, but I can tolerate them ;). I do like the odd paisely pattern but not bold geometric patterns.I also like the old faded postmarked/mappy background print(if that makes any sense!!). Images of dandelions in seed are lovely. Anything unusual too...


I (and my eldest daughter) love all types of animals. I do have a big soft spot for those not usually loved (snakes, reptiles, snails -so cute! etc). I love frogs, turtles, ladybugs my most favourite animals are the Hippo and Elephant and Dragonfly. I also get a big kick out of all things flamingo, polar bear, sea-horse, dragonfly and gecko (oh yeah, and Meerkats)!

Favorite Books

I love books in general - so does my daughter (and my husband)- the three of us would be happy to sit and read all day!

I read children's books (picture and novels), fantasy, classics, horror (Joe Hill is my favourite horror writer atm) biographies, you name it! I loved the A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) I do enjoy a lot of the recently popular series including TrueBlood (Sookie Stackhouse series), Twilight, I love Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. My favourite book of all time is "Lullaby" by Chuck Pallahniuk (author of Fight Club) and enjoy most of his books (except 'Haunted' - worst.book.ever). Romanitas trilogy. Wicker. Spooky Little Girl. To name but a few. I am reading a heck of a lot of Dr. Seuss right now too! And I love it. And the Gruffalo!! :)

Favorite Television

QI, Offspring (Australian), Bones, Buffy, Fringe,The Good Wife, Dexter, House. How I met Your Mother, Heros, Lost (though I still haven't finished all the seasons of those two). Homeland. New Girl. But I really get into the toddler programming :D Waybuloos are just great! Sesame Street, Play School, In the Night Garden, Humf, Charlie and Lola, Bubble Guppies... I do have a soft spot for these :)

Favorite Movies

I am a bit of a movie buff (well i was, before becoming a Mum;)). Some of my favourites include Inception, Oz: The Great and Powerful Signs (I like all of M. Night's movies except the Happening- Worst movie ever!!). Juno, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Napoleon Dynamite, Law Abiding Citizen, Fight Club. 27 Dresses... if I were a director (I wish I were) - I would love to direct Lullaby as a movie (my favourite book). And while I do like the twilight books, I am not a fan at all of anything to do with the movie(s).

Wishlists (stuff I love gettin

Stuff I am always using:

Writing prompts

Reading suggestions

Bookmarks (handmade, store bought, free adverts whatever)

Labels with my swapbot name for putting in with swaps/ address labels etc

Rinestones and pearls (the stick on variety, obviously)

12x12 scrapbook page refills with 6x4 photo inserts

Paper and fabric flowers (the scrapbooking type)


Washi tape

Novelty usb flash drives :)

Stamps/stickers/address labels with "I love snail mail"

Writing paper


Those little novelty things you put on your keys to decorate and identify them


To help me keep track:


still to send


received - thank you!!

My daughter

My eldest daughter is nearly five years old and loves fairies and dressing up and make-up. She also loves playing in the dirt, climbing trees and gardening. She loves Monster High (her favourites are Frankie Stein, Dracu-Laura and Heath Burns), Lego minifigures and Lego friends as well as Bubble Guppies, and Team Umizoomi. She is super into Dinosaurs in a big way; she knows about the orders and classifications and families (like Sauropods, Theropods, Hadrosaurs etc) and she knows about the important stuff like ooliths and coprolites :). She can't decide whether she wants to be an animal rescuer, a palaeontologist or a shopkeeper :)


Comment: Thank you for your Random Word short story #2. I'm sorry it's taken me 8 1/2 years to rate you
Artistic rated for What Are You Working On? on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: I'm cleaning up for my move and came across several swaps that were never rated, including two from you that were in the same envelope.. Sincere apologies and a heart for you.
Artistic rated for OBG: Autumn Reading List on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: I'm cleaning up for my move and came across several swaps that were never rated, including two from you that were in the same envelope.. Sincere apologies and a heart for you.
Comment: This swap hasn't been sent (a month after the 'send by' date). I will be happy to change this rating if I ever receive the swap.
Comment: Thank you for the Bromeliad! Looking forward to reading it :D
Response: You're welcome. I love these swaps :D
AndreaJ rated for An Article About Writing #6 on Jul 26, 2014
Comment: Mailed 2 weeks past the deadline so I cannot give a five but it's a good article. Thanks. Hope all will go as planned on the next. Happy swapping!
FairyLady rated for Book Depository Swap #2 $7 - $12 on Jul 26, 2014
Comment: I'm so glad with the Nana comic. Number 1 and 2 aren't on my list because I already have them. I can't wait to start reading the third part. It was a great choice, thank you.:-D
Response: I hoped that would be the case - but with a wishlist of over 1300 books, I couldn't be sure! :) thanks for the heart :)
Comment: I love the hitchhikers series
Response: I'm up to Life, The Universe, and Everything - I can't believe I hadn't read them before now!!
Comment: A little late, but I understand that sick children take priority! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book with me. I love Neil Gaiman, but I haven't read any of his books for younger audiences; this sounds like one I would enjoy.
Comment: I enjoyed your description of Blueberry Girl and the emotions it invoked for you - thank you!
Comment: Looks interesting ...
halewis1213 rated for Carpe Librum ~ A-Z Survey Swap on Jun 21, 2014
Comment: Thank you!
pennywhistler rated for Carpe Librum ~ A-Z Survey Swap on Jun 20, 2014
Comment: Thanks! I enjoyed reading your answers.
natasha838 rated for Carpe Librum ~ A-Z Survey Swap on Jun 20, 2014
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed reading your answers.
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating; I was out of the country on holiday. I will pass this on in the next round, and thank you for the bookmark! :)
Comment: Thank you for the great book! :)
junemoon rated for Whatcha Reading? #2 on May 9, 2014
Comment: Thanks for your review of three things you've been reading . I don't think the Book Thief, as a movie was broadly released here, I don't remember any ads for it.
Comment: Thank you for your thoughtful answers! I know what you mean about this genre being "short-term" compelling, then realizing after the fact that sometimes the books are quite silly. I enjoyed reading your replies. :-)
Response: thanks - I'm glad you understood what I wasn't talking about - I thought maybe it was just me :)
Comment: Thanks!

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Kimbeewa on Sep 16, 2011:

Thank you so much for the awesome goodies you sent me! I will for sure use all the papers and envies, everything is perfect Γ’β„’Β₯

Kimbeewa on Sep 9, 2011:

Yay! Glad I could help!!

Bucket on Aug 5, 2011:

Ha! That's hilarious! I see her posts in your comments. She's done 7 of the swaps too - this is the first one she's missed.

Bucket on May 18, 2011:

Just noticed you haven't joined the new Mystery Microfiction swap and I didn't want you to miss it if you didn't know about it - here's the link: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/89267

user2637 on May 13, 2011:

Haha, I did that in my Microfiction! I did president of the Paris (my other word) Street homeowner's association. Great minds... ;)

user2637 on Mar 26, 2011:

I know, right! So funny! Bucket sent me my words and your words and I just laughed and laughed. :):)

Sweetthing on Dec 13, 2010:

Thank you for the beautiful mermaid atc in the PIF- make an atc of your favorite theme! It's the first mermaid atc in my collection. I love it!

katara on Dec 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for the lovely card-making kit! Am going to have a lot of fun with it!

Marryth on Dec 2, 2010:

The envelope templates from the forum tag arrived safe and sound today - thank you so much! They're exactly what I needed. :D Thank you for the envelopes you've made & included as well: they're great! Γ’β„’Β₯

thehappyhoneybee on Oct 29, 2010:

Just a note to say that the graphics on your profile are so beautiful! Cheers to you, fellow book-lover. :)

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