Swap-bot Time: January 23, 2020 8:29 pm


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: January 23, 2020
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
Blog: Cupcakes & Canter
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Etsy Wishes / My Shop

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; 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. Check him out at 1:49 in Here, Right Now

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 26th, 2020

Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - TDB June 2020

David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2020

Beach to Beacon 10K - August 1st, 2020 (If I can get a spot!!)

The 2020 New York City Marathon (fingers crossed)!

Run The Year 2020 (2,020 miles January 1st - December 31st)

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:

-Deep Blue

-Acid For The Children

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


-Running / run related


-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 and Sundays.

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I always, always, ALWAYS rate. I log in to swap-bot and rate as I open my mail; this is a daily practice. If you're waiting on a rating from me, it's because I have not yet received your 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: lady grey, darjeeling, prince of wales, earl grey, lapsang souchong, oolong, mint)

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 body shaming or 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 glimpse into your busy mind. Enjoyable read!
Comment: Thanks so very much for the wonderful calendar I will have so much fun using it.
Comment: Thanks for your letter and the sticker...I love it!
PrettyAlice rated for Private: Stationary Swap on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much! Super cute stationery!
Comment: These are perfect!!!
Response: Awesome! Pretty sure I saved it on my computer so let me know when you need more :)
Comment: Fun letter!! Thanks so much for writing me :) So happy you have a tree, lol! Merry Christmas!
Response: Merry Christmas to you as well, even though I'm a day late in the wishes :) Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks so much for the great stationery! I love it all! :) And thanks for double checking with the owls. I do appreciate it. :) Was great to swap with you & hope we 'meet' again. :)
Response: I am so glad you liked the stationery that I picked! This was an awesome swap - thanks for doing it with me!!
kayos rated for ATC Stream of Consciousness (SOC) on Dec 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the opportunity to take part in such a unique swap. Your note really brightened my day and I love your ATC!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: These goodies are all so cute. I especially love the postcards and can't wait to use them next year! Great job and many thanks.
Response: You are most welcome! Thank you for the heart :)
depress666d rated for Non Dominant Hand (NDH) PC_Dec on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: omg Amy thank you so much!! I loved your envie so much and then I opened it and was so surprised! I love everything you added!!
Response: I am so glad you liked it, Nick! I really tried to put something together for you that you would love. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the letter and it was on the most adorable stationery set I've ever seen. I have dreams of a craft room one day, but am making do with a craft corner and some craft piles that are not to be spoken of. Thanks again and I hope you have a lovely holiday season
Response: I can't remember which stationery I used! I'm happy to share if you remind me what it was and if I still have some :) Thank you for the heart!
banjobraids rated for OSS: 3x3 - Sender's Choice on Dec 7, 2019
Comment: What a cool MERMAID-themed package! I absolutely love everything! Even this postcard of Hermione is absolutely perfect for me. Thank you for such a thoughtful awesome swap! <3 <3 <3 :):):)
Response: I am pleased you liked it so much as I loved putting it together!!! Thanks for the heart!
KaliOya rated for KaliOya's First ATC on Dec 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for my first ATC! It is beautiful. I am really enjoying the ocean turtle theme. "Embrace the journey", something I needed to hear and need to remember. Thank you so much:) So thoughtful to also send it in a turtle note card! Nice extra touch:)
Response: I am so glad you liked it!!! Embrace the journey are good words to live by all the time, esp. with 2020 on its way. Looking forward to future swaps with you :) Thanks for the heart!
susieq11 rated for MAIL ART - Beaches on Dec 1, 2019
Comment: Amy, I love love love your envelope!!! The seahorses are so pretty and all the rest is perfect. Such a beautiful envelope! Thank you! And thanks for the note and all the amazing goodies you sent!!!!! I will never use those cards LOL!!! The washi is so cute and a seahorse paperclip! So cute!!! You sure made my day!!! XOXO Thanksgiving was good! Hope yours was as well!! : ) Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: I am so glad you liked this! I was super pumped when I was assigned to you (as I always am) because I was thinking to myself, "I'm going to nail this swap!!!" Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Awesome- Love reading about your life! (also- adorable stationary!!) -Al
Response: Thanks so much for the 5 and heart, so pleased you enjoyed the letter :) I have two more of these posted if you are still diggin' 'em
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope and the goodies inside. I love everything you've chosen!!
Response: You are so welcome! I love putting these together :) Thanks for the heart!!
Cgscdy rated for FS: ATCs November 2019 on Nov 22, 2019
Comment: Ty for the spooky odd atc!! Love it!
Response: You are most welcome! Thank you for letting me know the skull got crushed - now I know they're not great to mail. Glad it added to its charm though. Hehe, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful SOC letter and the wax seal beads.
Response: You're so welcome! I forgot I sent those - glad all made it safely :)
BeaGarrido rated for Stream of Consciousness (SOC) Ltr on Nov 13, 2019
SatisHuman rated for Non Dominant Hand (NDH) PC_Nov on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: I’m so sorry to hear about Gus. He was part of your family and it is heartbreaking that he is gone. I understand how you feel and I hope you have supportive friends to help you through this difficult time.
Response: Thank you so much, I am coping well now though it did take several days. I have so many fond memories that I am able to focus on - thank you for the heart and meaningful comment!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 602 272 290
Completed Fives Threes Ones
559 705 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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ChrisAnne on Jan 23, 2020:

Thank you for the great wish from Wonderful Wishes! I promise to put them to good use!

Poohtat on Jan 15, 2020:

Thank you for the Unicorn and Mermaid happy mail from the WW group. Big snow storm supposed to hit Maine tomorrow!

sassafrass on Dec 31, 2019:

All the best to you in the coming year!

user6937 on Dec 23, 2019:

Thank you for the five postcards and letting me know how they make you grateful! Love the story about your Navy grandpa and mermaids :)

TreeAnn629 on Dec 11, 2019:

Thank you so much for the unicorn paper rak. Love the paper.


manders2280 on Dec 6, 2019:

Thank you for the excellent advice. Our home was built in 1930 and has lots of hiding places. d-con no touch / no view traps are new to me. We are using snap traps now. I couldn't bear looking at struggling mice on glue pads.

Wonderful Wishes December

sherba31 on Nov 24, 2019:

Hello and thanks so much for the origami paper for Wonderful Wishes November. It's a great mix of colors and patterns. Origami fun for the holidays and beyond. Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday!

lttleetoile on Nov 22, 2019:

Thank you for my pretty picture! I can't wait until the new game comes out in March! Then I'll really really be MIA!!!

VivaLaDiane on Nov 20, 2019:

How is my doggo boy? And how are you?

MamaD on Nov 14, 2019:

Thank you so very much for the amazing wishes from the Wonderful Wishes group! I love it all!!! Thank you!!!

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