Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2022 1:18 pm


Date Joined: February 6, 2020
Last Online: December 21, 2021
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

Hello! You can call me Manda, and I live in Springfield, Missouri (the Queen City of the Ozarks!). I'm a maker, glass cutter, copper taper, relentless collector, moss lover, dog petter & earthy kinda person.

I'm a mom of an almost-two-year-old (who blows me away every day at the pace of his learning-to-be-a-person skills) and wife of my most wonderful husbeast.

I work hard on my art side business, Serendipology, soldering nature-inspired glass art, stained glass and jewelry. I present my work in a few art and indie craft shows in Missouri and surrounding states and just love it. I have been neglecting Etsy and social media and feel slightly bad about it, so that will have to pick back up soon....

I adore and collect plants. My husband Chris and I are Master Gardeners and are in the process of transforming our back yard into a lush oasis of Japanese Maples, ferns and happiness. Any horizontal space in my bungalow is covered in house plants, so I can't confirm this, but I just may have the best indoor air quality on my block! I definitely dig the verging-on-maximalist Boho vibe.

I have two French Bulldogs who are seriously the best pups a human could ever ask for! If you want to be over-the-top adored by your pet (and are okay with farts and bi-annual semi-emergency vet visits), definitely go with a Frenchie. They are awesome!

I love traveling to places that look like they are straight out of a fairy tale. Vancouver, BC and Vancouver Island are my favoritest (made up a word for this one!) places on the planet and my husband and I are making plans to visit Norway in the next year or so (excited!). I also love travelling local here in the Ozarks. The rugged beauty fills me with awe every time we backpack through it's un-peopled spaces.

I will make any excuse to go outside. It makes me feel good!

Favorite Crafts

I'm very much omnivorous in my art interests! I have been knitting for 15-ish years and it remains my most comfortable hobby. The smell of lanolin in the wool makes me giddy! Even though I am like a 80% Product/20% Process knitter, I adore every stitch and marvel at the magic of a good pattern that produces a work of textile art at the end. I mentioned in the About Me section that have a soldered art business and soldering is one of my favorite skillsets! I love dreaming up new things to make and then watching them go to their new home. I also like to art journal. I'm not the most consistent with this art form, but it's so fun and gratifying! I like to sew and embroider occasionally as well, with sashiko embroidery being my new favorite.

I have three skill goals for this year for myself: 1) Natural dying - I love gardening, so I am going to grow my own dyestuffs as well as use bought powders and try my hand at it. 2) Linocut - I have carved a bunch of my own stamps in the past, but I want to focus more on this skill. 3) Spinning yarn - I have a drop spindle and have started and stopped a few times, but I really wanna give this a go (and then naturally dye the wool!).

Other random things that I have tried, loved and pick back up as the occasion calls for: bookbinding, woodburning, stamp carving, cyanotype, flower pressing, macrame, felting, wood carving, soldering copper yard art, painting, mixed media art, wood working, and hot gluing the crap out of things.

Favorite Books

I love the Harry Potter Series and The Lord of the Rings series. They are my favorite by faaaaaaar.

Here are some more in no particular order: The Invention of Air, Last Child Left in the Woods, Anansi Boys, American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Women Who Run with the Wolves, In the Company of Women,

Favorite authors are: Neil Gaiman - I would literally read anything written by him (The Ocean at the End of the Lane will always be a favorite!) and listening to him narrate one of his books on tape is pretty awesome too!

Brene Brown - She is a researcher who specializes in shame, but who writes the most soul-nourishing books you'll ever read.

Dan Ariely - Behavioral economist who never ceases to amaze me.

Favorite poets: Nikita Gill & Amanda Lovelace

Likes & Dislikes

Things I like: Natural history, original art, ferns, bigfoot/sasquatch stories, moss, washi tape, feminism, vintage illustrations, linocut prints, wunderkammers, ghost stories, artist trading cards, note cards, anthropology & archaeology, cyanotypes, old stamps, vintage photographs, witchy things, mushrooms, houseplants, Japanese maples, French bulldogs, scientific illustrations, constellations, paper ephemera (maps, international ephemera, graphs, tickets, interesting textures, vintage packaging etc. etc.), but here's the secret: I like most things! Colors: Indigo, purple, turquoise, copper

Things I dislike: Reproductions (I like originals!), farm-related things (cows, chickens etc.), Thomas Kincade-ish things, children-themed things (reward stickers, stamps etc.)

Favorite Artists

  • Nikki McClure
  • Flora Bowley
  • Lisa Congdon
  • Bill Reid
  • Rebecca Artemisa
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Tyler Thrasher
  • Caitlyn ffrench
  • Nicole Chilton
  • Bryan Fyffe
  • Elaine Johnson
  • Stephen West


Autist rated for ITW: Question of the Week on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I love trees too!
riviwriter rated for Moonlight Mail on Aug 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mirror and for the braided sweetgrass! I love the idea of bringing nature into my apartment (I live in a complex in Berkeley, so I don't get that garden feel too often). Also, I think I found a ritual with a mirror and hanging it near your bed for success and good energy, Thanks again!
Honeyloveart rated for SWAS: Summer's Abundance on Aug 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this lovely package! The shell and pendant were so beautiful and the sweetgrass smells incredible. Looking forward to reading the book this Fall, thank you so much. (Oh and extra points for the zero waste compostable packaging!)
wildernessnomad rated for ITW: Woodland ATC - Mushroom on Mar 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I love the sketch.
XFoxgloveX rated for SWAS: Crystal Exchange on Mar 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! Its always such a treat to receive things from you! I love how the stones are individually wrapped and all of these are ones Ive had on my mind recently. Thank you again!
annaliesethegnome rated for Imbolc Greetings on Mar 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great card!
julesstewart rated for "Something Bigger" Postcard on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Can you believe we both picked space postcards! Loved it!
Chaosfay rated for SWAS: Spring Altar on Feb 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the scarf. It's very heavily scented with what I'm assuming is incense and is currently hanging outside and will be handwashed when the smell is less severe. Thank you though
Response: I'm so sorry about that! It wasn't scented on purpose, I assure you! I guess that is what my house smells like? I hope you like it!
XFoxgloveX rated for TSP: Altar Box Surprise! #3 on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful, eclectic package! I love everything in it! Do you know what bird the feather is from? Im so excited to add all the wonderful items to my altar today
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC and handmade card!
Comment: Such a lovely bright work of art! I will be moving soon and plan to hang it up in my new home for some warmth. Thanks so much!!
Comment: Yule Blessing to you as well! Thank you
NRGordon rated for June 2020: What Did You Read? on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the swap. Sorry for the delay in rating. Email issues... again. I'm going to see if I can get The Keeper of Lost Things from the library. Sounds good.
Rosa1 rated for Yule Greetings on Dec 16, 2020
Comment: thank you ~ Happy Yule!
Comment: Thank you for your spooky Instax photo.
kfaye rated for BSAS: Witchy Home on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: The sweetgrass smells so good! I will use the spell this weekend :) Beautiful fern hanging! It will catch the light in my window. Thank you πŸ€πŸ’š
Rosa1 rated for Protection Spell on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: so beautifully written too ~ into my BOS - thank you so much...
AromaAlchemist rated for Samhain Greetings on Oct 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the sweetgrass and Haiku. I love both :) I wish I could have had that wonderful dinner too! Happy Samhain!
LeaTheShark rated for ⚑ RUNES ⚑ on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! It was so cool to open the mail to an awesome wood burned rune :D I definitely need some peace in my life - the hardest part is deciding whether to put it on my altar or on my desk!! Thanks so much!
traceyj rated for Give one, get SIX! on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Hey Manda! I'd like to be able to tell you that getting hit on the head with an acorn is luckier than, or at least as lucky as, getting hit on the head by bird droppings, but alas, the literature is silent on this point. Anyway, thanks for the postcard! 🐿️🌿🦜🌳🌿

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geeksavvy on Jun 8, 2020:

Purple shamrock Green plant for profile

Elephant ear

pepita2608 on Jun 1, 2020:


This is Green plant profile swap!!



Kc055042 on Jun 1, 2020:

Here's a few hearts for you! :)


Ashinamiharuka on Jun 1, 2020:


Monstera plant

Alocasia plant

Poohtat on May 1, 2020:

ajmay on Feb 8, 2020:

Hi Amanda,

First off, WELCOME TO SWAP-BOT, so happy that you're here! : )

This is for the Swap: "What book are you reading?" and my user name is: ajmay

I'm currently reading People of the Book by Brooks, Geraldine. I'm reading this book for my Multicultural Book Club. So far the book is about a book conservator who is called into work on the famed Sarajevo Haggadah. The Sarajevo Haggadah has been saved from bombings and fires caused by the Bosnian war. The book is now turning into the history of the artifact. It is quite an interesting read!

euniceq on Feb 8, 2020:

β˜† What Book are you reading? β˜†

I'm currently reading Wool by Hugh Howey. It's a post-apocalyptic story. Here's the synopsis:

"Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you'll get what you wish for."

❀ Have a great day! ❀

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