Swap-bot Time: August 20, 2018 6:00 am


Date Joined: July 19, 2015
Last Online: August 14, 2018
Birthday: October 18
Country: United States
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About Me


I will be traveling for 3 weeks and will return after Labor Day. All swaps I have received have been rated and I will rate all that come in as soon as I return. Thank you for your patience ☺️

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 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!


Arhel rated for Washi samples- International on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: These are lovely, thank you! :)
PeliKat rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!! August on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: Karen, I received your swap envelope and I love it all! That notecard with the kitten on the beach is so cute! And I really liked the idea of "Tell your stories. Own everything that has happened to you. Don't leave anything out. It's all good stuff." Thanks for the extras and for the nicely decorated envelope; it was great fun to see that in my mailbox!
susanica rated for INTL Happy Mail - 5 Pieces on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: thank you very much for all the items
Leahlovesluther rated for CALG: Postcard pen pals 3 on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Dear Karen, I received you Postcard in the mail today. It is so cheery, especially because it is a rainy winters day here. I would love to write back to you soon. Leah
stephanyhocc rated for Stationery lovers swap #5 on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you Karen! I enjoy everything you chose:)
marhod5 rated for CALG;Random Act of Kindness on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: Scooby-doo swap received! : ) Thanks for all the fun goodies. I especially like the word washi on the envelope. I'll have to look for some of that.
EmmaLouLoves rated for AUGUST HELLO!!!!! on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Fall looks Awesome in Virginia, I met a couple from there quite a few years back now, they were walking up a Mountain in the UK call 'Triffan'; it's in Wales. They also mentioned how beautiful the Fall was there. Hope you enjoy. Em. x
Comment: Hope your trip is off to a good start. Thanks for the goodies, love the cheery blossoms most.
brooklynbunch rated for B&W PCs AUGUST on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the card--I visited New Orleans for the first time 2 years ago. This really captures the feeling. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: Fantastic Cards!!! Thank You!
RachelSwaps rated for Eyes closed swap 22 on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: I looove vintage cards!! Thank you so much!
bjansen rated for PC Scavenger Hunt on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Loved the cars pc and all the other ones.
basykes rated for Vacation Postcard 2018!! on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: I've never been to Baja. It looks beautiful. Thanks.
TrishaLSmith rated for Vacation Postcard 2018!! on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: I received 2 Puerto Vallarta postcards this week from 2 different users. What a coincidence. Thank you. 😁
RabbitsnChihuahuas rated for Washi Tape Swap #7 on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: Love the washi esp the honeycomb and succulents :) hope you had a great time at the Italian Festival!
Gabrielle rated for Eyes closed swap 22 on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Very interesting card! I have a friend who is Japanese, so I will check with her in case that is the source, since I think she also can tell if this is Chinese. If I find out what and where it is, I will let you know. You get a heart for providing me with a mystery! Happy swapping!
LadyJo rated for Vacation Postcard 2018!! on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard! I never heard of PV so I will have to look it up! Vacations are so fun!
Comment: Thank you for this great card from New Orleans. I also like the stamps you used.
Gatzcat rated for Eyes closed swap 22 on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the PC! That is how I like my eggs too. In cake. Ha!
Comment: Thanks for the PC of the workmen!

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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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