Swap-bot Time: March 28, 2023 5:03 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: March 27, 2023

Country: United States
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About Me

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 15 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. In his old age, he no longer plays with his toys much except for his favorite and can only have soft treats and food.

Update: We did his DNA and he is 50% cocker spaniel, 18% rat terrier, and the remainder is mixed breed. Kind of a shocker as he looks nothing like a cocker spaniel!


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.


Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift! The cocoa looks yummy! I like the way the items were tucked away inside the cute cup! Thanks for the pens for the wish list! I truly enjoyed my swap!
HausOfImps rated for PVT: HOI and CC on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the photo negatives and bookplates! I will forever be jealous of Scrap Exchange. Hope to swap again!
Comment: Loved the card, thank you! Sorry for the late rating. Hope you're having a great new year.
Comment: Cute card and thanks for the goodies!🎄
Comment: TY for the amazing card!
tonat80 rated for Stocking Stuffers 2021 #6 on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: I look forward to opening this at Christmas! Thank you for the nicely wrapped gift.
JazD rated for CPG Nov 2021 Stocking Stuffer - US on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
MKayla rated for Stocking Stuffers 2021 #6 on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! Can't wait to open it on Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty wrapped gifts. I'm sticking them under my little tree!! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
e2java rated for CPG Oct 2021 Stocking Stuffer - US on Oct 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I love recipe books and this one has some things I can't wait to make. I'll wait on opening the other stocking stuffer though. Happy early Christmas!
Eulegirl rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #6 on Aug 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great swap! Love the tea and infusions and the stationary!
meganimal rated for LSRUS Package Scavenger Hunt on Aug 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun and tasty package! :)
bpl76 rated for CPG-A Week Of Surprises Swap-US on Aug 16, 2021
Comment: WOW thank you !!!
Cgscdy rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #6 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Tysm ❤️
1koolkrafter rated for LSRUS: Made By You-Int’l on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Hey there Cari. I love the pocket letter that you made for me. It is so bright and colorful. And thank you for all the neat little hidden treasures in each of the pockets.
bpl76 rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #6 on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you
2Hearts rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #6 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Love it all - thanks Cari!
Comment: Thank you for everything!! :-) the guinea pig photo is adorable!!
Comment: What a perfect collection of snacks and teas (and coffee). I can’t wait to try everything! I’m munching on the dill pickle peanuts as I write this. I’m eyeing those dips next even though my sweet tooth is telling me to eat all the peach candies. Thank you for such an interesting mix of goodies and swapping with me!
lyssathemermaid rated for 3 Magickal Gifts - USA on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so, so much Cari!! I havent been able to find periwinkle anywhere here <3 appreciate everything & love it all! :-)

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Ikat78 on Mar 27, 2023:

THANK YOU for the lovely ephemera from books you sent for MarWW group. Love all the animals. So thoughtful. 😊

DeboraCreates on Mar 25, 2023:

Thank you for granting my CPG March Wishes! And the goodies inside the card.

(love your swap bot ID, LOL)

CrystalZ on Mar 24, 2023:

Thank you for the fun bday card and papers that you sent for my March wishlist in the CPG group!

littlebigmel on Mar 24, 2023:

Thank you soooooo much for the items you sent me for LSRUS March wishlist!

annanymark on Mar 21, 2023:

Thank you so much for sending me such a big amount of things for the CPG February wishlist. I loved it! And an extra thank you for sending stickers to my daughter, it sure brightened up the day for the both of us ❤️

heliogal on Mar 19, 2023:

Cari, It is so great to see you back on swap-bot!! I am really grateful to you for sending me such an amazing CPG March wish list wish!! I love your pretty notecard and stickers, the super yummy looking tea and those wonderful fun thoughtfulls!!! I saw those on amazon and thought they looked really neat and fun but I couldn't afford them so it is just so nice to have gift them to me!!! I really appreciate you!!

manders2280 on Mar 18, 2023:

Thanks for all the good wishes stationery. The magnet is hilarious!
— Meredith
Wonderful Wishes March

LavenderSprinkles on Mar 17, 2023:

Wow, thank you so much! I really love the wish you gave me for LSRUS March! You made my day!

Poohtat on Mar 16, 2023:

Thank you for the WW March stickers! I love them and I can't believe you found a leuc! So cool, they are going right in my happy journal.

colleenbUSA on Mar 13, 2023:

Thank you for the adorable doggie b-day card and the awesome book stickers!

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