Swap-bot Time: July 18, 2018 2:53 pm


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Last Online: July 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)!


Midsummerlily rated for Intl-Here Comes the Sun-July on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous Sun pc! I love the effects you've created! It's just beautiful and radiant, and put a smile on my face 💖
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
CurlyTea rated for USA-Here Comes The Sun-July on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: I love this sunny art card! Thank you so very much for the love and care that you put into this swap.
Response: Glad you like it! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Nassenheider rated for Where You Live (PC) - July 2018 on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Hi Carol, Thanks a lot for your beautiful postcard, it made me very happy. I visited Sonora Desert years ago, I remember it was amazing! Greetings from Germany!
Response: Yay! I'm glad you liked it! It is a beautiful, wild and unusual place. Not like what most people picture as a desert! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Sarnobyl rated for Where You Live (PC) - July 2018 on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard!
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the hearted 5!
pne rated for Adventures of the Traveling Postcard #79 on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you, especially for the newspaper! I'll send the card on in the next round!
Response: So glad you liked it! I thought it was a cool request. Thanks for the heart, too!
ktk8 rated for Collaboration #56 on Jul 5, 2018
Comment: fun fun fun swap..... I love the "cake" card... and the extras.....esp the vintage Amsterdam card!!!!! will be fun to work on I have some black and white ideas.... but then again there's always COLOR and I love that too......
Response: Yay! Glad you liked them! I thought it might be a fun background to work with. Thanks for the heart!
SwissChallet rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #50 on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and the cool extras, Carol! I find it more challenging to finish a postcard than to simply add on: I'll have to adapt to the theme and color scheme. Have a lovely summer!
Response: That is so often true. This was a tough one for me as well. Thanks for the heart!
tknight rated for First and last lines No. 2 on Jun 29, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart.
smadronia rated for TWW: This Month, I want to... on Jun 27, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your swap! I have gotten swap things mixed up, and then tried to change it around to fit better and then never quite managed my goal, so I totally understand how things can get that way. Thanks for the postcards, I love them! Arizona cactus are so cool
Response: So glad you liked the pcs. I love the cacti especially in the spring when the flowers just burst out. It just seems like magic! Thanks for the heart!
samsstuff rated for Exquisite Corpse June 2018 on Jun 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I'll be coming down to Arizona soon. I'm not sure if it'll be a better time to visit than during the monsoons. Maybe, but it's supposed to be very hot.
Response: I hope your visit was good. We had some unusually cool weather--for us. I hope you got some of that along with the usual heat. Thanks for the heart!
galadkria rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 9 on Jun 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!!!!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart!
JadeFan rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 8 on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: Cute!!
Response: Thanks for rating.
Singske rated for Collaboration #55 on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: I recieved your pc today. It will be great to work on. Thanks also for the lovely notecard and pc from Arizona.
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5! Glad you like the goodies!
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely postcard. I love the way you have the city outline along the bottom. It is very striking! Hugs, Mona
Response: Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the extra pc. I love the basset hound. = ) Happy Swapping.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and the heart!
nannycat rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 13 on Jun 6, 2018
Comment: glad you liked northern Australia, thank you for the pc of Arizona, we call them sheep stations in Australia warm regards Wendy,
Response: Sheep stations! Yes! I'd forgotten about that. It's been a long time. I'd love to come back. Such wonderful people and a beautiful country. I'd like to see more of it! Thanks for the hearted 5!
AZmom875 rated for "Exquisite Corpse" May 2018 on Jun 2, 2018
Comment: This is a very fun card. Thanks.
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart!
kittyhahahotbot rated for "AD" postcard and destash on May 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for thinking of me. Its adorable!
Response: yay! Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Tessssssa rated for Collaboration #54 on May 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the card and the napkins, This card is awesome!
Response: So glad you like them. I think the card is going to be pretty cool!
doodlebugdezines rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #49 on May 21, 2018
Comment: Fun card!! Nice balloons!
Response: Thank you! It took me a while to come up with something to add to this one. Thanks for rating and for the heart!

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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

MissPaula on Jun 30, 2017:

Carol, Thank you for working on my Dare to Dream Collaboration PC! ♥

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