Swap-bot Time: May 8, 2021 8:54 pm


Date Joined: August 31, 2014
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: March 26, 1964
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

Hi! My name is Lynda and I live in the north west of England with my partner. I am not religious but if pushed would say I lean towards paganism/wicca. I am an Empath, which can be quite emotionally draining. My favourite colours are purples, pinks and aquamarine. I'm an Aries/chinese wood dragon. My favourite season is Spring. I love silver jewellery, especially earrings. I am mad about rats and have kept them as pets on and off for over 30 years. I have a thing for medieval style unicorns, and tigers. I love fantasy art, especially Anne Stokes. I do a lot of cake baking. I took early retirement from my job as an Executive Officer for the Department for Work and Pensions in July 2019. I love being by the sea and lived on the south coast for 22 years. Can't wait to move back to Plymouth. I'm not much of a drinker but like dry white wine and gin. I'm a full blown fresh ground coffee addict. I was widowed on 1st March 2015 but didn't find out he'd died until 16th June 2017, having separated in 2010 , which was strange to say the least. I am a member of several FB cross stitch and Zentangle groups and regularly take part in their monthly swaps. I have a significant number of tattoos, from my shins upwards, including a full sleeve, and 11 piercings. I'm on Postcrossing and Ravelry as Minxy1964. I lost my mum to lung and bone cancer on 24/02/20. Since then I've spent a lot of time cooking and shopping for dad, and generally helping him out. It is nigh on impossible to offend me, so don't worry on that front....

Favorite Crafts

I knit and crochet. I cross stitch, embroider and hand sew. I make felt stuffies. I have made Dotee Dolls in the past. I draw and Zentangle. I make ATCs. I own a Gemini die cutter and a sewing machine ( and I am slightly terrified of both!!). I'm not really a paper crafter, but I will have a dabble....

Favorite Music

I will listen to anything apart from opera. I'm a big fan of Amber Run, Skinny Living and Glass Caves. I don't mind a bit of folk music or blue grass occasionally. I am a sucker (still lol) for 80s music. It's an age thing hahaha.

Favorite Books

I will read anything and everything! Give me an encyclopaedia and you won't see me for a week. My favourite authors are too many to mention. I have a bit of a weakness for erotica. I have a Kindle Paperwhite which goes everywhere with me.

Favorite Television

I like documentaries, especially crime and history. I don't watch soaps. I don't watch many films as I have an annoying habit of falling asleep 20 minutes in. I love programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee, The Great Pottery Throwdown and Blown Up.

Likes and Dislikes

A - Z Of Likes

A - ATCs, Animals, Aquamarine and Amethyst (the colours and the gemstones), Art Nouveau, Alpacas, Aries,

B - Bats, Buttons, Baking, Butterflies,

C - Cross Stitch, Crochet, Cats, Crystals, Coffee, Charms, Candles, Crafts in general,

D - Drawing, Dragons, Dotee Dolls, Dragonflies, Die Cutting,

E -  Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Earrings, Erotica, Edwardian,

F - Felt crafts, Flowers, Ferrets,

G - Gorjuss Girls, Gothic, Glass Seed Beads, Goldfish, Gin,

H - Hares, Holly, Hello Kitty, History, Horses, Hearts, Hufflepuff,

I - Inchies,

J - Johanna Basford artwork, Junk Journals, Journal Embellishments, Jewellery,

K - Knitting, Karen Davis artwork, Koi,

L - Lilac, Lace,

M - Miffy, Milk Chocolate, Mice, Mermaids, Medieval,

N - Notebooks,

O - Owls, 

P - Postcards, Purples, Pinks, Peacocks, Papercrafts, Pusheen, Pre Raphelite, Peonies, Pewter, Pine Martens,

Q - Quartz,

R - Reading, Rats, Ravens, Roses, Ribbons, Ravelry (I'm Minxy1964 on there),

S - Sewing, Stamping, Stuffies, Sapphire gemstone, Silver, Steam Punk, Springtime, Snowdrops, Stoats, Stained Glass,

T - Tattoos,  Topaz gemstone, Teal (the colour), Twinchies, Tigers,

U - Unicorns (not cutesy ones),

V - Violet (the colour and the flower), Victorian,

W - Wolves, White Chocolate, Wicca, Weasels, Wotsits (bit of an addiction!),

X - 

Y - 

Z - Zentangles 


Anything religious



Green tea

When making something for me, unless it is a profile based swap, please don't worry if your taste doesn't reflect mine. I am grateful to receive anything that you have taken the time and trouble to make for me!


I have a seven year old rescue cat (long haired Red Tabby) called Amber, a Chilean Rose Tarantula called Rosie and one elderly, nameless goldfish.

Swap info

I will mark my swaps as sent once I have either put them in the Post Box or handed them over the Post Office counter. I always obtain proof of posting from the Post Office. I will not, however, send anything international by tracked mail due to the ridiculously high additional cost. I take and keep a photo of every swap before I post it. I am organised to the point of being anal, so all my swaps are made in advance of allocation, unless profile based. If your swap doesn't arrive, please message me before rating. I am in the UK and international post can take up to six weeks, probably longer during the Covid pandemic.

Flakers Non Raters and Angels

Flaked on by BrookeTrout in Beginner's Handmade Fabric Heart. She told the host she would not be sending after looking at my profile and has not been online since 2.1.15. Rated 1 on 12.2.15. This was Angel'd by mustluvdoggies.

Not rated by amyjo for Beginner's Crafting: Handmade Fabric Heart. No contact and she hasn't been online since 12.1.14.

Not rated by Alicer for Team Darkness: Gargoyle ATC swap. No contact and she hasn't been online since 2.3.15.

Not rated by JP for CL: Book Quote#5. A replacement was sent on 4.4.15, along with proof of postage for the original which was sent on 26.2.15. Profile comment and pm enquiring about this have been removed or not replied to.

Easing back into swapping

I had major reconstructive knee surgery on 5th August 2016 and have recently been diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, a protruding disc at L4/5, and crowding of the Cauda Equina. My mobility isn't fantastic and it's a bit of a walk to the Post Office, so although I am back participating, it won't be to the extent I did previously. If anyone wants the gory details of a total knee replacement, that you don't get told beforehand, feel free to ask...


Comment: Lynda!!! Thank you so much for the beautiful paper clips...there are so many and they are all so beautiful! I love all the colours and textures and the gorjuss girl is so cute 😻😻 you always make the loveliest things...I wish I could give you a hundred hearts! 💕💕💕 xx
Response: You're very welcome. I enjoyed making them, and got to play with my new Gorjuss papers. Glad you like them xxx
Comment: Thank you Lynda for the beautiful Beltane page - I have a Beltane Blessing to pop onto the back side of it, it is perfect! <3
Response: I'm pleased that you like it. Beltane is a bit special to me, I was married on the day after xxx
dancingtiger rated for UKPP: G... on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: thank you for my PC. I have been looking into Gothic literature recently, maybe this could be a writing prompt
Response: Glad I've given you a little bit of inspiration xx
craftynut rated for UKCA: Zentangle Inspired ATC #2 on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful card. I love the tangles you have used. I am putting the final touches to the one I am doing.
Response: Glad you liked it. I look forward to seeing the tangles you've chosen xx
Comment: I love this page, thank you so much, Lynda :-) The bunting is fabulous! And I love the back side with the black lace and the bat - I'll enjoy journaling about this year's Lockdown Birthday on there! Thank you <3
Response: So glad you liked it xx
craftynut rated for Celebrate where we live on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Royton postcard. Tandle Hill does look a great place to walk.
Response: My mum was from Royton, very near to Tandle Hill, funnily enough xx
Eel9585 rated for Minxy and Eel's Kink Journal Page on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful page I love it
Response: You're welcome. Been ages since I did any drawing. Really enjoyed doing it for you xx
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful bookmark <3I am popping it into my junk journal for use in there! Where did you get those gorgeous leaves? I love it, thank you :-)
Response: From The Range. Glad you like it. Something else I wanted to keep once I'd made it lol xx
Comment: Thank you very much Lynda for the little mini journal envelope and the newsy note, I hope that you enjoyed your coffee, cake and tv programme, I am watching that series also :)
Response: I really enjoyed my cake. My oven died on Tuesday, which has put the brakes on any more baking. My landlord has just ordered me a new one, so waiting for it to be fitted, then baking can recommence! Xx
denimblu14 rated for UKPP: F... on Mar 24, 2021
Comment: Lovely view from a time sadly gone by. I will have to show my dad this postcard he will enjoy seeing it. Thank you very much :)
Response: Times have certainly changed xx
Eel9585 rated for Handmade Easter Gift on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great gift and letter
Response: You're welcome xx
Comment: Thank you very much Lynda for my first page for my journal. Ta also for the lovely letter I do hope that you are all keeping well :)
Response: You're welcome! Dad is in fine fettle. Apparently wants to go Easter Egg shopping this week!! Xx
Comment: This is a fantastic page, thank you so much Lynda! I love it! And it even jingles too :-D Thank you so much :-)
Response: I spent ages looking for a printable Jester that I could colour. Just a shame I didn't have any green bells! Xx
LondonWriting rated for UKPP: E... on Mar 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks Lynda for the card, love the creativity and joked with my English boyfriend that the cover could be me - as "pasty" is the word that I always struggle to prounce correctly (English is my learned language)
Response: Glad it entertained you! If it's any consolidation my Italian pronunciation is diabolical... xx
Comment: Thank you for a very pretty page for my junk journal part-works. Thank you for the time you put into it.
Response: You're welcome. I really enjoyed making it for you xx
Eel9585 rated for UKCA: Pocket Folder on Feb 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much I love it
Response: You're welcome xx
Comment: This was such a beautiful journal, thank you Lynda! I can't wait to start using it. So many lovely little touches and the inserts were perfect! I love it <3
Response: So glad that you like it. I was tempted to keep it for myself! Thanks for running these swaps. I'm really enjoying dabbling with journal pages xx
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKCA: Gorjuss Girls Card on Feb 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you, Lynda, for the gorgeous card <3 I might have to look into the pencils you were using. I currently use Chameleon pens, but would like some nice pencils! I have also looked at the digital ephemera - and I know what you mean! I have bought physical supplies over this weekend (plus a new storage trolley for my Cricut) and it's now easily reached £200 altogether :-O I'd best get a wriggle on with the new journal swaps! Happy Monday, hope you have a fab week! :-)
Response: I've got a set of Derwent Inktense pencils as well. Lovely to use but expensive. Castle Art are cheaper, but nice, soft "leads". It's so easy to rack up the bill on craft supplies. I've finished my journal cover, just needs a few tweaks. Baking cupcakes for dad's 90+ year old neighbour today. It's her birthday on Wednesday xx
denimblu14 rated for UKPP: D... on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Super postcard Lynda thank you very much. That would be somewhere I'd be interested in visiting given the chance, lol :)
Response: It's lovely round there. Just expensive to live. Several premiership footballers have homes in that area xx
Eel9585 rated for UKCA: Zentangle ATC #1 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely atc and unicorn card
Response: You're welcome xx

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Bhindblueeyes on Nov 6, 2020:

Thank you so very much for getting a Mother's Day card to me for my project :) I will be bringing this card and what others I have wrassled up thus far to my Gma this weekend, me thinks! I do hope that Gma rallies and the cards won't be needed for quite some time, but I know they will be appreciated and bring much comfort when they ARE needed.

Paige1900 on Jun 10, 2018:

Thanks for the explanation of the 1 pc. LOL The eden project looks amazing. :)

Snuggles555 on May 3, 2016:

Good Morning Lynda: I received the Shepard's pie seasoning mixes last night. Thank you so very much! I can't wait to try & make these.

You are the best!

Hugs & Love,

Susan ♥

anrtist on Feb 17, 2016:

THANK You @Minxy1964 for the precious woodland creatures sticky note package ;-) SO CUTE

Blessings, cc

zoev1975 on Jan 18, 2016:

Thank you so much for my ALBOL wish. Cross stitch has defeated me in the past, but I am determined to master it!

thriftymermaid on Jan 13, 2016:

Thank you so much for the etsy.com gift for my January Wishlist in the ALBOL Group. I'm so excited to make a snail!! he he

Poftoffel on Dec 25, 2015:

Thank you so much for the amazing handmade goodies!!! The neko kitty is hanging in the tree and I've put the fish aside for Loki. It's so sweet of you to make these for me! Merry Christmas!

sparkleboi on Nov 25, 2015:

Hello! I just received your cat ATC - thank you so much for being an angel =D It's so cute. And girly pink cards are A-OK, haha. (My username IS sparkleboi, after all). You're the best!

Ikran3 on Nov 4, 2015:

Thank you so much for angelling the Happy Envelope swap for me - it was so kind of you! :) what a cute package! It definitely made me smile!! Thank you!!! xx <3

institches on Sep 17, 2015:

Hi Lynda,

Thanks for the crochet unicorn directions RAK through Hell's Grannies. It's a cute pattern and a nice addition to my collection. Hope to make it soon.


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