Swap-bot Time: May 7, 2021 8:43 pm


Date Joined: December 13, 2010
Last Online: May 7, 2021
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated May 2021

May 4: Sudden need to be out of town for family concerns. Will rate on return, hopefully later this month. Leaving swaps for now.

April 30: Received a nice set of crocheted pot holders in red/white/blue. No user name or swap name. LMK if it’s from you so I can rate you, Thanks!

My word for 2021 is CONNECT

April 30, 2021: It’s been two weeks since my second dose of COVID vaccine. Have you received yours?

Hello! My name is Amy. I live in Virginia, just outside Washington DC. I live here with my husband of 29 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 26 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.

On April 9, 2021, I retired from full-time work 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.

Now that I’m retired, we also deliver groceries from our local food bank to four local and home bound families each Wednesday. My husband has been doing this since the start of the pandemic. I’m glad I can now join him.

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!

Winter/Spring 2020: I’ve completed Reiki I training. I had one more class to go to complete Reiki II training and then COVID hit. My teacher will finish class and our final exam, practice and attunement when we are free from social distancing. I’m still practicing self-Reiki and on family/friends. Looking for anyone interested in distance Reiki via FaceTime. PM me.


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.


Comment: TYSVM for your letter. Your mom sounds so sweet! I’m happy to hear she still remembers you and that your training you have can help her. Take care of her! TYVM for sharing!
Comment: Thank you so much for that amazing mooncloth in the gorgeous purple and the beautiful roses bath add-in! Wow! Aspect says than you for sending her crinkle paper, too!
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #243 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter. Sounds like a wonderful weekend.
anicka22 rated for What Are You Reading? - April '21 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card. Will look for the book, sounds interesting!
anicka22 rated for Flat Envie of Fun 30 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the wonderful mail. Love the Lighthouse bookmark
Candace rated for How Are You Coping 2? USA only. on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Congratulations on your retirement!
24Donna rated for TFT-Tea & company on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and tea! Congratulations on your retirement and hope you enjoyed your camping trip! God bless you!
PastelGreekyChick rated for YA: Kitchen Goodie on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap package. I just got in today and I will open it when I get off work.
Response: Thanks for letting me know!
debbiespoms rated for Spring Greetings 2021 on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Spring greetings card and lovely note cards & nicely decorated envelope!
Giddyanni rated for IFM: Nesting Envelope Happy Mail on Mar 18, 2021
Comment: Amy, you made my day! :0) The outside envelope is one of the happiest I have ever received; I just love it and will be putting it on my inspiration wall. The inside envelopes with all their surprises, what fun! Thank you so much for everything, this was a magical swap :0)
LaughingVixen rated for YA: Send a Shamrock on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty shamrock and the tea. I love it!!! 8)
colorfizz rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #236 on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks for telling me about your weekend. I watched Moxie this weekend too!
SunflowerRose rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #234 on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: Sounds like a nice weekend
Jrmd1103 rated for St. Patrick’s Day Package - US on Mar 11, 2021
Comment: Thank what a fun swap I love the fact that you took the time to crochet me something thank you very much
Orro rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #235 on Mar 10, 2021
Comment: You sound like you had a wonderful weekend. I'm also now interested in looking up some welsh recipes.
postmarkd rated for Morning Pages - A Challenge on Mar 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and the travel recommendation! I haven't been farther down the east coast than New York but it looks absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad to hear the morning pages were so successful for you, and best of luck continuing them in the future!
heidiblooms rated for Sweet Tea Sweeties... on Mar 8, 2021
Comment: I'm so excited to try the blueberry tea!!! And I love the big frog sticker on the envelope, how cute! Thank you!
Gaucha rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #231 on Mar 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing, Amy, that sounds like a wonderful weekend!
Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #232 on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: cute card!

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hamsterfarm on Feb 23, 2021:


Welcome to Yarn addicts!

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Put a little Pumpkin spice in your life

Ciska76 on Oct 10, 2020:

Thank you Amy for your lovely note, beautiful moon card and the teas for IFM: WTA September. What a joy to receive 💌.

debtea2 on Jul 15, 2020:

nanadiana on Jul 4, 2020:

Thank you for the angel for the National Pen Pal Day Notecard swap. The card is adorable! And your camping trip sounds wonderful! Thanks again!

Karen07 on Mar 5, 2020:

Thank you for angeling Amy! I love the notecard and am studying that quilt.

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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