Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2017 11:23 pm


Date Joined: October 2, 2016
Last Online: October 22, 2017
Birthday: March 18, 1984
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

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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'm a member of the League of Extraordinary Penpals and I do PostCrossing (though I've deactivated my account until I move). 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.

Favorite Music

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 will be my entrance music for my wedding. I know it's probably over used but I love it (though happy to take suggestions on other bits of music in swaps or by private message).

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.

Favorite Crafts

Sewing & Silver Jewellry Making (I'm made our wedding rings). Also: Card making, Colouring & Making Envelopes I'm trying to learn how to knit and crochet too but rarely find the time so it's not going so well. I'm trying to learn calligraphy too.

Favorite Books

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.

Favorite Television

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.

Favorite Movies

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 badger! 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.

Do Not Send

  • 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.


PineappleTarts rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #19 on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Buecherwurm rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #19 on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the list! :)
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. It sounds like your trip to London was a blast. I wish I could go tot a TV show and watch it being filmed. Thanks for sharing with me.
chaari rated for ESG: Would You Rather #2 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for your answers! It was fun to read them :D
xlogophile rated for ESG: Would You Rather #2 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing, reading your answers was interesting as a couple of them presented a very different view from my own
Jjean rated for ESG: Would You Rather #2 on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: Interesting - Such a fun swap - Hope you feel great soon....... :)
Comment: Awesome and fun trip! Thanks for sharing and for making me smile :)
SuZignomeMoM rated for Happy Anniversary to VLD♥ on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice post card from Cornwall. I have only been to England on a stopover flight so have seen very little of the countryside.
Comment: I like the work so far! Thanks for sending - looking forward to seeing the finished product!
Comment: Oh that SUNDAE! I loved seeing your photos and hope to swap again soon!
dykster rated for Pinterest Hot chocolate on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: great board
lilsiyh rated for Pinterest Hot chocolate on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your board!
Comment: Fun pictures, Ree! It was great to see you, and that sundae looked amazing! :-) Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Thank you for your message. Visiting your niece's school sounds like a really lovely memory. :)
Comment: great pics and your crocheted hat is super!!
ariestess rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #18 on Sep 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Definitely some stuff I know & some stuff to check out in Spotify.
Ruthless rated for Bring a smile to your face on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! We smile at a lot of similar things! But why go through life with a frown when there are so many great things to smile about!?! Have a wonderful day!
Comment: Love the postcard! I hope your second year in Truro is just as good as the first!
Amylord rated for ESG: Quick friendly profile comment on Sep 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the comments, Ree. Always my pleasure to hear from fellow cat lovers. <3<3<3

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USAFwife on Oct 3, 2017:

Happy Swap-bot-iversary! :)

chaari on Sep 19, 2017:

ESG: Quick friendly profile comment

Hello there!

I think it is wonderful that you love travelling and have also already lived abroad! I am thinking about the possibility to leave my country as well and it is always intreresting to learn that there are others that already did it! :D Also I have never been to Iceland, but it is definetly on my list! All I ever heard about that country was really cool! ♥

MissCharlieD on Sep 17, 2017:

Hello! I also love book recommendations! Pachinko was a book published this year that I thought was fantastic, Another Brooklyn was a favorite from 2016. Happy Swapping! - Charlie, via ESG quick friendly profile comment

Inez on Sep 13, 2017:

Hi Ree!

It was really nice reading your profile! Congratulations with your marriage. I hope you had a wonderful day! So cool you created your own wedding rings! That is very special! You sound like a very busy girl! Work, volunteer, babysitting! I like that!

I wish you all the best!

Warm wishes from the other side of the world, Bonaire!

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Bhindblueeyes on May 4, 2017:

Because I loved this .gif so much, I just have to leave it for all of the HFF members :)

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2017:


Monastelar on Feb 10, 2017:

Ree!!! You are the best! Thanks for sending this beautiful PC, i absolute adore it. Thanks for such lovely PC


Monastelar on Feb 10, 2017:

Ree!!! You are the best! Thanks for sending this beautiful PC, i absolute adore it. Thanks for such lovely PC


sabbysteg on Feb 10, 2017:

Hi! Just letting everyone know in TOW group that there is a Goddess PC Swap going on, hope to see you sign up!

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