Swap-bot Time: February 23, 2020 1:49 am


Date Joined: April 1, 2012
Last Online: February 22, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! I'm Amanda! I am a 45-year-old mom to two teenage boys. 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 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.

I love doing arts and crafts, dancing with my flow toys (hula hoops, poi, levitation wands, 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, 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. 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.

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

Flight of the Conchords, The Office, Parks & Recreation, Girls (my current fave—I’m only on season three), Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (one of my celebrity crushes), Schitt's Creek, What We Do in the Shadows, and Laverne & Shirley

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

I love watching YouTube and usually watch funny clips from late night TV, cute pets, concert videos, flow toy tutorials, and craft tutorials.

Favorite Music

Eclectic! Weezer, Prince, Bella's Bartok (my current fave), Seepeoples, The Smiths, Morrissey, David Bowie, The Pixies, R.E.M., Talking Heads, 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), and chai. (NO licorice/anise 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

Favorite actors: Ewan McGregor, Brad Pitt, and for the moment--Adam Driver


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

Please no religious propaganda

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+

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

Favorite Types of Ephemera


-gelli prints

-paper with geometric patterns on them

-whimsical and cute Kawaii designs with smiley characters

-origami paper

-wrapping paper with cute designs or fun patterns

-dictionary pages

-children's book pages

-Bingo cards

-library cards and due date cards


Comment: I don't think you have a bad swap name :) It is short and easy! Mine was a HS name, when I was certain I was the funniest person on earth. HAHA . I'm always looking for nice stones. Hoping to find some cool ones here in Germany!
Response: Ha! Not that my swap-bot name is bad, but it doesn't mean anything to me and my husband doesn't remember why he picked it. hahahaha I am usually HooperGirl or Commanda on websites, so it's random, but you're right that it's short and easy, I guess! :-)
Jjean rated for Bookmarks! on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bookmark and enjoyed reading your letter..... thank you for the "scraps", I have just started a new throw with "slow stitching" and these will work great. I am in a Slow stitch group on FB if you want to look it up or on Pinterest.
amccracken109 rated for Anything Goes PC Swap #1 on Feb 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet post card, and welcome to swap bot!
Poohtat rated for A Happy Surprise on Feb 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the goodies. The frog postcard is adorable and I love the purple paper.
stephiedee rated for Aeon & stephiedee on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the awesome, colorful papers, Amanda! Each one is so unique. I love love that woodgrain print (is that one of those faux finishing tools?) and the leaves. Did you use real leaves? I tried once and it was no bueno, lol. Thank you too for the lucky cat page - that's going in the file for my next Favorite Things gluebook. 🤗💖
Response: You're welcome! Yes that is a woodgrain tool that I got after seeing it in a surface textures ideas book. I love it SO much. I can't wait to get out my gelli plates and use it again on there. Yes those are real leaves I can't stop collecting them every fall and pressing them in big books. I don't know if you are already doing this, but it helps to do vein side toward the gel plate. I think I forgot to tell you this--deli paper is really fun to collage with. I love how it melts into the background. I use the matte side up.
angdrumm rated for ATC for Kids- Dragons on May 10, 2012
Comment: Phillip loved his ATCs thank you

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stephiedee on Feb 15, 2020:

Thanks for the tip on the leaves! I did go vein side down, but I think they didn't work so well because I was using fresh leaves. I should probably let them flatten and dry out a little bit to get more of their texture. 🤓

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