Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2017 11:46 am


Date Joined: June 18, 2013
Last Online: July 22, 2017
Birthday: June 30, 1975
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

19th July 2017. Well, after a couple of false starts I feel ready to re-join the world of swapping!

I have been on a break for quite a while now – initially through swap burn out, then a series of issues at home with my mums health etc. but (touch wood) things are starting to level off and I feel in a good place.

I intend to break back into things gradually, and join a few swaps before I get back into hosting, and group management!

In my absence from the world of Swap-Bot I have kept myself busy – the previously mentioned issues with my mum having breast cancer again, then resultant health concerns from the cancer treatment! I have also set up my own business on Facebook selling my handmade jewellery and hand sewn plushies. I also taught myself to embroider, and I totally fell in love with it! If anyone is interested in an embroidery swap, please let me know!

So, the rest of my profile is a condensed version of my old one, I just wanted to take the opportunity above to explain myself a little! Looking forward to getting to know all the new swappers that have joined in my absence, and really looking forward to touching base with some old friends xxxxxxx

Remy Spock

These are my babies. Spock (Pug) and Remy (Spaniel) they are little ratbags most of the time, but I love them anyway!

Who Am I?

Zoe!! Zoe Victoria Richardson to be precise. I am now 42, but still haven’t grown up. I share the house that I was born in with my mum, two dogs (see above), eight birds, and whatever other creatures happen along. I live in a small town in Derbyshire, which is right in the centre of the UK. I am incredibly lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world. Derbyshire has a lot of countryside – fields, woods, rivers etc.

What Do I like?

Nature – animals, birds, forests, rivers and the sea – and everything in between. My particular favourites are seahorses, foxes, owls, squirrels, badgers, mushrooms, flowers. I have also recently discovered a deep love for wombats, sloths and armadillos!

Mythology and Fairy tales – I enjoy the traditional fairy tales, and love the illustrations by artists such as Arthur Rackham. Not too keen on Disney, but don’t mind some of the older styles. I love, love, love Mythology. My particular favourite is Greek mythology, but also enjoy Egyptian

Crafts – I lost my confidence in my crafting for quite a while after receiving some seriously belittling comments, but am gradually getting my mojo back. I enjoy making plushies, I make jewellery when the mood takes me, or when I can’t find something to go with an outfit! I also really enjoy photography – but I only really photograph nature –no people! I have zero drawing ability, but I have discovered an absolute love of embroidery.

Stationery – I am addicted to stationery. If I have a nice notebook, and a pretty pen to write with, all is well with my world. Love stickers of all descriptions (except reward)

Food & Drink – I drink tea and hot chocolate and that is about it! I am slightly addicted to chocolate covered mints – peppermint patties are the best! I could live on cheese, and I adore sweet potato. One thing I am completely jealous of is in the US you have so much pumpkin spice flavoured goodies – I would love to try something!

Swapping –I don’t do many postcard swaps unless the theme really appeals to me, so most of the swaps I do are packages. I really enjoy putting together a package of goodies for someone along a theme, or a profile. Always up for private swaps. I don’t join a lot of public swaps, so swap mostly in groups.

What Do I Not Like?

I am an animal lover, so please do not send me anything to do with fur or the fur trade, anything to do with hunting etc. I am not a vegetarian, but I do try to limit my meat consumption. I also only use products that are not tested on animals. If for a swap you happen to send any lotions or potions, please check before sending - thank you.

Please no items designed for children. I have a deep love for childrens stories, fairytales etc. but would prefer not to receive actual items aimed at children.

I cannot even stand the smell of coffee so would be very grateful if you do not send it me! Also don’t like swaps that smell of smoke when they arrive, but that can be dealt with if it cannot be avoided.

Please, please do not send me loose memo pad sheets, loose note sheets, pads with 3 sticky notes, single sheets of letter writing paper etc. I am drowning under a sea of them! The same applies to random bits of fabric or embellishments. If you have something that you think I would love – great send it! If you are sending something for the sake of padding an envelope out, or extras to encourage a heart – please don’t! I would much rather have one well thought out item, than 5 random bits.

My Beliefs;-

I respect any and all religions and belief systems, even if I do not follow them myself. If I was forced to say what I was, I would say Nature Worshipper.

I cannot stand intolerance of any kind. I do not care if you are black, white or pink with purple spots. I do not care if you are Christian, Hindu, Druid, Pagan, or Witch. I do not care if you are gay, straight, bi, or trans. All I am bothered about is the person inside – if you are nice to me, I am nice to you – that’s all that matters. I do not like it if you try to cram your beliefs down my throat, but I will always defend your right to have those beliefs.


I rate according to the Swap-Bot rules. I give hearts when I can see genuine thought and effort has gone into a swap, not because of extras. I am not unreasonable – if you are going to send late for a good reason – just let me know! But if you send late and don’t let me know, or if you send a swap that doesn’t meet requirements and have no interest in putting it right, please do not complain when you get the appropriate rating!


gizmodust rated for TNW-Summer on Jun 30, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the Wonderful package of goodies !! I love the manicure set. I sure can put that to good use and always can use stationary. Sorry I am so late getting this rated. Been ill and am facing surgery. Thanks again.
lhansendesign rated for M/L/FT-Summer Fairytale on Jun 29, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for all the neat items!
Comment: thanks for my wishes! :)
Snuggles555 rated for Private: @Snuggles555/@zoev1975 on Apr 19, 2016
Comment: Just loved these cute match boxes Zoe! Wow!!! Did you disassemble the one to color/draw in it? Also what was it that you used to color the ends with? Pen, markers, colored pencils? It was just gorgeous whatever it was. Thanks for swapping with me! Susan ♥
jpngirl rated for jpngirl & zoev1975 on Apr 15, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the great swap! Can't wait to try the chocolate raspberry creams. :) I love the anchor and the turtles are adorable! And the stamps will definitely come in handy. :) Thank you!! Looking forward to doing it again soon. :)
LahDeeDah rated for PVT: Sweet Revenge on Apr 2, 2016
Comment: Royal Mail landed in my box today! Yippee! You did such a great job with your letter that now I really DO want to come for a visit! I love how you planned the trip around shopping and eating. Those are my two favorite pastimes. :-) I appreciate the brochures explaining upcoming activities and sights to see and, of course, I am over the moon about the chocolate! Thank you so much, Zoe. This truly was a WIN-WIN situation. XOXO
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi tapes! I've been eyeing that panda roll for months! I love it! I also love that etsy shop, MindtheWrap. They even sent me an extra roll! I appreciate your generosity!
thriftymermaid rated for MLU: Filled Easter Eggs #2 on Mar 13, 2016
Comment: Hello, You Wonderful Bling Girl!! Thank you so much for another amazing swap!! I LOVE everything and I loved how you packaged the little eggs and the big tin egg is so much fun!! I have so much new bling to wear!! Thank you. I love the sea horse pin and the mermaid necklaces. Love the fox earrings and the fox necklace. And I love the woodland erasers--so little and cute. Thank you for the deco and washi tapes!! And I absolutely adore the lovely whale key chain!! So adorable. Thank you for a wonderful swap and for making my weekend brighter! You are an amazing swapper and a wonderful friend!! Big hugs to you!
Trader1244 rated for WIYM: Filled Easter Eggs on Mar 11, 2016
Comment: What a great package. I can tell you looked at my porofile. Loved everything you sent. Thank you so very much Ann S
tingtinga2602 rated for IPS-Trip Around The World on Mar 9, 2016
Comment: lovely assorted items.. love them all.. will join this swap again. many thanks
kiddomerriweather rated for M/L/FT-Crytozoology on Mar 7, 2016
Comment: An amazing swap! Never did I dream I'd receive a Flatwoods Monster Japanese vinyl figure! I love the stickers. The artwork in the zine is amazing and inspired me to make one of my own (for an upcoming Breaking Bad swap). The unicorn necklace is so pretty. Thank you for everything. I couldn't have asked for a better partner.
jpngirl rated for MLU-Mermaid Swap Kit on Mar 3, 2016
Comment: What a great assortment of items! I loved all the cards and stationery. It *does* seem like ages since we've swapped -- we should definitely do it more often! :) Thanks!
Ikran3 rated for TNW-Spring Equinox on Mar 2, 2016
Comment: I smiled when I knew you had me as your partner again :) thank you so much for the package - I adore the daisy socks in particular and the bee bag is awesome too! :)
suntattoo rated for NH; Pick 3 - Sea Creatures on Mar 1, 2016
Comment: Wow, thank you! The necklace is beautiful and the clothespegs are adorable :D
Arhel rated for M/L/FT-Pick 3 - Ostara on Mar 1, 2016
Comment: Eggs and bunnies! <3 Very fitting. Thank you!
sasasubine rated for PBS-Food/Snacks on Feb 29, 2016
Comment: Your package came in this morning... Thank you for the candy and snack. I like Pork rinds a lot and they are already gone...
Ciska76 rated for WIYM-Little Bag of Happiness on Feb 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you for all the hapiness you sent me! The things were put together so nicely. Love it all. Dankjewel! 💕
Comment: twenty billion hearts!!! Thank you so much, Zoe! I don't even know where to start. I always love swapping with you. Thank you for the awesome tiny journals, the fantastic Northwoods goodies ( ♥ paperchase!), the wildlife notecards (the bunny is my favorite), the washi tape in my favorite color combination, and the super-sweet necklace. You're always so thoughtful and generous. I'm excited to get to send something to you down the line. :) I hope you're doing well and having a great start to the week. *hugs!*
elvenfire rated for SIE ~ Emergency kit on Feb 20, 2016
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap! Almost all the items are very practical to me. I'm going to keep the bag nearby in case of any emergency. :) It would also be a good idea to take this with me when traveling. Thank you very much!
Comment: Woohoo! LOVE the heart checklist stickers for my planner. Thank you!

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phillaine on Jan 25, 2017:

Thinking of you and hoping for better things for you and your mom in this new year ♥

LahDeeDah on Dec 22, 2016:

sassafrass on Dec 12, 2016:

It's nice to see you back! You have been missed. I'm so very sorry to hear about your mother. My heart goes out to you. We recently found out that my step-dad has cancer, so going through that too. Sending positive thoughts and hugs your way.

Midsummerlily on Nov 6, 2016:

Hey lovely! Was just thinking how great Christmas was last year with our gifts we sent each other! I hope you're doing well lovely lady 💜💜

thriftymermaid on Oct 7, 2016:

Miss looking at your profile!! I hope you are having a good break and I hope you're back soon. I'll try to get in touch on FB, I'd love to send you a Christmas package. Big hugs!!

anicka22 on Jul 31, 2016:

Miss you and hope you are doing well.

thriftymermaid on Jul 11, 2016:

How did I miss wishing you a Happy Birthday? I hope you had a great day Bling Girl! Wishing you all the very best in the year ahead!! Big hugs. <3

shannonlinde on Jun 29, 2016:

Poppin' in to say hey! Love you lots!! :)

njstauter on Jun 28, 2016:

you are often in my thoughts and always in my heart...and so today, here I am thinking about you and wishing you well.

anicka22 on Jun 18, 2016:

Hello dear Zoe, how are you?

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