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Date Joined: July 22, 2020
Last Online: April 13, 2021

Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

Hi all, I'm Jo, a children's bookseller, blogger, and eclectic witch from London, UK.

I adore writing letters to my pen pals, and it's the letter that is most important to me. While I'm quite creative, I like to be brilliant at things straight away, and lose motivation if I can't complete something quickly. Writing is my creative outlet of choice, but I also quite like small cross stitch projects. I'm also into collaging, and I've started trying to create pretty envelopes, but I'm new to it. Happy Mail isn't going to be quite for me, though; it takes too long, and I end up losing interest.

I'm an avid reader and love YA and fantasy. Right now, I'm really loving beautifully written, atmospheric magic realism, like Moira Fowley-Doyle's books. I'm a massive fan of Laini Taylor, Heidi Heilig, Robin Hobb, and David Eddings, and I also love retellings, especially fairy tale retellings. I'm also especially loving non-fic on witchcraft and the occult. Send me book receommendations, I love them!


I would love a spell jar for one of the following:

  • Creativity / Inspiration
  • Self-confidence
  • Boosting intuition
  • Peaceful sleep

I would prefer to be surprised by my spell jar when it arrives. Thank you!


  • I collect stamps and keyrings
  • I adore musical theatre
  • I love fairy tales and mythology - The Little Mermaid is my favourite fairy tale
  • I love whimsy
  • Daises are my favourite flowers, but I also love roses
  • My favourite colours are purple, silver, teal, and pastels
  • I love pre-raphaelite art, and art inspired by mythology
  • I love silver, but not gold.
  • I’m allergic to jewellery that isn’t 925 sterling silver.
  • Ring size M.


  • I loathe the colour orange with a passion
  • I dont really like things that are quite dark, or gruesome
  • I'm not into modern art, cubism, surrealism, etc.
  • I have fragrance sensitivity, so no strongly scented items, please. So no scented candles, no incense, no essential oils or other oils, no strongly fragrances herbs, no toiletries or beauty products, please.
  • I'm also incredibly fussy when it comes to food and drink, so it's best to stear clear of anything like tea, sweets, etc.

Craft Related


  • Letter writing stationary, washi tape, stickers, die cuts - images to be used in collages
  • Letter Writing Stationary: where there’s a choice, I prefer lined paper, with the illustrations are in the corners, rather than covering the whole page (but I do have some stationary on my craft supplies list that is unlined or has larger illustrations)
  • I love occult and witchcraft imagery
  • Subjects and themes: Nature, flowers, beach, water/sea, woodland animals (but not dogs or cats), beauty, the Moon, the Universe, not objects unless witchy related
  • Pastels, especially pinks and purples and blues
  • Illustrations


  • Every shade of orange. Not a huge fan of bright yellow or dark green, either, but their pastel shades aren’t bad
  • Anything overly cutesy or cartoon-y, e.g. kawaii, anime
  • I’m not into k-pop
  • Photographic stickers (but die cuts are ok)
  • Religious imagery

Related to Witchcraft

When it comes to witchcraft, I'm exploring sea/water witchcraft, word craft (magic as writing), and whimsy (using everyday objects in magic through a whimsical lens, and finding inspiration in fairy tales and nursery rhymes).

I'm new to Goddess worship, and learning all a can, with a specific focus on love goddesses, particularly Aphrodite.

I'm in love with anything to do with the Moon, aesthetically and magically speaking. But not so much with goal setting for each cycle. I'm not a goal oriented person.

See my altar on Instagram

Things I like around...


  • Rose Quartz
  • Rose Aura Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine (birthstone)
  • Aqua Aura Quartz
  • Fluorite
  • Moonstone
  • Any crystals related the sea, water, or love
  • Crystal chips of any kind for spell jars
  • I love hearts and spheres, as well as tumbles and rough forms

Tarot & Oracle Decks:

  • Illustrated over photographic
  • I love pastel coloured decks, with ethereal imagery
  • I love decks related to witch, mythology, or fairy tale themes.
  • I'd love a Goddess oracle deck, but I've yet to find one that resonates with me
  • My favourite decks i own are the Crystal Visions Tarot Deck and Believe In Your Own Magic Oracle Deck

Favorite Books

For the TPC: Book Swap - Fantasy

  • When it comes to fantasy, I love high fantasy, urban fantasy, magic realism, and retellings (especially fairy tale retellings), adult or YA.
  • With high fantasy, I do tend to prefer adult to YA, but I do still read YA.
  • I am not a fan of paranormal romance, dystopians, or stories featuring the fae.
  • I prefer series over stand-alones, and I love long books.
  • I like either first or third person narratives, with no more than three narators.
  • I prefer paperback books.
  • I enjoy fast paced, action packed stories; stories full of political intrigue; plot and character driven stories; feminist stories
  • I love stories with a focus on magic/sorcery, and stories with mythical/monstrous creatures - especially if there's a twist on the creature, like in Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy with zombies as the Forged Ones.
  • If they're done well, I like the Chosen One trope; the good vs evil tropes; the quests featuring a varied band of characters trope; prophecy tropes.
  • I adore stories with beautiful writing, like those by Erin Morgenstern, Katherine Arden, and Laini Taylor.

Some of my favourites are as follows.

High Fantasy:

  • The Belgariad and Elenium Series by David Eddings
  • All series in Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings series (The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, The Rainwild Chronicles, and The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy)
  • The Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor
  • Girls of Paper and Fire Trilogy
  • An Ember in the Ashes Quartet by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty
  • The Empirium Trilogy by Claire Legrand
  • The Book of the Ancestors by Mark Lawrence
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin.

I didn't like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, or Priory of the Orange Tree.

Urban Fantasy

  • The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
  • The Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab Series by Karen Chance
  • The Shifters and Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent
  • The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine
  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor.

I didn't like Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin, Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge, The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton, and A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma.

Magic Realism:

  • Books by Erin Morgenstern
  • Books by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Books by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  • Books by Robert Dinsdale.

I didn't like A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland.

Fairy Tale Retellings:

My favourite fairy tale is The Little Mermaid.

  • Drown by Esther Dalseno
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • Tangleweed & Brine by Deirdre Sullivan
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.

I didn't like In the Vanishers' Palace by Aliette de Bodard, The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Criag, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill, The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross


lookaclara rated for TPC: Wandering in the Bookshop on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: This swap is absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you Jo for the lovely hand-bound flipbook with the amazing reading quotes, collages, stickers and I love the cut outs from bookpages decorating it. It's so well done, so I am putting it on display on my desk beside my books! I am truly lucky to have such a talented friend who loves reading as much as I do. :)
Ltiernan rated for TPC: Book Swap - Fantasy on Mar 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this book! I can’t wait to read it
lookaclara rated for TPC: Spell Swap - Manifestation on Mar 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely spell! I loved everything, the collage was beautifully made and I love the colours you chose. And thank you for the extra goodies! (Especially the lip balm which is great!)
journalwithrae rated for TPC: Spell Jar Swap 2 on Mar 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely jar, Jo! You always put so much thought and effort into your creations. xoxo
Comment: I loved all of the washi samples that you gave me! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful goodies!
Comment: Thanks for all the adorable tapes, Jo! I really liked the extras you added, too. I put one of the stickers on my water bottle! Love you lots!!! xoxo
Moonadeva rated for TPC: Spell Swap - Self-Love on Jan 30, 2021
Comment: Oh Jo , I loved the spell so much!! And all the love & effort you put on it is notorious!! Also thank you so much for the card and washis 💕
Response: Oh, you’re so welcome, Sarah! I’m so glad you loved it all!
inkspellonyou rated for TPC: Yule Gift Swap on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BOTH GIFTS! 💕 It was really thoughtful of you, and I especially loved the necklace!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad you love them!
Nicolemchavarria rated for TPC: The Art of Loving on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Everything was absolutely beautiful and so heart felt, thank you so much!!!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad you loved it!
Chloew187 rated for TPC: Tarot Inspired Craft on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: I loved the collage you sent me and loved reading the explanation and why you included certain images!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! I was pretty proud of it!
lookaclara rated for TPC: Christmas/Yule Letter Swap on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: Omg !! Thank you so much for all the goodies, the washi is so cute, the Romanian greeting was amazing, and I can't wait to try the recipes (especially cider - it's my favourite!!). It was so great to hear from you :3
Response: You’re welcome! Ah, I’m so glad I got the Romanian greeting correct! Hope you enjoyed the cider!
Magickbylynds rated for TPC: ADMIN ONLY: Yule on Jan 1, 2021
Comment: It is beautiful, thank you!
Response: I’m so glad you love it!
Undineshimmer rated for The Whimsies' Mini Grimoires on Dec 14, 2020
Comment: A beautiful grimoire. I can’t wait to add to it
Response: I’m so glad you loved it! 💜
KaurinMarie rated for TPC: Spell Swap - Protection on Dec 8, 2020
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much! I loved the spell and the way you presented it! Also thanks for the extra goodies! 🤍 I can’t wait to try it out!
Response: Aah, I’m so, so glad! I was kind of nervous! I’m so pleased you love it!
KyraCaroline rated for TPC: Blackout Poetry on Nov 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, Jo! I really enjoyed your poem and letter!
Response: You’re welcome!
Ltiernan rated for TPC: Washi Wednesday ~ Witchy on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: thank you :)))
Response: You’re welcome!
Comment: My goodness what a beautiful swap , i absolutely adore it , it’s a true piece of art and is going to go up on my wall along with all my other witchy goodies . Also love the extras they are perfect to add to my collection . Thank you so much
Response: Oh, I’m so happy you you love it so much! Glad you like all the other goodies, too!
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your beliefs with me, I truly enjoyed learning about them since I have had some similar questions that you answered. I am excited now to continue on my own path, with what you've shared in mind. :) I also loved the treats - tea, washi and flowers are some of my favourite things :D
Response: Aah, I’m so glad you liked my letter and found it interesting! Even better that you found it helpful! Glad you liked the extras, too!
Comment: Super cute washis! And love the little bits with it! Thank you! :)
Response: Oh, they arrived so quickly! You’re welcome, I’m glad you like them!
Comment: I loved to know even more about your path and how you make it so personal. It really gave me a lot to think about! Thank you so much for sharing and for the extra tea.
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad you liked it, and was maybe a bit helpful!

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