Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 8:30 am


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: August 21, 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 - June 5th, 2019

Deputy Dennis P. Sampson Community 5k - June 22, 2019

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

The 2020 New York City Marathon (fingers crossed)!

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:

-Sea Witch

-The Wise Man's Fear

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.


Hell0Z0mbie rated for Quick Newbie Postcard Swap on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Omg I LOVE that PC! it's absolutely hilarious! My cats are fussy damn fussbuckets for sure. One of them likes to yell for wet cat food and then ignore it. :)
Response: LOL. My cat will scream for food, and there will still be plenty in the dish ... but it's around the edges and empty in the middle where she ate. Haha. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!
Sizzle rated for Quick Newbie Postcard Swap on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the floral post card! Maine is such a beautiful state! I canโ€™t wait to purchase my own home, so I can have a proper garden and collect flowers also! Enjoy your summer!
Response: I'm so pleased you like your PC so much! Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: I loved reading your letter!
Response: Hehe, glad to hear it! :) Thanks so much for joining (and the heart)! I'll be hosting SOC again when things settle down this way :) Take care!
CajunLady rated for FS: Send a PC, Get a PC on Jul 15, 2019
Comment: Love the zombie pc! I'm a season or 2 behind on The Walking Dead. But I've been trying to finish Star Trek, then we binged Lucifer and Stranger Things.
Response: I am SO glad you liked it!! I was concerned that maybe you'd received it before :) I have yet to start TWD, but I know I really need to!!
caf1988 rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the washi!
Response: Thanks for hosting this, I quite enjoyed it. I think the most fun, aside from prepping the envies, was learning who received what :)
Bantiarna rated for NH: Send a card on Jul 13, 2019
Comment: I have decided that she IS happy to see him, his appearance hasn't changed much in ten years, and the horror aspect comes in with what he was doing in those ten years. Or what SHE'S been doing.... oohhhh.... this is an awesome writing prompt thank you!!! LOL OH... wow... we both missed that one. Got the card too. Thank you!
Response: You are most welcome! Thank you for being patient while I fixed my goof and sent the right thing hehe :)
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Hunbun rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 6, 2019
fortannam rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcards!
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the heart!!
Littleroo rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Love the handmade envelopes!! Thank you. They are beautiful.
Comment: Thanks a lot for your postcard!
Response: Thanks for rating! :)
amymisha rated for Amys in Maine on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard! It is so nice to meet you! Letโ€™s do another swap soon.
Response: Thanks for rating! :)
Comment: Glad to meet up with you Amy in a swap. Hope you ear is healing. Thank you for the vintage Yokohama sea port PC you sent to me. We got a spritz of rain, waiting patiently for the rain storm to give us relief from the high heat. Happy July!
Response: Ear is good, now it's my eye ... lol. I'm a trainwreck! Thank you for the heart!!
ChrisAnne rated for FS ~ I found my PC's! on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the hysterical post card! I giggle every time I look at it.
Response: I honestly don't even remember which one I sent, but I'm glad it brings a giggle!! Thank you for the heart :)
jayneblonde002 rated for NH: Spring ATC on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: Amy I am delighted with your ATC. It's beautiful! Thank you so much!
Response: I am so glad it made its way to you safely! I was starting to get concerned, but I reminded myself that mail to South Africa is going to take a while!! :) Thank you so so much for the heart! Since I still consider ATCs to be new to me, it really boosts my confidence when one of mine is so well received!
sassafrass rated for OSS: ATC - Open Theme on May 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome ATC! I appreciate your patience on rating. Thank you for swapping!
Response: Thank you for the heart!! As I've stated in another rating response, since I still consider ATCs to be new to me, it really boosts my confidence when one of mine is so well received :) :) I'm thrilled to swap with you any time!!
Tverne05 rated for Accountability Buddy on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for everything you sent. You were so gracious. This swap was a great jump start.๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿค—
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it!! I agree that the swap was a good jump start. I couldn't get myself together during that month, but it certainly helped me to get back to my routine I'm currently in. Thank you for the heart and keep kicking butt!!!
Comment: Thank you! I have one of those box sets too that I use for Postcrossing as well as swap-bot, but you're right there are more Disney fans here!
Response: Thank you for rating!! :)
Comment: Lovely for you to assume I "deleted my comment" swap-bot has been messing up lately. I am not spiteful ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I did go into change the rating. to include you forgotten part of the swap(the whole reason we set the swap up) but swap bot before I could complete the save. erased the whole previous. Message. Not my fault. (Yes I do think it important to include you didn't include part or the swap. Again also not my fault you didn't check before setting the swap up. What you sent was lovely yes but not the full swap. I thought it would be important to include that in the rating as I forgot to previous. Also if I was so "spiteful" don't you think I would have removed the heart???
Response: **Update 05/28 - According to the USPS tracking (9500 1160 0131 9141 1565 27), this package was delivered on May 24th. I'm considering this swap complete and this matter closed.** Update 05/21/19 - Notepad rcvd from other SB member last night - being mailed out today. 05/15/19 Another SB member has seen this back and forth about the notepad and has one. She has kindly offered to send it to me to send to you. I had PMd you about the mix up and did my best to please you nevertheless. It wasnโ€™t an issue until today, when I denied the tag. You and I both had already notated my mistake in the original rating comment. However, I am happy to report that I can amend the issue. Since I canโ€™t PM you since you blocked me, this is the only way I could indicate that Iโ€™d get it sent once itโ€™s in my hands. I thanked you for being understanding and gracious. Iโ€™m sorry youโ€™re still so disappointed, but it will be made right. Updated 05/15/19 - I think it's a shame that you're being spiteful (due to me denying your tag) and removing your comment about this swap. I've saved the rating to the Way Back Machine today just in case. This swap and the tag denial are NOT one in the same - why would you do this? The original comment, should anyone be interested, "abcdefgxyz12367985 rated for Pvt: Profile Swappity Swap on May 9, 2019 5 rating Comment: OMG thanks so much everything is so perfect. No worries about the Kuromi. You went above and beyond! ๐Ÿ’š I absolutely love the all the letter sets and hello Kitty Stationery. I would love to swap again sometime. Feel free to message me :)" User has deleted comment because I denied her tag in the forums. Thank you for being gracious about my mistake - I really did try to make up for it. I'm so pleased that it was well received - enjoy!
VivaLaDiane rated for FS: Send a PC, Get a PC US Only on May 7, 2019
Comment: I **LOVED** the polar bear PC so much!!! I am setting a reminder because the heart button is disabled, but you absolutely deserve one. I appreciate that you put this smile in my mailbox. It may seem stupid but certain things are able to transform my day in the best way and polar bears in general remind me of our polar bear Kali at the Saint Louis Zoo. We got him when he was orphaned because his mom was killed by hunters. When I first met him; even between the glass, I just felt some connection and felt even for a few minutes like I was free from pain and the ills of life. I know it sounds crazy and it's all in my mind but it's a long way of saying I appreciate how much you made my day. xoโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ
Response: I'm so glad it was so well received! I held on to that card for a long time "just in case" we ever got partnered, and finally, we did! :) And I don't think the connection between you and Kali sounds crazy at all!

Rating Overview

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VivaLaDiane on Aug 16, 2019:

On my bucket list now is to meet Radinโ™ฅ

sassafrass on Jul 30, 2019:

Ohhh I love your winged paper doll! She turned out beautifully โค๏ธ Thank you for sharing! I'm glad you were inspired :)

VivaLaDiane on Jul 24, 2019:

It felt like fall this morning. Maybe you're in luck. Fingers crossed. xoxoโ™ฅ

Cgscdy on Jul 18, 2019:

Thank you very much for the forum RAK! Much love for everything you sent! Hoping life eases up on you a bit so you can take care of you and your needs.

VivaLaDiane on Jul 18, 2019:

Branson is very safe so late evening activities/walking/running won't be an issue of concern. It's like a mini Nashville from what I know of it. Very touristy and lots of antique shops/malls. Silver Dollar City is a vintagey type of amusement park and then there's this duck ride thing that everyone loves. Early fall there would be absolutely fabulous so my fingers are crossed for you both!! โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

VivaLaDiane on Jul 17, 2019:

The saving grace might be an early fall. If so, you'll love it so much. Fall here is so amazing - so I'm crossing all of my limbs that early fall greets you. Nosey note: what's in Branson that is bringing you near?

renmagpie on Jul 16, 2019:

I'm happy to be back - and I missed you too!!!

VivaLaDiane on Jul 15, 2019:

All four seasons every day. Super humidity. What are the dates?

VivaLaDiane on Jul 9, 2019:

Me and my dumb ass was like -- "No Doubt did a cover of No Diggity?". DUH. I get moron of Tuesday. Lol. Is it Wednesday yet so I can take off this dunce hat? :D xoxoxโ™ฅ

VivaLaDiane on Jul 2, 2019:


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