Swap-bot Time: February 21, 2019 1:50 pm


Date Joined: July 19, 2015
Last Online: February 21, 2019
Birthday: October 18
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE: I will be spending most of February in sunny warm Mexico thank goodness! I have rated everything I have received up until leaving so if I have not rated you I have not received yet. I promise I will promptly rate upon my return, thank you for your patience! All of my swaps have gone out as well, we had the polar vortex as well as snow this week so if anything is late a day or 2 that is the reason. Have a great month everyone. Peace!

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 🎨

My husband and I are now living in our 5th state since we've been married (and my 7th overall). We've lived in Florida (where we met), North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania and now Ohio since we've been married. Prior to that I lived in Illinois and California. We have 1 daughter who lives in Los Angeles. 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

Goliath, 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 for 25 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!


marclively rated for Transportation Postcard Swap on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Comment: Thank you very much for the interesting cards!:)
Camiliann rated for NYUP USA Only #43 on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the cute goodies!
papercraftkath rated for 3 Blank Postcards - January on Feb 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards! I love them all especially the cats card. Much appreciated!
Comment: Thank you for the great cards.
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #14 on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the pretty handmade envie and the interesting selection of PCs. I once visited an archaeologist friend in Nevada who took me to sites like the one on that card. Love the native American portrait & the B&W threesome crossing the icy river.
Comment: Hi Karen! Please forgive my late rating. I love love love your washi mail art, in part because it has one of my favorite color combos: pink and green! Love that you covered the whole envie and used a journal card for the address--really creative. Thanks, too, for the washi and that adorable little vintage squirrel card.
MissAlissa rated for WIYM: Not My Country Postcard #1 on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Hello Karen! I love this PC - what a sight it is. :D Thank you!
pintis rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #2 on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Definitely not the most exciting card! Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mail...have kept your letter in my to be replied to pile...might be a while before I get around to it though 😊
MacMaffi rated for Birds postcards swap on Feb 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for a wonderful postcard and beautiful stamps! Happy postcrossing!
LadyJo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #130 on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading about your weekend! It sounded like a fun filled one! I like also how you did the cat inside of the notecard! Thanks for the extras, too!
MartaSoares rated for 9 Washi samples swap on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely washi samples:)
washingtonmaverick rated for Sticker Sheet Swap #12 on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I like the faux postage stamps!
Comment: Thanks Karen I like the way you opened up an envelope to write me a message. I had been looking for a foldable to use in a journal, but now I know what I can use. The ephemera that you sent was lovely, especially the sewing related stickers. thanks a bunch! OMG! How could I forget the sticker message you put on the front of the envelope..."I almost died making this for you?" LOL.
Comment: I love your postcard. Thank you.
Tverne05 rated for Themed postcard swap Pick 3 on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks Karen!
kpfree rated for WIYM: Simple CAT PC Swap-USA on Jan 29, 2019
Comment: Such a cute kitty card Karen. Thank you and happy new year to you!
Liiskah rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #12 on Jan 29, 2019
Comment: Thankyou! Love the cat card :)

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marhod5 on Aug 15, 2018:

I got your Scooby-doo package today. Thanks for making me smile! : )

KathleenHope on Jul 30, 2017:

Thanks for the resend postcard, it arrived today - after the missing post card was found! 💖💖💖

Rimbar on Jul 19, 2017:

Happy 2 year anniversary on swap bot. Many more. Happy swapping.

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!

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