Swap-bot Time: June 9, 2023 3:44 am


Date Joined: September 14, 2014
Last Online: May 19, 2023
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
Blog: Idiosyncratic Unicorn
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About Me


We all are villain in someone else's story

Always give 100%, unless you're donating blood

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 bibliophile, musician, crafter, collector, a novice blogger, and a runner.

I am officially signed up for my first full marathon on 1st October 2023!! I am working on a journal packed with anything related to running, fitness, motivation, goals, etc.


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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

Again, I am working on a journal packed with anything related to running, fitness, motivation, goals, etc.

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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.

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, Josh Malerman, Jennifer McMahon, Jay Kristoff, 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 NetGalley and Goodreads accounts: updating my progress, rating books, and writing reviews.

Currently reading:


-The Beast You Are

-The Nightmare Man

Currently tackling the Goodreads list of 2023's most anticipated horror

Favorite Music

Currently really digging my vinyl and cassettes! 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 below) (:

Gracie & Paisley





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.

Pokémon, 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!

Coinage / currency!




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


Shaped paper clips

Rubber stamps on



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.


TaraBird rated for PC ME #11 on May 31, 2023
Comment: Hope you had a great Pizza ! I also wake up around 04:30 every morning. Blue tea is made with Butterfly pea flowers or other chiseled blue flowers with or without regular tea in it. The color is usually stunning. Have a nice day !
Clstew rated for PC ME #9 on May 4, 2023
Comment: Loved the owl! Nice to meet you in the mails, your career sounds fascinating and good luck with the marathon! cool fact about your name too! happy mails
ensigncelery rated for PC ME #8 on Apr 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cute frenchie postcard! 💜 The decorations on the back are super cute, too! And, oh wow, your portraits are amazing~
Comment: I love what you sent. Very pretty!
Response: I'm so so glad! It's been forever and a day since I've made an ATC - was hoping this swap would get me back into it! :)
funstuff rated for PC ME #7 on Apr 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Being a crime analyst sounds like a very interesting job. What type of crafts do you like. Reading your postcard you are a very interesting person
SkaGirl rated for PC ME #6 on Apr 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you! :)
manders2280 rated for MF: April Goals PC on Apr 11, 2023
Comment: Your goals are wonderful! Maybe there's training tourism, like going to Kenya for marathon training among the rhinos and elephants and ...
user6937 rated for MF: April Goals PM on Apr 6, 2023
Comment: Good luck on your goals - when does the marathon happen? Let me know how you do! I'll be rooting for you :)
grammypammy rated for G.I.F.T. ~ 2023 Happy Mail #3 on Mar 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the vintage postcards, washi samples, color card and stickers!
hazelwitch3 rated for MF: March 2023 Goals on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: Hi Amy, That looks to me like a good clear set of goals -- well done! They are achievable and they're also measurable -- you'll be able to see if you've reached them by the end of the month. But do recognise that they are targets to aim for and, if you don't reach them completely, that just helps you to adjust your target for the next month. It's easy to set goals and then to feel we've failed if we don't reach them -- don't slip into that! It's like going for a long hike -- if you don't reach your destination the first day, you're still a lot nearer to it than you were when you started!
Comment: Thank you so much my friend for the wonderful mermaid goodies!
Candace rated for UHM: Pick 5!! on Feb 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much :)
aurelas rated for BLC Reading Challenge - Pick 1 - #4 on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: I thought the book sounded interesting--so glad I read your review first!
Response: I am largely in the minority with my 1 star rating (120 total) vs. 1,107 5 stars and 1,071 4 stars on Goodreads. It's definitely been loved by many. I always seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum - HA! It bums be out because I SO wanted to just LOVE it.
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your review of Tell Me I'm Worthless. I agree with you -- sometimes it's worth challenging ourselves to read way outside our usual comfort zone -- even when, as in this case, the book turns out to be awful! I really appreciated reading your honest comments -- and no, it's not going on my to be read list either!
grammypammy rated for G.I.F.T. ~ 2023 Happy Mail #2 on Feb 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, Faith coloring card and the farm stickers! Thanks for joining this swap! Enjoy your day!
Comment: Thanks for the gorilla postcard. I did not know gorillas and humans share so much genetic coding.
IDASHi rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #21 - US on Feb 15, 2023
Comment: Hi Amy, thank you for the beautiful swap! Everything was perfect, from the beautiful hand made envelope, the postcard and washi, and the notepaper will make good journaling spots on collage pages in my journal. Thank you!
LadyJo rated for CPG: Theme is Birds-Global on Feb 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you for this awesome swap! I loved hearing all about the birds you have in your area! I never seen a Chickadee here but I do like them! I think that is neat you make bird calendars! Thank you as well for the neat extras!
Comment: Thanks! I loved reading your letter!

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VioletLove on Apr 21, 2023:

Thank you for sending me wishes for my WW April wish list. I love the happy mushroom mail!

2Hearts on Apr 16, 2023:

Thank you for the Wish granted WW group!

Poohtat on Apr 13, 2023:

Thank you for the WW April wishes. I love the postcard! Try to stay cool the next couple of days while we have some warmth. Happy swapping

grammypammy on Feb 13, 2023:

Hugs, Pam

hazelwitch3 on Jan 17, 2023:

Thank you so much for the lovely Merry Fitmas prize envelope which arrived this morning. I'm absolutely delighted with everything in it and really grateful to you for sharing it. There are some amazing things in it -- I'm so impressed with what you've put together! Thank you!!

jeka396 on Jan 14, 2023:

Thanks for angeling the October SOC letter swap for me! Your letter was a fun read, thank you!!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

Petaltea on Dec 25, 2022:

Merry Christmas!

sassafrass on Dec 24, 2022:

HippieChick on Dec 24, 2022:

Thank you so much for the fabEWElous card and adorable Radin pic to add to my collection! He is as adorable as always! Hope your holiday is wonderful for you.

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