Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2019 5:21 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: January 19, 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.


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 haven’t tried this licorice...I’m excited to try it!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. Happy Holidays!
Peaches12 rated for HOLIDAY BAZAAR BOX USA on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all of the goodies! My favorites are the cat butts (HeeHee), the soap and I already have the kitchen towel hanging! This was a fun box to get in the mail.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Happy Holidays!
ChristieAnn566 rated for Christmas Altered Bag Swap on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Great job on the bag! It is adorable! Thank You! :)

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Swan on Jan 8, 2019:

The last little package had been hiding, so I unpacked it today. The cute ladybugs make me happy!

JazD on Jan 5, 2019:

I got the swap that you angeled today. This was such an awesome package. I love everything. Thank you so much. Happy New Year!

hollycm6 on Dec 25, 2018:

I loved all the birthday gifts, thank you so much! It was so fun yesterday morning opening it all. the pens (yay!), felted ladybug, bee lotion, potholder, teas and teabag holder, and oh the little book... Mark and I enjoyed reminiscing over the pictures we remembered from when we were kids!!! Thank you again! I had ordered you a (tiny) AWG wish that I'm STILL waiting for. It's making me wonder if it's really coming at this point... but I'm going to keep hoping. It can be a January wish, I guess.

Paige1900 on Dec 22, 2018:

@BabyBee78 angel request thread Here

TeaNi on Dec 21, 2018:

Thank you very much

for granting a CPG wish for me with the pretty ornament, and all the great ephemera for my junk journal! :)

CurlyTea on Dec 18, 2018:

AWG - Many thanks!

Lonestarchild on Dec 15, 2018:

Thank you for such fun holiday deco'ing stuff! The colors are perfect for my wrapping supplies this year! Sweet! Thanks so much. Dec AWG

Tigerlilyknotwise on Dec 14, 2018:


Thank you for the AWG wish! The card kit is so cute! The deer are adorable and it has foxes too which is another favorite of mine. Excited to put them together :)

kaypendragon on Dec 14, 2018:

Thanks for the wonderful AWG goodies!

hollycm6 on Dec 14, 2018:

WOW!!!! Thank you for the lovely package! First I ADORE the Santa packaging. Adorable. And oh my goodness all the little parcels!! So much birthday!!!!! Thank you!!! I've stacked them all beneath my tiny birthday tree (a leftover tradition from my childhood :) and it looks so pretty now!

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