Swap-bot Time: April 18, 2019 5:19 am


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: April 18, 2019
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
Blog: Cupcakes & Canter
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About Me


My name is Amy Elizabeth, and I live on the east coast (Maine!) of the U.S. I was born and raised here; I live in a small town with less than 6,000 people! I have BAs in Psychology and Criminology and CJ; professionally, I am a crime analyst. I don't exactly dance to the beat of my own drum, but there is that pesky drumline following me around :) I am quirky and accepting of such. I am clumsy and not so accepting of such. I am compassionate, friendly, driven, motivated, organized, perhaps a bit selectively obsessive-compulsive, always shy, sometimes self-conscious, vibrant, creative, affable, a perfectionist, optimistic, probably annoyingly enthusiastic, and slightly neurotic regarding to-do lists.

Hobbies: I am an avid snail mailer and pen pal extraordinaire, a runner and athlete, a bibliophile, musician, crafter, collector, and a novice blogger.

Current Events & Goings-on

When two of my cats and my rabbit passed in a matter of months, I found solace in photographs of pets belonging to my penpals and fellow swappers. I began a photo album, which I would love to fill. If you're looking to send extras or to send a RAK, please consider sending an addition to my album! I'm also willing to private swap. :)

My fur baby, Radin

I am currently seeking private swaps with fellow reliable swappers.

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On Swapping
In my family, ideas pertaining to giving have been handed down from one woman to another. My Gma instilled in my Mum, and she in me, that giving, truly giving, should hurt a little bit. It's easy to send away or give the things that we do not like or do not want. It may be as small as using my last piece of favorite stationery to write you a letter or as big as sending you something I'd really love to keep for my own collection, but I hold the aforementioned giving rule near and dear, and therefore, my swaps always hurt me a little bit. Why do I share this with you? Because you deserve to know that when I send my outgoing mail, I have invested my time, my energy, and myself into it.

Dash for Dogs 5K - April 28th, 2019

Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - TBD

Safe Voices 5K to End Domestic Violence - June 1, 2019

Moxie Day 5K - July 13, 2019

David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2019

Beach to Beacon 10K - August 3rd, 2019

Corporal Cole Memorial Half Marathon - August 18th, 2019

Dempsey Challenge 10K - September 29, 2019

Maine Marathon - Half Marathon - October 6th, 2019

Run The Year - 2,019 Miles in 2019

Favorite Books

I am a voracious reader! I wish I had more time to devote to my extensive reading list/book collection, but I have many hobbies demanding my time and attention. I do make time daily for reading; I have a book, in progress, in just about every room of my house!

Ironically, I do not have a favorite book . . . yet! However, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness comes close! Stardust also ranks quite highly on my love list! One of my favorite authors, also a Mainer, is Stephen King. I collect King books in languages other than English

Other favorite authors: Neil Gaiman, Lars Kepler, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, and John Saul. I love the horror genre, true crime, and the classics! I'll give any book and any genre a try, tbh.

I have been dedicating more of my time and efforts to my Goodreads account: updating my progress, rating books, and writing reviews.

Currently reading:

-After the Fire

-A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones #3)

-Missing 411 (East Coast)

-The Shack

-Outrunning the Demons: Lives Transformed Through Running

-Fairies, Robots, and Unicorns? Oh My!

-The Dark Game

-Doll House

Favorite Music

I can read notes, and I play the flute. I'm teaching myself the guitar and the ukulele! I listen to music (almost literally) ALL of the time. I have a varied taste, but I respect all genres even if I don't tend to listen to them often. A couple of my favorites are Eric Clapton and Joshua Radin (who I've had the pleasure of meeting twice)! I have Radin lyrics in one of my tattoos :)

Favorite Crafts

I am a crafter by hobby, and I so enjoy creating! I'm elated at the prospect that my creativity may bring joy and happiness to others. My favorite crafts are those I create with duct tape, perler beads, embroidery floss, and loom bands. I also enjoy latch hook, origami, and quilting. I have recently started to learn how to knit and crochet, and ATCs are new to my repertoire as well.

I am particularly proud of my perler portraits (see one below) (:



Some of my absolute favorite things in life . . .

PLATYPUS (my absolute favorite animal), peacocks, owls, cats, dogs, cows, sharks, octopus, UNICORNS, flamingos, and any big-eyed animals.

Notes, symbols, lyrics, instruments.

ANYthing nautical and under the sea related: anchors, mermaids, sharks, octopus, helms, and knots especially.

I fell in love with NYC and can't wait to return!!

I love the unusual, creative, and inappropriate. (Language and the human form do not offend me - colorful language and nudity is encouraged! lol). Though I am not easily offended, I still prefer not to receive anything blasphemous in nature.

Creepy/eerie, horror, supernatural, mythological. I love the color pink! I love pickles! I also love sugar skulls and pin ups, pineapple and banana decorations/themes (but no flavors or scents of)

Police, military

Stationery: letter sets, memo sheets, and sticker flakes. Favorite character: Kamonohashikamo.

My favorite postcards to receive



-Greetings From ...

Other animals: Peacocks, cows, owls, cats, unicorns, ANY animal with BIG eyes, DOGS, monkeys, esp. orangutans, unusual animals

-Nautical / under the sea: especially mermaids, anchors, octopus, ships, helms, knots, SHARKS

-Sugar skulls

-Police and/or crime related

-Psychology related

-BRIGHT colors, PINK

-Music: sheet music, instruments, treble and bass clef

-Pin ups

-Odd/inappropriate/unique/weird/funky: I am NOT offended by nudity, language, etc. I know that sometimes we come across such cards and never know who to send them to... ME. Send them to ME :D I happily accept profanity and nudity.

-Naughty Little People



-Pineapples and bananas (it's kind of a joke because I can't stand the smell or taste)

-Military, esp. Navy



-Birthday(January 12th)

-Blue Cats

-Note about homemade cards: I like homemade cards when it's been made FOR me especially.

General FYIs

If you do not receive a swap from me, please message me before rating me poorly. Also, human error does happen despite precautions. I ALWAYS have my swap mailings weighed at the post office before I mail them out. If there is ever an issue, please do let me know, but be kind and suggest a resolution. Swap-bot can be a very fun experience but only if everyone is treated kindly and with respect.

I mark 'sent' after I've compiled a swap and it's ready to go out on/during my next PO run. I go to the post office DAILY, with the exception of Saturdays.

I always, always, ALWAYS rate. If you're waiting on a rating from me, it's because I have not received your swap. I log in to swap-bot and rate as I open my mail. If you are waiting for a rating from me, message me, and I'll double-check to be sure that I have not received the swap.

List of Wishes

Items I always love to receive (in good condition, of course). This is by NO MEANS a demands list or a list that implies that I would not like items that are not featured/listed here. I just know how useful it is for me to read what my partners love the most, especially when it comes to de-stashing type swaps!

Paper straws! OH, how I love paper straws (in wrappers / packaging though).




Pens (esp. gel pens!)


Perler beads

Pins and magnets


Pin ups

Tea (Favorites: mint, chocolate, lady grey, darjeeling, spicy).

Sealing wax and wax seals


Craft twine/string


Knee socks

Shaped paper clips

Rubber stamps

I LOVE the dish towels that go on sale for $1 when they're out of season



Notes of motivation/encouragement/humor that I post at work.



Pineapple & banana (Not to smell and / or eat though, please!)


Although I am difficult to offend, I do prefer to NOT receive blasphemous themed

Flakers & Non-Raters

I'm fair when it comes to dishing out ratings, and this applies to poor ratings too! You need not fear that I will rate you poorly just because life happened and a swap was late or lost during its voyage AS LONG AS YOU CONTACT ME before the send by deadline. If you've ignored my attempts to contact you, and you have not been online for 1-2+ weeks since the swap deadline, then I am going to rate as is appropriate - at that point, it's on you because I've done my part.


Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. Good luck on running the New York marathon. My daughter has been running some half marathons.
bluehairedmary rated for R&W: Poetry and letter swap! on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for being brave and bold and sharing your poem with me! I, too, have too many crafts right now to do the Write On challenge. Maybe another year, god willing. I'm writing to more penpals and doing more mail swaps, though. As well as all my knitting (and now cross-stitching). See you in the mail!
Paige1900 rated for Pvt: Sticker Slapped Envie on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Whoo Whoo...love the envie and the goodies. Thank you so much. My mailbox was indeed smiling. :)
Response: I got yours today too!!! I think this is the first time a swap I've done has been received by both parties on the same day. Glad you liked it!!!! Thanks for doing this with me!!
MsMarvel rated for Pvt NDH PC on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for swapping with me!! Your handwriting isn't bad with your NDH!! I could read it easily!! NYC is the best! :)
Response: You are welcome, and thank you for the heart!!! I agree - NYC is the best :)
Myself333 rated for Oceana PL on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: WOW AMY! I wanted to cry when I got this, because it's so beautiful, and I feel like mine didn't turn out as well! So cohesive, I love the colors and embellishments you used, and I am THRILLED with the goodies! If you host any more of these, I'll have so many more awesome supplies to work with. Thank you bunches!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it!!!!! Thank you for the heart!!
lttleetoile rated for 500 Swaps! on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: I’m so honored to be the recipient of your 500th swap!!! I put the postcard on my desk with all the other purely happy and special things go. I hope you’ll return the favor when I get to 499! xoxoxo xoxoxo
Response: Of course!!!!! <3
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Good luck with all your running! I am also trying to walk more, and go to spin class!! Cheers 💛
Response: Ohhh, I have always wanted to try a spin class, but I'm not so great at trying new things! I hope you love it!!! Thank you for the heart <3
fluffyjunk rated for Ghost Story on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Woooooar! What a creepy story! I would have left the house. Running! I loved reading your story - thanks for swapping with me! And thank you for the cool ATC!!! :D
Response: It didn't turn out quite how I wanted it to (the ATC, not the story), but I think that's the chance one takes when doing anything creative. Thanks for the swap and the heart!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute notecards and all the awesome little extra bits. :-)
Response: You are so welcome! Thank you for the heart!
USTravelingGirl rated for NDH PC Feb on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: You did well with your non dominant hand! Only 1 word I didn't quite understand lol thank you for the Disney postcard!
Response: I have SO many Disney cards, I love to send them when I get the chance! Thank you for the heart!
GeorgeFeelsgood rated for International PenPals on Apr 4, 2019
Comment: Been under the weather and just visited the P.O. Box today. Received 4/4/19. Thank you!
goinjenny rated for I Spy Something with S R3 on Apr 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome.
ChrisAnne rated for NH: Corny Joke PC - US Only on Mar 31, 2019
Comment: Amy, I love the pc and the dog jokes are so bad that they're good.
Response: Hahaha! I read through about 30 and picked the ones I thought were the best (worst) lol! Thank you for the heart!
MLouiseO rated for NH ~ Card & Goodie ~ USA on Mar 28, 2019
Comment: I love everything you sent. So cute. Thank you so much. Enjoy your week, and weekend.
Response: You are so so welcome! Thank you for the heart!
tinakellems rated for Just a Postcard - US Only on Mar 26, 2019
shinyserra rated for SOC Letter on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: I loved your letter and the pineapple paper you used.
Response: I'm so glad! I'm almost out of the pineapples, which is a bummer because I do love it. Thank you for the heart!
gizmodust rated for Dog PC on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cute card. Nice that you sent me a Golden Retriever, it's one of my favorite kinds. And the little Chihuahua that lives next door. I'm more of a kitty person but have had dogs in the past. Thanks again.
Response: You are most welcome!! Thank you for the heart!
Allegrae rated for Oceana: ATC Series - U on Mar 8, 2019
Comment: Fun card! Love all of the 3D elements you included, as well as the composition. Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the heart!! :)
susieq11 rated for CS: PC Feb1 on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: What a cute postcard!!! Hope Radin’s anniversary was good. My dogs are a huge part of my world too!! Your postcard was postmarked February 11 and I just got it today!! Wow! Thanks so much, love this swap series!
Response: You are so welcome!!! Even though I won't be doing the series in the group, I think I will still host a Dog PC swap monthly <3
evanselli rated for ISS: 3 PC's in an Envelope on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the PC's I love them all, I can't pick a favourite :)
Response: Excellent!! I'm so glad you enjoy them all <3 Thank you for the heart!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 546 251 267
Completed Fives Threes Ones
504 643 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
60 363 81 0
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manders2280 on Apr 16, 2019:

Thank you for postcards. These hit the cheerful sweet spot.

Katti on Apr 8, 2019:

Thank you for angeling that old swap! ❤️ The envies are beautiful and I also liked the extras!

We just had snow again this morning! ❄️🌨❄️

goinjenny on Apr 7, 2019:

Thank you for the postcards and note cards in March WW!

NaitomeaMinx on Mar 26, 2019:

So glad you got the books!

All the best to you and your friend!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

lttleetoile on Mar 8, 2019:


Remember this?!? xoxoxo ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

lttleetoile on Feb 14, 2019:


:) xoxoxo

lttleetoile on Feb 14, 2019:


Thank you again for my Valentines heart socks! They are so soft and comfy! xoxoxo

lttleetoile on Feb 9, 2019:


Unlimited supply!

Thinking of you.


ChrisAnne on Feb 2, 2019:

Thank you so much for a fun swap. I'm trying to brain storm ways to get more swappers involved in the group. Thanks for letting me part of the fun!

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