15/10: No baby yet! We are 41 weeks pregnant now :) Our due date was 11th October. :)
03/09: I am now coming to the end of my time here on swap-bot as I take a break - not sure when I will be back. My baby is due next month so I won't be hosting anymore swaps. Thank you to all and for all the amazing swaps I have received from my time on here and this amazing community. I have met amazing people and developed my creativity beyond what I imagined I could do thanks to you all. I started on here with no ratings and no idea what I would find and now I am leaving on hiatus with an amazing, active swap group I know I can always go back to. It is sad for me to leave but I have to concentrate on my baby. Thank you everyone.
Please no more vintage ephemera for now. I am trying to sort out my collection & down-size. note; behind on checking my inbox on here. i'll catch up soon!
Looking for: small scrapbooking/smashbook supplies with QUOTES for example stickers, embellishments, card toppers, etc. and anything kawaii :]
Hello!! My name is naomi (also go by nai), I am 24. I live in sheffield, north england. Yay for england! Besides our crappy weather, I love it here. I'm a paper crafter and I love everything cute, positive and pretty. I'm a really busy person with a bubbly personality & a sense of humour :)
I am pregnant with our soon to be first born, due October 11th. I am so happy :] I'm now in my third trimester!! :D
I live with my boyfriend of 6 years, ollie. We live in a city and in the city centre which is very handy. He's my everything. :) We're very close. I'm so grateful for him.
I am creative, outgoing, interested in everything, love travelling, culture, arts and crafts, parks, art galleries, museums, restaurants, reading, learning new things, history, architecture. I'm really interested in buddhism. Not really into movies and music but I do listen to the radio while I'm at my desk doing swappy/creative things. I have a degree in media and cultural studies, I graduated 2012.
I love make up, beauty, reading and books, drinking tea and coffee, home decor, going shopping for clothes & fashion in general, sightseeing, thrifting and browsing antique shops and charity shops, going to flea markets, farmers markets and festivals, museums and art exhibitions, going to cafes and restaurants, and walking around cities and countryside.
My favourite place is probably London, where I went to university and lived for 4 years. I love Europe, though, and travelling there is my favourite! I love the way of life there.
Swap-bot is a big part of my life, me and I take it very seriously. It makes me happy and it's what I love doing most. When I first started this, I didn't know that I'd eventually have a very active swap group and everything I collect, all my swaps and ephemera, would basically take over our apartment. LOL
If you would like to see pictures of my life, myself and ollie, put a "face to the name" or see pictures of recent swaps, then please go to my instagram. Happy swapping :)
Recently edited & now I'm going to list in order of what I'm most recently interested in & collecting. :] Tip: themes are more important to me than types (Scroll down!).
My favourite types of swaps/things to receive are:
1) anything handmade, and
2) a stuffed envelope full of flat paper ephemeras, tags/punches/card toppers, stickers, stationery, paper stocks! I love variety & these types of swaps full of bits and pieces always come in handy and I use straight away for my projects and are always what I reach for.
please don't worry about making me happy. :] I am very easy to please and I am not a picky swapper at all. I'm hard to offend and open minded.
TYPES OF THINGS I COLLECT/SWAP (Scroll further down for themes and detailed collections/things I am looking for!)
MY PREFERENCES -
~ Swaps that are put together nicely, in a decorated or mail art envie. I love it when I can tell that time has been spent on putting the swap together and my profile was read. This is what matters to me the most, more than any amount of extras.
~ Anything handmade... I am really into swapping paper crafts at the moment and is what I am enjoying the most. Any paper craft, painting, illustration, drawing, doodles, crochet or knit piece... Anything from you is very welcome :)
~ ephemera / destash / stuffed envies; with these swaps I like to see a variety of things. I keep these types of swaps in their original envelopes and use them as inspiration packs for projects. I like to receive variety with these types of swaps. Jumbled up envelope destash swaps are my favourite, don't worry about sending me lots of different bits and pieces - this is what I love!
~ ATCS - I love ATCs in themes of my favourites (see below). I prefer ATCs I receive to be on sturdy, thick backing and don't like bendy or flimsy card(and a number of times ATCS received like this often get damaged in transit)
~ Pocket letters - I like pocket letters using any themes or without a theme. I really like it when the outside sleeve is decorated by the sender and the pocket letter is used as a project rather than a quick, easy way of putting bits of paper inside the pockets. I love to see decorated, altered, colourful pocket letters.
~ postcards - I don't do many postcard only swaps but I do like to receive blank, non touristy postcards in swaps. I like any stock, photography, quotes, typography/word art, architecture, travel, any of the themes I like listed below.
~ letter/penpal swaps - I prefer handwritten only and long. I don't like to receive penpal letters that are as long as a note. Please don't rush and only send me one or two pages, especially if it is going via international post... I see it as such a waste if you only send a very small letter or long note.
~ Childrens book ephemera Any cut outs, die-cuts, postcards or full pages from children's books. I love vintage or modern ones. Love vintage annuals, fairy tales and ephemera, Baby letter books, ABC's, picture books, playing cards/flash cards, spelling books, nursery rhymes, dr Seuss, Richard scarry, Beatrix potter, enid blyton, Roald Dahl, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Walker books Pop up books, snap cards, Old maid cards, finger puppet books, Eric carle Vintage or modern. Vintage I love richard scarry, vintage disney, Dr. Seuss, Ladybird, Golden book, nursery rhymes, etc. Modern I love Colin Mcnaughton & animals. Book plates, cut outs, die cuts, book pages, book marks, posters, pictures, stickers.
~ Printed card stocks, printed/decorated papers, paper samples - Any of these, big, small or tiny; any printed, coloured papers, anything I can use for smashbooking or ATC's. Any prints/decorations.
~ Craft supplies - rubber stamps, transfers/rub-ons (even tattoos, do the same job!), card backs, paper stocks, ribbon, stickers, glue dots, card toppers, embellishments. I love these sorts of things, aka "supplies"
~ Happy/Bright Themes anything positive, happy, bright, colourful.
~ Washi/deco tape samples. I use washi tape for my mail art and I can't get enough of it. :)
~ Smashbook & project life supplies. Smash kit, journal cards, alpha letters, etc
~ Card toppers, embellishments, etc - card making supplies I use for a variety of projects especially ATC's so I love little card bits of ephemera.
~ Book pages or cut-outs Of any type. I would love full pages or half pages from any books or high quality including vintage, picture books, history, travel, random books modern or black and white, foreign, childrens books, architecture, fact and fiction.
~ Tea. I love tea. Tea I like: White tea and black tea. Tea that you don't add milk with. My favourites are not very strong flavours. I like fruit tea but only flavours like peach, apricot, white fruit, orange, lemon. I don't usually like fruit teas that are really dark and strong like fruits of the forrest or blackcurrent usually because it doesn't taste like tea, just hot juice. If you have a strong fruit tea that tastes very much like tea, then I will like it, lol. My absolute favourite teas are GREEN TEA, OOLONG, WHITE TEA flavoured GREEN TEAS, flavours like peach, cherry, mango, lychee, vanilla. I also like Earl Grey, English breakfast, Chamomile, . -Please no loose tea, rooibos, chai and other spicy teas. Not really a fan of mint, either. I tend not to like those sorts of tea. I won't be angry or anything if you send these, I will just pass them on. - I do not mind tea that is not in a sealed packet, for example if you bought boxed tea and it is separate individual bags. As long as you put it in some sort of foil, cling film or zip bag, and a label of what it is, I don't mind it not being separate individual bags. - Absolute favourite brands are STASH and PICKWICK.
~ Old black and white vintage photos or postcards.
~ Small smashbook, junk journal, ATC, etc supplies e.g the size of a card or smaller. I love tiny pieces. ATC blanks and supplies, small and tiny cards, off-cuts, paper scraps, small/mini ephemera pieces. I love small pieces and do lots of ATC's
~ Pretty magazine articles/pages. I love oh comely, flow magazine, frankie, daphnes diary and lots more. I love the craft magazines, arty types and quirky/different fashion/lifestyle. I am not a fan of gossip celebrity or beauty magazines aka the popular ones.
~ Paper & card ephemera of any kind, inc. stamps, documents, book pages, random bits & pieces, papers, vintage, memos, playing cards, spelling cards, stamped rubber images, transfers, postcards, bookmarks, card blanks, attractive card and papers, ATC blanks
~ Travels anything to do with travelling and ephemera from other countries. I love ticket stubs, museum and exhibition information, tourism guides, postcards and anything to do with Europe.
~ Paper that is printed or patterned that can be used for crafts, paper and card stock, wallpaper samples and high quality magazine prints
~ Small notecards or blank postcards I use these for my info when sending swaps.
~ Mixed media items; Beads, scrabble pieces, jigsaw pieces, bits of fabric, ribbon, doilies, bottle caps, anything unusual and vintage, buttons, etc. Jewels, tags, beads, anything!!!
~ Used stamps, snail mail themes and letters. I cut stamps from every swap I receive. I love vintage, animals and random stamps. Airmail, snail mail and penpal themes. I also love to write and receive letters.
~ *Kawaii/cute japanese stationery, paper, pens - san-x, sanrio, q-lia, pool cool & anything hello kitty, my melody, food/drink sanrio.
~ Mail art - i love handmade envelopes even if they are just made from paper, or magazine articles. i prefer to see mail art than regular envelopes from you :)
~ * Disney & Pixar - favourites include disney princesses, finding nemo, monsters inc/university, disney animals.
~ * Funny / humour. Off the wall, silly, weird, wacky
THEMES I LOVE AND SPECIFICS I COLLECT! Choose a theme and send me anything from that theme and I will be happy. :)
~ Birds, stickers, papers, postcards, memos, bird facts, pages from bird books, anything with birds. Any birds; birds in your back garden to penguins, flamingoes and owls.
~ Woodland animals, Fox, badger, owl, bear.
~ Whimsical/Pretty/Shabby chic E.g cath kidson, emma bridgewater, Paperchase, Flow magazine & Daphnes Diary magazine
~ Happy & positive quotes, cute/happy, bright colours, smiling animals, etc.
~ safari animals, elephants, giraffes, lions, cute or realistic, drawn or cartoon, illustrations, stickers , papers, etc. influences from India and Africa
~ Colours, Pastels, pale colours, pink, green and watercolours.
~ Reading/books, I would love to receive any book recommendations/reviews, bookmarks, book plates, etc. I have been a book worm all my life. I read everything fiction, non fiction, historic, biography, chick lit and crime thriller. I have a goodreads account here
~ Pregnancy/baby/child, I am pregnant so anything in these themes is welcome. :)
~ Animals, Wild, Zoo, Big cats, Animated/cartoon/illustrated, Cute, Fish, Birds, Wildlife, Bears, Giraffes, Elephants.
~ Prints & patterns, Polka dots, hearts, stripes, symbols, swirls, anchors, strawberries, solid colours, animals, triangles, rainbow, watercolour.
~ Beach & sealife, e.g, sea, anchors, fish, shell themes. mermaids!
~ Pretty words, letter and word art and quotes e.g, word art / quotes, typography, clippings, cut outs, poems.
~ Floral prints and nature/flowers in general. Please don't go crazy on the butterflies... I'm not too fond.
~ Buddhism quotes, pictures, motifs and yoga.
~ Art; Collage, paint, illustrations, doodles, paper crafts, watercolours, gelli plate prints, smashing, cut and paste, watercolours, rubber stamping, rub ons & transfers
~ Artistic and pretty photography.
~ Whimsical themes.
~ White lace
~ Childrens book characters - old/vintage or contemporary monsters, animals, etc
~ Cartoon/illustrated animals.
~ Unicorns, magic
~ Pixies, mushrooms, fairy tales.
~ Tea cups, pastel colours, macaroons, owls, "hipster", "dainty" and "kawaii" motifs
~ Mermaids, mystical life
~ Circus, especially vintage but ANYTHING circus themed. Freak shows, cabaret, vaudeville, Big Tops
~ Cultural studies & antropology - tell me about your culture, your lifestyle, where you live, and anything themes to do with culture and life.
~ Jane Austen
~ Beatrix Potter
~ Magazines. Paperchase, Flow Magazine, Daphnies Diary, Frankie, Oh comely, Hunger - Not fond on gossip/celebrity/fashion magazines unless high fashion. I also love pages from free / ad magazines/leaflets which can be cut up & used in collage.
~ History. My favourite period is the Tudor times, English monarchy/royals, any British history and the ancient Greeks. I love world history, but British and ancient greek history is my favourite. I love to receive ANYTHING with any history behind it and I am happy to receive anything history related, though, British or not! An old photo you found at the thrift store, book pages, vintage ephemeras, an historic article/story, a letter from you about your favourite period/time in history, a museum or gallery you love, history of buildings and architecture! I LOVE castles, old historic buildings, black and white photographs, fables and Greek mythology
~ Art. Any type of art - I am always at exhibitions and I love it ALL. but mostly I am interested in fine art, scupture, architecture, fashion, photography and design. Both modern and 17th, 18th and 19th century. I am particularly in love with Monet, Antoni Gaudi, Mario Testino and I love tudor/victorian old art, gothic art AND modern art. I am obsessed with anything on tudor/king and queen! I also love fashion and beauty photography and anything to do with high fashion models.
I very rarely do package swaps but in the off-chance I do, here is what I like that isn't flat:
Make up, beauty & tolietries inc. bath goods and supplies. Inc. make up: all products & brands both high street and high end, brushes & beauty blenders, lipbalm, lipsticks, eyeshadows, mascara, etc., perfume/body sprays, mini bottles/samples, face masks/skin care, bath bombs/salts/balls, flannels & face cloths (i love muslins)
Home decor items & candles
Scarves (pretty silk/cotton ones)
Journals/stationery/rubber stamps & craft supplies. I love pens!
Anything in the themes I like
Things for my baby (clothes/toys/anything pregnancy or baby related)
Tea and coffee sachets
Healthy food & snacks. I am not vegetarian/vegan, and have no allergies. I usually am interested in healthier options, vegan/vege/dairy free. I love trying new things.
Trinkets, decorations (no jewelry please)
Hair ties & bobby pins. I don't wear headbands or bows or anything, I'm pretty boring when it comes to it! I am looking for those "good for you" hair ties, the ones you can also wear as bracelets and that don't pull your hair out.
*Things with butterflies on. I always seem to receive butterfly everything. I don't like them too much and I would like to receive things not-butterflies. lol I have enough butterfly print, stickers, ephemera etc I'm bored of it now ;x
short letters for penpal swaps
tourist postcards e.g "greetings from" wish you were here" unless vintage or sent with facts / info about the postcard
Seeds. I do like anything nature related, so even pictures of gardens / postcards of flowers, but no actual seeds to plant, please. We don't have a garden and live on the 6th floor of a very tall flat building. :P Unless they are edible... =^_^=
Scary/gothic. Aside from gothic art, I mean gothic in the sense of dark, twisty, scary, etc. Studs, violence, blood, knives, paranormal, thriller, horror movies, ghosts. It sets my anxiety off, please don't send me anything like this. NO gore belongs anywhere near me!!
Please don't send me a swap without a note or short letter from you. Please don't rate me without adding a little comment. I like to know what you thought about the swap, good or bad.
Thank you and HAPPY SWAPPING :D
Regarding extras; I don't rate on extras but really appreciate them but I do rate on the swap itself.
I put a lot of effort into my swaps & only expect the same from you. Please don't send anything on my dislike list, anything broken, dirty, damaged or just plain trash.
I hate to see plain, blank or brown envelopes. Even if it's just a sticker; please don't send envelopes plain! Plain envelopes are sad envelopes! ;[
If you have ever participated in any of my swaps i want to say a huge thank you because you made that possible. I am proud of my swap group & want to thank all my beautiful members for keeping it alive and kicking.
I am not mean at all but I WILL chase you up if you flake or the participants in my swaps can't get in contact with you. As a host this is my job so please just let me know if you haven't sent / are going to send / aren't going to send at all because this makes my life at lot easier... if you join my swaps I do message you with reminders before the deadline, etc.
Thanks again for everyone who takes part in my swaps and a huge thanks to anyone who has ever awarded me a star for my swaps. this really made my day and keeps me going on swapbot! I love you guys!!
RATING YOU... I always rate accurately and quickly. I keep an organizer to keep up to date with all my ratings, archived and current swaps. I am an understanding person and I don't rate with spite or with the intention to get anyone banned from swap-bot. However I do believe that if you join up for a swap you should do your job right by sending the swap on time, so please just communicate with me if there is something wrong. I don't easily give 3's or 1's and I will always give people a chance but please don't test my patience and kindness by lying to me about sending your swap or receiving mine. If you are reading this and you've flaked on me/are going to flake on me - you SUCK, stop being a thief.
Please communicate with me regarding MY swaps - I always send my swaps, I send them in bulk and on time.
If I ever go missing, please send out a search party! I am here forever and don't ever see myself disappearing. Sometimes I have panic attacks that I will get run over by a bus and the 1's will be rolling in and everyone will think I am a terrible terrible flaker... OMG!!
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