Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2023 3:50 am


Date Joined: December 13, 2010
Last Online: November 28, 2022
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated March 2022

I took a break in Jan and Feb 2022 due to some travelling and family time. I am now back to swapping.

My word for 2022 is READ: Reading for learning, pleasure, sleep promotion, relaxation, and as a scrolling prevention strategy.

Hello! My name is Amy. I live in Virginia, just outside Washington DC. I live here with my husband of 30 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. 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. In September 2021, I took on part-time work in our local COVID vaccine clinics.

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.

I am certified as a Reiki I and II practitioner. I share my skills by volunteering to provide Reiki to various groups in the community to spread healing energy.

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.

  • Airmail stickers
  • 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.


JenZen5 rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #26 on Apr 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful stationery and token. What a nice thing to send to someone. It made me happy and I look forward to passing it on. Take care.
AZmom875 rated for T4T: 3 tea bags in an envelope on Mar 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the teas.
24Donna rated for T4T: 3 tea bags in an envelope on Mar 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I’ve never seen the Moonin Characters one! I’m very curious! I also love peppermint! God bless you
sherba31 rated for MAIL ART - Joy on Jan 18, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the wintry mail art.
Comment: Thank you for the labels and pull tab cards.
Comment: I apologize for the late response! Thank you for the great swap! I especially loved the cute postcards!
Reading100 rated for St. Nick's Day Swap - US on Dec 6, 2021
Comment: I found it in the post office box today! :) Thank you for this lovely swap. I especially like the button and the cozy socks.
wincejl rated for Knit/crochet holiday ornaments 🌲 on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the crocheted ornaments and the extra pottery charm! I love it all!
kelliegirl6 rated for December birthdays on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Happy Birthday fellow Sagittarius! Thank you for the card & bracelet! My kid stole it already! Lol
Bhindblueeyes rated for IFM: Random PC Swap on Nov 9, 2021
Comment: So pleased to swap with you again! Thank you so much for this awesome frog! Happy you were able to enjoy Maine!
swapbotmaria rated for SSM: Letter set switch #14 on Nov 8, 2021
Comment: I apologize for the late rating! I loved my letter sets-thank you. 💜❤️💜 i have a coworker who is forever saying “ you do you.” Ha! I took it to work to show her. 🙂
Comment: Can't wait to make the pumpkin bread! Thank you. The plates came the day after my Halloween party, tough luck haha
Comment: Thank you, Amy, for the fall envelope and yummy teas! So nice to receive on this cold day.
laterdayze rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail USA #5 on Oct 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the note and goodies! :)
Comment: Thanks for the nc and your answers. Small world - I lived in and around Northern VA not too long ago. Take care.
Trevismom rated for Tea for two, yum #3 on Oct 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! Yummy!
Comment: Thanks so much! They are the perfect size!
AmySue2 rated for Fall Knitted Dishcloth Swap on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the leaf dishcloth. It was beautiful and I love the color.
Pandagirl805 rated for SpooOO000oooOky decor 🎃 on Oct 3, 2021
Comment: thank you for the pumpkins! they are so cute!
Comment: Thank you so much for 4 weeks of letters/prompts! :D

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circularlogic on Sep 13, 2021:

thank you for week 1 and week 2 of 4 week snail mail swap -sept tues :D

Rainydancer on May 30, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

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. :)

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