Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2019 12:30 am


Date Joined: April 18, 2019
Last Online: October 20, 2019
Birthday: April 16
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

September 2019 - Sad Update - Due to a change to seemingly all of the post boxes near me or my workplace, I can now no longer be confident that my post is being picked up the same day. It seems that a few of mine haven't been picked up for nearly a week! If you get a swap from me that is postmarked over a couple of days later than the deadline, please rest assured that I only click that I have sent when I have sent (and if I'm going to be late I will message my partners). If it is postmarked that late, please drop me a message. I'm going to try not using the same postbox, but if there's a pattern it would be good to know so I can avoid place the post-people don't pick up from. They are meant to pick up daily, but it seems that the world of post is going downhill :-(.

Ok, so I suppose it's only fair to warn you that I'm a technological idiot and apologise in advance for a mediocre profile. I penpal and am a lot chattier on the page. I tried to imagine I was writing a letter, but it doesn't work for me. So, apologies.

I'm Mickie; I'm 31; and I currently live in Nottingham. I'm very much of the opinion that people should work to live and one of my hobbies is learning about other people from all across the world and hearing others' stories and experiences in life. I'm naturally introverted, so this allows me all the social interaction without actually being sociable - win win!

My hobbies include: reading, writing, blogging, learning languages (currently German, and starting Spanish classes on 9 September - exciting!) so feel free to jabber away to me in German, or, if writing me a postcard, writing a few phrases in your own language for me to enjoy.

I also enjoy going on day trips, photography, and travelling. As I mentioned, I'm an introvert and my outdoor activities reflect that - I like walking and being in peaceful areas. My favourite local site is Belton House, where there is a wonderful lake walk and I find such inner peace and quiet.

Favorite Music

Nightwish Eminem K.D.Lang Emeli Sande Christina Perri Disney songs

So many. Random songs as well as artists and bands.

Favorite Books

Reading is one of my hobbies and I do it everyday. It's the best way I've found of unwinding and releasing the day's stress. As I read a lot, I don't actually have favourites as I get something out of most of the books I read. But a few that have stayed with me are:

"The End of Mr Y" by Scarlett Thomas Charles Dickens Sebastian Faulks Edgar Allan Poe

I also make an effort to reread Enid Blyton's Famous Five regularly to remind myself that anyone can do anything they set their minds to.

Favorite Movies

I love going to the cinema and watching films, but I don't actually have a favourite film. I enjoy most genres and will watch most things, but have never been so pulled in that I'll watch a film more than a couple of times. A few that I have watched more than once though, are:

Miss Sloane Christopher Robin The Little Mermaid Adult Life Skills The X-Men films

Favorite Television

As a general rule I don't watch TV. There are two series that I watch each year:

Silent Witness Death in Paradise.

On Netflix I'm watching:

Stranger Things You Mindhunter

Favorite Crafts

This is my section! I love crafting. I have been penpalling since I was 13 and often get the urge to make an extra special effort with a couple of my longer-term penpals. Most of my penpals I've been writing to for many years and have a fantastic friendship with so love making that bit of an extra effort to make them smile when they open my mail.

At the minute I'm working on a few letters that are being written in notebooks with a few pages with designs or other crafty things on. One of the pages of the books I'm doing today has a little pop up pouch on it. However, this isn't regular as origami isn't my forte. I also love doing themed designs for my letters - e.g. in spring I often do a bee theme; or travel theme for holidays, etc.

I've recently added sewing to my repertoire and am now enjoying thinking up new projects and learning how to make them. If any sewers out there want to share anything - feel free to drop me a line, I'd love to see your creations/hear your stories.


Generally I only collect postcards. But I also enjoy reading a little message on the back. I appreciate any postcard you want to send me. Apart from ones with abattoirs or animals in pain on them - seriously, on Postcrossing once someone sent me one with a slaughtered pig on it - please don't. I don't like saying I wouldn't like certain cards, but who wants to see that?!

I appreciate pretty stamps but am not a philatelist. Instead I love seeing a beautiful stamp on a letter.

My other weakness is stationery. I can't pass a stationery shop without going in. Unfortunately there are hardly any here now :-( so I have to resort to buying my letter sets online. I love the pretty writing paper that my penpals use and send.


I've been penpalling since I was 13 and consider most of my penpals to be dear friends. I don't 'collect' penpals just to say I've got XX amount. Instead I prefer writing to people who take time and effort in writing and really enjoy doing it. I'd rather wait for a while for a letter and know they have been enjoying life, than expect a quick turnaround. I talk about everything and anything with my penpals from the indepth conversations to everyday comings and goings. Sitting down with a cup of tea and a great letter is the best feeling.

If anyone thinks, from my profile, that we would get along and wants to start writing, feel free to drop me a message.


AlisonSwaps rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #166 on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful hot air balloon notecard! A 39-page long letter? Wow. That is amazing! I struggle to make mine 2-3 pages. ;D Good on you for learning Spanish! I lived in Valencia, Spain for a full year back in my university days. I miss it terribly and have been thinking about going back.
Ohnomissy rated for Self care kit on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: I loved everything! Thank you so much! I've never used a goal notebook and I will definitely be making it my mission to use it :) The skin care items are great and smell amazing! Thanks so much! It brought a smile to my face :)
Response: Oh I'm so glad it reached you and you liked it. I love the Elemis brand - enjoy! Hope you're having a great week. Happy Swapping.
Jbcangel rated for Snail Mail Lovers 2 on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Lovely writings thank you
Response: Thank you
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter! I enjoyed reading your answers and loved the stationery!
Catt007 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #165 on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, so good to get a swap from someone else who is UK based, I think we need a UK group :) Like you I always plan trips, visits for the weekend but more often than not real life gets in the way :) hope you got the washing machine sorted. And btw - Halloween - great movie. :)
Response: Glad it arrived and you liked it. Real life definitely gets in the way. I hope you get many weekend breaks before the end of the year and even more next year.
RiverTopanga rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #163 on Sep 25, 2019
Comment: WOW! MIckie! What a fantastic weekend that was! I'm glad you enjoyed Cabaret. I saw the movie with Maximilian Schell when I was very young. I love it! My mom brought me up on musicals. Stephen Fry! That must have been really good. Have you watched Fry and Laurie? I've only seen a few, they are funny. Love British Comedies.. mostly older ones though, like Butterflies and Good Neighbors (I think it was called The Good Life originally). Brighton! How wonderful! It really is a fun, vibrant area - as you pointed out. Never seen it in the summer, bet it is even more more lively then! I have a friend that used to live in Ferring, next to Worthing. Love the area! You are right... so calming! I am so glad you had such a wonderful weekend! You have proved to the world that you don't need to go far to have a wonderful holiday. Thank you for sharing your weekend with me. I hope if I get you for a weekend partner, that I have something interesting to tell you! BTW: lovely notepaper! Wish they made it like that here! Extra Hearts for your wonderful letter... <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: Oh, thank you, so kind :-). No, I've not seen Fry and Laurie, but it's on my Netflix list so I'm sure I will soon. Yes, it's "The Good Life" here and also one of my favourites. If you can get it, I also recommend "Open All Hours" (the original, not "Still Open All Hours" which is a remake more recently. That one's ok, but not the original). Have a great weekend :-)
earthnk rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #159 on Sep 24, 2019
Comment: Hi Mickie, thank you for your lovely note about your weekend. I have heard good things about Blinded By The Light and I about Wild. I saw it a while back and. Thought it was a roller coaster ride of emotions packed in that film. What perseverance she had. Happy swapping.
Response: Thank you :-)
BlackPearlTx rated for 7 day Journal Entry on Sep 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the time you spent in this journaling, you have a creative awesome LIFE..... Thanks for the card..... Awesomeness
Response: Aww thanks, so kind :-). I'm glad you enjoyed.
ellecamino rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #162 on Sep 17, 2019
Comment: Hello! I got your card and note today! Thanks a bunch. I speak a little Spanish. I learned a few word for when I went Hiking in Spain on the El Camino Trail in the fall of 2017.
Response: Thanks :-) I'm glad it arrived. Oh wow, the El Camino Trail is on my bucket list, it looks amazing. I hope you had a great time.
NRGordon rated for (Email Swap) Currently I'm ... on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the swap of your interesting answers. My wife keeps buying candles and not burning them. I cleaned out the storage shelves in the closet last winter and came up with over fifty that had never had a match touch their wick. They are now organized so she can find what she wants, depending upon the season, and won't buy any more of the scents she already has three to five of.
Response: Thanks :-) Haha, yes, I know that feeling! Enjoy the wonderful fragrances.
Rosepettals007 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #161 on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: I'm so happy for you that you finally got a few decorations started. Tiny bits here and there finished. I can't wait to have a house of my own to decorate. I love the cute kitty on the front of the card! Thank you for telling me about ur weekend!
Response: Thanks :-) I'm glad you liked. :-)
annim rated for The Last Movie I Saw In Theatre Was... on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: Wow!! I wish I had seen this movie! His analysis was very interesting and insightful. I'm a lover of Harry Potter books, it's my favorite! I've read it a lot more than 7 times, but I confess that I don't love the movies so much, although I like it a lot. Thanks for your message. It was very nice to read it! raise your wands o/
Response: Thank you :-) Glad you liked.
Comment: Wow! It sounds awesome. I love the first Harry Potter movie too. Thanks for sharing.
Response: Thank you :-) Glad you liked.
cherlita rated for Travelling Abroad Letter on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the interesting story and such beautiful letter set! I really love that you visited museums, and even, bravely went to red-light district. My friend just brought me a stroopwafel last Sunday upon returning from his study in Netherlands, and I agree that it's very tasty. I wish I could go there soon!
Response: Glad you liked it. :-)
olgayaar rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #8 ☆ on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: Hello Mickie! Thank you so much for your answers! I really enjoy reading them! Have a happy weekend! Olga
Response: Hi Olga. Glad you enjoyed them. Have a great weekend. Happy Swapping. Mickie
suepier rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #28 on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard for Brighton.
Response: Glad you like it :-) Happy weekend.
DeidreArt rated for Snail Mail on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter!
Response: :-) Glad it arrived and you like. Feel free to write back if you're looking for a penpal.
SkaGirl rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #8 ☆ on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked :-) Have a great weekednd.
SkaGirl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #158 on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: It sounds like you had a great weekend, thank you for sharing!!! That's exciting that you booked a holiday to a place you love :)
Response: Glad it arrived safely and you enjoyed. Have a fantastic weekend (again :-)).

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amyscraftandmail on Jul 14, 2019:

Hi Mickie,

Just stopping by to say thank you for the beautiful letter and Hello hello from John, Norty, Mr Blue and I.I can see why your best friend sees worth in you. You wrote so beautifully about your guy's friendship. Such a treasure. Thanks for sharing with me.

Have a wonderful day.

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