Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2021 7:13 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: April 19, 2021
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: Thank you for sharing.
CajunLady rated for TBR: In March I read ... on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In March I read ... on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your list! I just bought "A Jury of Her Peers" recently, but I wasn't sure if I really wanted to read it. I found out Anne Bradstreet is an ancestor, so I've wanted to learn more about her. I might just need to put Jury higher in my stacks. :)
Comment: I'm glad you're having such nice weather! I read Lives of Girls and Women some years ago, and I liked it a lot. Did you?
Comment: How good that you got to cross out one that's been on your list for so long! =) I'm also trying to prioritize some of my oldies.Your description of the author's style got my attention. Would I dare reading some horror for a change? Thank you Kara for sharing your thoughts!
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Seems like you had a great reading month. ^_^
Comment: Hi Kara, Congratulations for completing books that have been on your list for a while.
Comment: Great progress! It's so satisfying to finally cross out books that have been on our lists for so long, isn't it? And I'm glad you read those 2 at the perfect time to enjoy them! I had that feeling this month as well. Thank you for sharing =)
USAFwife rated for TBR: In January 2021 I read ... on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: someone just suggested The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins) to me - did you enjoy it? I haven't been enjoying the newer books lately, so I'm turning to the classic types. :)
Response: Sorry for the slow response, but yes, I did! It's a classic and also a mystery; very entertaining! Not to add too much to your list... but if you like it, try The Woman in White too - I thought it was even better than The Moonstone.
FairyLady rated for TBR: In January 2021 I read ... on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: Kafka on the Shore sounds like a great book, it's on my TBR now. ^_^ Thanks for sharing.
Comment: Amazing progress! I need to learn from you!
BrunetteBunny rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 18, 2021
Comment: I hauling 13 is so impressive!
Comment: Great job!
KSENiA rated for TBR: 2020 End of year update & totals on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Great progress!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: 2021 TBR planning on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Glad to know I'm not the only one sort of planning for the next 2 to 3 years xD So many books, so little time! I hope you beat your goals for this year!
Comment: Wow, you have such an organized plan! I'm sure this new year will be as successful as the past =) Congratulations on your progress!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Congratulations on your progress! :) One of the books you read is one I've been seeing a LOT and have considered adding to my list. I'm trying not to auto-add books that are popular, though. Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Sounds like you are making a lot of progress! I'm so happy to hear that. It IS hard to not add books when doing these book swaps. But I guess we'll always be adding, right? :) Thanks for sharing your progress. Here's to another good year!
monsbrick rated for TBR: 2021 TBR planning on Jan 5, 2021
Comment: Kara, good luck with all your goals for 2021!!

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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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