Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2021 5:46 pm


Date Joined: December 13, 2010
Last Online: October 21, 2021
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated September 2021

My word for 2021 is CONNECT

My annual St. Nickโ€™s Day small package swap for those in the US is currently open. LINK

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 26 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.

On April 9, 2021, I retired from full-time work 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.

Now that Iโ€™m retired, we also deliver groceries from our local food bank to four local and home bound families each Wednesday. My husband has been doing this since the start of the pandemic. Iโ€™m glad I can now join him.

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: Iโ€™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. Iโ€™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.


Comment: Thanks for the nc and your answers. Small world - I lived in and around Northern VA not too long ago. Take care.
Trevismom rated for Tea for two, yum #3 on Oct 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! Yummy!
Comment: Thanks so much! They are the perfect size!
AmySue2 rated for Fall Knitted Dishcloth Swap on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the leaf dishcloth. It was beautiful and I love the color.
Comment: thank you for the pumpkins! they are so cute!
Comment: Thank you so much for 4 weeks of letters/prompts! :D
Comment: Thank you Amy for the neat envie, little stickers and other envies you included. ๐Ÿ˜Š
susieq11 rated for Handmade Envelopes 9/2021 on Sep 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Love all the envelopes! I think my favorite is the one with the latte!! So glad you joined!! : )
Flamingoloon rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #263 on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: Sounds like a pleasant weekend!
Chelle rated for A Cup of Tea happy mail! on Sep 16, 2021
sschibetts rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #262 on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend with me - sounds like it was a relaxing one!
Comment: Thanks for joining my swap! Enjoyed your letter- I'll likely be writing back soon!
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing with me
Comment: Thank you so much for my letter. Its so lovely to read your many silver linings for a challenging summer. And what a wonderful trip you had with your husband. I'm sure that your family and friends are as grateful to have you in their worlds as you are to be able to support them. Best wishes, Natalie
Comment: Hi Amy! Thanks so much for the lovely card, envelope and treats of the tea and those fun stickers. Much appreciated. Cathy
demiguy86 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #261 on Sep 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the swap. Now I have to check out clickbait on Netflix. Sounds good. I do like a good bike ride myself, however the weather is too hot.
Mimi7 rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail USA #3 on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: HI Amy You really made my day!! Thank you for your thoughtfulness on this swap!! I love the Jetoy cat pc and other kitties too and I love the lighthouse postcards and the notecard. I wish I could give more hearts!! take care and stay safe
Response: So happy you enjoyed this swap! You made my day with your comment!
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #260 on Aug 26, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card. I love fairs. Sounds like a great weekend
Writercat rated for What Are You Reading July '21 on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Hi Amy! Thank you for your card. That book does sound really good with all that wise advice. I so agree about social connections being important. Cathy
nanadiana rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #254 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and sharing your weekend with me. I'm sorry about your mom passing, but I'm sure your Dad is happy to have you there to help him out when you can. Take care!

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circularlogic on Sep 13, 2021:

thank you for week 1 and week 2 of 4 week snail mail swap -sept tues :D

Rainydancer on May 30, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

hamsterfarm on Feb 23, 2021:


Welcome to Yarn addicts!

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 ๐Ÿ’Œ.

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. :)

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