Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2024 8:27 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: February 25, 2024
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom
Amberleigh Blog

About Me

I thought it was about time I freshened up my profile as I’ve been a member since 2011 and it's now 2024. My name is Anna, and I’m originally from the United States but moved to England when I married. I love paper crafts of all kinds and lately I’ve gotten into making junk journals and all the pretty embellishments that go along with them. I’m beginning to work with beads again and am enjoying creating charms and some simple jewellery. Vintage themes and Shabby Chic styles are among my favourites.

I love listening to the radio whether it is music of all genres, dramas, documentaries or books being read. I listen while I work or craft. I’m not much of a television fan, but do enjoy costume dramas, documentaries and a good movie.

I love my garden and am very interested in herbs and their healing properties as well as using them in my cooking. I hope to plant a physic garden one day when I retire but for now I have some potted herbs. I love nature and enjoy walking, especially in the forest. I like watching the birds in my garden and since we are blessed with a large garden there are many birds around us.

Favorite Books

Books are a passion for me and I probably have too many but I love the idea of a study filled with books where I can do my research. Older books are especially interesting as they tend to have little notes and dedications that give them a character all their own. I have an interest in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian Eras in England and find the Colonial United States fascinating. I read mostly non-fiction, biographies and history but I do enjoy a well written novel. At the moment I am reading mostly classics although Salley Vickers and Wilton Barnhardt are favourites too.

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:

Dip pens, wax seals

Vintage linens, I collect ladies hankies

Space: Moon, Stars, Planets



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

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.


Shabby Chic anything

Blue and white patterns

Charms and trinkets

Postage stamps, new or used

Crafty bits, washi tape, pretty papers.

Beads and jewellery fixings

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 I'm not into current Disney, I prefer the older movies and love 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 especially from 2015 onwards
  • 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
  • Thai stamps with records on them

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.


theshyone rated for Christmas Ball 1 Week Journal on Feb 22, 2024
Comment: Hello Anna! I finally got it!!!! Wooowhooo! And what a delight it was, it was definitely worth waiting for! Thank you for taking the time to make such a precious journal. I loved how your character wrote about the ball across many pages in the journal, which is so true to life! I loved it so much! Also, thank you for the fun vellum sayings/quotes/words. I look forward to using them in future crafts :D
Response: Yay! I had resolved only yesterday to begin re-writing the journal. I'm so pleased it arrived and you liked it. Thank you for the kind comments and the heart! Anna ♥
MuggleMom rated for Staffordshire Beef Steak Pudding on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: Dearest Alice, What a lovely surprise to hear from you. News from you is always a treat. Do give Hetty my fondest hello. Alas, I had the same mishap with my pudding too. We must think of a remedy to fix so that our future puds will be worthy of a ribbon at the annual fete if we were ever to have an event for "puddings". But I dare say we won't be cooking puddings over an outdoor fire as if were highwaymen. I hope you plan to display some of your wonderful herbs also this summer. Yours in friendship, Rachel
Response: My Dear Rachel, thank you for your kind words. I shall endeavour to show some of my herbs this year when they are full and lovely. Just now in these drear days of winter they are looking rather piqued. Fondly, Alice
lifeinrosyhues rated for Vintage Quote Clusters on Feb 1, 2024
Comment: Thank you, Anna, for the beautiful clusters. They are so delicate and lovely. Blessings! Lynzie
Response: I'm so pleased you like them. I loved making these and made some for my own journal.
GreenDuck rated for UK New Year Destash on Jan 13, 2024
Comment: THANK YOU! so much for everything! Great mix with very useful fun things! :)
Response: I'm so glad you can make use of everything. Thank you for the heart!
bearnbabs rated for Fallen Leaf Dye Papers Swap on Dec 28, 2023
Comment: Loved the notecard, what a fun swap. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.bearnbabs
Response: Barbara, Thank you for the lovely comment. I hope you have a blessed new year. Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Snowflake Brooch swap on Dec 28, 2023
Comment: Love the Brooch and notes. Thank you for sharing. Its been another wonderful year of swaps. Can't wait til 2024. Have a Happy New Year. bearnbabs
Response: Barbara, I'm so pleased you liked the brooch I made for you. I look forward to the new year also. Anna ♥
Comment: Your wonderful and generous Christmas package arrived today and brightened up my letterbox -- thank you so much. I will enjoy using everything you sent -- all so carefully chosen. And I'm having to discipline myself -- I really want to spend the rest of the afternoon reading the magazines and trying out the recipes!
Response: Betty, I'm so happy you can use the things I chose for you. There are some very nice recipes in the magazines. Have fun trying them out! Merry Christmas! Anna ♥
lifeinrosyhues rated for A Sunday Pic Nic with friends on Dec 12, 2023
Comment: Thank you kindly, Anna, for the lovely letter. I thoroughly enjoyed this swap. Blessings and shalom!
Response: You are most welcome. I have another letter ready to go out to you with the enclosure I was going to send. I've explained about that in my note.
user2148 rated for Nature Walk Journal on Nov 28, 2023
Comment: LOVE your leaf themed nature walk journal and all the beautiful dried leaves! I really do miss that part of Autumn here in the desert! The botanical papers are gorgeous! Thank you so much for such a fun swap! 😁 Love reading your notes! ❤️❤️
Response: Nickalli, I'm glad you liked my little book. I adore walking in the wood, I get such inspiration for my crafts in the colours, and textures I come upon. Thank you for the lovely comment! Anna ♥
Comment: What a wonderful piece of art you made and it will be proudly inserted in my journal! You should do more watercolor sketches - I would definitely wing my own attempts in solidarity with you. Love a few of the sketches for the annual fete - those were inspiring. Did you see the Dan Snow & Ridley Scott interview for Napoleon---interesting no?! Then the scuttlebutt came out in the media, sigh. Nothing is perfect, right? xxMuggleMom
Response: Toni, Thank you for your kind comments on my watercolour. I'm still just learning but it is good to know I'm improving! I did see the interview by Dan Snow and also his tiktok nit-pick. Love that RS did not use CGI for his battle scenes. It will be incredible to watch! Anna ♥
Comment: Anna, Your pie looked wonderful. I found I didn;t have enough dough to hardly Make a lattice top for mine. But it turned out good and was quite tasty. Next time I will dble the recipe. bearnbabs
Response: Barbara, thank you for your kind comment about my pie. I will certainly make this pie again as it was so enjoyed. We liked it cold also, which makes it a nice picnic food. Anna ♥
Comment: I was beyond excited, and happy, to have received my swap. It was beautifully crafted and full of things that I love. Thank you.
Response: Hi Lynzie, I'm so happy you liked my sewing folder, I was worried it would get crushed in the post, I'm glad it arrived safely. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Lover's Eye Journal Embellishment on Sep 6, 2023
Comment: Wow What a wonderful letter I received in the post today. I love the Lace envie that carries the beautiful eye brooch of my John. Thank you so very much. And. the notes and heart ribbon bearnbabs
Response: Barbara, You are very welcome. I enjoyed this swap so much, and am happy you liked the Lover's Eye of your John. Have a lovely day! Anna ♥
user2148 rated for Oversized Matchbook Style Journal on Aug 17, 2023
Comment: What an exceptionally lovely booklet I received!! The feel of it is as marvelous as it is beautiful! The pocket on the inside is inspired! The inclusions as well as the papers are just divine. I am truly blessed to receive such a lovely swap! 💖💖💖
Comment: My dearest Elizabeth- the cards you sent are so elegant and fabulous!! Thank you for the amazing goodies, beautiful envelope and spectacular letters. Such a fun swap! 💖 Leandrea
Comment: Thank you for my lovely postcard x
Response: You're very welcome. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Decorative Ticket Strip on Aug 8, 2023
Comment: I received your lovely tickets today!! I am quite excited to have these beautiful little works of art for my journal. Thank you for the goodies you tucked in as well, they will go wonderfully with the beautiful tickets! Sending love and hugs from over the pond ~ Gabi (Beckett T Blackburn) ps- Please do stop by at your earliest convenience as I have procured the Madame D'Arcy of London face powder that you special ordered.
Response: I'm so pleased this swap finally reached you Gabi. Elizabeth is much obliged for procuring her favourite face powder!
MuggleMom rated for ERA RECIPE ~ Savoury Beef Pye on Jul 22, 2023
Comment: I love a good gravy over just about anything, lol!! I wanted to add mushrooms to my dish, like you did - such a great idea, but I didn't expect the hubby to use the last of them the night before so I had none to add - so sad. I omitted cabbage because everyone turned up their noses to the idea in their pie, lol! I wanted to add cheese also but thought I would stay closer to Mrs Lawson's recipe with just meat & veg! I'll send you the link to my pie later. Yours was delightfully decorated too!! Have a wonderful weekend!! xxMuggleMom
Response: So far, I think we have all enjoyed this pie and will make it again, so a big success! I really enjoyed this and look forward to the Cheese and Onion Pie which will be the next recipe swep. I can't wait to see your pie, thanks for sharing.
lostinavalon rated for Pretty Lace Journal Pocket on Jul 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you for my sweet lace pocket and all the pretty tuck-ins. I love it!
Response: I'm glad you like it Sarah. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for A Right Royal Coronation Zine on Jun 28, 2023
Comment: Dear Eliza, what a delightful description of your robe for the coronation ball. I particularly loved the crown. Thank you so kindly inviting Joseph & myself to town, we gladly accept and will call upon you on your second week to let you settle in. fondest regards, Carrie.
Response: Carrie, What a grand time we had, I have such fond memories and was delighted you and Joseph could join us in Town. Eliza

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MuggleMom on Dec 22, 2023:

Happy Birthday Anna!! So glad my card arrived on your special day!


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!

theshyone on Aug 2, 2023:

My daughter loved the rosette you sent for her watercolor painting entry for the summer fete celebrations! It is so pretty! Thank you for brightening up our day ♡

MuggleMom on Jul 13, 2023:

Thank you so much for my rosettes!!



theshyone on Jun 21, 2023:

Dear Anna,
I was pleasantly surprised to receive your letter in the post, containing information regarding the upcoming fete. As this is my first year participating in the summer festivities, I am quite excited for the events to come. Thank you for remembering me in your efforts to include everyone. Such a thoughtful thing to do. I look forward to opening the pretty envelope contained within the letter on the day you instructed.
With warm regards,

MuggleMom on Jun 13, 2023:

Dearest Lady Elizabeth, your letter arrived today with the contents for the fete. I shall open my envelope on the day instructed. What a clever little surprise is in store!

Yours in friendship,


MuggleMom on Feb 13, 2023:

Dearest Anna, thank you for the lovely handkerchief you sent to me. It would be inconsiderate of me to not inform you that this happens quite often in my society and tho I am not surprised, I am still quite flattered by your affection for me. I shall endeavor to hold it once a fortnight and think of the 12th Night Ball with bittersweet memories. My dear friend, Mr. Collins of Hunsford parsonage near Rosings Park, sends his regards also and hopes for an invitation to Amberleigh soon. Yours with brotherly fondness only, Wafflin' Willoughby

Star7Lily on Dec 20, 2022:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Dearest Anna, may you be blessed with sunshine and peace and tranquility

MuggleMom on Sep 6, 2022:

Thank you for the fun certificates I received in the mail today for the Amberleigh fete!!

Yours affectionally,

Rachel Harris

MuggleMom on Aug 8, 2022:

Thank you for the lovely package I received today, especially the book of tea! It will go nicely with my other tea books - how did you know!



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