Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2018 3:02 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: December 9, 2018
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.


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
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
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.
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!

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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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