Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2023 10:00 am


Date Joined: March 26, 2013
Last Online: September 29, 2023
Birthday: January 7
Country: Australia
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About Me

Greetings from Australia. I live on the top of a magical mountainous hill, in Warwick, on the Southern Downs in Queensland, with my partner, & Misty our dear doggie who acts like the Queen of Sheba, and came to us literally out of the mist and into our door. AND, Twiglet... a Koala who lives in the clump of Gum trees behind our house. Plus numerous colourful songbirds & wallabies (petite gentler version of Kangaroos) How lucky are we!

Sadly my beloved brother who made his goal of becoming American shortly before he passed away so suddenly on 6th October 2014. He had just arrived back in the USA after 2 weeks with his daughters here in Aus. He died of an embolism - massive heart attack. He was a true man, a genuine pearl and my big brother!

I am a Subtlety maker & worked that magic for the Abbey Museum & the Medieval Banquets & now make miniature version artworks for my dollhouse settings. Completely enjoying a long & well earned retirement as a Mines Security Officer from 13 hour shifts and high stress. Still clearing stuff, setting up my art studio cabin. I have two young-stars, now gorgeous independent parent/to be YES, I am officially a Grandmama Sept 2023.

I will always honour my swaps to my partner. And let you know if I am running late with sending, we live 45 minutes drive from the post office or nearest post box, so sending is relegated to shopping days. I rate a heart if i like your swap, the time it takes to lovingly create a thoughtful envelope & piece of work is enough, but a few scraps of vintage tiny prints/cloth or foreign book pages or old style patterned wrapping tissue are very welcome though ;) I like most colours, preferring soft muted palette (see LIKES.)
i love flower gardening and have put in a delightful rose and lily garden to brighten up the harsh landscape. Although I believe in fairies, and like a shell pink, i am not into kitch fairy stuff. Feel a bit too old for all that.

Favorite Crafts

~I am a miniaturist, I have been interested in 'tiny treasures' all my life. The scale I work in is 1:12 or in laymans terms, one inch (2.5cm) = a 12 inch ruler length (30cm). I went to see Queen Mary's Dollhouse when i was 8 and it changed my life as i saw it. 30 years later i was able to visit the Chicago museum, and saw the fantastic Thorne rooms over 40 of them! perfect in every detail... It was through this hobby that i was led firstly into fine needlework, producing as exact tiny duplicates of bedclothes, boutis quilts, robes, underpinnings, etc, as I can get them. I aim for perfection for international standards, probably the only area in my life that I do, so I am proud of myself that I have learnt this discipline. ~Tiny things are fascinating, i once found an almost complete 1" robot!

Georgian Regency ...

Georgian Dollshouse & French brocante have me glued to the internet or book. Also Art journaling, altered books as keepsakes in historical themes. As an extension of this, @AnnaM (Lady Elizabeth) and I (Lady Caroline), have created a group here on Swap-Bot - with an 18thC Georgian era theme, (1770-1815) : "At Home with the Georgettes" with the valued input of @user2148 (Mrs Leandrea Wallis of the Rose & Crown Inn) as our co-Founder. Here we made a fictitious village & our members each choose & name their village character, our forum is a happy active arena. We then swap as these characters in creative Regency style swaps & hand written letters. We are even learning how to cut quills and make our own ink and make dyes! A marvelous extension in art. We have also a blog that focuses on featuring our swaps and the village. The link to our accompanying blog is up on my profile,
I have been a textile/doll artist since late teens, I use many mediums into my work. ~Thus anything to do with beading, vintage textile, needlework is thrilling to me, I use them in my dolls.

Favorite Music

Baroque music, Tudor etc, wind intrumentals. The humble old recorder, yes folks, those years of torture in the old school hall became quite a passion, thanks to my brother. My first voluntary purchase was a German handmade wood descant, followed by a gorgeous Treble~ the hollow haunting tones and the woodsey smell, pure heaven! Perhaps i spent a lifetime in Medieval times! i can pick a crumphorn a mile away in an orchestral piece. I adore the Cello, after a lifetime of loving Elgar, hearing mums records of Jacqueline Duprey...(realizing the depth of mood one can create by modern Enya, the sound so strirring.) My man encouraged me to buy one, so I am melding with the tonal qualities of my instrument and having a marvelous time. I am in nursery school all over again! In the modern world, I find voice fascinating, pure joy and mood, I have belonged to several choirs over the years. Artists like Josh Groban, pure heaven, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull! ABBA, Adele, Enya is a favourite songstress. Chorale, I love Musicals, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, I sing where ere I go, whether permitted or not (then i do it quietly) Thank goodness I can sing! my kids used to say "be quiet mum!", but that made me more joyous! They didn't want to be noticed, but really didn't mind. My daughter now joins in with me, down the high street.

Favorite Books

Bookwise, I adore the classics like Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Shakespeare, I am a very old fashioned girl. Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh & Georgette Heyer. I have found a couple of modern authors i cannot put down, Lee Childs, his Jack Reacher themed series really describes my dear brothers character, a gentleman yet willing to step in with a warning first. ditto for Nick Pierce; Kerry Greenwood an Aussie woman who writes the most descriptive natural of women sounding believable in her mysteries... Heavenly Pleasures, Earthly Delights, etc. & Phryne Fisher Mysteries.

I love the earthy nature loving Jeffrey Farnol, for a man's take on Romantic, so English & gentlemanlike, pulls me back everytime, to the winding country roads to where my dad grew up in Surrey. I think perhaps this writer was not unlike my dad, come to think of it. Poetry, Shakespeare's works , Thomas Hood's sonnets ( i was named after his dear wife Jane), Haiku, I love to create prose, something I discovered at College, 30+ years ago, found that what I wrote, reached the hearts of others. I love & am grateful for this gift.
My library has children's books, well illustrated, as this shows me how to create tonal qualities if I am struggling. I have quite an extensive collection, from simple pen and ink, like Winnie the Pooh, or Wind in the Willows to Jane Hissey, Inkpen, for colouring pencil, Brian Froud for intellect, wit and darker themed interpretations; I shall write and illustrate my own childrens book, perhaps for my grandchildren when they join our family. In the meantime, I am quite happy to wait though!

Likes and dislikes

LIKES... UPDATE: I used to drink tea, as the Queen drank it, ie:- brewed in a teapot and served hot with genuine fresh jersey cow milk...be still my beating heart, from the farmer, the cream still sitting on the top. , i loved English Breakfast tea,& Irish Breakfast! Sadly I am no longer allowed to drink them due to the caffeine in the tea. Blah, makes my heart race....oh woe is me, must care for the Heart ... SO NOW I like herbal teas of Rose hip or fruity blends, ginger tea, turmeric blends. & am open to receiving herbal blends (please without Stevia or sweetners).
. I love Teal, French Navy, Cream, Rose pink, Cherry Red, Sepia tones, lime, buttercreamy yellow, Prussian Blue and fresh orange.... to name but a few!

I am fascinated with all religions, cultures learning about different philosophies. goddesses, images, charms or sigils. I talk to the Moon Goddess, Mother Mary, Quan Yin & Jeshua. Having a fling with Georgian & Regency style patterned papers, silk velvet is high on my loves, a piece of delicate lace, silk thread or ribbon, patches of vintage prints would have me in raptures! I love cats and sorely miss my Lily.

I cannot stand Green Tea, Earl Grey or Lady Grey teas as they are not my cup of tea, ha!. I am allergic to nickel based jewellery findings & chain. I do not go in for little girl pink fairy stuff or Hello Kitty, i am a luscious woman not a kid...but my daughter and sister love them though, so i would pass them on- takes all kinds, teeheee.

And Lastly...

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, and creating your wonderful works of art. As a security officer i have wondered how many people realise just how invaluable their service makes a difference to the lives of others. During 9/11/2001 everyone remembers the incredible valiant efforts of the emergency services, police, ambos/paramedics, fire-brigade. There was one other group who are rarely spoken of or remembered! While the rest of the workforce left the building if & how they could, the only workers that knowingly remained onsite on duty were the Security Guards as it is instant dismissal for us to leave our posts. I would like it to be known although they may have made it to ground level during the traumas, most died manning their posts as the building fell around them. I salute your memories, brave souls.

i value your time and energy in giving to a stranger ... so please feel free to write me. I appreciate your wonderful gift of sharing your art and thoughts. There you are, that will do. Embarrassed now. HAPPY SWAPPING


Comment: Hi, Jane! Your pie looked -- and sounded -- lovely! We are in the middle of a heat wave here that has finally broken, so I will be tackling my pie tomorrow. I plan to use ready-made puff for this first attempt but will try my hand at homemade puff when the weather cools a bit. That should be December at this rate! LOL Happy swapping, and I look forward to our next swap!
Response: Oh Amy I am so pleased you shall attempt the pye, why not use the ready made, it makes perfect sense. Thank you for joining the swap and rating, many hearts back...
MuggleMom rated for A random bit of stitching on Jul 15, 2023
Comment: Dear Freda, your lovely tag arrived today and I am awed by your sewing with such precise stitches. I am happy to report that papa is doing much better and enjoyed all the neighborly kindness shown to him, especially the delights of the fete! Yours in friendship, Rachel
Response: Dearest Rachel, why thank you for the compliment, I hope it gave some joy. Thank you sincerely for the message of hope and love, do give my respects to your father. Freda
theshyone rated for 4th Annual Garden Fete on Jun 24, 2023
Comment: Jane, what a delightful swap you presented me with! Your introductory note, Lady Caroline, made me feel most welcome. Thank you for that! I loved receiving my first swap from you also :) The pie and cake look most delicious! I adored the miniature garden bench and wish I could be half as talented! A very similar sentiment for the drawing (you are so talented!) and journal cover (so very pretty), but must admit to a longing for the beautiful owl hat broach, as I am am all things weak for any kind of beadwork! Such lovely entries for this year's fete <3
Response: My dear, it was a pleasure to send to you, and I am so happy with all the entries we received this year. My fav is the owl brooch it was a delight in creating it. thank you for the support and many hearts back to you.
user2148 rated for A Right Royal Coronation Zine on Jun 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you so for the beautiful newsy zine! Loved all the detail you included in your descriptions! I am excited to hear more of your miniature adventures and hope to see your magnificent creations after you enter them!! Thank you for the fabulous extras and letter. So good to hear from you! πŸ’– πŸ’–
Response: It was my first zine actually I think we may have done another a few years ago, I really like them and hope to do more now. Thank you for the kind review and many hearts back to you. xx
MuggleMom rated for Interactive Booklet on May 17, 2023
Comment: TADA, both of your swaps arrived today!! The blooming swap envie has proper canx marks but this swap, pristine envelope as if it was tucked behind it somehow, lol! I love the interactive booklet you made. The colors are gorgeous and just perfect for my journal. I love that you added a tie string, it makes it that much more tactile!! I wish I had thought of it now. xxMuggleMom
Response: Thank you I did enjoy making the booklet for you, I hope we do more like this swap, it was a gentle one and used up lots of end bits. thank you for the heart, love Star7Lily
MuggleMom rated for Blooming envelope for Easter on May 17, 2023
Comment: Dearest Innes, thank you for all the lovely flowers you bestowed upon me. They are gorgeous in every way. I think I will take you up on your kindness to show me how to knit papa a gernsey for the upcoming winter - which I hope is milder than this past season.🌼. Hiya Jane!! Congratulations are in order!! What name did you decide on calling yourself? I suppose I should start thinking of names for myself as I'm now eligible to be a grand something or another, lol!! Your mail art was such a nice treat in my mailbox! xxMuggleMom
Response: Flowers are the food of the soul, my Gramps used to say, twill be a pleasure to teach knitting Rachel, I find it most calming. Oh thank you Toni, the jury is still out on what to call me, perhaps a scottish version might be appropriate as both sides are Scot heritage. haha, until next we swap, cheers!
Comment: Oh this looks fantastic --- well done!
bearnbabs rated for Vintage Journal Stickers on Mar 8, 2023
Comment: What a wonderful surprise I recd in the mail today. Both Pam and I enjoyed what sent. I will really enjoy the tea and using all the paper crafts and stickers you sent. Dearest Innes, Hester and I would love to attend the dinner at Lady C on Saturday. We look forward to the dinner and all the latest news. Fondly , Phebe
Comment: Dearest Innes, thank you so much for sharing your lovely Rrrr Hat Lokoooom with my father. Oh how his eyes were shining with your thoughtfulness and delicious treat! The color was so jewel-like that at once I thought you had found ill gotten goods left by the dangerous highwayman, Dick Turpin. You are too clever Innes! Your grateful friend, Rachel🍬Thank you so much Jane for always hosting these fun, interactive and highly entertaining cooking swaps!!xxMuggleMom
Response: Twas my pleasure dear Rachel, I hopes yer dad enjoyed the flavour. Sticky and as Lady C said, decadent! It was great fun to make this recipe, I shall have to research some for us to try out. take care Toni, xx Star7Lily
AnnaM rated for An 1816 pudding recipe on Feb 17, 2023
Comment: My Dear Lance, Horace is to be congratulated on such pudding creation as this. The Jesamond cream was light as a feather and the perfect accompaniment. Your most humble friend, Old Mary
MuggleMom rated for An 1816 pudding recipe on Feb 4, 2023
Comment: Jane, thank you for hosting this wonderful swap. Your pudding and custard looked delicious and I would definitely find myself asking for seconds or thirds!! I'm so happy your custard had flavor - mine was in the frig overnight & made with whole milk so I just think I didn't add enough lemon for flavoring. Or I secretly wanted warm custard and my taste buds were just sabotaging me, lol!! xxToni
Response: Thank you for the heart. It was a lucky disaster save with the custard, perhaps the lemon did bring out the flavour of the sugar. I used pasturized milk straight from the dairy, we love our cream in the milk. yum. Now I wonder what will be our next recipe?
AnnaM rated for 12th Night Mask Character on Jan 5, 2023
Comment: What a colourful persona you have created for the ball. I am certain he shall delight us all. Charles and I look forward to seeing you this evening. L. Elizabeth
Response: Dearest L. Elizabeth, the ball was a huge success, I thoroughly enjoyed boring the stockings off every other guest, with Pope in my monotone oration. Such a joke. I thank you for the invitation. Blessings, Launce.
AnnaM rated for The Kissing Ball card on Jan 1, 2023
Comment: My Dear Lady Caroline, Such a lovely card to receive from you, and made more special in that it was fashioned by you. With Affection, Old Mary β™₯
Response: It was my pleasure dear Old Mary. Do come for tea when next you are passing in the woods.... you are most welcome. We have a crackling warm fire for your comfort. Fond regards, Carrie x
MuggleMom rated for Recipes of our Era: Curry on Dec 18, 2022
Comment: Same results at our home Jane, tho everyone kept it in their mouths, LOL! I'm so happy we all got to experience this 18th-century recipe and like you so observantly stated "imagine how thrilling this new taste would be, spice even if mild, it would be perfectly suitable for the invalid, which Jane Austen was when she had Martha Lloyd as her companion and household cook and housekeeper". Too right. I hope we "experience" more first beginnings! xxMuggleMom
Response: Thank you for the heart, Toni, I am sure we will embrace more of the era in the kitchen, in our year ahead. xx
AnnaM rated for SECRET WHISPERS swap #4 on Dec 10, 2022
Comment: Almost forgot! This is one of my favourite swaps. Can't wait to see what the next round will bring! Many hearts to you. Anna β™₯
Response: I am glad you enjoyed it, it was a fun round. thank you for the hearts.
user2148 rated for Album of Accord, Round 4 on Dec 7, 2022
Comment: Beautiful page! Thank you πŸ’– loved the newsy note - hope you are doing well! ❀️❀️
MuggleMom rated for Autumn Recipes on Oct 24, 2022
Comment: Jane, you sent two fab recipes that I will be sure to try out! I love how you designed your cards. And so happy with the stamp of the Royal family you used on your decorative envie.🧑🧑 Dearest Caroline, thank you for the warm wishes for the upcoming season and thank you for sharing Mrs. Lawson's recipes with me. As a matter of fact, we got snow on the mountains this past Saturday. It brings a smile to my lips to see the white peaks every October! xxRachel
AnnaM rated for Secret Journal Pocket on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: Jane, such a pretty Journal pocket, I love the image you used and know this will really be a lovely addition to my journal. Anna β™₯
Response: What a pleasure it was to make for you, dearest, I followed your lead in an elegant theme for a change, and was pleased how it came out for your journal. Thankyou for the heart. xx
user2148 rated for Musical Evening Tag on Sep 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you so very much for the wonderful swap! Your tag is gorgeous and all the lovely bonus additions are fabulous! What a fun envie to receive! I love these tag swaps!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
Response: It was a pleasure to make for you Nickalli, I too love these tags, must get the next up. Thank you for your support and all you do for us, many hearts my dear Georgette xx
MuggleMom rated for Village Picnic Excursion on Sep 27, 2022
Comment: Lovely hand-drawn picture for my journal - thank you so much. So happy to hear your knee is on the mend and that your wisteria is about to bloom. I love wisteria also - how lucky you are to have them to make your views incredible! xxT
Response: I am glad it arrived safely, it was a challenging swap I think. Garden is growing well, and the Wisteria has gone bonkers with plumes of pale lavender. So lovely. Thank you for the heart xx

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hazelwitch3 on Sep 16, 2023:

Thank you so much for the lovely tea and threads you all sent me as an extra for the fete "Teapoy" Game. It arrived this morning and brightened up a grey cloudy morning!

AnnaM on Jan 6, 2023:

Happy Birthday Dear Twinneth!

Lots of Love, Anna β™₯

AnnaM on Jan 1, 2023:

Dearest Jane,

Happy New Year! Hope it is a stellar year for you.

Lots of love, Anna β™₯

MuggleMom on Feb 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday card I received. It was such a wonderful surprise!!

xx Ms. Rachel Harris

user2148 on Jan 7, 2022:

Happy Birthday!

I hope you have a marvelous day!!
πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸ¦‹ πŸ’–Nickalli

AnnaM on Jan 6, 2022:

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays.

β™₯ Anna

AnnaM on Jul 6, 2021:

Sending a smile for today.

Anna β™₯

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 13, 2021:

Happy belated birthday! You are the day before my mom's bday- and of course we are all Capricorns! obviously! LOL! --Lavinia

AnnaM on Jan 4, 2021:

Many, many hugs for such an unexpected and most appreciated gift. Your devoted friend, Old Mary

CherryBlossomLady on Oct 28, 2020:

Hope you are well!

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