Swap-bot Time: April 23, 2019 3:17 pm


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: April 22, 2019

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: Ooh, and they are wrapped so I get to celebrate by opening packages. Just what I need to finish out the semester!
Lisapotterylady rated for Trinkets and Treasures on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: This was a really fun package to go through! I am overwhelmed with all the goodies ~ thank you so much!
MMark rated for Card With a Profile Surprise on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! Love this swap. Much appreciated!!!!
Comment: Thank you, happy holidays
Comment: hi toby. i don't know what them things are either. we don't see them here in florida. my mommy crocheted my stocking with a paw on it. i love when its full of doggy treats in squeaky toys. mom also sent my friends the same card you send me. love, daisy
Kraftylady777 rated for Card With a Profile Surprise on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much
BabyBee78 rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #23 on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Cute card. Hope Toby has a wonderful Christmas!
Comment: Hi Cari and Toby, thanks for the cute card and nice note! Happy holidays!
Comment: Merry Christmas, Toby! Love, Carmello
Comment: What a FUN package!! I loved everything you sent! Those vintage Christmas cards are amazing! Thank you so much for all of the goodies! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the card. Toby sounds like a wonder dog and has overcome a lot. I hope he gets lots of treats.
AlishaK rated for Christmas swap #2 on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all of the wonderful goodies.
boandsully rated for Christmas swap #2 on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness! What a grand surprise in my mailbox. Thank you!
Comment: Awww You are super sweet. Thank you for my packages! I love everything!
laterdayze rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #24 on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you, looking forward to opening on Christmas Eve! :D <3
ksperline90 rated for Christmas swap #2 on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
SashaMae rated for Card With a Profile Surprise on Dec 1, 2018
AlishaK rated for Mailbox Happiness #6 on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: Oh goodness I can not thank you enough. I love everything. My sons were super thrilled about the Rick and Morty socks and my daughter thought the emoji socks were adorable. Everything you sent I loved.
Response: I'm so glad you all enjoyed your goodies. Happy Holidays to you all!
crochetjunkie rated for Mailbox Happiness #6 on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: I love everything you sent! What a fun variety of things. And I havenโ€™t tried this licorice...Iโ€™m excited to try it!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. Happy Holidays!

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hollycm6 on Apr 20, 2019:

Thanks for April AWG, the bee and the cutouts... so cute! And I love the bee!!!

Mimosagirl on Apr 18, 2019:

alt text Thank you so MUCH for taking the time to find and send that to me. I don't have that one and am over the moon that you did that! Perfect timing too since my day was rather blue. Just really awesome! Hugs!

WW April โ™ฅ

Lonestarchild on Apr 11, 2019:

Thank you for the AWG Birthday Crosswords! My favorite guilty pleasure!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


djcamp04 on Mar 30, 2019:

I forgot! Those ATC backs are AMAZING!! I Was looking thru my stash the other day for a thin cardboard sheet because I wanted to try something. And you my dear sent some! How awesome! Thank you!

djcamp04 on Mar 30, 2019:

WW March wishes: Thank you so much for the birthday card! Your Vegas birthday sounded like big fun! I went to Vegas about 20 yrs ago a had a blast! I enjoyed people watching and the sights more than the gambling. My favorite was the Pirate show at Treasure Island (which I think has closed now) and the dancing water fountains. I agree, for a big birthday celebrate big, somewhere big. Thanks for sharing with me. โค๏ธ

MsVal313 on Mar 28, 2019:

OMG I just found your envelope. It had slipped behind a seat in my husbands car! I love the owl patch and the floss. They are both wonderful surprises! Thank you! I am so sorry for the delay in thanking you.

mamarochat on Mar 19, 2019:

Thank you for all the all the stickers and very cute dog washi tape. โ™ฅ WW March

stephiedee on Mar 18, 2019:

Thank you for the fun paper embellishments. I'm going to be able to use a lot of them in a Spring gluebook I'm almost finished with. [WW March]

sherba31 on Mar 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lovely notecards and the Christmas card fronts for WW March.

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