Swap-bot Time: February 21, 2019 4:27 am


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: February 20, 2019
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
Blog: Cupcakes & Canter
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Current Events & Notes

I will be semi-MIA due to some tough times that have come my way. A sudden death and its aftermath have left me (and many others) reeling. In the midst of this shocking event, I'm moving my failing Gma closer to my Mum and I so we can better care for her. I'll be rating as swaps roll in, but I will not be hosting or joining any new swaps until the dust has settled. My email: idiosyncraticunicorn@cheerful.com for any concerns that can not wait in my PMs to be addressed. My groups are in the capable hands of my co-founders.

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

I am currently seeking private swaps with fellow reliable swappers. I'm cutting back on publicly hosted swaps (sticking to my trusted groups), all the while striving to reach 500 successfully completed swaps to satisfy one of my Day Zero Project goals. Propose an idea!

I am cutting back on letter writing swaps and store bought PC swaps as to devote the time and resources to (a) pen pals whose letters are grossly late and (b) Postcrossing. This also allows me time to pursue creative endeavors I've always wanted to try: ATCs, pocket letters, handmade PCs, etc.

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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.

Dash for Dogs 5K - April 28th, 2019

Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - TBD

Safe Voices 5K to End Domestic Violence - June 1, 2019

David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2019

Dempsey Challenge 10K - September 29, 2019

Maine Marathon - Half Marathon - October 6th, 2019

Run The Year - 2,019 Miles in 2019

I'm a group founder! For my fellow dog lovers, check out my Canine Shrine! For ocean and nautical fanatics, swim on over to Oceana :)

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, and loom bands. 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 (: I have selected a couple, from many, to share:




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!

Ironically, I do not have a favorite book . . . yet! However, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness comes close! Stardust also ranks quite highly on my love list! One of my favorite authors, also a Mainer, is Stephen King. Other favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, 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 recently discovered and am absolutely wild about graphic novels! I'm (off and on) reading The Sandman and Wytches.

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

Currently reading:

-After the Fire

-A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones #3)

-Missing 411 (East Coast)

-The Woman in Cabin 10

-The Shack

-Outrunning the Demons: Lives Transformed Through Running

-Fairies, Robots, and Unicorns? Oh My!

-The Dark Game

-Doll House

-Can't Hurt Me

-The Sandman (Lars Kepler)

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 :)


Some of my absolute favorite things in life . . .

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.

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:



-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

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

About Me

My name is Amy Elizabeth, and I live on the east coast (Maine!) of the U.S. I was born and raised here; recently, I moved from the city to a small town with less than 3,000 people! I have BAs in Psychology and Criminology and CJ; 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, 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.

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.

I always, always, ALWAYS rate. If you're waiting on a rating from me, it's because I have not received your swap. I log in to swap-bot and rate as I open my mail. If you are waiting for a rating from me, message me, and I'll double-check to be sure that I have not received the 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: mint, chocolate, lady grey, darjeeling, spicy).

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 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.


Whippet rated for Oceana: PC on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you Amy for the vintage PC view of Daytona Beach, FL! And I just saw announcement of the Daytona Beach 500 winner. I hope to see the beach some day, but you won't find me doing those exercises on the beach. Instead I'd enjoy the warmth, the sea air, sound of the waves. And buy plenty of PCs!
Response: Agreed - I would not be at the beach to exercise! Hehe. Thank you for the heart!
sherba31 rated for Oceana: A-Z ATC Series - T on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: This is another delightful atc - thank you. I am sorry to hear you are struggling. I am sending positivity your way. Take care.
Response: As always, I'm pleased that you like the ATC. Thanks for the heart and positive thoughts!
susieq11 rated for Pick A Theme Flat Envie on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you SO much!!! Wow, you really spoiled me! I loooove everything you sent and appreciate it so much. Can’t thank you enough for your generosity. XOXO
Response: You're so welcome :) Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the great swap of Floral! I will be excited to use the things you sent to me! I love the postcards and they will be going into my collection! Thanks again!
Response: It was only after I packaged it that I remembered there didn't need to be a theme - was hoping it wouldn't be overkill! So glad you liked it :)
Comment: Thank you. All new cards for me. I don't mind the sticker. I especially like the stadium one. I have several now. On trips when I pass a college, I wonder if they have postcards, but can't/don't stop. You can't hit them all.
Response: I'm glad you like the stadium! I actually have NO idea how I came across that one. hehe. Thank you for the heart!
susieq11 rated for Animal Valentine’s Day Card on Feb 8, 2019
Comment: Awwww, such a cute card! I enjoy mail from you, thank you so much. Hope you have a nice Valentine’s Day!
Response: Thank you for the heart!! :) I'm so glad you are enjoying the swaps I'm sending your way <3
sherba31 rated for Oceana: A-Z ATC Series - S on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for another great collage atc! The wooden embellishment is a great touch.
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the heart!
Gatzcat rated for MARK'S WEEKLY SWAP-WK 3 (HUMOUR) on Feb 3, 2019
Comment: Funny card. Thanks for sending. I’m glad you were able to use them finally.
Response: TY for rating!
ChrisAnne rated for CS: VDay Profile Deco on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for another great swap. It is always great to swap with you. :)
Response: And with you, my dear! Thank you for the heart
denimblu14 rated for PTG: I spy something with L R3 on Feb 1, 2019
Comment: Great postcard for the letter L Amy. I live in a seaside/fishing town so I also see them about. I too prefer to see them in their natural habitat and not for sale in shops or restaurants. Cool coastal themed postage used as well with the scratch and sniff and the Luminescent one, thank you very much :)
Response: You are quite welcome - so glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart!
milamilamura rated for FS: Valentine's Day Mail on Feb 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such a sweet card and such wonderful goodies, they're perfect!! Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day!! xoxo
Response: You are most welcome! Thank you for the heart
Spice rated for CS: Doggie ATC on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: Love the doggie ATC! It cracked me up.
Response: Hahaha, I am so glad! I was hanging on to that Shepherd forever, just waiting for the right time to use him! :) Thank you for the heart!!
bjansen rated for NH: Send a Valentines Day card on Jan 30, 2019
TamiTam55 rated for Private QUOP on Jan 29, 2019
Comment: Ok, I saw that and I was like WOAH! No pun intended LOL What kind of races do you do? My fiance does 5K mostly and I'll walk them and he'll run back to me and walk back to the finish line with me. It's fun.
Response: I do a variety! I do about 10 5Ks a summer, 3 10Ks, a 7 miler, and a half marathon. I have yet to take the marathon plunge, but I'm getting the desire! Thank you for the swap!! Always a pleasure :)
LadyJo rated for MAIL ART - Birds on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: I loved your Mail Art of Birds! I like Mail Art because I don't have to have it perfect! Unlike a card it has to be straight with the cardstock ect. I loved the extras too! I am glad you had me to send too! Thank you!
Response: This was my very first mail art attempt so I am absolutely thrilled that you liked it so well! There are always nerves when trying something new! Thank you for the heart!
susieq11 rated for CS: Valentine's Mail on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: OMG what a cute card, poem, and picture of your sweet dog Radin!! (Is that a rubber stamp of his face?!?!!!) What great happy mail! Thanks so much and also for hosting it!!! xxxx PS love ALL the goodies you sent!!!! XOXO
Response: YES, that rubber stamp IS my Radin. I want to have another made with a better picture at some point :) Thank you for the heart, and I'm so glad you liked the mail! I had just found a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends last weekend and while reading it, stumbled on the poem and was thrilled at the timing!! :)
Comment: Sorry this took so long to rate! Thanks for a wonderful postcard! Happy New Year!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty envie you sent it all in. I like the note cards and they will come in handy!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Marryth rated for Random Envelope 6 on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun variety of goodies! ♥
Response: You are quite welcome!
susieq11 rated for FS: Valentine's Day Mail on Jan 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the sweet Valentine’s Day card and note! I love the note cards and bird tags! How cute!!!! XOXO
Response: You are most welcome :)

Rating Overview

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5.0000 526 243 257
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485 622 0 0
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lttleetoile on Feb 14, 2019:


:) xoxoxo

lttleetoile on Feb 14, 2019:


Thank you again for my Valentines heart socks! They are so soft and comfy! xoxoxo

lttleetoile on Feb 9, 2019:


Unlimited supply!

Thinking of you.


ChrisAnne on Feb 2, 2019:

Thank you so much for a fun swap. I'm trying to brain storm ways to get more swappers involved in the group. Thanks for letting me part of the fun!

stephiedee on Jan 31, 2019:

Thank you for the pretty flower ATC for the PIF tag. :)

Hell0Z0mbie on Jan 29, 2019:

I'm so glad it arrived and you like them! I feel bad about the original envelope, really hoping it will turn up one day still. There's been so much missing mail lately!

lttleetoile on Jan 17, 2019:


(Once I had a teen Sim get grounded for a period of time, but she snuck out, by this sneaking walk. But there must have been a glitch - she ended up sneaking her entire life... even as an elder!)

Hugs! Watch out for thieves!

susieq11 on Jan 12, 2019:


ChrisAnne on Jan 10, 2019:

Happy 2019! Thanks for swapping with me!

lttleetoile on Jan 8, 2019:

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