Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2018 10:37 am


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: August 18, 2018
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
My Flickr Photos
Blog: Cupcakes & Canter
Dempsey Challenge

Current Events & Notes

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. :)

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.

August - September
After I clear my current dashboard and get my RAKs sent out, I will be relatively MIA from swap-bot . . . not because I'm not loving it but because I have a half marathon in 2 months that as of right now, I'm not ready for. I'm also WAY behind in pen-pal letters so my focus, for the next two months, will be a lot of running, a lot of working out, and writing to my pen friends. I'll still be checking messages and forums daily so never hesitate to reach out!


5th Annual Dash for Dogs 5K - April 29th, 2018

Safe Voices 5K - June 2nd

Friends on the 4th 5K - July 4th, 2018

Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - 2018

David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2018

Beach To Beacon 10K - August 4th, 2018

10th Annual Dempsey Challenge 10K - September 29th, 2018

Maine Marathon - Half Marathon - September 30th, 2018

I'm a group founder! I am currently founding: Idiosyncratic Unicorns and Cheers & Jeers Postcard Project

Favorite Crafts

I am a crafter by hobby, and I so enjoy making little gifts for family, friends, and my pen pals. My favorite crafts are those I create with duct tape. I also love perler beads, embroidery floss, loom bands, latch hook, and quilting. I also quite enjoy paper crafts, especially making my own envelopes! I have recently started to learn how to knit and crochet and origami as well. I also love to color!

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! One of my favorite authors, also a Mainer, is Stephen King. Other favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Joe Hill, and John Saul. I love the horror genre, true crime, and the classics!

I have recently discovered and am absolutely wild about graphic novels! I'm (off and on) reading The Sandman, Locke & Key, 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:

-Norse Mythology

-Bag of Bones

-Dark Matter

On Deck:

-20th Century Ghosts

-American Gods

-Dog Company

-The Woman in Cabin 10

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, I am 33 years of age, 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 may be behind the scenes, but I too bleed blue.

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.

I am content and happy with the life that I live, though I oftentimes daydream about more time in my day so that I can accomplish all of my loves.

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!

LOOM BANDS!! I create bracelets to send to various children's hospitals each month, whatever I can get made in a month's time. SO, supplies for this endeavor are always welcomed!! :)

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

Duct and washi tapes




Pens (esp. gel pens!)


Perler beads

Project Life cards


Pins and magnets


Pin ups

Magnetic notepads

Tea (Favorites: mint, chocolate, lady grey, darjeeling, spicy).

Sealing wax and wax seals

Decks of cards


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. 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.


sabbysteg rated for HI. My name is... PC swap on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Very interesting facts! Thanks!
TamiTam55 rated for IU: Random Fact PC on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Perfect fact. I just painted an elephant rock and this just made me smile.
Response: Glad this one made it! I hope the original will show up too, maybe a year from now :) lol. Thanks for the heart, and I bet the rock is great!
Comment: Love the PC. I've been to Chicago several times and took a camping trip once in the southern part of the state with some friends. Chicago is a fun place to visit but also be sure and look it up on Google "Chicago aerial view at night". The city is set out in a grid and it's really cool. Thank you!
Response: I will definitely look that up! :) Thank you for the heart! :)
annim rated for SOC on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you! :) I enjoyed reading your letter!
Response: Thanks for joining!
ttbishop rated for IU: SOC_July on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a great letter! I wrote you back.
Response: You wrote back!? That's amazing! First time that's ever happened in the years I've been hosting this swap :) I saw you found me on Goodreads too! Thank you!! And thanks for the heart!!
AuTiger rated for NH: Happy Things PC on Aug 6, 2018
Comment: I love NYC too!!! I married a guy from Long Island but Manhattan is my fav!!! Love my PC thank you so much!
Response: I love Manhattan too!!! I am going back in Oct - can't wait!!! I feel more homesick for NYC than I do for my actual home when I'm there :) Thank you for the heart!
LahDeeDah rated for FS: SOC_July on Aug 4, 2018
Comment: This was such a fun swap! Thank you for the letter and the opportunity to try something new. Happy swapping :-)
Response: Thank you for the heart!! (and joining, of course) :)
Poohtat rated for IU: NDH PC_July on Aug 3, 2018
Comment: Great postcard. Dogs rule!! Have fun and I know you will at the Beach to Beacon!
Response: Thank you for the heart!!!
SuZignomeMoM rated for WW: Blog Swap on Aug 1, 2018
Comment: ♥ Thank you for this swap and your kind comments. Also thank you for identifying yourself. I suspected that was you but...
Response: Thanks for joining!! I will be checking in - your work is AMAZING!!
guinstar rated for My Favorite Washi on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: I've had one of these as a roll of washi before (the cupcakes) but I just ran out! 😄 and I think i've seen 2 of these other samples in the past. Either way, I do love the selection! And i love your handwriting! 😊 Thank you very much!
Response: You are welcome!!! I have SO much washi that I hate that I sent you some you've already gotten, buttt they are my favorites lol. Thank you for your words re: my handwriting :) ... and the heart!
MitchR rated for Blog Swap_August on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: I love the comments that you posted and appreciate you responding to the swap so quickly. Great input on the comments.
Response: Thank you for joining!! This swap has been most helpful is keeping me blogging :)
renmagpie rated for Blog Swap_August on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the seriously insightful comments (and your own posts that gave food for thought!). xoxo
Response: You are most welcome!!
catlingmex rated for Blogger Swap on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your kind comments!
Response: You are welcome! I am excited for new ideas!!
stephanyhocc rated for My Favorite Washi on Jul 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely selection of washi tapes!
Response: You are most welcome!
kclicquot rated for IU_QUOP_July on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Another fun card from Amy! Thanks!
Response: You are welcome!! Ninja and I thank you for the heart :)
ericabella rated for Blogger Swap on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Hi Amy! Thank you for the comment. Good luck with learning to crochet! It took me a long time to learn, but once I did, I was so happy. I love to crochet!
Response: Thank you!! I think it will def be my winter project! Thanks for the heart!
heatherknits rated for Blogger Swap on Jul 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome
knitterofhats rated for IU: Goal PC Ltr on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a great swap! I totally get you on the lip balm lasting. So many lip balms lost!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Glad all three PCs made it. Felt like such a risk / rush sending them separately :)
kelsue62 rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! July on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: I can not even to put into words how thankful I am. I started following you on IG:jeepma1 after reading your bio I wanted to copy and paste it to mine. So many things that I have wanted to put in mine but after 6 years on here I started to give up on people. This was the most amazing and heart fulfilling package ever. I laughed, I cried, I did an girly circle jumpy dance and sent a group text to show my friends (aka uncultured people who are rolling their eyes saying who cares.). Once I can find my old uniforms I will cut some patches off for you. I have ct law enforcement patches for you. We moved to FL and I would only part with them for someone as you. ( Note: someone as caring and kind hearted as I feel that I am.➡️ ) I love love love your theory on swaps hurting a little bit. I have been getting such unthoughtful garbage in mine half has literally gone in the trash. Not even usable for my 5 year olds smash book. Back to how amazing you are! You have literally made my summer and restored faith in SB. I have joined your group and stalked you on Ig now. Lol. I will be in CT visiting for two weeks but I will find you something amazing along my travels. When I feels right I will know! PS if you request my in IG and get through Fort Knox you will see my daughter had a live unicorn (mini pony) on Sunday at her party. With so much appreciation my rant is over. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Response: I am so glad that you liked the swap!! When I saw your love for Wicked, I just knew I had to send you my Playbill. The print / picture was from a vendor on the street so it didn't come right from the show, but it is still pretty neat! I really need to read the book myself - the show was incredible, and I was happy to share a piece of it with you :) I followed you back on the good ol' IG. All I can say is ... when you feel disheartened re: SB, stick with it. I think everyone can go through a period where the stress seems to outweigh the pleasure (I went through it when I first started, and I know for sure other friends I've met through here have been through it). Stick with it, don't be late on swaps, and it all works out :) You are most welcome, and I love that I sent these items to its perfect home! That's always a great feel after that little bit of hurt :) <3 xox
ChrisAnne rated for FS ~ Send 10 to 10 ~ USA on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: WOW! You are so generous! Thank you for such a great envie full of fun! I can't wait to put these goodies to use!
Response: You are so welcome! I loved putting this swap together, and since 10 didn't sign up, I figured load 'em up! :)

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stephiedee on Aug 16, 2018:

Giveaway random goodies arrived and it's such a fun assortment! ☀ ᴛʜᴀɴᴋ ʏᴏᴜ! ☀

CrystalZ on Aug 3, 2018:

So glad the box arrived to you safely...happen the goodies went to a good home :)

supersquirrel on Jul 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for the random paper RAK. There are lots of great papers packed in here! Great RAK - Thanks again!!

lttleetoile on Jul 25, 2018:

You should receive your In Memory RAK soon! I hope you enjoy the papers! And thank you so much for the messages and the awesome profile comment! You are just fabulous!! (I, in fact, was going to post a gif that says just that along with a certain animal, but I'm afraid it'll be too big and thus look weird on your profile.) And "fabulous" doesn't even begin to cover how awesome you are anyway! Thanks again lady!

tiggerkitn25 on Jul 22, 2018:

Thank you for the unicorn PC for the CPG global PC tag! =)

stephiedee on Jul 17, 2018:

Your Mystery Misfit Mail Art box went out in yesterday's mail! Happy happy!

PrairieKittin on Jul 16, 2018:

Totally bizarre

Bizarre enough? LOL!

PrairieKittin on Jul 16, 2018:

more random bizareness
More random bizarreness.

PrairieKittin on Jul 16, 2018:

odd, random, bizarre
Odd, random, bizarre

fairypretty7 on Jul 15, 2018:


Thank you for the PIF Unicon postcard. Love it!

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