Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 3:52 am


Original Member
Last Online: June 25, 2019
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge NOTE I will be out of town until early June, so please be patient with rating. I've sent all the swaps that are due while I'm gone, but I won't be rating anything that comes after today.

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)!


farangelinan rated for CL: Woman author Canada - Re-do on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: I am glad you chose that book because it is on my TBR list too. But i have been putting it off because i thought it would be too much to digest for me. Will definitely read it after i am done with my current book :) thanks for the review!
christywebb rated for CL: Traveling Book card Round 15 on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: hank you for the cards - I'll keep them moving - and the bookmark!
Comment: Gah, thank you do much! Thank you for the little extras you included too :) I hope you have a magnificent day :)
camelsamba rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #63 on Jun 9, 2019
Comment: Nice addition to the P&P - will be fun to think of a transitional element. Thanks for the fish print, too!
Response: You are very welcome! Glad you liked it! Thanks for you comment on my page and for the hearted 5! (I agree--I'm sure I wouldn't be happy there in the winter, but it sure was lovely in May!)
ktk8 rated for SunFlower PC on Jun 8, 2019
Comment: Always fun to receive from you CAROL and this sunflower postcard really made me SMILE it's beautiful...... and I too LOVE sunflowers..... just can't be around them and not smile.....BIG HUGS for this and many hearts.....I love it! turned out GREAT.....
Response: Thanks so much! I'm so glad you like it! As you can see by my profile pic, I love sunflowers too, and I was really pleased with how that PC turned out. I think I need to make one for myself now! Thanks for rating and the heart!
newrule rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 22 on May 27, 2019
Comment: Ready for the next round! Thanks for the extra postcards!
Response: Thanks for rating! Glad you like the PCs!
Comment: Hi Carol thank you for the "17 kings and 42 elephants" PC. It's a lovely illustration. Happy Spring swapping. peace love light
Response: Glad you liked it! One of my favs, especially the batik illustrations. Thanks for rating and the hearted 5!
lynnerfb rated for USA: Up Above The World So High-May on May 21, 2019
Comment: Really nice but where is the moon?
Response: I'm gonna say it was a New Moon that night! lol! Never sure where to put that! Glad you liked it!
Comment: By the time you get this you should be up here! Yay! Hope you are having so much fun! We could hang out with the deer and bears. LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I was! Just got back--OMG! Alaska is amazing! We even had sunny weather most of the time. One day was so warm, people were sunning on the rear deck. Loved the small boat--only 38 of us, and everyone was interesting and fun to be around. I will be back for sure! Saw one bear, no deer, but lots of whales, seals, eagles, and otters.Incredible trip!
Comment: Thank you for the extra postcard!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating and the heart!
DaisyNY rated for Collaboration #69 on May 3, 2019
Comment: Oh carol, I adore the fish print - a thousand thanks! This one I've got to mat and frame. ~~ Wow, I'm only the third person on this collaboration and it's already *so* busy! It's not exactly my style either. Well, we'll see...
Response: So glad you like it! I am flattered to be framed! Wow! Thanks!
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #62 on May 2, 2019
Comment: Hi Carol....what a GREAT idea for a card my DREAM trip....wOw..... My x hubby and GOOD FRIEND went to Machu Pichu in September and LOVED IT.....but wOw get into SHAPE.....lots of climbing and the altitude..... looked very interesting to me.... Thanks for a gReat swap..... many hearts!
Response: Thanks so much! I wish I'd gone when I was younger and in better shape, but I figure if I don't do it soon, I'll never get there at all! Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: Sorry to hear you didn't enjoyed your book. Hope the next one will be better. Thank you for sharing.
Response: Thanks for rating. I probably should've looked for another, but I kept hoping it'd get better. You know how that goes, I'm sure!
Comment: Thanks for a very interesting REVIEW ! I too like to try out authors I haven't read before, & sometimes, for sure, it turns out to be a bad experience ...
Response: Yep, luck of the draw! It wasn't awful, just not as good as I'd hoped. Thanks for hosting this cool swap!
Comment: Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the book you picked. I encountered the same word too! - slag. Thanks for the explanation in your review. Curiosity averted. Based on your review, i am definitely banning that author from my TBR list. Hehe.
Response: Yep, me too. Thanks for rating!
Comment: Nice PC! Loved the constellation. Hope to swap with you again!
Response: So glad you like it! Thanks for rating and the heart!
cadel rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 21 on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the extra postcard. I really like it.
Response: Yay! I aim to please. Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: Yay! Thank you so much for the extra PC (which I love, BTW) and the nice bookmark! Thank you..thank you. Have a great day.
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks Carol. Will sign and send this full postcard home. Thank you for the extra postcard?
Response: Thanks for rating!
iowa05 rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the extra stickers and fun napkins! I haven't used any napkins in my crafts YET, but I have a small pile accrued for when inspiration strikes! Thanks again. :)
Response: Cool! It creates some pretty effects. Kinda fun to try. Thanks for the hearted 5!

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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.

CurlyTea on Sep 17, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

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!

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