Swap-bot Time: October 30, 2020 5:56 pm


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Last Online: October 30, 2020
Birthday: February 25
Country: United States
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Swap Notes

My name is AmyMarie (all one word with NO spaces, 2nd M is capitalized).
Preferred pronouns: she/her.

US Postal Service: please note the US postal system is now full of delays (with shortened Post Office hours and less staff and lack of sorting equipment in many areas). A letter sent to my friend across town used to take 1-2 days but now it takes at least 7 days...and that is just 22 miles. Please be patient with receiving from and sending to me.

Please use postage stamps instead of metered postage when possible - especially on postcards. Thank you!

I am ALLERGIC to wheat (& other foods) and some scents. I won't be doing food swaps because of food allergies so do not send me any foods including teas and candy. Please keep anything you are sending me away from perfumes and other artificially scented things. Thank you!!!

Note: WHEAT is sometimes used in lotions, shampoos, soaps, glue, etc so I am very careful with what I put on my body.

About Me

I live in central Ohio and am married. We currently have one cat, Grady, who is grey and white. I enjoy trying new things, learning, seeing new places, and learning about other cultures/regions and people -- and traveling. I love being in nature and especially near water (waterfalls, lakes, rivers, oceans). I also enjoy reading books, playing board games, spending time with family & friends, going on adventures, and being creative.

Active Hobby

I have been a Quest Scout [QuestScouts.com] for a few years and really enjoy it. I like being creative and trying new things. Quest Scouts is questing for adults and completing Quests and earning badges (stickers & metal tags) through objectives in categories like create art, DIY, literature (reading), travel / explore locally, games, photography, research, geocaching / letterboxing, etc. It is so fun and gets me doing things I wouldn't try otherwise or things I didn't even know about. During COVID, the founder has been posting weekly challenges that are connected to various quest objectives and earn a star upon completion. It's been fun to have a motivation and more of a "group activity" (even though we live in different states).

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts and using mixed media art supplies. The items I use and make shift over time. I have made handbound books, homemade paper, artistamps (faux postage), mailart, handmade envelopes & postcards, collages, zines, ATCs, altered books, altered playing cards, pocket letters, and hand-carved rubber stamps.

In the past I have done scrapbooking and art journaling. Still doing a form of fauxbonichi / junk (ephemera from my day) journaling.

I have lots of rubberstamps & dies (I have a Big Shot and a Sidekick) and like to use the stamped images and die cuts on various projects.


I collect the following items:

  • postcards [see Postcards section below]

  • postage stamps, international & USA (new & used) [please NO USA flag and NO religious Christmas stamps]

  • Airmail/Hand Cancel/Fragile/Priority etc. stickers, including from other countries (outside the USA) and in all languages

  • Mailboxes, airmail stationery (plus these themes / designs on items)

  • Vintage ephemera

  • Playing cards: It's fun to see the different designs and special packs, especially those that have images or decorated fronts (different colored or design face cards, fun pips on the number cards, pictures or images on the number cards, etc). I am willing to do private swaps for playing cards.

  • Doctor Who (10th Doctor is my favorite) including TARDIS and River Song.

  • Harry Potter themed items. I am Ravenclaw with strong Hufflepuff traits too. I especially like Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter, Owl Post, Hogwarts Express, Platform 9-3/4, wands, stationery, Hogwarts School, Potions & Herbology classes. Ministry of Magic.


I would love to get Maxicards! NOT extra large postcards. They are maximized postcards = postcard picture, postage stamp, and cancellation mark all on same side and all depict the same item / image! I'd even enjoy a postcard that has a postage stamp similar to or matching the postcard image.

I also would love to receive Japanese Gotochi (shaped) postcards.

I am a member on PostCrossing and have collected postcards since I was a child. I prefer postcards sent naked (not in envelope) with postage stamps (not metered postage) and something written on the back - even just a short message. If you do not know what to write, here is a list of 20 ideas: http://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2013/02/05/20-ideas-of-things-to-write-on-postcards

Store bought postcards: waterfalls, mailboxes, post offices, mail / postal theme, letter writing / fountain pens / writing desk / correspondence theme, PostCrossing, libraries / books / reading theme, doorways, windows, maps, National Parks, State Parks, landmarks, historical sites & people, UNESCO sites, earthworks, lakes, oceans, lighthouses, skylines / scenes / images of your town / city / country, images of regional traditions / culture, nature scenery, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, wild animals (not domesticated cats & dogs), also check out my likes section below for postcard ideas

MailArt (homemade) postcards: etegami; photography; using art, collage, drawing, painting, ephemera, rubber stamps, etc.


traveling themes, maps, foreign coins, travel tickets and tokens (bus, subway, etc.), passports & passports stamps,

waterfalls, oceans, lakes, rivers, autumn, trees, nature, dragonflies, owls, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, koalas, polar bears, penguins, butterflies, (animals), sunsets and sunrises, mountains,

mail art, mailboxes, postage stamps, postal / mail / airmail themes, fountain pens & ink, typewriters, fun pens, interesting blank journals & sketchbooks, books,

antique & vintage items and ephemera, small / miniature items, different textures, unique designs,

hand-bound books / book arts, paper engineering, earth tones including terra cotta and rust-ish reds, shades of purple and mauve (pinkish, blue-ish purple), most shades of green (NOT olive green), rubber stamps, embossing powders,

connecting with people, other perspectives and cultures, ancient civilizations, hanging out with family & friends, playing board & card games, interesting playing cards,

celestial / astronomy especially moon / lunar / galaxies, NASA / space travel, science fiction,

candlelight, candles [votive & tealights], candle-holders.

Books / TV / Movies

I love to read. For fun I usually read mysteries. I also like general fiction and some science fiction. I do read non-fiction on a variety of topics and enjoy a well-written book and learning new things. Some of my favorite authors: Kate Morton, Andy Weir, J.K. Rowling, Rita Mae Brown, Donald E. Westlake, Dorothy Gilman, M.C. Beaton, Jenn McKinlay, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Berg, Brene Brown.

Some books I have enjoyed: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, The Martian by Andy Weir, Artemis by Andy Weir, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, Crosstalk by Connie Willis, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, Lola's Secret by Monica McInerney, Leave Me by Gayle Forman, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I watch WAY too much TV and am working on reducing the hours spent watching shows. I enjoy Doctor Who, Sherlock, NCIS, Speechless, Stumptown, Mom, Instinct, America Says (game show), Best Ever Trivia Show, etc. Shows I like that are no longer on the air: Firefly, Leverage, Alias, Stargate (SG-1 and Atlantis), Star Trek (TNG, Voyager), Warehouse 13, Timeless, Castle, Big Bang Theory, Elementary. I enjoy British panel game shows like Would I Lie To You?, QI, and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

I get to the cinema a handful of times a year but watch movies, series, & stand up on Netflix & Amazon Prime. I avoid horror (used to watch but nightmares and now even scarier stuff in real life). I do like sci-fi, adventure, comedies, action, mystery, Independent films, and some of the older / b&w films. Some favorite movies: Star Wars (& most of the "new" ones), Harry Potter, Marvel movies (Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Thor, Avengers, etc), RED (& RED 2), The Hunger Games, Contact, Love Actually, The Holiday, No Way Out, Miracle on 34th Street, Singing in the Rain. Some current favorite series: The Handmaid's Tale, Good Omens, Man in High Castle, Grace and Frankie.

Do NOT like

cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke (I am allergic)

overly glittered items (some bling / shiny is nice but when it leaves a trail of glitter on anything it touches, it gets annoying)

Christian-based religious items (plenty of that available around here).

Random bits of paper, teachers' stickers

Things that interest me

Altered Art (puzzle pieces, library card pockets, strands of tickets, playing cards, etc)

Vintage ephemera including old letters with envelopes, special stamps (tax stamps, S&H stamps, etc), tickets, labels, forms & notices, etc.

Autumn colors and leaves.

History, animals, NASA, astronomy, various sciences, National Parks & Monuments, learning, and trying new things.


Comment: Thank you very much for the swap and the additional Harry Potter postcards, they are amazing!!! *.*
Comment: Goodness gracious what a beautiful pocket and then so many extra fantastic goodies! I wish I could give you a hundred hearts. Thanks for making this so personal amd special. You really made my day!!! kind regards, Robyn
Comment: I actually own “The Secret Keeper.” I’ll have to move it up my TBR. Thanks for the cool pc and vintage stamps.
Comment: Thank you so much for the love card. I can tell that you spent a lot of time on it and it is much appreciated.
kssunlover1947 rated for Playing Card Swap - ACES on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great cards. Love the dragons and the Las Vegas sign. I would love to visit there again as it has been 15 years since I was there last.
Marcie rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #8 on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Absolutely loved it, especially the card from CHINA! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard from New Orleans.
Jafferty rated for LSRUS Travelling postcard round 4 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the swap. Love the envelope art!
Sasha42 rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #2 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: What a special swap. Loved the envelope and everything inside. Especially the Shakespeare card and matchbook and the other vintage items. Thank you!
KaliOya rated for Playing Card Swap - TWO's on Oct 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cards. All but one are new to my deck. So very happy about that:) Really love the notecard set you used to send them in and the cute insect washi tape. Love the bison postage stamp you used. I need to get some. Happy swapping.
Kittybob83 rated for VES -Blind Surprise Swap #1 on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: I love receiving your swaps!! Those Itty bitty stamps are my new favorite thing ever, they are adorable!!! Thank you for everything!
EleanB rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #9 on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: OMG that envelope! We are all math/science geeks here, so that was amazing! (my partner is a bit jealous he doesn't get mail like that!).And thank you for the extras, I just love the foreign language pages.
PlannerCoz rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #3 on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the cards and the extra goodies. The Harry Potter washi is the best, no, the stamp with your return address is the best! So unique! Thanks so much, I’m very spoilt
bringitb rated for Playing Card Swap - THREE's on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh! This is an amazing surprise! (That bonus Peruvian pottery card is the best!!) Thanks for putting together such a thoughtful piece of happy mail for me.
bpl76 rated for LSRUS-Music themed env-USA on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you look forward to using the items
Response: I am so glad it arrived. Have a great week.
Comment: Thank you for the great nautical tags! I appreciate you reading my profile and creating something to go with my junk journal theme, that's very thoughtful of you! ~ Blessings & well wishes ~
glassnowdrop rated for WIYM: HARRY POTTER PC on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Wow! I love the stamps so much, that's so neat that there are HP stamps! I re-read the books recently too and it was lots of fun!
ckwini rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #5 on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the fantasy themed playing cards, and state playing card, 2 themes I love. An extra special thank you for introducing me to Quest Scouts!
jules4534 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #6 on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun cards!
Comment: What a lovely pocket and filled with delightful ephemera! This is beautiful and I love autumn. Thank you! Pretty envelope and notecard, too plus fun vintage postage! I also appreciate the pretty bicycles and typewriters you stamped for me - they will be fun to use in journals and projects!

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PostMuse on Oct 17, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed the Dear Doctor mailart! That mailbox rubber stamp is decades old. I think it was 100 Proof Press but I use it so much the company name isn’t visible anymore.

camelsamba on Sep 11, 2020:

I'm so envious that you have been to a recent Carrie Newcomer concert - I saw her once but it was many years ago. Will have to pay attention to her schedule once concerts start up again.

I first discovered Mrs Pollifax in 1992! My husband and I even listened to some of the stories as books on cassette while commuting, and more recently I've listened to some as CD. One of the later ones in the series has an interview with the author at the end of the CD, and it was interesting to listen to in light of knowledge that she suffered from dementia later in life. I read an article once saying that some later Agatha Christie works may show evidence of dementia (something to do with word choice, or word length?) and wondered if they would find the same thing if they studied Dorothy Gilman.

I didn't know there was a Mrs Pollifax movie; i will have to track it down!

samjowers on Jul 30, 2020:

I was a member of questscouts!!! still follow them on instagram! LOVE their quest and love that its like scouting in that you can earn badges!

MamaD on Dec 26, 2019:

AmyMarie, I was looking at your profile as I'm your partner in a swap. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. ❤

robinjeree on Oct 24, 2019:

I just read your profile -- I'm definitely going to check out QuestScouts!!

YooperHill on Sep 11, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, Yo! AMAZING use of the yarn! I love it. Each envelope I open is so creative! Thank you for playing!

yvonne401 on Aug 20, 2019:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!



Created46 on Aug 27, 2015:

I am so very excited that you enjoyed the package I have sent. I do hope you find a little inspiration in it.

2rasta on Mar 22, 2015:

Dear Amy, Thank you for returning my stamp bag, cheers! 2rasta

MissWhimsy on Jun 12, 2014:

Hi :) I just wanted to follow up to see if my email reached you for the A-Z Survey swap in Carpe Librum Group, Let me know if I need to resend? I hope you enjoy reading it, Thanks :)

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