Swap-bot Time: June 23, 2024 5:23 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: June 23, 2024
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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It's my 60th Trip around the sun this year and I intend to embrace it and enjoy it. As part of the things I want to do I'm aiming to reach 1000 swaps by the end of this year. Wish me luck. ๐Ÿ˜€

Our local sorting office is still understaffed so deliveries to me are often delayed and it seems to be affecting outgoing sometimes as well with collections from the post boxes not happening every day, so if you haven't received anything you're expecting from me please let me know.

If I've clicked 'sent' at the weekend I will have put it in the postbox but it may not move on until Monday or sometimes even Tuesday or Wednesday depending on collection so please be aware that sometimes the postmark will be a different date from my sent date

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 Please don't send '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 I'm 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 My Never Ending Story 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 watercolour painting, Zentangle and Neurographic art and 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.

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 husband. We had to say a heartbroken goodbye to our lovely 18-year-old, slightly unhinged but very loveable Cat called Smodge a couple of years ago and now have a rescued young tabby sharing our home who's got big paw prints to fill but he's settling in. His name is Regulus (Reg for short). There's always a chance you'll see a postcard featuring Smodge, Reg is a little camera shy but I'm sure he'll have his own range soon.

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, Dot Art Papercrafts and card making Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress) Mixed Media Zentangles Nuerographic Art Watercolour Abstracts

A-Z Of Me

A - Angel (TV Series), Animals, Architecture, Absurdity, Activism, Adventures, Alcohol, Aliens, Amphibians, Apples, Aquarius, Aquarians, Art, Alice In Wonderland, Amethyst

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

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

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 and I can't use anything that smells of Rose. Please don't send Love Island and reality TV stuff or anything religious. Pagan and Wiccan are cool with me though.

I mentioned it at the top of the page but please don't send touristy postcards in swaps, I really don't like them. At best they'll get used in a swap for postcards that people don't like, at worst they'll go to waste. I won't send a tourist postcard unless I can send it from the country it's from so they are wasted on me. Thanks



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 except for 'greetings from or tourist cards unless they are written and posted as a specific part of a swap.

Please don't send blank tourist postcards even as part of a scavenger hunt as I won't send them on unless it's a place I can post from and it seems such a waste.


MrsCrafty rated for Share Your Collection - Email Swap on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: Your collection of cameras is too cool!! I used to love my photography classes and even tried to do photography myself for awhile but I fell out of it. Still, I find the evolution of them over the years to be fascinating! Thanks for sharing!!
Response: thank you, I love them, I had a film developed yesterday, it expired in 2001 and was put in my camera in 2021. I was pretty pleased to get a few photos from it that I liked. Happy Swapping ๐Ÿ“ท
Comment: Thanks for the kiwi card and nice note about your weekend!
Response: Thank you for rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Hey Cathy thx for resending this time it arrived in the j. ordner The photos didnt Show up but I could open the link and enjoyed the Harry photos so I rated you ๐ŸŒธ thx for trying to resend
Response: Thank you, I guess it must be settings that stop the photos from showing up, I always make them small files in case there's a size restriction with email providers. Thank you for rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
Cindymt rated for Introduce Your Pet - Email Swap on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Thanks for sharing! My cats have done things like what your cats do!
Response: I think they all do strange things sometimes, that's why we love Cats. thank you for rating. ๐Ÿ˜ธ
vickysounio rated for Share a Recipe - Email Swap on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing Cathy. I already printed the recipe.
Response: Thank you, I hope. you like it. Thank you for rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
HappyMom rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - May on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Sorry to be so slow in rating these awesome pix! I first looked at them on my phone and then on the computer - they really are beautiful! I love the architecture, but the puffins are my favorites!
Response: Hey, no worries, the day with the Puffins was amazing and I'll definitely be going back sometime. Thank you for rating. ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Regulus is adorable and so photogenic for someone who doesn't like the camera lol My Nicholas also loves water not from his normal water bowl. Regulus seems well loved and appreciative of you and your family. Thanks for sharing your photos โค
LeslieLovesMail82 rated for Die cuts & Washi tape swap on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Hi Cathy! Oh my goodness, what an adorable envelope! Thank you so much for sending me such a cute swap - I just love all the fun die cuts and the pretty washi tapes! :-)
Response: So glad you liked them, thank you for the rating. Happy Swapping ๐Ÿ˜บ
ambhi2024 rated for Introduce Your Pet - Email Swap on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Regulus Is just one of those cats that you fall in love with after seeing all of his antics. Oh my goodness. So precious! Thank you for sharing with me and have a beautiful weekend! ๐Ÿ’•
Response: He is a character and we love him. There's never a dull moment. Thank you for rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: OMG what a collection!!! I collected cameras too. I also have a few old ones from my father..he was a photographer ages ago..and I have a Zenit too. Thank you for sharing your collection!! I really enjoy it!!!!!
Response: They are a wonderful piece of history, I'm so happy you understand the passion. Happy Swapping. Thank you for rating. ๐Ÿ˜บ
JKartstuff rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - May on Jun 18, 2024
Comment: Gorgeous photos. I love the birds!
Response: Thank you, and thank you for rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Heya Cathy :) Thank you for the postcard - I've not seen any of the shows that you mentioned (my mum adores NCIS though and watches it on repeat!) so I'll check them out! Take care, Deb
Response: Gibbs (NCIS) is a silver Fox and it's an easy watch ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: TY
Boomerang rated for Die cuts & Washi tape swap on Jun 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you for a fantastic swap. I loved all the die cuts you sent (the shapes are beautiful, and you chose the paper for each one so well), and the washi samples. Thanks also for the Swap-Bot postcard and for decorating the envelope. I collect stamps and really appreciate the ones you used. (Also, I hope I'm rating the right person, because I didn't find any notes with your username!)
Response: Sorry, I thought I'd put a swap card in there, it is the right person and thank you for the rating, I'm glad you like it ๐Ÿ˜บ
pixiegirlanna rated for Vent About It - Email Swap on Jun 16, 2024
Comment: Great big swap envelope arrived today! What fun it is going through everything. Very nice packaging and organizing of the items. Thanks for your time putting it together! So very nice. Take care
Response: I'm glad you like it, Catch you soon. Thank you for rating ๐Ÿ˜ธ
Cindymt rated for Random Photo - Email Swap on Jun 16, 2024
Comment: That is a big kitty! Thanks for sharing!
Response: He certainly is ๐Ÿ˜ธ Thanks for the โค๏ธ catch you soon
simcoe54 rated for PH: Something In Common #4 on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the great pc and for participating in this swap.
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ˜บ
MNJoviGirl rated for Random Photo - Email Swap on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: Here Kitty Kitty!
Response: I wish ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ธ
Alice1994 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #23 on Jun 14, 2024

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HappyMom on Jan 22, 2024:

Welcome to the Electronic Swaps Group!

mymerakidesk on Jul 30, 2023:

Welcome to โ€œWax Seals & Dried Flowers Enthusiastsโ€!

yvonne401 on Jun 24, 2023:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!



hazelwitch3 on Apr 26, 2023:

I love the idea of trying to create a swap including anchovies ......!

simcoe54 on Feb 7, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

lunatenchi on Oct 6, 2022:

I just sent my letter to you :D I hope it reaches you well โ™กโ™กโ™ก

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

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