Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2020 8:39 pm


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: October 21, 2020

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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, 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.

*I've just gotten into comic books/graphic novels. I'm a Marvel fan (do not like DC at all). My favorite characters are Ant Man and Wasp, Captain Marvel (female version), and Loki. I also like Doctor Who comics and independent stuff like Paper Girls.

Food and Drink: Willy Wonka Runts, those Spree hearts that come out at Valentines day, Pocky, food from other countries, Kinder chocolate, 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 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

  • 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.

*Dollar Store bath and body stuff-can't use these as I have sensitive skin

*Please don't send me childrens toys. I don't have kids so I can't use them. Getting a treasure box or stocking full of cheap kids stuff tends to disappoint me.

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.


Artistic rated for LSRUS: USA Spoil Your Partner on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: What a lovely, lovely beaded bookmark. That is going in my journaling Bible. Thank you for everything in this wonderful profile surprise package.
Comment: Great swap Cari! Really enjoyed your letter. Thanks for the cool stickers too.
Comment: Loved reading your card just precious!!! Thank you
Brokenwings87 rated for Happy Mailbox all MONTH June on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: You are absolutely amazing. I loved everything, but I will admit that the poster of marvel characters is just wonderful. I want to get it framed and on my wall now. Thank you!
Response: Glad you enjoyed. Your last piece is heading out Monday. Thanks for the letter you sent!
Comment: Thank you for the quarantine update and lovely letter set. I love that envelope too! I'm a hopeless gardener but will try my best with the bachelor button seeds. I think I'll put them under the bird feeder, lots of sun and fertilizer, lol. It's pretty much a boring quarantine here and I miss the concerts mostly and festivals as well. Have a great day! La
chimerix rated for PVT: Art and Jewelry on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely trade. I do love the dragon art. Much Aloha!
megan1230 rated for Weird Holidays - Rescue Dog Day on May 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for telling me about Toby! I loved it! He looks exactly like my dog Smudge!! You're so sweet for the goodies! Thank you again!
Comment: I wanted to come back and put a heart. Thank you so much. I really love the memos. So fun!
Comment: Thank you for the fun holidays. I'm really looking forward to jelly bean day!
adorablebutdangerous rated for Comfy, Cozy Winter on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: What a lovely collection of cozy things! Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the nice gifts! i decided to open them. The note cards are new to me. The Tea Drops are also new to me! I am so anxious to try one of those today. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the card & goodies.. can’t wait to try the tea!!
Comment: It arrived today! Such a cute tin and I'm so excited about the little gifts inside! Can't wait for Saturday :) Update 12/27: Thank you for 12 days of fun gifts! It was nice having a little something to look forward to each day. Love the glitter markers, the fuzzy fox socks, the tiny gnome charms, the handmade ornaments, and all the rest too! Haha - can’t forget to mention the β€œsnow” for Christmas...perfect! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜‚
Artistic rated for Encouragement Through the Holidays on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: So much fun! Thank you.
kfaye rated for Winter Spirit on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much :) I am waiting until the 21st to open the gift <3 Happy Holidays to you!
Comment: Thanks for the huge assortment of ephemera and goodies! Love it!
luckycharms rated for Holly Jolly Christmas on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the festive wrapped presents! I can hardly wait till Christmas!!!! 12/28/19- Cari, Thank you so very much ! I LOVE the apron and the bird cookie cutters are adorable!!! I can't wait to use them in the New Year!!! I hope you have a wonderful 2020!!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun swap... everything was great...something for everyone in the house...I barely had time to see it all before peeps were taking things for themselves haha
spicemom rated for 12 Days of Christmas Day 5 on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: Hi Cari thank you I'll open it up on Christmas day Spicemom
Response: Thanks for letting me know this one made it. Maybe the original will show up at some point. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Well oh my gosh. My husband thought my mom sent a care package, that's how perfect everything was. I would add extra hearts if I could. You actually made me change up what I sent, the feeling I got opening it all-I wanted someone to have that. Thank you.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it-it was fun putting this together!

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Swan on Oct 18, 2020:

Thank you for the recipes for my October LSRUs wishlist!

LavenderSprinkles on Oct 8, 2020:

Thanks for the wishes for my little girl!

Mimosagirl on Sep 23, 2020:

Thank you SO very much for the AWESOME stuffed envie of JJ goodies. I love everything! I can hardly wait to use these in one I am working on now. WW Sept. β™₯

grammypammy on Sep 20, 2020:

WW ~ September Wish

Thank you for the birthday card and beautiful ATC's.

Hugs, Pam

lindseyjae on Sep 19, 2020:

Hi! Thanks so much for the paper/book pages you sent me for my WW September wishlist - I love them!

pinklilly on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Sept wishes of book pages for junk journaling and the mini pocket letter!! That was so kind of you! I really appreciate it!! I received this wish just when i needed something to cheer me!!

sherba31 on Sep 18, 2020:

Thanks for the Sep WW letter and stationery. I am impressed with your downtime activities since the gym is closed there still. We are contemplating a drive like yours (14+hours). Take care and thanks again for sending me wishes.

gingerbee on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you for the LSRUS birthday wishes - the card was fabulous, and the pocket letter was outstanding! I am just beginning making pocket letters, so it is so fun to receive an example, and the goodies were super fun too!

kiddomerriweather on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you for the September WW! I love the stickers, especially the "Meowgic" ones. It was so nice of you to think of me. =D

area51ufo1 on Sep 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the great Sept wish from LSRU . Lakshmi came just I’m time for Diwali

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