Swap-bot Time: July 21, 2017 1:49 pm


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Last Online: July 19, 2017
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)!


ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #36 on Jul 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks.......
Comment: I have never been to AZ but, I would love to go. These places you mentioned sound great
Comment: Thank you for your lovely reading log. It was so well written and a lot of the books sound very interesting and have been put on my 'need to read' list. Thank you for the AZ postcard as well, I haven't been but I'd definitely like to go one day :)
Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. AZ is a beautiful place! Come in the winter or spring--my favorite time of year here. Thanks for rating and for the heart!
katzenjammy rated for Pass & Paste Early July 2017 on Jul 18, 2017
Comment: Fabulous fun, as ever!
Response: Thanks for joining in the fun, and thanks for the heart!
Comment: got it. thanks
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart!
Fabriqueen rated for WIYM ~ 2 bookmarks on Jul 10, 2017
Comment: I love the bookmarks you sent! They are all so pretty! Hugs, Diane
Response: So glad you like them! Thanks for the rating and heart!
susiqz rated for USA-Hearts PC-July on Jul 9, 2017
Response: Thanks for the heart and for rating!
Comment: Thank you for the card.
njstauter rated for Reading Log 2017 - 2nd Quarter on Jul 8, 2017
Comment: thanks for everything! Your writing touched me deeply
Response: Thanks for the heart. I hope you can find at least one or two books from my list you might enjoy.
wolfeagle rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #35 on Jun 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you. This will be a fun one.
Chromia rated for Pass & Paste--Late June 2017 on Jun 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you carol! It's always nice to get a swap from and hear from you! :) thanks for the stickers as well! I love them :)
Response: Awesome! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the cards for the next round. Thanks also for the polar bear note (it has been in the high 80s and that is classed as a heatwave here) and the vintage poncho postcard (yes, I do remember those),
Response: Lol! 80s sound like heaven to me right now! But we don't have much humidity, so that's super nice weather here. Glad you liked the card. I thought it was a kick!
teresa110 rated for Pass & Paste--Early June 2017 on Jun 21, 2017
Comment: Love the card! I can't wait to work on it thank you.
Response: Yay! Thanks for the heart!
Shellyr rated for Collaboration PC #40 on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Interesting pc. Thanks for the extras.
Response: Thanks for the heart, and for rating!
wolfeagle rated for USA-Hearts PC-June on Jun 13, 2017
Comment: Great card. Love the quotes. Thank you.
Response: Thank you! I wasn't sure what to do after the block printing, then I hit on the idea of the quotations. Thanks for the heart, too! and for hosting! Cool swap!
bjmonroe rated for Ink Blot Creatures on Jun 12, 2017
Comment: Love the dragon and his story. You did a fantastic job!
Response: thank you! I'm glad you like it. I had fun with it, for sure! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Great PC! I like your extra coloring accents too :D
Response: Thank you! I enjoyed doing this one! Thanks for the heart, too!
jezb750 rated for Naked Map Postcard Roulette Swap #2 on Jun 3, 2017
Comment: Hello Carol, it took a while before I had to rate you because you probably forgot to include the swap theme. But it's ok, thank you for the nice postcard! Best regards to you!
Response: Huh, sorry 'bout that. I usually put it sideways on the back of the PC, but I am certainly not infallible. Thanks for rating and for the heart!
kpfree rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #34 on May 31, 2017
Comment: Hi Carol! Received your swap for swap #34. Loved the swap both of your work and the original person who mailed it to you! That is an interesting background to work with! Thanks for the letter too! I enjoyed hearing from you. Will mail out a letter to you today as well as, a swap coming to you! Look for it soon! I loved the bluebird and the birdhouse. It makes me so happy to be in spring here!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I'm glad you liked it. I was pretty happy with it myself. I felt really intimidated by that one, so I worked extra hard on it. I like the ones that challenge me like that--once I've done them, that is!
Tessssssa rated for Collaboration PC #39 on May 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I think I will add a mermaid!
Response: Great idea! Thanks for the rating and the heart.

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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! ♥

ktk8 on Jun 27, 2017:

thanks for working on my hd/hp postcard it turned out really nice.....

DaisyNY on Jun 22, 2017:

I think your name is on this Collaboration PC - To Live IS So Startling #36?

DaisyNY on Jun 22, 2017:

Hi carol,

Here is the final P&P for the birds - stupidly, I sent the originator, Kalliope, her own card to finish (d'oh!), but she was really nice about it.

Wooper on Jun 8, 2017:

Thank you for working on my collaboration PC, it turned out lovely! I posted a picture of it on the group forum for you to see :)

DaisyNY on May 30, 2017:

Hi Carol, Thanks for the Pass & Paste (also for hosting all of them). The cork is really cool.

widelo123 on May 26, 2017:

Naked Map Postcard Roulette Swap #2 Surprise Bonus Postcard

Carol, what a nice surprise that you picked me.. Thank you for the postcard map of the Castles and Garden in Potsdam-Sanssouci. Very interesting. Shirley

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