Swap-bot Time: March 5, 2021 2:25 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: March 4, 2021
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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My Wedding And Event Photography

Current Status

It feels like post from the UK is starting to get back to almost normal transit times but it's still taking a little longer than it used to pre Covid days (does anyone remember life before Covid? πŸ˜€)

If you haven't had my swap please let me know. I have never flaked and will always resend. Thanks.

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

About Me

Photographer, cat person (who also loves Dogs), coffee addict, music lover, film geek.

I've recently started Postcrossing and love it so I'm always happy to receive postcards I love quirky, cat-themed, Wiccan, funny or just plain weird but I am happy to receive any postcards. I'd appreciate them unwritten so I can use them in Postcrossing (I will always scan them first to save a copy for myself πŸ˜€)

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 πŸ˜€

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 (https://bigfishlittlefishcb.wordpress.com). 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 Art Journalling and mixed media so ephemera, stickers, buttons, stencils, magazine or book pages with interesting images or words, stickers (not too childish please). 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. Anything that I could use in my art journal or collages is always welcome. A-Z of things I like below but I'm always open-minded and ready to discover new things. πŸ˜€

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 fiancΓ© and a slightly unhinged but loveable Cat called Smodge.

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, Acrylic Paint Pouring, Painting Rocks, Dot Art Papercrafts and card making Scrapbooking Art Journalling Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress) Mixed Media Junk Journalling

A-Z Of Me

A - Angel (TV Series), Animals, Architecture, Abandoned Buildings, Absurdity, Academia, Activism, Adventures, Alcohol, Aliens, Amphibians, Answers, Apples, Aquarius, Aquarians, Arctic, Armadillo's, Art, Alice In Wonderland, Art Journals

B - Buffy (TV Series), Books, Birds, Biscuits

C - Cats, Coffee (Black), Cricut, Crochet, CSI, Chocolate, Creativity, Courvoisier, Cameras, Cars, Chanel No.5, Crystals

D - Dogs, Dragons, Design

E - Elephants, Eco Warriors, Equality, Eastenders, Ephemera, Embellishments

F - Fantasy (Books, Stories, Images, Characters), Feminism, Friends, 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

R - Reading, Romance, Recipes, Rock (Music), Rocks

S - Shakespear, Sharks, Sculpture, scrapbooking, 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, Witches

X - Xtra's

Y - Yo-Yo's

Z - Zombies

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. Love Island and reality TV stuff and religious things. Pagan and Wiccan are cool with me though.



Comment: I love this PC and the special stamps. I would love to store my memories like Dumbledore, that would be cool. Sorry for the late rate, it was just delivered today.
mchesser12 rated for PH: U Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the US Bonds postcard. Our state is not in total lockdown. Each school system is making decisions about face to face or online instruction. We have been full time since October.
SharMarie513 rated for 2021 Series - February on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and postcards you sent! I love them all! But honestly my favorite thing is the envelope and stamps lol! Love it! ❀️❀️
Response: Thank you, I'm glad you liked them πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Comment: Thank you. No swap-bot I.D. Only one partner so, okay. Lol! Be safe.
Response: Hi, sorry, I must have been having a stupid moment, thanks for rating :)
usctrojans79 rated for Random PC Swap #2 on Feb 23, 2021
Tuutis rated for SIE: Happy Mail - tea theme on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you, this is lovely mail, I love everything!
Response: πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
dawnakaulen rated for I <3 NTP 2 (International) on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice PC. We are still in lockdown as well and yes it is super boring!
Response: Let's all hope for more fun soon πŸ˜€
KIllerMal rated for Magic herb on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: CIao ^^ I received today the package you chose for me, it's really wonderful! I missed the Artemisia, you made a great choice, moreover thanks to this I met a new company :) I'll send you an email with the photos <3
Response: So happy that you liked it and found a new company they have some lovely things and were really easy to buy from. I've posted a separate letter with the spell so let me know when that gets to you πŸ˜€
Raven93 rated for Happy Mail- sender's choice on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you, Cathy, for a very fun and generous swap! I particularly like all the wonderful papers and those avocado stickers made me laugh out loud!
Response: I've made many more Avocado stickers, i love them. Stay Safe. πŸ˜€
bf0932 rated for February Birthday's on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Your swap arrived yesterday. I loved everything you sent me!
Response: Thank you, and i hope you had a lovely Birthday πŸ˜€
Aseret25 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #129 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: This postcard of your cat hiding under the rug is so funny! The expression on his face! :D Thanks for the postcards!
Response: I have a feeling he may feature on more of my postcards in the future πŸ˜€
Minivandreams rated for I <3 NTP 1 on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: You seriously made my day! Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it πŸ˜€
JoySews rated for Ongoing Birthday Swap - January on Feb 4, 2021
Comment: Hi Cathy I got my big white envelope today with the beautiful feather wax seal. The book marks are so pretty! I will be trying the tea tomorrow morning. And I will wait until my Birthday to open the brown package. Thank you for your special kindness. - joy
Response: You have more willpower than me not opening it until November πŸ˜€ Stay safe.
HannahKaitlyn rated for Random PC Swap #2 on Feb 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the Captain Britain card! I love the stamps you used too! I hope you get to the FOB concert!
Response: Thank you, glad you liked them, fingers crossed for the gig. stay safe πŸ˜€
nanadiana rated for Random PC Swap #2 on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the red car postcard. I hope that you get to go back to London soon. I would love to go anywhere at the moment. :) Thanks again!
Response: Thank you, I know what you mean,, just a day trip would be lovely. Hopefully soon. Stay safe πŸ˜€
shirleyinCA rated for SSM: January Pick 5 postcards on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for great postcards! I especially love the California map with all the cute icons and poem and the vintage typewriter!
Response: Glad you like them. πŸ˜€
Bavarija rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #28 on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for awesome cards! Thank you for extra envelopes. The stamps on envelope are gorgeous too! Stay safe!
Response: Glad you like them, I am on a mission to find interesting stamps :πŸ˜€
Meisje rated for UKEX: happy birthday package on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks you made my day! Love the envelope with Snoopy, you have did your homework ☺ Then the extra gifts for now, love them and the Snoopy cards they are cute. Don't now if I have the will power to not open it until August. But I will give it a try. Me and my family are safe, hope yours are to. A crazy world indeed. Stay safe, and thanks for joining my swap β™₯
Response: Glad it made you happy, I know I wouldn't be able to wait πŸ˜€., great swap. Stay safe
Comment: Thanks for the postcard of Milton's quote & the lovely graphic envie you sent it in. Ordinarily I would agree with Milton about solitude, but this long spell of enforced solitude has me craving companionship! I'm thankful for virtual interaction via the mail though. Hoping this is a better year for us all.
Response: I know what you mean, I used to crave some time alone but now I want to see people and get back to all the chaos of the world, even if i decide it's not for me once I have the chance again.
Ashzaller rated for Ongoing Birthday Swap - January on Feb 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the bday wishes! waiting to open :D
Response: You have more willpower than I do πŸ˜€ Happy wishes for your Birthday.

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debbiespoms on Feb 22, 2021:

Hi Cathy ! I received the 3 plus 2 extra PC's today, for PH: January WTA. I really love them! Esp. the 2 Cat PC's & Faerie PC! Thank you very much!

Meisje on Feb 10, 2021:

Happy Valentines day



bringitb on Feb 7, 2021:

Hi! Just made two new swaps in the Washi Tape Lovers group. I’d love to have you join in the fun! =)

weatherwax on Feb 7, 2021:

Happy Birthday :)

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because β™₯




ittybittykitty on Nov 1, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Rainydancer on Sep 26, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

weatherwax on Jun 20, 2020:

Your art arrived - thank you !!!!! Have a brilliant weekend :)

susannah on Aug 1, 2019:

Profile Hello From All over #10 Twist!

Grootings from Finland! :D I like Harry Potter and Guardians of the Galaxy too! <3

β€œI look around at us and you know what I see? Losers… I mean like, folks who have lost stuff. And you think life takes more than it gives, but not today. Today it’s giving us something. It is giving us a chance.” – Star-Lord


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