Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2019 1:08 am


Date Joined: July 22, 2018
Last Online: January 17, 2019
Birthday: March 31
Country: United States
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Weather Issues

We live in the country in the middle of the woods. It's beautiful here. Nice and quiet and very private. However, being a good distance from town, weather can play an important role in my mailing. During heavy rain, we have a small bridge that floods. It's the only way out of here so we can get stuck for a bit. When it snows, we can't get up or down our hill to get to the main road. Sometimes, even if I can get to our mailbox the mailman can't get to me! It doesn't happen too often but I can't control the weather. If this happens, I will be sure to send a message to let my partner what happened. I will not flake on a swap but country life does have pros and cons!

Update 11-17-18

Just wanted to let everyone know I’ve had a few events that have slowed down my swap this week. Last week, we got a whopping 8 inches of snow! It’s very early in the season for that much snow. Couldn’t get to post office for a few days. I put the mail in my box at home but they didn’t get out here for two days. On top of that, on Sunday I ended up in the emergency room with a kidney stone. Worse pain ever! Can’t drive on pain meds. Hubby is mailing swaps but can’t get there till after they close. He drops them in the outside box so most of them go out the next day, making them only one day late. I hope you understand. If for some reason you don’t get a swap from me, please message me and I will get it to you. Always try to contact each partner butt I’m afraid I will miss someone!! If you receive something damaged by the mail service let me know and I will do my best to fix it. Thanks so much.


I'm just going to go ahead and put this right up here at the top. A year and a half ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury. Life has been pretty rough since then. Some days, after my boys go to school and I'm hope alone Swap Bot is the only thing I have to occupy me. After a day of hard doctors appointments ad physical therapy, kind letters brighten my day. I am not posting this for sympathy but understanding. Please understand that I do write everything down but sometimes still make mistakes! I know some people probably think if I can't do things right I shouldn't be doing swaps. However, I try my hardest and if I mess up all you have to do is let me know and I will resend. I have never flaked on a swap. Please be understanding and leave out the snarky comments and condescending tone. All you have to do is kindly tell me what happened and I will fix it. As I am quite aware of, life can change in an instant. One event can change your life completely. Life's to short to be mean. (More info on my head injury below sorry to repeat but I want people to understand the situation!)

*Please know that I live in the middle of the woods. My mailbox is on a main road which is actually two roads from my house. Even though I try as hard as I can, sometimes the mailman beats me to the box! I promise that I will do my best to get it there on time but it may not get picked up till the next day. If you don’t get something in a timely manner please message me and I will resend. We have had mail thieves in the past but I think that situation has been taken care of...sad some people are like that. I promise I will not flake and if I figure out the mail has gone a day late, I will message you to let you know. Making my swap partners happy or bringing a smile to there day is my main goal here!

Hello, my name is Sarah. I am a forty something mom to two boys ages 8 and 2. They keep me pretty busy. My oldest plays lacrosse so we have lots of practices and games. We also like going to the movies and the library together. I am an art teacher in an elementary school. This will be my 20th year of teaching in the same school!
As for my own art I enjoy watercolor/acrylic painting, photography (especially abandoned buildings), calligraphy, hand lettering, holiday crafts, cards and stamps, collage, sewing and felt stitching

One last thing you should know about me...A year and a half ago, I fell down a flight of steps while carrying laundry. My head went through our baby gate at the bottom of the steps leaving me with a rather large head wound that required many stitches. I was also diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. I don't like telling people this as I certainly don't want it to come across as me looking for pity. However, I struggle with the loss of my short term memory. This is in no way any excuse for me to flake or be late! Just a warning that I may have to ask for clarification and I may repeat things or misspell words. Swap Bot has been a Godsend for me. I had to quit teaching after 20 years and I felt really disconnected from the outside world. These exchanges help me be creative, practice my writing and look forward to goodies in my mailbox. Thanks to all of my partners for being a part of my recovery!

My Hobbies


card making

rubber stamps

Cooking-teaching my kids to cook

All things snail mail related

Digital scrapping

Reading-Horror, SciFi, YA, Motivational, Christmas books

Yoga and meditation

Party Planning-love making party things from Pinterest

Thrift Shopping- I love to re purpose things I find at thrift stores

Journals- I keep lots of journals on health, gratitude, my kids and list making.

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music. When I hit shuffle on Spotify, I usually end up with some interesting play lists. I like metal, classic rock, progressive, new age, classical, disco and show tunes. See I told you it was a wide variety! Some of my favorites are Pink Floyd, Rush, TOOL, Iron Maiden, Journey. I like horror inspired music like the work of John Carpenter. I also love the theater and some of my favorite show tunes are from Cats, Aida and Les Miserables.

Things I Love

Since I live in such a small town, we rarely get neat stamps like I see on the mail I receive. If you don’t save them, I would LOVE to have your used stamps from your incoming mail! I also like any small denomination stamps...1,6, 10 cents.

Anything Egyptian/Egyptian art related, Art and Artists...favorites Monet, Druer, Klimpt, Ansel Adams and Frank LLoyd Wright I can't stand Andy Warhol!

Favorite Animals: sloths, llamas, owls,humming birds, hedgehogs, cats and leopard geckos.

TV: Stranger Things, Amazing Race, Big Brother and British Comedy.

Small journals and notebooks, Felt tip pens and Stickers.

Old architecture and abandoned buildings Ephemera, especially vintage holiday, rubber stamps of any kind!

Postcards I enjoy... Art and artists,
Where you live-landscapes, native animals. Big Letter States, Animal Pictures, Funny Animals, Vintage Objects and toys, Abandoned Buildings, Ocean-mermaids, seahorses and octopus, Steampunk, Victorian, Fairy Tale, Movies especially vintage sci fi and monster movies

Wish List:

Coloring postcards- I can't seem to find these anywhere!

Washi tape you can never have too much in my opinion!

Anything holiday related. I love reproductions of vintage holiday cards and ephemera

Cats anything cats especially washi! I can't seem to find any cat washi at the craft stores near me.

BOX TOPS-my boys collect them for school!

Rubber stamps any kind.

Stamped Images. I'm really enjoying card making and love using stamped images but rubber stamps can be rather pricey. I would LOVE for you to share some of your favorite stamps with me and to get some stamped images on plain card stock for my cards.

About Me

I'm sorry this does seem really long. Please know that I will find joy and beauty in every PC, letter and work of art I receive! Nothing beats finding great stuff in your mailbox. I enjoy writing and receiving snail mail and also spend a lot of time decorating envelopes. I have not done ATCs since art school/college but I am excited to start making them again. I also live in the middle of nowhere and I try to get out as much mail before due date as not to be late. I get to the post office at least three times a week and I rate as soon as I get home.

My kids

As I said, I have to sons ages 9 and 3. Both boys enjoy playing lacrosse. My youngest loves construction equipment and my oldest is into video games. My oldest will be doing any of the swaps that involve kids and writing. Both boys love to be creative. They love to paint and draw. The both love those little craft kits that you can get at the craft stores. They also like card games and even though there's a large age gap between them, my oldest will play them with his brother. They are both candy lovers and have a fascination with pez dispensers. The love slime and beg me to make it at home all the time. As for mail, they love animal postcards and neat stamps. Most of all they are excited to find stuff in the mailbox and even more thrilled when it's for them! I don't like to put their names out there for everyone to see so if you get me for a partner for a kids swap let me know and I will send you their names.

The boys would LOVE to have box tops! The class that collects the most box tops gets a dress down day. They both go to Catholic school so getting to pick out what you wear for a day is like gold for them.

If you would happen to be an international swapper, the boys would love to try some snacks from your area. They watch you YouTube videos of people trying foreign snacks for the first time. I pretty sure there's a YouTube video for everything!!

A Few Things I Don’t Like

I hate to include this category but just in case...
Realistic frogs. Peaches and raisins. Hot tea. Teacher sticker ( I am a teacher but not working right now due to my accident)


federfuchs rated for Profile Based Drawing #2 on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all your Harry Potter creations! You have beautiful handwriting and thanks for the stickers as well :)
USAFwife rated for R&W Goals for 2019 on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: I apologize for taking so long to rate this swap! IT got mixed in with letters, and I just found it. I hope you are able to keep up with your goals for the year. :) Maybe we can find some group swaps to help you out with them. :)
myancey rated for This Or That Questions (AGAIN) on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks Sarah
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card! :) Cheers to the New Year!
KSENiA rated for This Or That Questions (AGAIN) on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing,
Comment: Love the card, thank you!
KSENiA rated for Christmas postcard swap #11 on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the adorable postcard. Love it.. Sorry for the late rating.
Response: Late rating is absolutely no issue for me. I'm just glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart ❤️
Comment: snowmen doing Gymnastics, that's different! Thank you! Love your stamp on the back _ I have the same one
Response: Yes snowmen gymnastics was a little odd. Thanks for the ❤️
PostcardAl rated for Scatts PC Swap - B - US only on Jan 13, 2019
Comment: Hi Sarah, thanks for the card and the "B" answers! All the best for 2019! Al
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Great Reslutions you have! I want to get more active too but cold weather keeps me inside. Also when you liked to read and swap well that doesn't keep me active. Thank you for the great extras! The popscicle sticker is so cool! Thank you a bunch!
Response: Cold weather has me stuck inside a good bit too. Makes my arthritis act up. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: This I am definitely saving, framing and placing it on my "swapbot" wall of fame. I can relate to all 5 items...especially....You tell yourself you're going to take a little break from swapping only to find a dozen awesome swaps you can't pass up! Thank you for making me feel normal. I also really like the notecard and postcard you sent as extras. Take care---Happy Swapping.
Response: Oh I am so glad you liked it! I go to see my therapist weekly and we talk about my swap bot obsession every week. She is the one who coined the term pen pal hoarded! I love swap bot, maybe a little too much! Lol Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thanks so much for your nice letter! My toddler loved the llama sticker on the envelope.
Response: Awww...glad your little one liked the llama. Thanks for the ❤️
CheyanneB rated for AAA - Fun Holidays December on Jan 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great ATCs!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thank you! ♡
Response: You're welcome!
Nehalennia rated for Christmas Wish Letter on Jan 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful letter and added goodies. I enjoyed so much to read about your Christmas wish <3 Sorry for my late rating. Best wishes for 2019!
Response: No worries about rating. I rarely check dates and stuff. I just love snail mail more than dates, postmarks and ratings. Thanks for the ❤️ Happy New Year!
MarieS rated for Where You Live (PC) - November 2018 on Jan 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks a lot for your card!
Response: You're welcome.
tirrynalumach rated for After Christmas Letter Swap! on Jan 3, 2019
Comment: Hi Sarah, thank you so much for the lovely letter. I hope you are doing better now and I'm happy that the boys seemed to enjoy Christmas as well as you did :D Happy new year to you too! All the Love, Maddy
Response: We're doing great. Thanks for the ❤️
shinyserra rated for Questions For A Better You #1 on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: I hope you did well at your surgery! And also got everything done for Christmas. You sound like you had a lot on your plate! I enjoyed reading your answers as always.
Response: Everything went well and we had a great Christmas! Thanks for the ❤️. Hope you and your husband are doing well. Happy New Year!
Comment: Thank you so much for my beautiful card and lovely note
Response: Your welcome. Thanks for the ❤️

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


RiverTopanga on Nov 19, 2018:

Hello Sarah! Welcome to the Artisan ATC group. We look forward to seeing what you create. - Leslie

isabellasnow on Nov 12, 2018:

Hi Sarah! Welcome to the Gothic Arches group! We're so glad to have you and hope you'll find lots of lovely swaps to join in our cozy little group.

jukejan on Sep 19, 2018:

So weird that I am mailing a PC to you and just had you mail to me in another swap. Hope the flooding subsides quickly and that no damage occurs.

mommyofmultiples on Sep 16, 2018:
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