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I'm 33, married to my wonderful fella, James (as of 20th May 2017), and mother to two crazy furbaby cats (Claude - a 4 yr old grey tabby & Flynn - a 2 1/2 year old tuxedo). I live in Cornwall, England but originally from West Sussex, England. I've also lived in the USA for 4 1/2 years and in Wales for 12 years. I'd describe myself as a bit of a geek and definitely unique and often awkward. I work full time during the week and I volunteer with the Brownies/Rainbows (GirlGuidingUK). I also do ad-hoc babysitting on the weekend.
I'm a Ravenclaw through & through! I'm non-religious however I don't have an issue with people who are if they respect my opinions and thoughts but I would prefer not to receive overly religious swap items. I'm happy to discuss religion and share thoughts and ideas, respectfully, but I don't want to be 'preached' at. I have an interest in learning more about Wicca and trying to be more in tune with nature and the earth.
Hobbies: penpalling, swapping, sewing, colouring,writing, reading (mostly anything but especially historical fiction and chick lit, fantasy, sci fi and psychological thrillers, craft books, mythology, education & childhood related, travel books and some biographies), travelling, learning, and photography.
I'm especially interested in culture and countries and would love to learn more about the different countries around the world, but I have a special fondness for Iceland and Japan.
I collect postcards, stickers and magnets and also figurines (Tatty Teddy & Fairy Poppets). I also collect Pressed Pennies from places I've been to.
Likes: cats, horses & red pandas, mythological creatures (especially Unicorns, fairies and mermaids) Vanilla, fruity/citrus, chocolate and marshmallow scents, Tulips, Butterflies, Stickers, Magnets, Postcard, bookmarks, Chocolate, Anne Geddes pics & Lisa Frank stuff
Dislikes: Spiders, skulls, Lavender & cinnamon scents, anime or 'rude'/x-rated stuff. Not a big fan of Pin-Up girls.
Most pop and country (the result of my 4 1/2 years in Texas!) but will listen to most things. Not a fan of heavy metal/rock though I like the more popular soft rock, popular songs (Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, some Aerosmith etc). I don't really 'do' particular genres though. If I like the song, I don't care who it's by or what genre it is.
I like some classical music but especially Pachelbel's Canon in D. It's such a beautiful piece of music and was my entrance music for my wedding.
Some of my fave artists include:, George Strait - I Cross my Heart (will be my first dance song), Reba Macintyre (most of her stuff), Boyzone, Westlife, The Script, The Cranberries, ABBA, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Taylor Swift & Bryan Adams.
Sewing & embroidery and crochet.
Also: Card making, Colouring & fabric printing. I'd like to learn calligraphy too. I also like Silver Jewellry Making (I made our wedding rings).
Fave books include: Anne of Green Gables series, Harry Potter series, Little House series, Little Women, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Da Vinci Code, Handle with Care, The Samurai's Daughter, The Kite Runner, Half a Yellow Sun, Hope in a Ballet Shoe and I See You.
Fave authors include: Jodie Picoult, JK Rowling, Dan Brown, LM Montgomery, Clare Macintosh, John Moyes, Charlotte Betts, Phillippa Gregory & James Herbert
Always happy for book suggestions in swaps.
The Great British Sewing Bee, Project Runway, Top Chef, Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares USA, Game of Thrones, Bones, Star Trek (all but fave is Voyager followed by Enterprise), The Simpsons, QI, Law & Order: SVU, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory and Pointless.
Loads and it depends on my mood but my 'go to' movies include the following: Love Actually, Dirty Dancing 1 & 2, Harry Potter series, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, Annie (the original), Most Disney, Top Gun, X-Men movies (all of them), Star Trek movies (all especially the new cast), Grease 1 & 2, Mona Lisa Smile, Coyote Ugly, Labyrinth, Julie & Julia, Bring it on, Letters to Juliet, Pearl Harbour, Armageddon & the Lord of the Rings series.
These days I don't watch many new movies as I usually doing other things while the tv is on so prefer movies I've seen before so don't have to concentrate on. I can't remember the last time I went to the cinema! ***updated - I saw the new Beauty and the Beast movie on 17th March 2017 - it was fantastic.
I like postcards with or without envelopes, but please write a little something on the back, even if it's just a fave quote or local fact etc.
I love touristy postcards or those showing local views, culture, food and drink, attractions etc. Japan and Iceland are always winners but it's more important it's of YOUR country/culture.
I also love postcards of animals (especially baby ones), Anne Geddes prints, books/literary ones, inspirational quotes, brightly coloured/rainbow coloured ones, food & drink, art and culture or famous local people (not celebrities as such unless they are from your local area). Geeky ones are welcome as is sci fi, science and humorous ones. I'm happy to receive homemade/decorated ones too or ones you've coloured in.
Please don't send any with spiders on (I hate them) and I'm not a big fan of skulls, pin up girls, anime or 'rude' ones.
Stationary - especially stickers & washi tape (nothing with spiders or skulls though and I'd prefer not to have reward/teacher stickers or really childish ones. I do love Disney stickers though) - I love Lisa Frank stickers (automatic heart if not animal print or mostly animal print) and Pipsticks sticker packs. Scratch n sniff stickers are fine as are fabric/fuzzy ones and puffy ones.
I do like some kids themed stuff - Miffy, Mr Men/Little Miss, Hello Kitty, My Little Pony and Tatty Teddy (the Little Grey Bear/Me to You) stuff is always a winner (think stickers, washi, postcards, magnets, stationary, notecards etc). Miffy and Mr Men/Little Miss stuff would get an automatic heart!
anything glittery and/or pink, purple, blue or silver. I do like yellow but not gold. Also rainbows & bright colours are great (not loads of neon/fluorescent but some is ok).
pens/pencils especially coloured ones and/or glittery/metallic/scented
I love books so book recommendations and bookmarks are a big plus. These would get automatic hearts if included.
I love inspirational quotes
anything which teaches me a little about your culture, language, food, landmarks or customs/traditions - these could be recipie/picture postcards, bookmarks, book recommendations etc.
Ravenclaw (Harry Potter) merchandise - including stickers, patches, button badges, key rings, magnets, postcards etc. My Patronus is a cat! Ravenclaw stuff would get an automatic heart.
Animals - baby ones, but especially cats (wild and house), red pandas, horses, most dogs but especially beagles (not a fan of 'racing' dogs (greyhound, whippet etc) or Rottweilers, Staffies or Dobermans), butterflies, bees and ladybugs/ladybirds.
Snacks - I miss Flipz Chocolate pretzels which I used to love when I lived in the USA (can sometimes get them in the uk but not often). I love chocolate but Cadbury's dairy milk or whole nut OR Hershey cookies n cream. I also miss NERDS which you can sometimes get here in the UK. I miss Cheetos too. I love salted or buttered popcorn.
I do not drink tea or coffee so please do not send these. I drink hot chocolate but only milk chocolate or nutty ones (no dark chocolate, mint, orange, caramel etc). Swaps that call for hot drinks (tea bags etc) are the only exception - fruit teas are acceptable here, though no cinammon or licorice ones, and nutty hot chocolates are preferred.
I do not like spiders! Please do not send any thing with them on (cartoon-ish ones as stickers or washi tape is fine, especially coming up to Halloween).
Not a big fan of pin-up girls
I have sensitive skin so no skin/beauty products please (though 'Lush' bath bombs are fine as is 'Burt Bees' lip balm and the 'Vaseline' lipbalms. Hand creams are fine too).
Nothing scented lavender, cinnamon or coffee - I hate those scents!
Nothing which stinks of cigarette smoke please. I'm very sensitive to the smell and I hate it.
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