Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2021 9:12 am


Date Joined: December 13, 2010
Last Online: January 16, 2021
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated January 2020

I will be away from my mailbox Jan 9 to 20. I will rate on my return.

My word for 2021 is CONNECT

Hello! My name is Amy. I live in Virginia, just outside Washington DC. I live here with my husband of 29 years. In early 2017, we lost our furry son, a Bichon/Westie mix of 13.5 years, to lymphoma. We do have a human son, who is 25 years old. He lives on his own now and is working hard managing a local restaurant and working to get engaged to a lovely gal! We love our empty nest!

We missed our dog, so have begun to take in dogs for sitting via Rover. If you are new to Rover and need to use a sitter local to you, you can use our coupon code to save $20 on your first stay: EMPTYNESTPETHAVEN20.

I work full-time in nursing administration for several human services programs within our local government. In my spare time, I love to ride my bike around town and on the local trails, knit, watch Neflix and read/write pen pal letters.

My husband and I volunteer in a peer ministry helping couples who are experiencing pain in their marriages. This program is called Retrouvaille. We highly recommend it because it saved our marriage. If you ever have questions about it, please let me know.

April 2018 Camping Update: We recently purchased an Aliner Ranger 12 pop-up camper. Let the adventures begin! And, no more camping on the ground for us!

Winter/Spring 2020: I’ve completed Reiki I training. I had one more class to go to complete Reiki II training and then COVID hit. My teacher will finish class and our final exam, practice and attunement when we are free from social distancing. I’m still practicing self-Reiki and on family/friends. Looking for anyone interested in distance Reiki via FaceTime. PM me.


Favorite Crafts

  • Knitting - socks, hats - love sock yarn for socks and hats
  • Crocheting - blankets, baby hats
  • Making handmade envies
  • Sewing (when my machine and I are not fighting)

Wish List

In no particular order...meant to help you if you are stuck deciding what to send.

  • Self-care Items I love: Small hand lotion, handmade soap, fuzzy socks, ginger or mint tea, aroma therapy (lavender and mint), Burt's Bees lip balm, travel size cleansing wipes, scented hand sanitizer, cloth handkerchiefs, eye mask for sleep. Note: I am not a bath tub gal.

  • Mailing labels in themes: lighthouse, yarn, bicycling

  • Milk chocolate
  • Handmade envies
  • Letter sets and note cards
  • Soft bed socks, especially aloe infused
  • Seasonal dish towels, napkins, small paper plates
  • Black tea with caffeine (plain, flavored, chai). I will re-gift non-black teas you send if it is a sender's choice swap. So, don't worry if you don't have black tea on hand.
  • Orbit gum...bubble mint and cinnamon
  • Burt's Bees lip balm
  • Superwash wool yarn in worsted weight or cotton yarn in worsted weight.
  • Return address labels - please include US or USA as part of the label
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, teal, black, green
  • Collections/themes: lighthouses, bicycle related items, yarn, knitting, snail mail, pop-up A-frame campers
  • Knit or crocheted items I love: Hats, mittens, socks, cowls, bags
  • Please see my Ravelry, Amazon and Etsy wish lists at the top of my profile for ideas.
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, teal, black
  • Solid lotion bars
  • Holiday specific hand towels, plates or napkins.
  • Handmade earrings - silver tones please
  • Fabric/sewn zipper pouches - seasonal are awesome
  • Handmade soaps mint and lavendar scents

Info about Swapping

I send swaps out on time. I also endeavor to rate in a timely fashion. If you have question about a swap I've marked as sent, please contact me via SwapBot messaging before rating. I'd like to have a chance to make things right.

If I have not rated you, please drop me a line and ask. I try to keep up with rating but sometimes, due to my humanness, I forget. I'm happy to look at my files and get the rating completed.

Please write your username and the name of the swap on something INSIDE of the envelope or package so I can rate you.

I'm not big on responding to ratings on my profile. Please don't take this personally. If you'd like to have more communication with me or become a pen pal, please let me know. I'm open to new pen pals and private swaps.

Please don't contact me to ask me why I did not give you a heart. If I didn't give you a heart, I didn't think your swap warranted it.

If your swap does not meet criteria, I will rate down, and contact you to let you know why. While I will still rate you down, I will change my rating if things are rectified in a timely fashion. I rate down pending resolution to notify other swappers and hosts of a potential problem. I will ALWAYS change my rating if I get something and things are resolved.

Most of all, Swapbot is a fun hobby for me. It's not a job. However, life sometimes happens. If for some reason you have a problem fulfilling a swap because you don't have the stuff or life is busy and you'll be late, please communicate with me. I'm more than willing to take your stress into consideration when I rate, IF I know what is happening and you communicate with me. I'll also communicate to let you know if I'm having a problem and would expect some flexibility and kindness from you.

If you are swapping with me and there is drama around things, don't be surprised if you can no longer contact me. I will block you without hesitation to save myself from your drama. I want to have fun and easy times here on Swapbot, not drama. It's nothing personal; it's about self-preservation.

I won't create a list for those who have not sent or not rated on my profile. I will call those people out through the rating, in public forums and on their profiles. I won't have my profile filled up with negatives. It's just how I'm choosing to do it.

Most importantly, enjoy Swapbot, the people you meet and the goodies that come your way! Let's create good Karma out there.


ayahsantos rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #223 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! Happy New Year! Take Care always!
megan1230 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #226 on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Your weekend sounds lovely!
Lonestarchild rated for MAIL ART - Winter on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Cute! Thank you.
krspellman rated for Tea Advent Calendar #5 on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Yummm!! thank you so much for the teas...I hope you had a very merry Christmas!! :-)
ayahsantos rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #222 on Dec 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your weekend! Take Care always! Happy Holiday!
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #224 on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Sounds like a lovely weekend, and like your state is back to normal!
Suzyanner rated for Tea Advent Calendar #4 on Dec 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the prettily wrapped teas! Can't wait to open them and have my daily tea treat!
whirlwend rated for Tea Advent Calendar #3 on Dec 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you, Amy! I hope your family has a lovely Christmas!
LadyJo rated for MAIL ART - Collage on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the neat collage envie! It finally arrived yesterday, but I don't know if you had anything inside, but it is gone. It was opened up!
Response: Oh no. I'm so sorry. I even taped it up with packaging tape.
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #221 on Nov 30, 2020
Comment: Hi Amy! So nice to have you as a partner, it has been a while since we visited! How wonderful that you were planning to go to the Thanksgiving cabin! I am so sorry your work has been so hectic - hope everything works out that you can retire when you want to! I have four more years but trust me when I say I am counting down!! LOL! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Please stay safe and wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: We had a very relaxing Thanksgiving. I hope you did too. I came back to work to find my early retirement offer in my in-box. I have to explore all the fine print, but looks like I will very likely finish this chapter in early April (FOR THE WIN!!!!)
mariewilliams810 rated for Tea Advent Calendar #2 on Nov 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Have a Merry Christmas!
Comment: What a pretty envelope to find in my mailbox! 🙂 Thank you!
Comment: The notecard arrived! Have a marvelous day and happy swapping....
Eel9585 rated for Secret Santa light 2020 (Flat Mail) on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #220 on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: thanks for the card, sounds like a lovely weekend
RNRISLOVE rated for Tea Advent Calendar #1 on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you. Can't wait to try them.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. I love the notepad and cute card. Merry Christmas!
Smsands2 rated for Christmas Card with a Small Tuck in on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Thank-you for such a happy card!
Casmi rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #219 on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: A Philly Cheese Steak! I used to have one when I flew out of the Phildadephia airport - my stop before boarding would be Chicky and Petes - Philly Cheese Steak with the special fries and an Espresso Martini (or two!)
Rbrstmpr rated for St. Nick's Day Swap - US on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: Yowza Batgirl, I LOVE the envelope you sent my goodies in more than you can imagine!!! Will be back after Christmas when I open it with more comments. Thanks!!

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debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Put a little Pumpkin spice in your life

Ciska76 on Oct 10, 2020:

Thank you Amy for your lovely note, beautiful moon card and the teas for IFM: WTA September. What a joy to receive 💌.

debtea2 on Jul 15, 2020:

nanadiana on Jul 4, 2020:

Thank you for the angel for the National Pen Pal Day Notecard swap. The card is adorable! And your camping trip sounds wonderful! Thanks again!

Karen07 on Mar 5, 2020:

Thank you for angeling Amy! I love the notecard and am studying that quilt.

SouthsideTracie on Jan 8, 2020:

Thanks for your list of 15 things! So nice to be part of a smooth swap :-)

LunaCass on Jun 29, 2019:

Hello Amy, I just wanted to let you know I received the letter-set grabbie tag, thank you! I can't wait to use them, have a lovely day. :)

Bhindblueeyes on Apr 25, 2019:

Thank you so much for the PC for the AB swap! What a surprise, and it's so perfect to keep as a daily reminder!! Thank you <3

debbiespoms on Mar 23, 2019:

Thank you Amy for my Wish via May your wish come true Profile swap. I am in love with these bookmarks! You went above & beyond on these!

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