Swap-bot Time: June 6, 2023 2:43 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: June 1, 2023
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


colleenbUSA rated for R&W: May 2023 TBR progress on Jun 4, 2023
Comment: Sorry to hear you didn't love anything.
mysmashbooklife rated for R&W: May 2023 TBR progress on Jun 4, 2023
Comment: Two books from your list is great! Maybe you can do more next month! Keep reading!
lostinavalon rated for R&W: April 2023 TBR progress on May 7, 2023
Comment: Your book sounds interesting---thanks for sharing!
lostinavalon rated for R&W: March 2023 TBR progress on May 7, 2023
KSENiA rated for R&W: March 2023 TBR progress on May 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for R&W: April 2023 TBR progress on May 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Thank you, Kara! I will pass the two postcards on in the next round! Thank you for the postcard sized paper with dragonflies, too. I will use this in my papercrafts or in my journal! ❤️... Karla, 4/13/23
Comment: Two books of the list. It is a small amount, but still good. Keep reading!
Comment: The TBR is a bit smaller now! Great progress!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: February 2023 TBR progress on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: You got a few of your goals done so I call it a win!
KSENiA rated for R&W: January 2023 TBR progress on Feb 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing
christywebb rated for R&W: January 2023 TBR progress on Feb 8, 2023
Comment: Wow! You keep some great stats! Happy reading!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: January 2023 TBR progress on Feb 5, 2023
Comment: Sounds like a good idea to have some specific books to read.
KSENiA rated for R&W: December 2022 TBR progress on Jan 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for R&W 2023 TBR Planning on Jan 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Good luck with your goal!
littlehana86 rated for R&W 2023 TBR Planning on Jan 27, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing. May you have a wonderful reading year this year.
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: December 2022 TBR progress on Jan 5, 2023
Comment: Even if you didn't quite reach your goal, at least you got your list down a bit!
Comment: 500... Is a lot of books... Haha. I hope you will reach your goal tho. Happy reading!
Response: Thank you! Happy reading to you, too!

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littlehana86 on Dec 31, 2022:

Hello Kara! Thanks for the extra you've sent to me. You shouldn't have. That is so nice of you. Next time you just have to let me know if anything.

spinweaver on Dec 6, 2022:

Hello! Please check the message I've sent to you

DaisyNY on Jul 4, 2022:

Hi Kara! Thank you for working on this card so many years ago - it finally made its way home this week. I like the work you did on it.

wolfeagle on May 6, 2022:

Thank you for working on my mermaid waves Collaboration postcard. I love it.

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

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

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