Swap-bot Time: January 15, 2021 4:24 pm


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: January 15, 2021
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
Blog: Cupcakes & Canter
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About Me

Effective 12/01, I am once again assigned to work from home. Therefore, my trips to the post office will be infrequent. I will rate as soon as your mail is in my hands; please be patient.


We all are villain in someone else's story

My name is Amy Elizabeth, and I live on the east coast (Maine!) of the U.S. I was born and raised here; I live in a small town with less than 6,000 people! I have BAs in Psychology and Criminology; professionally, I am a crime analyst. I don't exactly dance to the beat of my own drum, but there is that pesky drumline following me around :) I am quirky and accepting of such. I am clumsy and not so accepting of such. I am compassionate, friendly, driven, motivated, organized, perhaps a bit selectively obsessive-compulsive, always shy, sometimes self-conscious, vibrant, creative, affable, a perfectionist, optimistic, probably annoyingly enthusiastic, and slightly neurotic regarding to-do lists.

Hobbies: I am an avid snail mailer and pen pal extraordinaire, a runner and athlete, a bibliophile, musician, crafter, collector, and a novice blogger.


Continual Christmas & Yearlong Yule

On The Pokémon GO Go

The ATC Association

Current Events & Goings-on


When two of my cats and my rabbit passed in a matter of months, I found solace in photographs of pets belonging to my penpals and fellow swappers. I began a photo album, which I would love to fill. If you're looking to send extras or to send a RAK, please consider sending an addition to my album! I'm also willing to private swap. :)

My fur baby, Radin. Check him out at 1:49 in Here, Right Now

I am currently seeking private swaps with fellow reliable swappers.

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On Swapping
In my family, ideas pertaining to giving have been handed down from one woman to another. My Gma instilled in my Mum, and she in me, that giving, truly giving, should hurt a little bit. It's easy to send away or give the things that we do not like or do not want. It may be as small as using my last piece of favorite stationery to write you a letter or as big as sending you something I'd really love to keep for my own collection, but I hold the aforementioned giving rule near and dear, and therefore, my swaps always hurt me a little bit. Why do I share this with you? Because you deserve to know that when I send my outgoing mail, I have invested my time, my energy, and myself into it.

Due to the current situation re: COVID-19, my 2020 events have been cancelled. 2021 will be busier than ever because I'm coming for it!

Dash for Dogs 5K - April 2021

Safe Voices 5K to End Domestic Abuse

Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - TDB June 2021

David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2021

Beach to Beacon 10K - August, 2021

The Dempsey Challenge 10K

The Maine Maraton / Half Marathon

The 2021 New York City Marathon (fingers crossed)!

Run The Year 2021 (2,021 miles January 1st - December 31st)

Favorite Books

I am a voracious reader! I wish I had more time to devote to my extensive reading list/book collection, but I have many hobbies demanding my time and attention. I do make time daily for reading; I have a book, in progress, in just about every room of my house!

Stardust by Neil Gaiman is my favorite book, followed closely by A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; I read the former once yearly. One of my favorite authors, also a Mainer, is Stephen King. I collect King books in languages other than English

Other favorite authors: Neil Gaiman, Lars Kepler, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, and John Saul. I love the horror genre, true crime, and the classics! I'll give any book and any genre a try, tbh.

I have been dedicating more of my time and efforts to my Goodreads account: updating my progress, rating books, and writing reviews.

Currently reading:



-The Invited

-A House at the Bottom of a Lake

-Mermaid Atlas

-Untold Mayhem

-The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Favorite Music

I can read notes, and I play the flute. I'm teaching myself the guitar and the ukulele! I listen to music (almost literally) ALL of the time. I have a varied taste, but I respect all genres even if I don't tend to listen to them often. A couple of my favorites are Eric Clapton and Joshua Radin (who I've had the pleasure of meeting twice)! I have Radin lyrics in one of my tattoos :)

Favorite Crafts

I am a crafter by hobby, and I so enjoy creating! I'm elated at the prospect that my creativity may bring joy and happiness to others. My favorite crafts are those I create with duct tape, perler beads, embroidery floss, loom bands, paper, and fabric. I also enjoy latch hook, origami, and quilting. I have recently started to learn how to knit and crochet, and ATCs are new to my repertoire as well.

I am particularly proud of my perler portraits (see one below) (:



Some of my absolute favorite things in life . . .

The Office / Dwight Schrute

PLATYPUS (my absolute favorite animal), peacocks, owls, cats, dogs, cows, sharks, octopus, UNICORNS, flamingos, and any big-eyed animals.

Notes, symbols, lyrics, instruments.

ANYthing nautical and under the sea related: anchors, mermaids, sharks, octopus, helms, and knots especially.

I fell in love with NYC and can't wait to return!!

I love the unusual, creative, and inappropriate. (Language and the human form do not offend me - colorful language and nudity is encouraged! lol). Though I am not easily offended, I still prefer not to receive anything blasphemous in nature.

Pokémon, creepy/eerie, horror, supernatural, mythological. I love the color pink! I love pickles! I also love sugar skulls and pin ups, pineapple and banana decorations/themes (but no flavors or scents of)

Police, military

Stationery: letter sets, memo sheets, and sticker flakes. Favorite character: Kamonohashikamo.

My favorite postcards to receive


-Running / run related


-Greetings From ...

Other animals: Peacocks, cows, owls, cats, unicorns, ANY animal with BIG eyes, DOGS, monkeys, esp. orangutans, unusual animals

-Nautical / under the sea: especially mermaids, anchors, octopus, ships, helms, knots, SHARKS

-Sugar skulls

-Police and/or crime related

-Psychology related

-BRIGHT colors, PINK

-Music: sheet music, instruments, treble and bass clef

-Pin ups

-Odd/inappropriate/unique/weird/funky: I am NOT offended by nudity, language, etc. I know that sometimes we come across such cards and never know who to send them to... ME. Send them to ME :D I happily accept profanity and nudity.

-Naughty Little People



-Pineapples and bananas (it's kind of a joke because I can't stand the smell or taste)

-Military, esp. Navy



-Birthday(January 12th)

-Blue Cats

-Harry Potter, especially Dobby and Niffler

-The Office

-Wild birds

-Note about homemade cards: I like homemade cards when it's been made FOR me especially.

General FYIs

If you do not receive a swap from me, please message me before rating me poorly. Also, human error does happen despite precautions. I ALWAYS have my swap mailings weighed at the post office before I mail them out. If there is ever an issue, please do let me know, but be kind and suggest a resolution. Swap-bot can be a very fun experience but only if everyone is treated kindly and with respect.

I mark 'sent' after I've compiled a swap and it's ready to go out on/during my next PO run. I go to the post office DAILY, with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays.

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I always, always, ALWAYS rate. I log in to swap-bot and rate as I open my mail; this is a daily practice. If you're waiting on a rating from me, it's because I have not yet received your swap.

List of Wishes

Items I always love to receive (in good condition, of course). This is by NO MEANS a demands list or a list that implies that I would not like items that are not featured/listed here. I just know how useful it is for me to read what my partners love the most, especially when it comes to de-stashing type swaps!

Paper straws! OH, how I love paper straws (in wrappers / packaging though).




Pens (esp. gel pens!)


Perler beads

Pins and magnets


Pin ups

Tea (Favorites: lady grey, darjeeling, prince of wales, earl grey, lapsang souchong, oolong, mint)

Sealing wax and wax seals


Craft twine/string


Knee socks

Shaped paper clips

Rubber stamps

I LOVE the dish towels that go on sale for $1 when they're out of season



Notes of motivation/encouragement/humor that I post at work.



Pineapple & banana (Not to smell and / or eat though, please!)


Although I am difficult to offend, I do prefer to NOT receive body shaming or blasphemous themed

Flakers & Non-Raters

I'm fair when it comes to dishing out ratings, and this applies to poor ratings too! You need not fear that I will rate you poorly just because life happened and a swap was late or lost during its voyage AS LONG AS YOU CONTACT ME before the send by deadline. If you've ignored my attempts to contact you, and you have not been online for 1-2+ weeks since the swap deadline, then I am going to rate as is appropriate - at that point, it's on you because I've done my part.


ChrisAnne rated for CCYY: Christmas 2021 Notecard on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: I'm glad you have your theme for 2021, but I would never use birds as they scare me!!!!! They are beautiful to look at when outside and I'm safe inside, but no other time!
AlisonKingWriter rated for ATCA: Christmas Wk3 on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous ATC and card- happy (belated) holidays! <3 AL
lulu0621 rated for Pvt. SOC on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Amy, thank you very much for the wonderful letter. I love the stationery!
chimerix rated for ATCA: Winter Wk3 on Dec 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC. I like how you use the wax seal. Aloha
Minivandreams rated for ATCA: Winter Wk2 on Dec 26, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful ATC! Thank you!
ashanti2106 rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #2 on Dec 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. Happy holidays!
Minivandreams rated for ATCA: Christmas Wk1 on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Love it! Thank you!
Trinket rated for CCYY: Christmas ATC #1 on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: I adore the christmas light trim, I think I bought so many meters of this stuff here in the UK for art projects but I love it so much I cannot cut it - hats off for getting some onto a card. Really festive ATC, super glad to have swapped thank you.
chimerix rated for ATCA: Christmas Wk2 on Dec 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Santa ATC. I love your pink Christmas Paper too. Aloha
MelissaLB rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #3 on Dec 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the Christmas cheer. I'm also looking forward to the Christmas Star! Praying for clear skies that night. Merry Christmas!!
Marl33n rated for Sender's Choice Christmas Card #1 on Dec 13, 2020
Comment: thank you for the sparkling Santa card. How lovely that you made your gifst. We don't really do gifts this year, cause of the pandamic we're not able to see a lot of family. Happy Holidays to you to!
BooksPaperNature rated for Pvt Christmas Card Swap on Dec 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fruitcake card and the stories that go with it! I do enjoy fruit cakes, although I only get them when I'll be sharing with a group. When I traveled to Barbabos, I brought a black cake back with me. All the washi tape samples are beautiful, and I really like the one with the rounded candies/mint on it. I sent out your card on the deadline, so it's still travelling. Have a wonderful holiday!
chimerix rated for ATCA: Winter Wk1 on Dec 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC. I love how you used the wax seals! Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka.
trishay79 rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #1 on Dec 10, 2020
chimerix rated for ATCA: I on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun Ice ATC. Aloha
sebastian122 rated for KSU: A trip to the bakery on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: Your first KSU swap and you hit it out of the park! What a delightful selection! Thank you for joining my swap, and for sharing your bakery goodies.
manders2280 rated for CCYY: Short Ltr. on Nov 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note telling me all about your Xmas ambitions! The other day Greg asked if we can put up lights outside - now I need to find some of those outdoor Command hooks. (We live in 3M country.)
banjobraids rated for Sender's Choice PC - Oct. on Nov 8, 2020
Comment: This card is SO super COOL! It's a keeper, for sure. Have a wonderful holiday season! :):):) Thank you!
Foxy rated for Pvt Sender's Choice PC Oct on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I love the forest animals and the colors. Hope you had a lovely lunch. :-) Take care and stay safe.
chimerix rated for ATCA: H on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun Halloween black cat ATC. I love the use of the shaped paperclip. Aloha

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HippieChick on Jan 12, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and Radin photo! Hubby gushed over his cuteness. I hope you have a calm year ahead.

sebastian122 on Jan 9, 2021:

Hang in there.

Whippet on Dec 31, 2020:

Happy New Year -'2021 - Thank you for your Christmas card & thank you for the wonderful photo of your dog! Wishing you good health, - Kathy

susieq11 on Dec 28, 2020:

Thanks so much for the Christmas card and Radin photo!!! Thank you for thinking of me, it made my day! Hope you enjoyed the holiday and have a Happy New Year! xoxo

kiddomerriweather on Dec 26, 2020:

Thank you for the Christmas card and the adorable picture of your pup. I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Hell0Z0mbie on Dec 25, 2020:

Thanks so much for the Christmas card! You're the best. I hope you're having a great Christmas.

phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Rabbitfreedom on Dec 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wonderful bee items! I can't wait to use some of them in my junk journal!

sebastian122 on Nov 20, 2020:

I forgot to mention, awesome envelope! It's too cute!!

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