Swap-bot Time: July 5, 2022 9:20 pm


Date Joined: August 31, 2014
Last Online: July 1, 2022
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. I like to think that I'm unique haha. 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. I dream of moving 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, craft 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. Sadly, dad was diagnosed with stage two prostate cancer in September 2021. Fingers crossed that his treatment is successful, as although he's a pain in the backside sometimes, I love him dearly! 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, Great British Bake Off 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.

Not rated by Eel9585 for UKCA: E is for... ATC, and UKCA: Alice In Wonderland ATC. She also flaked on sending the Alice In Wonderland ATC, which I have Angel'd and I have removed her from the UKCA group as a result.

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. I am also struggling with osteoarthritis in both hands. Should probably be taken out back and shot lol.


bearnbabs rated for Easter Dyed Thread on Jun 1, 2022
Comment: Loved your results. I would like to try some dandelions or red roses. What a fun swap. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for No-sew Fabric Envelope on May 4, 2022
Comment: Love your envelope and extras. Hope your wrist is getting better. Can't wait to try the recipe, sounds yummy!.
Response: I finally gave in and bought a wrist support, which is helping. It is very yummy, and you can use any citrus fruits to make it xx
user2148 rated for Elegant Georgian Shoe Journal Card on Apr 15, 2022
Comment: Gorgeous! Love the direction you went with this! I’d definitely love to own a pair of these 😁 So glad you’re feeling better! 💖
Response: Not half as glad that I am that the Covid has gone! I'm pleased you liked the shoe that I created xx
MuggleMom rated for Pretty Regency Tag #1 on Apr 11, 2022
Comment: Wonderful tag and love the colors!! Your note was perfection. xx
Response: So glad that you like it! Xx
LadyLizzy2002 rated for Album of Accord, Round 2 on Apr 2, 2022
lob rated for ZZ ~ Tangle and Pass R3 on Mar 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome xx
Comment: Lynda, finally it arrived this morning! How lovely, thank you for the pretty hand drawn rose card. Many hearts
Response: I'm sure it'd be quicker if I walked down there with my post! Glad you liked it. I really enjoyed drawing it for you. Sorry for the late response, I've had Covid xx
amccracken109 rated for An elegant Pincushion swap on Mar 21, 2022
Comment: You made a beautiful pincushion! I really liked it. Mine is almost finished, just need to get it to sit in the cup properly.
Response: Sorry for the late response, I've had Covid. It took some adjusting before fastening off the running stitch. Not over stuffing it seems to be key... xx
Lisapotterylady rated for An elegant Pincushion swap on Mar 15, 2022
Comment: Very lovely ~ thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it. That little cup was the ideal size for a cushion, and the colours are very me! Xx
LondonWriting rated for UKCA: February Craft Swap on Mar 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card. I haven’t tried it myself but looks awesome and I can just imagine it being relaxing. ♥️ for the additional extra too- looking forward to using my new notepad. Thank you!
Response: I thought of you as soon as I saw that notebook. You really should try Zentangling. It's very addictive! Xx
Star7Lily rated for Album of Accord, Round 2 on Feb 25, 2022
Comment: Lynda what a pretty card for the Album of Accord. The colours are very 'our time'. All the best and a hug to your dad too.
Response: I was so pleased when I found that paper in my stash. I'm glad you like it. Dad is fine. I'll give him your regards xx
AnnaM rated for Secret Whispers swap #3 on Feb 24, 2022
Comment: Your Secret Whisper pages are so delicate Lynda, and so very pretty. I loved the cat image you used!
Response: I'm really pleased you liked the die cut bits. It was the first time that I've used that cat die xx
AnnaM rated for Mid-Winter Missive on Feb 24, 2022
Comment: Lynda, thank you for such a nice letter. It was interesting to hear what you are getting up to and the challenges you are facing. I hope you are able to find some tasty recipes for your father. Anna xx
Response: It's the absence of onion and garlic that's difficult. Poor man is existing on roast dinners with not much veg at the moment! Oh and plenty of home made cake. Glad you liked the letter xx
Comment: Your journal cards were absolutely lovely! I can't wait to put them into my book. I believe the one you were most proud of would be the hyssop? You did a great job! I have all but the rose card finished -- my daughter has been in labor this week, so I have been working a card here and there. I hope to finish and send the package out on Tuesday (our post offices are closed for a holiday on Monday). Thank you so much again for doing this with me!
Response: You're very welcome, and yes, it was the Hyssop card! Blimey, that's a long labour, I hope she and baby are ok? Xx
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal page
Response: You're welcome xx
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal page.
Response: You're welcome xx
MuggleMom rated for Heart Snippets on Feb 7, 2022
Comment: Minxy - you are so creative with your snippets. And the funny letter about the stupidly large envelope - it did make me wonder, how big are the snippets? No worries, if you ever have to send me anything as a partner, pull off the offending metal and I will still be happy with your lovely items!! xxMuggleMom
Response: I just might do that. I'm glad you liked them. This was a fun swap to make xx
pynart2 rated for A Crossed Letter of Introduction on Feb 6, 2022
Comment: So enjoyed your lovely letter. You must drop by for a visit. Sending you some lovely little Hearts.
Response: I would be delighted to drop by next time I take a walk around the village. Thank you for the hearts xx
Star7Lily rated for An Elegant Book Tassel on Feb 3, 2022
Comment: Dear Lynda- thank you so much my dear, the card was so lovely and I am besotted with your gorgeous blue tassel, so pretty with the ring of beads. Now my favourite novels of Jane Austen will be graced by Lucy's handwork. Such a treasure. xxx many hearts
Response: It certainly took it's time getting there! I thought the beads made it a bit more special. Glad you like it xx
Response: I'm glad that you liked the colour. Thank you for asking after my dad xx

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thriftymermaid on Mar 19, 2022:

Happy Birthday Month from the Mermaid Lovers Unite Group. We hope you have a happy, healthy, creative, happy-mail-filled year ahead!! 💙🎈🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️🎈💙

LondonWriting on Jan 12, 2022:

Thank you Lynda for the angeled ATC. It's the first one in my recently started collection that is drawn by hand. Thanks also for the extra goodie and fun bat mail stamps :)

Bhindblueeyes on Dec 2, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Christmas card. It's SO adorable!!!!!! :) I am happy to report that my Gma gave me all the filled out cards just last weekend. I'm so pleased that she has rallied, and I won't need them quite yet, but I am also super relieved that I have them to help my Mum someday. :)

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!

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