Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 4:48 am


Date Joined: December 13, 2010
Last Online: February 18, 2020
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated January 2020

Hello! My name is Amy. I live in Virginia, just outside Washington DC. I live here with my husband of 28 years. In early 2017, we lost our furry son, a Bichon/Westie mix of 13.5 years, to lymphoma. We do have a human son, who is 24 years old. He lives on his own now and is working hard managing a local restaurant and working to get engaged to a lovely gal! We love our empty nest!

We missed our dog, so have begun to take in dogs for sitting via Rover. If you are new to Rover and need to use a sitter local to you, you can use our coupon code to save $20 on your first stay: EMPTYNESTPETHAVEN20.

I work full-time in nursing administration for several human services programs within our local government. In my spare time, I love to ride my bike around town and on the local trails, knit, watch Neflix and read/write pen pal letters.

My husband and I volunteer in a peer ministry helping couples who are experiencing pain in their marriages. This program is called Retrouvaille. We highly recommend it because it saved our marriage. If you ever have questions about it, please let me know.

April 2018 Camping Update: We recently purchased an Aliner Ranger 12 pop-up camper. Let the adventures begin! And, no more camping on the ground for us!


Favorite Crafts

  • Knitting - socks, hats - love sock yarn for socks and hats
  • Crocheting - blankets, baby hats
  • Making handmade envies
  • Sewing (when my machine and I are not fighting)

Wish List

In no particular order...meant to help you if you are stuck deciding what to send.

  • Self-care Items I love: Small hand lotion, handmade soap, fuzzy socks, ginger or mint tea, aroma therapy (lavender and mint), Burt's Bees lip balm, travel size cleansing wipes, scented hand sanitizer, cloth handkerchiefs, eye mask for sleep. Note: I am not a bath tub gal.

  • Mailing labels in themes: lighthouse, yarn, bicycling

  • Milk chocolate
  • Handmade envies
  • Letter sets and note cards
  • Soft bed socks, especially aloe infused
  • Seasonal dish towels, napkins, small paper plates
  • Black tea with caffeine (plain, flavored, chai). I will re-gift non-black teas you send if it is a sender's choice swap. So, don't worry if you don't have black tea on hand.
  • Orbit gum...bubble mint and cinnamon
  • Burt's Bees lip balm
  • Superwash wool yarn in worsted weight or cotton yarn in worsted weight.
  • Return address labels - please include US or USA as part of the label
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, teal, black, green
  • Collections/themes: lighthouses, bicycle related items, yarn, knitting, snail mail, pop-up A-frame campers
  • Knit or crocheted items I love: Hats, mittens, socks, cowls, bags
  • Please see my Ravelry, Amazon and Etsy wish lists at the top of my profile for ideas.
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, teal, black
  • Solid lotion bars
  • Holiday specific hand towels, plates or napkins.
  • Handmade earrings - silver tones please
  • Fabric/sewn zipper pouches - seasonal are awesome
  • Handmade soaps mint and lavendar scents

Info about Swapping

I send swaps out on time. I also endeavor to rate in a timely fashion. If you have question about a swap I've marked as sent, please contact me via SwapBot messaging before rating. I'd like to have a chance to make things right.

If I have not rated you, please drop me a line and ask. I try to keep up with rating but sometimes, due to my humanness, I forget. I'm happy to look at my files and get the rating completed.

Please write your username and the name of the swap on something INSIDE of the envelope or package so I can rate you.

I'm not big on responding to ratings on my profile. Please don't take this personally. If you'd like to have more communication with me or become a pen pal, please let me know. I'm open to new pen pals and private swaps.

Please don't contact me to ask me why I did not give you a heart. If I didn't give you a heart, I didn't think your swap warranted it.

If your swap does not meet criteria, I will rate down, and contact you to let you know why. While I will still rate you down, I will change my rating if things are rectified in a timely fashion. I rate down pending resolution to notify other swappers and hosts of a potential problem. I will ALWAYS change my rating if I get something and things are resolved.

Most of all, Swapbot is a fun hobby for me. It's not a job. However, life sometimes happens. If for some reason you have a problem fulfilling a swap because you don't have the stuff or life is busy and you'll be late, please communicate with me. I'm more than willing to take your stress into consideration when I rate, IF I know what is happening and you communicate with me. I'll also communicate to let you know if I'm having a problem and would expect some flexibility and kindness from you.

If you are swapping with me and there is drama around things, don't be surprised if you can no longer contact me. I will block you without hesitation to save myself from your drama. I want to have fun and easy times here on Swapbot, not drama. It's nothing personal; it's about self-preservation.

I won't create a list for those who have not sent or not rated on my profile. I will call those people out through the rating, in public forums and on their profiles. I won't have my profile filled up with negatives. It's just how I'm choosing to do it.

Most importantly, enjoy Swapbot, the people you meet and the goodies that come your way! Let's create good Karma out there.


hanifahsekar98 rated for National Letter Writing Day! on Feb 17, 2020
Comment: I just get your letter today! Thanks
ToujoursMoi rated for Here I am #1 on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter and for the drawing. It was fun to see it popping up in my mailbox.
Rosa1 rated for SOTM: Sharing Loving Kindness on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the notecard ~ I'm struggling with metta for the challenging person, but over-all I think it's helping me to remain calmer in some situations, so it's a win :)
Dillon97 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #176 on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Your weather descriptions made me jealous: San Diego sounds lovely! Thanks
Comment: Adorable card, love the stickers.
Hyshu rated for Folded or Not Notecard Swap on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the really cute stitched cactus card
Comment: Love the cute card thank you
LadyJo rated for Notecards and Tea January on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great tea choices, the extra, and the nice note about your latest travels. It sounds like it was so fun! Seeing the seals and sea lions would be neat!
Comment: Thank you
Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #177 on Jan 24, 2020
Comment: Sounds like a nice weekend!
ericabella rated for Folded or Not Notecard Swap on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thanks so much for my snowman card. I love him :-) I'll save him for use at the perfect time - if I can bear to part with him!
Response: I’m glad you liked it! I was nervous...first time making something like this.
Comment: Hi Amy! Thanks for the card as well as the matching washi on the front! I love lighthouses as well. I hope you had fun on your trip, San Diego is always a fun place to go. Good luck with your socks, I think they're my favorite thing to knit. Thanks for organizing this fun swap! :-)
Comment: Loved the decorated envelope, and your year sounded amazing. I hope your 2020 is full of cruises and camping. Thank you so much for creating a private swap with me!
Response: So glad it arrived! I hope you also enjoy 2020!
Comment: Thank you! X
maxbenleo rated for Notecards and Tea December on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Lablauri57 rated for About my Christmas Notecard on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: Wish I could knit! Sounds like a fun Christmas ..weather has been really strange, no snow for us!
Comment: A lovely partner who deserves all she envisions. I wish a bountiful new year and I'm happy to be part of your future prosperity!
Response: Thanks for viewing and thinking of my visions and also for sharing yours with me. All the best to you!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your likes.. i love somewhere over the rainbow too.. it’s a calming song to me 😊

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SouthsideTracie on Jan 8, 2020:

Thanks for your list of 15 things! So nice to be part of a smooth swap :-)

LunaCass on Jun 29, 2019:

Hello Amy, I just wanted to let you know I received the letter-set grabbie tag, thank you! I can't wait to use them, have a lovely day. :)

Bhindblueeyes on Apr 25, 2019:

Thank you so much for the PC for the AB swap! What a surprise, and it's so perfect to keep as a daily reminder!! Thank you <3

debbiespoms on Mar 23, 2019:

Thank you Amy for my Wish via May your wish come true Profile swap. I am in love with these bookmarks! You went above & beyond on these!

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