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Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: June 22, 2018

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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.


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!
Comment: I could not have asked for a better Easter ... Birthday present!!!!
KitsuneSK rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the stickers! I love the ugly sweater ones! :D And I also really like the pretty papers you sent too. Thank you again!
Comment: Thank you for the fun items! I'm pretty sure the sock monkey tattoos are my favorite!
CroLaneyL rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for everything 🎅happy holidays!!
d2photo rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the send.
Comment: thanks for the goodies!
PeliKat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Cari, thanks so much for the envelope of goodies! I didn't realize that they even made stickers for 'ugly sweaters', but these will be perfect for the scrapbook page of the Ugly Sweater contest that my sons have each year! Thanks again!!
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
spicemom rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Hi Thank you for the goodies spicemom
Comment: Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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PhoenixLM on May 28, 2018:

Big thank yous from Chezza She is like They are 3 of my favorite colors!! The pup (Sammie) love the ArcBarks He was practically doing flips LOL Thank you so much for making 2 of the important beings in my life so happy CPG Wishlist

bjmonroe on May 24, 2018:

Thank you for the fabric embellishments for AWG May. They are a real treat.

Tigerlilyknotwise on May 24, 2018:

Hi! Thank you for the May AWG letter :) My sister lives in Greensboro, so I’ll have to pop over and visit so we can check out that art supply place! The book festival looked like fun too. Thanks for sharing!

zurdoswifey on May 23, 2018:

WOW Thank you so much for the Birthday card...awesome magnet and stickers for May AATW wishes...Absolutely loved the pocket letter...sooo pretty loved the colors.

Everything was fantastic...Thanks again and have a very lovely week =)

OrigamiGrace on May 22, 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely sea themed jewelry findings from me CPG May wishlist!! Can't wait to use them!

pickleme on May 21, 2018:

Thanks for the stack of index cards! More colorful than my last bunch. The socks will be a great tuck in when my son goes back to school. He loves socks too! Thanks <3<3<3

hamolla22 on May 21, 2018:

Thank you sooo much for the floating locket rak and painting extras! I love everything, so kind to send me extras WITH a rak! I love painting so it was a great surprise to receive those too ❤️❤️❤️

TeaNi on May 21, 2018:

thank you so much

for granting a CPG May wish for me with the fun kitty surprises & mint tea! :)

yvonne401 on May 21, 2018:

Thank you for my May wish from AWG of a profile surprise. I loved the vintage crewel kit. I was so happy when I saw that it came with instructions as well as a pattern printed on the material. I've had so many people send me embroidery sets that were not stamped and I'm not able to do them. You put a smile on my face today!



MSturgill87 on May 21, 2018:

Thank you for the awesome junk journal ephemera via AATW May wishlist.

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