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Last Online: April 3, 2019
Birthday: January 12
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

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Hello! I am Kate, a crafter who lives in Brighton, England. I was a teacher of Early Years for a million years and then a couple of years ago I was brave enough to change my job, a bit, I became an advisor, so now I visit nurseries, preschools and early years provision to help them improve their practise. I absolutely love it!

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When I'm not working I hide myself away in my work room with my patient cat, Calico, and lively wire haired fox terrier Daisy and create! My first love is sewing. I am a quilter - I love to create quilts for my three, now grown up and left the nest, boys and anyone else who crosses my path who is worthy! (If you say, 'will it match my curtains' you just ain't ready!!).

Everyday has to have a space in it that has me sewing and creating - it keeps me sane (ish)!

I have projects on the go all the time - quilts always, but I love to make bags; coin purses; pincushions; needlecases......all sorts.

The look I love is VinTaGe and I incorporate scanned ephemera and vintage lace, buttons, fabric into my work all the time. I love to think of the pieces I make as stories, where a photo and a tiny scrap of handwriting with a ribbon and a button or two creates a narrative (like when you might glimpse into the bottom of an old drawer). Oh dear, I hope that makes sense!

I sell my stuff at craft fairs and when I have time I'll set up an Etsy shop but there never seems to be enough time....

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Here is a summary of my wishes and interests....

  • vintage hankies (ooh how I love those bright, flowery prints)

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  • fabrics by Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, et al

  • Actually, to be perfectly honest I can put most fabric to good use!! (only 100% cotton please)

  • deco tape (it's tricky to come by in England)

  • vintage dress patterns

  • vintage quilt blocks (even cutter quilt pieces)

  • The 1950s

  • vintage buttons, especially red ones or floral ones

  • vintage embroidered cloths, napkins, tablecloths and vintage tea towels

  • old lace and linen and ribbons - ooh I love those bits and bobs!!

  • ephemera - tickets; maps; bills; photos; letters and especially postcards

  • I love red and aqua as a combo (who doesn't)

  • Japanese washi tape

  • anything birdie

  • lettersets

  • address labels

  • quirky pins

  • bottle cap pin cushions

  • polka dots!!!!!!!!!

  • little tins

  • variegated sewing threads

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  • I love quilting and sewing magazines, Somerset Style; Where Women Create; Studios...(we don't have them here)

  • re-usable grocery bags from your favourite shops!

  • retro, vintage and kitschy - oooh please, I have a growing collection of the very same! Luscious!

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I do not like gothic, religious or neon or tacky, including cartoon, Disney, etc, stuff nor do I enjoy kawaii.

For the Fall tote swap I would prefer not to receive - a chalk marker or an aluminium measuring gauge (not sure about the elastic either but we can only mention 2)!!!!!!! BUT I WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE.......COATS & CLARK THREAD IN OATMEAL COLOUR......A SEAM RIPPER......AND SOME FUSIBLE WEB, PLEASE!!

I NEVER flake! No, really I NEVER flake! Occasionally things take a while to get to places because I live in England but let me know and I will always do whatever I can to hurry things along or resend if necessary. Recently I received my first '3' which saddened me - honestly, I do my utmost to ensure that you receive a great swap, this one was the one that backfired badly on me. But it's a lesson and it will NEVER happen again! Having said that, I HAVE been flaked on and I believe that there is a pergatory for flakers where they sit and wait....and wait....and wait.... for parcels that NEVER arrive!! Be warned!


Comment: Oh, what a most precious package I received for this swap!! It was far beyond my expectation and therefore was a sweet surprise!! Thank you, Kate!! I love everything!!
Comment: Will re-rate if/when I receive a package
dmarie rated for Coin Purse for Spring on May 27, 2014
Comment: Kate ---this one arrived and was so worth the wait --- Thank you so much ---- I do hope that you will keep going on with swap-bot ----but I understand how frustrating it must be to have had so many lost parcels...Thank YOU! ♥
clillebakken89 rated for Inexspensive Etsy Swap April on Apr 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the perfume. It smells great. :)
lovestosew rated for liberty lovelies swap on Apr 19, 2014
Comment: Kate, I can't thank you enough! I Love, Love, Love, Everything! Hearts and Hugs to you.
didemyor rated for Blind Surprise Swap (February) on Mar 12, 2014
Comment: Hello , Kate !! today i received your swap pocket and loved them sooooo much :D ~~ i loved all of the things , especially the cute roses and the handmade purse (did you made it by yourself ?? its lovelyyy !!!) but all of them are very nice , im so grateful that you were my partner :) thanks again and all the best wishes for you , greetings from Turkey ! :D
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and the heart! I am really thrilled that you loved the surprises I gathered together for you. Brilliant!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Toupti rated for Inexspensive Etsy Swap February on Mar 4, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute "Postcard" stamp.
Response: Thanks so much for the rating.
Comment: OMG!!! I just realized I never rated you for this swap - I'm so embarrassed, and so sorry!!! Your flowers were lovely, and again - I'm so sorry that I forgot to rate. :-(
Response: No probs! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
JenniE2006 rated for Red and Pink in a sandwich baggie on Feb 15, 2014
Comment: OMG It showed up today!! I SOO LOVE IT ALL~ you done an amazing job, I just hate when things get held up in customs and take forever to get to me.. but was SO WORTH THE WAIT!! THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Response: I am thrilled that you loved the swap! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
bluebear rated for $3 Profile Surprise Swap - MAY!! on Feb 14, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the swap Kate x
hg08 rated for HANDMADE BAG SWAP ! INTERNATIONAL ! on Jan 21, 2014
Comment: I received the bag today thank you so much I love it!
Response: Great! Pleased it hit the spot!! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
luleemik rated for Frida Medals--International Only on Jan 17, 2014
Comment: Great swap, Kate...love the medal and all of the extras. Thanks so much for everything:)
Response: Yippee! I'm just so relieved that you like it! Thanks for the rating and the heart, I really appreciate it.
luleemik rated for DoD Pincushion International on Jan 17, 2014
Comment: Love it, Kate! Thank you for a great pin cushion and for re-sending when the 1st was MIA:)
Response: So pleased that you like it, I'm addicted to pin cushions! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Newberlin rated for Inexspensive Etsy Swap January on Jan 9, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much! :)
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart, such a cute item!
Comment: Your needle case with all of the extras are fabulous! Love the wool! Thanks so very very very much!
Response: I'm so pleased that you like it! I loved making it, thanks for the rating and the heart!
Toupti rated for Inexspensive Etsy Swap December on Dec 14, 2013
Comment: Thanks so much, the little stamps are really cute. ! :-D
Response: They looked sooooo cute! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
swappintoya rated for Inexspensive Etsy Swap November on Nov 15, 2013
Comment: Thank you!!!!!!!
Response: Pleased that you like it, thanks for the rating and the heart!
Lexidh rated for not-so-QUICK 5 Somethings x 2 #73 on Oct 15, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for a very lovely swap =)
Response: You are so welcome! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
LindaRuthie rated for Fall in a baggie - international on Sep 24, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Autumn swap. I love all of it! Adorable envelopes... cute buttons...pretty hairpin... colorful leaves with the little bird clip... the notecards (love the chickens) and notebook will be put to good use and the beautiful felt circle swag. You made my day! ♥
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and the heart. I loved choosing things for you!

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choke on Oct 2, 2013:

You'll be happy to hear that this swap is now open to all countries!

NaughtyElf on Sep 15, 2013:

It is good to be back! Thank you for the kind comment, it is friends like you that make swap-bot such a wonderful place! :-)

anicka22 on Aug 1, 2013:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for à wonderful mystery baggie! I loved the way you wrapped it, and LOVE everything inside. Thank you very much, you made my day. Love, Anicka

dandabear on Jul 9, 2013:

I just got your package for the QnT Wish for game. Thank you so much! I LOVE ric rac and use it a lot in quilts. You are very kind! Happy Swapping :)

dmarie on May 7, 2013:

HI Thank You for the fabulous, cheery and fun trims and ribbons in my mystery bag tag from the Theme in a Ziplock group tag ... so fun and inspiring - you know I will just have to go make things now :) ♥

SabrinaDeeBerry on Apr 29, 2013:

Wishing you a happy spring ♡

rivermaiden on Apr 24, 2013:

Thanks so much for the great package of vintage goodies for the Theme in a Ziplock tag. I love it all!

lovestosew on Apr 10, 2013:

Kate- Thank you so much for the little lovelies that you sent me for the sommerset teag!

dmarie on Apr 3, 2013:

Yahoo - thanks ♥

dmarie on Apr 3, 2013:

Please ...Come check out new poochie bag swap

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