Swap-bot Time: December 6, 2022 3:36 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: December 5, 2022
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom
Amberleigh Blog

About Me


Do you like history, particularly the 18th and early 19th centuries?  Is creative writing one of your hobbies?  Do you dream about village life in Georgian England?  Fancy yourself a character in one of Jane Austen's novels? Come join our group "At Home with the Georgettes" where all your daydreams can come to life.  We are a small group of ladies who cherish this incredible time in history and through our swaps gain a better understanding of daily life in the Georgian and Regency Eras of English history.  Choose your Georgian/Regency character and join our little village of friends."


I thought it was about time I freshened up my profile as I’ve been a member since 2011 and it's now 2022. My name is Anna, and I’m originally from the United States but moved to England when I married. I love paper crafts of all kinds and lately I’ve gotten into making junk journals and all the pretty embellishments that go along with them. I’m beginning to work with beads again and am enjoying creating charms and some simple jewellery. Vintage themes and Shabby Chic styles are among my favourites.

I love listening to the radio whether it is music of all genres, dramas, documentaries or books being read. I listen while I work or craft. I’m not much of a television fan, but do enjoy costume dramas, documentaries and a good movie.

I love my garden and am very interested in herbs and their healing properties as well as using them in my cooking. I hope to plant a physic garden one day when I retire but for now I have some potted herbs. I love nature and enjoy walking, especially in the forest. I like watching the birds in my garden and since we are blessed with a large garden there are many birds around us.

Favorite Books

Books are a passion for me and I probably have too many but I love the idea of a study filled with books where I can do my research. Older books are especially interesting as they tend to have little notes and dedications that give them a character all their own. I have an interest in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian Eras in England and find the Colonial United States fascinating. I read mostly non-fiction, biographies and history but I do enjoy a well written novel. At the moment I am reading mostly classics although Salley Vickers and Wilton Barnhardt are favourites too.

Some of my Favourite things

I'm a Janeite (Big fan of Jane Austen) and especially love the Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.

Other things I like are:

Dip pens, wax seals

Vintage linens, I collect ladies hankies

Space: Moon, Stars, Planets, Space Travel



Real bandanas (not the craft store kind) especially in dark blue

Tea, tea parties and all the pretty things that go along with them. Mint and Chai tea are my favourite teas, but I like trying new flavours.


Shabby Chic anything

Blue and white patterns

Charms and trinkets

Postage stamps, new or used

Crafty bits, washi tape, pretty papers.

Beads and sequins

Your art



Soft,(but not pastel) blues, greens and purples are my favourite colours but I like a little orange too.

I like miniatures and have a small collection of doll house things and other bits and bobs I've come across. I especially like tiny things that have fine detail the more authentic looking the better.

I have an affinity for trees and love nature

Not so favourite things

Usually I'm fairly easy to please but there are a few things I'm not all that fond of.

key chains

I'm not a big fan of Hello Kitty and that type of thing, and I'm not into current Disney, I prefer the older movies and love Tinkerbell.

I would prefer not to get any more notebooks or journals as I have recently gotten so many of them.

I don't collect postcards and prefer non-touristy ones if they are part of a swap.

I like most tea but I don't like Oolong and I'm allergic to ginseng so no teas with ginseng please.

Things not to send

Chocolate as I'm allergic and don't care for white chocolate

Glitter because it gets everywhere and is hard to clean up.

Heavily scented items as they give me migraines.

Postage Stamps

I've been collecting stamps since I was a child. I collect just about any stamps from anywhere in the world but do concentrate on several countries. If you are sending stamps, here is a quick guide to what I collect:

  • USA stamps over 20¢
  • United Kingdom stamps
  • Australian stamps
  • New Zealand Stamps
  • Canadian Stamps
  • Netherland stamps

Specific stamps:

  • The Belgian Chocolate stamps
  • Stamps in fun shapes
  • Millennium stamps from England
  • Space, planet stars stamps

I don't collect CTOs (Cancel to Order stamps that you can buy in book shops and hobby shops.) These are mint stamps that are just canceled and have not gone through the postal system so they are basically just damaged.

Private stamp swaps are welcome!

Please Read

I don't sign up for a swap unless I know I can follow through so I will never flake. If you don't get my swap, please contact me before you rate me.

Also, if I haven't rated you, that means I haven't received your swap. I always rate as soon as I receive a swap.

A further note...

I am a green girl; I choose to reuse. A lot of the packages I send out are in recycled envies as I just hate wasting anything. I try to make everything I send out look attractive.


user2148 rated for Let’s Draw! on Nov 20, 2022
Comment: Beautiful!! Loved your take on this swap - everything is gorgeous!! Thanks for such amazing work!!
Comment: What a fabulous package I received in the mail today! The swap itself is beautiful!! I love the cards and the different backs are gorgeous and unique! Thank you for the wonderful letters, sweet packet of ephemera and especially the wonderful book!! Oh my! I am sooo looking forward to some cozy time inside so I can get out my embroidery kit!! Thank you ever so much!! What a treasure 💖💖💖
Response: Nickalli, I am so pleased you liked the swap. And I'm glad the book is useful and will be used rather than languishing on my shelf! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Word Clusters on Oct 28, 2022
Comment: Love everything you create. And I always look forward to receiving your two notes, FYI the dark blue note was hard to read. Thank you for sharing. Fondly, Barbara/Phebe
Response: Barbara, I'm glad you liked the swap. Thank you for letting me know about the blue paper, I won't use that again. Have a gorgeous day! Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Musical Evening Tag on Oct 23, 2022
Comment: Dearest Eliza, thank you for attending our musical evening, I am pleased you made the acquaintance with our cellist. The memento of the evening in tag form is a delight and I shall treasure it for years to come. Carrie x
Response: Dearest Carrie, What a splendid evening of music we enjoyed. I could not help but be inspired by it and am happy you shall treasure the memento I made for you. Fondly, Eliza ♥
Star7Lily rated for Autumn Recipes on Oct 13, 2022
Comment: How gorgeous were your recipe cards Anna, the presentation was inspirational and I might adopt that for future swaps as it played my heart strings. I shall try the soup, and the tea sounds most unusual perfect for Halloween. Thank you for the cuttings, they will come in handy for my garden. Bless you, xxx many hearts
Response: Jane, I'm happy you liked the recipes. I've always made my own recipe cards, I find the store bought ones a little boring. I'm so pleased they struck a chord with you. Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Village Picnic Excursion on Sep 23, 2022
Comment: Oh Eliza, what a pretty reminder of our day trip to Hobbs Hill, I shall treasure the momento for my journal indeed I shall. Thank you for the letter it was such a lovely day. Blessings and love, Carrie
Response: Carrie, you are most welcome. I have fond memories of that day and hope we shall plan many more such outings. Affectionately, Eliza
MuggleMom rated for Secret Journal Pocket on Sep 12, 2022
Comment: OMG, I love that you used Harry Potter stamps on the evnie!! I covet them for projects!! I was so happy to see the vintage airmail envie also. Then you spoiled me rotten with the secret journal pocket in my favorite color with butterflies! A note from Rachel also "Thank you ever so much for the lovely tuck in's for my journal. I can not wait to use the botanical stickers". Hugs!
Response: Hi Toni! I thought you might like those stamps. :) I'm so pleased you liked the journal pocket, I think this was such a clever idea. Hope to swap again soon. Anna ♥
pynart2 rated for Third Annual Garden Fete on Aug 22, 2022
Comment: Thank yo for sharing and all the hard work you do to make this happen. Sending you a bouquet of hearts.
Response: What a lovely comment, Pam. Thank you and many hearts to you also! Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Annual Fete Bingo Game on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: What a gorgeous envelope to receive such pretty flowers on its outside and lovely surprises inside. The bingo card was exquisite, and a keeper for my next bingo game. Thank you the letters were so special. many hearts dearest x
pynart2 rated for Mystery Swap on Aug 3, 2022
Comment: A very lovely pocket to add to your journal. Loved all the additions to make it special for a reminder of the Fete.
Response: Thank you for your lovely comment Pam and the heart. I've already written about the fete and put my pocket in my journal! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Regency Royal Tea - Book TAG #2 on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: Love the tag and letters, Did you celebrate the Queens month long celebration? Hope your having a wonderful day. Barbara Thank you for the lovely laced and all the red white and blue. and the English postage stamps are always wonderful to see. Thanks foe sharing.
Response: HI Barbara, I had a little tea party since the weather wasn't nice enough to barbecue on the weekend they were celebrating with street parties. We had a nice time of it, I hung up the buntings I had made and created a lovely tea with sandwiches and little cakes. Thank you for the heart, I'm glad you liked the tag I made. Hope you are enjoying the summer. Anna ♥
Response: Thank you for the heart! ♥
Comment: I absolutely loved the whole package 💁 Thank you so very much 🙋 and Thank you for joining my swap 🦋
Response: Ivy, I am so happy everything arrived okay. Thank you for hosting this swap, it was fun! Anna ♥
Comment: Wow! My favorite color Thank you for the extras and the Darjeeling tea. I enjoyed the tea this morning with my breakfast. Can't wait to add this little gem to my journal. Barbara
Response: Barbara, Thank you for such a lovely comment and the heart. I remembered you loved the colour blue and just ran with it. Many hearts to you! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for A Right Royal Tea Party on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Love your invittion, tea menue and notes. You never disappoint. Love love Love it. Thanks for sharing .Love the lace.Have a wonderful day.Barbara
Response: Barbara, I so enjoyed making this swap and am happy you liked it. It's always a pleasure to swap with you. Anna ♥
lostinavalon rated for Pocket Poetry on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely pocket poem and pretty embellishments! I love the paper lace and I love the verses you chose. Beautiful swap!
Response: Sarah, I am happy you enjoyed the swap. I love that poem, it evokes such a pretty scene. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
ubx rated for Disney Flat Swap on May 24, 2022
Comment: thank you so much for everything you sent me! I love the stickers and the dollar with Mickey Mouse on it<3<3<3<3
Response: Sorry for this late response. I'm glad you liked the swap! Thank you for the heart. Anna ♥
Lisapotterylady rated for Faux Rice Paper on May 14, 2022
Comment: Lovely papers!
Response: Thank you Lisa! I hope you get lovely results with your rice paper too. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for No-sew Fabric Envelope on May 12, 2022
Comment: Wow! What a lovely fabric envie you made. Love the fabric you used and all the wonderful treasures inside. I will definitely try those Tea sandwiches. Thank you for sharing. Love the napkin you wrapped it in. Hope you havea wonderful week. Fondly Phebe/Barbara PS And the Rolling Stones postage stamps will be a great addition to my collection.
Response: I'm so happy you liked my envelope. I thought this was such a pretty swap. I've made another envelope with that very same fabric to send a different swap out in, Many hearts, Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Pretty Regency Tag #1 on May 7, 2022
Comment: Dearest Eliza, what a glorious tag reminder for to read your selection from the lending library. I shall endeavour to locate it along the shelves, and put it aside when next I am able. Thank you for the pretty tag my dear, and I send you many hearts, Your friend Carrie xx
Response: Dearest Carrie, You shall enjoy the reading of Sir Charles Grandison, I am certain of it. I hope my tag will be a nice reminder to this task. ♥ Eliza

Rating Overview

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MuggleMom on Sep 6, 2022:

Thank you for the fun certificates I received in the mail today for the Amberleigh fete!!

Yours affectionally,

Rachel Harris

MuggleMom on Aug 8, 2022:

Thank you for the lovely package I received today, especially the book of tea! It will go nicely with my other tea books - how did you know!



Autist on Jul 29, 2022:

Thank you so much for the LOVELY envie of DISNEY!! I loved everything in the package! I cant wait to use it all! I also love getting airmail from Europe. Cheers - Rook

MuggleMom on Feb 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday card I received. It was such a wonderful surprise!!


Ms. Rachel Harris

Yew Tree Cottage

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Hey Lady,

Long time no talk! Happy new year and missing you! Drop me a line soon.


fourgnomesinatrenchcoat on Dec 21, 2021:

Happy Birthday!! I hope your day is wonderful!

Star7Lily on Dec 20, 2021:


Star7Lily on Jul 29, 2021:

Memories of Bath, hope you feel better soon. x J

Drachenfrau on Jul 6, 2021:

Thank you hun! ❤️

Star7Lily on Jan 11, 2021:

Happy New Year Sister, from Lady Caroline

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