Swap-bot Time: May 26, 2017 12:31 am


Date Joined: July 19, 2015
Last Online: May 25, 2017
Birthday: October 18
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE: 5/23/17 I'm back from our trip to Spain and have rated everything that arrived while I was away, thanks for your patience :)

Hello everyone! Well I've been with swap-bot now about 1 1/2 years and I love it and I love you all. Thank you for such a nice community! It's also the New Year (hello 2017 :) so I'm going to update a bit. I started here mostly to swap postcards but I'm loving some of the other swaps now too! I love happy mail and flat surprises. I've really enjoyed making my own envies so now I rarely dare let anything go out in a plain white envie....no no! I love to receive beautiful envelopes too, as soon as I open the mailbox I'm looking for a blast of color. I want to thank everyone who host such fun swaps and I am going to try my hand at hosting a few myself this winter :)

My husband & I live in Pittsburgh, PA. We've lived in several states, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland and now Pennsylvania since we've been married. We have 1 daughter who just recently moved to LA, I miss her terribly but thank god for FaceTime and we are so grateful to be able to visit her often :D We travel a lot and I love picking up postcards from everywhere! My favorite beverage of choice is wine, I belong to a few wine clubs. I love trying different small vineyard wines from around the world and wine-pairing (I pick out the wine and my husband does the cooking, such a deal!) I drink NO soda, just water and wine and sometimes beer lol. I also drink coffee & tea, my tea preferences are green, red rooibos, and citrus/fruit flavored teas.

I am in Postcrossing and that is how I discovered Swap-Bot! I love Postcrossing :D In Postcrossing I've suggested a theme postcard for every month of the year and it has been fun so I am going to include it here for my Swap-bot friends as a guideline to the POSTCARDS I would love to receive :D PLEASE NOTE: Many of you have mentioned how much you like the monthly theme idea, and I want to encourage you to adopt the idea if you wish, the more the merrier!

January - Art & Artists

February - Beaches, Oceans, Islands, Boats, Marinas & Sunny Places

March - CATS AND CHIHUAHUAS - realistic, funny, illustrations, silly, cartoons. Anything Cats or Chihuahuas!

April - Tourist postcards/famous places from your town, city or country.

May - Bright Colorful & Vibrant postcards! Any Lantern Press postcards!

June - Black & White or sepia postcards

July - Illustration

August - Maps of your city, country, continent, subway system. Any kind of maps.

September - Street scenes, Everyday life.

October - Birthday, Autumn scenes, Pumpkins, spooky, scary.

November - Any Vintage postcards. Vintage travel, travel posters, movie posters, old advertisements, etc.

December - Traditional holiday or religious postcards from your country

If you don't have a PC that's fits in the given month I always enjoy unusual cards, 3D, odd shapes and textures, vintage, illustration, art & single view tourist from countries other than the U.S. the most. Thanks!

Oh and I adore stickers and washi tape, send me a postcard decorated with these and it's an automatic heart! This year I have REALLY become a sticker addict, now belonging to two sticker clubs, Pipsticks and Stickii. Stickers make me happy :)

STICKERS: If a swap calls for a sheet of stickers OR loose stickers I much much prefer sheets, thank you! And I would prefer NOT to get Disney or child like theme stickers :)

WISH LIST: Handmade envies, address labels, RETURN address label with my address on them, postcards (see above), note cards, stationary, stickers, washi tape, travel related ephemera

DON'T LIKE: I really don't want to fill this out because I find that when I receive things that just aren't my taste I usually find a swap partner that really appreciates it so I just pass it on. I guess the main DISLIKE is any Christian related things with bible verses, you can refrain from sending those. And I think I will add also anything child-like or meant for children. I have 1 adult daughter and no grandchildren and I just prefer not to get kiddo things if possible :)

One last thing, I am in Swap-Bot to have fun as I believe the majority of all you wonderful nice people are! So please don't write to me with attitude if I missed something or forgot something or overlooked something. I am very happy to make something up to you if I messed up but could you please be nice about it? Also if you didn't receive my swap could you please send me a message first instead of throwing out a 1? I always send my swaps and if you didn't receive it most likely it has been lost by the post office and I will always send a replacement if you will just let me know. Just send me a nice private message and it's done! Let's have fun folks, this isn't a place for powertrips or freakouts about something that is supposed to be a fun hobby. :D

Favorite Music

I like a wide variety of music, lately a lot of smooth jazz (watercolors on XM) but love artists like Paolo Nutini, JJ Cale, David Gray, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, OneRepublic, Beres Hammond, Tom Waits, Michael Franti, Nina Simone, Hip Abduction, Andrew Duhon, The Revivalists, Hozier, Jesse Cook, Melody Gardot, Chris Stapleton and on and on :-)

Favorite Books

Historical Fiction most of all, and Anne Rice :-) Harry Potter!

Favorite Television

Stranger Things, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Bloodline, Peaky Blinders, Black Sails, House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos. I love to watch sports (Baseball, football, hockey, golf). After living in Pittsburgh now for over 20 years of course I am an avid Steeler/Pirate/Penguin fan!

We recently got Apple TV so now it's all apps all the time, no commercials, I love it! Goodbye Dish!

Favorite Movies

Drama & Action movies mostly. James Bond, Lord of the Rings, The Godfather. We go to the movies a few times a month, just recently saw Hell or High Water SO GOOD and also Jackie, Natalie Portman's portrayal of Jackie Kennedy has to be Oscar worthy!


jcarandas rated for Looking for pen pals on May 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much Karen, I hope you have a great trip to Barcelona. Saludos!
Response: You are welcome :) We just returned and Barcelona was wonderful as always!
Comment: Thank you for the yellow card.
kajsab rated for Looking for pen pals on Apr 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter.
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the heart! :D
Comment: Thanks for a fun envelope !!! Xxx
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Have a nice day! Shelley
Comment: Thank you for the pretty bluebirds card. Spring is finally here as well, I saw some Robins gathering nesting materials yesterday!
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the heart! Happy Spring! :D
Comment: What a very nice envelope to open after coming home from my vacation. I really like how you used a little bag to put items into it. Thank-you.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I hope your vacation was great! :D
buananoche rated for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 on Apr 25, 2017
buananoche rated for New Penpal for 2017 on Apr 25, 2017
KreativeKrafter rated for Send Anything #33 on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: thank you :)
sec7974 rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - F - USA on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you. I tried to figure out what it was before looking at the back. I failed haha. Thanks
Response: haha yes I would be surprised if anyone could figure that one out :) Thank you for the heart!
EllieBeth8 rated for SC PC Apr 17 on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Have a nice day! Shelley
ReadMoreBooks33 rated for SC PC Apr 17 on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, and thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you for the sweet PC, Karen :)
SusanSpooky rated for Send Anything #33 on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the goodies, loved it all especially the stickers!
Comment: Thank you Karen, for the nice postcard. Every woman is welcome in my collection, so also you postcard with wonderwoman.
ainaignies rated for SC PC Apr 17 on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you
TrishaLSmith rated for SC PC Apr 17 on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: love the postcard. thank you
Comment: Karen, the envelopes you sent me are amazing!! If I can keep myself from hoarding them, I'll use them in the May swap. I love them. Thanks so much!
phenley rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - C - USA on Apr 19, 2017

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jaimierandolph on Jan 20, 2017:

Profile Check for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 Welcome to the swap! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

Lady on Jan 15, 2017:

I really like your "like to travel? Next & last". Nice! Thanks for hosting.

WayUpInAlaska on Jan 4, 2017:

HIya! was stopping by doing a random profile check for the Slap a Stamp on it & get PC on it's way! 1/17 swap I am hosting and saw you were hosting a neat looking one! so I joined that one :) Love traveling and sharing our stories :) - Love your idea for the theme postcards as well :) Happy New Years

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

jaimierandolph on Sep 1, 2016:

Profile Check for 10 sticker swap #1! Hope you enjoy the swap! Happy Swapping, Jaimie Randolph

Twishlow on Jul 1, 2016:

Hi Karen! I'm your partner for the decorated envelope swap. I just wanted to let you know that Canada Post may go on strike by tomorrow so your swap may not reach you in a very timely manner. I hope they can avoid a strike, but if they can't there will be no mail delivery while it's going on. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Thanks for understanding. Tracey

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

TC on Jun 17, 2016:

Hey, that Map Postcard swap - the host is suspended for being only 14 years old, and she can't assign partners.

phillaine on May 25, 2016:

to a whole new year of Profile-Based Swaps!

chaari on Apr 28, 2016:

Just Because

Thanks for being a part of my group ^^

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