Swap-bot Time: November 30, 2022 10:18 am


Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: November 30, 2022
Birthday: January 7
Country: Australia
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About Me

After 8 years on Swap-bot I thought it time I update my profile to the present.

Greetings from Australia. I live on the top of a magical mountainous hill, in Warwick, on the Southern Downs in Queensland, with my partner, & Misty our dear doggie who acts like the Queen of Sheba, and came to us literally out of the mist and into our door. AND, Twiglet... a Koala who lives in the clump of Gum trees behind our house. Plus numerous colourful songbirds & wallabies (petite gentler version of Kangaroos) How lucky are we!

Sadly my beloved brother who made his goal of becoming American shortly before he passed away so suddenly on 6th October 2014. He had just arrived back in the USA after 2 weeks with his daughters here in Aus. He died of an embolism - massive heart attack. He was a true man, a genuine pearl and my big brother!

I am a Subtlety maker & worked that magic for the Abbey Museum & now make artworks for Gallery22 in my town. Completely enjoying a long & well earned break as a Mines Security Officer from 13 hour shifts and high stress. Still setting up my art studio cabin & growing lilies & roses in my favourite place, cold windy Warwick where i spend quality time with my lovely man, on the southern border. I have two young-stars, now gorgeous independent adults.

I will always honour my swaps to my partner. I rate a heart if i like your swap rather than any extras, the time it takes to lovingly create a thoughtful piece of work is enough, but a few old or foreign book pages or old style patterned wrapping tissue are welcome though ;) I like most colours, preferring soft muted palette
i love flower gardening and have put in a delightful rose and lily garden to brighten up the harsh landscape. Although I believe in fairies, and like a shell pink, i am not into kitch fairy stuff. Feel a bit too old for all that.

Favorite Crafts

~I am a miniaturist, I have been interested in 'tiny treasures' all my life. I went to see Queen Mary's Dollhouse when i was 8 and it changed my life as i saw it. 30 years later i was able to visit the Chicago museum, and saw the fantastic Thorne rooms over 40 of them! perfect in every detail... It was through this hobby that i was led firstly into fine needlework, producing as exact tiny duplicates of bedclothes, boutis quilts, robes, underpinnings, etc, as I can get them. ~Tiny things are fascinating, i once found an almost complete 1" robot!

Georgian Regency ...

Georgian Dollshouse & French brocante books have me glued to the pages. Art journaling, altered books as keepsakes in historical themes. As an extension of this, I and @AnnaM have created a group here on Swap-Bot with a Georgian era theme, (1770-1815) : "At Home with the Georgettes" where we have a fictitious village & our members each choose their character, our forum is a happy active arena. We then swap as these characters in creative Regency style swaps & hand written letters. Calligraphy, illuminations, alphabets, texts; We are even learning how to cut quills and make our own ink! A marvelous extension in art. We have also a blog that focuses on featuring our swaps and the village. The link to our accompanying blog is up on my profile,
I am textile/doll artist, I use many mediums into my work. ~Thus anything to do with beading, antique textile, needlework is thrilling to me,
i value your time and energy in giving to a stranger ... so please feel free to write me. I appreciate your wonderful gift of sharing your art and thoughts.

Favorite Music

Baroque music, Tudor etc, wind intrumentals. The humble old recorder, yes folks, those years of torture in the old school hall became quite a passion, thanks to my brother. My first voluntary purchase was a German handmade wood descant, followed by a gorgeous Treble~ the hollow haunting tones and the woodsey smell, pure heaven! Perhaps i spent a lifetime in Medieval times! i can pick a crumphorn a mile away in an orchestral piece. I adore the Cello, after a lifetime of loving Elgar, hearing mums records of Jacqueline Duprey...(realizing the depth of mood one can create by modern Enya, the sound so strirring.) My man encouraged me to buy one, so I am melding with the tonal qualities of my instrument and having a marvelous time. I am in nursery school all over again! In the modern world, I find voice fascinating, pure joy and mood, I have belonged to several choirs over the years. Artists like Josh Groban, pure heaven, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull! ABBA, Adele, Enya is a favourite songstress. Chorale, I love Musicals, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, I sing where ere I go, whether permitted or not (then i do it quietly) Thank goodness I can sing! my kids used to say "be quiet mum!", but that made me more joyous! They didn't want to be noticed, but really didn't mind. My daughter now joins in with me, down the high street.

Favorite Books

Bookwise, I adore the classics like Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Shakespeare, I am a very old fashioned girl. Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh & Georgette Heyer. I have found a couple of modern authors i cannot put down, Lee Childs, his Jack Reacher themed series really describes my dear brothers character, a gentleman yet willing to step in with a warning first. ditto for Nick Pierce; Kerry Greenwood an Aussie woman who writes the most descriptive natural of women sounding believable in her mysteries... Heavenly Pleasures, Earthly Delights, etc. & Phryne Fisher Mysteries.

I love the earthy nature loving Jeffrey Farnol, for a man's take on Romantic, so English & gentlemanlike, pulls me back everytime, to the winding country roads to where my dad grew up in Surrey. I think perhaps this writer was not unlike my dad, come to think of it. Poetry, Shakespeare's works , Thomas Hood's sonnets ( i was named after his dear wife Jane), Haiku, I love to create prose, something I discovered at College, 30+ years ago, found that what I wrote, reached the hearts of others. I love & am grateful for this gift.
My library has children's books, well illustrated, as this shows me how to create tonal qualities if I am struggling. I have quite an extensive collection, from simple pen and ink, like Winnie the Pooh, or Wind in the Willows to Jane Hissey, Inkpen, for colouring pencil, Brian Froud for intellect, wit and darker themed interpretations; I shall write and illustrate my own childrens book, perhaps for my grandchildren when they join our family. In the meantime, I am quite happy to wait though!

Likes and dislikes

LIKES... I do drink tea, as the Queen drinks it, ie:- brewed in a teapot and served hot with genuine fresh jersey cow milk...be still my beating heart, luckily I've found my own darling man who buys it from the farmer, the cream still sitting on the top. , i love English Breakfast tea, but my all time favourite is Irish Breakfast! I love herbal teas of Rose hip or fruity blends. Colours:-. I love Teal, French Navy, Cream, Rose pink, Cherry Red, Sepia tones, lime, buttercreamy yellow, Prussian Blue and fresh orange.... to name but a few!

I am fascinated with all religions, cultures learning about different philosophies. goddesses, images, charms or sigils. I talk to the Moon Goddess, Mother Mary, Quan Yin & Jeshua. Having a fling with Georgian & Regency style patterned papers, silk velvet is high on my loves, a piece of pretty lace, silk thread or ribbon would have me in raptures! I love cats and sorely miss my Lily.

DISLIKES? I am allergic to nickel based jewellery findings & chain. I do not go in for little girl pink fairy stuff or Hello Kitty, i am a luscious woman not a kid. I cannot stand Earl Grey or Lady Grey teas as they are not my cup of tea, ha!. my daughter and sister love them though, so would pass them on- takes all kinds, teeheee.

And Lastly...

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, and creating your wonderful works of art. As a security officer i have wondered how many people realise just how invaluable their service makes a difference to the lives of others. During 9/11/2001 everyone remembers the incredible valiant efforts of the emergency services, police, ambos/paramedics, fire-brigade. There was one other group who are rarely spoken of or remembered! While the rest of the workforce left the building if & how they could, the only workers that knowingly remained onsite on duty were the Security Guards as it is instant dismissal for us to leave our posts. I would like it to be known although they may have made it to ground level during the traumas, most died manning their posts as the building fell around them. I salute your memories, brave souls.

There you are, that will do. Embarrassed now. HAPPY SWAPPING


MuggleMom rated for Autumn Recipes on Oct 24, 2022
Comment: Jane, you sent two fab recipes that I will be sure to try out! I love how you designed your cards. And so happy with the stamp of the Royal family you used on your decorative envie.🧡🧡 Dearest Caroline, thank you for the warm wishes for the upcoming season and thank you for sharing Mrs. Lawson's recipes with me. As a matter of fact, we got snow on the mountains this past Saturday. It brings a smile to my lips to see the white peaks every October! xxRachel
AnnaM rated for Secret Journal Pocket on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: Jane, such a pretty Journal pocket, I love the image you used and know this will really be a lovely addition to my journal. Anna ♥
Response: What a pleasure it was to make for you, dearest, I followed your lead in an elegant theme for a change, and was pleased how it came out for your journal. Thankyou for the heart. xx
user2148 rated for Musical Evening Tag on Sep 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you so very much for the wonderful swap! Your tag is gorgeous and all the lovely bonus additions are fabulous! What a fun envie to receive! I love these tag swaps!! 💗💗💗
Response: It was a pleasure to make for you Nickalli, I too love these tags, must get the next up. Thank you for your support and all you do for us, many hearts my dear Georgette xx
MuggleMom rated for Village Picnic Excursion on Sep 27, 2022
Comment: Lovely hand-drawn picture for my journal - thank you so much. So happy to hear your knee is on the mend and that your wisteria is about to bloom. I love wisteria also - how lucky you are to have them to make your views incredible! xxT
Response: I am glad it arrived safely, it was a challenging swap I think. Garden is growing well, and the Wisteria has gone bonkers with plumes of pale lavender. So lovely. Thank you for the heart xx
bearnbabs rated for Annual Fete Bingo Game on Aug 10, 2022
Comment: Dear Lady Caroline, Today, in the post I received the lovely bingo card for the up coming Annual Garden Fete. It will be such delight to play under the shade of the trees. Hester and I would love to attend your "At Home" , on Tuesday next. You know how we love visiting and hearing the latest news. I also look forward in seeing the arbor in all its bloom. Fondly yours, Phebe loved the extras too.
Response: Happy days, I am so cheered that you and Hester are able to attend our At Home. I am intrigued to see your latest embroideries too. Very clever ladies. Thank you for the heart dearest. Until Tuesday, Fondly, Carrie
Fabriqueen rated for Make a Stationary Set on Aug 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful stationary set and washi tapes! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am so pleased they arrived fairly timely. It was a pleasure to make them for you. Hugs Jane
Autist rated for Third Annual Garden Fete on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: Lovely! Delilah’s are gorgeous. The sticky buns look scrumptious. And the face cloth is devine. Thank you!!
Response: You are sweet, hugs, & thank you for the heart.
user2148 rated for Regency Royal Tea - Book TAG #2 on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: Gorgeous tag!! Thank you so much for the amazing envie and swaps!! Everything is just beautiful 😍!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I like these tags such fun to make. Many hearts back to you, thank you xxx
user2148 rated for A Right Royal Tea Party on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: What a lovely invitation to receive right before heading out on my trip!! Your menu is amazing and now I’m hungry!! 😁❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: It didn't take too long to get to yuo I am pleased it arrived before you left. Yay, thank you for the hearts. xx
user2148 rated for Pocket Poetry on Jun 16, 2022
Comment: LOVE your folded faux rice paper envelope! So stinkin’ clever!! Your lovely letter, tag, and stickers presented a most beautiful package! Thank you so much for this darling addition to my journal! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I am so happy you liked this send to you. Thank you for the high five, hugs.
bearnbabs rated for Faux Rice Paper on May 25, 2022
Comment: Love the rice paper, especially the blue one. It would make a nice envie. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed the process and will make more for sure. Havea great day, every day. Barbara/Phebe
Response: Thank you for the heart Barbara/Phebe, I hope you also have a lovely day. xx
Lisapotterylady rated for Easter Dyed Thread on May 7, 2022
Comment: The colors are lovely and your email explanation was delightful. I'm still working on mine. There's a lot of plants in my yard to try.
Response: I hope your experiments came out well Lisa, it was a lot of fun.
Comment: LOVE your eco dyed paper!! Wow! I can see how it would eat up your poor pens though! So very pretty! Thank you for the beautiful envie and fun extras!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: You are more than worthy of receiving pretty things, happy happy days. love J xx
user2148 rated for Pretty Regency Tag #1 on May 6, 2022
Comment: Gorgeous tag!! So much for me to look up as well! ❤️❤️ Thank you for the wonderful additions- such a beautiful & fun swap!!
Response: Oh I am so pleased you liked it Nickalli, I loved creating it for you. Many blessings, and thank you for the many hearts xx
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful shoe and for the lovely note. See you with the Georgettes!
Response: Oh how good to know all arrived well and timely. Thank you Amy.
bearnbabs rated for Holiday Paper Wreath on Apr 8, 2022
Comment: Love the paper wreath. and your note. Sorry I didn't get the first one. Oh my , the cost of mailing is out rageous. I appreciate you resending. Hope you have a wonderful day. Barbara/Phebe
Response: Thank you Barbara, I am glad this one made it safely for you. Blessings to you xx
Comment: your swaps arrived today. I love how you decorated your cards on both sides, a nice addition to my deck. Thank you for sharing your talents. Have a wonderful day. Barbara/Phebe
Response: I thoroughly enjoyed making these cards for you, it is fun swap. thank you for the heart. x
amccracken109 rated for Album of Accord, Round 2 on Apr 3, 2022
Comment: What an absolutely lovely swap you sent! I am excited about the album of accord project, and I am really enjoying my time and projects here! Thank you for having me!
Response: My absolute pleasure. I am so pleased you are enjoying yourself so in our close knit family group. Thank you kindly for the heart.
AnnaM rated for An elegant Pincushion swap on Apr 2, 2022
Comment: Your pin cushion is a delight! So pretty and very artfully photographed to its advantage. Thank you for such a lovely swap!
Response: My pleasure Anna, thank you for the suggestion! I am pleased all the ladies had a wonderful time transforming their piece of crockery. thank you for the heart. xx
LadyLizzy2002 rated for Album of Accord, Round 2 on Apr 2, 2022

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MuggleMom on Feb 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday card I received. It was such a wonderful surprise!!

xx Ms. Rachel Harris

user2148 on Jan 7, 2022:

Happy Birthday!

I hope you have a marvelous day!!
🎉🎂🎈🦋 💖Nickalli

AnnaM on Jan 6, 2022:

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays.

♥ Anna

AnnaM on Jul 6, 2021:

Sending a smile for today.

Anna ♥

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 13, 2021:

Happy belated birthday! You are the day before my mom's bday- and of course we are all Capricorns! obviously! LOL! --Lavinia

AnnaM on Jan 4, 2021:

Many, many hugs for such an unexpected and most appreciated gift. Your devoted friend, Old Mary

CherryBlossomLady on Oct 28, 2020:

Hope you are well!

AnnaM on Apr 9, 2020:

Dearest Lady Caroline,

I do hope you are enjoying a delightful day full of sunshine and flowers and are occupied doing what you enjoy best. I send you a few little images and this link http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/50489 to brighten your day further.

With fond affection,

Lady Elizabeth Marlowe

Heart Song Greetings Swap AnnaM

1OldfoolPlanner on Apr 8, 2020:

Finding ourselves in a most peculiar time indeed...so let us take the advice of our beloved Jane Austen during these harrowing times:












No matter how you choose to busy yourself during this most Inconvenient time...just remember, things will look much brighter TOMORROW!


Sending you this Heart Song Greeting with the warmest tidings. Stay healthy, dearest friend.

Very truly yours, Priscilla (Jill)

AnnaM on Dec 23, 2019:

Warm Holiday Wishes, Lady Elizabeth

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