Swap-bot Time: January 26, 2020 4:54 am


Original Member
Last Online: January 23, 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)!


Comment: You’re very kind. Thanks so much!
Ukucaitie rated for Old Post Card Swap on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Hello Carol, Thank you for the vintage statue of liberty postcard! I have went around it on a boat but have not been in it before. I love finding bags of postcards at goodwill! Its rare but fun when i do :) thank you!
Comment: Many thanks for the postcards & extras which are really cool.
Response: Glad you liked them! Thanks for the heart and for rating!
scrappermama rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #70 on Jan 19, 2020
Comment: Great drawing!! I hope your feeling better & that it turns out to be a great 2020! I wish you the best!! Looking forward to add to your pc.
Response: Thank you! I am getting better every day, and so much less pain already. I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with for this one!
phillaine rated for USA: Puzzle Collaboration #8 on Jan 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderfully thoughtful puzzle piece, and your letter about your process making it. Bonus: It's definitely the best-smelling by far! 😊
Response: I"m afraid the good smell is about the only thing it has going for it. Thanks for the hearted 5 and your kind words.
NRGordon rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 29 on Jan 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice note you included. Our older daughter interned at Phoenix Children's Hospital and we have relatives in Cave Creek and friends in Tucson so we have visited AZ several times. It is a lovely place. I particularly enjoy hiking in the deserts. You gave me a couple good ideas for ou next visit.
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the hearted 5!
MSturgill87 rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 18 on Jan 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the swap and for the bonus PC! Can't wait to see the Grand Canyon in person some day.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart! It is worth the trip, but while you're in AZ, go further south to see Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon too, if you can! Mystical beauty!
elflady rated for Collaboration #76 on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: I finally received your postcard. i note you sent it on 2nd November. I am not quite sure where it has been . thanks for the very fine paper napkin. elflady
Response: Thanks for the hearted five. Crazy that it just arrived. Lost in Christmas mail, maybe? I don't know. I usually mail at a Hallmark store USPS to make sure I've or enough postage on lumpy or heavier stuff. Glad you like the napkins. They're such fun to work with!
Eulegirl rated for Recycled Holiday card to PC 2019 on Jan 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks! I love the glittery card, and I'll have to check out the book suggestion!
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it! Thanks for rating!
Comment: Hi! I am so sorry to tell you that your envelope was broken. No traveling card arrived Norway, just your nice Christmas card. I hope the traveling card will be sent home if somebody finds it. I am not able to read all at your card; it is something about PS You'll get a ..... and then I do not understand, sorry...
Response: Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. I've never had that happen before. Would you like me to start a new card and resend? I do hope someone sends the travelng card home too. I will this just before I went in for back surgery so u don't know what I said there. It's a crazy time and still is. Thanks for reading anyway.
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card! I love all the puppy love of course. Thank you too for sharing your Lucy with me, what a doll! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
Response: Thanks so much! I'm so glad you liked all those puppies! We had a wonderful Christmas. Hope yours was great, too Happy New Year!
marooter rated for Recycled Holiday card to PC 2019 on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful PC, Carol! I love Wysocki -- I get the calendar every for Christmas every year! My Mom used to get them every year (she passed 11 years ago this month) and I still have all of her old ones! Merry Christmas! :-)
Response: Wow! That's amazing! Guess I chose right! I'm so glad you like it and to have such history with the art as well--super cool! Have a wonderful Christmas!
wolfeagle rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #69 on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Happy Holidays to you too.
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: Thank you so much Carol I loved your card and the vintage postcards! Cheers, Micaela
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart! So glad you like the cards! Happy Holidays!
AZmom875 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 28 on Dec 6, 2019
Comment: Your postcard is super cute, and will be fun to pass along. I appreciate the vintage postcards with the vintage cars. We do live close. I would not freak out if you came to my door. My dogs might but they calm down pretty fast.
Response: Lol! Thanks! Glad you like the PCs. I've thought often about trying to get us Phoencian swappers together sometime. Maybe I'll put up a swap and see what happens. I'll have to think about how to do that.
nancylee rated for Monochromatic Purple Collage on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Very pretty it reminds me of a quilt - thank you
Response: Glad you like it! It was fun to make! Wish I'd started this series sooner--the one I received was lovely too!
2Hearts rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #22 on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating!
smadronia rated for CL: Traveling Book card Round 16 on Nov 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart!
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #68 on Nov 24, 2019
Comment: Lovely to get your post again. I like what you have done and yes the lace on the envelope arrived intact thank you. elflady
Response: Whew! Glad to hear that. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for your card! 😊
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5!

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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!


wolfeagle on Nov 14, 2018:

Thank you for working on my Collaboration pc with the Tiger. It made it home and it's great.

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