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Date Joined: September 4, 2009
Last Online: August 13, 2016
Birthday: November 30, 1989
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

My hobbies include playing the piano, drawing, writing and dreaming. At the moment, I live in bohemia with all that entails (vegetarian, pacifist, anti-everything, pro-everything...)

2/11/2014 Update Dear all - over the last couple of months I have had a colossal crash in my mental health. I'm late on sending things, and late on rating things, and generally haven't done anything that can't be accomplished while hiding under a duvet and pretending to be a terrified, unwilling cat. This is not cool. I am catching up as best I can. Sorry for any delays.

If sending a card to me

  • I can't be offended. Art away, with gleeful abandon, and assume that everything goes. Any rating, any concept, any treatment :D
  • Any questions, or running late? Ask me!
  • I welcome any theme, however do not use buttons as embellishments when making cards for me. Regardless of the card's beauty, it will be traded forward.
  • I love reading about how people think about art. If you can, please send a note with your card explaining what inspired you to choose what you did!


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  • The past! Particularly Victoriana, but I also love retro and vintage in all shapes and sizes.
  • Trees
  • Cinema
  • Words. I love wordy swaps, writing zines, and non-fiction essays, long letters, and making up stories.
  • Things which are sinister without being too scary i.e. Alice in Wonderland
  • Propaganda and kitch trash: I just love BAD. This includes: trash movies, bad comics, bad album covers, incompetant/unusual music, boring postcards.
  • Abandoned and overgrown buildings
  • top hats, cravats, sword canes, and all things gentlemanly
  • steampunk
  • kraken, squid, octopodes. And snails!
  • Art which comes with a story! I love art cards best when they have heart behind them, beyond just looking marvellous. So send me a note with your inspirations and influences too :)
  • graphic novels, particularly Watchmen
  • um. Taxidermy. Just chalk it up to Victoriana + awfulness = stuffed animals.
  • Oscar Wilde
  • The Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion
  • antiques, second hand items. I love the idea that items have been loved before.
  • atmospheres and places. People think I like trees because I'm a hippy; I am a hippy, but I love cities - all cities - and small villages, wildernesses, sewers, paradises, beaches, rubbish tips. Anywhere with colours and light.
  • Feminism/queer/LGBT/ and anything else politically engaged and protesty
  • zines

Pagan Things

I am interested in hedgewitchery, city magic, Haitian vodou (and other African diaspora faiths), the Green Man, strongly-nature-based paganism, the Western Magical Tradition, spirits, dreams, hedgecrossing, the dead, and suchforth, saints, genus loci, Catholicism, trees, tarot spreads, British traditional witchcraft. I follow the 8 sabbats; I like pagan crafts, practical folk magic, visualisations and basic skills. I have no sense of smell, so no incence, and do not often work with herbs.


  • I am veggie!
  • smoothies! I love my blender, so if you have recipes I'd love to try them!
  • dark chocolate; sours, sherbert things
  • bread is my favourite thing in the world. Not sure you can post that. But recipes would be grand.

Dislikes No make up or bath products please; I do not have pierced ears. I do not have a sense of smell, so no perfume/incense either!


I'm on here for the ATCs. I love collecting things, but hate the mercinary nature of most "real" collectables - proper trading cards, for example, or rare books. I get angry that people make money off the things I love. So I love the personal touch of ATCs - both making and recieving them - and the way they are peversely both totally valueless and uniquely priceless. This really appeals to me.

Other Wants

  • Zines! Particularly of a political/activist/educational bent. My zines to swap are here

  • Saint Cards

  • Matchbox shrines! Always wanted one, never seen one

  • tarot packs / cards / influenced stuff

  • foreign sweets (mmmm, always so strange, always so tasty!)

  • smoothie recipes

  • glow in the dark stars

  • Jack of Hearts (the playing card.)

  • old photos, or any photo without context. I love making up stories about the mystery.

  • This particular comic book: "World's Finest #289", featuring Superman and Batman. Very hard to find in England, very cheap and easy to find in the US.

  • Stuff featuring the Penny Farthing bicycle. I'd particularly love penny farthing rubber stamps!

  • Disney pins. Particularly the Haunted Mansion.

  • In fact, Disney Haunted Mansion full stop :D

  • An amirgurumi squid or octopus

Things I collect

Always happy to recieve any of the following:

  • Ephemera (from any era but ours):postcards, maps, letters, photos, cards, invites, labels e.t.c.)

  • bad taste ephemera - all of the above, except you wouldn't show it to your vicar or politically correct friends.

  • copies of The Picture of Dorian Gray (international - I have all the common English ones. Can trade if, miraculously, anyone wanted to...)

  • old film strips/reels for my projector

  • I collect religious memerobilia from all faiths so please, send me religious themed stuff, or pop a leaflet in the envelope or something.

Favorite Movies

My favourite directors are Terry Gilliam and M. Night Shyamalan, and I'm particularly fond of crime and buddy movies.

Among my favourites are:

  • Westerns (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Once Upon a Time in the West)

  • Crime (The Godfather, Millers Crossing, L.A. Confidential, Reservoir Dogs, Hot Fuzz)

  • War (Guns of Navarone, Black Hawk Down, Zulu, Spy Game)

  • Sci fi (Blade Runner, Galaxy Quest, Unbreakable, The Warriors, Constantine)

  • Good natured horror (Lost Boys, Signs, Planet Terror, From Dusk til Dawn)

  • Strange stuff - technical film studies term for ya there - (Twelve Monkeys, Donnie Darko, Brazil, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)

And... Apocalypse Now, Fellowship of the Ring, Legend of 1900, School of Rock, Virgin Suicides, Fight Club, Run Lola Run, Ed Wood, Velvet Goldmine, The Third Man, Chinatown ...and many many more...

I'm a big enough Nerd of Cinema to be willing to watch anything good, regardless of subject - despite this, I generally don't have much time for serious realism and hard-hitting drama, and I can't watch disaster movies.

Favorite Books

I don't read as much as I should. My favourite author is Oscar Wilde, whom I adore with a firey passion. My favourite book is The Picture of Dorian Gray. One of my geekier hobbies is collecting different editions of the book - I currently own 50, from all over the globe and in different languages, from thrift store buys to deluxe leather-bound copies, and two comic book adaptations.

Other favourites are Tolkien's Unfinished Tales (and all the rest, Unfinished Tales and Lays of Belariand are my faves though), 1984, Rebecca, Invisible Cities, the Count of Monte Cristo and Brideshead Revisited. By the time I finish it, Orlando will also be on this list.


Favorite Television

I'm a big fan of Doctor Who. Though a child of the new series, I've got a soft spot for every era of the show, particularly the 80s. My favourite episodes are Utopia and Enlightenment; favourite villains are the Master and the Valeyard, and I don't understand how anyone could have a favourite Doctor.

Other shows I enjoy include:

  • The Prisoner
  • Blake's 7
  • Danger Mouse
  • Band of Brothers
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Hornblower
  • Firefly
  • the A-Team

Favorite Music

Can I dance to it?

I like most things I listen to, but particular faves are:

Genesis, the Guillemots, the Scissor Sisters, Al Stewart, Patrick Wolf, the Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, Star One/The Guilt Machine, The Caretaker and whatever my friends tell me to like :)

Obviously, I like film scores a lot - particularly James Newton Howard - and though I've got a soft spot for serious prog rock, my favourite genre is probably 50s-60s "oldies". Also, I adore piano music - particularly Chopin.

I also collect bad/kitch/unconventional music.

Favourite Artists

Casper David Friedrich - painter Romantic, gothic, big on twisted trees and misty sunsets.

Feliks Topolski - painter Travelled the world, like an impressionist Forrest Gump, making sketches of the big historical events he saw. I found him by accident when wandering London.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini - sculptor Intensely beautiful neo-classical carving, I mean seriously - you would not believe such things can be done with marble. Needs to be seen in real life, to appreciate small details like the way one hand presses another.

Eugenio Recuenco - photographer Takes these wonderfully faded, dusky high-fashion photos - very creepy and edgy. You'll know him from the Nina Ricci advert with the apples. I want to know how he gets that quality of light.

Colette Calascione - inspires my ATCs all the time. She and her faux-Renaissance surrealism can be found online.

Henry Darger - outsider. His paintings make me hear phantom music. That's how good he is...

I've recently become interested in Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints, particularly surreal imagery of demons, ghosts, myths and legends, and the Earth Spider.

Keeping track

awesome tag partners

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Comment: I'm glad to see the Hellblazer on your list. Not many people that I come across read graphic novels :) Thanks for the list and keeping in contact about it :)
Saristotle rated for Body ATC: Vulva on Oct 15, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the ATC! I'm glad I finally figured out who it was from. I do so many feminist/feminine atc swaps it could have fit for a few. Thanks for getting in touch with me.
Rattie rated for Getting To Know You on Sep 26, 2014
88bluebirds88 rated for Inspirational links on Sep 22, 2014
Comment: Hi- thanks so much for sending you links. I really enjoyed reading through both the blogs- and the art is great!
marab85 rated for I Love Lists! on Sep 6, 2014
Comment: Thank you! I appreciate the time you put into your list. The layout was lovely. I very much enjoyed reading it!
88bluebirds88 rated for Feminist ATC on Aug 30, 2014
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful ATC! I love it, and i really enjoyed reading your description. Thanks very much! x
splashofjoy rated for 1000 5's Celebration! on Aug 29, 2014
Comment: that is so cool! glad you had such an awesome swapper for your first package.
Vicky1978 rated for 1000 5's Celebration! on Aug 27, 2014
Comment: That sounds like it was a great swap and it is nice you enjoyed sending it, not just receiving
JemStone rated for CB: Tarot Reading Swap on Aug 19, 2014
Comment: Thank you very much for a well needed reading. Very insightful and thank you for a new spread to play with!
audreyrivera735 rated for witchy swap on Jul 28, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much! I love all the pages and labels! I like all the little origami things you sent as well :)
midwestkiwi rated for No photos m&u on Jun 11, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the nice chatty email sharing your progress and struggles. I love the idea of honoring the house spirits. :)
Ayla rated for Getting To Know You on May 13, 2014
Comment: There.. Now I got it ^^ We can all have those days, where we think we did something, and it turns out we didn't (been there SO many times)
PrairieKittin rated for Getting To Know You on May 11, 2014
Comment: I love your perspective! Thank you for sharing!!
daisyd90 rated for Getting To Know You on May 11, 2014
Comment: Thanks for your answers!
CajunLady rated for Getting To Know You on May 8, 2014
Comment: Omg! Thank you it's very awesome owl :))) I should learn how to fold this one :)))
Response: Thank you :D I was so sad when I thought it had gone missing. The diagrams are in the book Tanteidan 17 x
Ingleside rated for Music from your country on May 3, 2014
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the songs! I liked that you sorted them chronologically! :)
robinomayberry rated for Zine trading! on May 2, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the really creative zine! I'm actually amending to add a heart now that I have had my Saturday coffee and reading morning. What a fun and original zine! Unfortunately, it now looks like my life will not be complete until I go to London!
Owly00 rated for Music from your country on May 2, 2014
Comment: Thank you for ur music playlist :) I really liked it and still listening :D And I do like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin :) My dad is a big fan of these bands so I grew up with this great music. :) And thank you for the interesting England music history :) I will visit London soon :))

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anrtist on Sep 29, 2014:

Hi! i asked to join your electronic group & sent u an invite to the All New & Improved.... Artistic Profile Deco Group! ;-)

Blessings, cc

Candyn29 on Jul 31, 2014:

Hello there!


CajunLady on Jul 22, 2014:

Was the button in there also?

papermoon on Jul 1, 2014:

Love your profile, particularly your openness to different perspectives. It's refreshing to see that someone is asking for religious materials, for example! I produce zines (though not on the topics listed) if you are ever interested in trading :) Mostly mental health, personal, creative... Happy International Zine Month!

Unmutual on Apr 28, 2014:


lexi83 on Apr 27, 2014:

Arbor Day Tree Decoration

cutemails on Apr 27, 2014:

Arbor Day (trees) profile decorations from cutemails. I hope you will like these images:)

nancylee on Apr 26, 2014:

Arbor Day (trees) profile decorations

Thank you for joining my swap!

SleepyEvilDemon on Apr 14, 2014:

Thanks for letting me know about the group! I think I just might join =]

SillyPie on Dec 28, 2013:

Amen to that! Plus Ianto has a HUGE shrine at Cardiff Bay that has been going on for 4+ years. So Ianto is perfect!

I also know what you mean about Rosaries. That's one reason I started making my own

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