Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2021 12:14 pm


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Last Online: January 22, 2021
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

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 also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! 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, SOme Like it Hot, 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. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

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 Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank 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! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. 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 suggestion for a great book to read 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. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in! Thanks!


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)!

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Comment: Thank you for your beautiful card. 😀
Comment: Thank you so much for the extra French card for me! I've not been to France but much of my family is from there so I'd love to go!
Aurora1 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 34 on Jan 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful black and white postcard!
Comment: Thanks for the PC! I love it! Have a magnificent day and happy swapping....
Eulegirl rated for Scatts PC Swap - K - US Only on Jan 16, 2021
Comment: How cool to hear from a fellow English teacher! I've never been to Hawaii either but I'd like to go there, too!
MiekeC rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #91 on Jan 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the extra card.
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Hi Carol, received your gorgeous bird mail art postcard today! Wow! I just love the sketch. You are very talented. Yes, you will get back to Paris very soon!! My favorite museum in Paris is the Marmottan - beautiful Monet's there and a very tiny museum. Take care and thx again!!Tama
wolfeagle rated for AMA: What's your Word 2021-Jan on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. I love the Charlotte Bronte quote also.
Response: Great! Thanks for the hearted 5!
esalas73 rated for Traveling Greeting Card #6 on Jan 13, 2021
MCGalaxy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2020 on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you
Carrii rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2020 on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: I have NOT seen Time Bandits, but based on the writers and cast, there is a very good change I will watch it soon. Maybe this weekend. Thanks!
Response: It's a strange one, but one of my favorites for Sean Connery! Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: Woo hoo looks like everything is on the way now! Fun to do and part mystery Thanks you for your art, efforts and patience along the way
Response: I love how these turned out! Yours is on its way to you now. Thanks for joining the swap! And thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks, Carol! I'll pass them along in the next round!
fortannam rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2020 on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard! And yes, there is an Arizona State Button Society (on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/ArizonaStateButtonSociety) and you can check with them for local clubs!
Response: I will have to look them up once this pandemic is over. Thanks for the heart!
bblue rated for Recycled Holiday card to PC 2020 on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the card and for hosting this swap!
Response: You are welcome! Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Mamamoose rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2020 on Dec 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for the lovely patchwork Christmas card! Love it! Have wonderful new year!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Here's to a wonderful 2021!
squince rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #18 on Dec 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard!
Response: You are welcome! Glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2020 on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute 'chunk' and your nice note. We have seen our granddaughter a few times. Each time is like a tease for her and I both, being so close and not being able to snuggle. It is almost sad how quickly the young ones get used to the masks and distancing.
Response: That's so true. I'm hoping we can be closer soon. My grandson's birthday is March 7 and that was the last time we were really able to cuddle and be together. He turns 3 in a few months, and I'm really hoping we can be together again. Thanks for the heart and 5!
Eulegirl rated for Scatts PC Swap - L - US Only on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cool vintage card. I don't want lines on my face either, but alas, I'm aging! Ack! Ah well, at least the world will know I laughed?
Response: Better than the alternative, I guess! Thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

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ktk8 on Jan 11, 2021:

Hi CAROL and THANK you for completing the HOLIDAY CARD.... it arrived today and is so nice... I love love love it ... the use of netting and the pretty tree make me smile.... thank you.... it got here totally INTACT...... happy happy!!!! and am sending you many <3 's!!

Happy New Year.....

Kate ktk8

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wolfeagle on Dec 22, 2020:

I hadn't thought of these words, but I really like them: Mindful and Legendary. I hope they inspire you in 2021.

banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!👻 happyhallll

desertdoll on Apr 25, 2020:


McAnaraks on Feb 24, 2020:

I enjoyed working on your collaboration card, thank you collaboration

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

addendum to my thank you..... THANK YOU for the GREAT fruit stamps....... oh I love them they really complete the postcard...... woo hoo!!!

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

Hello and Happy New Year....THANKS for adding to my fruits of change postcard and sending it home it got here yesterday and I love it.... HOPE you are feeling BETTER AND BETTER.... big gentle hugs...

thisismeAXiD on Sep 3, 2019:

Happy birthday month

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