Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2021 11:53 am


Date Joined: August 31, 2014
Last Online: June 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 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'm not really a paper crafter, but I will have a dabble....

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. M7m 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 -ย  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,ย Jewellery,

K - Knitting, Karen Davis artwork, Koi,

L - Lilac, Lace,

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

N - Notebooks,

O - Owls,ย 

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

Q - Quartz,

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

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

T - Tattoos,ย  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,ย Wicca, Weasels, Wotsits (bit of an addiction!),

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

Y -ย 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

Flaked on by BrookeTrout in Beginner's Handmade Fabric Heart. She told the host she would not be sending after looking at my profile and has not been online since 2.1.15. Rated 1 on 12.2.15. This was Angel'd by mustluvdoggies.

Not rated by amyjo for Beginner's Crafting: Handmade Fabric Heart. No contact and she hasn't been online since 12.1.14.

Not rated by Alicer for Team Darkness: Gargoyle ATC swap. No contact and she hasn't been online since 2.3.15.

Not rated by JP for CL: Book Quote#5. A replacement was sent on 4.4.15, along with proof of postage for the original which was sent on 26.2.15. Profile comment and pm enquiring about this have been removed or not replied to.

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 crowding of the Cauda Equina, 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...


Comment: Lynda, how did you know that my Ethel is a siamese rat? This is so her, thank you so much! A perfect page for my journal <3 You got all of the details, right down to her siamese knees :-D Thank you so much! I may have to get you to do me a page for each of my other two girls so that they aren't left out, lol!!! I love it! Thank you :-)
Response: I didn't! I've had ruby eyed Smeezes in the past and in a flash of inspiration the PEW morphed into one lol. I can try the others, but can't guarantee I can replicate my original drawing! So glad you liked it xx
Comment: Oh my goodness Lynda, your drawings are amazing! I love him! Thank you so much for another amazing journal page <3 These are certainly addictive!
Response: I wasn't sure about my colouring, looked a bit dodgy at first, but it grew on me. Been years since I've drawn this much. You're very honoured lol xx
craftynut rated for UKCA: Leafy ATC on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Boston Fern ATC. It is really lovely. We have a maidenhair fern, which I imagine is smaller leaved than yours. I, too am a pasty white northerner finding this weather a bit too warm. We moved south of Birmingham years ago and not made our way back.
Response: I love ferns. My Boston one is quite big. Not half as big as the ones in my back garden, though....
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous Litha page - I love the prints that you are using <3 And the charms are gorgeous! I'm hunting for some to use myself, lol! I have made the new covers that you sent me the home for my Sabbat pages, it works perfectly! Thank you :-)
Response: I'm constantly on the hunt for pretty or unusual charms. The sunflower prints are from a digital kit by My Porch Prints on etsy. Can't remember who the Sabbat print was by. Nice that they match the covers I made for you xx
AmaranthSpirit rated for UKPP: I... on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fab postcard, I have always wondered what all of the industrial landscape was like.... It's a lovely painting too - I'll have to look up some more of Purdy's works! Hope you had a great weekend!
Response: I was chopping branches down at the weekend. Bit sore now. Glad you liked the card xx
Comment: What fun pages. I love how they turned out. Thank you for joining these swaps.
Response: You're welcome. I had fun making my page. Hope to swap more of these with you xx
Comment: Lynda, these covers are amazing! So beautifully made, I love them! Thank you so much <3. Like you, I have been making my own pages too, it's so rewarding! Can't wait for the next ones! Did you fancy a rat themed page private swap?! <:3 )~~~
Response: Glad you love them as much as I did! I'm definitely up for a rat themed page private swap if you want to set one up xx
megan1230 rated for Junk Journaling Project Round 3 on May 31, 2021
Comment: Love the pockets! Great job!
Response: It was quite inspired, for me! Glad you liked it xx
craftynut rated for Postcard with a theme #2 on May 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the leopard postcard. I certainly wouldn't want to be caught in those jaws. Thank you for joining the swap.
Response: Was a bit ferocious looking, wasn't it? But had managed to curl it's tongue, which sort of spoiled the effect! Xx
rkassman rated for Junk Journaling Project Round 3 on May 24, 2021
Comment: How delightful! The bubble wrap pocket is such a cute feature :)
Response: I know! I might do that again on other journal pages. Providing I can resist popping it..... xx
Comment: What a lovely bijou tile! I love how your Kemistri look like butterflies in a garden of Zinger and Kelp.
Response: Glad it got there, I was beginning to worry! It's a cute tangle, isn't it, and one I'll definitely use again. Pleased that you liked it xx
Comment: Lynda!!! The beautiful junk journal covers arrived today and they are STUNNING!!! I wish I could give you a hundred hearts! I can't get over it! It has been made with so much thought and care with my favourite colours, I love all the trims and charms and layers ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป I'm in love! And the little mushrrom tags you included are so cute!!! I can't stop looking at this! And the extra package of goodies you included to cheer me up made me smile so much!!! You are so kind ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• I love everything! And I can't wait to put together my swap for you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’Œ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’– THANK YOU!!! XX
Response: I knew you'd love those papers and I did my best to include your favourite colours. I'm so pleased that Igot it right! I hope you enjoy using it and adding more journal pages to it. I'm glad I've put a smile on your face, Hollie xxx
Eel9585 rated for UKCA: Adult Swap on May 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the swap I love it
Response: I wasn't sure if I 'd gone too far with it, so I'm glad you liked it xx
denimblu14 rated for UKPP: H... on May 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely mystical hare postcard. I also like hares :)
Response: Something else we have in common! Glad you liked the card xx
denimblu14 rated for UKCA: Twinchies on May 13, 2021
Comment: Lovely swap idea Lynda. Thank you very much for the 4 twinchies they are all equally rather lovely. I hope that you have recovered after the electrics drama. I never win when using a glue gun, lol :(
Response: The street electrics drama lasted three full days! It's deffo a love/hate relationship with my glue gun. I'll host some more "Twinchies with..." swaps, if you like. They were fun to make, especially the blue sewing one!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful journal pages and the time you spent making them. They are really lovely.
Response: I had a lovely afternoon in my craft room making them. And the postcard made it a bit more interesting for you! Xxx
Comment: Thanks ever so much for your delightful pocket letter, it really was a joy to receive, explore and the goodies in each pocket are great- thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I was really pleased with how it turned out, although I did find a charm on the floor after I'd wrapped it, so I owe you one! Xx
Comment: Lynda!!! Thank you so much for the beautiful paper clips...there are so many and they are all so beautiful! I love all the colours and textures and the gorjuss girl is so cute ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป you always make the loveliest things...I wish I could give you a hundred hearts! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• xx
Response: You're very welcome. I enjoyed making them, and got to play with my new Gorjuss papers. Glad you like them xxx
Comment: Thank you Lynda for the beautiful Beltane page - I have a Beltane Blessing to pop onto the back side of it, it is perfect! <3
Response: I'm pleased that you like it. Beltane is a bit special to me, I was married on the day after xxx
dancingtiger rated for UKPP: G... on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: thank you for my PC. I have been looking into Gothic literature recently, maybe this could be a writing prompt
Response: Glad I've given you a little bit of inspiration xx

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 212 51 56
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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 รขโ„ขยฅ

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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