Swap-bot Time: December 2, 2023 12:07 am


Date Joined: February 28, 2010
Last Online: November 26, 2023
Birthday: March 14
Country: United Kingdom

About Me


Hello, my name is Carol and I am married and have two grown up sons and three grandchildren.

I live in a seaside town and I enjoy strolling on the beach and in the sea, collecting shells, bits of interesting glass and pottery or just relaxing with a book near the harbour whenever I find the time to do so :)

Reading is my all time favourite pastime. Once I pick up a book, that's it, nothing else usually stands a chance!

I also enjoy all types of art/craft projects, gardening and visiting art galleries and museums.I enjoy live theatre shows, I have just recently seen 'West Side Story'. I saw Agatha Christies 'The Mouse Trap' on it's 60th year anniversary! Other stage performances I have seen include 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert', Mama Mia, Les Miserables and Blood Brothers. I would thoroughly recommend them all :)

I like to collect used and unused stamps from any where in the world and I share this hobby with my Dad who also likes to collect UK First Day Covers. My liking of stamps combines the pleasure I get from sending and receiving postcards and letters.

I also participate on the Postcrossing site, sending and receiving postcards from all over the World. Snail mail rules ok!

Postboxes delight me. My Husband and my Dad also share my enthusiasm for them. We are interested in the history and location of them. Between us we have photo albums full of lovely red (UK) postboxes and we have a few photos of postboxes from further afield. And now since the 2012 Olympics, here in the UK, we have Gold postboxes in honour of each athlete that won a Gold medal.

So if you have a postage stamp/postcard showing a postbox (or any other mail related item) I would be very delighted to receive it and the same applies for any postcards or postage stamps that feature trains or railway stations, thankyou.

I also like postcards featuring a map of any type. I would welcome additions to my USA State map/flag/flower bird postcard collection.

Postcards showing lighthouses, interesting landmarks,Royalty,Presidents and other famous people are also of interest to me. In fact all postcards are welcome, if you like it, then please send it :)

Unless a swap asks for postcards in an envelope, I prefer my postcards to be written on and stamped. Ta.

Please, when ever possible, when you send mail to me I would appreciate it very much if you stick on postage stamps to cover the cost of postage, instead of those postage labels. It just doubles the pleasure I get whenever I receive my mail. Stamps always make me smile!! Thankyou.

About Me

On a Tuesday afternoon after I finish work, I join my Mum at a card crafting class which is held in a church hall. All participants either work on their own projects or make a card or two from the craft items provided, paying a small fee for the materials used. It is good to meet other like minded people and 'bounce ideas' off each other.

I am a hoarder I can never throw any thing away that I think may come in useful sometime or other. My family laugh at me for this but they always come to me before heading to the shops if they want something.

I prefer to make and mend an item rather than buy a new one. I like to recycle everything I possibly can.

In my garden I have a worm bin. The worms 'eat' veggie peelings and turn this into usable compost. Marvellous!

Just being in my garden relaxes me, I love to just potter about and can loose a good few hours without realising it.Sunflowers, poppies and daffodils are my favourite flowers. I like all fragrant herbs especially Thyme.I grow Lavender and I have a Chamomile lawn.

Favorite Books

Enid Blyton was my favourite author as a child, I devoured every book. Then when my children were small I enjoyed re-reading them all again!

I have a few Ladybird books and do like to come across other titles to pick up while I am out and about.

I have enjoyed reading 'A Town Like Alice', Anne of Green Gables and 'The Little House on the Prairie' books. I have seen adaptations of these on tv and they have me blubbering every time. I was the same when I watched 'The Waltons' on tv.

My first Catherine Cookson novel had me hooked and I have long since read everyone of them.

Gervaise Phinn makes me laugh.

Linwood Barclay is my current favourite author. I also like to read books by Harlen Coben,James Patterson, John Grisham,Lee Child and Stephen King.

I belong to a book group and there I have read many a book I wouldn't necessarily have picked for myself. When you have read and really enjoyed a book its good to share that experience with others in the group.

My library ticket is used on a regular basis and is a wonderful access to free reading material.


I was born in March, so I am a Pisces. The symbol for this zodiac sign is two fish swimming in opposite directions. I find this quite apt as I am very undecisive and can never make up my mind straight away.

Likes: 'Free' pens. I like to collect pens that are 'given' away in banks, hotels etc. Especially the ones with the company name/brand on them.

Pencils; these I like to collect from my travels, from towns/cities/countries I've visited, usually bought from the gift shop in museums/art galleries/churches. They are usually inexpensive and of course like the pens are very useful, although I am somewhat reluctant to use any of them.

Other than letter writing or form filling, I always use a pencil.

I like keeping a diary and have done so for many years. I also like to keep a seperate journel in which to record my travels/days out, places of interest visited. I prefer journals that have pockets in which to keep all the trivia I collect along the way like admission tickets, bus/train tickets etc, etc, etc. I never knew that collecting used items such as these had a name - ephemera!

I would love to see some Post Office stationery from other countries, especially Air Mail labels.

I like making lists for shopping, things to do, books to read or look out for. Love to tick items off as I complete the list. So nice note books/pads would be put to good use.

I absolutely love Scooby-Doo!

I like scarecrows :)

I will never have enough bookmarks.

My favourite colour is Blue. Think jeans! But I also like the combination of red,white and blue.

My favourite fragrances are Sandal Wood and Patchouli. Also Lavendar which I have growing in my garden. I prefer the smell of aftershaves to perfume.

My favourite animals are the hippopotamus, orangutans,donkeys,sloths,aardvarks, armadillos and pangolins.

I have a few pressed pennies, mostly from the UK I would love some more for my collection, from anywhere in the world. I have a few USA State quarters and National Park quarters, I would like to add more of them to my collection. I would also like to start a collection of the Canadian equivalant to these. Here in the UK the coins in circulation are designed to represent something of interest so they are well sought after by everyone, including me!

I also collect foreign coins/bank notes. Remember holiday money before the Euro was introduced, what fun!

I can't resist re-usable shopping bags, any type, size or colour, shop bought or hand-made. Some I do use for shopping but others, if sturdy, make good storage containers for magazines etc. I'm even using a couple from the supermarket, the plastic coated ones, to grow vegetables in. These are very sturdy and I got the idea because they have pictures of vegetables on them and they are practically the same as the ones available from the garden centre but they are much cheaper to buy.

I would be very happy to receive anything that is hand-made.

Absolutely any type of crafting items would be most welcome.

Discovering swap bot has opened my eyes to other types of crafts/swaps I would like to join, so I am open to new ideas.

Since joining swap-bot I have discovered ATC's and Dotee Dolls and I have enjoyed the ones I have made and received.

My sons interests include football, music and computer technology. Between them they like Sponge bob, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, lego and anything pirate related.


Dislikes: Not that many really.

I don't like wastefulness, so am happy for you to re-cycle 'stuff' when making or packaging a swap to me.

I do not like the smell of vanilla or coconut.

Not keen on fruit flavoured tea's.

Please do not send me any sweeties, the last toffee I ate cost me a trip to the dentist!

My wish list. Peace On Earth And Good Will To All Mankind!


blubutterfly rated for New Year's Card 2021 on Jan 11, 2022
Comment: OMG thank-you for the New Year’s card and the fantastic Royal postcards!! What a great surprise to find in the mailbox today:) Brightened my day considerably. Wishing you all good things for 2022💛
Response: Thank you for your patience Sarah, I am very happy to hear that you have received and liked your New Year's card and the Royal postcards, thank you very much for the rating :)
CindyST rated for Halloween PC - Vampire on Nov 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome postcard.
Response: Whitby is a wonderful place to visit and to buy those awesome Dracula postcards, thank you very much for the rating :)
susieq11 rated for IFM: Your wedding in a notecard on Nov 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you Carol for your lovely note and all the enclosures! I LOVE seeing your wedding picture! Just gorgeous. And thanks for GG stamp and pressed penny, postcards, and brochure. How awesome to still be in contact with all those people. I love to hear that. Perhaps next Leap Year we’ll meet you at GG!!! Oh and I love the note card you used too! What a great swap! XOXO
Response: So glad that you liked the items that I sent to you for this swap Susan. Thank you very much for the rating :) Yes! we are hopeing to return to GG the next leap year.
Caithness rated for UKPP: M... on Sep 23, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun happy Matilda postcard and Rupert stamp!
Response: Happy to hear that you liked the Matilda postcard, thank you very much for the rating :)
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKPP: L... on Aug 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, Carol, I do love a lighthouse :-) I might have to add it to my 'must visit' list when I next head up north! <3
Response: Glad that my postcard has inspired you to visit that lighthouse Lucy, you won't be disappointed. Thank you very much for the rating :)
Art90world rated for UKCA: ATC - B is for.... on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the ATC.
Response: Happy to hear that my B is for bird ATC has arrived, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Hi Carol! I had high hopes that your pc would get here and yipppeee it did! I love this clock, so cool and now I want to see it in person! LOL! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Hooray! Thank you for your patience Vicky.That clock was a fun find I'm glad that you liked it too, thank you very much for the rating :)
LondonWriting rated for UKPP: Greetings from… on Aug 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and tip. I will need to go visit e as it’s been over 20 years since I was in Whitby
Response: I'm glad that my postcard prompted you to think about re visiting Whitby you won' be disappointed, thank you very much for the rating :)
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKCA: ATC - A is for.... on Aug 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fab Alligator ATC! He's so cheerful :-)
Response: Happy to hear that you liked my idea for the ATC Lucy, thank you very much for the rating :)
Tricia22 rated for FIREWORKS Postcard on Aug 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thank you for the rating :)
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKPP: K... on Jul 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Kelpies postcard; I have never been to Scotland and Falkirk is definitely one of those places I would love to visit! I hope you and your family are all well! <3
craftynut rated for UKPP: RAINBOW SERIES - YELLOW on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous card. I love it. Just the pick-me-up when you get home from work.
Response: I know what you mean, it makes me smile to come home to happy mail after a long day at work. Glad that you liked the postcard. Thank you very much for the rating :)
LondonWriting rated for UKPP: RAINBOW SERIES - ORANGE on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the prettily decorated postcard and nice message, Carol.
Response: Glad that you liked the postcard and thank you very much for the rating :)
Minxy1964 rated for UKPP: J... on Jun 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Jemima Puddleduck card. I've just checked my 50p collection and I don't have that one either... xx
Response: Seems like the Jemima 50p coin is eluding every one then, glad that you liked the postcard, thank you very much for the rating :)
Minxy1964 rated for UKCA: Small Felt Stuffie on Jun 27, 2021
Comment: I love my rabbit, it's so cute! Sat him on a shelf in my craft room. Thank you so much. Dad is fine. Still driving me mad, but fine....xx
Response: This was a fun swap Lynda I enjoyed making the little rabbit for you, thank you very much for the rating :) My dad has never been a sport fan so he is hating all of the rescheduling of tv programmes due to the sport.
dancingtiger rated for UKPP: I... on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: thanks for the fun card. I expect tonnes of ice cream have been eaten here in Perran too
Response: And still the sun is shining here, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely sheep postcard. Love it.
Response: I hoped that you would like the sheep postcard. Thank you very much for the rating :)
dancingtiger rated for UKPP: RAINBOW SERIES - RED on May 27, 2021
Comment: thanks for the big red bus- made me feel a bit nostalgic for the time I lived in Bayswater- Wish the buses in Cornwall were as frequent and reliable.
Response: I'm happy to hear that you liked the postcard and thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: This was amazing, thank you so much! Making the pockets all little envelopes was genius! So many amazing things to use in my next set of junk journal pages, I love it! I also love the Lego theme <3 Thank you! :-)
Response: Thank you very much for the nice comments and rating Lucy. I am happy to hear that you liked the Pocket Letter that I made epecially for you :)
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKCA: Twinchies on May 19, 2021
Comment: I love these twinchies Carol, thank you so much :-) Such a clever idea! I have hung them up by my craft table for inspiration <3
Response: Thank you very much for the nice comments and rating Lucy. This was such a fun swap. I'm happy that you liked the Twinchies I made for you :)

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phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Drachenfrau on Dec 1, 2020:

wunderland on Nov 17, 2020:

just kinda wandered into the 'bot today ... HI!

simcoe54 on Jun 12, 2019:

Thanks for thinking of me while you were at the flower show. My husband would have been thrilled to be at the show and to be able to check out the lawn mowers. He enjoyed looking at the photos and the John Deere shopping bag made his day. Here in Ontario you would pay a nice bit for a bag like that and to think that you got it free!!! Thanks again! it was a lovely surprise in my mailbox.

Drachenfrau on Apr 16, 2019:


mgallardo68 on Apr 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for your lovely RAK dear Carol! I loved all but my big favorite was the notecards cuts! ♥♥ Hugs!

susieq11 on Mar 14, 2019:

Happy Birthday!! : )

thelocalman on Oct 28, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards from PTG September WTA!


Drachenfrau on Oct 19, 2018:

Just wishing you a wonderful weekend! :-*

anicka22 on Oct 11, 2018:

Thank you very , very much for the IFM-WTA prize. Especially love the Quentin Blake postcard!

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