Swap-bot Time: April 7, 2020 7:02 am


Original Member
Last Online: April 5, 2020
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge Update The surgery went great, but I'm pretty much house bound and must rely on friends and family to mail my swaps. I mark them sent when I hand them over, and hope they (usually my son!) remember to drop it off that day. I wish my neighborhood had delivery to each house, but all the mail goes into a metal box at the opposite end of the street from me. I'm not allowed to walk that far yet. :(

I go in for back surgery on 12/30/19. I'm hoping to get everything ready to go before then so I won't have to do it once I get home on 1/1/20, as I don't know how capable I'll be of rational thought on the pain meds! On second thought, that might improve my art!

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 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.


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)!


Eclectonote rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Apr 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the colorful postcard. Best wishes for a fantastic film festival next year!
Response: They're hoping to put it on later this year. We'll see... Thanks for rating and for the heart!
AZmom875 rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Mar 31, 2020
Comment: I got two fun old motel postcards from you today. Thank so much. Hey, after all this self isolating is over we will have to meet up somewhere close and public. I got some great Book postcards down at changing hands bookstore on camelback. Or we could to go to Bookman's.
Response: Lol! I couldn't decide between the two, and I had more to say, so I sent both. Yes, I was thinking the same thing. I love Changing Hands and Bookmans too. Either works for me. I'm a costume storytime reader at Changing Hands every once in a while. She has about 4 of us she rotates through. Super fun to do! Thanks for rating!
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful PC Carol!! Glad you are enjoying the outdoors. Gotta find peace for sure!!
Response: You are welcome. Glad you liked it! Thanks for the hearted 5! Stay well! I am grateful for SB and all of my swapping friends!
Comment: Thank you so much for the PCs and the washi tape. And the one with the railway station? It's in Amersfoort in the centre of the Netherlands. Looking at the car at the left I think this picture is 100 years old! Now there is a very modern station with a lot of travellers. And about stocking up articles in the supermarket: Americans and Dutch are one and the same.................
Response: 100 years old! Wow! That's so cool. I love that you recognized the place! Hope you and yours are well and safe. Thanks for the hearted 5!
ariestess rated for Get in the habit! #2 on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing such an interesting story! You've definitely got my curiousity piqued!
Response: Thanks so much! It was fun to write. Not sure where it'll go next, but I guess I'll find out! Thanks for rating and the heart!
AmyMarie rated for USA: Puzzle Collaboration #10 on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the fun postage puzzle piece. I appreciate the gf/df recipe and the Harry Potter postcard. [My husband is an OSU alumni.]
Response: Yay! So glad you liked them. I really loved Columbus. I somehow managed to go when it was really lovely. Even at his winter graduation the weather was so mild I only needed a sweater most of the time. Thanks for rating! Enjoy the cake. It's always a hit.Hardest part is getting all those different flours! lol!
2Hearts rated for WIYM: Flower postcard on Mar 22, 2020
Comment: Loved the PC. (My son lives in Chandler!)
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart! Chandler has grown so much I hardly recognize it when I go down that way. I'm in North Central Phoenix, so that's not very often. But it's got a cool downtown now with a great little theater and some really good places to eat. A far cry from when I was growing up in Mesa and it was all cotton fields and orange groves.
ttbishop rated for Get in the habit! #1 on Mar 13, 2020
Comment: OMG! The cat photos made my day! Thank you! I know exactly how you feel about all the stuff going on. It's hard to be creative in the chaos. I've mostly been coloring. Not even "adult" coloring..just a kid's Star Wars valentine coloring book! That's about all I can handle right now. I hope we all find some peace! Stay well! And hope to see you in next week's swap! :-)
Response: Thanks so much. Glad you like the kitties! They are sweethearts for sure!
Comment: Thanks for the traveling postcard, I'll send it on its way next round. Nice ephemera choices! I liked the creative envelope and especially the lemon cake recipe - surely a treat for me and my sweet tooth!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I just tried out an olive oil lemon cake recipe for my sons--they're both allergic to wheat and dairy, so it's perfect for them, and super moist and yummy! Love lemons! Thanks for the hearterd 5!
MamaD rated for Collaboration #81 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Great postcard to work on! Thank you for the AIW and Jokers as well!! ❤❤
Response: You are welcome! I was hoping you'd like those. Thanks for rating and the heart!
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #92 on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: Hi Carol... I always love to swap with you... wOw this is a different type of card....tiny tiny spaces...wowzers.... thanks for the interesting documentary movie idea... I love film festivals.... I have iris blooming also and LOVE LOVE LOVE them..... Happy swap and many hearts to you.....
Response: What a sweet thing to say! Thank you! I can honestly say the same for you. I know you will create something wonderful!
luluvision rated for USA: Puzzle Collaboration #9 on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful job you did with the cherry blossoms on my puzzle piece! Thank you so much! Thank you for the postcard, tag and the circus envelope (the washi did not hold the flap down on the envelope so you might want to remember that for future reference-I don't think anything was lost tho!) Thanks again!
Response: Thank you so much. I was pretty happy with them, so I'm glad you like them as well! Thanks for the heart! Sorry to hear the envie didn't hold. I was trying not to damage the recipe and I knew regular tape would pull it off. I hoped that the glue stick and washi tape would do it. I'm so glad the piece arrived okay. Thanks for letting me know.
Comment: Thank you so much for the vintage card. Hopefully I'll get to skydive this year.🤞 Will keep this card moving along 😊
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating! and the heart!
marclively rated for Old Post Card Swap on Feb 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Marc
Response: You are welcome! I hope it's one you can use. Thanks for the hearted 5!
CajunLady rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 19 on Feb 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you! And for the HP pc also!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: The face on this postcard is compelling! My book club is run by our local library. You should check to see if there is one at your library. We are actually reading "The Library Book" this summer. I'm glad to know you liked it so much.
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5! I'd be curious to hear how you like it. There are so many book clubs around here, it's crazy. I like one at a local bookstore called Changing Hands. It's an indie bookstore, but they get in some big names and huge crowds. Plus, it has a wine and coffee bar, so that makes it interesting too!
CookieMomster78 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #71 on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, even though there's no reason to in these swaps. But, I enjoyed reading your personalized "hogwash" stationery note about being a "debutante"! LOL! The MONSTER COOKIES recipe/calendar page envelope was an AWESOME surprise too! Made for a super fun mail of happiness day in my life! Smiles are beaming right now! :-)
Response: Yay! I'm so glad! Thanks for rating and for the heart, too. That's part of the fun for me--finding something to bring a smile!
mejulia rated for Questions - January 2020 on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: I loved your answers, am so glad you were my partner. You sound like a guest person, one would enjoy getting to know.
Response: Thanks so much! It was a really interesting and thought-provoking experience for me! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! Thanks for the hearted 5!
uiltje rated for Collaboration #80 on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the first round of this PC. I'm glad it's a big size. For me it's not a problem with postage rates. I love to send it to its next destination in the next round! Also thanks for the tea.
Response: Thank you! Sometimes it's nice to have a little more room to play.
Poohtat rated for Just Randomness Giveaway #7 on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Good luck to you with your recovery from your recent surgery. Here's to a healthy 20/20!
Response: Thanks so much! Interesting that we both chose health after surgeries! Here's to complete recovery and a happy and healthy 2020!

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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!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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


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