Swap-bot Time: June 18, 2018 12:43 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: June 17, 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


Wildchild rated for Eyes closed swap 20 on Jun 14, 2018
SannyBunny rated for Eyes closed swap 20 on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: Vielen lieben Dank. Dein Deutsch ist toll!
Response: Bitte sehr! Freut mich dass mein Deutsch noch verstaendlich ist! :)
aprilfoolzbaby86 rated for Eyes closed swap 20 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your postcard. I bet the dog and your son are adorable together! Yes, 6 animals is quite the zoo, but a fun one. We don't have skin babies, so it keeps us busy. :) Thanks again!
Response: You're welcome, and glad you enjoyed it!
YooperHill rated for Eyes closed swap 20 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: TY!
Response: You're welcome - so glad you liked the card!
porpie5 rated for Eyes closed swap 20 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Why thank you for the White Ibis pc - and the info on them. I did not know the babies were violet! Must be best for camouflage! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! That was a new, fun fact for me too. :)
USAFwife rated for Summer Reading - Planning on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: I love the mini zine you used for your list! Very cute and creative. :) I hope you enjoy your summer reading list. :) Thank you for the recommendation, as well. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is actually the first book by Jackson I read - I enjoyed it so much I looked for others, and discovered Haunting of Hill House. :) It's a pretty amazing book, isn't it? :)
Response: Thanks for rating, and so glad you enjoyed the mini-zine! I love Jackson - she's so underrated, I think. Hope you enjoy your summer reading too!
jensquil rated for Colorful zentangle paper chain #1 on Jul 21, 2012
Comment: Beautiful! Thank you! : )
Response: You're welcome!
Artstamper rated for Colorful zentangle paper chain #1 on Jul 17, 2012
Comment: Very pretty chains, thank you.
ElizabethObviously rated for JJ- List Journal on Jun 27, 2012
Comment: I loved reading your journal. I esp loved the Sims section. I used to play Sims alot. I also loved the jokes and the random search results. :D
Response: Glad you enjoyed it!!!
LizzyJo rated for Private: Bucket/LizzyJo on Jun 18, 2012
Comment: Thanks for doing this swap with me. I love your style of tangling. If you would like to, maybe we can do this again in the future (incorporating a theme or color to make it different.) And also thanks for the pretty butterfly note card.
Response: It was fun - glad the photocopy arrived safely! We should definitely do it again sometime down the line. :)
Mamabemus rated for Random Storebought PC swap on Jun 17, 2012
papermoon rated for Mystery Microfiction 10 on Jun 15, 2012
Comment: Oh my gosh, this got mixed up in my coupon mail so I didn't even see it! I'm sorry! I loved your story though, brings up so many questions about what happened with his father and what's going to happen to him! You have strength in description and you switched POV from father to son quite fluidly. :)
Response: I hadn't even noticed it hadn't been rated yet - shows how on top of things I am! :) Thanks for rating and I'm so glad you enjoyed the story! I'm not sure what happened with his father, but I think that the trapeze artist being caught at the end is a hopeful sign.
Comment: Kara, your "Through the Window in a Zentangle World" is so wonderful. Your work is so intricate and lines are so true. I love your vision and composition. The combination of patterns is awe-inspiring. I can only hope that my work is as beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful swap.
Response: So glad that you like it! I hope that you're feeling better and look forward to seeing your work some time. :)
myemye rated for Random Storebought PC swap on Jun 11, 2012
Comment: thanks for this lovely card!
karencagle rated for Random Storebought PC swap on Jun 5, 2012
Comment: thank u
chilady61 rated for Summer Reading List 2- USA only on May 25, 2012
Comment: awesome lady thank you wonderful recos on the books and wow some awesome titles there and thanks so much for the beautiful bookmarks !!! kudos to you . Love how active you are .. take care and happy swapping .
Response: Thanks - glad you like the bookmarks - happy swapping!
doodlebugdezines rated for Name Zentangle on May 12, 2012
Comment: Very sweet doodlebug, Bucket! Love all the colors!! =)
Response: Glad you like it!
sagesparrow rated for April Mandala on May 1, 2012
Comment: Thank you Kara, it's a beautiful mandala for my yearbook! :)
Response: So glad you like it!!
kurtina rated for Zentangle Rubber Duckie ATC on May 1, 2012
Comment: Thank u for the cute rubber Duckie ATC :0)
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: I have truly enjoyed and appreciated this extended swap. Thank you for everything.
Response: You're welcome! Glad we made it happen when no one else signed up. :)

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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. :-)

PurpleButterfly on May 23, 2012:

I really like your zentangles, I have got 4 book to start doing them but just haven't done it, may start after seeing yours! The hand one is really cool!

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