Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2018 1:01 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: November 16, 2018
Birthday: March 13, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

I work in marketing at a university hospital system and have a wonderful partner and sweet baby son. We have a big friendly mutt in our household too.

I am an avid reader and writer. I love literary fiction, memoir, fascinating history/social science, and the classics.

I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, and mountaineering with my family. We love the outdoor opportunities here in the Pacific Northwest!

Maxwell Butte

Favorite Crafts

I'm a paper crafter, and dabble in painting and drawing.

Things I like to make and also like to receive:

*Handmade notecards/postcards




*Mail art

*Naked mail

*ATCs, inchies, twinchies


*Paper flowers


Non-crafts I like to swap:

*Postcards (see section below)

*Books, reading, etc (see section below)



*Paper crafting supplies


*Stationery (not for computer)

*Googly eyes, brads, non-flat stickers


I do a lot of zentangles and love to swap them. I'm not particular about using the official trademarked Zentangle method or patterns. Below are some samples of what I've created!

Mandala zentangle




My favorite color is yellow, closely followed by pink/red. I love yellow and pink together! I also like green and really like multi-colored items.

As far as shades, I tend to prefer bright, vibrant shades and jewel tones. I like pastels - especially yellow and pink. I'm not too excited by earth tones or darker shades.

Postcard preferences

MAPS! - especially unusual maps (like a historical map, a map of a small town, or some sort of themed map).

Typical tourist cards - scenic/city views, cards from a tourist destination/landmark, etc.

I prefer NAKED postcards, with a message and a stamp.

I also enjoy USED vintage postcards - the older the better, with old stamps and interesting old messages.

Favorite Books

I prefer literary fiction, short stories, biography, memoir and well-researched, well-written history and social science. I am interested in book reviews and recommendations. I don't like most genre fiction (like romance, mystery, thriller, etc...) and I don't usually like series fiction.

Favorite novels: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Solace of Leaving Early, A Tale of Two Cities, Midnight's Children, The Once and Future King, Joseph Andrews, Cat's Cradle, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Gilead, Ada, Tinkers, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Grapes of Wrath, Sacred Hunger, Waterland, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Sometimes a Great Notion, All the Light We Cannot See, Americanah, Salvage the Bones, Love Medicine

Favorite short story authors: Anthony Doerr, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Carson McCullers, George Saunders, Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edgar Allan Poe, Lucia Berlin

Poetry: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langston Hughes, ee cummings

Check out my Goodreads (link above)

Things I love

animals, bright colors, nature/the outdoors, stationery, map postcards, notecards, journals, word puzzles and games, logic puzzles, the number 4, Girl Scouts, hiking and camping, books and reading, The Beatles, German beer coasters, papers for card making, extremely fine line pens (005) in all colors, tea, handmade envelopes, naked mail, zentangles, short stories, challenges, biking

Looking for a good theme for a profile-based swap to send me? Some ideas I would enjoy, in no particular order:

*Yellow and pink


*Adventure/mountain/active outdoors


*All things German





I like black and green teas - flavors always welcome! I enjoy flavors like vanilla, chocolate, caramel, any sort of nutty flavors, and I love coconut. Fruit flavors are hit and miss - sometimes great, sometimes not.

I don't care for herbal teas or earl grey.


*Hello Kitty, kawaii, Disney, Diddl, any other trademarked characters

*Vintage (unless it's used postcards), Victorian, ephemera, steampunk, etc...

*Gothic, dark, horror

*dollar store, kitsch, trinkets


Artstamper rated for Twinchie Tangles on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for these beautiful and intricate twinchies. I'll be looking forward to the next round.
Response: Glad they arrived safe!
noone7212 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
cynaemon rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks
skier11 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Autumn5 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing - and for voting!! :)
NRGordon rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your story and for casting your vote!
AuTiger rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing! Sounds like your voting experience was more exciting than me just driving to my local library and scanning my DV, getting my paper ballot!
Response: I don't know... yours sounded a little more action-packed! I just sat on my couch. :)
starhiker rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Washington is pretty much the same no stickers either. But its nice to sit down with the pamphlet and make decisions rather than the voting booth. Thanks for voting.
Response: Agreed!
SkaGirl rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Jewelss2 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 6, 2018
espark21 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 6, 2018
dancingtiger rated for Mystery Microfiction 11 on Nov 3, 2018
Comment: thank you for the interesting story and lovely card.
Response: You're welcome!
Conniegirl rated for Zentangle Mini-Zine 2 on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you! The mandalas are so pretty.
Response: You're welcome; glad you like it!
nc27614 rated for TUT ~ O Tangle on Oct 30, 2018
Comment: O! Great tangles...and you even got some O's in there. Thanks for a sweet tile. See ya at the mail box.
Response: :) So glad you like it!
DaisyNY rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: That's a strong, graphic start. I'm glad you used nice paper, too.
Response: Thanks in advance for adding your section! I love those watercolor paper postcards.
Artstamper rated for Zentangle Mini-Zine 2 on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for your tangled Zine. I love mandalas but i don't do very well with ones small enough for a zine.
Response: Glad you like it! Mandalas are my favorite to draw. :)
ileimgruber rated for Book Lovers Letter Swap on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you Kara for your letter ! :)
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I saw Call Me by Your Name movie and liked it. May be I should read the book :)
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Hi Kara! Thank you for your thoughtful reviews. I have heard about 'Les Mis' all my life but never knew the story. 19 years! Oh my! That sounds like my favorite of the ones you reviewed. Thanks for joining and putting effort into your reviews.
Response: Thanks for rating, and glad you enjoyed the reviews!
PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle with tessellation on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Wow! these are beautiful! Thank you!!
Response: Thank you, so glad you enjoy it!

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Artistic on Sep 24, 2018:

Welcome back!!

TereDiane1954 on Jun 8, 2018:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!!?? I love that book♥ Welcome back :)

latentsmile on Nov 19, 2013:

Here's hoping all is going well with you in life. Feel free to apply back to the Mandalas group if you return to swap-bot. I am just cleaning house of inactives. <3

anrtist on Aug 21, 2012:

HEY, I SENT U an invite to the new LLL, Location group, I think you will enjoy it ;-)

LizzyJo on Aug 1, 2012:

I'm glad you like the little German book. I love the font, but agree that it would be really difficult to read.

savannahjan on Jul 31, 2012:

I'd love to see the collaborative letters started up again! :)

LizzyJo on Jul 25, 2012:

Your pages are on the way. :-)

LizzyJo on Jul 16, 2012:

I'm glad you like the German book page. I wanted to include something I thought you would like.

LizzyJo on Jun 4, 2012:

I'm glad you liked the folder. Part 2 should be on it's way in a few days.

LizzyJo on May 30, 2012:

Part one of our swap is on it's way. :-)

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