Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2017 1:01 pm


Date Joined: June 28, 2017
Last Online: November 16, 2017
Birthday: January 11
Country: United States

About Me


I am a piano teacher in her late 20's from Arizona who loves mail, and can't wait to get started here. I love fancy postage, anything watercolor, big beautiful florals, gorgeous scenery, and succulents. I don't have a favorite color, but I do love neutrals, pastels, and jewel tones. I'm so excited to be having my first baby (a girl!) in Sept 2017. So much light pink, gray, and white!!

I have a blue and white parrotlet whose real name is Moonstone, but I only call him Chicken. He even has an instagram account... check us out @ mylittlechickenbird! All kinds of birds are my favorite animals, but I especially like lovebirds, parrotlets, flamingoes, finches, and actual chickens. :)

Also, I love Jack Russells, elephants, baby animals, and rabbits.

I love being crafty and making beautiful things with watercolors and pretty writing. I love urban sketching. I took a bookbinding class in college and have been making my own journals ever since! I enjoy calligraphy and other typography as well.

Send me tried and true recipes you love! (I don't need blank recipe cards for myself, but if you write a recipe on them I would love to receive that!) Cooking is another favorite activity of mine. I'm not afraid of making recipes from scratch. Right now, it's just my husband and I, so if you have any recipes to share that are for two, I would love that! It's way too easy for me to go overboard and cook for an invisible army and then wind up with way too much leftovers that eventually get thrown away!! I do not cook with or drink alcohol, coffee, or tea.

I drive a light blue and white Mini Cooper and LOVE everything about them!

Favorite Shows: (We only have Netflix.) Great British Baking Show, The Paradise, Call the Midwife, and Lost

Favorite Movies:
Austenland, Some Like it Hot, What's Up Doc, You've Got Mail (haha), Knight and Day... And also:
Wait Until Dark, Disney musicals, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, The Music Man (Old version), Marvel movies, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Star Trek, and Cheesy Hallmark chick flicks

Favorite Youtube:
Slo-mo Guys, James Cordon, Graham Norton, Jimmy Fallon, and Studio C

Favorite music:.
Rascal Flatts, Harry Connick, Jr., Yellowcard, Emile Pandolfi, Van Cliburn, Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, and Debussy

I am sure to drool over anything watercolor, birds, succulents, washi, watercolor flowers, Mini Cooper, or pastel colors! I don't really have a use for unused postcards, but if you do decide to send me one, I prefer them to be a cool photo of scenery that is meaningful to you.. like an insight into where you live! And then tell me about it in a few words. :)

Other themes I like: Arrows, gemstones, geometric, flowers, succulents, cactus, birds, watercolor, travel, fresh, fruity, bright, happy, calligraphy, stripes, feminine, lace, regency, sheet music, maps.

**Not my favorite: Kawaii cartoons, emojis, cheesy cutesy, gothic, or skulls.

**I don't drink tea, but love hot chocolate or other caffeine free drink mixes.

Thanks for reading! I am not picky about what I receive and will try my best to make really good happy mail to send!


ArtyBeth3 rated for Wow!: Coordinating samples on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for both sets of coordinating samples (with the extra tape sample in each). Never fear of sending me duplicates; I'll use them all. They came at a good time to cheer me up from a recent tooth extraction I had this week. :)
Fawnofglory rated for Washi Rainbow! - BLUE Swap on Nov 7, 2017
crochetjunkie rated for Lotsa lotsa Washi on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Love what you sent! Thank you! And I’m glad you are loving the other swap! β€οΈπŸ’—πŸ’“πŸ’•
Response: Yes!! I just opened the one with the two metal keys in it today... SO AWESOME. I have always wanted a cool skeleton key! You went above and beyond! Also, I'm challenging myself to find a use for each day's surprise on the day I open it. It's so fun, I have already sent a postcard, decorated an envelope and sent it, left sticky notes around the house for my husband to find... I'm having a blast. :) :)
Comment: Thank you so much love my samples so much cuteness!!!!!!!
FundyGirl rated for Washi Rainbow! - BLUE Swap on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: Beautiful washi! Thank you so much!
Butterfly1974 rated for 9 LP-Inspired by you-USA on Nov 2, 2017
Comment: Oh my gosh I LOVE this pocket letter!! I love how the numbers on the cards are blacked out but still can be easily seen. I love the techniques you used and the embellishments. Thank you so much for this one of a kind PL.
Response: Oh you're welcome!! I'm sooo glad you liked it!! And, I have a sort of odd request.. I usually take a photo of the pocket letters I make, because I am happy with how they turn out and for future reference to myself for ideas.. but I forgot to snap a pic until after I sealed yours in the envie. Doh! Would you mind sending me one of it? If it's too much trouble or if you took it apart to use in other ways, seriously no biggie and don't worry about it!! But if you could, I would love that too. :) :) My email address is mandyleach@gmail.com. Thanks!!
Rosina176 rated for WIYM: 30 Days of Thankfulness-USA on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Got the swap today, perfect timing! Can't wait to go through them every day. :)
Response: Oh yay!!!! I'm Soo glad it came in time!! :) Hope you enjoy it! I had fun making it! :)
Comment: thanks
Comment: Thanks Amanda... great PL. Appreciate the vintage stamps. Look forward to using them. Have a happy Halloween & holidays!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Quick Swap #1 - Washi Samples on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great samples and the stamped images too! Fun swap!! <3
lawchick rated for Fun Pocket Letter Swap on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for this letter and goodies! I loved the way you created this and the banner was extra fun! The stationery you used was great. A Fun Pocket Letter indeed! :)
ScrapHappyGabi rated for WOW: Send your Favorites on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Fantastic washi! LOVE THESE!! These swaps are so fun! Thank you so much for the great samples! The leaves and purple wisteria are AWESOME!! <3 xx Gabi
Paula71 rated for WOW: Send your Favorites on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great washi Amanda! You’re right I do love them 😊. I’ve been waiting for Victoria to be on Prime! I’m so glad you mentioned it. Jenna Coleman is one of my fav actresses. I bought the book but I’m still on the Outlander series so it will be awhile before I can read it. Lol. Hope you are having a great weekend! 😊
HennyPenny rated for Washi tape swap #1 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Great swap! Thanks for the paper clip and extra washi. Just returning to swap bot and your swap reminded me of the things I forgot to do with my swap. Cheers!
HDouglas rated for FTLOTN: Swap #1 Flat Items (INTL) on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: The origami shirt was super cute. Thanks
Comment: fantastic! thank you! β™₯
TakenByChance rated for Simple Coin swap (August) on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: Wow o wow!! From the coins you sent to the stamps you chose, I cannot say thank you enough πŸ’•πŸ’• Love everything about this swap you put together! And all the extra effort you put into trying to track down that (still) elusive Maine state quarter! I'm super excited to have Guam off my list, and a new nation Park quarter too πŸ’• The penny with the building on it is even new to me! But that silver dollar and 50 cent piece 😻 Soo cool to receive!! We certainly don't find those mixed in with or canadian circulation! πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›β€οΈ Thank you for everything.
Response: You're Soo welcome!! The dollar and 50 cent piece aren't in circulation here either but I had some lying around from another project so I thought they would be happier with you and I'm glad I was right! I've always loved silver dollars. This is such a fun swap! I'm glad you liked what I sent, before I read your profile I was worried you'd be bummed you were paired with me because USA is not very exotic, haha. Glad I was wrong and happy to share our coins! I didn't even know they were doing national park quarters, so I will have to pay attention now! :)
Sysla rated for Mystery Q&A - 50 on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: Dear Amanda, you cannot imagine, how happy I was to get your swap after hard-working day! Oh, it was amazing! I was opening it while drinking my favourite tea. I found there not only answers (but you used so colourful paper and cute type - I fell in love with them!), but also gorgeous Japanese washi sample (so perfect for my collection!), Japanese postcard (I liked the picture so much!), and amazing tags for gift wrapping (it's almost impossible to buy them in Russia, so it was very special gift for me, I am so glad!). Many-many sincere thanks to you!
porpie5 rated for Handmade Envie Swap #2 on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: LOVE the envies - they are not too heavy; they will work just fine! Also thanks for the PC - very nice cathedral sketch! I will give the tea to my D-I-L. She LOVES Rooibos and I haven't developed a taste for it. Thank you so much! You have very nice calligraphy! Thanks again!
Comment: Thanks Amanda for such lovely swap and extra.... thanks a lot! <3 I was reading your list and i realized that you like Eddy Redmayne (same as me)!! Thanks a lot!!

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 7, 2017:

Thank you for the awesome stickers from tag at Cheap Postage! So useful:) Already enjoying them!!

VivaLaDiane on Aug 23, 2017:

I just watched it and oddly was drinking when he was and I thought I'd die. :D That was hilarious and cool. I was watching Graham just the other night with Seth MacFarlane on. Great stuff!!!

I hope your week is going amazing! xoxβ™₯

VivaLaDiane on Aug 18, 2017:

I saw that you like Eddie Redmayne. Have you seen Fantastic Beasts? I'm assuming so with a love for HP but wasn't sure. I looooOOove Niffler. It's the cutest thing I might've ever seen. I even made an extra trip to our zoo because we have an Echidna. The day I go though, he's all wrapped up in a tire asleep. Lol.

ladydy5 on Aug 2, 2017:

Welcome to our fab group of swappers. Artistically Incliined.

Babsmomof5 on Jul 29, 2017:

Oh my goodness what an incredible envie of awesomeness! You absolutely made my day with your wonderful tag, thank you so much! Also sending you a pm as a profile comment just isn't sufficient!β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’›

debbiespoms on Jul 13, 2017:

Hi Amanda! Just wanted to Thank you, for having joined my Recipes using vegetables swap. I appreciate it.

ladydy5 on Jul 12, 2017:

Welcome to 9 Little Pockets!

USAFwife on Jul 6, 2017:

Thank you SO much for the FUN mail! Loved the Garfield, and thanks for thinking of my daughter as well. :) Such a sweetie! Welcome to swap-bot! :)

ladydy5 on Jun 29, 2017:

Great profile so welcome to our group Make an Envelope. Swaps up! Enjoy

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