Swap-bot Time: December 13, 2018 3:42 am


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

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. :)

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.


Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - TBD

David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2019

Maine Marathon - Half Marathon - October 6th, 2019

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 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

-Norse Mythology

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.


Angie rated for CS ~ Doggie Deco Christmas Style on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Hee hee. Thanks for the fun decorations. Happy holidays to you and yours! XO
Response: You are most welcome! Thank you for the heart <3
Comment: I can't think of a better place for a button octopus - how could it fit through a hole? lol I like the corner tentacles! OH, and totally love the signet!
Response: I'm glad you like it!! This one was so much fun to create because just when I thought I was done, I'd find something else to add! :) Thank you for the heart!
ChrisAnne rated for CS ~ Doggie Deco Christmas Style on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the puppy smiles!
Response: You are most welcome! Thank you so much for hosting this!! Thank you for the heart <3
Comment: Thanks for the cute atc. Love your signature style of collage, textures, etc. This series is fun and I am glad you continued it. I agree a shorter name might be helpful! =)
Response: I was so excited to see that I have a signature style :) Thank you so much for the great rating and kind words!!!
ttbishop rated for IU: Mythical ATC on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks! So pretty.
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the heart!
susieq11 rated for CS: Dog PC_Nov on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the oodles of poodles! : ) I have 2 white ones so this postcard couldn’t be more perfect! Ahhh yes, always in search of an easy harness, lol! Hope you and your pup had a great Thanksgiving and thanks for hosting this swap!! xoxo
Response: I'm so glad you like it!! :) I mean . . . RADIN is so glad you like it :) He sent it hehehe. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the cute mermaid ATC. So many cool color and textures. Love the scale paper and ribbon. And the fox greeting card is very sweet. <3<3<3
Response: Thank you for the heart! I am so glad you liked it :)
Comment: Thanks for the cute atc. It's a "healthy mix of supplies" indeed!
Response: Thank you for the heart!! :)
Rosa1 rated for CS: Doggie Deco_Nov on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Fun! Thanks :)
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for rating :)
RooBaRoo rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: I received all 4. Definitely a star for the host :) It was fun! I'd join a repeat :D
Response: Thank you!!! I'm not sure there will be a repeat, but that feedback is appreciated :)
Comment: Love what you did on this ATC! Very cool!
Response: I am SO relieved that you like it!!!! I was so stressed about having to rely on a sticker (though I think it's a nice quality one), but I tried and tried and tried SO hard to draw a whale... and the best description of my attempts is that he was "smug bastard judging me with his wonky eye." I almost sent my attempts along too lol. Thank you so much for the heart! I've only done 4 ATCs to this point, but my confidence is growing!!! <3
veronicallama rated for CS: Dog PC_Oct. on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: Hope your pup is feeling better!
Response: He is! Thank you!!! Thank you for the heart :)
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!!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 489 227 243
Completed Fives Threes Ones
447 580 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
56 323 68 0
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Basicallyhades on Dec 12, 2018:

Merry pup-mas!!!:) pupmas

ChrisAnne on Dec 10, 2018:

Canine Shrine ~ Doggie Deco - Christmas Style

susieq11 on Dec 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Canine Shrine RAK! I love it all! Even used Scooby Doo stamps, yay! I really appreciate it! 🐶❤️

lttleetoile on Nov 27, 2018:



duckymorgan on Nov 17, 2018:

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"It is amazing how much love and laughter dogs bring into our lives, and even how much closer we become with each other because of them." - John Grogan

CS: Doggie Deco Nov 2

kelsue62 on Nov 16, 2018:

Our angel box arrived today and it was filed with so much love. I taped my daughter opening your moms gift. She is now named“Grandma Maine.” I will find your email or if message to send it. Its long. She took her time. I am still in awe of how every single piece out of literally hundreds had so much meaning to me. Tears and happy sequels. 🥰💕💕💕💕

Poohtat on Nov 9, 2018:

CS- Doggie Deco November from a fellow Mainah!

milamilamura on Nov 9, 2018:

Hi girl! Thank you so much for the "mug rug RAK", it just made it and I'm so happy! It's gorgeous and I'm so honored to have your first (of many I hope) mug rug. Next year I want to learn how to use the sewing machine, so I'm having my mom teach me. But when I've sewn by hand or practiced embroidery I've found it so therapeutic, so I'm hoping it works as a good therapy for you too! Crafting always helps, don't you think? I'm actually off now, to crafting a bit myself, and then have a nice cup of tea with my new mug rug, I'll show you a pic later via IG. Xoxo and once again, thanks for this amazing RAK!

Angie on Nov 9, 2018:

I'm not your partner but here's a happy doggie deco anyway! Happy Friday!

MsBellaDonna on Oct 23, 2018:

Thank you for being an "angel" in the NDH PC August. I love the German shepherd postcard! (Best breed ever!) :)

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