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Date Joined: March 27, 2010
Last Online: September 23, 2016
Birthday: October 17, 1986
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

Hello there, I'm Sal a shy, geeky, rather childish girl from the North east of England. I live with two flatmates- one furry (a rabbit), one not in a little Roman founded town by the river ^^.

I tend to daydream a lot and live in my own little world, I'm quite nervous but always open to hearing from new people- I love to hear about other people's lives- no matter how humdrum you might think it is. I appreciate the small gentle things in life.

I graduated from university in Illustration and Design and this year I returned to University to study Library Management.. A bit of a change in career but I am hoping all my loose threads will come together one day & I'll be some sort of artist-librarian superhero ^-^ Wish me luck!

(If anything doesn't arrive, please contact me, I'm very happy to sort resends or alternatives out)

I cannot give the reasons, I only sing the tunes: The sadness of the seasons, The madness of the moons.

~I cannot give the reasons- Mervyn Peake

Things that make me smile!

  • I love being in the great outdoors! cycling, super long walks, lieing in long grass, tree climbing, travelling, running about barefoot, beach combing and river paddling. I adore Autumn and Winter and look forwards to getting bundled up in scarves and jumpers.

  • Writing long letters on lovely stationery with a big cup of tea.

  • Art galleries and Museums (..especially creepy museums..)

  • Abandoned buildings and when plants take over.

  • Natural History illustration especially botanical illustrations. I also love children's book illustrations.

  • The beautiful irridescent sheen of oil on water (if that was a single colour it would be my favourite)- also green, silver, orange, purple and red.

  • Birds, bunnies, seals, mice (especially dormice), wolves, foxes and insects (yeah, I know really not everyone's cup of tea!)- in particular butterflies and moths.

  • Silly stories, please tell me one :3

  • Reading!! I have a big passion for books- I love Fantasy and Scifi novels predominantly but I also love textbooks (Ancient & Modern History, Science, Natural History) Art books, travel literature, Myths/Legends and graphic novels.

  • I love the Mori girl ethos and fashion style.. I don't really adhere to the dress but I have a gentle spirit and love to be immersed in nature.

  • Weird lifestyles, quirky little oddities!

  • I feel an affinity with Scandinavia and I have always wanted to travel there extensively- Japan, Germany and Mexico are also dream destinations.

  • The sea and the sky.

  • I get geeky over.. Dinosaurs, scifi, fantasy, toy collections, LEGO, horseshoe crabs, Manga & Anime, Steampunk, hats, kawaii goods- mamegoma//mameshiba//nyan nyan nyanko- dragons, The Moomins, video games, windmills, Studio Ghibli, flying contraptions, Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda.

Favourite characters :)

Lisa Simpson (so cool!), Peppermint Patty, Linus, Schroeder, Battle Angel Alita, Snufkin, Stinky (The Moomins), Little My, Princess Nausicaa, Miffy, Mamegoma, Lenore & Ragamuffin, Link (Anything Zelda really) Laguna Loire, Professor Layton, Chocobo, Cactuar & Moogle (especially the rabbityesque ones :3)

Things that make me frown..

  • Squids, octopus (I really don't like these I find them a little scary..In fact let's say ALL cephalopds.)
  • Gold, pastel colours, very pink girly stuff, Make-up (I do wear it occassionally, but I don't want lots of it)
  • Horror films- gore
  • Disney & scrapbooking supplies (notebooks are cool but I have stacks and stacks of them)
  • Silk/animal furs, or things containing Royal Jelly.
  • Religous items, kitschy items Diddl,coconut.. erm, I'm struggling to think of anything else!.. Oh! Coriander & Black pepper too

Favorite Books

  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, Norweigan Wood, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84 and After Dark by Haruki Murakami

  • Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

  • Moominvalley in November, The Summer Book and The Winter Book by Tove Jansson

  • Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck

  • What a Wonderful World and Solanin by Inio Asano

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson

  • Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

  • Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto

  • Saturn Apartments by Hisae Iwaoka

  • Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro

  • Deathnote by Tsgumi Ohba

  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

  • The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas

  • Titus Groan, Gormenghast & Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake

  • British Insects by Michael Chinery

  • 1984 by George Orwell

  • Metamorphoses by Franz Kafka

  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Favourite Films & Television

The Castle of Cagliostro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Tony Takitani, Amelie, Delicatessan, Micmacs, 5cm per Second, Velvet Goldmine, Eagle vs. Shark, Kermit: The Swamp Years, Andre, Ghost World, Of Mice and Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Nightmare Before Christmas, Labyrinth, Withnail and I, Casshern, Blade Runner, Metropolis,

AND.. The Moomins, Daria, Qi, any documentaries, Six Feet Under, Invader Zim, Have I Got News for You, Black Books, Flight of The Conchords, Monk, Doctor Who, Blackadder, The Simpsons, Twin Peaks, Red Dwarf, Whose Line is it Anyway, King of the Hill, Gormenghast BBC miniseries

...Favourite animes!

Any Studio Ghibli, 5cm per Second, Battle Angel Alita, Deathnote, Mainichi Kaasan, Chobits, Advent Children, The Guyver, Haibane Renmei, Vampire Princess Miyu (original), Dominion Tank Police, Paranoia Agent, Last Exile, Lucky Star, Ghost in the Shell, Akira. Ooh I know I've missed loads off I just can't recall them all!!


I love anything banana, cinnamon, butterscotch or fruit flavoured. (except watermelon) Pocky and Mikado are always much appreciated as are Riesen, strawberry chocolate,boiled sweets and nutty sweets. I like milk and dark chocolates. Especially love pistachio and macadamia nuts. mmmm macamadamia nuts

Although I love Riesen I'm not a hard toffee fan in general. Nor am I a white chocolate fan :P OH! I totally forgot, I'm not a fan of Hershey's chocs.. well not loads of it, Hershey's kisses are nice ^^ I don't eat gelatine so no thanks to jelly sweets :3

Favourite Crafts and Artists

Drawing, painting in inks & watercolours, fineliner sketches, origami, card making, doodling xD and I'm trying to teach myself to crochet!

Tove Jansson, Yoshitaka Amano, Gustav Klimt, The Glasgow Four, Arthur Rackham, Alphonse Mucha, William Waterhouse, Carl Larsson, Beatrix Potter, Egon Schiele,Christopher Morley, Shaun Tan, Hayao Miyazaki, Inio Asano, Yukito Kishiro, Camilla D'Errico, Oliver Jeffers, Alexis Deacon,

My favourite painting is 'Isabella and the Pot of Basil' by William Holman Hunt

Favorite Music

Nobuo Uematsu, Joe Hisaishi, The Ramones, The Smashing Pumpkins, Codeine, The Smiths, Morrissey, Nick Cave, Pixies, Bob Dylan,Simon & Garfunkel, Fleet Foxes, Rachel Zeffira, David Bowie, Echo & The Bunnymen, Pavement, Sigur Ros, The Doors, Travelling Wilburys, Hello Seahorse, E.S Posthumus, Wild Nothing, Swervedriver, Slowdive.. Shoegaze, 80s & 90s alternative stuff.


Aha, I see I should really put these in too ^^ Well I'm allergic to coriander, pollen & pine nuts- they won't give me a really awful reaction, but just to let you's know :P Oh & heavily perfumed things too!

I don't like the smell of cigarette smoke on my items either =_=;..

Wish List

Hee, so I thought a wish list was a bit cheeky- but after reading lists on other profiles I thought it could be quite fun..

  • I've been playing flute for under a year now, easy/moderate flute music would be nice.

  • Double sided origami paper or origami paper

  • Poetry suggestions

  • I would love a Scandinavian pen friend with similar interests to me :)

  • Sugar packets from cafes (a weird and long standing collection ^^)

  • I am trying to collect all the Moomin novels in different covers and languages, it would be wonderful if anyone had one they'd like to trade.

  • Pretty address/letter labels

  • Japanese or Scandinavian souveiners

  • Insect related items :D

  • Mexican Day of the Dead things :) or Halloween stuff

  • Postcards- any type

  • Deco/Washi tape

  • Seaglass

  • Cute socks (long ones or toe socks are best!)

  • Writing paper

  • Things to do with wings!

  • Tea

  • Fineliner pens

  • Anything to do with Neil Gaiman's Sandman


wunderland rated for Because we miss swaps swap on Sep 11, 2014
Comment: AWESOME SWAP! i admit it, i smelled the laces to see if they were strawberry-scented ... my son thought i was ridiculous for thinking they would be. i love them and am putting them in my work shoes to show them off. i'm going to glue a magnet on the 'shroom and display it proudly on the refrigerator! you did a great job with the beads for your first time with them ... they can be tricky. i'm trying to think of something creative to do with the stickers, but haven't yet ... i'll keep you posted on that one. this swap made my day, i so so SO miss getting mail like this, i don't know why i stopped for so long. we'll swap again soon if you're up for it - this was great, Sal <3
Response: FANTASTIC! I am so pleased you liked the swap, it really was fun to get into packing a little parcel up again! (..I also gave the laces a sneaky sniff in the shop too xD..) Why thank you! I hope to master this perler bead skill sometime soon :3 It'll look good as a magnet, so the smooshed side can be hidden ^^ (Always up for a fun swap!)
Comment: Of course I know Roald Dahls Witches! Love the book :-) you did a good job with washi tape: so simple, such a good impact! Thanks ;-)
Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you knew thw story & liked the postcard :3
ImzadiRose rated for What Are You Reading? #4 on Jan 24, 2014
Comment: Thank you for your PC about what you have been reading. I hope that you enjoyed both books!
Response: yes I did! And you are more than welcome :) thanks for the nice rating!
dial208medusa rated for Dinosaurs/Thrifts on Jan 23, 2014
Comment: WOWI!!! I am so glad we swapped LOL so I woke up sick today and had to go to class, but saw that the mail lady had come. I saw your parcel and I am so glad I grabbed it last minute. Here I am in class and everyone is like SO jealous : D THANK YOU! SO thoughtful! I see all your effort and care and thoughtfulness! All the best!
Response: Oh you are more than welcome!! In the end I enjoyed trailing about the charity shops :3 And it's funny that you made your classmates jealous with the parcel ^^ Pleased it cheered you up on a day you felt ill on too, hope you are feeling better now and thanks very much for the lovely rating!
Comment: Hi Sal, You had Matilda who was a quiet girl who loved books; mine was Jo in Little Women, a not so quiet girl who loved books and didn't like girly things! Different generations, same need for characters we could identify with. Thanks for the Roald Dahl card -- I like it!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating, I am glad you enjoyed the postcard! It is nice to hear that you had a character to identify with too :) I haven't read Little Women, but my childhood best friend adored it
wittmert rated for Carpe Librum - Favourite Poem on Oct 16, 2013
Comment: Thanks! What lovely handwriting you have.
Response: Aww thank you! :3
papercaper rated for Interest me in a new book No. 3 on Oct 15, 2013
Comment: Thanks! Sorry to rate so late.
Response: You are welcome :)
FairyLady rated for Send me your Favorite Poem on Oct 14, 2013
Comment: Beautiful postcard! Loved the poem and the quote.Thank you. :-)
Response: Oh I am so pleased :) Glad you enjoyed them!
smadronia rated for Carpe Librum - Bookshelfies on Sep 27, 2013
Comment: Thanks for sending your photos! I have those same Mage books, but I don't think I've ever read them, they're in a box somewhere :)
Response: Heehee! That is cool, you should try them out- I read a fair few Karen Miller novels last year, she's a good Fantasy author, writes fun and vivid characters :)
IrishRed rated for A Note in Nature on Sep 6, 2013
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for the long and very interesting letter. I love that you are so passionate about nature and that you appreciate all that mother nature has placed around us. I would like to write you back if that is alright with you. I loved the paper you wrote your letter on too!
Response: Oh I am so pleased you enjoyed the letter :3 I had a lot of fun writing it (now if only the weather holds out I can do all letters outdoors! :P) By all means it would be wonderful to hear back from you- I can't remember if I wrote my address on the envelope, just drop me a PM if I didn't :) Take care and thanks again for a lovely rating!
Millia rated for Interest me in a new book No. 3 on Aug 31, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the interesting book page and the small letter! .) I've always found science a bit too complicated for my dreamy mind but it was exciting to get to know this book. Who knows; maybe I'll read it some day myself! .)
Response: Haha science & dreamy minds do mix! At least it works out ok for me :3 If you do try it one day I hope you enjoy it, thanks for the kind rating :)
Arielah rated for Carpe Librum - Store Bought Bookmark on Aug 27, 2013
Comment: How perfect! Now I just need a new book to read.
Response: Oh fantastic! Glad you like it, now! To the bookshop! :) thanks for the lovely rating ^^
ParanormalBabydoll rated for What Are You Reading? #1 on Aug 10, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I haven't read One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest before. I know what you mean though about getting used to reading certain dialects/slangs. Happy reading and swapping! :)
Response: I,m pleased you liked it! I just finished the book yesterday, now I'm going to have to tune back out of the dialect :P Thanks for the lovely rating!
feverfawn rated for SWMHC - Facing My Demons on Aug 2, 2013
Comment: Just finished reading about your demon and I must say I can really relate, and the way you described it in the letter was very clear. Thank you for sharing something so personal with me; it made a lot of sense.
Response: Hi, thank you for the lovely rating- I am pleased you can relate (..also not pleased, as it's a bit sad..) Once again I am relieved to hear my writing came across as clear/concise. I get so worried about explaining things. I hope you are feeling well x
papercaper rated for DRAW for 30 mins #3 - Flora on Jul 18, 2013
Comment: Thanks, Sal, for your wonderful drawing which arrived today. You sure are efficient - I haven't even done mine yet! It's interesting that you have Oxalis growing by your window because in Australia it's considered a weed to be eradicated! :(
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I was really excited about drawing flora so I got to work on it quickly xD Oh my Oxalis makes me so happy seeing it open up and close everyday, I can't believe its a bad weed elsewhere! :O Haha, I also have something else that is considered a big pest in Australia- 2 rabbits! ^^ thanks for the lovely rating.
TheWhiteSquirrel rated for Hot drink & teaspoon on Jul 17, 2013
Comment: *terribly, terribly sorry for such a late rate -been ill and am just now getting caught up on my ratings ... Went Above & Beyond with this one! Thank you ever so much for such a well put together swap -and what a selection! I've had been waiting 'til I felt a bit better to try the teas (as to savor the flavor all the more) -the cherry one smells soooo good :D And thank you for the sweet, 'refined', spoon -I will think of you fondly every time I use it -♥♥♥ Hope you're enjoying your Summer!
Response: I'm sorry you've been ill! :( Now I'm extra glad I packed the box with tea, you'll have plenty to get you through the end of your recovery! oooh yeah the cherry tea is a wonderful smell :3 Glad you liked everything & thanks for the lovely rating! (my 99th heart!)
sarahbeck rated for DRAW for 30 mins #2 - Faces on Jul 10, 2013
Comment: Thanks! Love it. I checked out your FB page. Really awesome! (I love that Jane is your SB profile picture :) ) OH- also-The envelope arrived in such perfect condition that I couldn't believe it went through our post office! Everything I get is usually bent, ripped, creased, or dented in some way.
Response: Oh I am so pleased you enjoyed it, I've always found drawing faces a little bit of a trial ^^ Thanks for the lovely rating and for checking out my fb page! I'm pleased to hear the envelope was ok too, as soon as I put it in the postbox I thought "Oh god it'll never survive! I should have put some card in with it!" xD
kankalin rated for SciFi Postcard Swap on Jul 4, 2013
Comment: Thanks for this fun PC of Dr. WHO... I did not know that they have shops dedicated specifically to the show-must be fun to visit
Response: You are more than welcome! It was really fun to visit :3 I left with an Adipose plushie, heh. A fun place to visit indeed.
shelleym rated for DRAW for 30 minutes *edited 8.6.* on Jun 24, 2013
Comment: I love your doodles! I hope you got sufficiently warmed up to ace the portrait commission you're working on. xo
Response: Oh wow! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it- I had a great time doodling for my warm up :3 The portrait is well on its way now! Thanks for the lovely rating :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing your board!!
Response: Thanks for the heart :3 This was such a fun swap to put together!

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takehimaway on Nov 11, 2020:

Are you ever coming back to Swapbot?

lucystar on Mar 23, 2015:

<3 I hope all is well with you!

wunderland on Sep 5, 2014:

nah, no big hoo-hah. it's all done and sent so yay for us!

wunderland on Aug 16, 2014:

woo hoo!

wunderland on Aug 13, 2014:

i think Swap-bot email alerts weren't working for a while. oh well ... YES, go ahead and set it up. i can send by ... let's say Aug. 25 but if you want more time that's no problem

wunderland on Aug 2, 2014:

profile surprise swap? under $5?

wunderland on Jul 18, 2014:

i've been consumed by work and never seem to have any time for much else, but i miss fun mail and having this creative outlet sooo much! so if you want to swap, i'm totally up for it - i'll make the time - i'm swap-starved!!!

wunderland on Jul 17, 2014:

Sal! i miss you

goingpostal on Jan 19, 2014:

Thanks for the note and art/postcards, I've framed one and have the others propped up where I can see them x

wolfmother on Jan 6, 2014:

Your my kind of people too:D And, I love Daria too.

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