Swap-bot Time: July 17, 2019 3:49 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: July 17, 2019
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

I'm Anna, wife, mother of a 15 year old son, sister and friend. I'm an American living in England (married to an Englishman) and together we are restoring a Georgian Villa which is hard work but so interesting with all the history we uncover. I'm a life long letter writer, journaller and crafter and enjoy paper crafts like making postcards, stationery, flip books and dabble in making smash books.The art of collage is one of my favourite things and I save every interesting scrap I come across. My sense of humour is a bit quirky and I love sending out-of-the-ordinary letters. Writing is my passion; whether it's letters, journal entries, essays, or sometimes poetry. I wrote a column about correspondence for 8 years called Sincerely Yours and now I have a blog called Billet Doux & Little Mercuries about my adventures in pen palling.

I don't watch much television. Instead, I listen to the radio a lot and read or write. I like travelling but the older I get the closer to home I want to stay. There are so many things to see here in England, I'm never bored. Puttering in my garden or just walking amongst the trees is something I do often. I feed the birds and enjoy watching all the wildlife in my realm. I have an avid interest in herbs and their healing properties and hope to create a physic garden once the house is finally complete. For now I forage at home and in The Forest of Dean when I can.

Favorite Books

I have a book collection to rival the local library but I believe there are worse vices in life than collecting books. I'm a history nerd and like reading about the Tudors, Regency and Victorian England as well as Colonial times in the United States. I read a lot of biographies as well, though I do enjoy a good novel. My favourite author is Wilton Barnhardt; I loved all four of his books but especially Emma Who Saved My Life.

Some of my Favourite things

I'm a Janeite (Big fan of Jane Austen) and especially love the Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.

Other things I like are:

Handwritten letters, beautiful stationery, dip pens, wax seals

Vintage linens, I collect ladies hankies

Space: Moon, Stars, Planets, Space Travel

Postal/Airmail themed things



Real bandanas (not the craft store kind) especially in dark blue

Halloween, the fun side of the holiday

Tea, tea parties and all the pretty things that go along with them. Mint and Chai tea are my favourite teas, but I like trying new flavours.


French Ephemera

Pretty Fish and underwater scenes


Blue and white patterns

Rubber stamps


Charms and trinkets

Postage stamps, new or used

Crafy bits, washi tape, pretty papers. My son and I collect shaped paper clips.

Beads and sequins

Your art



Soft,(but not pastel) blues, greens and purples are my favourite colours but I like a little orange too.

I like miniatures and have a small collection of doll house things and other bits and bobs I've come across. I especially like tiny things that have fine detail the more authentic looking the better.

I have an affinity for trees and love nature

Not so favourite things

Usually I'm fairly easy to please but there are a few things I'm not all that fond of.

key chains

I'm not a big fan of Hello Kitty and that type of thing, and although I like faeries I'm not into Disney with the exception of Tinkerbell.

I would prefer not to get any more notebooks or journals as I have recently gotten so many of them.

I don't collect postcards and prefer non-touristy ones if they are part of a swap.

I like most tea but I don't like Oolong and I'm allergic to ginseng so no teas with ginseng please.

Things not to send

Chocolate as I'm allergic and don't care for white chocolate

Glitter because it gets everywhere and is hard to clean up.

Heavily scented items as they give me migraines.

Postage Stamps

I've been collecting stamps since I was a child. I collect just about any stamps from anywhere in the world but do concentrate on several countries. If you are sending stamps, here is a quick guide to what I collect:

  • USA stamps over 20¢
  • United Kingdom stamps
  • Australian stamps
  • New Zealand Stamps
  • Canadian Stamps
  • Netherland stamps

Specific stamps:

  • The Belgian Chocolate stamps
  • Stamps in fun shapes
  • Millennium stamps from England
  • Space, planet stars stamps

I don't collect CTOs (Cancel to Order stamps that you can buy in book shops and hobby shops.) These are mint stamps that are just canceled and have not gone through the postal system so they are basically just damaged.

Private stamp swaps are welcome!

Please Read

I don't sign up for a swap unless I know I can follow through so I will never flake. If you don't get my swap, please contact me before you rate me.

Also, if I haven't rated you, that means I haven't received your swap. I always rate as soon as I receive a swap.

A further note...

I am a green girl; I choose to reuse. A lot of the packages I send out are in recycled envies as I just hate wasting anything. I try to make everything I send out look attractive.


mizlilyroo rated for Filled Bodice on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: What a fabulous pile of delectable little morsels in the prettiest package imaginable!!! Thank you so very much for a delightful swap. I shall enjoy the tea while making plans for some of the items.
Response: I'm thrilled you liked the swap.I'd never made one of these before and had a lot of fun creating it. Thank you for the lovely comment and the heart! ♥
Star7Lily rated for A Letter of Introduction on May 15, 2019
Comment: Wonderful, beautifully written & filled my cup with love. Thank you so much Anna, each letter brings us closer across the seas - friends. I love the sachet and would love to browse in your local paradise store, sharing inspired thoughts with you. I love the card idea...could make a great swap idea too! Many hearts xxx
Response: I really enjoyed this swap and I'm happy you liked my letter and keepsake. I'm so glad we are friends. Thank you for the heart, Jane.
fairyduster53 rated for Valentine Handkerchief Card on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: What a lovely handkerchief card!! Thank you for the time and effort you took to create such a lovely tribute!! Having visited Merry old England and my daughter studying there, I love all things English. May your Spring be filled with showers of flowers! Smiles, Beth
Response: What a lovely comment Beth. I'm so happy you liked the handkerchief card I made for you. Thank you for the heart
Star7Lily rated for A Bundle of Miniature Letters on Dec 20, 2018
Comment: I received this on your birthday! What a delight to unfold. Your tiny wax seals and eensiest writing is adorable. Well done you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend. xxxxxxxx
Response: This was such a small swap, but I had so much fun making and writing the letters. The Amberliegh family grows with each new swap we do! I'm happy you enjoyed the letters. I'll have to start thinking of the next swap!
Comment: Awesome selection! Thank you so much. I hope you didn’t mail the resend already. I thought you should wait! I got 9, yes NINE packages all at once today as they sort out the backlog.
Response: Wow, 9 packages! I'm happy my package arrived but I did mail the second one out on Monday. No worries, I hope you like the second selection as well! Thank you for the heart.
Star7Lily rated for Amberleigh Advent Calender on Dec 14, 2018
Comment: Most happily did I receive your lovely advent calender. What a breath of fresh air it is. A lot of effort involved. It feels gorgeous! I will think of you as i open my days. thanking you once again. xxxxmany hearts
Response: What a relief it finally arrived. I am so happy you like it. I enjoyed the process of making it and loved the concept of using a Georgian house as a base. Thank you for the star! PS I have been enjoying your calendar these past few days.
Star7Lily rated for A Letter From Bath on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Anna, what a brilliant letter and so full of news. I cannot wait to reply as Lady Caroline. I do hope you are well. xxxx I love the handkerchief too. So pretty dear heart xxxxxxxxx
Response: These letter swaps are my favourite. I shall have to think of another scenario so we can have another Amberleigh letter swap.
Comment: Dear Anna, Thank you so much i love the letter, the ink you used too. You have such a wonderful style of writing. Love the Jane Austen connections and interesting news. The extras are a delight aswell. Blessings to you. xxxx <3
Response: I'm happy you liked my letter, and that you could read it too! I always worry my crossed letters get confusing and unreadable. I'd like to do one of these swaps in our group. I think it would get some attention.
Comment: I thanked you in a message but not where it counts, my apologies Anna. I enjoyed the making of the syllabub and loved the way you presented this recipe to me. The book is incredible and I shall treasure it always. thank you so much for a fabulous package. xxxxxxxx <3
Response: This was one of my favourite swaps! I tried a few recipes before I settled on the syllabub. I didn't just make it once either, we enjoyed it several times...just so I could get the recipe right you understand...wink! I'm happy you liked the recipe too. Let's do more of these swaps.
Star7Lily rated for Regency Era Quote Bookmark on Nov 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you Anna, your package arrived safely and what a delight to open. Your thoughfulness & grace always shine through each opening. I love the clever way you presented your bookmark and the quote is one I can truly identify with . Many hearts xxx <3
Response: I'm happy you liked the bookmark Jane. I came across Fanny Burney through my Jane Austen research. I find her an interesting person of our era.
Comment: My oh my, Anna, for a first attempt at EVER doing a tip-in anything journal...you have blown my silk stockings off! The tip-in page is stunning, so professional in layering techniques. I am so awed by your abilities. It comes natural to you! Thank you thank you thank you!
Response: I'm so happy you like it. It certainly was an education learning how to create a tip-in page, but I really enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart!
Star7Lily rated for A Letter to the Vicar's Wife on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: You spoil me, and I love it! Thank you for the best letter so newsy and welcoming, and gifting, I was stunned when the parcel arrived. Said to my man...what an odd flat mail...the book is fantastic! Million hearts.
Response: I loved writing that letter and look forward to the next swap of that kind. I thought you may like that book. I bought one for myself and when I saw another I knew you would love it. The heroine is plucky and I like her!
ContraryHousewife rated for A Postal At Home on Sep 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and the fabric. It will definitely be useful.
Response: I'm so happy you liked the letter and you can use the fabrics. Thank you for the heart!
PolkaDotty rated for AA: Bookmark Swap on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the BEAUTIFUL bookmarks. I ended up making a giant mess when I worked on your bookmarks too! (They also turned up nothing like I'd planned.) I'm a big fan of all the Austen movies and some of the different spins on her books. Right now I'm reading the original Pride and Prejudice. I feel like I can recite the dialogue! Let me know if you have other swap ideas. I'd love to swap with you again.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the bookmarks. Isn't it funny how you start out with one idea and end up with something totally different? I was happy with the outcome and I'm glad you were too. Thank you for the heart!
cafras rated for Prominent Georgian Figure ATC on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Arrived today ! thank you for a well made card and for hosting this swap
Response: Catherine, thank you for the heart. I'm so happy you liked the ATC, I haven't made many and was worrying!
Drachenfrau rated for AA: Pretty letter on Aug 8, 2018
Comment: I love your letter, Anna! Your handwriting is so beautiful and reading your letter is pure joy! I hope to learn more about Regency from you in our future correspondence! :-) Lots of love! Moni
Response: Thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm happy my letter arrived, I was worried as you know that it had gotten lost! I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for the heart!
Star7Lily rated for A Crossed Letter of Introduction on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Dear Anna, what a delightful letter to receive, wrapped in its beautiful covering. I felt so special, thank you. xxxx
Response: I'm glad you liked it Jane. I enjoyed doing this swap and loved the way it turned out. Thank you for the heart.
Drachenfrau rated for AA: Midsummer's Eve Missive on Jul 5, 2018
Comment: What a wonderful and long letter, dear Anna! Thank you so very much for such a lovely swap! :-)
Response: My letter to you arrived very quickly! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think the hardest part was learning to fold those boats! Thank you for the heart.
AZmom875 rated for C&C Summer Fun Mail on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: That was an awesome bookish envelope of fun. Well done and thank you for the address labels with the zebras.
Response: I'm pleased you liked it. Thank you so much for a nice comment and the heart.
pynart2 rated for WIYM: Animal Mail Art & Surprise on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: LOVED the Zebra, Thanks for the extras too.
Response: I love that zebra too! I made more envelopes to use for my letters. I'm so glad you liked the swap. Thank you for the heart.

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Drachenfrau on Aug 20, 2018:

Dear Anna,

my letter to you is ready and will be mailed tomorrow. :-)



JudalineZ on Jan 29, 2017:

Thank you so much for the package with papers and stuff for Cheap Postage Swaps, Tags and Fun group wishes list.


RyeRye on Dec 21, 2016:

Amace on Aug 13, 2016:

I am back and I am stopping by to say HI!

Can't wait to swap with you again.

reauk on Jun 30, 2016:

thank you for the lovely birthday wish and extras love the card wishes for Europe group may/June wish list.

hollycm6 on Jun 28, 2016:

Received your very cool envies for the c&c paper twist tag... Thank you so much!!!!

Babsmomof5 on Jun 15, 2016:

Thank you for the wonderful charms and postcards for the WIYM take two tag!

bluesky on Jun 1, 2016:

Dear Anna thank you so much for all these wonderful cards! I really like them, so nice that you sent again! Letter on the way to you! :) Chayah Nechama

craftyone on Apr 21, 2016:

Anna! Thank you sooo very much for so many wonderful kitty items! What a lovely surprise and you are the greatest!

Friendlies wishlist tag

agneslyra on Feb 4, 2016:

for the birthday card!

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