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Date Joined: June 7, 2009
Last Online: February 2, 2011
Birthday: July 15, 1981
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

If you haven't received a rating from me, please don't be angry - just remind me and I'll rate you asap. I'm not perfect and I do forget sometimes.

I'm originally from Wales, but currently living in London and training to be a midwife, which is amazing, but absolutely exhausting at times!

My other interests include animals, the environment, reading and escaping to the countryside when I can, as well as arts and crafts, which I always manage to make time for, even at the expense of an assignment!

I've also recently started playing roller derby, which has become my new obsession. I play for the London Rollergirls rec league.

Favorite Crafts

My favourite method of procrastination is crochet, particularly amigurumi, which is the Japanese art of crocheting cute little animals and creatures.

I've only been crocheting since the beginning of 2009, but I'm learning very quickly. I'm looking forward to being good enough to design my own patterns:)

I'm also make the occasional stuffy and have flirted with ATCs, preferring the original mailart-type which was popular among artists and musicians in the late 60s/70s.

Favorite Books

I just finished Revolutionary Road, which is such a great book, if a little scary. If you never want a humdrum, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses lifestyle in the suburbs, read this!

Some of my faves:

Popism by Andy Warhol, Master and Margherita by Bulgakov, Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, John Wyndham, Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, Alexander Solzhenitzyn, Stephen Jay Gould, Shakespeare, Sergei Lukyanenko's vampire trilogy.

Favourite movies and TV

Arthouse, foreign, horror, comedy... I love zombie films, supernatural stuff like The Others, anything by Pedro Almodovar or Wes Anderson and anything with Ben Stiller or Will Ferrell.


Bill Murray, Al Pacino, John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, Grosse Pointe Blank, Anchorman, Braindead, Delicatessen, Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Poltergeist, Anchorman, Girl on a Motorcycle, Ghostbusters, Meet the Fockers, Barbarella, Pulp Fiction, Matrix trilogy, Napoleon Dynamite, Dancer in the Dark, Zoolander, Dr. Strangelove, Saving Face, Moulin Rouge...

I don't watch much TV, but I do buy the occasional box set. I love David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries, Six Feet Under, Scrubs, Black Books, The IT Crowd, Sunset Beach, Nip/Tuck, Doctor Who (mostly for David Tennant), Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure.

Favorite Music

My tastes are very eclectic, but here are just a few of my favourite artists:

Beck, Bjork, Holly Golightly, David Bowie, The Beatles, Pulp, Blur, Adam Green, The Pixies, Rolling Stones, The New Pornographers, The Raconteurs, The Velvet Underground, Billy Childish, XFM, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Beastie Boys, Billy Bragg, The White Stripes, Johnny Cash, Camera Obscura, Lead Belly, Cyrz, The Clash, Elastica, Jimi Hendrix, The Gossip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Basement Jaxx, Heartless Bastards, Belle and Sebastian, Woody Guthrie, The Moldy Peaches, Kimya Dawson, Nancy Sinatra, The Delgadoes, The Doors, Cerys Matthews, Islands, OkGo, Prince, The Cure, Super Furry Animals, Nouvelle Vague, The Sunshine Underground, Richard James, Air, Kate Bush, Buzzcocks, Turner Cody, Pulp...

Check out my last.fm account (above) to see what I've been listening to recently.

At the moment I'm really digging Jeffrey Lewis... The man is amazing :)

Things I like

Fabric - I like pretty florals, kitsch prints and candy stripes. Some of my favourite designers are Laura Ashley, Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures. I love vintage 50s/60s/70s fabric.

Handmade items - I'm inspired by handmade items in any medium and love paintings/drawings/photography. The less commercially sourced the better, i.e. I'm not so keen on stickers, shop-bought teddies etc

Random stuff I like - Natural history illustrations, strawberries, different types of tea, embroidery silks, zines, crochet patterns, animal-friendly toiletries, opera CDs...

Colours - I don't have any strong colour preferences, although blue is probably my favourite.

Mooncups! What a fab invention - kind to your body and the environment :) You can find out more here:


Stuff I would like :)

Slipper socks

Mod Podge

Ceramic paints

Embroidery threads - I have enough of these at the moment :)

Cookie cutters

Notepaper and envelopes

Address labels so I can reuse envies

Tea - any kind - the more unusual the better!

Vintage crochet patterns (pre-1980s)

Rowan Classic knitting/crochet patterns

Sewing patterns for skirts/dresses/bags


Any of the Somerset publications - I've never seen them before but have heard great things - especially Stuffed, Somerset Studio, apron•logy, Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, GreenCraft and Somerset Apprentice.

If you need any other ideas you can take a peek at my wishlist at the top of the page! This is not an exhaustive list - just to help you out if you're stuck for ideas!

Available for swappage

Emily The Strange T-shirts (new)

Russ Trolls

Hello Kitty stickers and keyring

Paul Frank - style wristwatches

Please PM me for more details :)


TrinitySF rated for Profile-based bookmark swap on Feb 18, 2011
Comment: Sorry to give you a 1 but I have contacted you twice before. You said you would resend but I never received anything. I'd be more than happy to change this rating when I receive your swap.
Smudge rated for christmas cards and small gifts on Jan 3, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the Hello Kitty ruler and socks. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a Happy 2011! :o)
hkso rated for christmas cards and small gifts on Dec 24, 2010
Comment: thanks so much
Response: Glad you like it :)
reauk rated for Secret Santa Profile Swap on Dec 10, 2010
Comment: thanks had no idea who sent it you didnt write what swap it was you were sending
Response: There was a Christmas card attached to the front of the parcel, with my name and the swap name in it.
KizzyMama rated for Critter Creation on Sep 20, 2010
Comment: Thank you for keeping in communication with me. You were dedicated to getting me my critter even with all the hardships. One of them finally found its way into my arms-well technically my son's arms (he stole it from me as I opened it) The critter is absolutely adorable and very well made super cute little dog. If he hadn't found his way here I still would have gave you a 5 for your hard work that I know is out there somewhere floating in space. Maybe it will come home too. Thank you so much!
homka rated for Gemma & Olga on May 19, 2010
Comment: Thank you very much for your magnet! I like it!!!! The piglet is also very lovely! :) At last I've got it! HURRA!
Lenna rated for Profile Surprise Swap! on May 14, 2010
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely package! I loved the wiener dog stickers! :-)
kellylynn9 rated for Monster-osity on May 3, 2010
Comment: He is so adorable! I totally love him to death! Thank you so much!!! :)
Darkestlina rated for Earth Day Ecard swap 2010! on Apr 26, 2010
Comment: I love tips like that
solarts rated for Earth Day Ecard swap 2010! on Apr 23, 2010
Comment: A heart for helping out our planet. Thanks for the tips. Happy Earth Day! ps. check out this recycle site if your interested. www.preserveproducts.com I love their recycled toothbrushes. Or you can buy them at Whole Foods store.
justjolean rated for Earth Day Ecard swap 2010! on Apr 20, 2010
Comment: great tips, i love using vinegar!!!
Japonicapopjoy2 rated for Themed Swap Pages #1 on Apr 15, 2010
Comment: Thank you, I liked the heart and the quote, fit my profile perfectly.
MuseumGirl rated for Creepy ATC #1: Zombie on Apr 12, 2010
debbiespoms rated for amigurumi animal swap on Mar 30, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the cutest Little bee ever! Also,for the Molton Brown soap. Smells soooo Good! No,we don't have this soap here. But we have flower smelling little soaps that come in wicker baskets etc.
Moineau rated for intro letter and a profile surprise on Mar 30, 2010
Comment: Thank you so much for everything. Your French is excellent. The teas look yummy, the stuffies are adorable (I love the blue bird) and the Liberty fabric you sent is my very favorite (called "Nancy Ann"). I promise a snail-mail answer, possibly when you are back from Peru.
Comment: Thanks so much for taking the time to read my profile and send me a cute bowling amigurumi. I LOVE it! :) It is going on our 'bowling shelf' on the bookcase at our house! Also, thanks for the cute socks!
Comment: Gemma! I received my ADORABLE lil Dracula finally!!! He is super cute, what a neat idea for this swap! I'm glad he made it this time, I wonder who else has the other two?!?!? Thanks so much for continueing to send it;) ♥
Response: So glad you like him! And very happy to hear he made it to you :) I look forward to swapping with you again x
Carotte rated for Teeny tiny stuffie swap #5 on Mar 1, 2010
Comment: Finally here! thanks for re-sending.
Zaqurus rated for Creepy Christmas Greetings Card on Dec 30, 2009
Comment: I got this card right before Christmas! I loved it and can see the thought and effort there! Thanks so much for the zombie brains love and the poem!
Morgaine rated for Handmade Yule ornament on Dec 18, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful ornaments. You did a wonderful job, and they went straight on our tree :-D The card was also very nice and I hung it on the fridge with the christmas cards we've gotten this year. Blessed holidays to you and yours as well :-)

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RyeRye on Dec 21, 2010:


MERRY CHRISTMAS from The Crafting Queens group~

Laurenbujo on Sep 13, 2010:

I just posted a new ATC swap in the Horror Fans United group! Please Come check it out! sign up by Sept 30th!!

VampiraGirl on Mar 13, 2010:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ZOMBIE ATC!!! I was really happy because I thought my partner was making it up, but then I was really excited to see that you Angeled it for me. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! It's Awesome!! Much love, ~Sophia ^v^

SpookySweets1 on Oct 5, 2009:

Come join the Zombieland ATC Swap!! http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/46590

ocean11 on Sep 6, 2009:

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Just wanted to let you know I created a new ATC swap with Tim Burton as theme for the new Foundation 42-group.
I hope you will like the swap and maybe join ...
Just 1 week left to sign up! If you have any questions or suggestion, feel free to pm me :-)

JenDiggityDirt on Aug 17, 2009:

Hallooo there!

RosieRoyalty on Aug 17, 2009:

Welcome to Dark Angles Rosie

marilavado on Jun 25, 2009:

Welcome to European Swappers!

Maggles45 on Jun 20, 2009:

Gemma, I send my ecards out yesterday 6/20 for a Smile on my Face swap. Plese check your junk or spam mail if you haven't received it by now. Let me know if it doesn't show up. Thanks, Maggie

Maggles45 on Jun 20, 2009:

Hi Gemma,

I love the Neil Diamond e-card. He sure was cute in his younger day! Thank you - that deserves a heart.

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