Swap-bot Time: May 30, 2017 2:25 am


Date Joined: July 4, 2008
Last Online: May 28, 2017
Birthday: November 29
Country: United States
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About Me

I like swapping all kinds of art!

I rate within a day or two of receiving something, so if you haven't heard from me about something you sent, please do drop me a PM. I hate not being rated so I want to be sure to rate you!

I live just outside of the city of New York, commute a long way to work every day, and dream of the day I can retire. I like my job, but I'd rather play all day. I have two Wheaten Terriers who I adore ridiculously and a partner of more than 20 years. I am old enough to know better than to tell my age.


I like altered art, repurposed things, making the old into something new. Paper and boxes make me happy. I love odd and strange stuff. I like imagery of women, but not sentimental or prissy ones. I like mermaids, but I'm not big on fairies or angels. Love a nice goddess. I like textures of all kinds; I'm very tactile. I like gadgets and computers (I'm a tech geek). I am an animal lover, with a particular soft spot for giraffes (tiny giraffes!) and elephants.

I am always interested in seeing other peoples' art. Whatever you make, whatever inspires you, I want to see it!

I am very smitten with all things mail art and postal: postage new, old, and faux; rubber stamps, zines, hand made envelopes, etc. You get the idea.

I have a strange fondness for anthropomorphizing inanimate objects, especially from old cookbooks (like smiling eggplants or dancing wooden spoons).

If you send me a pamphlet cookbook from before 1960 with a woman on the cover, I'm yours forever.

More stuff I like:

  • Matchboxes and matchbox shrines
  • Amigurumi
  • ATCs
  • Zines
  • Vintage Cigarette Cards of all types and themes
  • Rubber stamps
  • Vintage pamphlet cookbooks with a woman on the cover
  • Beautiful paper, handmade paper, exotic paper
  • Handmade things of all kinds
  • Boxes, containers, holders of all kinds, pockets

Themes or designs I like:

  • Postal things, stamps, airmail
  • Eggs
  • LGBT things
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Ancient goddesses
  • Mermaids (not cutesy)
  • Giraffes (not cutesy)
  • Elephants (not cutesy)
  • Bees • Sea creatures


Things that are not ever welcome in my house:

  • Heavily perfumed things (candles, sachet, incense, etc. -- I have allergies)
  • Coconut and things that smell like coconut
  • Homophobia
  • Religious paraphernalia or propaganda

Things I don't care for or have no use for:

  • Food - candy, spices, tea, mixes, etc.
  • Cat stuff (don't hate 'em, just don't wanna swap 'em)
  • Precious Moments and similar sentimental or cutesy stuff
  • Angels
  • Disney
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Children's stuff
  • Earrings (I do not have pierced ears)
  • Teacher stickers
  • Things with inspirational sayings on them (like "breathe" or "dream"). I don't like being told how to feel. Unless it's something you made; that's different.

I am also not a fan of babies with wings, or babies in dunce caps, or babies dressed in cute outfits to look like something else (Anne Geddes stuff), or that sort of thing. (Nothing against babies per se!).

ALLERGIES: I am allergic to cats, dogs (yes, I have dogs, but they are hypoallergenic -- some breeds are worse than others for me), mold, dust and cigarette smoke. Oh, and coconut. I'd appreciate your efforts to keep my swaps relatively free of the things that make me wheeze (especially the cat hair!). So, you know, just don't smoke while petting your cat and making my swap in a damp basement, and I"ll be okay.

Favorite Crafts

I make ATCs, digital collage, zines, cards, altered art, photography, rubber stamped things, matchbook shrines and other kinds of paper art.

I like a lot of crafts I'm not good at. I will try any craft once.

I really like scavenger hunts!


shinyserra rated for WIYM May Stocking Stuffer USA on May 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much! It's in my stocking :) Also thank you very much for all of the great extras!!
Response: You're welcome! Merry Christmas! :)
Tjace007 rated for CQ Stuff my Stocking May USA on May 12, 2017
Comment: thank you for my gift and flowers. :)
Response: :) Merry Christmas!
auralily rated for CQ: Stuff My Stocking - April- USA on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the stocking stuffer! I've got it tucked away to open at Christmas :)
Response: Merry Christmas! :)
mejulia rated for WIYM- stocking stuffer April- USA on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Merry Christmas! :)
myancey rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - E - USA on Apr 13, 2017
Comment: what a super cool postcard! thank you so much for a pic of the empire state bldg. have a great day amy
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the <3
Johkup rated for CHWH: 2 + 2 Postcard Swap #4 on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Nice postcards :) Thank you
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the <3!
Comment: I loved the envelope, and can't wait to open this. Thank you so much. I hope you're well, and having a wonderful week.
Response: Merry Christmas! ;) Thank you and thanks for the <3
Comment: thanks for a nice swap....
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the <3
Comment: Thank you for my stocking suffer and the extras. Placed your gift inside my stocking for December.
Response: Merry Christmas! :) Thanks for the <3.
justmesks rated for CHWH: 3 Blind Postcards - Touristy on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great cards plus the extra.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the <3.
Comment: fun fun fun swap....... love all the postcards thanks so much!!!!
Response: Great! Thanks for the <3!
Jamnj rated for CQ: Stuff My Stocking Feb. USA on Mar 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the stocking stuffer and the goodies, I love the postcards!
Response: Oh, great! Hope you like the stuffers, too, but we'll have to wait for Christmas to find out! ;) Merry christmas! LOL
Comment: Wow! Love all the postcards you sent! Thank you for the gift. I'm saving it for December. Best to you!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the postcards! Merry christmas! :)
Comment: Thank you so much! It's in my stocking. I can't hardly wait. Hugs, Diane
Response: Merry Christmas! ;-)
Jessicat rated for WIYM Jan Stocking Stuffer USA on Feb 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you Amy for the package! I like the PCs you sent. I noticed there are two wrapped parcels in here do I keep both of them for Christmas? Thanks again!
Response: Up to you whether to keep them for Christmas or open now... I like to keep all of mine for Christmas so I have that much more in my stocking! Have fun! ;)
Kraftylady777 rated for Old School Valentine Swap on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much
reader44ever rated for WIYM: My Audiobook List on Feb 20, 2017
Comment: Tendinitis is awful; I'm sorry you had a flare-up. (I too have tendinitis, but I've been able to keep it mostly in remission since becoming fully disabled and needing to stop work seven years ago.) Thank you for this great list of books! I have the Harry Potter series in audiobook, too! Your recommendation will get me to listen to them soon! (Who narrates your set? Jim Dale? He is the narrator for my set.) The Lianne Moriarty books also sound good to me. Do you recommend I start with The Husband's Secret? In March, I hope to restart my Audible subscription, so I could make that my first choice! :-) Thank you so much for sharing!
Response: Yes, Jim Dale is the (terrific) narrator, and yes, start with The Husband's Secret! It's a good intro to her work. Her book Big Little Lies just started as a miniseries on HBO. It's almost enough to get me to subscribe! :)
Drvr337 rated for Old School Valentine Swap on Feb 10, 2017
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much for the Wizard of Oz valentine. I love it! Exactly what I remember giving out in grade school.
Response: Glad you like it! Yes, it was just like the kind I had as a kid, too. :)
edgetorn rated for Old School Valentine Swap on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Thanks, Amy, for the cute card! Happy Valentine's Day!
Response: Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for the <3!
Comment: saving, thank you so much!!
Response: Merry Christmas! ;)

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yvonne401 on Feb 1, 2017:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Heart! It's great to have you here!

GeeLuv on Jan 25, 2017:

Thanks for adding to my "challenging" Pass & Paste pc with the 2 circles :-) Lovely mandala!

lloydp on Jan 9, 2017:

Thanks for joining the Jan Bingo in Butterfly Lovers Group. Hope you are getting lots of words.


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crescendo on Dec 20, 2016:

Thank you for the darling bluebird stringing berries for a garland Christmas card for my CPG December wishes! This one goes into a frame. I want to learn how to paint things like this. 2017, the year for fine art lessons!

crescendo on Dec 20, 2016:

Thank you for the highly coveted dimensional AND velvety polka dotted bejeweled Christmas card for my Dec WISHLIST. I feel honored that you parted with it for ME. Who knows, it might make its way back to you in say...12 months? xoxo

anrtist on Dec 20, 2016:

Thank you for the wishlist Christmas Card
Blessings, cc

Swan on Dec 19, 2016:

Thank you for the Christmas card for my December Wishlist! The dog pyramid Christmas tree is so much fun!

RyeRye on Nov 29, 2016:


bjmonroe on Nov 22, 2016:

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