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smokeandmirrors

smokeandmirrors
Original Member
Last Online: January 26, 2017

Country: Australia

About Me

I'm taking a break from swap-bot and i honestly don't know when i'll be back. I have four main reasons for this.
1. I have members of my family that need my time and attention for a few reasons that i don't wish to share publicly.
2. Postage and swapping is getting very expensive and to be honest i'd rather spend what we do have on our kids and future plans.
3. I made a mistake on my own swap recently by copying and pasting the wrong information into my swap description. I'm trying to make this up to the swapper but i think if i'm making stupid mistakes it's probably time for a break.
4. Lastly over the past couple of years i've received several swaps that technically met swap requirements but clearly didn't have any thought put into them. Which is always a bit sad.
Add all that up and swap-bot is not as fun as it used to be for me. Bye for now!

Hi, my name is Laura and I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband, sons and our three cats.

I must say here that I do re-gift some items. While I do appreciate the effort sometimes items are just not right for me. I would prefer to pass them on and make someone else happy with them rather than leaving them in my cupboard.

I collect....

Keyrings/Keychains
You can guarantee i will LOVE any keyring you send me! Any keyrings are fantastic but tourist/souvenir ones are my absolute favourite!

Lord of the Rings/Tolkien
I am a HUGE fan of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other works; i just love them!! So if you could send me absolutely ANYTHING (aside from magazine clippings) about Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, or Tolkien's other novels i would be ever so grateful!!!! They can be items based on the books or the movies as i love both!

Shopkins
Any pack of shopkins or even loose spare shopkins you may have would be great! Or any of their other items such as sticker packs, card packs, micro lights etc. Anything is welcome!

Stamps
$1 Australian stamps for me to use or Used postage stamps for collecting (on or off paper). Please do not send me stamps that are torn, drawn on or have sticky tape on them as these are no good for a collection.

Books

I also would love any second hand books written by J.R.R.Tolkien, Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman or any books about The Lord of the Rings.

Other Things i like

Christmas Items
I love Christmas! The following are Christmas items i would like to receive. I don't need anything that's not on this list as i have plenty of other supplies already:

  • Christmas CD's (Store bought only)
  • Christmas socks (Ladies Size 2-8)
  • Children's illustrated Christmas books/stories (Love these!)
  • Christmas gift tags/labels
  • Something Christmas for the kitchen
  • Something Christmas for the bathroom
  • Christmas earrings
  • Christmas keyrings

Socks
I am always looking for new socks with something unusual on them. Things such as dragons, skulls, cats, food, Christmas etc would be great! Any style except toe socks or knee highs please! (Australian ladies size 2-8)

Earrings
For pierced ears only please! I'm hoping to wear a different pair of earrings every day for a year so i'm trying to accumulate enough earrings to do this. It doesn't matter if they're dangly or short studs; all are appreciated :)

Blind Bags
Any of those mystery toy bags where you don't know which toy or figure from the set you're going to find inside. Blind bags aimed at either boys or girls are fine. You can find some examples HERE but any are welcome!

Cooking/Baking
I love to cook and bake. I like trying new gadgets in the kitchen (even if they're terrible they're still fun to try). I love trying new foods especially things i can't get in my own Country. Whether it be meal mixes, savoury snacks, sweet snacks, drinks etc. My favourite foods to cook with are cheese, garlic, potatoes, chilli's and cauliflower. Yum yum!

Wishlist

Here is a list of all of the things i like to receive in swaps:

  • Any keychains
  • Souvenir keyrings
  • Second hand J.R.R.Tolkien, Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman books or a

  • Tolkien collectibles

  • Lord of the Rings collectibles
  • Christmas items (See list in above section)
  • Unused $1 Australian Stamps
  • Ladies Socks Size 2-8 (See types above)
  • Blind Bags (See above for more info)
  • Shopkins (Anything!)
  • Address labels without my username
  • A4 sheets of blank address labels for me to print on
  • Used Postage Stamps
  • Snacks from Countries other than Australia
  • Blank postcards from Australia only
  • Food flavoured lip balm

For current or upcoming projects i'm also looking for:
- Tabs off soft drink cans

Please DO NOT send me....

No

The list BELOW is a list of things i DON'T want. I'm amazed at how many people still send me items on this list! I really really don't want anything that is listed below.

  • Scented Items such as candles, incense, air fresheners etc.
    • Health & Body products such as soap, make up, body wash, lotions, nail files etc.
    • Things that are Mint, cherry, corn, aniseed or cinnamon flavoured
    • Pink and brown items.
    • Tea, Coffee and hot chocolate
    • Religious items
    • Facewashers/Wash Cloths
    • Floral or butterfly images
    • Products made with animal fur
    • Hair Accessories such as Hair Clips, ties, scrunchies, combs etc.
    • Art & crafts items such as; thread, fabric, buttons, felt, scrapbooking, ric rac, ribbon, wool, etc.
    • Notebooks & pens
    • Erasers
    • Tissues
    • Hand bags, satchel bags, tote bags etc.
    • Bookmarks
    • Coin Purses
    • Wine bottle holders or wine glass charms

No

Looking for angels for....

Pinterest - Take a Vacation to Syria! flaked on by Fyregypsy

Travel Photo Swap flaked on by @hayleeey

Mums with Bubs Penpal Swap flaked on by @Bunnytoduk

Already Angelled
Pinterest Interest flaked on by @USArose but angeled by both @neca84 and @nads

Pen Pal Party! August 2014 Flaked on by @Lisaxoxo but then angelled by @neca84

Pinterest Recipe Collection #31: Custard Flaked on by @rmcmonies then angelled by @nads

I've Completed This flaked on by @MissLetour but then angelled by @mejulia

M.I.: My Cooking Pen Pals Flaked on by @greenworld90 then angelled by @mejulia

50 Used Stamps Swap #26 Flaked on by @nickmang and angelled by @bavarija @Lexidh and @anicka22

Pinterest - Take a Vacation to......Egypt! flaked on by @AimeeTheGreat but angelled by @caz50

Pinterest Recipe Collection #34: Polenta flaked on by @Fyregypsy but angelled by @caz50

Pinterest - Take a Vacation to Russia! flaked on by @MissLetour but angelled by @mellyrose89

Pinterest - Take a Vacation to China! flaked on by @rmcmonies but angelled by @mellyrose89

Pinterest - Take a Vacation to Costa Rica! flaked on by @Lunatus but angelled by @mellyrose89

Pen Pal Party! July 2014 Flaked on by @msjj831 but angelled by @mellyrose89

Pinterest Recipe Collection #55: Cream Cheese flaked on by TwixieMoon but angelled by @caz50

Ratings

Please remember to rate others! It is a very important part of swap-bot and without this rating system we wouldn't know which swappers go above and beyond and which should not be allowed to participate. Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by!

:)

Ratings

Net3811 rated for Christmas Scavenger Hunt on Jan 27, 2017
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Comment: LOVED my swap. Thanks so much Laura. My favourite was the strange item. That really was strange!
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Comment: Thank you for the list, hope you are able to accomplish everything!
peachynook rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 17, 2016
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Comment: thank you for your nice card I received yesterday I hope you and your family have a great xmas .... Audrey .....
JenniferB rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 15, 2016
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Comment: Hi Laura...thank you for the lovely Chrissie card. The little tags are so cute! May you and yours keep safe and have a Merry Christmas, especially with the exciting arrival coming soon. Cheers 😊❤️🎄
craftycol rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 15, 2016
5
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Comment: loved it and the extras ty
mellyrose89 rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 13, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you for the card!
whisperwings rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap on Dec 13, 2016
5
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Comment: ☆•¨•.¸¸¸.•¨•☆•¨•.¸¸¸.•¨•☆•¨•.¸¸¸.•¨•☆•¨•.¸¸¸.•¨•☆A Merry Aussie Christmas. Thank you for the cards.
HOLDENV84 rated for Bless Someone for Christmas on Nov 29, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for thinking of Charlie. He was so excited to get the present and unwrap it and you really put thought into it! I hope you and your family has a great Christmas xxxx
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JenniferB rated for Fill My Christmas Stocking on Jun 4, 2016
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Comment: Thank you so much for my Chrissie pressie Laura! I have tucked it away to open then...lets see how long I last hahaha! Cheers 😊❤️
ShabbyJules rated for My Favourite Things: Colour on May 28, 2016
5
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Comment: thankyou
HOLDENV84 rated for Travelling Postcard Round #7 on May 7, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you thank you thank you xxxx Love receiving mail!
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Comment: Thanks for the Pringles! I love Sour cream and onion!! I didn't even know there was a ranch flavour!
Response: Glady they'll be enjoyed! The Ranch is an american flavour. I haven't had them in so long, haha!
JenniferB rated for Travelling Postcard Round #6 on Apr 18, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the travelling pc...yes, it's funny we've been swapping a bit lately 😀♥️
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Comment: Thanks for resending it
JenniferB rated for Travelling Postcard Round #5 on Apr 12, 2016
5
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Comment: Postcard received thank you...sorry for late rating ♥️
JenniferB rated for I'd like to try that: Gift Bags on Mar 31, 2016
5
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Comment: I received your gift bags today...you did a great job! Sadly I've messed up with the 'one' I sent off. Glad it was a try that, but might end up with a 3! Thanks for hosting the swap also 😊♥️
JenniferB rated for Travelling Postcard Round #4 on Mar 28, 2016
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Comment: Thank you, I did recieve the card...please refer to comment below 🔰 for not rating earlier. I honestly thought I had 😔❤️
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Comment: So sorry Laura for being late in rating...I thought I had, so thank you for reminding me-my bad! I know how much trouble you would have gone through putting it together! You did very well! I tried even rafia and no go LOL I ended up covering mine with white fluffy material and I think it looked great. It was a great challenge all the same, and thanks for hosting! Again sorry for late rating...♥️
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Comments

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!

2017

majicmiss on Apr 30, 2016:

Thanks so much for my wishes Laura, I love them!!

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nads on Feb 1, 2016:

Thankyou for the 2 packets of seeds & lovely note . I will be putting a "no go"sign up in hope the caterpillas stay away :)"

Keruka on Jan 6, 2016:

Thank you so much for my December wish, I absolutely love it! You always find the best geeky items for me thank you sooo much!

nads on Jan 2, 2016:

My oldest granddaughter had a safri part for her 1st birthday .Hope these pictures can give you some ideas

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This is the place my daugter got the stuff from

http://blog.chickabug.com/2011/02/jungle-safari-party-lily-is-1.html)

Swan on Dec 28, 2015:

Thank you for the beautiful Sydney postcard with goals for next year for my December Wishlist!

neca84 on Dec 24, 2015:

Merry Christmas, thanks for being a part of the best group on Swap-bot, Active Aussie SWAPaholics :)

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nads on Nov 29, 2015:

So sorry for the mix up ,Thankyou for the lovely presented receipes , the onion steaks are on the menu for tonight :)

nads on Nov 29, 2015:

thankyou for the lovely selection of teas for Nov, wishes . Cant wait to try them

renate on Nov 27, 2015:

Thanks for the postcards you send me from November Wishlist.

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