Swap-bot Time: August 13, 2020 5:22 am


Original Member
Last Online: August 12, 2020
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.

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.

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 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!


Rainydancer rated for SSM: July book club and craft on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much- I can't BELIEVE you have stickers for this book! Amazing! I felt the same way about the book.
jessnewson98 rated for CL: May Reading Log - Paper on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: So much mail and so little time. I received your swap today along with whole lot of other mail! Thank you so much! I love it a whole heap! I hope you have a successful reading month this month! Stay safe!
lostinavalon rated for SF- No Rules PC#3- USA on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much!
coleandjojo rated for Did July or Tell The Truth? on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: I am going to have to say you were telling the truth. There was quite a bit of detail regarding the NOLA trip, so you either did a lot of research or you really went!! Thank you for the goodies too, I love the tags, that was a very nice surprise.
Response: You are welcome! Sadly, it was all made up! I worried that since I told you about the PCs I had from there that you'd catch on. I do want to visit the city one day. Came close once when I was assigned a school in LA to do some workshops, but then it got changed and I went to IL. Oh well!
institches rated for Reusable Card #1 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: The watercolor makes the card! Thanks for the butterfly stamps too.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I was happy with how it turned out. Thanks for the heart!
Ree87 rated for Interest me no. 83 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Carol! Thanks for the excerpt, the book does sound interesting. Thanks for the postcard as well (I haven't seen the TV show and didn't realize it was a book series!) - too funny, I believe I was your partner for that other swap! :)
Response: Thanks so much for the hearted 5! I just finished the book, and I really loved it! I'll be reading some more of her books!
colleenbUSA rated for 📚 Book GIVEAWAY! on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Thanks for joining the swap! I hope to do more in the future!
Response: Thanks for hosting! and Thanks for the heart!
Poohtat rated for SF- No Rules PC#3- USA on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: I’ve heard Alaska is beautiful. We took a whale watching cruise here off the coast of Maine and got to see quite a few whales. It was awesome!
Response: I loved it in Alaska, and I hate being cold. It was warmer than usual that spring, I think, so I caught a break, but I did do the "polar plunge" and jump into the water. Now, that was really cold! I want to go back and see Denali next. Thanks for rating and the heart!
kizzlets rated for SF- No Rules PC#3- USA on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Netherlands is an interesting country. I don't hear much about that country.
Response: Thanks so much for the hearted 5! They do seem to get passed over, but it sounds amazing. I want to visit one day.
Vickimac rated for SF- No Rules PC#3- USA on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the Gulf card , I like it !
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it!
January rated for Round and Round on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Your round PC is beautiful. The fish lie perfectly on that watery blue stripe - what a fun project to work on and keep. (Nice to swap with you for real :)
Response: I am so glad you like it. And thanks for your help in getting my stray swap home. Thanks for the heart!
mandigutterrose rated for SF- No Rules PC#3- USA on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: What a strange card to promote conservation lol.
Response: It was a really odd set of PCs, I thought. I always appreciate these swaps where we can send those odd ones! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I'll now send it on to the next person. Thank you for the Grand Canyon post card.
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the heart!
Tessssssa rated for Collaboration PC #86 on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the card, no wondering what to add to it :P
Response: I know the feeling! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the New Orleans postcard. I would love to go there some day. My brother-in-law lived there but I never made it there to see him and see the sights. Take care!
Response: One of these days, we'll both make it there... I hope! I came close one year. I was consulting in a school district about 1.5 hrs away and intended to take a long weekend next time I was there. My luck--I got switched to a school in IL! Thanks for the heart!
grammypammy rated for Scatts PC Swap - I - US Only on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Island postcard and your answers to the swap!
Response: Thank you! This is a fun swap!
djcamp04 rated for My pretend summer vacation postcard on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Oh goodness Carol! Sounds like you had an amazing fun pretend vacation in NOLA. The jazz, cemeteries & most definitely the food would be my favorite part. Thanks for sharing & so happy you joined the swap. ❤️
Response: I hope I can actually get there someday! Thanks for the heart!
sleepykitty rated for Expand my Vocab PC USA #33 on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: I LOVE the phoenix you sent me! Thank you so much for sharing your art! It's so vibrant and alive. I wish I could create something so evocative. <3
Response: Thank you so much. I like the colors, but I am still learning how to make sharper edges. It was fun trying! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I really loved this swap Carol. Reading through your notes and the enclosed info about the pictures you used on the cut and paste cards was really interesting. I enjoy bird watching. Thanks for the very happy mail box today.
Response: You are very welcome! I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Leekoba rated for 📚 Journal GIVEAWAY! on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Good luck on your morning pages! Happy Swapping!
Response: I think I may turn them into evening pages. I'm just not a morning person.

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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

wolfeagle on Jul 19, 2019:


Thank you for contributing to my Pass and Paste. I love how it turned out.

camelsamba on Jun 9, 2019:

Love the fish print you sent along with the HD/HP Pass & Paste card. A few years ago I took a pen & ink class at the local art center. One of our projects was a graphic novel style page - mine included some Escher-style elements, including fish. The page is too big for my scanner, though, so I've never managed to share it online anywhere. PS summer in Ann Arbor is the best. Also spring, when everything is blooming. Fall is pretty great as well. Winter can be hard work :^)

MissPaula on Mar 27, 2019:

Thanks for adding to my Love p&p card, it looks great!

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


BeckyG56 on Mar 7, 2019:

Thanks for your addition to my HD/Hp card. I love the drawn hungry caterpillar. It made it home!

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