Swap-bot Time: April 15, 2021 3:51 pm


Date Joined: February 28, 2010
Last Online: April 14, 2021
Birthday: March 14
Country: United Kingdom

About Me


Hello, my name is Carol and I am married and have two grown up sons and three grandchildren.

I live in a seaside town and I enjoy strolling on the beach and in the sea, collecting shells, bits of interesting glass and pottery or just relaxing with a book near the harbour whenever I find the time to do so :)

Reading is my all time favourite pastime. Once I pick up a book, that's it, nothing else usually stands a chance!

I also enjoy all types of art/craft projects, gardening and visiting art galleries and museums.I enjoy live theatre shows, I have just recently seen 'West Side Story'. I saw Agatha Christies 'The Mouse Trap' on it's 60th year anniversary! Other stage performances I have seen include 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert', Mama Mia, Les Miserables and Blood Brothers. I would thoroughly recommend them all :)

I like to collect used and unused stamps from any where in the world and I share this hobby with my Dad who also likes to collect UK First Day Covers. My liking of stamps combines the pleasure I get from sending and receiving postcards and letters.

I also participate on the Postcrossing site, sending and receiving postcards from all over the World. Snail mail rules ok!

Postboxes delight me. My Husband and my Dad also share my enthusiasm for them. We are interested in the history and location of them. Between us we have photo albums full of lovely red (UK) postboxes and we have a few photos of postboxes from further afield. And now since the 2012 Olympics, here in the UK, we have Gold postboxes in honour of each athlete that won a Gold medal.

So if you have a postage stamp/postcard showing a postbox (or any other mail related item) I would be very delighted to receive it and the same applies for any postcards or postage stamps that feature trains or railway stations, thankyou.

I also like postcards featuring a map of any type. I would welcome additions to my USA State map/flag/flower bird postcard collection.

Postcards showing lighthouses, interesting landmarks,Royalty,Presidents and other famous people are also of interest to me. In fact all postcards are welcome, if you like it, then please send it :)

Unless a swap asks for postcards in an envelope, I prefer my postcards to be written on and stamped. Ta.

Please, when ever possible, when you send mail to me I would appreciate it very much if you stick on postage stamps to cover the cost of postage, instead of those postage labels. It just doubles the pleasure I get whenever I receive my mail. Stamps always make me smile!! Thankyou.

About Me

On a Tuesday afternoon after I finish work, I join my Mum at a card crafting class which is held in a church hall. All participants either work on their own projects or make a card or two from the craft items provided, paying a small fee for the materials used. It is good to meet other like minded people and 'bounce ideas' off each other.

I am a hoarder I can never throw any thing away that I think may come in useful sometime or other. My family laugh at me for this but they always come to me before heading to the shops if they want something.

I prefer to make and mend an item rather than buy a new one. I like to recycle everything I possibly can.

In my garden I have a worm bin. The worms 'eat' veggie peelings and turn this into usable compost. Marvellous!

Just being in my garden relaxes me, I love to just potter about and can loose a good few hours without realising it.Sunflowers, poppies and daffodils are my favourite flowers. I like all fragrant herbs especially Thyme.I grow Lavender and I have a Chamomile lawn.

Favorite Books

Enid Blyton was my favourite author as a child, I devoured every book. Then when my children were small I enjoyed re-reading them all again!

I have a few Ladybird books and do like to come across other titles to pick up while I am out and about.

I have enjoyed reading 'A Town Like Alice', Anne of Green Gables and 'The Little House on the Prairie' books. I have seen adaptations of these on tv and they have me blubbering every time. I was the same when I watched 'The Waltons' on tv.

My first Catherine Cookson novel had me hooked and I have long since read everyone of them.

Gervaise Phinn makes me laugh.

Linwood Barclay is my current favourite author. I also like to read books by Harlen Coben,James Patterson, John Grisham,Lee Child and Stephen King.

I belong to a book group and there I have read many a book I wouldn't necessarily have picked for myself. When you have read and really enjoyed a book its good to share that experience with others in the group.

My library ticket is used on a regular basis and is a wonderful access to free reading material.


I was born in March, so I am a Pisces. The symbol for this zodiac sign is two fish swimming in opposite directions. I find this quite apt as I am very undecisive and can never make up my mind straight away.

Likes: 'Free' pens. I like to collect pens that are 'given' away in banks, hotels etc. Especially the ones with the company name/brand on them.

Pencils; these I like to collect from my travels, from towns/cities/countries I've visited, usually bought from the gift shop in museums/art galleries/churches. They are usually inexpensive and of course like the pens are very useful, although I am somewhat reluctant to use any of them.

Other than letter writing or form filling, I always use a pencil.

I like keeping a diary and have done so for many years. I also like to keep a seperate journel in which to record my travels/days out, places of interest visited. I prefer journals that have pockets in which to keep all the trivia I collect along the way like admission tickets, bus/train tickets etc, etc, etc. I never knew that collecting used items such as these had a name - ephemera!

I would love to see some Post Office stationery from other countries, especially Air Mail labels.

I like making lists for shopping, things to do, books to read or look out for. Love to tick items off as I complete the list. So nice note books/pads would be put to good use.

I absolutely love Scooby-Doo!

I like scarecrows :)

I will never have enough bookmarks.

My favourite colour is Blue. Think jeans! But I also like the combination of red,white and blue.

My favourite fragrances are Sandal Wood and Patchouli. Also Lavendar which I have growing in my garden. I prefer the smell of aftershaves to perfume.

My favourite animals are the hippopotamus, orangutans,donkeys,sloths,aardvarks, armadillos and pangolins.

I have a few pressed pennies, mostly from the UK I would love some more for my collection, from anywhere in the world. I have a few USA State quarters and National Park quarters, I would like to add more of them to my collection. I would also like to start a collection of the Canadian equivalant to these. Here in the UK the coins in circulation are designed to represent something of interest so they are well sought after by everyone, including me!

I also collect foreign coins/bank notes. Remember holiday money before the Euro was introduced, what fun!

I can't resist re-usable shopping bags, any type, size or colour, shop bought or hand-made. Some I do use for shopping but others, if sturdy, make good storage containers for magazines etc. I'm even using a couple from the supermarket, the plastic coated ones, to grow vegetables in. These are very sturdy and I got the idea because they have pictures of vegetables on them and they are practically the same as the ones available from the garden centre but they are much cheaper to buy.

I would be very happy to receive anything that is hand-made.

Absolutely any type of crafting items would be most welcome.

Discovering swap bot has opened my eyes to other types of crafts/swaps I would like to join, so I am open to new ideas.

Since joining swap-bot I have discovered ATC's and Dotee Dolls and I have enjoyed the ones I have made and received.

My sons interests include football, music and computer technology. Between them they like Sponge bob, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, lego and anything pirate related.


Dislikes: Not that many really.

I don't like wastefulness, so am happy for you to re-cycle 'stuff' when making or packaging a swap to me.

I do not like the smell of vanilla or coconut.

Not keen on fruit flavoured tea's.

Please do not send me any sweeties, the last toffee I ate cost me a trip to the dentist!

My wish list. Peace On Earth And Good Will To All Mankind!


Comment: Thank you I love the colours and design
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKPP: F... on Mar 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you, Carol, for the beautiful fox postcard :-) They are such amazing animals <3
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thank you for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Easter page. I love all the daffodils and flowers. Thank you for all the time you have spent putting it all together.
Response: I'm happy to hear that you liked my Easter page Kirsty. Thank you very much for your kind comments and rating :)
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKPP: E... on Mar 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the fab Emily Bronte card :-) I never realised that she lived such a short life... I have to admit though, I have never been a big fan of Wuthering Heights!
Response: I'm glad to hear that you liked the postcard Lucy. I think that there is an expectation to read classic novels but we don't have to like them all, do we? :)
Comment: What a busy little PC! Well worth the wait! I found the train near Hawes and the sheep near Hornby!
Response: Thank you very much for your patience Julie and for the rating. I'm glad that you liked the map card.Did you also spot my home town that I pointed out to you? :)
Minxy1964 rated for UKCA: Pocket Folder on Feb 26, 2021
Comment: Wow. I'm amazed at how intricate both pocket folders are. I love them. And thanks for the template. Might try to make one myself. Thank you so much xx
Response: This was a fun swap and I'm sure that we will all have made something completely different from a piece of 12 x 12 paper, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: It's lovely, and will take pride of place as the first place in the journal that you made me. Thank you. Oh, fantastic envelope by the way. Hahaha xxx
Response: Glad you like my OSTARA Page Lynda. Yes, that envelope was too lovely to not re use :)
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKCA: Zentangle ATC #1 on Feb 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic zentangle ATC :-) This swap was my first ever zentangle... It might be my last! I never considered combining them like you did though! Thank you also for the little extras <3
Response: I've not done many Zentangle swaps so thank you very much for the nice comments and rating Lucy :)
Comment: Oh my days, Carol, it's gorgeous!! I love Whitby, been there many times. And is that me on the front cover? Thank you soooo much! Xxx
Response: Thank you very much Lynda for the nice comments and rating I am thrilled to hear that you liked the journal covers, lol :)
Caithness rated for UKPP: D... on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks ever so much for the Roald Dahl postcard and the Rubert stamp - love!
Response: Thank you very much for the rating I am glad that you liked the postcard that I chose to send to you :)
Comment: Great postcard, Lovely stamps. I like the work of Vivienne Westwood, although I'll never wear it.
Response: I am happy to hear that you liked the postcard and matching stamps. Thank you very much for the rating:)
Spicynacho rated for UK craft happy mail swap on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: I absolutely loved the envelope flip book and the goodies you sent, it's beautiful! Ty so much x💕
Response: Thank you very much for the nice comment and rating Chloe. I am happy to hear that you liked the items I made for you :)
Eel9585 rated for UKCA: Valentine Heart Swap on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the amazing felt heart it is beautiful
Response: Thank you for the nice comment and rating Katie. I am happy to hear that you liked the Valentine Hearts :)
Minxy1964 rated for UKCA: Altered Matchbox on Feb 1, 2021
Comment: I'm in love with the Wizard of Oz matchbox that you made for me, it's amazing! When I opened it I got very excited about the big brads (I need to get out more lol) and the penguin charm. It's a running joke in our house that when I stretch my legs and feet I look like a penguin. Allegedly. Thank you so much, Carol. You've given me the idea to host a series of themed matchbox swaps... xxx
Response: Thank you very much Lynda for the nice comment and rating. I am really happy to hear that you liked the matchbox that I made especially for you I would be happy to join you in a matchbox themed swap. Lol I think anything that we find exciting however big or small is good for us nowadays :)
Comment: I have spent all afternoon, trying to work out which city it is. My husband googled it but wouldn't even tell me the first letter. I guessed about 20 different places and still didn't get it. Thank you for taking part in the swap. I confess, I gave in and googled, so my guess it Leeds but you had me beaten.
Response: This was a fun swap Kirsty thanks for hosting and thank you very much for the rating. The questions I asked were just what I knew about the city of Leeds as I was born there. I hope that you have a Happy Birthday :)
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the cute items enclosed! That postcards with doors is amazing!
Response: Thank you very much for the rating I am happy to hear that you liked the selection of cards and stickers that I sent to you :)
simcoe54 rated for Sender's Choice - Naked Map PC #2 on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Yay! A new map pc for my collection. Thanks
Response: I am happy to hear that you have received and liked the card that I choose for you, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you SO much for the gorgeous rainbow! It is hanging up above my desk so that I can see it when the work clouds start rolling in! <3
Response: Thank you very much Lucy for the lovely comments and the rating. I am glad that you have found a good home for the rainbow that I made for you :)
PaperProf rated for New Year’s Card 2021 on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card, lovely note, and cute extras. I love the owl stamps and stickers. Happy 2021!
Response: I am happy to hear that you have received and liked the items that I sent to you, thank you very much for the rating :)

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phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Drachenfrau on Dec 1, 2020:

wunderland on Nov 17, 2020:

just kinda wandered into the 'bot today ... HI!

simcoe54 on Jun 12, 2019:

Thanks for thinking of me while you were at the flower show. My husband would have been thrilled to be at the show and to be able to check out the lawn mowers. He enjoyed looking at the photos and the John Deere shopping bag made his day. Here in Ontario you would pay a nice bit for a bag like that and to think that you got it free!!! Thanks again! it was a lovely surprise in my mailbox.

Drachenfrau on Apr 16, 2019:


mgallardo68 on Apr 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for your lovely RAK dear Carol! I loved all but my big favorite was the notecards cuts! ♥♥ Hugs!

susieq11 on Mar 14, 2019:

Happy Birthday!! : )

thelocalman on Oct 28, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards from PTG September WTA!


Drachenfrau on Oct 19, 2018:

Just wishing you a wonderful weekend! :-*

anicka22 on Oct 11, 2018:

Thank you very , very much for the IFM-WTA prize. Especially love the Quentin Blake postcard!

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