Swap-bot Time: November 22, 2019 10:12 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: November 19, 2019
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: I enjoyed very much reading your thoughts on the books. I have the Decameron in my own list, and I've been avoiding it because I know it will take me probably several months to finish it πŸ˜… thank you for sharing!
Comment: Good job on making some good progress on your list!
Comment: Thanks for the email. :) You did take on some longer ones, didn't you? haha! Although I'm not familiar with The Decameron, I"m with you on reading the older, classic books as modern day humans. I've re-read several classics this year, and we are currently listening to Dracula as a family, and wow is it 'outdated'! It does prompt some interesting discussions .... The Vindication Of The Rights Of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft is on my list, and I have a feeling that's going to be interesting as well. Hmm, maybe that could be a category for a swap! :) haha Thanks for sharing, and I hope all are healthy in your household. :)
monsbrick rated for TBR: Read a classic with me on Sep 19, 2019
Comment: Reading your review of The Decameron has sparked my interest! Thank you
USAFwife rated for TBR: August Update! on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Congrats on your progress!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: August Update! on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: I'm glad you enjoyed your readings! It's a shame that one must count all those compiled stories as just one book, though, because you actually read so much!
monsbrick rated for TBR: August Update! on Sep 4, 2019
Comment: Hi Kara, Thanks! Hope I can spend more time reading this month!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: July update! on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! It's been a long time since I last read Mme Bovary, I should add it as a re-read, perhaps for next year's list =) Hope you're still enjoyng your summer!
tentmari rated for TBR: July update! on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Progress, no matter how small is still progress. I added a book to my list, too, but I read 15 books so I still made progress. Keep up the good work! 😊
USAFwife rated for TBR: July update! on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: I"ve been in a reading slump, too, but due to moving stuff and all that. It's a total 'bummer'! Hope you are having a fun summer, though! :)
christywebb rated for R&W: In June I read ... on Jul 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the list! I hope you enjoyed your vacation!
monsbrick rated for TBR: June update! on Jul 3, 2019
Comment: Hi Kara, you have the most impressive TBR list. I was afraid to have more than 50 books on my list but I love how you embrace all your books and you keep them organized too. That is admirable!
Comment: I hope your doing well on this! Sorry to be late rating!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: June update! on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: Well, the Pillars of the Earth is a sort of tour de force kind of book, that must have took you a good part of the month! There's a tv adaptation of it, if you're interested! I quite enjoyed it =)
Comment: Thanks for this great list. I don't think I"ve read any of the books on your list, so I'll have to look out for them. While packing, I actually crossed off several books from my list and discarded the books. So now I have more room! :) THanks so much for sharing. :)
carol rated for CL: Woman author Canada - Re-do on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your review. It sounds like a wonderful book! I've been disappointed in the books I've chosen so far only in that they've lacked that national flavor you found in this one.
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: June update! on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: You made some progress! Good job narrowing down your list a bit more.
Hugsie86 rated for CL: Woman author Canada - Re-do on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the book review!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: May update! on Jun 9, 2019
Comment: I really liked the few things I read by Alice Munro, so I'll keep an eye out for that title. Thank you for your update! :)
monsbrick rated for TBR: May update! on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: What a list! I'm having a fabulous time looking up titles and authors and considering these books. It's a challenge to not add them onto my own TBR list. 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 bookβ™₯ 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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