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Date Joined: June 29, 2007
Last Online: July 20, 2021
Birthday: October 30
Country: Australia
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About Me

I give hearts but not just because of extras, as I believe the swap item is what is important. I will appreciate anything extra you choose to send because you think I will like it, but it will not automatically earn you a heart. When I send extras myself, I do it in the hope of making my partner smile, regardless of possible hearts.**

Smart Fokker

I reuse packaging.

I live in Australia, it's a great place to be :)

I am 44 years old, happily partnered with 3 daughters and one beautiful granddaughter. Spending time with my partner and kids is very important to me. We love going to the beach or the country and exploring.

our beach

I also enjoy art galleries and book stores :)

I am insatiably curious!

I am a member of bookcrossing.

I am trying to live sustainably.

I love the colours purple, green and orange.

I love to wear red and black.

I love to cook (my secret dream is to be a Domestic Goddess)

I would love to be a bird.

I love helping my partner grow and harvest our organic produce.

I collect

silver perfume bottles

small glass bottles

Anything Art Deco

Anything on a scale of 1:12 for my dollhouse

Robots for my partner

pre-1950 girl's stories especially boarding school books or ones with Rachel in the title :)

My girls

My girls - Jess, EJ and Maddy (magic)

The clever amongst you now understand my name - magicjessnrach

The divine Miss Ruby!

Please Note: As I work full time I can only go to the post office on Saturdays. I always post my swaps before the due date however, as we do not have a delivery service on the weekends my parcels will be postmarked on the following Monday. Occasionally this may make it appear that my swaps were posted one or two days late. I assure you they were not!

I take swapping very seriously and will never flake. I would appreciate it if my partners would give me the same courtesy :)

This is my list to keep track of the one on one trades via the forums I am involved in.

I Owe

Waiting to receive

2 bottle cap shrines from DragonflyDore (crafty swap tag) to be angeled by dandelion - received thanks :)

an all things pink ATC from kimicate (1 on 1 ATC swap) to be angeled by lisajhoney - received thanks!

a surprise from stephanie davies (STTPAY) to be angeled by jessica - received thanks!

polka dots from omletdufromage (who likes...?) angeled by symphonie, thanks heaps x

atc sleeves from the defloweredmind (crafty PIB) angeled by poggy123 - thanks heaps!

6 X 9 envie of misc flat stuff from daffyd1963 (Altering supplies Tag UR It)

an amigurimi cupcake from CrochetCupcake (cupcake crazy forum swap)

? from jennyknitstoo (what I can't get in my country)

Favorite Music

I have very eclectic tastes in music. I really love folk music, world music and classical. I also love bands such as Crowded House, U2, Coldplay, Joy Division, Silverchair, Powderfinger and Opeth! Burt Bacharach is one of my heroes!

Favorite Books

I am a Secondary English and Drama teacher so teenage fiction is always a favourite. I also love post-apocalyptic fiction and many of the classics.

Favourite read of 2011 - The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and Matched by Ally Condi

Favourite Read of 2010 - A Free Small Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard

Favourite read of 2009 - The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Favourite read of 2008 - The Deep Field by James Bradley

Favourite read of 2007 - Harry Potter 7 by JK Rowling

Favourite read of 2006 - The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Favourite read again and again books: Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, The Stand by Stephen King

Favourite Children's Literature: Anything by LM Montgomery, JK Rowling, Little Women series by LM Alcott, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner, Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer, Come Back Lucy by Pamela Sykes and Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. I also have a weakness for pre 1950s Boarding School Books!

Favourite YA: Tomorrow, When the War Began series by John Marsden, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, How I live Now by Meg Rosoff, Matched by Aly Condi, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

Favourite Literature: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Jane Austen, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, The Outsider by Albert Camus and Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, anything Arthurian

I am a member of www.bookcrossing.com - helping to spread literacy one book at a time!

Favorite Movies

I love to watch all types of movies but sci fi and good quality horror flicks would be my favourite genres. I am a sucker for romances, my favourites are An Officer and a Gentleman, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and St Elmo's Fire (Sooooo embarrassing!). I also love old Hollywood films.

Favourite directors - John Hughes, Alfred Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray, Joss Wheadon, Robert Altman, Ridley Scott, Leos Carax, Steven Soderbergh, Gillian Armstrong, Alex Proyas

Control was one of the best films I have ever seen! If you like Joy Division then make sure you see it!!!

Favorite Television

I don't like to watch tv much, so many programs are awful! I will watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly (I think Joss Whedon is a genius! ), history programs, documentaries (I love to learn new things), British comedy and good quality dramas. I also love old sci fi shows such as Blake's 7 and Dr Who.

I love "How to" programs! Shows dedicated to living greener, self-sufficiency and gardening are must sees for me! Escape to the Country is great to watch and dream :)

Favorite Crafts

I will try anything crafty when I have the time (3 kids, a man, a house, 2 dogs and a full-time job means time is limited). I embroider and cross stitch, scrapbook, make dotees and ATCs, make bookmarks, bookstrings and magnets. I love to make beaded jewellery, especially bracelets and earrings. I have become addicted to making ATCs since joining swapbot. I love being able to create a tiny piece of art in a small amount of time. I have recently become interested in altering books and journals.

I collect small pieces of material with intricate/tiny patterns to embellish with embroidery and beads for fabric ATCs.

I'm also on the look out for Asian papers, joss paper, tiny mahjong tiles and coins to use in ATCs. Tiny trinkets are also always welcome :)

Can always find a home for vintage paper ephemera such as old handwritten letters/diaries/journals; lace; vintage embroidery, needlepoint, doilies, & trims; old sparkly buttons, vintage photos of people; vintage postcards; vintage christmas ornaments.

Always willing to swap FBs and LBs.

I love beach glass and tiny shells.

Magic and I have started creating a dollhouse for a witch! That is teaching me many new crafts!

I also love to garden. My passion is growing vegetables for the family!


smell: rain, frangipanis, violets, roses, lavender, vanilla, apple pie, cinnamon and the sea. I adore Yankee candles especially the ocean scents but sadly they are hard to get here.

season: autumn because of all the beautiful colours.

touch: velvet, moss, warm sand and babies cheeks.

milkshake: strawberry.

chocolate: the best chocolate in the world is Cadbury roast almond.

flowers: violets, pansies, tiger lillies, daisies and bright orange zinnias.

herbs: mint and lemon balm

vegetables: homegrown anything!

dessert: Crème brulee.

art: abstract.

artist: John Olsen, Fred Williams, Rosalie Gascoigne, Fiona Hall

song: Don’t Dream its Over by Crowded House and Love will Tear us Apart by Joy Division

singer: KD Lang

My dream dollhouse:


Photo found here- art deco dollhouse

I love...



Vintage/vintage look lace

Vintage collage sheets, vintage images, vintage letters

Matryoshka dolls



Pin cushions

Beautiful fabric


Dimensional magic

Beautiful scrapbook papers





Pretty notepaper

Anything handmade

Anything miniature for my dollhouse

Miniature halloween items for the dollhouse

Green, purple and orange fine uniball pens

Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Chipboard trees and birds

Handmade Christmas Ornaments (it is my ambition to cover my 7 foot Christmas tree with handmade ornaments only! Success acheived in 2010!!!)

Anything from my etsy favourites

My girls LOVE Peanut Butter Cups and Reece's Pieces

Please don't send...


Religious Items

Scrap paper


Flakers 2010

These are the swaps I have been flaked on so far this year. I no longer ask for angels but if you feel so inclined I would be very grateful :)

@Jordylovebunny – cupcake ATC (angelled by hueyfan, thanks!)

@LindaBartlett – music ATC (angelled by jj9jj, thanks!)

@Eris - "Make Up" ATC Swap...Letters "A" - "F" (angelled by aguasulis, thanks!)

@Indigored – private dotee swap


Comment: Never received, but going to give her the benefit of the doubt that it was sent twice since there have been no problems in the past.
Response: This swap was from April 2013 and I sent twice. By the date and when you said they hadn't arrived. You then took a hiatus from swapbot and I never heard from you till this! I assumed you got them during the time you were not on here. I have swapped fbs with you many times before and never had this problem.
Comment: OMG, I can't believe I forgot about the Tomorrow When the War Began series! And whaaaat there were two more books written after I stopped reading!! TO THE LIBRARY! :D
STUFFellaneous rated for Fabulous 40's Pen Pal Swap #5 on Sep 14, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the cards & reply letter. Keep an eye on your mailbox.
Becca4 rated for Fabulous 40 Penpal Swap #3 on Jul 18, 2013
Comment: I was greeted this morning by a beautiful envie filled with a lovely note and wonderful ephemera!!! Can't wait to write back!
maxbenleo rated for Fabulous 40's Pen Pal Swap #2 on Jul 13, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much, love you envy and card!! Will write you back!!😊
Comment: Pretty notecard and lovely to "meet" you. Letter will be coming in return. :-)
jeanland rated for SC: Stationery Swap on Jun 24, 2013
Comment: Beautiful stationery & envies! Also thank you for the extra notecard w/envie & the postage stamps! Thank you for the very happy mail! :o)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely butterfly fbs! :)
Rhian rated for OoO Traders - Find A Penpal on May 21, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the letter :)
Melyssa rated for Fabulous 40's Pen Pal Swap #1 on May 21, 2013
Comment: Received your letter today! I'll write back soon! :-)
Comment: Thank you for this swap :)
faeeka78 rated for 5 Label bags *International* swap on May 7, 2013
Comment: Thanks Rachel . I thought I had rated you already , but I see now I didn't . Sorry !
BeeMGee rated for Put a ******* on It on May 2, 2013
Comment: How special. Thank you.
Wenturner71 rated for Move Those Decos! on Apr 28, 2013
Comment: Thank you for sending the decos!
Silenttowr rated for Random Penpal Swap on Apr 10, 2013
Comment: Your second one made it! I loved reading your letter and thank you for the bookmark. I'll be writing a reply as soon as possible. Thank you!
missmuffcake rated for Random Envie Swap #5 on Apr 7, 2013
Comment: i plan on trying the recipe shortly! thank you for everything!
thevmatt rated for 3 Decos! on Apr 1, 2013
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you!
neca84 rated for Put a ******* on It on Mar 15, 2013
Comment: thanks for the birdy items
Comment: Thanks!

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bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

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bbsporty on Dec 31, 2013:

Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!

rachelcdoyle on Jul 2, 2013:

sugaraddict on May 27, 2013:

Hi Hi!! I'm hosting a Foodie Pen Pal Swap which I thought might interest you :) Do swing by and check it out yea.. We would love to have you swap with us! :) Thanks!!

marge on May 22, 2013:

Thank you for the letter i got today... :) writing back... Stay safe and blessed :) :)

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TerryF on Dec 17, 2012:

Merry Christmas!

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