Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 10:26 pm


Date Joined: August 31, 2014
Last Online: September 19, 2021
Birthday: March 26, 1964
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

Hi! My name is Lynda and I live in the north west of England with my partner, red tabby cat and a tarantula. I am not religious but if pushed would say I lean towards paganism/wicca. I am an Empath, which can be quite emotionally draining. My personality type has always come out as INFJ. My favourite colours are purples, pinks and aquamarine. I'm an Aries/chinese wood dragon. My favourite season is Spring. I love silver jewellery, especially earrings. I am mad about rats and have kept them as pets on and off for over 30 years. I have a thing for medieval style unicorns, and tigers. I love fantasy art, especially Anne Stokes. I do a lot of cake baking. I took early retirement from my job as an Executive Officer for the Department for Work and Pensions in July 2019. I love being by the sea and lived on the south coast for 22 years. Can't wait to move back to Plymouth. I'm not much of a drinker but like dry white wine and decent gin. I'm a full blown fresh ground coffee addict. I was widowed on 1st March 2015 but didn't find out he'd died until 16th June 2017, having separated in 2010 , which was strange to say the least. I am a member of several FB cross stitch and Zentangle groups and regularly take part in their monthly swaps. I have a significant number of tattoos, from my shins upwards, including a full sleeve, and 11 piercings. I'm on Postcrossing and Ravelry as Minxy1964. I lost my mum to lung and bone cancer on 24/02/20. Since then I've spent a lot of time cooking and shopping for dad, and generally helping him out. It is nigh on impossible to offend me, so don't worry on that front....

Favorite Crafts

I knit and crochet. I cross stitch, embroider and hand sew. I make felt stuffies. I have made Dotee Dolls in the past. I draw and Zentangle. I make ATCs. I own a Gemini die cutter and a sewing machine ( and I am slightly terrified of both!!). I've recently started making junk journals but don't really regard myself as a paper crafter.

Favorite Music

I will listen to anything apart from opera. I'm a big fan of Amber Run, Skinny Living and Glass Caves. I don't mind a bit of folk music or blue grass occasionally. I am a sucker (still lol) for 80s music. It's an age thing hahaha.

Favorite Books

I will read anything and everything! Give me an encyclopaedia and you won't see me for a week. I have a bit of a weakness for erotica. I have a Kindle Paperwhite which goes everywhere with me. Mum used to say "if toilet roll was printed, our Lynda would read it"......

Favorite Television

I like documentaries, especially crime and history. I don't watch soaps. I don't watch many films as I have an annoying habit of falling asleep 20 minutes in. I love programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee, The Great Pottery Throwdown and Glow Up.

Likes and Dislikes

A - Z Of Likes

A - ATCs, Animals, Aquamarine and Amethyst (the colours and the gemstones), Art Nouveau, Alpacas, Aries, Australian Rugby League (go Eelies!!),

B - Bats, Buttons, Baking, Butterflies,

C - Cross Stitch, Crochet, Cats, Crystals, Coffee, Charms, Candles, Crafts in general,

D - Drawing, Dragons, Dotee Dolls, Dragonflies, Die Cutting,

E -  Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Earrings, Erotica, Edwardian,

F - Felt crafts, Flowers, Ferrets,

G - Gorjuss Girls, Gothic, Glass Seed Beads, Goldfish, Gin,

H - Hares, Holly, Hello Kitty, History, Horses, Hearts, Hufflepuff,

I - Inchies,

J - Johanna Basford artwork, Junk Journals, Journal Embellishments, Jewellery,

K - Knitting, Karen Davis artwork, Koi,

L - Lilac, Lace,

M - Miffy, Milk Chocolate, Mice, Mermaids, Medieval,

N - Notebooks,

O - Owls, 

P - Postcards, Purples, Pinks, Peacocks, Papercrafts, Pusheen, Pre Raphelite, Peonies, Pewter, Pine Martens,

Q - Quartz,

R - Reading, Rats, Ravens, Roses, Ribbons, Regency, Ravelry (I'm Minxy1964 on there),

S - Sewing, Stamping, Stuffies, Sapphire gemstone, Silver, Steam Punk, Springtime, Snowdrops, Stoats, Stained Glass,

T - Tattoos,  Topaz gemstone, Teal (the colour), Twinchies, Tigers, Tudor period,

U - Unicorns (not cutesy ones),

V - Violet (the colour and the flower), Victorian,

W - Wolves, White Chocolate, Wicca, Weasels, Wotsits (bit of an addiction!),

X - X rays. Don't like them, but I've lost count of how many I've had over the years.....

Y - Yarn,

Z - Zentangles,


Anything religious



Green tea

When making something for me, unless it is a profile based swap, please don't worry if your taste doesn't reflect mine. I am grateful to receive anything that you have taken the time and trouble to make for me!


I have a seven year old rescue cat (long haired Red Tabby) called Amber, a Chilean Rose Tarantula called Rosie and one elderly, nameless goldfish.

Swap info

I will mark my swaps as sent once I have either put them in the Post Box or handed them over the Post Office counter. I always obtain proof of posting from the Post Office. I will not, however, send anything international by tracked mail due to the ridiculously high additional cost. I take and keep a photo of every swap before I post it. I am organised to the point of being anal, and most of my swaps are made in advance of allocation, unless profile based. If your swap doesn't arrive, please message me before rating. I am in the UK and international post can take up to six weeks, probably longer during the Covid pandemic.

Flakers Non Raters and Angels

Nor rated by wishfulkelly for RM:Nauti(cal)-Envelope:Flat(ish) Themed items. This user hasn't been online since 26/02/19, but I'm leaving this here on the off-chance they come back and rate me.

Not rated by Nevermore for UK Happy Mail #7, despite me chasing up a rating.

Not rated by ainance for Junk Journal Round 5. This user hasn't been online since 21/06/21.

My rubbish body....

I had major reconstructive knee surgery on 5th August 2016 and have recently been diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, a protruding disc at L4/5, and incomplete Cauda Equina Syndrome, which has already caused numbness in my left foot. I've also got ongoing issues with both rotator cuffs. My mobility isn't fantastic and doing too much of anything these days wipes me out. If anyone wants the gory details of a total knee replacement, that you don't get told beforehand, feel free to ask...


Star7Lily rated for Rose Tag with Folk Art Border on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: Dear Lucy, I thank you most sincerely for thinking of me and to regain our acquaintance. I shall certainly display your lovely tag with the 'hawthorn' rose in my journal for many years to come. Fondly Freyda.
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much for the beautiful embroidered pansy brooch! I love it so much...I've put it straight on my coat 😊 it's gorgeous! And the notebook is stunning! You are so talented and kind Lynda 💕💕💕💕💕 thank you! Xx
Response: I was wandering around B and M when I spotted those notebooks and managed to find your initial. Glad that you like your brooch, and I'm really chuffed that you are wearing it! Xxx
Comment: Thank you for the amazing covers that you made. I love them. The extras will find a home in one of my journals.
Response: You can't beat a charm or two! Glad you like the covers xx
user2148 rated for Altered Tin Email Swap on Sep 10, 2021
Comment: Wonderful pictures of your beautiful tin!! Thank you for the letter as well, thoroughly enjoyed it!! ❤️❤️
Response: Glad you liked it. Managed to slice my thumb open whilst decorating the tin! I tried to keep the story in the letter as near to the truth as possible. I'm really enjoying being in your group xx
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely package Lynda <3 The pages are lovely, and the extras will be very useful! I bought a lot of the MPP cut-outs, but I don't think I got these ones! I hope you got your grass cut, and now have a freezer full of apple pie! Looking forward to the next swaps! Take Care :-)
Response: Glad you liked them. Yes, back lawn done. Old chap over the back picked all my apples that were on his side of the tree and passed them over to me, so a baking session is on the cards xx
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Response: You're welcome xx
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Journal Pretties on Aug 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful swap! All of these pretties will go to great use! I am in love with the lace and fabrics and the trim is gorgeous too! Each piece is perfect for my period journal!! I love the quotes and the handmade pocket.. PERFECT! LOVELY!! Thank you for all of the care you took to package it up and send it off! xx Sending hugs from over the pond! xx Gabi
Response: That trim is very sumptuous, isn't it? I'm so glad you like it all. It mafe it's way across the pond surprisingly quickly as well. Enjoy using it xxx
dancingtiger rated for UKPP: L... on Aug 21, 2021
Comment: ah yes, lovely Looe. I don't have a car , so took advantage of a local day trip to Looe (in the olden days)
Response: Ah yes. The olden days. I remember them well lol. I'm hoping to get back down to Plymouth before Christmas and will be popping to Looe if I do. It's such a sweet little place xx
craftynut rated for UKCA: ATC - B is for.... on Aug 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful B ATC. It coordinates beautifully.
Response: Yes,very blue, isn't it! Glad you liked it xx
Comment: I liked your very blunt answers!
Response: I either waffle on endlessly, or give very short answers. Can't seem to strike a happy medium lol xx
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers. Keeping my fingers crossed for your dad! <3
Response: Thank you. He had a biopsy done last Friday so we're waiting for the result xx
craftynut rated for UKCA:Zentangle Inspired ATC #3 on Aug 12, 2021
Comment: A really lovely ATC. I liked all the tangles you used.
Caithness rated for UKCA: Bee Happy on Aug 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks ever so much for your lovely creative bee Frippery! Have a good weekend!
Response: You can't beat a bit of frippery! Glad you liked it xx
Comment: Thank you for sharing your honest answers. Big hugs for your dad. My dad was recently diagnosed.
Response: It's not good, is it? Hugs back for your dad xx
Comment: Glad you got out of that bad relationship. You should never settle with someone who doesn't make you happy or doesn't treat you lovingly. Thank you for sharing your honest answers.
Response: You're welcome. Those questions really had me thinking about some things I'd rather have left in the past xx
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely journal page. It is so pretty. Fit's nicely in one of the pockets in my journal. <3
Response: Yay! I'm really pleased it fits into your journal xx
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKPP: Greetings from… on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card of Plymouth! Mum and Dad want to move back one day, perhaps we will follow suit...! :-)
Response: Oooh, your parents lived in Plymouth? My two closest friends live down there and I've maintained a lot of friendships and contacts. I was going to move back when I took voluntary exit from the Civil Service, but mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer three months before I finished, so that put the kibosh on my moving away. Maybe sometime in the future...xx
Comment: I love these pages Lynda, thank you SO much! That charm - oh my goodness <3 <3 <3. I will also look up the tapestries, they look amazing. Thank you also for the second page, both go amazingly in my journal! I have three journals now, they are all so full! Hope Tesco was bearable! Take Care :-) <3
Response: I went dark Gothic with that page! I loved that charm as well. I've got a pin badge somewhere of a unicorn skull wearing a flower head dress. I'm a bit strange lol. Those tapestries are amazing. I'd love to see the real thing but they are in a museum in New York. I've also got three full journals. Perhaps we need another journal cover swap? Xx
GreenDuck rated for UKCA: Three Envelope Flip Book on Aug 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for this! Its so pretty!! :D
Response: I'm glad you think so. It was fun to make xx
craftynut rated for UKCA: Upcycled page on Jul 29, 2021
Comment: You were very quick to do this and so many different things that you used. It's great, thank you.
Response: I just gathered up a load of bits and cracked on! Bought some lovely streaky bacon from that butcher's yesterday after I'd been to the hairdresser. Thank you for hosting this swap xx

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Bhindblueeyes on Nov 6, 2020:

Thank you so very much for getting a Mother's Day card to me for my project :) I will be bringing this card and what others I have wrassled up thus far to my Gma this weekend, me thinks! I do hope that Gma rallies and the cards won't be needed for quite some time, but I know they will be appreciated and bring much comfort when they ARE needed.

Paige1900 on Jun 10, 2018:

Thanks for the explanation of the 1 pc. LOL The eden project looks amazing. :)

Snuggles555 on May 3, 2016:

Good Morning Lynda: I received the Shepard's pie seasoning mixes last night. Thank you so very much! I can't wait to try & make these.

You are the best!

Hugs & Love,

Susan ♥

anrtist on Feb 17, 2016:

THANK You @Minxy1964 for the precious woodland creatures sticky note package ;-) SO CUTE

Blessings, cc

zoev1975 on Jan 18, 2016:

Thank you so much for my ALBOL wish. Cross stitch has defeated me in the past, but I am determined to master it!

thriftymermaid on Jan 13, 2016:

Thank you so much for the etsy.com gift for my January Wishlist in the ALBOL Group. I'm so excited to make a snail!! he he

Poftoffel on Dec 25, 2015:

Thank you so much for the amazing handmade goodies!!! The neko kitty is hanging in the tree and I've put the fish aside for Loki. It's so sweet of you to make these for me! Merry Christmas!

sparkleboi on Nov 25, 2015:

Hello! I just received your cat ATC - thank you so much for being an angel =D It's so cute. And girly pink cards are A-OK, haha. (My username IS sparkleboi, after all). You're the best!

Ikran3 on Nov 4, 2015:

Thank you so much for angelling the Happy Envelope swap for me - it was so kind of you! :) what a cute package! It definitely made me smile!! Thank you!!! xx <3

institches on Sep 17, 2015:

Hi Lynda,

Thanks for the crochet unicorn directions RAK through Hell's Grannies. It's a cute pattern and a nice addition to my collection. Hope to make it soon.


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