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Date Joined: December 13, 2010
Last Online: August 5, 2021
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated July 2021

My word for 2021 is CONNECT

July 14: Back home after a month away. I rated any swaps that arrived while I was gone. July 20: on travel for a bit. Can send swaps. Will rate any mid-August.

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.


Writercat rated for What Are You Reading July '21 on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Hi Amy! Thank you for your card. That book does sound really good with all that wise advice. I so agree about social connections being important. Cathy
nanadiana rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #254 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and sharing your weekend with me. I'm sorry about your mom passing, but I'm sure your Dad is happy to have you there to help him out when you can. Take care!
Comment: pleased to meet you, Amy ~ thanks for the comforting update of your family get-together in Florida ... it's good you made the best of a necessary trip & have lovely everyday memories to share amidst sadness :)
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful set! Your knitting is so perfect! I've never had a towl made out of cotton yarn, I love it! I'm going to have to make myself some more.
Cellolady rated for What Are You Reading June '21 on Jun 18, 2021
Comment: Very interesting book reads! Have you read the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A Price? I highly recommend it. He was a dentist in the 1930s that traveled around the world, examining and studying civilizations that were remote living areas. The people didn't get heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or other health problems. If he found one person in the village with a cavity, it was a surprise. His brother was a National Geographic photographer and documented their findings. Then they listed what foods and practices all of the remote people had in common. It's fantastic!
megan1230 rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #17 on Jun 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the recipes and postcards!
anicka22 rated for Flat Envie of Fun 31 on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mail
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed this very much❤️
Comment: Glad to hear about your weekend, that Bike to Work event sounds really neat!
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Little Kitty letter set! 💜
ashanti2106 rated for Handmade Envelopes 4/2021 on May 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great envelopes!
LadyJo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #244 on May 18, 2021
Comment: Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! It has been nice weather here to get outside as well! Thank you for the insight to your weekend!
weatherwax rated for Send 3 From the List #17 on May 17, 2021
Comment: Oh, thank you for a lovely swap!!! I love the black/white printed envelope , all those fab fruits!! Amy, I am wishing you a wonderful day :)
LindaW rated for Uplifting Written Article on May 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for joining the swap.
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing so many of your favorite things!!! That little bookmark is so cute. Have to find those! I have been to Lancaster a few times but as a kid. It’s a pretty drive out there (from where I grew up in NJ). I hope you have a trip there soon again and a wonderful celebration!!! Thanks so much for a great swap!! : )
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

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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. :)

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

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