🎉Happy New Year 2022! 🎉
Here's a useful piece of information as we swap in the new year! We all have felt the mail services worldwide slow down, and while this may not help move foreign mail in their countries, once mail does get to the USA, the use of 9-digit zip codes may help move mail a little more quickly.
If you want to know your USA partner's +4 zip code, go to USPS.gov and click on Quick Tools, then Zip Code lookup. Enter your partner's street address and zip and Submit. Then you will receive their full address as it should be written here in the USA to expedite processing. Most noticeably it will be in all CAPS and no punctuation except in the 9-digit zip code.
Profile last updated 27th of February 2022
Hi! My name is Karla, and let me tell you
I joined my first Swap-bot swap back in June 2006, and I have had a lot of fun over the years! I have met a variety of people, made new friends, and expanded my creativity. Swap-bot is a wonderful creation itself, and I am grateful for its inception and its continual maintenance. Thank you @travisj and @racheljohnson !!!
To everyone who has sent me a swap over the past 15 years, thank you for sending smiles to my mailbox and to my face! I love snail mail!
---DO YOU EXPERIENCE THIS SPELLING DILEMMA - "Stationary" or "Stationery"?---
Here on Swap-bot, you will probably always use "stationEry" with an "e". Stationery with an "e" is writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes. If it helps, here are some ways people remember which spelling to use.
Remember that just like writing letters, we also "write" e-mails. "E-mail" begins with the letter "e". So since we write letters, and we write email, remember the "e" in "e-mail" and use the word "stationEry".
@thegypsie utilized a Google search which gave her this tip...let the "e" in "stationEry" make you think of an "Envelope"!
@Itti learned "stationEry because it means pEns and pEncils."
The alternative, "stationAry" is ONLY used to describe something that is not moving, still, staying in one place or position, immobile, or not changing.
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I was widowed, September 17, 2014. Tommy was my first husband, although I was his third wife. Three time's a charm, right? We met each other in July of 1986, got engaged Christmas Eve 1986, had a long engagement, and married in September of 1989, on HIS birthday. We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary September 30, 2013! ;~) Unfortunately, he passed away right before our 25th anniversary. The children and I miss him.
Tommy and I had 4 beautiful children together, 3 girls and a boy thrown in the middle (#3). I can't remember what life was like before them and can't imagine life without them. We always felt very blessed. It really is an amazing adventure to become parents and then watch those little babies grow and become. Become whatever they're going to become. They are 24, 20, 17 and 12. I also have a 5 year old granddaughter, a granddaughter just born December 17, 2021 (her sister), and a third grandbaby, a boy!, due May 3, 2022 (he was born on Mother's Day, May 8, 2022! Mom did so well and he's such a good baby for her, simply eating, pooping and sleeping! 😂) 😊 My first two babies are having their own babies!! 😍
My personal hobbies and interests... to put it simply I love anything to do with yarn or paper.
I love to crochet, having been taught by my mom when I was 6 years old. I taught myself to knit when I was 30 years old! I find crocheting faster, but I love the knit fabric and am glad that I know how to knit. However, I'd still consider myself a beginning knitter, though an intermediate crocheter. I also enjoy cross-stitch and will crochet with the thread skeins that you can buy for cross-stitching projects. I have crocheted with sewing thread, too, making dainty little snowflakes. Crocheting with tiny thread was challenging but the snowflakes turned out beautifully. I predominately crochet with thicker embroidery and cross-stitching thread when I'm not using yarn. I like to crochet bookmarks, snowflakes, coasters, and other small treasures with thread. With yarn I enjoy making pretty much anything, afghans, scarves, dishcloths, potholders, hats, toys, amigurumi...anything!
Besides yarn, paper is another love of mine. It started with writing letters and keeping journals as a child. I've always enjoyed writing letters and receiving them. The latest "letter" I enjoy is something called a "Pocket Letter". Google it if you like to write letters and also enjoy a bit of craftiness. Pocket Letters are my latest love! Here are a few I've done (click on picture to see larger pic):
Since joining SB, I've learned about recycling magazines into envelopes, and I love to make them and receive them. I also enjoy creating scrapbook pages, but my time is so limited that I rarely do a large scrapbook page and instead create smaller papercrafts by making notecards, postcards, and other small items. I like to make ATCs though I consider myself still a beginner, and I rarely make them. LOL Zentangles are another love, and I have enjoyed creating zentangles and zendoodles in a small notebook I keep. I would like to incorporate zentangles into ATCs. I also like making matchbox crafts. Basically, if it's a papercraft, I'll probably enjoy it.
For my personal ephemera collecting, I love postcards, postage stamps, bookmarks, stickers, pieces of collage paper ephemera, scrapbooking papers, cardstock, and stationery.
And of course with all the papercrafts I love, I love pens and writing tools, too! My favorite pens are very fine point ones such as Sharpies, Uniball and Pilot Precise V5. The finer the point, the better. I love how much easier it is to write a more lengthy note on a postcard when I have a 0.5 or 0.7 point pen. And colored fine point pens are a bonus!
Besides, the above, here is a little more about me.
I like all colors really, but those listed above really grab my attention. Yellow and orange are my least favorite colors, but they have their charm at the right time or place. :)
Postage stamps that have the word "Love" or stamps with hearts would thrill me. Any country! 😍
I love Washi Tape! I learned about Washi Tape and Deco Tape through Swap-bot and by reading other swappers' profiles. I looked online for what everyone was talking about and have even received washi tape decorated envies in my mail. I have quite a collection since those first "few rolls". ha ha! But I'm always interested in new designs!
I am into Planners and anything Planner-related. :)
I DO like tea bags if you ever want to send one but aren't sure since some swappers don't care for them. I prefer Organic but don't mind sampling what you want to share. I like pretty much all flavors. What would you like me to try? Please send me tea samples to try!!! 🍵😍
I like a variety of postcards, but I'm not into "dark" or goth themes nor vampires or werewolves (not a Twilight fan nor Harry Potter). Interestingly, though, I did receive a postcard from Hell once, and I found it really interesting. I still talk about it with a smile. Who knew I'd ever get a postcard from Hell? Did you know there was a Hell, Norway? Since then, I've discovered a few other places around the world have a "Hell". So if you live in Hell, or some other darkly named town, I love getting those sorts of "dark" postcards.
While I will probably like whatever you'd like to send in the way of postcards, 'cause I just love postcards, my favorite themes are:
Animals I like on postcards are:
REGARDING HANDMADE POSTCARDS: I love papercrafts, and therefore I can appreciate a handmade postcard. However, I am so sad to receive a handcrafted postcard that got mutilated by our automated postal machines when I know someone has put their time and heart into making it. If you want to send a handmade postcard, I will love that you took the time to make me something. However, consider if the adhesive you use will keep your paper layers secure, with no edges or corners able to be lifted up when they go through postal machinery. When in doubt, I don't mind you sending your handcrafted postcard in an envelope to protect it. I have received some very lovely handmade postcards where the different layers of paper were so secure that it looked like one card and it traveled well. But I've also received other postcards whose glue just could not hold, and they arrived ripped and damaged by the postal machines. Please take care if you choose to send a handmade postcard. I'd love to be able to admire your handiwork as you intended it. :)
If you're at a loss as to what to write on your postcard, check out Postcrossing's blogpost of 20 ideas of things to write about on your postcard! :)
Includes, but is not limited to, contemporary Christian music, classical, a little jazz, 80's music, and strangely, music from the 50's and 60's!
And K-Pop thanks to my 12 year old daughter and her cousin! It's playing often in my house and in my car when they are present. 😂 BTS, Twice, Ateez, Enhypen are their favorites, and mine, to name a few. To all my 80s music fans, may I suggest that you listen to BTS' "DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix)". Even if you don't like K-pop, take a listen to that. Oh my goodness how they rocked out that version of DNA! I felt like I was in 80s America again. 😂 I was hearing flavors of Journey and Kiss.
And if you BTS fans were to ask me who my bias is, I would say V. 😊
When I have time to read, I enjoy contemporary Christian fiction (though not romance), biographies and autobiographies, and some mysteries. I also like crafty books pertaining to my hobbies or new craft interests. I'm also interested in vegetarian cookbooks or cookie/cupcake cookbooks. My favorite publishers are Multanomah, Tyndale, Harvest, Bethany House, and Pacific Press. Some favorite authors include Ted Dekker, Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, and Richard Paul Evans.
I pretty much like any candy made of milk chocolate (Kisses, M&Ms, Hershey's chocolate bars...) I don't really care for dark chocolate, and while it's not my first choice of candy, I'll eat it if there's no milk chocolate around! I also love Turtles (chocolate, pecans and caramel), Tootsie Rolls, caramels, peppermint, and peanut or pecan brittle. My all-time favorite cookies are Oreos! I also love Fig Newtons. My favorite nuts are almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Any candy or cookie that includes those nuts is just "icing on the cake" to me!
I dislike very little but thought I'd start a list as I think of them.
Thank you for reading my Profile. I hope it gave you a sense of my likes and interests. If there is anything else you'd like to know, feel free to ask me. If there's any other information you think I should list here in the About Me section, let me know!
@shellybuckmeier aka Shelly Buckmeier in Aberdeen, SD for Pals that Read Profiles February (40+) ending Feb 12, 2022 - PM'd 3/23/22 asking if she'd received. She replied 3/26/22 that she did receive it, enjoyed it, and would get it rated. I thanked her for her message on 3/27/22, but as of 5/4/22, the swap is still not rated.
@jaimierandolph aka Jaimie Randolph in Odessa, TX for Christmas card mass swap USA ending Nov 27, 2021 - PM'd 12/14/21 asking if received. Message still Unread 2/12/22 and she is partially suspended with 10 - 1s currently.
@Cherryswede for Attitude of Gratitude Swap (USA only) ending Nov 6, 2013 - PM'd 11/20 asking if received. She stated she had not but would check with neighbor who lives at 1111 Apache who sometimes receives her mail for 1111 Sioux. Never heard back and 2nd PM of 11/20 remains "Unread" as of 12/25/13. Today, 2/14/14 received PM stating she never received and neither had neighbor. Will offer to re-send.
@cfroggie aka Cynthia Frank (aka @CisforCynthia ) for NTG Think "Love" Notecard Swap ending Feb 1, 2013 - unable to contact swapper to request rating as she used the "Block" feature after her disappointment in receiving two 3's from me (updated from 1's)
@purplcircles aka Stephanie Thompson for Notecard #24 ending Oct. 8, 2011. PMd her on 10/31 asking if she'd recv'd; She replied 11/1 saying she recv'd but was behind on ratings & should have it that night; Left a Comment and another PM on 12/15 reminding her again.
@Treksek aka Daire Luus for Postcard of Lists #7 Top 5 Favorite Christmas Song Angeled! ; Message in a Bottle (Inter'l!) - Holiday Themed Angeled! ; Note card Swap - International #4 Angeled!
@anneress aka Serena Pyle for PRIVATE: Message In a Bottle - Round 2 - Holiday Themed
@krissywhite1 aka Kristen White for Round 5 Surprise Your Partner With 1 of Your Craft Angeled!
@Whiskey aka Kay Anders for 48 hours to sign up and send a naked postcard in a
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