Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2019 2:18 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: November 17, 2019
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

I'm Anna, wife, mother of a 16 year old son, sister and friend. I'm an American living in England (married to an Englishman) and together we are restoring a Georgian Villa which is hard work but so interesting with all the history we uncover. I'm a life long letter writer, journaller and crafter and enjoy paper crafts like making postcards, stationery, flip books and dabble in making smash books.The art of collage is one of my favourite things and I save every interesting scrap I come across. My sense of humour is a bit quirky and I love sending out-of-the-ordinary letters. Writing is my passion; whether it's letters, journal entries, essays, or sometimes poetry.

I don't watch much television. Instead, I listen to the radio a lot and read or write. I like travelling but the older I get the closer to home I want to stay. There are so many things to see here in England, I'm never bored. Puttering in my garden or just walking amongst the trees is something I do often. I feed the birds and enjoy watching all the wildlife in my realm. I have an avid interest in herbs and their healing properties and hope to create a physic garden once the house is finally complete. For now I forage at home and in The Forest of Dean when I can.

Favorite Books

I have a book collection to rival the local library but I believe there are worse vices in life than collecting books. I'm a history nerd and like reading about the Tudors, Regency and Victorian England as well as Colonial times in the United States. I read a lot of biographies as well, though I do enjoy a good novel. My favourite author is Wilton Barnhardt; I loved all four of his books but especially Emma Who Saved My Life.

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:

Handwritten letters, beautiful stationery, dip pens, wax seals

Vintage linens, I collect ladies hankies

Space: Moon, Stars, Planets, Space Travel

Postal/Airmail themed things



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

Halloween, the fun side of the holiday

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.


French Ephemera

Pretty Fish and underwater scenes


Blue and white patterns

Rubber stamps


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 although I like faeries I'm not into Disney with the exception of 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.


bearnbabs rated for A Signature for our Home Book on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: Wow! What a wonderful surprise I recd in the post today. I so enjoyed going over every page..each was a treasure to behold. Thank you for sharing. I just love it all.Can't wait til be make our next signature. Hope your having a wonderful day. Barbara bearnbabs
Response: Barbara, your comment made my day!. I'm thrilled you liked my signature. I love making these sorts of crafts and look forward to our next signature too. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely tag/bookmark!! It was received with a grateful heart and love of the beautiful hues of Autumn!! Smiles!
Response: I'm so happy you liked the tag I made for you. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year and this was a lovely colourful swap. Thank you for the heart!
user2148 rated for Harvest in Amberleigh on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: Gorgeous postcard!! All the layers and embellishments are exquisite - definitely frame worthy! Thank you for the wonderful letter and all the additional goodies as well - the fabric, frame, tag, cutouts - it’s all so luscious. Thank you for such an amazing swap! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: What a lovely comment, thank you. I enjoyed this swap so much. All the colours of Autumn make me happy. Thank you for the heart!
bearnbabs rated for Quill or Pen and Ink Letter on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Loved the two letters,PC flowers and fabric, can't wait to add them to my journal. I must say my sister and I are enjoying this swap and continue to learn about this era and we just love it. Barbara bearnbabs
Response: I'm happy you like the letters. I love this era and it is wonderful to recreate parts of it in our swaps. It's always a pleasure to swap with you Barbara. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I received your darling invite, letter, tea and charm today. Your planned finery will be most anticipated!! I plan to incorporate that lovely charm into my updo! The tea is very intriguing (and gorgeous!) I’m looking forward to a moment of indulgence soon! Thank you ever so kindly!! ❤️❤️
Response: Thank you for such a lovely comment and also for the heart. ♥.
user2148 rated for A Postal At Home 2 on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: I want to thank you so very much for your wonderful note, the fabulous tea and all the beautiful treasures you sent to me! What a lovely parcel to enjoy! ❤️
Response: I'm am so happy you liked the swap. I love these tea and chat swaps so much and I'm glad you enjoyed it as well. Thank you for the heart. ♥
Comment: Thank you Phebe (Barbara), for your lovely hexagons & letter, I love how you packaged it, the fabric is delightful. I cannot wait to start stitching now. big heart. And thank you Anna for swapping with her sister. xx big hug. xx
Response: This was a lovely Swap Jane, Thank you for hosting!
Star7Lily rated for Surprise Antiqued Envelope Swap on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Dearest Elizabeth, your Jenny Wren delivered of a parcel today, the most beautiful of envelopes, the news is always worthy to catch up on, don't you think? and to my delight, there were the most lovely little surprises each superbly presented. I am in awe as ever, Yours Caroline. Anna thank you, what a gorgeous surprise to receive today! Many hearts.
Star7Lily rated for Colours of Georgian Fabric swap on Oct 8, 2019
Comment: Dear Anna, I love the soft green fabric, it will be perfect to blend with my other greens. Such a pretty pattern too. Thank you for the letters in character, and the lovely doily. many hearts.
Response: Dear Jane, I was beginning to worry this swap had gone astray. I'm am happy it arrived safely and that the fabric will complement your quilt. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Colours of Georgian Fabric swap on Sep 30, 2019
Comment: L Elizabeth, I want to thank you for such lovely blue fabric. It will be a wonderful addition to my coverlet.And the other surprise Wow! I love it all, I can't wait to add them to my Journal. Loved the note card too.Thank you for your generosity. I wish I could give you 5 hearts Thanks again. Phebe (Barbara_
Response: Phebe Dear, what a lovely comment. I'm happy you liked my swap. I shall see you at the ball! Thank you for the heart. L Elizabeth
Comment: Dearest Anna, today arrived your bellyband packet, & what fabulous contents...maginificent belly band, & such a delicate envelope i will treasure, so well made. Thank you i love my additions for the journal. Many blessings & hearts.
Response: I am amazed at the speed in which this package arrived! I am so happy you're pleased with the belly band. I liked the way it came out and thought you may like the butterflies too. Thank you for the heart. ♥♥♥
fortannam rated for Tea Tasks on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and goodies! I enjoyed hearing about your tea “escape”!
Response: I'm happy you liked it! Thank you for the heart. :)
cafras rated for A Postcard Herbal Round 2 on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Anna thank you,, you did well with your drawing.
Response: I'm glad you liked it Catherine, thank you for the heart!
PolkaDotty rated for A Georgian Work Bag on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Lovely, lovely, lovely! You put my efforts to shame. I admire you so for all the work you put into your beautiful bag. I'm afraid mine is rather pedestrian in comparison. Thank you for the lovely scissors, they are the perfect item to start my little kit with. Fondly, Leslie
Response: Leslie, Thank you for the heart and the lovely comment. I'm glad you liked the scissors, I thought they so pretty. I really enjoyed this swap and hope you did too.
mizlilyroo rated for Filled Bodice on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: What a fabulous pile of delectable little morsels in the prettiest package imaginable!!! Thank you so very much for a delightful swap. I shall enjoy the tea while making plans for some of the items.
Response: I'm thrilled you liked the swap.I'd never made one of these before and had a lot of fun creating it. Thank you for the lovely comment and the heart! ♥
Star7Lily rated for A Letter of Introduction on May 15, 2019
Comment: Wonderful, beautifully written & filled my cup with love. Thank you so much Anna, each letter brings us closer across the seas - friends. I love the sachet and would love to browse in your local paradise store, sharing inspired thoughts with you. I love the card idea...could make a great swap idea too! Many hearts xxx
Response: I really enjoyed this swap and I'm happy you liked my letter and keepsake. I'm so glad we are friends. Thank you for the heart, Jane.
fairyduster53 rated for Valentine Handkerchief Card on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: What a lovely handkerchief card!! Thank you for the time and effort you took to create such a lovely tribute!! Having visited Merry old England and my daughter studying there, I love all things English. May your Spring be filled with showers of flowers! Smiles, Beth
Response: What a lovely comment Beth. I'm so happy you liked the handkerchief card I made for you. Thank you for the heart
Star7Lily rated for A Bundle of Miniature Letters on Dec 20, 2018
Comment: I received this on your birthday! What a delight to unfold. Your tiny wax seals and eensiest writing is adorable. Well done you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend. xxxxxxxx
Response: This was such a small swap, but I had so much fun making and writing the letters. The Amberliegh family grows with each new swap we do! I'm happy you enjoyed the letters. I'll have to start thinking of the next swap!
Comment: Awesome selection! Thank you so much. I hope you didn’t mail the resend already. I thought you should wait! I got 9, yes NINE packages all at once today as they sort out the backlog.
Response: Wow, 9 packages! I'm happy my package arrived but I did mail the second one out on Monday. No worries, I hope you like the second selection as well! Thank you for the heart.
Star7Lily rated for Amberleigh Advent Calender on Dec 14, 2018
Comment: Most happily did I receive your lovely advent calender. What a breath of fresh air it is. A lot of effort involved. It feels gorgeous! I will think of you as i open my days. thanking you once again. xxxxmany hearts
Response: What a relief it finally arrived. I am so happy you like it. I enjoyed the process of making it and loved the concept of using a Georgian house as a base. Thank you for the star! PS I have been enjoying your calendar these past few days.

Rating Overview

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user2148 on Oct 28, 2019:

My dearest Anna - I received the sweet notecard you mailed separately and wanted to thank you! Also, I had to tell you how much I admire your beautiful penmanship! Gorgeous!! Hope you have an amazing week! ~ Nickalli

Star7Lily on Sep 14, 2019:

Thank you dear heart, I loved your tea package surprise and feel very special and loved. You are a treasure Jane Austen would love to invite to tea! Blessings, Jane xxx

Drachenfrau on Aug 20, 2018:

Dear Anna,

my letter to you is ready and will be mailed tomorrow. :-)



JudalineZ on Jan 29, 2017:

Thank you so much for the package with papers and stuff for Cheap Postage Swaps, Tags and Fun group wishes list.


RyeRye on Dec 21, 2016:

Amace on Aug 13, 2016:

I am back and I am stopping by to say HI!

Can't wait to swap with you again.

reauk on Jun 30, 2016:

thank you for the lovely birthday wish and extras love the card wishes for Europe group may/June wish list.

hollycm6 on Jun 28, 2016:

Received your very cool envies for the c&c paper twist tag... Thank you so much!!!!

Babsmomof5 on Jun 15, 2016:

Thank you for the wonderful charms and postcards for the WIYM take two tag!

bluesky on Jun 1, 2016:

Dear Anna thank you so much for all these wonderful cards! I really like them, so nice that you sent again! Letter on the way to you! :) Chayah Nechama

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