Date Joined: April 6, 2014
Last Online: March 27, 2020
Birthday: April 19
Bringing joy to people, through small gestures, brings me joy. Due to ALOT of recent non-raters and the impending arrival of bub #2 (April/May 2020) I have cut back significantly on the number of swaps I’m participating in.
Hi, I’m new (relatively) to the swap-bot scene, however I have participated in swaps organised on other platforms. I created this account in August 2014, but life happened and didn’t actually participate in any swaps until June 2019.
I live in Melbourne, Australia, and love it. As much as I might say it, I truly wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
I’ve been married for 8 years to my wonderful partner and we have an 19 month old son, these two are my reasons for living. I am a nurse, but haven’t worked in a few years primarily due to health, more recently because of my son.
We have a couple of animals that live with us. One crazy rescue cat, Edith May, she’s a Bengal and is energetic and lazy, affectionate and stand-offish, an old girl and a kitten, she’s a complete contradiction. She’s 9 now and she’s been with us for 7 years. We also have one chicken at the moment, we had two others who recently passed away from old age. Edith loves to sit at the back window and watch the chicken and other birds in the backyard. Sometimes she’ll let the baby join her.
I love to travel, both within Australia and internationally. I enjoy learning about new cultures, navigating foreign languages, and finding delicious vegan foods. Favourite destination to date is hard to choose, between New Zealand, Finland and Spain.
I love reading and drinking tea, both of which have been slightly limited in the last 2 years. Difficult to sit down with a book when I only have one hand most of the time, and a hot drink, hah, you’re dreaming! But since I got an e-reader for my birthday I’ve read about 50 books in two months and remembered how much I love it. I’ve also been listening to audiobooks, a lot, lately.
My tea of choice is jasmine green tea, but I will try almost anything, I prefer flavoured teas to plain (ie. I’m not a huge fan of earl grey, english breakfast ect, but I love black tea with fruit. Again not a huge fan of green tea, but add jasmine (or something else) and I’m there) I love chai.
I enjoy creating, drawing, painting just making in general, which, again, has been somewhat limited lately. I’d love to be able to create with a purpose again.
I enjoy finding new foods, trying new dishes. As a vegan, this is becoming easier and more varied everyday. Although I’m really not a fan of ‘realistic’ faux meats (or the mock meats that are pretty predominant in Asian food), I went vegetarian then vegan primarily for animal welfare, I cannot stand eating something that looks, smells and (?) tastes similar to animal flesh. It makes me physically sick.
Dark, Depressing, Nature, Botanicals, Moody, Watercolours, Rain, Water, Outer Space, line drawing, cute, medical, anatomy and physiology
Worship Music, Bayside, Copeland, Anberlin, Lauren Daigle, for King and Country, Macklemore, Ed Sheeran, Queen, Dire Straits, Paul Kelly
I love listening to worship music, but my playlist is very mood driven and eclectic. I was raised on 70s/80s rock, will listen to almost anything once. I dislike music with excessive explicit lyrics and themes.
Harry Potter series (for life), Artemis Fowl series, Miss Peregrines series, Earths Children series, Tomorrow series (John Marsden), Tamora Pierce collection, Narnia series, Game of Thrones series (but not the show), The Handmaids Tale, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, HHGTTG
Fiction, fantasy, sci-fi are all my thing, if you have any recommendations let me know.
Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts series, Up, Inside Out, Pitch Perfect, Monty Python, Juno, Whip it, Psych
Psych (c’mon son, all time fave, devastated its finished), Shetland, The Blacklist, Lucifer, Death in Paradise, Line of Duty, The Bodyguard, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Hustle, Call the Midwife, Cuckoo, Man down, Bad Education, Bones, Green Wing, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Orphan Black, Hinterland, Doc Martin, Dr Who, Big Fat Quiz, Taskmaster, The IT Crowd, 8 out of 10 cats, Would I lie to you, Monty Python, Black Books, Asian Provocateur, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Midsommer Murders, Poirot, Miss Marple, Harrow
A pretty clear lean UK tv, police procedural, mystery, medical, comedy. I really enjoy UK comedy shows and comedians.
I really enjoy most crafts. At the moment I’m loving getting back into ATCs and all that that entails, paper craft, painting, Watercolour and acrylic, mixed media. Creating keeps me sane, and alive. I love to try new things and am always keen to give things a go. I have wayyyyy too much art and craft stuff, so I am all for swaps and RAKs in order to relieve a little of the overstock. I do have a lot of washi, like multiple drawers full. I don’t know, I’ve always loved it, but I haven’t used it, so very keen to get into that, start using it and sharing it around.
I’ve done a fair bit of traveling, it’s something that my husband and I really enjoy, and we can do it together. Most of the places in Asia and Oceania we’ve visited multiple times.
Asia: - Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos - Thailand - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore
North America: - United States (LA, NY, PA)
Europe: - Scotland - England - Finland - France - Spain - Andorra
Oceania: - Australia (obviously - when I was 11 our family travelled around Australia for 3 months) - New Zealand - Cook Islands
This is currently a WIP...
A- Alice in Wonderland, Art, Autumn, Art Journalling, ATC’s
B- Botanicals, Bubble Tea, Black, Bush Walking
C- Chai Latte, Cemetries (the older the better), Cloves, Colours
D- Ducks, Dark
E- Embroidery, Essential Oils
F- Felting (mostly needle), Fairy Tales, Fibre Art, Fabric, Fat Quarters
G- Genealogy, Galaxy, Gaudi,
H- Harry Potter Universe, Handmade
J- Jelly Belly, Junk Journalling,
L- Lego, Luna Lovegood, Liberty
M- Mixed Media, Maps, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Macabre, Mermaids (realistic over cartoon)
P- Paper, Pantone, Paint Chips/Swatches, Paint Sticks, People watching, Psych (tv show), Postage Stamps
R- Rubber Ducks, Red Riding Hood, Roaring 20’s (1920’s), Recycling
S- Severus Snape, Snail Mail, Stars, Stickers, Sketches, Sensory
T- Travel, Textures, Typography, Tea, Tim Burton, Typewriters
U- Umbrellas, Upcycling, Unicorns
V- Vegan, Vintage
W- Washi Tape, Watercolours, Wood, Water
Tamara Laporte, Jane Davenport, Jenna Ramondo, Lisa Junis, Tim Holtz, Kelly Rae Roberts, Marija Tiurina, Lisa Nilsson, Karla Pereira, Anke Weckmann, Alexis Winter, Helena Leslie, Shawn Coss (mental health series), Toni Burt, Simona Candini, Raul Guerra, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Lisa Falzon, Karen Nicol, Frederic Guibrunet, Sophie Mouton-Perrat
I like to try to send my swaps as soon as partners are assigned, and definitely within a couple of days. When able, I like to begin working on my swap as soon as (and sometimes before) I sign up. Of course that doesn’t work when it’s recipient specific.
I will mark ‘sent’ once the mail is in the post box, or I have sent the message/email, never before. If it’s marked sent, it’s on its way. Although due to being in a different time zone the ‘sent’ date and the post mark will be different (swap bot time zone is set to PST/PDT for everyone). Please let me know if you haven’t received it. Although Australia Post is generally reliable it can take some time for international swaps and can take a bit longer at peak periods (ie Christmas).
I will rate as soon as I receive. If I haven’t rated, in all likelihood I haven’t received the swap. Feel free to send me a message to clarify.
I’m not so much into PC swaps (mainly because it costs me the same to send a PC as an envelope up to 50g (how does that work?) and I’d rather send an envie with goodies) but I will sign up for the odd swap if it piques my interest. Swap guidelines always take precedence but my preferences are as follows:
Thank you for reading, Happy Swapping.
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