Swap-bot Time: October 15, 2021 8:34 pm


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: October 15, 2021
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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My Wedding And Event Photography

Current Status

August 2021 - At the risk of tempting fate the post seems to be back to normal in our local sorting office and outbound from the UK and I'm seeing swaps sent internationally get there quickly now so fingers crossed we're back to whatever normal is. As always if anything from me hasn't arrived just let me know, I'll always resend if needed.

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

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 😀

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. 😀

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 fiancé 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

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.


LiisaS rated for ESO: Send Happy Thoughts 🥰 on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely envie and the little book :) Can't wait to open the wishes :)
Comment: Thank you so m uch I love the candle :)
inkspellonyou rated for ESO: Autumn Scavenger Hunt on Oct 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for everything, loved it 😍
efjellro rated for SIE: World Postcard Day 2021 on Oct 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the official WPD postcard :D
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for the totally stuffed envelope! And for communicating so clearly when the postoffice returned the parcel that they'd kindly trashed. I'm going to sit down with a cuppa and explore the contents, I'm very excited!
Response: Thank you for your patience, I thought the post was getting better but I think the volume is getting too much for our small local sort again. I started posting form a larger collection area so I may go back to doing that again as we get closer to Christmas. Thank you for rating.
TakenByChance rated for WIYM: ANY POSTCARD WILL DO #1 on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: I know, that there is nothing I can say that will take the hurt in your heart away from losing Smodge. That being said….I LOVE this card of him! And I feel super lucky to have you share it with me. How stinking cute is he? Those murder mittens and that face….gah, he melts my heart ❤️ thank-you for sharing with me.
Response: Thankyou, we'll never forget him and I love the idea of him travelling the world and making people smile. The murder mittens certainly lived up to the name. 😺😺
lilsiyh rated for ⭐ MS ⭐ : THEMED ENVELOPE #11 on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: I finally received this, thank you for the nice items! Unfortunately there was customs declaration sticker on it so it means all the mail that comes with that or tracking number, I have to pay customs payments AND Finnish post office 3e payments before they give these mails to me. :/
Response: Hi, I'm sorry, I thought that if it was sent as a gift, which I ticked on the back that it would be exempt. If you want to message me with how much it cost I'll paypal it to you. thank you fpr rating.
RockyBeach rated for ESO: Make an Envelope #4 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your envelope! I love how you did the address. Also the tangled elephant is great.
Response: So glad you liked it. Catch you soon 😺
Gionanna rated for SIE: World Postcard Day 2021 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this postcard, especially because it's the official World Postcard Day postcard!!
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it. Thanks for the ❤️
Petaltea rated for SIE: World Postcard Day 2021 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you !! Take care!!
Response: Thank you, stay safe 😺
renate rated for PIE: Unwanted postcards in envelope on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cards
Response: Thank you for rating 😺
kydestar rated for PIE: 2 for 2 #2 on Oct 3, 2021
Comment: Brilliant selection of postcards, thank you (also, I love the printed envelope & postage stamps) Take care
Response: Thank you, and thanks for the rating. Catch you soon 😺
Comment: Thanks for all the beautiful and cute cards. So sweet. Sorry to hear about your adorable kitty going over the bridge. Glad he had a good life with you! Cathy
Response: Thank you and I'm glad you liked the PC's. Stay safe. 😸
Johanna51 rated for PIE: Monthly swap - September 21 on Oct 2, 2021
Comment: lovely postcard of West Virginia. Thank you!
Response: Thank you, thanks for the rating 😺
MGiulia rated for ESO: Send Happy Thoughts 🥰 on Oct 2, 2021
Comment: Hi Cathy! Thank you Ford your super cute swap. You deserve more than one heart ❤️🥰💌😻 I do really like how warp the Happy Thoughts and thank you for the extras teas! Last but not least AMAZING stamps 📩📨📧💌✉️📥📫
Response: Thank you, so happy you liked it and thank you for the rating. 😺😺
efjellro rated for PIE: 2 for 2 #2 on Oct 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcards. And thank you for the cool Harry Potter themed envelope, even the stamps, omg!! :D
Response: Glad you liked them 😺🧙‍♀️
Drachenfrau rated for ESO: Send Happy Thoughts 🥰 on Sep 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much, Cathy! ❤️
Response: Thank you for the rating, stay safe 😺
Comment: Thankyou for the awesome postcards.
Response: Thank you, happy you liked them. Stay safe 😸
Itti rated for ESO: Send Happy Thoughts 🥰 on Sep 28, 2021
Comment: Lovely, thank you! The nice teas were a nice bonus too!
Response: The bonus of sending to fellow UK swappers, it's easier to put extras in. Glad you liked it 😺
monsbrick rated for HMPC: Everyday Ephemera Postcard on Sep 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you Cathy!!
Response: Glad you like it. Stay safe. 😸

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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. I’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 ♥




ittybittykitty on Nov 1, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Rainydancer on Sep 26, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

weatherwax on Jun 20, 2020:

Your art arrived - thank you !!!!! Have a brilliant weekend :)

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