Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2018 10:30 pm


Date Joined: June 20, 2014
Last Online: March 1, 2015
Birthday: April 28
Country: United States

About Me

I am a sign language interpreter and graduate student living in Sycamore, Illinois. I am married to an Episcopal priest and live right next door to the church. This makes life VERY interesting. Anyone seen the TV show "Rev."? I have been writing letters to penpals since I was a kid and have just gotten out of the habit. This seems like a great way to get back into the habit of enjoying some happy mail!

When I'm not working or taking care of my 10-year-old, I train to run marathons, and try to keep the weeds out of my garden.

Favorite Music

I enjoy all kinds of music from classical to indie rock, to oldies, and Irish folk music.

I tend to enjoy specific songs rather than albums, which drives my husband crazy.

Right now, because I'm training for the Marathon, I am racking up running songs to put on my play list. My playlist has artists like:

-The Can-Can -Great Big Sea -Billy Joel -Katy Perry -Miley Cyrus -Journey -Harry Belefonte -etc.

Favorite Books

I am working on a graduate degree in counseling, so most of my current reading is academic books about counseling theories. When I'm not analyzing historical perspectives in the helping professions, I enjoy some good historical fiction, dystopian novels, medical fiction, and dramas.

Some of my recent favorites:

-The Divergent Series -The Other Boleyn Sister (really anything about Henry VIII and his wives) -The Alchemist -Out of Africa -The Hobbit -The Mermaid Chair -The Kite Runner

Favorite Television

We have a television, but don't have cable. We watch everything through Netflix and Hulu. I tend to like good mysteries and sci-fi, such as:

-Sherlock -Resurrection -Once -Grimm -Believe


I love gardening, cooking, fitness, crochet, yoga, running, tea, reading, and letter-writing.

I am also a Girl Scout leader, which takes a great deal of my time and energy (wanna buy some cookies???), and am training to run the Chicago Marathon in October. I am running in honor of my mother who is a 10-year breast cancer survivor, so I am also collecting money for an organization called Bright Pink.

In addition to my day jobs, I am also a consultant for Thirty-One, so I am your source for all things "bags" and storage.

Hopes and Dreams

I joined Swap-Bot because I have made a promise to myself to engage in more "happiness" bringing this year. I have been finding more excuses to write letters and send happy mail to friends. Unfortunately, people rarely respond in kind. I want a little happy mail, too.

I will do my best to send a little happy with each of my swaps. I hope people will have patience with me as I learn what is expected and will put a bit of happiness into each of their swaps for me.

Special Joy-Bringers

Things that make me smile:



-Rubber stamps



-Non-chocolate candy (I'm allergic to chocolate)

-Fun socks


-Peonies, sunflowers, and lilacs


-Wonder Woman

-Fun pens

-Washi Tape


-Tea (no coffee...never coffee)

-Paper crafts

-Yarn crafts



-Decorative pouches

-Retro female empowerment symbols (Rosie the Riveter, etc.)

-Yoga pictures

-Handmade things!!

-Mindfulness Quotes


-Decorative envelopes (I always seem to have more cool papers and cards on hand than envelopes...how does this happen?)

My no-no list

In general, I am very easy-going and love to try and see new things. Some things I don't care for and would not like to receive are:

-Chocolate (I am allergic)


-Scantily clad pictures


-Meat-related things (I am a vegetarian)

-Cats are cute, but I don't have "cat fever" like many people and prefer other motifs.

-Video games


Comment: never got a letter for this swap.
sophieanita rated for Envy My Envies on Dec 2, 2014
Comment: Have not received anything or been messaged to explain why.
BlueBelle rated for book page envelopes on Nov 12, 2014
Comment: Thanks so much!! I love the envelopes, especially the little green bird from "Go, Dog, Go!" And sending the washi tape on a gift card... so clever! Thank you!
Tessssssa rated for book page envelopes on Nov 8, 2014
Comment: Thank you for your envelopes. They are lovely!
lillinda3 rated for book page envelopes on Nov 7, 2014
Comment: thank you, I love the "HopOn Pop" envie. ONe of my favorite books.lol
questionable7 rated for NH: handmade envelopes #4 on Oct 9, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the awesome Halloween-inspired envies! I love the dimensional stickers and washi tape--this was an extra special package. Thanks!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them! Thanks for the heart, and enjoy using the envelopes. Happy Swapping!
jewnbugg rated for Extraordinary Pen Pals on Oct 6, 2014
Comment: Dear Carly, Yay! I got your second letter today. I'm so sorry you had to write twice and put tracking on it. I don't know what happened to the first letter. You deserve more than one measly heart for your valiant efforts on this swap. I would love to write back. Debbie
Response: Whew! I was beginning to think I had a mail troll. I'm glad you liked it and look forward to hearing from you again!
Arae407 rated for A Month of Mail - August on Oct 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the 31 wine bag! I loved it! I am so sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner. Ive written you two letters and I just found them in my desk last week at work! Scatter brain!! I'll be writing you soon. Take care
Response: Yay! I look forward to your letters. If it wasn't for a scatter brain, I wouldn't have much brain at all! :-)
Serena rated for Long Letter Ladies Penpals on Oct 2, 2014
Comment: Absolutely loved your letter, there's a response on its way. Love the washi tape too.
Response: I'm looking forward to it!! Thanks for the heart!
halewis1213 rated for HUGE WASHI TAPE SWAP - USA on Sep 15, 2014
Comment: Thank you!
cookingbear rated for HUGE WASHI TAPE SWAP - USA on Sep 12, 2014
Comment: I love these, I only had 4 of them! Thank you so much for the extras.
Margothecat rated for HUGE WASHI TAPE SWAP - USA on Sep 8, 2014
Comment: Thank you very much for the samples and extras!
LynnMoore rated for HUGE WASHI TAPE SWAP - USA on Sep 8, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the washi and the extras. I really do appreciate them.
Comment: Great stuff - Thanks so much. Happy day to you.
pbcquiltlover rated for SMSUSA: Hello Friend! on Aug 29, 2014
Comment: What a fun swap! Thank you for the nice letters and the goodies! Glad school started smoothly - good luck for a great year!
Response: I'm glad everything arrived! Have a great Labor Day!
cookingbear rated for Stickers and letter on Aug 29, 2014
Comment: I LOVED reading your letter and I will definitely be writing back to you soon.
Response: I'm so glad! It is fun to be paired with you again!
orneryswife rated for USA Small Washi Tape Swap on Aug 25, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the tapes and extras. Hope things are settling down for you.
Response: Many thanks!
fallingup rated for Make An Envelope #29 on Aug 25, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the great envelopes!
Response: You are most welcome!
timmetje rated for Make me a BOOKMARK!! on Aug 21, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the lovely crocheted bookmark ^_^
Response: You are welcome! It was fun to make!
Juliagolia87 rated for USA Small Washi Tape Swap on Aug 21, 2014
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You are welcome!

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kittyhahahotbot on Jul 22, 2014:

kittyhahahotbot on Jul 22, 2014:

Hay ya gurlfriend!

kerrydwynn on Jun 23, 2014:

So glad you can join us at Cold Hands Warm Hearts !

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