Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2023 7:12 am


Date Joined: April 10, 2012
Last Online: August 16, 2023
Birthday: December 13
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

I live in the South of England with my husband, our two teenage sons and two cats. I joined Swap-Bot a few years ago and enjoyed trying different swaps. I have been inactive for quite a while now but am looking at getting involved again, perhaps so I can host the kind of swaps I like!

I work part-time and do the minimum of house work; I'd much rather be crafting or messing around on the Internet. I seem unable to go to Hobbycraft without spending at least twice as much as I intended. From time to time I make things and occasionally sell them at events; you can see the kind of things I make here: https://www.facebook.com/AllofmyheartDesigns

I seem to live my life on Facebook. I never write a hand-written letter but I will keep in touch by e-mail or on forums or sites. That doesn't mean I don't like to get letters - if you want to pop a letter in with your swap I'd love to read it! (as long as it's in English, French or simple German) but I'll probably keep in touch online thereafter. I met some of my best friends on internet forums devoted to obscure interests or fandoms. I like cake, cheese and chocolate, but am trying to lose another stone, so I don't have them as often as I'd like.

I like to travel, in the UK and Europe - hopefully further afield some day! My husband and I like walking in the countryside and exploring foreign cities. Some of my favourite places include: horse shows and agricultural shows, the Natural History Museum, and other museums and art galleries. I also love the theatre and used to be a bit of a Royal Shakespeare Company fangirl in my youth.

I always strive to think the best of people, and I like a laugh. If you read Discworld, I'm basically Lady Sybil with occasional aspirations to be Nanny Ogg.


I like....

  • delicate, 'pretty' things, not too chunky
    • purple, blue, crimson, turquoise, silver, gold, copper
    • shiny, glittery, decorated stuff, embroidered or beaded (not big sequins though)
    • supplies for my crafts (see 'Favorite crafts')
    • horses
    • cats
    • almost all wild animals
    • Art Nouveau
    • PreRaphaelites
    • steampunk - particularly any bits I could incorporate into jewellery, hat trimmings, etc
    • Victoriana, vintage images, etc (by 'vintage' I mean at least pre-1960s, back to as old as you like. Can be reproduction or original or just 'vintage-style', but not just 'second-hand stuff from the 80s and 90s', please)
    • Indian and oriental designs
    • history
    • dark chocolate
    • ginger in any form
    • almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios
    • marzipan
    • tea (especially Darjeeling, Earl Grey, rose or jasmine scented, vanilla, etc)
    • dangly earrings (I have pierced ears)
    • things that smell of spices (think cinnamon and other Christmas spices, Opium perfume, etc)
    • Body Shop body spray, body butter and talcum powder
    • peacocks
    • organza bags and organza ribbon
    • pretty used postage stamps, from anywhere in the world, if they are the sort that can be soaked off envelopes (not the self-adhesive kind). Fewer and fewer of these about now?
    • Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter O'Toole, Michael Caine, Alan Rickman, Philip Glenister, James Norton

I don't like...

  • anything too big or chunky
    • orange, yellow, lime green
    • paganism/occult
    • spiders
    • liquorice
    • chewing gum
    • coffee
    • sewing, knitting or doing any needlecraft
    • things for/to do with babies or toddlers, or kids craft supplies
    • things that smell of hippie shops (patchouli, ylang ylang)
    • Disney or other cartoon characters
    • dolls or teddy bears
    • clowns
    • plastic beads or charms, unless really unusual/quirky (on the whole I'd prefer glass or metal)
    • anything Halloween-themed
    • loose glitter or glitter glue
    • Ann Geddes baby pictures. Babies look lovely as they are, without being dressed up in stupid flower costumes.

I don't use... - postcards (not a collector) - nail polish (apply it to my toes about once a year, that's it) - fridge magnets (have more than enough already!) - rubber stamps or ink pads (never got the hang of doing it neatly, but if you want to send me some stamped images that would be great!)

Favorite Crafts

  • Card-making and similar paper crafts. At the moment I'm really into making vintage-style cards. Paper, images, and embellishments such as paper or silk flowers, adhesive jewels and pearls, brads etc would be fab. Rub-on wording and images would be really useful too. 7 Gypsies and Tim Holz are among manufacturers I like
    • Jewellery making - I love steampunk-style charms etc, and I like to re-use bits of old or unwanted jewellery in something new. I also like glass lampwork beads. For more ideas of my taste please read my list of likes & dislikes and have a look at my Facebook craft page
    • Miniature scenes for model horses (if you have heard of the model horse collecting and showing hobby, that's what I do)
    • Stuff for any of the above would be fantastic!
    • I have a Cuttlebug, but not many dies for it

Favorite Television

Sherlock; Life On Mars; costume dramas; history documentaries; Strictly Come Dancing; The Great British Bake-Off; Grantchester; The Musketeers

Favorite Music

Mark Knopfler; Horslips; Celtic/folk-rock in general; cheesy rock like Meatloaf or Guns'n'Roses; Billy Joel; Neil Diamond

Favorite Books

Detective stories, particularly Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe, also Elly Griffiths; Terry Pratchett's Discworld; historical novels; children's books such as Harry Potter and Eva Ibbotson; old-fashioned pony books (Josephine Pullein-Thompson, Elyne Mitchell's Silver Brumby series) Illustrators: Edmund Dulac, Victor Ambrus; travel books


sunrising42 rated for Cats & Kittens (International) on Jul 9, 2016
Response: Thank you so much for hosting this swap and for the heart!
Comment: Thank you! Loved reading g your answers a d getting to know you Γ°ΕΈΛœΖ’
Response: Thanks so much! I enjoyed thinking about the questions, they were interesting.
sunspot rated for Discworld in a Mini Bag on Mar 8, 2014
Comment: This was amazing and then some. Thanks for hosting, and for the adorable Greebo, and the fantastic decal, and the excellent fic. <3
Response: Hey, that was quick! Thanks for your lovely comments and the heart, I'm really pleased that you liked it. I must admit I was quite proud of Greebo ;)
vlhafer54 rated for Paper Goods ~ Winter Theme on Feb 18, 2014
Comment: Wow! Love everything - what a great package!
Response: I'm really glad you liked it - have fun using everything!
FairyLady rated for Your Favorite Fandoms in a Bag on Jan 7, 2014
Comment: I don't mind it being small items^_^ I loved every item in it. I'm glad you sent a fanfic, got something to read tonight now:-) Thanks for such a great swap.
Response: You are welcome, I'm so glad you liked it. The fic is one I wrote about four years ago but I'm still proud of it!
MeganSR rated for Crimbo Stocking With Fillers Uk on Dec 15, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute stocking and all of the gifts. I can't wait to open them, but I'm trying to be patient until Christmas! Hope we can swap again in the future. :)
Response: Glad it got to you OK, did you like the presents in the end?
cynaemon rated for Fanfiction Fix on Nov 3, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the interesting suggestions.
Response: Hope you enjoyed them!
fairypretty7 rated for Airship/Hot Air Balloon Goodies on Oct 22, 2013
Comment: hi, thanks for the array of items. Anisha has run off with the charm.
Response: Glad they got to you eventually! Many thanks for the heart!
sugaraddict rated for BBC Sherlock in a Bag on Sep 24, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the AWESOME package Caroline!! :D :D I absolutely LOVE everything in it! Especially the items from Baker Street, the charm bracelet, the badges, the fanfic, and so much more! I loved it all!! :) Thank you so much for all the effort you put in for this swap!
Response: No worries, I really enjoyed putting it all together! I'm really glad you liked it :-)
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous, though I am leaving swap-bot, I defo want to keep in touch so I can commission you to do more! So glad my last recieved swap was so beautiful! I actually gasped when I opened the parcel!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them! They were fun to do and I'd love to keep in touch and do more swaps together.
jclove rated for 10 pink somethings (International) on Aug 17, 2013
Comment: Woah! Thank you for all the awesome pink goodies! I'm pretty excited about the candies. I LOVE the earrings and ribbon you made. What is "friendly plastic" and how does it work? Is it pretty simple? Where do you find the supplies? It looks like a lot of fun.
Response: I'm really glad you liked what I sent :) Friendly Plastic is good fun, you heat it up in the oven, under a grill or with a heat gun and then you can manipulate it in various ways. I bought some at a craft fair and some online, I'm not sure where you'd find it in your locality but of course, try Google! There are some online tutorials for it there too. You need a Teflon mat to work on as well.
Comment: Thank you for the Beautiful earrings and bracelet! We don't have the terraced rice paddies in my area but its still very reminiscent of it and so beautiful! Thank you again!
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you like them :)
elleto rated for Handmade Bracelet on Jun 11, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bracelet & matching earrings. They are beautiful :-)
Response: Wow, that was quick and I'm so glad you like them!
streetjewel rated for Handmade Jewelry Trade.Round#2 on May 20, 2013
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful package! I love the postcards! And a huuuuge stamp! Julie
Response: So glad you liked everything - thanks for the heart!
sweetz15767 rated for Handmade Jewelry Trade.Round#2 on May 16, 2013
Comment: both adorable earrings :) puzzle pieces are def my favorite of the two tho..very unique thank u
Response: Really glad you liked them :)
Response: Thank you for the heart and the star, and for swapping with me :-)
doulakk rated for Steampunk Assemblage on Mar 31, 2013
Comment: Love the collection that you sent, thanks so much!
Response: Oh great, hope you have fun with it!
reauk rated for Homemade/Bought Bracelet Swap on Mar 30, 2013
Comment: recived this today going to wear it for easter lunch caroline lovely
Response: Thanks for being patient waiting for it and I'm so glad you like it! :-)
Comment: you are living in one of my favorites parts of the world! thanks for the menus and cards. i love chinese and indian food.
Response: I'm glad you liked them! Thanks for the heart :-)
bluegrae rated for Small Paper Ephemera swap on Mar 12, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved all the extras. Very kind of you:) This was an amazing swap, with so many beautiful items. I loved every single one! Cheers!
Response: Thank you for the heart and have fun using them!

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KateKintail on Nov 30, 2013:


Fandom in a Bag profile check. Happy swapping!

nightmindwalker on Sep 6, 2013:

Thank you for joining my fanfiction swap!

KateKintail on Aug 1, 2013:


BBC Sherlock in a Bag profile check. Happy swapping!

KateKintail on Aug 1, 2013:


BBC Sherlock in a Bag profile check. Happy swapping!

elleto on Jun 11, 2013:

Yeah I like them :-) they are unusual and I have nothing like them in my collection of jewellery!! I will pop by your page later and have a look at the rest of your jewellery x

rngstgstll on Apr 9, 2013:

Lady Sybil and Nanny Ogg ... now there is a combination to ponder over! Great choices. I am stuck on Sam Vimes and Susan, myself.

Welcome to ASBB!

polvodestrella on Jan 26, 2013:

Thanks for joining Active European Swappers! alt text

Pookledo on Nov 13, 2012:

Thankyou for the lovely swap parcel. if you ever fancy doing a private swap, just give me a shout :)

lettergirl on May 17, 2012:

Thank you so much for your nice comment on my profile!! I'd LOVE a private swap one of these days..what do you like to swap? I actually want Cadbury chocolate, but it's too hot here now. I REALLY actually want to swap lives and ME live in the South of England (except I like my tea iced! :) instead of this hot desert with a bad economy! haha!

marga33 on May 9, 2012:

I almost forget to comment you about the card. Apart from Frida Kahlo, the artistic movement that I love is, without doubt, the Art Nouveau, and especially, the Viennese Secession, Gustav Klimt it is, along with Frida, my other favorite painter. So did the right thing by sending me this wonderful card of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, you guess my taste wonderfully!!!. I am interested in having pen pals, so if you want to continue making private swaps or writing letters, please let me know, here or in my email and I'll be very happy. Thanks.

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