Swap-bot Time: October 19, 2018 2:45 am


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: October 18, 2018
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
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Blog: Cupcakes & Canter

Current Events & Notes

17th October 2018
October 25th - November 2nd I will be on vacation and in NYC! Since I will be busy in my most favorite place in the world, it is doubtful I will be logging in to SB. My last mail check, prior to departure, will be 10/24. Upon my return, my next mail check will be 11/05 at which time I will rate, leave thank you comments, etc. I am currently working to mail out all RAKs. Any swaps with a send by deadline, prior to November 5th, will be mailed no later than 10/24. *Any group and / or swap issues will be handled upon my return.

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. :)

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.


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

Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff - 5 Miler - Oct. 28th 2018, NEW YORK CITY!!!

I'm a group founder! I am currently founding: Idiosyncratic Unicorns and Canine Shrine

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:

-The Outsider


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, 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!

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 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.


SilverD rated for IU: Profile Deco Oct Wk 3 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: LOL!
Response: :) Thank you for rating and the heart!
Whippet rated for CS: Dog PC_Oct 2 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Hi Amy! You deserve a heart & a big hug for the wonderful doggie postcards you sent to me for the swap. Love the "Hound" postcards, putting them up on display in my new apt. Happy Halloween!
Response: I thought you'd like 'em! Glad they went to a great home!! Thank you for the heart <3 <3 <3
aralyn rated for Blind PC Swap on Oct 15, 2018
Response: Thank you for rating - I had forgotten about this since it's almost two years old now (January 2016).
Myself333 rated for IU: ATC #1 on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the super cute unicorn ATC Amy! It's adorable.
Response: You are so welcome!!!! Thank you for joining. There will be more ATCs in IU soon! :) Thank you for the heart also!
lttleetoile rated for IU: Profile Deco Oct Wk 2 on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Extremely entertaining, as always! You must have researched Animal Crossing to know how awesome that pic is!! Thank you very much!
Response: I did research it, but I was still flying blind!! Glad I picked a good one though!! :)
Comment: Thanks you for the adorable jelly fish ATC. I can't believe that is only your second attempt (careful .... You will get hooked!). I love the translucent colors and shiny textures and mini sequins. Everything is perfect. And thanks for using that awesome postage stamp! Beautiful presentation. Hope to swap with you again! <3<3<3
Response: I am so so glad that you liked it! I am a little hard on myself when it comes to perfection so it's always a relief when my work is enjoyed!! :) Thank you for the heart!
shelleym rated for IU: SOC_September on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: TRULY a stream-of-consciousness letter. I bow to you, madam. Especially how you just left me with a sentence about apple fetishes and then... stopped. *slow clap* Best letter I've read in months!!
Response: I felt like it was one of the better ones I've written! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) Once I get "life" back on track, I'll be writing my pen pal letter. I have too many hobbies and not enough time. My Mum has been de-stashing her fabric so now quilting is taking over again lol.
craftseverything rated for Tea Swappity Swap on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: What a creative way to blend a tea swap into a pocket letter! I have swapped a few pocket letters, but it never occurred to me to blend the two. How awesome are you? I love the tea choices, and I'm boiling a pot as we speak. Everything you sent in the pocket letter was listed as a favorite on my profile. Way to go! Thank you so much for coordinating a great swap!
Response: I am so glad it was enjoyed! I had never done a pocket letter so I figured a sorta PL was a good first attempt just to get my feet wet :) Thank you for the heart!!
lttleetoile rated for IU: Profile Deco Oct Wk 1 on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Me and the husband are somewhat confused about the avocado. But we are anoth totally on board with Robert Downey Jr, his bunny outfit, and the llamas. Awesome!
Response: :) The avocado was just for super randomness... I find that I myself am confused by it also :)
susieq11 rated for CS: Dog PC on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: Love the postcard!! And my dogs are my babies. Love them like crazy!! Thanks for hosting this swap!!! xxx
Response: I am so glad that you liked it. I am about to post a couple more :) Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for your lovely letter!
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for hosting - this was a very beneficial reflection!! Thank you for the heart :)
ChrisAnne rated for CS ~ Doggie Social Media on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Maximus is adorable. My Zippo was a boxer. We had her 11 1/2 years which wasn't nearly enough, but so many more than was expected based on her first year.
Response: Thank you so much for hosting this!!! Thank you for the heart. I think our dogs could like 100 years and it still wouldn't be enough :(
Comment: Amy, thanks so much for your well put together themed out package. It arrived today. And I absolutely loved everything. Haven’t been blown away on The Bot for sometime, until now! I’m obsessed with the greeting card 😍
Response: I am so glad it was well received and loved!! That is absolutely thrilling to me! :) Enjoy, and thank you so much for the heart!!
Karmi53 rated for HI. My name is... PC swap on Sep 21, 2018
Comment: Hi l love the postcard thank u for sharing about your self. Take care
Response: Thank you for the heart!
itsnobody rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Sep 21, 2018
Comment: Hey, thanks for the patchwork. It came out nice. Fun fact, I have a postcard with the same type of bear in my patchworks haha
Response: Haha, that's amazing - what are the odds when you really stop to think about it!? Thanks for joining!
thelocalman rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Sep 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beuatiful postcard. It turned out great!! Much better than mine, haha. I hope you receive the one I sent you soon. I'm a little concerned because I didn't send it in an envelope and I hope it makes it safe to you. Also, the map envelope is very interesting to me, especially as it had the old map of Africa with the old country names. Very cool!
Response: This swap was far more difficult than I anticipated! When I sat down to do it, my brain just couldn't connect!!! Thank you for the heart, it builds my confidence!! If you want some map envelopes, I'd be happy to share with you - I made a lot of them - various maps! :)
vontakk rated for Dog PC on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks so muuch!!! I loveeeeeddd this!!!
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you for the heart AND for joining!
ChrisAnne rated for CS: Derpy Dog on Sep 19, 2018
Comment: What a cutie patootie!
Response: Thank you :) And thank you for the <3!
samsstuff rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you, these definitely were random, weren't they?
Response: Yup, they sure were! Thank you for joining :)
LahDeeDah rated for CS Doggo ATC on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: What fun to get someone's first ATC! It's super cute! I like your idea of embellishing an image on fabric. I haven't ever received one like that. Your story about not being able to find the exact word you wanted is pretty funny, too. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent with me! BTW - Your handwriting is gorgeous. I'll bet you hear that all the time! :-)
Response: WOOOO!!!! Thank you for the heart! I've been on pins and needles awaiting your thoughts! I think it is always scary to send something creative, but I was particularly nervous about this being my first attempt. I have since made another for a future swap. I find I enjoy them, and like I said - they force me to let go of my innate need for perfection. Thank you for the compliment on my handwriting! I was just mad at myself last night for "ruining" my jellyfish ATC by writing on it in my own hand. hehe. Thanks again, I'm so excited!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 477 217 233
Completed Fives Threes Ones
436 568 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
53 322 61 0
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lttleetoile on Oct 18, 2018:

Group IU: Profile Deco Oct Wk 3

This week took more sifting than usual, so I hope you enjoy this installment of Safe for Work (and Swap-bot) idiosyncratic deco!


All Hail Hypnotoad!




Bob from Animal Crossing dances all night long!

Can you?

Jippiefant on Oct 18, 2018:

I got the napkin rak! Thank you so much💕 I am really looking forward to use the napkins.

Whippet on Oct 17, 2018:

Thank you Amy for the postcards of my favorite hounds, you are kind to send them to me. I hope you enjoy a wonderful vacation for Halloween.

sabbysteg on Oct 14, 2018:

No one's goals are stupid! :) Interesting dream though! Maybe you worry you aren't stretching yourself enough?

lttleetoile on Oct 11, 2018:

Group IU: Profile Deco Oct Wk 2

you have been randomized!!!!

catch ya on da flip side...


this picture. it's…

Yeah, no

Cloud cat



CraftyChristina on Oct 9, 2018:

supersquirrel on Oct 6, 2018:

I opened my mailbox and found an unexpected PACKAGE! I'm just floored with all the Washi tape you sent from your Washi Destash RAK. There are some gorgeous, pretty, unique, fun and awesome tapes here. Thank you so much for your very kind and very generous RAK.

itsnobody on Oct 2, 2018:

IU: Profile Deco Oct Wk 1



ittybittykitty on Sep 28, 2018:

Wow thank you so much for the ouija cat tag RAK! they are amazing and even so much cooler than I had ever imagined! I loooove them! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

lttleetoile on Sep 21, 2018:



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