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Last Online: May 13, 2020
Birthday: September 16
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

I'm a thirty-something mum of one and wife of one from Bedford, England. I work for a leading UK charity managing support at home for people with dementia. I love all things crafty - making, buying, browsing and collecting - my current favourite is anything papery. I have a (not so) little boy - he's 7 (where has the time gone!!), and is as cheeky as they get!


Things I like include autumn, colour green, my son's smile, cats (but only the real thing - please no pictures!), chocolate, ribbons (love sticky ribbons!), hot baths (especially with something from Lush!) and the smell of rain on a hot day.

Also love wrapping gifts, reading in a comfy chair, post from far away, pretty buttons, feeding the ducks on the river, rubber stamps, holding my husband's hand, necklaces (and, recently, bracelets too - esp handmade ones), handmade papers, black and white photos, embellishments such as brads and eyelets, dried leaves and petals, friendly letters, seaglass, did I mention chocolate?

Love found items and salvaged bits and bobs (think: slightly worn, shabby, rusty, loved and used) - anything that can be repurposed into some kind of embellishment or trinket :) Also love collaged items - anything made (with love) from bits of this and that. Enjoy using unusual book pages, maps and labels in my craft.

Things I don't like include Hello Kitty and all that cutesy stuff (although I can do weird-cute!), too much pink, being cold, swaps with no or little thought put into them, most American chocolate (sorry US swappers, but it just ain't the same! although, if you want to try to convert me...), chewing gum, neon colours, stickers (can never really find a use for them). Don't really go for vintage images either, it's just not really my thing. Please don't send me any religious items either - thank you for respecting this :)

My little lad is 7 years old and tall for his age. He's bright and cheeky, loves books, animals, conkers, stickers. He say his favourite colour is blue (or yellow, depending on what mood he's in!) and he loves getting letters in the post!

We also now have a cat :) GT is a ginger tom (hence the name!), 1 year old and very friendly when he wants to be (bitey when he doesn't!)

Favorite Music

varies depending on my mood - grew up listening to U2 and indie music and still love it; don't like modern r&b or women that warble when they sing! Listen to the odd bit of classical, sometimes pop, a fair bit of easy listening too, and I'm starting to develop a taste for something a bit more folksy too

Favorite Books

these include, in no particular order... "I Know This Much is True", Wally Lamb; "Dracula", Bram Stoker; "Great Expectations", Charles Dickens; "The Time Traveller's Wife", Audrey Niffeneggar (sp?!). I love picking up random books in the 3 for 2 offers in the book shop, charity shop finds and re-reading old favourites

Favorite Movies

favourite of all time is "Singin' in the Rain"; second favourite is probably "Muppet Christmas Carol". Also love ET, The Shining, The Ladykillers (original version), Toy Story, A Life Less Ordinary

Favorite Television

The Muppets (obviously) from when I was little - favourite character? Kermit, of course!; Now I'll watch bits of this and that, but I won't cry if I miss anything!

Favorite Crafts

paper crafts such as ATCs, card making, inchies; really enjoyed making bottlecap pincushions recently! I'm trying to join different swaps to experience different crafts (although I think I've had my fill of dotees!).

can't knit, can kind of crochet, can't draw, can just about sew - enjoy cross stitch but rarely have the time

I bought myself a soldering iron and have enjoyed practising not burning myself with it!

I've had a bash at making soap and have really enjoyed my first few attempts at making paper... so many projects, so little time!


candigirl rated for Silly things on a string # 3 on Sep 27, 2012
Comment: Catherine, you are AWESOME!! i LOVE my "silly things on a string"...all of them!! The "hello kitty" magnet is SO adorable...you are very talented!! Thanks so much for everything....and it was wrapped so cutely in the dishtowel, too!! (hugs...have a great weekend!!)
Response: Oh, *blush*, so kind! Thank you and I'm glad you like :)
wickedred rated for Altered CD Fragments on Sep 18, 2012
Comment: Lovely thank you
Comment: Very cute and very well made too.
Comment: Thank you so much for the crocheted fridges. They are on my fridge right now. They are so cute.
Comment: Nicely done! Look great on the fridge
EsmeAna rated for Altered grocery bag on Aug 1, 2012
Comment: Love it! Thank you!!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely charm.
tagorlily1 rated for Finger-print ATC! on Feb 28, 2012
Comment: What a charming ATC, Catherine, and your enclosure card with all the stamps is great! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness.
Itti rated for Hearts on Feb 13, 2012
Comment: Lovely, thank you :)
Comment: Thankyou for lovely smelling, interestingly wrapped packages. I Love the fabric card too, it's my favourite christmas card so far this year. Will write more when I've opened things.
ChantalB rated for 100,000! on Nov 14, 2011
Comment: loved the little brooch and the cards :D too cute :D
Aleshea rated for One Sentence Journal--October on Nov 11, 2011
Comment: Very cute, and I can tell you had fun doing it, which I like :)
amandafaith2 rated for Zentangle Mini Sampler ATC on Nov 4, 2011
Comment: Sorry I'm rating so late, I almost forgot :) Thanks so much for the patterns!
Shadowspun rated for Zentangle Mini Sampler ATC on Oct 31, 2011
Comment: Pretty.
dustyrumor rated for Handmade Envies! on Oct 24, 2011
Comment: Thank you! I know, these things are so much fun to make! And I love to see what different kinds of pages or materials people use to make their envelopes. Anyway, thanks again! =)
sagesparrow rated for Zentangle Mini Sampler ATC on Oct 24, 2011
Comment: Thank you Catherine for the lovely delicately drawn sampler! Hearts and hugs to you.
sassystyle rated for Mail Art for Beginners - 2 on Oct 21, 2011
Comment: Your envelope inspired me to play with my watercolors and ink. :) I also want to make some cute felt embroidered bookmarks. It's darling! Is that a blanket stitch around the outside? Thanks for inspiring my creativity. Love your art. :)
ladylouie rated for Zentangle Mini Sampler ATC on Oct 20, 2011
Comment: Great zentangle sampler. I haven't seen most of the patterns you did before. Thanks
Laurwren rated for Zentangle Mini Sampler ATC on Oct 19, 2011
Comment: Thank you - nice to see patterns i haven't seen before
Comment: Wow, Wow. Wow!!! I cannot believe what a beautiful journal you made for me. I can't even express how much I love it. Catherine you are SO talented and I hope this was the first of many journals for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart : )
Response: Oh you're so sweet, I had lots of fun filling it up for you :)

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Godsrockangel on Apr 19, 2011:

I've read through the first journal - I got home and made tea then starting reading. I am so blessed and now feel like I did a rubbish job on yours - It's amazing there is so much detail and the extra bits you've stuck in are so cool - I love the folded up page and the April Fools page where it's clear plastic rather than an actual post. Loving it so much already! Thank you :)

smokeandmirrors on Nov 7, 2010:

Hi, i thought you might be interested in joining The Round Robin Group


If you're interested just click to join and PM an officer with your address. :-) Hope to see you there!

Japonicapopjoy2 on Mar 23, 2010:

Thank you for the fab handmade pin cushion for BB YGM.

The pin tops are so cute too, I can never get shrinkies to stay in shape what's your trick?

jfreeman on Jan 21, 2010:

Hello! I hope all is going well for you. I sent you a PM but have not heard back from you yet. Just following up to see if you received my second package. Please let me know. Thanks!

purplestar on Jan 9, 2010:

Catherine, I loved my 25 days of christmas items. Everything was perfect ! Wishing you a fab 2010, Samx

racheljohnson on Dec 15, 2009:

Love the photo from your British Birds tea! I just posted it along with your event re-cap on the Swap-bot blog. Thank you so much for sharing the event with us!

purplestar on Dec 13, 2009:

I adore my black cat christmas tree ornament :)

purplestar on Dec 5, 2009:

Fab photos Catherine!

Nicc79 on Oct 16, 2009:

Hi!!! Just wanted to let you know i have finshed your quiltie and will be sending it to you in the next week :) I'm so excited!! i think this is a great swap.

Oh and if you want a sneek peek see my flickr ;)

Japonicapopjoy2 on Jul 12, 2009:

Thank you for my BB YGM, I love the super cool papers which you have cardified and envelopicated in mini form.

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