Swap-bot Time: July 4, 2020 8:26 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: July 4, 2020
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
My Flickr Photos
My Wedding And Event Photography

Current Status

The world has gone mad, and I hope that everyone I have sent to and received from and got to know on swap bot is staying safe.

This is a totally unprecedented situation we're all dealing with at the moment and I think more understanding than usual is needed when it comes to sending and receiving swaps.

I will ALWAYS send. As I've said before I have never and will never flake but getting to the post office is getting harder and harder and transit times are getting longer, especially on International post. UK postal service won't offer any kind of guideline for how long it will take to get there at the moment and I doubt that will change anytime soon. As someone who works in logistics, I understand the pressure that Royal Mail and every delivery company worldwide is under at the moment.

I will always click sent on the day I have the package in my hand and am off to the post office but I honestly don't know how long things will take to arrive now. All I ask is that you be patient and if it hasn't arrived please let me know and give me the chance for a resend before rating. Right now Swap-Bot and creative outlets are helping me stay sane.

Stay safe SB friends.

About Me

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

I love Harry Potter and am a Gryffindor (Pottermore)

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. 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), anything that I could use in my 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. 😀

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 fiancé 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 NIGH - 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, The 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, Homeland, Stranger Things, Eastenders, The Good Place, Masterchef, NCIS Better Call Saul

Favorite Crafts

I've only recently started to craft and it's a journey of discovery for me and a great therapy for the stress of the corporate world.

So far I am enjoying

Crochet, Acrylic Paint Pouring, Painting Rocks, Dot Art Papercrafts Scrapbooking Bullet Journalling Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress)

And I recently bought a Cricut so that's a whole new world of discovery to come.

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

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

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.



shirleyinCA rated for YTPC: Tag Tuck with Wendy on Jul 2, 2020
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous tags! Thank you so much. Very fun envelope (great snail stamp!) and classy swap tag too.
Comment: Picked up my mail this morning. I was thrilled to have my postal box filled with 3 different swaps. And One from you, Thank you♥️ I loved the signs you chose to send to me. 😃
mulkey rated for ☆ FULL ENVELOPE #26 ☆ on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Oh Cathy, what a LOVELY envelope to receive, so thoughtful and kind. I really enjoyed all of your careful gifts and so many marvelous talents you have! The tea paper, the beautiful envelope. I just feel so special to have received this from you. Thank you!
Karmi53 rated for Dog on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you very cute, well done
Caithness rated for EML: Mail Art - Different Patterns on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope and delightful goodies. Have a good weekend!
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it. 😊
teddygirl rated for LOTS OF SMILES 🙂 on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks so very much this package brought huge smile to my day... I love all you sent me ❤
Response: Thank you :)
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #195 on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, this was an amazing swap, Thank You so much!! The card you made is stunning, and the photo pcs you included are awesome. And, laughs, I have to agree... getting caught up with decluttering and tidying and then catching up with swaps is a pretty good weekend!
Response: Thank you :)
Sola79 rated for SIE: A Little Crafty Happy Mail on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Today I found this beautiful crafty happy mail in my mailbox. I adore everything, you really made my day :) Thank you very much :)
twileteyes rated for ATC int #3 - Partner's initials on Jun 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the typewriter ATC! And thanks for the extra goodies.
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it :)
1koolkrafter rated for YTPC: ATC with a Shaker Pocket on Jun 20, 2020
Comment: I love mushrooms and your envelope really made my day....Oh and your ATC Shaker Pocket was cute to...:) Thanks also for the enclosed goodies.
Response: Thank you, it's the first shaker I made, I need to practice more :)
weatherwax rated for Collage Art #1 on Jun 20, 2020
Comment: Hurra!!! Your wonderful Collage arrived - I love It so much! Your envelope was just lovely and everything was so thoughtful. Aaaand thank you for this super recipe-flip. We will try this for sure, although I never had a whiskey before :) :) That will be a surprise I suppose :) :)
Cubby2295 rated for Swap Card Swap on Jun 19, 2020
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Book Page 'Closet' on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Dear Cathy, Thank you so much for the happy little book page closet with the cute cute owl paper. And all the butterflies - you incorporated two of my favorites in one great project. And love all the tags and little cards you tucked into the pockets. The whole thing is just wonderful! And thank you SO much for the owl pendant - what an amazing surprise. Your acrylic paint run off turned into my great present. It was beyond thoughtful and kind of you to make this and send it. I would give you a 10 rating if I could! And I love the David Bowie stamp!
Comment: Thanks for resenting the swap. I loved the extras too.
Response: That got there really quickly, hopefully that's a sign that the postal system is recovering. Glad you liked it, maybe the other one will turn up one day :) :)
wooperton rated for BB .postcard swap on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, love your mantra! :) Hope you are well. xxx
Comment: Thank you for the great book pages! I cant believe how quickly they shipped :)
Response: Wow they did get there quickly, some things are taking weeks, I even had one swap that took nearly three months from posting to get to me! The postal system is under so much pressure at the moment. Glad you like them 😀
DakotaSkye93 rated for ☆ FULL ENVELOPE #25 ☆ on Jun 13, 2020
Comment: Hi Cathy, thank you so much for the beautiful package! The tea made me really happy, especially the tea from Greece. That country holds a special place in my heart so this was very special to me. The envelope with the leaves print was pretty special as well. Did you make that? Thank you for everything! x
Response: I'm glad the tea bought happy memories, stay safe x
pixiegirlanna rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #192 on Jun 10, 2020
tristitia rated for YTPC: Easy Botanical Tags on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Your tags are really pretty! I like the fabric you used! Thank you!
Response: Thank you 😀

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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

“I 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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