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