Swap-bot Time: July 11, 2020 1:37 pm


Date Joined: April 17, 2010
Last Online: July 6, 2020
Birthday: October 19
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

Hi! My name is Sarah, I'm 51 and originally from Columbus, Ohio, USA. I moved to England in 1996 when I met and married my British husband. We work at home running an Internet tech business. We share our home with an Engish Bull terrier dog and a parrot.

I'm not very crafty (not enough time or space!) but I love drawing and painting, postcards, letters, decorated mail, etc. I spend my workday at the computer and have found writing letters, postcards, and a journal is a great way to unwind from that! I like beautiful things as well as cute things and love bright colours like pink, orange, yellow and green.

I love pretty and interesting stamps so if you can use some on whatever you send me it would make me very happy!

I like to spend my free time reading, walking, drawing and painting, letter writing, journal writing, watching football/soccer, surfing the internet, watching movies and TV, feeding and watching the wild birds in my garden, and enjoying nature.

Things I Like

  • Postcards
  • Pretty or interesting postage stamps
  • Nature
  • History
  • Science
  • Birds
  • Flowers
  • Trees
  • Insects
  • Stationery and note cards
  • Pens and pencils
  • Fountain pens
  • Writing letters
  • Journal writing
  • Cuddly toys (especially penguins and chicks)
  • Football (soccer) – Tottenham and Manchester United fan

My Very Favourite Things

  • Birds
  • European robins
  • Hedgehogs
  • Penguins
  • Chickens
  • Wildflowers
  • Ladybirds
  • Pretty beetles and insects
  • Ponies :)

Favourite Crafts

I mostly draw and paint, but I have a hard time sticking to one thing for very long! I like to make hand-drawn and painted ATCs and postcards. Other things I've tried and do occasionally are doodling, zentangle, and mixed media.


I'm not really a collector and am really not that picky about the postcards I receive. Generally I prefer them written on and naked - it's both the picture on the postcard and the message on the back that I enjoy, and all the evidence of its travels across the world. :)

Most any postcard will make me happy, but my favourite themes are birds, animals, natural scenery, historic places (castles, old buildings, city scenes), tourist cards that show something unique or interesting about the place, UK Royal Mail or US postal stamp cards, nice homemade cards, gardens, wildflowers, butterflies, Moomin cards, penguins, anything post or mail-related (postboxes, postal history, stamps), transportation (trains, planes, buses, ships, etc), or anything else related to any of the things I like and my favourite things I've listed above. I love vintage postcards as well as modern postcards with vintage photos or a vintage style.

And if you have any nice stamps to use on the postcard that would be a big bonus for me!

Favourite Authors

I like science fiction, fantasy, detective fiction, mysteries, and occasionally historical fiction.

Science fiction: Iain M Banks, Neal Asher, Alastair Reynolds, Tad Williams, Charles Stross, Neal Stephenson, Peter F Hamilton
Fantasy: Rachel Caine, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Steven Erikson, China Mieville, Terry Pratchett
Other fiction: Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Lee Child, M.R. Hall

Favourite Movies

Children’s animated films: Finding Nemo, Up, Happy Feet, Wallace & Gromit. I love most Pixar films - I never want to grow up!
Comedy: Sean of the Dead, Hot Fuzz
Science Fiction: Star Trek, Matrix, District 9, Moon, Avatar
Fantasy: X-men, Batman series

Favourite Television

House, Grey’s Anatomy, Dexter, Burn Notice, Bones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Spooks, Being Human, Vampire Diaries, Waking the Dead, Top Gear, Supernatural, Pushing Daisies, Farscape
Natural history programmes (Sir David Attenborough is my hero), art and history documentaries
Comedy/satire – Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, QI
Antiques programmes like Antiques Road Show, Bargain Hunt and Flog It
In general I dislike reality TV :(

Wish List

  • Note cards
  • Postcards
  • Vintage postcards
  • Blank pretty address labels
  • Air mail stickers
  • Envelope seal stickers


Not a long list for this :)

  • Clowns and circuses
  • Manga and anime
  • Monkeys and apes
  • Smelly/scented things except for tea
  • Religious themes other than historical
  • Makeup and fashion


shelleym rated for Fountain Pen Pal - Oct 2013 on Oct 30, 2013
Comment: Hooray for fountain pen letters! Especially when they arrive with cool stamps on the envelope and exotic ephemera inside! I know what you mean about intro letters being slightly awkward, so I'll write back, then the next time it will flow much more smoothly. Thanks so much!
lv2paint rated for Oct '13 Sender's Choice on Oct 18, 2013
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful tangle...you're really good at it! Also, thanks for the "dog" notecard. I'm all about the dog...
orange0208 rated for Pixar Postcards on Sep 26, 2013
Comment: thank you sarah for the card with great stamps :) i cant not agree more, i love finding nemo,too :DDD cant wait for upcoming movie, finding Dori :) thank you for joining this swap
CraftyDeeney rated for Summer's Last Gasp on Sep 24, 2013
Comment: Oh my goodness - I just love, love, love this ATC - it is so pretty! Thank you for joining my swap and also for sending me such a beautiful miniature work of art!
SarahRed rated for Fountain Pen Pal - Sep 2013 on Sep 18, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter! I really like the little bird drawing! I'll be responding soon!
Newberlin rated for Pixar Postcards on Sep 12, 2013
Comment: Hello! Thank you so much for the great card of Incredibles! :) I like Wall-E, Nemo and Up too, but also often watch Incredibles with my friend's son. :)
zasa rated for Zentangle - B ATC (international) on Sep 9, 2013
Comment: For the fact that you just started with Zentangles -> WOW! Awesome that ATC! thank you so much!
deesides rated for Movie postcard on Sep 4, 2013
Comment: I love the fact that you took time and effort to find me a card of one of my favourite films, despite not seeing it yourself! Thank you so much, here's for the excitement of seeing if the 12th Doctor is at all like Malcolm Tucker :D
Knitsicle rated for Water Postcards No.2 on Aug 28, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the card! Yes, I think it's really funny :D hehe
edgetorn rated for Mixed Media Mail Art Postcard on Aug 28, 2013
Comment: OMG...I totally love the mixed media postcard you made! Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers! I hope you continue to make m.m. postcards! Thank you for putting really cool postage stamps on the card too!
Comment: Wow what a very pretty card l love it thank you and the stamps on the evenlope are great too.
Comment: Sarah, the butterfly is so beautiful, I absolutely love it. The Monarch is one of my favourites too.
Melissa150025 rated for Water Postcards No.2 on Aug 23, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the pc!
efjellro rated for Postcards for Europe - #2 Flowers on Aug 23, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard :) I also had to take a closer look at the uniformed men at the postage stamps ;) Welcome back to Swapbot.
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome dragon ATC...I love it!
tishous rated for Quotecard Postcard #56 on Feb 20, 2012
Comment: Thanks so much for the great card & quote!
mathaholic rated for :) postcards on Feb 20, 2012
Comment: Those birds are so cute! Thank you!
kankalin rated for :) postcards on Feb 16, 2012
Comment: LOL, now this is a funny card thanks Sarah. I hope you had fun participating in this swap!
Comment: Gorgeous letter, thank you!
judee0624 rated for From the heart on Feb 8, 2012
Comment: I got caught up in the wedding hoopla too. Much better than war news.

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Omi on Nov 12, 2015:

Been some time since I've heard from you. Hope you're doing well!

Tinker60 on Feb 4, 2012:

Thanks so much for the beautiful London Tower Bridge. . . absolutely gorgeous. . .and thanks for your kindness in thinking of me. Happy swapping ~~

mpontalba on Feb 3, 2012:

Thank you so much for the London 2012 card! I loved the juxtaposition of the high jumper going over the Eye!

denimblu14 on Jan 28, 2012:

Wow! Peter Rabbit, a postbox and a mail themed stamp all on one postcard, thankyou so very much Sarah you've really made my day! My garden took quite a bashing in the recent high wind we had recently so it certainly needs some tlc as soon as I have the time :)

savannahjan on Jan 23, 2012:

What a wonderful PC! thank you for sharing your beautiful art with me! :)

harrisrk on Jan 17, 2012:

Thank you very much for the R.A.P.! It was an awesome PC and stamp.

hkappes on Jan 17, 2012:

Thank you so much for the Wallace & Grommit postcard for my collection. ♥

susieq11 on Dec 21, 2011:

An early Christmas wish! Hope you are doing well! : )

erinbit on Aug 27, 2011:

Thank you so much for the RAP! I just love the image of the girl on the bike. And the stamp was pretty as well :)

Marryth on Aug 22, 2011:

Thank you so much for the RAP - love the Dracula postcard! I really like the stamps you used as well. :)

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