Swap-bot Time: August 11, 2020 6:40 pm


Date Joined: February 6, 2020
Last Online: August 11, 2020
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 a just-turned-one-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


basykes rated for ESG: July 3-2-1 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks for (re)sending!
MexiMidge rated for Send a crystal swap on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you thank you thank you!!! I don’t have these crystals and I love them!!! I loved the way you wrapped them each and the brown parcels. What a lovely end to my evening in unwrapping these!!!
Ashzaller rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the delayed rating! thanks so much <3
Kittybob83 rated for Map paper ATC on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thanks so much for your fun Mother Hubbard poem. I did Mother Hubbard for my poem, too. Funny! Cathy/Writercat
Atziouth rated for BOTANICAL EPHEMERA SWAP #1 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Thank for the great package and variety of items. I loved the pressed flowers and already used the stickers for a penpal letter.
Comment: thank you! i love it! I love your user name, too!
margeux rated for June 2020: What Did You Read? on Jul 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your June reads, Amanda! I already have "The Keeper of Lost Things" on my to-be-read list, but newly added "Sister Outsider." My reading selection needs some more diverse voices, too. As for Marie Forleo, I haven't read her book, but I have followed her work for a few years now. I really appreciate her practicality. <3 Take care!
jillybeanie rated for Stuff the Mailbox #24 on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: thank you!
Comment: cute cacti pc!
Comment: lovely :)
suepier rated for Poetry Postcard on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lighthouse postcard and the beautiful poem.
Comment: Thank you 😊
beachchicken rated for 10 Year Celebration! on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Have a great day!
Comment: Thank you for the neat postcard! Hope all is well in Missouri. (:
Comment: Interesting that both my partners chose Mother Hubbard -- different emphasis, of course. Thanks also for the tea.
noone7212 rated for Fun Postcard Swap #2 on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cool card! I hope you're doing well and staying safe!
Ashzaller rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Jun 29, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! Thanks so much
Comment: Thank you.
Ilovemybabies7 rated for My Hobby (email swap) on Jun 26, 2020

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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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