Swap-bot Time: March 18, 2018 8:11 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: March 14, 2018
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

I'm Anna, wife, mother of a 14 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

Alice in Wonderland

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

Wax seals

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¢
  • 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.


daichki rated for AnnaM & daichki on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much.
Response: That arrived very quickly! Enjoy the tea and chocolate. Thank you for the heart!
hollycm6 rated for Holly and Anna Christmas birthdays on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Oh my goodness, so full of birthday goodness!!!! The parcel I sent is so sad next to the box of AWESOME I have received. I'll wait until my birthday to ope, but I'm ALREADY loving this box. I owe you a lovely second package! Thank you!! (updated:) OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH!!!!!! my goodness!!!!! My sister was with me when I opened your packages and each little thing brought more exclamations of delight, from the sweet wrappings and little tags to the homemade book and the teacup... and everything else. There was NOTHING that wasn't extra special. The LONDON postcard pouch with a penny inside, the peacock notebook (I love the texture of that thing), the beautiful stationery... (the teacup had me in smiling tears!)...the book of quotes is SO BEAUTIFUL. I can't say enough... I owe you five more birthday packages and I know it!!!!
Response: Yay! It arrived! I hope you will like everything. There is another package, something I wanted to send by itself so it wouldn't get crushed. I loved the way the box looked after I wrapped it up. I'm glad it was a happy package for you and that you will like the gifts as much. Happy Birthday! Holly, your comment made my day! The best gift is giving a gift that is loved. I was holding my breath hoping the teacup wouldn't get broken in transit. I bought me one of those too! The quote book was a pleasure to make, I'm so glad you like it. This was such a happy swap, thank YOU!
evanselli rated for NH: Junk Journal supplies! on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Oh Anna, what a beautiful set of junk journal supplies. I just love everything! You were way too generous, thank you so much!!
Response: Oh Yay, it arrived! I was beginning to get worried. I'm glad you liked what I sent. Thank you for the heart!
milkiss rated for Pv) AnnaM and Milkiss on Jul 19, 2017
Comment: Hello :) I got your lovely envelope today!! Thanks so much for your selection again. I especially liked various lighthouse. Hope you get my envelope soon and swap again later. Thanks so much dear!
Response: Narae, I was just beginning to wonder if my swap would ever arrive. Thank goodness it has and that you are pleased with it. It was a pleasure swapping with you and perhaps we can swap again in the future.
PhaloBlue rated for Crossed letter à la Jane Austen on Jul 19, 2017
Comment: I love your letter. I thought I would have trouble reading this type of letter but interestingly I could! Thanks you so much.
Response: I'm glad you could read my letter okay. Thank you for the ♥.
smartin85 rated for Electronic Vision Board #1 on Jul 12, 2017
Response: Thank you for the heart Stephanie!
Comment: I got your beautiful envelope today! Thanks for a resend :) It was nicely decorated so it just made my day!! Of course, your selection for stamps was awesome! I liked every stamp in it. Thanks for putting so much efforts on it. Have a lovely weekend!
Response: I'm happy you liked the swap, and I hope you will like the next one I'm sending as much! Thank you for the heart!
JoMama rated for Little goodie bag - June 2017 on Jun 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!! I wish I could give you more hearts. This was so fun to open! My kids loved helping me unwrap everything. I love the gel pens, ephemera, Washi tape and stickers. I really appreciate all the effort you made to make this special. It completely made my day!!
Response: Jodi, I'm so happy you liked the swap. Thank you for such a nice comment and the heart!
nickmang rated for Stamps by Colour on May 2, 2017
Comment: Received, thanks for resenting. Lucky I got, this went to some other house and found it my mailbox today opened, burn stamps are intact. The envelope is the 2nd one you sent. First one gone still
Response: I'm so relieved this envelope arrived. I wonder if the first one I sent was mis-delivered too? Perhaps one day it will show up. Thank you for the heart!
wm rated for Stamps by Subject on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Ooh wow! What an amazing lot you've sent - and i love the card too: THANK YOU!
Response: I love happy comments like this! Thank you and also for the heart!
Mamabemus rated for Doing it by 40s on Apr 14, 2017
Comment: thanks for the great selection. Many I can use for my collection.
Response: I'm so happy you liked this swap and that there were stamps you needed for your collection. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you very much for the nice selection of stamps! I also enjoyed reading your note. :)
Response: Yay, it's always a good feeling when you choose the right stamps to send. I'm glad it was a good swap for you. Thank you for the heart!
Marl33n rated for Funky paperclips on Apr 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely paperclips, love it! I can add several to my collection :)
Response: I'm glad you liked this swap and that you found paper clips for your collection. I really like collecting these shaped paper clips too. Thank you for the heart.
Johkup rated for Pocket letter - PARIS on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you :) for this lovely pocket letter.
Response: I was nervous at first that this pocket letter wouldn't make it either so I'm happy that it has arrived but most importantly that you liked it. Thank you for the heart!
wm rated for OPEN QUICK 50 stamps swap #250 on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: What an interesting handwriting you have! Thanks for the lovely stamps :)
Response: I'm happy you like the stamps I chose for you Wanda. I have another swap ready to go in the post to you tomorrow. Thank you for the compliment and the heart! ♥
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely flip book. I loved all those goodies, too. 💕
Response: I was beginning to get nervous it would never arrive. Thank goodness it did! I'm really glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart!
motherpie rated for Fairy World ephemera on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: this was a rough month for me, with a death in the family & so much going on, so my apologies this well-deserved feedback is coming in so late. your package was absolute m a g i c ....thank you so much for the thought and lovely items
Response: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for taking the time out to rate me and for the heart. I'm happy you liked the swap, it was one of my faves as I love fairies. Take care.
littlemissme84 rated for WIYM: Postage Stamp Swap on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of stamps & the extras xx
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the heart.
Johkup rated for SWL~Mini pocket letter BUTTERFLIES on Mar 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for resending! I love this pink pocket letter. It's a shame your first one never came.
Response: Yay, it arrived. I was getting nervous! I still have hope the first one will arrive, but at least the second one is with you now. Thank you for the heart. I'm happy you liked the pocket letter I made for you.
Lexidh rated for QUICK package destash swap #30 on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: Than you for a great destash package! =)
Response: I'm glad you liked it Lexidh. Thank you for the heart.

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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!

DaisyTX on Jan 29, 2016:

Thank you so very much for sending a parcel to my mama! She was so happy! I really cannot tell you how much it means to me :) You are very kind!

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