Swap-bot Time: February 4, 2023 6:49 am


Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: February 3, 2023
Birthday: December 21
Country: United Kingdom
Amberleigh Blog

About Me


Do you like history, particularly the 18th and early 19th centuries?  Is creative writing one of your hobbies?  Do you dream about village life in Georgian England?  Fancy yourself a character in one of Jane Austen's novels? Come join our group "At Home with the Georgettes" where all your daydreams can come to life.  We are a small group of ladies who cherish this incredible time in history and through our swaps gain a better understanding of daily life in the Georgian and Regency Eras of English history.  Choose your Georgian/Regency character and join our little village of friends."


I thought it was about time I freshened up my profile as I’ve been a member since 2011 and it's now 2022. My name is Anna, and I’m originally from the United States but moved to England when I married. I love paper crafts of all kinds and lately I’ve gotten into making junk journals and all the pretty embellishments that go along with them. I’m beginning to work with beads again and am enjoying creating charms and some simple jewellery. Vintage themes and Shabby Chic styles are among my favourites.

I love listening to the radio whether it is music of all genres, dramas, documentaries or books being read. I listen while I work or craft. I’m not much of a television fan, but do enjoy costume dramas, documentaries and a good movie.

I love my garden and am very interested in herbs and their healing properties as well as using them in my cooking. I hope to plant a physic garden one day when I retire but for now I have some potted herbs. I love nature and enjoy walking, especially in the forest. I like watching the birds in my garden and since we are blessed with a large garden there are many birds around us.

Favorite Books

Books are a passion for me and I probably have too many but I love the idea of a study filled with books where I can do my research. Older books are especially interesting as they tend to have little notes and dedications that give them a character all their own. I have an interest in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian Eras in England and find the Colonial United States fascinating. I read mostly non-fiction, biographies and history but I do enjoy a well written novel. At the moment I am reading mostly classics although Salley Vickers and Wilton Barnhardt are favourites too.

Some of my Favourite things

I'm a Janeite (Big fan of Jane Austen) and especially love the Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.

Other things I like are:

Dip pens, wax seals

Vintage linens, I collect ladies hankies

Space: Moon, Stars, Planets, Space Travel



Real bandanas (not the craft store kind) especially in dark blue

Tea, tea parties and all the pretty things that go along with them. Mint and Chai tea are my favourite teas, but I like trying new flavours.


Shabby Chic anything

Blue and white patterns

Charms and trinkets

Postage stamps, new or used

Crafty bits, washi tape, pretty papers.

Beads and sequins

Your art



Soft,(but not pastel) blues, greens and purples are my favourite colours but I like a little orange too.

I like miniatures and have a small collection of doll house things and other bits and bobs I've come across. I especially like tiny things that have fine detail the more authentic looking the better.

I have an affinity for trees and love nature

Not so favourite things

Usually I'm fairly easy to please but there are a few things I'm not all that fond of.

key chains

I'm not a big fan of Hello Kitty and that type of thing, and I'm not into current Disney, I prefer the older movies and love Tinkerbell.

I would prefer not to get any more notebooks or journals as I have recently gotten so many of them.

I don't collect postcards and prefer non-touristy ones if they are part of a swap.

I like most tea but I don't like Oolong and I'm allergic to ginseng so no teas with ginseng please.

Things not to send

Chocolate as I'm allergic and don't care for white chocolate

Glitter because it gets everywhere and is hard to clean up.

Heavily scented items as they give me migraines.

Postage Stamps

I've been collecting stamps since I was a child. I collect just about any stamps from anywhere in the world but do concentrate on several countries. If you are sending stamps, here is a quick guide to what I collect:

  • USA stamps over 20¢
  • United Kingdom stamps
  • Australian stamps
  • New Zealand Stamps
  • Canadian Stamps
  • Netherland stamps

Specific stamps:

  • The Belgian Chocolate stamps
  • Stamps in fun shapes
  • Millennium stamps from England
  • Space, planet stars stamps

I don't collect CTOs (Cancel to Order stamps that you can buy in book shops and hobby shops.) These are mint stamps that are just canceled and have not gone through the postal system so they are basically just damaged.

Private stamp swaps are welcome!

Please Read

I don't sign up for a swap unless I know I can follow through so I will never flake. If you don't get my swap, please contact me before you rate me.

Also, if I haven't rated you, that means I haven't received your swap. I always rate as soon as I receive a swap.

A further note...

I am a green girl; I choose to reuse. A lot of the packages I send out are in recycled envies as I just hate wasting anything. I try to make everything I send out look attractive.


MuggleMom rated for An 1816 pudding recipe on Feb 3, 2023
Comment: I LOVE your dishware which made for a spectular photo. Your pudding looked as picture perfect as on any BBC4 documentary, lol!! I used whole mik for my Jesmond but even that didn't help with the flavor or lack thereof...but I will try your method to see if I was having first-time incompetence. Maybe, I think I flub it just so I could make warm vanilla custard (smile). I can't wait to try more recipes, if we dare! xxToni
MuggleMom rated for The Kissing Ball card on Jan 30, 2023
Comment: What a lovely card! It feels so solid with the gorgeous leaves. I am so impressed with the details. Thank you for the hosting this swap. xxMuggleMom
MuggleMom rated for Holly Night Journal Card on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: Anna, your adorable journal card arrived today and so clever to make it with the fold-out message! I love interactive crafts and yours was so charming. Thank you for the New Year message and I hope that spring arrives soon for you! xxToni * I forgot to say THANK YOU for the Harry Potter postage stamp - I can't get enough of them. I have the US ones locked in the family safe...I'm such a loon!
MuggleMom rated for 12th Night Mask Character on Dec 29, 2022
Comment: Elizabeth, your character is such a wicked delight and I look forward, possibly, to an evening spent with Miss Appropriation. What a clever play on words. I shall endeavor to keep my items about my persons but I fear the mulled wine might cause a slight detractor if I slip too far into a wonderful conversation. The ball will be fun and I am so happy to partake.🎉 Anna - this is another fun swap!!! xxMuggleMom
pynart2 rated for Journal Card and Corner Hugger on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: How do I thank you for 2 beautiful pieces of work, I love them. And yes, I would be delighted to add a few New students to the Art class, I am looking forward to meeting Miss Salley Owen and Miss Simone., Looking forward to seeing them in the New Year,.
Response: Hester, I know you will enjoy having the girls as pupils, their youthful enthusiasm is so cheering. Thank you for agreeing to tutor all three of my girls. You are most welcome for the journal card and holder. I'm happy you liked them. Elizabeth/Anna .
Star7Lily rated for Recipes of our Era: Curry on Dec 13, 2022
Comment: Your currie looked impressive, vastly different from the colour of mine. Is Galangal a dark red coloured vegetable or spice? Mine was insipid looking. Anyhow, the image of your experiment looked very appetizing. Hearts galore. xx
Response: I used ginger as I could not find the galangal, I think it was the tikka sauce I added to spice the flavour up that gave that rich dark colour. Can't wait for the next recipe trial swap. Anna ♥
lostinavalon rated for SECRET WHISPERS swap #4 on Dec 11, 2022
Comment: These pages are lovely! I especially love the background for the wagon page. Thanks for the inspiration!
Response: Hmm, don't know what happened to my response, it was there a moment ago! I'm happy your liked my pages as I just love this swap. Thank you for the heart! Anna ♥
lostinavalon rated for Album of Accord, Round 3 on Dec 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice letter and this newspaper!!! Wow!! I love it---such a genius idea. I had to tell my husband all about it (since it really is him, in another world!) Blessings!
Response: Thank you for such a wonderful comment. I was a little worried the newspaper wouldn't be as interesting to others as it is to me. I'm glad you enjoyed it, it made all the effort worthwhile. Anna ♥
user2148 rated for Let’s Draw! on Nov 20, 2022
Comment: Beautiful!! Loved your take on this swap - everything is gorgeous!! Thanks for such amazing work!!
Response: This was a bit tricky for me but I got there in the end. I have not drawn much of anything since high school, but enjoyed this swap so much. You would laugh, I walked around the garden and looked at all the mushrooms, we have so many different ones in our lawn and wood. I hope you will host more swaps like this one! Anna ♥
Comment: What a fabulous package I received in the mail today! The swap itself is beautiful!! I love the cards and the different backs are gorgeous and unique! Thank you for the wonderful letters, sweet packet of ephemera and especially the wonderful book!! Oh my! I am sooo looking forward to some cozy time inside so I can get out my embroidery kit!! Thank you ever so much!! What a treasure 💖💖💖
Response: Nickalli, I am so pleased you liked the swap. And I'm glad the book is useful and will be used rather than languishing on my shelf! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Word Clusters on Oct 28, 2022
Comment: Love everything you create. And I always look forward to receiving your two notes, FYI the dark blue note was hard to read. Thank you for sharing. Fondly, Barbara/Phebe
Response: Barbara, I'm glad you liked the swap. Thank you for letting me know about the blue paper, I won't use that again. Have a gorgeous day! Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Musical Evening Tag on Oct 23, 2022
Comment: Dearest Eliza, thank you for attending our musical evening, I am pleased you made the acquaintance with our cellist. The memento of the evening in tag form is a delight and I shall treasure it for years to come. Carrie x
Response: Dearest Carrie, What a splendid evening of music we enjoyed. I could not help but be inspired by it and am happy you shall treasure the memento I made for you. Fondly, Eliza ♥
Star7Lily rated for Autumn Recipes on Oct 13, 2022
Comment: How gorgeous were your recipe cards Anna, the presentation was inspirational and I might adopt that for future swaps as it played my heart strings. I shall try the soup, and the tea sounds most unusual perfect for Halloween. Thank you for the cuttings, they will come in handy for my garden. Bless you, xxx many hearts
Response: Jane, I'm happy you liked the recipes. I've always made my own recipe cards, I find the store bought ones a little boring. I'm so pleased they struck a chord with you. Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Village Picnic Excursion on Sep 23, 2022
Comment: Oh Eliza, what a pretty reminder of our day trip to Hobbs Hill, I shall treasure the momento for my journal indeed I shall. Thank you for the letter it was such a lovely day. Blessings and love, Carrie
Response: Carrie, you are most welcome. I have fond memories of that day and hope we shall plan many more such outings. Affectionately, Eliza
MuggleMom rated for Secret Journal Pocket on Sep 12, 2022
Comment: OMG, I love that you used Harry Potter stamps on the evnie!! I covet them for projects!! I was so happy to see the vintage airmail envie also. Then you spoiled me rotten with the secret journal pocket in my favorite color with butterflies! A note from Rachel also "Thank you ever so much for the lovely tuck in's for my journal. I can not wait to use the botanical stickers". Hugs!
Response: Hi Toni! I thought you might like those stamps. :) I'm so pleased you liked the journal pocket, I think this was such a clever idea. Hope to swap again soon. Anna ♥
pynart2 rated for Third Annual Garden Fete on Aug 22, 2022
Comment: Thank yo for sharing and all the hard work you do to make this happen. Sending you a bouquet of hearts.
Response: What a lovely comment, Pam. Thank you and many hearts to you also! Anna ♥
Star7Lily rated for Annual Fete Bingo Game on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: What a gorgeous envelope to receive such pretty flowers on its outside and lovely surprises inside. The bingo card was exquisite, and a keeper for my next bingo game. Thank you the letters were so special. many hearts dearest x
pynart2 rated for Mystery Swap on Aug 3, 2022
Comment: A very lovely pocket to add to your journal. Loved all the additions to make it special for a reminder of the Fete.
Response: Thank you for your lovely comment Pam and the heart. I've already written about the fete and put my pocket in my journal! Anna ♥
bearnbabs rated for Regency Royal Tea - Book TAG #2 on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: Love the tag and letters, Did you celebrate the Queens month long celebration? Hope your having a wonderful day. Barbara Thank you for the lovely laced and all the red white and blue. and the English postage stamps are always wonderful to see. Thanks foe sharing.
Response: HI Barbara, I had a little tea party since the weather wasn't nice enough to barbecue on the weekend they were celebrating with street parties. We had a nice time of it, I hung up the buntings I had made and created a lovely tea with sandwiches and little cakes. Thank you for the heart, I'm glad you liked the tag I made. Hope you are enjoying the summer. Anna ♥
Response: Thank you for the heart! ♥

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Star7Lily on Dec 20, 2022:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Dearest Anna, may you be blessed with sunshine and peace and tranquility

MuggleMom on Sep 6, 2022:

Thank you for the fun certificates I received in the mail today for the Amberleigh fete!!

Yours affectionally,

Rachel Harris

MuggleMom on Aug 8, 2022:

Thank you for the lovely package I received today, especially the book of tea! It will go nicely with my other tea books - how did you know!



Autist on Jul 29, 2022:

Thank you so much for the LOVELY envie of DISNEY!! I loved everything in the package! I cant wait to use it all! I also love getting airmail from Europe. Cheers - Rook

MuggleMom on Feb 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday card I received. It was such a wonderful surprise!!


Ms. Rachel Harris

Yew Tree Cottage

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Hey Lady,

Long time no talk! Happy new year and missing you! Drop me a line soon.


fourgnomesinatrenchcoat on Dec 21, 2021:

Happy Birthday!! I hope your day is wonderful!

Star7Lily on Dec 20, 2021:


Star7Lily on Jul 29, 2021:

Memories of Bath, hope you feel better soon. x J

Drachenfrau on Jul 6, 2021:

Thank you hun! ❤️

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