Swap-bot Time: June 18, 2021 2:02 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2012
Last Online: June 17, 2021
Birthday: July 18, 1974
Country: United States

About Me

Hello! I'm Amanda! I am a 46-year-old mom to two teenage boys, ages 14 and 17. I make hula hoops and teach hula hoop dance to adults. I'm also a laughter yoga leader. My husband and I have a home typing/transcription business. And I work part-time in the town library in the children's room.

I send my swaps out on time, so if you are missing yours or there is postage due, please let me know.

I have a pet cat, Millie. She loves to lick the window screens in the summer. Tastes like the outside!

I love bright colors and whimsical fun designs. My favorite color is purple. My favorite color palette is rainbow. I like all kinds of colorful cheery geometric patterns.

I love googly eyes. They always make me smile. One April Fool's Day (which is big in our house), I put them on household objects and food in the fridge.

I love puns and corny dad jokes, and enjoy Ann Taintor style of sassy/snarky humor.

I love doing arts and crafts, dancing with my flow toys (hula hoops, poi, levitation wands, LED Fiberflies whip, fans), playing boardgames, playing Pokemon Go, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

We have a HUGE boardgame collection that I enjoy playing with family and friends. Some favorite games are Takenoko, Lanterns, Dutch Blitz, Backgammon, and Alhambra.

I love bookmarks, stickers, stencils, cartoon band-aids, and tea, so those are always appreciated! I love punchinella, drywall tape with holes, and things with interesting textures and holes that I can use on my gelli plate. I'm always looking for ephemera, maps, and patterned/painted papers for collage. Currently collecting decorative napkins with small images on them to collage for making faux postage. I love snarky sayings and cute smiley kawaii characters. I love shrink plastic charms (remember Shrinky Dinks in the ‘80s?) and mug rugs. I love dark chocolate (no nuts).

Favorite Crafts

I have enjoyed doing arts and crafts my whole life.

Right now my favorites are art journaling with stencils, acrylic paint, watercolor, washi tape, collage, gelli plate printing, and learning how to make various folded paper things from YouTube tutorials..

I also enjoy crochet projects like dishcloths, scarves, shawls, and cowls. I am working on a Tom Baker Dr. Who scarf at the moment!

I have dabbled in many things over the years and still enjoy jumping back in some of these -- rubber stamping, sewing, origami, jewelry making, shrink plastic, mandala drawing, polymer clay.

Favorite Television

I love quirky comedies!


Flight of the Conchords

The Office

Parks & Recreation



Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (one of my celebrity crushes)

Schitt's Creek

Modern Family


What We Do in the Shadows

Laverne & Shirley

The Queen’s Gambit (Who knew how exciting chess could be? I’m enjoying the book too.)

Mare of Easttown although usually crime shows are too creepy/gory for me, but this is more drama based

My favorite cartoons/kid shows are Scooby Doo, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, The Muppet Show, and Sesame Street.

I love watching YouTube and usually watch funny clips from late night TV, cute pets (Doggy Daycare Farm Trips is my current fave), concert videos, flow toy tutorials, and craft tutorials.

Favorite Music

My music tastes are very Eclectic!

Weezer, Prince, Bella's Bartok (my current fave -- a LOT of fun to see live), Seepeoples, The Smiths, Morrissey, David Bowie, The Pixies, R.E.M., Talking Heads, The Beatles, Crowded House, They Might Be Giants, Bjork, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, John Gorka, Cage The Elephant, Sia, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, '90s dance music, '80s music, danceable catchy hip-hop, pop, dance music, hang drum music

Most anything except classical, country, and heavy metal, although there are things I occasionally listen to from those categories as well

Favorite Teas

I am a huge tea fan and have a drawer and basket full of a variety of teas. I especially love hibiscus fruity teas (berry and citrus), rooibos, vanilla flavors, and chai.

I love trying interesting new flavors and am on the hunt for some dessert teas to try like lemon cake or chocolate teas that I've heard about.

(NO licorice/anise, banana, Earl Gray, or floral (rose/lavender) flavors though, please. Ew.)

Favorite Movies

The Princess Bride

A River Runs Through It

Pretty in Pink

When Harry Met Sally

Ad Astra

Meet Joe Black

The Matrix

Moulin Rouge

What We Do in the Shadows

Hunt for the WIlderpeople

Anne of Green Gables PBS movies from the '90s


Oceans 11

Favorite actors: Ewan McGregor, Brad Pitt, Paul Rudd


Please no glitter bombs. If I have to use a vacuum, it’s no longer fun happy mail! 😂😂

Please no floral scented items. I hate rose scent and do not like floral teas.

No black licorice or banana or floral flavored candy or tea.

Please no religious themes or items.

Please no cheap dollar store or kiddie party favor type stuff that will just end up in the trash.

Other Random Favorites

Colors: Purple, teal, magenta, lime green, orange. I like bright and darker colors instead of pastels.



Animals: Bears, sloths, manatees, llamas, cats, big fluffy dogs (Especially Alaskan Malamutes and Samoyeds)

Baby Yoda! And The Mandolorian on Disney+

Favorite Pokemon on Pokemon Go: Wailmer, Snorlax, Eevee, Glaceon, Absol, Slakoth, Lapras, Dragonite (favorite flying type), Ponyta and Darumaka and Growlithe (favorite fire types), Mudkip, Gloom (favorite poison types), Meganium and Ivysaur (favorite grass types), Golett and Wooper (favorite ground types). My trainer code is 1655 8089 8013 (Commanda13).

Snacks: sweet and salty, potato chips, kettle corn, dark chocolate, cookies--especially chocolate chip

Favorite Types of Ephemera


-gelli prints

-paper with geometric patterns on them

-whimsical and cute Kawaii designs with smiley characters

-paper napkins with patterns and interesting things on them to use for collage

-origami paper

-wrapping paper with cute designs or fun patterns

-dictionary pages

-children's book pages

-Bingo cards

-library cards and due date cards

-Punchinella or other texture/pattern making tools

Favorite Books

The House in the Cerulean Sea (my new FAVORITE!), The Night Circus, Where the Crawdads Sing, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, Water for Elephants, The Stars are Fire, There There, Ready Player One, 11/22/63, Cloud Atlas, Eat at Home Tonight, Sheetpan Suppers, Little Bento (Why don’t other folks include favorite cookbooks on their favorite books lists? 😂)


lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Triple Pocket Inserts USA on Jun 6, 2021
Comment: Oh this little triple pocket is so cute! Thank you Amanda. Love the paper you used and the little goodies you had tucked away for me. And your idea of filling the little notebook with collage papers was brilliant - I will definitely use those. Thanks so much for a fun swap!!
shanaabird rated for CPG Sticker Slapped PC #10 - US on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun Pc! We want a dog so bad too but can’t have one where we live either! I bet your neighbor’s pug is adorable!!!
Comment: Thank you for the cute puppy dog deco, Amanda! I have a few things that will go perfectly in this one. Also, I love the rabbit stamp! I need to get some of these!!
Comment: Thank you for the goodies 😉 PS. Make sure you put the name of the swap in your note, I had to search to find you lol
Response: Oh no! So sorry I spaced out! I usually write the swap name on the bottom of my notes before I write the note. Glad you liked it.
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on Jun 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun stickers! :)
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart.
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cute stickers Amanda! Love them all, most especially the purple hippo and the rainbow! It's really cool that we have these swaps to share our creations with others!
Response: Yay!! They travelled quickly! So happy you liked them!!
Comment: Your watercolor birds turned out great. The smudges added character. Thank you for the swap!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for the deco - I already have an idea for my page. Thanks also for the pretty napkins. Best wishes!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Lonestarchild rated for UHM: Stickers & Washi! on May 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun washi + stickers. AND: cool crossword puzzles. Sweet. Fab evnie too by the way. (We did a big month long Costa Rica trip a couple of years ago -- I was scouting to see if we wanted to live there for a year a so. It wasn't actually my kind of place, but was fun to visit.)
Response: Oh fun that you’ve been to Costa Rica too! I was mostly looking forward to the sloths! 😍 Thanks for the heart. Glad you liked what I sent!
Comment: These are beautiful tiny file folders, Amanda! I love and appreciate all the work you did on them! I can't even choose a favorite because they all are so amazing! Thank you so much!! Thank you for your note and decorated envelope, too, and you used a droid stamp!!!
Response: Glad you liked them! Thanks for the heart!
Catt007 rated for SSM: Mail art supply envelope #11 on May 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap and the book recommendation. The papers are lovely and I'm going ti use everything including the envelope and the Peanuts characters on the letter
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
vneal5 rated for 💕 Tea and Stickers #5 💕 on May 24, 2021
Camiliann rated for USAPC:Triple Pocket Senders Choice on May 23, 2021
Comment: thank you so much, I have read that book!!
Response: Oh fun that you read it too! You are welcome!
Comment: Oh my! You spoiled me. The pockets are so pretty...all my fav colors. Your gelli paper is gorgeous! I am assuming you also used a gelli print to make the flowers...so pretty. I can’t believe you made the gnome stamp. Thank you so much for creating for me. Love it all!❤️
Response: Yes, I used a gelli plate to make most of the papers for the flowers. They are too much fun! Carving stamps is fun too and pretty cheap to try with dollar store erasers and a Speedball carving tool set. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hey Amanda! As I was walking across the street to check for mail I said to my son 'I think we're safe from any more wintery storms now. And there was your envelope of spotty goodness! And so you feel pretty safe from winter now too. Must be time to dig out the flower pots and lawn chairs, yay! I think it's so sweet that your hubs wants to create a garden for you. I've been planting any and all perrenials I could scrounge, trade or obtain in ways both underhanded(from abandoned houses) and aboveboard, sales mosty. Once they are planted it's up to them to survive. Once I see they can survive I will get more. LOL I haven't even written about the swap yet! I loooove the googly eyed chicken best, of course! so perfectly hilarious and cute, they all are, the giraffe and all the glasses wearing cuties. Oh ,and you lovely flower creations, so sweet. Thanks so much for a thoroughly enjoyable swap.
Response: Love the story! Glad you liked the stuff I sent! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Such a cool PC!! I love it...and purple too :) Thanks for joining and I hope to see you in the mailbox!
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart.
Dasha rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #15 on May 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful envelope full of things I can use in my collages. ;) And the Chocolate Mint tea is one of my favorites! ;)
Response: You are welcome! Glad you like that one. Thanks for the heart.
Savannah76 rated for Tea For Thee # 98 on May 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your selection of teas and extras ❤️❤️
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart.
dmarie rated for YTPC: Mini Booklet with Pockets USA on May 14, 2021
Comment: I love this booklet the colors and paper are so fun!!! and I love the fun goodies! ♥♥♥ Thank you so much and We are friends on Pokemon ...I am DonnaMMonster :)
Response: Yay! That was fast! Glad you liked it! And I forgot we are already PoGo friends. 🤣
quaisoir rated for LDEM - Bits and Bobs for 1 stamp #4 on May 12, 2021
Comment: Love all the bits and bobs from you. So many lovely handmade pieces. Thank u so much, Amanda!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart.

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wolfeagle on Jun 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for working on my Collaboration Pc. You worked on it for Collab #93...back in 2020 and it just made it home. The blue flowers and gold dots you added made the perfect base for a blue seahorse/ocean themed postcard. It's great.

stephiedee on Jun 4, 2021:

"Mona Lisa Loeb" is awesome - thanks for adding her to my a&p zine! We've been seeing Lisa Loeb on that Geico commercial and she hasn't aged a bit.

HollyBear on May 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the goodies you sent for the SSM: Happy Mail Tag. Great selection of fortunes. Love the layered flowers. I've been wanting to get into gelli printing, but haven't moved forward with it. I really like the gelli printed items I've seen. Thank you for the book recommendation.

Hell0Z0mbie on May 14, 2021:

Thanks so much for the pretty page in my butterfly deco! Gorgeous work, as always!

stephiedee on Apr 27, 2021:

Thank you for working in my Enchanting Ellies deco! Such a cute little ellie...love the painted papers. ❤️️🐘

LahDeeDah on Apr 12, 2021:

Thank you for the cool bear page you added to my "Hurt Not The Earth" deco. I love everything about it. Nice work!

OMAE Deco Tag

Singske on Mar 20, 2021:

Glad you liked the bookmark💌

Poftoffel on Mar 11, 2021:

Yay I’m so happy you like the atc! I forgot to take a picture to put it on my insta ^^

Ciska76 on Mar 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for your OMAE RAK filled with love. You brightened my day with this lovely surprise. Thank you 💗

Singske on Mar 5, 2021:

Received your ❤️🖤❤️themed OMAE RAK today. What a nice surprise. Thanks! Hugs and have a great weekend

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