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Date Joined: June 23, 2007
Last Online: July 2, 2021
Birthday: April 22
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

Hi, I'm 46, single, and have a 25 year old daughter. I like to think I'm quite artistic, but my job as a computer analyst doesn't give me much oppurtunity to express my creativity! I enjoy fancy dress parties, and once took part in a mass pub crawl in London - about 50 people all dressed as Pirates - great fun! When not dressed to a particular theme, my 'fashion' sense ranges from quite gothic/punk (e.g. black lace, red pvc, studded dog-collars) to camp girly kitsch (day-glo pink tutus, feather boas, sequinned fairy wings, glitter spray...)

I'm an atheist and not easily offended by nudity, religious symbols or swear-words - so feel free to express yourself!

I love the idea of Swap-Bot - keeping in touch with people all over the world, the kindness of strangers, sharing your creativity... Fabulous!

Favorite Music

When I'm out, I like dancing to cheesey camp pop-music - Girls Aloud, The Ketchup Song, Mika, various Eurovision hits etc. But at home my tastes are more eclectic - UB40, Eagle Eye Cherry, Joanna Newsom, Enya, Meatloaf, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Queen, The Pogues, Dolly Parton... Just about the only things I don't listen to are jazz and classical music, although even there must be some famous pieces which I would like if I heard them? I'm always happy to listen to new bands or genres of music... is there anything you think I might like? I would LOVE to receive a mixed CD of music I haven't heard before!

Favorite Books

Authors I like include Terry Pratchett, Barbara Kingsolver, Kate Atkinson and Douglas Adams.

I also have a soft-spot for all the children's books I enjoyed as a child; fairytales, Alice in Wonderland, the Moomins, Chronicles of Narnia, Children of Greenknowe, etc.

Apart from children's books, I generally like reading things that 'make you think' (e.g detective novels, science fiction etc), rather than romances and 'chick-lit'.

I read quite a lot, as I have a long train journey to work every day, so feel free to send me a paperback book if you think it's one I'd like!

Favorite Crafts

Mostly painting & drawing. I used to do collaberative art at www.anexquisitecorpse.net but unfortunately it closed down. I might try creating an online swap to do something similar if I think there is enough interest...

I also like doing collages with ephemera and found objects, and would like to try altering books etc.

I take lots of photos, which I then incorporate into some of my other artwork.

I do make my own fancy dress costumes, but I'm not really very good at sewing so it's mostly things just roughly tacked together so they can be worn once, and then dismantled.

My bedroom is decorated with dark woorden furniture and garlands of red roses, while my bathroom is a dazzling, psychadelic colour scheme of yellow, sky-blue and day-glo pink, with rubber ducks and giant flowers and stuff...

I'd never even heard of ATCs before I joined Swap-Bot but I'm addicted to them now! I'd be happy to receive craft materials: brads, sharpies, unusual papers, acrylic paints, pens, good quality drawing pencils etc.

Favourite Films

Raising Arizona, Always, Harold & Maude, Toto the Hero, Ma vie en rose, Donnie Darko, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Things I like...

I feel a bit guilty writing an 'I want' list - and I promise I will be happy to receive most things! PLEASE don't feel you need to include extras - I am trying to destash at the moment as I have too much stuff already!
This section is really just me trying to be helpful, so my swap-partners have lots of ideas to inspire them.

In general I like things to be either beautiful, or thought-provoking, rather than cute. I prefer things which are unique or quirky, rather than mass-produced.

Obviously I don't want to be sent rubbish, but I am happy to receive secondhand things such as books, and I don't really care about labels or brands...

I like a lot of artists including David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Frida Kahlo, Magritte... I'm not so keen on old masters or anything too traditional.

My favourite colour is dark green, but I like most other colours too! Maybe not so much 'wishy-washy' colours like pastels or grey or beige. I like shiny metallic colours (silver, gold, copper etc). Some of my favourite patterns are leaves, snowflakes, masses of red roses, and fractals.

I do like some kitsch, pink fluffy things but prefer them with a slight twist, like altered Barbies, erotica, anything a bit bizarre and edgy, rather than 'pretty and tasteful'.

I also like more urban designs including street art, Banksy, the band The Gorillaz, vinyl toys like Qees, art with a political slant, or art which includes text in some meaningful way.

I like food, especially candy, cookies and cakes! Favourites are Reeses's peanut butter cups, Fudge, and chocolate-caramel-nut-praline type things. I like white chocolate, and recently discovered (on another swapper's profile) that white chocolate Resses's peanut butter cups exist. I've never seen them over here (England) and would love to try some... I'm also happy to receive sachets of hot chocolate or flavoured instant coffee etc.

I collect ornaments made out of natural wood, e.g. small carved animals, or little lidded pots made from a slice of branch.

I love Moomins!

I like jewellery - the weirder the better - but I don't have any piercings, so clip-on earrings only! (I'd love to receive handmade clip-on earrings?) I also like badges etc which light up or have flashing LEDs etc. I'd love to receive an altered-art brooch, or pendant...I like gothic style chokers and crosses etc... Favourite colours for jewelery would probably be black, silver, ruby-red or emerald green....

I love little tiny backpacks, (just big enough for maybe a wallet, a lipstick, keys & a phone) - much more practical when out clubbing as it leaves your hands free for dancing and drinking! I had a pretty red one with diamante trim, but one of my best bargains ever was an 'Elmo from Sesame Street' mini backpack from my local 99p store!

I'd also be happy to receive lavender bags or drawer-scenting sachets, a funky dog-collar large enough to fit around my neck, 'Alice' style headbands, tiaras or fascinators, or art materials, including printed backs to go on ATCs.

I love unusual tights - bright colours, fishnets, striped etc - in a largish size

As I mentioned earlier, I'd love to receive mixed CDs.


Freezer paper - apparently people who do quilting, stencilling onto fabric, etc. use this, and I'm not sure if the stuff we have in England is the same... I don't do much sewing but would really like just a small sample to experiment with!

Felt and embroidery thread
- any colours; I just want to experiment with making little felt creatures etc. Also perhaps other materials that might be useful for that, e.g. fake eyes, stuffing, sewing needles?

Anything Moomin - either things with pictures of Moomins on them, or books about them (can be secondhand - I only have one so far, Moomin Midwinter).

small clean animal skulls
Yes I know that one is REALY weird, but hey, it's worth asking...

because I have never seen it in the shops here and would like to try some...

Patterned Tights
E.g. striped, tartan, floral etc. Either 'one size' or 'large'.

A 'Clock' rubber stamp
Any sort of ink-stamp with a clock or pocket-watch design (for Time/Alice in Wonderland themed art)

Especially ones with designs I like, e.g. Alice, red roses, pirates, science etc. Can be handmade. Without envelopes is fine as I will often send them inside a swap package.

There isn't really much I DONT like... however things I don't use much are yarn, stickers, buttons, memo-sheets. I won't complain, but I'm sure there are other people who would appreciate them more!

Please note: I'm an atheist without much respect for religious beliefs so its probably best not to send me 'Jesus loves you' type items. I don't mind religious items if they are being sent because they are aesthetically beautiful or interesting in some bizarre way.

Sent & Waiting

Sent Tuesday 8th Nov
100,000 swap
Wishlist group to Renate
Wishlist group to Marryth
Wishlist group to JulieF (via etsy)
Happy Swappers RAK to Momto2girls
Tag Crazy wishlist to Dramagymnast
Down the Rabbit Hole WTA
RAK to PirateGrrl775
Swap what you make

Sent Monday 24th Oct
Booklets of ArtiStamps

Sent Tuesday 18th Oct
Tiger drawing for Dramagymnast (A-Z forum game)
Buttons & lavender bag for Darkshines (not crappy forum game)
Halloween ornaments for WTA

Sent Tuesday 4th Oct
Lavender bag to LucyStar
ATC for WTA forum game

Sent Monday 19th Sept
Holloween ornament
Art exhibition challenge
DIY destroy this

Sent Tuesday 13th Sept
Do Something New zine
WTA for Down the Rabbit Hole

Sent Wednesday 31st August
Not ordinary canvas swap
Alice inspired swap

Sent Friday 19th August
London souvenirs for private swap with Gambit
Envelope book resent.
Digital ATCs swap

Tags to do next:
Postcard using supply chain materials
Something for Wishlist Group
Something for Happy Swapbot RAK group
May need to resend to Revolutionaries if it's got lost

Flaked on:
Towel Day Card

Waiting for Rating:
ATC Backgrounds
Towel Day Card


regenboog rated for Samples from your shop! on May 8, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the lovely necklace! The bunny card is super cute I love it <3
wreckthisgirl rated for Samples from your shop! on May 4, 2012
Comment: Hi Kes, thank you so much for the beautiful necklace! The bunny is too cute, I would definitely give you more than one heart if I could :) I'll also make sure to check out your shop for more! I hope my swap will arrive soon to you. x Fab
avarenity rated for Inchies - Receivers Theme - April on May 3, 2012
Comment: OH MY GOSH! Thank you so much for the inchies. If I could give you a million hearts, I would. Let's just say that I was screaming in joy when I opened the envelope. And then I saw the charm and screamed even more in joy. Thank you once again.
Response: I'm so glad you liked them! I'd never heard of Plants vs Zombies before, but I really enjoyed making them!
Comment: Thanks!
Halogen rated for Let the Scavenging Begin! on Apr 6, 2012
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pictures and for joining the swap! I'm very sorry for the late rating, I got a bit confused getting everyone's emails.
DeidreArt rated for Facebook Swap, Get more Likes! on Mar 18, 2012
theannieHall rated for Let the Scavenging Begin! on Mar 13, 2012
Comment: Awesome!
VioletLove rated for Let the Scavenging Begin! on Mar 11, 2012
Comment: I loved your pictures! Thanks :)
sagesparrow rated for Moomins ATC #8 The Snork Maiden on Mar 9, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the Maiden, also for the wonderful card and envie. :)
Comment: Kessie! I just received the most WONDERFUL art journal today from you!!! I love love love it! I love how you poured so much of yourself into this journal.....it's chock full of bits 'n bobs of YOU! I've read the entire journal several times over and today is only day one! I will be reading it and taking in every morsel of it over and over again! I love the Alice pages...and all the little pockets and goodies and chocolates! Your artwork is beautiful and your journaling even better! Thank you so much for doing this private swap with me! Many many hearts to you, my friend! ♥ Hugz!Justene :)
Response: Oh, I'm SO glad you liked it! I felt like it turned out a bit scruffy, especially compared to yours which is beautiful - I've been showing it to everyone who comes to my house!
Comment: Thank you for the neatest book ever!!! I love the way you decorated the color, and it is in my favorite colors, too! Love the owl seal you put on it, so neat!!!
Comment: I love her. The journal arrived safe and sound today. You did a great job blinging her out. I adore the hand drawn matroyshka also. Thank you. The colors are perfect for me.
Response: Oh, I'm so glad it arrived safely!
Betsi rated for Etsy Shop Promotion: Treasuries on Feb 21, 2012
Suzanne1804 rated for Zentangled Animal ATC *Edited* on Feb 14, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the great atc!
cherrybombgirl rated for Suck My Big Hard Cock ATC on Jan 27, 2012
Comment: Thank you-LOVE the card! Hilarious!
Itti rated for Listen to this! on Jan 13, 2012
Comment: Great list, I could really imagine listening to some of these on a stormy beach. Thanks for the extra video too - lol. :D
Comment: Dearest Kessie, what a terrific parcel! The golden box is such a treat itself, I loved the crackers, will open little by little and save some for next year :) The card is also beautiful ♥♥ Thank you sooo much ♥ Have a wonderful 2012.
Response: Aww, I'm sorry they didn't arrive in time!
melyssajoy rated for Listen to this! on Jan 9, 2012
Comment: Thanks! :D

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sweetcandylove on May 21, 2012:

i got my adorably cute envelopes from you today for the Mail art WTA. i love them! thanks so much!!!

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

Eponita on Apr 1, 2012:

I'm glad the ATC made it safely. Thank you for letting me know!

kirstykai on Mar 31, 2012:

In the WTA I got some of your stickers. Just a quick passing by to say they are very cute.

Marryth on Mar 30, 2012:

Thank you so much for the Halloween inchies & vintage book pages towards my March wishes! Very happy to add these awesome inchies to my collection (and eventually to a canvas, yay!) and I'm looking forward to making something fun with the pages. :)

choke on Mar 20, 2012:

Thank you so much for the yummy boxes of Kinder Hippos! What a pleasant surprise it was to find them in my mailbox today, and so wonderfully packaged up! I really appreciate you granting my wish, another swap-botter sent me a couple boxes too and I was craving them SO bad. I swear I hadn't eaten one in over a year, it was awful :P I adore the stamps you decorated the package with too and have added them to my 'special' collection. Thank you again for a very thoughtful Wishlist package :)

RyeRye on Mar 11, 2012:

shelbysbarn on Feb 22, 2012:

Thank you so much for the beautiful buttons you sent from the Happy Swap-bots RAK's > [Sticky] WTA #28!! I love them!

zurdoswifey on Dec 27, 2011:

Oh my goodness I would love a portrait of him! We should definitely set upa swap sometime in the future...

zurdoswifey on Dec 27, 2011:

OMG thank you so much for the Sebastian ornament.. you totally made my WHOLE YEAR!!!!! He is front and center on the tree :)~ YUMMY!!! lol Thank you so very much for sending such and AWESOME Rak

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