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Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: July 4, 2022
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom
Amberleigh Blog

About Me


Do you like history, particularly the 18th and early 19th centuries?  Is creative writing one of your hobbies?  Do you dream about village life in Georgian England?  Fancy yourself a character in one of Jane Austen's novels? Come join our group "At Home with the Georgettes" where all your daydreams can come to life.  We are a small group of ladies who cherish this incredible time in history and through our swaps gain a better understanding of daily life in the Georgian and Regency Eras of English history.  Choose your Georgian/Regency character and join our little village of friends."


I thought it was about time I freshened up my profile as I’ve been a member since 2011 and it's now 2020. My name is Anna, and I’m originally from the United States but moved to England when I married. I love paper crafts of all kinds and lately I’ve gotten into making junk journals and all the pretty embellishments that go along with them. I’m beginning to work with beads again and am enjoying creating charms and some simple jewellery. Vintage themes and Shabby Chic styles are among my favourites.

I love listening to the radio whether it is music of all genres, dramas, documentaries or books being read. I listen while I work or craft. I’m not much of a television fan, but do enjoy costume dramas, documentaries and a good movie.

I love my garden and am very interested in herbs and their healing properties as well as using them in my cooking. I hope to plant a physic garden one day when I retire but for now I have some potted herbs. I love nature and enjoy walking, especially in the forest. I like watching the birds in my garden and since we are blessed with a large garden there are many birds around us.

Favorite Books

Books are a passion for me and I probably have too many but I love the idea of a study filled with books where I can do my research. Older books are especially interesting as they tend to have little notes and dedications that give them a character all their own. I have an interest in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian Eras in England and find the Colonial United States fascinating. I read mostly non-fiction, biographies and history but I do enjoy a well written novel. At the moment I am reading mostly classics although Salley Vickers and Wilton Barnhardt are favourites too.

Some of my Favourite things

I'm a Janeite (Big fan of Jane Austen) and especially love the Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.

Other things I like are:

Dip pens, wax seals

Vintage linens, I collect ladies hankies

Space: Moon, Stars, Planets, Space Travel



Real bandanas (not the craft store kind) especially in dark blue

Tea, tea parties and all the pretty things that go along with them. Mint and Chai tea are my favourite teas, but I like trying new flavours.


Shabby Chic anything

Blue and white patterns

Charms and trinkets

Postage stamps, new or used

Crafty bits, washi tape, pretty papers.

Beads and sequins

Your art



Soft,(but not pastel) blues, greens and purples are my favourite colours but I like a little orange too.

I like miniatures and have a small collection of doll house things and other bits and bobs I've come across. I especially like tiny things that have fine detail the more authentic looking the better.

I have an affinity for trees and love nature

Not so favourite things

Usually I'm fairly easy to please but there are a few things I'm not all that fond of.

key chains

I'm not a big fan of Hello Kitty and that type of thing, and I'm not into current Disney, I prefer the older movies and love Tinkerbell.

I would prefer not to get any more notebooks or journals as I have recently gotten so many of them.

I don't collect postcards and prefer non-touristy ones if they are part of a swap.

I like most tea but I don't like Oolong and I'm allergic to ginseng so no teas with ginseng please.

Things not to send

Chocolate as I'm allergic and don't care for white chocolate

Glitter because it gets everywhere and is hard to clean up.

Heavily scented items as they give me migraines.

Postage Stamps

I've been collecting stamps since I was a child. I collect just about any stamps from anywhere in the world but do concentrate on several countries. If you are sending stamps, here is a quick guide to what I collect:

  • USA stamps over 20¢
  • United Kingdom stamps
  • Australian stamps
  • New Zealand Stamps
  • Canadian Stamps
  • Netherland stamps

Specific stamps:

  • The Belgian Chocolate stamps
  • Stamps in fun shapes
  • Millennium stamps from England
  • Space, planet stars stamps

I don't collect CTOs (Cancel to Order stamps that you can buy in book shops and hobby shops.) These are mint stamps that are just canceled and have not gone through the postal system so they are basically just damaged.

Private stamp swaps are welcome!

Please Read

I don't sign up for a swap unless I know I can follow through so I will never flake. If you don't get my swap, please contact me before you rate me.

Also, if I haven't rated you, that means I haven't received your swap. I always rate as soon as I receive a swap.

A further note...

I am a green girl; I choose to reuse. A lot of the packages I send out are in recycled envies as I just hate wasting anything. I try to make everything I send out look attractive.


Comment: I absolutely loved the whole package 💁 Thank you so very much 🙋 and Thank you for joining my swap 🦋
Response: Ivy, I am so happy everything arrived okay. Thank you for hosting this swap, it was fun! Anna ♥
Comment: Wow! My favorite color Thank you for the extras and the Darjeeling tea. I enjoyed the tea this morning with my breakfast. Can't wait to add this little gem to my journal. Barbara
Response: Barbara, Thank you for such a lovely comment and the heart. I remembered you loved the colour blue and just ran with it. Many hearts to you! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for A Right Royal Tea Party on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Love your invittion, tea menue and notes. You never disappoint. Love love Love it. Thanks for sharing .Love the lace.Have a wonderful day.Barbara
Response: Barbara, I so enjoyed making this swap and am happy you liked it. It's always a pleasure to swap with you. Anna ♥
lostinavalon rated for Pocket Poetry on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely pocket poem and pretty embellishments! I love the paper lace and I love the verses you chose. Beautiful swap!
Response: Sarah, I am happy you enjoyed the swap. I love that poem, it evokes such a pretty scene. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
ubx rated for Disney Flat Swap on May 24, 2022
Comment: thank you so much for everything you sent me! I love the stickers and the dollar with Mickey Mouse on it<3<3<3<3
Response: Sorry for this late response. I'm glad you liked the swap! Thank you for the heart. Anna ♥
Lisapotterylady rated for Faux Rice Paper on May 14, 2022
Comment: Lovely papers!
Response: Thank you Lisa! I hope you get lovely results with your rice paper too. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for No-sew Fabric Envelope on May 12, 2022
Comment: Wow! What a lovely fabric envie you made. Love the fabric you used and all the wonderful treasures inside. I will definitely try those Tea sandwiches. Thank you for sharing. Love the napkin you wrapped it in. Hope you havea wonderful week. Fondly Phebe/Barbara PS And the Rolling Stones postage stamps will be a great addition to my collection.
Response: I'm so happy you liked my envelope. I thought this was such a pretty swap. I've made another envelope with that very same fabric to send a different swap out in, Many hearts, Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Pretty Regency Tag #1 on May 7, 2022
Comment: Dearest Eliza, what a glorious tag reminder for to read your selection from the lending library. I shall endeavour to locate it along the shelves, and put it aside when next I am able. Thank you for the pretty tag my dear, and I send you many hearts, Your friend Carrie xx
Response: Dearest Carrie, You shall enjoy the reading of Sir Charles Grandison, I am certain of it. I hope my tag will be a nice reminder to this task. ♥ Eliza
Comment: Loved the Notes and lovely playing cards, what a different way to create them, a nice addition to my deck, thank you.
Response: Pam, I'm glad you liked the cards I made for you.Thank you for the heart. I've really enjoyed creating the cards, it will be fun to have the whole deck play a game or two. Anna ♥
Minxy1964 rated for Easter Dyed Thread on Apr 27, 2022
Comment: Gorgeous colours, and displayed beautifully. You've given me ideas for when I carry this experiment on over the summer. Thank you so much! Xx
Response: I loved doing this swap and, like you, I'm going to carry on experimenting. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
lostinavalon rated for Album of Accord, Round 2 on Apr 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap and the pretty extras! I apologize my rating is late. We had the chance to go out to Oregon and visit family for most of April. It was a wonderful time! Blessings!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the nice comment and heart. I'm glad you had such a lovely time with your family. Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Springtime Index Card with Pocket on Apr 19, 2022
Comment: What a lovely card you made. I loved the mesh you used for the pocket and the little pink stones really added to its delicate appearance. Loved all the butterflies and Special Moment stickers, And your letters I always enjoy hearing about what's happening in your part of the world Fondly Barbara/ Phebe
Response: Barbara, I'm glad you liked the little card I made. I was unsure about the mesh I used, as it wasn't so transparent, but I liked the way it came out and am so happy you do too. Thank you for your lovely comment and the heart. Anna ♥
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely journal entry and for the pretty card and tuck-ins. I know just what to do with them in my journal!
Response: Thank you for your lovely comment, Amy. I'm so so happy you liked my journal entry. Anna ♥
Comment: I just love the shoe card you created. And the note you sent. I wasn't sure what I was to do so I made mine like the photo in the swap. And thank you for the stickers. I love getting swaps from you because of the extra personal notes that you send along. I do miss hanging my wash out, they smell so fresh and reminds me of childhood.Have a wonderful day. Barbara/Phebe
Response: I'm so pleased you liked my little shoe, Barbara. I found that fabric and knew it would work beautifully on the card. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
Comment: What a beautiful set of cards and a lovely letter to Charlotte! Thank you for the lovely swap and the tuck ins. Charlotte looks forward to the bazaar and of course will help Lady Elizabeth with the tables. What better way to gain ideas for her writing!
Response: I'm glad you liked the cards I created for you. Thank you for the lovey comment and the heart!
user2148 rated for Mid-Winter Missive on Mar 17, 2022
Comment: I so enjoyed your letter! Your colored pencil accents were the perfect addition. I would love to see pictures of your property! So different from my rocks and two palm trees! 😂 Thank you for the additional goodies as well! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Thank you for your kind comment and the heart. My garden is the joy of my life. I'll try to share a photo or two with you when internet permits. Anna ♥
Comment: Wow! All things Roses.... Loved your painting Everything you sent will be used in my latest Journal. I am starting on my 3rd repurposed cook book. And can't wait to get started.I do hope the storms have gone and that you are enjoying some nice Spring time weather. Have a wonderful day. Barbara
Response: This response is a little late, but full of thank yous for your nice comment and the heart. I never thought to repurpose a cookbook as a journal. What a good idea! Anna ♥
pynart2 rated for An elegant Pincushion swap on Mar 13, 2022
Comment: Loved your lacey pincushion. What a creative idea. The pictures were very nice.
Response: Thank you Pam, my next project will be to create a similar top to a small jar I have that I keep my mother of pearl buttons in that I use in my swaps. Thank you for the heart!
Minxy1964 rated for An elegant Pincushion swap on Mar 12, 2022
Comment: Very intricate looking pin cushion. I love it! Xx
Response: Thank you Lynda, I am making a matching jar to keep my craft buttons in. It's nice to have something pretty and functional.
KaliOya rated for Lace Letters and Little Lies Hiring? on Mar 12, 2022
Comment: Such a beautiful and creative letter! I really enjoyed the style you wrote in. It feels very much from another time when people did indeed write letters to communicate with one another and letters were hand delivered. The letter was beautifully packed and presented as well! I LOVE your imagination...vivid indeed. Completely adore it! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Extra hearts to you:)
Response: What a lovely comment to receive, I'm so happy my letter finally arrived and that you enjoyed it. Many hearts to you too! Anna

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MuggleMom on Feb 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday card I received. It was such a wonderful surprise!!


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CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Hey Lady,

Long time no talk! Happy new year and missing you! Drop me a line soon.


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Happy Birthday!! I hope your day is wonderful!

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Star7Lily on Jul 29, 2021:

Memories of Bath, hope you feel better soon. x J

Drachenfrau on Jul 6, 2021:

Thank you hun! ❤️

Star7Lily on Jan 11, 2021:

Happy New Year Sister, from Lady Caroline

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Many belated Happy Returns of the day, make each day like it is your birthday. Launce.

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