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straycat911

straycat911
Date Joined: February 11, 2009
Last Online: September 22, 2010
Birthday: July 4, 1980
Country: Canada
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About Me

IMPORTANT NOTE: I've taken a break from swaps for the past few months to work on other projects in my life. I'm just starting to do a few swaps again, but I'm still not checking in every day so I apologize if you leave me a message and I don't get back to you quickly! Take care fellow swappers! - Cat

I'm a photographer and book editor and my passions are for words, images, and travel. I love language (I'm a grammar fiend and a great quote or twist of phrase is one of my favourite things) and books and animals. I support and volunteer with animal rescue organizations, and my dog is a rescue. I've recently become involved in dog agility, and I'm excited to see where my efforts lead -- so far my dog is doing pretty well! I speak English, French, and Latin. I collect bookmarks, drink a lot of tea, and am trying to figure out where my creative passions lie. I'm very interested in altered books, book art, bookbinding, and altered art in general, but I'm just beginning to explore these areas. I'm also learning to crochet and can't wait to start making amigurumi critters. I'm changing a lot of things about my life right now, including exploring new creative pursuits. If you're interested, I'm tracking this journey on my blog (see link at top). I recently moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada, with my husband and our large orange dog.

Travel

I love, love, LOVE to travel and have been lucky enough to visit every continent except for South America and Antarctica. This past spring I visited Spain and Morocco, and in February I visited a friend of mine who is working as a nurse in the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. It was cold!

Cooking

I enjoy cooking, and use my slow-cooker and bread machine regularly. I generally cook very healthy food -- I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting salad recipes -- but I also love to make elaborate desserts, usually garnished with berries or dark chocolate shavings!

Bookmarks

I collect bookmarks of all kinds -- I rotate my bookmarks by switching to a new one every time I start a new book. My friends and family bring me back bookmarks when they travel, and I also love homemade bookmarks. If you're sending me a bookmark, I would appreciate if you could put your name (or a nickname) and city or town on it somewhere (most people put it on the back) so I know where it came from! Thank you!

Favourite Books

I read a lot. I always have a few books on the go and I'll read just about anything. I have very eclectic tastes, and my favourite authors -- Charles Dickens and Stephen King -- might seem a bit contradictory, but Dickens is a master of amazing phrasing and King is a master of plot and character, so I think they complement each other rather well! I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction, travel memoirs (and other memoirs), anything to do with history or language, graphic novels, and ... oh, just about anything. A list of other favourite authors would be quite long, but a few names spring to mind: Michael Chabon, Rudyard Kipling, Neil Gaiman, Wally Lamb, Robert Graves.

Favourite Movies

I love old movies (Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, film noirs), and I'm a big zombie movie fan (Romero movies are my favourites, especially the original Dawn of the Dead). Some other films I've really enjoyed are Slumdog Millionaire, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Man Who Wasn't There, and The Power of One. I like watching kids' movies when I'm sick or feeling down, and my favourite is Labyrinth.

Favourite Television

I don't really watch much TV. I do like Scrubs and Arrested Development, though, and I've recently been watching Glee and Dexter.

Favourite Colours

I like light green, robin's-egg blue, and chocolate brown. But I like most colours, really! Not a big pink fan, although I think light pink looks nice with a dark brown. Orange is a very happy colour for me.

Other Favourites

Board games, zombies, labels, bookmarks, book plates, old books, bookcrossing, postcrossing, amigurumi, cooking and baking, handmade or otherwise beautiful paper (I love Japanese paper), loose-leaf tea, red wine, dark chocolate, spicy food, retro stuff (especially anything from the forties or fifties), old maps and globes, vintage travel stuff, Archie comics, vintage Nintendo and Mario Brothers stuff, healthy eating, BBC Radio, Freddie Mercury, Edward Gorey, Ogden Nash, Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, woodcuts and woodcut-style art, screen-printing, letterpress, scuba diving, downhill skiing, ballroom dancing, grammar, big dogs, hedgehogs, monkeys, cows, llamas, penguins, socks with animals or stripes on them, a good turn of phrase, swirls, polka dots, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, musicals, classical (Greek and Roman) history, old typewriters, blank notebooks.

Swaps

I never flake on swaps, and I always let my partners know if there's a chance I'll be late! If you don't receive something from me that you were expecting, please let me know so that I can resend.

Ratings

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Comment: always fun to see other creative geniuses use the same materials I do for making envies, lol. Fun assortment! thank you :)
amuhleisen rated for CQ: Handmade Envelopes - Global on Jun 9, 2010
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Comment: Super awesome! I especially love the skull one! I love the address labels and the enclosure card too! Super duper job!
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Comment: Thanks for the great teas - I've never heard of Arctic teas - I can't wait to try one in the morning. They smell so good.....mmmmmmm.
grneyedraven rated for Tea lovers swap ! on Jun 1, 2010
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LittleOwlette rated for Tea lovers swap ! on May 25, 2010
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely selection of tea, I can't wait to try them! Also I love the little photos for my wall - heart for the extra love :D
mware rated for Bookmark And Cocoa Swap #2 on May 11, 2010
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Comment: You are awesome, I was having a bad day and then your package showed up I love the bookmarks so much especially the Gecko it is so cute and the hot cocoa was so yummy thank-you from the bottom of my heart!! Hugs mware
krstawrdtravels rated for Meet Me with a Smile on Apr 25, 2010
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard, I've never received any like this before :)
karen4444 rated for Crochet bookmarks on Jan 10, 2010
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Comment: Thank you so much, and you did a great job even though you are just starting out!
zilliah rated for Crochet bookmarks on Jan 5, 2010
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Comment: Thanks!
katehawk rated for Creepy Christmas Greetings Card on Dec 28, 2009
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Comment: you are so creative! and i loved this! they looked a bit like south park characters too which was cute (not sure if that was intended). i also really appreciated your letter (earned you the heart). i do use one of those sun lamps, i got it last christmas. so far it's been so-so with working. i'm going to add you as a friend! :)
Christopherpines rated for The Vintage Swap on Dec 18, 2009
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Comment: Thank you for a lovely assortment!
CrayonMom rated for THE UPCYCLED BOOKMARK PROJECT on Dec 11, 2009
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Comment: They finally arrived, Yay! I was worried they'd be lost in the post. I really like your bookmarks, very creative and fun!
ManitoulinGirl rated for Christmas Bookmark on Dec 8, 2009
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Comment: Thank you for the cute bookmark! I love living on Manitoulin Is. but Kingston is a lovely city too!
Mondestrunken rated for The Vintage Swap on Dec 3, 2009
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great items!
Juliettie rated for Teeny Tiny Stuffie Swap #9 on Dec 2, 2009
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Comment: TWO wonderful stuffies. I especially love the embroidery...you do lovely work! Thank you.
maybeblue rated for THE UPCYCLED BOOKMARK PROJECT on Dec 2, 2009
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Comment: Thank you very much for the pretty bookmarks!
lourdes rated for Favourite Quote Bookmark on Dec 1, 2009
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Comment: thank you for the bookmark, liked the quote a lot. lourdes
disneyfreaksam rated for Book Lovers Postcard on Dec 1, 2009
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Comment: Thank you very much for your card. I will put your suggestions on my "to read" list xx
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Comment: Much have been a windy evening when this PC picture was taken as the trees are trying to fight the wind. Pretty PC though. Of course non of the tumbleweed tumbled. Isn't that always the case? When we expect to see something and it does not happen. Thanks for a nice note and book recommendations. Enjoy your week! :)
Christina rated for Winter @ the World PC on Nov 30, 2009
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Comment: Thank you for the card and note!

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Comments

Laurenbujo on Sep 13, 2010:

I just posted a new ATC swap in the Horror Fans United group! Please Come check it out! sign up by Sept 30th!!

Ky on Dec 8, 2009:

Hi Cat, Another envie of bookmarks is on it's way to you...darn postal system! :-) So sorry you had to wait. Ky

Sauterelle on Nov 11, 2009:

Hi, I'm doing another handmade envelope swap. This one is Christmas themed. Come join in. =)

wreath

Toupti on Nov 6, 2009:

Ppssstttt !

I’ve created a new group called Quotes of all kinds. Please come have a look here and join.

=D

krismakes on Nov 2, 2009:

Hi Cat I am your swap partner for the paper scrap swap and I've just packaged up your goodies ready to fly! I've only had a quick look at your blog but I like it there and may visit again soon methinks. Good luck with the amigarumi or however it's spelled, I love those little things. cheers Kris (krismakes in oz) ps this was the comment I was going to leave on your blog but I was too lazy to sign up to vox or whatever it was! Ciao

kelsterjean on Sep 26, 2009:

Hi, I'm your swap partner for the Books I'm Reading Post Card, just wanted to let you know it will be going out today, and sorry for the delay, its been a busy week.

Thanks!

kelly

Fenix825 on Sep 5, 2009:

Thanks so much for my envie of ephemera from the WTA game!! ::Hugs:: - Christina

diamonddew on Aug 25, 2009:

Hi! Welcome to my new group, Zombies, Aliens, Vampires, Monsters and Robots! And any other creepy cuteness you can think of :) Take a look at our first swap (deadline 26 Aug) and get stuck in! x

JenDiggityDirt on Aug 4, 2009:

What do you call a crazy chicken? A cuckoo cluck!

grimmlynn on Jul 20, 2009:

Ephemera junkies is having a giveaway so please come join in on the fun!

The last day to sign up to win is July 30th!

Good Luck!

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