Swap-bot Time: August 12, 2020 8:20 am


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: August 11, 2020
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
Blog: Cupcakes & Canter
Blog: Book Reviews
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About Me

My name is Amy Elizabeth, and I live on the east coast (Maine!) of the U.S. I was born and raised here; I live in a small town with less than 6,000 people! I have BAs in Psychology and Criminology; professionally, I am a crime analyst. I don't exactly dance to the beat of my own drum, but there is that pesky drumline following me around :) I am quirky and accepting of such. I am clumsy and not so accepting of such. I am compassionate, friendly, driven, motivated, organized, perhaps a bit selectively obsessive-compulsive, always shy, sometimes self-conscious, vibrant, creative, affable, a perfectionist, optimistic, probably annoyingly enthusiastic, and slightly neurotic regarding to-do lists.

Hobbies: I am an avid snail mailer and pen pal extraordinaire, a runner and athlete, a bibliophile, musician, crafter, collector, and a novice blogger.


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The ATC Association

Current Events & Goings-on


When two of my cats and my rabbit passed in a matter of months, I found solace in photographs of pets belonging to my penpals and fellow swappers. I began a photo album, which I would love to fill. If you're looking to send extras or to send a RAK, please consider sending an addition to my album! I'm also willing to private swap. :)

My fur baby, Radin. Check him out at 1:49 in Here, Right Now

I am currently seeking private swaps with fellow reliable swappers.

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On Swapping
In my family, ideas pertaining to giving have been handed down from one woman to another. My Gma instilled in my Mum, and she in me, that giving, truly giving, should hurt a little bit. It's easy to send away or give the things that we do not like or do not want. It may be as small as using my last piece of favorite stationery to write you a letter or as big as sending you something I'd really love to keep for my own collection, but I hold the aforementioned giving rule near and dear, and therefore, my swaps always hurt me a little bit. Why do I share this with you? Because you deserve to know that when I send my outgoing mail, I have invested my time, my energy, and myself into it.

Due to the current situation re: COVID-19, my 2020 events have been cancelled. 2021 will be busier than ever because I'm coming for it!

Dash for Dogs 5K - April 2021

Safe Voices 5K to End Domestic Abuse

Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - TDB June 2021

David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2021

Beach to Beacon 10K - August, 2021

The Dempsey Challenge 10K

The Maine Maraton / Half Marathon

The 2021 New York City Marathon (fingers crossed)!

Run The Year 2021 (2,021 miles January 1st - December 31st)

Favorite Books

I am a voracious reader! I wish I had more time to devote to my extensive reading list/book collection, but I have many hobbies demanding my time and attention. I do make time daily for reading; I have a book, in progress, in just about every room of my house!

Stardust by Neil Gaiman is my favorite book, followed closely by A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; I read the former once yearly. One of my favorite authors, also a Mainer, is Stephen King. I collect King books in languages other than English

Other favorite authors: Neil Gaiman, Lars Kepler, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, and John Saul. I love the horror genre, true crime, and the classics! I'll give any book and any genre a try, tbh.

I have been dedicating more of my time and efforts to my Goodreads account: updating my progress, rating books, and writing reviews.

Currently reading:



-The Hollow Ones

Favorite Music

I can read notes, and I play the flute. I'm teaching myself the guitar and the ukulele! I listen to music (almost literally) ALL of the time. I have a varied taste, but I respect all genres even if I don't tend to listen to them often. A couple of my favorites are Eric Clapton and Joshua Radin (who I've had the pleasure of meeting twice)! I have Radin lyrics in one of my tattoos :)

Favorite Crafts

I am a crafter by hobby, and I so enjoy creating! I'm elated at the prospect that my creativity may bring joy and happiness to others. My favorite crafts are those I create with duct tape, perler beads, embroidery floss, loom bands, paper, and fabric. I also enjoy latch hook, origami, and quilting. I have recently started to learn how to knit and crochet, and ATCs are new to my repertoire as well.

I am particularly proud of my perler portraits (see one below) (:



Some of my absolute favorite things in life . . .

The Office / Dwight Schrute

PLATYPUS (my absolute favorite animal), peacocks, owls, cats, dogs, cows, sharks, octopus, UNICORNS, flamingos, and any big-eyed animals.

Notes, symbols, lyrics, instruments.

ANYthing nautical and under the sea related: anchors, mermaids, sharks, octopus, helms, and knots especially.

I fell in love with NYC and can't wait to return!!

I love the unusual, creative, and inappropriate. (Language and the human form do not offend me - colorful language and nudity is encouraged! lol). Though I am not easily offended, I still prefer not to receive anything blasphemous in nature.

Creepy/eerie, horror, supernatural, mythological. I love the color pink! I love pickles! I also love sugar skulls and pin ups, pineapple and banana decorations/themes (but no flavors or scents of)

Police, military

Stationery: letter sets, memo sheets, and sticker flakes. Favorite character: Kamonohashikamo.

My favorite postcards to receive


-Running / run related


-Greetings From ...

Other animals: Peacocks, cows, owls, cats, unicorns, ANY animal with BIG eyes, DOGS, monkeys, esp. orangutans, unusual animals

-Nautical / under the sea: especially mermaids, anchors, octopus, ships, helms, knots, SHARKS

-Sugar skulls

-Police and/or crime related

-Psychology related

-BRIGHT colors, PINK

-Music: sheet music, instruments, treble and bass clef

-Pin ups

-Odd/inappropriate/unique/weird/funky: I am NOT offended by nudity, language, etc. I know that sometimes we come across such cards and never know who to send them to... ME. Send them to ME :D I happily accept profanity and nudity.

-Naughty Little People



-Pineapples and bananas (it's kind of a joke because I can't stand the smell or taste)

-Military, esp. Navy



-Birthday(January 12th)

-Blue Cats

-Harry Potter, especially Dobby and Niffler

-The Office

-Wild birds

-Note about homemade cards: I like homemade cards when it's been made FOR me especially.

General FYIs

If you do not receive a swap from me, please message me before rating me poorly. Also, human error does happen despite precautions. I ALWAYS have my swap mailings weighed at the post office before I mail them out. If there is ever an issue, please do let me know, but be kind and suggest a resolution. Swap-bot can be a very fun experience but only if everyone is treated kindly and with respect.

I mark 'sent' after I've compiled a swap and it's ready to go out on/during my next PO run. I go to the post office DAILY, with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays.

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I always, always, ALWAYS rate. I log in to swap-bot and rate as I open my mail; this is a daily practice. If you're waiting on a rating from me, it's because I have not yet received your swap.

List of Wishes

Items I always love to receive (in good condition, of course). This is by NO MEANS a demands list or a list that implies that I would not like items that are not featured/listed here. I just know how useful it is for me to read what my partners love the most, especially when it comes to de-stashing type swaps!

Paper straws! OH, how I love paper straws (in wrappers / packaging though).




Pens (esp. gel pens!)


Perler beads

Pins and magnets


Pin ups

Tea (Favorites: lady grey, darjeeling, prince of wales, earl grey, lapsang souchong, oolong, mint)

Sealing wax and wax seals


Craft twine/string


Knee socks

Shaped paper clips

Rubber stamps

I LOVE the dish towels that go on sale for $1 when they're out of season



Notes of motivation/encouragement/humor that I post at work.



Pineapple & banana (Not to smell and / or eat though, please!)


Although I am difficult to offend, I do prefer to NOT receive body shaming or blasphemous themed

Flakers & Non-Raters

I'm fair when it comes to dishing out ratings, and this applies to poor ratings too! You need not fear that I will rate you poorly just because life happened and a swap was late or lost during its voyage AS LONG AS YOU CONTACT ME before the send by deadline. If you've ignored my attempts to contact you, and you have not been online for 1-2+ weeks since the swap deadline, then I am going to rate as is appropriate - at that point, it's on you because I've done my part.


Comment: Thanks so much for your letter. You lost me in talking about Pokémon (at least I think it was Pokemon) haha, but that’s part of the fun!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the Christmas wishes and fun goodies! Time goes so fast that it will actually be Christmas-time soon enough!
Response: You are welcome! Merry (early) Christmas!
Comment: Thanks for your letter and the extra goodies. Take care and thank you for hosting :)
Response: I am glad it was well received! Thank you for the heart!
Minivandreams rated for ATCA: Sender's Choice #4 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Love the mermaid! Thank you!
Response: You are so welcome! Thank you for being a part of this swap and the group :)
Comment: Thank you for the card and xmas goodies! Happy Xmas in July!
Response: You are welcome! Merry (early) Christmas!
susieq11 rated for FS: SAFE Sender's Choice PC on Jul 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard - I love deer and flow! I bought a special edition in the airport in Amsterdam in March...so what if it’s not in English! It’s just full of amazing stuff. It’s pretty humid here too. Been in the 90’s for going on a month now, but I love it! Hope you are doing well and enjoying things as much as possible! Thanks for hosting and I look forward to the next one! : )
Response: You are most welcome! I recently was gifted the Flow book of stationery - it's amazing! It's called All Good Things Are Wild & Free. I think it would be right up your alley!
renmagpie rated for ATCA: C on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: YAYAYAYAYAYAY I was soooo happy to see you in my post box after all this time! I loved your take on this ATC too. Creative and clever (oooh, unintentional C words right there). Thank you so, so much for making my day. <3
Response: Well, I did have a bday / St. Patty's day card for you, but after what went down in the PFs, it seemed highly inappropriate to send! I was SO stoked to send to you for this ATC! Hope you are doing well, my Winthrop twin :) :)
HappyMailMel rated for Pvt: SOC Ltr July on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Hi Amy! I just finished reading your letter that came today. It is kind of funny because we both send each other some Kawaii goodies. :o) I really enjoyed your letter and I was laughing when you mentioned the Antiquarian sticker book because I JUST ordered that last week for myself and a friend. I am looking forward to it even more now. I LOVE the stickers you used on the envelope too! Are they from that book? Anyway... thank you SO MUCH for brightening my day! (((Hugs))) Mel
Response: You are most welcome! I think the sticker on the lip of the envie was from that book, but I am not certain now. I hope you are enjoying yours!!
user6937 rated for ATCA: ATC + ATC Kit on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: So sweet! I've posted what I made with your kit on my Flickr page - when you make up the thread in the group forum, I'll put it there, too.
Response: I am pumped that it made it! I was starting to get nervous. Thank you for the heart, and I set that thread up!
satinification rated for PC - Bird(s) on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful hummingbirds PC. I'm very glad that it finally arrived ;)
Response: I am so happy to hear that a) it arrived and b) that you like it! This may be the longest piece of traveling mail I've ever sent! Thank you for the heart!!
dustcollector rated for Sender's Choice PC June on Jul 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks for resending. Stay safe and well.
Response: You are welcome; thank you for rating.
Lablauri57 rated for ATC: Sender's Choice on Jul 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the ATC, yes it did sparkle
Response: You are most welcome. I hope your time away was enjoyable! Thank you for the heart.
gillman rated for ATCA: Sender's Choice #3 on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC!
Response: You are so welcome; I am glad that you liked it :) Thank you for joining in :)
Itti rated for ATCA: B on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Beautiful!!! Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the heart; I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for joining!
fabmama72 rated for :) ~ Type 1 Simple Question Swap on Jun 30, 2020
Response: This swap is five years old, and I've just now been rated - thank you - better late than never!
kpfree rated for OSS: SOC Ltr. May - US on Jun 20, 2020
Comment: Amy thank you for your letter! I so enjoyed reading it! I could relate to so much that was SOC ! I guess we are all having similar subconscious thoughts that surface! Thank you for taking the time to write. I love this swap! hope you are having a great day! we are having rain!
Response: Thanks for the heart!! Two more SOC Ltr swaps have been posted if you care to join in :)
chimerix rated for ATCA: A on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great anchor ATC. Aloha
Response: Thank you for the heart! Thanks for joining so many of the ATCA swaps!
Comment: Thank you for sharing with me. I agree with you about low inspiration. Lately I have had the same thing. Must be the long-term Corona effect!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard! Yes it’s been hot here the last few days.
Response: I'm glad you liked it - thanks so much for rating and the heart :)
SkaGirl rated for Harry Potter Postcard #5 on May 27, 2020
Comment: I love the postcard, thanks!!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the one I chose!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 666 308 326
Completed Fives Threes Ones
626 779 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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beachchicken on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the anatomical and medical collage sheet pages RAK, they are awesome! I can't wait to find something to make with them. Have a great day!

dmwcheng on Aug 1, 2020:

Thank you for continuing to run your postcard swaps. You're wonderful. =)

HippieChick on Jul 22, 2020:

OMG!!! This postcard is amazing Amy!!!! I am in love with the little rainbow you made! Thank you so much for making my day!!

CajunLady on Jul 14, 2020:

Thank you!!!

manders2280 on Jul 8, 2020:

I just came across this surrealist artist. He calls his postcard books Microportfolio. I'm ordering one. People on Facebook say surrealist art so I'll be nice to have an American surrealist artist to send.


Maud1916 on Jul 7, 2020:

Thank you for the RAK Pride postcard! It's even cooler than I expected!

user6937 on Jun 1, 2020:

Hi, Amy - your "C" tag has arrived! As well as the ATCA WTA ATC (that's a mouthful), lol! Thanks :)

CariahCreates on May 18, 2020:

Thank you for the adorable stationary from my WW May wishlist! I need to join some pen pal swaps now.

Mimosagirl on May 14, 2020:

Those kawaii letter sets are so stinking adorable! Eeeekkk.....I will probably hoard them and not use them for a long while :) LOL Thank you SO Much! WW May :)

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