Swap-bot Time: October 2, 2022 10:04 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: October 2, 2022
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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Current Status

There are a series of Postal Strikes coming up in the UK designed to maximise disruption to the postal service over the next few months. I will always put the swap in the postbox/take it to the post office on the day I click sent but please be aware that postmarked dates may be different as collections won't happen on strike days. Thanks.

Request - If you are able to send an envelope with stamps rather than the printed postage if possible could you try to leave a 1cm gap around at least three sides of each stamp. I collect used stamps to send to a local animal charity. I save the really special ones for swaps and crafting but I donate as many as possible as it's a great cause. thank you

Postcards - Unless the swap specifically asks for it I'd prefer not to have greetings from, tourist cards or cards from specific areas as blank cards, even as part of a scavenger hunt, as I won't send them on to anyone else if it's not a country I can post from, obviously happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.

About Me

Photographer, cat person (who also loves Dogs), coffee addict, music lover, film geek.

I've also finally caved in and bought a die cutter so now I've got something else to spend money on by buying dies, always happy to receive any that you don't want ๐Ÿ˜€

I love Harry Potter and am a proud Gryffindor (Pottermore)

I have issues with Blue ink in pens. Don't ask me why, I have no idea, but I cannot write in Blue ink. It has to be Black, or any other colour, just not Blue.

My favourite colours are Red, purple, Black, Silver and brights like orange, yellow and green. I love black and white images and photography and black and white things are cool as well. I'm not a big fan of pink.

Loves Star Wars and Dr. Who. Hates reality TV except for The (UK) Apprentice, Bake Off and Masterchef.

Loves Books, learning, discovering new things, photography quests (see my blog for a list of my current quests and scavenger hunts (https://bigfishlittlefishcb.wordpress.com). I've just got into crafts to relieve the stress of my day job and am loving learning. Cricut apprentice, Rock painter, trainee crocheter and I'm really getting into papercrafts. and mixed media art. I'll try anything once :)

I've discovered Art Journalling and mixed media so ephemera, stickers, buttons, stencils, magazine or book pages with interesting images or words, stickers (not too childish please). I'm learning and loving Wiccan, particularly Kitchen Witch and am a little bit Goth. I love the supernatural or mythical, especially Dragons and the darker side of life. Anything that I could use in my art journal or collages is always welcome. A-Z of things I like below but I'm always open-minded and ready to discover new things. ๐Ÿ˜€

Vegetarian animal lover who just wants to get to know more of the amazing people on this planet and discover new things as often as possible.

I live just outside of Oxford with my fiancรฉ We recently had to say a heartbroken goodbye to our lovely 18-year old, slightly unhinged but loveable Cat called Smodge and have now rescued a youngster who's got big paw prints to fill but he's settling in. His name is Regulus (Reg for short).

Favorite Music

I have a fairly eclectic taste in music and always find it really hard to answer the 'favourite music' question.

I love discovering new music from bands and singers who aren't necessarily well known yet

Of the more mainstream music some of my faves (in no particular order) are...

The Black Keys, Against Me!, Alabama 3, Beth Ditto (And Gossip), Bloc Party, Collective Soul, David Bowie, Frank Turner, Incubus, Jamiroquai, Mad Caddies, Manic Street Preachers, Queen, The Stereophonics, Faithless

There are lots more and I'm always open to listening to anything that I haven't got to know yet.

I'm not a big fan of Hip Hop (although I do like some) or R&B and really don't like manufactured boy/girl bands.

Favorite Books

I love reading and try really hard to find more time to get lost in a great book.

Some of my favourites are...

To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee, The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, All of the Harry Potter Books - JK Rowling, Leaving Atlanta - Tayari Jones

Recently read and enjoyed...

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Elenor Oliphant is completely fine' by Gail Honeyman

His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman

The End Of The World Is NIG13 - Tony Moyle

Favorite Movies

In (almost) no particular order....

Star Wars, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Princess Bride, Harry Potter (All Of Them), Coyote Ugly, The Boat That Rocked, Lost Boys, Muppet Christmas Carol, The Die Hards (first three really but especially the 1st, and yes I do consider it to be a Christmas Movie :), Jaws, Mad Max (especially the first 3), Bond Movies (but especially Sean)

Favorite Television

Buffy, Angel, Stranger Things, Eastenders, The Good Place, Masterchef, NCIS (Gibbs rocks) Better Call Saul CSI (Las Vegas and New York are my favourites)

Favorite Crafts

I'm still a relative beginner in art and crafting and it's a journey of discovery for me and a great therapy for the stress of the corporate world.

I feel like I want to try everything but at the moment I'm trying not to have too many things on the go and focus a bit more and find my style and my skill set. Currenntly learning and experimenting with...

Crochet, Acrylic Paint Pouring, Painting Rocks, Dot Art Papercrafts and card making Art Journalling Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress) Mixed Media Zentangles

A-Z Of Me

A - Angel (TV Series), Animals, Architecture, Abandoned Buildings, Absurdity, Academia, Activism, Adventures, Alcohol, Aliens, Amphibians, Answers, Apples, Aquarius, Aquarians, Arctic, Armadillo's, Art, Alice In Wonderland, Art Journals

B - Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Books, Birds, Biscuits

C - Cats, Coffee (Black), Cricut, Crochet, CSI, Chocolate, Creativity, Courvoisier, Cameras, Cars, Chanel No.5, Crystals, Candles

D - Dogs, Dragons, Design, Dr Who, Drawing

E - Elephants, Eco Warriors, Equality, Eastenders, Ephemera, Embellishments

F - Fantasy (Books, Stories, Images, Characters), Feminism, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Fridays

G - Gromit, Geeks, Gin, Groot, Gryffindor

H - Harry Potter, Happy Things

I - Imagination, Ice Cream, Instant Pot, Incense

J - Jossticks, Jokes, jack-o'-lanterns, Jam, Jaws (The Movie), Jets (The Flying Kind), Jack Daniels

K - Ketchup, Key rings, Kindness, Kisses, Kittens, Kittys, Kiwi's (The Nation, the birds and the fruits)

L - Love, Lions, Llamas,

M - Marmite, Monsters, Mandala, Movies, Music

N - Novels, Notebooks, Nature, Noodles, New Years Day, New Age, Nerds, Notepaper - patterned, especially vintage looking.

O- Owls, Orange, Our Planet, Oceans

P - Puzzles, Punk, Pubs, Pagans, Painting, Parcels, Peace, Photography, paper crafts

Q - Quests, Questions, Quidditch

R - Reading, Romance, Recipes, Rock (Music), Rocks

S - Shakespear, Sharks, Sculpture, Spells, Sinatra and The Rat Pack

T- T-shirts, Trains (Steam), Tarot

U - Unicorns

V - Vampires, Variety, Vegetarian, Vegetables, Volunteering,

W - Wales, Whales, Walking, Whiskey, Writing, Winning, Wiccan, Wax Seals, Wax Melts (nothing too floral please, definitely no Rose (it gives me a headache)

X - Xtra's

Y - Yo-Yo's

Z - Zombies, Zentangles (and anything that might help me to improve mine)

Things I Don't Like

I don't want to list a load of 'do not sends' as I always think the swaps should be the senders choice but FYI - I don't like Black tea, I love fruits, herbal, green and Jasmine but not black of any variety, and I hate Anchovies although I can't imagine a swap where anchovies might be included.

Roses - or rather the smell of Roses, gives me a headache. Please don't send Love Island and reality TV stuff or anything religious things. Pagan and Wiccan are cool with me though.



I've discovered Postcrossing and love it so I'm always happy to receive postcards I love quirky cards, cat-themed, Wiccan, mythical creatures (especially Dragons), Harry Potter, Art, animals, funny or just plain weird and anything in my A-Z but I'm happy to receive any postcards.

If possible, unless the swap asks for it I'd prefer not to have greetings from or tourist cards as part of blank card swaps, obviously happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.


dancingtiger rated for UKPP: Y... on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: creative thinking!
craftyAnnaLu rated for MEGA Anything Goes PC Swap #4 on Sep 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I was so excited to receive it!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the book recommendation ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Nice choices for your answers. This big card took a beating coming to me. The front is dented, bent, and torn on the edges. My daughter lives in London. I shall be awake at 5am on Monday to watch the funeral of the Queen whom I greatly admired.
Response: Thank you for the rating, sorry the card got a bit battered, I guess the bigger cards don't hold up to the long journeys so well. The UK has a national holiday on Monday for the funeral, I guess it's going to be a mixed day of mourning and celebrating her life. Stay safe ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thank you! I'll get to work on it right away.
Response: Thank you, enjoy ๐Ÿ˜บ
Dessie0416 rated for APP - Will you be my penpal # 3 on Sep 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your letter! I will be sure to reply soon :)
Response: Thank you, I'm glad the resend got there :)
LondonWriting rated for UKPP: X... on Sep 1, 2022
Comment: Wow, you did amazing, I definitely think that X counts. Thank you so much. Sabrina
Response: Brilliant, thank you ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Hi Cathy, Thank you for the excellent photographs!
Response: Thank you, catch you soon ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thank you so so much for all my goodies! I immediately put the bat wings on my shoes and they look so cute!
Response: So glad you like them, I thought they were really cute. ๐Ÿ˜€
bluehairedmary rated for Sender's Choice #2 INTL on Aug 25, 2022
Comment: Stay cool! I can't believe the temperatures there!
Response: Thankfully it's starting to cool down a bit. We're not used to this kind of temperature in the UK. ๐Ÿ˜บ
annanymark rated for ESO: lets get creative #2 on Aug 25, 2022
Comment: Wow Cathy, youโ€™re really creative!!! I loved EVERYTHING you sent me and you put so much efford in making it perfect. Thank you so much โค๏ธ
Response: Thank you, so happy you liked it ๐Ÿ˜บ
Maddashin rated for Black and White #23 on Aug 23, 2022
Comment: Thanks ๐Ÿ™
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ˜บ
veronicallama rated for Black and White #23 on Aug 23, 2022
Comment: LOVE this photo! Gettin' down at a Bar Mitzvah, perhaps? Hope you've cooled down some.
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ˜บ
taledo rated for Sender's Choice #2 INTL on Aug 20, 2022
Comment: thank you for the interesting postcard. the bridge in the background and artsy doodles in the front.
Response: Thank you, glad. you liked it ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thank you for the lovely selections!
Response: Glad. you liked it ๐Ÿ˜บ
Ang rated for Huge Craft Supply Leftovers INT on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: Wow! That was fun to sort through.
Response: Glad you like it, I hope there's lots you can use ๐Ÿ˜บ
Response: Thanks for rating
Comment: Thanks! Ya done good. Rich
Response: Than you ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much! What a wonderful array of swap goodness. I will definitely use these items, I really appreciate you.
Response: So glad they are useful, stay safe, be happy. ๐Ÿ˜บ
journalingrachel rated for Crazy About Cats Swap on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Thank-you so much for all the cat themed goodies! I really appreciate the postcards of your heavenly cat Smodge, he was so handsome! <3 Thank-you for all the care you put into the package, and for joining my swap. Wishing you all the best!
Response: So glad you liked it :)
Ramya rated for Here's a list of my favorite things on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you Cathy for a great list (I especially like that you listed Jack Daniels!) and I really appreciate the nice small envelopes! Awesome vintage postcardsโ€ฆ peace, Happy Swaps.
Response: So glad you like it, Jack rocks ๐Ÿ˜บ, be happy.

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Gnoe on Jul 14, 2022:

So sweet of you to resend for the green postcard swap #2! I love the little lime green hummingbird ๐Ÿ’š


bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

Meisje on Dec 10, 2021:

Merry Christmas โ™ฅ


myancey on Oct 3, 2021:

Thanks for the august wta for ph group. Happy swapping

debbiespoms on Feb 22, 2021:

Hi Cathy ! I received the 3 plus 2 extra PC's today, for PH: January WTA. I really love them! Esp. the 2 Cat PC's & Faerie PC! Thank you very much!

Meisje on Feb 10, 2021:

Happy Valentines day



bringitb on Feb 7, 2021:

Hi! Just made two new swaps in the Washi Tape Lovers group. Iโ€™d love to have you join in the fun! =)

weatherwax on Feb 7, 2021:

Happy Birthday :)

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because โ™ฅ




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