Swap-bot Time: October 18, 2018 1:08 am


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Last Online: October 17, 2018
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States
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About Me


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)!


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.
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!
Tessssssa rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #54 on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! I will ad and send on! Oh, and thanks for the napkins!
Tessssssa rated for Collaboration #60 on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, I will add and send on!
Xira rated for IS: summer of 2018 swap on Oct 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much Carol! For your lovely chatty letter. It was fun to read about your summer. It sounds amazing! Enjoy Argentina! Groetjes Barbara
tristitia rated for MA: Use your scraps PC! #2 on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: Very pretty postcard - I like the colors and the composition. Thank you!
Response: Thanks so much! Glad you liked it. I need to do a few hundred more swaps like this to get rid of more stash! lol! Thanks for the hearted 5!
RooBaRoo rated for T - Prayer Flag August 2018 on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: I received your awesome prayer flag. The owl is really handsome, & the fabric really come alive together! Thanks for the crafting story behind it, I LOVE knowing those :) Thanks for the feathers, they are really beautiful & intriguing! I'll look up the book Beautiful Animals, & no, I never read a rule that one can't make prayer flags for oneself! There are no "rules", it's just good vibes :) :)
Response: So grateful that you like the owl. I really had fun creating this one. I'd be curious to see what you think of the book. I ended up with mixed feelings--it certainly stayed with me for a while, which to me is a sign of a good book/film, even when I don't like it!
laterdayze rated for IS: not-a-real-postcard swap on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you, interesting pattern :)
Response: Thanks for rating! I was saving it to use as background, but could never decide for what! I hope you can use it.
Autumn5 rated for USA:Here Comes The Sun-Sept. on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the picture, it's beautiful :) And your sweet note!
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: Hope you got everything dried out after your flood. thanks for the pc of where you live. I wish to visit there someday. I will use all the extras you sent too. Yes i wish i could travel with these pc's too.
Response: Yay! Glad you can use the extras! IF you do come to visit, be sure it's between late Oct. and early May! It's gorgeous then. Gets hot in the summer, though! (But I love that too!)
RooBaRoo rated for FREE/AD pc JULY on Sep 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful linen PC! You live in a fairy-tale place, it looks like! What was this PC an Ad of? (Yes the Prayer Flag arrived, much earlier :)
Response: Oh no! I am stumped. I sent out a few that month. Remind what it looks like. I think I was trying to find one your daughter would enjoy as well. I don't keep track of them as closely as my handmade swaps, I'm afraid. Glad you liked it! Thanks for rating.
Kathy821 rated for Collaboration #59 on Aug 31, 2018
Comment: Great job on the postcard. It's gorgeous. I love what you did. Thanks so much for the extra goodies. I love butterflies and the postcard is great. I thought my husband was going to nab it lol. Thanks for your kind words. It's tough at times, but definitely a blessing. I've had Alexis since she was 3 months so I know 5 months can be a handful. He will most likely keep you young for sure!
Response: So glad you liked the goodies. Thanks for the hearted 5! At the very least, he's keeping me moving--and he's not even crawling yet! Yikes!
MamaMangrove rated for MA: National Dog Day PC on Aug 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great doggie collage, Carol, and for the so-appropro quote. Nice to hear about your own sweet loyal friend too.
Response: So glad you liked it. It was fun creating that one. Thanks for rating and for the heart!
cadel rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 15 on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your envelope Carol and the amazing postcard of Arizona. I wanted to give you more than heart... a thousand !!
Response: You are so sweet! I love adding those little extras I think my partner will like. It's so rewarding when I get it right! Thanks for rating and the hearted 5!
Moominbrooke rated for T - Prayer Flag July 2018 on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely prayer flag and cool uke tunes! I have been playing the one I am familiar with, and the other one I will have to seek out. I have the 365 book, and last xmas my mom got me the leap year edition (with 366 tunes!):0)
Response: Cool! I really enjoy playing the Uke, but I am not consistent enough to ever get very good, I'm afraid. It's still fun, though. Glad you like the prayer flag. I enjoyed making that one especially. I love this swap!
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous postcard. The colors are brilliant . Scotland is the most beautiful place and I would love to move there! Hugs, Mona
Response: So glad you like it! I loved Scotland. So beautiful and such friendly people--although, I often couldn't understand what they were saying! lol! Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: Thank you so much for a lovely swap. I enjoyed reading your letter and am happy to hear that you had a great time in Australia. I have never been to the US but would love to see the Grand Canyon. It must be truly awesome. I also love the two vintage PCs you included for me. So thoughtful and kind. Your mail put a big smile on my face and was the perfect wind-down for a busy day. Thanks again.
Response: Thank you so much! So glad you liked the PCs. A new friend from a book club I just joined is going to Australia soon. I am so jealous! I'd love to come back and explore more of your amazing country.
laterdayze rated for Exquisite Corpse--July 2018 on Aug 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard and the extra goodies! I've used napkins for decoupage and for ATC's but never for notecards. I'll have to give it a try, thanks!
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it. Every once in a while someone hosts a napkin exchange, and I love that. Fun getting some from another place. Thanks for rating and the hearted 5!
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #51 on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: This postcard is very colourful and happy. It reminds me of Summer. from one teacher to another have a great creative year. elflady
Response: Thank you so much! So glad you like it! Have fun!
Angie rated for Collaboration #57 on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: Cool adds to the card. Thank you very much.
Response: Thank you! and thanks for the heart!

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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):

njstauter on Jul 10, 2017:

I was so deeply touched by your Reading Log this last quarter. I can see how your choices inspire your days and nights. Many thanks for sharing

carol on Jul 3, 2017:

Here's a P&P I just got back. Thanks to kpfree, Tessssssa, and Wooper for their great work on this! P&P

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