Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2020 6:12 pm


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: October 20, 2020
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


Comment: Added a couple from your September reads to my TBR list! Congrats on such a big negative number this month!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In September I read ... on Oct 3, 2020
Comment: thanks for sharing your progress. :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on your ongoing progress :)
Neenarneenar rated for TBR: March Update! on Sep 23, 2020
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In August I read ... on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: Yay, great work this month! Slowly but surely the list will get shorter :)
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In August I read ... on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: Good job!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In August I read ... on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Some progress is better than no progress, right? :) I've had The Dutch House recommended to me, but not sure if I'd like it? Thanks for sharing your list :)
BrunetteBunny rated for TBR: In July I read ... on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Glad you're finding your groove. Hooray for a month full of reading!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In July I read ... on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: COVID-rhythm - now there's a new term! We don't seem to have found ours yet. Did you enjoy "The Shadow of the Wind" (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)? It's one of my favorites, but I haven't continued the series yet. How was "White Fragility" (Robin DiAngelo)? I keep getting recommendations for it, but I haven't decided if I want to add it to our list or not. Thanks for sharing your progress. :)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In July I read ... on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Congrutalutions on a good month! And thank you for sharing your progress =)
USAFwife rated for TBR: In June I read ... on Jul 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing. :) And camping sounds like a nice fit this summer! I hope you had fun. Thanks for sharing your update. :)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In June I read ... on Jul 4, 2020
Comment: Hope you're having fun camping!
monsbrick rated for TBR: In June I read ... on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Kara, ohhh I love camping. We never go. And I didn't grow up doing it but camp fires and stars at night and being surrounded by nature...yum yum yum. Have a grand time! Thanks for your list. I feel similarly.
BrunetteBunny rated for TBR: In May I read ... on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: Hooray for a negative number on your shelf! I only consider the books/eBooks I have checked out or bought for the monthly counts, my virtual TBR shelf on goodreads is too horribly long to consider.
USAFwife rated for TBR: In May I read ... on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Looks like you're making progress. :) Thanks for sharing :) :)
monsbrick rated for TBR: In May I read ... on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Hi Kara, congrats again on getting through your TBR books and I’m glad you listed the titles you completed. I felt intrigued by some of these books.
Comment: Hi Kara thanks for sharing this book for me. I will check it out soon!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR In April I read ... on May 8, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating! You're doing a great job!
USAFwife rated for TBR In April I read ... on May 6, 2020
Comment: Looks like you're making progress. :) That's great. :) Thanks for sharing :) :)

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marianne81 on May 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for your addition on my collaboration card, I love the clock you made. you can see the finished peace here https://flic.kr/p/2fE6aFS I still haven't figured how to add a foto in my messages so you have to copy the link to see the picture.

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

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.

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