Swap-bot Time: November 14, 2018 8:23 pm


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: November 14, 2018

Country: United States
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I'm in my 40s (ack!) and currently live in North Carolina although I was born and raised in Iowa. I work in the government sector (my undergrad degree is in Geography and my masters is in Public Administration). However, I first started out wanting to be a film director! And now I'm pursuing it through making my own amateur films. I'm still very much a creative person who loves movies, music, and books. I have many hobbies but not a lot that I stick with for very long. I am an amateur photographer although not one who can sell (although I did win $100 in a contest once).

MY DOGGY: I love my dog more than anything!Toby is a 12 year old Min Pin mix with 3 legs. Long story but to condense it, he was found running down a street by a friend of mine who rescued him. Despite a chip linking him to a shelter, we were unable to find his original owners. He's become a cherished member of our family. For any dog-related swaps I'm in, Toby loves soft squeaky plush toys (he enjoys destroying them and pulling the stuffing out) and soft treats. He's not that into hard dog cookies although he loves those Beneful cookies that are shaped like vegetables and have cheese stuffed in the middle. I've got him eating greenies now too.


I don't do a lot of crafting as I'm somewhat of a disaster at it but I love to put together packages for people. I'm also a chemo angel so I'm always putting together care packages for my patients and special assignments.

*Vintage Christmas and Easter decorations-think 1950s and 1960s kitschy stuff

*Some Kawaii-mostly food with faces, the tofu guys. I can find a use for big and small memos but don't use sticker flakes

*I love mermaids and fairies

*Fair trade items, especially jewelry and hair accessories (I love 10,000 Villages)

*Little felt animals.

  • Things made out of recycled materials (especially things made out of old soda cans)

  • Handmade and/or unique jewelry-I have pierced ears and love little stud earrings, generally wear necklaces and bracelets (I have a tiny wrist, about 6.24 inches) Please note: I much prefer silver over gold

  • Things from other countries/cultures-local snacks, crafts

  • Aromatherapy (scented lotions and soaps, herbal goodies, candles, essential oils)

  • Seeds for plants and flowers

  • Japanese blind boxes

  • Bath and body spa items-bubble bath, bath fizzies, bath salts, scented soaps, shower gels, facial mask packets, foot soaks, foot pads (I like most fruity and flowery scents but dislike musky smells)

  • Antique and vintage stuff-old rhinestone jewelry, clip-on earrings I can deconstruct, shoe clips, pearl jewelry

  • Cuff bracelets-made out of anything (leather, old belts, old neckties, crocheted)

  • Fun hair accessories-I love felt and fabric hair clips, headbands, barettes, etc. Handmade is awesome!

*Cactus/succulent themed stuff

*I like making pocket letters but I don't have a stash of scrapbook paper so any pocket letter backings would be great. Also fun stuff to put in them.

Food and Drink: Willy Wonka Runts, those Spree hearts that come out at Valentines day, Pocky, food from other countries, Kinder chocolate (can't get it here), Tea (Mostly fruity varieties and only white or black-no green tea), I don't drink coffee but I can save it for my mom when she visits me, Hot chocolate (especially flavored varieties and White Hot Chocolate)

Colors: My favorite colors tend to be cool tones: purples, blues, and greens. I tend to wear a lot of black, grays, and browns so I try to spruce up my wardrobe and add color through accessories.

Animals:My favorite animals are dogs, rabbits, and turtles.


  • I don't do scrapbooking so I have no need for scrapbook paper

  • I don't have any use for quilting stuff or sewing supplies

  • I don't collect postage stamps, postcards, magnets, or key chains

  • I have no desire to pass on any FBs or Slams so please do not send those

  • I don't have much use for stickers

  • Please no religious items (unless if buddhism/eastern thoughts)

  • Unless I'm in a swap that particularly calls for them, I don't really want ATCs, PCs, FBs, or inchies. If this is all you have to trade, please don't be offended if I send this on to someone who collects it.

  • I keep my nails really short so I never wear nail polish or decorate my nails in any way

  • There are a few themes I've grown to really dislike during my time here on Swap Bot: cupcakes (I'm so sick of these!), Hello Kitty, Disney

  • I really dislike anything cinnamon flavored.

No Known Allergies but I really can't tolerate the smell of cigarette smoke. If you are a smoker, please try to keep your swap items away from it or air it out before sending.

Favorite Music

His Name is Alive, Coldplay, Modest Mouse, Black Eyed Peas, Sufijan Stevens, Tori Amos, Franz Ferdinand, Ruthie Foster, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, MGMT, The National, Broken Social Scene

Classic Jazz-Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong

I listen to a lot of different music and like a lot of different genres. The only ones I don't care for are classic rock, 80's, and country.

Favorite Books

Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Kage Baker's The Company series, Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, Life of Pi, Middlesex, Watership Down

I read a lot so it's hard to narrow down to favorites.

I do like a lot of classics, particularly those of the Regency and Victorian periods so items reflective of those periods are always nice.

Favorite Movies

Breaking the Waves, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Silence of Sleep, Life is Beautiful, Harold and Maude, Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, Pride and Prejudice (A&E Colin Firth version), Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson version)

I love old B movies, particularly when shown on Mystery Science Theater. I love the Gamera series and would love to have some Gamera stuff!

Favorite Television

Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (classic and modern series-the third doctor is my fave of the classic and Matt Smith in the new series)

Britcoms! (incl. Vicar of Dibley, The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, Mr. Bean, Father Ted, Are you being served?, Little Britain, Red Dwarf)

Comedy/Sketch shows: Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Mystery Science Theater 3000


I generally go to the Post Office once a week so depending on what day you tag me, it may be 5 days before I can get the item out. However, all tags will be sent out within 7 days.


I love giving gifts! If you get a package that has an extra in there for you, it's simply because I had something in my stash I thought you might like. Please don't feel obligated to give me a heart for anything I include as an RAK.


Comment: I just got home from a business trip and what a wonderful surprise I found!!! ...Cari, thank you for all the festive wrapped gifts in an adorable penguin stocking!!! You are making it hard for me to wait until Christmas! lol I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Comment: I loved it so much! I really like the vintage kinda look you made, and the goodies were great. Thank you so much, I can tell a lot of effort went into it and I appreciate it a lot, I will put them in my journal.
Kraftylady777 rated for Act of Kindness on Aug 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pocket letter. The fortune teller them is very nice.
Comment: Dearst Cari, your letter is amazing! I was smiling all over my face when I opened it. I've started watchig Classic Who but only made it to the 2nd Doctor so far. Will continue when I have more free time (not so easy with a small child^^). My favourite is Eleven because he is so funny and cheeky and confused. Thank you <3
Response: Have fun going through Classic Who. I'm up to the 4th doctor on my rewatching. The second doctor is probably my second favorite classic doctor after #3. I wish we had more of his episodes to watch.
Christine6035 rated for Woman Themed Ephemera Swap on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Oops! I thought I rated you when I received it! Thanks!
1koolkrafter rated for Something Very Special on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Extremely generous and all very nice and useful! Thanks!!!
emilynhr rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 28, 2018
Comment: 🌺Thanks!🌺
LunaMoody rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 23, 2018
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you ❤️❤️❤️
1koolkrafter rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the goodies!
Peaches12 rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the goodies!
Babsmomof5 rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: Rhank you so much for the mini pocket letter and allllllll the cool summery goodies!
Poohtat rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: So many wonderful things! Thank you. Those little donut stick notes are so cute! I love everything.
PeliKat rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: I LOVE the cactus things you sent! So perfect for a project for my friend who’s into the “wild wild west”!!! And the writing paper is beautiful! I love the colors of it, and almost don’t want to write on it at all! Thanks for sending such nice ‘happy mail’ – you made my day!!
crochetjunkie rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a themed swap! I don’t have any cactus anything. Thanks!!
LacieLove rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the swap. I love everything especially the mermaid sticky notes. Thank you again.
Comment: Hi Cari, I hope I am rating you for the right swap. I didn't find the swap name in the envelope. I loved the mini pocket letter and all the cactus themed goodies. Thank you!
Response: Yes, that's it. I thought I wrote swap name in the card but I probably missed one. Thanks!
catlingmex rated for Box of Local Flavor (USA) on May 14, 2018
Comment: What a fabulous box to receive! I love the sauce (which arrived in perfect condition) rub, measuring spoons, magnets, towels... and especially all the printed materials you sent. Though the box is physically unpacked, it will take me awhile to study the pages you sent and completely "unpack" all the goodness. Thank you so much for sending a wonderful box!
cllfdl rated for Wacky, Silly & Unusual Holidays-May on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: thank you for all the neat things. I think my favorite will be the detox pads!

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kiddomerriweather on Nov 11, 2018:

Thank you for the super awesome November AATW wishes. I love the vintage ornaments and can nurse them back to health. I opened the gift and love the pin. It’s too cute! Your package was so special.

CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:

Happy Halloween!

Babsmomof5 on Oct 24, 2018:

You are so amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the precious gifts you sent for my mom and daughter! Mom was so happy, she thought it must be her birthday! I have placed Annabellas gift in our hospital bag and plan to let her have it while we wait for her surgery. Seems like the waiting is always the worst part with a child as they are hungry and thirsty and you can't do anything about it! I know this will help to keep her mind refocused!

phillaine on Oct 18, 2018:

I absolutely adore the pocket letter you made me for my October wishlist. It's impossible to look at it and not get a big smile on my face. Thank you for taking the time and care to give me such a delightful surprise!

MiRdLHWY43 on Oct 17, 2018:

Thank you for the super cheerful pocket letter stuffed to the brim with goodies! Love it, especially the peace crane! XO Laura

zurdoswifey on Oct 14, 2018:

Thanks for the amazing stuffed envie you sent for my Oct AWG wishes...absolutely love everything you sent and can use it all...its like you knew what I needed haha

LMeowkin on Oct 13, 2018:

Thank you SO MUCH for the lovely pocket letter from AATW. It is simply beautiful - I love it! You have a great eye!

elluzki on Oct 4, 2018:

I collect.. -tag Thank you so much, what a nice envie to receive. Will definitely find use for these <<3

susieq11 on Sep 28, 2018:

Thanks so much for adorable sea turtle card, poodle playing cards (!!) and your lovely note! I hope you’re ok after Florence? Thank you for thinking of me, I love my wishes!! : )

phillaine on Sep 28, 2018:

Thank you for the fun stickers and book of puzzles you sent me for my September wishlist. It's very kind of you to think of me, and I dove into the puzzles as soon as I opened up your package. :) Have a nice day!

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