Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2023 10:09 pm


Date Joined: September 12, 2020
Last Online: September 27, 2023

Country: United Kingdom

About Me

8th January 2023 There are no postal strikes at the moment but that does not rule them out completely. Hopefully, the backlog will start to clear. I am disappointed though because from 31st January, we can no longer use old stamps for postage. I prefer the old picture stamps and used these whenever I could get hold of them. Now, we can only use the rather large ones with the funny code bit attached. As I have built up quite a few from places like the Isle of Man and other islands around our mainland, I am going to use them on the left side, where the message goes, for added interest. I will also use my pre-decimal mint stamps too. So this means that you will get a little bit of British postal history with your message.

December 2022 Just to let everyone know, we are having postal strikes for a day or two each week at the moment. So, please be patient with us. The post date that gets stamped could be different from the date marked as sent.There is nothing we can do except hope that the dispute is sorted out soon.

I mark swaps as sent after I have either put them in the postbox or taken them to the post office if they need to be weighed. Sometimes if I put items in the postbox on my way home from work, it means I have missed that day's collection and it may not be collected till the next day. Be assured though, if I mark as sent then the swap has begun it's journey. Occasionally we have what we call in England, bank holidays, which means items could be sat for 2 or 3 days in the post box. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this and it may mean, the postmark is different to the send date. I have no control over when post is picked up from the postbox.

If you feel you have not received my swap in a reasonable length of time, please message me. I am sure we can sort it out. Also, I always rate. If you have not received a rating, then it has not arrived.

Just to give you an idea, international swaps can take up to two months to reach me but that does not matter because I am very good at being patient. I will usually wait at least that long before messaging to say a swap has not arrived.

I love to be outdoors. It doesn't matter whether it is sitting in the garden, going for walks in the woods or camping. Sometimes we put the tent up in the garden just for fun. I spent a night out in a thunder storm. It was amazing seeing the tent light up with the lightning.

I like to spend my spare time creating things for the grandchildren. I like to knit, sew and attempt to crochet.

I live on a dairy farm with my husband and some of the children, the rest have their own families and homes. We have several pets 4 dogs, 3 geese, 7 chickens, 5 cows - they are not part of the farm, a pond with fish and tropical tank in the house.

Just to let you know, I do not drink any hot drinks. If the swap suggests sending these as part of the swap, save them for another person who will enjoy them.

Favorite Books

I would like to read much more than I have time to. I read a lot of children's books as I work in a primary school. At the moment my favourite authors are Julia Donaldson and Karen Kingsbury.

Update 14/3/2021 When I go anywhere I like to get children's books in the language of that country.

Favorite Crafts

I will try nearly anything, although I am no good at art. I cannot draw or paint. I prefer to mess with fabric or paper/card. I produce better results. Knitting is what I do most, followed by sewing.

Following advice from another swapper, I am not going to say that I am no good at art. I am now still practising and as I have not yet found my niche.

I am beginning to dabble with junk journaling, journal cards, making envelopes and pockets. I have been watching You Tube videos to learn more and bought my first ink for going round the edges of cards etc. Still so much more to learn.

Jan 2021, I have discovered paper napkins and love them. I am going to have a lot of fun seeing what I can do with them.

March 2021 I have found the theme that I like when I make junk journals. I love vintage. So now I collect old tickets, photos, receipts and anything really. My favourite recent buy was a collection of greetings cards from the 1920s. I have quite a stash of old postcards and love to read them and discover about people. Also, now having a go at Zentangle inspired art and ATC's and having loads of fun.

Favorite Television

We do not watch television but we do watch DVDs. We watch boxed sets of TV series inbetween repeatedly watching Star Wars, although I have not got all the films yet. The rest of the family prefer action films.

A B C of likes

This may take some time to do. A little will be added at a time.

A- animals of the large kind, Aboriginal art,

B- books, buttons, birds,

C- cows, celebrations from other countries, candles, castles, cross stitch,

D- dragons,


F- flora and fauna, fresh cut grass,

G- grandchildren visiting, Gruffalo,

H- Harry Potter, hand-made envelopes,


J- jigsaws, jumping in puddles, junk journals, journal cards,

K- knitting, keychains,

L- learning something new, languages ( I would love to be able to understand much more than I do), Lego,

M- mushrooms,

N- New Zealand (my favourite country), needle-felting,

O- owls,

P- postcards, patchwork,

Q- quotes that make you reflect or uplift,

R- reading, ribbons,

S- sewing, stationary of all kinds, social history, storms, Star Wars, space, stamps,

T- trees,

U- upcycling,

V- visiting National Trust places - or anywhere old, vintage ephemera,

W- watching the birds on the feeders, wool - I have lots of it, woodlands, walking,





Impatient people especially drivers, earwigs, feeling like I have wasted time, anything rude or crude, tea, coffee, make-up, roses, potatoes, cooking,

Thank you

I just wanted to say what an amazing site swap-bot is. I have had some really amazing post. I love the decorated envelopes I receive - something I need to get better at. I use a lot of the decorations in my journal, to make it look more interesting than it is.

Thank you everyone.


Stampalia rated for Ugly PC Swap #74 on Sep 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the Campanula postcard. I also got burned buying sets of cards. Temu has good stuff but not everything they describe as postcard actually is. Glad we have swaps like this to use them. :)
Comment: Wonderful postcard and the stamps are spectacular! Happy mails!
STUFFellaneous rated for Non-Dominant Hand PC on Sep 25, 2023
Comment: You wrote pretty darn good with your non-dominant hand!
amparolewis95 rated for Quick and easy PC theme swap on Sep 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Black/White Postcard! -Gracias
GalaxyRose rated for Animal Lover PC #2 on Sep 23, 2023
Comment: Hi Kirsty! Thanks so much for this postcard, I love it! It's such a welcome addition to my collection. And thank you for the stamps--aside from the purple Queen Elizabeth ones, I haven't seen these before. <3
milkiss rated for Here's where I went this summer #3 on Sep 15, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard!
Comment: I liked your PCs and your letter-- it arrived quickly,for something International.
sera rated for Autumn Postcard Swap🍁 on Sep 13, 2023
Comment: Thank so much for the postcard! It looks beautiful :)
Comment: Hello Kristy, thanks for the pc! I have never been in Reallon either! Bu I just came back from the Peak-district. My son and his wife live in the UK and they took me on a trip
HelenG6 rated for Autumn Postcard Swap🍁 on Sep 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you.
KeKet82 rated for Vintage tourist card #37 on Sep 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you for all the great cards
Comment: Oh wow. this is honestly one of the best swaps I have ever received, it makes mine look so basic. I love the sentiment behind your book choice and agree - wouldn't it be amazing if everyone could see the effect our actions have on other people and understand the changes we need to make. I love the book there are so many film versions as well but I confess two of my guilty Christmas pleasures are to watch the Bill Murray Scrooged and The Muppet Christmas Carol. they have both become an annual viewing. Thank you for an amazing swap and I can't wait to use the decoration, we don't have many decs up in the house (it's a small house) and this will be perfect to go along the kitchen wall, which doubles as my home office. I love the fact that it's all recycled. We have a real tree and Bruce The Spruce is now on his 7th year with us. We replant him every year after Christmas. I think we'll make this his last year though. He keeps growing 😺 I think after Christmas this year we'll be planting him in a friend's garden (ours isn't big enough) so he can live happily ever after and just be a tree. Thank you.
mspandatrain rated for PC: Summer Vacay 2023 on Sep 4, 2023
Comment: Oh my goodness, what a beautiful location to spend the day! Bodnant Gardens looks so pretty. I am always fascinated with waterfalls and the lush greenery, maybe because I live in the desert. Thanks for the postcard!!
Comment: I love the Alice in Wonderland ATC -- thanks so much! It's one of my favourite books too.
Comment: Love the postcard! I hadn't thought about using heat n bond for this kind of crafting -- interesting idea, and one I think I'll try. Thanks for joining the swap.
JavaJunkie rated for postcards for happiness 😊 on Aug 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I lovethat it is coffee-themed!
Nika rated for PC-Places I've never been 3 on Aug 26, 2023
Comment: thanks for the nice pc. :)
Comment: Thank you

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