Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2023 7:27 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: March 22, 2023
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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Current Status

At the risk of tempting fate it looks like the UK post is starting to get back to some sort of normality, whatever that is. Our local sorting office is still very short staffed so I'm finding deliveries to me are sporadic and that may be affecting the outgoing post as well but it's definitely a lot better than it has been for the last 8 months.

Request - If you are able to send an envelope with stamps rather than the printed postage if possible could you try to leave a 1cm gap around at least three sides of each stamp. I collect used stamps to send to a local animal charity. I save the really special ones for swaps and crafting but I donate as many as possible as it's a great cause. thank you

Postcards - Unless the swap specifically asks for it Please don't send 'greetings from', tourist cards or cards from specific areas as blank cards, even as part of a scavenger hunt, as I won't send them on to anyone else if it's not a country I can post from, obviously I'm happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.

About Me

Photographer, cat person (who also loves Dogs), coffee addict, music lover, film geek.

I've also finally caved in and bought a die cutter so now I've got something else to spend money on by buying dies, always happy to receive any that you don't want πŸ˜€

I love Harry Potter and am a proud Gryffindor (Pottermore)

I have issues with Blue ink in pens. Don't ask me why, I have no idea, but I cannot write in Blue ink. It has to be Black, or any other colour, just not Blue.

My favourite colours are Red, purple, Black, Silver and brights like orange, yellow and green. I love black and white images and photography and black and white things are cool as well. I'm not a big fan of pink.

Loves Star Wars and Dr. Who. Hates reality TV except for The (UK) Apprentice, Bake Off and Masterchef.

Loves Books, learning, discovering new things, photography quests (see my blog for a list of my current quests and scavenger hunts (https://bigfishlittlefishcb.wordpress.com). I've just got into crafts to relieve the stress of my day job and am loving learning. Cricut apprentice, Rock painter, trainee crocheter and I'm really getting into papercrafts. and mixed media art. I'll try anything once :)

I've discovered Art Journalling and mixed media so ephemera, stickers, buttons, stencils, magazine or book pages with interesting images or words, stickers (not too childish please). I'm learning and loving Wiccan, particularly Kitchen Witch and am a little bit Goth. I love the supernatural or mythical, especially Dragons and the darker side of life. Anything that I could use in my art journal or collages is always welcome. A-Z of things I like below but I'm always open-minded and ready to discover new things. πŸ˜€

Vegetarian animal lover who just wants to get to know more of the amazing people on this planet and discover new things as often as possible.

I live just outside of Oxford with my fiancΓ© We recently had to say a heartbroken goodbye to our lovely 18-year old, slightly unhinged but loveable Cat called Smodge and have now rescued a youngster who's got big paw prints to fill but he's settling in. His name is Regulus (Reg for short).

Favorite Music

I have a fairly eclectic taste in music and always find it really hard to answer the 'favourite music' question.

I love discovering new music from bands and singers who aren't necessarily well known yet

Of the more mainstream music some of my faves (in no particular order) are...

The Black Keys, Against Me!, Alabama 3, Beth Ditto (And Gossip), Bloc Party, Collective Soul, David Bowie, Frank Turner, Incubus, Jamiroquai, Mad Caddies, Manic Street Preachers, Queen, The Stereophonics, Faithless

There are lots more and I'm always open to listening to anything that I haven't got to know yet.

I'm not a big fan of Hip Hop (although I do like some) or R&B and really don't like manufactured boy/girl bands.

Favorite Books

I love reading and try really hard to find more time to get lost in a great book.

Some of my favourites are...

To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee, The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, All of the Harry Potter Books - JK Rowling, Leaving Atlanta - Tayari Jones

Recently read and enjoyed...

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Elenor Oliphant is completely fine' by Gail Honeyman

His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman

The End Of The World Is NIG13 - Tony Moyle

Favorite Movies

In (almost) no particular order....

Star Wars, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Princess Bride, Harry Potter (All Of Them), Coyote Ugly, The Boat That Rocked, Lost Boys, Muppet Christmas Carol, The Die Hards (first three really but especially the 1st, and yes I do consider it to be a Christmas Movie :), Jaws, Mad Max (especially the first 3), Bond Movies (but especially Sean)

Favorite Television

Buffy, Angel, Stranger Things, Eastenders, The Good Place, Masterchef, NCIS (Gibbs rocks) Better Call Saul CSI (Las Vegas and New York are my favourites)

Favorite Crafts

I'm still a relative beginner in art and crafting and it's a journey of discovery for me and a great therapy for the stress of the corporate world.

I feel like I want to try everything but at the moment I'm trying not to have too many things on the go and focus a bit more and find my style and my skill set. Currenntly learning and experimenting with...

Crochet, Acrylic Paint Pouring, Painting Rocks, Dot Art Papercrafts and card making Art Journalling Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress) Mixed Media Zentangles

A-Z Of Me

A - Angel (TV Series), Animals, Architecture, Abandoned Buildings, Absurdity, Academia, Activism, Adventures, Alcohol, Aliens, Amphibians, Answers, Apples, Aquarius, Aquarians, Arctic, Armadillo's, Art, Alice In Wonderland, Art Journals

B - Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Books, Birds, Biscuits

C - Cats, Coffee (Black), Cricut, Crochet, CSI, Chocolate, Creativity, Courvoisier, Cameras, Cars, Chanel No.5, Crystals, Candles

D - Dogs, Dragons, Design, Dr Who, Drawing

E - Elephants, Eco Warriors, Equality, Eastenders, Ephemera, Embellishments

F - Fantasy (Books, Stories, Images, Characters), Feminism, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Fridays

G - Gromit, Geeks, Gin, Groot, Gryffindor

H - Harry Potter, Happy Things

I - Imagination, Ice Cream, Instant Pot, Incense

J - Jossticks, Jokes, jack-o'-lanterns, Jam, Jaws (The Movie), Jets (The Flying Kind), Jack Daniels

K - Ketchup, Key rings, Kindness, Kisses, Kittens, Kittys, Kiwi's (The Nation, the birds and the fruits)

L - Love, Lions, Llamas,

M - Marmite, Monsters, Mandala, Movies, Music

N - Novels, Notebooks, Nature, Noodles, New Years Day, New Age, Nerds, Notepaper - patterned, especially vintage looking.

O- Owls, Orange, Our Planet, Oceans

P - Puzzles, Punk, Pubs, Pagans, Painting, Parcels, Peace, Photography, paper crafts

Q - Quests, Questions, Quidditch

R - Reading, Romance, Recipes, Rock (Music), Rocks

S - Shakespear, Sharks, Sculpture, Spells, Sinatra and The Rat Pack

T- T-shirts, Trains (Steam), Tarot

U - Unicorns

V - Vampires, Variety, Vegetarian, Vegetables, Volunteering,

W - Wales, Whales, Walking, Whiskey, Writing, Winning, Wiccan, Wax Seals, Wax Melts (nothing too floral please, definitely no Rose (it gives me a headache)

X - Xtra's

Y - Yo-Yo's

Z - Zombies, Zentangles (and anything that might help me to improve mine)

Things I Don't Like

I don't want to list a load of 'do not sends' as I always think the swaps should be the senders choice but FYI - I don't like Black tea, I love fruits, herbal, green and Jasmine but not black of any variety, and I hate Anchovies although I can't imagine a swap where anchovies might be included.

Roses - or rather the smell of Roses, gives me a headache. Please don't send Love Island and reality TV stuff or anything religious things. Pagan and Wiccan are cool with me though.



I've discovered Postcrossing and love it so I'm always happy to receive postcards I love quirky cards, cat-themed, Wiccan, mythical creatures (especially Dragons), Harry Potter, Art, animals, funny or just plain weird and anything in my A-Z but I'm happy to receive any postcards.

If possible, unless the swap asks for it I'd prefer not to have greetings from or tourist cards as part of blank card swaps, obviously happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.


Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcards! I think this is my first Blue Cat, and what a fun one, too! Also, I love it when people think outside the box to fulfill the challenge. The Radcliffe Camera is such a cool building.
Response: Thank you, glad you liked them, thanks for the ❀️ 😸
Comment: Love it all got it!!! Ty!!!
Response: Thank you, so glad you like it and sorry it went the long way round 😺
neea1989 rated for Stickers and a Sketch - October on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: It took its time but the swap finally made its way to my mailbox, yay! And what a lovely swap it is - thank you! πŸ₯°πŸ’• Now I'm kind of inspired to try some coffee painting myself. β˜•οΈπŸ€”
Response: Thank you, I think it went on holiday on it's way to you 😸 Thanks for the rating. Catch you soon
LondonWriting rated for UKPP: 2023 Wish on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. I really like it. To good health in 2023 πŸ‘πŸ»
Response: And to you and your family. Thnks. Catch you soon. 😺
Comment: Hi Cathy, thank you so much for the cards I received. I especially love the one you made. Really clever to use packaging for the envelope, looks great too.. appreciate the resend
Response: So glad you like them. Thanks for the rating and catch you soon. 😺
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Blackout poetry piece #9 on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: Both your art and the poem are beautiful! Thank you so much! I love the book pages too.
Response: Thank you, glad. you like them, I'm really enjoying experimenting with Blackout Poetry, sometimes I find it really hard to see right words though. 😺
LiisaS rated for SPCP: Black and white #1, 2023 on Feb 22, 2023
Comment: Such awesome pics! I like the first one with thunder. Just amazing! But they are all amazing (also let's be honest: cat pics are always the winner) πŸ˜€
Response: Thank you. And yes, Cat pics rock, i have a few of them 😺😺
Comment: Great shots!!!
Response: Thank you 😺
armadillogal rated for SPCP: Black and white #1, 2023 on Feb 19, 2023
Comment: Great shots!!!
Response: Thank you 😺
Comment: Stunning!
Response: Thank you 😸😸
DakotaSkye93 rated for Advent Gifts 2022 Days 16-20 on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: Hi Cathy! I just wanted to let you know the gifts have finally arrived. Thank you so much! I really love the gifts you have send me ❀️
Response: Thank goodness it got there in the end, no thanks to Customs πŸ˜€ enjoy the late Xmas gifts
Comment: Thanks for the notecards, very pretty!
Response: Thanks lou. Catch you soon 😺
Comment: Thank you so much for the calendar pages which I absolutely love! Both January and February are currently decorating the wall above my desk. Beautifully made.
Jbee rated for World Postcard Day 2022 🌎 on Jan 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you very much for resending the lost postcard! wishing you a happy 2023 filled with love, health, adventure and many lovely moments. love Jill
Response: Glad the resend got there. Thank you for rating. Catch you soon 😺
Response: Thank you for rating. Stay safe, be happy😺
Rainydancer rated for SSM: 4x6 drawing on Jan 13, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much, this made me smile!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thank you for rating 😸
freespirit66 rated for SPCP - December photo(s) on Jan 11, 2023
Comment: Loved the photos of Regulus! What a photogenic and beautiful cat. He definitely stepped up and looked quite regal in his hat and collar! Enjoyed seeing the photo of the Christmas event in your town. How colorful and festive! The knitting work your neighbor did is quite impressive.
Response: Thank you for the rating, he seemed to quite like dressing up 😺 My neighbour is a yarn bombing goddess and far too modest about it. Happy New Year 😺
Bellalesa rated for Decorative Envelopes on Jan 4, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your creativity....they were great...sorry so late to rate...happy new year to you too
Response: Thank you. Happy New Year 😺
Comment: Thank you for so much for the happy mail!
Response: Thank you 😺
LiisaS rated for SPCP - December photo(s) on Dec 30, 2022
Comment: I love your cat! I wish mine would accept a collar like that 🀣
Response: Thank you, he's a very placid, happy and gentle cat. We put the collar and the hat on him for a Christmas photo but he doesn't seem to stress over it. Happy New Year.

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simcoe54 on Feb 7, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

lunatenchi on Oct 6, 2022:

I just sent my letter to you :D I hope it reaches you well β™‘β™‘β™‘

Gnoe on Jul 14, 2022:

So sweet of you to resend for the green postcard swap #2! I love the little lime green hummingbird πŸ’š


bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

Meisje on Dec 10, 2021:

Merry Christmas β™₯


myancey on Oct 3, 2021:

Thanks for the august wta for ph group. Happy swapping

debbiespoms on Feb 22, 2021:

Hi Cathy ! I received the 3 plus 2 extra PC's today, for PH: January WTA. I really love them! Esp. the 2 Cat PC's & Faerie PC! Thank you very much!

Meisje on Feb 10, 2021:

Happy Valentines day



bringitb on Feb 7, 2021:

Hi! Just made two new swaps in the Washi Tape Lovers group. I’d love to have you join in the fun! =)

weatherwax on Feb 7, 2021:

Happy Birthday :)

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