Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2017 10:16 pm


Date Joined: December 13, 2010
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: December 17, 1966
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated December 2017

Hello! My name is Amy. I live in Virginia, just outside Washington DC. I live here with my husband of 25 years. We recently lost our furry son, a Bichon/Westie mix of 13.5 years, to lymphoma. We do have a human son, who is 22 years old. He lives on his own now and is working hard managing a local restaurant/club 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.

Favorite Crafts

  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • 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.

  • Lettersets and notecards
  • Handmade envies
  • Washi Tape
  • Handmade soaps mint and lavendar scents
  • Seasonal dish towels
  • 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
  • Favorite colors – red, purple, teal, black, green
  • Collections/themes: lighthouses, bicycle related items, yarn, knitting, snail mail
  • 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.


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 before rating. I’d like to have a chance to make things right.

If I haven’t 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 the 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.

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.



Bhindblueeyes rated for IU: Gift Swap on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: While driving home, I was telling myself to rate for receipt... and save the opening for Christmas... but the other voice reminded me that I love swaps from Amy, and I MUST open ASAP! 2nd voice won :) THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I love the cards and letter set, and that you took the time to make me a dishcloth makes me exceedingly happy. Thank you so much!! :)
Poohtat rated for IU: Card Swap on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: What a cute card! Thank you for the seeds. I will plant them next spring on our wildflower hill!
ReadMoreBooks33 rated for FOPS - Send a PC, Get a PC on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute narwhal postcard!
Comment: Seasons greetings from southern Illinois, Thank you for your darling snowman baking cookies cards.:-) Merry Christmas
Candace rated for Easy Peasy Holiday Note Card - USA on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: The holiday parties started for me on Tuesday already, hope you had fun at the party. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the Dr,Seuss Christmas card, very cute! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Congratulations on exceeding your goal!
susieq11 rated for Upcycled Envelopes on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the colorful envelopes! Can't wait to use them! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! : )
Germanbaby77 rated for St Nicholas' Day: US on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Saint Nicholas gifts I am really looking forward to opening them!
Padoom rated for December Tea Swap on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and the assortment of teas!!! I can hardly wait to try them all! Take care! 😊
TwinMom rated for Tea and a Note 2 on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the tea!
Comment: Thank you for the card, Amy, and the encouraging message - always a pleasure to hear from you!
Jaymmers rated for Blind, quick tea swap on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: This sleeping baby carrots envelope is seriously the cutest thing ever!! Thank you for the teas! This blackcurrant burst one smells amazing.
Fabriqueen rated for Uplifting Article on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this article! It is very helpful. There are those times when I don't know what to say, especially when receiving a compliment. I like how this covers that. Hugs, Diane
khronicole rated for Uplifting Article INTL on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your articles. The first one actually helped me on the day I received it, and the second one(I consider really well written) arrived on my birthday(today) great timings for both, have a nice day! :)
Comment: The envies are perfect! One for son, daughter, and my son-law. They like the grinch too. I give you 5 hearts.
piratejimbob87 rated for Letter Sets on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter sets :)
JadeFan rated for Letter Lover Swap #2 on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: This was a wonderful swap. The small letter sets were so cute!
Comment: That's so great that you and your husband do this daily together. It sounds like you have really made it a habit. I really enjoyed learning about this, thank you for running the swap. I found it made me much more cognizant of what I actually did in a day, and setting an intention which seemed to take hold subconsciously. I found myself thinking in a more grateful manner throughout the day, on the days I did it. I have not made it a habit yet like you, but hope to be self motivated enough to do it on my own.

Rating Overview

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Bhindblueeyes on Dec 7, 2017:

Profile check for IU: Gift Swap. In reading your profile, you have a great wishlist - pro approved - partners will be assigned tomorrow. Thank you for joining!

lawchick on Sep 30, 2017:

Thank you for angel-ling the Unusual Tea swap. I appreciate it very much! :)

njstauter on Aug 24, 2017:

I really like your authenticity on the profile here. It seems to me that your energy is quite healthy and very inspirational to keep the negatives from sticking. I support creating all manner of good things for ourselves and others.

Bhindblueeyes on May 4, 2017:

Because I loved this .gif so much, I just have to leave it for all of the HFF members :)

reader44ever on Nov 15, 2016:

Thank you for the lovely note you sent me, Amy. I love the image on the note card: Reading does indeed raise awareness! I will try to reply, but it might take me awhile. I'll aim to reply before 2016 says bye-bye, though! :-)

Thank you again!!! :-)

deborahbanach on May 12, 2013:


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