Hello! I'm a British female engineer and I'm curious about everything. I've also just finished my masters degree in railway engineering, so I'm hoping to have a bit more free time now :) I also have depression but I'm careful not to take on too much so I hope it will never impact my swapping even if life gets tough some days...
I really enjoy post and getting home to find something exciting or pretty waiting for me! It can make a bad day so much better to receive a lovely letter or gift, especially something handmade with love :)
I love travelling to new places, I have a long list of places I'd like to go - some local places for days out and some places I might never see, but I can dream :)
I really enjoy creating things and making things look pretty. My current projects are dressmaking, quilting, making postcards and ATCs, and watercolour painting.
I also love just watching beautiful views, sunsets, the stars, and getting to the middle of nowhere and just stopping to be alive :) I like to go out hill walking to see the views.
A few more specific things I like include: typography/ quotes, tarot, sewing, reading, Studio Ghibli, maps, art and museums.
I'd love to swap foreign sewing or quilting magazines, if anyone would like to trade :)
Things I like on postcards and anything else :)
✪ anything handmade :)
✪ anything with my initials (E.S. or E.H.S.) or house number (4)
✪ typography/ quotes,
✪ sewing/ sewing machines/ embroidery,
✪ Studio Ghibli (especially Totoro),
✪ Kaikai kiki/ Takashi Murakami,
✪ anything Japanese or Japanese style,
✪ aerial views,
✪ stars and the night sky, lanterns,
✪ Buddhas, temples, shrines, religious statues, Madonnas/ Virgin Mary,
✪ beautiful views and landscapes (mountains/ lavender fields/ panoramic views etc.),
✪ shaped cards,
✪ Art and patterns - art nouveau, art deco, floral, geometric etc.
✪ seasonal or celebration cards from any religion or region,
☹ I'd prefer NOT to receive tourist multi-view cards, or anything with photos of food, thank you! ☹
✉ I appreciate nice stamps but I'm not a collector.
✪ folded cards and postcards (I prefer my postcards written and stamped (naked) unless you think a delicate or handmade card needs more protection) - I'm happy to receive good quality homemade cards of any type of craft,
✪ any stationery supplies such as writing paper, letter sets, note cards, postcards, nice envelopes, washi tape, pretty pens (really loving sharpie markers at the moment!), stickers... (please DON'T send little bits of paper/ ephemera etc., I just lose them before I can use them!)
✪ sewing supplies - sewing patterns (UK 16/ EU 48/ US 12), fabric, fastenings, zips...
✪ anything Studio Ghibli (but I'm not interested in anime or cartoons),
✪ anything to do with maps or travel or post related, including airmail stickers,
✪ magnets - ideally showing a famous site or with a place name on,
✪ tea towels/ kitchen towels,
✪ pillow case or cushion cover,
✪ little decorations such as hanging crystals, signs, frames...
✪ anything Jane Austen,
✪ socks (UK size 6/ EU size 39) - any type, I love bright colours and patterns :)
✪ art of Kaikai kiki by Takashi Murakami
✪ little bags and pouches,
✪ scented soap, hand cream, bath salts/ bath bombs, nice body lotion or body butter - I prefer natural scents (floral/herbal etc. and particularly jasmine and geranium). Please don't send perfume samples, thank you,
✪ magazines or books or articles about crafts, especially sewing (in any language)
✪ travel accessories
Favourite colours: ↣ deep sea blue/green, ↣ sage green, ↣ deep purple, ↣ metallic gold, ↣ petrol blue
✂ I really like rich coloured fabrics, geometric patterns and bright floral prints. I love Japanese fabrics! Please nothing too primary coloured or childish/ cartoons.
✂ Colours I particularly like are greens, blues and purples.
✂ I do a variety of sewing and quilting projects so any fabrics, haberdashery items and sewing supplies are welcome. Sewing patterns in size UK 16/ EU48/ US12 :)
✂ I'd love to receive sewing magazines, patterns or articles in any language!
✂ I learnt to make clothes for my toys when I was little, and I still make some things for me, but I'm struggling to find enough time at the moment...
✂ I've been quilting for a couple of years now. I like modern quilts and I don't have the patience for anything too fiddly! Currently enjoying FPP to make interesting blocks :)
Sewn or handcrafted items I'd love to receive include: ✂ Bags, zip pouches, storage containers, ✂ Quilt blocks and mini quilts, ✂ Decorations, bunting, ✂ Cushion covers or pillowcases
☠ Please don't send me anything containing cashew nuts ☠
✿ I don't drink tea or coffee - but I've been getting into cold brewed tea bags for water bottles, and I like hot chocolate. Please save your nice drinks for people who will enjoy them more :) (unless the swap requires it) Thank you
✿ If you want to send food (or the swap requires it), I particularly like sweets, good quality chocolate and marzipan.
Thank you for your consideration :)
I love getting a glimpse of what people are interested in, please send me all the zines! I'm building a little library now :)
If you want to add to your library, you can find all the zines that I've made recently here on my Google Drive
If at all possible I would prefer not to receive these items -
❈ small bits of scrapbooking/ card making/ paper crafts/ mail art etc. - E.g. stamped images, bits of card, paper decoration/ ephemera, napkins etc. - I already have a lot of stuff and I struggle to keep track of/ use tiny bits
❈ Anything containing cashew nuts
❈ Cartoon patterned or children's items, including Disney, Minions etc.
❈ Diaries- I always end up with more than I can use!
❈ I don't celebrate Halloween, I'd prefer not to receive anything Halloween themed.
❈ Medical looking items e.g. novelty needle shaped items/ gory items or images / horror themed items
❈ Earrings - I don't have pierced ears
❈ Adult colouring items
❈ I don't much like food pictures/ patterns
Thanks for reading my profile :) I'm excited to receive your swap!
I don't mind if you have to send late, I understand that life happens and swapping is meant to be fun not stressful, please just let me know :)
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