Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2019 1:10 pm


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Last Online: January 21, 2019
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me


Note I'm in a rental while my house is undergoing some repairs, and I only pick up mail once a week (when I can force myself to go over there--too depressing). Anyway, sorry to be slow in rating, but between that and a few trips out of town, stuff really piles up. I WILL rate, but it may be slower than usual. Sorry.

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher,now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef… lately I've gotten hooked on America's Got Talent. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, … I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Shelfari site if you want more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

I usually find I can't use supplies sent to me in swaps: colors, sizes, patterns, etc. don't usually fit my needs and I don't do much mixed media stuff. I'd rather just go find what I like/need at the time. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already!

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a great book or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap!

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. Lately, I've seen a few swappers who put in a little envie full of small ephemera to pass along in with their swap, and I love that idea, and have started using it to winnow my stuff. Take something out... put something else in. If you don't want anything, pass it on!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!


bigmamabird rated for O50 & P Happy New Year 2019 on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Many thanks for the New Years card! Sorry I didn't rate sooner, been off in lala land with a cold...
japn rated for Traveling PCs From Around the World #26 on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Than you will pass on
Comment: card safely arrived, ready to travel further :)
Response: Great! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you so much! ThankMerry Christmas! Hugs, Diane
Response: RIght back at you! Have a wonderful 2019!
Poeprincess rated for USA: Here Comes The Sun-Dec on Dec 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a little brightness in my day!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: Thanks for the nice Postcard. I like it here but the heat can be a bit much in the summer and fall. In the summer months we avoid even going outside! I love winter. Cozy sweaters and no sweat! :o) Great swap I loved it! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Response: Glad you liked it! Same time next year! Thanks for rating and for the hearted 5!
aero rated for Recycled Holiday Card to PC Swap 2018 on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Beautiful Card 🎄 Have A Wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year 🎉
Response: You are very welcome! Have a fabulous holiday and a happy and successful New Year!
Tessssssa rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #56 on Dec 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the card! I will finish and send home. I hope you can get to your craft supplies quickly! Good luck!
Response: Me too! It's coming along at last! I hope to be back in my house soon after the New Year!
Comment: Got the traveling postcard. Thanks for the great PC from Phoenix - that dust storm looks pretty scary.
Response: They can be pretty bad, but they go by pretty fast. Not quite as scary as they look! Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: One more to go, then we'll have a year's worth!
Response: Yep! I wonder what our next challenge will be? I hope she keeps this swap going! Thanks for rating.
elflady rated for Collaboration #62 on Nov 22, 2018
Comment: Good thinking giving me another challenge. Sometimes these are so difficult to add to..Well done . Thanks for the postcard..elflady
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: Hi Carol, THANKS for the postcards (including the extras which are awesome) & I'll be sure to check out that film you mentioned. Take care!
Response: So glad you like them! I hope you can find that film. I think it's probably available somewhere online. I love discovering new films at the festival!
Comment: Thank youuuuuu!
Response: You are welcome--Thanks for rating!
MiriamYocheved rated for T - Prayer Flag October 2018 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Received your fun flag. I love the denim jean fabric. It is a great idea. Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you like it! It was fun creating it! I'm loving these flags!
BeckyG56 rated for Pass and Paste #54 on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks again for the cards. Some of the seeds are glued well, a few have escaped, into the card!
Response: Oh well. I figured some would come off. I hate not having access to all my craft supplies! Thanks for rating!
sudeshnab rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 16 on Oct 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for a great package! Love the owl and the AZ postcard (have visited many times with my job and loved it). Hope Buenos Aires was wonderful and your niece did great! Happy mails
Response: Yay! So happy you liked it. Buenos Aires was so totally unexpected, but I would go back there again if I could! Beautiful city and lovely people. And, wow--great food! (and inexpensive!)
BeckyG56 rated for Collaboration #61 on Oct 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks Carol, this card is stunning, what a beautiful scene.
Response: SO glad you like it! Have fun!
CurlyTea rated for USA:Here Comes the Sun-Oct on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: FYI-This card barely made it through the mail. Parts of the sun were falling off when it arrived. Just a tip: to help hold my collage postcards together, I coat mine with a thick layer of Modge Podge or other clear acrylic mediums.
Response: Oh, no! I am so sorry. I usually do just that, but my refrigerator line sprang a leak and flooded my house, so I haven't had access to all my supplies. I'll re-send something when I can.
Tessssssa rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #54 on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Carol, Thanks for the postcard! I wil ad and send on!
Response: Thanks for rating and for the hearted five!

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smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


wolfeagle on Nov 14, 2018:

Thank you for working on my Collaboration pc with the Tiger. It made it home and it's great.

CurlyTea on Sep 17, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

wolfeagle on Jul 5, 2018:


Thank you for working on my Moon Collaboration pc. I love how it turned out.

HelenG6 on May 22, 2018:

Thank you for angelling swap, "Recycled Holiday Card," I received.I love the wise men.

MissPaula on Feb 26, 2018:

Carol, Thanks for finishing up my card! Don't you love the way it turned out? I do! Love it!

RockyBeach on Jan 25, 2018:


It's home! :) Thanks for working on my collaboration PC!

PrairieKittin on Jan 16, 2018:

Oh my goodness! Thank you so very much for your kindness. That was the last thing I expected to fall out of the envelope! LOL!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Wooper on Oct 2, 2017:

Thank you for working on my Pass and paste postcard! It's so great! I posted a picture of the finished one here


DaisyNY on Jul 13, 2017:

Another P&P on its way home (not to you, you were #2):

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