Swap-bot Time: October 17, 2019 11:22 pm


Date Joined: March 6, 2016
Last Online: July 30, 2019

Country: United States
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Favorite Crafts

I am crafty! I love everything crafty and hand-made. I spend entirely too much time on the internet looking at art and craft blogs and tutorials. I enjoy arts and craft supplies and everything that goes along with living a creative life--and I can't wait to share and swap with others who feel the same way! I make art--paint/draw/urban sketch, hand letter, hand and garment sew, papercraft, play with fibers and beads....cute, sparkly, trendy awesomeness is hard to resist and I am so happy to have an excuse to shop for it now that I am swapping.

Favorite Television

I don't watch regular television; only netflix and amazon prime. I am not up on current network shows, but I love to stream interesting programs from start to finish. Some favorites: Versailles (Oh! The clothes!! I am so sad it is to stop after season 3.), Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights (TV), Bloodline. I really enjoy Australian shows: Top of the Lake, Old School (TV), Wanted, Glitch. On Roku: Restoration Home, The Auction House. More than television, these days I am into podcasts: This American Life, Studio 360, Stuff You Should Know, 99% Invisible/Radiotopia, Lonely Palette, Art Curious, Stitcher's Top 100.

Favorite Books

I like to read, and I read a lot. I generally get most of my books from the new fiction section of my local public library. I also like how-to books. I enjoy home decorating/craft magazines. I write professionally.

Favorite Movies

I like quirky independent films and movies about people and their stories more than big Hollywood action/superhero blockbusters. I love interesting and offbeat documentaries.

About Me

I like vintage. I enjoy wandering antique and resale shops looking for cool stuff to display or refurbish with paint and ingenuity. I like to renovate and decorate my 200 year-old home. I am bakers twine and washi tape; I am twinkle fairy lights and day old roses with a dash of yellow sports car (it's a 1977 Datsun Z) and My Little Pony!

Things I like to create with:


Twill tape labels

Fabric (cotton, linen, kitsch/retro prints imported from Japan, Liberty)

Glass-headed sewing pins

French Bohin sewing needles or Tulip from Japan

Ribbon, trims, lace, bias tape

100% wool felt, wool felt balls

Repurposed buttons

Wooden spools

Small embroidery scissors

Colored sewing thread (Aurifil), floss

Tiny embroidery hoops

Pellon products


  • Decorative papers, book pages, old text, classic ads/images

  • Ephemera, vintage/found images and items for collage and ATCs

  • Postage stamps, old or new/canceled or unused

  • Stationery sheets, writing sets

Spencerian, Nikko G nibs (pointed pen, straight or oblique), hand lettering

Adult coloring pages

Plein Air: Watercolor, colored pencils; Urban Sketching: Pencil, pen, travel supplies

Fine point sharpies/markers (pens: all colors)

Stickers (scrapbook quality)

Fabric tape, washi tape samples

Mason jars

Things that catch my eye:

Fabric and design motifs: woodland/foxes or sweet deer (not owls), arrows, feathers, peace signs, little red riding-hood, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, 1930s reproduction feedsack

Little houses -- I am into making fairy houses: inside (dollhouse dioramas) and outside (gardens with natural and repurposed materials)

Mermaids, fairies, myth, legend, classic children's literature

Marie Antoinette

Vintage china and tableware

Vintage equipment (typewriters, dial phones, cameras, airplanes (vintage travel) etc.)

1950s kitchen, vintage housewife, vintage office, mid-century modern

Vintage camping

Nifty papergoods

I prefer modern quilting to traditional.

I am a sucker for anything in cute packaging.

Some other things about me:

I have an awesome, quirky studio space in my home. I own an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel, but I can't spin yet; I can weave, but I don't own a loom. I know how to knit and crochet, I just don't do it enough. I own an embarrassing number of sewing machines (vintage and new). I love ALL vintage sewing stuff (notions, buttons, equipment, patterns, literature, advertising, furniture). I want to restore a treadle sewing machine to working order. (I have two in pieces in my barn; just not sure how to put them back together now that I took them apart in a fugue of can-do energy.) I love fashion but don't dress as nice as I should. I love to research/sew historical costumes.

I have a small sour cherry orchard in my back yard (apples and peaches too, but I like the cherries the most). Next spring, I have challenged myself to do more with my garden design and upkeep. I have been watching gardening documentaries lately, like the history of french gardens.

I have 2 VWs: an orange/brown Westfalia Camper and a tintop wasserboxer. I love anything and everything VW Bus! Peace, love and all that!

I like big city and rural country equally. I'm into the idea of zakka. I love museums and libraries. When doable, I like to travel by train. I love antique carousels. (If they weren't millions of dollars I'd have one in my back yard.) I enjoy metal detecting. Haven't found anything of value, but I love the hunt!

I love to design party themes and gift bags. PENNANTS! I appreciate nice smelling candles, soap, hand creams and balms. I love to hang out in a coffeeshop to write, hand sew, sketch, read or practice my hand-lettering.

Lately, I have gotten into spray paint, uv coatings, decorative finishes....if it sits still, I may spray on a sheen!

Even more recently, I have gone crazy for urban sketching. I am drawing and painting obsessed. I am taking classes, buying/researching supplies, and visiting art museums. If I could chuck it all, I would and go to art school. I want to improve my drawing skills, and I want to learn how to use watercolors, acrylics and water soluble oils. I am enjoying my new focus immensely! I am most happy when I am learning something new.

POSTCARDS: I love letterpress, vintage/vintage inspired, cool images. I love seeing all the different stamps and your messages. If something is too wonderful to ship naked, I have no issues with an envelope. (I postcross. I know some folks on swapbot don't like the postcrossing system, but I enjoy it. I have lost very few postcards and it is just easy-breezy and always nonjudgmental. To me, it is not really swapping, more of a pay it forward kind of thing.) I penpal. I HATE facebook.

Subscriptions: I get Birchbox and Allure for beauty samples; Creativebug and Bluprint for inspiration.

I LOVE pathtags!! Love all geocache swag!! To collect and drop. I can get yours out in the wild in my area, if you PM me.

In specific:

I will gladly arrange a one-to-one swap, just contact me if interested. I penpal.

Please, if it's not a bother: No sports stuff; No teaching stuff; No mustache stuff.



dartha rated for Ho Ho Ho - Christmas Postcard Swap! on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome santa post card and Christmas wishes. Love it!!! Merry Christmas to you too, darla
catholicamanda rated for Dip Pen Letter Swap May 2018 on May 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love the prayer card you included.
fionafish rated for Dip Pen Swap April 2018 on Apr 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you Amy, that was a lovely letter, You do not need to apologise for your handwriting at all - it was very easy to read. My hand writing is not a particular style and I just enjoy writing and inks and paper so I'm not a purist in any way. Thank you
WritersSoul rated for Reading Challenge 2018-March on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Hey there! Thanks for the great read!! It was so fun to read your lively explanation and I agreed with so many things that you said. It was also fun learning the reasons why YOU liked the book. Anne of Green Gables is a classic. You can't go wrong with that!
manme rated for Simple Easter or Spring Card Intl on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful card! Happy spring to you, too!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card!
TrishaLouise rated for Paint a Rock - #2 on Mar 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the painted rock. It sits on my craft table and I get to look at it every day .
Comment: Thank you😘
Comment: Thanks for the card and the extras love it !!! Happy St Patrick's day!!
Comment: Thank you! :)
Comment: Thanks for the card and stickers! I agree, a little chocolate does not hurt at all :) Happy Valentine's Day!
Comment: Thank you for pretty card, quotefromafavorite guy and stickers. I hope someone comes through with a heart for you to show how you are loved.
fbresnah rated for Valentine's Day Card Swap #5 on Feb 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and stickers!
widelo123 rated for Valentine's Day Card Swap #5 on Feb 7, 2018
Comment: Amy, thank you for the nice Valentine card and also the Valentine stickers. Shirley
marhod5 rated for Valentine's Day Card Swap #5 on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute stickers.
Jessyca81 rated for Valentine's Day Card Swap #5 on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks :)
Poohtat rated for National Winnie-the-Pooh Day! on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter. I love how your daughter thinks Pooh is getting smaller. That brought tears to my eyes. I still have my original stuffed Pooh from my childhood. He is in my hope chest!
Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas card!
Comment: A happy Christmas to you and yours! 🎄🎅🎁

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luckycharms on Dec 21, 2017:

Merry Christmas

hamsterfarm on Sep 28, 2016:

Thanks for joining magazine cutout bookmark! <3


RyeRye on Jul 20, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

jjhere on May 29, 2016:

That was so sweet of you to send me the ultra-cool soccer fabric and awesome note. I was happy to share. Enjoy!

RainbowRoseOregon on Mar 14, 2016:

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